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Many of us by now have noticed the ONSLAUGHT of reboots which have come our way. Between the incessant Marvel movies and comic book sequels which literally will not stop coming, the millions of Spiderman flicks, not to mention the ridiculous amount of Bond movies (25 to be exact).

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Yes, 25 movies about the same man doing the same uber-masculine assassinations and the same women dying for him and the same villains again and again and again. *Sigh* Even Daniel Craig agrees that good old James is a misogynist.

The live-action remakes of every single classic Disney animation, the TV reboots of our favourite characters for no actual reason and the revivals of our childhood bands. It begs the question, is the entertainment industry just profiting off of our nostalgia? Most definitely, yes.

When it comes to the Spice Girls, Westlife or Take That, by all means they are welcomed back with open arms.

Yet, when it comes to cinema, which is literally CRYING OUT for representation and new voices which are demanding to be heard, why are they using the same old formulas?

Art is supposed to be unique, a form of expression. Not recycled like old Halloween costumes that don't fit anymore but you're just gagging to feel 18 again. Back when life was more about what alcohol to buy for pre-drinks and not what bills you have to pay first so you can survive as a full-grown adult. *shudders*

The point is: a new Batman/Joker combo is not cinematic gold, for God’s sake. A new Pirates of the Caribbean written by the Deadpool duo will not shake the earth.

Recent groundbreaking genre favourites such as A Quiet Place, Get Out and Moonlight have pushed the boundaries of cinematic territory and have told stories from new and vital points of view, so why can't Hollywood give more opportunities to scripts, directors and voices like these?

News recently broke that Shrek, one of the most popular animated franchises of all time, is getting a reboot (pause for gasps).

Those of us who grew up with the infamous green ogre and his hilarious sidekick, Donkey, will most likely shudder at the thought of Hollywood studios replacing a beloved film of our youth with a facade, a copy which can never truly replace the original.

Others will delight in the nostalgia of creating more content surrounding the comedic protagonist and his fairytale friends, especially since the man behind the reboot, as well as the revival of Puss in Boots, is Chris Meledandri.

Known as the mastermind of the Despicable Me movies (and creator of the minions, which have literally overtaken the world and internet memes), Meledandri has been tasked by Universal Pictures with finding some fresh storylines to being the lovable ogre into the modern time. I say modern time as if Shrek is donkeys-years old (yes, I made a donkey joke. Deal with it).

Shrek was originally released back in 2001, making it barely 17 years old. While a lot has happened in technology and film-making in this time, does it really seem necessary to bring back a franchise which has really run its course? After all, Shrek the Fourth only entered cinemas in 2010, and left much to be desired.

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Studios are so obsessed with maintaining popularity and success of these franchises, that often they completely ruin the essence of what made it loved by audiences in the first place, in this case: comedic integrity.

I mean, a storyline about an ogre defending his swamp in a land of fairytale creatures, voiced by Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas and Eddie Murphy? The person who successfully pitched that idea must be incredibly rich by now.

At least Meledandri has the good sense to keep the original vocal performances:

“When you look back on those vocal performances they’re awesome, and while you certainly could make a case for a complete reinvention, I find myself responding to my own nostalgic feelings of wanting to go back to those characterizations,” explains Meledandri.

“The challenge for us has been to find something that really does feel like it’s not simply yet another film in a series of sequels.” Good luck with that, Mr. Director Whose Film Company Has Just Released A Remake Of The Iconic The Grinch. You paint a highly believable portrait. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Hollywood remakes have been saturating cinema over the last decade, and there are arguments to be made for both sides of the tide. If a remake is done right, à la A Star is Born, something special can happen.

This is usually a result of some newfangled aspect of the film however, a tweak or drastic change which brings the piece back to life but also gives it a platform in its own right.

Lady Gaga, for example, plays the role of struggling artist Ally in a way that makes it impossible to compare her to Barbara Streisand. The songs are also freshly crafted, and impactful in their raw energy, partially due to Bradley Cooper’s directorial talent and surprising talent as a singer.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Formerly known as an actor, his transition into musicality and the directorial chair allows the film to reach new heights, as if feels as if we are being introduced to someone who we’ve never really known at all.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has also achieved phenomenal success, however there is next to nothing about the show which resembles its predecessor, and it is stand-alone as a result, especially with its sense of ‘woke’ teen angst which is captured almost to perfection.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Yet the majority of remakes are arguably just major Hollywood studios tapping into the nostalgia of audiences who are ready and willing to return to the cinema seat to catch any glimpse of their favourite childhood character or storyline in action.

Certain remakes adapt the trend with refreshing results; such as the Fargo reboot which was recreated as a mini-series and is widely well-reviewed. An audience is more likely to watch something which they are already familiar with, and if the sense of familiarity is matched with something genuinely unique, truly excellent cinematic gold can occur.

Classics are classics for a reason, and taking the formula and twisting it to adapt to a new generation often leads to disastrous consequences. The remake of Psycho, the Great Gatsby (controversial, most people loved the grandeur of Baz Luhrmann yet the power of the written words were essentially erased) and Footloose, for example, need to die a slow death.

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The endless sequels are also a problem, I mean PLEASE learn to leave it alone. Just because the movie was good does not mean it has to be continued and drawn out until the life is sapped out of it.

If there is a new technology, a new actor or actress or director, or scriptwriter who are talented enough to reuse old material and revitalise it, by all means, go ahead. Yet the magic of the true classics cannot be forgotten.

The day the news breaks that the Harry Potter franchise is getting a remake, for example, you will find this writer in a pool of her own tears, echoing the chant; “YOU CAN’T DO THIS TO ME!” on repeat. Don’t judge. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were the heroes of my youth, the faces which encapsulated the characters I had fallen in love with page by page.

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Transforming the series would simply remind me that I am now old enough for my childhood characters to be replaced and made into something new and alien altogether. If they even DREAM of touching perfection like Back to the Future or The Godfather, there will be hell to pay from the ever-protective fanbases.

The love most people harbour for that first spark of a film or character which had never been seen before is difficult to rearrange. There are an infinite number of voices in cinema which have yet to be heard; only now are women gaining access to cinematography, directorial roles, production roles and script-writing responsibilities.

Only now are people of different ethnic backgrounds, diverse economic circumstances, sexual orientations having their voices heard. Can you imagine how many stories they have to tell?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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For so long, only the powerful were given the chance to create movies. Creating new formulas which give other people a change to feel represented and tell their own stories would revolutionise cinema.

So before we rush to discuss which man will be chosen as the next Bond, which Disney film will be recreated, or which superhero will once again be given a new face, why not look to those who haven’t been given a face, or a voice in cinema?

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, as the phrase goes, but authenticity is the greatest form of art.  

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Lady Gaga is officially of the market, and we are delighted she's found love with major Hollywood agent fiancé Christian Carino.

It's now time to focus on the MASSIVE ROCK that's been chilling on her finger for the last few months.

The A Star is Born lead and songstress has publicly confirmed her engagement at the Elle 25th Women in Hollywood event, where she gave an emotional speech about her experience as a woman in the industry and survivor of sexual assault.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Lady Gaga and Christian Carino were first reported to be dating when they were spotted kissing after her 2017 Superbowl performance.

The ring has been sitting on her finger for quite some time, but due to the fact that she has never addressed their relationship until now, the pink accessory was never assumed to be an engagement ring.

We must have been too busy belting out the tunes from A Star is Born…

She even wore it to the 2018 Grammy awards in January, probably assuming we'd all notice.

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According to the President of WP Diamonds, Andrew Brown, the pink bling is actually a sublime and rare type of jewel. 

He disclosed to E! that the stunning piece of jewellery a "6-7 carat pink sapphire with a diamond halo totalling 3-4 carats." 

It's also worth a reported whopping $-300'000- $400'000. Yep, pick your jaws up off the floor.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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That ring is serving us Pink Panther vibes 24/7, perfect for a woman as glam as Gaga.

Diamonds are forever, which means Lady Gaga should be blessing us with her empowering presence for a long time.

Fair play, Christian Carino. 

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Lady Gaga has confirmed her engagement to partner Christian Carino. The A Star Is Born actress was being honoured at Elle’s 25th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration when she revealed the amazing relationship news.

During her speech the Marry The Night songstress referred to him as ‘my fiancé Christian.’

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Rumours about their engagement started to circulate earlier this month, but both Gaga and 49-year-old Christian decided not to comment on their personal relationship.

It is understood that the couple prefers to keep their relationship out of the public eye, but happily support one another publicly with Christian joining the 32-year-old actress at last night’s awards show.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Gaga wore an oversized Marc Jacobs suit to last night’s event and the reason behind it is incredibly moving.

“I tried on dress after dress today getting ready for this event, one tight corset after another, one heel after another, a diamond, a feather, thousands of beaded fabrics and the most beautiful silks in the world.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“To be honest, I felt sick to my stomach. And I asked myself: What does it really mean to be a woman in Hollywood? We are not just objects to entertain the world,” she stressed.

“We are not simply images to bring smiles or grimaces to people’s faces. We are not members of a giant beauty pageant meant to be pit against one another for the pleasure of the public.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“We women in Hollywood, we are voices. We have deep thoughts and ideas and beliefs and values about the world and we have the power to speak and be heard and fight back when we are silenced.”

Gaga’s words about women in Hollywood have dazzled us more than an engagement ring. The Just Dance singer really is beyond inspiring.

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In case anyone has been living under a cinematic rock, you’ll 100% have heard the perfection that is Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s new movie: A Star is Born.

Between the singing, the emotional acting and the beautiful soundtrack, we pretty much exploded with all those feels.

It looks like we’re not the only ones who felt that way: Gavin James has released a cover of the song Shallow on Twitter and it’s as good as you’d imagine.

Went to see “A Star is born” and it put me in a glass case of emotion..so I thought I’d do a little bit of Shallow

As a talented singer songwriter himself, he definitely connected to the emotion of Lady Gaga and Bradley Copper’s stunning performance.

He is already renowned himself for his musical skills and powerful voice, but his covers are just as amazing.

He’s made the song his own, who would have thought that was possible when it comes to a Lady Gaga tune?

Judging by his Twitter feed, we’re guessing he liked the movie… just a lil bit…

This is definitely brightened up our Monday mornings, the winter chill doesn’t seem quite as bad somehow.

James is gearing up for the release of his second album, Only Ticket Home, and is bringing his tour home for Christmas=

After listening to his cover of Shallow, we’re sure his new album will fly off the shelves.

Is it too much to hope for a Lady Gaga x Gavin James collaboration? A new tune, maybe an album, and throw in a few tours for good measure?

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It's Friday, the weekend and a night made for a deserved glass of wine and with must-watch TV (unless, you know, you have an actual social life).

Our favourite host Graham Norton is back tonight to kick-start a brand new series of his loved show. We've missed you – and your amazing line-up of guests! – in our living rooms, Graham!

Here's all you need to know about this evening's round-up and all the guests who will be appearing – it's going to be SO GOOD.

Two incredible leading ladies will be an appearance on that famous red couch. The ever-talented Lady Gaga will talk all things about her new (already Oscar-hyped) film A Star is Born and formidable actress Jodie Whittaker will talk about her much-discussed role in Doctor Who; she is the first female to ever take the leading role of the Time Lord.   

And gals, just wait for it. 

Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling and Rod Stewart will ALL sit alongside them.

We can't deal.

Cooper and Gosling will talk all things film, while Stewart will no doubt push his new album and upcoming UK and Ireland tour (do we really care about the finer deets, though?).   

We're saying it – all Friday night plans cancelled.

The Graham Norton Show is on BBC One at 10.35pm on tonight and every Friday. 

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Opening up about being sexually assaulted takes an overwhelming amount of strength. Thousands of women have come forward and shared their own stories since the wake of the #MeToo movement. Their courage is admirable and their experiences are harrowing, but most notably, they’re real.

Influential actresses and singers have shared their stories of sexual assault, including Lady Gaga.

Regardless of their success and status, these women are just like us. They’ve been through a traumatising ordeal and no amount of fame or money makes it any easier, something we all need to remember.

At the mere age of 19, Gaga was raped by a music producer. The Born This Way singer may have been one of the biggest names to come forward in the #MeToo narrative, but she is also a victim who continues to be affected by that assault every day.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She told Teen Vogue: “I feel stunned. Or stunted. You know that feeling when you’re on a roller coaster and you’re just about to go down the really steep slope?”

“That fear and the drop in your stomach? My diaphragm seizes up. Then I have a hard time breathing, and my whole body goes into a spasm. And I begin to cry. That’s what it feels like for trauma victims every day, and it’s miserable,” the A Star Is Born actress shared.

“I always say that trauma has a brain. And it works its way into everything that you do.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She continued to explain that sharing her story was her own personal choice, but it is different for every victim: “I feel like I’ve been an advocate but also a shocked audience member, watching #MeToo happen.”

Gaga explained that speaking out about being raped was like facing a monster: “It took years. No one else knew. It was almost like I tried to erase it from my brain. And when it finally came out, it was like a big, ugly monster. And you have to face the monster to heal.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It is important for us to remember that the celebrities who come forward and share their personal experiences are human too.

They may be Oscar winners or Grammy nominees, but we need to remember, more than anything, they are victims and the courage it took for them to publicly open up makes them fearless heroes.

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Lady Gaga has been forced to cancel 10 European dates of her Joanne World Tour. 

Fingers crossed you weren't planning on travelling to see the You And I singer in any of the following destinations: 

London, Manchester, Paris, Berlin, Zurich,Zoln, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Rio dates will all be cancelled. 

 

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The cancellations are due to a 'severe pain' that Lady Gaga is suffering from.

The pain has impacted her ability to perform on her tour. 

Ticket holders can receive a refund for their tickets from February 6.

 

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In a statement to Instagram, the performer said:

'I'm so devastated I don't know how to describe it. All I know is that if I don't do this, I am not standing by the words or meaning of my music'.

'My medical team is supporting the decision for me to recover at home.'

'I love this show more than anything, I love you, but this is beyond my control.'

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Two of the music industry's biggest voices could be teaming up for an unforgettable duet.

Lady Gaga and Celine Dion may be at different points in their careers, but that hasn't stopped Celine from expressing her desire to team up with the Born This Way singer when she begins her Las Vegas residency later this year.

Speaking during CNN's New Year's Eve Live, the 49-year-old singer admitted she was a huge Gaga fan and her response when asked if she would ever consider duetting with her was a definite yes.

“Oh don’t get me started now. I would love that. I love her so much. I can’t wait. Come on, Lady Gaga, we’re waiting for you!”

With a current residency at Las Vegas's Caesars Palace hotel and a wealth of experience in the city that never sleeps, you'd expect the My Heart Will Go On hitmaker to be full of helpful tips for Gaga's latest career move.

However, Celine doesn't believe she has any advice to offer, saying that the star already knows what she's doing.

“Do I have advice for Lady Gaga? No! First of all, this girl knows exactly what she’s doing. She knows what to do. And I will never, ever, ever, in my whole life tell somebody professional, super talented like she is how to do things. I’m going to go see her show. When is she starting?”

Speaking about her upcoming Las Vegas shows, Lady Gaga revealed it was “a life-long dream,” adding that she was “humbled to be a part of a historical line-up of performers, and to have the honour of creating a new show unlike anything Vegas has ever seen before.”

We would give anything to see these two fierce females join forces!

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It's official!

Lady Gaga last night confirmed details of a two-year-long Las Vegas residency at MGM's 5,300-seat Park Theatre.

Following in the footsteps of fellow artists Britney Spears, Elton John and Shania Twain, the Born This Way singer has vowed to leave her “heart on the stage every single night”.

The residency is scheduled to begin in December 2018 and Gaga can hardly contain her excitement.

"It has been a life-long dream of mine to play Las Vegas," she said in a statement announcing the shows.

"It's the land of Elvis, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra, the Rat Pack, Elton John, Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli."

"I am humbled to be a part of a historical lineup of performers, and to have the honour of creating a new show unlike anything Vegas has ever seen before."

According to Variety, the star looks set to earn over $75m during the 74-day residency.

The 31-one-year has spent most of 2017 touring her latest album, Joanne, though she had to postpone some dates after experiencing "severe physical pain" arising from the medical condition fibromyalgia.

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Grammy award winning musician Lady Gaga is reportedly engaged to her boyfriend Christian Carino. 

US Weekly reports that a source has revealed that the couple secretly got engaged over the summer. 

Carino allegedly asked the singer's father for permission to propose to the star ahead of popping the question. 

 

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The couple have been together for about a year. 

Due to Lady Gaga's current health condition – the singer is suffering with fibromyalgia – the pair to not have any immanent wedding plans. 

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder which causes sufferers to have serious muscle pain, tenderness and fatigue. 

 

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The singer was recently forced to postpone a leg of her tour due to the condition. 

Neither Carino nor Lady Gaga have officially confirmed their engagement, so we'll just have to wait and see. 

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As a celeb, you know you have officially made it big when people are immortalising your likeness in wax. 

Lady Gaga clearly reached a meteoric level of fame a number of years ago, and so homage has been paid to her look by a museum in Peru.

However, the art work is less than flattering, and Twitter is raucous after seeing the model. 

Two snaps of the slightly scary wax work were posted online by Twitter user @tobeymonster. 

Twitter fans have likened the model to Donatella Versace among other characters.

They have also criticised the look of Gaga's wig, along with her muscular physique. 

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The tweet is currently going viral, with thousands of likes and retweets. 

Hopefully Lady Gaga herself will see it soon and give us her two cents. 

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A few years back, Amy Huberman sent the Irish public into an absolute tailspin when she revealed that the outfit she rocked during Oscar week was something we could all actually get our hands on.

It turned out that the sleek white jumpsuit, which caused a serious stir on the red carpet, was an SS16 offering from Lennon Courtney, and it was stocked exclusively at Dunnes Stores.

From Brendan Courtney and Sonya Lennon to Paul Costello, there's no doubt that the Irish retailer has a knack for choosing to collaborate with designers who pique the interest of the stars, and they've done it again with Joanne Hynes.

Joanne's newest collection, which launched in Dunnes Stores last month, was highly-anticipated following the success of last year's collection, and now one of the music industry's most iconic stars is proudly showcasing one of Joanne's creations.

Earlier today,  Lady Gaga took to Instagram to give fans an insight into her latest look with three separate uploads, all of which included a Joanne Hynes headband. 

"Juan Vidal. Fashuns in the studio. #ladygaga #fashion #juanvidal and some very exciting accessories. Headband by @joannehynes," she captioned the post which has amassed almost 130,000 likes since its upload.

And it seems it's not just us who have a real grá for Joanne's stunning creation, with one follower writing: "Love that headband on you!"

We're with them on that one.

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