Out this weekend a movie originally made in 1937 and again in ’76 is brought back to the big screen and a Marvel flick with a villainous hero?
“A Star Is Born”(R)
Lady Gaga is an unknown songwriter who falls in love with Bradley Cooper. He’s an aging rocker who mentors her, but then struggles with his anger and his drinking after her career outshines his own. Bradley directed it and also did his own singing.
The rest of the cast includes Andrew Dice Clay as Gaga’s dad, Sam Elliott as Bradley’s older brother and manager, and Dave Chappelle as his trusted friend. Cooper also co-write the screenplay, which is actually the third remake of “A Star Is Born”.
The original was made in 1937. It didn’t star anyone you’re likely to know, but it took home the Best Writing Oscar. It was remade in 1954 with Judy Garland and James Mason, and again in 1976 with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.
Tom Hardy is Eddie Brock, a reporter investigating a billionaire whose company is killing homeless people while conducting illegal tests on alien parasites called symbiotes. And when Brock bonds with one, he becomes the Marvel anti-hero Venom.
Michelle Williams plays his fiancé, Riz Ahmed is the billionaire villain, and Jenny Slate is the scientist who blows the whistle on Ahmed’s lethal human experiments.
(Spoiler Alert) Woody Harrelson has a cameo in a mid-credits scene as serial killer Cletus Kasady, who “Venom” fans know as the guy who becomes Carnage, Venom’s nemesis.