Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut is love at first sound

Bradley Cooper directed ‘A Star is Born.’ (AFP)
Updated 05 September 2018
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Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut is love at first sound

VENICE: Musicals are often marvelous, even more so when they croon to the plots of romantic stories. Bradley Cooper's directorial debut, “A Star Is Born,” is one such number.
Starring Lady Gaga, who makes her acting debut, the film — a remake of the 1976 feature with the same title — will tug at your heartstrings with its melodic numbers and sentimental love story.
Gaga and Cooper stun with their performances. While Cooper essays his role of a rapturous rock-n-roll singer with equal élan and ease, Gaga takes it a notch further by doing what she does best — singing. When Jackson Maine (Cooper) hears Ally (Gaga) sing at a karaoke bar one night, it is a case of love at first sound. He is mesmerized by her voice and smitten by her beauty — something that Ally refuses to believe, what with her long nose and unconventional looks.
What follows is Maine cajoling and coaxing Ally to sing with him and become his song writer — together they sing some of the movie’s most heartfelt numbers.
The 1976 version of the film, featuring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, had some terrific music too, but it wasn’t a patch on the scores in “A Star Is Born.”
Gaga is enormously expressive and hauntingly captivating — far more than Streisand in the original — and perfectly complements Cooper with his rugged, romantic and raunchy cowboy looks.
Gaga never lets her star tag cloud her character and we often see her as a young girl — at once vulnerable and innocent — firmly holding on to the belief that she can get her man out of alcohol’s clutches.


Golden Globe Race seek to rescue injured Indian sailor

The Australian Joint Rescue Co-ordination Center is working hard to assess and coordinate all possible options to rescue Abhilas Tomy. (goldengloberace)
Updated 23 September 2018
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Golden Globe Race seek to rescue injured Indian sailor

  • The Australian Joint Rescue Co-ordination Center is working hard to assess and coordinate all possible options to rescue Abhilas Tomy

PARIS: The organizers of the round-the-world Golden Globe Race said Saturday they were scrambling to rescue missing Indian sailor Abhilash Tomy, but admitted he was “as far from help as you can possibly be.”
Tomy’s yacht Thuriya had its mast broken off when it was rolled in a storm on Friday and the yachtsman suffered what he called “a severe back injury.”
The organizers described him as “incapacitated on his bunk inside his boat” and his yacht is 2,000 miles (3,704 kilometers) off the coast of Perth, Western Australia.
On Saturday, he managed to send a message saying: “Extremely difficult to walk, Might need stretcher, can’t walk, thanks safe inside the boat... Sat phone down.”
The organizers said on the race website: “The Australian Joint Rescue Co-ordination Center is working hard to assess and coordinate all possible options to rescue Abhilas Tomy who is as far from help as you can possibly be.”
Tomy, a 39-year-old commander in the Indian navy, is able to communicate using a YB3 texting unit but his primary satellite phone is damaged.
He has a second satellite phone and a handheld VHF radio packed in an emergency bag, but organizers said he was unable to reach it for the moment.
The organizers said they had urged him to try to get to the bag because it could be crucial in making contact with a plane from Australia and an Indian air force plane which might be able to fly over the area.
Given the distance from land, the planes will not be able to spend long in the area, the organizers added.
A French fishing boat was also heading to the scene “but may not arrive for a few days.”
The Golden Globe Race involves a gruelling 30,000-mile solo circumnavigation of the globe in yachts similar to those used in the first race 50 years ago, with no modern technology allowed except the communication equipment.
Tomy’s own yacht is a replica of Robin Knox-Johnston’s Suhail, winner of the first Golden Globe Race.