A Star Is Born

Lady Gaga Just Got a New Tattoo Inspired by A Star Is Born

Lady Gaga got two new tattoos, which she revealed on Instagram on Valentine’s Day.
One is the outline of a rose covering her spine with the words, “la vie en rose,” referencing the iconic song by Edith Piaf. Gaga sings the song in A Star Is Born and performed it during her 2015 Cheek to Cheek tour with Tony Bennett.
The second tattoo is a drawing of the notes G A G A on a musical staff, in honor of her name.

Lady Gaga is flaunting two new tattoos on Instagram. The first is an outline of a rose running the length of her spine with the words, “la vie en rose,” referencing the Edith Piaf song of the same name, which she sings as her character Ally in A Star Is Born. The second is a set of four musical notes that spell out her name, “GAGA.” The ink was done by L.A.-based tattoo artist Daniel Stone, also known as Winter Stone (@winterstone).

“Happy Valentine’s Day,” Gaga captioned the photo of her rose tat. “A tattoo toast to ‘la vie en rose’ by the beautiful @winterstone my spinal cord is now a rose.”

Stone also proudly flaunted his masterpiece on his own Instagram. “I can not express enough the honor it was tattooing you @ladygaga you are a breath of fresh air and truly a magical and inspirational woman!” he wrote, reposting the singer’s picture.

Fans of A Star Is Born may recall that Gaga’s Ally sings the French tune early in the film (spoiler alert!) at the drag bar when rockstar Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) watches her perform for the first time. However, Mother Monster’s link to the song goes beyond the movie. In 2015, she performed the track during her Cheek to Cheek tour with legendary crooner, Tony Bennet.

Cooper, who also directed A Star Is Born, had a deep connection to Gaga’s rendition of the song as well. After he saw the superstar perform “La Vie En Rose” at a fundraiser, he knew he needed her for the film, he revealed to Associated Press.

“She demolished the room,” he told the outlet in October. “I knew that was plutonium.” Gaga’s film version of “La Vie En Rose” is now included in the official ASIB soundtrack.

Let’s not forget about Gaga’s second tattoo. The clever piece of body art shows the notes G A G A on a musical staff on the singer’s forearm. According to her caption, her manager Bobby Campbell got a matching tat.

“G A G A…and when you get a tattoo and you’re me you always have to get two 😂,” the star said of the ink in her caption. Stone was the artist behind this piece, too.

These two tats are the latest of Gaga’s expansive collection of ink, including a “Born This Way” unicorn on her leg, a Tony Bennett trumpet on her arm, a portrait of David Bowie on her side, a mouse above her elbow, and many more, according to Billboard.

Aquaman

Aquaman‘ Is Crossing Yet Another Outrageous Box Office Benchmark

Warner Bros. has hired David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick to write a sequel to Aquaman, according to TheWrap. James Wan is returning as a producer (along with Peter Safran) and presumably returning as director. I’m amused at some articles that are reporting this as if Warner Bros. was dragging its feet on a sequel to a movie that opened barely two months ago in China and two months ago over the rest of the world.

The news of a sequel beginning the development process isn’t exactly a shock. Aquaman is a few days away from, sans inflation or exchange rates, becoming the fourth-biggest non-Disney/non-Universal release of all time. With $1.121 billion worldwide, it is just behind Paramount/Viacom’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($1.1214b in 2011). Once it passes Transformers 3, it’ll be behind only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II ($1.43b in 2011), Fox and Paramount’s Titanic ($2.1b, counting the 2012 reissue) and Avatar ($2.78b in 2009/2010). It’s already WB’s second-biggest grosser ever behind Harry Potter 7.2.

With Fantastic Beasts at a critical impasse (after Crimes of Grindelwald stumbled in North America and earned terrible reviews) and The LEGO Movie 2 opening 50% lower than The LEGO Movie, you can make the case that DC Films is more valuable to WB than it was just three months ago. It is still one of many existing franchises (the Conjuring Universe, the monsterverse, Wizarding World, Crazy Rich Asians) and potential franchises (Detective Pikachu, The Meg, Ocean’s 8). However, it is indisputably the king of the hill at the moment

DC Films’ slate is pretty full for the moment (Shazam and Joker in 2019, Birds of Prey and Wonder Woman 1984 in 2020 and DC Super Pets, The Batman and The Suicide Squad in 2021), there is no real need to rush Aquaman 2. So now Aquaman 2 joins the 4,081 other DC Films flicks in some stage of development and the just-announced spinoff. The Trench, set in Aquaman’s monster-filled “underworld,” is straight out of the Conjuring playbook. It takes a character that cameoed in a previous movie (a scary nun in Conjuring 2, a creepy doll in Conjuring) and gives them a whole film.

Venom

Conan the Barbarian teams up with Wolverine, Venom, and the Punisher in Savage Avengers

Marvel Comics will kick off Savage Avengers in May, a series where some of the greatest heroes of the Marvel Universe will team up with the greatest conqueror to come out of the barbarian lands of Cimmeria: Conan.

Marvel Comics has a long history with the pulp fantasy hero, dating back to the very first Conan comic series, 1970’s Conan the Barbarian. Marvel recently reacquired the license to Conan from Dark Horse Comics, and the first two books to come from that bit of rights finagling — Conan the Barbarian and Savage Sword of Conan — kicked off in early 2019.

Gerry Duggan, the writer behind Savage Sword, will also be taking the reins on Savage Avengers, where Conan will find himself teaming with Venom, the Punisher, Wolverine, Elektra, and Brother Voodoo. The series might have the “Avengers” name in the title, but that may not hold a lot of weight within the story.

“This is an unsanctioned team of heroes,” Duggan told Entertainment Weekly.

According to the writer, he and series artist Mike Deodato Jr. “envisioned a threat, a magical green zone where the evil wizards of Conan’s world are trading spells with the Hand in Japan. Conan is on a very Conan-like mission; he’s heard a tale of an amulet, so he’s chasing it, and the evil magic sorcerers are doing something that would be a Marvel Avengers problem. It feels like we have found some very fertile ground that is a Venn diagram between those two worlds.”

It won’t be the first time that the Barbarian has interacted with the Marvel Universe — or vice versa — but Conan’s past Marvel stories were largely What If? events. This seems to be something a little more. (He also recently adventured with Wonder Woman, back when Dark Horse Comics still had the rights.)