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Live Like Bradley Cooper


In honor of the release of 'Silver Linings Playbook,' let’s talk about B.Coops

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We're giving you the lowdown on all things Bradley Cooper, get excited.

As you may have noticed, we’re really intrigued by the lifestyles of the rich and famous — as is the rest of America. But rather than just taking a gander at photos and pretending that stars really are just like us, let’s learn how we can actually live like them.

Sure, he has a gorgeous body and yes, he was dubbed People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive of 2011, however, this is not what we're focusing on in regards to our honoree, Bradley Cooper.

With the release of his new movie, Silver Linings Playbook, also starring Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, the papers and magazines are buzzing with early Oscar talk, but we’re interested in knowing the real Bradley Cooper.

In order to fully embrace all that is "B. Coops," we’re breaking it down by showing you how to cook, drink, eat, travel, and party like him. Starkly different from his character’s bold ways in The Hangover movies, it seems Cooper is rather private and reserved when it comes to the spotlight — so we had to do some legwork.

If you’re intrigued, let us give you a spoiler — he has a super-hot girlfriend and loves his mom.


Did Irina Shayk And Bradley Cooper Get Back Together?

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Twelve months ago, one story claimed that Irina Shayk was longing to get back with her ex, Bradley Cooper. A lot can change in a year, so Gossip Cop is taking a look back on that story to see what ended up happening. Here’s what we found.


Eddie Before NZT:

When the movie starts, Eddie is a struggling writer. His life is dull, his motivation is lost and inspiration is at zero.

He looks like shit and is easily confused with a homeless man – while his apartment is a cluttered dark mess.

What I’m getting at here is that a lot of men live their lives like this. In a constant mess, on the perpetual treadmill of low performance and feeling like shit. And when you’re in such a rut, it’s hard to get out.

No high performing successful men live like this.

And if your apartments a mess, you often leave the house in just sweatpants and your more familiar with the couch then the outside world, then this post is perfect for you.

Here are 10 things that the NZT induced Eddie Morra does to achieve rapid success, that you can start doing today.

With or without a magic pill.


Bradley Cooper Shows Off Shorter Hair While Out in NYC

Bradley Cooper is enjoying a day out in the Big Apple!

The 46-year-old actor, director, and producer stepped out to do some solo shopping on Wednesday afternoon (March 17) in New York City.

Bradley showed off his new shorter haircut while wearing a CORE hoodie paired with Nike sneakers and sunglasses while staying safe in a face mask for his outing. CORE is Sean Penn‘s emergency relief nonprofit, which has been on the forefront of pandemic response, administering testing, vaccinations, and related services to vulnerable communities all over the country.

The day before, Bradley went sporty and comfortable in a gray CORE hoodie, navy sweatpants, and blue sneakers as he headed out to run a few errands.

In a recent interview, Bradley‘s ex Irina Shayk talked about raising their 3-year-old daughter Lea with him, and explained why she doesn’t like using the term “co-parenting.”

Bradley Cooper will soon be starring opposite Carey Mulligan in the upcoming Netflix Leonard Bernstein biopic Maestro. Find out more about their new project here!

FYI: Bradley is wearing HOKA shoes with the CORE hoodie.


A Marvel Executive Wanted GotG's Rocket to Sound Just Like Bradley Cooper

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn revealed on Twitter that a Marvel executive wanted Rocket's character to sound like Bradley Cooper.

Director James Gunn recently revealed that at the beginning of creating 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy, a former Marvel Studios/Disney executive wasn't sure why they hired Bradley Cooper to voice Rocket Raccoon if he wasn't going to sound like the actor does typically.

Gunn shared the behind the scenes take on Twitter, posting the following, "One exec - who is no longer with Marvel Studios/Disney - saw an early cut & said, "Why did we pay money for Bradley Cooper if he doesn’t even sound like Bradley Cooper!?"

One exec - who is no longer with Marvel Studios/Disney - saw an early cut & said “Why did we pay money for Bradley Cooper if he doesn’t even sound like Bradley Cooper!?” I was like, we hired him because he’s a great ACTOR. That’s the point! He’s creating a CHARACTER! https://t.co/TzW7IMQ4gB

&mdash James Gunn (@JamesGunn) December 22, 2020

"I was like, we hired him because he’s a great ACTOR. That’s the point! He’s creating a CHARACTER!" Gunn added. The creator shared this information after a fan asked the director online how Bradley Cooper was cast for the role as it seemed like an unlikely pick for an actor who hadn't done much voiceover work previously.

In a prior interview, Cooper also revealed that at one point Rocket almost had a cockney accent. The creative team ultimately leaned into Cooper's approach of Rocket sounding like "this sort of other guy from the city," which matches Rocket's now-signature gruff tone and voice. Cooper will continue to voice Rocket Raccoon in Marvel Cinematic Universe's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Rocket Raccoon's character originated in Marvel Preview #7, created by writer Bill Mantlo and artist Keith Giffen. His character would go on to receive his own series and became a prominent member of 2008's revived Guardians of the Galaxy comic series and beyond. Rocket currently stars in writer Al Ewing's Guardians of the Galaxy comic run, where he continues to cause trouble and outrun bullets.

Although Gunn is still working on the third Guardians of the Galaxy film in the MCU, it was recently announced during Disney's Investor Day 2020 event that James Gunn also wrote and directed a Guardians-themed holiday special that will premiere sometime within 2022.

Gunn wrote and directed the first two films in the franchise, Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. He also served as an executive producer on the two Avengers films in which his Guardians appeared, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

Written and directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is set to begin filming in February 2021. Its current release date is targeted for 2023.


Bradley Cooper allegedly broke Lady Gaga's heart after their fling

According to Lady Gaga's mates, what we've been suspecting all this time is true! She and Bradley Cooper allegedly were seeing each other, and he "broke her heart".

The American publication Life & Style revealed that Gaga and Cooper star were 100% together, however for obvious reasons never made the status of their relationship public.

"There’s no doubt about it - Lady Gaga fell head over heels for Bradley during filming and promotion of A Star is Born," a source told the magazine. "She thought he was 'the one' and assumed he felt the same way – until recently."

Those close to Lady Gaga fear that she is being "strung along" by Bradley regardless of him backing off from the fling.

"She’s telling friends he broke her heart," reports Life & Style.

WATCH: Lady Gaga has a dramatic fall while trying to get in car

"Gaga feels like Bradley led her on because he was giving off all the signs that they’d become an item once he was single," said the magazine's source, referring to Bradley's split from his girlfriend of five years, Irina Shayk. " He suddenly realised he was jumping into a full-blown commitment to someone else and got scared."

Bradley and ex-fiance, Victoria's Secret model Irina Shayk shocked the world when they broke up in June.

An insider told PEOPLE magazine that they were "amicably working out how to share custody of their daughter Lea De Seine."

"Because of their daughter, they keep trying," a source close to the couple of five years also told Page Six, at the time, adding: "Things are not good. Neither one is happy. The relationship is hanging by a thread."

WATCH: Irina Shayk ex-wife busted LAUGHING at his relationship with Lady Gaga

When Bradley was going through the breakup, he turned to Gaga for relationship advice.

"He goes to Gaga for advice over everything, which is pretty insensitive at a time like this but Bradley can’t help himself,” an insider told Radar Online.

The source added: “He’s just totally spellbound by her and thinks she’s the wisest, coolest and most worldly person on the planet. Gaga’s in a tough spot because she doesn’t want to rub Irina’s nose in it. But still, she does adore Bradley so she’s happy to take his calls."

Sure, there's been no official confirmation about Gaga's involvement in Bradley's life. but it doesn't take much to see that she played a role in the split between him and Irina.

While both expressed their chemistry was solely for the cameras, nobody believed them! Especially after their steamy Oscars performance.

"Yes, people saw love and guess what? That’s what we wanted you to see. When you’re singing love songs, that’s what you want people to feel," Gaga said.


Find Someone to Root for You Like Bradley Cooper Supports the Philadelphia Eagles

B radley Cooper’s unbridled enthusiasm for his team, the Philadelphia Eagles, has become the happiest Super Bowl 2018 meme.

Not only did the Oscar-nominated actor narrate a powerful Eagles video with the appropriate gravitas for the winning team’s magical season, but as he aggressively watched his home team go for the Lombardi Trophy at the Super Bowl game, he gave a performance so rich with emotional depth he went viral.

Cooper watched the thrilling game from the owner’s box, but of all the A-listers in the mix, including selfie kid, he was the most engaged. The internet really loved watching him ride for Philly.

That’s why it shouldn’t be so surprising that in the movie Silver Linings Playbook, Cooper played a diehard Eagles fan. From the photo evidence of his feelings below, it was the gig he was born for.

As an adult man with passion, his heart was bursting with the joy of an entire Philly street. His investment in the game is every climbed pole. His unshakable love of his team is every celebratory cheesesteak.

Of course, it wasn’t just Eagles fans who swooned for Cooper. His excitement was infectious for many. You may now use this meme to encourage your friends and spread joy across the internet.


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Cooper was born on January 5, 1975, in Philadelphia, and grew up in the nearby communities of Jenkintown and Rydal. [3] [4] [5] His mother, Gloria (née Campano), [6] worked for the local NBC affiliate. [3] His father, Charles Cooper, worked as a stockbroker for Merrill Lynch. [6] Cooper's father was of Irish descent, while his mother is of Italian ancestry (from Abruzzo and Naples). [7] He has an older sister, Holly. [8] He had cholesteatoma in his ear soon after his birth, and punctured his eardrum when he started diving at an early age. [9]

Describing himself as a child, Cooper has said: "I never lived the life of 'Oh, you're so good-looking'. People thought I was a girl when I was little, because I looked like a girl—maybe because my mother would keep my hair really long". [10] He excelled at basketball, and enjoyed cooking: "I used to have buddies come over after kindergarten and I'd cook them food. I prided myself in taking whatever was in the fridge and turning it into lasagna." [11] He initially wanted to attend Valley Forge Military Academy and move to Japan to become a ninja. [12] At an early age, his father introduced him to films like The Elephant Man, [8] which inspired him to be an actor. [13] Cooper says that his parents were initially apprehensive of his career choice, but they eventually changed their perceptions when they saw Cooper play the part of Joseph Merrick in an excerpt from the play The Elephant Man. [8]

While attending Germantown Academy, he worked at the Philadelphia Daily News. [14] He says that in school he was neither "the smartest person" nor "the coolest kid" and "really didn't have anything going on!" [15] After graduating from high school in 1993, Cooper attended Villanova University for one year before transferring to Georgetown University. [16] Cooper graduated with honors from Georgetown in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. [5] [17] He was a member of the Georgetown Hoyas rowing team and acted with Nomadic Theatre. [18] [19] While at Georgetown, Cooper became fluent in French and spent six months as an exchange student in Aix-en-Provence, France. [20] In his television debut, Sex and the City in 1999, he made a brief appearance opposite Sarah Jessica Parker. [21] Cooper later served as a presenter on the tourism series Globe Trekker (2000), which took him to such places as Peru and Croatia, and had a recurring role in the short-lived series The Street. [9] [22] [23]

Cooper had been interested in a career in diplomacy when he auditioned for the master class graduate degree at the Actors Studio and was selected by James Lipton. [24] In 2000, he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from the Actors Studio Drama School at The New School in New York City. [25] There, he trained with the coach Elizabeth Kemp of whom he says: "I was never able to relax in my life before her." She advised him on many of his films. [26] While studying in New York City, Cooper worked as a doorman at the Morgans Hotel, [3] and briefly interacted with Robert de Niro and Sean Penn in question-and-answer master class sessions, which were later featured episodes of Inside the Actors Studio. [24]

2001–2008: Early roles

Cooper's cinematic debut came in the ensemble comedy Wet Hot American Summer (2001), a film that takes place at a fictional summer camp in 1981. He played Ben, a counselor and the love interest of Michael Ian Black's character. Although the film was critically and commercially unsuccessful, it has since developed a cult following. Cooper reprised the role in the film's prequel Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (2015), an eight-episode Netflix series. [27]

In the television series Alias (2001–06), Cooper achieved some success with the role of Will Tippin, a local reporter for a newspaper and the best friend of Jennifer Garner's character, Sydney Bristow. [21] Garner was one of the first people he met in Los Angeles and was, in Cooper's words, "very maternal . She wanted to take care of me, make sure I was okay all the time." [28] He acted in the 2002 psychological thriller Changing Lanes. The scenes in which he appeared were edited out of the final cut of the film, but are featured on the film's DVD and Blu-ray releases. [29] [30] Also in 2002, he played a man involved in a love triangle in the romantic drama Bending All the Rules. [31] He guest-starred in the short-lived TV series Miss Match and played the role of cowboy and race horse trainer Morgan Murphy in the television film The Last Cowboy, which aired on the Hallmark Channel in January 2003. [32] [33] He later appeared in the television film I Want to Marry Ryan Banks (2004) with Jason Priestley and as a regular guest star in the WB series Jack & Bobby (2004–05). [34]

Cooper's career prospects improved with a more prominent role in the David Dobkin-directed comedy Wedding Crashers (2005) alongside Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Rachel McAdams. [5] In the film, he played Sack Lodge, the arrogant and aggressive boyfriend of Claire (McAdams) who is obsessed with winning—a role he describes as "kind of a sociopath". [35] Cooper believed the antagonistic character changed people's perception of him, as he had previously played the "nice guy". [36] With a production budget of $40 million, the film grossed over $285 million worldwide. [37] In September 2005, Fox debuted the sitcom Kitchen Confidential, based on a memoir by chef Anthony Bourdain, with Cooper in the leading role. Despite positive reviews for the series, the show was canceled after only four episodes due to low ratings. [38] [39]

In March 2006, Cooper starred as Pip/Theo in Three Days of Rain on Broadway with Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd. [40] This was followed by minor roles in the romantic comedy Failure to Launch (2006) and the satirical comedy The Comebacks (2007). [34] Cooper next appeared in the fifth season of Nip/Tuck (2007) as Aidan Stone, a television star on the fictional show Hearts 'N Scalpels. In 2008, he played the lead in Older than America, [34] and appeared onstage in a production of Theresa Rebeck's play The Understudy at the Williamstown Theatre Festival alongside Kristen Johnston. [41] Between his small roles of best friend to the main character in the 2008 comedies Yes Man and The Rocker, [34] Cooper landed the lead role in the Ryuhei Kitamura-directed horror film The Midnight Meat Train (2008), based on Clive Barker's 1984 short story of the same name. Playing the dark character of a freelance photographer who tries to track down a serial killer was a departure from Cooper's previous comedic roles and an experience he found enjoyable. The film received positive reviews from critics, though it earned little at the box office. [42]

2009–2012: Breakthrough

In 2009, Cooper hosted Saturday Night Live with musical guest TV on the Radio, portraying actor Christian Bale in one sketch, [43] and appeared in a supporting role in the film He's Just Not That Into You. [44] Cooper's breakthrough role came in Todd Phillips' comedy The Hangover (2009). [8] He played Phil Wenneck, one of the three friends—alongside Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis—to wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas, with no memory of the previous night and the bachelor missing. The Hangover was a commercial success and finished as among the highest-grossing R-rated films in the United States. [45] A. O. Scott of The New York Times wrote, "Mr. Cooper . offers the most interesting variation on an old standard, playing his aggressive, cocky frat boy with a snarl of rage that masks an anxiety as hard to account for as it is to miss." [46] For his performance, Cooper received an award at the 13th Hollywood Film Festival and his first nomination for MTV Movie Awards—Best Comedic Performance. [47] [48] The Daily Telegraph opined that the film's success turned Cooper into "a bona fide leading man". [8] Nevertheless, Cooper stated in a 2011 interview with Shave: "It's the same. I mean, look, more doors have been opened for sure, but it's not like I sit back with a cigar on Monday morning and go through the scripts that have been offered." [49]

Also in 2009, Cooper featured in the psychological horror Case 39, a delayed production that had been filmed in 2006. [50] He paired with Sandra Bullock in the comedy All About Steve, a film that was panned by critics, failed to attract a wide audience and earned them a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Combo. [51] [52] Following a role in one of eleven segments of the anthology film New York, I Love You (2009), [31] Cooper appeared in the ensemble romantic comedy Valentine's Day (2010), directed by Garry Marshall, co-starring with Julia Roberts. The film was a commercial success, grossing over $215 million worldwide. [53] He then starred in the comedy Brother's Justice and as the fictional character Templeton "Faceman" Peck in the feature film version of The A-Team alongside Liam Neeson, Quinton Jackson, and Sharlto Copley. To prepare for the role, he abstained from consuming sugar, salt and flour, and underwent grueling workouts. [54] The film released to negative reviews and poor box office returns. [55] [56] Tim Robey of The Daily Telegraph wrote, "Cooper confirms his credentials as perhaps the most smugly narcissistic performer", [57] while Nev Pierce of Empire credited both Cooper and Copley for "acing swagger and insanity respectively, who best both capture and yet re-forge their iconic characters." [58] Cooper appeared as guest host of WWE Raw in June 2010. [59]

In 2011, Cooper starred in the techno-thriller Limitless, based on the 2001 novel The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn. In the Neil Burger-directed film, he played a struggling writer who is introduced to a nootropic drug that gives him the ability to fully utilize his brain and vastly improve his lifestyle. [60] The box office website Box Office Mojo was apprehensive of the film's financial prospects, but it emerged as a commercial success with a worldwide gross of $161 million. [61] [62] A writer for Variety said of Cooper's performance that he "makes further strides toward major stardom, spelling excellent early spring returns and socko vid play." [63] Greater commercial success followed with the comedy sequel The Hangover Part II (2011), which earned over $580 million worldwide. [64] Reviews for the film were generally negative, [65] but Mary Pols of Time magazine complimented Cooper, writing that the actor "gives a knowing performance: he's both the peacock and the parody of one. He's blessed with good looks and fantastic timing, the kind that makes every line funnier, even the small asides." [66] At the 38th People's Choice Awards, he was nominated for Favorite Comedic Movie Actor. [67]

The year 2012 saw Cooper star in four films—The Words, Hit and Run, The Place Beyond the Pines, and Silver Linings Playbook. The mystery drama The Words failed commercially, as did the action comedy Hit and Run. [68] [69] In Derek Cianfrance's critically acclaimed crime drama The Place Beyond the Pines, [70] Cooper played a rookie police officer, a role Cianfrance specifically wrote for him. The director drove five hours to Montreal to meet with Cooper to convince him to take on the role. Cianfrance described Cooper's character as someone "paraded as a hero . But inside him corruption is going on, conflict is raging inside, guilt and shame are buried." [71] A reviewer for The Independent credited Cooper for "excelling as an archetype, the principled man who is personally rather dislikeable", adding, "I never imagined this actor capable of such layered character work." [72] Despite positive reviews, the film had moderate box office returns. [73]

Cooper starred with Robert De Niro and Jennifer Lawrence in David O. Russell's romantic comedy-drama Silver Linings Playbook, an adaptation of Matthew Quick's serio-comic novel of the same name. He was cast as a divorced man with bipolar disorder, a former teacher who finds companionship in a young, depressed widow (Lawrence). Cooper was initially skeptical about playing the part which he thought was out of his depth, but he later accepted the role inspired by Russell's confidence in him. [8] The director was impressed with his performance in Wedding Crashers, citing his "good bad-guy energy" and unpredictability as justification for casting [74] he also thought Cooper would be able to demonstrate emotion and vulnerability onscreen. [75] To prepare, Cooper took dance training with choreographer Mandy Moore, who describes Cooper as having "some real natural dancing ability." [76] The film was a box-office success, earning $236.4 million on a production budget of $21 million. [77] Peter Travers of Rolling Stone wrote that Cooper "seizes the juiciest role of his career and meets every comic and dramatic challenge. There's an ache in his funny, touching and vital performance that resonates." [78] For his performance, he earned an MTV Movie Award for Best Performance, [79] and nominations for an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor. [80]

2013–2017: Commercial fluctuations

In 2013, Cooper reprised his role as Phil Wenneck in the third and final installment of The Hangover trilogy, The Hangover Part III, which was poorly reviewed by critics. [81] The critic for The Independent argued that Cooper was "reduced to mugging for the camera, offering reaction shots to nothing." [82] Nevertheless, like its preceding entries, the film was a commercial success, grossing $362 million worldwide, and remains one of Cooper's highest-grossing releases. [83] Later that year, he took on the supporting role of an unhinged FBI agent in David O. Russell's crime comedy-drama American Hustle. Inspired by the FBI's Abscam sting operation, the film is set against the backdrop of political corruption in 1970s New Jersey. It also starred Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence. [84] American Hustle was a critical and commercial success with global revenues of $251.1 million. [85] Kim Newman of Empire wrote: "Cooper is stuck with the least rewarding role, but keeps finding brilliant little bits of business to hold the attention", praising his "spot impersonations of his overly cautious (but smart) boss." [86] Cooper was nominated for an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Critics' Choice Movie Award, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, but did not win any. [87]

Cooper reunited with Lawrence in the Susanne Bier-directed drama Serena—an adaptation of Ron Rash's period novel. The pair starred as a married couple who become involved in criminal activities after realizing that they cannot bear children. [88] The picture was filmed in 2012, but was released in 2014 to negative reviews and poor box office returns. [89] [90] The Canberra Times ' Jake Wilson stated: "Cooper once again proves his value as a leading man who approaches his roles like a character actor." [91] In 2014, Cooper provided the voice of Rocket Raccoon in the Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy. [92] He returned to Broadway for the 2014 run of The Elephant Man as the severely deformed Joseph Merrick. Michael Coveney of Whatsonstage.com wrote of his performance: "Cooper avoids every trap of "disability" acting by suffusing this outer appearance with soul and passion. It's a wonderful, and very moving, display." [93] He garnered a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. [94]

Also in 2014, Cooper co-produced and starred as United States Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle in American Sniper—a biographical war drama directed by Clint Eastwood. [95] The film tells the story of Kyle, who became the deadliest marksman in US military history, and is loosely based on the eponymous memoir. To appear to be as large as Kyle, Cooper underwent extensive training and followed a rigorous diet, gaining 40 pounds (18 kg) of muscle. [96] Cooper's preparation also included lessons with a vocal coach, and studying footage of Kyle. [97] To learn how to use a rifle, the actor trained with US Navy SEAL veteran Kevin Lacz, who served with Kyle. [98] The film, [99] and Cooper's performance, received generally positive reviews. The critic for Variety wrote, "an excellent performance from a bulked-up Bradley Cooper, this harrowing and intimate character study offers fairly blunt insights into the physical and psychological toll exacted on the front lines." [100] Similar sentiments were echoed by USA Today ' s Claudia Puig who asserted, "It's clearly Cooper's show. Substantially bulked up and affecting a believable Texas drawl, Cooper embodies Kyle's confidence, intensity and vulnerability." [101] American Sniper earned $547 million worldwide to become Cooper's highest-grossing live-action film and the third highest-grossing R-rated film of all time. [83] [102] Cooper won an MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor the film was nominated for Best Picture. [103] [104] With these nominations, Cooper became the tenth actor in history to receive an Academy Award nomination for acting in three consecutive years. [a]

None of Cooper's films released in 2015—Aloha, Burnt, or Joy—faired well at the box office. [83] He starred in Cameron Crowe's Aloha with Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams. [106] The project was the subject of controversy after the Media Action Network for Asian-Americans accused the filmmakers of whitewashing the cast. [107] Despite the backlash, he was nominated for Choice Movie Actor – Comedy at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards. [108] In John Wells' drama Burnt, Cooper played a chef who decides to regain his former glory after drug abuse takes a toll on his career. While the film was criticized for its "overdone clichés", [109] Jon Frosch of The Hollywood Reporter stated that "[Cooper] gives a fully engaged performance that almost makes us want to forgive the movie's laziness. Almost." [110] His supporting role in the biopic Joy reunited him with David O. Russell and Lawrence. [111] In 2016, he had a voice cameo in the thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane, and played a supporting part in War Dogs, co-produced under his and Todd Phillips's production company Joint Effort. [112] [113] In 2017, Cooper again voiced Rocket Raccoon, in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. [114]

2018–present: Professional expansion

After reprising the role of Rocket Raccoon in Avengers: Infinity War (2018), [115] Cooper directed his first film, A Star Is Born, a remake of the 1937 musical film of same name. Cooper starred in the film as an established singer, Jackson Maine, whose romance with a woman named Ally (played by Lady Gaga) becomes strained after her career begins to overshadow his. [116] Having long aspired to direct a film, Cooper was keen on making a love story. People had warned him against directing a third remake, and he feared the film would end his directing career if it failed. [117] The film premiered at the 75th Venice International Film Festival in August 2018, and was released worldwide in October to critical acclaim. [118] [119] On Cooper's direction, Owen Gleiberman of Variety wrote that "to say that [Cooper] does a good job would be to understate his accomplishment" and that he "gets right onto the high wire". [120] Brian Tallerico, writing for RogerEbert.com, stated that Cooper "does some of the best work of his career" and gives "an excellent performance", praising his singing abilities and chemistry with Gaga. [121] The film earned over $425 million at the box office against a production budget of $36 million. [122]

Cooper spent nearly four years working on the project, including learning to sing, play guitar, and play piano. [123] He and Gaga co-wrote and produced most of the songs on the soundtrack for A Star Is Born, which she insisted they record live. Cooper undertook vocal training for 18 months to prepare, including with the help of vocal coach Roger Love. [124] [125] The album contains elements of blues rock, country and bubblegum pop. [126] Billboard says its lyrics are about wanting change, its struggle, love, romance, and bonding, describing the music as "timeless, emotional, gritty and earnest. They sound like songs written by artists who, quite frankly, are supremely messed up but hit to the core of the listener." [127] The album's release coincided with the film's, and it contains 34 tracks, including 19 original songs. It received generally positive reviews from critics [128] Mark Kennedy of The Washington Post called it a "five-star marvel" and Ben Beaumont-Thomas of The Guardian termed it an "instant classics full of Gaga's emotional might". [126] [129] Commercially, the soundtrack reached number one in the US, Ireland and the UK. [130] The record's lead single, "Shallow", was released that September [131] and reached number one in the US, Australia, Ireland, Switzerland and the UK. [132]

For the film, Cooper received a National Board of Review Award for Best Director and two Golden Globe nominations, for Best Actor in a Drama and Best Director. [133] [134] Cooper earned two Grammy nominations for "Shallow"—Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, winning the latter. The soundtrack as a whole received 7 Grammy nominations across two different ceremonies. [135] At the 72nd British Academy Film Awards, A Star Is Born received seven nominations, five of which were for Cooper: Best Film, Best Direction, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Music, winning only the last of these. As a result, Cooper became the first person with five nominations in a single ceremony in BAFTA's history. [136] Cooper was also nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay. [137] He later remarked that he was "embarrassed" by his failure to gain a directing nomination at the ceremony. [138]

Cooper next reunited with Clint Eastwood in The Mule (2018), a crime film based on the life of World War II veteran Leo Sharp in which Cooper played a DEA agent. [139] In 2019, Cooper co-produced Todd Phillips's psychological thriller Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix. [140] It grossed over $1 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time, and earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Picture and the BAFTA Award for Best Film. [141] [142] [143] He also returned as Rocket in Avengers: Endgame (2019) and is set to appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. [144] [145]

Cooper's early years in the entertainment industry were marred with difficulties. When his role in the second season of Alias was demoted to a minuscule part, he considered quitting show business. [148] His substance addiction and doubts about his career triggered thoughts of suicide. [149] Cooper has abstained from alcohol since 2004, remarking that it would have destroyed his life. [9] [150]

I was at a party and deliberately bashed my head on the concrete floor—like, 'Hey, look how tough I am!' And I came up, and blood dripped down. And then I did it again. I spent the night at . [h]ospital with a sock of ice, waiting for them to stitch me up. I was so concerned what you thought of me, how I was coming across, how I would survive the day. I always felt like an outsider. I just lived in my head. I realized I wasn't going to live up to my potential, and that scared the hell out of me. I thought, 'Wow, I'm actually gonna ruin my life I'm really gonna ruin it.'

Two years after the death of his father from lung cancer in 2011, he relocated to Los Angeles with his mother. [151] He said that after his father's diagnosis, "I was in a very lucky position because I was able to put everything on hold in all aspects of my life and completely focus on taking care of him." He has described the process of his father's treatment as "just simply overwhelming, incredibly stressful, complex and all consuming." [152]

Having grown up in Philadelphia, Cooper is a fan of the National Football League's Eagles and has made various appearances on behalf of the team besides his Silver Linings Playbook role. He voiced a snowball trying to make amends with Santa Claus in an ESPN promo which referenced an infamous incident from the 1968 Philadelphia Eagles season, and has joined owner Jeffrey Lurie in his box at games, including the Eagles' first Super Bowl victory in 2018. [153]

Relationships

In October 2006, Cooper became engaged to actress Jennifer Esposito. The couple married in December. In May 2007, Esposito filed for a divorce that was finalized in November. [154] Regarding their four-month marriage, he explained, "It was just something that happened. The good thing is, we both realized it. Sometimes you just realize it". [155]

Before his marriage, he met Renée Zellweger while filming Case 39 in 2006. The media speculated about the nature of their relationship in 2009, when the film was released. They reportedly split in 2011. [156] [157]

From December 2011 to January 2013, he was in a relationship with Zoe Saldana. [158] In March 2013, he began dating English model Suki Waterhouse the relationship ended two years later. [159]

Cooper began a relationship with Russian model Irina Shayk in April 2015. [160] In March 2017, Shayk gave birth to their daughter, Lea de Seine. [161] [162] The couple reportedly split in June 2019. [163]

As part of a career analysis, Oliver Lyttelton of IndieWire observed that early in his career, Cooper was typecast as "weaselly boyfriends or best friends in mainstream comedies", but later emerged as one of Hollywood's most accomplished actors after starring in several successful films. [164] Cooper is known for appearing in a range of films [165] writing for The Hollywood Reporter, Bill Phelps credits him for "opt[ing] for the challenging and provocative, the small and interesting, risking the laid-back image that propelled him to fame." [9] The Daily Beast ' s Oliver Lyttelton agrees, remarking: "Cooper . regularly ventures outside his grinning-stud comfort zone by taking on roles that, on the surface, might not necessarily seem like perfect matches." [166] Time magazine writes of Cooper's craft: "It's hard to make people, especially your friends, forget who you are onscreen. But Bradley's that good." [167] Cooper believes that his personality relates to acting: "I enjoy people, that makes this profession a lot easier, and I can sleep anywhere. That's a skill." [8] He cites Daniel Day-Lewis as an acting influence. [168]

Cooper's sex appeal has been picked up by several media outlets including People magazine, which named him Sexiest Man Alive in 2011. [169] He was initially uncomfortable with the accolade, but later found it funny. [8] Also in 2011, he was dubbed International Man of the Year by GQ and appeared in AskMen's 49 most influential men. [170] [171] He ranked tenth on Empire 's list of the 100 Sexiest Movie Stars in 2013. [172] He was one of the highest-paid actors in the world from 2013 to 2015, earning $28 million, $46 million, and $41.5 million, respectively, and in 2019, with $57 million. [173] Forbes ranked him first on their Celebrity 100: Ones To Watch list in 2013. [174] In 2014, 2015 and 2019, he featured on Celebrity 100, a list based on the income and popularity of celebrities, as selected annually by Forbes. [175] Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2015. [167] Cooper's films have earned a total of $11.2 billion worldwide. [176]

Cooper supports organizations that help fight cancer. In June 2014, he joined the board of directors for the charity Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a non-profit organization that serves people coping with cancer. [177] In April 2016, he participated in the launch of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy that works for cancer patients. [152] He served as an executive producer for Stand Up to Cancer's Fifth Biennial Telecast, a primetime fundraising special that aired in September. [178]

In 2009, Cooper took part in an Alzheimer's Association campaign that aimed to increase awareness about Alzheimer's disease. [179] He is also one of the members of the Alzheimer's Association Celebrity Champions, an initiative launched for a similar purpose. [180] In 2015, Cooper spoke at The National Geographic Society for the group Got Your 6 to help ensure military veterans are better represented in popular culture. [181] Cooper has donated to Democratic Party candidates and attended the 2016 Democratic National Convention (when Hillary Clinton received the nomination for president) to hear then-president Barack Obama speak. [182] He regards Barack Obama as "an incredible president". [183]

Cooper has received one BAFTA, [184] one Screen Actors Guild Award, and two Grammy Awards. He has been nominated for eight Academy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, and one Tony Award. According to the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes and box-office website Box Office Mojo, Cooper's most critically and commercially successful films include Wedding Crashers (2005), The Hangover (2009), Limitless (2011), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), American Hustle (2013), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), American Sniper (2014) and A Star Is Born (2018). [83] [185] Among his stage roles, he has appeared in a Broadway revival of The Elephant Man (2014–2015), for which he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. [94]


Live Like Bradley Cooper - Recipes


We’re not really fans of Bradley Cooper around here. Kaiser and I have reached the consensus that he’s a talented, solid character actor, but there’s something lacking that would make him lead material. It’s like it’s hard to get a read on the guy. He’s not the sexiest alive, and he’s far from the most interesting. So I’m kind of warming up to him now that I learn that he takes in rescue dogs. Honestly I don’t consider myself a dog person since I don’t have one, but I really like that he adores his dog. Cooper brought his dog, Charlotte, a chow/retriever mix, to “Live with Kelly” and explained that he found her at a rescue dog event for Much Love Animal Rescue. (There’s video on People.com on this link.) He also said that Charlotte doesn’t have any bottom teeth. I believe that Charlotte is Cooper’s only dog at this point. People did a photo profile of Cooper and his dogs last fall, and they mentioned that he used to have another rescue dog named Samson, saved from euthanasia at a shelter, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 13. Cooper loved Samson so much he has a huge photo of him in his house right above what looks like the dining table. So yes, it does make me like him more! Here’s the story from People:

Bradley Cooper has no problem winning over humans (hello, Sexiest Man Alive!) – it’s his dog that’s the problem.

When The Words star first met Charlotte, his chow/retriever mix, “She was on the streets of Compton, actually,” he told Kelly Ripa and Sam Champion during a Thursday appearance on Live! With Kelly.

“She has no bottom teeth,” he continued, as he described the “little polar bear” and “little toughie” he found through Much Love Animal Rescue.

It may have been love at first sight between the pair, but Charlotte was apparently unimpressed with Cooper’s acting credits when he adopted her that day.

“When she saw you, did she recognize you?” Ripa asked. “And was she like, ‘I am hitting the jackpot!’ Can you imagine?”

In fact, Charlotte had no previous knowledge of her new owner’s past work. “I was like ‘Hey, I was on Alias,’” he said. “She’s like, ‘Nope.’ I’m like, ‘Wedding Crashers?’”

It didn’t keep Cooper from forming a lasting bond with the well-behaved pooch, and he told the audience, “She’s the best.”

Now I know what Cooper really cares about, it makes him seem more relatable to me. He told People last year that he sneaks Charlotte on set with him even though he’s “not supposed to.” That’s cute, and that dog is precious! Maybe I don’t consider myself a dog person, but I really love other people’s dogs and wish I could have one. I just travel too much. This story is making me melt a little.

Cooper is in the new Dax Shephard film, Hit and Run, and he’s also in an upcoming movie with his ex girlfriend, Zoe Saldana, a plagiarism thriller called The Words. The NY Daily News asks if Cooper is giving Saldana the cold shoulder, since he admitted to them that he hasn’t spoken to her, saying “I only talk to Brian [Klugman, the director and childhood pal]. That’s the only person I ever talk to. [from the film].” The News notes that Zoe didn’t come to a preview of the film in The Hamptons that Cooper attended, and neither did their other co-star, Olivia Wilde, “who was linked to [Cooper] in March 2011 after he split from then-longtime girlfriend Renee Zellweger.” Who hasn’t this guy slept with?

Here are some new photos of Cooper at the premiere of The Words in Philadelphia yesterday. Neither Wilde nor Saldana were at this premiere, either. He looks really hopped up on something, doesn’t he? Those are not sober or even drunk eyes, those are stimulant eyes. I could be wrong I guess, or maybe he just had a whole pot of coffee.

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Header image is from 6-27-12. Credit: Pacific Coast News. Cooper is shown on the red carpet yesterday on 8-27-12. Other photos of him with his dog are from December, 2009. Credit: Fame Flynet.


Bradley Cooper's 10 Greatest Roles, Ranked In Order

Clint Eastwood&rsquos American Sniper went wider over the weekend, and while it dominated the box office with a record take, it divided critics and audience members with its political and military messages. The one factor everyone agreed on, though, was the incredible performance by leading man Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, a decorated Navy SEAL who dedicated his life to his brothers in arms. It&rsquos hard to believe that this is the same guy who charmed Jennifer Garner in Alias, and entertained audiences in the Hangover trilogy.

American Sniper is Bradley Cooper&rsquos third straight Best Actor nomination, following nods for his two films with director David O. Russell. But where does it rank on a list of the all-time great Bradley Cooper roles? We decided to comb over his resume and single out our choices for the 10 best, ranked from two to one.

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