A Star is Born will now be shown in Vue cinemas after “ongoing discussions” between Vue and the film’s studio were resolved.
Despite the London premiere being held at Vue West End in Leicester Square on September 27, the film wasn’t screening due to ongoing “discussion” between the cinema chain and the film’s studio.
It is believed that the delay was caused regarding details over booking terms. However, Vue has resolved the issue with the movie’s distributor Warner Bros and the film will be showing from October 12.
— Vue (@vuecinemas) October 12, 2018
On the Vue website, a statement last week said: “We are working very hard to try and bring you ‘A Star is Born’…we are still in discussions with the studio and apologise to all of our customers who were looking forward to seeing the film at Vue. Keep an eye out for further updates.”
On Vue’s Facebook page, the cinema chain replied to fans who were questioning why the movie wasn’t being shown, writing: “Please note this is not due to any technical issue” and “screenings are not yet scheduled.” The decision sparked upset among fans desperate to see the acclaimed film:
Due to operational reasons, we don't have any schedules right now. This may change in the future, so keep an eye on the website just in case – Lewishttps://t.co/005WEOVo4U
— Vue Cinemas Help (@VueHelp) October 2, 2018
We are working very hard to try and bring you A Star Is Born. We are still in discussions with the studio and apologise to all of our customers who were looking forward to seeing the film at Vue. Keep an eye out for further updates. -Dani
— Vue Cinemas Help (@VueHelp) October 4, 2018
@ladygaga why is the biggest uk cinema VUE not screening your movie "a star is born"? Honestly it's so annoying. I want to see it so badly! We have 2 vue cinemas where I live!!
— Ilaria (@Tredici7) October 8, 2018
— James Bryant (@j__r__b) October 3, 2018
FUMING at the fact every other cinema is showing a star is born but vue cinemas have no schedulings yet. ive been so excited to see it and cant get to any other cinema ?
— bex (@heartofsmine) October 3, 2018
@VueHelp My Mum was very excited to see A Star Is Born this weekend. But she went to the Vue Cinema in Leeds and was told it is not showing! Can you please explain and reassure this is not a dispute with @ladygaga #ladygaga #bradleycooper #astarisborn
— John Havard (@readsthepapers) October 7, 2018
Interesting that no Vue cinemas are yet showing A Star Is Born. Apparently, it's some kind of dispute…even though the film's premiere was held at a Vue!
— Alex B Cann (@alexbcann) October 9, 2018
I still can’t believe that Vue aren’t showing A Star Is Born what a mess
— A picture of Jane McDonald (@ashjpitt) October 6, 2018
Despite poor reviews, Tom Hardy’s Venom film beat A Star is Born at the box office last weekend.In a two-star review, NME called Venom a “flawed beast that feels 10 years out of time”. Meanwhile, of A Star Is Born, writer Douglas Greenwood said: “Gaga’s investment in her debut lead performance is so strong that she’s practically unrecognisable beneath it.”
Venom and Lady Gaga’s A Star Is Born were both released in cinemas on Friday (October 5), with the former pulling in $80 million (£61.2 million) in its first few days. That figure gives it the highest-earning October opening weekend ever, beating Gravity‘s previous record of $55.7 million (£42.6 million).
A Star Is Born, which has seen many calling for the film and its cast to be rewarded with Oscars next year, took $42 million (£32.1 million).
Reviewing the film’s soundtrack earlier this week, NME wrote: “Overall though, A Star is Born is one of the best Hollywood soundtracks of recent years. Far from being Oscar bait, these are songs that could feasibly shine on their own – and ones that feel entirely believable. Along with Best Actor gongs for Gaga and Cooper, a musical gong might just be in order too…”