News Nuggets: Bradley Cooper will direct and star in ‘A Star Is Born’ remake with Beyonce?

Warner Bros. is now negotiating with four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper to direct and star in a remake of the classic film “A Star Is Born.” It would be his first time helming a movie, and production would start after he finishes starring in “The Elephant Man” on stage in London. He and the studo would like to pursue Beyonce to play the lead character, a young woman “whose dreams of stardom are helped by a self-destructive icon whose best days are behind him.” It would be the fourth feature version of this story after ones in 1937 (Fredrick March, Janet Gaynor), 1954 (James Mason, Judy Garland), and 1976 (Kris Kristofferson, Barbra Streisand). Deadline

Fox is bringing back “The X-Files” after an extended 13-year break. One of the network’s most popular programs ever will begin production this summer with stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny. Original creator Chris Carter will shepherd the special six-episode “event series.” The most recent appearance of FBI agents Scully and Mulder was in a 2008 feature film. Huffington Post

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Anne Thompson implores the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to return the Best Picture category to just five nominees. The governors will meet Tuesday night to discuss the most recent Oscars ceremony and might be tackling that issue again. She says the group has been “twisting itself into a pretzel to make these voting rules work” with up to 10 contenders but that “the experiment has failed.” Thompson on Hollywood

Sasha Stone counters with five reasons why the Academy should embrace 10 Best Picture nominees each year. She says that it should follow the Producers Guild model which uses a similar accounting system and always includes 10 contenders (not a mix between five and 10). By having more nominees, they break free from “The Oscar Movie” to broaden the variety. It also makes for “great” box office, including popular fare like “American Sniper.” Awards Daily

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Michael Ausiello offers the latest spoilers and scoops on many TV shows. For “NCIS,” he says to expect “shocking surprises that will leave everyone speechless” on the season finale. For “Game of Thrones,” he offers that the upcoming second episode will have Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) tempted by an advisor. He also discusses “Arrow,” “Bones,” “Empire,” “Justified,” “Mad Men,” “New Girl,” and “Orphan Black.” TV Line

Seven of the biggest winners with the Academy of Country Music will receive special honors next month. The ACM Awards will present 50th Anniversary Milestone trophies to Garth Brooks, Brooks and Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, George Strait, and Taylor Swift on April 19. Associated Press

Showtime gives a 12-episode series order to new drama series “Billiions” starring Emmy winners Damian Lewis (“Homeland”) and Paul Giamatti (“John Adams”). The show revolves around politics and power in the world of Wall Street and New York. Exectuive producers are Brian Koppelman, David Levien, and Andrew Ross Sorkin. Production will start later this year for a 2016 debut. Variety

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