Liza Minnelli hopes Renee Zellweger had ‘good time’ playing Judy Garland

Liza Minnelli hopes Renee Zellweger had “a good time” playing her very “funny” mother Judy Garland in the film Judy.Renee is the favourite to win the Best Actress prize at the upcoming Academy Awards for her performance in Rupert Goold’s 2019 movie, wh…

Liza Minnelli hopes Renee Zellweger had “a good time” playing her very “funny” mother Judy Garland in the film Judy.

Renee is the favourite to win the Best Actress prize at the upcoming Academy Awards for her performance in Rupert Goold’s 2019 movie, which focuses on the actress/singer’s disastrous run at London’s Talk of the Town nightclub shortly before her death at the age of 47 in 1969.

Her daughter Liza has previously disavowed the project, and still hasn’t seen it, yet in a new interview with Variety, commented: “I hope (Renee) had a good time making it.”

When news broke that the Bridget Jones’s Diary star was involved in the project, Liza denied she had any involvement.

“I have never met nor spoken to Renee Zellweger…,” the 73-year-old wrote on Facebook. “I don’t know how these stories get started, but I do not approve nor sanction the upcoming film about Judy Garland in any way. Any reports to the contrary are 100 per cent fiction.”

The film delves into a dark period towards the end of Judy’s life, when she battled alcohol and substance abuse problems as well as financial woes.

But Liza, who won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in 1972’s Cabaret, is adamant she only has happy memories of her mother.

“We had such fun because she was so funny,” she explained. “She was funny, and she loved her kids so much. She was protective and very strict. She wanted you to do the right thing, like any mother. It’s that simple.”

Asked if she still feels her presence, Liza claimed she often asks her late mother for advice.

“When I call on her, she’s there, and I call on her a lot,” the actress added. “She’ll say, ‘Ignore it’, a lot. She’ll say, ‘It’s one opinion. Who cares? Just keep going.'”

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Renee Zellweger: ‘Judy Garland didn’t feel like a role’

Renee Zellweger didn’t feel like she was playing a role when she portrayed Judy Garland in the upcoming biopic Judy. In the movie, the Bridget Jones’s Diary star plays the iconic singer/actress during the final months of her life in the late 1960s, whe…

Renee Zellweger didn’t feel like she was playing a role when she portrayed Judy Garland in the upcoming biopic Judy.

In the movie, the Bridget Jones’s Diary star plays the iconic singer/actress during the final months of her life in the late 1960s, when she was hired to do a five-week run of performances at the Talk of the Town nightclub in London while battling alcohol and drug addiction.

At the film’s London premiere on Monday night, Renee told reporters that Garland didn’t feel like just another role to her because she immersed herself so completely in The Wizard of Oz star’s legacy.

“I didn’t feel like a role, it was just an exploration, you know,” she said. “(It was) an immersion into the legacy… that she left for all of us.”

Screenwriter Tom Edge, who adapted the musical stage production End of the Rainbow, studied archival footage of Garland to help write his screenplay and he believes Renee did a “remarkable job” capturing the icon. He also insisted that the 50-year-old deserves the Oscars buzz she’s receiving.

“The nicest thing about this whole process, has been watching the reviews come in for her,” he gushed to Cover Media. “She did so much work understanding her and working incredibly hard to learn Garland inside out and really get to know the heart and soul of her. But the performance she gives isn’t just an imitation of that. It feels to me something a lot deeper, with a lot more rawness to it. It’s kind of the meeting of a great actress with a great icon and I think the fact that she’s had so many plaudits for it is testament that she’s pulled off this little piece of alchemy.”

Judy, which also features Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, and Rufus Sewell, hits U.K. cinemas from 2 October.

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Renee Zellweger opens up about plastic surgery rumours

Renee Zellweger felt “sad” about the plastic surgery rumours she faced in 2014. The Bridget Jones’s Diary actress took time out of the spotlight between 2010 and 2016 but came of hiding in 2014 to attend the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards. Her new look…

Renee Zellweger felt “sad” about the plastic surgery rumours she faced in 2014.

The Bridget Jones’s Diary actress took time out of the spotlight between 2010 and 2016 but came of hiding in 2014 to attend the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards. Her new look hit headlines, with many speculating that her different appearance was down to plastic surgery, and she subsequently denied going under the knife in a 2016 essay.

In a new cover interview with New York magazine, Zellweger was asked about the rumours and she admitted the scrutiny made her sad.

“Well, because there’s a value judgment that’s placed on us. As if it somehow is a reflection of your character – whether you’re a good person or a weak person or an authentic person,” she said. “And the implication that I somehow needed to change what was going on because it wasn’t working… That makes me sad. I don’t look at beauty in that way. And I don’t think of myself in that way.”

The star continued to explain that she likes her quirkiness and “off-kilter mix of things” because they have enabled her to be an actress.

“I don’t want to be something else. I got hired in my blue jeans and cowboy boots with my messy hair. I started working like that,” the 50-year-old explained. “I didn’t have to change to work. So why was I suddenly trying to fit into some mould that didn’t belong to me?”

Zellweger wrote an essay for HuffPost titled “We Can Do Better” in 2016 in which she took aim at the tabloid speculation and how the media scrutinises women’s appearances.

“Not that it’s anyone’s business, but I did not make a decision to alter my face and have surgery on my eyes,” she stated.

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Hugh Grant: ‘My romantic comedy days are over’

Hugh Grant is convinced he’s become “too old and ugly” to star in any more romantic comedies. The British actor is well-known for his work in the genre thanks to films such as Love Actually, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones’s Diary, but he has now revea…

Hugh Grant is convinced he’s become “too old and ugly” to star in any more romantic comedies.

The British actor is well-known for his work in the genre thanks to films such as Love Actually, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones’s Diary, but he has now revealed that 2014’s The Rewrite was most likely his last romantic comedy outing because his looks aren’t what they used to be.

“I got too old and ugly and fat to do them anymore,” he said during a roundtable discussion with The Hollywood Reporter. “So now I’ve done other things and I’ve got marginally less self-hatred than I had before.”

Reflecting on his films, which also include Two Weeks Notice and About a Boy, Grant admitted that he made a couple of “shockers” but he’s quite proud of the rest.

“Most of those romantic comedies I can look squarely in the face – one or two are shockers, but on the whole, I can look them in the face and people like them,” the 58-year-old continued. “And I am a big believer that our job is to entertain. I see us as craftsmen along with the guy who does the lights and the guy who edits and the guy who pushes the dolly. Because if it’s not that, I think it’s a bit masturbatory.”

He also expressed regret about going for the same roles after becoming a hit overnight with Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994.

“After Four Weddings, and the world was my oyster, I should’ve made interesting decisions and done different stuff. Instead, I repeated myself almost identically about 17 times in a row,” he added.

Grant, who has been earned praise for TV miniseries, A Very English Scandal, was joined by Richard Madden, Billy Porter, Stephan James, Diego Luna and Sam Rockwell for the roundtable discussion.

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