Renee Zellweger wows in baby blue gown at 2020 Golden Globes

Renee Zellweger stood out from the crowd in a baby blue gown at the 2020 Golden Globes on Sunday night.The actress collected the prize for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for her portrayal of Judy Garland in Rupert Goold’s fi…

Renee Zellweger stood out from the crowd in a baby blue gown at the 2020 Golden Globes on Sunday night.

The actress collected the prize for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for her portrayal of Judy Garland in Rupert Goold’s film Judy at the awards ceremony held at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.

Renee made a rare red carpet appearance for the event and certainly turned heads in a strapless dress with crystal detailing on the bodice custom-made for her by the designers at Armani Prive. The 50-year-old’s ensemble was put together by Petra Flannery, with the stylist completing the look with shoes from Jimmy Choo and David Webb jewellery.

“Armani exemplifies Hollywood glamour, yet always adopts a modern approach to dressing,” Flannery told British Vogue of working with the team at the Italian fashion house. “The shapes are often sleek and statuesque. This dress in particular exudes these qualities with its column silhouette and half-moon curvature at the top. The polished and graceful details mirror Renee’s style.”

Among the other celebrities to wear blue on the night was Glenn Close, who sported a navy velvet outfit from Armani Prive along with Cartier earrings, Shailene Woodley, who wore a blue and black sequin Balmain gown, and Sacha Baron Cohen, who donned an electric blue Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo.

Meanwhile, the other major fashion trend for the bash was red outfits. Nicole Kidman wowed in a strapless crimson Atelier Versace gown, Scarlett Johansson chose a bright red dress with plunging neckline from Vera Wang, Olivia Coleman wore a red dress with dramatic sleeves from Emilia Wickstead, and Lauren Graham donned a fiery one-shoulder look from Azzi & Osta.

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Glenn Close and Mila Kunis to play mother and daughter in drug drama

Glenn Close and Mila Kunis have signed on to play a mother and daughter in new drug drama Four Good Days.To be directed by Rodrigo Garcia, the film will see seven-time Oscar nominee Glenn play Deb, a mother who is helping her daughter Molly, portrayed …

Glenn Close and Mila Kunis have signed on to play a mother and daughter in new drug drama Four Good Days.

To be directed by Rodrigo Garcia, the film will see seven-time Oscar nominee Glenn play Deb, a mother who is helping her daughter Molly, portrayed by Mila, as she seeks to recover from substance abuse.

According to editors at Deadline, the plot will focus on the way in which the duo’s long estrangement not only opens up “painful wounds” of the past, but also “offers the opportunity to rekindle their fundamental, complicated, love for one another”.

The project is the latest A-list film up for grabs at the Cannes Film Festival as producers look for distribution partners.

Rodrigo, who directed Glenn in 2011 film Albert Nobbs, also co-wrote the screenplay with 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner Eli Saslow. The story is based on an article the journalist wrote for The Washington Post. Filming is set to begin in September in Los Angeles.

Four Good Days will follow recent parent/child drug dramas like Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet’s Beautiful Boy and Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges’ Ben Is Back.

Fatal Attraction star Glenn most recently received critical praise for her role in The Wife, for which she was nominated for an Oscar and received her third Golden Globe. The 72-year-old is currently working on a remake of 1950 film noir Sunset Boulevard, in which she will play Norma Desmond, a role she has brought to life on stage, and is also attached to Netflix’s adaptation of Hillbilly Elegy alongside Amy Adams.

Meanwhile, Bad Moms actress Mila has been promoting animated movie Wonder Park, in which she voices Greta, and is in the post-production phases of Tate Taylor’s crime-drama Breaking News In Yuba County, also starring Laura Dern and Allison Janney.

A potential release date for Four Good Days is yet to be confirmed.

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Emilia Wickstead: ‘Olivia Colman is incredible’

Emilia Wickstead “loved” spending time in Olivia Colman’s presence ahead of dressing her for the BAFTAs.The English actress stormed to victory at the prizegiving last month (Feb19), beating Lady Gaga, Glenn Close, Viola Davis and Melissa McCarthy to th…

Emilia Wickstead “loved” spending time in Olivia Colman’s presence ahead of dressing her for the BAFTAs.

The English actress stormed to victory at the prizegiving last month (Feb19), beating Lady Gaga, Glenn Close, Viola Davis and Melissa McCarthy to the Best Actress Award for her darkly comedic turn in The Favourite.

For the London awards do, she opted for a black and white Emilia Wickstead gown, which her stylist Mary Fellowes helped pick for her.

“Working with Olivia and Mary has been an incredible journey,” Wickstead beamed to British Vogue. “The play on tone of shadow and light is something that Mary loved about the design of the dress, and there’s a beautiful element of ‘old world’ in its cut, design lines and colour palette. I have loved fitting Olivia and being in her presence – she is an incredible person with superb energy.”

Former Vogue stylist Mary has been working with the Broadchurch actress since late 2017, after they were introduced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge ahead of Olivia’s promotional tour for Murder on the Orient Express.

As well as the BAFTA, Olivia also scooped a Golden Globe and Academy Award for her portrayal of Queen Anne in Yorgos Lanthimos’ film – so all eyes have firmly been on the 45-year-old this awards season.

“Olivia is a strong woman, a working mother and an independent thinker. All I’ve ever sought to do with her clothing is to make her feel empowered and like herself,” Mary shared.

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Rosamund Pike explains the importance of Armani clothes

Rosamund Pike favours Armani clothes because they allow her “true form” to be revealed.The English actress has her pick of designers when it comes to dressing for glitzy showbiz events, but you’ll often find her wearing pieces from Giorgio Armani’s nam…

Rosamund Pike favours Armani clothes because they allow her “true form” to be revealed.

The English actress has her pick of designers when it comes to dressing for glitzy showbiz events, but you’ll often find her wearing pieces from Giorgio Armani’s namesake label.

She sat front row at the designer’s Milan Fashion Week show on Saturday (23Feb19), and opened up about why she’s such a big fan of the Italian label.

“At Armani, there’s a way the clothes follow the body that means your true form is revealed,” she enthused to The Guardian. “I felt that the first time I ever put on a pair of Armani trousers when I did my Bond film. I thought: ‘this works for my body'”.

The Gone Girl actress was in a tailored black suit for the Fall/ Winter 19 presentation, and was joined by Naomi Watts and Austin Mahone at the show.

She also spoke about the importance of clothes as a whole.

“Clothes have their own energy. They should never feel like costume. You should be able to buy into the energy of a good suit or a wonderful dress. Wearing them should feel effortless,” she smiled.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Glenn Close was feted at Armani’s Beverly Hills boutique ahead of Sunday night’s Oscars.

Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum and Sara Sampaio were among the stars who turned out for the stylish event, which was held after Close scooped the Best Female Lead at the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

“Mr. Armani was the first designer to work with me,” she said to the Los Angeles Times.

Close, who lost out to Olivia Colman for the Best Actress Oscar, added to WWD: “The first important blazer I bought was a black, double-breasted Armani, it was in the Eighties when they had those amazing shoulders. And then the first fancy dress I borrowed was from Armani, for the first Kennedy Center honours I went to (in 1984). I still have the blazer. I probably have all my Armani suits because all through the ’90s, that’s all that I wore.”

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Glenn Close receives Oscar Wilde Awards honour

Glenn Close was honoured at the 2019 Oscar Wilde Awards, days before she battles it out at the Oscars.Close picked up an award for her impressive body of work at the annual prize-giving, which is held by the US-Ireland Alliance and celebrates Irish con…

Glenn Close was honoured at the 2019 Oscar Wilde Awards, days before she battles it out at the Oscars.

Close picked up an award for her impressive body of work at the annual prize-giving, which is held by the US-Ireland Alliance and celebrates Irish contributions to entertainment .

On Sunday (24Feb19), the 71-year-old, who has Irish ancestry, is going head-to-head with Olivia Colman, Lady Gaga, Melissa McCarthy and Yalitza Aparicio for the Best Actress Academy Award, though fellow nominee McCarthy showed there was no animosity between the pair when they posed on the green carpet together at the Oscar Wilde Awards on Thursday.

Among Close’s critically acclaimed movies is 2011 Irish drama Albert Nobbs, where the actress played the title character, as well as co-penning the script. The role won her an Oscars nod.

“I never forgot her,” Close said, reports Variety. “It basically took me 14 years from the time I got the rights to the time we gathered in Dublin to shoot it.

“(The script) had to be ‘Irishized’—there was no way I knew the Irish idiom.”

So she approached Man Booker Prize winner John Banville to board the project.

“I remember a character had to say ‘My father was a terrible drunk,’ and John came back with, ‘My pa was a great whore for the drink.’ That was beyond my capability, coming up with something like that!” she laughed.

Also honoured on Thursday were Irish stars Chris O’Dowd and Aidan Gillen.

The awards bash was held at J. J. Abrams’ Bad Robot HQ in Santa Monica, California.

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The Favourite and Black Panther win top honours at Costume Designers Guild Awards

The Favourite, Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians were the big winners at the Costume Designers Guild Awards (CDGA) on Tuesday night (19Feb19). Sandy Powell, who took home the costume design BAFTA earlier this month (Feb19), won the Excellence in Per…

The Favourite, Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians were the big winners at the Costume Designers Guild Awards (CDGA) on Tuesday night (19Feb19).

Sandy Powell, who took home the costume design BAFTA earlier this month (Feb19), won the Excellence in Period Film prize for her work on Yorgos Lanthimos’ comedy-drama, while Black Panther designer Ruth E. Carter won the Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film for the Oscar-nominated Marvel movie and Mary E. Vogt was presented with the Excellence in Contemporary Film accolade for Crazy Rich Asians.

Both Carter and Powell are up for the Best Costume Design Academy Award on Sunday. Powell appears in the category twice, for The Favourite and Mary Poppins Returns, while the remaining nominees include Mary Queen of Scots’ Alexandra Byrne and Mary Zophres for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

Carter, who has previously been Oscar-nominated for Malcolm X and Amistad, took home two prizes at the CDGA on Tuesday night, as she had already been announced as the recipient of the Career Achievement Award.

According to Deadline, Halle Berry took to the stage at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles to heap praise on Carter, who “helped me to be the very best crack ho’ that I could be” in 1991’s Jungle Fever, her first-ever movie.

Other honorees included Oscar favourite Glenn Close, who said she was “very moved” to receive the CDGA Spotlight Award, and added, “It has been my great privilege to have stood for hundreds of hours being draped, pinned and trimmed by many of you in this room.”

Ryan Murphy was presented with the Distinguished Collaborator honorary award by his American Horror Story regular Sarah Paulson, while costume designer Betty Pecha Madden was bestowed with the Distinguished Service Award.

Other winners on the night included the teams for TV shows The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Westworld, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Natasha Newman-Thomas, who won the Excellence in Short Form Design prize for Childish Gambino’s music video This is America.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Excellence in Period Film: The Favourite – Sandy Powell

Excellence in Contemporary Film: Crazy Rich Asians – Mary E. Vogt

Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film: Black Panther – Ruth E. Carter

Excellence in Period Television: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Donna Zakowska

Excellence in Contemporary Television: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story – Lou Eyrich & Allison Leach

Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television: Westworld – Sharen Davis

Excellence in Variety, Reality-Competition, Live Television: RuPaul’s Drag Race – Zaldy Goco

Excellence in Short Form Design: Childish Gambino, This is America – Natasha Newman-Thomas

Career Achievement Award: Ruth E. Carter

Spotlight Award: Glenn Close

Distinguished Service Award: Betty Pecha Madden

Distinguished Collaborator Award: Ryan Murphy

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Cate Blanchett is the jewel of the BAFTAs red carpet

Cate Blanchett set the bar high for glamour on the BAFTAs red carpet as she unveiled her new brunette do to complement her jeweled black gown. The Australian actress wowed in the custom Christopher Kane gown, which featured a huge gemstone necklace an…

Cate Blanchett set the bar high for glamour on the BAFTAs red carpet as she unveiled her new brunette do to complement her jeweled black gown.

The Australian actress wowed in the custom Christopher Kane gown, which featured a huge gemstone necklace and a thigh-high split, to the prestigious awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday night (10Feb19). Later in the evening, she presented the Fellowship Award to Thelma Schoonmaker.

And the star wasn’t the only one leading the way in jewel tones on the chilly red carpet.

Amy Adams, who was up for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Vice, stunned in a burgundy Prada gown with a jewel embellishment, and her hair scraped back into a sleek low ponytail.

One of the evening’s presenters, Lily Collins, wore a deep blue Givenchy creation for the occasion, which featured an intricately designed tulle skirt and a structured jacket.

The Crown star Claire Foy, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in First Man, looked regal in a fringed green Oscar De La Renta strapless gown. While she braved the cold weather in London, Claire joked to presenter Dermot O’Leary on the red carpet that she was “so hungry” before the awards ceremony.

Monochrome was another huge trend on the BAFTAs red carpet, with Best Actress winner Olivia Colman leading the charge in her black and white Emilia Wickstead custom creation.

Rachel Weisz, Olivia’s co-star in The Favourite who scooped the Best Supporting Actress gong, was ethereal in a white Gucci tulle gown and Cartier diamond earrings, while the Duchess of Cambridge wore a one-shouldered Alexander McQueen creation with Jimmy Choo heels.

Salma Hayek, who was visibly emotional as she presented the Best Film award to friend Alfonso Cuaron, was chic in a black velvet floor-length dress by Gucci, complete with a jewel lizard brooch on her shoulder.

Best Actress nominees Glenn Close and Melissa McCarthy also got the black dress memo, while Viola Davis complemented her black and white Armani Prive dress with a huge bow.

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Timothee Chalamet to be honoured at Palm Springs Film Festival

Timothee Chalamet’s status as one of Hollywood’s most exciting new talents is being cemented with a Palm Springs International Film Festival honour.The 22-year-old actor, whose turn in Call Me by Your Name landed him an Oscar nomination earlier this ye…

Timothee Chalamet’s status as one of Hollywood’s most exciting new talents is being cemented with a Palm Springs International Film Festival honour.

The 22-year-old actor, whose turn in Call Me by Your Name landed him an Oscar nomination earlier this year (18), is being given the festival’s Spotlight Award, Actor honour for his role in new movie Beautiful Boy. He’ll collect the prize on 3 January (19).

“Timothee Chalamet gives a heartwarming, but tragic performance as a young man struggling with drug addiction in the film Beautiful Boy,” festival chairman Harold Matzner said in a statement. “Last year Timothee was the recipient of the festival’s rising star award for his role in Call Me by Your Name. He is definitely a rising star.”

In Beautiful Boy, Timothee stars as real-life drug addict Nic Sheff, with Steve Carell playing his dad David. It’s based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from the real-life father and son.

Past recipients of the award include Bryan Cranston, Andrew Garfield, Sam Rockwell, and J.K. Simmons – all of whom received Academy Award nominations in the year they were recognised.

For the upcoming 2019 awards season, Timothee has already landed Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards nods for Beautiful Boy.

Other projects in the pipeline for the actor include a new retelling of Little Women and a sequel to Call Me By Your Name, which will see him reunite with his onscreen lover Armie Hammer.

Other honorees at the festival include Spike Lee, who will receive the Career Achievement Award, Bradley Cooper, who will receive the Director of the Year Award, and Green Book’s co-writer/director Peter Farrelly and stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, who will take home the Vanguard Award.

Glenn Close, Rami Malek, Olivia Colman, Melissa McCarthy, Regina King, and director Alfonso Cuaron will also be honoured.

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Glenn Close & Rachel Weisz hope their 2018 films lead to a run of female-heavy projects

Glenn Close and Rachel Weisz are hoping their latest movie hits encourage Hollywood studio chiefs to fast track more films with women as central characters. Close reveals her acclaimed new film The Wife took 14 years to get made, while Weisz’s The Fav…

Glenn Close and Rachel Weisz are hoping their latest movie hits encourage Hollywood studio chiefs to fast track more films with women as central characters.

Close reveals her acclaimed new film The Wife took 14 years to get made, while Weisz’s The Favourite spent two decades in the Tinseltown wilderness.

Both films have been successful and both Close and Weisz are hot tips for Oscar nominations, and both actresses feel their performances and their movies should prompt studio heads to start looking for projects centred upon women.

Close tells The Hollywood Reporter, “I’ve been a part of two films that took 14 years to make. The first one was Albert Nobbs (in 2011) and the second was The Wife.

“It was actually hard to find actors who wanted to be in a movie called The Wife. It’s two women writers. And, you know, starring a woman. No one wanted to (make it) and, most of the money, if not all the money, came from Europe.”

Weisz adds, “The Favourite apparently took 20 years to make, because there is lesbianism and three females at the centre of it.”

The Brit, who stars alongside Emma Stone and Olivia Colman in the period comedy, admits she finds it strange that films like hers are getting made as Hollywood’s treatment of women is in the spotlight through the #MeToo movement.

“I have a real problem with the idea of ‘strong women characters’,” she tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Well, does that mean we have muscles or something? No one ever says that to a man.

“(I want) young girls growing up (to) see stories being told where a woman takes a central role. Where she is not peripheral to the story. She’s driving the story, and so, you as a kid can go, ‘Oh, that’s me. I can identify’. It’s, like, a funny thing that (these films) are coming together as women have been speaking up about harassment.”

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Glenn Close supports James Gunn in row over historic tweets

Glenn Close doesn’t believe James Gunn’s controversial remarks should “negate him as an artist.”The actress starred in Guardians of the Galaxy, playing Nova Prime Irani Rael in the first live action appearance of the character. A flurry of actors and a…

Glenn Close doesn’t believe James Gunn’s controversial remarks should “negate him as an artist.”

The actress starred in Guardians of the Galaxy, playing Nova Prime Irani Rael in the first live action appearance of the character. A flurry of actors and actresses have spoken out in support of Gunn, the film’s director, who was fired from the franchise in July (18) after a number of tweets from between 2008 and 2011 emerged, in which the filmmaker made light of sensitive subjects like rape and paedophilia.

Close is the latest Hollywood star to question Disney’s decision to remove him from his post, months before he was due to begin production this autumn (18) on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

“It was a question I was talking about to somebody last night – you have somebody that actually has the creative energy to create something like Guardians of the Galaxy,” she explained in an interview with Empire magazine. “He’s a flawed human being. He was a, you know, cocky a**hole back then, and was saying things to provoke people. Does that negate him as an artist? I don’t think so. I personally do not think so.”

The 71-year-old compared this to other artists, like Pablo Picasso, who “treated women terribly” but was not penalised professionally, while also emphasising that Gunn’s tweets were “wrote in a totally different context.”

“What are we going to do, go back to our pasts and make sure that everything we said was politically correct? Who can live like that?” she added.

Shortly after Gunn was fired, fellow director Rian Johnson admitted that he deleted thousands of old Twitter posts out of fear that “off the cuff” comments could similarly be used as “ammunition” against him.

The question of Gunn’s dismissal has particularly struck a chord with Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista, who hinted that he may not reprise his character, Drax the Destroyer, in the third film of the series.

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