Gugu Mbatha-Raw met Miss World winner to prepare for Misbehaviour

Gugu Mbatha-Raw met with the Miss World winner she portrays in Misbehaviour to prepare for the role.In the comedy-drama, the Belle actress plays Miss Grenada, Jennifer Hosten, who became the first black woman to win the Miss World crown in 1970, when t…

Gugu Mbatha-Raw met with the Miss World winner she portrays in Misbehaviour to prepare for the role.

In the comedy-drama, the Belle actress plays Miss Grenada, Jennifer Hosten, who became the first black woman to win the Miss World crown in 1970, when the competition was disrupted by Women’s Liberation protestors at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

To prepare for the role, Mbatha-Raw flew to Grenada to talk to Hosten and get her perspective on the real-life incident.

“She’s in her seventies now, and she’s got such a regal presence, such posture, these bright, bright eyes – she’s very demure, quite proper but very centred,” she told Harper’s Bazaar U.K. “It was amazing to meet her and find out about a moment in her life all that time ago that really informed all her opportunities and choices. She felt like she was an ambassador for her country, and she was breaking boundaries in her own way.”

Thanks to working on the movie, The Morning Show star has become less judgmental about women who enter beauty pageants.

“I came to (the part) with an air of judgment, of, oh, you know, beauty queens,” she admitted. “But I’ve become more open-minded as to what that represents. I think it’s very easy now to look back and say, ‘Why would you do that? It’s so superficial.’ What’s interesting is that rebellion can often be a luxury.”

The 36-year-old also watched footage of the 1970 ceremony, in which the activists threw flour and stink bombs, and she was shocked to see a moment in which the candidates had to turn around and show their bottoms, with her adding, “It definitely makes you realise quite how far we’ve come.”

Misbehaviour, which also stars Keira Knightley and Jessie Buckley, is in U.K. cinemas now.

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Olivia Colman joins Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut

Maggie Gyllenhaal has cast Oscar winner Olivia Colman in her directorial debut The Lost Daughter.The 46-year-old joins Chernobyl’s Jessie Buckley, Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson, and Gyllenhaal’s husband Peter Sarsgaard in the big-screen adap…

Maggie Gyllenhaal has cast Oscar winner Olivia Colman in her directorial debut The Lost Daughter.

The 46-year-old joins Chernobyl’s Jessie Buckley, Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson, and Gyllenhaal’s husband Peter Sarsgaard in the big-screen adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s novel.

As well as directing, Gyllenhaal has also written the script and will serve as one of the producers, according to editors at Variety.

The Lost Daughter follows the story of a college professor, played by Colman, who begins to struggle with her own psychological trauma after meeting a young woman, played by Johnson, and her daughter while on vacation.

In a statement, Gyllenhaal said she was “disturbed and comforted” after reading Ferrante’s novel, and was immediately inspired to bring the story to life.

“When I finished reading Elena Ferrante’s The Lost Daughter, I felt that something secret and true had been said out loud,” she shared. “I immediately thought how much more intense the experience would be in a movie theatre, with other people around. And I set to work on this adaptation.

“I find that the script has attracted other people interested in exploring these secret truths about motherhood, sexuality, femininity, desire. And I’m thrilled to continue my collaboration with such brave and exciting actors and filmmakers.”

Colman, who the Best Actress Oscar for The Favourite last year, is currently filming season four of The Crown, which will premiere later this year on Netflix.

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The Personal History of David Copperfield leads BIFA nominations

The Personal History of David Copperfield will be the top contender at the 2019 British Independent Film Awards with 11 nominations. Armando Iannucci’s comedic take on Charles Dickens’s classic novel David Copperfield, starring Dev Patel, has landed n…

The Personal History of David Copperfield will be the top contender at the 2019 British Independent Film Awards with 11 nominations.

Armando Iannucci’s comedic take on Charles Dickens’s classic novel David Copperfield, starring Dev Patel, has landed nominations for categories including Best British Independent Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actor for Patel and Best Supporting Actor and Actress for Hugh Laurie and Tilda Swinton, respectively.

It’s followed closely by Wild Rose, starring Jessie Buckley as a rising singer, with 10 nominations, thriller In Fabric with nine, and The Souvenir with eight.

Renee Zellweger has landed a Best Actress nomination for her portrayal of icon Judy Garland in the biopic Judy. She will go up against her Judy co-star Jessie Buckley, who has been nominated for her leading role in Wild Rose as well as Sally Hawkins for Eternal Beauty, Holliday Grainger for Animals, and Vicky Knight for Dirty God.

For the Best Actor prize, Patel will compete against Tom Burke for The Souvenir, Josh O’Connor for Only You, Sam Adewunmi for The Last Tree, and Kris Hitchen for Sorry We Missed You.

Other notable nominees include Chiwetel Ejiofor, who is up for the debut director and supporting actor prizes for The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, and Swinton’s daughter, Honor Swinton Byrne, who is up for Most Promising Newcomer for her leading role in The Souvenir.

Other nominees for Best British Independent Film include Wild Rose, The Souvenir, For Sama and Bait, while the Best International Independent Film nominees include Marriage Story, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Monos, Parasite, and Ash is Purest White.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 1 December.

The main list of nominees is as follows:

Best British Independent Film:

Bait

For Sama

The Personal History of David Copperfield

The Souvenir

Wild Rose

Best International Independent Film:

Ash is Purest White

Marriage Story

Monos

Parasite

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Best Director:

Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts – For Sama

Oliver Hermanus – Moffie

Joanna Hogg – The Souvenir

Mark Jenkin – Bait

Asif Kapadia – Diego Maradona

Best Screenplay:

Joanna Hogg – The Souvenir

Armando Iannucci, Simon Blackwell – The Personal History of David Copperfield

Paul Laverty – Sorry We Missed You

Peter Strickland – In Fabric

Nicole Taylor – Wild Rose

Best Actress:

Jessie Buckley – Wild Rose

Renee Zellweger – Judy

Sally Hawkins – Eternal Beauty

Holliday Grainger – Animals

Vicky Knight – Dirty God

Best Actor:

Tom Burke – The Souvenir

Josh O’Connor – Only You

Sam Adewunmi – The Last Tree

Kris Hitchen – Sorry We Missed You

Dev Patel – The Personal History of David Copperfield

Best Supporting Actress:

Jessica Barden – Scarborough

Ruthxjiah Bellenea – The Last Tree

Elizabeth Debicki – Vita & Virginia

Tilda Swinton – The Personal History of David Copperfield

Julie Walters – Wild Rose

Best Supporting Actor:

Chiwetel Ejiofor – The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Hugh Laurie – The Personal History of David Copperfield

Edlison Manuel Olbera Nunez – Yuli

Peter Mullan – The Vanishing

Bluey Robinson – Dirty God

Best Documentary:

Coup 53

Diego Maradona

For Sama

Seahorse

Tell Me Who I Am

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Judy Garland’s former assistant stunned by new biopic

Judy Garland’s one-time assistant Rosalyn Wilder has heaped praise on actress Jessie Buckley for nailing her character in the new biopic Judy.Producers tracked down Wilder, who was tasked with looking after the frail and insecure The Wizard of Oz star …

Judy Garland’s one-time assistant Rosalyn Wilder has heaped praise on actress Jessie Buckley for nailing her character in the new biopic Judy.

Producers tracked down Wilder, who was tasked with looking after the frail and insecure The Wizard of Oz star during her 1968 London residency in the months before she died, via a fanzine and asked her if she’d like to serve as a consultant on the new movie. Wilder agreed but had no idea she’d literally be coming face-to-face with her younger self on set.

“I saw Jessie and went, ‘Oh my goodness, there I am!'” she said in the film’s production notes. “Fortunately, Jessie is just amazing. She’s just extraordinary, she’s marvellous and I’m absolutely thrilled to pieces that she’s doing it.”

And the Wild Rose star was grateful to have Wilder there to guide her.

“It was a real gift to have her,” the actress explained. “The first time we met up for a cup of tea I just wanted to dig into as much of her experience and look for little nuances. She has the most immaculate nails in the world, so I immediately went out and bought some nail varnish!”

Meanwhile, Wilder also insisted Renee Zellweger nailed her role as Garland in the film, adding, “My first impressions of Judy Garland were that she was extremely tiny, very fragile, and rather quiet and that somehow one wanted to protect her. She wanted to be able to talk to you and to trust you.

“People are either stars or they’re not. People either walk in to a room and they’re important and you know they’re the centre of attention, or they’re not. Judy Garland was.

“Renee Zellweger has this unique ability to turn herself into whoever it is she’s asked to be. When I saw how the make-up and the dress transformed her, I was absolutely stunned. I had never seen such a transformation in my life. It was almost impossible to believe.”

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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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Jessie Buckley wasn’t familiar with country music before Wild Rose

Jessie Buckley had no prior knowledge of country music before making Wild Rose.The Irish singer/actress, who began her career in 2008 as a contestant on TV talent show I’d Do Anything, is appearing as Rose-Lynn in the film, about a musician from Glas…

Jessie Buckley had no prior knowledge of country music before making Wild Rose.

The Irish singer/actress, who began her career in 2008 as a contestant on TV talent show I’d Do Anything, is appearing as Rose-Lynn in the film, about a musician from Glasgow, Scotland who dreams of becoming a Nashville star.

However, Jessie has now insisted she knew nothing about the music genre before signing on for her breakthrough role.

“I’d no relationship to it at all. I’ve always loved the blues, which I connect to Irish music, and I used to sing jazz before I went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA),” she recalled in an interview with Rolling Stone. “I think I prejudged country as being like, you know, (Irish singer) Daniel O’Donnell. But the film’s music supervisor Jack Arnold got together this amazing bunch of musicians … and along with the writer Nicole Taylor, who’s a hardcore country fan, they drowned my ears in the best stuff.”

Jessie went on to explain that Emmylou Harris’ To Daddy, a tune penned by Dolly Parton, was the first country song she learned. And she quickly immersed herself in the music, becoming inspired by the storytelling aspect.

“Country has taught me a lot about acting, actually, because you have to get out of your head and let images come to you when you perform,” the 29-year-old stated.

Elsewhere, Jessie spoke about the film and the way in which she relates to some elements of Rose-Lynn’s journey, especially when it comes to pursuing dreams and displaying vulnerability.

“I recognise Rose-Lynn in me at different moments in my life. There was something powerful in me I was afraid of, that I felt the need to experience, but I didn’t know how to channel that,” she added.

Wild Rose, also featuring Julie Walters, is now showing in cinemas.

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Letitia Wright and Lakeith Stanfield land BAFTA Rising Star nominations

Letitia Wright, Lakeith Stanfield and Cynthia Erivo have been shortlisted for the EE Rising Star prize at the 2019 BAFTA Film Awards. The British actress, who made her breakthrough playing fan favourite Shuri in Marvel movie Black Panther, was reveale…

Letitia Wright, Lakeith Stanfield and Cynthia Erivo have been shortlisted for the EE Rising Star prize at the 2019 BAFTA Film Awards.

The British actress, who made her breakthrough playing fan favourite Shuri in Marvel movie Black Panther, was revealed as a contender for the only public-voted prize at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Awards on Thursday morning (03Jan19).

“It’s an incredible feeling to be chosen by BAFTA and the jury as a candidate for the EE Rising Star Award,” Letitia said in a statement. “It means a lot that my work has been recognised, especially in the country I’ve grown up in, and that I get to share this recognition with so many talented actors.”

She will compete against Lakeith, who is best known for his work on TV series Atlanta and films such as Get Out and Sorry to Bother You.

“I can’t begin to express my gratitude to BAFTA and the jury for this nomination,” he gushed. “The calibre of previous EE Rising Star Award winners and nominees is incredible, and I feel honoured to be counted among them. It’s a very proud moment indeed.”

British actress Cynthia, who has already achieved Tony, Emmy and Grammy Awards for her role in the stage revival of musical The Color Purple, lands on the shortlist after making her feature film debut in 2018 in both Widows and Bad Times at the El Royale.

The five-person category also features Irish actor Barry Keoghan, who is best known for his work in Dunkirk, The Killing of a Sacred Deer and American Animals, and Irish actress Jessie Buckley, who received acclaim for her performance in 2018 independent film Beast.

The winner will follow in the footsteps of 2018 winner Daniel Kaluuya as well the likes of previous winners James McAvoy, Tom Hardy, Kristen Stewart and John Boyega.

The 2019 BAFTA Film Awards take place on 10 February at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The main nominees will be announced on 9 January.

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Jessie Buckley to perform concert as Wild Rose movie character

Actress Jessie Buckley is set to perform songs from her new movie Wild Rose, while in character, at a concert in June (18). The Beast star will perform tracks as Rose-Lynn Harlan at Kenwood House in London on 22 June as a special guest of country musi…

Actress Jessie Buckley is set to perform songs from her new movie Wild Rose, while in character, at a concert in June (18).

The Beast star will perform tracks as Rose-Lynn Harlan at Kenwood House in London on 22 June as a special guest of country music star Kris Kristofferson, who is hosting an exclusive birthday show. The concert, which also features Rufus Wainwright, will mark the first time Jessie has performed the original songs to a concert audience, giving fans the first glimpse of the music and her character.

Wild Rose, which was originally titled Country Music, follows Rose-Lynn, a young singer from Glasgow, Scotland who dreams of making it as a country artist in Nashville, Tennessee following her release from jail.

Jessie stars alongside Julie Walters, who plays Rose-Lynn’s mum, and Sophie Okonedo, who champions Rose-Lynn, her cleaner’s, dreams. Presenter Bob Harris, known for his country show on BBC Radio 2, will also appear in the film.

The comedy-drama will showcase country music from both sides of the Atlantic, with Rose-Lynn’s band led by U.K. folk star Neill McColl. The soundtrack, which will be released on Island Records later this year, features a range of classic and modern country music and includes an original song by Caitlyn Smith, actress Mary Steenburgen and Kate York.

The project has been directed by Tom Harper of Peaky Blinders fame, who previously worked with Jessie on miniseries War & Peace, from a script by Three Girls screenwriter Nicole Taylor.

“Nicole Taylor has written a cracking script, full of energy and charm,” said producer Faye Ward in a statement last year (17). “Her witty dialogue will have you in stitches but at its heart, this is a moving, universal story about roots and dreams. Jessie Buckley is a revelation in the lead role and I can’t wait for audiences to hear her sing.”

Wild Rose will be released later this year.

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Michael Pearce ‘struck’ by Jessie Buckley’s emotional range in Beast audition

Michael Pearce was “so struck” by actress Jessie Buckley’s ability to summon big emotions at will when she auditioned for Beast.In the psychological thriller, the War & Peace actress plays Moll, a 27-year-old woman who lives with her family and is haun…

Michael Pearce was “so struck” by actress Jessie Buckley’s ability to summon big emotions at will when she auditioned for Beast.

In the psychological thriller, the War & Peace actress plays Moll, a 27-year-old woman who lives with her family and is haunted by a dark secret. When she meets outsider Pascal, played by Johnny Flynn, she becomes torn between her oppressive family and her new boyfriend, who is accused of a series of murders.

Michael, making his directorial debut, cast Jessie in the role of Moll because she blew him away with her emotional capabilities in the audition.

“Jessie, when she came in, partly I was so struck by her talent and she was able to Shamanisitically (sic) summon these very big emotions,” he recalled during a Q&A in London. “Like, these audition rooms are so dry, you’ve got these fluorescent lighting, it’s three o’clock on a Tuesday afternoon and somehow she would go to this very intense place.

“Jessie as a person is very grounded, very natural. I kind of thought: ‘This is who Moll could have become if she didn’t grow up in this environment, she could have been this spirited person,’ and that’s interesting to get Jessie and put a straitjacket around her.”

Jessie added that she spoke to psychologists who worked with psychopaths to prepare for the shoot, and used music to help her get in the right mood before each scene.

Furthermore, the Irish star explained that she was drawn to audition for Moll because she was intrigued by her layers of complexity.

“I just had a really strong reaction to her and Michael’s story and I felt I kind of understood her and yet was kind of terrified of her and for her,” she added.

Beast is in U.K. cinemas now.

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Finn Wittrock and Jessie Buckley join Renee Zellweger in Judy Garland biopic

American Horror Story star Finn Wittrock and Taboo actress Jessie Buckley have been added to the Judy Garland biopic, Judy.It was announced in October that Renee Zellweger would be taking on the role of Wizard of Oz legend Judy in the forthcoming film,…

American Horror Story star Finn Wittrock and Taboo actress Jessie Buckley have been added to the Judy Garland biopic, Judy.

It was announced in October that Renee Zellweger would be taking on the role of Wizard of Oz legend Judy in the forthcoming film, with British stage director and Tony nominee Rupert Goold directing.

Finn, who’s made a name for himself in films like Unbroken and The Big Short, will play Judy’s fifth husband Mickey Deans, to whom the screen and stage star was married when she tragically passed away in 1969 at the age of 47. It was Deans that found her unresponsive in the bathroom of their London home, after Judy, a longtime pill popper, died from an accidental overdose of barbiturates.

Jessie will take on the role of production assistant Rosalyn Wilder.

The film centres on Judy’s run of sell-out shows at London’s The Talk of the Town, now restored to its original Hippodrome name, in 1968.

“Set in winter 1968, the story takes place 30 years after Garland played the iconic role of Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz,” Deadline reports of the movie’s premise. “When she arrives in Swinging London to prepare for a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town, she battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and adoring fans. Even her dreams of romance seem undimmed as she embarks on a courtship with Deans. And yet Garland is fragile. After working for 45 of her 47 years, she is exhausted; haunted by memories of a childhood lost to Hollywood and gripped by a desire to be back home with her kids.”

The film will feature some of Judy’s most famous songs. Renee previously showed off her own vocal talents in the big screen adaptation of hit Broadway show Chicago, which earned her her second Best Actress Oscars nod in 2003.

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