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 once saved Salma Hayek from epic wardrobe malfunction

Salma Hayek has thanked Renee Zellweger for saving her from an epic wardrobe malfunction hours before the 2003 Academy Awards.The 53-year-old recalled the embarrassing incident while presenting the Judy star with the Best Actress award at the National …

Salma Hayek has thanked Renee Zellweger for saving her from an epic wardrobe malfunction hours before the 2003 Academy Awards.

The 53-year-old recalled the embarrassing incident while presenting the Judy star with the Best Actress award at the National Board of Review Awards Gala in New York on Wednesday.

Back in 2003, both women were up for the Academy Award for Best Actress – Zellweger for her role as Roxie Hart in Chicago, and Hayek for her portrayal of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo in the biopic Frida. While the pair eventually lost out to Nicole Kidman for her stellar turn as Virginia Woolf in The Hours, the women were supportive of one another behind-the-scenes in the run-up to the prestigious ceremony.

“Even the night before when my big butt exploded the seams of my Oscar dress and I had no dress for the Oscars, she ended up giving me one of her dresses that, thank God, was wide here (pointing to her behind) and stretchy here (gesturing to her breasts). That’s what I wore for that night,” Hayek said of the Carolina Herrera gown she eventually sported to the event, according to People.

The gown featured a black embellished lace bodice and a white A-line skirt, while Zellweger wore a scarlet red embellished gown by the same designer.

“I really wish that they would have a tie so that we could both win but we both lost,” Hayek later said of them missing out on an Oscar to Kidman.

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The Irishman crowned film of the year by National Board of Review

Martin Scorsese’s Netflix gangster epic The Irishman has been named Best Film of 2019 by America’s top critics.The National Board of Review officials have also lauded Quentin Tarantino with Best Director honours for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, while…

Martin Scorsese’s Netflix gangster epic The Irishman has been named Best Film of 2019 by America’s top critics.

The National Board of Review officials have also lauded Quentin Tarantino with Best Director honours for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, while Renee Zellweger has picked up another Best Actress gong for her turn as Judy Garland in the biopic Judy.

Other big winners include Adam Sandler, who claimed the Best Actor prize for Uncut Gems, and Brad Pitt and Kathy Bates, who scored the Best Supporting Actor and Actress awards for Once Upon and Time in Hollywood and Richard Jewell, respectively.

The full list of winners is:

Best Film: The Irishman

Best Director: Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Actor: Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems

Best Actress: Renee Zellweger, Judy

Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Supporting Actress: Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell

Best Original Screenplay: Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie & Ronald Bronstein, Uncut Gems

Best Adapted Screenplay: Steven Zaillian, The Irishman

Breakthrough Performance: Paul Walter Hauser, Richard Jewell

Best Directorial Debut: Melina Matsoukas, Queen & Slim

Best Animated Feature: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Best Foreign Language Film: Parasite

Best Documentary: Maiden

Best Ensemble: Knives Out

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography: Roger Deakins, 1917

NBR Icon Award: Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino

NBR Freedom of Expression Award: For Sama

NBR Freedom of Expression Award: Just Mercy

Top Films:

1917

Dolemite is My Name

Ford v Ferrari

Jojo Rabbit

Knives Out

Marriage Story

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Richard Jewell

Uncut Gems

Waves

Top 5 Foreign Language Films:

Atlantics

Invisible Life

Pain and Glory

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Transit

Top 5 Documentaries:

American Factory

Apollo 11

The Black Godfather

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

Wrestle

Top 10 Independent Films:

The Farewell

Give Me Liberty

A Hidden Life

Judy

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Midsommar

The Nightingale

The Peanut Butter Falcon

The Souvenir

Wild Rose

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Renee Zellweger can’t get enough of classic Tod’s handbag

Renee Zellweger has been using the same “magic” Tod’s handbag for the past 16 years.The Judy actress, who appears on the cover of the December 2019 issue of U.S. InStyle magazine, opened up about some of her favourite accessories in an accompanying int…

Renee Zellweger has been using the same “magic” Tod’s handbag for the past 16 years.

The Judy actress, who appears on the cover of the December 2019 issue of U.S. InStyle magazine, opened up about some of her favourite accessories in an accompanying interview. While Renee can undoubtedly get her hands on any designer purses she likes, she confessed in the chat that she is particularly loyal to a large bag made by Italian leather goods label Tod’s.

“I got this Tod’s bag as a gift in 2003 and haven’t taken it off since,” she gushed to the publication. “It weighs nothing and carries everything. It’s magic. I can carry not only the contents of my day’s necessities, but also a computer, a script, a large water bottle, a floor-length down parka and snow boots all at once.”

Renee’s other go-to items include running shoes from Brooks and sneakers from Adidas and Converse, as well as her University of Texas at Austin baseball cap and trusty jeans.

“You can get a lot of miles on a good T, good jeans, and a good boot,” the 50-year-old insisted.

However, if the blonde star needs to dress up for a Hollywood event, she will look to designers such as Herve Pierre, Schiaparelli, Carolina Herrera, and Ulyana Sergeenko, as well as David Yurman and David Webb for rings. And if Renee ever needed to re-wear any of her red carpet dresses, she knows exactly what she would choose.

“I would re-wear my Schiaparelli Haute Couture dress from the London premiere of Bridget Jones’s Baby,” she noted.

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Renee Zellweger was ‘tired and skinny’ after filming Judy

Renee Zellweger was “tired and skinny” after she wrapped filming on Judy.The 50-year-old has won critical acclaim for her portrayal of late Hollywood icon Judy Garland in the biopic, which focuses on her residency at the Talk of the Town nightclub in L…

Renee Zellweger was “tired and skinny” after she wrapped filming on Judy.

The 50-year-old has won critical acclaim for her portrayal of late Hollywood icon Judy Garland in the biopic, which focuses on her residency at the Talk of the Town nightclub in London back in the late 1960s.

Opening up about how making the movie took its toll on her physically in a chat with InStyle magazine, Renee said she was in desperate need of some time off once production ended.

“I was tired and skinny when we finished this. The schedule is pretty punishing, but it’s finite. You know that after this series of months, you can catch up a little. But, yeah, this one was big. It was big because I was greedy. I didn’t want to stop. I wanted to keep digging,” she explained.

The Oscar winner even mastered the hunched posture that Judy had in her later years but confessed it was difficult to maintain while filming.

“We were just trying things, and so walking down that hall was just an ongoing conversation about the varying degrees of severity. How she gets from the bathroom to the stage, and making decisions about what to show when, and making sure there is continuity. There were multiple collaborations happening within my body at once,” the actress laughed.

Elsewhere in the interview, Renee discussed her determination to change the stigma of ageing in Hollywood.

“It’s a privilege. I’d rather celebrate each phase of my life and be present in it than mourn something that’s passed. I’d rather be a healthy, productive woman in each stage of my life than apologetic,” she insisted. “I also don’t want to perpetuate the notion that somehow moving forward in your life is wrong.”

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Tom Hanks fought to include Fred Rogers’s morning routine in new film

Tom Hanks was determined to include details about iconic TV personality Fred Rogers’s secret morning ritual in his new film.The Hollywood actor, who stars as the late TV icon in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, took time to learn all about Rogers’s…

Tom Hanks was determined to include details about iconic TV personality Fred Rogers’s secret morning ritual in his new film.

The Hollywood actor, who stars as the late TV icon in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, took time to learn all about Rogers’s life away from the camera while preparing for the role, and met with his widow, Joanne, in an effort to get a few clues about his character.

During their discussions, Hanks uncovered an unexpected “nugget” that helped him nail the role – the fact that Rogers began each day with a glass of cranberry juice.

“Sometimes you get frustrated because you’ve found this nugget that explains the entire character, and you can’t find any place to put it in the movie,” he said during a sit down with Renee Zellweger for Variety’s Actors on Actors series. “We had one thing that I found out: I asked Joanne Rogers, ‘What did Fred drink in the morning? Did he have coffee?’ She said, ‘No, he drank hot cranberry juice.'”

Hanks then urged director Marielle Heller to somehow incorporate the simple ritual into the production.

“I said, ‘Is there any way we can get it in?’ and she said, ‘The most we’re going to be able to do is have a glass of red liquid sitting on the counter there while you’re talking on the phone,'” the 63-year-old recalled. “I said, ‘Good enough for me.'”

Elsewhere in the discussion, Hanks and Zellweger spoke about her Judy Garland biopic Judy, which covers the final months of Garland’s troubled life, and was released last month. Though he praised the actress’s performance, he wished the film spent more time tackling Garland’s issues with her appearance, especially when she was filming classic projects.

“I was disappointed that we didn’t get to see you recreate moments from The Harvey Girls or Meet Me in St. Louis, where – this is from reading that I did – she (Garland) had that negative self-image that she wasn’t the prettiest woman in the world on camera,” he commented. “And yet, she’s the only one you look at.”

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood will open in U.S. cinemas later this month.

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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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Renee Zellweger wishes she could convince Liza Minnelli to watch Judy

Renee Zellweger wishes she could convince Judy Garland’s daughter Liza Minnelli to watch her new biopic.The Oscar winner plays the troubled singer and actress in Judy, which focuses on The Wizard of Oz star’s sold-out concerts at the Talk of the Town n…

Renee Zellweger wishes she could convince Judy Garland’s daughter Liza Minnelli to watch her new biopic.

The Oscar winner plays the troubled singer and actress in Judy, which focuses on The Wizard of Oz star’s sold-out concerts at the Talk of the Town nightclub in London in 1968.

Despite earning rave reviews, Minnelli publicly criticised the movie and refused to approve director Rupert Goold’s take on the last few months of her mother’s life. Posting on her Facebook page, she said she had never met Zellweger, and fired: “Any reports to the contrary are 100% fiction.”

The 50-year-old is keen to meet with the Cabaret star in an effort to convince her to watch the movie but concedes that the singer and actress would find any movie about her famous mother difficult.

“I wish she was here so we could chat!” Zellweger told British newspaper the Guardian and added that she tried to avoid an “impersonation” of Garland in the biopic.

“She’s such a legend. But there’s so much to the human being as well. You want her to come across as big as she was, but also show the woman… Her intelligence, determination, tenacity, hope. She never gave that up, no matter the circumstances,” she said of the movie icon, who tragically died after an accidental overdose in 1969 at the age of 47.

Elsewhere in the interview, Zellweger teased the possibility of reprising her role as plucky journalist Bridget Jones, adapted from author Helen Fielding ‘s 2013 novel, Mad About the Boy.

“I’m not being coy, I promise. I’m always the last to know… I do know that Helen has written a book, so maybe,” she shared.

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Renee Zellweger to be honoured with prestigious American Riviera Award

Renee Zellweger has been named the recipient of this year’s American Riviera Award from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.The Judy star will collect the accolade at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, California during the 35th edition …

Renee Zellweger has been named the recipient of this year’s American Riviera Award from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

The Judy star will collect the accolade at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, California during the 35th edition of the event in January.

Announcing the award on Tuesday, the festival’s executive director, Roger Durling, said, “Ms. Zellweger has always displayed a deep commitment and discipline in her performances which has always made me root for her and admire her deeply. In Judy, she adds a ferocity that solidifies her as one of the greatest actors of her time.”

Renee’s role as Judy Garland in the new biopic has also scored her Oscars buzz, with many critics insisting she’s the one to beat for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

The American Riviera Award is given to actors and filmmakers, who have made “a significant contribution to American cinema”.

Past recipients include Jeff Bridges, Michael Keaton, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, and Sandra Bullock.

Next year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival will begin on 15 January.

The 50-year-old has been poised as an awards season favourite ever since the film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last month and earned an emphatic standing ovation.

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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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