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 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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Judy director Rupert Goold understands Liza Minnelli’s criticism of biopic

Judy director Rupert Goold understands why Liza Minnelli has criticised his movie about her mother Judy Garland.The biopic focuses on the Hollywood icon, played by Renee Zellweger, as she arrives in London in 1968 for a series of sell-out concerts.Last…

Judy director Rupert Goold understands why Liza Minnelli has criticised his movie about her mother Judy Garland.

The biopic focuses on the Hollywood icon, played by Renee Zellweger, as she arrives in London in 1968 for a series of sell-out concerts.

Last year, Minnelli made it clear that she was not on board with the project, which is an adaptation of the Olivier and Tony-nominated West End and Broadway play End of the Rainbow.

The 73-year-old said she did “not approve nor sanction” the movie “in any way,” and hoped Hollywood doesn’t do “what they always do”.

As critics heap praise on Zellweger, who has been tipped as the favourite to land an Oscar for her portrayal of the troubled legend, director Goold defended Minnelli’s criticisms, and claimed he understood her concerns.

“I mean, if somebody made a movie about my mum, I would go, ‘That’s not the story I’d tell!’ It’s an invasion of privacy at some level, I suppose. And that’s the complexity of being a child of a star, is it’s somebody you want to own in an intimate personal way, yet is sort of in a gaudy way, like, public property,” he told Entertainment Tonight.

The British filmmaker hopes that once Garland’s eldest daughter sees his movie, her opinion will soften.

“I’ve got a friend, he’s a dancer and backing singer who had worked with Liza, and he said, ‘The thing about Liza is she’s incredibly passionate and emotional but also will really change her view.’ Not that Liza has been hostile to the movie, particularly, but I have every faith that she’ll see it and find it celebratory,” Goold shared.

Judy is now showing in U.S. cinemas.

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Bob Mackie to receive CFDA’s Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award

Bob Mackie is to be honoured with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards.The 80-year-old is one of the industry’s most prolific fashion designers and costumers, having wor…

Bob Mackie is to be honoured with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards.

The 80-year-old is one of the industry’s most prolific fashion designers and costumers, having worked closely with entertainment icons including Joan Rivers, RuPaul, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Carol Burnett, and Cher.

Now, Mackie is to receive one of the most prestigious prizes at the upcoming CDFA Fashion Awards.

“Bob Mackie is one of the most prolific designers of all time,” said Steven Kolb, president and chief executive officer of the CFDA, in a statement. “He is a true artist and the ultimate showman.”

Mackie started out working as a sketch artist for legendary French haute couturier Jean Louis, and in 1969, was hired to design costumes for Ross, The Supremes, and The Temptations, in the TV special G.I.T. on Broadway. He continued to make stage costumes for Motown star Ross, and also oversaw the wardrobes for Mitzi Gaynor, Ann-Margret, The Carol Burnett Show, and Minnelli On Minnelli with Liza Minnelli, among others, though is perhaps best known for creating the showstopping black ensemble Cher wore to the 1986 Academy Awards.

In a post regarding the announcement on his Instagram page, Mackie described the prize as a “tremendous honour”.

Previously, the California native was presented with the Fashion Exuberance Award by Ross at a CFDA event in 2001.

He has also received three Oscar nominations for Best Costume Design for his work on films like 1981’s Pennies from Heaven and 1975’s Funny Lady, and most recently, received a 2019 Tony Award nomination for Best Costume Design in a Musical for making the costumes for Broadway’s The Cher Show.

The 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards will be held on 3 June (19) at the Brooklyn Museum. Others to be feted include French stylist Carine Roitfeld, who will be presented with the Founder’s Award, and singer/actress Jennifer Lopez, who will collect the Icon Award.

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Liza Minnelli does not approve of Renee Zellweger’s Judy Garland biopic

Entertainer Liza Minnelli has distanced herself from Renee Zellweger’s upcoming biopic about her mother Judy Garland, insisting she does not approve of the project. The Bridget Jones’s Diary star portrays the legendary performer three decades after th…

Entertainer Liza Minnelli has distanced herself from Renee Zellweger’s upcoming biopic about her mother Judy Garland, insisting she does not approve of the project.

The Bridget Jones’s Diary star portrays the legendary performer three decades after the Wizard of Oz lit up movie screens, as Garland prepares for a sold-out run of shows at London’s The Talk of the Town nightclub in 1969.

The new movie, directed by Tony Award nominee Rupert Goold, also chronicles the tragic star’s demons at the end of her life. She died from an accidental drug overdose in London that June (69), 12 days after her 47th birthday.

Film fans were recently given a sneak peek of Zellweger in character as Garland, in an eerie photo of Renee sporting the late singer/actress’ famous brunette pixie cut and a black, off-the-shoulder floral dress as she sings into a microphone.

Recent reports suggested Judy’s daughter Liza had personally approved of Renee’s casting by meeting and spending time with her, but on Thursday (14Jun17), the 72-year-old took to Facebook to shoot down the claims, insisting she wants nothing to do with the unauthorised film.

“I have never met nor spoken to Renee Zellweger…,” she wrote. “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% Fiction.”

Zellweger and filmmaker Goold have yet to respond to Minnelli’s terse remarks, which comes five months before Judy is set to be released in theatres in November (18).

It was adapted by The Crown writer Tom Edge from Peter Quilter’s stage musical End of the Rainbow, and also stars Michael Gambon as Judy’s manager Bernard Delfont, and Bella Ramsey and Gemma-Leah Devereux as her daughters Lorna Luft and Liza, respectively.

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Dolce & Gabbana serve up opulence for Spring 2018 Alta Sartoria collection

Dolce & Gabbana presented the “new Rockefeller guy” at New York’s iconic Rockefeller Center on Saturday (07Apr18).Taking over the opulent Rainbow Room at the famous New York landmark for their Spring 2018 Alta Sartoria collection, designers Domen…

Dolce & Gabbana presented the “new Rockefeller guy” at New York’s iconic Rockefeller Center on Saturday (07Apr18).

Taking over the opulent Rainbow Room at the famous New York landmark for their Spring 2018 Alta Sartoria collection, designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana showcased sharp tailoring, embellishment and decadent prints on their army of male models.

“In Italy, when somebody says something about money, we say, ‘Do you think you’re a Rockefeller?’” Gabbana commented to Vogue.com.

“Tonight is the new Rockefeller guy. The new dream,” Dolce added.

David Gandy, the face of the Italian label’s Light Blue fragrance, opened proceedings, walking the makeshift runway, aka the Rainbow Room’s dance floor, as Liza Minnelli and her band provided the music.

Wearing a sleek, black three-piece suit, Gandy did his best Bond impression in a crisp white shirt and black bow tie.

A white tux jacket was seen on the next model, but that’s where the safe designs ended, making way for the flamboyant creations Dolce and Gabbana are known for.

Gold gilded lapels, moon and star print and images of the New York skyline adorned sweaters, suits and long, flowing, jackets. Block-print coloured suits and brocade fabrics also featured heavily.

Calling on one of their favourite millennial models, Christian Combs, the son of Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs also took to the runway, showing off his dance moves as he modelled a sparkling red tailcoat

Brandon Thomas Lee, son of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee, also walked. And in the audience, Nick Jonas, Trevor Noah and Isabella Rossellini were among the guests to take in the new season styles.

The presentation was just one of the Dolce & Gabbana events held in the Big Apple over the weekend. The label also unveiled its latest highest-end jewellery at the New York Public Library on Friday, and on Sunday night the womenswear Alta Moda show took place in the city.

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