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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Eva Mendes wishes daughters would mix up Halloween costumes

Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling are trying to get their daughters to mix up their Halloween costumes because they want to be Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz every year. During an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, the Hitch actress revealed that her dau…

Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling are trying to get their daughters to mix up their Halloween costumes because they want to be Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz every year.

During an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, the Hitch actress revealed that her daughters Esmeralda, five, and Amada, three, are obsessed with the 1939 movie classic and always want to dress up as the lead character for the spooky holiday, even though she and Ryan try to encourage them to put a Halloween spin on their costumes.

“They’re constantly dressing up and our kids are obsessed with The Wizard of Oz and Dorothy, so they’ve been Dorothy every year,” Mendes told Clarkson. “We’re like, ‘Maybe we could do a bloody Dorothy?’ Like, ‘I can just put some blood on you or something! ‘Cause really? Dorothy again?'”

The 45-year-old did admit that it was “financially great,” and that her children are happy to wear non-Dorothy costumes when it’s not Halloween.

“They’ll get a Halloween costume that we have hanging out and they’ll wear that with pyjama pants and a headband, and it’s so cool,” the star shared. “It’s just such a freedom.”

The singer and talk show host then said she wished her five-year-old daughter River Rose would pick the same thing every year because she is constantly changing her mind about what character she wants to be.

“What my daughter did was tell me she wanted to be (literary character) Princess in Black, we’re reading these books. There is no costume for that, I had to make it happen and put it together with all of my free time and then she was like, ‘Never mind, I want to be Anna (from Frozen),’ and then I get Anna and she’s like, ‘I don’t know, Wonder Woman?’ and I’m like, ‘You’re gonna wear it!'” she joked. “My daughter changes her mind all the time… I would love it if she wanted to be Dorothy every Halloween.”

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Ariana Grande to be ‘seriously considered’ for Wicked movie role

Ariana Grande will be “seriously considered” for a role in the movie adaptation of Broadway classic Wicked.Last year, the singer performed a cover of The Wizard and I from The Wizard of Oz prequel during NBC’s A Very Wicked Halloween TV special, and la…

Ariana Grande will be “seriously considered” for a role in the movie adaptation of Broadway classic Wicked.

Last year, the singer performed a cover of The Wizard and I from The Wizard of Oz prequel during NBC’s A Very Wicked Halloween TV special, and later gushed that she felt “grateful to have been a part of something so special”.

In a recent interview with Gay Times magazine, Stephen Schwartz, composer of the Broadway classic, said he was more than impressed with her powerful rendition and she should be considered for the role of either Elphaba or Glinda in the movie.

“Well I’m a massive Ariana Grande fan. Who isn’t?!” he said. “I mean… of course! The short answer is, of course. We’d be fools for her not to be being seriously considered.”

However, he went on to explain that production on the movie adaptation of the hit musical is in the early stages and casting decisions have yet to be made.

“The Wicked movie is not quite far enough along yet for us to really be talking about specific casting, but obviously everyone is very aware of the presence in the world of of Ariana Grande and her extraordinary talent. Ultimately it won’t be my decision, Stephen Daldry is our director and he will have a lot to say about the casting, as will Universal and the studio. But, as I say, let’s just say that all of us are very aware of Ariana Grande,” he teased.

The original Broadway show featured Idina Menzel as Elphaba and Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda and told the story of how the two witches went from best friends to enemies in the chaotic and corrupt city of Oz.

Wicked is slated for release on 22 December 2021.

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Taron Egerton praises Rocketman costume designer’s ‘brilliant’ outfits

Taron Egerton has lauded costume designer Julian Day’s “brilliant” work on Rocketman.Directed by Dexter Fletcher and written by Lee Hall, the upcoming film follows British superstar Elton John’s early days as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music, th…

Taron Egerton has lauded costume designer Julian Day’s “brilliant” work on Rocketman.

Directed by Dexter Fletcher and written by Lee Hall, the upcoming film follows British superstar Elton John’s early days as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music, through to his musical partnership with Bernie Taupin, as well as his struggles with substance abuse, depression, and acceptance of his sexual orientation.

Elton is played by Taron, and the Welsh star has now gushed over the extravagant ensembles that he sports throughout the film.

“Julian Day is definitely the most brilliant designer I’ve ever worked with. He’s incredibly collaborative, and he understands the relationship between the costumes and performance,” he commented in a preview featurette released by Paramount Pictures. “I have found the process of inhabiting Elton John and his wardrobe incredibly liberating.”

Elsewhere in the clip, Julian shared that he used Elton’s own costumes as a starting point but tried to put a spin on them whenever possible.

The costumer, who has previously worked on projects such as Bohemian Rhapsody with Dexter and Robin Hood with Taron, also gave fans a glimpse at one ensemble which was inspired by the singer’s 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and the 1939 Hollywood classic, The Wizard of Oz.

“What we talked about was using the basis of Elton’s clothes to create our own look for him. There’s over 50 pairs of shoes, over 50 pairs of glasses, massive, massive amount of material,” he commented. “I really loved the Yellow Brick Road outfit, and I obviously looked at The Wizard of Oz outfit, so he’s got a blue suit with red shoes on (which are) made of Swarovski crystals. The shirt is made of silver fabric which is like the Tin Man. He’s got a straw hat for the Scarecrow, and a big fake fur coat for the (Cowardly) Lion.”

Rocketman, also starring Jamie Bell, Bryce Dallas Howard and Richard Madden, is due to hit cinemas in late May.

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