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Another Nomination for Renee for her role in Judy! This time for the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Cynthia Erivo – Harriet
Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story
Lupita Nyong’o – Us
Charlize Theron – Bombshell
Renée Zellweger – Judy

Earlier this month Renee attended a screening of the film Judy in her home state of Texas for the Austin Film Society.

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Dec 10, 19 Ali   Awards, Judy 0 Comment

Congratulations again to Tom for his nominations for the Critics Choice Awards

Best Actress
Awkwafina – The Farewell
Cynthia Erivo – Harriet
Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story
Lupita Nyong’o – Us
Saoirse Ronan – Little Women
Charlize Theron – Bombshell
Renée Zellweger – Judy

Dec 09, 19 Ali   Awards, Judy 0 Comment

Congratulations to Renee on her Golden Globe nomination. The awards will be hosted by Ricky Gervais on January 5th and aired on NBC.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renée Zellweger, Judy

Here is the full interview clip of Tom & Renee did for Actors on Actors.

In their Actors on Actors conversation, Tom Hanks and Renée Zellweger talk about playing real-life people, Mr. Rogers and Judy Garland, in their films this year, and they reflect on their first jobs in the film industry.

And here are some of the outtakes from their shoot.

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Renee Zellweger Online > Outtakes > 2019 > 016

Nothing better! Two of my favorite stars sitting down together to talk their newest roles! Renee joins actor Tom Hanks for their Actors on Actors interview for Variety.

Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”) and Renée Zellweger (“Judy”) sat down for a chat for “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.” For more, click here.

During their enduring careers, Tom Hanks and Renée Zellweger have gone back and forth seamlessly between comedies and dramas, played romantic leads and won Academy Awards — she for best supporting actress in 2003’s “Cold Mountain,” he for best actor in 1993’s “Philadelphia” and 1994’s “Forrest Gump.” And in their latest films — Zellweger’s “Judy” and Hanks’ “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” — both actors masterfully transform into real people, with Zellweger channeling Judy Garland in her final days, and Hanks embodying Fred Rogers.

In conversation recently, the two actors find another point in common: celebrity encounters during their time in the service industry. Hanks was a hotel bellboy; Zellweger supported herself during college as a cocktail waitress in an Austin bar.

“I carried Cher’s bags!” Hanks says excitedly. “No, you did not!” Zellweger replies. “When she was married to Gregg Allman,” Hanks continues. “I brought in the bags, and I said, ‘I believe these are the bags you asked for, Mr. Allman.’ He said, ‘I don’t know — Toots?’ And then Toots was Cher, and she came in, and yeah, that was her bag.” For Zellweger, “the guys from Bad Company would come in, Nick Nolte came in, Gary Busey came in.” At the mention of Busey, Hanks says, “Oh, that — he was there for a while.” (Hanks later clarifies his joke, saying, “Gary would appreciate it, because he’s bone-dry sober right now.”)

After discussing their before-they-were-famous star sightings, they turn to how they built their characters for “Judy” and “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”

Tom Hanks: So what is the first thing you do when playing Judy Garland? That’s like playing Elvis, or John Lennon, or something. What’s the first thing you do?

Renée Zellweger: Well, there’s a lot of material. You watch everything.

Hanks: Did you watch the variety show that she did?

Zellweger: Oh yes!

Hanks: That was a work of art, really. And the fact that nobody was tuning in because she was —

Zellweger: They were up against “Bonanza.”

Hanks: Oh, is that what killed it? Oh, my! 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. 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.”

I went to Marielle Heller, who was the director of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” and 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.” I said, “Good enough for me.”

Zellweger: It’s different when you’re playing a person who’s lived. There’s a different responsibility.

Hanks: The legend of Fred has not gone through the bowdlerization that Judy’s has — everything she went through, and how she became who she was. Did you have an overabundance of information you had to sift through?

Zellweger: Well, you try to be judicious about what it is that you take as fact. So, there was a lot of contradictory information. And there are so many biographies out there by people who claim to have known her.

Hanks: In the film, when you’re in the cab and you’re trying to find a place to stay, Lorna, the daughter, says, “Are you going to sleep now, Mommy?” because you took a couple of pills, and Judy says, “No, these are the other kind, honey,” which means you’re going to go up. So there, you’ve laid down a foundation of somebody who was pretty strung out by that time, suffering from a lifetime of taking mood-altering drugs just to get along with the day. There are those stories of them putting Dexedrine in her and Mickey Rooney’s soup so they could get through those Andy Hardy movies, you know?

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Oct 17, 19 Ali   Events, Images 0 Comment

Renee attended the premiere of Judy in Melbourne, Australia looking smashing in a little black dress.

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Renee Zellweger Online > > October 8 | Judy Premiere In Melbourne

at the end of September Renee did an interview with Jess Cagle on Sirius XM. She talked about her new film Judy, singing those iconic songs, and taking time off from the spotlight.

Last week Renee made an appearance on the morning show Good Morning America.

Renee Zellweger talks channeling Judy Garland in ‘Judy’

Renee Zellweger talks about the prosthetic nose she wore in ‘Judy’

Behind the scenes of Renee Zellweger’s transformation into ‘Judy’

There are three Judy Garland authorities that Roadside Attractions would most obviously want on board their Oscar campaign for “Judy” and its star, Renee Zellweger: Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft and Rufus Wainwright.

Granted, unlike Garland’s two daughters, Wainwright isn’t a relative. But his 2007 album, “Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall,” is widely respected as the ultimate tribute to Garland and her legendary 1961 concert at the same historic theater in New York City, which some industry veterans of a certain age still tout it as “the greatest night in show business history.” (Luft gave his fandom her endorsement by appearing with Wainwright and the orchestra to sing “After You’re Gone” at his Carnegie Hall tribute.)

“I have a certain stake in it, I suppose,” Wainwright said — as something of an understatement — of his connection to Garland’s legacy, when Variety caught up with him at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. “I mean, I have been a trooper for Judy.” To prove the point, later that night he channeled his idol for an epic cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” which over the years has emerged as an escapist anthem for the marginalized community.

He lent his imprimatur to the “Judy” film in a very prominent way by agreeing to duet with the leading lady on “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” for the film companion album that Decca Records released over the weekend — a putative soundtrack that might well be instead titled “Zellweger Does Judy,” since a lot of the recordings are distinct from what’s actually heard in the film. So did Bridget Jones pull it off in his opinion?

“She does her own singing,” Wainwright said of Zellweger’s bold decision. “She doesn’t have Judy Garland’s voice. Nobody has Judy Garland’s voice. But it really is remarkable how high she flies — and in that stratosphere.” Which was Wainwright’s way of commenting on Zellweger’s vocal stylings while respectfully honoring the mythology of her character.

“I have to say her performance is pretty impeccable,” Wainwright quickly added, referring to the Oscar buzz. “And mainly because she just inhabits the role. She becomes Judy, and it’s not an imitation. It’s not a caricature. She really goes there.”