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If you want to honor Judy...

If you want to honor Judy...
by Cláudio Alves

Within the realm of Oscar races, there are few campaign strategies more annoying than the "honor the movie, honor the man" variety.  It's reserved for biopics, putting forward the idea that to shower a certain production in gold laurels is a way to retroactively reward a dead celebrity. This same logic was somewhat utilized to catapult Renée Zellweger towards her second Oscar win. Let's make one thing clear, Renée's win for Judy is a prize for her bold performance but in no way does this victory actually honor the Oscarless Judy Garland. You don't get to pretend you gave Judy an award Academy -- you lost that chance long ago!

Still, we appreciate that Renée mentioned Garland in her speech and that her movie might inspire people to watch more of the late star's great roles. After all, there's no better way to honor her memory than to explore her wonderful filmography.
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Sam Smith Samples ‘Donnie Darko’ on New Song ‘To Die For’

Sam Smith Samples ‘Donnie Darko’ on New Song ‘To Die For’
Sam Smith samples audio from the 2001 cult classic film Donnie Darko in their latest single, “To Die For,” released on Valentine’s Day.

“Releasing this song is going to be a wild one — I feel like it’s from one of the deepest parts of me,” Smith told Rolling Stone ahead of the single’s release. “I wrote this with Jimmy Napes and Stargate in L.A. during a time of self-discovery and heartbreak. This is for all the lonely hearts out there on another Valentine’s Day xx.”

The
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‘Judy’ Producer Hires Development Head; Asian Lab Seafic Sets Projects; Ellie Bamber Pic Underway In Ireland – Global Briefs

  • Deadline
‘Judy’ Producer Hires Development Head; Asian Lab Seafic Sets Projects; Ellie Bamber Pic Underway In Ireland – Global Briefs
Calamity Films, the UK producer behind Judy, for which Renée Zellweger recently won an Oscar, has named Sam Gordon as its head of development. Gordon joins from BBC Films, where he worked as a development executive on projects including recent Sundance pic Herself and the upcoming People Just Do Nothing: Big In Japan, as well as Judy which the BBC backed. He also had prior roles at Magnolia Mae Films and Baby Cow, working on Stan & Ollie and Philomena. At Calamity, Gordon will report to founder David Livingstone and will work across film and TV projects.

The fourth Seafic lab, which nurtures Southeast Asian films, will welcome filmmakers including Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul for its 2020 edition. Five projects will take part, including a new feature from Locarno Golden Leopard-winning A Land Imagined producer Fran Borgia, and Locarno-winning The Science Of Fictions producer Yulia Evina Bhar. The teams this year hail from Indonesia,
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‘Judy’ producers Calamity Films hires former BBC Films exec in new head of development role

  • ScreenDaily
Sam Gordon will lead the slate across film and TV.

David Livingstone’s UK production company Calamity Films has hired former BBC Films exec Sam Gordon in the newly-created role of head of development.

Gordon will lead Calamity Films’ development slate across film and television, and will report directly to Livingstone. He will start on Monday, February 24.

Since joining BBC Films in February 2018, Gordon has worked across projects including Calamity’s Judy – for which Renée Zellweger won best actress at the Oscars and Baftas – and Phyllida Lloyd’s recent Sundance premiere Herself.

Prior to his BBC role, he worked in
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Ld Entertainment and Roadside Attractions acquire ‘The Glorias’

Pre-election autumn theatrical release planned.

Ld Entertainment and Roadside Attractions have acquired North American rights to Julie Taymor’s The Glorias following its world premiere at Sundance.

The companies are reuniting after the release of Judy starring Oscar-winner Renée Zellweger and are back in business with another stellar performer playing an iconic role.

Julianne Moore portrays feminist figurehead Gloria Steinem over five decades of her life.

Based on Steinem’s book My Life On The Road, The Glorias also stars Alicia Vikander, Lulu Wilson, Ryan Keira Armstrong and Timothy Hutton

The partners plan an autumn release in advance of the 2020 election,
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Actors Playing Actors at the Oscars

by Cláudio Alves

To watch an actor play another performer is a pleasure. There's wonderment to be found in these Matryoshkas of acting within acting, be it the porn inexpressiveness of Julianne Moore in Boogie Nights or the desperate showboating of Judy Garland in A Star Is Born. Not surprisingly, if we peruse the history of the Academy Awards, we'll find numerous instances of thespians nominated for giving life to fictional actors or real-life stars of the past. Perhaps no other profession is so generously dramatized in the annals of acting awards.

This season, Renée Zellweger won the Best Actress trophy for resurrecting the ghost of Garland for one final performance. There were two other actors-as-actors performances nominated. While we don't see much of Scarlett Johansson's Nicole onstage, her profession as an actress is a central part of the characterization in Marriage Story. On the other hand we see
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See Inside Judy Garland's Former Hollywood Hills Home, Now Listed for $6 Million

  • PEOPLE.com
See Inside Judy Garland's Former Hollywood Hills Home, Now Listed for $6 Million
Prospective homebuyers can now live somewhere over the rainbow — and nestled in a Hollywood hillside.

A Los Angeles estate that was once home to screen legend Judy Garland is now on the market for $6.129 million.

The three-story, 4,999-square-foot home, which is listed by Alexandra Pfeifer of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties, is positioned just above the Sunset Strip and contains five bedrooms and seven-and-a-half bathrooms.

The Wizard of Oz star lived in the scenic, sunny residence from 1944 to 1948, along with her husband Vincente Minnelli and their daughter Liza Minnelli, who was born in 1946. (The listing makes note that all three
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What Now? An Early, Little-Watched Oscars Show Leaves Too Much Time To Think

  • Deadline
What Now? An Early, Little-Watched Oscars Show Leaves Too Much Time To Think
So, what happens now?

With the 3 1/2 weeks early, lowest-rated Oscar show in the bag, the movies and those who love them are caught in an unaccustomed February vacuum. Normally, there would be cocktails, canapés and the whispers of publicists looking for last-minute advantage over competitors.

But Sunday’s Academy Awards implosion — what else to call a show that drew a rock-bottom 23.6 million viewers and made even that underwear turn by past host Neil Patrick Harris look good? — left the film world with way too much time to think.

Certainly, you could go to the movies. One option might be to catch up with Parasite, the Best Picture winner. With around $36 million in domestic ticket sales as of this week, it is among the least-viewed — in the United States, at any rate — among a field of nominees that included box office hits as robust as Joker, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,
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Laura Dern Giving Jerry From Cheer Mat Talk Is Everything You Need in Life

Laura Dern Giving Jerry From Cheer Mat Talk Is Everything You Need in Life
It's Jerry from Cheer's world and we're all just living in it. The Ellen DeGeneres Show had Cheer star Jerry Harris on the 2020 Oscars red carpet where he talked to everybody from Billie Ellish and Regina King to Kathy Bates and Renée Zellweger and just about everybody who stopped for him knew who he was and was more starstruck to see him than the other way around. Laura Dern even gave him some mat talk. Laura Dern. Gave. Jerry. Mat. Talk. "Jerry. Jerry. Jerry, this is what I want to say to you: You've got this! You can do this Jerry," Dern said to the college student. "Because my daughter was giving me some mat talk as I was driving in the car. And we love you and we love...
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2020 Academy Awards Earns the Lowest Ratings in Show's History

The 92nd Academy Awards may have included historic victories and surprise performances, but it wasn’t enough to escape a severe ratings drop.

Sunday night’s star-studded show, which went without a host for the second year in a row, earned 23.6 million viewers — down 20 percent from last year’s 29.6 million viewers, Deadline and Reuters reported.

The 2020 Oscars now rank as the least-watched ceremony ever, as its viewership was also down from the previous record low of 26.5 million in 2018.

Last year’s ceremony actually saw an uptick in ratings for the first time in five years when it went hostless. The
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Oscars 2020 Party Report: Oscar Night Celebrations Bring Out Hollywood’s Biggest Stars (Photos)

  • The Wrap
Oscars 2020 Party Report: Oscar Night Celebrations Bring Out Hollywood’s Biggest Stars (Photos)
Oscar night parties began with viewing soirees at hotspots all over Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon, then picked up speed as the show ended with Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” historic win. Once the Dolby Theatre emptied out, Hollywood’s hottest started the bouncing, going from party to party well into the wee hours. Here are a few of the stops the stars hit along the way.

Every winner’s first after-party was the Governor’s Ball, where they had to stand in line at the engraving stand behind Bong Joon Ho, whose golden boys filled up the table. Renée Zellweger (pictured) wasn’t complaining, not were Taika Waititi or Joaquin Phoenix, who had a bonding moment while they waited. Everyone who had been to last year’s ball and remembered Sequoia Productions’ producer Cheryl Cecchetto’s “Filmscapes” theme that presciently featured images from world cinema wondered the same thing:
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Renée Zellweger Jokes 'Is That All?' to Parasite's Bong Joon Ho After He Shows Off His 3 Oscars

Renée Zellweger Jokes 'Is That All?' to Parasite's Bong Joon Ho After He Shows Off His 3 Oscars
Bong Joon Ho and Renée Zellweger both won big at the Academy Awards — but the South Korean filmmaker picked up a few more statuettes.

Over the course of the night, Bong’s film Parasite won a total of four awards: Best Original Screenplay, Best International Feature, Best Director as well as Best Picture, while Zellweger was honored with the Best Actress award for her role in Judy.

Running into each other backstage while waiting to get their statuettes engraved, the two winners exchanged a few jokes about Bong’s epic night.

“We meet again,” Zellweger exclaimed in footage captured by Variety,
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Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston Attended the Same Oscars Party After His Major Win

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston Attended the Same Oscars Party After His Major Win
Brad Pitt celebrated his Oscar victory in the vicinity of friends.

Pitt, 56, won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor at Sunday night’s awards show and made his way to Vanity Fair’s Oscars party once the event had wrapped.

A source tells People the actor was happy and having fun while talking to Rebel Wilson and Chelsea Handler at the bash. Pitt later made his way to Guy Oseary’s popular Oscars soirée “The Party.”

There, the actor was seen spending time with his Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood costar Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, Lukas Haas and Adele.
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10 Best Looks From the Oscars Red Carpet

  • Variety
10 Best Looks From the Oscars Red Carpet
The 2020 Oscars red carpet marked the end of one of Hollywood’s most fashionable awards seasons in recent memory. It was filled with new ideas on how to stand out on the carpet, and stars showed there is merit in both minimalism (Renée Zellweger) and maximalism (Billy Porter). The biggest fashion takeaways from this year’s Academy Awards include palate-cleansing white gowns, dramatic black ensembles for men and women, shades of pink ranging from pale to hot, chokers and statement necklaces, one-shoulder necklines and perhaps the most new and noteworthy: dresses with capes, hoods and bat-like sleeves, indicating a new kind of dress fit for a modern superwoman.
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Oscars Lose 6 Million Viewers From Last Year, Set New All-Time Lows in Ratings

  • The Wrap
Oscars Lose 6 Million Viewers From Last Year, Set New All-Time Lows in Ratings
The 2020 Oscars drew 23.6 million total viewers on ABC, down a whopping 6 million TV viewers, or minus 20% from last year. Like 2019, Sunday’s Academy Awards went host-less.

That move didn’t work out this time around, but the mix of movies may have been an even bigger problem.

In the key demographic, adults 18-49, the year to year drop-off was even steeper than the all-in decline. Last night’s show received a 5.3 rating in the demo, according to Nielsen, down 31% from the prior Oscars and to a new record low.

Also Read: After Oscars, ABC Will Remain Last in Viewers Among Big 4 - But Maybe Not in Key Demo

The previous Oscars low among adults 18-49 was a 6.8 rating. In terms of total viewers, the prior low was 26.5 million viewers. Both of those numbers came in 2018.

Doing a little more math, this new viewer low is another 11% lower than the old one.
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Renée Zellweger's Second Oscar Win Gives Her Phenomenal Comeback a Hollywood Ending

Renée Zellweger's Second Oscar Win Gives Her Phenomenal Comeback a Hollywood Ending
"Wow, I really am up here. Well hi, everybody, it's nice to see you. Y'all look pretty good, 17 years later. Thank you to the HFPA for inviting me back to the family reunion, especially with all these extraordinary ladies this year." So Renée Zellweger began her Golden Globes acceptance speech last month, acknowledging right off the bat the fact that she's been away for what in Hollywood is considered a very, very long time. On Sunday, as expected, she won the Oscar for Best Actress, finishing her clean sweep of all the top awards season prizes and punctuating what has been a remarkable return to the spotlight since descending from her perch at the top of the Hollywood...
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Congrats. Renée Zellweger, Laura Dern and Parasite director Bong Joon Ho

Congrats. Renée Zellweger, Laura Dern and Parasite director Bong Joon Ho
Congrats to all 2020 Oscar Winners. Special congrats to our friends Renée Zellweger, “Judy”, Laura Dern, “Marriage Story,” and “Parasite” director Bong Joon Ho. “Wow! Seconds ago, the Oscar for Best Picture was handed out, and with that, history was made, as the 92nd Academy Awards came to a close in spectacular fashion! For the first time, the Academy gave a foreign language film their top honor, as Parasite took Picture in an historic upset (one that yours truly predicted). Moments before that, Bong Joon Ho pulled off a Best Director shocker, too, making it quite the evening for Parasite. There weren’t a whole lot of surprises throughout the night, though there were some very good speeches, but the Oscars saved some of their most exciting moments for the final section, culminating in a first for AMPAS that will long be remembered. Aside from Parasite winning Best Picture and Best Director,
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Film News: ‘Parasite’ Makes History at 92nd Academy Awards

Chicago – In a surprising sweep, the South Korean film “Parasite” – created through the vision of director Bong Joon Ho – won all the major creative categories, including Best Original Screenplay and Director, as well as securing Best International Film and making Oscar history as the first non-English-speaking Best Picture.

The Oscar ceremony, which took place on February 9th, 2020, seemed to anticipate this diverse international and generational shift, going without a host for the second year in a row and injecting some youthful “stars of the future” into the show as performers and category “introducers.” The sizzling music star Janelle Monáe kicked off the show with a dazzling opening number, and that energy uplifted the entire show, including the award presentations. Presenters Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph did a hilarious “acting” audition during there turn on stage, also James Corden and Rebel Wilson came out in their costumes from the infamous 2019 bomb,
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Oscars 2020: ‘Parasite’ by the Dashboard Light

Oscars 2020: ‘Parasite’ by the Dashboard Light
Parasite! Parasiiiiiiite! All the good stuff on Oscar Night happened in the final half hour. Parasite became the first non-English-language movie ever to win Best Picture, while Bong Joon Ho was a walking, talking, hair-wagging embodiment of everything to love about the movies. First, Bong won Best Director and gave a tribute to his idol Martin Scorsese that reduced the maestro to tears — one of the most beautifully poignant Oscar speeches ever. He also declared, “I will drink until next morning.” Pure cinema! Then in a surprise upset, the underdog
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Oscars 2020: Why the ‘Parasite’ Best Picture Win Was Revolutionary

Oscars 2020: Why the ‘Parasite’ Best Picture Win Was Revolutionary
You could tell Jane Fonda knew she was making history by the way she smiled, pausing for a second before reading out the Best Picture title. Watch her face. It’s almost as fun to re-view that moment as to have witnessed, in real time, what happened right after it. Sorry, give us a second. We’re going to check it out one more time.

The 92nd annual Academy Awards gave us every sign that they would be largely predictable affair that most folks assumed it would be, down to
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