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Judy Movie Trailer Brings Renée Zellweger Over the Rainbow

Tony Sokol Jul 8, 2019

The official trailer for the upcoming Judy film shows Renée Zellweger in what might be her next Oscar nominated role.

The first official trailer for the upcoming biopic Judy looks like it might pull an Academy Award for Renée Zellweger, who channels the The Wizard Of Oz star at the close of her career.

"Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town," reads the official synopsis. "It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown. As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. Even her dreams of love seem undimmed as she embarks on a whirlwind romance with Mickey Deans,
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From Hop to Easter Parade: The Top 12 Easter Movies to Watch This Holiday

From Hop to Easter Parade: The Top 12 Easter Movies to Watch This Holiday
Hippity, hoppity, Easter's on its way! In case you didn't already know, Easter is tomorrow, which means it's time to get ready to brunch, go on an Easter egg hunt and head to mass before eating all the candy you can imagine. As you enjoy the ultimate Sunday Funday courtesy of Easter, we suggest you also pick a festive holiday day film to watch while celebrating the occasion.  Even though there aren't as many Easter movies as there are about Christmas or Halloween, there are a decent amount of films about this holiday, or that take place during the spring, that you can watch this weekend. From Easter-specific movies like Hop and Easter Parade to movies about adorable...
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Gillian Anderson Nearly Appeared As Princess Leia In American Gods Season 2

American Gods was a big hit, widely considered to have perfectly captured Neil Gaiman’s novel and being one of the most stylish looking shows on TV. After its first season did so well, you’d assume that putting together a second would be a piece of cake. Sadly, however, it hasn’t gone quite to plan, with showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green departing after they clashed with Neil Gaiman about the future direction of the series.

We now have Jesse Alexander of Hannibal and Star Trek: Discovery taking up their reins, but with the second season set to air in March, many will be wondering about what we might be missing. Well, we now have some insight into just that. Bryan Fuller opened up on his Twitter account recently and in a now-deleted Tweet, explained the following:

“Me and [Green] never abandoned American Gods. We were dedicated to cast,
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Review: Irving Berlin's "Holiday Inn" At The Papermill Playhouse, Millburn, New Jersey

  • CinemaRetro
By Lee Pfeiffer

Those of us who share the rather unusual- and sometimes bizarre-profession of reviewing films for a living all share a nasty little secret: there are countless classic movies that we haven't seen. I'm not alone in making this mea culpa. No less than the late, great Robert Osborne, whose insightful introductions on Turner Classic Movies helped launch that channel's success, once confided in me that even he could list numerous classic movies that he had yet to catch up with. When he confessed this to Lauren Bacall, she told him that she envied him because she wish she could recapture the sheer joy of seeing a great film for the first time. I've never seen the 1942 musical "Holiday Inn". I can't say why but perhaps it's because that as a boy growing up in the Sixties, such productions seemed quaint and unappealing when I had a celluloid tidal wave of WWII flicks,
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Gillian Anderson Ruled ‘American Gods’: How the Many Faces of Media Were Chosen

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Gillian Anderson Ruled ‘American Gods’: How the Many Faces of Media Were Chosen
The first season of “American Gods” featured many highlights, including the captivating work of Ian McShane, some groundbreaking nudity and sexual content, and a fascinating breakout episode that brought unexpected depth to one of the show’s most complicated characters. But Gillian Anderson, with maybe 30 minutes of screen time total, may be the ultimate highlight.

Playing the “new god” Media, Anderson appears in several forms over the course of the season, all extremely recognizable to fans of pop culture. In depicting Lucy Ricardo, David Bowie, Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland, the veteran TV star demonstrated a spectrum of ability which people only familiar with her more serious drama work might not have anticipated.

Read More: ‘American Gods’ Review: Season 1’s Finale Is a Beautiful Sensory Nightmare That Finally Answers the Show’s Biggest Question

“We forget how good she is because she plays characters who are a bit like her,
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Performer of the Week: Gillian Anderson

Performer of the Week: Gillian Anderson
The Performer | Gillian Anderson

The Show | American Gods

The Episode | “Come to Jesus“ (June 18)

The Performance | Is there anything that livens up an American Gods scene more than the captivating, off-kilter addition of Gillian Anderson’s Media? We think not, especially given the X-Files alum’s highly entertaining performance in Sunday’s Season 1 finale.

When Media showed up as Judy Garland in her Easter Parade attire, all doe-eyed and delicate, Anderson was the picture of turn-of-the-century femininity. And we marveled, in part because she so thoroughly wrapped the New God in this old-school persona and in part because Anderson-as-Media-as-Garland
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Sing Along With the Cast of ‘Bob’s Burgers’ + More in L.A. This Week 6/15-6/22

Grab your pencils and calendars and make a note of these happenings this week. Embrace the lazy, hazy days of summer by hunkering down at a classic movie palace or spend sunny afternoons checking out a whole different type of artwork. We’ve even found a free workshop to help you hone your skills and prepare you for your next venture. No matter what, go forth and explore the City of Angels. You never know where your next gig might be hiding! Experience a classic film in a historic theater. Take a trip back to a time when going to the movies was a grand event. Throughout the summer, the L.A. Conservancy is screening legendary films in landmark movie palaces across the city as part of its Last Remaining Seats series. On June 17, experience the Judy Garland/Fred Astaire movie musical “Easter Parade” at the Los Angeles Theatre downtown
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Does Hollywood Hate the Easter Bunny?

Does Hollywood Hate the Easter Bunny?
Ask anyone to name his favorite Easter movie, and chances are you'll get a blank stare. A few people might say Here Comes Peter Cottontail (which was actually a 1971 stop motion animated TV special) or its 2005 animated sequel of the same name (a direct-to-video release that made its television debut on Cartoon Network the following year). Then of course, there's Hop, the 2011 live-action/animated movie that holds the honor of being the only Easter-themed feature film since the Judy Garland-Fred Astaire musical Easter Parade in 1948 (which didn't really involve the bunny). There's been a Disney Channel Original Movie about practically every fantastical creature—leprechauns, mermaids,...
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7 Events NYC Actors Need to Add to Their Calendars

Step out of the spotlight and step into the weekend. Even though we know the training never truly stops, performers in the busy, beautiful city need to pencil in a break every once in awhile. Check out seven of our favorite cultural and creative events happening in NYC. 1. Get an inside look at Broadway’s “Dear Evan Hansen.”Join director Michael Greif and actor Ben Platt for a conversation moderated by “This American Life” host Ira Glass. The April 16 event will take place at 92nd Street Y on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. (Ticket prices vary.) 2. Put on your Sunday clothes at this Easter parade.Strut down the streets—and get your picture taken at the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival that dates back to the 1870s. Bring your bonnet on April 16, and meet at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for the best view. (No ticket required.) 3. Get a taste
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Remembering Chuck Berry, Chuck Barris and More Reel-Important People We Lost in March

  • Movies.com
Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Lola Albright (1924-2017) - Actress, Singer. A regular on TV's Peter Gunn, she also appears in the movies Easter ParadeThe PirateChampion, The Way West, The Tender Trap, Joy House, Lord Love a DuckThe Monolith Monsters and Kid Galahad. She died on March 23. (THR) Chuck Barris (1929-2017) - Game Show Host, Producer, Director, Songwriter, Author. He created The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game and The Gong Show, hosting the latter, and...

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‘Last Remaining Seats’ 2017: L.A.’s Film Event Lineup Includes Spielberg, Preminger, and Much, Much More

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‘Last Remaining Seats’ 2017: L.A.’s Film Event Lineup Includes Spielberg, Preminger, and Much, Much More
The Los Angeles conservancy group is gearing up for its 31st season of “Last Remaining Seats,” and the full lineup for the event (which begins June 3) has been revealed. The nine films included cover a wide range of classic, foreign, and Oscar winning films, proving that this year’s showings are not to be missed if you’re a film fan in L.A.

Read More: London Theater Pranks Audience by Playing ‘La La Land’ in a Screening of ‘Moonlight’

The event will also hold two showings in the Warner Grand Theatre for the first time in its history, among other prestigious venues. Here’s the full list, including dates and locations:

L.A. Confidential (1997)

Saturday, June 3 at 8 p.m.

Orpheum Theatre (1926), downtown L.A.

Laura (1944)

Wednesday, June 7 at 8 p.m.

Million Dollar Theatre (1918), downtown L.A.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

Saturday, June 10 at 2 p.m.

Warner Grand Theatre (1931), San Pedro

On the Waterfront (1954)

Saturday,
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Giveaway – Win Warner Bros. Mother’s Day 2017 Musicals

Sing-a-long with Hollywood’s most beloved musicals this Mother’s Day! To help you find the perfect gift this Mother’s Day, we are offering one lucky film buff the ultimate prize-winning package. Up for grabs is a boxset of must-see musicals, including Annie Get Your Gun, Easter Parade, Calamity Jane, High Society and Meet Me in St Louis.

Order here.

The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, April 2nd. UK readers only please. To enter, use one of the following methods…

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Judy by the Numbers: "I Don't Care"

Though nobody foresaw it at the time, 1948 was a major turning point in what would be Judy Garland’s last few years at MGM. After the one-two Freed Unit punch of Easter Parade and Words and Music at the beginning of 1948, Judy was supposed to head straight into her third Arthur Freed film,The Barkleys of Broadway. With Fred Astaire coaxed out of retirement, the duo of Astaire and Garland looked to be a new box office guarantee. Unfortunately, what wasn’t a guarantee was Judy’s health. After two months of rehearsal, Judy backed out of The Barkleys of Broadway, to be replaced by Ginger Rogers. This decision sounded the death knell for her partnership with Arthur Freed, the producer who had created the Judy Garland formula. Judy was too tired, too thin, and too weak to go on filming, until another producer from her past swooped back into the picture: Joe Pasternak.
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Judy by the Numbers: "I Love A Piano"

Anne Marie is tracking Judy Garland's career through musical numbers... 

Easter Parade has becomea perrenial holiday favorite. Inevitably, the lighthearted musical appears on TCM Easter Sunday marathons, sandwiched between Ben Hur (1959) and King of Kings (1961). However, despite the annual dominance of this Judy Garland/Irving Berlin musical, the movie nearly stopped before it began. A combination of bad luck, souring relationships, and weak ankles nearly prevented the production from getting off the ground. Fans of the film have one person to thank for its resurrection: Fred Astaire.

The Movie: Easter Parade (1948)

The Songwriter: Irving Berlin (music & lyrics)

The Players: Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Ann Miller, Peter Lawford, directed by Charles Walters

The Story: The production of Easter Parade was plagued from the start. Though Irving Berlin enthusiastically agreed to expand upon his hit Holiday Inn for a new Judy Garland vehicle, the rest of the cast and crew was harder to secure.
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Giveaway – Win Must-See Musicals: 10 Film Collection

Sing-a-long with Hollywood’s most beloved musicals this Mother’s Day!

To celebrate the release of the beautifully packaged collector’s box set Must-see Musicals: 10 Film Collection – featuring some of Hollywood’s most beloved musical classics – we have a copy to giveaway!

This guaranteed feel-good collection provides hours of infectious, heart-warming, toe-tapping viewing, with iconic dance routines and stunning production design, that you’ll want to return to again and again.

Must-see Musicals: 10 Film Collection comes in a presentation box decorated with artwork from the original film posters and makes an attractive addition to any DVD collection!

Includes 42nd Street, Meet Me in St. Louis, Easter Parade, Annie Get Your Gun, Singin’ in the Rain, The Band Wagon, Calamity Jane, A Star is Born, High Society and Gypsy.

You can pre-order via Amazon UK.

The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, March 20th. UK readers only please. To enter, use one of the following methods…
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Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire Movie ‘Holiday Inn’ Heads to Broadway in New Musical Adaptation

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Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire Movie ‘Holiday Inn’ Heads to Broadway in New Musical Adaptation
The classic 1941 Hollywood musical “Holiday Inn” is coming to Broadway. Roundabout Theatre Company, in association with Universal Stage Productions, on Thursday announced plans to mount an adaptation of the Bing Crosby-Fred Astaire classic in fall 2016. The new musical will feature 20 songs from the entire Irving Berlin catalog — including “Steppin’ Out With My Baby,” “Shaking the Blues Away,” “Easter Parade,” “Cheek to Cheek” and “Heatwave.” — and a new book by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge inspired by the Oscar-winning movie. (We’re guessing the movie’s notorious blackface number will be omitted.) Also Read: 'Misery' Broadway Review: Bruce Willis,
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Judy Garland & Fred Astaire! Easter Parade Saturday Morning at The Hi-Pointe!

“Do you know that scientists say that people fall in love quickest during a rainstorm? I can prove that. Because that’s when I fell in love with you!”

Easter Parade plays at The Hi-Pointe Theater ( 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117) Saturday, April 11th at 10:30am as part of their Classic Film Series

Easter Parade is a Technicolor dream from 1948 and quite the showcase for the 17 Irving Berlin songs that are packed into this lavish production. Fred Astaire and Judy Garland shine in their only appearance together in films, and their obvious on-screen chemistry makes one wish they could have teamed again. MGM thought so too, but their re-teaming never materialized, and that makes this film all the more special for their unique performance together. Judy’s screen warmth and charm are especially bright in Easter Parade, and Fred is as dapper and nimble as ever. Ann Miller’s
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Amy Sherman-Palladino Explains Her Cultural Influences

  • Vulture
Amy Sherman-Palladino Explains Her Cultural Influences
Amy Sherman-Palladino has created some of the fastest talkers in television history — especially on Gilmore Girls, which Vulture is celebrating all week long. These are the movies, albums, towns, and plays that have influenced her career.Easter Parade I started as a dancer, because my mother wanted me to be a dancer. She had actually no interest in me doing anything else, so all early influences were very MGM-musical driven. Cyd Charisse, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, a major Judy Garland fetish that still exists on a weird, probably should-be-gay-a man level. One of my mother’s favorite stories is “I met Judy Garland on the street, and I went up and talked to her, and she was so nice.” That was it. That was the whole story. Mel Brooks’s 2000 Year Old Man My father was a comic, and he stuck it in my room, like, “Yeah, you are not
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: On The Beach

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 26, 2014

Price: DVD $19.95, Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Kino Lorber

Anthony Perkins, Gregory Peck and Fred Astaire in On The Beach.

The science-fiction-tinged drama On The Beach is Stanley Kramer’s 1959 film adaptation of British-Australian author Nevil Shute’s 1957 post-apocalyptic novel.

In 1964, atomic war wipes out humanity in the northern hemisphere; one American submarine—the Sawfish—finds temporary safe haven in Australia, where life-as-usual covers growing despair. . Captain Dwight Towers (Gregory Peck, The Guns of Navarone) takes the Sawfish on a mission to see if an approaching radiation cloud has weakened, but returns with grim news: the cloud is lethal. With the days and hours dwindling, each person confronts the grim situation in his or her own way. One (Fred Astaire, Easter Parade) realizes a lifetime Grand Prix ambition; another (Ava Gardner, Earthquake) reaches out for a chance at love. The final chapter of human history is coming to a close…
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That Was Gay: ‘The Birdcage’

When Mike Nichols’s The Birdcage was released in 1996, it made $185 million worldwide, a truly astonishing fact. There are so many reasons why The Birdcage would never ever be made today, let alone make so much money. We’re talking about an R-rated comedy with no gross-out or potty humor. It isn’t a buddy comedy or an action comedy or even a particularly romantic comedy. Its four main characters are quite a bit over the age of 40. Dianne Wiest has an above-the-title credit, for God’s sakes. This is a film geared towards just about every audience but the young straight men Hollywood targets with its comedies today.

Of course The Birdcage is a gay movie. Its leading couple is gay, the plot hinges on a gay secret, and there’s lots of drag and swishing and short shorts. There’s no actual sex, or even too many sexual allusions,
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