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‘Apocalypse Now!’ & The Most Difficult Film Shoots In History

Most movies are relatively easy to make, safe studio lots are transformed, and actors and crew are well looked after, but sometimes the elements to combine to create a perfect storm of delays and disasters.

The Oscar-winning cult Vietnam war epic Apocalypse Now! was famously shot in conditions which, at the time, were deemed incredibly challenging. 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of its original release, and on 16th September 2019, Studiocanal will release brand new 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray editions with new artworks and including exclusive new bonus material plus the Hearts of Darkness documentary.

To mark the release, we take a look back at some of the most difficult film shoots in movie history.

Titanic, James Cameron (1997)

Titanic may have won 11 Academy Awards and ultimately become one of the highest-grossing films in history, however, during production, this story of the biggest passenger-ship disaster in history seemed destined to be the
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‘Judy': Why Renée Zellweger Had to Actually Sing in the Garland Biopic (Exclusive Video)

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‘Judy': Why Renée Zellweger Had to Actually Sing in the Garland Biopic (Exclusive Video)
Renée Zellweger really didn’t want to actually sing while playing an older Judy Garland in “Judy,” but director Rupert Goold told her it was essential to show how performing “Over the Rainbow” wasn’t as effortless as it once was.

“I think on camera it’s important to capture the truth of the performer, the literal physical exertion of performing.” Goold told TheWrap’s Steve Pond at the Toronto International Film Festival. “I’ve seen the sweat that pours off the performer on stage…the way the sinews move on the neck… it’s a very gladiatorial state of mind that they are in.

Also Read: 'Judy' Film Review: Renee Zellweger Gets to the Core of Judy Garland's Tragic Decline

“I’m sure there’s a way to capture that with someone else’s music, but I felt it was going to be more visceral live,” he added.
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These Are the Some of the Most Iconic Costumes Celebrity Couples Have Worn For Halloween

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These Are the Some of the Most Iconic Costumes Celebrity Couples Have Worn For Halloween
From Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart's bone-chillingly cute matching skeleton costumes to Kardashian couples killing the game in sexy and seductive outfits, Halloween for Hollywood stars is a (dead) serious affair. Heidi Klum's annual Halloween parties have boasted some of the wildest couples costumes the red carpet has seen (her and Tom Kaulitz's outfits being worthy of a double take), but the fun doesn't stop there. Couples like Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady looked cuter than ever when they dressed up as Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz, while Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman quite literally scared everyone half to death when they disguised themselves as a zombie bride and groom.

Trust us when we tell you that you haven't seen anything until you've seen these iconic Halloween costumes worn by some of Hollywood's most famous stars. Keep reading, because these star-studded couples
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Oscar predictions: Top 10 frontrunners for Best Actress include Renee Zellweger, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lopez and …

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Oscar predictions: Top 10 frontrunners for Best Actress include Renee Zellweger, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lopez and …
Frontrunners are already forming in the Oscar race Best Actress race, according to early combined predictions at Gold Derby. Now that the three major fall film festivals — Telluride, Venice and Toronto — have unspooled many of the most anticipated titles, these predictions reflect the flux now that award journalists have passed judgment on early fall contenders. Two major shifts for female leads: Both Julianne Moore (“Gloria”) and Nicole Kidman (The Goldfinch”) have dropped out from the top 10, replaced by Jennifer Lopez in “Hustlers” and Helen Mirren in “The Good Liar.” We’ve confirmed category placements with studios or campaigners, but — as awards season veterans know — such labels can change later. For example, JLo may drop to the supporting race if that improves her chance to win. For now, Gold Derby ranks her in both categories.

Below: the current top 10 Best Actress rankings on the Gold Derby site, in order, as of Sept.
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‘Judy’ Review: Flawed yet Effective with Stunning Work from Renee Zellweger | Tiff 2019

I grew up idolizing Judy Garland. The Wizard of Oz is one of my earliest shared cinematic loves with my family. Garland was the epitome of the Hollywood icon, the ultimate refined star. Someone who represented purity, hope and big dreams. It was the exact image the studio wanted and it worked on me as a kid dazzled by movie magic. But of course, as you get older reality sets in, things come into focus and it becomes all too clear that even dreams achieved are rarely as perfect as they once seemed. Much of Judy focuses on Judy Garland (…
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Greed review – Steve Coogan gleams in knockabout satire of the mega-rich

Michael Winterbottom’s entertaining mockumentary about a high-street fashion tycoon presents a hideous carnival of obscene wealth, vanity and moral squalor

That exhilaratingly prolific film-maker Michael Winterbottom – working with additional material from Sean Gray from The Thick of It – has served up a breezy, funny, unsubtle scattershot satire-melodrama all about the moral squalor of the super-rich. They are epitomised by a fictional high-street fashion mogul called Sir Richard “Greedy” McCreadie as he prepares for a monumentally tasteless, Fyre festival-ish, Roman-themed 60th birthday party on the plutocrats’ island of Mykonos. (Rome in Greece? Why not?)

McCreadie has just suffered a nightmare of bad publicity following a catastrophic performance in front of a parliamentary select committee, and all the celebs are starting to pull out of his bash. One star who will be there is Clarence, a real, live lion for a re-creation of the Coloseum scene from the movie Gladiator. There
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We Promise That You'll Never Find Costumes Like These Taylor Swift "Me!" Looks

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We Promise That You'll Never Find Costumes Like These Taylor Swift
Opening with a snake bursting into butterflies, the "Me!" music video ushered in a new Taylor Swift era of pastel-colored affirmations and is, undoubtedly a gold mine for Halloween costumes. In its dreamy fantasy world, we get a generous doling of Easter eggs, including references to pop-culture favorites such as The Wizard of Oz and Singin' in the Rain. This emphasis on classic cinema introduces a whimsical and extravagant lineup of Halloween-worthy looks. For example, we see Taylor in a pastel waterfall gown sitting on a building Moulin Rouge-style and her collaborator Brendon Urie in a dapper floral suit hanging from a Mary Poppins-esque umbrella!

If you're looking for a costume with a pop, you'll never find another like any of these colorful getups from Taylor's "Me!" music video. Scroll ahead to see how you can put together these iconic outfits!
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Netflix Teams With ‘Stranger Things’ Star Millie Bobby Brown & Her Sister Paige Brown On Movie ‘A Time Lost’

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Netflix is teaming with Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown and her sister Paige Brown on long-gestating movie project A Time Lost.

Currently in development with the streamer, the original story idea comes from the sisters, who will also produce through Pcma Productions. Anna Klassen (Dark Hours: Roxana) is attached to write the screenplay.

The story follows a long-standing feud between two Long Island families that comes to a head when one of their teenage daughters is diagnosed with cancer.

The drama project marks the first reteam between the Stranger Things star and streamer. Executive producers are Paige Brown and Robert Brown. No word yet on cast.

“We are so grateful to Netflix for their confidence in us and this beautiful story, which we have spent years writing and developing,” Millie Bobby Brown and Paige Brown said. “It’s about friendship, family and overcoming obstacles when it feels like the world is pushing you down.
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Toronto: Mary Pickford's Legacy Takes Spotlight With New Award in Her Honor

Of all the iconic memorabilia decorating the hallways of MGM, home of Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz, perhaps none is more prescient than a framed piece of 100-year-old paper signed by the stockholders of United Artists — including actress Mary Pickford, whose real name, Gladys Louise Smith, appears on the prized document.

The company, founded in 1919 by Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, D.W. Griffith and Douglas Fairbanks (Pickford's future husband), was revolutionary in providing a home for creators to distribute their own films. The document also points to the incredible power Pickford wielded as the most popular ...
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The Wizard Of Oz: 10 Hidden Details About The Costumes You Didn’t Notice

When it comes to movies that are universally adored, there is probably none more beloved than The Wizard of Oz. This classic adaptation of the Frank L. Baum book is undoubtedly one of the greatest movies ever made, and its place in film history is absolutely cemented forever.

Related: Game Of Thrones: 10 Hidden Details About The Costumes You Didn't Notice

Although every aspect of The Wizard of Oz is recognizable and memorable in some way, there are few elements that will be more familiar to the average film audience than the costumes in this film. Whether it's Dorothy's dress or the Cowardly Lion's costume, everyone can immediately recognize these iconic outfits. However, a lot of work went into creating these pieces, and there is so much detail that it's impossible to notice every little bit that goes into these outfits. Here are 10 details about the costumes that you definitely never noticed.
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Cooper Jack Rubin on Dancing His Heart Out in On Becoming a God in Central Florida

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Cooper Jack Rubin is starring with Kirsten Dunst on Showtime's On Becoming a God in Central Florida.

He's new to this acting thing, but you'd never know it.

Cooper has some pretty incredible goals and aspirations for himself, and he shares that and more in our exclusive interview.

You can watch On Becoming a God in Central Florida Sundays on Showtime at 10/9c.

Hi, Cooper. How are you?

I'm good.

Good. Glad to hear it. Congratulations on your first TV show.

Thank you so much. Yeah, I'm excited. Yeah, just watched episode ten.

On Becoming a God in Central Florida is "A Winner"!

What drew you to acting?

I think that it was, so when I was about three years old, I went and saw The Phantom of the Opera with my parents, and I just loved it.

But when I saw the movie, The Wizard of Oz and
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'Heimat Is a Space in Time': Film Review | Tiff 2019

'Heimat Is a Space in Time': Film Review | Tiff 2019
One of the most famous cinematic fairy tales, The Wizard of Oz, begins in black-and-white and transitions to color. German filmmaker Thomas Heise takes the opposite tack in his three-and-a-half-hour documentary, Heimat Is a Space in Time, opening with a verdant color sequence (one that itself references a beloved folk story — Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf), then shifting, with little exception over the rest of its running time, to stark black-and-white visuals.

The monochromatic palette pairs well with Heise's own narration, which is mesmerically flat and unaffected, even when he's speaking as ...
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Judy: Renée Zellweger's Gorgeous Cover of "Over the Rainbow" Will Make You Weep

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Renée Zellweger will take us all over the rainbow later this year in Judy, a drama set 30 years after The Wizard of Oz, following Hollywood legend Judy Garland's sold-out run at a venue called The Talk of the Town in London. The film will see Judy battling her management, performing some of her most iconic songs, and eventually falling in love with her soon-to-be fifth husband, Mickey Deans.

While we've previously glimpsed the trailer and a few gorgeous photos from the film, the studio has now shared a track featuring Zellweger belting out Garland's most iconic song, "Over the Rainbow."

So, not only does Zellweger physically transform into the Hollywood legend for the drama, but she'll also be singing many of Garland's greatest songs on the soundtrack. While the film isn't slated to premiere until Sept. 27, Judy will screen at both the Toronto and Telluride film festivals, surely kicking

The 14 Most Anticipated Movies at the Toronto Film Festival

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While the beginning of fall usually means back-to-school and the end of outdoor barbecues, Hollywood has its own way of changing seasons. The Toronto International Film Festival, which starts on Sept. 5, marks the official launch of the Oscars race.

Unlike neighboring film festivals at Telluride and Venice, which both take place on the weekend before, Toronto is easier to reach and packed with far more screenings: more than 200 movies. Here are 14 that will likely be the talk of Canada.

“Hustlers”

(Stx Entertainment, Sept. 13)

Director: Lorene Scafaria

Cast: Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Cardi B, Lizzo

Ever since I saw “Hustlers” at an early screening, I can’t stop raving about it. Every Oscars season, there’s a movie that sneaks up on the pundits. And I have a feeling that this dramatic comedy written and directed by Lorene Scafaria will be a box office hit and critical darling.
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Review Roundup: What Did Critics Think of Judy Starring Renee Zellweger?

Rene Zellweger stars as Judy Garland in the upcoming film Judy.The film takes place in Winter 1968 and showbiz legendJudy Garlandarrives in Swinging London to perform a five-week sold-out run atTHE TALKof the Town. 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, her soon-to-be fifth husband.
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Watch: Renée Zellweger Transforms Into Judy Garland in Emotional New Scene from Judy

Watch: Renée Zellweger Transforms Into Judy Garland in Emotional New Scene from Judy
Renée Zellweger transforms into Judy Garland in the upcoming Judy — and People has a first look at her in action as the legendary performer.

The film chronicles Garland’s journey to London in the winter of 1968 for a series of sold-out concerts she performed despite her exhaustion and deteriorating health. The Wizard of Oz star died in London in 1969 of an accidental barbiturate overdose just months after the tour ended. She was 47.

People’s exclusive scene from the movie shows a preview of the downfall to come, with a shaky Judy walking around backstage before admitting that she doesn’t
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Renee Zellweger joins forces with Sam Smith and Rufus Wainwright on ‘Judy’ soundtrack: Could she win Oscar And Grammy?

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Renee Zellweger joins forces with Sam Smith and Rufus Wainwright on ‘Judy’ soundtrack: Could she win Oscar And Grammy?
The new Judy Garland biopic “Judy” opens on September 27, and that’s the same day Decca and Republic Records will release the accompanying soundtrack album, which will feature a couple of newly recorded duets. Renee Zellweger stars in the film as Garland and teams up with Sam Smith on Garland’s classic song “Get Happy.” And the actress joins forces with Rufus Wainwright on a rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” So Zellweger could potentially win an Oscar and a Grammy for her new project.

Smith said in a statement, “When I was 17 years old I did a project on Judy Garland for my Film Studies A-Level. I was immediately immersed into the magic of Judy and her incredibly brave and triumphant story. She has remained as one of the icons of my life. She was one of the bravest humans out there and her vulnerability and honesty
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Rebel Wilson Is Hosting a Dog-Grooming Reality Show, so of Course It’s Called ‘Pooch Perfect’ (Video)

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Rebel Wilson Is Hosting a Dog-Grooming Reality Show, so of Course It’s Called ‘Pooch Perfect’ (Video)
Rebel Wilson is set to host an Australian reality show following the lives of competition dog groomers, so naturally it’s called “Pooch Perfect.”

“It’s all about the people who are mainly focusing on the grooming aspects of dogs,” “The Morning Show” entertainment editor Peter Ford said on Tuesday.

Yeah, it’s kind of like “Best in Show,” Ford acknowledged.

Also Read: Rebel Wilson Apologizes to Mo'Nique for Calling Herself the First Plus-Size Rom-Com Star

Watch the announcement below, which Wilson shared with her 2.9 million Twitter followers.

I guess the news is out! So stoked to be joining Ch 7 for this super fun show! #PoochPerfect https://t.co/P6IVGBOQk4

— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) September 3, 2019

Also Read: 16 Scene-Stealing Animals in Movies, From 'The Wizard of Oz' to 'Captain Marvel' (Photos)

“Pooch Perfect” will air on Australia’s Channel 7. If you don’t get the pun,
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Film fest reviews suggest ‘Judy’ could spark a Renee-asaince for its leading lady — and Zellweger’s 4th Oscar bid

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Film fest reviews suggest ‘Judy’ could spark a Renee-asaince for its leading lady — and Zellweger’s 4th Oscar bid
Remember when Renee Zellweger had Tom Cruise — and moviegoers — at “hello” in 1996’s “Jerry Maguire”? Or when she rebranded the working-girl archetype for the 21st-century in 2001’s “Bridget Jones’ Diary” and earned her first Academy Award nomination as a lead? Then there was her mastery of the art of singing, dancing and acting all at the same time as Roxie Hart, a murderous wannabe jazz-age chorine in 2002’s “Chicago,” the source of her second lead nod.

Back then, Zellweger was America’s sweetheart. But something happened after she won a supporting Oscar for her portrait of no-nonsense and self-sufficient mountain woman Ruby Thewes in 2003’s “Cold Mountain.”

Just when her career should have gone rocketing skyward, her opportunities on the big screen began to somewhat inexplicably shrink. Yes, that second Bridget Jones film in 2004 was a stinker, but at least she followed it with a sturdy stand-by-your-man role as Russell Crowe
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Why fans fear a new Judy Garland biopic just won’t do her justice

As Renée Zellweger depicts the Wizard of Oz star’s declining years, Garland’s devoted following, including our own writer, are torn between excitement and dread

The dark fedora tipped to one side; the black tux and black stockings: could that really be Judy Garland singing “Forget your troubles and just get happy!” from the 1950 film musical Summer Stock? No, it was me in the 1970s dressed up in my father’s hat and suit jacket, pretending to tapdance on the tiles of my parents’ hallway and droning out a version of Judy’s syncopated hit to an audience of none.

Even today, 50 years since her death, Garland, the ultimate star of Hollywood’s golden era of musicals, is loved and recognised by children across the world because of her beguiling performance aged 16 as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, released 80 years ago.
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