Renée Zellweger Is “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” In ‘Judy’ Teaser Trailer

Oscar Renée Zellweger proved that she was adept at musicals with 2002’s Chicago, and now she’s playing showbiz icon Judy Garland in the upcoming feature Judy.

Directed by Rupert Goold and penned by Tom Edge, the feature centers on Garland’s five week run at The Talk of the Town in 1968. Finn Witrock (American Horror Story) co-stars as Mickey Deans, Garland’s fifth husband, with Bella Ramsay (Game of Thrones) and Gemma Leah Devereux (Casualty) playing Garland’s daughters Lorna Luft and Liza Minnelli.

Can Zellweger be as believable as Judy Davis (Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows) as Garland? Check out the teaser trailer, which features Garland’s signature tune “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” and tell us what you think!

Judy hits theaters September 27.

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Dennis Quaid Talks Afterlife Element That Powers ‘A Dog’s Journey’

With A Dog’s Journey Dennis Quaid returns as Ethan Montgomery, a Michigan farmer who once had dreams of being a baseball player. The feature is a sequel to the 2017 box office hit A Dog’s Purpose. In real life, Quaid is also an animal lover, as he’s the owner of an 18-month old miniature English bulldog named Peaches.

With (A Dog’s Journey) it’s more about the pack,” said Quaid. “It’s more about the family, where the dog fits in with the family and now he’s going to take care of my daughter (Kathryn Prescott) in different forms.

Click on the media bar to hear Quaid talk about the afterlife approach to A Dog’s Journey:

A Dog’s Journey co-starring Henry Lau, opens nationwide May 17.

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Sienna Miller Searches For Missing Daughter In ‘American Woman’ Trailer

In American Woman, Sienna Miller (American Sniper) plays Deb Callahan, a woman living in rural Pennsylvania who’s making ends meet as a supermarket cashier. When her teenage daughter Bridget (Sky Ferreira) goes missing, Deb must raise her grandson while also being understandably grief stricken over the tragedy.

The picture, penned by Brad Ingelsby (Out of the Furnace) and helmed by Ridley Scott’s son Jake Scott (Welcome to the Rileys), focuses on Deb’s life over the ensuing years as we gradually discover who was behind Bridget’s disappearance. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!

American Woman, co-starring Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)  hits theaters June 14.

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‘Peel’ Director Rafael Monserrate Connects With Film’s Celebration Of Outsiders

Directed by Rafael Monserrate, Peel centers on a 30-year-old (Emile Hirsch, playing the titular character) who must fend for himself after his mother’s (Amy Brenneman) unexpected passing. Peel has been sheltered most of his life, and his years of arrested development makes tacking life’s bigger responsibilities (like assuming the family mortgage) a challenge.

Though he finds several roommates (Garrett Clayton, Jack Kesy, Jacob Vargas) to help pay rent, Peel’s tasks are far from over, as his biggest mission is to reunite with his estranged brothers (Troy Hall, Shiloh Fernandez).

For Monserrate, Peel was a project that immediately resonated with his sensibilities. “It was the power of Peel’s innocence (and) his strength of purity, ” said Monserrate. “What I really liked personally was this element of seeing oneself for who they are. Sort of accepting people for truly who they are and not judging. One of the things that all the cast members and all the actors really responded to was that at one point in their lives, they felt like the outsider. That they didn’t belong. This film sort of celebrates that.”

Click on the media bar to hear Monserrate elaborate on why Emile Hirsch was the perfect choice to headline Peel (he mentions HIrsch’s work in Prince Avalanche in the clip).

Peel is now available on Digital and hits Redbox on May 14.

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Awkwafina Engages In A Family Lie With Good Intentions In ‘The Farewell’ Trailer

Awkawafina’s popularity skyrocketed last year with the sleeper hit Crazy Rich Asians, and now she headlines the upcoming A24 comedy The Farewell. Directed and penned by Lulu Wang, the tale centers on Billi, a Chinese American who returns with her family to Changchun to become part of one big lie.

Matriarch Nai Nai (Zhao Shuzhen) has been given weeks to live after a cancer diagnosis, and her family decides to stage a wedding to keep her happy. Nai Nai is unaware she is dying, and her loved ones believe giving her a bit of happiness, even if it’s a total fabrication, would be the best solution.

Awkawafina’s scene stealing comedic skills is not on display in the trailer, and The Farewell feels like a drama that, along with already garnering excellent reviews, should continue the actresses’ ascension in cinema. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!

The Farewell opens nationwide July 12.

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Diane Keaton Has Plenty To Cheer About With New Comedy ‘Poms’

Diane Keaton inspired a generation of women years back in Annie Hall, and now she’s bringing an entirely different level of motivation with her new comedy Poms. The storyline centers on Martha, a seventy something woman who moves to Sun Springs Retirement Community to simply ease into that final sunset. Her neighbor Sheryl (Jacki Weaver) is not excited about Martha’s retreat from existence, and eventually the pair start a cheerleading team to show the younger women how to, for lack of a better word, bring it on!

“Of course I want them to experience something that matters,” said Keaton. “That they like. That they’ve been enriched by in some way or entertained or touched or moves. All of those things. That is what you always want with a movie.”

The project is directed by Zara Hayes, who has spent most of her filmmaking life directing documentaries. In the clip below, Diane Keaton praises Hayes’ casting of Rhea Perlman, Jacki Weaver, and Pam Grier.

Poms is now playing in theaters.

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