"It's fair to say that I could empathize, that I know what that feels like," Renee Zellweger says quietly as I ask her about some of the cruelty that was shown towards screen icon Judy Garland in the last year of her life. We sit down in Zellweger's dressing room backstage at Ellen on the Warner Bros. lot, where she had just taped her first talk show appearance in years, and I ask her about Garland's fight, in a haze of booze and pills in her later years, to earn enough money to regain partial custody of her two youngest children. That is the subject of Rupert Goold's new film Judy, which Roadside Attractions will release on Sept. 27, and for which Zellweger's performance has been so well received that she is already the prohibitive favorite to win the best actress Oscar. The 50-year-old has long been regarded as one of the outstanding actresses of her generation, going back to Cameron Crowe's 1996 romantic dramedy Jerry Maguire, which, at 26, made her an overnight … [Read more...] about ‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Renee Zellweger (‘Judy’)
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Jeff Mcmillan Associated Press Published 9:24 PM EDT May 17, 2019 Hit a button, and you’re “transformed” into a woman. The beard disappears. The face and jaw smooth out. The hair floats jauntily around the shoulders. “Yo this is SPOT ON my mom.” “Pretty.” “Are you in a sorority?” A swipe and another click. Suddenly you’re a square-jawed man — heavy of brow, sporting five o’ clock shadow. “I look like my brother Jay.” “Hahahaha Suzie I’m dyingggg.” “My sisters were like, ‘um… strange. You’re kinda hot’ haha.” The gender-bending selfies accompanied by flip or sarcastic comments are flooding social feeds since Snapchat introduced a filter this month allowing users to swap gender appearances with the tap of a finger. But for many people who have longed for a button that would change them in real life, the portrait parade isn’t a game. … [Read more...] about In gender-swap photo filters, some trans people see therapy
Jamie L. LaReau Detroit Free Press Published 9:35 AM EDT Apr 16, 2019 If you're taking a long trip, how does a lower-lumbar massage from your car sound? Or why not let the car do some of the driving with a semiautonomous system? Both features will be available on Cadillac's new CT5 sedan, which General Motors' luxury brand is unveiling this week at the New York Auto Show. The car goes on sale this fall, but Cadillac has already started an aggressive marketing campaign touting such new amenities as personalized driving modes and enhanced vehicle sounds. Over the past two weeks, Cadillac has been releasing weekly video vignettes about the CT5 on social media — one video got more than 300,000 views, said Jason Sledziewski, Cadillac's director of product marketing. "We really want to introduce the next generation of sedans because we are repositioning our entire sedan lineup by 2020" said Sledziewski. Younger and female Cadillac plans to introduce … [Read more...] about 2020 Cadillac CT5 sedan revealed at New York Auto Show
By Mark Medina | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: April 4, 2019 at 11:19 pm | UPDATED: April 5, 2019 at 4:14 am LOS ANGELES – The time technically called for both the Warriors and Lakers to huddle among themselves. But as the end of a second-quarter timeout approached, the Warriors’ Kevin Durant and Lakers’ LeBron James considered that a good time to catch up. Naturally, the TNT cameramen focused their lenses on Durant and James. Naturally, Durant and James covered their mouths since they knew that millions of lip readers would attempt to decode. It sure beats the intrigue over the Warriors’ 108-90 victory over the Lakers on Thursday without James playing in it after being recently shut down for the remainder of the season. “Everybody wants to know what we’re talking about,” Durant said. “It wasn’t even that serious. Just laughing and joking and catching up.” Of course, that explanation might … [Read more...] about What did Kevin Durant and LeBron James discuss?
Eric D. Lawrence Detroit Free Press Published 9:00 AM EDT Mar 29, 2019 Toyota is almost considered shorthand for quality cars. Ford once told us in its ads that “Quality is Job 1.” Whether you believed the statement or not, the message was clear. And Fiat Chrysler Automobiles? Words like “stylish,” “performance,” even "capable" are more likely to come to mind. Quality might not always be easy to nail down even though many car buyers use the term as a stand-in for "reliable" or "dependable," but it’s an attribute that some companies seem better able to claim than others. Fiat Chrysler has struggled in this department, which the company acknowledges. “I don’t think quality has ever been … one of the things people would look at as one of Chrysler’s talking points,” said Bill Visnic, editorial director of the Society of Automotive Engineers. “Chrysler or FCA has always labored with the perception, at … [Read more...] about Fiat Chrysler tries to exorcise its quality demons