On June 10, 1922, a star was born. And she starred in A Star Is Born. We won't hold you in suspense any longer: It's Judy Garland!
For more than four decades, Garland was an onscreen dynamo. We all know her as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, a role she took on at the age of 16. From there, she earned Golden Globes and Grammys for her highly versatile performances and memorable concerts (most famously her Carnegie Hall stint). Despite her tragic death of an overdose at the age of 47, Garland dazzled then, and continues to serve as an beloved icon.
Have any person and any song been more closely linked than Judy Garland and "Over the Rainbow?" The way Garland's lush contralto met the song's hopeful longing was nothing short of a revelation. What's shocking is that "Over the Rainbow" was very nearly cut from The Wizard of Oz. The song's lyricist, Yip Harburg, hated Harold Arlen's melody when he first heard it, claiming it was far too slow. George Gershwin's brother Ira suggested they speed up the tempo for the movie. Even then, there were complaints from MGM executives that the song slowed down the action too early in the movie. One Oscar for Best Song later, and we doubt they regret the ultimate choice to leave it in.
Could you imagine The Wizard of Oz without "Over the Rainbow?" Could you imagine the big screen without Judy Garland? Luckily, we never have to.
Happy Birthday, Judy!
Animation is lame and live-action is awesome.
Everybody loves Disney live-action remakes.
In a world plagued by racism, disease, and a seemingly endless bounty of spiraling misfortune, at least we can all agree that Disney knocks it out of the park every time they dredge up an old, animated movie for a live-action makeover because cartoons are for babies.
Sure, some of us thought the original Beauty and the Beast was fine, but could lame, 2D Belle ever hold a candle to 3D Emma Watson? And yeah, the original Lion King was okay, I guess, but there's nobody in the world who preferred cartoon Scar's rendition of "Be Prepared" to the incredible feat of getting a real lion to sing it in the live-action remake.
Being a Disney fan can be hard sometimes, as you have fond memories of beloved childhood movies but also don't want people to make fun of you for liking cartoons. That's why, out of all the corporations in the world, Disney is undoubtedly the most selfless, willing to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to bring their old, outdated movies into the modern age—all for the fans.
After Halle Berry walked back her consideration of playing a transgender character, we look back at how Hollywood has repeatedly fumbled trans representation.
Halle Berry has made headlines this week after turning down a role in which, had she gone through with production, would have represented a transgender man.
Berry, an Academy Award-winning actress known for roles in films like Monster's Ball, Catwoman, and Gothika, took to Twitter Monday night to apologize for considering the role. "Over the weekend I had the opportunity to discuss my consideration of an upcoming role as a transgender man, and I"d like to apologize for those remarks," Berry wrote. "As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I should not have considered this role, and that the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories."
The post continued: "I am grateful for the guidance and critical conversation over the past few days and I will continue to listen, educate and learn from this mistake. I vow to be an ally in using my voice to promote better representation on-screen, both in front of and behind the camera."