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Bridget Jones To Have Lesbian Fling?

5 December 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood actress Renee Zellweger is set to shock fans in the Bridget Jones's Diary sequel, after it was revealed her character will indulge in a lesbian fling. Texas native Zellweger, who piled on the pounds for a second time to reprise her role as the unlucky-in-love Brit, has been spotted sharing passionate kisses with an Australian actress on the London set of Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason. The stunning actress lucky enough to share the kiss with Zellweger is former Real World London castmember Jacinda Barrett. The eagerly-anticipated movie, set to hit screens next year , also features British actors Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. »

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Zellwegger Dumped for "Bridget Baggage"

10 November 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Renee Zellwegger has split from rocker Jack White for good - because he hated her Bridget Jones's Diary routine. The American star has piled on the pounds again to play the neurotic title character in upcoming sequel The Edge Of Reason - and her 'becoming' Bridget proved too much for edgy White Stripes frontman Jack, who's finally walked away from their on-off relationship. Insiders say Jack was worried Renee's middle-of-road Bridget persona would affect his own work, making him less dynamic. A source on the film's set reveals, "It looks like it's all over for Renee and Jack - and for good this time. Things have looked bleak for a while but there have been plenty of phone calls to give them hope, falsely as it now turns out. The bottom line is that Jack didn't want to lose his creative edge. Cuddly nights in with piles of junk food are just not for him. He's told her to get in touch after she's finished this project and shed the Bridget baggage. Jack sees it as a lifestyle choice, that combined with the distance between them equals a temporary dead end. Renee thinks he's just being shallow. There's no way she'll go back for more." The pair met while filming Cold Mountain, the hotly-tipped Jude Law and Nicole Kidman film that was Jack's Hollywood debut. »

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Zellweger Offered Millions To Lose Weight

31 October 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Renee Zellweger has been offered a massive $3.2 million to shed the weight she's put on for the Bridget Jones's Diary sequel, once shooting has wrapped. Diet giants Weightwatchers are tempting the Oscar nominee with a $110,000-per-pound sponsorship deal if she manages to lose 30 pounds after the movie, which has already netted the actress a reported $24 million. The company want Zellweger to follow British royal Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess Of York's slimming plan and appear with her in adverts when filming finishes on the Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason set at the start of next year. An insider says, "This is the easiest cash she'll ever earn. Being paid to eat more to play Bridget again is great, but getting even more cash just to shift that weight is beyond belief." »

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Barrett makes latest entry in 'Diary' sequel

23 October 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Jacinda Barrett, a veteran of MTV's The Real World, has landed another high-profile acting role, joining the cast of the upcoming sequel to the 2001 hit Bridget Jones's Diary. Returning for the sequel, titled Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, are Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. Barrett will play Bridget's co-worker in the film, which is being directed by Beeban Kidron. The Working Title Films production is being distributed by Miramax and Universal Pictures. The sequel was adapted by Andrew Davies and Helen Fielding from Fielding's book. In it, Bridget discovers that life with Mark Darcy isn't quite as perfect as she dreamed. Barrett, who most recently appeared on the big screen in the 2000 thriller Urban Legends: Final Cut, has been busy lately with a trio of highly anticipated projects in the works. She next appears opposite Nicole Kidman and Anthony Hopkins in the upcoming Miramax drama The Human Stain, followed by roles in the Walt Disney Co.'s John Travolta starrer Ladder 49 and Fox Searchlight's White on White. Barrett is repped by ICM. »

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Bridget Jones Author's Baby Joy

30 September 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Helen Fielding, the author of Bridget Jones' Diary, is expecting her first child. The 43-year-old journalist-turned-novelist is due to give birth in February. She currently lives in both Los Angeles and London with her partner of four years Kevin Curran, an executive producer and writer for The Simpsons. They are both said to be "delighted" and Fielding is "happy and healthy". Her phenomenally successful novel about the life of a single thirtysomething was made into a hit 2001 movie, and Hollywood star Renee Zellweger is currently preparing to play Bridget again in the sequel The Edge Of Reason. »

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Zellweger Promises More Confident Bridget

25 September 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Renee Zellweger is promising an improved Bridget Jones - because she's now far more confident in the role. The star was nervous about her appearance in the 2001 original Bridget Jones' Diary because she was an American star playing a quintessentially British part. But as she prepares for filming of sequel Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason, the 34-year-old's confidence has been boosted by the warm reaction she received on both sides of the Atlantic playing the British singleton. She says, "This time I'm a lot more confident. Last time when I went to England they were out with the knives because they were outraged that an American actress was playing this British icon. I could see they wanted a hometown girl in the part because Bridget is the quintessential young, modern English working woman. But by now I hope I have showed them I can do it. I love Bridget. I feel very close to her. We both have had our ups and downs when it comes to love." »

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Firth Joins Bridget Jones Sequel After Curtis Steps In

15 September 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Colin Firth only agreed to star in the Bridget Jones' Diary sequel after British film-maker Richard Curtis stepped in to rewrite the script. The production has been plagued with troubles ever since the three main stars Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Firth refused to commit to The Edge Of Reason unless they were entirely happy with the script. After original drafts by novelist Helen Fielding and celebrated scriptwriter Andrew Davies needed further work, Curtis - who has just directed both Grant and Firth in Love Actually - was brought in, and now a previously resistant Firth has given the project the go-ahead. He says, "I'm now happy with the script, which has been through various drafts, the latest of which was by Richard Curtis." »

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Renee's Fat $3.2 Million Bonus

14 August 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Slimline movie actress Renee Zellweger is reportedly being paid a $3.2 million bonus to pack on the pounds for her reprised role as Bridget Jones. The petite Chicago star is already on a high-fat diet in order to achieve the rounder figure needed for the British singleton - and film producers have guaranteed her $112,000 for every pound out of the 30 she manages to put on. A source tells British tabloid The Daily Star, "Renee's getting nearly £15 million for the sequel and the bonus is on top of that. She hates gaining weight to play Bridget and know's she's going to have a hard time losing it again." Svelte Renee first played Bridget in hit 2001 movie Bridget Jones' Diary but soon lost the weight she gained for the role - with some believing she'd gotten too thin. But the amazing success of the Hugh Grant-starring flick meant Renee was tempted back to the role for Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason. However, the actress is having a hard time dealing with her calorie-packed diet. She told a friend, "I'm eating so much I sometimes feel sick. But I might as well enjoy it while I can." »

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Renee Zellwegger Surprises German Couple

14 July 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Sexy Renee Zellwegger shocked a German couple in a Los Angeles restaurant this week by interrupting their conversation about her - in fluent German. The bilingual actress overheard the pair moaning about her height and her scruffy dress sense, and when the woman asked her partner if Renee was married, the Bridget Jones's Diary star angrily retaliated. She told tem, "No, I'm not. I'm 5 foot 3 inches and always dress this way in the morning." »

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Renee's Multi-Million Dollar Deal

10 July 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Renee Zellweger has signed a massive $21 million double deal with Universal Studios and Miramax - to star in a new Ron Howard movie and the sequel to Bridget Jones's Diary. The new deal represents a massive pay leap from Renee's last movie Down With Love, for which she received a relatively measly $6 million. A Beautiful Mind director Howard's movie - called Cinderella Man - will be the next project Renee will appear in. It co-stars Russell Crowe as Jim Braddock - an American boxer from the 30s, with Zellweger playing his wife. »

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Joplin Talks to Zellweger From Beyond the Grave

3 July 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Musical legend Janis Joplin has spoken to actress Renee Zellweger from beyond the grave - to give advice on how to play her correctly. The tragic star, who died in 1970 after a drug overdose, reportedly has such a strong connection with the svelte Bridget Jones star - who has signed to play her in an upcoming biopic - that Renee communicates with her as she sleeps to ensure Janis' story is told properly. A source close to Renee tells British tabloid The Daily Express, "She says Janis speaks to her in her dreams and tells her the way she wants her story told. "Just talking to Renee about Janis is enough to freak a person out. It's like Joplin is standing there right beside her. Renee told me that when she sings a Joplin song, its really Joplin's voice she's using, coming right out of her mouth. I've heard her sing two of Joplin's songs and it's quite a chilling experience." »

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Zellweger Hails Bridget Jones Sequel

2 July 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Renee Zellweger is vowing the Bridget Jones' Diary sequel will be every bit as good as the much-loved original. Filming has yet to begin on Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason, but the Oscar-nominated actress has agreed to pile the pounds back on for the role - something she would have refused to do if the script wasn't good enough. Dedicated Renee swears, "No one wants to do the sequel unless the screenplay is as good as the first one. We don't want to do a sequel just because the first one made a lot of money. We owe it to the fans of the characters to make a good, if not better, film the second time around. When I first said I didn't want to play Bridget again it was just after I had worked hard to lose the weight and suffered a lot of bad press because of how I looked. But now I see what a special character she was to play." »

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Travolta for Bridget Jones?

26 June 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The producers of the Bridget Jones's Diary sequel have turned to John Travolta to provide the romance after George Clooney was vetoed by lead star Renee Zellweger. The Chicago actress told producers their first choice of Clooney to take over from Colin Firth as the love interest was unsuitable because of a previous relationship between the pair. However, the undeterred producers have now approached Pulp Fiction star Travolta to star in the adaptation of Helen Fielding's follow-up novel Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason. »

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Zellweger Eyes English Country Pad

18 June 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood actress Renee Zellweger is planning to move to England before filming begins on the upcoming Bridget Jones sequel. The sexy star recently agreed to reprise her role as the thirty-something singleton in return for a bumper $22.5 million pay packet. Shooting on the new movie, The Edge Of Reason, is scheduled to begin in February - but Renee wants plenty of time to soak up English culture, and has asked estate agents in Windsor, Berkshire, to find her a house in the countryside. An insider tells British tabloid The Sun, "Renee has got her heart set on a nice English country house." The star has already started preparing for the role - she's eating 20 doughnuts a day to help her gain 20 pounds in weight, to fill Bridget's clothes. »

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Zellweger Ready To Enlarge Herself

11 June 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Super-slim Hollywood beauty Renee Zellweger is readying herself to pile on the pounds in preparation for her role in the second Bridget Jones film. But Renee, 34, should have no problems gaining the weight this time. She says, "It's easier for me this time because I know what I have to do and how to do it. I have savory scones and gravy for breakfast, which help me put on weight relatively quickly." Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason is set to start filming this autumn. »

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Renee Plays Down Carrey Romance

4 June 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Jim Carrey might be able to feign good loving as God in new movie Bruce Almighty - but he failed to make the earth move for his ex, Renee Zellweger. The actress was devastated when the couple's romance fizzled out at Christmas 2000 amid reports of an upcoming marriage, but admits, looking back, Carrey wasn't her most treasured romance. She reveals, "We were together for less than a year, and half that time, I was in England filming Bridget Jones's Diary. That relationship got so much attention because he was famous. What I'll say about Jim is that he's very, very talented. But I've had much longer- lived relationships that have had a much more resounding effect on my life." Zellweger refutes claims the pair were engaged. She adds, "We were not engaged. The papers described the ring, which didn't exist, and they had all this other stuff that was so totally false." »

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Renee's Huge Pay Day

30 May 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Bridget Jones' Diary beauty Renee Zellweger has scored the biggest deal of her career after agreeing to appear in the sequel. Producers of Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason were so desperate to sign the Hollywood superstar that they upped their bid to $22.5 million. Renee, who only took home a measly $3.75 million for the first installment, will put on 20lbs for the role, which sees the character end in up in a Thai jail accused of drug smuggling. Colin Firth and Hugh Grant have both reportedly agreed to reprise their roles as well. »

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'Bridget Jones' Director Wrangle

26 May 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The sequel to smash hit Bridget Jones's Diary has hit yet another stumbling block - this time over who will direct it. According to reports in the British press, superstar lead Renee Zellweger wants to replace producer's favorite Beeban Kidron with Calendar Girls filmmaker Nigel Cole. Renee, who will reportedly bag $16 million plus ten per cent of profits for reprising the role in The Edge Of Reason - is pressing producers to drop Kidron for Cole. However, those close to Cole suggest he'd be reluctant to take on somebody else's project after the expected success of Calendar Girls - which is due out in September. Britain's Daily Mail claim film bosses are currently trying to persuade Zellweger to let them stick with Kidron - whose previous hits include To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar. »

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Zellweger Hopes for Autumn Return as Bridget Jones

15 May 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Bridget Jones's Diary star Renee Zellweger has given a glimmer of hope to fans of the movie franchise - hinting she's likely to reprise her role in a sequel this autumn. Speculation has long been rife about whether or not the Chicago beauty would appear in the sequel to the 2001 hit. But Zellweger says talks about a follow-up are nearing a positive conclusion - and she's more than willing to gain weight again for the role. She says, "We talked a month ago. For real for the first time. I've been reading here and there and all over the place about what I supposedly said. But now we've discussed it, in terms of what we hope it will be. And we're potentially shooting it in the fall." »

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Men Too Scared to Date Renee

20 March 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

She may been Hollywood hottest female star but Renee Zellweger is having problems finding a man brave enough to ask her out. The gorgeous Oscar nominee has been searching for a suitable beau since her split from Ocean's Eleven heart-throb George Clooney - but men are too scared of her celebrity to even try to get a date. And she puts the problem down to her incredible rise to fame. Complaining that as an unknown she had no trouble in attracting the men. She laments, "Now, nobody asks. I don't know why. I don't say, 'Excuse me, I was wondering, has it crossed your mind to invite me to lunch? And if not, why not?'. I really don't meet people. And when I do, they don't really talk about normal stuff." But, the Bridget Jones' Diary sweetheart admits she is also reluctant to make the first move. She says, "I can't do that, go to a bar, meet a guy, get his number, and see what happens." »

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