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Zellweger Slams Chesney Reunion Reports

21 December 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar-winner Renee Zellweger has slammed reports she is dating estranged husband Kenny Chesney again, insisting any times they have met recently were to discuss divorce proceedings. The Chicago star, 36, and country singer, 37, split in September, just four months after their whirlwind Caribbean wedding. Zellweger subsequently filed for divorce, citing "fraud" as the reason for the split. Last week, reports suggested the couple were reuniting after they were spotted dining together. However the actress' representative insists the pair remain on friendly terms and were just discussing details of their divorce. Her publicist tells the New York Post, "She and Kenny are not getting back together and they are not dating. For any couple who change the state of their relationship, there are loose ends to tie up and discussions to be had." »

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Zeta-Jones' Oscar Night Memories Erased

23 November 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Catherine Zeta-Jones was so overawed by her 2003 Oscar win she had to re-watch the show six months after her triumph just to make sure she wasn't dreaming. The actress was heavily pregnant with baby Cerys when she picked up the Best Supporting Actress for her role in Chicago and admits that, to this day, the whole event remains one big blur. She says, "It wasn't until six months later that I was sitting at my computer and I looked up at the Oscar on the shelf and thought, 'Oh my God!' I had to re-watch the telecast, because I couldn't even remember what I'd said. I just remember staring at my swelling ankles and thinking, 'I wish I could knock back a bottle of champagne.'" »

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Zeta-Jones Slams Skinny Mothers

10 November 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Catherine Zeta-Jones has slammed actresses who endure strict diet and exercise regimes to quickly lose weight after giving birth as "insane". The Chicago star, who is mother to Dylan, five, and two-year-old Carys, is sickened by Hollywood's dieting craze, and insists it is unhealthy to shed the pounds too speedily. She says, "I think it's awful, this competition between actresses who just had a baby to see who's first to get back to their normal weight. It's insane, I find this wave of super-skinny women scary." »

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Minkler set for CAS honor

4 November 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Nine-time Oscar nominee Michael Minkler has been tapped to receive the Cinema Audio Society's Career Achievement Award. Minkler will be honored Feb. 25 at the 42nd annual CAS Awards Banquet -- honoring outstanding achievement in sound mixing -- at the Millennium-Biltmore in Los Angeles. Minkler was president of the Cinema Audio Society in 1981 and has earned four CAS Award nominations. His Oscar noms include 2001's Black Hawk Down and 2002's Chicago. This year, Minkler has overseen the sound rerecording mixes on Kingdom of Heaven, Flightplan, Domino and Rent. »

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Zeta-Jones Teaches Letterman How To Swing

21 October 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Catherine Zeta-Jones gave American TV host David Letterman a small golfing lesson on Tuesday night, when showed him how to improve his swing. The Chicago star, who regularly indulges in the sport with her husband Michael Douglas, appeared on the comedian's chat show Late Show With David Letterman to promote her upcoming movie The Legend Of Zorro, but soon found herself showing off her golf swing at the request of Letterman. As she took a hold of her golf club, she quipped, "I have never played golf in high heels with my bosoms hanging out!" »

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Collette Regrets Losing Out to Zellweger

12 October 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Australian actress Toni Collette is still bitter she lost out on starring roles in Bridget Jones's Diary and Chicago to Renee Zellweger, because she had been promised the parts by producers. Collette, who is currently starring alongside Cameron Diaz in In Her Shoes, was unable to play Bridget Jones because she was appearing in a Broadway play, and Zellweger's subsequent success in the role convinced the Weinstein brothers to cast her in Chicago - at Collette's expense. The 32-year-old tells The Scoop, "I was doing Wild Party. I was offered Bridget Jones's Diary at the time, but couldn't do it because I didn't know how long Wild Party was going to play. Then the Chicago lot said, 'We want you to do this, don't take anything else. We want to put you on tape just as a formality. Catherine Zeta-Jones is really excited to work with you.' Then Bridget Jones's Diary came out and I guess the Weinsteins had their way." »

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H'wood, B'way join for cause

9 October 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Holmby Hills were alive with the sound of music Saturday night as Broadway and Hollywood luminaries converged to honor musicals from the stage and screen during a benefit for the Motion Picture & Television Fund. Held at a private residence, the event raised nearly $1 million for the 84-year-old nonprofit, which provides health care for members of the entertainment community. Host Catherine Zeta-Jones kicked off the outdoor performance, dubbed "A Fine Romance", with a reprisal of "All That Jazz" from her Academy Award-winning role in Chicago. Led by musical director John Mauceri, singers from Kristin Chenoweth to Hank Azaria paid homage to a century of Broadway and silver screen crossovers including The Sound of Music, Hairspray, Camelot and My Fair Lady. »

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Zellweger Seeks To Explain "Fraud" Listing

19 September 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Renee Zellweger has jumped to the defense of her estranged husband Kenny Chesney, after intense media speculation over her citing of "fraud" as the reason for their marital meltdown. In court papers filed on Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the Chicago beauty filed for an annulment from country star Chesney after just four months of marriage, citing "fraud" as the reason for the breakup. But Zellweger has now issued a statement insisting, "(The term is) simply legal language and not a refection of Kenny's character. I would personally be very grateful for your support in refraining from drawing derogatory, hurtful, sensationalized or untrue conclusions. We hope to experience this transition as privately as possible." Zellweger, 36, and Chesney, 37, wed in a small surprise May ceremony on the Caribbean island of St John in the Virgin Islands. It was the first marriage for both. They met at the Concert of Hope tsunami relief benefit on January 15, where Chesney was singing and Zellweger was answering telephones. »

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ICM's MacLaren to co-run lit unit; 6 others upped

17 July 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Doug MacLaren, a motion picture agent at ICM, has been promoted to co-head of the agency's motion picture literary department alongside Nick Reed. Six other promotions designed to strengthen ICM's motion picture department also were announced by ICM co-president Ed Limato and Robert Newman, head of the motion picture division. MacLaren's clients include such directors as Rob Marshall (Chicago), Jay Roach (Meet the Fockers), Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham) and Adrian Lyne (Unfaithful) and such writers as Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife), Keir Pearson (Hotel Rwanda), Peter Morgan (Last King of Scotland), Brandon Boyce (Wicker Park) and Ted Tally (The Silence of the Lambs). MacLaren also works closely with Richard Gere, a longtime ICM client. »

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Producer Sues Over 'Chicago' Profits

30 June 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Chicago producer Martin Richards is suing Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein, Miramax and Disney over unpaid profits from the 2002 hit musical. Richards claims he is owed a $25 million share of the movie's profits - but has been snubbed by Miramax moguls the Weinsteins who claim the movie made a loss. After waiting to give them the chance to resolve a dispute with Miramax's parent company, Richards has had enough and hired a lawyer to battle it out in court. He tells, "I waited long enough. I kept waiting until he got through his headaches with Disney. But Harvey got $100 million personally from Disney, and he owes me $25 million. I've been threatening. Now I'm doing. I'm suing the s**t out of him. His people said Chicago is $10 million in the red. I guess if I wait ten more years it'll be more like $36 million in the red. Not easy since the DVD income alone was $100 million, and the movie made almost $400 million, and he's still telling me it lost money? I'm going to demand a jury trial." »

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Zeta-Jones Stalker To Be Sentenced in July

6 June 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

A woman who pleaded no contest to stalking Catherine Zeta-Jones will be sentenced next month. On Friday, a judge ordered Dawnette Knight, 33, to appear for sentencing on July 8. She faces up to five years in prison. In February, Knight pleaded to one felony count of stalking and three felony counts of making criminal threats. She was accused of sending threatening and violent letters to acquaintances of the Oscar-winning Chicago star, including Zeta-Jones' agent and her husband, Michael Douglas. Knight, who was arrested last year at her Beverly Hills home, allegedly apologized in another letter, claiming she had been in love with Douglas. »

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Renee Weds Her Country Sweetheart in Shock Ceremony

10 May 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Renee Zellweger has stunned Hollywood by marrying her country sweetheart Kenny Chesney. Details are sketchy, but it's reported the Chicago star and her new man exchanged vows yesterday on the Caribbean island of St Johns, where Chesney has a holiday home. Chesney, 37, jetted off to make Zellweger his bride after performing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Saturday. He's expected back on stage in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Thursday. Since her 2000 engagement to Jim Carrey, the actress has dated a string of rockers and musicians, including The White Stripes' Jack White and Irish singer/songwriter Damien Rice. Country superstar Chesney and his new blushing bride were romantically linked for the first time earlier this month when the Bridget Jones's Diary star was spotted kissing her new beau at one of his shows. It's the first marriage for both stars. »

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Weinstein Brothers Agree To Leave Miramax

31 March 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie mogul brothers Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein will cease to be co-chief executives at the Disney-owned film production company Miramax in September. The pair, who founded the hugely successful firm 25 years ago, will remain co-chairmen of Miramax and will continue to make films for Disney through their new company The Weinstein Co. Miramax's back catalogue of 550 movies, including Chicago, Pulp Fiction, The English Patient and Cold Mountain, will remain with Disney, who acquired Miramax in 1993 for circa $75 million. The company is now worth around $2 billion. The announcement follows years of alleged disquiet between the Weinsteins and Disney chief Michael Eisner, most notably last year when Eisner - who will also be succeeded by Bob Iger in September - refused to release controversial documentary Fahrenheit 9/11. »

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Knowles Set for 'Dreamgirls' Role?

21 January 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Pop star Beyonce Knowles is being given the chance to expand her acting resume, and star in a new movie version of Broadway musical Dreamgirls. After cutting her acting teeth in Austin Powers sequel Goldmember and the upcoming Pink Panther remake, producers are convinced Knowles has what it takes to make a full-time film career - and want her to headline the movie, about a singing trio from Chicago, loosely based on real life stars The Supremes. Beyonce is being tipped to play frontwoman Effie, the role made famous on Broadway by actress Jennifer Holliday. Chicago screenwriter Bill Condon is currently heading up the project and is rumored to want Ray star Jamie Foxx to take a role. Filming is expected to start as early as this summer. »

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Jackman Makes Musical Pact with Disney

12 January 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

X-Men star Hugh Jackman is set to show off his musical skills in a string of movies, after signing a special deal with Disney. The Australian actor has signed a non-exclusive deal with the film-making giants through his new venture with Chicago executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. The deal came about after Disney bosses were impressed with Jackman's Tony-winning performance in the Broadway show The Boy From Oz. The actor says, "I'm lucky that at the time my career in movies was building, the movie musical genre that had been in the desert for 20 years started to come back. As an art form, the musical is Mount Everest: tough to pull off, but exhilarating and timeless when it works. And when it is done badly, it stinks to high heaven." Jackman says Disney will develop as many as three projects at the same time - and he's hoping none of them will be remakes. He adds, "There might be a classic out there that can be redone and find an audience, but I am personally more interested in finding something new." »

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Directors Guild Nominations Announced

6 January 2005 | IMDb News

The Oscar race came into even clearer view with this morning's Director Guild nominations, which cited four of the five films that received mention from the Producers Guild yesterday. Veterans Martin Scorsese (The Aviator) and Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby), previous DGA nominees (Eastwood won for 1992's Unforgiven), both snagged nominations as did first time nominees Marc Forster (Finding Neverland) and Alexander Payne (Sideways). All four movies were nominated alongside The Incredibles for the PGA's Best Picture award, and those four directors also have Golden Globe nominations under their belt this year. The fifth DGA nominee, a bit of a surprise choice, was Taylor Hackford, who picked up his first major mention of any kind this awards season for the biopic Ray. Noticeably missing from the list were Golden Globe nominee Mike Nichols (Closer), as well as critical faves Mike Leigh (Vera Drake) and Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). The DGA has a fairly excellent track record for picking the Best Director Oscar winner, with 50 of the DGA's 56 past winners picking up the honor, though two of their choices in the past five years -- Rob Marshall (Chicago) and Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) -- failed to win the Academy Award. The winner will be named Saturday, January 29th, four days after the announcement of the Academy Award nominations. --Prepared by IMDb staff

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