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Why Renee Zellweger Disappeared From Hollywood

Why Renee Zellweger Disappeared From Hollywood
It's been over 20 years since Renee Zellweger had us at "Hello," and so much has changed for the actress. Since her breakout role in Jerry Maguire she has solidified her spot on the A-list and her name has become more synonymous with rom-coms than Bridget Jones herself. But Zellweger has also had a somewhat complicated relationship with her own fame. The 2010s were a banner decade for the actress—she starred in Chicago, kicked off the Bridget Jones' Diary franchise, won an Oscar for Cold Mountain and was nominated for two others. But by the end of the decade she gave it all up. After starring in My Own Love Song opposite Forest Whitaker,...
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Renée Zellweger Finds An Unlikely Friend In First Trailer For ‘Same Kind Of Different As Me’

It has been six years since Renée Zellweger has appeared in a feature film — 2010’s “My Own Love Song” — and even longer since it was one that you actually saw. However, the actress is blazing a comeback trail. Next month she returns in “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” she’s got the Keanu Reeves legal thriller “The […]

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Why Renee Zellweger Basically Quit Hollywood

You might not have noticed, but Renee Zellweger hasn’t been seen on the big screen since her performance in 2010’s My Own Love Song. Which itself was hardly seen by anyone. Her self-imposed hiatus is finally coming to an end in 2016, though. But why did she decide to take such a lengthy break? She was fed up with the sound of her own voice. Renee Zellweger made this admission while talking to Vogue, the cover of which she’s emblazoned on this month. The 47-year-old actress admitted that she became so fed up of hearing herself on-screen that she decided to take a break from acting so that she could recuperate. Renee Zellweger explained: I got sick of the sound of my own voice. It was time to go away and grow up a bit. It’s hardly surprising that Renee Zellweger decided to take ...
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Whatever Happened to Renée Zellweger, Meg Ryan and Goldie Hawn?

Whatever Happened to Renée Zellweger, Meg Ryan and Goldie Hawn?
Don't call it a comeback. Renée Zellweger looks poised in Prada on the cover of British Vogue's July issue, the first of many profiles in support of Bridget Jones's Baby. It's the first time Zellweger has had a project to promote since 2010, when My Own Love Song was released in theaters. For more than half a decade, Zellweger, 47, has eschewed the spotlight, save for red carpet appearance here or there. Her disappearance baffled many. After all, they wondered, why would she turn her back on an industry that gave her an Oscar and paid her a reported $15 million a movie? Well, to be frank, fame and riches were never why Zellweger got into show business. "As a creative person, saying no to that wonderful...
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Renée Zellweger: Why I Disappeared From Hollywood

Renée Zellweger: Why I Disappeared From Hollywood
Renée Zellweger is returning to the spotlight in a major way. After taking a six-year hiatus from Hollywood, the 47-year-old actress appears on the cover of British Vogue's July issue. Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, it marks the first time she's been so prominently featured in the magazine—and it also ushers in her return to the limelight. So, where has the Oscar winner been all these years? After the movie My Own Love Song was released in 2010, Zellweger—one of the most bankable and beloved actresses of her generation—went off the grid. She tried her best to "live a normal life," as they say, which proved easier said than done. Zellweger made continued to make...
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Cannes Isa of the Day: Grégoire Melin of Kinology

The Isa of the Day segment of SydneysBuzz resumes for the Cannes Film Festival 2015. ISAs, or International Sales Agents, help to bring films into global distribution by selling distribution rights to distributors worldwide.Topics include new trends in distribution and sales, inspirational success stories, film slates and more. A worthy read for any serious filmmaker looking to have a better understanding of the chain of business between producing a film and sharing it with the world.

Kinology was founded by its Managing Director, Grégoire Melin in May 2008. This newly created sales entity represents some of the most ambitious and innovative European feature films starring international talent such as Jean-Francois Richet’s hit Public Enemy Number One, Olivier Dahan’s My Own Love Song, and Mathieu Kassovitz’s Rebellion.

Founder & President of Kinology Grégoire Melin shares more:

The company was created seven years ago, right before Cannes 2008.

I started EuropaCorp with Luc Besson and Pierre Olange, a talented marketing person and now producer. I was in charge of international sales there, which was great because I worked on all these big franchises like Transformers and Taken, among many others. I worked on about 60 films while I was there.

Europa was fantastic, and I’ll never be able to thank Luc and Pierre enough for all the opportunities they’ve given me to meet great people and great directors, but there comes a moment when it gets hard to sell the films you didn’t choose yourself. That is why I created my company, Kinology.

Gaellle Mareschi, head of International Sales & Development, is also coming from Europa ( she worked there after I left) and joined me in 2010. Since then, we have been working together and are the only two sales agents.

We work on 5-7 films a year, and it’s difficult to say which kind of projects we are choosing, because we work on concept films. For example, the first film which was very successful for us was “Buried”. We loved the script and immediately signed on the film long before it was shot. In Europe, it’s not financiers financing the film and then they are looking for a sales agent. It’s much more that the sales agents take the risk with the equity for the film in the beginning.

We’ve done many films like “Days of Grace”, “Heartbreaker”, and “Spring Breakers”. Again, these are very eclectic but very concept-driven films. We don’t care whether it’s English or French. We were also the sales agent on “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night”. We love to launch unique visions with new or unique directors, and if I don’t think a film is right for us, I will not take it.

We love the distributors we are working with. I love this job, and going to market is really exciting because we know we are going to get countless meetings with people we love. We are also very hands-on when it comes to marketing.

Now we’re working on Terry Gilliam’s Don Quixote, and just came back from Spain after working with Terry – we aim to start shooting the film in August. This is an example of how we are very hands-on and try to really support the producers we are working with. Since we are working on very few films, it gives us time to go really in-depth. We know everything about the films, every crew person, every element, and are very close to the projects.

We don’t usually have that many films in Cannes, but this year we have films we really adore. Both are premiering at the festival. One is called “Mustang”, and we have a fantastic animation film that is winning prizes all around the world called “Mune” by Alexandre Heboyan.
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Renée Zellweger Explains Why Her Face Looks Different: "People Don't Know Me in My 40s"

Renée Zellweger Explains Why Her Face Looks Different:
Recognize Renée Zellweger? When Zellweger attended Elle's Women in Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills Monday, people asked, "What happened to her face?" The Academy Award winner, 45, addressed the speculation Tuesday. "I'm glad folks think I look different! I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows," says Zellweger, who last appeared in 2010's My Own Love Song. Though she thinks discussions about her appearance are "silly," she tells People, "It seems the folks who come digging around for some nefarious truth which doesn't exist won't get off my porch until I answer the door." Zellweger, who...
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Here.s Why Renee Zellweger.s Face looks so Different

When Renee Zellweger attended Elle's Women in Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills Monday, people asked, "What happened to her face?" The Academy Award winner, 45, addressed the speculation Tuesday.

"I'm glad folks think I look different! I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows," says Zellweger, who last appeared in 2010's My Own Love Song. Though she thinks discussions about her appearance are "silly," she tells People, "It seems the folks who come digging around for some nefarious truth which doesn't exist won't get off my porch until I answer the door."

Zellweger, who next stars in The Whole Truth, doesn't understand the hubbub.

"My friends say that I look peaceful. I am healthy," she says. "For a long time I wasn't doing such a good job with that. I took on a schedule that is not realistically sustainable and didn't allow for taking care of myself.
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Here.s Why Renee Zellweger.s Face looks so Different

When Renee Zellweger attended Elle's Women in Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills Monday, people asked, "What happened to her face?" The Academy Award winner, 45, addressed the speculation Tuesday.

"I'm glad folks think I look different! I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows," says Zellweger, who last appeared in 2010's My Own Love Song. Though she thinks discussions about her appearance are "silly," she tells People, "It seems the folks who come digging around for some nefarious truth which doesn't exist won't get off my porch until I answer the door."

Zellweger, who next stars in The Whole Truth, doesn't understand the hubbub.

"My friends say that I look peaceful. I am healthy," she says. "For a long time I wasn't doing such a good job with that. I took on a schedule that is not realistically sustainable and didn't allow for taking care of myself.
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Here.s Why Renee Zellweger.s Face looks so Different

When Renee Zellweger attended Elle's Women in Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills Monday, people asked, "What happened to her face?" The Academy Award winner, 45, addressed the speculation Tuesday.

"I'm glad folks think I look different! I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows," says Zellweger, who last appeared in 2010's My Own Love Song. Though she thinks discussions about her appearance are "silly," she tells People, "It seems the folks who come digging around for some nefarious truth which doesn't exist won't get off my porch until I answer the door."

Zellweger, who next stars in The Whole Truth, doesn't understand the hubbub.

"My friends say that I look peaceful. I am healthy," she says. "For a long time I wasn't doing such a good job with that. I took on a schedule that is not realistically sustainable and didn't allow for taking care of myself.
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Renee Zellweger Is Now Completely Unrecognizable

Renee Zellweger Is Now Completely Unrecognizable
Yes, this is really Renee Zellweger.

It's safe to say Renee Zellweger's looking a little different these days.

The 45-year-old actress made an appearance at Elle's 21st Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration in Beverly Hills, Calif. Monday night, and her nearly unrecognizable appearance is shocking to say the least.

No, your eyes are not deceiving you -- this really is what the Bridget Jones' Diary star currently looks like.

Photos: Most Shocking Celeb Transformations

Though many speculate that Renee's new look is the result of plastic surgery -- pointing to her completely wrinkle-free face -- she has never addressed the reports.

She has, however, commented on the criticism that she's too thin.

"When you read reports that you are starving yourself or that you are anorexic it's very unfair and disappointing," she told the U.K.'s Daily Express last November. "It's not very pleasant to read reports which say you've gone too far or
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Channing Tatum Takes Down The Mob

Channing Tatum has signed on to both star in and produce an untitled true story action-thriller for Sony Pictures.

Tatum would play a family man in the 1970s who risks it all by going undercover to help take down the country's biggest mob boss.

Kristin Gore ("Arctic Tale," "My Own Love Song") will pen the script, while Reid Carolin, Neil Meron and Craig Zadan are producing.

Tatum will next shoot "Magic Mike Xxl" this Fall, no word on when this film will go into production.

Source: Variety
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Channing Tatum to Produce and Star in Mob Boss Thriller

Channing Tatum to Produce and Star in Mob Boss Thriller
Channing Tatum has signed on to star in and produce an untitled action-thriller for Sony Pictures.

The plot is based on the true story of a family man in the 1970s, who decides to risk it all to go undercover and take down the biggest mob boss in the country. Kristin Gore (Arctic Tale, My Own Love Song) is writing the screenplay, with Neil Meron and Craig Zadan producing with Channing Tatum's partner Reid Carolin. Michael De Luca and Jonathan Kadin are overseeing the project for Sony Pictures. Kristin Gore previously worked with Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, while writing material for The Academy Awards.

No production schedule was given at this time. Channing Tatum will next shoot Magic Mike Xxl this fall, and he will next be seen in 22 Jump Street, Jupiter Ascending and Foxcatcher later this year. He also lends his voice to the Guillermo del Toro
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Could the Weinsteins ditch 'Grace of Monaco' before its Cannes premiere?

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Could the Weinsteins ditch 'Grace of Monaco' before its Cannes premiere?
It's been an up-and-down journey for "Grace of Monaco," the Nicole Kidman-starring biopic of Grace Kelly that was originally set to open last year. Negative buzz circled the European co-production following that delay, as word spread of intense friction between The Weinstein Company and French director Olivier Dahan over the edit of the film. "Grace" seemed to have been granted a reprieve when it was announced as this year's Cannes Film Festival opener -- not a guarantee of quality, of course, but a helpful publicity boost. Now, however, the film's fate once more appears uncertain, as Variety reports that Harvey Weinstein is considering relinquishing the Us distribution rights to the film ahead of its Cannes premiere -- with the company having omitted the title from recent press releases about their Cannes slate. Weinstein is said to still be unhappy with Dahan's edit of the film, which the mogul believes
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Why U.S. Audiences Are More Comfortable With Subtitles Than Ever

Why U.S. Audiences Are More Comfortable With Subtitles Than Ever
Attendees at next month’s Cannes Film Festival will hear plenty of French being spoken — except, that is, by the characters onscreen. Of the French films recently announced as part of this year’s official selection, two (Olivier Dahan’s opening-nighter “Grace of Monaco” and Olivier Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria”) are predominately English-language features with largely American and British casts, while “The Search,” from “The Artist” helmer Michel Hazanavicius, reportedly features a mix of English, French, Chechnyan and Russian. Meanwhile, in the festival’s Un Certain Regard sidebar, “Lady Chatterley” director Pascale Ferran’s “Bird People” is another hybrid English/French affair, with a cast that includes Josh Charles, Radha Mitchell and Clark Johnson.

On the one hand, this may seem fated in a year when reliable linguistic provocateur Jean-Luc Godard will be present in the Cannes competition with a film titled “Goodbye to Language.” On the other, this
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Renee Zellweger Is In Talks To Become An Actress Again

I don.t know if you.re aware of this or not, but Renee Zellweger stopped acting. She churned out roles on the regular for almost two decades and then abruptly stopped. She hasn.t made a picture since 2010.s forgettable My Own Love Song, but that now seems poised to change thanks to her interest in a new project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Zellweger is in advanced negotiations to join the indie drama The Whole Truth. The work will be directed by Courtney Hunt. The screenplay will be written by Nicholas Kazan, and apart from Zellweger, if she officially boards, it will star Daniel Craig. As of now, the plot isn.t being discussed publically, but it.s generally being described as a courtroom drama, with the James Bond actor allegedly playing the district attorney. During the mid-to-late 90s and early 2000s, Zellweger was among the biggest female
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Renée Zellweger to star alongside Daniel Craig in The Whole Truth

Renée Zellweger to star alongside Daniel Craig in The Whole Truth
Renée Zellweger is in talks to join Daniel Craig in courtroom drama The Whole Truth.

The Courtney Hunt-directed indie project is to be written by Nicholas Kazan (Matilda, Bicentennial Man) and produced by Richard Suckle.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Craig signed on to the film in late January, with the Chicago star joining discussions more recently.

The plot has been described as a "courtroom thriller", with Craig expected to play a district attorney in the drama.

The project would mark Zellweger's first film role since 2010's My Own Love Song.
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Renee Zellweger's Next Movie, 'The Whole Truth,' Is Her First in Four Years

Renee Zellweger thinks she can handle "The Whole Truth."

The Oscar winner is in talks to star opposite Daniel Craig in the courtroom thriller "The Whole Truth," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

This would be Zellweger's first movie in four years. Perhaps "The Whole Truth," an indie directed by Courtney Hunt ("Frozen River"), can help revive her once-acclaimed career. In the early 2000s, the actress enjoyed many critical and commercial successes, from "Jerry Maguire" to "Chicago" to the "Bridget Jones Diary" movies. And she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for "Cold Mountain" in 2004.

But then Zellweger appeared in a string of unmemorable duds, like "New in Town" and "Leatherheads." Her last film, 2010's "My Own Love Song," was a flop that went straight to DVD.

Choosing the indie route could be a smart strategy for the 44-year-old. Hey, look what it did for her former "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" co-star,
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Renee Zellweger Joining Daniel Craig in ‘The Whole Truth’

Renee Zellweger Joining Daniel Craig in ‘The Whole Truth’
Renee Zellweger is in talks to star opposite Daniel Craig in indie courtroom thriller “The Whole Truth.”

Variety first reported in late January that Craig had signed on to the project in late January, a week ahead of the Berlin Film Festival.

The Whole Truth” will be produced by Atlas Entertainment’s Richard Suckle. FilmNation is handling international rights and CAA is handling domestic rights.

Courtney Hunt (“Frozen River”) is directing from a script by Nicholas Kazan.

Craig will begin shooting the 24th James Bond film in the fall with the release set for October and November of 2015.

Zellweger’s recent credits include “My Own Love Song” and “Case 39.” She is repped by CAA and John Carrabino Management.

THR.com first reported the news.
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French Specialty Players: Lost in Translation?

Paris — The downfall of U.S. specialty divisions in 2008 opened up a whole new range of opportunities for ambitious French producers and helmers to step up to the plate, gaining access to American talent, tapping into wider financing resources, with the hope of reaching worldwide audiences with smart, auteur-driven indie pics.

But five years or so later, while the American independent market has bounced back, driven by resourceful and deep-pocketed players like FilmNation, Exclusive, an amped-up Lionsgate, the Weinstein Co. and Voltage, a wave of disappointing French-helmed English-language feature debuts has left many French producers and filmmakers with a hangover.

Recent examples of cold showers inflicted in France include Guillaume Canet’s 1970s-set drama “Blood Ties,” with Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard and Mila Kunis (Wild Bunch, budget: $25 million, French B.O.: €1.5 million); Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s adventure tale “The Young and Prodigious Spivet” with Helena Bonham Carter (Gaumont, budget: $33 million,
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