As it's been 12 years since the last Bridget Jones movie, expectations aren't too high for this sequel. So it's a very nice surprise that this film stands on its own as a charming and often very funny romantic comedy while rounding off the trilogy in style. The cast is terrific, and the script bristles with snappy dialogue and witty characters that lead the audience down an unpredictable route to a complicated happy ending.
On her 43rd birthday, Bridget (Renee Zellweger) is finally content with her single life. Although her romantic past continues to torment her, especially when she runs into former flame Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) at a funeral. With a corporate shake-up underway at the TV news programme she produces, presenter Miranda (Sara Solemani) suggests that Bridget needs some sex to liven up her life, whisking her off to a music festival. There she has a cute, hot encounter with the dishy Jack (Patrick Dempsey). And a week later, she rekindles her romance with Mark when she learns that his marriage has ended. So when she discovers that she's pregnant, Bridget hasn't a clue which man is the father.
This premise offers plenty of scope for both thematic meaning and awkward plot turns, and the screenplay merrily dives right into all of it, mixing some silly slapstick with darker emotions as director Sharon Maguire maintains a breezy-comical tone. This kind of balance is difficult to get right, but the film feels effortlessly engaging.
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Helen Fielding revealed she is working on a musical version of Bridget Jones
As Renée Zellweger hits the red carpet to promote Bridget Jones’ latest escapades, Bridget’s creator, author Helen Fielding, has been telling fans where the perpetual singleton will be appearing next. Appearing on This Morning with Phillip and Holly, the 58-year-old revealed a musical adaptation of her novel is in the works and should hit theatres within the next few years.
Helen Fielding revealed Bridget Jones could be appearing in theatres soon
While promoting Bridget’s third film, Bridget Jones’ Baby, Helen said: "We have done quite a lot of work on the musical and in workshops.
‘Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries’ will come after the release of film 'Bridget Jones’s Baby' in September.
Bridget Jones is coming back with a new novel set to be published on 11 October. Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries will accompany the new film which follows Bridget becoming a first time mother. Fans had previously thought that no new book was on the way, after the last instalment Mad About the Boy was released in 2013.
Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones
Author Helen Fielding said: “At heart, Bridget Jones is about the gap between how we all feel we’re expected to be and how we actually are; and – as Bridget discovers with her somewhat bumpy pregnancy – how we expect life to turn out and how it actually does.”
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The first picture of Renee Zellweger in ‘Bridget Jones’ Baby’ has been released.
Bridget Jones is back! The first image from the third film in the Bridget Jones film franchise, based on the bestselling books by Helen Fielding, has been released. The picture isn’t giving much away about the upcoming film, Bridget Jones’ Baby, as it simply shows Renee Zellweger, as Bridget, smiling into the camera.
Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones in the first image from Bridget Jones' Baby.
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‘Bridget Jones’ Baby’, the third Bridget Jones movie, will see Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth reprise their roles. Patrick Dempsey is also in talks with producers to star.
A third Bridget Jones movie, entitled Bridget Jones' Baby, is in the work with Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth reprising their roles as Jones and Mark Darcy. Patrick Dempsey, the American actor best known for his role as Dr. Derek Shepherd on Grey’s Anatomy, is also expected to feature in the film.
Renee Zellweger at the 21st Annual Elle Women in Hollywood Awards in L.A., October 2014.
Helen Fielding - Celebrities arrive at Save the Children's 'A Night of Reggae' fundraising event, sponsored by RB, held at the Roundhouse in London on Wednesday 12th March 2014, to raise money for the charity's life-saving work. Last night, Save the Children held 'A Night of Reggae' at the Roundhouse in London sponsored by RB. Attended by over 500 guests including Helena Bonham Carter, Sir Michael Cain, Colin Firth, Livia Firth, Damian Lewis, Helen McCrory, Dominic West, Kirsty Alsopp, Ali Bastian, Jon Snow, Alexander Armstrong and Helen Fielding, the event raised over £1.4 million pounds for the charity through ticket sales and auction items. Made up of cornerstone artists of the influential genre of reggae, the phenomenal bill included performances and collaborations from Ernest Ranglin whose guitar playing defined the genre, the incredible Jimmy Cliff who remains an unmistakeable music figure, legendary rhythm section Sly and Robbie, Suggs lead singer of ska band Madness, lead singer and founding member of UB40 Ali Campbell, and the Queen of Reggae, Dawn Penn, most known for her hit single No, No, No. Dawn Penn and Ali Campbell joined forces to sing 'I Got You Babe' - a truly unique collaboration with Sly & Robbie on drums and bass respectively. Suggs and Sly & Robbie performed 'Cecilia' for the first time since they produced it back in the 1980s, and were joined on stage by the father of Reggae, Ernest Ranglin as well as the other artists to perform the hit track by Madness 'It Must Be Love'. As well as joining their peers on stage, these established legends also performed with new kids on the block Max Stone and Elli Ingram who has just recently been signed by Island Records. In addition, Henry Wyndham, Chairman of Sotheby's Europe, conducted a live auction. A Marc Quinn painting proved to be the most popular lot with the successful bid reaching £150,000, attracting the highest figure of the evening for Save the Children. A silent auction also ran throughou - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 12th March 2014
Helen Fielding, the author of the 'Bridget Jones's Diary' book trilogy, talks about the final instalment of the series 'Mad About The Boy' in an interview. She talks about Bridget's newfound motherhood, Daniel Cleaver and the death of Mark Darcy.
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Helen Fielding's publishers made a huge error this week.
Helen Fielding fans who snapped up the latest instalment of the Bridget Jones series Mad About The Boy were treated to a rather strange narrative change this week. Instead of reading about the trials and tribulations of Britain's favorite singleton, they instead found 40-pages of David Jason's new autobiography, My Life.
A spokeswoman for publishers Vintage made light of the situation, saying: "The printers have had a Bridget moment..a printing error has been detected in some of the very early copies of Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy.
"Copies printed on one day have given readers an accidental preview of David Jason's autobiography.
The first copies of Helen Fielding's 'Mad About The Boy' are pulled from shelves after David Jason printing mishap.
In what is probably one of the biggest printing blunders of recent years, the long-awaited arrival of the final novel documenting the life of ungainly and exceptionally ordinary serial singleton Bridget Jones has been met with utter shock as the earliest copies are revealed to contain a portion of 'Only Fools and Horses' star David Jason's autobiography 'My Life' within its pages.
Helen Fielding and David Jason at their not entirely successful respective book launches
Colin Firth will play no further part in the Bridget Jones movie adaptations.
Helen Fielding's decision to kill of major character Mark Darcy in the latest instalment of the Bridget Jones series Mad About the Boy was met with disdain and disappointment from fans.
Helen Fielding, The Author of The Bridget Jones Novels
An extended excerpt in the Sunday Times Magazine revealed that Jones was now a windowed mother of two, despite getting engaged to Darcy in the second book, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.
The latest edition to the Bridget Jones saga, 'Mad About The Boy', dubbed a 'disappointment', not believable and 'posh' by online critics.
The drastic new backstory for one of the world's best-loved middle class but mediocre characters has already caused a major stir among Jones fans since it was revealed, and it seems that it has put a considerable downer on the entire novel.
The other week, fans flooded Twitter and Facebook to offload their anger and grief at the fact that Helen Fielding has killed off the 'Pride and Prejudice' inspired Mark Darcy, leaving Bridget a wealthy widow and single mother of two.
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