RENÉE NEWS - June 2005
June 23, 2005
RENÉE Zellweger is frantic to star in the story of Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edie, who lived in splendid squalor in the once grand East Hampton family estate known as Grey Gardens. Beale was the sister of "Black Jack" Bouvier, the father of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.
Zellweger recently caught a screening of "The Ghost of Grey Gardens," a new documentary by Liliana Greenfield-Sanders, based on a famed 1975 documentary by filmmakers Albert and David Maysles.
According to Beverly Hills 213 Magazine, Zellweger "has gotten her hands on 100 reels of unseen footage that was shot in the making of the 1975 'Grey Gardens.' " The Oscar winner clearly has a lead on others interested in the role of Edie — Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman.
Zellweger has visited Grey Gardens, which was infested with cats and fleas in the Beales' day but lovingly refurbished by its current owners, former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and wife Sally Quinn.
The spread was recently featured in House & Garden.
June 17, 2005
Renee Zellweger has revealed she relies on her "bulls**t detector" to turn down bad film roles.
The 'Brigitte Jones' star, who recently tied the knot with US country singer Kenney Chesney, says she is constantly bombarded with scripts for substandard movies.
Renee, who has starred in string of critically acclaimed films including 'Chicago' and 'Cold Mountain', insists she never lets her standards drop because she would be embarrassed to star in films she wasn't 100 per cent happy with.
She said: "I've depended on my bullshit detector from the beginning.
"Life is too short to participate in something that's not going to be worth your while".
Meanwhile, Renee is reportedly determined to pile on the pounds for her new husband - because he likes plump women.
The sexy actress, whose weight has yo-yoed ever since starring in 'Brigitte Jones', is planning on guzzling high calorie food to please Kenny.
Renee allegedly told a friend: "Kenny's a southern boy and likes a little meat on a woman's bones So that's what he'll get"
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14 Jun 2005
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Russell Crowe Arrested in N.Y.
Jun 06, 2005
Russell Crowe, who was arrested in his New York hotel early Monday morning on
charges of allegedly throwing a phone at a hotel employee, was released without
bail from Manhattan County Criminal Court shortly after noon that same day.
Authorities say the New Zealand-born actor, 41, was upset that he could not place a call to Australia on his phone at the Mercer Hotel in SoHo. Police also say that the employee required stitches to mend a facial bruise.
Crowe was charged with second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. In requesting $5,000 bail, prosecutors said that the actor "admitted to throwing the phone."
However, Crowe's attorney, Gerald Lefcourt, said, "My client was trying to call his wife in Australia. He has never been arrested in this country, (so) for purposes of bail there's no question he will appear (in court) to deal with this."
In a statement to the TV show Extra, Crowe publicist Robin Baum added: "Frustrated by a clerk's unwillingness to help him put through a phone call to his family in Australia, Russell Crowe was involved in a minor altercation at the Mercer Hotel earlier this morning. After asking the front desk several times to replace a faulty phone in his room – and getting only attitude from the clerk on duty – Crowe brought the phone down to the front desk in an effort to address the situation in person. Words were exchanged, and Crowe wound up throwing the phone against the wall. He regrets that he lost his temper, but at no time did he assault anyone or touch any hotel employee."
During Monday's court proceedings, Crowe, wearing jeans and a blue pullover, stood in the front of the courtroom staring straight ahead. He was ordered by the judge to return to court Sept. 14.
Crowe did not speak to reporters as he left the courtroom and climbed inside an awaiting black SUV that drove him away.
Crowe, who is in New York to promote his new movie Cinderella Man (which debuted in disappointing 4th place in the weekend box office race, with an estimated $18.6 million), is no stranger to making news for having had heated encounters.
At the 2002 Bafta Awards in London, he admitted to being "abusive" and "behaving unreasonably" towards a TV producer who cut shot his acceptance speech. Later that same year police reportedly reprimanded him following an alleged skirmish with a New Zealand businessman in a London restaurant.
“CINDERELLA MAN” delivers a
June 2, 2005
It’s somewhat early in the season to predict the Oscars, but "CINDERELLA MAN" is a sure bet for multiple nominations.
Ron Howard has, once again, directed a winning film, and this one makes you “feel”!
Boxing legend Jim Braddock, having fought his way from rags to mediocrity in the ring is hardly able to provide for his family during the horrible depths of the Great Depression. The intensity of his love for his wife Mae (Renée Zellweger) and his three children drives him to elevate himself beyond the pain of broken wrist and rib to fight in the ring, work the docks, achieve an impossible dream and bring hope to the downtrodden masses of an entire country.
This is perhaps one of the best performances by Russell Crowe who shows powerful sentiments as Jim Braddock and whose boxing prowess makes you want to see more of the fights. In “Cinderella Man”, Ron Howard has put you in the ring, facing Max Baer!!! An incredible feat of creativity gets you to follow the fight’s connecting punches all the way to their impact on the cheering crowds. You are there … in the ring as well as in the audience!
Renée Zellweger, as Mae Braddock is the Mom who had us at “Hello”. Without her endless love, support and understanding, Jim Braddock is alone. She is the glue that keeps this family together, without lights, heat or milk.
See you at the Oscars!
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