RENÉE NEWS - JULY 2004
The Shark Tale Soundtrack
Friday July 23, 12:37 pm ET
The Shark Tale Soundtrack will feature such multi-platinum and Grammy-winning artists as Christina Aguilera & Missy Elliott, performing a new version of the disco classic "Car Wash"; Mary J. Blige doing "To Be Real"; and the film's Ziggy Marley partnered with Sean Paul on "3 Little Birds." The soundtrack will also feature "Shark Tale" star Will Smith, with many more artists to be announced shortly. The album cover art will feature "fishified" animations of the featured musical talent. The Shark Tale Soundtrack is set to be released September 28 on DreamWorks/Geffen Records.
'Shark Tale' to Premiere at Toronto Fest
July 21, 2004
Oscars crackdown on smear adverts
16 July, 2004
The Academy Awards will have new rules imposed for next year's ceremony, including banning studios from smearing other films in marketing campaigns.
Renee Zellweger won best supporting actress in 2003
It is thought to be in response to a Dreamworks advert supporting House of Sand and Fog actress Shoreh Aghdashloo.
The advert included critics' cuttings saying Aghdashloo deserved to win in 2003, but the award would probably go to Renee Zellweger for Cold Mountain.
The next Oscars will be held in Los Angeles on 27 February, 2005.
The House of Sand and Fog advert caused uproar. Dreamworks later apologized and took out an advert congratulating Zellweger on her Oscar win.
The new rule "prohibits specific and disparaging references to other pictures or individuals competing in a given category in ads, mailings, websites or other forms of campaign communication".
Oscar voters outside of Los Angeles and New York will now also be sent vouchers giving them free access to commercial screenings.
There have been complaints that those voters outside areas where studios hold free previews had trouble seeing all the movies necessary to make informed decisions.
Zellweger wants Bridget Jones Forever
09 Jul 2004
Renée Zellweger has hinted she may be interested in filming a third Bridget
Still busy shooting Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Renée teased reporters saying: "I don't know actually.
A month ago, when I was desperately homesick, I would have said no.
It's a good question though. When I was thinking about Edge Of Reason, I considered three things: Can it stand on its own as a movie? Is it a story worth telling? Does it need to be made?"
And Renée has some ideas herself about how a third story could develop; given that author Helen Fielding has yet to pen another in the series.
"Maybe Bridget could emerge as a character, like Lucille Ball's Lucy. Whether Lucy was living in a high rise in New York or a ranch house, I wanted to see what she was doing.
I wanted to watch her and maybe there's some Bridget in there," she added.
First look at Bridget Jones Diary : The Edge Of Reason
08 July 2004
conquering the world first time around, Britain's favourite singleton is back
for more calorie-counting, big-pants wearing fun in Bridget Jones: The Edge
of Reason. The first trailer is now online, and all three leads are back for
more love-seeking shenanigans.
This film picks up where the first film leaves off - Bridget is happily hooked up with the lovely Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), having seen off the dastardly Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant). Sadly, Bridget manages to complicate everything with her usual gift for saying completely the wrong thing at completely the wrong time, and Cleaver is back to continue his heartbreaking ways. Will Bridget choose the right man? Will they have another girly fight for her affections? Will she ever get some normal underwear? Check out the trailer here.
Mountain DVD absolutely first rate
July 1, 2004
It's lonely on top of Anthony Minghella's Cold Mountain. The epic-length, subtle romantic tragedy set in the South during the U.S. Civil War, has its admirers, including me. But there are just as many or more who were bitterly disappointed, finding it shallow and glacial in its measured pace.
The Oscar voters were of mixed minds, too. Cold Mountain generated seven nominations, including three in the music categories and acting noms for Jude Law as best actor and Renee Zellweger as best supporting actress.
But, unlike Minghella's surprise success, The English Patient, Cold Mountain failed to be mentioned among the best picture candidates, despite a major Oscar campaign by Miramax Films. And it garnered only one win Oscar night: Zellweger for her guts-and-gusto performance as a peasant girl who befriends Nicole Kidman and helps her run the farm while the men are away on the killing fields.
The film comes to DVD in what I would call an outstanding two-disc Collector's Edition, at least for fans of the piece. Detractors will take a pass, I suspect.
The transfer is in the proper widescreen format, enhanced for 16:9 TVs, and that shows off Oscar nominee John Seale's cinematography to good advantage.
After a self-congratulatory intro from Miramax Films, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, the lineup of extras is absolutely first-rate.
Documentaries touch upon the making of the film, the historical context for its fiction and the role of the glorious hillbilly music that raised the film experience. There are 10 deleted scenes. Minghella teams with editor Walter Murch on the feature-length commentary.
The treasure here, a 93-minute music special at Royce Hall, which begins with a clip from the film showing the infamous mud pit Civil War battle, is worth watching just for the purity of the music performances, especially Jack White's mournful singing.