Writer/director Richard Curtis has abandoned plans to create a third Bridget Jones's Diary movie because the woman behind the books that inspired the films has killed off the literary heroine's love interest. Curtis, who adapted author Helen Fielding's books for Bridget Jones's Diary and its sequel Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, admits he's upset with the writer for not telling him about the demise of Mark Darcy, portrayed by Colin Firth in his films, in her latest book Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy.
He tells WENN, "I feel very tricked and cheated because Helen has been my best friend since I was 19, but she loves my daughter more than me and my daughter is her goddaughter and she had many conversations with Scarlet about the fact that Mark was going to die and Scarlet has read chunks of the book and no one told me anything until Sunday.
"That's been all happening under my nose. I don't think there will be a third movie. Why would there without Colin?"
A brand new Bridget Jones book hits shelves in October, but fans are already in a rage about recently released extracts that deal with the current state of Bridget's relationship with barrister Mark Darcy. (Massive spoilers here.) If the third book in the series gets a movie adaptation, we don't like what this means for Colin Firth's role.
And what would any Bridget Jones movie be without Mr. Darcy? Mark is everything a rom-com love interest should be: solid and reliable; able to pull off a reindeer jumper as well as an expensive suit; and fond even of our "wobbly bits." Much like his Jane Austen namesake, Mark takes a while to warm up to strangers. But, once he does, you can count on him to defend you from psychological attacks by "smug marrieds" and to politely disregard every terrible thing you ever wrote about him in your diary. Plus, you know: Colin Firth. In no particular order, here are the Mark Darcy moments that had us (and dear Bridge) all aflutter.
When he liked us...just as we are
Bridget is used to apologizing for her flaws, until Mark tells her that he is fond of her because of them, not in spite of them. For someone who feels like she doesn't deserve happiness until she changes all the things she doesn't like about herself, it's a revelation.
No, really...Just as we are
This is the dream, people. This is the dream.
When he fought for our honor
Mark is always willing to throw down to defend himself and his lady love, even though he doesn't have a clue how to do so. We're guessing he didn't exactly have a rough-and-tumble coming-of-age experience in the series of fancy private schools he attended. But what his fighting style lacks in grace, power, and agility, he makes up for in heart.
When he was helpful in the kitchen
"This really is the most incredible s**t."
When he showed us how nice boys really kiss
Every romantic hero needs to be able to deliver that epic movie kiss. "Cold fish" Mark Darcy warms up just soon enough to catch Bridget before she leaves for Paris and sweep her off her feet. And he's not at all embarrassed that she's in leopard print underwear and trainers. What a guy.
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Bridget Jones fans have reacted with outrage to the news author Helen Fielding has made her unlucky-in-love heroine a widow in her latest novel. Mark Darcy, played by Colin Firth on the big screen opposite Renee Zellweger as Jones, has been killed off in the upcoming Mad About The Boy, according to exclusive extracts printed in Britain's Sunday Times.
In the book, Jones is a mum-of-two romancing a 30-year-old toyboy called Roxster - and readers are not happy that Fielding's leading lady is single again.
In a post on Twitter.com, one fan writes, "One word for Helen Fielding: why?!" while another rants, "What the hell is helen fielding playing at in the next bridget jones book!?"
Fielding's last volume, 1999's Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, ended happily with a marriage proposal from Darcy.
His cause of death is to be revealed in flashbacks in Mad About The Boy, set to hit shelves in October (13).
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World of Warcraft is an MMORFG (for those non-nerds, that a Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) that's been raking in the cash for video game company Blizzard for years, and courting many a potential movie deal. So far, Blizzard has demonstrated some good judgment, refusing to sell their Warcraft rights to Uwe Boll in 2008, when he was keen on adding the title to his long list of terrible video game adaptations. But it's five years later, Boll has moved on to other, no doubt crazier things, and now Legendary Pictures has made a deal with Blizzard to go forward with a movie version of one of their most valued properties. Though director Duncan Jones has been connected for some time, actors Colin Farrell, Paula Patton, Paul Dano, Anton Yelchin, Anson Mount, and Travis Fimmel were just announced via Deadline to be potential cast members. If you saw these names in a list, there'd be no way your first guess would be "cast of the new World of Warcraft adaptation," yet, here we are. It's a mix of bona fide stars, electic indie standbys, TV hunks, and, at the head of it all, a director who made two great, small movies (Moon and Source Code) about moral dilemmas and the effects of technology — a far cry from the elf and goblin set. Is there any way to make sense of these people being connected to this project?
Let's play Six Degrees of the Cast of the New World of Warcraft Movie and try to find out.
So there's Colin Farrell, the biggest name and thus probably the biggest or best part on display here. He's European, which is all that's required for anyone in Hollywood fantasy films. He's got some great movies (In Bruges) and some terrible ones (S.W.A.T., Alexander) under his belt, so no indication of quality there.
Then there's his costar in the underrated but still pretty bad Fright Night, Anton Yelchin. Yelchin will probably play second fiddle to Farrell, as the Frodo to his Aragorn. Yelchin does have some nerd cred, playing the current iteration of Chekov in Star Trek, but seems to prefer indie films like the much smaller Like Crazy.
One of the current kings of the indie scene is Paul Dano, whose small turns in bigger films and big turns in smaller films have made him a reliable "weird guy" for Hollywood. Maybe he'll be playing a wizard of some kind.
We start to head into the wilderness with the addition of Anson Mount and Travis Fimmel, who are both hunky TV stars on History Channel shows. Not much more to say than that, other than they should hope that one has to dye his hair bright pink or put on green makeup so we can tell them apart.
Then you have Paula Patton, floundering around by herself in the land of unendearing romantic comedies and being married to the song of the summer guy. There's no rhyme or reason to why Patton was pursued for this, but we can think of one reason why she's be eagar to accept: Angelina Jolie, who once was the star of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, one of the less horrible video game adapations, went on to become an Oscar winner and all-around A-Lister and good person. Maybe Patton believes she's destined to the same.
Does that clear things up at all?
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Irish actor Colin Farrell is in talks to team up with Paula Patton to star in a film based on the hugely popular World Of Warcraft computer games. The live-action fantasy has been in the works for the past few years, with Spider-Man director Sam Raimi initially attached to take charge of the movie.
Raimi subsequently dropped out and David Bowie's filmmaker son Duncan Jones signed up for the challenge earlier this year (13), and now he has set his sights on landing Farrell as his leading man.
Jones is hoping to start production on the project in January (14), ahead of a 2015 release.
Actress Rashida Jones is reportedly dating funnyman Colin Jost. The pair was photographed taking a stroll in New York earlier this month (Sep13) and it has now been reported that The Social Network star Jones is romantically linked to the Saturday Night Live writer.
A source tells Us Weekly magazine, "She's known him for a while... Rashida is into him... She likes that he's funny."
Movie star Colin Farrell's uncle has landed a leading role in a new Cats musical. Paul Monaghan has been cast as Bustopher Jones in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre production, which opened on Wednesday night (21Aug13) in Dublin, Ireland and runs until 7 September (13).
Stone Roses star Gary 'Mani' Mounfield recently discovered a new member of his family circle after meeting his long-lost half-brother. The bassist learned last year (12) his father Colin had another son named Steve Jones, who he kept a secret from his relatives.
Jones went online in search of more information about his dad, leading him to Mounfield's brother Greg, who later broke the news to the rocker.
Jones tells Wales Online, "When I got in touch, Mani was asking around the family, and one of the old uncles said he knew about me but was sworn to secrecy. I said fair play - he can keep a secret! He was the only one. Even Mani's mum didn't know."
Mounfield and Jones finally met last summer (Jul12) at Spain's Benicassim Festival, where Mounfield handed his new sibling a haul of signed memorabilia.
Jones adds, "I remember what Mani said when we were parting after that first meeting. We hugged each other and I said, 'Sorry it's coming to an end.' He said, 'It's not the end, it's just the beginning.'"
British actor Colin Firth fears plans for a third Bridget Jones movie have hit a stumbling block and fans face a "bit of a long wait" to see the sequel. The Oscar winner appeared in 2001 comedy Bridget Jones's Diary opposite Renee Zellweger and Hugh Grant, and they all returned for a 2004 follow-up Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.
Movie bosses are now working on bringing a third film to the big screen in 2014, but Firth has revealed the project has been hit with a raft of delays.
He tells the Chicago Sun-Times, "Unfortunately, it might be a bit of a long wait. I wouldn't say that it's completely dead in the water, but the way it's going you might be seeing Bridget Jones' granddaughter's story being told by the time we get there...
"There is a joy of doing those movies that keeps hope alive. And the story is going in an interesting direction. I just wouldn't say that the movie is imminent."
The only thing more feared on Valentine's Day than receiving a Whitman's sampler from your significant other which they clearly picked up from CVS on the way home, is being on the receiving end of of some truly awful pick-up lines from some creepy lonely heart. While some opt to say sweet nothings on candy hearts, some brave souls often test the waters with lines that can range from cheesy and embarrassing to sexy and flattering.
That's because pick-up lines are, in the end, all about the pick-up artist. Would Ryan Gosling's cocky come-ons in Crazy Stupid Love have worked if they hadn't been coming out of that mug? How about Meg Ryan's request to "Take me to bed or lose me forever" in Top Gun?
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But, even if you don't have Gosling-like looks (who among us mere mortals does?) it's all about the confidence. Case in point: Joey Tribbiani's (Matt LeBlanc) patented "How YOU doin'?" on Friends. The line isn't much, but it's all in the delivery. So, don't fear the pick-up lines on Valentine's Day, just take a cue from some of the best ones from television and movies. (And avoid the others we list at all costs). Check out our Best and Worst Pop Culture come-ons and pick-up lines below. Oh, and, how you doin'?
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- "How YOU doin'?" Joey (Matt LeBlanc) on Friends
-"You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how." - Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) in Gone with the Wind
- “You make me want to be a better man.” - Melvin (Jack Nicholson) in As Good As It Gets
- "Haaaaave you met me?" Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) on How I Met Your Mother
- "I like you, very much. Just as you are."- Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) in Bridget Jones' Diary
- "Here's looking at you, kid" - Rick (Humphrey Bogart) in Casablanca
- "Mind if I get drunk with you?" - Dennis (Clark Gable) in Red Dust
Any of the following by Jacob (Ryan Gosling) in Crazy Stupid Love:
- "Suck me, beautiful" - Oz (Chris Klein) in American Pie
- "You should do something with that sourpuss, you're very beautiful" - Pete (Vincent Kartheiser) on Mad Men
- "My name is George. I'm unemployed, and I live with my parents." - George (Jason Alexander) on Seinfeld
- "I would like to extend to you an invitation to the pants party.” - Brick (Steve Carell) in Anchorman
- "Girl, you're more precious than Precious."- Tom (Aziz Ansari) in Parks and Recreation
- "Wanna play a game? You can be Little Red Riding Hood and I’ll be the Big Bad Wolf." - Jacob (Taylor Lautner) in Twilight
So bad and INCREDIBLY NSFW we can't even write it:
Proceed With Caution:
“Your eyes are amazing, do you know that? You should never shut them, not even at night.” - Paul (Olivier Martinez) in Unfaithful
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