Perhaps Renee Zellweger should speak to Madonna, who's sounding awfully English these days. But Zellweger, who's spending most of her time lately with Jim Carrey, will need to affect a British accent for her upcoming role, as the lead in the movie adaptation of Helen Fielding's best-selling novel, "Bridget Jones's Diary." The Texas-born Zellweger, 29, reportedly beat out "Angela's Ashes" star Emily Watson and Kate Winslet to play the humorous if angst-ridden London career woman who tries to balance her job with finding a guy. (One of the writers of the "Bridget" script will be Richard Curtis, who penned "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "Notting Hill.") "Diary" has sold 4 million copies in 30 countries -- including 80,000 in the U.S. On Monday the sequel, "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason," will be released. In its review, PEOPLE calls it "disappointing," saying too many of the book's 338 pages are taken up with Lucy Ricardo-like pratfalls.
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