01:43 PM EDT 10/22/2013
Originally posted 10/17/2013 05:15PM
Following Tuesday's much anticipated release of Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, author Helen Fielding took some time to chat live with PEOPLE.com readers and reflect on the beloved fictional character she made into a household name.
"I love talking about Bridget and it is very touching that people still care about her after so much time," Fielding, 55, told readers, adding that she never gets tired of talking about her.
Bridget, played by Renée Zellweger in the two film adaptations of the book, is a widowed mom in the third and most recent installment of the series – and fans have expressed outrage that Mark Darcy, played by Colin Firth, has been killed off.
Originally posted 10/08/2013 12:45PM
When it was revealed that the third installment of the Bridget Jones series would bring about the death of fan favorite Mark Darcy, fans were horrified.
But how did Colin Firth, 53, who plays the uptight but lovable lawyer in the film adaptations of Bridget Jones's Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, take the news?
"I did want to tell Colin in person but we were trying to have lunch, and I couldn't really tell him why I was trying to meet him, and he was in a different place," the books' author, Helen Fielding, tells Time magazine.
Originally posted 09/30/2013 01:00PM
Did you hear the screams of shock echoing all the way from England yesterday?
If not, then fair warning, Bridget Jones fans: This is a spoiler alert!
Should you wish to be surprised by the plot twists in Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, Helen Fielding's third installment about everyone's favorite dating, dieting, diary-doodling heroine, then cover your eyes now!
If you're still reading, be prepared to hyperventilate or have the Kleenex ready:
Originally posted 02/26/2013 02:20PM
Shirley MacLaine came – and just as quickly went – on Downton Abbey this season, but her breezy cameo got us thinking.
Now that the Terms of Endearment Oscar winner has broken down the barrier, who among Academy Award winners and nominees should next make a guest appearance on the popular PBS series?
And just what sort of character should he or she play? Upstairs or down?
Here, then, are some recent Oscar-caliber actors who might suitably fit the bill. Please be so kind as to select your favorite. (And, in the comments section, do cast them in suitable roles.) Ta.
Originally posted 11/22/2011 03:40PM
Colin Firth is sexy, dashing, Academy award-winning … and available?
Firth, 51, is teaming with Oxfam America, a charity dedicated to ending poverty, to raise funds by auctioning himself. The winning bidder and a friend will meet the King's Speech star at the Dec. 6 premiere of his movie Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and be chauffeured to a Chateau Marmont after party.
Note to the winner: don't worry if you geek out meeting the Brit face-to-face. Firth has experienced some awestruck moments of his own meeting his idols.
"Ever so often, I will meet someone who I greatly admire and get truly dumbstruck," Firth tells PEOPLE. "I'm a big fan of the people in the world of music and literature. If I'm a big fan of somebody, I prefer to keep at a safe distance because I don't know what I will do."
To make a bid in the auction, which ends Wednesday, click here.
Originally posted 03/30/2011 10:45AM
It's official: Angelina Jolie has signed to star as Egypt's beloved Queen Cleopatra. So, the question is: Who will be her Marc Antony?
Keep in mind that unlike the 1963 Elizabeth Taylor version, the forthcoming Scott Rudin production will focus less on Cleopatra's seductive powers in the bedroom and more on her shrewd appetite for business and politics.
So who should fill Marc Antony's gladiator sandals? We've got a few good men in mind.
Originally posted 02/27/2011 11:40PM
The Oscars paid royal tribute to The King's Speech, honoring the drama about King George VI as Best Picture and shining gold upon its Best Actor Colin Firth, Director Tom Hooper and Screenplay writer David Seidler.
"I have a feeling my career's just peaked," Firth said on the stage of Hollywood's Kodak Theatre Sunday night, at the 83rd annual Academy Awards.
The British actor was so excited he admitted to "experiencing stirrings … in the abdominal region that are threatening to turn themselves into dance moves."
Natalie Portman, as the troubled dancer in Black Swan, was named Best Actress. "This is insane," she said in her speech. "I truly, sincerely wish the prize tonight was to work with my fellow nominees. I am in such awe of you."
Originally posted 02/14/2011 06:55AM
There was no hesitation when it came to The King's Speech at Sunday night's British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards – the BAFTAs.
The popular drama about King George VI's seemingly insurmountable stammer swept the ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden, with seven awards.
These included those for Best Picture, Actor Colin Firth, Supporting Actor Geoffrey Rush, Supporting Actress Helena Bonham Carter and Original Screenplay writer David Seidler.
For Firth, it was a back-to-back victory. He also won last year for A Single Man, about a gay man mourning his late lover. "I like coming here," the Oscar frontrunner told the Bafta crowd, eliciting a laugh. He also paid tribute to his beautiful Italian wife Livia Guiggioli, saying, "I would like to thank Livia and the whole family for remaining so steady, whether they are dealing with a dancing queen or a sometime king."
Originally posted 02/08/2011 10:15AM
Colin Firth has learned one major consequence of being an Oscar front-runner – that talking about how you're feeling becomes a full-time job.
"One does get asked quite regularly how one feels, and of course it does change throughout the day. I feel obliged to take my temperature or something," the actor, 50, joked Monday at the annual luncheon for Oscar nominees in Beverly Hills.
If only he could clone himself, that might help.
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