Renee Zellweger

Renee Zellweger to Make Directorial Debut

Actress Renee Zellweger is set to direct a new comedyfeaturing Jackass star Johnny Knoxville.

The Bridget Jones’s Diary beauty will direct and star in 4 1/2minutes, which follows Knoxville as a single comedian whose life begins to fall apart when he takes on a babysitting job, looking after Zellweger’s genius son.

The project, based on real-life funnyman Dov Davidoff’s past, will re-team the actress with writer Anthony Tambakis, who also penned her new TV drama Cinnamon Girl and the scriptto her upcoming Broadway adaptation of The Hustler.

Filming is set to begin in New York City in February, according to Deadline.com.

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Shirley MacLaine to Receive 40th AFI Life Achievement Award

Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the American Film Institute’s Board of Trustees, announced today the Board’s decision to honor Shirley MacLaine with the 40th AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film.

The award will be presented to MacLaine at a gala tribute on Thursday, June 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA. TV Land will broadcast the 40th AFI Life Achievement Award tribute on TV Land later in June 2012. The event will celebrate MacLaine’s extraordinary life and all her endeavors – movies, television, Broadway, author and beyond.

“Shirley MacLaine is a powerhouse of personality that has illuminated screens large and small across six decades,” said Stringer. “From ingénue to screen legend, Shirley has entertained a global audience through song, dance, laughter and tears, and her career as writer, director and producer is even further evidence of her passion for the art form and her seemingly boundless talents. There is only one Shirley MacLaine, and it is AFI’s honor to present her with its 40th Life Achievement Award.”

Last year’s AFI Tribute brought together icons of the film community to honor Morgan Freeman. Sidney Poitier opened the tribute, and Clint Eastwood presented the award at evening’s end. Also participating were Casey Affleck, Dan Aykroyd, Matthew Broderick, Don Cheadle, Bill Cosby, David Fincher, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Ashley Judd, Matthew McConaughey, Helen Mirren, Rita Moreno, Tim Robbins, Chris Rock, Hilary Swank, Forest Whitaker, Betty White, Renée Zellweger and surprise musical guest Garth Brooks.

Michael J. Fox, John Travolta and More Stars Honored At German Film Awards

John Travolta, Renee Zellweger and Michael J. Fox were among the honorees at the Golden Camera awards in Germany on Saturday night (Feb 5).

The Back to the Future star landed the Lifetime Achievement trophy for his contribution to movies and singer Gloria Gaynor received the music equivalent at the Berlin ceremony.

Travolta won the Best International Actor Prize, while Zellweger won the Best International Actress prize – and the Bridget Jones’s Diary star admits she was overwhelmed to land the award, which has previously been handed to Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett and Jodie Foster.
She told the audience, “I am so honoured to be part of the same group of great artists who have received this honour over the last 46 years.”