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'Bridget Jones': Colin Firth 'had to process' the news about Darcy, says author Helen Fielding

Fans were in an uproar after Helen Fielding released an excerpt from her third installment to the Bridget Jones series and revealed that in it, Mark Darcy — spoiler alert! — dies, leaving Bridget a widow.

But what about the man who plays him on screen?

Colin Firth, who played Darcy in both Bridget Jones films, learned of his character’s death personally from the author. In an interview with Time magazine, Fielding talks how she gently broke the news over the phone after Firth couldn’t meet for lunch.

Bridget Jones a widowed mum-of-two in new book

The world’s most prominent literary singleton Bridget Jones is now a widow bringing up two children alone, according to Mad About the Boy excerpts released Sunday.

Fifteen years after the last novel in her saga, it turns out unlucky-in-love Bridget married Mark Darcy and had two children — but author Helen Fielding has killed off the barrister and put her heroine back on the singles’ market.

The revelation came as extracts of Fielding’s latest Bridget Jones’s Diary were published in the Sunday Times Magazine.

Fielding began the series as a British newspaper column in 1995 before selling 15 million copies of the first two novels, which were made into Hollywood films starring Renee Zellweger as Bridget and Colin Firth as the aloof Darcy.

Third 'Bridget Jones' novel title revealed, plus an excerpt

For her upcoming third outing, Bridget Jones has changed quite a bit — she’s older, living in present-day London, and she’s immersed in texting and social media — but judging from the title of the new book, she’s still having relationship issues. And yes, she’s still keeping a diary.

Knopf has announced that the third Bridget Jones novel by Helen Fielding, coming out Oct. 15, will be called Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, although everyone is keeping tight-lipped about who the “boy” is. The publisher has also released a micro-excerpt: READ FULL STORY

See the cover of 'Revenge Wears Prada', sequel to 'Devil Wears Prada' -- EXCLUSIVE

If the sound of Meryl Streep murmuring “Ahn-dre-ah!” sends delicious chills down your spine, you may be counting down the days until the release of Lauren Weisberger’s sequel to The Devil Wears Prada, the 2003 roman à clef that inspired the hit 2006 film. EW has the first look at the cover of the hotly anticipated sequel, titled Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns, which isn’t out until June 4.

Revenge Wears Prada picks up eight years after former Runway magazine assistant Andrea “Andy” Sachs parted ways with Miranda Priestly on bad terms. Andy is now editing The Plunge, the hottest bridal magazine around, alongside Emily, her one-time Runway nemesis turned current BFF. While Andy is planning her own wedding to Max, a handsome media scion, she remains haunted by her impeccably heeled former boss — and the magazine world being as small as it is, it’s only a matter of time before she runs into the legendary editrix once again.

Check out the cover below: READ FULL STORY

Bridget Jones will return in book form for the first time in 14 years

“How’s your love life?”

Bridget Jones, heroine of the page and screen, might be fending that question off again in her next chapter. We’ve already heard buzz about a new Bridget Jones novel, but Knopf officially announced this morning that it will be releasing Helen Fielding’s book in November. It will receive an initial printing of 250,000 copies.

Bridget Jones’ Diary was first published in 1996 and is widely credited for invigorating the “chick lit” phenomenon. A sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, followed in 1999. The books have sold 15 million copies globally, and both were adapted into films starring Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant, and Colin Firth.

While few details have been announced, we do know that time will have passed realistically for Bridget. She started the series in her 30s, but this story will be set in modern-day London with Bridget “at a later stage in her life,” according to a press release. “My life has moved on,” says Fielding, “and Bridget’s will move on, too. I hope people will have as much fun reading it, as I am writing it.”

There is a third Bridget Jones movie in the works also, but Fielding’s novel won’t follow the same plot, which involves Bridget having a baby.

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Drop your forks, ladies -- 'Sad Desk Salad' author Jessica Grose has something new to chew on


Getting paid to sit around in your pajamas and write mean things about strangers on the Internet — sounds easy, right? But as Jessica Grose proves in her new novel, professional blogging is much more grueling (and even less glamorous) than it seems.

For Sad Desk Salad protagonist Alex Lyons, working for a popular women’s website is one third dream job, two thirds nightmare. She spends 12 hours a day writing posts that hit a nerve — at the cost of rarely seeing daylight, constantly being insulted by anonymous commenters, and never quite knowing how secure her job is. Things get more complicated when Alex receives a salacious video from an unnamed source. Posting it could make her career — or destroy her last shred of integrity.

Though the book is fiction, it contains more than a kernel of truth: Grose has worked as an editor at both Jezebel and Slate’s DoubleX vertical. (I interned at Slate when Grose worked there, though we rarely interacted.) Shortly after Sad Desk Salad hit shelves, I called Grose to chat about working online, the perils of privacy in the Internet age, and the best way for a blogger to keep her sanity. Hint: It involves avoiding Google.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Why did you decide to write a novel?
Well, I had been seeing the issues that I deal with in the novel — privacy, and how journalists are navigating new media — for at least the past five years. I really wanted to talk about those issues, but I didn’t want to do it in a serious way — if I did it as nonfiction, I’d have to take a stand. And I think it’s such an ambiguous, complicated issue; it would be much more interesting to weave those conflicts into a fictional narrative. Also, I wanted to have a little fun. [laughs] I actually started writing it just to entertain myself, which sounds goofy.

How did you come up with the title?
There’s actually a very new media explanation.


'Where We Belong': Emily Giffin discusses new book


Emily Giffin fans rejoice! Where We Belong, Giffin’s newest novel, is finally available. Earlier this summer, EW dubbed it “another pastel-colored surefire hit,” and the perfect summer read. Belong certainly lives up to both of those claims. The book follows Marian Caldwell, a successful TV producer, who gets a shock when (minor spoiler alert!) Kirby, the daughter she gave up for adoption 18 years ago, arrives at her door. Giffin uses alternate point of views to tell the heartfelt story of Marian and Kirby, and how they both cope with their newfound relationship. Here, Giffin chats about her inspiration for Where We Belong, shares what’s on her personal Must List, and tells us how she really feels about Justin Bieber.


'The Devil Wears Prada' is getting a sequel! -- EXCLUSIVE

If trends come in cycles, maybe it’s time to bring Miranda Priestly, Andrea Sachs, and the “clackers” at Runway magazine out of the fashion closet. EW has learned exclusively that author Lauren Weisberger is working on Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns, a sequel to her debut novel The Devil Wears Prada. Simon & Schuster will be publishing the follow-up in April 2013 — 10 years after the release of the original. READ FULL STORY

'New York' Grub Street editor Alyssa Shelasky on 'Apron Anxiety' and the allure of dating a chef


Grub Street editor Alyssa Shelasky is the ideal dinner partner. She’ll never bore you with a discussion of in-season ingredients or the best cuts of pork belly. She’d much rather talk about reality TV — “American Idol makes me hate humanity sometimes” — or about dating and sex. Her food philosophy is simple: “Food is what I eat when I’m hungry. I prefer it to be nice food and hopefully from a farm where good, healthy things are happening.”

I met Shelasky at Tertulia, a busy Spanish taverna in the West Village, for an early dinner to talk about Apron Anxiety, her new memoir based on her blog of the same name. It’s one of those recipes-sprinkled-through-the-narrative books, which could be grating if it weren’t so disarming and fun. Shelasky’s story begins with her upbringing in suburban Massachusetts and moves on to her booze-soaked 20s, during which she mingled with celebrities (including a pre-Giselle Tom Brady) while working as a New York-based reporter for US Weekly and People magazine. Her enviable lifestyle slowed down when she turned 30 and moved to Washington D.C. with her new celebrity chef boyfriend (referred to as “Chef” in the book, but you can figure out his real identity with a simple Google search). Her quieter life didn’t turn out to be the lovefest she was hoping for. Chef was working 16-hour days opening a new restaurant, and Shelasky struggled to find a place in his food-obsessed existence. Her usual joie de vivre and self-confidence faded, and this avowedly undomestic girl turned to cooking to fix her broken psyche. READ FULL STORY

Catherine McKenzie talks new novel 'Arranged'


When she’s not practicing law in Montreal, Catherine McKenzie is taking on the chick lit world. Already an International Bestseller, McKenzie’s first novel Spin was published in the United States earlier this year, and today Arranged hits shelves. (Her third book, Forgotten, is due this fall.) Arranged follows Anne Blythe, an up-and-comer author with a great newspaper job. Unfortunately, her love life is pretty much a disaster—and I’d expect no less in a chick lit novel. Anne enlists the help of a dating service, only to find out that it’s actually a company that specializes in exclusive arranged marriages. After Anne learns of the company’s 95 percent success rate, she decides to give the nontraditional process a chance. Here, McKenzie talks about Arranged, her sure-to-be-loved-by-chick-lit-fans second novel, and its interesting connection to The Bachelor franchise.


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