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Apr 07, 17 Ali   Events Comments Off on Renee Zellweger among special guests scheduled to attend the 2017 Louisiana International Film Festival

The stars are coming in droves to Baton Rouge for the fifth annual Louisiana International Film Festival.

The event is slated for April 20-23 at Cinemark Perkins Rowe in Baton Rouge. Celebrities such as Renee Zellweger (“Jerry Maguire,” “Cold Mountain,” “Bridget Jones’ Diary”) are scheduled to appear at the event.

Zellweger is attending to launch the inaugural Dan Ireland Awarx for New Voices/New Visions, which highlights feature films that are distinguished by their singular points of view.

Ireland served as the artistic director for the film festival until his untimely death in 2016. The award was created to commemorate his dedication to new talent, storytellers and visionaries.

Zellweger starred in Ireland’s 1990s feature film “The Whole Wide World,” which will be screened at the festival at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 23. A post-screening discussion with Zellweger and the film’s screenwriter, Michael Scott Myers, is also scheduled.

“There was no better human,” Zellweger said of Ireland in a press release. “Your plans to honor him at the festival make my heart dance.”

Other guests scheduled to attend the event include Leslie Iwerks, an Oscar and Emmy nominated documentary director and producer. Iwerks directed the documentary, “Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table,” about the legendary New Orleans restaurateur.

Two screenings of “Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table” will take place at the festival — at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21 and 3:50 p.m. Sunday, April 23.

Clarence Fountain, one of the legendary founders of the Blind Boys of Alabama, and Louisiana filmmaker Paul Catalanotto are also scheduled to appear.

Fountain and his group are the subject of the documentary, “The Book of Clarence,” to be screened at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, April 22. Catalanotto’s “When the Rivers Rise,” a documentary about the Great Flood of 2016 will screen at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, April 22.

More information and tickets are available now at


Apr 07, 17 Ali   Images Comments Off on Gallery Update | Two Photoshoots from 2016

I have added additional images to two shoots that Renee did last year as part of her press tour for Bridget Jones’ Baby. Thank you to Claudia for sharing.

Gallery Links:
Renee Zellweger Online > Outtakes > 2016 > 010
Renee Zellweger Online > Outtakes > 2016 > 012

Mar 29, 17 Ali   Same Kind of Different as Me, Video Comments Off on Same Kind of Different as Me Trailer

I just came across this trailer from one of Renee’s new films called Same Kind of Different as Me. This looks like a beautiful film which is based on a true story. Enjoy!

This film is scheduled to be released in October!

Also I have put the original poster for the film in our gallery (has the old release date on it).

Feb 25, 17 Ali   Events, Images Comments Off on International Cinematographers Guild Publicists Awards

Last night Renee attended the International Cinematographers Guild Publicists Awards where she presented an award to her former publicist Nanci Ryder.

Gallery Links:
Renee Zellweger Online > 2017 > February 24 | International Cinematographers Guild Publicists Awards – Audience
Renee Zellweger Online > 2017 > February 24 | International Cinematographers Guild Publicists Awards – Ceremony

Feb 25, 17 Ali   Articles & Interviews Comments Off on Renée Zellweger Salutes Longtime Publicist Nanci Ryder

Renée Zellweger gave a touching speech at the 54th annual ICG Publicists Awards Luncheon on Friday, where her longtime publicist Nanci Ryder — who has been battling ALS since 2014 — was honored with the President’s Award.

Ryder represented numerous A-list clients during her 30-year-plus career as a founder of BWR Public Relations — including Zellweger, Reese Witherspoon, Michael J. Fox, Jennifer Garner, Leonardo DiCaprio and Courteney Cox.

But her 2014 diagnosis was precipitated by ongoing vocal issues and as the neurological illness progressed, Ryder’s speech continued to deteriorate. By 2015, Ryder had lost her ability to speak and began using a gastrostomy feeding tube connected to her stomach to replace eating meals.

In her place, Zellweger read Ryder’s acceptance speech that had her and the crowd at the Beverly Hilton Hotel both laughing and crying.

“This award means the world to me,” Ryder wrote. “Believe me, the irony is not lost that I am a publicist who made a career out of communicating and I am now receiving the biggest award of my career at a time in my life where I’ve lost the ability to speak. I say ‘irony’ as to not use another four-letter word.”

“This situation is something I never saw coming, but in a way it’s fitting to sit here now because I never sought out the spotlight and I’ve never been comfortable on stage,” she continued. “I love being behind-the-scenes, and it’s only been these past couple of years since being diagnosed with ALS that I’ve had a choice to put my reservations aside and do what’s needed to raise money for this disease.”

Ryder explained that her fight with ALS “hasn’t been easy,” but that “being a publicist wasn’t always easy either.”

Born in Long Island, she first moved to Los Angeles in 1979 — jobless after a divorce in the early 20s. She started her own firm in 1984, and wrote that she put “everything [she] had into my work and my client’s careers.”

“It’s amazing and it becomes an addiction,” she said, thanking her clients — including Zellweger, Cox, Witherspoon and Fox. “It was all that and more … I’ve seen first hand what it’s like to see someone’s dreams come true.”

In 2000, Ryder was diagnosed with breast cancer — but was cancer-free within a year. “I always wish the two diseases were similar,” she wrote. “I found that battling breast cancer was a breeze. The doctor’s this is what you have, this are the treatments, let’s get to work. And get to work we did!”

“I haven’t had the same experience with ALS,” she continued. “It took the better part of a year to get a diagnosis. Back then, in 2014, I could still walk and talk and drive. I lived a fairly normal life, if normal means having a really great blowout.”

Though she’s retired now, Ryder hasn’t stopped working. “This is my new job: fundraising, finding a cure,” she wrote. “I’m so lucky to have been associated with such big hearted and generous friends. It’s been hard to lose the ability to eat, talk, drive, text. What I haven’t lost is the ability to email everybody asking for help. I won’t give up asking … I take pride in the work that we’ve done in raising awareness. Thank you to everyone who has helped.”

Despite her physical limitations, Ryder retained her trademark humor and sarcasm — kicking off the speech by asking the publicist’s guild to rename her award.

“It doesn’t feel like a great time to be getting an award called ‘the President’s award,’ Ryder wrote, as the room — including fellow honorees Denzel Washington and Ryan Murphy — erupted in laughter. “If I’m finally going to win a big award, I didn’t want anyone to be confused about who the real president is. So for today, I will gratefully be your leader, at least until you leave the hotel.”


Jan 18, 17 Ali   Images, My Own Love Song Comments Off on Gallery Update | My Own Love Song Images

I have added images from the film My Own Love Song to the gallery. Renee co-starred in this film with Forrest Whittaker in 2010.

Gallery Links:
Renee Zellweger Online > Films > 2010 | My Own Love Song

Jan 01, 17 Ali   Events, Images Comments Off on Gallery Update | Events from 2011

Happy New Year! Our first update of the year is an update to our gallery of images from the events that Renee has attended in 2011.

Gallery Links:
Renee Zellweger Online > EVENTS And APPEARANCES > 2014

Dec 13, 16 Ali   Images, Magazine Comments Off on Gallery Update | Scans from 1994 – 2000

I have started adding scans to the gallery from 1994 to 2000.

Gallery Links:
Renee Zellweger Online > PUBLICATIONS

Dec 09, 16 Ali   Articles & Interviews, Charity Comments Off on Nanci Ryder’s Heartbreaking Battle: As ALS Robs Her of Eating and Driving, Power Publicist Still Curses Like a Sailor

I wanted to share this beautiful article about Renee’s good friend and former publicist Nanci Ryder who is battling ALS from The Hollywood Reporter. Renee is quoted in the article and I know this is an important topic for her.

The Hollywood veteran, diagnosed with the progressive neurodegenerative disease in 2014, has given up everything from solid food to shopping and swears only by tapping on an iPad now, but she’s still fighting (and fundraising for) ALS as her body fails. Says Bryan Lourd, “She won’t let people look the other way.”

“Can you imagine me two years ago?” Nanci Ryder asks me. Not only can I imagine, I can remember. It was October 2014 when Ryder invited me to join her and close friend Renee Zellweger at Ryder’s hilltop Los Angeles home. And it was there that the veteran BWR Public Relations talent publicist, who once repped some of the biggest names in the industry — including Reese Witherspoon, Leonardo DiCaprio and Michael J. Fox — dropped the biggest bombshell of her career. She had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — ALS, what used to be known as Lou Gehrig’s disease — and was stepping down from the company she had co-founded nearly 30 years earlier.

Notoriously difficult to diagnose, ALS attacks motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord and can have different impacts on different people. For Ryder, 64, bulbar onset ALS meant the muscles that control chewing, swallowing and talking would be the first affected. Back in 2014, she still could walk, talk, drive and shop (one of her passions). Her speech was starting to slow and slur, but she was a vibrant and energetic woman. She still enjoyed living a fairly normal life.

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Nov 23, 16 Ali   Images, Leatherheads Comments Off on Gallery Update | Leatherheads Images

In 2008 Renee co-starred with George Clooney & John Krasinksi in a film called Leatherheads. I have added images from the film to our gallery.

Gallery Links:
Renee Zellweger Online > Films > 2008 | Leatherheads