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.Continue Reading
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.
– Renee Zellweger Online > Films > 2008 | Leatherheads
Two decades after it had you at hello, Jerry Maguire is coming back. The big-hearted romantic dramedy starring Tom Cruise as a conscience-stricken sports agent is getting a 20th anniversary Blu-ray re-release, and EW has exclusive details.
Due Jan. 3, the special edition features a fully remastered version of the film and new bonus material, including the three-part retrospective Jerry Maguire: We Meet Again, nearly an hour of never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes, and a gallery with rare photos of the cast and crew.
In an excerpt from the bonus material, writer-director Cameron Crowe discusses the unique chemistry between Cruise and a then-unknown Renée Zellweger.
“They were both so different, Tom and Renee,” Crowe recalls. “Both coming from different sides of the world professionally, I think. There they were in one frame, and they looked so right together, yet they were so different. They completed each other, and that was the kind of line in the script that I always had in my head.”
The Jerry Maguire anniversary Blu-ray will initially be available exclusively at Best Buy, as a limited edition that includes a booklet with an introduction by Crowe, the 25-page mission statement featured in the film, and the original soundtrack CD.
I have added images to the gallery from Renee’s newest film The Whole Truth.
– Renee Zellweger Online > Films > 2016 | The Whole Truth
People.com share a new clip from The Whole Truth!
Marriage problems lead to murder in Renee Zellweger and Keanu Reeves’ new courtroom thriller, The Whole Truth.
Reeves stars as defense attorney Richard Ramsay, who vows to help his close friend Loretta Lassiter (Zellweger) keep her son out of prison after he is accused of murdering his father (Jim Belushi).
In the exclusive clip above, Richard catches up with Loretta at a house party she is hosting. Watching her husband berate a waiter from afar, Loretta explains how his verbally abusive behavior is threatening their marriage.
Confiding in Richard that her husband threatened to kill her if she ever divorced him, Loretta says she wishes there was a way she could protect her son, Mike, from his father’s harsh judgments.
As seen in the film’s trailer, Loretta’s husband is later found murdered, and her son initially confesses to the crime. Richard agrees to take on his case, and as the trial proceeds, more evidence of the father’s cruelty comes to light.
While Richard prepares his defense, his new colleague Janelle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) begins to suspect someone else of the murder.
The Whole Truth hits theaters Oct. 21.
Renee shares with E!Online that she would love to play a superhero!
Renée Zellweger as a superhero?
While the Oscar winner says she can’t remember if she’s ever been approached about playing a superhero, she’s certainly not opposed to the idea.
“Let’s do it,” Zellweger told me yesterday while promoting her new courtroom drama The Whole Truth. “I’d love to!”
Does she have any in mind?
“M!” Zellweger suggested.
OK, the James Bond character isn’t exactly a superhero, but perhaps she’s onto something.
That said, she’s not jumping on the female 007 bandwagon. “I don’t know,” she said. “I kind of like the [tradition].”
So why on earth was I talking to Zellweger about superheros and action flicks? Because sitting next to her was her The Whole Truth co-star Keanu Reeves, who also happens to have a the sequel to his hit action flick John Wick hitting theaters early next year.
Reeves joked about doing his own stunt work when he was in his 20s as opposed to doing the same now that he’s 52. “You get more efficient,” he cracked.
In The Whole Truth, Reeves plays a lawyer representing a high school senior (Gabriel Basso) who has killed his abusive father (Jim Belushi). Zellweger plays the teen’s mother who suffered years of abuse at the hands of her now dead husband.
“It comes home with you for a little while,” Zellweger said of the movie’s dark subject matter. “You have to take on those feelings to play it authentically. It doesn’t just switch off when they say, ‘Cut.'”
The Whole Truth is in theaters and on demand on Friday, Oct. 21.
Renee & Keanu did an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight and spoke about why they do not like social media.
Don’t expect to see Renée Zellweger or Keanu Reeves on social media anytime soon.
While promoting their latest film, The Whole Truth, on Monday, the co-stars got candid on why they choose to keep their private lives out of the spotlight.
“Don’t you think a little mystery is a good idea?” Zellweger, 47, asked ET’s Deidre Behar. “I might just be lazy and think that it’s too much of a commitment to post things.”
“I try to call my mom during the day and answer the row of emails that have come in,” she added. “That seems like enough for me, and I don’t know that tweeting is always a safe bet, depending on how emotional your day is.”
For Reeves, it’s a “privacy” thing.
“[Privacy] is important to me,” the 52-year-old actor explained. “And yeah, I don’t really have anything to say about anything!”
Although Reeves and Zellweger can control what they personally post on the Internet, they can’t control what other people or the media put up about them. So how have they managed decades of fame?
“I just use alcohol,” Reeves joked.
Zellweger chimed in, saying, “Yeah, most of it is really unimportant and unnecessary and makes a person’s life way more interesting and colorful than it is in truth.”
“I guess it depends on the day and circumstances and what becomes necessary,” she continued.
Social media aside, the two also gushed about what it was like working together on the Courtney Hunt-directed drama, which is in theaters and on demand on Friday.
“I’ve been told by many of our mutual friends that he’s the nicest guy in the world,” Zellweger dished. “And that, by the way, is his reputation internationally.”
Reeves echoed her sweet sentiments, telling ET, “Just being a fan of [Zellweger’s] work and to actually see it in person and have the honor of playing together to tell a story together was just like, ‘Oh my gosh, you are really, really, really good!'”
Hear more from Zellweger and Reeves’ exclusive interview with ET in the video above.
The fight to cure ALS got personal for Renée Zellweger, Jennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon and other A-list celebrities when veteran publicist Nanci Ryder was diagnosed with the disease just over two years ago.
This Sunday, those stars and others, including Courteney Cox, came out to support the Walk to Defeat ALS in Los Angeles for the third time since Ryder, 64, went public with her diagnosis in 2014.
During her 30-year-plus career, Ryder represented numerous A-list clients — including Witherspoon, Zellweger, Michael J. Fox and Leonardo DiCaprio — as a founder of BWR Public Relations. She stepped down from the company in 2014.
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.
Within the past several weeks, the power publicist has gone from walking, to a walker, to a wheelchair as a result of balance issues related to ALS. Despite her physical limitations, Ryder has retained her trademark humor and sarcasm. “Her iPad is loaded with catchphrases, including some off-color ones,” Fred Fisher, President and CEO of the ALS Association Golden West Chapter tells PEOPLE. “She’s still having fun. She’s still poking people. She has a wicked sarcastic sense of humor and I really enjoy that.”
Hollywood power agent Bryan Lourd adds, “Nanci Ryder’s brain has a whole special super power that most of us just don’t have. She’s funny, and strong and the most persistent fighter for all good people and things. She’s loved by everyone who knows her and now by many who only know her story.”
Fisher explains that ALS is a disease of adaptation — meaning, you have no choice to adapt to whatever happens as you declines. “That’s why Nanci is so incredible. In the face of something must of us could never imagine living with she’s not just living with it, she’s thriving. That’s not unique to Nanci, but she exemplifies it.”
Fisher adds that Ryder’s dedication to turning her personal hardship into a solution for everyone “teaches all of us how to face our fears, confront our obstacles and keep our eyes firmly focused on making the world a better place. I feel privileged to know her.”
At Sunday’s walk, Cox told PEOPLE, “I’m just here because I love Nanci Ryder, and I would do anything for her, and I would do anything to help find a cure for this disease, and if we can get more awareness, more money, or just more support.”
“It’s wonderful that everyone comes out. It’s so nice that everybody whose career she has fostered, who she has given so much to, is here showing their love for her today. It’s an inspiring day,” Zellweger told PEOPLE at the event.
“You just show up,” Witherspoon echoed to PEOPLE. “We have an incredible group of organized people, so when Renée calls me I just show up, or when Courtney calls me we just rally. Nanci has a great team around her, a great group of people that she has done so much for over the years, and we just motivate each other and keep constantly in touch with each other. It’s been incredible to see how connected her friends are, and her friends are her family.”
Those friends have continued rallied to her side. Last year, more than 200 of Ryder’s friends, family and colleagues offered their support at the Walk to Defeat ALS in Los Angeles, propelling Team Nanci to first place by raising $141,893 for the Golden West Chapter of the ALS Association, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Cox, Witherspoon, Zellweger and Witherspoon’s CAA agent husband, Jim Toth were among her team captains.
Renee is a big fan and supporter of publicist Nanci Ryder. Unfortunately in 2014 it became known that Nanci suffers with ALS and since then Renee has stepped up to show her love for Nanci. This past weekend along with Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, Courtney Cox and others she walked in the ALS Association Golden West Chapter Los Angeles County Walk To Defeat ALS. I have added images from this awesome event to the gallery.
To learn more about this illness and what you can do to help go to alsa.org.