'Bridget Jones' screenwriter surprised by Mark Darcy's death

'Bridget Jones' screenwriter surprised by Mark Darcy's death

NEW YORK, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- British filmmaker Richard Curtis insists he, too, was shocked to hear his longtime friend, author Helen Fielding, killed off the beloved Mark Darcy character in her "Bridget Jones" book series.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Mr. Darcy killed off in third Bridget Jones book

LONDON, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Bridget Jones fans were shocked to learn Sunday that author Helen Fielding killed off Mr. Darcy in the third offering of the series, The Guardian reported.
Matthew Rhys to play Mr. Darcy in 'Death Comes to Pemberley'

Matthew Rhys to play Mr. Darcy in 'Death Comes to Pemberley'

LONDON, May 27 (UPI) -- Matthew Rhys, Anna Maxwell Martin and Matthew Goode are to star in a British television version of P.D. James' book "Death Comes to Pemberley," Deadline said.

UPI NewsTrack Entertainment News

Researcher: Scarlet fever didn't cause Mary Ingalls to go blind ... Third Bridget Jones novel to be published in November ... N.J. Gov. Chris Christie tells David Letterman he loves him on 'Late Show' ... Meow-zah! Cat to be Monopoly game token ... News from United Press International.
Third Bridget Jones novel to be published in November

Third Bridget Jones novel to be published in November

NEW YORK, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- British author Helen Fielding's first Bridget Jones novel since 1999 will be published in the United States in November, publisher Alfred A. Knopf Inc. said.
Third Bridget Jones novel on the way

Third Bridget Jones novel on the way

LONDON, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- British author Helen Fielding says she has started writing a sequel to 1996's "Bridget Jones's Diary" and 1999's "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason."
Firth hasn't ruled out playing Darcy again

Firth hasn't ruled out playing Darcy again

NEW YORK, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- British actor Colin Firth said he might some day reprise his iconic Darcy role on-screen, but the project would have to be really good for him to do so.

Firth to take break from film froth

LONDON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Mr. Darcy fans, brace yourselves: Colin Firth says he is returning to the dark side.

Entertainment Today: Showbiz News

Former talk-show queen Rosie O'Donnell has filed a $125 million counter-suit against her ex-publishing partner Gruner + Jahr.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Interview of the week: Firth and Everett

NEW YORK, May 30 (UPI) -- After meeting actors Colin Firth ("Bridget Jones's Diary") and Rupert Everett ("My Best Friend's Wedding") recently, journalists in New York understood why the

Entertainment Today: Showbiz news

2002 MTV MOVIE AWARDS "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" leads the nominees, with six nods, for the 2002 MTV Movie Awards, announced Tuesday in New York.
By United Press International

Hollywood Digest

PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Bridget Jones is a franchise based on the fictional character with the same name. English writer Helen Fielding started her Bridget Jones's Diary column in The Independent in 1995, chronicling the life of Bridget Jones as a thirtysomething single woman in London as she tries to make sense of life and love with the help of a surrogate "urban family" of friends in the 1990s. The column lampooned the obsession of women with women's magazines such as Cosmopolitan and wider social trends in Britain at the time. Helen Fielding published the novelisation of the column in 1996, followed by a sequel in 1999 called Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Both novels were adapted for the big screen in 2001 and 2004, starring Renée Zellweger as Bridget Jones, and Hugh Grant and Colin Firth as the men in her life, Daniel Cleaver and Mark Darcy. After Fielding had ceased to work for The Daily Telegraph in late 1998, the feature began again in The Independent on 4 August 2005 and finished in June 2006.

Bridget Jones graduated from Bangor University. She is a single, thirty-three-year-old woman who has a monotonous life. She has some bad habits - smoking and drinking too much - but she annually writes her New Year's resolutions in her diary, determined to stop smoking, drink no more than fourteen alcohol units a week, and eat more pulses. In the two novels and screen adaptations, Bridget's mother is bored with her life as a housewife in the country and leaves Bridget's father. Bridget repeatedly flirts with her boss, Daniel Cleaver. A successful barrister named Mark Darcy also keeps popping into Bridget's life, being extremely awkward, and sometimes coming off a bit rude. After Bridget and Mark reach an understanding of each other and find a sort of happiness together, she gains some self-esteem and cuts down on her cigarette consumption. However, Bridget's obsession with self-help books plus several misunderstandings cannot keep the couple together forever.

The new Independent column was set in the then-present day of 2005 and 2006, with references being made to events such as River Thames whale, and has dropped some of the motifs of the original diary, particularly the alcohol unit and calorie counts. Despite the time advance, Cleaver and Darcy were still the two men in Jones' life ("I'm not sleeping with them both at once," she explains later to her friend Shaz. "I accidentally slept with each of them separately"), and the plotline launched into a pregnancy. As author Helen Fielding said, "she's heading in a different direction." The column is continued into 2006. In the last entry, Bridget Jones gave birth to a baby boy, fathered by Daniel Cleaver. She moved in with Daniel. However, Mark was not entirely out of the picture, as he previously suggested that he would like to adopt the child. The column finished with the note, "Bridget is giving every attention to the care of her newborn son – and is too busy to keep up her Diary for the time being."

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Mark Darcy."
Most Popular
Hershey's new logo launched, compared to emoji poop
Joan Rivers on life support
Katherine Heigl drops lawsuit against Duane Reade
Vanessa Hudgens reunites with 'High School Musical' cast
Oregon girl dies at beach after sand pit collapse