Renée Zellweger piled on the same 30 pounds that she gained for the original. But this time she looks less comfortable, squeezed like a sausage into a series of humiliating frocks, and situations, while Colin Firth and Hugh Grant act amused. Radical indie director Beeban Kidron has created a perversely backhanded feminist farce-in which English wit is outweighed by an extended fat joke.
POPCORN WITH MAPLE SYRUP
Subtitled Film in Canada from Eh To Zed, Peter Rowe’s two-hour documentary (CBC, Nov. 18. 8p.m.) is a rummage bin of neat stuff. We learn that Canadians gave the world its first onscreen kiss, first nude scene, and first movie star-Florence Lawrence, who also invented the brake light. But her death is right out of a Cronenberg movieshe killed herself by eating pestcontrol poison.
RUFUS WAINWRIGHT, WANT TWO
Somehow the singer-songwriter has outdone himself. On the followup to his masterful Want One (released last fall), he’s more classical than cabaret, but no less thoughtful and even more breathtaking. Although tough to narrow down, his finest moments are Little Sister and Gay Messiahproving, yet again, that he does pretty pop like nobody else.
BRIAN D. JOHNSON
Martha Stewart has asked her company to cover US$3.7 million of her legal expenses.
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