So, Renee Zellweger has returned from her break and is starring alongside Forest Whitaker in a new movie called My Own Love Song. The movie is basically Duets 2: The Squinty Eyed Female Crazy Heart, and it features a soundtrack of 16 brand new songs from Bob Dylan. Including a song that he wrote that Renee Zellweger performs herself called “Life Is Hard” (haha, good name, life IS hard, you guys). From

As we mentioned last year, Bob Dylan’s most recent (non-Christmas) album, Together Through Life, came about after the iconic singer/songwriter became inspired during recording sessions for a soundtrack to the forthcoming Renée Zellweger-starring film My Own Love Song. [ed. note: now titled Life Is Hard, LOLO]

It may be a surprise to some that Dylan would agree to contribute new songs to this project, but given that the drama also stars Forest Whitaker, an actor Dylan praised in his memoir, Chronicles: Volume One, it makes perfect sense. What I didn’t see coming, however, was that Zellweger performs the brand new Dylan-penned song “Life Is Hard” in the film.

So, Bob Dylan is dead? I didn’t realize that. I am assuming he is dead because how else is he going to ROLL IN HIS GRAVE. Renee Zellweger performing Bob Dylan. What is this, an episode of Ruining Things with the Stars? After the jump, a clip of Renee Zellweger singing Woodie Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land,” followed by a slow-zoom on Forest Whitaker making the most serious face I have ever seen:

Hahahahahahahah. She actually sings the song pretty well, I guess. If I was a drag queen hosting a karaoke night at a run-down bar, I would definitely ask everyone to “give it up for Renee.” But clearly this movie should have been titled The Most Serious Faces. What are those faces?! You guys, relax! We all know you are actors!

Good luck on your EGOT, Renee Zellweger. You still need an Emmy, Grammy, and Tony, but considering how crazy it is that you have an Oscar, you are actually much closer than anyone might have dared to hope!

Comments (46)
  1. I thought marginal singing was confined to Zooey Deschanel movies.

  2. Put it AWAY, lemon-face. Just put it away.

  3. Zut Alors! Aux eaux du Gulf Stream!

  4. Wait, I think Forest Whitaker is playing a drag queen host of karaoke at a run down bar in this movie. The clip cuts off right before he gravely intones “Give it up for Renee”.

  5. I like her “You like me! You really like me!” moment at the end. Sally Field would be proud, just like Forest.

  6. I hope this movie helps Bob Dylan gain a little more exposure.

  7. So, Renee’s character is a red-neck singing in a fancy hotel full of people who are attending a hearing aid conference? What? Is she done yet?

  8. Gabe if you were a drag queen hosting a karaoke night at a run-down bar, what would your drag name be?? I vote for “Paltronia Goope.”

  9. Forest Whitaker is thinking ‘Oh my god, I think I’m having a stroke here and all these people care about is this idiot singing averagely?! For the love of god help me! Does no one here know the FAST rule for strokes? Face Arm Speech Time. I am showing all these symptoms. Now I just soiled myself. Great day all round.’

  10. Renee Zellweger makes a great Scott Stapp.

    • i was 11 when this movie came out and i bought the soundtrack just for this song…i was pissed when i realized she wasn’t on there…does that make me lame? still love the movie though…lamer?

      • I taped the video ‘Til I Hear It From You (on my VCR because old)’ off MTV (when they still played music…because old) and played it on a loop for about a month.

        So, no, I am obviously lamest.

      • It is a great soundtrack. One of my top 3 Cranberries songs, a big Gin Blossoms hit, Toad The Wet Sprocket (love them), and that Edwyn Collins song everyone loves.

        Fun fact: Coyote Shivers also appeared in this and was married to Liv Tyler’s mother at the time of Empire Records‘ release.

        “Til I Hear It from You” by Gin Blossoms
        “Liar” by The Cranberries
        “A Girl Like You” by Edwyn Collins
        “Free” by The Martinis
        “Crazy Life” by Toad the Wet Sprocket
        “Bright As Yellow” by The Innocence Mission
        “Circle of Friends” by Better Than Ezra
        “I Don’t Want to Live Today” by Ape Hangers
        “Whole Lotta Trouble” by Cracker
        “Ready, Steady, Go” by The Meices
        “What You Are” by Drill
        “Nice Overalls” by Lustre
        “Here It Comes Again” by Please
        “The Ballad of El Goodo” by Evan Dando
        “Sugarhigh” by Coyote Shivers

        Also in the movie but not on the soundtrack:
        “This Is The Day” by The The
        “Snakeface” by Throwing Muses
        “I Shot the Devil” by Suicidal Tendencies
        “Plowed” by Sponge

        I Love The ’90s.

        And GWAR.

      • I know your pain! I had the same problem! And I still do.

    • from her pre lemon face days

    • for realz! the new renee is killing my sugar high!

  11. Today I learned what an EGOT was. This will be a great conversational piece for all those fancy dinner parties I never attend.

  12. Though time and the horrors of the Spanish-American War have ravaged his memory, Gabe will never forget the day he first heard Bob Dylan.

  13. Now I know what happened to Melissa Etheridge.

  14. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: There is nothing worse than an actor singing.

  15. her face is as painful to my eyes as her voice is to my ears.

  16. I’m so glad “Jackie Jormp-Jomp” is finally getting released!

  17. That’s not a new Bob Dylan song. It’s on his 2009 album Together Through Life.

  18. I just like the fact she looks so shocked when people actually like her song and start applauding her.

  19. Renee Zellweger is fucking stupid.

  20. I don’t understand why there was a need for her to have all those fake tattoos.

  21. Renee’s character, Jane, is in a wheelchair. A wheelchair, you guys.

  22. Man the Forrest Whitaker cutaway at the end FTW

  23. Is it too soon to nominate this for The Hunt?

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