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Everyone’s favorite literary singleton will return in a new novel titled “Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy.”

Publishers disclosed the title of Helen Fielding’s forthcoming book this week.

It continues the comic saga of diary-writing Bridget’s romantic and professional adventures. The character, introduced to readers in two 1990s’ novels, now must cope with an age of text messaging and social media.

Fielding said Bridget is older now and her “life has moved on. But the question is, just how much?”

The previous books, “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason,” sold 15 million copies between them and were made into films with Renee Zellweger.

The new book is due out in October.

The transition from actor to director was not an easy one for Keanu Reeves.

Reeves, who showed clips from his upcoming film “Man of Tai Chi” at the Cannes film festival, said it took him a while to get into the director’s mindset.

“The first day of that was not too much fun,” he laughed.

“As an actor you are concerned with your role, you are concerned with your story,” he said. “The director’s side is ... looking out.”

Reeves describes the movie in which he also stars as “a contemporary kung fu film.” It is in Cantonese and English.

Reeves said he didn’t want to try his hand at directing until he had the right story. He found it while he was working on “The Matrix” franchise and was working closely with Chen Hu, a martial arts specialist. “Man of Tai Chi” is set for release in China this summer.

Academy Award-winning actor and director Ben Affleck has received one of six honorary doctoral degrees from Brown University.

Affleck was among artists, writers, scientists and educators to receive the degrees from the Ivy League school at commencement exercises this week. He received a Doctor of Fine Arts. The Massachusetts native directed, produced and starred in “Argo,” which won this year’s Oscar for Best Picture.

Saxophonist-composer Wayne Shorter is a triple winner in the 2013 Jazz Awards presented by the Jazz Journalists Association.

Shorter was a member of Miles Davis’ legendary mid-1960s quintet and co-founded the fusion band Weather Report. He won awards for lifetime achievement in jazz, top soprano saxophonist and best small ensemble.

Veteran trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith was recognized as jazz musician of the year and best trumpeter. Smith’s civil rights-themed composition “Ten Freedom Summers” was a 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist.

The JJA said the Album of the Year award went to newcomer Ryan Truesdell, for “Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans.” His Gil Evans Project band was chosen best large ensemble. Online: www.JJAJazz Awards.org.

Creative writing was Rick Springfield’s first love, and he’s returning to it with his debut novel.

The musician-actor will release “Magnificent Vibration” next May on the Simon & Schuster imprint Touchstone.

Springfield is best known as the multiplatinum “Jessie’s Girl” singer and “General Hospital” star. His memoir “Late, Late at Night” was a surprise New York Times best-seller.

He said the experience “reminded me how much I love the craft.”

Springfield’s novel is about a tough-times protagonist who receives a 1-800 phone connection with God through a self-help book.

The book comes during a busy period for the musician. He recently participated in Dave Grohl’s “Sound City” documentary and album and appeared on TV’s “Cali- fornication” and “Hawaii Five-O.”

Visit rickspringfield.com.

Lea Michele has stories to share about the many auditions she has passed.

The “Glee” actress has a deal with Harmony Books, a Random House imprint.

Harmony announced that “Brunette Ambition” will come out in the spring of 2014. The publisher is billing the book as a memoir, style guide and advice book.

Michele, 26, is best known as the ever-striving Rachel Berry on “Glee.” She also starred in the Broadway production “Spring Awakening.”

Rob Lowe will portray President John F. Kennedy in a National Geographic film about the 1963 assassination.

The National Geographic Channel said that filming for “Killing Kennedy” would begin next month in Richmond, Va.

The film is expected to air around the 50th anniversary of the shooting later this year and is based on the book by Bill O’Reilly.

National Geographic already had a hit earlier this year with an adaptation of another of Fox News anchor O’Reilly’s books, “Killing Lincoln.”

In addition to Lowe, the movie will feature Ginnifer Goodwin as the first lady and Michelle Trachtenberg as Marina Oswald.

Associated Press