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9 items from 2007


Chase catches 'Brothers'

10 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Chevy Chase has been tapped for a multi-episode arc on ABC's Brothers & Sisters.

He will play Stan Hirsh, the highschool boyfriend of Nora Walker (Sally Field), on the ABC Studios show.

It is shaping up to be a busy romantic season for Nora who also has a new love interest played by Danny Glover.

Chase, who now has his own recurring segment on Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" on NBC, is set to being filming "Brothers & Sisters" on Thursday.

He is repped by Fortitude and Kritzer/Levine/Wilkins. »

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Good Luck Chuck

21 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

This review was written for the theatrical review of "Good Luck Chuck".Trash-talking fat guys seem to be all the rage this year, as the success of "Knocked Up" and "Superbad" demonstrates.

Viewers' response to "Good Luck Chuck" might depend on how much enthusiasm they have for the raunchy rantings of another overweight man-boy, played by Dan Fogler, who won a Tony for his more nuanced turn in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." Fogler's Stu, a lecherous plastic surgeon, is not the main character in "Chuck". But he's the hero's horny best friend, and you have to spend an awful lot of time in his company, which will probably tickle dirty-minded teens and drive everyone else up the wall.

"Chuck" is a high-concept hard-R comedy that will delight its core audience, but it seems unlikely to match the (somewhat undeserved) critical acclaim and boxoffice success of "Superbad". The gimmick here is that Charlie (Dane Cook), a dentist who had a curse placed on him when he was a kid, is destined for sex but not love. It seems that every woman who sleeps with him will marry the next man she meets, making him the good-luck charm for all kinds of women desperate to tie the knot. At first, Charlie enjoys all the casual sex that comes his way, but he begins to resent the fact that he's not a keeper. Matters get even more complicated when he meets an accident-prone young woman, Cam (Jessica Alba), who seems to be a perfect match, but he worries that if they sleep together, she's sure to marry someone else -- unless he can break the curse.

The premise allows for lots of sex play, lots of crude encouragement on the part of Stu and some tiresome sight gags depicting Cam's pratfalls and mishaps. The script by Josh Stolberg has no fizz. It's possible to sit for half an hour without cracking a smile. Part of the problem is sheer repetitiveness; another problem is that Stu's leering remarks are repulsive rather than endearing. Yet this juvenile comedy directed by Mark Helfrich turns out to be easier to take than it has any right to be, largely because of the presence of Cook. He's co-starred in dumb comedies like "Employee of the Month", and he made a rather convincing psycho in "Mr. Brooks", but here he's playing romantic comedy, and he turns out to be surprisingly skillful at it. He might have the potential to be a latter-day Chevy Chase, who managed to navigate farce as well as romance with panache. Because of Cook's performance, we end up feeling sympathy for Charlie and rooting for him to get lucky in love.

Alba also gives an appealing performance, and she displays the right chemistry with Cook. Other cast members are merely adequate. Technical credits and music are solid, but they can't rescue the witless script.

GOOD LUCK CHUCK

Lionsgate

Karz Entertainment

Credits:

Director: Mark Helfrich

Screenwriter: Josh Stolberg

Producers: Mike Karz, Barry Katz, Brian Volk-Weiss

Executive producers: Tracey Edmonds, Russell Hollander, Ogden Gavanski, Michael Paseornek

Director of photography: Anthony B. Richmond

Production designer: Mark Freeborn

Music: Aaron Zigman

Co-producers: Cece Karz, Karen Russell

Costume designer: Trish Keating

Editor: Julia Wong

Cast:

Charlie: Dane Cook

Cam: Jessica Alba

Stu: Dan Fogler

Joe: Lonny Ross

Jennifer: Caroline Ford

Carol: Chelan Simmons

Natalie: Natalie Morris

Reba: Ellia English

Young Charlie: Connor Price

Young Stu: Troy Gentile

Eleanor Skepple: Jodie Stewart

Running time -- 96 minutes

MPAA rating: R

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National Lampoon brings back Lemmings

6 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- National Lampoon will return to producing live entertainment by bringing back a re-imagined version of the Lemmings sketch comedy troupe, which launched the careers of John Belushi, Christopher Guest and Chevy Chase.

The company on Wednesday described the new show, called "National Lampoon Lemmings Comedy Troupe Presents America 2.0," as a 90-minute interactive show with short videos between sketches. It is designed as "a satire on today's blown-out tabloid world."

Characters include the Gangsta Rap Wizards and Michael Vick touting his new dog food.

As did its 1970s counterpart, the new Lemmings comedy troupe will showcase young sketch comedians.

"We have created a stable of talented actors, writers and filmmakers we look to grow within our family in our many television, film and Internet projects," said Lemmings producer Amber Lawson.

The Lemmings show was created by Lawson, director-producer Jay Leggett ("In Living Color", "Without a Paddle") and executive producer Scott Rubin.

The Lemmings cast includes Adam Devine, Anders Holms, Annie Savage, Blake Anderson, Jen Cain, Jillian Bellcq, John Moody, Mark Gagliardi and Sitara Falcon. »

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National Lampoon takes on Broadway

6 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- National Lampoon will return to producing live entertainment by bringing back a re-imagined version of the Lemmings sketch comedy troupe, which launched the careers of John Belushi, Christopher Guest and Chevy Chase.

The company on Wednesday described the new Broadway show, called "National Lampoon Lemmings Comedy Troupe Presents America 2.0," as a 90-minute interactive show with short videos between sketches. It is designed as "a satire on today's blown-out tabloid world."

Characters include the Gangsta Rap Wizards and Michael Vick touting his new dog food.

As did its 1970s counterpart, the new Lemmings comedy troupe will showcase young sketch comedians.

"We have created a stable of talented actors, writers and filmmakers we look to grow within our family in our many television, film and Internet projects," said Lemmings producer Amber Lawson.

The Lemmings show was created by Lawson, director-producer Jay Leggett (In Living Color, Without a Paddle) and executive producer Scott Rubin.

The Lemmings cast includes Adam Devine, Anders Holms, Annie Savage, Blake Anderson, Jen Cain, Jillian Bellcq, John Moody, Mark Gagliardi and Sitara Falcon. »

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Innovative duo show Fortitude

30 August 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

There's an innovative twist in the brouhaha over a pair of disgruntled agents at Innovative Artists: They've started their own agency.

Veteran agents Ben Press and Michael McConnell have formed boutique agency Fortitude, setting up offices in the heart of Beverly Hills with a client list that includes Chevy Chase, Sean Astin, Lauren Holly, Gina Gershon, Lara Flynn Boyle, Cybill Shepherd, Matthew Modine, Cary Elwes, Damon Dash, Master P and Romeo and Emily Rios.

"We want to form a boutique company," McConnell said, "but with a big agency mentality in which clients can actually strategize and achieve what they want to do, whether it's acting, directing, writing, producing or all of the above as opposed to have everything departmentalized and going from place to place and not being able to accomplish what they really want to accomplish. We want to be able to sit in a room with them and go, 'We want to take you from point A to point B.' "

"We have a new vision of representation, which is the antithesis of where we just left," Press added. »

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Joshua Jackson Lands Fletch Role?

12 June 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Former Dawson's Creek actor Joshua Jackson has reportedly beaten some of Hollywood's biggest names to land the title role in Fletch Won. Jackson will play investigative reporter Irwin 'Fletch' Fletcher, a part made famous by Chevy Chase in the 1985 comedy Fletch and its 1989 follow-up Fletch Lives, according to website Iesb.net. Among the actors previously linked to the role were Brad Pitt, Jason Lee, Ryan Reynolds and Zach Braff. Director Steve Pink has also signed up for the project, which was originally to be directed by Kevin Smith. »

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Chase: "I Cannot Forget Childhood Beatings"

24 April 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Comedian Chevy Chase will never forgive his mother and step-dad for the tortuous beatings he received as a child. The Fletch funnyman admits he lived in "deathly fear" of his mentally-ill mother Cathalene and stepfather because they subjected him to regular psychological torture. In his new autobiography I'm Chevy Chase . . . And You're Not, he claims his mother once slapped him "continually and hard, across the face. I don't remember what it was for, or what I had done. I lived in fear all the time - deathly fear. I always turn to it in my mind...I'll never forgive them. At their graves I didn't. It was too hard for me. You would think a grown man could shake it off, as the coffin was being lowered, to say, 'I forgive you.' I don't forgive." »

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Funny Money

26 January 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Chevy Chase returns to center screen and Bucharest backlots play Hoboken, N.J., in "Funny Money". The laugher about a meek middle manager who finds a life-changing fortune takes a while to hit its stride, but in its best stretches, it offers deliriously spirited farce. The cast, along with the promotional efforts of timeshare operator Consolidated Resorts, could entice older audiences to theaters, but the film, which never quite shakes off a flat, low-budget look, will find its true payday in video.

The animated credits that open "Money" set the tone of retro silliness for this comedy without an agenda. Chase still is game, and a perfect fit, as milquetoast Henry Perkins, a longtime employee of the Feldman Wax Fruit Co. Henry's not bitter that Feldman himself (Robert Loggia) shot down his visionary bruised-banana concept a decade earlier. He's not angry that his wife, Carol Penelope Ann Miller), mocks him in couples therapy for being a creature of habit. A sharper shrink might note a bit of projecting on her part: Repressed and proper, Carol's the sculptor of voluptuous, oversize nudes that she's afraid to submit to galleries. But however uncomplaining Henry may be, after a subway jostle with a Romanian thug makes him the possessor of a briefcase containing $5 million in cash, he doesn't hesitate for a second to plan his and Carol's getaway to distant shores.

Besides Carol's reluctance to break the rules, Henry's imminent birthday celebration complicates their would-be escape. The couple and their best friends, Vic and Gina (the well-cast Christopher McDonald, Alex Meneses), attempt to pass themselves off in fictional configurations to a couple of comical cops nipping at their heels. The ultra-slow-dawning Slater (a very funny Kevin Sussman) arrives on behalf of the NYPD to tell the inebriated Carol that her dead husband and his briefcase have been found in the East River. Armand Assante, who should do more comedy, all but steals the show as the toothpick-chewing Genero, a crooked Hoboken detective who thinks the cash-rich Henry is a male prostitute.

The comedy of errors grows more tangled as dozens of party guests pour into the Perkins townhouse, a palatial pad whose size is more a function of genre requirements than a reflection of real estate reality. There's plenty of fine comic timing and deliciously deadpan delivery on display, but not all the supporting performances are up to par. Among the central roles, Miller's drunk ditz would have been far funnier if she had started off on a quieter note. But helmer Leslie Greif lets her mug it up well before her character starts boozing it up.

Adapting Ray Cooney's London stage hit, Greif ("Keys to Tulsa") and his co-scripter, Harry Basil, keep the action light and swift-moving. But the most inspired notion here -- the idea of covering up the convoluted charade as a murder-mystery party game -- could have been mined for more laughs.

FUNNY MONEY

ThinkFilm

An FWE Picture Co. production in association with Tobebo Film Produktion GmbH & Co. KG

Credits:

Director: Leslie Greif

Screenwriters: Harry Basil, Leslie Greif

Based on the play by: Ray Cooney

Producers: Herb Nanas, Brad Siegel, Leslie Greif

Executive producers: Jeff Franklin, Philip von Alvensleben, Harry Basil, Ray Cooney

Director of photography: Bill Butler

Production designer: Stephen J. Lineweaver

Music: Andrea Morricone

Co-producers: Pat McCorkle, Peter Perotta

Costume designer: Donna Zakowska

Editors: Stephen Adrianson, Terry Kelley, Stephen Lovejoy

Cast:

Henry Perkins: Chevy Chase

Carol Perkins: Penelope Ann Miller

Genero: Armand Assante

Sol Feldman: Robert Loggia

Vic: Christopher McDonald

Gina: Alex Meneses

Detective Slater: Kevin Sussman

Angel: Guy Torry

MM Virginia: Rebecca Wisocky.

Running time -- 95 minutes

No MPAA rating

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Chevy Chase's Rehab Confession

15 January 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Comedy legend Chevy Chase underwent rehab treatment for an addiction to painkillers, inspired by the public plight of former President's wife Betty Ford. The Fletch star visited the Betty Ford clinic in the 1980s after becoming hooked on painkilling drugs prescribed for back pain. He insists he would never had sought help had he not read about the treatment Ford underwent for alcoholism. Writing in the New York Times about former president Gerald Ford's death at Christmas at the age of 93, Chase says, "If it hadn't been for the courage of Mr Ford's wife, Betty, for admitting to an alcohol problem, I would never have received the help I needed. During my short stay there. I often saw Mrs. Ford personally surveying the clinic and generously offering a helping hand." After his stay Chase - who regularly impersonated President Ford on Saturday Night Live - became close friends with the First Couple. »

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