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19 items from 2004


'Seinfeld' Cast Members Reunite

27 September 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The stars of defunct sitcom Seinfeld are set to reunite for a TV special. Jerry Seinfeld and the rest of the cast, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards, will return to American TV network NBC for a retrospective of the Emmy-winning show. During the special, which will air in America on November 25, old clips from the comedy will be revisited and the stars will be interviewed. Seinfeld will serve as host of the special. »

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Oteri, Abrams join forces for ABC comedy

8 September 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Saturday Night Live alumna Cheri Oteri has teamed with multihyphenate J.J. Abrams to develop a comedy project for ABC and Touchstone Television. The project will be based on an idea that Abrams dreamed up for Oteri, who has a holding deal with ABC specifically for the Abrams project. The two are said to have hit it off instantly after their first informal meeting to discuss the prospect of developing a project together for Touchstone, where Abrams' Bad Robot Television banner is based. ABC and reps for Oteri and Abrams declined comment on the deal. Sources said Abrams and Oteri have also reached out to veteran comedy writer-producer Carol Leifer (Seinfeld) about collaborating on the project as well. »

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Oteri, Abrams join forces for ABC comedy

8 September 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Saturday Night Live alumna Cheri Oteri has teamed with multihyphenate J.J. Abrams to develop a comedy project for ABC and Touchstone Television. The project will be based on an idea that Abrams dreamed up for Oteri, who has a holding deal with ABC specifically for the Abrams project. The two are said to have hit it off instantly after their first informal meeting to discuss the prospect of developing a project together for Touchstone, where Abrams' Bad Robot Television banner is based. ABC and reps for Oteri and Abrams declined comment on the deal. Sources said Abrams and Oteri have also reached out to veteran comedy writer-producer Carol Leifer (Seinfeld) about collaborating on the project as well. »

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Gang's all here: 'Seinfeld' set for DVD

6 August 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment expects a show about nothing to be the biggest thing yet to hit the red-hot TV-to-DVD market. The studio and producers of Seinfeld are announcing details of the long-anticipated release of the show to DVD for the first time Nov. 23. CTHE -- which acquired all off-network distribution of the groundbreaking comedy as part of its earlier affiliation with Castle Rock Entertainment -- will release the pilot and first three seasons of the show as two four-DVD volumes as well as combined in a boxed gift set just before the holiday shopping season. Each individual release will include about 12 hours of new content and have a suggested list price of $49.95. The gift set will have a list price of $199.95 and will include such quirky extras as a limited-edition script from co-creator Larry David, Monk's Diner salt-and-pepper shakers and collectible playing cards. In all, 40 original episodes are included in these releases -- the first season was only four shows, followed by 13 the second season and 22 the third. »

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Syndie sitcoms sag in May

10 June 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Off-network sitcoms had little to laugh about during the May sweep, with the top five posting decreases from the same period a year earlier. And with some exceptions, first-run syndicated strips generally saw lower ratings from May 2003. Four of the top five sitcoms posted double-digit decreases from a year ago. Seinfeld was down 11% to a 5.9 average household rating for the sweep, Friends dropped 15% to a 5.6, Everybody Loves Raymond fell 13% to a 5.4, That '70s Show dipped 5% to a 3.5, and Will & Grace was down 13% to a 3.4. »

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NBC perks up as 'Friends' ends

12 May 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NBC was the big winner the week of May 3, the one with the grand finale of the network's flagship comedy Friends. The hourlong farewell of the venerable sitcom drew 52.3 million viewers and a 24.9 rating/54 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, ranking it as NBC's highest-rated telecast since the May 1998 swan song of another cult Thursday comedy, Seinfeld, and the most-watched entertainment program on any network since Seinfeld's exit. On the all-time series finales list, which began with the 1983 signoff of CBS' M*A*S*H, Friends ranked fourth, behind M*A*S*H (105 million), NBC's Cheers (80.3 million) and Seinfeld (76.2 million). It also was the second-most-watched Friends episode ever, behind the hourlong post-Super Bowl episode (52.9 million) in 1996. »

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Warburton on 'Rage' sideline

12 May 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Patrick Warburton is set to star opposite Martin Lawrence in 20th Century Fox's Rage Control. Warburton will play Larry Burgess, a junior high school basketball coach who has one of the best teams in the league. When coach Roy McCormick (Martin Lawrence) is suspended from college ball for attacking a referee, he is forced to coach a junior high team that is desperate to beat Burgess' team. Steve Carr is directing, with Robert Simonds producing. Tracey Trench serves as executive producer alongside Carr's producing partner, Heidi Santelli. Warburton's credits include the television series Less Than Perfect and Seinfeld and the feature films Men in Black II and Joe Somebody and the upcoming Bob Steel, First Time Caller. He's also voicing the character of Kronk in The Emperor's New Groove II. Warburton is repped by Paradigm and managed by Delores Robinson. »

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The one with the ratings: 'Friends' finale big for NBC

10 May 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

More than 52 million fans were there for Friends on Thursday as the venerable NBC/Warner Bros. Television sitcom bowed out after 10 seasons. The hourlong finale, which ran from 9:06-10:06 p.m., brought in an average of 52.3 million viewers and a 24.9 rating/54 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research. It was fitting that the Friends closer ranked as NBC's highest-rated telecast (Olympics coverage included) since the May 1998 swan song of Seinfeld. It also was the most-watched entertainment program on any network since Seinfeld bowed out. Indeed, the Friends finale generated more hoopla during the past two weeks than any television show in recent memory, but the turnout was well short of Seinfeld's parting shot, which brought in 76.2 million viewers. »

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The one with the ratings: 'Friends' finale big for NBC

9 May 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

More than 52 million fans were there for Friends on Thursday as the venerable NBC/Warner Bros. Television sitcom bowed out after 10 seasons. The hourlong finale, which ran from 9:06-10:06 p.m., brought in an average of 52.3 million viewers and a 24.9 rating/54 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research. It was fitting that the Friends closer ranked as NBC's highest-rated telecast (Olympics coverage included) since the May 1998 swan song of Seinfeld. It also was the most-watched entertainment program on any network since Seinfeld bowed out. Indeed, the Friends finale generated more hoopla during the past two weeks than any television show in recent memory, but the turnout was well short of Seinfeld's parting shot, which brought in 76.2 million viewers. »

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Hello, 'Charlie': Knight on Fox comedy pilot

26 April 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Wayne Knight, best known for his role as Jerry Seinfeld's nemesis Newman on NBC's Seinfeld, has joined the cast of Fox's comedy pilot Sorry Charlie. The project, from Sony Pictures TV and Jersey TV, centers on parents (Stephen Root and Valerie Bertinelli) who struggle with the fact that their kids are growing up. Knight, who is good friends with Root in real life, plays the happily unmarried brother of Root's character. Knight's credits also include NBC's 3rd Rock From the Sun and the features Jurassic Park, Space Jam, To Die For and Basic Instinct. He is repped by Agency for the Performing Arts. »

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Hello, 'Charlie': Knight on Fox comedy pilot

25 April 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Wayne Knight, best known for his role as Jerry Seinfeld's nemesis Newman on NBC's Seinfeld, has joined the cast of Fox's comedy pilot Sorry Charlie. The project, from Sony Pictures TV and Jersey TV, centers on parents (Stephen Root and Valerie Bertinelli) who struggle with the fact that their kids are growing up. Knight, who is good friends with Root in real life, plays the happily unmarried brother of Root's character. Knight's credits also include NBC's 3rd Rock From the Sun and the features Jurassic Park, Space Jam, To Die For and Basic Instinct. He is repped by Agency for the Performing Arts. »

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McPherson taking risky plunge at ABC

23 April 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

On a hot July evening in Pasadena, after a day of being grilled about how NBC would survive its first season after Seinfeld, Warren Littlefield was in a feisty mood. Littlefield, who was then in the final months of his nine-year run as NBC Entertainment president, and the rest of the peacock's West Coast executive corps were enduring a humdrum party beside the pool at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington hotel during the summer 1998 Television Critics Assn. press tour. On a lark, Littlefield offered $400 to anyone willing to dive in to the pool and swim a lap, fully clothed. When the ante was upped to $500 -- thanks to $50 contributions from then-NBC executive Flody Suarez and Just Shoot Me creator/executive producer Steven Levitan -- Stephen McPherson headed for the water. "It was a moment of spontaneity that most definitely livened up the party," Littlefield recalled. McPherson, who at the time was vp primetime series at NBC, plunged headfirst into a far greater challenge this week, taking on the job of ABC Primetime Entertainment president following the Walt Disney Co.'s extreme makeover of ABC's senior management ranks during the past two weeks (HR 4/21). »

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McPherson taking risky plunge at ABC

23 April 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

On a hot July evening in Pasadena, after a day of being grilled about how NBC would survive its first season after Seinfeld, Warren Littlefield was in a feisty mood. Littlefield, who was then in the final months of his nine-year run as NBC Entertainment president, and the rest of the peacock's West Coast executive corps were enduring a humdrum party beside the pool at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington hotel during the summer 1998 Television Critics Assn. press tour. On a lark, Littlefield offered $400 to anyone willing to dive in to the pool and swim a lap, fully clothed. When the ante was upped to $500 -- thanks to $50 contributions from then-NBC executive Flody Suarez and Just Shoot Me creator/executive producer Steven Levitan -- Stephen McPherson headed for the water. "It was a moment of spontaneity that most definitely livened up the party," Littlefield recalled. McPherson, who at the time was vp primetime series at NBC, plunged headfirst into a far greater challenge this week, taking on the job of ABC Primetime Entertainment president following the Walt Disney Co.'s extreme makeover of ABC's senior management ranks during the past two weeks (HR 4/21). »

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Teaming up for laughs at the BBC

13 April 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Award-winning American comedy writer-producer Fred Barron is heading up a highly successful venture to introduce the American studio production system to the British comedy process. His hit BBC comedy My Family has now led to a second sitcom, Everything I Know About Men, which is heading into production at the network under Barron's oversight. The new sitcom represents the second phase in a most unusual move by the BBC to have Barron pioneer American team comedy writing there, something entirely new in Britain, where TV sitcom writers usually work solo. Barron, whose executive producer credits include Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show and Caroline in the City, has been headquartered at the BBC for the past four years, charged with developing and showrunning new team-written sitcoms. But it's only now that he feels comfortable declaring the experiment a success. »

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Eurotrip

15 March 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Opens:

Friday, Feb. 20

Just as National Lampoon's Vacation begat "National Lampoon's European Vacation," so, too, has 2000's hit Road Trip paved the way for Eurotrip. And while it might have been tempting to this dismiss teen comedy as Eurotrash, it really isn't that bad, sophomorically speaking.

Although a number of the gags fall flatter than a crepe, the accent is on the charmingly juvenile as opposed to the purely puerile, with a fresh-faced cast of amiable young performers on hand to make the trek relatively painless.

Obviously DreamWorks, which is giving the picture the slot occupied this time last year by Old School (also from the Road Trip producing team), is looking to capture some of that boxoffice magic, and while Eurotrip isn't nearly as comically inspired, it should still play well with young male-skewing audiences.

Back when Road Trip hit the streets, the gross-out comedy was in full American Pie-fertilized bloom, but with the subgenre having thankfully bottomed out, the new breed likes to mix a little more naivete in with the naughty bits.

Hence the central character of Scotty, played by newcomer Scott Mechlowicz with the same sort of Jason Biggs nice-guy goofiness, a high school grad who finds himself en route to Europe to hook up with his German Internet pen pal Mieke (Jessica Boehrs) shortly after he was very publicly dumped by his girlfriend Fiona (Kristin Kreuk).

But before he gets to Berlin, Scotty and his sex-obsessed Buddy Cooper (Jacob Pitts) make pit stops in London and Paris -- where they hook up with friends Jenny (Michelle Trachtenberg) and her Frommer's Guide-wielding twin brother Jamie (Travis Wester) -- before moving on to Amsterdam, Bratislava, Rome and Vatican City.

Along the way they must deal with British soccer hooligans, annoying French human robots, a merciless Dutch dominatrix (Lucy Lawless) and a creepy, lascivious Italian guy on the train (Saturday Night Live's Fred Armisen).

Not all of it works, but the bright cast makes it mainly agreeable, as do the supporting players, including Matt Damon in a cameo as a tattooed rocker who performs (courtesy of the band Lustra) the very funny and very catchy Scotty Doesn't Know, which takes stock of Scotty's ex-girlfriend's various infidelities.

Making his directorial debut is Jeff Schaffer, who, along with fellow scripters Alec Berg and David Mandel, were former editors of the Harvard Lampoon before graduating to Seinfeld and more recently collaborated on Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat.

Their gently risque style seems better suited to the teen sex comedy than to Dr. Seuss, but the most impressive work here is done by production designer Allan Starski (Schindler's List) and visual effects supervisor Kevin Blank, who manage to create reasonable facsimiles of all the above-mentioned destinations without ever setting foot off of the production's Prague home base.

Eurotrip

DreamWorks Pictures

DreamWorks Pictures presentsa Montecito Picture Co. productionA Berg/Mandel/Schaffer film

Credits:

Director: Jeff Schaffer

Screenwriters: Alec Berg & David Mandel & Jeff Schaffer

Producers: Daniel Goldberg, Jackie Marcus, Alec Berg, David Mandel

Executive producers: Ivan Reitman, Tom Pollick, Joe Medjuck

Director of photography: David Eggby

Production designer: Allan Starski

Editor: Roger Bondelli

Costume designer: Julia Caston

Music: James L. Venable

Cast:

Scotty Thomas: Scott Mechlowicz

Jenny: Michelle Trachtenberg

Cooper Harris: Jacob Pitts

Jamie: Travis Wester

Mieke: Jessica Boehrs

Madame Vandersexxx: Lucy Lawless

Mad Maynard: Vinnie Jones

Creepy Italian Guy: Fred Armisen

Donny: Matt Damon

Fiona: Kristin Kreuk

Running time -- 92 minutes

MPAA rating: R »

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Alexander Launches Middle East Peace Initiative

25 February 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Former Seinfeld star Jason Alexander has turned his attentions to the political conflict between the warring Israelis and Palestinians - by launching a new internet peace initiative. The Pretty Woman actor is representing the One Voice campaign, which seeks to get opinions on how to solve the political crisis from the people themselves, online. When all the comments are collected, computer company IBM will publish the results and hope their research may show a way to resolve the hatred between the two groups. Alexander says, "What this initiative wants to do is to embolden moderates on both sides." Other famous patrons of the project include celebrity couple Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, who attended yesterday's launch. »

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Belzer finds humor in 'America'

22 January 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Richard Belzer, who has become a familiar face on TV's crime beat on such shows as Law & Order: SVU, is returning to his comedic roots. The actor is teaming up with Maverick Films, the production company run by Madonna and Guy Oseary, to create an episodic, sketch-style comedy feature called This Is America. Belzer will star, co-write and executive produce through his McBelz Enterprises. Larry Charles, best known for writing and directing Seinfeld and Mad About You, will direct and co-write. Belzer's longtime manager Eric Gardner is producing though his Panacea Entertainment shingle. "I think people are ready for a mirror to be held up to the culture in a really funny way -- in a way the 'South Park' movie did or some of the Monty Python movies did -- and really reflect culture, mores and politics," Belzer said. One of Belzer's earliest efforts was the 1974 sketch comedy The Groove Tube. »

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Belzer finds humor in 'America'

22 January 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Richard Belzer, who has become a familiar face on TV's crime beat on such shows as Law & Order: SVU, is returning to his comedic roots. The actor is teaming up with Maverick Films, the production company run by Madonna and Guy Oseary, to create an episodic, sketch-style comedy feature called This Is America. Belzer will star, co-write and executive produce through his McBelz Enterprises. Larry Charles, best known for writing and directing Seinfeld and Mad About You, will direct and co-write. Belzer's longtime manager Eric Gardner is producing though his Panacea Entertainment shingle. "I think people are ready for a mirror to be held up to the culture in a really funny way -- in a way the 'South Park' movie did or some of the Monty Python movies did -- and really reflect culture, mores and politics," Belzer said. One of Belzer's earliest efforts was the 1974 sketch comedy The Groove Tube. »

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'Culture' popping up at VH1

13 January 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- VH1 has greenlighted the long-awaited sequel to its Pop-Up Video hit show from a few years back with a series that aims to do for pop culture icons what the original did for rock stars. The series, Pop-Up Culture, is slated to debut in spring or early summer, according to creator/executive producer Woody Thompson, whose company made the original series under the Spin the Bottle banner. The show will feature the same format as the original, but the snarky bubble notes will accompany clips from iconic moments or elements from pop culture, from clips of Seinfeld or Survivor to Monica Lewinsky's deposition or old Evil Knievel publicity stills. »

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