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Winning Jeopardy gets Whiz Kid 'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close' with Stephen Daldry

16 December 2010 5:45 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Hollywood casting agents can now look no further than Jeopardy when searching for smart, young talent. Thirteen year-old Thomas Horn has signed on to star in Stephen Daldry’s film adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” after winning $31,800 in prize money on Jeopardy back in October. His pay day on the film should make those winnings look like play money. Daldry, best known for directing The Hours and The Reader, required an exceptionally intelligent kid to fill the title role penned by Oscar-winning scribe Eric Roth of Forrest Gump and Munich fame. Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullocks have also signed on to play Horn’s parents in the film and the young actor will undoubtedly learn a great from the two veteran actors. Scott Rudin is producing the film, which is a co-production between Warner Bros. and Paramount. Shooting is set for late-January in New York City. »

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Ken Jenning's Jeopardy! Record Remains Safe(!)

21 September 2010 7:00 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

It was a run for the books, but Ken Jennings' book remains on a different shelf altogether. Roger Craig, a 33-year-old PhD student who bested Jennings' record for one-day winnings last week, is now the third-biggest moneymaker in Jeopardy! history after banking $231,200 in seven days of competition, second only to David Madden ($430,400) and ol' KenJen. And third place is where Craig will stay after his run ended Tuesday when he blew a $2,300 lead in Final Jeopardy, leaving Jennings' seemingly unbeatable 76-day total of $2,520,700 safe for the time being. "I had no idea that I became the third highest winner until Alex Trebek announced it," Craig said afterward. "I was totally »

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Jeopardy! Finds New, Improved Ken Jennings!

14 September 2010 8:30 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

It's about time someone became toast of the water cooler again just for being really smart. Roger Craig, a graduate student at the University of Delaware (stay with us...), won $77,000 on tonight's episode of Jeopardy!, thereby besting the one-day record set in 2004 by software engineer Ken Jennings, who went on to win $3,022,700 in 76 appearances. But Jennings only snagged $75,000 in one day. Heading into Final Jeopardy, Craig had $47,000 and wagered $30,000 on the category "Literary & Movie Title Objects." Perhaps a film buff as well, the 33-year-old PhD candidate correctly guessed, "What is The Bridge on the River Kwai?" and made history. So now he has a two-day »

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Spinal Tapper Cranks Jeopardy! Winnings Up to $1 Million

7 May 2010 7:35 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

David St. Hubbins is as idiotic as they come. The man who plays him, however, is no dummy. This Is Spinal Tap star and all-around funnyman Michael McKean put his best brain forward to win Jeopardy!'s Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational tournament, the final round of which aired Friday. Not that the trivia hound actually answered (or questioned?) $1 million worth of questions (answers?). In fact, he didn't even get Final Jeopardy tonight! But over the course of two days, his total winnings of $35,700 topped fellow finalists Jane Curtin and Cheech Marin, landing him in the winners' circle. "It was really daunting to play against such smart people," McKean said. "Everyone was »

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