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Ferrell going 'Semi-Pro' at New Line

27 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Will Ferrell is lacing up his high-tops for Semi-Pro, a basketball comedy from New Line Cinema.

New Line exec Kent Alterman will be stepping down from company duties to make his directorial debut on the picture. Jimmy Miller is producing the film, which will co-star Woody Harrelson.

Written by Scot Armstrong, who worked with Ferrell on Old School, the fictional story is set in the last year of the now-defunct world of the American Basketball Assn. and follows Jackie Moon, the owner-coach-player of the fictional Flint Michigan Tropics. Moon must lead his team on a desperate attempt to make it to the big leagues.

"I grew up in San Antonio, and I remember when an ABA team from Dallas moved in to become the San Antonio Spurs," Alterman said. "I remember when Scot came in with his pitch, he said, 'How about doing a comedy set in the world in the ABA?' That's all I needed to hear. Will was interested in it, and as we developed it further, it came together for me to direct."

Alterman developed a relationship with Ferrell when the exec oversaw Elf, one of Ferrell's breakout films. There is a possibility that Alterman might direct its sequel.

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B.O. plays pair of Kutchers

1 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The animated Ashton Kutcher attracted more moviegoers than the live-action Ashton Kutcher this weekend at the North American boxoffice with Sony Pictures' Open Season outgrossing Buena Vista Pictures' The Guardian by more than $5 million. Both pictures delivered within expectations, lifting the overall boxoffice to its first up weekend in four weeks as compared to last year's track record. The top 12 films this weekend grossed an estimated $85 million for the three-day frame compared to last year's take of $75 million, for a year-on-year increase of more than 13%. The Weinstein Co. had less luck with its PG-13 rated comedy School for Scoundrels. The Billy Bob Thornton-starrer didn't earn much coin despite the comedic chops of Thornton, Napoleon Dynamite's Jon Heder and writer-director Todd Phillips (Old School.) The film, distributed by MGM, grossed an estimated $9.1 million and a fourth place in the rankings. »

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B.O. plays pair of Kutchers

1 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The animated Ashton Kutcher attracted more moviegoers than the live-action Ashton Kutcher this weekend at the North American boxoffice with Sony Pictures' Open Season outgrossing Buena Vista Pictures' The Guardian by more than $5 million. Both pictures delivered within expectations, lifting the overall boxoffice to its first up weekend in four weeks as compared to last year's track record. The top 12 films this weekend grossed an estimated $85 million for the three-day frame compared to last year's take of $75 million, for a year-on-year increase of more than 13%. The Weinstein Co. had less luck with its PG-13 rated comedy School for Scoundrels. The Billy Bob Thornton-starrer didn't earn much coin despite the comedic chops of Thornton, Napoleon Dynamite's Jon Heder and writer-director Todd Phillips (Old School.) The film, distributed by MGM, grossed an estimated $9.1 million and a fourth place in the rankings. »

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Todd Phillips the director of School for Scoundrels

29 September 2006 2:56 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Most people under the age of 35 should recognize the following movie quote: “Well, alright, let me be the first to congratulate you then. You get one vagina for the rest of your life. Real smart Frank. Way to work it through.” That, of course, is Beanie (Vince Vaughn) from “Old School.” Todd Phillips, the man who co-wrote and directed the film, is giving us another comedy, "School for Scoundrels", which opens Sept. 29. This time, Phillips directs Jon Heder (“Napoleon Dynamite”) as Roger, a dejected traffic cop trying to get up the courage to ask out his neighbor Amanda (Jacinda Barrett). Roger enrolls in a secret confidence-building course run by Dr. P (Billy Bob Thornton). Problem is, once Roger starts gaining some self-esteem, Dr. P moves in on Amanda. The rest of the »

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Ferrell Stuns Mullally In His Underwear

19 September 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Funnyman Will Ferrell thrilled former Will & Grace star Megan Mullally when she launched her talk show career in America yesterday - by showing up in just his underwear. The Old School star was Mullally's first guest on her new show and he decided to make quite an entrance in a pair of blue Y-fronts and knee-length sports socks. After presenting Mullally with a bouquet of flowers and handing a rose to the host's stunned mother, who was sitting in the audience, Ferrell told the actress, "There's an old saying: 'When you're nervous you should imagine people in their underwear.' I just wanted to cut to the chase." Ferrell later donned a tuxedo to sing a quirky version of "Wind Beneath My Wings" to welcome his pal to daytime television. Jenny McCarthy, Mullally's second guest on her first show, gave the star three live sheep as a gift, explaining, "It's an old wives tale that if you meet sheep it's good luck on your journey. I didn't know that but as soon as I heard that I said, 'Give me three sheep.'" »

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Ferrell's Plea for Press Attention

10 August 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood funnyman Will Ferrell is insulted the paparazzi aren't interested in him and even begged a snapper to take his picture during a recent trip to London. The Old School star is left alone by the media in his native America, and confesses he would love to sample life as a hounded superstar. He tells Total Film magazine, "They don't care about me. Not in America, at least. But a weird thing happened in London, last year. I was strolling around with my wife and child. We were curious to see if anyone would notice or even care that I was there. Suddenly, this photographer just kind of materialized and went 'click'. Then he ran away." Ferrell admits he even called after him saying: "Hey! It's okay! Make me more famous!" He adds, "It was just one guy. I was appalled and insulted. I wanted to know where the others were hiding." »

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Will Ferrell and Wife Expecting Second Child

1 August 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Will Ferrell and his wife, Viveca Paulin, are expecting their second child. The Old School star made the announcement on Thursday night while appearing on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Ferrell told the talk show host, "My wife is pregnant again." When asked by Leno if he is indeed the father, Ferrell joked, "I'm not the father. Chuck Norris is the dad - we're so excited about that." Ferrell, 39, and Paulin, 37, wed in 2000 and have a two-year-old son, Magnus. The expectant parents have been trying to prepare Magnus for the new arrival. Ferrell added, "We've been trying to tell him, 'Mommy has a baby in her belly'. Then one day he was like, 'Mommy has a baby in her head!' My wife does have an abnormally large head. It's grotesque...but I said, 'No, no she doesn't'... and we had a laugh." »

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Actor Cranshaw Dies

3 January 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Veteran character actor Patrick Cranshaw, who appeared in movies including Old School and Bonnie and Clyde, has died of natural causes at the age of 86. Cranshaw worked for nearly half a century right up until an appearance in last year's Herbie: Fully Loaded. He also starred in movies including The Hudsucker Proxy and Best in Show. Cranshaw also appeared in TV shows including CHiPS and The Dukes of Hazzard. He passed away at his home in Fort Worth, Texas, and is survived by three children. »

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