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13 items from 2005


Alba To Dream of 'Jeannie'?

24 August 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Sin City star Jessica Alba has beaten a host of Hollywood stars to land the coveted lead in the I Dream Of Jeannie movie. The Fantastic Four actress will join Fever Pitch funnyman Jimmy Fallon for the latest revamp of a classic TV series, after reportedly beating Kate Hudson, Lindsay Lohan and Alicia Silverstone to the role. According to internet site Movieline.net, Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha is interested in taking charge of the project. »

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Four join Patric in 'Walker'

9 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Drea de Matteo (Joey), KaDee Strickland (Fever Pitch), Sam Shepard (The Notebook) and Bruce Dern (Monster) are set to join Jason Patric in the independent feature film Walker. The gritty drama set in 1957 centers on a small-town charmer (Patric) forced to make difficult, heartbreaking decisions in his fight to save his two daughters. Matt Williams is directing from a script he co-wrote with Alex Paraskevas. Principal photography on the film, which is being produced by Williams in association with Persistent Entertainment's Matthew Rhodes and Judd Payne, begins this week. »

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Fever Pitch

7 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

With an all-star lineup that includes directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly, screenwriters Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel and trusty Drew Barrymore, you'd think they'd have no problem hitting one out of the megaplex ballpark.

But while Fever Pitch, an all-American take on the Nick Hornby novel and 1997 Colin Firth film about a soccer-obsessed British schoolteacher who finally must choose between his girlfriend and his beloved team, ultimately goes the distance, it gets the job done with a halfhearted bunt rather than a solid line drive.

A good part of the problem has to do with the fact that Drew and co-star Jimmy Fallon just don't have that easy chemistry of an Adam Sandler matchup, but the film's bigger hurdle has to do with overcoming bulky romantic comedy plot and character mechanics that keep tripping up the momentum.

While Barrymore's proven track record with the genre should ensure solid opening weekend attendance, Fallon, with only Taxi to his post-"SNL" credit, has yet to establish big-screen credibility.

The final take likely will fall considerably short of those Sandler-Barrymore movies, but just like the Bosox's momentous 2004 World Series victory, miracles can happen.

A career Red Sox fan, Fallon's Ben Wrightman knows from the agony of defeat, even though each year's arrival of spring training brings a fresh glimmer of hope.

But the schoolteacher whose apartment looks more like a Beantown sports bar, complete with Red Sox bedding and a catcher's mitt telephone, will have to put his loyalties to the test with the arrival of Lindsey Meeks (Barrymore), a workaholic business consultant who takes a shine to Ben during the off-season but isn't prepared to sleep with the team come April.

At some point Wrightman will have to make a decision that could cost him the season's tickets left to him by his late Uncle Carl (Lenny Clarke).

Having penned some of the most successful comedies of the past two decades, the team of Ganz & Mandel (Splash, Parenthood, A League of Their Own) know from the big laughs, but in turning the Hornby material into an old-fashioned Hollywood romantic comedy, some much-needed edge has been lost in translation.

A great deal of the script, the performances and the Farrelly brothers' kinder, gentler directing style leave a generic, heavily manufactured aftertaste. Unlike the musically obsessed characters in Hornby's High Fidelity, Ben's fierce fanaticism feels about as authentic as Astroturf.

Barrymore's character, meanwhile, hasn't been fleshed out enough to suggest exactly why she's so willing to compete with Fallon's true love in the first place.

In the end, the film still manages to take the audience-pleasing pennant, but given all the proven talent that went into it, Fever Pitch never manages to break a convincing sweat.

FEVER PITCH

20th Century Fox

Fox 2000 Pictures presents a Gil Netter/Flower Films/Wildgaze Films/Alan Greenspan production

Credits:

Directors: Peter Farrelly & Bobby Farrelly

Screenwriters: Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel

Based on the book by: Nick Hornby

Producers: Alan Greenspan, Amanda Posey, Gil Netter, Drew Barrymore, Nancy Juvonen, Bradley Thomas

Executive producers: Nick Hornby, David Evans, Marc S. Fischer

Director of photography: Matthew F. Leonetti

Production designer: Maher Ahmad

Editor: Alan Baumgarten

Costume designer: Sophie de Rakoff

Music: Craig Armstrong

Cast:

Lindsey Meeks: Drew Barrymore

Ben Wrightman: Jimmy Fallon

Uncle Carl: Lenny Clarke

Molly: Ione Skye

Sarah: Marissa Jaret Winokur

Doug Meeks: James B. Sikking

Maureen Meeks: Jobeth Williams

MPAA rating: PG-13

Running time: 101 minutes.

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Nail-biter between 'Pitch,' 'Sahara'

13 April 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Spring is in the air, and Hollywood has chosen to commemorate the new season with two films: a romantic comedy set in the world of baseball fandom and the first action adventurer of the year. The films will be looking to divide up the moviegoing demographic, and both should be able to bring in their desired audiences. But after the strong performance of Miramax's Sin City last week, it might be a horse race for the No. 1 spot among the top three entries. 20th Century Fox will bow the Drew Barrymore-produced film Fever Pitch in 3,267 theaters. While the movie is expected to draw primarily women, it also is hoping to reach male baseball fans. Pitch centers on a career woman (Barrymore) who falls in love with a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan (Jimmy Fallon) and must decide whether she can compete against a team of guys. Marketing for the Fox 2000 project began during last year's baseball playoffs, which saw the Red Sox win the World Series for the first time since the Wilson administration. Veteran screenwriters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel reworked the movie's plot line after the team overcame its 86-year-old curse. »

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Boxoffice sands shift as 'Sahara' tops

10 April 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Paramount's Sahara kicked up some dust at the boxoffice this weekend as the action-adventure film from Bristol Bay Prods., while not a blockbuster, did much better than expected and excavated an estimated $18.5 million to easily claim the top spot. The opening for the PG-13 film, starring Matthew McConaughey, marked the third consecutive No. 1 opening for Paramount. Industry observers thought Sahara would debut in the $10 million to $14 million area. After a solid bow of nearly $30 million the previous weekend, Dimension's Sin City held up well on its sophomore frame, reaping an estimated $14.1 million to place second, falling off 52% from its debut -- a strong hold considering the genre. The Bruce Willis starrer, co-directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, has amassed about $50.7 million in 10 days. 20th Century Fox's Fever Pitch didn't quite hit it out of the park but had a respectable debut on its first at-bat in theaters and landed in the third spot with an estimated $13 million. The sports-themed romantic comedy, starring Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon and helmed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly, did particularly well in the Northeast. »

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Pair upped to vp at Fox 2000

10 April 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Maria Faillace and Rodney Ferrell have been promoted to vps at Fox 2000, president Elizabeth Gabler said Friday. Faillace joined the division in January 2000 and as director of production and most recently was involved with Fever Pitch. Ferrell joined Fox 2000 in 2001 as a creative executive and was promoted to director of production. He is handling the films Aquamarine and Flicka. »

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Boxoffice sands shift as 'Sahara' tops

10 April 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Paramount's Sahara kicked up some dust at the boxoffice this weekend as the action-adventure film from Bristol Bay Prods., while not a blockbuster, did much better than expected and excavated an estimated $18.5 million to easily claim the top spot. The opening for the PG-13 film, starring Matthew McConaughey, marked the third consecutive No. 1 opening for Paramount. Industry observers thought Sahara would debut in the $10 million to $14 million area. After a solid bow of nearly $30 million the previous weekend, Dimension's Sin City held up well on its sophomore frame, reaping an estimated $14.1 million to place second, falling off 52% from its debut -- a strong hold considering the genre. The Bruce Willis starrer, co-directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, has amassed about $50.7 million in 10 days. 20th Century Fox's Fever Pitch didn't quite hit it out of the park but had a respectable debut on its first at-bat in theaters and landed in the third spot with an estimated $13 million. The sports-themed romantic comedy, starring Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon and helmed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly, did particularly well in the Northeast. »

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Nail-biter between 'Pitch,' 'Sahara'

8 April 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Spring is in the air, and Hollywood has chosen to commemorate the new season with two films: a romantic comedy set in the world of baseball fandom and the first action adventurer of the year. The films will be looking to divide up the moviegoing demographic, and both should be able to bring in their desired audiences. But after the strong performance of Miramax's Sin City last week, it might be a horse race for the No. 1 spot among the top three entries. 20th Century Fox will bow the Drew Barrymore-produced film Fever Pitch in 3,267 theaters. While the movie is expected to draw primarily women, it also is hoping to reach male baseball fans. Pitch centers on a career woman (Barrymore) who falls in love with a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan (Jimmy Fallon) and must decide whether she can compete against a team of guys. Marketing for the Fox 2000 project began during last year's baseball playoffs, which saw the Red Sox win the World Series for the first time since the Wilson administration. Veteran screenwriters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel reworked the movie's plot line after the team overcame its 86-year-old curse. »

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Flower grows into Warner Bros. pact

6 April 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Warner Bros. Pictures believes in flower power, signing a two-year, first-look deal with Flower Films, the production company run by Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen. Barrymore is set to star in Lucky You, a Warners and Village Roadshow Pictures co-production. She also stars in and, with Juvonen, is one of the producers of Fox 2000's Fever Pitch, which opens Friday. Flower Films, formed in 1995, previously called Columbia Pictures its home. Barrymore and Juvonen had been housed there since 2001 and signed a two-year extension deal with that studio in 2003. Films produced under that deal included Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and 50 First Dates. Before Columbia, Flower Films was located at Fox 2000. »

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Flower grows into Warner Bros. pact

6 April 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Warner Bros. Pictures believes in flower power, signing a two-year, first-look deal with Flower Films, the production company run by Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen. Barrymore is set to star in Lucky You, a Warners and Village Roadshow Pictures co-production. She also stars in and, with Juvonen, is one of the producers of Fox 2000's Fever Pitch, which opens Friday. Flower Films, formed in 1995, previously called Columbia Pictures its home. Barrymore and Juvonen had been housed there since 2001 and signed a two-year extension deal with that studio in 2003. Films produced under that deal included Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and 50 First Dates. Before Columbia, Flower Films was located at Fox 2000. »

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Barrymore's decade impresses ShoWest

10 March 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Drew Barrymore will be honored at the closing-night ceremony of ShoWest 2005, set for March 17 in Las Vegas, with the convention's Distinguished Decade of Achievement in Film award. Barrymore, who has made more than 30 films since her debut in 1980's Altered States, has appeared in such recent hits as Charlie's Angels and 50 First Dates. She next will be seen in the Fox 2000 romantic comedy Fever Pitch, opposite Jimmy Fallon. »

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'Lucky' draw for Barrymore

27 January 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Drew Barrymore is getting lucky. The actress has signed on to star opposite Eric Bana in Lucky You, which Curtis Hanson is directing for Warner Bros. Pictures. Set in the world of high-stakes professional poker, the dramedy-love story is based on an original screenplay by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Eric Roth (Forrest Gump), with additional writing by Hanson, who also will produce with Carol Fenelon and Denise Di Novi. Warners is handling worldwide distribution. Barrymore will play a struggling singer who meets a professional poker player (Bana) as he deals with his estranged father. Village Roadshow is co-financing the film, which is scheduled to begin shooting in March in Las Vegas. Warners' Kevin McCormick is overseeing. Endeavor-repped Barrymore most recently appeared in last year's hit 50 First Dates and stars in the Farrelly brothers' romantic baseball comedy Fever Pitch, due this year. »

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'Lucky' draw for Barrymore

27 January 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Drew Barrymore is getting lucky. The actress has signed on to star opposite Eric Bana in Lucky You, which Curtis Hanson is directing for Warner Bros. Pictures. Set in the world of high-stakes professional poker, the dramedy-love story is based on an original screenplay by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Eric Roth (Forrest Gump), with additional writing by Hanson, who also will produce with Carol Fenelon and Denise Di Novi. Warners is handling worldwide distribution. Barrymore will play a struggling singer who meets a professional poker player (Bana) as he deals with his estranged father. Village Roadshow is co-financing the film, which is scheduled to begin shooting in March in Las Vegas. Warners' Kevin McCormick is overseeing. Endeavor-repped Barrymore most recently appeared in last year's hit 50 First Dates and stars in the Farrelly brothers' romantic baseball comedy Fever Pitch, due this year. »

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