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Braff Scrubs Out Of TV Series

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Braff Scrubs Out Of TV Series
Scrubs star Zach Braff will bow out of the hit U.S. series after completing its next season to pursue a career in directing.

The 33-year-old actor has starred in the show as Dr. John 'J.D.' Dorian since its inception in 2001, but admits he's anxious to trade his on-screen role to get behind the camera.

He says, "We thought the show was over after seven years and we all got this bonus year so we're all very excited about that. We don't know if ABC is going to continue airing the show or not - it will all depend on this season.

"I think eight years is a great run. I'm very thankful for it but there are so many other things I'd like to do in my career and I think it's time to move on.

"I directed (2004 film) Garden State. I'd like to direct more films and you can't to both. It's hard to be the lead in a TV show and also try to direct movies."

Braff Set for 'Scrubs' Payday

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Braff Set for 'Scrubs' Payday
Scrubs star Zach Braff is set to become one of the highest paid actors on TV if the hit sitcom gets renewed for a seventh season. According to sources, the 31-year-old actor has landed a deal that will earn him around $350,000 per episode for the 2007-08 season. The new deal will put him in the top echelon of highest-paid male actors on television, alongside Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen, whose paycheck is also in the $350,000 per episode range. Braff, who also wrote, directed and starred in the 2004 independent romantic comedy Garden State, plays Dr John 'J.D.' Dorian on the show.

'Stronger collection' nets Sundance sales boom

'Stronger collection' nets Sundance sales boom
Amid an unexpected feeding frenzy at the Sundance Film Festival, indie mogul Harvey Weinstein continued to gobble up a smorgasbord of films. In the wake of deals for Grace Is Gone and a co-buy with Lionsgate of Teeth, the Weinstein Co., partnering with First Look Studios, bought worldwide rights to the Justin Theroux-directed romantic comedy Dedication for $4 million. Then, partnering with Fox Searchlight, it took world rights on the Mexican heart-tugger La Misma Luna for $5 million-$6 million.

"It's like Bloomingdale's before Christmas," said ThinkFilm's Mark Urman, who plunked down a hefty sum -- more than $2.5 million -- for the docu In the Shadow of the Moon. "It's a stronger collection of films. It's ironic that Sundance wanting to focus on films that were less commercial has made the festival more of a market than ever."

Paramount Vantage, which seemed to be staying out of the spotlight, announced Tuesday the acquisition of worldwide rights to two films, How She Move, for which it paid slightly $3 million in partnership with MTV Films, and Son of Rambow, the fest's biggest buy so far at about $7 million. Those two purchases were notable because neither film features any recognizable actors.

After the Cinetic Media party Monday night at Zoom, a number of deep-pocketed buyers, from Sony Pictures Classics to Lionsgate, jumped into yet another bidding war over the Mexican film Luna, directed by Patricia Riggen. The bilingual, border-crossing drama about a boy searching for his mother, eventually sold at dawn Tuesday to Searchlight and the Weinstein Co.

Weinstein and Searchlight president Peter Rice partnered on Zach Braff's 2004 Sundance pickup Garden State. Searchlight will take the lead in North America and South America, while the two companies will pick and choose which will handle international territories on a case-by-case basis, they said. They will split the global pot 50-50.

The film has the potential to reach Latin American moviegoers and a wide crossover audience not only in the U.S. but around the world, producer Ram Bergman said. "Harvey was passionate about the picture," he said. "He got the movie. The combination of Fox domestic and Weinstein international is the best of both worlds."

Luna stars recent Golden Globe winner America Ferrera (Ugly Betty) as well as Adrian Alonso (The Legend of Zorro). Written by Ligiah Villalobos, Riggen and Villalobos produced the film along with Gerardo Barrera, Norman Dreyfuss and Bergman.

Braff: "I'm Depressed"

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Scrubs star Zach Braff has opened up about his battle with depression in a US magazine interview. The funnyman, who recently split from pop star Mandy Moore, told Sunday supplement Parade he thinks he suffers from "mild depression." The Garden State star admits his fans have helped him come to terms with his mood swings. He says, "To to have millions of people go, 'I watched your movie and related' was the ultimate affirmation that I'm not a freak." The Golden Globe Award nominee, 31, insists his moody nature and his lack of image make him the most unlikely Hollywood star: "I don't care about image and all that nonsense. I'm in sweat pants every day. I don't play the game at all."

Braff Shelves 'Open Hearts'

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Director/actor Zach Braff has been forced to shelve his latest movie, after failing to secure enough cast members to begin filming. The Garden State star has adapted a Danish screenplay called Open Hearts, but is struggling to find people to work with. He tells Moviehole.net, "There is always pressure, but I'm going to do something that isn't anything like Garden State. "The next thing I will do will be completely different, Open Hearts, which is a Danish movie that I adapted. "It's a really dark drama about a car accident and the way the accident affects all the people involved in it. I was going to do it this summer, but since I couldn't get my top people I'm waiting until next summer."

Johansson Joins Portman for Period Piece

Johansson Joins Portman for Period Piece
Lost in Translation star Scarlett Johansson has joined Natalie Portman and Eric Bana for The Other Boleyn Girl. The film is based on Philippa Gregory's historical novel, with Johansson and Garden State star Portman playing two fiercely ambitious sisters, Mary and Ann Boleyn, who were rivals for the heart of 16th century British monarch King Henry VIII, played by Munich actor Bana. Executives from BBC Films, which originally acquired the book rights and made a 2003 TV film starring Natascha McElhone and Jared Harris, are also producing the project. Filming is scheduled to begin this autumn in London, with Justin Chadwick slated to direct.

Moore and Braff Break Up

Moore and Braff Break Up
Scrubs star Zach Braff and Mandy Moore have ended their relationship, according to media reports in the US. The couple have reportedly gone their separate ways, mainly due to the nine-year age gap between them. Us Weekly West Coast Editor Ian Drew says, "They both decided that after two years, Mandy was a little young. Zach was ready for something different and they wanted to just kind of test the waters a little bit. It was an amicable break." A source tells the American magazine, "Mandy was very young when they got together and she wanted to see what's out there, now that she's a woman. Zach was mature and realized it is time to let her do that." The pair have been tight-lipped about their relationship, but the 22-year-old singer launched a scathing attack on tabloid journalists earlier this week, who reported on the rumored break-up. She wrote on her website, "I believe that personal issues (like this one) should be kept private. This sort of unscrupulous conduct should be unethical for the media to practice and I'm sickened by the extent that these people are willing to go to make a name for themselves." The 31-year-old Garden State star has wasted no time moving on, he was recently seen partying with pals at Hollywood hot spot Hyde on June 8 and unsuccessfully romancing Jessica Simpson.

Salt collars 'Angus' adaptation

Salt collars 'Angus' adaptation
NEW YORK -- Jennifer Salt, a staff writer for the FX series Nip/Tuck, has inked a deal to adapt Charles Siebert's novel Angus. Dan Halsted (Garden State, the upcoming Margaret) and Dana Ford will produce the feature through Ford's Core Pictures. The film, loosely based on the novel, will examine a year in the life of a young married couple seen through the eyes of their newly adopted young dog. Salt is writing the seriocomic drama for an adult audience. "It's about a couple going through a difficult time and how the dog's fearlessness after a near-death fight with a coyote inspires them and heals them," she said.

Abdy exec vp production at Par

Pamela Abdy has been upped to executive vp production at Paramount Pictures. She joined the studio as vp production in 2003 and became senior vp in January 2004. Abdy served as president of production of Jersey Films, having started at the company as an intern and assistant to Jersey principal Danny DeVito. While at Jersey, she produced Zach Braff's Garden State, which won the Independent Spirit Award for best first feature, and executive produced How High. At Paramount, she has overseen such films as Mean Girls and the upcoming Oliver Stone film World Trade Center. Other projects on her slate include Braff's Open Hearts and Stop Loss by Kimberly Peirce.

Braff opens 'Hearts' for Paramount

Braff opens 'Hearts' for Paramount
Zach Braff will follow up his Garden State directorial debut with a remake of the 2002 Danish film Open Hearts for Paramount Pictures. Braff will adapt, helm, produce and co-star in the romantic drama. Paramount beat out Fox Searchlight and the Weinstein Co. in what insiders described as an intense bidding war for the chance to work with the multihyphenate. Ever since Garden State was acquired at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival by Searchlight and Miramax Films, Braff has enjoyed solid relationships with the Fox specialty label and Harvey Weinstein. But Braff ultimately was swayed by the opportunity to reunite with Paramount's Pam Abdy, who produced Garden State and will shepherd Open Hearts for the studio alongside Brad Weston. Paramount president Gail Berman also was instrumental in bringing the project to the studio.

Braff opens 'Hearts' for Paramount

Zach Braff will follow up his Garden State directorial debut with a remake of the 2002 Danish film Open Hearts for Paramount Pictures. Braff will adapt, helm, produce and co-star in the romantic drama. Paramount beat out Fox Searchlight and the Weinstein Co. in what insiders described as an intense bidding war for the chance to work with the multihyphenate. Ever since Garden State was acquired at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival by Searchlight and Miramax Films, Braff has enjoyed solid relationships with the Fox specialty label and Harvey Weinstein. But Braff ultimately was swayed by the opportunity to reunite with Paramount's Pam Abdy, who produced Garden State and will shepherd Open Hearts for the studio alongside Brad Weston. Paramount president Gail Berman also was instrumental in bringing the project to the studio.

Garner makes 'Enemy' with Banker script

Todd Garner's Broken Road Prods. is developing the comedy Common Enemy. Penned by Mark Banker, a TV comedy vet and former writer for the Onion, the story centers on an aspiring family therapist who meets his match after being introduced to his future in-laws -- the most dysfunctional group he has ever encountered. Garner will produce along with Dan Halsted (Any Given Sunday, Garden State) and Dana Ford, who is financing the project.

Braff and Moore Finally Go Public

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Braff and Moore Finally Go Public
Hollywood couple Zach Braff and Mandy Moore finally went public with their romance at the Golden Globes on Monday, with the Scrubs star declaring the beauty is "an amazing comedian." The Garden State funnyman, 30, and singer/actress, 21, starting dating exactly a year ago, but have refused to confirm they were a couple until now. However, the pair happily posed for photos at the Hollywood awards on Monday and Braff told of his excitement of Moore's guest role in Scrubs. He says, "Mandy is an amazing comedian and I don't think a lot of people have gotten the chance to see her do broad, physical comedy. It really gave her a chance to show off that side of her." Meanwhile, Braff's co-star Sarah Chalke enthuses, "They are the sweetest couple."

Smith Reportedly Quits 'Fletch' Film

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Smith Reportedly Quits 'Fletch' Film
Cult movie maker Kevin Smith has reportedly quit the planned Fletch Won film after spending years fighting for pal Jason Lee to play the reporter created in the 1980s by Chevy Chase. The Clerks director's decision to walk away from his labor of love comes after a spat with producer David List, according to film gossip website MovieHole.net. List tells the site, "Kevin Smith is no longer affiliated with the Fletch film as writer or director. His type of comedy just isn't Fletch. The movie is going to be made, and, if all goes as planned, should be in production in early 2006." List insists Smith's departure was amicable. Garden State star Zach Braff has long been a favorite of producers to play the lead character in the long-awaited follow up to 1989 movie Fletch Lives. Meanwhile, List claims funnyman Chase is being targeted for a cameo appearance in the new Fletch film. The producer adds, "I think it would be great. I think everyone will welcome his being a part of it."

Portman's Pregnancy Made To Measure

Portman's Pregnancy Made To Measure
Screen siren Natalie Portman was sad to turn her back on action sequences in the final Star Wars movie Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith, because her character Padme Amidala is pregnant with Anakin Skywalker's twins. The Garden State beauty accepted the challenge of seeing out her sci-fi role by sporting a strap-on bump to simulate Padme's different stages of pregnancy. Despite her regret at having to take a more pedestrian role, Portman is aware action sequences featuring a pregnant woman would have upset lots of viewers. The 23-year-old tells Empire magazine, "There's definitely a lot less action for me. It would be kind of ridiculous to have a pregnant woman doing that. Not to mention unethical." On her prosthetic attachment, Portman adds, "There were a couple of different sizes. I think they made the bump to my measurements, but I didn't have to have, like, a cast made of my stomach. They made it for my proportions, because having a six-foot girl's bump would have looked kind of ridiculous on me."

'Anchorman,' 'Mean Girls' top MTV noms

'Anchorman,' 'Mean Girls' top MTV noms
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Mean Girls top the list of nominees for the 2005 MTV Movie Awards with four nominations each, MTV said Wednesday. Spider-Man 2, Kill Bill-Vol. 2, Napoleon Dynamite, "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" and Garden State follow with three nominations each. Nominees for the 14th annual awards, which will be taped June 4 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles to air at 8:30 p.m. June 9, were chosen through a national poll of MTV and MTV2 viewers. In the best movie category, Kill Bill-Vol. 2, Napoleon Dynamite, Spider-Man 2, Ray and The Incredibles will compete for the MTV Movie Award.

'Anchorman,' 'Mean Girls' top MTV noms

'Anchorman,' 'Mean Girls' top MTV noms
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Mean Girls top the list of nominees for the 2005 MTV Movie Awards with four nominations each, MTV said Wednesday. Spider-Man 2, Kill Bill-Vol. 2, Napoleon Dynamite, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and Garden State follow with three nominations each. Nominees for the 14th annual awards, which will be taped June 4 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles to air at 8:30 p.m. June 9, were chosen through a national poll of MTV and MTV2 viewers. In the best movie category, Kill Bill-Vol. 2, Napoleon Dynamite, Spider-Man 2, Ray and The Incredibles will compete for the MTV Movie Award.

Sideways Captivates Independent Spirit Awards

Sideways Captivates Independent Spirit Awards
This year's Independent Spirit Awards turned into a Sideways coronation, as the hit comedy won all six awards it was nominated for. In addition to taking Best Picture, the movie won Best Director for Alexander Payne, Best Screenplay for Payne and Jim Taylor, and acting awards for Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, and Virginia Madsen. (The fourth Sideways co-star, Sandra Oh, got an honorable mention as the sole cast member who could drink all the others under the table.) With Sideways getting the lion's share of awards, there was scant room for other movies, with the closest competitors nabbing only two awards each. Maria Full of Grace won the Best Actress honor for Catalina Sandino Moreno as well as Best First Feature, while The Motorcycle Diaries nabbed Best Cinematography and Best Debut Performance for Rodrigo de la Serna. Other winners included indie hit Garden State for Best First Feature, The Sea Inside for Best Foreign Film, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster for Best Documentary, and Mean Creek for the John Cassavetes Award, which honors films made for under $500,000. Get all the Independent Spirit Award winners

Vintage year at Indie Spirits as 'Sideways' wins

The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards took a big drink of Sideways Saturday, as the wine-soaked comedy picked up six trophies, including one for best feature. In addition, the Fox Searchlight release, produced by Michael London, earned awards for Alexander Payne as best director and Payne and co-writer Jim Taylor for best screenplay. In the acting categories, its lead actor Paul Giamatti took home honors as best male lead, while Thomas Haden Church and Virginia Madsen scored in the supporting acting categories. The award for best female lead went to Catalina Sandino Moreno, who plays a reluctant drug runner in HBO Films/Fine Line Features' Maria Full of Grace. The film's writer/director Joshua Marston also received an award for best first screenplay. Zach Braff's debut film, Garden State, a Fox Searchlight release, was named best first feature, while Jacob Aaron Estes' Mean Creek, released by Paramount Classics took the John Cassavetes Award for best feature made for under $500,000.

WGA nominees surrender some secrets

WGA nominees surrender some secrets
A yellow bathrobe just might be the secret to becoming a successful screenwriter, according to one of the participants in Beyond Words, a panel session featuring this year's WGA Award nominees in the film categories. The Thursday night event, presented by the WGA and The Hollywood Reporter at the Writers Guild Theatre in Beverly Hills, offered insights and hilarious examples of how the writing process really works. The nominees involved included Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Zach Braff (Garden State), Keir Pearson (Hotel Rwanda), Paul Haggis (Million Dollar Baby), Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries), Alexander Payne (Sideways), John Logan (The Aviator) and Julie Delpy (Before Sunset). In a discussion of rituals and process moderated by Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) most of the panelists admitted that they procrastinate -- a lot -- when it comes to getting down to work. Rivera said writer's block was nature's way of preventing mistakes, and Kaufman said he spun his wheels a lot, not doing much. Payne said that not doing much was the process, and that you need eight hours to write two hours.
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