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Gossip Girl Casting News: The Return of Aaron Tveit, Debut of Sarah Steele

2 October 2009 3:17 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

A pair of Gossip Girl casting notes to close the week:

Aaron Tveit will reprise his role as Tripp, Nate’s cousin, for at least six episodes this November. Reportedly, Tripp will announce plans to run for office and Nate will get involved with the campaign. Also, Entertainment Weekly reports that Sarah Steele has been cast in the potentially recurring role of Kira Abernathy, a Constance Billard student. She debuts on November 9 and is best known for her role as Bernice in Spanglish.

No offense to these actors, but they are nothing compared to the guest stars lined up for next week's all-new episode: Hilary Duff and Tyra Banks will both appear! »

- (M.L. House)

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'Gossip Girl' exclusive: Nate's hot cuz returns!

2 October 2009 8:49 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

A Gossip Girl insider confirms to me exclusively that Broadway vet Aaron Tveit is reprising his role as Nate's wealthy cousin, Tripp Vanderbilt, this November for at least six episodes. Idle Gossip says the politically minded Tripp will announce that he's running for office (possibly the senate) and Nate will get involved with his campaign. I'm told Holley Fain, who played Tripp's fiancée, will also be returning for multiple episodes. Tveit will juggle his Gossip arc with his current gig on Broadway in Next to Normal. In other Gg casting news, Sarah Steele (Spanglish) has been cast in the potentially recurring role of Kira Abernathy, »

- Michael Ausiello

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Judd Apatow & James L. Brooks Are 'Funny People' With Similar Careers

5 August 2009 12:00 PM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

History isn't typically a laughing matter, but in the case of famed director-producer-writer James L. Brooks, it usually is. Brooks, whose credits include "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Taxi" and "The Simpsons," has a long and esteemed history in the movie and television business, though his hasn't always been an easy road. Still, it's also not a unique road; the path that Brooks traversed has been walked before, and it's certainly being walked again.

Look no further than "Funny People" director Judd Apatow, whose career is starting to mirror that of James L. Brooks. Sure, the two have wandered down different forks in the road at times, but Apatow's trajectory is nonetheless similar to Brooks' own in some very meaningful ways.

For one, both Brooks and Apatow are well-known for their works on high quality television programming. Brooks created "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," which paved the way for spin-off series' "Rhoda" and "Lou Grant. »

- Josh Wigler

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Adam Sandler Takes Box Office Title With Disappointing ‘Funny People’

3 August 2009 6:19 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Adam Sandler can lay claim to another #1 film with this weekend’s opening of “Funny People,” co-starring Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Jonah Hill, and Jason Schwartzman, but the box office win was bittersweet as the film failed to deliver either by the standards of its star or even its acclaimed writer/director Judd Apatow.

Adam Sandler stars as George Simmons. “

Photo credit: Tracy Bennett and Universal Pictures According to Box Office Mojo, “Funny People” made $23.4 million over the weekend with a per-screen average of $7,793. They are not horrible numbers by any stretch, but they do fall below industry and studio expectations.

Two years ago, Judd Apatow’s “Knocked Up” opened with $31 million without the star power of Adam Sandler and even “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” nearly matched the opening of “Funny People” with just over $21 million in 2005.

Funny People” also fell significantly short when compared to recent Adam Sandler openings. »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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'Funny People' debuts at top of Us box office

3 August 2009 12:16 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Judd Apatow's Funny People starring Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen has debuted at the top of the Us box office with a mere $$23.4 million. The $$75 million-budgeted comedy marks Sandler's worst opening at the North American box office since 2004's Spanglish. Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince has remained in the number two spot for a consecutive week, followed by last week's box office champ G-Force at number three with $$17 million and Katherine Heigl's The Ugly Truth in the number 4 spot with $$13 million. The second debut is the family/adventure movie Aliens In The Attic at number five with $$7.8 million. (more) »

- By Marcell Minaya

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‘Funny People’ makes $23.4 million: Will it cover the budget during run?

2 August 2009 1:20 PM, PDT | | See recent Reel Loop news »

Not so funny for Universal

Despite rapid-fire penis jokes, a third act collapse and a rather melancholy theme, spit-wad shooter and sometime director Judd Apatow’s latest tour de fart, Funny People, landed at the No.1 position with an estimated $23.4 million.

Starring Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen, Funny People still has some room to grow if it wants to catch its astounding $75-$100 million budget during its theatrical run. (See, that’s what happens when you have Paul Reiser stop by for a cameo. The payroll goes through the roof.) Look at the studio projections (low-$20 million to the mid-$30 million) and Universal may have been gambling on Funny People having a Hangover-like run. Time will tell.

This also marks Sandler’s worst comedy debut since 2000’s Little Nicky. Yet compared to the Happy Gilmore star’s more serious films (Punch-Drunk Love, SpanglishGoing Overboard), Funny People was a weiner winner. »

- Erik Buckman

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Funny People Gets Last Laugh?

2 August 2009 11:25 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

If you think Funny People was tough to figure out as a movie—Is it a comedy? Is it a drama?—try making sense of its box office debut. The Judd Apatow-directed, Adam Sandler-fronted hybrid grossed $23.4 million Friday-Sunday, per estimates, enough to top the weekend standings. And while the take reigned over Reign Over Me, Spanglish and Sandler's other uncomic pieces, it didn't really stack up, dollar for dollar, with Apatow's previous films. Crunching the numbers: • In comedy, timing is everything. With Funny People, definition is everything. "If you consider it a dramedy, it's a success," Exhibitor Relations' Jeff Bock said today. "If you »

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Paz Vega Welcomes Daughter Ava

21 July 2009 12:00 PM, PDT | People - CelebrityBabies | See recent People - CelebrityBabies news »

Inf It’s a girl! Actress Paz Vega and her husband Orson Salazar welcomed their second child on Friday, July 17th, the Spanglish star confirms. As was planned, daughter Ava Salazar was born in Madrid and weighed in at 7 lbs., 2 oz.

“Paz and Ava are both healthy and enjoying being at home,” her rep Marcel Pariseau confirms to Celebrity Baby Blog. “Paz and Orson are both so excited about the new addition to their young family.”

Due to the baby’s positioning, Paz needed to undergo a cesarean to deliver her daughter. “She was transverse in my womb, so they had to perform a c-section,” the actress explained in interviews with the Spanish press.

While the 33-year-old is “happy” that the delivery went perfectly, she laughs that baby Ava is keeping everyone on their toes with her voracious appetite.

“The baby has come big and with lots of interest in eating! »

- Anya

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Ask 'Funny People' Stars Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann a Question

14 July 2009 10:15 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The comedy 'Funny People' has so many great things going for it, it's almost hard to keep track.

For one thing, it's directed by Judd Apatow, the comic -- is "genius" too strong a word? -- behind 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin' and 'Knocked Up.'

And then there are the stars: Adam Sandler, the former 'SNL' star who's known for crowd-pleasing comedies like 'Big Daddy' and 'The Waterboy,' but who's done his share of introspective dramas as well ('Punch-Drunk Love,' 'Spanglish,' 'You Don't Mess With the Zohan' ... Ok, kidding about that last one).

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- Patricia Chui

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Jack Nicholson reuniting with James L. Brooks for new comedy

3 June 2009 2:45 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

  Can filmmaker James L. Brooks go three-for-three in Oscar wins for Los Angeles' biggest Lakers fan?Looking to rebound from the disappointing and forgettable "Spanglish," Brooks has already recruited an all-star cast including Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson for his latest untitled dramedy.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jack Nicholson is looking to add even more starpower to the ensemble.The project finds Witherspoon playing a professional softball player (really) romantically torn between an everyday joe played by Rudd and a charismatic Mlb player portrayed by Wilson (the trade makes the point in noting his character has a 94-mile an »

- HitFix Staff

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Movie Production Update: February 20, 2009

19 February 2009 11:03 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Once again I bring you the best round-up of all the movie updates announced in this past week's trade reports. Some I reported on throughout the week others I held until now. Either way here is the lot. Check out the full list and links are available if the film is in the database already, and remember you can keep up with all new films added and updated on the site right here 24/7. Title: Untitled Crowley Project

Studio: CBS Films

Director: Tom Vaughan (What Happens in Vegas)

Screenwriter: Robert Nelson Jacobs

Cast: Harrison Ford, Brendan Fraser, Keri Russell

Storyline: Russell plays Aileen Crowley, a wife and mother who relentlessly builds a normal, loving home life for her children while her husband, John Crowley (Fraser), and an unconventional scientist (Ford) race against time to build a company that could rescue them. The film is inspired by a true story. Title: Wedlocked »

- Brad Brevet

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Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson in James L. Brooks' Latest

18 February 2009 2:52 AM, PST | | See recent news »

After a handful of rumors regarding James L. Brooks' latest film, we finally have some confirmed details. Brooks is directing a project tentatively titled How Do You Know? for Columbia Pictures. Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd are in talks to star opposite Reese Witherspoon in what is being called a romantic comedy with a love triangle. Rudd would play a white-collar executive vying for Witherspoon's affections, while Wilson would play a professional baseball pitcher who is also a love interest. Brooks last directed Spanglish in 2004 as well as As Good as It Gets, Broadcast News, and Terms of Endearment before that. Sony / Columbia is looking to get production started in the summer for release in 2010. Not only is Brooks directing, but he wrote the screenplay and is producing. As much as we'd love to see Paul Rudd starring in this (I know I want to), he's not entirely »

- Alex Billington

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What Films Top Your List of Movies that Didn't Receive Any Oscar Nominations?

3 February 2009 2:41 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Scott Feinberg at The Envelope has created a list of his "The top 25 movies of the past 10 years that got no Oscar love" and it's an interesting idea considering there has been so much hatred aimed at the Academy over The Dark Knight not getting a Best Picture nomination, but it did actually receive eight nominations, which is nothing to scoff at. We are talking about films that didn't receive any nominations, zero, zilch, nada. Any come to mind? I had never considered the idea since it is a relatively hard thing to imagine that a favorite film of yours didn't receive any Oscar nominations -- wait, is that why general audiences aren't interested in the Oscars? -- but then I went back over my 2003-2008 Top Ten lists and found several that weren't nominated and put together a quick top ten and an example category I think they should have been nominated in. »

- Brad Brevet

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Review: Bedtime Stories

27 January 2009 11:56 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Adam Sandler's latest movie finds the funny man collaborating with the fine folks at Disney . if you can believe that! The end result is the gentle but tepid family film Bedtime Stories.

In Bedtime Stories, Sandler plays Skeeter Bronson, a hotel handy man who entertains his niece and nephew by telling them fantastical stories that feature elements inspired by his own underappreciated existence. As the children become more and more enamored by his tales of fancy, they begin adding their own little twists to the stories. To Skeeter's great amazement, many of these odd twists . including a massive gum-ball storm - become a reality. Is there a higher power at work, or are these strange happenings merely bizarre coincidences?

Bedtime Stories is harmless enough. In fact, it is by far the least crude of Sandler's infantile catalog, and this is coming from a fan. Infantile and Sandler go together like chocolate and peanut butter. »

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