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9 TV Stars Who Horribly Botched Their Big Leap Into Films

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Aaron Paul became a critically acclaimed actor while appearing in a recurring role on the television series Big Love and earned even more praise – and won two Emmy Awards – for his starring role on Breaking Bad. So why is it that the movie Need for Speed, which starred Paul, underperformed in U.S. theaters this past weekend?

Just because Paul is an award-winning actor on television does not mean audiences were going to pack the theaters to see his movie. In fact, there is a long history of wildly popular television stars who fail in their attempt to transition to movie stardom. In many cases, these TV stars made poor choices when it came to film roles. In other instances, viewers simply had no interest in seeing these actors play anything else but their beloved TV characters.

For every George Clooney there are many TV
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Paul Rudd to star in “My Idiot Brother”

HollywoodNews.com: Anthony Bregman of Likely Story and Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub of Big Beach announced that Paul Rudd has signed on to star in “My Idiot Brother,” a comedy about family and the sacrifices it takes to deal with them. Based on a screenplay by Evgenia Peretz and David Schisgall, “My Idiot Brother” will be directed by Jesse Peretz. Production is slated to begin in July in New York. Bregman, Saraf and Turtletaub will produce for their respective companies. Caroline Jaczko, Stefanie Azpiazu and Aleen Keshishian will executive produce. Rudd and Peretz have worked together previously on “The Château.” Rudd will next be seen starring in Jay Roach’s “Dinner for Schmucks” opposite Steve Carell and James Brooks’ “How Do You Know” opposite Reese Witherspoon. He will also be producing (alongside Judd Apatow, Wain, and Ken Marino) and starring in David Wain’s “Wanderlust” opposite Jennifer Aniston.

Ned (Rudd) is an idealist.
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Judah Friedlander Keeps Truckin'

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Comedian-turned-actor Judah Friedlander ("Zoolander," "American Splendor") wears a lot of hats, and that's not to say he's bogged down with multiple titles. No, if you're familiar with his stand-up, VH1 appearances -- or most likely, his role as sketch comedy writer Frank Rossitano on NBC's "30 Rock"-- you've seen his endless array of trucker hats with pithy messages on them ("World Champion" being his most recognizable proclamation). Add an oversized pair of thick-rimmed glasses and five o' clock shadow, and you've got the Friedlander look, which has its own methodology, as the Spirit Award nominee (for "Duane Hopwood") would soon school me.

Adding to Friedlander's eclectic résumé is the new indie rom-com "I Hate Valentine's Day," an encore reunion for "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" leads Nia Vardalos and John Corbett. Vardalos makes her directorial debut and stars as a Brooklyn florist with a strict five-date philosophy on romance, and
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HBO Video snaps up DVD rights to 'Duane'

HBO Video snaps up DVD rights to 'Duane'
HBO Video has secured DVD rights to Matt Mulhern's comic drama Duane Hopwood, starring David Schwimmer as an Atlantic City casino worker in danger of losing visitation rights to his daughters after a drunk driving charge. IFC Entertainment, which is releasing the $1 million-range film theatrically Friday in Philadelphia in a slow urban rollout via IFC Films, nabbed second-window pay TV rights, and producers Lemore Syvan of Elevation Filmworks and Marc Turtletaub of Big Beach are finalizing a deal with Showtime for the first window.

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