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Weekend Report: 'Hangover' Gets High, 'Up' Hangs On

The Hangover hit the jackpot over the weekend, narrowly edging out Up for the top spot. The ribald comedy had been projected to trail the Pixar adventure in Sunday's studio estimates, but was revised upward once actual grosses poured in. Hangover's Friday dominance combined with a better-than-expected Sunday haul cinched its position, despite Up soaring past it on Saturday as well as being marginally ahead on Sunday. Both pictures were highly successful for their genres and wound up less than two percent apart. Less fortunate was Land of the Lost, which debuted at a distant third. The weekend as a whole came in at $165.5 million, off six percent from the same period last year when Kung Fu Panda opened. The Hangover packed a much greater wallop than the norm for its genre, taking in $45 million on around 4,500 screens at 3,269 sites. It was hyped as the preordained raunchy comedy hit of the season,
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O'Connell's Brother To Wed?

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O'Connell's Brother To Wed?
U.S. reality TV star Charlie O'Connell is to follow brother Jerry down the aisle after talking marriage with the girl he picked on hit show The Bachelor.

O'Connell met and fell for Sarah Brice on the dating show in 2005. The couple split last year, just before Jerry wed actress/model Rebecca Romijn, but reconciled.

And now friends claim Charlie is ready to ask Brice to marry him.

The Dude, Where's My Car? actor tells In Touch magazine, "I don't want to jinx it, but it's going great. We are taking it slow and not taking each other for granted this time. The future looks good."

Video sharer casts itself in 'Home'

Video sharer casts itself in 'Home'
NEW YORK -- A video-sharing site is taking on an unusual role -- as investor, producer and marketer of an independent film starring Danny DeVito and Katey Sagal.

Vidshadow.com will produce two scenes in the film, No Place Like Home, that will feature the site and its content, and it will create an innovative online marketing campaign that seeks to build an audience and find a distributor for the film.

The deal is a potentially groundbreaking one for video-sharing sites, independent film and integrated marketing partnerships.

The indie comedy Home is being produced by Wayne Rice (Dude, Where's My Car) and was written and directed by Sam Harper, who wrote and co-wrote Just Married and Cheaper by the Dozen. It's about a father (DeVito) who in order to enjoy his retirement takes drastic measures to get his twentysomething slacker sons to move out and fend for themselves.

As part of the marketing campaign for the film, producers from Vidshadow will create 12 weekly video segments featuring footage shot during each week of filming. The segments will include interviews with talent and behind-the-scenes footage on how the movie was made, all captured by a Vidshadow crew that will shoot daily b-roll.

Starting the first week of September, the Home videos will be featured on a specially created microsite on Vidshadow.com as well as on 16,200 other Web sites that are part of Vidshadow's syndication network. Vidshadow CEO Jordan Hudgens said the goal is to have more than 10 million people view the content before the movie opens in hopes that the hype will help secure a distribution partner.

Col plays 'Fetch' with Leiner pic

Col plays 'Fetch' with Leiner pic
Columbia Pictures has attached Danny Leiner to direct the romantic comedy Fetch, which Jeff Lowell is writing and Neal Moritz is producing for his Original Film. Leiner most recently directed Great New Wonderful, a tale of five, interwoven stories set in New York in the wake of Sept. 11. The film, whose cast includes Maggie Gyllenhaal, Edie Falco, Tony Shalhoub and Olympia Dukakis, premiered at the recent Tribeca Film Festival. Leiner's other directing credits include Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and Dude, Where's My Car?

Aude Delighted To Be Home After Jail Ordeal

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Aude Delighted To Be Home After Jail Ordeal
Actor Erik Aude returned home to California on Sunday after spending almost three years in a Pakistani jail for drug trafficking. The Dude, Where's My Car? star was arrested and jailed in February 2002 after Pakistani authorities found opium in the lining of a suitcase Aude believed contained leather jackets he was taking to America for a business colleague. The actor admits his jail spell was a living hell of beatings and death threats that made him realize how privileged he is as an American. He told friends, family and press at Los Angeles' Lax airport, "You really have no idea how lucky we are. As Americans we live like kings."

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
LAS VEGAS -- If one were able to toss the American Pie trilogy, the John Hughes brat pack pictures and the Cheech & Chong screen oeuvre into a cultural blender and then press the pulse button a few times, the result would probably have the flavor and consistency of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, a blissfully silly, character-driven road movie with impressive laugh-per-minute performance specs.

Screened at the CineVegas Film Festival (and shown a day later at the Los Angeles Film Festival), this inspired entry in the generally languid stoner comedy genre is a comparative breath of fresh, if herb-scented, air.

Effectively carried by a pair of relative newcomers, the New Line release should satisfy the cravings of laugh-starved young-adult audiences and will likely hang around well past Labor Day.

Meanwhile, the folks at White Castle would be wise to ensure their burger inventories can withstand an inevitable late-summer onslaught from copycat customers.

Making like a multicultural Bill and Ted, Harold Lee (John Cho), a socially reserved, somewhat-anal accountant, and his outspoken, would-be med student roommate, Kumar Patel (Kal Penn), are, ahem, chronic overachievers when it comes to partaking of one of their favorite weekend activities.

Overcome with a particularly insistent case of the munchies while watching a seductive White Castle commercial, they rise to the challenge and embark on a nocturnal quest across the backwoods of New Jersey in search of the cute little burgers.

But the road to fast-food riches is paved with considerable peril in the form of potentially rabid raccoons, escaped cheetahs, corrupt cops, a boil-infested tow-truck driver named Freakshow (Christopher Meloni) and even a horny Doogie Howser (a funny Neil Patrick Harris).

Working from a lively script by rewrite specialists Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg that manages to find a place for animation, puppetry and some light CGI, director Danny Leiner keeps it all chugging agreeably forward, while his cast, which also includes cameos from Fred Willard, Anthony Anderson and Ryan Reynolds, join in the goofiness.

But it's Indian-American Penn, who is a welcome burst of comic energy, and Korean-American Cho, as his hapless foil, who keep the proceedings anchored in a real-world reality too-seldom represented in contemporary comedies. It's nice to see characters who are usually relegated to stock, stereotypical supporting roles finally allowed to carry the entire picture.

That alone is almost enough to forgive director Leiner for Dude, Where's My Car?

Maybe not.

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

New Line

New Line Cinema presents in association with Senator International

a Senator International/Kingsgate production in association with Endgame Entertainment

A film by Danny Leiner

Credits:

Director: Danny Leiner

Screenwriters: Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg

Producers: Greg Shapiro, Nathan Kahane

Executive producers: J. David Brewington Jr., Luke Ryan, Joe Drake, Carsten Lorenz, Hanno Huth

Director of photography: Bruce Douglas Johnson

Production designer: Steve Rosenzweig

Editor: Jeff Betancourt

Music: David Kitay

Music supervisor: Dave Jordan

Casting: Cassandra Kulukundis.

Cast:

Kumar: Kal Penn

Harold: John Cho

Maria: Paula Garces

Himself: Neil Patrick Harris

Goldstein: David Krumholtz

Rosenberg: Eddie Kaye Thomas

Freakshow: Christopher Meloni

Male Nurse: Ryan Reynolds

Dr. Willoughby: Fred Willard

MPAA rating R

Running time -- 87 minutes

Garner ShoWest Star of Tomorrow

Garner ShoWest Star of Tomorrow
Jennifer Garner will be honored as Female Star of Tomorrow at ShoWest 2004, which takes place March 22-25 in Las Vegas. A Golden Globe-winning actress for her role as a high-tech spy on ABC's Alias, Garner next stars in the comedy 13 Going on 30 from Revolution Studios and Columbia Pictures. "Jennifer Garner has already taken the world by storm on the small screen, and we can only imagine what great success lies in store as she begins to conquer the excitement and glamour of the silver screen," said Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director of the event, in announcing the honor. In 13, directed by Gary Winick and opening April 23, Garner stars opposite Mark Ruffalo as a 13-year-old girl trapped in a woman's body. Garner's big-screen credits also include Daredevil, in which she starred opposite Ben Affleck, Pearl Harbor and Dude, Where's My Car? Her role in Alias has earned her two Emmy noms and two Golden Globe noms in addition to her 2001 Globe for best performance in a television drama. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, ShoWest is the world's largest motion picture industry convention. The 2004 edition of ShoWest will be held at Bally's and Paris hotels in Las Vegas. Founded by the National Association of Theatre Owners of California and Nevada, ShoWest is managed by the VNU Expositions Film Group, a division of VNU Business Media.

Boxoffice preview: From TV buddies to movie rivals

Boxoffice preview: From TV buddies to movie rivals
The media have already dubbed this weekend's boxoffice showdown as the Battle of the That '70s Show Stars. But despite the fact that two of that sitcom's regulars, Ashton Kutcher and Topher Grace, headline the two new wide releases, the contest is really one between vastly different genres. Kutcher's The Butterfly Effect is a spooky, time-traveling, psychological thriller, and Grace's Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! is a lighter-than-air, teen-centric romantic comedy. Kutcher is, of course, much more of a proven boxoffice commodity than Grace. Although Grace has appeared in such ensemble films as Traffic and Mona Lisa Smile, his individual appeal has yet to be tested. Kutcher can boast of the unforgettable Dude, Where's My Car? ($46.7 million) and January 2003's surprise hit Just Married ($56 million). (The August release My Boss's Daughter, which flatlined at $15.5 million, is best forgotten.) Still, it's the genre, not the stars, that may determine this weekend's returns.

Ashton: Demi Didn't Boost My Career

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Ashton: Demi Didn't Boost My Career
Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher has lashed out at claims dating Demi Moore has boosted his career. The Just Married actor, 25, is furious at those who suggest his TV and film successes are due to his relationship with the Indecent Proposal star, 41. He says, "Let's just recap for a moment. Before I met her, I managed to figure out how to be on That's 70s Show - a successful sitcom - for five years. I managed to produce and make my own TV show Punk'd. I managed to make a couple of films that did extremely well Dude, Where's My Car? and Just Married which opened at number one in the US box office. I already had a pretty good career before I met my current significant other and I think I'll have a pretty good one after. I don't think it's all because of who I'm dating."

Foursome in harmony with Serenade Films

Industry veterans Leslie Urdang, Michael Nozik, Michael Hoffman and Amy Robinson have teamed to launch Serenade Films. The new production outfit will focus on financing and producing digital and high-definition video feature films. The company announced its formation with one feature film in the packaging stages, The Great New Wonderful to be directed by Danny Leiner (Dude, Where's My Car?) from a screenplay by Sam Catlin with Tony Shalhoub and Edie Falco starring. Eyeing a first-quarter 2004 start, the film weaves five stories against the backdrop of an uncertain post-Sept. 11 New York. UTA is packaging the project. "We are like the Jet Blue of the film industry -- no frills, but we offer filmmakers an opportunity to make movies they are passionate about -- and we have the flexibility to move quickly when all the elements come together," Serenade founder and partner Urdang said. "There's no bureaucracy; we are truly independent."

Scott making 'Knight' move at Paramount

Scott making 'Knight' move at Paramount
Seann William Scott, best known for playing Stifler in the American Pie franchise, is in negotiations to play a much smoother character in the Paramount Pictures comedy Sebastian Knight. Scott will star as the title character, a dashing CIA agent who has a one-night stand with a woman vacationing in Monaco in order to get himself out of a jam. But the needy woman then makes Knight sorry he met her when she becomes convinced that they made a love connection and pursues him. Knight was penned by Steve Koren and is being produced by Lorne Michaels. Molly Shannon also helped develop the project, which Karen Rosenfelt is overseeing for the studio. Scott is onscreen opposite Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Universal Pictures' action comedy The Rundown. In addition to starring turns in all three installments of the Pie franchise, he also has starred in Dude, Where's My Car? and Evolution. Scott is repped by CAA and attorney David Weber.

FP Ventures taps Isaacson, Rosen to posts

Former studio production executives Josie Rosen and Barry Isaacson have joined Joseph Farrell and Catherine Paura's Walt Disney Co.-based FP Ventures production banner as production president and executive vp, respectively. Rosen most recently executive produced the Ashton Kutcher comedy Just Married. Before that, she was senior vp at 20th Century Fox on such projects as Dude, Where's My Car? and From Hell. Rosen also worked at Gary Foster's Horseshoe Bay Prods. Isaacson is a 10-year Universal Studios veteran who worked on such films as 12 Monkeys and Field of Dreams. Also at Universal, he acquired Death Becomes Her and collaborated with Imagine Entertainment on The Nutty Professor and Liar Liar. He later participated in production deals at both Universal and DreamWorks. Both executives report to Farrell and Paura in their production offices on the Disney lot. Farrell and Paura formed FP Ventures in January after having been partners at NRG for several years.

Feature maker Alcon turning to TV with WB

Feature maker Alcon turning to TV with WB
Alcon Entertainment, the production company behind such features as Insomnia, Dude, Where's My Car? and My Dog Skip, is delving into TV production with a deal at Warner Bros. Television and new projects set up at CBS and ABC. "We really felt there were synergistic possibilities to leverage the relationships we've built on the feature side into creating really high-quality TV product," said Andrew Kosove, co-president of Alcon with Broderick Johnson. Alcon was formed in 1997 with the financial backing of Frederick Smith, founder and CEO of FedEx Corp. The company has co-financed most of its feature projects with Warner Bros. On the TV side, Alcon's exclusive deal with Warner Bros. TV is a more traditional arrangement wherein the studio is bankrolling the production.

Kutcher Backs Away from 'Dude' Sequel

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Kutcher Backs Away from 'Dude' Sequel
Movie hunk Ashton Kutcher had fans in stitches in Dude, Where's My Car? - but there's no way he'll consider returning for a sequel unless it's seriously star-studded. The Hollywood heart-throb, currently dating resurrected superstar Demi Moore, made his name in sitcom That 70's Show, and then starred opposite Seann William Scott for the wacky comedy. But though reports had claimed a sequel entitled Seriously Dude, Where's My Car? was in the pipeline, Kutcher's not keen to take it to the screen. He says, "Well, if Seann's in it, I'd do it. And Brad Pitt. And Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro and Tom Cruise - and then only if it's directed by Martin Scorsese and Cameron Crowe. Actually, it's not likely at the moment."

Kutcher still truckin' with ' '70s Show'

Kutcher still truckin' with ' '70s Show'
His feature career is just starting to take off, but Ashton Kutcher isn't giving up his day job on the Fox sitcom That '70s Show anytime soon. The actor has struck a new deal with '70s Show producer Carsey-Werner-Mandabach that will keep him on the comedy set in the Me Decade through the 2004-05 season. Kutcher already was under contract for the upcoming 2003-04 season. The new pact for the '04-'05 season is said to bump Kutcher's per-episode salary to the $250,000-$300,000 range, which puts the total value of the one-season, 25-episode deal in the $6 million-$8 million range. Kutcher has played the gullible Michael Kelso on the durable Fox series since it bowed in 1998. He's also creator/executive producer/star of MTV's latest reality sensation, the hidden-camera prankster series Punk'd. In recent months, Kutcher emerged as Hollywood's "It" dude, garnering headlines and paparazzi attention because of his budding romance with Demi Moore. But he's also in demand as a leading man in a range of features. Kutcher is attached to co-star opposite Bernie Mac in Columbia Pictures' The Dinner Party, loosely based on 1967's Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? He also is in talks to star in M. Night Shyamalan's next project, The Woods. Kutcher's feature credits include Texas Rangers, Just Married and Dude, Where's My Car? He's repped by Endeavor and Untitled Entertainment.

Moore Stuns Onlookers with Ashton Strip

Moore Stuns Onlookers with Ashton Strip
Movie babe Demi Moore treated celebrity onlookers to a sexy strip at a plush Los Angeles party - which she performed for her young actor beau Ashton Kutcher. The 40-year-old Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle stunner reportedly lifted her skirt in front of the Dude, Where's My Car? hunk, 25, at the poolside event. A source tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "Demi was pulling up her skirt to show her swimsuit. Ashton then began hugging and kissing Demi." Rapper Sean 'P Diddy' Combs - who was also at the Beverly Hills party - couldn't resist viewing the titillating spectacle, so he slid into the action by sandwiching Demi between himself and Ashton.

Kutcher's Harsh Crime Lesson

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Kutcher's Harsh Crime Lesson
Hollywood hunk Ashton Kutcher quickly learned to stay out of trouble at school, after a bout of mischief landed him in jail. The Dude, Where's My Car? star admits he landed in far more trouble than he could ever have dreamed of after his strict stepdad decided to teach him a harsh lesson. He says, "I broke into my high school when I was a senior and was thrown in jail. My friends and I were gonna steal money out of the soda machine. My stepdad told me if I ever got thrown in jail he would let me stay there for the night. I called him and said, 'Hey, I'm in jail. And he's like, 'Have a good night' and hung up the phone!"

Kutcher Refuses "Cursed" Superman Role

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Kutcher Refuses
Up-and-coming Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher has followed Josh Hartnett and Jude Law in turning down the part of Superman - because the role is "cursed." Following the high-profile refusals of the lead character's role in the planned trilogy of superhero movies and reports of unrest on set between director Brett Ratner and producer Jon Peters, Kutcher's views adds further strain to the troubled project. The Dude, Where's My Car? star explains, "There's a couple of things - my television show, it would interfere with the schedule. So I don't think I'm gonna do it, because I'll have to sign up for another year of the show in order to get out on time. It would just kinda set me back more than it would do for me. Also I think there's a bit of a curse behind that role - the things that have happened to people. Also, I think once you've played that role then you're just forever known as Superman. It's kind of hard to play other thing. I have a lot of other characters I'd rather play."

Ashton's a Basketball Hellraiser

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Ashton's a Basketball Hellraiser
Dude, Where's My Car star Ashton Kutcher has become a basketball bad boy after using his celebrity to get courtside tickets at top games. The actor is thrilled with his new Vip access to games featuring his beloved Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks, but he risks being ejected because he can't keep his mouth shut. He explains, "I feel like I can be part of the game from there. I got into a verbal fight at a Lakers game. I now realize they can kick you out of the game for being too argumentative. When I start, everyone near me starts moving away."

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