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Leah Remini Joins Jennifer Lopez Romantic Comedy 'Second Act'

Leah Remini Joins Jennifer Lopez Romantic Comedy 'Second Act'
Leah Remini, who recently won an Emmy for her A&E series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, has joined the cast of STX Entertainment’s Jennifer Lopez romantic comedy Second Act.

Peter Segal (Fifty First Dates) is directing the project, which tells of a big-box store employee, played by Lopez, who reinvents her life and her lifestyle, getting the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as a college degree, and that it is never too late for…wait for it…a second act.

Remini will play Lopez’s best friend and fellow employee from Queens.

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Dr. Phil’s Stage 29 Productions Inks First-Look Deal With CBS TV Studios, Names Julia Eisenman Head of Scripted TV

Dr. Phil’s Stage 29 Productions Inks First-Look Deal With CBS TV Studios, Names Julia Eisenman Head of Scripted TV
Stage 29 Productions, led by Dr. Phil McGraw and his son Jay McGraw, has entered into a first-look development deal with CBS Television Studios, Variety has learned.

With this deal, Stage 29 will exclusively develop programming for new scripted dramas and comedies for broadcast and streaming platforms. The McGraws currently serve as executive producers of the hit CBS drama series “Bull,” which is based on Dr. Phil’s earlier career as a world-renowned trial sciences expert.

“I’m pleased to extend our long-standing relationship with our CBS family even further with this development deal,” Dr. Phil said.

In addition, Julia Eisenman will be joining Stage 29 as head of scripted television. She most recently served as senior vice president of development for EveryWhere Studios, where she oversaw development for the Lifetime Television movie “Who Killed Jon Benet?” and the Up Network TV series “Date My Dad.”

“I’m absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Phil and
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Box Office Actuals: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Tallies $90.8m, 'Godzilla' Falls Hard

For the three day weekend X-Men: Days of Future Past added another $100,000 to estimates, coming in at $90.8 million while tallying $110.5 million domestically for the four-day Memorial Day weekend and a $301.5 million worldwide total after four days in release. Interestingly enough, it's only the second largest opening for an X-Men film despite the rave reviews and "A" CinemaScore as 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, often considered one of the worst of the seven X-Men films released, hold the highest opening at $102.7 million. After a massive opening weekend, Godzilla fell 66.8% as X-Men took most of its audience. However, considering tracking only had the film opening around $70 million its opening weekend, which would have also been considered a solid opening for the monster movie, this weekend's $30.9 million ain't too shabby. The weekend's other new wide release was the Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore comedy Blended, which was destroyed by critics and opened to the tune of $14.2 million.
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Trailer for Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore's Blended

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It's one of the depressing facts of Hollywood that no matter how bad an Adam Sandler movie is, and he  has been on a monumentally bad run lately, he will always come back, putting on the same old schtick for another movie. Which brings us to Blended, which reunites him with Drew Barrymore (for the third time after The Wedding Singer and Fifty First Dates) and The Wedding Singer director Frank Coraci. Sandler and Barrymore play two single parents, who, after going on a disastrous blind date together, vow never to see each other again. But everything doesn't go to plan when they find themselves sharing  a vacation together in Africa. Now, I do like Sandler as an actor, he has put in some very good work in the past, it's just his output in recent years has been less than stellar. His best work has been with Barrymore, and
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'Blended' Trailer: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore Reunite in Third Rom-Com (Video)

'Blended' Trailer: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore Reunite in Third Rom-Com (Video)
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore reunite for their third romantic comedy, Blended. The Warner Bros. film, which reteams the duo after Fifty First Dates and The Wedding Singer, revolves around a man and a woman who, after a disastrous first date, get trapped at a family resort with their kids from previous marriages in tow. Photos: Teflon Actor Awards: 6 Stars Immune To Bad Reviews The trailer sets up the premise between Sandler and Barrymore's characters, who have the world's worst first date, and though it seems like the two will be out of each other's lives for good, they

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Shockingly, Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler Will Again Portray Awkward On-Screen Love Interests in ‘Blended’

Lately, when we hear the words “new Adam Sandler movie,” they ultimately prove to be followed by some horrifying, bottom barrel plotline that makes us regret ever considering ourselves a fan of the funny man (sorry, Sandler, I still remember That’s My Boy), but for all the Just Go With Its and Grown Ups (and its upcoming sequel), Sandler can still charm the hell out of an audience with stuff like Fifty First Dates and The Wedding Singer. The continuing thread between such fare? Co-star Drew Barrymore. So, it is with some excitement that we reveal news about a new Sandler/Barrymore pairing that actually sounds charming, romantic, and – get this - mature. Moviehole passes along a ton of information about the film (via /Film), including that it will reunite the pair with Wedding Singer director Frank Coraci, that it features a script by Ivan Menchell and Claire Sera, with
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Adam Sandler to star in untitled Warner Bros romantic comedy

Adam Sandler to star in untitled Warner Bros romantic comedy
Adam Sandler has been tapped to star in an upcoming romantic comedy for Warner Bros, it has been reported.

The untitled project - which was originally called Blended - tells the story of a man and woman who get trapped at a resort with their children from previous marriages after a bad first date.

Sandler's Happy Madison company will produce the movie in conjunction with Gulfstream Pictures, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Sandra Bullock was attached to the project back in 2007 when it was still called Blended, but has since dropped out of the film.

Casting is currently in progress for Sandler's female lead, with his Wedding Singer and Fifty First Dates co-star Drew Barrymore reportedly in the running.

His mooted Western spoof Ridiculous 6 will apparently be pushed back in favour of the new project.

Sandler was recently linked to the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie, along with Jim Carrey.
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Peter Segal Builds The Machine

As announced last year, in between Fast 6 and Riddick, an unnamed project by the Unknown writers and his long-cherished Hannibal epic, Vin Diesel is making time for a family-friendly adventure. And it looks as if The Machine may now have a director, in Peter Segal.Diesel is producing as well as starring in the film, which sees him play a Pentagon-created ultimate weapon who's been mothballed for twenty years but is accidentally reactivated by a young boy who becomes his new best friend. Cue said terminator finding a family and deciding he wants to be nice, just as the bad old government realises an ultimate weapon is just what it needs. Yes indeed, it's The Iron Giant And The Hendersons.The Machine's writers are Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, who were responsible for Vin's The Pacifier. Segal's last movie project was the so-so Get Smart with Steve Carell,
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Jack and Jill

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Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 6, 2012

Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99, Blu-ray 3D $40.99

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Adam Sandler (Fifty First Dates) joined the many male comedians who have played women in Jack & Jill, and like Eddie Murphy in Norbit, Sandler’s performance was received with a big, huge raspberry.

In the movie, Sandler plays family man Jack Sadelstein and his needy, passive-aggressive twin sister Jill, who comes to Jack’s house for Thanksgiving and refuses to leave.

The cast of the comedy also features Katie Holmes (The Kennedys) as Jack’s wife, David Spade (TV’s Rules of Engagement), Nick Swardson (30 Minutes or Less), Norm MacDonald (TV’s Saturay Night Live) and Al Pacino (Carlito’s Way) as himself.

Rated PG, Jack and Jill was directed by Dennis Dugan, who has helmed six of Sandler’s movies: Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, You Don’t Mess With the Zohan,
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Doug Belgrad New President Of Columbia Pictures

hollywoodnews.com: Tolmach Launches New Production Company and Joins Spider-Man Team As Belgrad Promoted to Sole President of Columbia Pictures

Matt Tolmach has launched a new production company and will become a producer on the next installment of Spider-Man, the blockbuster film franchise he helped shepherd since its inception in 2002, it was announced today by Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman. Doug Belgrad has been promoted to sole president of Columbia Pictures and will take on additional divisional responsibilities. As part of the transition, Belgrad has named Hannah Minghella president of production for Columbia Pictures.

Said Pascal, “I couldn’t be happier for or prouder of Matt, Doug and Hannah. Matt and I have worked together for over 15 years. Anyone who knows him knows he has been talking about this for a long time. He has always approached every project he has ever
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Barrymore: 'No More Romantic Comedies'

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Barrymore: 'No More Romantic Comedies'
Hollywood star Drew Barrymore has ruled out starring in any more romantic comedies - because the genre has defined her career for the last decade.

The actress admits she has been drawn to lighthearted projects like 2004's 50 First Dates and 2007's Music and Lyrics in the past; but now she's 34, she's looking to branch out and take on more daring movie roles.

She's already got one edgy drama under her belt - dark TV movie Grey Gardens - but she's keen to expand her resume.

She tells Elle magazine, "I’m in my thirties now, and I really want to try all the things that I haven’t gotten to do yet, like directing, and doing a drama.

"I’ve produced and gotten to do a lot of optimistic love stories, and that was so where I was at for 10 years in my life. And now I feel like, 'Okay, now I know how to do that.' I wanted to get scared again."

Columbia promotes Belgrad, Tolmach

Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach have both been promoted to president of Columbia Pictures. They have also re-upped the contracts with the studio through 2011.

Belgrad and Tolmach have been in the posts of president of production at the studio since 2003. The position of studio president had been unfilled since 1999 when current studio co-chair Amy Pascal held the post.

The promotion and the new contracts keep stable a team that has been at the helm of one of the most successful and lucrative runs in any studio history. The pair have shepherded Spider-Man franchise, Casino Royale, Superbad, Hitch, The Da Vinci Code, "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," Ghost Rider, The Pursuit of Happyness, Click, 50 First Dates, The Grudge and many others. Films under their guidance have grossed about $7.6 billion.

The two will continue to report to Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and Pascal.

Outsourced

Truly Indie

NEW YORK -- It's not surprising that this low-budget comedy about an American corporate manager training employees in India is being adapted as a TV sitcom. The likable but utterly formulaic Outsourced plays a mild-mannered, cross-cultural variation on The Office.

Josh Hamilton stars as Todd, a 32-year-old manager for a Seattle company that makes cheesy gift knickknacks. When he and his sales team are unceremoniously fired and their jobs outsourced, Todd is given the final assignment of traveling to Mumbai to train his Indian replacement and staff, and bring their MPI ("minutes per incident") up to snuff.

The predictable screenplay, written by director John Jeffcoat and George Wing (50 First Dates), depicts Todd's uncomfortable reactions to his new environment, from the inevitable gastric distress to wonderment at the Indian reverence for family and community. Needless to say, by the time he's whipped his ragtag but endlessly enthusiastic and hard-working team into shape, he's learned to reappraise his shallow American values and also has found true love with Asha (Ayesha Dharker), one of his new employees, along the way.

That the film works to the extent that it does is thanks to its refreshingly light touch, authentic sense of milieu (it was shot on location in the brimming Indian city) and the charmingly understated performances. Hamilton thankfully restrains from hitting predictable notes as the ugly American; Dharker is wonderfully appealing as the savvy love interest; Asif Basra is quite amusing as the replacement sales manager looking forward to his arranged marriage, and stage veteran Larry Pine has a terrific cameo as an American expatriate who advises Todd how to relax and enjoy his new environment.

Comedy 'Outsourced' to NBC, Kwapis

NBC is heading east with Outsourced, an India-set comedy project to be directed and exec produced by Ken Kwapis based on the indie comedy of the same name.

The single-camera project, which has received a premium script commitment from the network, centers on a customer service manager in Seattle whose department is outsourced to India, and he goes there to train his replacement. The project explores the clash of the Western and Indian cultures and chronicles the manager's romance with a local woman.

Outsourced screenwriters George Wing (50 First Dates) and John Jeffcoat are on board to pen the pilot script. They also will executive produce with Kwapis and the film's producers, Tom Gorai and David Skinner. Alexandra Beattie will serve as co-exec producer.

Kwapis and Beattie's In Cahoots and Universal Media Studios are producing the comedy.

The premise of a romantic comedy about an American man falling for a woman from a different ethnic background draws parallels to another indie film, the smash hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding. A half-hour series version of Greek also was sold near the film's premiere in 2002.

Barrymore Dating Long?

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Barrymore Dating Long?
Actress Drew Barrymore has fueled rumors she is dating her movie co-star Justin Long after the pair were spotted kissing over the weekend. The 50 First Dates star, 32, enjoyed a passionate break with fellow actor Long, 29, at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Texas, according to U.S reports. A source tells Us magazine, "They were making out all over the place. They were like kids in love." The couple star together in the upcoming movie adaptation of the best-selling love guide, He's Just Not That Into You. Barrymore has been linked to a series of men since splitting from Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti in January, including Scrubs star Zach Braff and director Spike Jonze.

Scribes adding color to 'Pink'

Columbia Pictures has tapped veteran comedy scribes Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel to rewrite the next installment in the Pink Panther franchise.

Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber penned an earlier draft of The Pink Panther 2, which will see Steve Martin return as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau.

Ganz and Mandel are known as the go-to rewrite duo for studio fare, having polished such films as Hitch, 50 First Dates, Fat Albert, National Treasure, Kangaroo Jack, The Notebook and Stuart Little 2.

MGM co-produced the most recent Pink Panther film, which last year earned $158.7 million worldwide. The revamped studio is expected to team again with Sony to co-produce Pink Panther 2.

Sony is negotiating with Shawn Levy, who helmed Pink Panther, to executive produce the sequel. There is no director attached yet.

Robert Simonds is producing, and Sony's Elizabeth Cantillon is overseeing for the studio.

Ganz and Mandel, whose recent credits include Fever Pitch and Robots, have several screenplays in development, including Magic Kingdom for Sale -- Sold at Universal Pictures.

They are repped by CAA.

Olympic moment for Segal

Olympic moment for Segal
Peter Segal is attached to direct the tentatively titled I, Thalus, a comedy pitch set against the first Olympics from writers Craig and Jeff Cox.

Universal-based Scott Stuber and Mary Parent are producing. Segal and producing partner Michael Ewing also are producing via their Callahan Filmworks.

Plot details for the period comedy are being kept under wraps.

The Cox brothers developed the idea with Callahan, who then took it to Stuber/Parent. The duo is writing the script.

The CAA-repped Segal most recently directed The Longest Yard, starring Adam Sandler. His credits include 50 First Dates, Anger Management and Nutty Professor II: The Klumps.

The Cox brothers famously broke into the industry by writing the figure skating comedy Blades of Glory while working at Starbucks and E! Networks. Blades is now a major motion picture starring Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Will Arnett and Amy Poehler and is scheduled for release in March by DreamWorks.

The duo is repped by UTA, Smart Entertainment and Eclipse Law Firm.

Col taps Kaminow as exec vp

David Kaminow has been named executive vp marketing at the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group. In his new post, he will work alongside CTMPG president of marketing Valerie Van Galder on all aspects of the studio's film marketing campaigns and will develop and implement release strategies for all Columbia Pictures and Revolution Studios titles. He also will continue to oversee worldwide market research for the studio. During his tenure with the studio, he has overseen worldwide market research on such films as The Da Vinci Code, Fun With Dick and Jane, The Pink Panther, Memoirs of a Geisha, Hitch, Something's Gotta Give, 50 First Dates and Spider-Man 2.

Powell upped to senior vp at Paramount

Paramount Pictures has promoted Amy Powell to senior vp interactive marketing, the studio said Tuesday. In her new post, Powell will oversee interactive marketing strategies for all of the studio's releases. Working closely with Paramount's traditional marketing team and filmmakers, she will create campaigns to reach moviegoers worldwide and across various mediums including the Internet, mobile and wireless devices and gaming platforms. In addition, Powell will spearhead the reinvention of the Paramount.com Web site and handle media planning, third-party promotions and editorial outreach. Powell, who has served as vp of the department since 2004, will report to president of worldwide marketing Gerry Rich. Before joining Paramount, Powell was director of interactive marketing at Sony Pictures, where she managed campaigns for Spider-Man, Men in Black, Black Hawk Down and 50 First Dates. She is a member of the Next Gen Class of 2005.

Sandler To Be a Dad

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Sandler To Be a Dad
50 First Dates star Adam Sandler is gearing up for life as a real-life dad, after learning that his wife Jackie is pregnant. Pals of the couple tell People magazine they're expecting their first child to arrive in the spring. The pair, who exchanged nuptials in 2003, have been together for seven years. Jackie, a model and actress, had a brief role in Sandler's Big Daddy, playing the waitress who takes his order for a root beer in the sports bar scene.
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