'Movie 43,' 'After Earth' earn three Razzie Awards apiece

'Movie 43,' 'After Earth' earn three Razzie Awards apiece

LOS ANGELES, March 2 (UPI) -- The critically panned, box-office duds "Movie 43" and "After Earth" each earned three Golden Raspberry Awards in Los Angeles Saturday night.
Universal to make 'Dumb and Dumber' sequel

Universal to make 'Dumb and Dumber' sequel

LOS ANGELES, June 19 (UPI) -- Hollywood's Universal Pictures is to make a sequel to "Dumb and Dumber" after Warner Bros. passed on the project, its writer-producers announced via Twitter.
Warner Bros. passes on 'Dumb and Dumber' sequel

Warner Bros. passes on 'Dumb and Dumber' sequel

LOS ANGELES, June 11 (UPI) -- Bobby and Peter Farrelly are looking for a studio for their "Dumb and Dumber" sequel since Warner Bros. now won't be making it, The Hollywood Reporter said.
Fischer: Real 'hall pass' a horrible idea

Fischer: Real 'hall pass' a horrible idea

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Jenna Fischer says taking a week off from marriage like the characters do in her new film "Hall Pass" would be a horrible idea in real life.
Farrelly Bros. sign up for 'Stooges' movie

Farrelly Bros. sign up for 'Stooges' movie

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Hollywood's Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures says it is moving forward on a modern incarnation of an as-yet untitled Three Stooges movie.

'Three Stooges' biopic closer to reality

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- It looks like the Farrelly brothers' long-delayed "Three Stooges" feature is going to happen and when it does, look for unknowns to take top billing.

Fenway Park featured in 'Fever Pitch'

BOSTON, April 9 (UPI) -- Some in Boston feel one of the stars of the movie "Fever Pitch" is Fenway Park, the major league's oldest ballpark.

Drew Barrymore gets 'Fever'

LOS ANGELES, July 9 (UPI) -- Drew Barrymore is set to star in the upcoming romantic comedy "Fever Pitch," The Hollywood Reporter said Friday.

Farrelly brother seeks New Zealand move

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Peter Farrelly, half of one of Hollywood's most successful comedy duos, wants to move his family to New Zealand, it was reported Saturday.

Rock News Two: The week in pop

Shaggy, Soulive and Elvis Costello have been added to the who's who of support acts opening for the Rolling Stones on the "Licks" tour, which kicks off in Boston on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

A previously unreleased piece by Woody Guthrie will appear on singer-songwriter Ellis Paul's new album, "The Speed of Trees," scheduled for a Sept. 10 release on Philo/Rounder records. "God's Promise" is a newly discovered Guthrie lyric adapted by Guthrie
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International
Peter Farrelly
Directors Bobby Farrelly (R) reacts to his brother Peter Farrelly on the red carpet during the 33rd American Film Festival of Deauville in Deauville, France on September 8, 2007. The Farrellys are at the festival with their film "The Heartbreak Kid". (UPI Photo/David Silpa)

Peter John Farrelly (born December 17, 1956) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer and novelist. The Farrelly Brothers are mostly famous for directing and producing gross-out humor romantic comedy films such as, Dumb and Dumber, Me, Myself and Irene, There's Something About Mary and The Heartbreak Kid.

Farrelly was born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, the son of Mariann, a nurse practitioner, and Robert Leo Farrelly, a doctor. He was raised in Cumberland, Rhode Island and graduated from Providence College, which he described himself as a relatively poor student who partied hard, before moving onto a salesman job in Boston, Massachusetts. Farrelly dreamed of being a writer and spent many sales trips out on the road thinking up stories. According to Farrelly, he had been living with a friend in Las Vegas, Nevada and working on a novel. One day he woke up with another hangover and decided it was time to go to church. Put off by the priest's incessant plea for donations, Farrelly left the Mass early. Standing alone outside in the hot sun, Farrelly looked down and saw a used condom laying on the church steps. He took this as a sign and left Las Vegas that day. He returned back east and finished his novel, Outside Providence.

Farrelly decided to take a plunge and pursue writing full time, which prompted him to quit his job and head to Cape Cod, Massachusetts where he got a job as a waiter. On one of the tables he was waiting, Farrelly struck up a conversation with a writing professor from UMass Amherst, who encouraged Farrelly to apply to graduate school. Farrelly said he didn't think his chances were good, considering he did poorly in college but the professor said not everything is judged by grades. With what would later be Outside Providence, Farrelly submitted the work and was pleasantly surprised that he was accepted. He studied writing for a while at UMass-Amherst, but was ultimately dissatisfied with the program, and transferred to Columbia University in New York City, which Farrelly said he found very satisfying. He later became interested in screenwriting which lead him to directing, which was a career decision made by him after seeing many of his works sold but unproduced.

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