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Ferrell, Lohan, McAdams get MTV nods

NEW YORK, May 5 (UPI) -- Lindsay Lohan's and Rachel McAdams' "Mean Girls" got four nominations in the 2005 class of MTV Movie Awards to be presented in Los Angeles.

Analysis: Box-office summer is here

LOS ANGELES, April 29 (UPI) -- Calendar summer may still be more than eight weeks away, and they may have had two feet of snow in the Upper Midwest just this week, but break out the sunscreen and fix yourself something cold to drink anyway -- "box-office summer" is here.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Robert Duvall buys West Hollywood home

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif., April 16 (UPI) -- Robert Duvall and his wife, Luciana, who live primarily in a Revolutionary War-era estate in Virginia, have purchased a house in West Hollywood, Calif.

TBS announces all-star comedy special

ATLANTA, April 11 (UPI) -- An all-star lineup will appear in a two-hour comedy special "Earth to America" on TBS, the cable channel announced Monday.

Dustin Hoffman signs up for 'Fiction'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Dustin Hoffman will re-team with "Finding Neverland" director Marc Forster for the comedy "Stranger Than Fiction," The Hollywood Reporter said Friday.

'The Producers' film on hold

NEW YORK, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Filming for "The Producers" has been delayed due to actor Nathan Lane replacing Richard Dreyfuss in the London production of the Tony Award-winning musical.

'The Producers' will film in New York

NEW YORK, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The movie version of Mel Brooks' hit Broadway musical "The Producers" will be filmed at Steiner Studios in New York, officials said Tuesday.

Studios plans Sci-Fi comedy

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Paramount is laying plans for a Sci-Fi comedy about a visitor to Earth from outer space who turns out to be a spaceship himself, Daily Variety said Tuesday.

Movie version of 'Get Smart' on the way

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Warner Bros. has decided on Steve Carrell to star in a long-planned movie version of the classic TV comedy "Get Smart," Daily Variety said Tuesday.

Ferrell in 'Stranger' comedy

LOS ANGELES, July 20 (UPI) -- Will Ferrell is in talks to star in the comedy "Stranger Than Fiction" for "Monster's Ball" director Marc Forster, Daily Variety said Tuesday.

More records for 'Spider-Man 2'

LOS ANGELES, July 9 (UPI) -- "Spider-Man 2" has set another U.S. box-office record, topping $200 million in eight days in release, Daily Variety reported Friday.

Tim Robbins headed for 'Zathura'

LOS ANGELES, June 23 (UPI) -- Tim Robbins is reportedly in final talks to star in Columbia Pictures' adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg's books "Zathura.'

Lorne Michaels will receive Twain prize

WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced that "Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels will receive the seventh annual Mark Twain Pr

Will Ferrell in racing movie

LOS ANGELES, June 7 (UPI) -- Columbia Pictures has won the rights to produce the upcoming Will Ferrell comedy "Talladega Nights," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

David Mamet will direct Will Ferrell

LOS ANGELES, June 2 (UPI) -- David Mamet will direct Will Ferrell in the upcoming feature "Joan of Bark: the Dog that Saved France," Daily Variety reported Wednesday.
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Lead actor Will Ferrell arrives at the premiere of his new motion picture comedy "Land of the Lost", at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on May 30, 2009. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)
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John William "Will" Ferrell ( /ˈfɛrəl/; born July 16, 1967) is an American comedian, impressionist, actor, and writer. Ferrell first established himself in the late 1990s as a cast member on the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, and has subsequently starred in the comedy films Old School, Elf, Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Stranger than Fiction, Blades of Glory, Semi-Pro, and The Other Guys. He is considered a member of the "Frat Pack", a generation of leading Hollywood comic actors who emerged in the late 1990s and the 2000s, including Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Steve Carell, Vince Vaughn, and brothers Owen and Luke Wilson. He most recently guest starred in a four-episode story arc on the The Office.

Ferrell was born in Irvine, California, the son of Betty Kay (née Overman), a teacher who taught at Old Mill School elementary school and Santa Ana College, and Roy Lee Ferrell, Jr., a musician with The Righteous Brothers. His parents were both natives of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, and moved to California in 1964; Ferrell has Irish ancestry. Ferrell has a younger brother, Patrick. When he was 8, his parents divorved. Ferrell said of the divorce, "I was the type of kid who would say, 'Hey Look at the bright side! We'll have two Christmases.'" The divorce was amicable and both parents were committed to their children. The biggest problem was Lee's line of work. As a person in showbusiness, his paychecks were never steady and he was gone from home months at a time. Growing up in the environment made Ferrell not want to go into show business, but get a steady job.

Will first attended school at Turtle Rock Elementary and later attended Rancho San Joaquin Middle School, both in Irvine. He attended University High School in Irvine, and was a kicker for the school's varsity football team. He was also on the soccer team and captain of the basketball team, and served on student council. As a joke, he started the reptile club (even though he didn't know anyone who owned one), but the club only lasted for two meetings.

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