Acts line up to play at MTV Movie Awards

LOS ANGELES, April 28 (UPI) -- The Beastie Boys, D12 and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have signed on to perform during the 2004 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles.

Will Ferrell adds 'Fly on Wall' to roster

LOS ANGELES, April 15 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Will Ferrell has considered adding one more project to a busy schedule that already includes nine films with "Fly on the Wall."

MacLaine, Caine may join 'Bewitched' cast

LOS ANGELES, March 22 (UPI) -- Veteran actors Shirley MacLaine and Michael Caine may join the cast of "Bewitched," a U.S. feature film based on the 1960s TV classic.

Chris Rock tops 25 funniest Americans list

LOS ANGELES, March 12 (UPI) -- Entertainment Weekly has named Chris Rock the funniest man in America in its list of the nation's 25 funniest people.

Will Ferrell to make 1st Oscar appearance

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Actor Will Ferrell will make his first appearance as an Oscar show presenter during the 76th Academy Awards, telecast producer Joe Roth announced Tuesday.

Kidman becomes 'Bewitched'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Nicole Kidman has signed to star in "Bewitched" with Will Ferrell, ending month-long speculation.

Jim Carrey ranked No. 1 box office draw

NEW YORK, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Jim Carrey has been voted the actor with the most drawing power when it comes to driving ticket buyers to the box office in the U.S.-based Quigley Poll.

Asner 'delighted' to play Santa in 'Elf'

NEW YORK, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Actor Ed Asner told reporters in New York City that playing Santa Claus in the hit big-screen comedy "Elf" was a "beautiful experience."

Analysis: Box-office blues

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- With the holiday movie season well under way, the U.S. box office stands virtually no chance of matching -- or even challenging -- last year's record grosses.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Chuck D. making feature film debut

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Rapper Chuck D., the charismatic front man of the group Public Enemy and a political rap pioneer, is going to make his feature film debut.

Hollywood Digest

PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Digest

NBC and DreamWorks Television have announced plans for the first computer-generated-imaging prime time series on a major broadcast network.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Analysis: Uneven quality at the box office

LOS ANGELES, April 8 (UPI) -- After putting its best foot forward during the awards season, Hollywood has stumbled in recent weeks with a crop of mostly disappointing movies.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Digest

Once again, the Hollywood awards season is lucrative for pirates, who have flooded the market with copies of studio "screeners" issued to promote Oscar campaigns.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Entertainment Today: Showbiz News

Children's television icon Fred Rogers was laid to rest in a private ceremony Saturday in Pennsylvania. The 74-year-old creator and star of
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Will Ferrell
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)

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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