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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.
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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

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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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HONORS FOR MERYL STREEP
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

'Daredevil' edges 'School' at box office

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- The second weekend of "Daredevil" edged the opening of "Old School" to top a moderate weekend at the nation's box office with an estimated $18.9 million at 3,474 theaters during the Friday-Sunday period, studio sources said Sunday. The 20th Century Fox re

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TV ACADEMY ADDS NONFICTION EMMYS
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Feature: Hollywood letting its hair down

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Now that Hollywood has released its prestige Oscar contenders, it's time to feed the fun -- and occasionally mindless -- pictures into the release pipeline.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

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STREISAND'S POLITICAL GIG
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

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POLANSKI TAKES TOP PRIZE AT CANNES
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THE WAGES OF DYSFUNCTION
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

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WHITE HOUSE, NETWORKS GAMESMANSHIP
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N.Y.'s senators to work for $54 bn

ALBANY, N.Y., Oct. 10 (UPI) -- New York's senators said Wednesday that the $54 billion requested by Gov. George Pataki from the federal government to help New York City recover from the terro
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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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