Career achievement honor for actor Hoffman

CHICAGO, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- The Chicago International Film Festival is honoring actor Dustin Hoffman with a career achievement award at this year's event in October.

Toronto festival to screen new Guest film

TORONTO, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Christopher Guest's comedy "For Your Consideration" is one of the newest films added to the bill for next month's Toronto International Film Festival.

Gary Cole prepped for 'Talladega Nights'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Actor Gary Cole was well prepared for playing a bad dad in the new U.S. film comedy "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby."

'Nights' sets product placement records

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- The Hollywood film "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" is set to offer three companies an apparent record-breaking amount of product placement.

Ferrell and McKay sign on to make comedies

LOS ANGELES, June 27 (UPI) -- "Saturday Night Live" alums Will Ferrell and Adam McKay have signed an exclusive two-year U.S. film deal to produce intelligent but low-budget film comedies.

More stars added to 2006 MTV Movie Awards

NEW YORK, May 22 (UPI) -- The 2006 MTV Movie Awards expanded its star-studded lineup Monday with Colin Ferrell, Jessica Simpson, Amanda Bynes and Dane Cook.

Aguilera, AFI to play at MTV Movie Awards

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 8 (UPI) -- Christina Aguilera and AFI were named Monday as performers for the "2006 MTV Movie Awards" ceremony next month in Culver City, Calif.

Computer 'news' selection leads to hoaxes

NEW YORK, March 29 (UPI) -- Internet news portals such as Google and Yahoo! that use non-human selection criteria have become the latest playground for pranksters.

Will Ferrell is not dead

LOS ANGELES, March 15 (UPI) -- Comedic actor Will Ferrell is alive and kicking -- despite widespread Internet reports he had perished in a para-gliding accident.

Tony and Martel Hale have a daughter

LOS ANGELES, March 7 (UPI) -- "Arrested Development" star Tony Hale and his Emmy Award-winning wife, Martel, have welcomed a daughter to the family, it was reported Tuesday. Loy Ann Hale was born Feb. 24 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

'Dirty Love' is top Razzie 'winner'

LOS ANGELES, March 5 (UPI) -- Jenny McCarthy's "Dirty Love" led the dubious pack, taking four 2006 Razzie Awards for worst picture, worst actress, worst screenplay and worst director.

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MBA student gets grant for cast covers

OXFORD, England, March 1 (UPI) -- A New Jersey native has won nearly $9,000 from a British business school to develop daily and evening wear to cover up casts for broken legs and arms.

List of Oscar presenters grows

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Jennifer Lopez was added Tuesday to the growing list of presenters for the 78th Academy Awards at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre.

Curious George writer's death a mystery

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla., Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Slain "Curious George" writer Alan J. Shalleck maintained a low-key life in a double-wide trailer in a Boynton Beach, Fla., retirement community.

Sequels and remakes get Razzie nods

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The 26th Annual Razzie Awards, singling out Hollywood's worst, focused on remakes and sequels in nominations announced Monday in Los Angeles.

DreamWorks plans figure skating comedy

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Talks are under way to have Will Ferrell and Jon Heder star as disgraced figure skaters in DreamWorks' comedy "Blades of Glory."

Stars line up for tribute to 'Earth'

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Dozens of Hollywood's hottest comedy stars have signed on to appear in "Earth to America!" a two-hour special celebrating the Earth.

Will Ferrell NASCAR flick starts shooting

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Production is under way in Charlotte, N.C., on an untitled NASCAR comedy starring Will Ferrell.

DreamWorks planning 'Old School 2'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- The screenwriters of the hit 2003 film comedy "Old School" are reportedly penning a sequel for DreamWorks.

Jane Seymour topless at last

LOS ANGELES, June 20 (UPI) -- British beauty Jane Seymour, now 54, has gone topless in a movie for the first time in her long career.

'Bewitched' statue unveiled in Salem

SALEM, Mass., June 15 (UPI) -- Popular 1960s sitcom "Bewitched" was honored Wednesday at the unveiling of a statue of late star Elizabeth Montgomery in Salem, Mass.

Forbes' 'Celebrity 100' packs surprises

HOLLYWOOD, June 14 (UPI) -- Comedians Will Ferrell and Dave Chappelle are surprise additions to Forbes' 2005 "Celebrity 100 List," which includes the cast of "Desperate Housewives."

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
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