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Joshua Jackson Lands Fletch Role?
12 June 2007 (WENN)
Former Dawson's Creek actor Joshua Jackson has reportedly beaten some of Hollywood's biggest names to land the title role in Fletch Won. Jackson will play investigative reporter Irwin 'Fletch' Fletcher, a part made famous by Chevy Chase in the 1985 comedy Fletch and its 1989 follow-up Fletch Lives, according to website Among the actors previously linked to the role were Brad Pitt, Jason Lee, Ryan Reynolds and Zach Braff. Director Steve Pink has also signed up for the project, which was originally to be directed by Kevin Smith.

Chase: "I Cannot Forget Childhood Beatings"
24 April 2007 (WENN)
Comedian Chevy Chase will never forgive his mother and step-dad for the tortuous beatings he received as a child. The Fletch funnyman admits he lived in "deathly fear" of his mentally-ill mother Cathalene and stepfather because they subjected him to regular psychological torture. In his new autobiography I'm Chevy Chase . . . And You're Not, he claims his mother once slapped him "continually and hard, across the face. I don't remember what it was for, or what I had done. I lived in fear all the time - deathly fear. I always turn to it in my mind...I'll never forgive them. At their graves I didn't. It was too hard for me. You would think a grown man could shake it off, as the coffin was being lowered, to say, 'I forgive you.' I don't forgive."

Chevy Chase's Rehab Confession
15 January 2007 (WENN)
Comedy legend Chevy Chase underwent rehab treatment for an addiction to painkillers, inspired by the public plight of former President's wife Betty Ford. The Fletch star visited the Betty Ford clinic in the 1980s after becoming hooked on painkilling drugs prescribed for back pain. He insists he would never had sought help had he not read about the treatment Ford underwent for alcoholism. Writing in the New York Times about former president Gerald Ford's death at Christmas at the age of 93, Chase says, "If it hadn't been for the courage of Mr Ford's wife, Betty, for admitting to an alcohol problem, I would never have received the help I needed. During my short stay there. I often saw Mrs. Ford personally surveying the clinic and generously offering a helping hand." After his stay Chase - who regularly impersonated President Ford on Saturday Night Live - became close friends with the First Couple.

Stars Come Out To Say Farewell to Boyle
20 December 2006 (WENN)
Chevy Chase, Alan Alda and Sopranos stars Lorraine Bracco and Steven Van Zandt were among the 250 mourners who celebrated the life of actor Peter Boyle at a memorial service in New York on Monday. The long list of celebrities at the Frank E Campbell Funeral Chapel service also included the cast of Boyle's TV sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. Folk singer Judy Collins and trumpeter Chris Botti performed at the moving ceremony. Boyle died last week after a long battle with heart disease and cancer. He received seven Emmy nominations for his role in Everyboyd Loves Raymond, and won an Emmy for a guest appearance on sci-fi TV hit The X Files.

Chase Defends Gibson Arrest
4 October 2006 (WENN)
Veteran comic Chevy Chase has defended his friend Mel Gibson following his infamous drink-driving arrest in July. In an episode of Law & Order to be screened in the US next month, Chase guest stars as a TV celebrity who is pulled over for DUI while wearing blood-soaked clothes, and whose religious prejudice comes out after his arrest. Gibson was arrested for drink-driving in Malibu, California and made anti-Semitic comments to his arresting officers. But Chase is refusing to judge Gibson for his actions, because he was intoxicated at the time, and insists his eerily similar Law & Order role is a coincidence. He says, "These statements were made under the influence of alcohol and sleep medication. I've never seen any bigotry out of Mel. I don't really know what took place, except what I've read. I respect him and I hope very much for his sake that he learns a few things and gets over this. I'm well aware that this (Law & Order episode) is familiar, but I look nothing like Mel, I'm older than Mel. He's a good friend."

Brinkley Splits from Fourth Husband
12 July 2006 (WENN)
Former supermodel Christie Brinkley is splitting from her fourth husband, architect Peter Cook. The estranged couple have been married for nearly 10 years and have eight-year-old daughter Sailor Lee. Brinkley's spokesperson Elliot Mintz confirmed the split to TV show Entertainment Tonight: "Yes, it's true. The couple has separated. Christie's primary interest at this difficult time is for the protection of her children and (she) would be most appreciative if people would be good enough to respect her privacy." The 52-year-old model, who appeared in the 1980s comedy National Lampoon's Vacation with Chevy Chase, has two other children from her previous marriages - Alexa, 20, and 11-year-old Jack. She was previously married to singer Billy Joel for nearly ten years and he wrote his hit "Uptown Girl" about her. Brinkley was also married to Jean-Francois Allaux from 1973 until 1981, and Richard Taubman from 1994 to 1995.

Movie Reviews: 'R.V.'
28 April 2006 (StudioBriefing)
Barry Sonnenfeld's R.V. is another family vacation movie, with Robin Williams in the Chevy Chase role. It's the kind of film critics have difficulty getting a handle on. Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times doles out two stars to it and remarks, "There is nothing I much disliked but little to really recommend." He then makes the arguable comment that Williams demonstrates during "a few moments of relative gravity" that "he's more effective on the screen when he's serious than when he's trying to be funny." On the other hand, Kevin Krust in the Los Angeles Times complains that the film fails to exploit Williams's comedy talent. "Williams in a repressive role is not a pretty sight," he writes. "Flipping his and [Jeff] Daniels' parts might have added some laughs." And Michael Wilmington in the Chicago Tribune adds, "Robin Williams is such a great comic virtuoso that it can almost hurt to see him straining to pump life into a conventional, uninspired, sometimes-goofy big-studio comedy such as RV." Kyle Smith in the New York Post gives the film a lukewarm review. "This is sharper stuff than the bunny-soft Cheaper By the Dozen movies," he writes, "and unlike Steve Martin, Williams doesn't mug too much." Philip Wuntch's review in the Dallas Morning News spills out at the same temperature: "The slapstick moments are completely predictable, but director Barry Sonnenfeld stages them with finesse. And some of the dialogue is sprightly and even witty." And Eleanor Ringel Gillespie in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution gives it this verdict: "An acceptable Big Dumb Summer Movie."

Smith Reportedly Quits 'Fletch' Film
4 October 2005 (WENN)
Cult movie maker Kevin Smith has reportedly quit the planned Fletch Won film after spending years fighting for pal Jason Lee to play the reporter created in the 1980s by Chevy Chase. The Clerks director's decision to walk away from his labor of love comes after a spat with producer David List, according to film gossip website List tells the site, "Kevin Smith is no longer affiliated with the Fletch film as writer or director. His type of comedy just isn't Fletch. The movie is going to be made, and, if all goes as planned, should be in production in early 2006." List insists Smith's departure was amicable. Garden State star Zach Braff has long been a favorite of producers to play the lead character in the long-awaited follow up to 1989 movie Fletch Lives. Meanwhile, List claims funnyman Chase is being targeted for a cameo appearance in the new Fletch film. The producer adds, "I think it would be great. I think everyone will welcome his being a part of it."

Movie Reviews: 'Wedding Crashers'
15 July 2005 (StudioBriefing)
Joe Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal is one of several critics who conclude that there are a lot of misfires in Wedding Crashers. Nevertheless, he concludes, "There's a lot here to laugh at and to enjoy." He particularly cites one line of dialogue, delivered by an angry wife during a divorce mediation: "You shut your mouth when you're talking to me!" Comments Morgenstern: "This tidbit of skewed logic is only one bright moment of many in a film ... that is blessed with a surfeit of sharply-honed zingers, and a flow of language that's both raunchy and uncommonly rich." Chris Kaltenbach in the Baltimore Sun agrees, saying that the first two thirds of the movie is "very funny, a classic guilty pleasure that revels in its basest elements. If only it didn't get all mushy and profound in the third act, this movie could have been a classic, period." And Chris Vognar in the Dallas Morning News also remarks, "It would help if the story didn't run off to the punch bowl with about 30 minutes left, but this case of cold feet can be forgiven." Carina Chocano in the Los Angeles Times concedes that the film is "far from bullet proof." However, she writes, "Witty, unhinged and fearless, it's exactly the kind of movie we need now; if only to give James Dobson something to get exercised about after a long day of focusing on the family." Stephen Hunter in the Washington Post compares the ending with "that deflating moment in the classical Don Rickles canon when, after tearing the world collectively a new nether passage, he'd turn to Johnny and say, 'But you know, we're really all brothers under the skin blah blah blah blah.' Ugh." Nevertheless, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn are given high marks for their portrayals of two men who crash wedding parties looking for dates. "Vaughn's overbearing slacker-wiseguy and Wilson's blissed-out surfer dude blend into the ultimate patty-melt of slob-comedy personas," writes Gene Seymour in Newsday.And Kyle Smith concludes in the New York Post: "Vaughn and Wilson do cool insincerity as well as anyone since Chevy Chase and Bill Murray chased skirt. Hollywood should keep pairing them until we get sick of them."

Oscar Protest To Hail Bush-Baiting Stars
2 February 2005 (WENN)
Anti-George W. Bush celebrities will be targeted on Oscar night by right wing campaigners who want to "thank" them for publicly blasting the Us President - because it helped him gain a second term in office. Citizens United are planning to fill billboards around the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles with giant ads praising the Hollywood actors who were vocal in their disapproval of Republican Bush in the run-up to last November's presidential elections. Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Affleck, Michael Moore, Chevy Chase, Martin Sheen, Barbra Streisand, and Sean Penn are among the stars Citizens United credit with raising Bush's profile - and inadvertently helping him to victory over Democrat rival John Kerry - by bashing him in the media, reports gossip website The Scoop. Citizens United President David Bossie says, "We're taking on Hollywood. We've done it in the past."

Damon, Newman, De Niro and Bing Boost Kerry Fund
15 October 2004 (WENN)
Hollywood heavyweights Paul Newman, Steve Bing, Robert De Niro and Matt Damon have boosted Senator John Kerry's presidential campaign as he bids for the White House next month. The Democrat hopeful is currently neck and neck with current US leader George W Bush in the opinion polls in the run-up to polling day on November 2. Over 850 celebrities and businesspeople have contributed to Kerry's campaign fund, of which a recent investigation in New York has revealed Bing, Damon, De Niro and Newman have all given money. Film producer Bing, who famously denied paternity of Elizabeth Hurley's son Damian and was later forced to admit he was the father, has written many cheques to the Democrats of up to $9 million. De Niro has generously contributed $28,800, Kevin Bacon $18,000 and Michael Douglas $15,300. The Bourne Supremacy heart-throb Damon has donated $27,000, while film legend Newman has given $54,000. Chevy Chase, who like Damon has also donated $27,000, fumes, "There's something venal and arrogant about Bush and it drives me up the wall." On Wednesday the Bush camp tried to downplay the celebrity connections and donations the Democrats have received, saying, "The world doesn't revolve around Hollywood."

Chase Unimpressed by Murray's Acting
26 December 2003 (WENN)
Veteran comedian Chevy Chase enjoyed new movie Lost In Translation, although he wasn't so impressed with his old friend Bill Murray's performance. The Fletch actor - who used to regularly appear on TV show Saturday Night Live with Murray - was reportedly overheard commenting on Murray's acting in posh New York eaterie the Meeting House. Chase said, "I liked the movie. But I thought Billy's acting was restrained. I thought it was too controlled." And when a smoke alarm was set off by the restaurant's grill and firemen were called to the scene, Chase had trouble locating his fork, according to website Pagesix. He said, "Waitress? Fire Marshall? Someone? I need a fork."

Chevy Chase's Cola Controversy
23 October 2003 (WENN)
Chevy Chase has laughed off claims he behaved unpatriotically by filming a commercial for a Turkish soft drink during the war in Iraq. The Fletch star was criticized in the American media after shooting the TV advertisement, because at the time Turkey were refusing to allow the American military to use its airspace for the conflict - but Chase insists the controversy has no basis. He says, "I did a commercial out of nowhere for a cola in Turkey. They call it Cola Turka. I saw some article that implied I betrayed my country for having done it. But what do I know? I just filmed a commercial."

Kevin Smith Wants A-List Fletch
14 August 2003 (WENN)
Cult movie maker Kevin Smith has drawn up a shortlist of Hollywood's hottest male stars to play Fletch in the upcoming comedy - but he hasn't told any of them yet. The Clerks auteur is eyeing a list of A-list talent, including Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck, for the role of the investigative journalist made famous in the eighties by Chevy Chase. His flick Fletch Won is intended to be a prequel to 1985's Fletch and 1989's Fletch Lives. Smith originally wanted Jason Lee to take the part, but backers Miramax wanted a bigger star, so he's been considering household names. He explains his vision for the film, "The other Fletch films were Chevy vehicles. We've taken an early novel where the author told the origin of how Fletch got his job on a newspaper. The model for this film is Out Of Sight. Though these actors know nothing about this, I've worked down to a short list of Ben Affleck, Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Jimmy Fallon and Adam Sandler for the role of Fletch." Fletch Won is scheduled to begin production in January 2004.

Oscar-Winning Director George Roy Hill Dies at 81
27 December 2002 (WENN)
George Roy Hill, who won an Oscar for directing Paul Newman and Robert Redford in the 1973 box office hit The Sting, died Friday in Manhattan of complications from Parkinson's disease; he was 81. Hill also directed Newman and Redford in their first film together, the hugely popular comedy-western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), which received Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Director, and won four, including one for the song "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head." Hill started his directing career during television's Golden Age in the `50s, helming such live dramas as A Night to Remember and Judgment at Nuremberg. In 1957 he moved to Broadway, directing acclaimed productions of Look Homeward, Angel and Tennessee Williams' Period of Adjustment, which later became his directorial film debut in 1962, starring a young Jane Fonda. Hill garnered attention for the 1964 Peter Sellers comedy The World of Henry Orient, and after taking on big budget films Hawaii and Thoroughly Modern Millie, cemented his status as a breezy, iconoclastic director with Butch Cassidy as well as the The Sting, which received ten Oscar nominations and won seven. Known for taking on challenging material (and defying studio control), Hill also tackled two difficult novel adaptations – Slaughterhouse-Five (1972) and The World According to Garp (1982) – as well as the `70s comedies The Great Waldo Pepper (starring Redford) and Slap Shot (starring Newman). Hill enjoyed later acclaim with the gentle 1979 comedy A Little Romance, starring Laurence Olivier and a 14-year-old Diane Lane, but ended his career quietly with 1984's The Little Drummer Girl and the 1988 Chevy Chase comedy Funny Farm. Hill is survived by his former wife, Louisa Horton, as well as two sons, two daughters, and twelve grandchildren. --Prepared by IMDb staff

Chevy Chased
1 October 2002 (StudioBriefing)
Today's (Tuesday) "Page Six" column in the New York Times includes quotes from Chevy Chase's roast at the Friars Club in New York Saturday night, including the remembrance by former SNL colleague Laraine Newman of the time that Chase announced he was leaving the show "to pursue a dream he had since he was a little boy: to make s****y movies and the worst talk show in history. We knew he could do it."

Friends Pay Tribute To Dudley
28 March 2002 (WENN)
Celebrity friends of tragic Dudley Moore have paid tribute to the actor/pianist who died yesterday. Moore died after failing to battle off a bout of pneumonia, complicated by his rare progressive supranuclear palsy brain disorder - related to Parkinson's Disease. Liza Minnelli, his co-star in hit movie Arthur, broke off from her honeymoon to say, "Dudley was a unique individual. I'll miss him dearly." Moore's Foul Play co-star Chevy Chase says, "I loved him dearly and thank God he suffers no more."

Director Michael Ritchie Dies
20 April 2001 (WENN)
Hollywood director Michael Ritchie lost his battle with prostate cancer on Monday. The 62-year-old started his career in 1961 when he directed the hit drama series "Dr. Kildare", followed by "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." Michael will be best-remembered for his films Fletch, starring Chevy Chase and Geena Davis, and the flop The Golden Child with Eddie Murphy. Michael is survived by his wife Jimmie B. Ritchie, one son, four daughters and two stepchildren.

Godfather Becomes Father At 60
29 January 2001 (WENN)
Al Pacino was celebrating Saturday night after becoming a father to twins at the age of 60. The Oscar-winner's actress girlfriend Beverly D'Angelo, 46, best known for her parts in the Vacation (1983) movie series with comedian Chevy Chase, gave birth to a boy and girl, both weighing just five pounds each. Al already has an 11-year-old daughter Julie from his relationship with acting coach Jan Tarrant.

There's No Day Like Snow Day
8 March 2000 (StudioBriefing)
Nickelodeon president Herb Scannell is hailing the success of the company's low-budget Snow Day (2000) which has earned $49.3 million in four weeks. "We will make more money than The Beach, " Scannell told today's New York Daily News. "This movie captured people's imaginations, " he added. The newspaper's business columnist, Phyllis Furman, observed that many analysts believed Nickelodeon had blundered with the movie, by casting the out-of-favor Chevy Chase in the lead and not exploiting one of its bankable franchises like Rugrats instead. (The film was also skewered by critics.) But, Furman suggested, analysts didn't reckon with the power of the Nickelodeon channel itself which, she said, "relentlessly promoted" the movie on the air.

Chevy Tosses Sand In Leo's Face
29 February 2000 (StudioBriefing)
For the second week in a row, Warner Bros.' Whole Nine Yards, The (2000) claimed the top spot at the weekend box office with ticket sales totaling $9.6 million, according to Exhibitor Relations. Showing amazing strength in second place was the Paramount-Nickelodeon kid film Snow Day (2000), starring Chevy Chase, which took in $8.3 million in its third week. By contrast, the third week of Beach, The (2000), starring Leonardo DiCaprio couldn't even make the top ten list, earning just $3.7 million or an average of $1, 472 per screen. Overall sales were up 16 percent over the same weekend last year to $75.2 million for the top 12 releases.

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