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Jenna Fischer Details Years of Rejection Before Landing 'The Office' in New Book

Jenna Fischer, the Emmy-nominated star who brought Pam Beesly to life on the NBC comedy The Office, was not cast in her breakout role overnight. It took eight "grueling years” and plenty of rejection before she landed a part on the hit show that would go on to air for nine seasons.

In her new book, The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide, Fischer details the highs (crashing an SNL party) and lows (riding a Jurassic Park water ride for 12 hours straight as an extra) of her journey to becoming a fan-favorite on a network television show.

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‘Splitting Up Together’: Geoff Pierson Set To Recur In ABC Comedy

Dexter alum Geoff Pierson has booked a recurring role opposite Jenna Fischer and Oliver Hudson in ABC’s single-camera comedy series Splitting Up Together, from Suburgatory and Selfie creator Emily Kapnek, Ellen DeGeneres' A Very Good Prods. and Warner Bros TV. Written by Kapnek, based on the 2016 Danish series created by Mette Heeno and directed by Dean Holland, Splitting Up Together is the story of a couple, Lena (Jenna Fischer) and Martin (Oliver Hudson) whose marriage…
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Jenna Fischer's First Kiss Scene with John Krasinski Transported Her to a 'New Reality'

Jenna Fischer's First Kiss Scene with John Krasinski Transported Her to a 'New Reality'
You never forget your first kiss … or in the case of The Office star Jenna Fischer, you never forget your first on-camera kiss with John Krasinski.

In her new book, The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide, the 43-year-old actress presents advice for aspiring actors and reflects on the gig that launched her career: securing the role of Pam in The Office. As fans of the nine-season show know, it was Pam’s connection with her coworker, Jim, played by Krasinski, that became one of the most beloved aspects of the comedy series. According to the book, out Tuesday, Fischer knew she and Krasinski,
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Your Alternative Halloween Viewing Guide: Hidden Horror Gems to Make Movie Night Frighteningly Fun

Your Alternative Halloween Viewing Guide: Hidden Horror Gems to Make Movie Night Frighteningly Fun
Every Halloween, when you want to check out a horror movie to get your heart racing, or a hilarious scary movie send-up to celebrate the holiday with laughs, everybody seems to cycle back to some of the same old classics.

While the slasher movies we've all come to know and love are classics for a reason (see: Halloween, I Know What You Did Last Summer or Scream), it’s fun to dive a little deeper into the realm of obscure horror, where some of the truly great fright flicks hide in the shadows.

Check out Et’s suggestions for some of the great lesser-known gems of spooky cinema with this year's alternative Halloween viewing guide:

Vampire Movies

Typical Fare: Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Lost Boys, From Dusk Till Dawn

Alternative Option: Let the Right One In

This thoughtful Swedish horror tale, directed by Tomas Alfredson, is an entirely unique take on the well-trod territory of vampire
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Clint Eastwood’s The 15:17 to Paris gets release date

The 15:17 to Paris, an upcoming film directed by Clint Eastwood, has received a February 2018 release date.

The movie focuses on the heroes who helped to foil a 2015 terrorist attack on a train at high speed in Paris, and has now been given a release date of February 9, 2018 by Warner Bros.

It is unclear at this juncture if the movie will receive an Academy Awards qualifying release before the end of this year, but it wouldn’t be a surprise considering the man behind the camera.

Sue Kroll, president of worldwide marketing and distribution, said, “Clint Eastwood is one of our most prolific and enduring filmmakers and we are thrilled to continue our longtime collaboration with him as we bring his next film to the screen. This is both a touching story of three lifelong friends and a compelling tale of patriotism and heroism, and we felt this would be
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Clint Eastwood’s ’15:17 to Paris’ Gets February Release

Warner Bros. has given a Feb. 9, 2018, worldwide release date to Clint Eastwood’s drama “The 15:17 to Paris,” which centers on the heroes who derailed a 2015 terrorist attack during a highspeed train ride.

Sue Kroll, president of worldwide marketing and distribution, said, “Clint Eastwood is one of our most prolific and enduring filmmakers and we are thrilled to continue our longtime collaboration with him as we bring his next film to the screen. This is both a touching story of three lifelong friends and a compelling tale of patriotism and heroism, and we felt this would be a great window for audiences everywhere to experience this uplifting true story.”

The studio did not indicate whether “The 15:17 to Paris” would have an Academy Awards qualifying release before the end of the year.

The story is set on Aug. 21, 2015, when three Americans thwarted a terrorist attack on the Thalys train bound for Paris and follows the course of their
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Sarah Hyland Slams the Gop's Rollback on Contraception Laws: It Is 'for More Than Just Our Sex Lives You Pig'

Sarah Hyland Slams the Gop's Rollback on Contraception Laws: It Is 'for More Than Just Our Sex Lives You Pig'
Modern Family star Sarah Hyland was among the many stars speaking out Friday about President Donald Trump‘s controversial decision to roll back an Obamacare requirement that employers include birth control coverage in their health insurance plans without a co-pay — a decision made, Trump’s administration claimed, under the guise of protecting religious freedom and moral sensibilities as birth control promotes “risky sexual behavior.”

Effective immediately, any for-profit or non-profit employer or insurer can deny contraception coverage if they have “religious or moral objections.” According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, employers will not have to file
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5 reasons to see Brad's Status

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5 reasons to see Brad's Status5 reasons to see Brad's StatusAdriana Floridia9/26/2017 2:49:00 Pm

Ben Stiller's new film, Brad's Status, sees the actor in a role that has grown to be his forte.

While Stiller is primarily known for his work in comedies, he's also ventured into the indie film world, and often plays a man having a mid-life crisis. No crisis has been quite as intense as the one we get from him in Brad's Status, the new film from Mike White that gets us deep inside of his protagonist's head. Stiller plays a father who is touring universities with his college-bound son in Boston, all the while realizing that his friends are more successful than him, and that his son likely will be too.

Brad's Status played at Tiff earlier this month, and it was one of our favourite films of the festival. Here are 5 reasons why
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Film Review: Ben Stiller in Character For Thoughtful ‘Brad’s Status’

Chicago – Everyone comes to the point when they question their choices, their life and their truth. This concept is filtered through Ben Stiller in Brad’s Status, portraying a Dad taking his son for college visits, analyzing his life through the boy, his friends, plus his own angst and fears.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

This is written and directed by Mike White (who also has a small role), his first major director debut. White has fun with the character of Brad, as well as steering him to his truth. Although Stiller’s Brad seems to have it all… comfortable lifestyle, devoted wife and loyal son, he is bedeviled by the “what ifs” and comparisons to his old college friends that start to strangle his life. It all comes together with the college visit, as Brad goes through a series of situations that test his confidence and viability. What makes this all work – and
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Brad’S Status – Review

With awards season approaching it’s time to get serious at the multiplex, at least for some actors that may be best known for rowdy raunchy comedies. That may be the case for Ben Stiller who’s playing this flick’s title character. Mind you, there’s still some funny stuff in this story, we’re not in heavy, somber tragedy territory at all. It’s just that Ben is playing an “everyman”. a fellow that many of us know, or “down deep” the person staring back at us from the mirror. Oddly, this man is constantly reflecting on his past, his regrets, and choices. These concerns and worries make up the bulk of Brad’S Status.

The title Brad is played by Mr. Stiller. Brad Sloan is sliding toward the big “5-0” and shares a home in Sacramento, CA with his lovely wife Melanie (Jenna Fisher) and their eighteen
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Ben Stiller and Austin Abrams reveal the relationships behind their new film Brad's Status

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Ben Stiller and Austin Abrams reveal the relationships behind their new film Brad's StatusBen Stiller and Austin Abrams reveal the relationships behind their new film Brad's StatusAdriana Floridia9/21/2017 10:46:00 Am

There are different ways to measure success.

This is something we learned while watching Brad's Status. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, and now it's coming to Cineplex theatres. The film features an A-List cast including Ben Stiller, Jenna Fischer, Jemaine Clement, Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson, and relative newcomer Austin Abrams. Written and directed by Mike White, Brad's Status follows Brad (Stiller) and his son, Troy (Abrams) who are touring colleges together in Boston, just as Brad realizes he hasn't amounted to the man he thought he'd be, at least not in comparison to his successful, wealthy friends.

We had the chance to chat with Stiller and Abrams about the film at Tiff.
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Brad.S Status Interview: Jenna Fischer

I adore Jenna Fischer! She.s just plain sweet and fun! I interviewed the actress at the Toronto International Film Festival for Mike White.s .Brad.s Status. and as soon as I walked into the room, she stood up and said, .I know him!. Awwwwww. I interviewed the actress once before for .Hall Pass. and I guess I.m just so memorable Ha!

In .Brad.s Status,. Fischer plays Ben Stiller.s character.s wife and she serves as the heart of the film. Take a look at how the actress campaigned for the part!
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Box Office: ‘Mother!’ Crumbles With $7.5 Million, ‘It’ Repeats No. 1

Box Office: ‘Mother!’ Crumbles With $7.5 Million, ‘It’ Repeats No. 1
It” continues to post terrifyingly huge numbers, while “Mother!” opens with a thud.

“It,” from Warner Bros. and New Line, expects to finish its second weekend with $60 million from 4,103 locations. That would make its domestic gross so far $218.7 million — a record for the highest earning September release ever. The old record-holder was 1986’s “Crocodile Dundee” with $174.8 million. Broken down by day this weekend, “It” earned $19.4 million on Friday and $26.2 million on Saturday. Sunday’s take is estimated to be about $14.5 million. 389 Imax screens are expected to account for just over $3 million of the film’s take in North America this weekend.

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Overseas, “It” is pulling in an additional $60.3 million in 56 markets. That raises its international total to $152.6 million and the worldwide tally to $371.3 million.

Based on Stephen King’s novel, “It” opened last weekend with an enormous domestic pull of $123.4 million. The R-rated title, reportedly
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Review: Brad's Status (Tiff)

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Plot: By all accounts, Brad (Ben Stiller) is a successful guy. He lives a comfortably middle class existence with a wife (Jenna Fischer) who loves him, and a smart son (Austin Abrams) with a bright future ahead of him. But, he’s unable to shake the feeling of unrealized potential, especially compared to his college friends (Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson, Mike White & Jemaine Clement), a feeling that... Read More...
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'Brad's Status' Review: Ben Stiller Is in Peak Form in 'Brad's Status'

'Brad's Status' Review: Ben Stiller Is in Peak Form in 'Brad's Status'
So you think a typical teen worries about getting into the right college. Get a load of Brad's Status, a high-anxiety satire from writer-director Mike White that focuses on a parent who thinks the process is far more traumatic for him. Enter Ben Stiller in one of his best and most acutely observed performances as Brad Sloan, a father taking his musical genius son, Troy (a standout Austin Abrams), on a tour of east-coast colleges. Mom Melanie (Jenna Fischer) had to work. Troy has the props to make the grade,
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The Guest Book: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two on TBS?

Vulture Watch How are things at Froggy Cottage? Has The Guest Book TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on TBS? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of The Guest Book season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  What's This TV Show About? Airing on the TBS cable channel, The Guest Book stars Kellie Martin, Charlie Robinson, Aloma Wright, Carly Jibson, Lou Wilson, Garret Dillahunt, Laura Bell Bundy, and Eddie Steeples. The series centers on the vacationers who stay in Froggy Cottage, in the town of Mount Trace. While the cabin and townie characters remain the same, each episode follows new guests. Guest stars in the first season include: Danny Pudi, Jenna Fischer, Tommy Dewey,
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Tiff Review: ‘Brad’s Status’ is a Contemptible, Aimless Character Study

Brad’s (Ben Stiller) son is about to embark on college. It’s the type of auspicious life marker to make anyone look back and question the journey they’ve taken thus far. Has Brad done enough? Lived up to the potential he felt he possessed? Or was he passed by? All of his old Tufts friends are rich, famous, successful, and/or happy—pure happiness unencumbered by the seemingly trivial struggles Brad faces daily. He isn’t poor, though. Nor destitute. If anything he’s on the cusp of breaking past middle class with loving wife (Jenna Fischer’s Melanie) and son (Austin Abrams’ Troy). We therefore can’t feasibly pity him and this film about his white privileged crisis knows it. Only one person could ever feel sorry for him: himself. And of course he does.

Welcome to Brad’s Status, the latest from writer/director Mike White.
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Tiff 2017: ‘Brad’s Status’ Review: Dir. Mike White (2017)

Brad’s Status review: Mike White, accomplished screenwriter of the likes of Nacho Libre, The Good Girl and School Of Rock, makes his second directorial effort with the comedy drama Brad’s Status.

Brad’s Status review by Paul Heath, September 2017.

Ben Stiller plays the titular character of Brad Sloan, a forty-something family man who is wrestling with a personal crisis in that he feels that his own life pails in comparison to that of his former university friends. We meet his as he is about to embark on a journey to Massachusetts where his 17-year-old son Troy (Austin Abrams) is interviewing for potential college placements.

His journey to the East Coast sees him having to interact with his former friends – political TV personality and best-selling author Craig Fisher (Michael Sheen), retired businessman Billy Wearslter (Jermaine Clement), who now spends his time on the sun-kissed island of Hawaii with his two girlfriends,
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‘Brad’s Status’: Midlife Crisis Dramedy With Ben Stiller Lacks Insight [Tiff Review]

Brad Sloan (Ben Stiller) lives in a beautiful house, with his beautiful wife Melanie (Jenna Fischer), runs his own non-profit, and he’s about to go to Boston with his son Troy (Austin Abrams) who is interviewing at universities, with Harvard at the top of the list. For any ordinary 47 year-old, they would look at this life with little to complain about, but Brad lays awake at night asking himself, how did I get here?

Continue reading ‘Brad’s Status’: Midlife Crisis Dramedy With Ben Stiller Lacks Insight [Tiff Review] at The Playlist.
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‘Brad’s Status’ Review: Ben Stiller Gives a Soulful Performance in Mike White’s Heartfelt Father-Son Tale — Tiff

‘Brad’s Status’ Review: Ben Stiller Gives a Soulful Performance in Mike White’s Heartfelt Father-Son Tale — Tiff
There’s a standout moment in “Brad’s Status” when Brad Sloan (Ben Stiller) sits down at a bar with a college-aged woman less than half his age who puts him in his place. After he spends hours drunkenly whining about his life’s work at a non-profit, expressing concerns that he never gets enough respect, she offers a succinct rejoinder that bursts his bubble in an instant. The scene epitomizes the movie’s appeal: Writer-director Mike White’s screenplay juggles warmth with a caustic edge that doesn’t only put Brad in his place; it sums up the essence of Stiller’s performances, giving a slew of solipsistic characters the medicine they deserve.

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In the process, it also consolidates Stiller’s recurring motifs into a deeper, more melancholic version. Trapped in his
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