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VASSALBORO, Maine -- The issue started when Isla Fisher a successful businesswoman opened a topless coffee shop in Maine. The coffee shop named, "The Grand View", opened in Vassalboro, Maine. Fisher argues her business is protected by the...
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by Monika Bartyzel Jun 4th 2009 // 11:15AM With the assumed exception of Isla Fisher and Olive Cohen, I bet there's no one that Sacha Baron Cohen wouldn't torment with his outlandish alter egos. He's nabbed the ignorant, the rich and famous,...
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Her name is Isla Fisher, and the same group that bouts for Reynolds' involvement in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn contends that she should be "Kate" in the film (see here). Bubbly, energetic, and surprisingly young looking for a 33-year-old,...
Short Takes - Dallas Morning News
Starring Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy, Krysten Ritter, Robert Stanton, Joan Cusack, John Goodman and Kristin Scott Thomas. Directed by PJ Hogan. PG (mild language, adult situations). 112 mins. – TM A-CORALINE: Sweet and creepy blend beautifully in this...
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Jorma Taccone made his feature-acting debut in the 2007 summer release Hot Rod appearing opposite Andy Samberg, Ian McShane, Sissy Spacek, Isla Fisher and Bill Hader as Samberg's geeky and lovable half-brother Kevin. Currently, Taccone is a writer,...
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Isla Fisher

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Isla Lang Fisher (born 3 February 1976) is an Australian actress and author. She began acting on Australian Television, playing Shannon Reed on the Australian soap opera Home and Away, and has since become known for her roles in the 2005 comedy Wedding Crashers, opposite Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, 2007's Hot Rod and 2009's Confessions of a Shopaholic.

Fisher was born in Muscat, Oman to Scottish parents from Bathgate and Stranraer. They resided in Muscat because of her father's job as a banker for the United Nations. Her name, after the Scottish island of Islay, is pronounced eye-la; she has four brothers. Fisher spent her infancy in Bathgate before moving with her family to Perth, Western Australia, when she was nine months old. Fisher has said that she had a "great" upbringing in Perth with a "very outdoorsy life". She began appearing in commercials on Australian television at the age of nine, before going on to win roles in popular children's television shows Bay City and Paradise Beach. She attended Methodist Ladies' College and appeared in lead roles in school productions.

At the age of 18, with the help of her mother, she wrote two teen novels, Bewitched and Seduced by Fame, that became bestsellers. From 1994 to 1997 she played the role of Shannon Reed on the hit Australian soap opera Home and Away. After leaving the popular soap, Fisher enrolled at a prestigious theatre and arts training school in Paris, and went on to appear in Pantomime in the United Kingdom. She also toured with Darren Day in the Summer Holiday musical, and appeared in a London theatre production called Così. In 2002 she had a part in the film version of Scooby-Doo as Mary-Jane, Shaggy's love interest, and subsequently was taken on by an American agent. A larger role in Wedding Crashers, alongside Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, in 2005 won her the Breakthrough Performance Award at the MTV Movie Awards. While promoting Wedding Crashers, she was officially crowned the 1000th guest on Australian talk show Rove on 2 August 2005. She entered the set ahead of Owen Wilson, winning the title by two meters.

In 2006, Fisher starred as Becca, a Manhattan party host, in the relationship drama London co-starring Jessica Biel, Chris Evans and Jason Statham. In 2007, she appeared in The Lookout, a thriller co-starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Matthew Goode, and Hot Rod, opposite Andy Samberg. She was scheduled to appear in The Simpsons Movie, although her appearance was cut from the final version. In 2008, she starred in Wedding Daze with Jason Biggs, Definitely, Maybe, with Ryan Reynolds, Elizabeth Banks, and Abigail Breslin, and had a voice role in Horton Hears a Who! Fisher has also co-written a script entitled Groupies with Amy Poehler, as well as another project entitled The Cookie Queen. She starred in the movie adaption of the book Confessions of a Shopaholic, which opened on February 13, 2009. In the film, Fisher played a college graduate who works as a financial journalist in New York City to support her shopping addiction.

Fisher has spoken out against the lack of opportunities for comediennes in Hollywood.

Fisher lives with her fiancé, English comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, in London. She met Cohen at a party in Sydney, Australia. Fisher converted to Judaism after three years of study, completing her conversion in early 2007 and taking on the Hebrew name Ayala (איילה), the Hebrew word for Doe; she has described herself as "quite observant". As of April 2009, the couple have not set a date for their wedding. On October 19, 2007, Fisher gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Olive, in Los Angeles.

Fisher has said that her "sensibility is Australian" and that she has a "laid-back attitude to life" that she feels "very Australian." Her mother and siblings live and work in Athens, Greece, while her father lives in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Hot Rod (film)

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Hot Rod is a 2007 American comedy film written by Pam Brady and directed by Akiva Schaffer; starring Andy Samberg, Sissy Spacek, Jorma Taccone, Will Arnett, Danny R. McBride, Ian McShane, Isla Fisher, and Bill Hader. It was originally written with Will Ferrell in mind (he is credited as executive producer). The film was released in America on August 3, 2007. It was rated PG-13 in the United States and 12A in the United Kingdom.

For his entire life, Rod Kimble (Andy Samberg) believed his father, now deceased, was a successful and respectable stuntman working for Evel Knievel. He aspires to follow his father's footsteps and become a famous stuntman himself. Meanwhile, his stepfather Frank (Ian McShane) fails to respect Rod as a man, often going out of his way to beat him in sparring sessions and mocking his stuntman dream.

While he makes many attempts at landing jumps with his moped, most of them end unsuccessfully. After an ill-fated jump attempt at the public pool, he returns home to find out that Frank is in urgent need of a heart transplant. Angry at the thought of his stepfather dying without getting a chance to "beat his face in" and gain his respect, Rod goes to a forest to contemplate but ends up rolling down an enormous hill after tripping while punch dancing. At the bottom, he sees a sign that gives him an idea to save Frank. He tells his friends Rico (Danny R. McBride), Dave (Bill Hader) and his half brother Kevin (Jorma Taccone) about his plan to do a jump over fifteen school buses, and give the proceeds to his stepfather's surgery. He also adds Denise (Isla Fisher), his college-graduate neighbor on whom he has a crush, to his crew.

To promote his stunt and also raise funds, Rod works parties, corporate get-togethers, and other events. Kevin releases a movie using his footage of Rod's stunts and sells over 200 tickets, but everyone at the movie laughs at Rod's expense because the film depicts his failed training attempts. Rod gets angry and throws the theater's projector out of a window, and ends up giving up all the money he has raised so far to cover the respective damages. Upset, he returns home, where his mother reveals to him that his father was not the stuntman he thought he was. Humiliated, Rod quits the crew and ends his dream to beat up his stepfather, despite his friends' interventions. However, he takes up the jump again when Dave asks Rod to take him to the hospital due to an injury sustained under the influence of LSD. When he does, Dave gives him advice that inspires him to apologize to Kevin. As he accepts his apology, Kevin also reveals that Rod's stunt footage has gotten popular through the Internet, and a local AM radio station offers to cover the expenses of the jump.

Rod gets the crew back together and they start setting up for the jump. On the day of the jump, his friends give him a new suit and motorbike. He also receives a kiss from Denise, who broke up with Jonathan (Will Arnett), her insensitive and callous boyfriend. As Rod jumps off the ramp, the speed of his new motorbike enables him to jump over the buses, but as he gives his friends a thumbs up, they realize that he had let go of his bike in the process. The bike smashes through a stage and Rod's body slams against the other ramp. As his friends nurse him from his unconscious state, he wakes up. Rod, with the help of Kevin and Denise, triumphantly gets up to the applause of the crowd, and the donations finally accumulate to the $50,000 goal. The film ends as Rod (with his own moustache) again spars with Frank. Over the course of the fight, Rod gains the upper hand and succeeds in making his stepfather respect him.

Shooting locations for the film include Cloverdale in Surrey, British Columbia, and under the Surrey end of the Pattullo Bridge, just southeast of Vancouver, British Columbia. Other locations in British Columbia include Coquitlam, Burnaby and Downtown Vancouver.

As of August 15, 2007 the film had a rating of 35% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 78 reviews (27 Fresh, 51 Rotten) and the "cream of the crop" rating was 26%. On Metacritic the film had a rating of 43% (mixed or average reviews) based on 27 reviews. It has grown to have a cult following due to the popularity of The Lonely Island.

The film opened at #9 at the U.S. box office and grossed $5.3 million in its opening weekend.

The film left theaters after 48 days and having grossed $14 million in its entire run.

Hot Rod was released on Region One DVD and HD DVD on November 27, 2007, and in Region Two in January 2008. It made $14.59 million on DVD rentals - 4.6% over its box office gross. It was released on Blu-Ray December 16, 2008.

The soundtrack was composed by ex-Yes guitarist, Trevor Rabin. Several songs by the Swedish hard rock band Europe are in the movie, including "Cherokee" and "Rock The Night". The full trailer contains Three Swedish rock band songs, Europe's "Cherokee" and "The Final Countdown," and The Hives' "See Through Head." It also includes the UK rock band, Test Icicles' "Circle. Square. Triangle", as well as American Hi-Fi's "The Art of Losing"." The band called Gown that plays at Rod's final jump is actually Queens of the Stone Age. Samples from the movie are featured in the tracks "I Heart Roberts" and "Stairway To Hell" by Australian band The Amity Affliction.

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Wedding Daze

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Wedding Daze, (also known as The Pleasure of Your Company and The Next Girl I See) is a 2006 romantic comedy movie, written and directed by Michael Ian Black. It stars Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher.

Against the advice of his best friend, Ted (Michael Weston), Anderson (Jason Biggs) proposes to his girlfriend publicly whilst dressed in a cupid costume. The shock of the proposal leads to her instantaneous death. Utterly devastated and distraught, Anderson quits his job and goes into mourning. Anderson is still obsessed with his perfect ex-girlfriend and to help him move on, his best friend Ted persuades him to give romance one more try. To placate his friend, Anderson agrees to give it one more shot. Right after they agree on this, the waitress Katie (Isla Fisher), comes over. On a whim, Anderson asks Katie to marry him, and to his utter astonishment, she accepts his proposal.

Anderson and Katie now decide to take things slow; the same day she moves into Anderson's apartment. Meanwhile Anderson is feeling guilty as when unconscious he spoke to his ex-girlfriend, the late Vanessa. However he goes ahead with plans to meet her parents, and to bring Katie to meet his parents. The pair soon begin to get on well with one-another and, although not the smoothest of meetings, the parents have no real objection to the marriage. Whilst the two are getting to know each other, other characters are still operating throughout the film. Katie's ex-boyfriend, William, is still on the scene trying to persuade Katie that they should be together. He proceeds to assault Anderson on the way to their wedding. Katie's father, Smitty, refuses to miss his daughter's wedding and breaks out of jail to walk her down the aisle. He arrives at his ex-wife's and Katie's mother's (Lois) house and through their long lost passion for one another, their love sparks again, much to Stuart's, Lois's current husband's, discomfort.

After a falling out over Anderson's ex-girlfriend Vanessa, Anderson and Katie's relationship looks to be over. This pivotal moment in the film leads to the pair finally declaring their fondness of one another. In line with the film's spontaneous feel, the couple suddenly run off to Atlantic City, with a lot of help from Ted. Now Anderson, Katie, Ted and the rest of the party are driving to Atlantic City, in a car from the car dealership where Ted works (under the pretense of test driving the vehicle). Meanwhile, Katie's parents know where they're headed and make their way there, stopping to rob the Tuxedo Depot in preparation for the wedding. Ted's boss reports the car stolen, and in an unfortunate event, they crash into a police car, resulting in their arrest.

Shortly after, Katie's parents are also arrested for robbing the store. They all end up in the same police station, and Anderson's parents also turn up after he calls them. In a lucky turn of events the group is able to escape from the station after stealing an officer's gun and locking them in a cell. At this point Anderson and Katie establish for the final time that they want to get married and for the first time, the whole group is in favor. Now in a police van, which the policemen let them use, they drive to Atlantic City and Anderson and Katie finally get married. However, as soon as they step outside they are all arrested. Anderson and Katie spend their honeymoon in jail and bribe a judge with a blender they received as a wedding present.

The film is set in Staten Island, New York. A lot of the scenes are set in the neighborhood of West New Brighton. The scene outside Gregorio's Florist where Anderson introduces himself and all the diner scenes are filmed on Forest Avenue, West New Brighton.

The song during the opening credits is Inches & Falling- The Format.

According to film review aggregation site RottenTomatoes.com, 44% were positive.

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Definitely, Maybe

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Definitely, Maybe is a 2008 romantic comedy film from Universal Pictures, directed by Adam Brooks, that stars Ryan Reynolds, Rachel Weisz, Elizabeth Banks, Isla Fisher, and Abigail Breslin.

Will Hayes (Ryan Reynolds) is a 38-year-old father who is in the midst of a divorce. His 10-year-old daughter Maya (Abigail Breslin) lives with her mother but is with him once or twice a week. On one of these occasions she questions him about his life before marriage. After her first sex-ed class, Maya first asks and then insists on hearing the story of how her parents met and decided to get married. Will gives in, but decides to change the names and some facts, thereby creating a love mystery, with Maya guessing which of the women will be her mom. The story he tells Maya is depicted in long flashbacks. From time to time the film switches back to the present, where Maya comments and asks questions.

The story begins in 1992, where Will, a starry-eyed aspiring politician, moves away from Wisconsin and his college sweetheart, Emily (Elizabeth Banks) to New York to work on the Clinton campaign. She gives him a closed packet and asks him to give it to her friend Summer Hartley (Rachel Weisz), an aspiring journalist. In New York, he meets April (Isla Fisher), the copy girl for the campaign. Before bringing the packet to Summer, Will opens it- it is Summer's diary. Encouraged by his roommate Russell (Derek Luke), he reads it, and comes across pages describing a love affair between Emily and Summer. He visits Summer to bring the diary, and meets her roommate and sometimes-lover, her college professor, a famous writer named Hampton Roth (Kevin Kline). When Will leaves Summer kisses him, leaving Will shocked and confused.

Will and April have a chance meeting outside work, where Will reveals he is going to propose to Emily. When Will practices a proposal to Emily on April, she is taken aback by Will's words, and replies, "Definitely, maybe." They go back to her apartment, where April has multiple copies of Jane Eyre in her collection, explaining that her father gave her a copy with an inscription in the front shortly before he died, and the book was later lost. She has spent years buying copies of Jane Eyre from secondhand stores, hoping to find the copy her father gave her. April talks about her dreams to travel around the world, which she finds herself unable to do because of her current relationship with someone she rarely sees. When Will suggests she break up with her boyfriend to fulfill her desires, the two eventually share a kiss, with Will leaving quickly and berating himself.

Emily visits New York, and Will proposes in Central Park (first by recounting the story of his parents' engagement, and then by going through the words he said to April), but Emily turns him down and confesses she slept with Will's former roommate in Wisconsin, Charlie. Will is heartbroken. Time goes by, Bill Clinton becomes president of the United States, and Will and Russell start their own consulting firm. Their biggest client is Arthur Robredo (Nestor Serrano), their former employer on the Clinton campaign who is running to be Governor of New York. April travels the world like she wanted, and she and Will become pen-pals. Eventually, with the encouragement of Roth, Will and Summer become romantically involved. In the meantime April returns from her travels as she realized that the man she truly loves is Will. However she meets him as he's buying the engagement ring for Summer. April is heartbroken, but at the time Will doesn't notice it. Will and Summer's relationship ends when Summer writes an unfavorable story about Robredo, leading to Robredo's defeat and damaging Will's career and friendship with Russell.

Will becomes disillusioned about his choice of profession when Bill Clinton is implicated in the Monica Lewinsky scandal. He hates his job, and starts to drink heavily after finding out that April is dating a new guy. In a drunken rant, he confesses romantic feelings to her, but in the process, ends up having a fight with her, telling her to "go to life-rehab". However, it may be because of these words that April returns to school.

Some time after the fight, while walking the streets of New York, Will finds the copy of Jane Eyre that April's father gave her. He goes to give it to her, but decides against it when he meets her boyfriend Kevin, with whom she is living.

Summer and Will bump into each other while he is at a cafe, and Summer, who is now pregnant, invites him to a party. Maya gets upset about the possibility of Summer being her mother and Will not being her natural father. However, it is revealed that Emily also attends the party, as she now lives in New York. Eventually, she and Will start up another relationship, and Emily turns out to be Maya's mother and Will's ex-wife, as Maya correctly guesses. Will explains to Maya that the happy ending all along was Maya and they share a hug and part separate ways.

At home Will signs the divorce papers served to him and unpacks his things moved from the previous house. By accident he sees the book he wanted to give April years ago and decides to visit her at her workplace, Amnesty International. After learning that she is now single again, he gives her the book, but when she finds out that he was holding on to it rather than giving it to her immediately, she becomes angry and asks him to leave her office.

Maya is happy that she figured out the story, but also realizes that her father still loves April, as even though Will changed the names of Emily (Sarah in real life), and Summer (Natasha in real life), he did not change April's name. Encouraged by Maya, who wants her father to be happy, Maya and Will go to April's apartment. Though April refuses to open the door at first, she hears Maya demand that Will tell April the story exactly as he told it to her. April still doesn't emerge, but as they turn to go back home, she comes outside. Will confesses to April that he held on to the copy of Jane Eyre because it was the only thing he had left of her. As the three enter into April's building, April jumps into Will's arms and kisses him.

Definitely, Maybe received generally positive reviews from critics. As of June 20, 2008, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 73% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 102 reviews. Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 59 out of 100, based on 30 reviews.

In its opening weekend, the film grossed $9.7 million in 2,204 theaters in the United States and Canada, ranking #5 at the box office. As of September 28, 2008, the film has grossed $54,918,573 worldwide.

The film was released on DVD June 24, 2008. The DVD featured a widescreen transfer, deleted scenes, a short featurette, and a commentary track by the director Adam Brooks and lead actor Ryan Reynolds.

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Elizabeth Banks

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Elizabeth Banks (born February 10, 1974) is an American actress whose TV and film appearances include Scrubs, the Spider-Man films, The Uninvited, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, W., Zack And Miri Make A Porno, and Role Models.

Banks was born Elizabeth Maresal Mitchell in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, as the oldest of four children of Ann and Mark Mitchell. Her father was a factory worker for General Electric and her mother, until recently, worked in a bank. As a young child, she was a contestant on the Nickelodeon game show Finders Keepers. She graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1992 and is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in 1996, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. She was the first in her family to graduate from college. In 1998, she completed schooling at the American Conservatory Theater.

Banks changed her name to avoid confusion with actress Elizabeth Mitchell. She debuted in the independent film Surrender Dorothy as "Elizabeth Casey." Banks is known for her roles in Seabiscuit, Heights, the Spider-Man films (playing the part of Betty Brant), and the cult comedy Wet Hot American Summer. She quickly gained widespread exposure through movies like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Slither. She also plays Mark Wahlberg's love interest in the movie Invincible.

In May 2006, she appeared in the season five finale of the NBC comedy-drama Scrubs as Dr. Kim Briggs, the love interest of J.D. (Zach Braff). The character has appeared throughout season six and seven as a recurring guest star.

In 2005, she appeared on the show Stella. In 2007, Banks played the female lead in the comedy Meet Bill, alongside Aaron Eckhart and Jessica Alba. Banks also has a small role in the 2007 Christmas comedy film Fred Claus, co-starring Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti, and played a love interest in the 2008 comedy Definitely, Maybe alongside Isla Fisher and Ryan Reynolds.

Banks starred with Seth Rogen as the eponymous female lead in the Kevin Smith comedy, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, which was released on Halloween 2008. She was also seen playing United States First Lady Laura Bush in W, Oliver Stone's biopic of George W. Bush.

She has appeared in the thriller The Uninvited, a remake of the Korean horror film A Tale of Two Sisters. The film tells the tale of an intrusive stepmother who makes life miserable for the teen daughters of her new husband. Banks based her character, Rachel, on Rebecca De Mornay's character in The Hand that Rocks the Cradle". "It was very important to me that every line reading I gave could be interpreted two ways," says Banks of her role, "So that when you go back through the movie you can see that".

Banks is a frequent co-star of actor Paul Rudd, the two having appeared in four films together to date (Wet Hot American Summer, The Baxter, The 40 Year Old Virgin, and Role Models). She does not have any projects in production at this time. "There was a David O. Russell movie that I really wanted to make with Vince Vaughn that ended up falling apart", said Banks, referring to the film H-Man Cometh, in a January 2009 interview.

Banks is set to star alongside Leslie Mann in What Was I Thinking?, based upon the book by Barbara Davilman and Liz Dubelman.

On July 5, 2003, Banks married sportswriter and producer Max Handelman, who had been her boyfriend since college. She converted to Judaism upon marrying him.

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Confessions of a Shopaholic (film)

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Confessions of a Shopaholic is a 2009 film adaptation of the Shopaholic series of novels by Sophie Kinsella. It is directed by P. J. Hogan and stars Isla Fisher as the central character, Rebecca Bloomwood, as well as John Goodman and Joan Cusack as her parents. Krysten Ritter plays Rebecca's best friend Suze and Hugh Dancy is the editor in chief Luke Brandon. John Lithgow plays Edgar West, Kristin Scott Thomas portrays Alette Naylor, chief editor and founder of the fashion magazine Alette. Leslie Bibb plays the editor of Alette, Alicia Billington, Lynn Redgrave plays the doyenne of a publishing empire and Julie Hagerty appears as Haley.

Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) moves to Manhattan to nurture her shopping addiction and gets involved in the New York City magazine world. She has spent almost $1000 in a month, when she discovers a fashionable green scarf, she doesn't have enough money to buy it and borrows money from a man on the street. When she interviews with Luke Brandon, the editor of the magazine Successful Saving, she finds that he is the man from whom she had borrowed money.

Frustrated by her lack of success, she writes drunken letters to Alette magazine and Successful Saving, but she posts each one to the wrong magazine. Nevertheless, Luke Brandon hires her. Then, rather than completing a work assignment, she goes to a clothes sale. When examining an expensive cashmere pullover she realizes that it is 5% cashmere and 95% acrylic. She writes her column, calling herself "the Girl with the Green Scarf".

Impressed, her boss, Luke, invites her to a conference in Miami and an important ball. While shopping for the ball, Luke asks what she thinks of him. Rebecca says he is a workaholic and not a good investor as all his hard work goes into the magazine but the earnings to someone else. At a restaurant, another woman, Alicia, asks Luke to the ball.

Rebecca learns that Luke is the son of the famous socialite Eleonor Sherman and that he knows a lot about clothes. At the ball the two share a romantic moment on the roof after a major faux pas Rebecca commits while serving the dishes.

Rebecca returns home to confrontations with a bill collector and her best friend Suze, who makes her join a Shopaholic-group. She is later publicly accused of not paying her debts live on a TV show,'Morning Coffee' and as a consequence loses her job. Though Luke is hurt that Rebecca has lied to him, he still finds her a source of inspiration.

Rebecca decides to sell all of her clothes in a sale, but hesitates over the green scarf. A blond woman and a woman talking on a telephone begin a bidding war over the scarf. The sale is a success, making it possible for her to repay her debt.

Rebecca and Luke come together, with Luke returning her the green scarf – he was the person behind both bidders. During the credits, Rebecca ends up working for Luke's new magazine, writing articles such as "Confessions of a Shopaholic".

The film adapts the two books The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Abroad which in the United States were known as Confessions of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Takes Manhattan respectively. The film uses the novel's American title Confessions of a Shopaholic reinterpreting Rebecca as an American rather than English.

Filming took place in New York, Connecticut, and Florida from February to May 2008. To change the ending to be more sympathetic to audiences during a time of recession, re-shoots took place in New York City on December 4 and 8, 2008.

Production on the film also included creating a group faux upscale brand stores at the base of the Hearst Tower. Present were brands such as Valentino, Anna Sui, Catherine Malandrino and Alberta Ferretti.

On its opening weekend without Presidents' Day, the film opened #4 behind Taken, He's Just Not That Into You, and Friday the 13th grossing $15,054,000 in 2,507 theaters with an $6,005 average. As of April 10, 2009 the film grossed $43,723,231 at the domestic box office and $93,384,212 at the box office worldwide.

According to Amazon the soundtrack of Confessions of a Shopaholic was released on February 17, 2009 under Hollywood Records. However, an alternate tracklisting was posted on Tommy2.net on January 25, 2009. In the alternate tracklisting, Adrienne Bailon also sings "Big Spender" instead of Girlicious, and the Pussycat Dolls sing "Bad Girl" instead of Rihanna feat.Chris Brown. In addition, Rick Ocasek is said to sing "Emotion In Motion" instead, and "Music Of The Sun" by Rihanna has been replaced by "Calling You" by Kat DeLuna.

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The Lookout

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The Lookout is a 2007 crime film written and directed by Scott Frank, screenwriter of Out of Sight and Get Shorty, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeff Daniels, Matthew Goode, and Isla Fisher.

The Lookout is the directorial debut of the screenwriter Scott Frank. It was produced by Birnbaum/Barber, Laurence Mark Productions, Parkes/MacDonald Productions, Spyglass Entertainment, and Miramax Films. Miramax distributes the film in the USA, and Buena Vista International elsewhere.

Although set near Kansas City, Missouri, the bank in the movie was filmed in the town of Hartney, Manitoba and city scenes were filmed in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Most notably, scenes of the skating rink were filmed behind the Millennium Library, and the exterior of Chris' apartment was filmed in the Exchange District and various historic sites in Winnipeg including the Bank of Montreal and 529 Wellington Crescent.

While driving with his headlights off down a country highway, Chris Pratt (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), his girlfriend Kelly (Laura Vandervoort) and two friends crash into a stalled combine on the road. Chris and Kelly survive, but the other two do not. Chris' injuries include brain damage that affects his short-term memory. To compensate for his inability to remember, he keeps notes in a small notebook. He lives with a blind friend named Lewis (Jeff Daniels) who also aids him.

Resulting from his mental incapacitation, he is unable to have meaningful work. Thus he works as a night cleaning man in a small-town bank. It is there he comes under the scrutiny of a gang planning to rob the bank. The leader, Gary (Matthew Goode), befriends him and uses a young woman, Luvlee (Isla Fisher), to seduce him. Confused, but wanting to escape his current existence, he initially goes along with the scheme. After realizing he is being used, he attempts to stop the robbery, which immediately goes awry.

A sheriff's deputy (Sergio Di Zio) stumbles into the robbery while delivering doughnuts to Chris. Guns are fired and the deputy and two gang members (Marty (Morgan Kelly) and Cork (Aaron Berg)) are killed. Gary is wounded and one other bank robber, Bone (Greg Dunham), survives. Chris escapes in the car which contains the money they stole; he buries it near where his accident occurred. As this is happening, the robbers kidnap Lewis to get the money back. The robbers and Chris meet to exchange the money for Lewis, but they force him to take them to the site of the buried cash.

While Chris digs in the snow to retrieve the money, Gary's health is rapidly deteriorating. Chris gives one of two bags to Bone, who then prepares to execute Lewis. Chris shoots Bone with a shotgun he'd hidden in one money bag. At the same time, Gary collapses and dies from loss of blood. Chris returns the money and turns himself in. An investigation by the FBI concludes that Chris could not have pulled off the robbery, by himself, due to his mental state — confirmed by video surveillance of the robbery.

The film concludes with Chris and Lewis opening a restaurant financed by the manager of the bank.

From critics the film has earned an aggregated score of 87% at Rotten Tomatoes (154 reviews), 73/100 at Metacritic (32 reviews), and "B" at Yahoo Movies (13 reviews). Particularly favorable reviews came from Richard Roeper and Leonard Maltin, who praised the film as "the best movie so far" of 2007.

The Lookout won the award for Best First Feature at the 2008 Independent Spirit Awards.

The score was composed by James Newton Howard and was his first collaboration with director Scott Frank. Frequent collaborators Stuart Michael Thomas and Clay Duncan are credited with additional music. The score was orchestrated by Brad Dechter, Stuart Michael Thomas, and Chris P. Bacon, who also conducted. Several songs were featured including "One Big Holiday" and "Lay Low", both performed by My Morning Jacket.

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Wedding Crashers

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Wedding Crashers is a 2005 comedy film, directed by David Dobkin. The film stars Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, with Christopher Walken, Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher, Jane Seymour, and Bradley Cooper. The film debuted in North American theaters on July 15, 2005, and the DVD version was released on January 3, 2006.

Single bachelors and lifelong best friends, John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey are business partners in divorce mediation in Washington D.C.. The friends frequently "crash" wedding parties to meet women, working from a set of rules taught to them by a past ‘crasher,’ Chazz. The duo always have cover stories for inquisitive guests and inevitably become the hit of every reception, to charm their way into bed with ladies at the wedding for a one night stand.

After a sequence of successful ‘crashes,’ Jeremy spots the wedding of the daughter of the Secretary of the Treasury William Cleary and his wife, Kathleen. After infiltrating the lavish event as brothers, John and Jeremy set their sights on two bridesmaids, also daughters of Secretary Cleary: Claire and Gloria Cleary. While Jeremy manages to make it on the beach with "stage-five clinger" and supposed virgin Gloria, John works on Claire. While talking afterwards, John is blocked by Claire's hotheaded Ivy League graduate boyfriend Zach, whom as the film progresses, isn't such a loyal boyfriend when he brags of his sexual conquests to his buddies behind Claire's back. John convinces a resistant Jeremy to break the rules and accept an invitation to an extended weekend party at the Cleary family compound.

Jeremy and John are convinced into playing touch football where Jeremy is hurt by Claire's obnoxious boyfriend. Gloria puts Band-Aids on Jeremy, hoping to have sex with him. However, Jeremy turns her down with a philosophical love speech. Jeremy is shown to not really like Gloria all that much, at least not initially. At dinner later that day with Jeremy's assistance, John proceeds to spike Zach's wine with eye-drops which makes him sick, letting John have some alone time with Claire. That night, Gloria ties up Jeremy while he sleeps and then has her way with him. Jeremy is then visited by the girl's brother Todd later that night, thinking the two had "had a moment" earlier at the dinner table to which his advances are quickly rebuffed by a terrified Jeremy. The next morning, Jeremy asks John to leave the island with him but John convinces him otherwise. The family takes a boat ride in the afternoon, which ends in a hunting trip in which Zach shoots Jeremy in the rear end. John and Claire leave on a bike ride in which they connect deeply. In the meantime, Gloria reveals to relieved Jeremy that she was not a virgin. She merely told him so, as she "thought that's what guys liked to hear." John and Claire return from their bike ride, after which Zach "proposes" to Claire by announcing their engagement, leaving Claire at a loss for words. John talks to Claire afterwards, as she is apparently discomforted by the announcement. John tries to comfort her but ends up telling her his true feelings for her. They are interrupted by Jeremy running out of the house being chased by the grandmother with a gun. Zach comes out and tells the family who the "brothers" really are, as he had them privately investigated. John reveals their true identities, upsetting and hurting the entire Cleary family, particularly Claire. John and Jeremy are forced to leave the island.

John and Jeremy return to their normal lives; however, John is distraught, as he was never given the chance to reconcile with Claire, even though he attempted to contact her multiple times. During one such attempt, John pretends to be a waiter at Claire and Zach's engagement party. However, he is caught and brutally beaten by Zach and his friends. He returns home to find Jeremy, who was supposed to have attended the event with John, locked in a passionate moment with Gloria. This results in a rift between John and Jeremy, as they no longer see eye-to-eye on the idea of marriage. John crashes several more weddings by himself, but behaves erratically. Meanwhile, Jeremy continues his relationship with Gloria, culminating in an accepted marriage proposal. Jeremy attempts to reconcile with John, asking him to be his best man, but John cannot bear to think about the marriage and asks Jeremy to leave.

John meets their mentor Chazz to reaffirm Jeremy's apparent stupidity in getting engaged. During the visit, he discovers that Chazz has moved onto "funeral crashing," as he believes that grief is the best aphrodisiac. John joins Chazz on an outing, but is taken aback by the amount of love and sorrow shown by the widow of the deceased. He reconsiders his stance on love and marriage and rushes to Jeremy's wedding. He joins them mid-ceremony as the best man, but disrupts it by attempting to speak to Claire while standing at the altar. After intense arguments and a mild scuffle, Claire finally reveals that she, too, has feelings for John. Zach is dumbfounded by the situation, and turns to Secretary Cleary for help. However, Secretary Cleary fully supports his daughter's decision to reject Zach. Defeated and clearly angry, Zach begins demanding Claire to return to the altar before attacking John; however, Jeremy intervenes and knocks Zach to the ground with a solid punch. The film ends with Jeremy getting married to Gloria, John uniting with Claire, and the two couples driving away joking about crashing a wedding all together.

The film was written by Steve Faber and Bob Fisher and was produced through New Line Cinema, with filming taking place on location in Washington, D.C. and Eastern Shore of Virginia and Maryland's Eastern Shore.

It was released in North America on July 15, 2005 and became an immediate hit, grossing $33 million in its first weekend. Fairly well received by critics, the film also had extremely long legs, grossing over $209 million - the average 2005 film which made around $33 million in its opening weekend would normally manage total revenues circa $100 million. The astounding level of success was not expected by the studio, considering its modest budget ($40 million) and competition with heavily advertised blockbusters during the summer season.

On April 24, 2006 Wedding Crashers topped the nominations for the year's MTV Movie Awards with five including Best Movie. It won Best Movie, On-Screen Team (Vaughn and Wilson), and Breakthrough Performance (Isla Fisher). The financial and award success of the film has been credited along with The 40-Year-Old Virgin for reviving the popularity of adult-aimed R-rated comedies, a genre that has been deemed by some commentators as the "Judd Apatow style" - although Apatow had no involvement in the production.

The film received a 75% on the T-Meter on Rotten Tomatoes, which summarized critics' reviews : "The film is both raunchy and sweet, and features top-notch comic performances from Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson." 169 reviews were counted while 126 were fresh and 43 were rotten. The critics rated it 73% and the users rated it 83%.

January 3, 2006 marked the DVD release for the U.S. It is available in an unrated version ("Uncorked Edition") and in an R-rated version. It features 9 new minutes integrated into the film and DVD-rom bonuses. Also included are two audio commentaries (one by the stars, one by the director), four deleted scenes, two featurettes, a "Rules of Wedding Crashing" text gallery, trailers and Budweiser Wedding Crashers commercials, a track listing for the official soundtrack on New Line Records, a music video by The Sights and a jump-to-a-song sample feature.

The creators of the Wedding Crashers movie made a reality-TV version, called The Real Wedding Crashers. It was subsequently canceled.

Bradley Cooper was mentioned in the August 2006 issue of GQ as one of "The Top Twelve Movie Dicks". His character from Wedding Crashers placed Number Two behind William Zabka's character from The Karate Kid, who he would later play in an SNL sketch in 2009.

The version of "Shout" by the Isley Brothers played in the film is the original version, edited to fit the film. However, the version found on the soundtrack is a different version from the one played in the film.

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