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Jennifer Aniston

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Jennifer Joanna Aniston (born February 11, 1969) is an American actress. She became famous in the 1990s for her role as Rachel Green in the popular US sitcom Friends, a role for which she won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

She has starred in several Hollywood films. While most of her film roles have been in comedies such as Bruce Almighty, Office Space, Rumor Has It, and the romantic comedies Along Came Polly and The Break-Up, she has also appeared in films from other genres, such as the comedy-horror Leprechaun and the crime thriller Derailed. The most recent films that she has starred in are Marley & Me and He's Just Not That into You.

Jennifer Aniston was born in Sherman Oaks, California, and grew up in New York City. She is the daughter of the actor John Aniston and actress Nancy Dow. Aniston's father is a Greek American, born Yannis Anastassakis, on the island of Crete, Greece, while her mother is of Italian-Scottish descent and was born in New York City. Aniston has two half-brothers, John Melick (older) and Alex Aniston (younger). Aniston's godfather was the actor Telly Savalas, her father's best friend. She lived in Greece for one year as a child with her family, and they later relocated to New York City. Her father has appeared in the soap operas Days of our Lives, Love of Life and Search for Tomorrow. Aniston attended the New York Rudolf Steiner School and graduated from Manhattan's Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. She worked in Off Broadway productions such as For Dear Life and Dancing on Checker's Grave. She supported herself with several part-time jobs, including working as a telemarketer and bike messenger. In 1989, she moved to Los Angeles, California.

Aniston moved to Hollywood and was cast in her first television role in 1990, starring as a regular on the short-lived series Molloy and in the TV movie Camp Cucamonga. She also co-starred in Ferris Bueller, a television adaptation of the 1986 hit movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The series, however, was quickly canceled. Aniston then appeared in two more failed television comedy shows, The Edge and Muddling Through, and guest-starred on Quantum Leap, Herman's Head, and Burke's Law. After the string of canceled shows, along with her appearance in the critically derided 1992 horror film, Leprechaun, Aniston considered giving up acting. Aniston's plans changed, however, after auditioning for Friends, a sitcom that was set to debut on NBC's 1994–1995 fall line-up. The producers of the show originally wanted Aniston to audition for the role of Monica Geller, but Courtney Cox was discovered to be best suited for the part of Monica. Thus, Aniston was cast as Rachel Green. She played the character of Rachel from 1994 until the show ended in 2004.

The program was successful and Aniston, along with her co-stars, gained wide renown among television viewers. Her hairstyle at the time, which became known as the "Rachel", was widely copied. Aniston received a salary of one million dollars per episode for the last two seasons of Friends, as well as five Emmy nominations (two for Supporting Actress, three for Lead Actress), including a win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. According to the Guinness World Book of Records (2005), Aniston (along with her female costars) became the highest paid TV actress of all time with her $1 million-per-episode paycheck for the tenth season of Friends.

Jennifer Aniston was cast in a Heineken commercial which was later banned due to branding issues. Later, in 1994, Microsoft invited Aniston, along with Friends co-star Matthew Perry, to shoot a 30-minute promotional advertisement for their new operating system, Windows 95. She gained critical acclaim for her performances in The Object of My Affection (1998), a comedy drama about a girl who falls for a gay man, and in the low-budget 2002 film, The Good Girl, directed by Miguel Arteta, playing an unglamorous cashier in a small town. The latter film opened in relatively few theaters—under 700 in total—taking $14M in the U.S. box office. In late 2005, Aniston appeared in two major studio films, Derailed and Rumor Has It.

In addition to her career as a TV actress, Aniston has enjoyed a successful film career. Her biggest box office success to date was her appearance in 2003's Bruce Almighty, in which she played the girlfriend of title character Jim Carrey. Aniston then starred in the 2004 film, Along Came Polly opposite Ben Stiller. In 2006, Aniston appeared in the low-budget drama, Friends with Money, which was first shown at the Sundance Film Festival, received a limited release. Aniston's next film, The Break-Up, which was released on June 2, grossed approximately $39.17 million during its opening weekend, despite lukewarm reviews.

In 2007, Aniston guest starred in an episode of Courteney Cox Arquette's series Dirt. Aniston played Arquette's snobby rival Tina Harrod. In addition to acting, Aniston has also directed a hospital emergency room-set short film named Room 10, starring Robin Wright Penn and Kris Kristofferson; Aniston has noted that she was inspired to direct by actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who directed a short film in 2006.

Forbes listed Aniston as the 10th richest woman in the entertainment industry for the year 2007. She is behind such powerhouses as Oprah Winfrey, J. K. Rowling, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and Jennifer Lopez and is ahead of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and the Olsen twins. Aniston's net worth is approximately $110 million. Aniston was also included in the annual Star Salary Top 10 of trade magazine The Hollywood Reporter for 2006. According to Forbes in October 2007, Aniston was the top-selling celebrity face of the entertainment industry. In 2008, Aniston landed the seventeenth spot on Forbes Celebrity 100 list based on "earnings and fame." Forbes listed Aniston's earnings as $27 million.

Aniston appeared in the third episode of Season 3 of NBC's 30 Rock playing Liz Lemon's old college roommate who stalks Jack Donaghy.

Aniston appears naked in a series of photographs that are published on the cover and inside pages of the January 2009 issue of GQ. She tells the magazine that she feels more comfortable today than she did in her twenties or early thirties. "I'm healthier. I'm more at peace in my mind and with my body," Aniston says.

On December 25, 2008, Marley & Me, in which Aniston starred alongside Owen Wilson, was released. It set a record for the largest Christmas Day box office ever with $14.75 million in ticket sales.It earned a total of $51.7 million over the four-day weekend and placed #1 at the box office, a position it maintained for two weeks. As of February 15, 2009 its total worldwide gross was $161,608,269.

Her next film in wide release, He's Just Not That into You, opened in February 2009. The movie made $27.5 million, ranking #1 at the box office in its opening weekend. While the film received mixed reviews, Aniston along with Jennifer Connelly, and Ben Affleck are often praised by critics as being the stand-outs in the film.

As of 2009, Aniston's movies have grossed $900,618,847 in the Unites States.

Aniston dated her Ferris Bueller costar Charlie Schlatter in 1990.She began a relationship with Daniel MacDonald in 1991. They broke up in 1994 shortly before she was cast in Friends. She briefly dated musician Adam Duritz in 1995. From 1995 to 1998, she was romantically involved with actor Tate Donovan and the couple were reportedly engaged.

Following her divorce, Aniston began a relationship with actor Vince Vaughn, with whom she costarred in The Break Up. Relationship troubles were reported in September 2006, followed by a confirmed split in December of that year. She briefly dated male model Paul Sculfor for a few months in 2007. In April 2008, she began dating singer John Mayer. The couple had broken up after a seven-month courtship in August, but resumed the relationship in October, before splitting again in March 2009.

Aniston has had two septoplasties to correct her deviated septum—one which was incorrectly done in 1994 and the second in January 2007. Septoplasty is a surgical operation that helps alleviate a common condition that can lead to breathing difficulty and trouble sleeping.

She is the godmother of Coco Riley Arquette, the daughter of her good friends, actors Courteney Cox Arquette and David Arquette.

Aniston is a supporter of many charity foundations. She is a supporter of Friends of El Faro, a grassroots non-profit organization that helps raise money for Casa Hogar Sion—an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico and has appeared in many TV commercials for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital of whom she is a big supporter. She made a guest appearance on Oprah's Big Give show to support the cause and donated money to help. Aniston hosted September 2008's Stand Up to Cancer show. In the "It Can't Wait" campaign to free Burma, Aniston directed and starred in a video. On April 14, 2007, Aniston received GLAAD's Vanguard Award for her contributions to increased visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.

Jennifer Aniston has won multiple awards during her career, for both television and movie productions. Here is a complete list of awards that she has achieved in her life.

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30 Rock

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30 Rock is an American television comedy series created by Tina Fey that currently airs on NBC. The series takes place behind the scenes of a fictional live sketch comedy series depicted as airing on NBC; the name "30 Rock" refers to the address of the GE Building where NBC Studios is located, 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The series has an ensemble cast that currently consists of 10 regular cast members, including Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer, Scott Adsit, Judah Friedlander and Alec Baldwin.

The series is produced by Broadway Video and Little Stranger, Inc., in association with NBC Universal. The current executive producers are Tina Fey, Lorne Michaels, Marci Klein, David Miner and Robert Carlock. 30 Rock is produced in a single camera setup and is primarily filmed at Silvercup Studios in Long Island City, Queens, New York, with some scenes filmed on location at Rockefeller Center.

The pilot episode first aired October 11, 2006, and the first season comprised 21 episodes. The second season, which premiered on October 4, 2007, was originally intended to contain 22 episodes, but was abbreviated to 15 episodes because of the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike. A third season, which is expected to contain 22 episodes, premiered October 30, 2008. NBC renewed 30 Rock for a fourth season to air in the 2009–2010 television season.

30 Rock has been a critical success, winning several major awards, and achieving the top ranking on myriad critics' year-end best of 2006 and 2007 lists. Despite these accolades, the series averaged a low 5.8 million viewers in the United States during its first season, according to the Nielsen Ratings system, and ranked 102 out of 142 television series. TV commentators have pointed out that 30 Rock is a low rated show.

In 2002, Fey was the head writer and a performer on Saturday Night Live (SNL). She pitched the show that became 30 Rock to NBC, originally as a sitcom about cable news. NBC Entertainment president Kevin Reilly felt that "Fey was using the news setting as a fig leaf for her own experience and encouraged her to write what she knew." The show was subsequently reworked to revolve around an SNL-style sketch show. In May 2003, Fey signed a contract with NBC to remain in her SNL head writer position until at least the 2004–2005 television season and to develop a prime-time project to be produced by Broadway Video and NBC Universal.

During the 2004–2005 pilot season, a pilot was announced named Untitled Tina Fey Project. The 30 Rock pilot focused on the head writer of a variety show who has to manage her relationships with the show's volatile star and its charismatic executive producer. The storyline evolved into one that dealt with a head writer of a variety show who dealt with both the stars as well as the show's new network executive. 30 Rock was officially given the green light to air May 15, 2006, along with a 13-episode order.

The show underwent further changes during the months leading up to and following its debut. A May 2006 press release mentioned that sketches from The Girlie Show would be made available in their entirety on NBC's broadband website, DotComedy.com. The idea was to air the fictitious TGS with Tracy Jordan online. This aspect of the series was abandoned prior to its debut.

30 Rock is filmed in New York City. Although establishing shots of 30 Rock are often repeated, outdoor scenes are filmed on location at Rockefeller Center or in other parts of New York City. Most of the indoor scenes are filmed at Silvercup Studios in Queens. In the episodes "Cleveland" and "Hiatus," Battery Park City, Manhattan, and Douglaston, Queens, doubled for Cleveland, Ohio, and Needmore, Pennsylvania, respectively. In the episode "Gavin Volure," stock footage of the Arkansas Governor's Mansion was used for exterior shots of the home of Steve Martin's character.

The title sequence is made up of photos and video of 30 Rockefeller Plaza and features the series regulars. The sequence ends with a time lapse of the building and then a title card reading '30 Rock'. The sequence has remained mostly the same throughout the series, however there have been some small changes from season to season. Mainly the video of each actor has changed over time.

The series features a "jaunty" jazz score. Most of the score's melody is played by either clarinet, bass clarinet, or saxophone. The music is composed by Fey's husband Jeff Richmond, who is also a producer for 30 Rock. Richmond wrote the theme music, which was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music. Seven short, original songs have been featured in episodes, five of which were performed by Jane Krakowski, another performed by Tina Fey and Jason Sudeikis, and another performed by Tracy Morgan. The show has also covered three existing songs, including the song "Midnight Train to Georgia" by Gladys Knight and the Pips. The song had its lyrics altered to accommodate the character Kenneth being "misinformed about the time ." The song "Oh My" performed by the The Gray Kid is heard throughout the episode "The Source Awards", which was mixed with a piano arrangement composed by Richmond.

On April 2, 2008, NBC announced 30 Rock 360, an online extension of the 30 Rock series. The extension will feature Jack Donaghy's Online Business Courses (or Jack U). Users will also be able to read Jack's blogs and upload their own business advice in video form. Users will be able to submit skits for TGS with Tracy Jordan and act out skits from TGS. The feature will reopen Ask Tina, an interactive question and answer platform in which users can ask Fey questions. Fey will answer the questions in video form. Ask Tina was a fixture on NBC.com's 30 Rock section throughout the first season.

All six actors credited after the opening credits are credited only in the episodes in which they appear.

Tina Fey worked with Jen McNamara and Adam Bernstein for the casting of the series. Fey's first act as casting director was to cast herself as the lead character, Liz Lemon, who is said to be much like Fey herself when she first became head writer on SNL. The next actor to be cast was Tracy Morgan as Tracy Jordan, who was then a former castmate of Fey's in SNL. Morgan was asked by Fey to play the role, and he believed it was "right up alley and it was tailor made for ". Fey said that the character of Kenneth Parcell was written with Jack McBrayer in mind. McBrayer is an old friend of Fey (they worked together at Second City in Chicago), and she "really wanted him for that part and was very happy when no one objected".

Rachel Dratch, Fey's longtime comedy partner and fellow SNL alumna, was originally cast to portray Jenna. Dratch played the role in the show's original pilot, but in August 2006, Jane Krakowski was announced as Dratch's replacement, with Dratch remaining involved in the show playing various characters. Fey explained the change by noting that Dratch was "better-suited to playing a variety of eccentric side characters", and that the role of Jenna was more of a straight-ahead acting part. Although Fey went on to say that "Rachel and I were both very excited about this new direction", Dratch said that she was not happy with the media's depiction of the change as a demotion. Dratch was skeptical about the reasons she was given for the change, and was not happy with the reduction in the number of episodes in which she would appear.

Shortly following the casting of McBrayer and Dratch, Alec Baldwin was cast as Jack Donaghy, the "totally uncensored" Vice President of East Coast Television and Microwave Oven Programming. Fey said that the character of Jack Donaghy was written with Baldwin in mind, and she was "very pleasantly surprised when he agreed to do it". Judah Friedlander was cast as the staff writer of The Girlie Show, Frank Rossitano. Friedlander had never met Fey before auditioning for a role in 30 Rock. His character was based on at least two writers that Fey used to work with at SNL, but said that he "certainly brought some of own things to it as well". Finally, Scott Adsit was cast as Pete Hornberger, a long time friend of Liz's and producer of The Girlie Show. Adsit, an old friend of Fey, also had his character written based on him.

Season one began airing in the United States on October 11, 2006, and featured 21 episodes. The season finale aired on April 26, 2007. Jack Donaghy, the "Head of East Coast Television and Microwave Oven Programming" at General Electric (GE), is transferred to work at the NBC headquarters, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, and retool the late night sketch comedy series The Girlie Show. The show's cast and crew are outraged by this; especially head writer Liz Lemon and main actress Jenna Maroney. Jack proceeds to wreak havoc on The Girlie Show, forcing Liz to hire the off-the-wall movie star Tracy Jordan. He again angers the cast and crew of The Girlie Show when he changes the name to TGS with Tracy Jordan (or just TGS).

As the season progresses, the episodes become less about TGS and more about how the characters deal with juggling their lives and their jobs — specifically the protagonist, Liz Lemon, but other characters are also explored. Episodes also become less self-contained and various story arcs develop in the second half of the season. For example, the first major story arc centers on Liz's relationship with Dennis Duffy (Dean Winters), "The Beeper King." Other story arcs include: Jenna promoting her movie The Rural Juror; Tracy going on the run from The Black Crusaders; Jack's engagement, which was eventually called off, to a Christie's auctioneer named Phoebe (Emily Mortimer); and another relationship of Liz's with Floyd (Jason Sudeikis).

Season two began airing in the United States on October 4, 2007, and featured 15 episodes. The second season was originally intended to consist of 22 episodes but the order was cut to 15 due to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, The season finale aired on May 8, 2008. After Liz broke up with Floyd in the summer, she is looking for ways to rebound. When Jerry Seinfeld confronts Jack about a new marketing campaign which featured clips of Seinfeld's sitcom, Seinfeld, in all NBC shows, he has a chance encounter with Liz that gives her some much needed advice. During the TGS summer hiatus, Jenna becomes overweight due to performing in the Broadway show Mystic Pizza: The Musical (based on the real 1988 film Mystic Pizza) and with the help of Kenneth, loses the weight. Tracy has encountered some marital problems with his wife Angie Jordan (Sherri Shepherd) and they become separated, but later reunite.

30 Rock returned with a third season as part of NBC's fall schedule, airing immediately after The Office. The season will consist of 22 episodes. In August 2008, Jennifer Aniston filmed her guest appearance on the show, marking the second actor from the NBC show Friends, following David Schwimmer, to make an appearance. Oprah Winfrey guest starred in the second episode, playing herself. Rose McGowan will also be making a guest appearance, and Salma Hayek has been confirmed for a multi-episode arc, portraying Jack's new girlfriend. Other guest stars this season include Megan Mullally and Steve Martin. It is also been confirmed that Jon Hamm will play Liz's love interest and neighbor for at least 3 episodes.

30 Rock has been well received by critics but has struggled to attract viewers. Robert Abele of LA Weekly declared that the show was "A weirdly appropriate and hilarious symbol of our times." The Wall Street Journal's Dorothy Rabinowitz wrote that "The standard caution is relevant - debut episodes tend to be highly polished. All the more reason to enjoy the hilarious scenes and fine ensemble cast here." Some less favorable reviews were received from Brian Lowry of Variety. Lowry said that "Despite her success with "Mean Girls," Fey mostly hits too-familiar notes in the pilot. Moreover, she's a limited protagonist, which is problematic." Criticism was also received from Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune, who said that "30 Rock is less than the sum of its parts, and, as an entry in the single-camera comedy sweepstakes, it fails to show either the inspired inventiveness of Arrested Development or provide the surprisingly perceptive character studies of The Office." Metacritic gave the pilot episode a Metascore—a weighted average based on the impressions of a select thirty-one critical reviews—of 67 out of 100.

The season premiere of the second season, "SeinfeldVision," which featured Jerry Seinfeld, received mostly positive reviews. Jeff Labrecque of Entertainment Weekly wrote that "SeinfeldVision was a clever and ironic way to incorporate Seinfeld." Matt Webb Mitovich of TV Guide said that " was a solid start to the new, fought-for season" and that it did have "some great, great moments." Despite this praise, Webb Mitovich criticised Kenneth and Tracy's "office wife" storyline saying that "we've seen this shtick before on countless other sitcoms, so it was a bit empty and filled with 'easy' jokes." Criticism was also received regarding the "striped outfit... it didn't work. No," referring to a joke involving Jenna trying to distract the TGS writers from her newly gained weight. Lisa Schmeiser of Television Without Pity graded this episode as a "B+." Despite the mostly positive reviews, Alessandra Stanley of The New York Times thought that "SeinfeldVision" "is mostly a reminder that even the most talented actors and writers sometimes slip under pressure." Days before the premiere of the season premiere, Seinfeld was criticized as using his appearance in this episode as a plug for his upcoming feature film Bee Movie. Seinfeld, NBC and General Electric stated that this was done as metahumor.

At the end of 2006, LA Weekly listed 30 Rock as one of the best "Series of the Year." The show also appeared on similar year end "best of" 2006 lists published by The New York Times, The A.V. Club, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Sun-Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, People Weekly, and TV Guide. The Associated Press wrote that NBC's "Thursday night comedy block—made up of My Name Is Earl, The Office, Scrubs, and 30 Rock—is consistently the best night of prime time viewing for any network." In 2007, it appeared on The Boston Globe's "best of" list as well as the "best of" lists of The Chicago Sun-Times, The Chicago Tribune, Entertainment Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, New Jersey Star-Ledger, The New York Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Jose Mercury News, TV Guide and USA Today. 30 Rock was named the best series of 2007 by Entertainment Weekly.

Capping its critically successful first season, 30 Rock won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series and Elaine Stritch was awarded an Emmy in September 2007 for her work as a guest actress in "Hiatus." Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin were nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Lead Actor in a comedy series categories respectively. "Jack-Tor" and "Tracy Does Conan" were both nominated in the category of Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. 30 Rock received four Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Alec Baldwin received the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical in 2007. Baldwin also received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series in 2007. The show also received various other guild award nominations during its first season.

Also in 2008, 30 Rock completed a sweep of the major awards for best comedy series at that year's Primetime Emmy Awards. The show won Outstanding Comedy Series, Alec Baldwin was recognized as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and Tina Fey was given the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. This marks the eighth time in the history of the Emmy awards that a show won best series plus best lead actor and actress. Tina Fey also won the award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for the episode "Cooter".

At the 2008 Golden Globe awards, 30 Rock won the award for Best Television Series - Musical Or Comedy, Alec Baldwin won Best Actor in a Television Musical or Comedy, and Tina Fey won Best Actress in a Television Musical or Comedy.

Below, "Rank" refers to how well 30 Rock rated compared to other television series which aired during primetime hours of the corresponding "Television season." The television season tends to begin in September, of any given year, and end during the May of the following year. "Viewers" refers to the average number of viewers for all original episodes (broadcast in the series' "Regular Timeslot") of 30 Rock aired during the television season. Although the viewer average may be higher for some seasons than others, the rank will not necessarily be higher. This is due to the number of programs aired during primetime. In some seasons there may be more regular programs aired during primetime than in others. The "Season premiere" is the date that the first episode of the season aired. Similarly, the "Season finale" is the date that the final episode of the season aired.

The pilot episode generated 8.13 million viewers, the series' highest ratings until that of its third season premiere which garnered 8.5 million viewers. In its original timeslot of Wednesday at 8:00PM EST, the show averaged 6.23 million viewers. 30 Rock aired on Wednesdays for its first four episodes. The seasons lowest ratings were achieved by "Jack the Writer" and "Hard Ball" which both achieved 4.61 million viewers. The season two premiere, "SeinfeldVision," was viewed by 7.33 million viewers, the highest rating since the pilot. 30 Rock entered a hiatus due to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike on January 10, 2008. The episode that aired on that date was viewed by 5.98 million viewers. The second season finale, "Cooter", which aired on May 8, 2008, was viewed by 5.6 million viewers.

On December 29, 2006, Nielsen Media Research (NMR) reported the results of having, for the first time, monitored viewers who use a digital video recorder to record shows for later viewing. NMR reported that 30 Rock adds nearly 7.5% to its total audience every week as a result of viewers who use a DVR to record the show and then watch it within a week of its initial airing. A March 2007 report from MAGNA Global, based on NMR data about viewership ranked by among adults 25–54, shows that as of the time of the report 30 Rock's viewers have a median income of $65,000, high enough to place the show tied at 11th in affluence with several other shows. This is during a period where for the season 30 Rock is tied at No. 85 in the 18–49 demographic. During its second season, 30 Rock ranked in fourth place, against all primetime programming, for television series' which are watched by viewers with income above $100,000. Following Fey's popular impressions of Alaskan governor Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live, the third season premiere was seen by 8.5 million viewers, making it the highest viewed episode in the series. The premiere earned a 4.1 preliminary adults 18–49 rating, an increase of 21% from the second season premiere.

Evidence of the overlapping subject matter between the shows, as well as the conflict between them, arose when Aaron Sorkin, the creator of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, asked Lorne Michaels to allow him to observe Saturday Night Live for a week, a request Michaels denied. Despite this, Sorkin sent Fey flowers after NBC announced it would pick up both series, and wished her luck with 30 Rock. Fey said that "it's just bad luck for me that in my first attempt at prime time I'm going up against the most powerful writer on television. I was joking that this would be the best pilot ever aired on Trio. And then Trio got canceled." Fey wound up "winning" over Sorkin when Studio 60 was canceled after one season and 30 Rock was renewed for a second. Though 30 Rock's first-season ratings proved lackluster and were lower than those of Studio 60, Studio 60 was more expensive to produce.

Some critics have compared 30 Rock to The Mary Tyler Moore Show, with parallels drawn between the relationship of Liz and Jack and that of Mary Richards and Lou Grant. It has also been compared to That Girl. Like That Girl and Mary Tyler Moore, 30 Rock is a sitcom centering on an unmarried, brunette career woman living in a big city where she works in the television industry.

Weekly installments of 30 Rock are available to download for a per-episode fee, to U.S. residents only, via the "NBC Direct" service, Amazon Unbox and Apple's iTunes Store. In addition to paid downloads, the first and second seasons can be streamed on Netflix, but this requires a paid subscription. Both NBC.com and Hulu.com stream episodes for free, but only the five most current installments are available for viewing.

The season one box set was released on March 17, 2008 in Regions 2, 4 and 5 format, but not as separate volumes and without special features.

The region 4 DVD set was released as a three-disc edition on January 8, 2009 and, unlike the previous season release, featured all special features.

The region 2 DVD set is to be released on the May 25, 2009 and will include special features.

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Courteney Cox

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Courteney Bass Cox (born June 15, 1964), also known as Courteney Cox Arquette, is an American actress, film producer and former model, best known for her role as Monica Geller on the sitcom Friends. She has also starred in Dirt and the Scream series and has guest starred on Scrubs.

Cox was born Courteney Bass Cox in Birmingham, Alabama to a wealthy Southern family. Her parents were Courteney (née Bass)(*1934) and Richard Lewis Cox(*1930-2002), a contractor. Cox has two older sisters (Virginia McFerrin and Dottie Pickett), an older brother (Richard, Jr.) and nine half-brothers and half-sisters. Her parents divorced in 1974, and her father eventually settled in Panama City, Florida, where he opened a company called Cox Pools, while Cox grew up with her mother and her stepfather, New York businessman Hunter Copeland.

Cox was raised in Mountain Brook, Alabama, a wealthy suburb of Birmingham. She was known as CeCe. She attended Mountain Brook High School, where she was a cheerleader, tennis player and swimmer. Upon graduation, Cox went to study architecture and interior design at Mount Vernon College for Women. She dropped out after a year to pursue a modeling career, after being signed by the Ford modeling agency in New York City. While modeling, she also took acting classes and worked to lose her southern accent.

Cox first came to prominence in the 1984 music video for Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" (in which she was the girl pulled onstage to dance with Springsteen). Cox is also notable for being the first person to use the word "period" on U.S. television in its physiological sense, in a 1985 advertising campaign for Tampax brand tampons. Her early film roles include Masters of the Universe (1987) and Cocoon: The Return (1988). Her early television work includes a starring role in the short-lived television series Misfits of Science (1985), and later a recurring role (1987-89) on the TV series Family Ties as Lauren Miller, the girlfriend of Alex P. Keaton (Michael J. Fox). She had a supporting role as Jewel, the hard-as-nails assistant to James Belushi's character, in the 1990 fantasy film Mr. Destiny.

In 1994, shortly before the debut of Friends, Cox appeared with Jim Carrey in the film Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and on Seinfeld in The Wife episode as Jerry's girlfriend named Meryl.

Later in 1994, Cox was asked to audition for the part of Rachel Green on a new sitcom called Friends, but she was instead cast as the character Monica Geller. At first the most famous cast member of the new show, Cox joined fellow castmates Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay), Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani), Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing) and David Schwimmer (Ross Geller) for what would become her most famous role, lasting for 10 seasons until 2004. According to the Guinness World Book of Records (2005), Cox (along with her female costars) became the highest paid TV actress of all time with her $1 million-per-episode paycheck for the tenth season of Friends.

Between seasons 5 and 6, Cox married David Arquette and changed her name to Courteney Cox Arquette. An in-joke reference to this is made in the opening credits of the episodes The One After Vegas, where the rest of the cast and executive producers have "Arquette" added to their names. The dedication "To Courteney and David, who did get married" appears during the fade out to the tag scene.

During her time on Friends, Cox appeared in the high-profile Hollywood films Scream (1996), Scream 2 (1997) and Scream 3 (2000) as the determined and driven reporter Gale Weathers. She met her husband, David Arquette who played her on-screen love interest Dwight "Dewey" Riley, while filming the first of this trilogy.

Although she starred in several other films during her time on Friends, none achieved the same level of success as the show. Such films include The Runner, 3000 Miles to Graceland and The Shrink Is In. In late 2003, Cox and Arquette produced one season of the reality television series Mix It Up. The lifestyle show, which aired on the We cable channel, struggled with low ratings and was not renewed for a second season.

After her Friends role, Cox was producer Marc Cherry's first choice to be offered a starring role as Susan Mayer on Desperate Housewives. However, Cox was unavailable due to her pregnancy and the role went to Teri Hatcher. A couple of years later, Cox signed a deal with ABC Studios (formerly Touchstone Television), to star in her own series.

Since Friends, Cox has primarily concentrated on her family but has starred in the independent film November (2005), which had a limited theatrical release, co-starred with Tim Allen in the critically derided Zoom and cameoed in the big budget remake of The Longest Yard, as the girlfriend of Adam Sandler's character. Cox later said her breasts were digitally enhanced to portray her role as the wife of a quarterback. She has recently supplied her voice for the animated film Barnyard. A Friends reunion film was rumored to be released within the next 18 months following the success of Sex and the City: The Movie but this has been denied by Warner Bros. and others.

Since 2007, Cox has starred as Lucy Spiller, a cynical tabloid editor, in Dirt, a television drama for the FX network. Cox and her husband, David Arquette, are the executive producers of the series. According to Cox, the series was canceled after the second season in 2008.

In July 2008, Entertainment Weekly announced that Cox had signed on to star in a three episode arc for the television series Scrubs. In her first episode, she makes a reference to the name of the character Dr. Cox, which in real life is her own. In August 2008, it was announced that there will be a fourth film in the Scream series, and that they want the original actors to reprise their roles.

On October 30, 2008, TV Guide reported that Cox will be starring in a pilot for a new single-camera comedy series on ABC called Cougar Town from Bill Lawrence. Cox will be playing a newly single 40-year-old mother. Her co-stars include actresses Busy Philipps and Christa Miller. Cox filmed the pilot on March 19, 2009.

Cox married David Arquette on June 12, 1999. On June 13, 2004, she gave birth to their first child, daughter Coco Riley Arquette. The child was originally to be named after her mother as Courteney Cox Arquette. However, Arquette's family objected to this on the grounds that naming a child after a living relative goes against Ashkenazi Jewish tradition (David Arquette is Jewish, as his mother was Jewish, however Arquette and Cox's child is not Jewish, as Cox is not Jewish). Coco is a nickname Cox's friends gave her mother when she was a child, calling her "Mama Coco". Jennifer Aniston is the baby's godmother.

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Brad Pitt

Pitt was named Sexiest Man Alive by People in 1995 and 2000

William Bradley "Brad" Pitt (born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and film producer. He has been cited as one of the world's most attractive men and his off-screen life is widely reported. Pitt has received two Academy Award nominations and has won one Golden Globe Award out of four nominations.

Pitt began his acting career with television guest appearances, which included a role on the CBS soap opera Dallas in 1987. He gained recognition as the cowboy hitchhiker who seduces Geena Davis's character in the 1991 road film Thelma & Louise. Pitt had his first leading roles in major productions A River Runs Through It (1992) and Interview with the Vampire (1994). He was cast opposite Anthony Hopkins in the 1994 drama Legends of the Fall, which earned him his first Golden Globe nomination. The following year he appeared in two contrasting, critically acclaimed starring roles, in the crime thriller Seven (1995) and the science fiction film Twelve Monkeys (1995), for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and earned an Academy Award nomination. Pitt received worldwide attention with the 1999 cult hit Fight Club, as well as the 2001 heist film Ocean's Eleven and its sequels Ocean's Twelve (2004) and Ocean's Thirteen (2007). He was nominated for a second Academy Award for playing the title role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). Pitt has had his biggest commercial successes with Troy (2004) and Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005).

Following a high-profile relationship with actress Gwyneth Paltrow, Pitt was married to actress Jennifer Aniston for five years. As of 2009, he lives with actress Angelina Jolie, in a relationship that has attracted worldwide media attention. He and Jolie have three adopted children, Maddox, Zahara and Pax, as well as three biological children, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne. Pitt owns a production company named Plan B Entertainment, which produced, among other films, the 2007 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, The Departed. Since his relationship with Jolie, he has become increasingly involved in social issues, both in the United States and internationally.

Pitt was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, the son of Jane Etta (née Hillhouse), a high school counselor, and William Alvin Pitt, a truck company owner. Along with his siblings Doug (born 1966) and Julie Neal (born 1969), he grew up in Springfield, Missouri, where the family moved soon after his birth. He was raised as a conservative Southern Baptist during childhood.

While struggling in Los Angeles, Pitt took various occasional jobs. These jobs ranged from chauffeur, delivery man, and dressing up as an El Pollo Loco chicken to pay for his acting classes. He had began studying with late renowned acting coach Roy London.

In December 1987, Pitt began his acting career with television guest appearances, which included a role on the CBS primetime soap opera Dallas. He portrayed Randy, the boyfriend of Shalane McCall's character, Charlie Wade. Pitt described the character as "an idiot boyfriend who gets caught in the hay". He later said about his scenes with McCall: "It was real sweaty-palms time for me. It was kind of wild, because I'd never even met her before." His character was featured in five episodes.

In 1988, Pitt appeared in an episode of the police drama 21 Jump Street, followed by appearances on the situation comedies Head of the Class and Growing Pains the next year.

That same year, he made his feature film debut in the drama The Dark Side of the Sun. He portrayed a young American taken by his family to the Adriatic to find a remedy for a skin condition. Following this, Pitt was cast in the television film Too Young to Die?, a story about an abused teenager given the death penalty for murder. Pitt portrayed the part of Billy Canton, a drug addict who took advantage of a runaway young woman, portrayed by Juliette Lewis. In a review for the film, Entertainment Weekly, wrote: "Pitt is a magnificent slimeball as her hoody boyfriend; looking and sounding like a malevolent John Cougar Mellencamp, he's really scary." Pitt later co-starred in the short-lived 1990 television drama Glory Days, a stint that lasted for six episodes.

Pitt's next onscreen appearance was in the 1991 film Across the Tracks. He portrayed Joe Maloney, a high school runner. The character deals with his criminal brother, portrayed by Ricky Schroder. Soon after the film, Pitt attracted broader public attention with a supporting role in the 1991 road film Thelma & Louise. He portrayed J.D., a small-time criminal who befriends Thelma (Geena Davis). His love scene with Davis, which showed Pitt shirtless and wearing a cowboy hat, has been often cited as the moment that defined Pitt as a sex symbol.

In 1993, Pitt reunited with his Too Young to Die? co-star Juliette Lewis in the road film Kalifornia. He portrayed Early Grayce, a serial killer and the former boyfriend of Lewis's character. In his review of the film, Rolling Stone's Peter Travers described Pitt's performance as "outstanding, all boyish charm and then a snort that exudes pure menace." Later that year, Pitt won a ShoWest Award for Male Star of Tomorrow.

Following the release of Interview with the Vampire, Pitt starred in Legends of the Fall in 1994. The film is set during the first four decades of the twentieth century. Pitt portrayed Tristan Ludlow, son of Colonel William Ludlow (Anthony Hopkins). Aidan Quinn and Henry Thomas co-starred as Pitt's brothers. The film was met with a mixed reception by critics: Janet Maslin of The New York Times said, "Pitt's diffident mix of acting and attitude works to such heartthrob perfection it's a shame the film's superficiality gets in his way." The Deseret News predicted that Legends of the Fall would "further cement big-screen, romantic leading-man status". Pitt garnered his first Golden Globe Award nomination in the category for Best Actor, but lost to Tom Hanks for Forrest Gump.

In 1995, Pitt starred alongside Morgan Freeman in the crime film Seven as the police detective David Mills who hunts a serial killer portrayed by Kevin Spacey. Variety noted: "This is screen acting at its best. Pitt turns in a determined, energetic, creditable job as the eager young detective." The film garnered positive reviews and earned $327 million at the international box office. Follwoing the success of Seven, Pitt portrayed the supporting role of Jeffrey Goines in Terry Gilliam's 1995 science-fiction film Twelve Monkeys. The film grossed $168 million worldwide and received positive reviews from critics; Pitt's performance was especially praised. Janet Maslin of the New York Times stated: "Giving a startlingly frenzied performance, he electrifies Jeffrey with a weird magnetism that becomes important later in the film." Pitt won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for the film, and received his first Academy Award nomination.

In 1996, Pitt was in the legal drama Sleepers, based on the Lorenzo Carcaterra novel of the same name; the film starred Kevin Bacon and Robert DeNiro. Mixed reviews were given for the film. It grossed over $165 million worldwide. The following year, Pitt starred opposite Harrison Ford as the Irish Republican Army terrorist Rory Devany in The Devil's Own (1997). Pitt was required to learn an Irish accent for the film. In addition, that same year he portrayed the main role of Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer in the Jean Jacques Annaud film Seven Years in Tibet. Pitt trained for months for the role, which demanded significant mountain climbing and trekking practice. Part of this included rock climbing in California and the Alps with his co-star David Thewlis.

Fight Club premiered at the 1999 Venice International Film Festival. The film failed to meet expectations at the box office, and received polarized reactions from film critics. However, it became a cult classic after its DVD release. Despite mixed reviews for the film, Pitt's performance was favored by critics. Paul Clinton of CNN said, "Pitt has proved he's not afraid of experimentation, and this time it pays off." Variety noted Pitt as "cool, charismatic and more dynamically physical, perhaps than he has been since his breakthrough role in Thelma and Louise".

In 2001, Pitt starred alongside Julia Roberts in the romantic comedy The Mexican. The film garnered mixed reviews, but was successful at the box office. His next role was in the Cold War thriller Spy Game (2001), in which he portrayed an operative from the CIA's Special Activities Division. Pitt starred alongside Robert Redford, who portrayed his mentor. Salon.com enjoyed the film, but felt that neither Pitt nor Redford "provide much of an emotional connection for the audience". The film grossed $143 million worldwide.

Later that year, Pitt portrayed Rusty Ryan in the heist film Ocean's Eleven, a remake of the 1960s Rat Pack film of the same name. He was part of an ensemble cast which included George Clooney, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, and Julia Roberts. The film was well-received by critics and a prominent success at the box office; it earned $450 million worldwide. He later made a guest appearance in the eighth season of the television series Friends, where he portrayed a man who has a grudge against Jennifer Aniston's character. Pitt was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.

In 2002, Pitt had a cameo role in George Clooney's directorial debut Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and he appeared in an episode of MTV's Jackass, where he and several cast members ran wild through the streets of Los Angeles in gorilla suits. In a later Jackass episode, Pitt took part in a staged abduction of himself. In 2003, he took his first voice-acting roles; he lent his voice to the titular character of the DreamWorks animated film Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, and voiced Boomhauer's brother Patch in an episode of the animated television series King of the Hill.

In 2004, Pitt starred in two films, Troy and Ocean's Twelve. In Troy, based on the Iliad, he portrayed hero Achilles. Before the filming of Troy, Pitt spent six months sword training. He injured his Achilles tendon on set, which delayed production for several weeks. With revenue of $497 million worldwide, the film is the most commercially successful of his career. It earned $364 million overseas. With $133 million domestically, however, it did more moderately in North America. Stephen Hunter of The Washington Times wrote: "In a role that requires larger-than-life dimensions, he's pretty terrific." The success of Ocean's Eleven led Pitt to return to the role in the 2004 sequel, Ocean's Twelve. Paul Clinton of CNN stated, "Clooney and Pitt have the best male chemistry since Paul Newman and Robert Redford." The film was a financial success, having earned $362 million worldwide.

In 2005, Pitt starred in the action comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith. The film, directed by Doug Liman, tells the story of a bored married couple who find out that they are both secret assassins. Pitt starred as John Smith alongside Angelina Jolie. The film received mixed reviews, but was generally lauded for the chemistry between Pitt and Jolie. The Star Tribune noted, "While the story feels haphazard, the movie gets by on gregarious charm, galloping energy and the stars' thermonuclear screen chemistry." The movie earned $478 million worldwide, one of the biggest hits of 2005.

Pitt appeared alongside Cate Blanchett in his next feature film, Alejandro González Iñárritu's multi-narrative drama Babel (2006). His performance in the film was well-received by critics, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer believed that he was "credible" and gave the film "visibility". Pitt regarded this as "one of the best decisions of my film career". The film was screened at a special presentation at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, and was later featured at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. Babel won the Golden Globe Award for Best Drama and Pitt received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In total, the film garnered seven Academy Award, as well as seven Golden Globe Award nominations.

In 2007, Pitt again reprised his role as Rusty Ryan in the third Ocean's film, Ocean's Thirteen. The sequel, while not as lucrative as the first two films, earned $311 million at the international box office. Pitt's next film role was American outlaw Jesse James in the 2007 Western drama The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, adapted from Ron Hansen's 1983 novel of the same name. Directed by Andrew Dominik and produced by Pitt's company Plan B, the film premiered at the 2007 Venice Film Festival. Lewis Beale of Film Journal International said Pitt is "scary and charismatic" in the story. For his performance, he won the Volpi Cup award for Best Actor in Venice. Although Pitt attended the festival to promote the film, he left early after being attacked by a fan who pushed through his bodyguards. He eventually collected the award one year later at the 2008 festival.

Pitt appeared in the 2008 black comedy Burn After Reading, his first collaboration with the Coen brothers. The film received a positive reception from critics. The Guardian called the film "a tightly wound, slickly plotted spy comedy", and noted that Pitt's performance was one of the funniest. He was later cast as Benjamin Button, the lead in David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), loosely adapted from the 1922 short story of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald, about a man who is born an octogenarian and ages in reverse. "Pitt's sensitive performance helps make 'Benjamin Button' a timeless masterpiece," said Michael Sragow of the The Baltimore Sun. The role earned Pitt his first Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, as well as a fourth Golden Globe and second Academy Award nomination. The film received a total of eleven Academy Award nominations and grossed $329 million worldwide.

Pitt's projects after 2008 include Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, scheduled for release in August 2009. He portrays Lieutenant Aldo Raine, an American resistance fighter battling Nazis in German-occupied France. In addition, he will appear in the drama The Tree of Life directed by Terrence Malick, co-starring alongside Sean Penn. He has signed on to appear in the Lost City of Z, where he will portray a British explorer searching for a mysterious Amazonian civilization. The film is based on the book of the same name by David Grann.

Pitt, along with Jennifer Aniston and Paramount Pictures CEO Brad Grey, founded the film production company Plan B Entertainment in 2002. Since 2005, Aniston and Grey are no longer partners. The films produced by the company include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) starring Johnny Depp, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) and A Mighty Heart (2007), starring Angelina Jolie. Plan B was also involved in the production of the 2007 Best Picture winner The Departed. Pitt was credited onscreen as a producer, however, only Graham King was ruled eligible for the Oscar win. Pitt has been reluctant to discuss the production company in interviews.

Pitt appeared in a Heineken commercial which aired during the 2005 Super Bowl; it was directed by David Fincher, who also directed Pitt in three feature films, Seven, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. He has appeared in several television commercials designed for the Asian market, advertising such products as SoftBank and Edwin Jeans.

Pitt supports the ONE Campaign, aimed to fight AIDS and poverty in Third-World countries. He was the narrator of the 2005 PBS public television series Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge, which discusses current global health issues. In November 2005, Pitt and Angelina Jolie visited Pakistan to see the impact of the 2005 Kashmir earthquake. The following year, Pitt and Jolie flew to Haiti and visited a school supported by Yéle Haïti, a charity founded by Haitian-born hip hop musician Wyclef Jean. In May 2007, Pitt and Jolie donated $1 million to three relief organizations in Chad and Darfur, affected by the crisis in Sudan's Darfur region. Along with Clooney, Damon, Don Cheadle, and Jerry Weintraub, he also is one of the founders of Not On Our Watch, an organization that tries to focus global attention and resources to stop and prevent genocide such as in Darfur.

In 2006, Pitt created the Make It Right Foundation. He gathered a group of housing professionals in New Orleans, which was heavily affected by Hurricane Katrina, with the goal of financing and constructing 150 new houses in New Orleans' Ninth Ward. The houses are being designed with an emphasis on sustainability and affordability. The environmental organization Global Green USA as well as thirteen architectural firms are involved in the project, many of which are donating their services. Pitt and philanthropist Steve Bing have each committed $5 million in donations. In October 2008, the first six homes were completed. Pitt had meetings with U.S. President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi in March 2009, promoting his concept of "green housing" as a national model and discussing possibilities of federal funding.

In September 2006, Pitt and Jolie established a charitable organization, the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, to aid humanitarian causes around the world. The foundation made initial donations to Global Action for Children and Doctors Without Borders of $1 million dollars each. The following month, the Jolie-Pitt Foundation donated $100,000 to the Daniel Pearl Foundation, an organization created in memory of late American journalist, Daniel Pearl. According to federal filings, in 2006, Pitt and Jolie put $8.5 million into the foundation; it gave away $2.4 million in 2006, and $3.4 million in 2007.

In 1995, Pitt was chosen by Empire as one of the 25 sexiest stars in film history. He has also twice been named the Sexiest Man Alive by People in 1995 and 2000. Pitt has appeared on the annual Celebrity 100 list by Forbes in 2006 and 2007, at No. 20 and No. 5. In 2007, he was listed among the Time 100, a compilation of the 100 most influential people in the world, as selected annually by Time. He was credited with using "his star power to get people to look at places and stories that cameras don't usually catch".

Pitt visited the University of Missouri campus in October 2004, encouraging students to vote in the 2004 U.S. presidential election, in which he supported John Kerry. Also in 2004, he publicly supported funding embryonic stem-cell research, saying, "We have to make sure that we open up these avenues so that our best and our brightest can go find these cures that they believe they will find." In support of this, he endorsed Proposition 71, a California ballot initiative which would provide federal government funding for stem-cell research.

Starting in 2005, his relationship with Angelina Jolie became one of the most reported celebrity stories worldwide. After confirming that Jolie was pregnant in early 2006, the unprecedented media hype surrounding them "reached the point of insanity" as Reuters described it in their story "The Brangelina fever". To avoid the media attention, the couple went to Namibia for the birth of their daughter Shiloh, "the most anticipated baby since Jesus Christ". Two years later, the confirmation of Jolie's second pregnancy again it fueled a media frenzy. For the two weeks Jolie spent in a seaside hospital in Nice, reporters and photographers camped outside on the promenade to report on the birth.

In September 2008, Pitt donated $100,000 to fight California's 2008 ballot proposition Proposition 8, an initiative that would overturn the state Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. In discussion of this, Pitt said: "Because no one has the right to deny another their life, even though they disagree with it, because everyone has the right to live the life they so desire if it doesn't harm another and because discrimination has no place in America, my vote will be for equality and against Proposition 8.

In the late 1980s and the 1990s, Pitt was involved in relationships with several of his co-stars, including Robin Givens (Head of the Class), Jill Schoelen (Cutting Class), and Juliette Lewis (Too Young to Die? and Kalifornia), who at sixteen was ten years his junior when they started dating. Pitt also had a much-publicized romance and engagement to Seven co-star Gwyneth Paltrow whom he dated from 1995 to 1997.

Pitt met Friends actress Jennifer Aniston in 1998 and married her in a private wedding ceremony in Malibu on July 29, 2000. For years their marriage was considered the rare Hollywood success. However, in January 2005, Pitt and Aniston announced that they decided to formally separate after seven years together. Two months later, Aniston filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.

As Pitt's marriage to Aniston drew to a close, his involvement with actress Angelina Jolie during the filming of Mr. & Mrs. Smith turned into a well-publicized Hollywood scandal. While Pitt denied any claims of adultery, he admitted that he "fell in love" with Jolie on the set, and said that production was still going on for Mr. & Mrs. Smith after he and Aniston had separated.

In April 2005, one month after Aniston filed for divorce, a set of paparazzi photos emerged that seemed to confirm the rumors of a relationship between Pitt and Jolie. The photos showed Pitt, Jolie and her son Maddox at a beach in Kenya. During the summer, the two were seen together with increasing frequency, and the entertainment media dubbed the couple "Brangelina". Pitt and Aniston's final divorce documents were granted by the Los Angeles Superior Court on October 2, 2005, ending their marriage. On January 11, 2006, Jolie confirmed to People that she was pregnant with Pitt's child and thereby confirmed their relationship for the first time in public. In an October 2006 interview with Esquire, Pitt said that he and Jolie would marry "when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able".

Despite media reports that Pitt and Aniston have an acrimonious relationship, Pitt has said in a February 2009 interview that he and Aniston "check in with each other". Also adding, "She was a big part of my life, and me hers." In October 2007, Pitt revealed in an interview that he is no longer a Christian or believes in an afterlife. Pitt stated: "There's peace in understanding that I have only one life, here and now, and I'm responsible." He is also a knowledgeable fan of architecture.

In July 2005, Pitt accompanied Jolie to Ethiopia, where she adopted her second child, a six-month-old girl named Zahara; Jolie later stated that she and Pitt made the decision to adopt the child together. In December 2005, it was confirmed that Pitt was seeking to legally adopt Jolie's two children, Maddox and Zahara. On January 19, 2006, a judge in California approved this request, and the children's legal surnames were formally changed to "Jolie-Pitt".

Jolie gave birth to a daughter, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, in Swakopmund, Namibia, on May 27, 2006. Pitt confirmed that their newly born daughter would have a Namibian passport. The couple sold the first pictures of Shiloh through the distributor Getty Images themselves, rather than allowing paparazzi to make these valuable photographs. People paid more than $4.1 million for the North American rights, while British magazine Hello! obtained the international rights for roughly $3.5 million; the total rights sale earned up to $10 million worldwide. The profits were donated to an undisclosed charity by Pitt and Jolie. Madame Tussauds in New York unveiled a wax figure of two-month-old Shiloh, making Shiloh the first infant to have a statue at Madame Tussauds.

On March 15, 2007, Jolie adopted a three-year-old boy from Vietnam, Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt (originally Pax Thien Jolie). Since the orphanage did not allow unmarried couples to adopt, Jolie adopted Pax as a single parent, and Pitt later adopted him as his son in the United States.

Following months of media speculation, Jolie confirmed she was expecting twins at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. On July 12, 2008, Jolie gave birth to the couple's twins, a boy named Knox Léon and a girl named Vivienne Marcheline at the Lenval hospital in Nice, France. The rights for the first images of Knox and Vivienne were jointly sold to People and Hello! for $14 million—the most expensive celebrity pictures ever taken. The money went to the Jolie-Pitt Foundation.

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The Good Girl

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The Good Girl is a 2002 film from the Chuck & Buck team, with director Miguel Arteta and writer Mike White.

The film starts with narration about the life of Justine Last (Jennifer Aniston), a sad and lonely 30-year-old woman living in a dusty Texas town in the middle of nowhere. She works at the local Retail Rodeo (a seedy version of Wal-Mart), with Cheryl (Zooey Deschanel), a cynical young girl who inserts subliminal profanities in announcements to the sleepwalking customers; Gwen (Deborah Rush), the overly peppy, older woman who works with Justine in the cosmetics department; and Corny (Mike White), the Bible-obsessed security guard.

Justine's home life is no better. She returns home every night to her dim-witted husband Phil (John C. Reilly), a house painter who spends more time getting high and drunk on the couch with his best friend Bubba (Tim Blake Nelson) than doing any work. Justine's life is mundane, and while she plans with Phil to have a baby to improve things, she feels trapped, and there seems to be no sign of escape.

All this changes when, one day, a new, young cashier named Holden Worther (Jake Gyllenhaal) starts working at the Retail Rodeo. Holden keeps to himself and always has his nose in a copy of The Catcher in the Rye claiming that his own life parallels that of Holden Caulfield. Justine and Holden start spending a lot of time together, having lunch every day and even hanging out after work.

One day, Holden does not show up for work, but sends a letter to Justine, telling her that if she does not meet him at 5 p.m. that day, she will never see him again. Justine plans to go, but suddenly Gwen feels unwell at work and needs to be taken to the hospital. Justine is obliged to drive her there, but abandons her at the entrance and races to meet up with Holden. Though she arrives half an hour late, Holden has waited for her. Holden and Justine agree to have a relationship, and proceed to a motel and have passionate sex. Over the next several days, Justine begins to feel more alive than she has in a long time.

Justine and Holden continue their relationship, keeping it secret from their co-workers, Phil, Justine's husband and Holden's parents. They form a habit of meeting up at the motel for sex. Justine narrowly avoids exposure on several occasions, like almost running into the motel manager at a church when she convinces Phil to go to Bible class.

Eventually, Corny the security guard sees the two kissing on the security camera and confronts her, but ultimately agrees to stay silent. Things get more complicated when Bubba discovers and monitors the affair, then arranges to have Justine meet him at his own house and reveals what he has learned. Bubba blackmails Justine, saying that if she doesn't have sex with him, he will be forced to tell Phil. Justine reluctantly allows this, though while they are making "love", Holden is seen to be watching them. Later, Holden confronts Justine, calling her a whore for betraying him by having sex with Bubba.

Several days later, Justine suddenly feels stomach cramps and her breasts begin swelling, and she doesn't know why. Cheryl casually suggests she is pregnant, and Justine realises this may be the case. A pregnancy test comes back positive, leaving Phil ecstatic, while Justine realises it is not Phil's child, but Holden's. Justine later tells Holden, who insists that it his baby, while Justine can't bring herself to say otherwise.

Phil then receives the result of an earlier sperm test and learns that he is sterile due to his many years of taking narcotics. Justine manipulates him into believing the sperm test was wrong, but Phil finds charges for the motel on their credit card bill and figures out that Justine has been having an affair. He breaks down and asks if the child is his. Justine lies and tells him it is.

Holden, wanting to convince Justine to begin a new life on the road together with the baby, robs the Retail Rodeo safe of $15,000. Then, on the run from the police, Holden arranges with Justine to meet at the motel and leave town. Justine faces a choice; live life as a fugitive with Holden, or stay in her mundane one with Phil. Justine chooses to stay, and alerts the police to Holden's location. Surrounded and not wanting to be arrested, Holden commits suicide.

The movie ends with Justine finally accepting her life with Phil, with the addition of their new baby girl.

The story is a modern reworking of Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover.

The film derives inspiration and source material from The Sorrows of Young Werther, a loosely autobiographical novel by Johann Wolfgang Goethe about a suicide and unrequited love. This is especially notable due to Holden's last name, "Worther".

The film further appears to reference 'A Handful of Dust' by Evelyn Waugh as the dissatisfied couple the story revolves around have the surname 'Last' as well as the film sharing numerous parallel plotlines with the reworking of the novel for the American market.

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Leprechaun (film)

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Leprechaun is a 1993 comedy horror film directed by Mark Jones. It features one of the first roles played by a young Jennifer Aniston, before she became known for her role in Friends. The film was shot in Saugus, California.

An evil 600-year-old leprechaun (Warwick Davis) is sealed away early in the film by Daniel O'Grady, who had stolen a bag of one hundred gold coins from the little green man, but ultimately paid the price when the Leprechaun scared his wife into falling down a flight of stairs. O'Grady manages to seal the Leprechaun away in his basement by placing a four leaf clover on a crate, which negates the Leprechaun's magic and renders him defenseless. O'Grady attempts to incinerate him, but has a stroke and collapses after screaming "Burn in Hell, you little green bastard!" before he can light a fire. He is later taken to a nursing home, leaving the Leprechaun in the crate.

Ten years later, a man named J.D. Redding (John Sanderford) and his daughter, Tory Redding (Jennifer Aniston) move into the same isolated house, its history unknown to them. Three painters, Nathan Murphy, his eleven-year-old brother, Alex Murphy, and Alex's autistic friend, Ozzie, also accompany them. Ozzie hears the Leprechaun's cries for help in the basement and unknowingly releases him. The Leprechaun then asks him to tell where the gold is or he'll bite his ear off and make a shoe out of it. Ozzie runs away, and attempts to warn the others that there is a leprechaun in the house, but, of course, this falls upon deaf ears.

Later, Alex and Ozzie spot a rainbow above an old truck near the house, which is where O'Grady hid the Leprechaun's gold. Ozzie, biting a coin to determine its authenticity, accidentally swallows it. Alex urges Ozzie to keep quiet about the finding, thinking that he can use the money to fund a brain operation for his friend. The Leprechaun, meanwhile, bites J.D.'s hand while hiding in a tree, though the group was convinced that it was a cat. J.D. is hospitalized; while the rest are with J.D., Alex and Ozzie take one of the coins to a pawn shop owner, who keeps it for further analysis. When the two leave, the Leprechaun sneaks into the store, retrieves his coin, and kills the shop owner by cruelly crushing his chest and stomach while hopping on him with a pogo stick.

On his way back to the house, the Leprechaun is pulled over by Deputy Tribet, which leads him to scratch up the officer's face, throw away his gun, chase him through the woods, and kill him when he snaps his neck. As he arrives at his destination, looking for the bag of gold, he does several odd things, which includes eating a store brand version of Lucky Charms called Lucky Clovers, screaming when he sees himself in a mirror, and polishing the shoes that were in a closet.

Tory, Nathan, Alex, and Ozzie meanwhile return to the home to find it ransacked, and this time, they're convinced that it was a bear. After cleaning up the mess, they hear a sound outside. Nathan goes to check it out, only to get his leg stuck in a beartrap. The Leprechaun tries to "play doctor" by cutting it off with a hatchet, but is shot by Nathan after Alex retrieves a shotgun for him. Ozzie calls the police, only to have them think it was a joke about a killer Leprechaun. They try again, but the line is dead. Later, they try leaving, believing the little man to be dead, but when Alex goes to fix the Distributor Cap, the Leprechaun is hiding under the hood with the cap in his mouth. The Leprechaun bites Ozzie's ear and then gets a lighter stuck in his nose. The Leprechaun then runs back into the barn, makes a little go-cart, and then tips the pickup truck over with the gang still in it. The Leprechaun then chases them back into the house, only to get his hand cut off by a slamming door (oddly enough, his hand is back later in the movie when it is re-attached after it opens the door for him).

Eventually, Tory and Nathan learn that the coin is in Ozzie's stomach and decide that they must kill the Leprechaun without Ozzie having to give himself up. While Tory goes to the nursing home to talk to O'Grady, Nathan and Ozzie distract the creature by throwing shoes for him to shine, which he has no choice but to polish since he is a shoemaker.

At the nursing home, however, Tory finds that O'Grady won't tell her how to kill the Leprechaun. The little green man is in his wheelchair, instead, and chases her into an elevator; O'Grady's mangled body then falls halfway through the ceiling. Just before he dies, he tells Tory that when a leprechaun is in contact with a four leaf clover freshly plucked from the clover patch, it will be as vulnerable as a human.

At the house, after they have found a four leaf clover, the Leprechaun nearly kills Alex, intending to shove his head into a beartrap, leading Ozzie to blurt out that he has swallowed the last gold coin. The Leprechaun, rather than wait for Ozzie's digestive system to produce the coin, instead chases him down and begins slashing his face with his shoe buckle. Alex saves Ozzie by firing the clover, which is wrapped in a piece of gum, at the Leprechaun with his slingshot, catapulting it into his mouth. The Leprechaun's flesh begins corroding rapidly and he falls into the well. As the group rejoins, Ozzie mutters "I did a smart thing, I did a smart thing." Just when they think it is over, though, the nearly-skeletal Leprechaun crawls out of the well, saying, "I want me gold," causing Nathan to hit him with the stock of the shotgun. The Leprechaun falls back into the well, and is destroyed when Nathan pours gasoline into the well and drops a match into it, causing it to explode.

This film opened in 620 theatres taking in $3,279,000 its opening week. Domestically, the film has made $8,556,940 on a $900,000 budget. It was a commercial success, and since its release it has gained a strong cult following among fans of the slasher genre.

Critically, the film was panned. The film has a 30% average with a 4/10 rating at Rotten Tomatoes.

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