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Nancy Meyers

Nancy Jane Meyers (Born December 8, 1949 in Pennsylvania, U.S.) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. She is the writer, producer and director of several big-screen successes, including The Holiday, What Women Want, and The Parent Trap.

Her second solo venture, What Women Want (2000), was the most successful film ever directed by a woman, taking in $183 million in the United States .

She is the daughter of Irving H. Meyers (in business) and Patricia Meyers (a designer; maiden name, Lemisch). She has been separated from husband Charles Shyer since 1999 and is soon-to-be divorced. They have two daughters, Annie Meyers-Shyer and Hallie Meyers-Shyer, both of whom have had minor roles in their films.

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Charles Shyer

Charles Shyer (born on 11 October 1941 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.) is an American film director, writer and producer.

As a writer/producer/director, Charles Shyer has carved out a successful niche, unique in American film today. Influenced by the great films of the 1930s and 1940s, he has fashioned a series of romantic comedies unparalleled in their blending of classic Hollywood style with a contemporary social perspective. Marked by crisp dialogue and solid structure, his hits include Private Benjamin (1980); the critically acclaimed Irreconcilable Differences (1984); Baby Boom (1987); Father of the Bride (1991); and Father of the Bride Part II (1995), The Parent Trap (1998), The Affair of the Necklace (L'Affaire du Collier) (2001) and Alfie (2004).

Shyer grew up in the film industry where his father, Melville Shyer, worked with D.W. Griffith and was one of the founders of the Directors Guild of America. After attending UCLA, he was accepted into the DGA's apprenticeship program, which led to work as an Assistant Director.

But Shyer caught the writing bug and went to work as an assistant to Garry Marshall and Jerry Belson, producers of the TV series The Odd Couple. He eventually worked his way up to Head Writer on the hit series.

After "The Odd Couple", he moved into feature films, getting his first writing credit on Burt Reynolds mega-smash "Smokey and the Bandit" (1977). The following year, Shyer co-wrote "Goin' South" (directed by and starring Jack Nicholson) and received his first Writers Guild of America nomination for Best Screenplay for the Walter Matthau/Glenda Jackson hit "House Calls" (1978).

In 1979, Shyer teamed up with Nancy Meyers to write Private Benjamin, which the team also produced. Contrary to the conventional wisdom at the time, that a female lead with no male star was box office poison, this story of a pampered young woman who joins the Army was a huge hit, grossing in excess of a hundred million dollars worldwide. The screenplay for "Private Benjamin" won Meyers and Shyer a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay and was nominated for an Academy Award in that same category. The films' stars Goldie Hawn and Eileen Brennan were also both nominated for Oscars. The film was also nominated for multiple Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actress.

Shyer's next project, "Irreconcilable Differences", marked Shyer's directorial debut. Shelley Long and Ryan O'Neal played a Hollywood couple whose obsession with success destroys their relationship with their daughter, played by eight-year-old Drew Barrymore. Critics praised the film's even-handed treatment of both main characters and its sensitive updating of'30's comedy style. "Irreconcilable Differences" received multiple Golden Globe nominations, including Best Actress nods for Shelley Long and Drew Barrymore.

Like "Private Benjamin", "Baby Boom" dealt with the role of women in a changing, feminist-influenced world, all in the form of a romantic comedy. Diane Keaton played J.C. Wiatt, a high-powered executive who unexpectedly finds herself saddled with a baby. Like Rosalind Russell's Hildy Johnson in "His Girl Friday", the Wiatt character became a film prototype of the contemporary career woman. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe Award as Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy; and Keaton was also nominated as Best Actress in the same division.

In 1991, Meyers and Shyer, working from earlier material for the first time, remade the 1950 Vincente Minnelli classic "Father of the Bride" (with Shyer directing). Without drastically changing the emotional core, they deftly updated the film's view of marriage, finding the story's unchanging, universal elements. Steve Martin won acclaim for his performance of a father "losing" his daughter and his bank account at the same time. Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams, and Martin Short were also singled out for praise for their performances in a film that went on to become a huge worldwide hit.

Meyers and Shyer went on the write, produce, and direct Father of the Bride Part II, a sequel to their 1991 hit, with all the principal players returning. Touchstone Pictures' major attraction for the 1995 Christmas season, Father of the Bride, Part II opened number one at the box office and went on to gross in excess of $100 million worldwide.

In 1997, Shyer co-wrote and produced the Meyers-directed remake of The Parent Trap. Acclaimed for its humorous and stylish updating of the classic the Disney film, The Parent Trap became another instant worldwide hit for the team.

Shyer next tackled a period drama, "The Affair of the Necklace" ("L'Affaire du Collier"), starring Hilary Swank, Adrien Brody and Simon Baker. With lush cinematography, costumes and settings in the Czech Republic and France, the film garnered not only splendid notices, but an Academy-Award nomination for costume designer, Milena Canonero.

In 2004, Shyer wrote, directed and produced a freshly minted version of the 1960s classic, Alfie, starring Jude Law, Susan Sarandon and Sienna Miller in her first major role.

Shyer's next project is directing and executive producing Eloise in Paris, for HandMade Films, based on the classic 1950s children's book. He will also write the screenplay with Larry Spencer and his daughter Hallie Meyers-Shyer. The film will shoot in London, Paris and New York, and production will begin next year. Also upcoming for Shyer is Sweet Little Fifteen for Fox Searchlight, which he will direct and co-write, also with Spencer.

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Diane Keaton

Diane Keaton and Woody Allen in 1977's Annie Hall. "La-de-dah" became Keaton's popular catch phrase.

Diane Keaton (born January 5, 1946) is an American film actress, director and producer. Keaton began her career on stage, and made her screen debut in 1970. Her first major film role was as Kay Adams-Corleone in The Godfather (1972), but the films that shaped her early career were those with director and co-star Woody Allen beginning with Play It Again, Sam in 1972. Her next two films with Allen, Sleeper (1973) and Love and Death (1975), established her as a comic actress. Her fourth, Annie Hall (1977), won her the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Keaton subsequently expanded her range to avoid becoming typecast as her Annie Hall persona. She became an accomplished dramatic actress, starting in Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) and received Academy Award nominations for Reds (1981) and Marvin's Room (1996). Some of her popular later films include Father of the Bride (1991), The First Wives Club (1996), and Something's Gotta Give (2003). Films Keaton has been in have earned a cumulative gross of over USD$1.1 billion in North America. In addition to acting, she is also a photographer, real estate developer, and occasional singer.

Born Diane Hall in Los Angeles, California, she is the oldest of four children. Keaton has one brother, Randy Hall (b. March 21, 1948) and sisters Robin Hall (b. March 27, 1951) and Dorrie Hall (b. April 1, 1953). Her mother, Dorothy (née Keaton; 1921-2008), was a homemaker and amateur photographer, and her father, Jack Hall (1921–1990), was a real estate broker and civil engineer. Her father came from an Irish American Catholic background, and her mother came from a Methodist family. Keaton was raised a Methodist by her mother. Her first ambition to become an actor came after seeing her mother win the "Mrs. Los Angeles" pageant for homemakers. Keaton claimed that the theatricality of the event inspired her to become a stage actor. She has also credited Katharine Hepburn, whom she admires for playing strong and independent women, as one of her inspirations.

Keaton is a 1964 graduate of Santa Ana High School in Santa Ana, California. During her time there she participated in singing and acting clubs at school, and starred as Blanche DuBois in a school production of A Streetcar Named Desire. After graduation she attended Santa Ana College, and later Orange Coast College as an acting student, but dropped out after a year to pursue an entertainment career in Manhattan. Upon joining the Actors' Equity Association she adopted the surname of Keaton, her mother's maiden name, as there was already a registered Diane Hall. For a brief time, she also moonlighted nightclubs with a singing act. She would later revisit her nightclub act in Annie Hall (1977) and a cameo in Radio Days (1987).

In 1968, Keaton became a member of the "Tribe" and understudy to Sheila in the original Broadway production of Hair. She gained some notoriety for her refusal to disrobe in the portions of the musical when the entire cast performed nude, even though nudity in the production was optional for actors. (Those who performed nude received a $50 bonus.) After acting in Hair for nine months, she auditioned for a part in Woody Allen's production of Play It Again, Sam. After nearly being passed over for being too tall (at 5 ft 8 in./1.73 m she is two inches/5 cm taller than Allen), she won the part.

After being nominated for a Tony Award for Play It Again, Sam, Keaton made her film debut in 1970s Lovers and Other Strangers. She followed with guest roles on the television series Love, American Style and Night Gallery. Between films, Keaton appeared in a series of deodorant commercials.

Keaton's breakthrough role came two years later when she was cast as Kay Adams, the girlfriend of Michael Corleone (played by Al Pacino) in Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 blockbuster The Godfather. Coppola noted that he first noticed Keaton in Lovers and Other Strangers, and cast her because of her reputation for eccentricity that he wanted her to bring to the role. (Keaton claims that at the time she was commonly referred to as "the kooky actress" of the film industry.) Her performance in the film was loosely based on her real life experience of making the film, both of which she has described as being "the woman in a world of men". The Godfather was an unparalleled critical and financial success, becoming the highest grossing film of the year and winning the Best Picture Oscar of 1972.

Keaton's other notable films of the 1970s included many collaborations with Woody Allen. Although by the time they made films together their romantic involvement had ended, she played many eccentric characters in several of his comic and dramatic films including Sleeper, Love and Death, Interiors, Manhattan, and the film version of Play It Again, Sam, directed by Herbert Ross. Allen has gone on to credit Keaton as his muse during his early film career.

It's hard to play ditzy. ... The genius of Annie is that despite her loopy backhand, awful driving, and nervous tics, she's also a complicated, intelligent woman. Keaton brilliantly displays this dichotomy of her character, especially when she yammers away on a first date with Alvy (Woody Allen) while the subtitle reads, 'He probably thinks I'm a yoyo.' Yo-yo ? Hardly.

Keaton's eccentric wardrobe in Annie Hall, which consisted mainly of vintage men's clothing, including neckties, vests, baggy pants, and fedora hats, made her an unlikely fashion icon of the late 1970s. Most of the clothing seen in the film came from Keaton herself, who was already known for her tomboyish clothing style years before Annie Hall, though Ruth Morley and Ralph Lauren reportedly worked on the movie's costume. Soon after the film's release, men's clothing and pantsuits became popular attire for women. She is known to favor men's vintage clothing, and usually appears in public wearing gloves and conservative attire. (A 2005 profile in the San Francisco Chronicle described her as "easy to find. Look for the only woman in sight dressed in a turtleneck. On a 90-degree afternoon in Pasadena.") Keaton would later reprise her Annie Hall appearance when she attended the 2003 Academy Awards presentation in a men's tuxedo and a bowler hat. Keaton also became a frequent target of fashion critic Mr. Blackwell, having made his annual "Worst Dressed List" on five occasions.

A male actor can fly a plane, fight a war, shoot a badman, pull off a sting, impersonate a big cheese in business or politics. Men are presumed to be interesting. A female can play a wife, play a whore, get pregnant, lose her baby, and, um, let's see ... Women are presumed to be dull. ... Now a determined trend spotter can point to a handful of new films whose makers think that women can bear the dramatic weight of a production alone, or virtually so. Then there is Diane Keaton in Looking for Mr. Goodbar. As Theresa Dunn, Keaton dominates this raunchy, risky, violent dramatization of Judith Rossner's 1975 novel about a schoolteacher who cruises singles bars.

In addition to acting, Keaton has stated that " had a lifelong ambition to be a singer." She had a brief, unrealized career as a recording artist in the 1970s. Her first record was an original cast recording of Hair, in 1971. In 1977 she began recording tracks for a solo album, but the finished record never materialized.

Keaton met with more success in the medium of still photography. Like her character in Annie Hall, Keaton had long relished photography as a favorite hobby, an interest she picked up as a teenager from her mother. While traveling in the late 70s she began exploring her avocation more seriously. "Rolling Stone had asked me to take photographs for them, and I thought, 'Wait a minute, what I'm really interested in is these lobbies, and these strange ballrooms in these old hotels.' So I began shooting them", she explained in 2003. "These places were deserted, and I could just sneak in anytime and nobody cared. It was so easy and I could do it myself. It was an adventure for me." Reservations, her collection of photos of hotel interiors, was published in book form in 1980.

After Manhattan in 1979, Keaton and Woody Allen ended their long working relationship, and the film would be their last major collaboration until 1993. In 1978 Keaton became romantically involved with Warren Beatty, and two years later he cast her to play opposite of him in Reds. In the film she played Louise Bryant, a journalist and feminist, who flees from her husband to work with radical journalist John Reed (Beatty), and later enters Russia to locate him as he chronicles the Russian Civil War. The New York Times wrote that Keaton was, "nothing less than splendid as Louise Bryant - beautiful, selfish, funny and driven. It's the best work she has done to date." Keaton received her second Academy Award nomination for the film.

In 1987, Keaton directed and edited her first feature film, a documentary named Heaven about the possibility of an afterlife. Heaven met with mixed critical reaction, with The New York Times likening it to "a conceit imposed on its subjects." Over the next four years, Keaton went on to direct music videos for artists such as Belinda Carlisle, two television films starring Patricia Arquette, and episodes of the series China Beach and Twin Peaks.

She began the decade with The Lemon Sisters, a poorly received comedy/drama that she starred in and produced, which was shelved for a year after its completion. In 1991, Keaton starred with Steve Martin in the 1991 family comedy Father of the Bride. She was almost not cast in the film, as the commercial failure of The Good Mother had strained her relationship with Walt Disney Pictures, the studio of both films. Father of the Bride was Keaton's first major hit after four years of commercial disappointments.

Keaton reprised her role of Kay Adams in 1990s The Godfather, Part III. Set 21 years after the events of The Godfather, Part II, Keaton's part had evolved into the estranged ex-wife of Michael Corleone. Criticism of the film and Keaton again centered on her character's unimportance in the film. The Washington Post wrote: "Even though she is authoritative in the role, Keaton suffers tremendously from having no real function except to nag Michael for his past sins." In 1993 Keaton starred in Manhattan Murder Mystery, her first film with Woody Allen since 1979. Her part was intended for Mia Farrow, but Farrow dropped out of the project after her split with Allen.

In 1995, Keaton directed Unstrung Heroes, her first theatrically released narrative film. The movie, adapted from Franz Lidz's memoir, starred Nathan Watt as a boy in 1960s whose mother (Andie MacDowell) becomes ill with cancer. As her sickness advances and his inventor father (John Turturro) grows increasingly distant, the boy is sent to live with his two eccentric uncles (Maury Chaykin and Michael Richards). In a geographic switch, Keaton shifted the story's setting from the New York of Lidz's book to the Southern California of her own childhood. Though it played in a relatively limited release and made little impression at the box office, the film and its direction were well-received critically.

Also in 1996, Keaton starred as Bessie, a woman with leukemia in Marvin's Room, an adaptation of the play by Scott McPherson. Meryl Streep played her estranged sister Lee, although had initially been considered for the role of Bessie. The film also starred a young Leonardo Di Caprio as Streep's rebellious son. Roger Ebert stated that "Streep and Keaton, in their different styles, find ways to make Lee and Bessie into much more than the expression of their problems." Keaton earned a third Academy Award nomination for the film. Although critically acclaimed, the film was not released on a wide scale, possibly costing Keaton the Oscar. Keaton said that the biggest challenge of the role was understanding the mentality of a person with terminal illness.

Keaton's first film of 2000 was Hanging Up with Meg Ryan and Lisa Kudrow. Keaton also directed the film, despite claiming in a 1996 interview that she would never direct herself in a film, saying " you automatically have different goals. I can't think about directing when I'm acting." The film was a drama about three sisters coping with the senility and eventual death of their elderly father. Hanging Up rated poorly with critics, and grossed a modest US$36 million at the North American box office.

In 2001 Keaton co-starred with Warren Beatty once again in Town & Country, a critical and financial fiasco. Budgeted at an estimated US$90 million, the film opened to little notice and grossed only $7 million in its North American theatrical run. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone claimed that Town & Country was, "less deserving of a review than it is an obituary ... The corpse took with it the reputations of its starry cast, including Warren Beatty Diane Keaton".

In 2001 and 2002 Keaton starred in four low-budget television films. She played a fanatical nun in the religious drama Sister Mary Explains It All, an impoverished mother in the drama On Thin Ice, and a bookkeeper in the mob comedy Plan B. In Crossed Over she played Beverly Lowry, a woman who forms an unusual friendship with the only woman executed while on death row in Texas, Karla Faye Tucker.

Keaton's first major hit since 1996 came in 2003's Something's Gotta Give, directed by Nancy Meyers and co-starring Jack Nicholson. Nicholson and Keaton, aged 63 and 57 respectively, were seen as bold casting choices for leads in a romantic comedy. Twentieth Century Fox, the film's original studio, reportedly declined to produce the film, fearing that the lead characters were too old to be bankable. Keaton commented about the situation in Ladies' Home Journal: "Let's face it, people my age and Jack's age are much deeper, much more soulful, because they've seen a lot of life. They have a great deal of passion and hope- why shouldn't they fall in love? Why shouldn't movies show that?" Keaton played a middle-aged playwright who falls in love with her daughter's much older boyfriend. The film was a major success at the box office, grossing US$125 million in North America. Roger Ebert wrote that " bring so much experience, knowledge and humor to their characters that the film works in ways the screenplay might not have even hoped for." The following year, Keaton received her fourth Academy Award nomination for her role in the film.

Most recently, Keaton starred in the moderately successful 2005 comedy The Family Stone with Sarah Jessica Parker. Her latest film, Because I Said So, co-starring Mandy Moore, opened on February 2, 2007 to poor reviews. She has co-starred with Stephen Collins in both The First Wives Club (1996) and Because I Said So.

Outside of the film industry, Keaton has continued to pursue her interest in photography. As a collector, she told Vanity Fair in 1987: "I have amassed a huge library of images - kissing scenes from movies, pictures I like. Visual things are really key for me." She has published several more collections of her own photographs, and has also served as an editor for collections of vintage photography. Works she has edited in the last decade include a book of photographs by paparazzo Ron Galella, an anthology of reproductions of clown paintings, and a collection of photos of California's Spanish Colonial-style houses.

Keaton has also established herself as a real estate developer. She has resold several mansions in Southern California after renovating and redesigning them. One of her clients is Madonna, who purchased a US$6.5 million Beverly Hills mansion from Keaton in 2003. She received the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Gala Tribute in 2007.

Smother, a film costarring Liv Tyler and Dax Shepard was released on September 26, 2008.

Keaton stated that she produced her 1987 documentary Heaven because, "I was always pretty religious as a kid ... I was primarily interested in religion because I wanted to go to heaven" but also stated that she considered herself an agnostic.

Raised a Methodist, Keaton stated in an October 2002 television interview with Oxygen that although she currently believes in God, she considered herself an atheist for a period of her life. Woody Allen once said of her, "(She) believes in God, but she also believes that the radio works because there are tiny people inside it".

Keaton is an advocate against plastic surgery. She told More magazine in 2004, "I'm stuck in this idea that I need to be authentic ... My face needs to look the way I feel." Keaton is also active in campaigns with the Los Angeles Conservancy to save and restore historic buildings, particularly in the Los Angeles area. Among the buildings she has been active in restoring include a former home of Frank Lloyd Wright. Keaton had also been active in the failed campaign to save the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles (a hotel featured in Reservations), the location of Robert Kennedy's assassination in 1968.

Since May 2005, she has been a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post. Since summer 2006, Keaton has been the new face of L'Oréal.

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Mark Feuerstein

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Mark Feuerstein (born June 8, 1971) is an American actor.

Feuerstein got his break-through on television as a recurring character on the daytime soap opera Loving (1983). When director Nancy Meyers was casting What Women Want, her daughter recognized Feuerstein from Practical Magic (1998) and insisted that her mother cast him. He was dubbed by wags as "Murderer of a thousand sitcoms" and "sitcom kryptonite" due to his lack of success in Fired Up (1997), Conrad Bloom (1998), The Heart Department (2001), Good Morning, Miami (2002) and, 3 Lbs. (2007). Feuerstein reunited as a love interest with Practical Magic co-star Sandra Bullock in the film Two Weeks Notice, but all of his scenes were deleted. Feuerstein was named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 2003.

Feuerstein is currently starring in the lead role of a new USA Network show called Royal Pains.

Feuerstein and Adam Stein are the two rappers in Lazy Monday, a West Coast response to the December 2005 Saturday Night Live parodic music video Lazy Sunday. In January of 2009, Feuerstein began appearing in the web series The Hustler on Crackle.

Feuerstein was born in New York City to a Jewish family, lawyer father and a school teacher mother. His brother is a successful real estate attorney. However, most of the people in his family are lawyers. He was a wrestler in high school and won the State Championship. Feuerstein attended The Dalton School and graduated from Princeton University in 1993. He won a full scholarship to the London School of Dramatic Arts and studied with the top clown teacher at Ecole Phillipe Gaulier in France.

He got the nickname "Chaplin" on the set of Giving It Up (1999) because of his uncanny knack of physical comedy. He even had a physical slapstick back-and-forth with Mel Gibson a year later on the set of What Women Want (2000).

He married Dana Klein on June 9, 2005 in a Jewish ceremony. The two have a daughter, Lila Jane and a son, Frisco Jones.

Feuerstein has written a 193-page school thesis: Every Man is A King: An Actor's Journal. He is a constant supporter and activist for AIDS charities. He also enjoys mountain-biking, wrestling, dancing (hip-hop to salsa), yoga and jogging.

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John Krasinski

John Burke Krasinski (born October 20, 1979) is an American actor, film director, and writer. He has acted in several films, including Shrek the Third, but is most widely known for playing Jim Halpert on NBC's The Office.

Krasinski was born in the Brighton section of Boston, Massachusetts, the son of nurse Mary Clare (née Doyle) and Polish-American father internist Dr. Ronald Krasinski. He has two older brothers, Kevin and Paul, and was raised Catholic in the suburb of Newton, Massachusetts.

He attended the same high school as B. J. Novak, later his co-star (Ryan Howard) on The Office and also a writer and co-producer of some episodes of the series. Krasinski also performed in a play written by Novak. Krasinski graduated from Newton South High School in 1997.

Before entering college, he took a semester off to teach English in Costa Rica. From there, he went to Brown University, where he graduated in 2001 as a playwright, writing an honors thesis titled "Contents Under Pressure". During his time at Brown, he helped coach youth basketball at The Gordon School in East Providence, Rhode Island. He then attended the National Theater Institute in Waterford, Connecticut.

Krasinski's first stage experience was starring in a satirical play written and cast by B. J. Novak for Newton South High School. He decided to continue acting after doing a reading of David Foster Wallace's Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. Besides training at the National Theatre Institute, he also studied at The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon and The Actor's Center in New York City. After graduating from Brown University, Krasinski went to New York City to pursue acting, appearing in commercials and guest spots on television shows, as well as doing readings of off-Broadway plays and working as a waiter. He starred in the play What the Eunuch Saw, which was directed and written by a former college classmate.

In 2000, Krasinski was a script intern on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. In addition to his role on The Office, Krasinski's television credits include appearances on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Without A Trace, Ed, American Dad! (as the voice of a squirrel), and an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

His feature film credits include Kinsey, Jarhead, Duane Hopwood, Shrek the Third and The Holiday. He also had cameos in For Your Consideration and Dreamgirls. He wrote and directed a film, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2009), an adaptation of David Foster Wallace's work of the same name; it will make its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

He starred as Gideon in A New Wave, which was filmed before he was on The Office and released in 2007. He also starred as Brevin in Smiley Face, which was filmed in 2006. More recently, he had major supporting roles in the films License to Wed, with Mandy Moore and Robin Williams, and Leatherheads with George Clooney and Renee Zellweger. From April to June 2008 he filmed with Jarhead director Sam Mendes, Away We Go co-starring Maya Rudolph and Cheryl Hines. He is set to join Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, and Alec Baldwin in a yet-to-be-titled comedy to be directed by Nancy Meyers in 2009 for Universal Pictures.

Krasinski was featured in People magazine's Sexiest Men Alive issues in 2006 and 2008.

Beginning in March 2006, Krasinski narrated a series of commercials for Ask.com, and followed this with a commercial for the Apple TV in April 2007, and the BlackBerry Storm in 2008. Krasinski has appeared in print advertisements for the Gap.

Krasinksi filmed the footage of Scranton, Pennsylvania for The Office, including the clips shown in the opening credits.

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I Love Trouble

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I Love Trouble is a 1994 romantic comedy film starring Nick Nolte and Julia Roberts. It was written by husband-and-wife team Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer, and directed by Shyer.

Rival Chicago reporters Peter Brackett (Nolte) and Sabrina Peterson (Roberts) reluctantly join forces to uncover a train wreck conspiracy and bite off more than they can chew while pursuing the story and bickering along the way - and falling in love, despite the fact that he's many years older than she.

Sabrina is an ambitious, gifted reporter willing to do whatever it takes to learn the truth about the train accident, which leads her into conflict, then reluctant partnership, with fading star newsman Peter who works for a rival paper. He is her polar opposite: he chases women, smokes cigars, and has just published his first novel. During their pursuit of the story, Peter and Sabrina clash over virtually everything.

The film was not well-received by critics, although it grossed over $30 million in box-office receipts in the United States.

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What Women Want

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What Women Want is a 2000 American romantic comedy film, directed by Nancy Meyers and starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. The movie achieved enormous success with a domestic gross of $182,811,707 and a worldwide gross of $374,111,707, against a budget of $40 million.

Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson), a Chicago ad executive who grew up with his Las Vegas showgirl mother - and so has an alpha male view of women, which works well for him when it comes to getting men to buy beer or cars or getting most women (such as a coffee attendant Marisa Tomei at a local shop) to fawn over him. However, just as he thinks he's heading for a promotion, his manager Dan (Alan Alda) informs him that he needs to hire the talents of Darcy McGuire (Helen Hunt) to keep the ad company 'fresh' and get new clients. Thus, his ego is bruised and he gives the cold shoulder to Darcy in the process.

Compounding his problems, his estranged 15-year-old daughter Alex is spending two weeks with him while his ex-wife Gigi goes on her honeymoon with her new husband. Alex sees Nick as someone she's embarrassed to have as a father, and is not interested in his being 'protective' when she brings a boyfriend home.

Needing to prove that he's still 'the best' to Darcy and Dan, Nick attempts to think of ad angles for a series of feminine products that Darcy gave out to the workers. While in the bathroom, he accidentally slips on some bath beads and falls into a bathtub while holding an electric hairdryer. He tries to get out, but slips and the dryer falls into the tub while he still has one foot in, jolting him with electricity.

Now with a sense of purpose, Nick uses his new 'talent' to get into women's minds and use their ideas as his own but also develops real friendships with his co-workers and dispenses helpful advice about men to them. This works for a while, but as he spends more time with Darcy, he finds that he develops feelings for her. This also puts him at odds though when he tries to become closer with his daughter, who resents Nick for trying after so many years of neglect. This isn't any help since Nick dislikes her older boyfriend from the start, whom he suspects is only with his daughter to sleep with her and then dump her, something Nick has ultimately done many times over with various women, and doesn't want his daughter to be put in that position. Nick and Darcy begin to spend more time together, and ultimately kiss.

When he manages to trump Darcy out of her idea for a new Nike ad campaign designed for women, he finds that he regrets his actions, especially as it leads to her being fired and himself being put in her place. Nick loses his gift via a freak power line shortage in the area where he was standing during a storm. Nick goes to look for an assistant at his company whom he suspects of being suicidal and he helps her to realize that there are things worth living for and makes an appointment to sit down with her and discuss a previous job offer. Nick patches things up with his daughter when his suspicions are confirmed after she breaks up with her boyfriend, when refusing to sleep with him. As a result, Nick happily consoles his daughter in her time of need and is proud to know she did the right thing.

Nick then goes over to Darcy's apartment and explains everything to her. Darcy regains her job and is forced to fire Nick. However, she finds that she has romantic feelings for Nick as well, and is willing to forgive him.

For his portrayal of Nick Marshall Mel Gibson was nominated for the Golden Globe award for Best Actor - Comedy.

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The Parent Trap (1998 film)

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The Parent Trap is a 1998 family film remake of 1961's same titled film. This remake is directed by Nancy Meyers and stars Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson and Lindsay Lohan. The film is based on Erich Kästner's novel Lottie and Lisa (Das Doppelte Lottchen). The plot involves a pair of twins who have been separated at birth and, upon meeting by chance, decide to work together to reunite their divorced parents.

Hallie Parker (Lindsay Lohan) is an eleven-year-old girl growing up in the Napa Valley with her father, Nicholas "Nick" Parker (Dennis Quaid), a successful vineyard owner and a viticulturist. Her identical twin sister, Annie James (Lindsay Lohan), is a Londoner living with her wedding-gown-designer mother, Elizabeth "Lizzie" James (Natasha Richardson). Nick and Lizzie divorced and never saw each other again shortly after having the twins, and they each agreed to take one of them. Nick and Elizabeth smentally saw the missing twin through the other twin. Nick mentally saw Annie through Hallie, and likewise Elizabeth saw Hallie through Annie. Therefore, neither twin knows that the other exists.

By coincidence, Hallie and Annie are both sent to Camp Walden by Moosehead Lake in Maine to spend the summer. When they meet first, the two are fervent rivals who share an allergy to strawberries, great skill at poker and fencing, and the ability to produce imaginative mischief. When this mischief, perpetrated against each other, causes the camp supervisors to punish them by isolating them so that they may only be with each other, Hallie and Annie soon discover the secret that had been kept from them. While still exiled from mainstream camp activity, they work on a plan to switch places at the end of summer, so each twin will be able to get to know the parent they had never met. To do this, the two twins have to learn to adopt each other's physical traits and individual accents. Additionally, Hallie cuts Annie's hair into a shorter style to match her own. Having done this, she realizes that, unlike her, Annie does not have pierced ears - A difference which could reveal the deception. After some initial resistance to the idea, Annie eventually agrees to let Hallie pierce her ears using a sewing needle.

The plan is successful. Hallie goes to England, where she meets her mother, befriends her mother's trusted butler Martin (who is a confidant of Annie), and becomes acquainted with her grandfather. Annie assumes her sister's identity and travels to California where she meets her sister's Housekeeper, Chessy.

Annie, who has joined Nick in Napa and assumed Hallie's place, learns that their father plans soon to marry his ambitious young publicist, Meredith Blake, who's after his considerable fortune. Annie contacts Hallie to reveal the new situation, forcing both girls to speed up their plan to get their parents to rendezvous.

It is not long before Chessy discovers Annie's true identity. In London, the switch is discovered by her grandfather, who instructs Hallie to reveal her true identity to her mother, fabricating a story that Nick wants to meet them at the Stafford Hotel in San Francisco. In fact, Nick has made no such plans, and, in turn, has been tricked into visiting the same hotel by Annie, on the pretence that he is to meet Meredith's parents. Martin and Chessy are involved in the secret as well, and it after meeting they become romantically involved. Nick has no idea that Elizabeth is present until they finally cross paths. At the hotel, the plot is revealed to Elizabeth after she catches Nick in an elevator with Meredith.

Nick and Elizabeth feel that reuniting would be impractical, despite their daughters' efforts to recreate the former attachment between them; they therefore plan to return to their respective lives, though plans are made to allow for the twins to spend holidays together throughout the year. Hallie and Annie disapprove of this plan, and insist that Nick take both of them to the promised annual camping trip. Nick and Elizabeth follow through, partly because the twins have refused to reveal which one is which until the trip is complete.

Back in Napa, as the group is ready to leave for the camping trip, Elizabeth insists that Meredith join them and while Meredith is less than anxious to attend, she does not approve of her fiance being alone with his ex-wife. Elizabeth announces that she will not attend. The twins are furious, but Elizabeth insists, explaining that it is important for Meredith to become better acquainted with her soon-to-be step-daughters, However, Elizabeth is actually tricking Meredith. While on the trip, the twins play tricks on Her, taking advantage of her lack of camping experience, including putting rocks in her Backpack, placing a lizard on her Evian Bottle and then on her head, replacing her insect repellent with sugar water, teaching her a silly and irrelevant "trick" to ward off mountain lions and even setting her air mattress afloat in the lake while she is sleeping from a very large sleeping pill they used to replace her standard large pill. Eventually, an enraged and drenched Meredith orders Nick to choose between marriage to her and the companionship of his daughters; Nick gleefully chooses the latter. The twins are relieved, believing that their opportunity to reunite their parents has risen.

Back at the vineyard estate, Nick is giving Elizabeth a tour of his wine cellar, and they come across a chest of his special reserve wine. After showing Elizabeth a few select bottles from special dates in history, he gets to one bottle that Elizabeth does not recognize. Nick explains that this was the wine they drank at their wedding, and when she remarks how it was indeed good wine, he comments that he would share it with no one else but her. They nearly kiss, but are interrupted by Chessy returning to the house.

When Elizabeth and Annie arrive at their home in England, Hallie is there waiting for them, and she remarks how amazing it is that the Concorde flight can get to England in only half the time. Nick then appears and says that while he had made a mistake in letting her leave him before, he followed her this time and will not let her go. The film ends there, and the final credits feature photographs of a second wedding between Nick and Elizabeth aboard QE2. Photographs also appear that suggest Martin proposed to Chessy on the night of Nick and Elizabeth's wedding.

Filming took place from July to December 1997 at various locations in California and London, England. The outside of the Stafford Hotel was filmed in front of the Administration Building on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay.

The twins in this version are named after director Nancy Meyers's and producer Charles Shyer's daughters Annie Meyers Shyer and Hallie Meyers-Shyer, both of whom have small parts in the movie. Hallie plays a girl at camp at the beginning who asks where the Navajo bunk is, and Annie plays the towel girl at the hotel, who brings Elizabeth the first aid kit.

When Nick introduces Annie (pretending to be Hallie) to Meredith, the reveal of Meredith was not shot in slow motion; that was how Elaine Hendrix raised her head herself.

Lindsay Lohan had to have her ears pierced especially for her role in this film.

The song used in the opening sequence in which glimpses of Elizabeth and Nick's first wedding is seen is Nat King Cole's "L-O-V-E". The song used in the end credits, in which photos of Elizabeth and Nick's second wedding is seen, is his daughter Natalie Cole's "This Will Be (an Everlasting Love)".

The instrumental music featured prominently in the hotel scene where the twins and their parents cross paths serendipitously is "In the Mood", which was previously made famous by the Glenn Miller band.

When Hallie shows up at Annie's poker game at Camp Walden, the music used is "Bad to the Bone" by George Thorogood and the Destroyers.

The film debuted on United Lands television (The Family Film Channel) on October 4, 1999, and had 5.43 million viewers.

A television version of the film, as seen on the Disney Channel and ABC Family, is edited from the theatrical version. The first edit is in the scene where Hallie is piercing Annie's ears: the shot of the needle visibly entering Annie's ear has been cut. The BBFC also edited this version in the UK version, for under-age girls trying to ear pierce themselves. Some DVD releases contain this edited version. Another edit is during the scene when Annie talks with Meredith: Annie's line, "But, if you ask me, marriage is supposed to be based on something more than just sex, right?" and when Annie looks at her father's house, she shouts,"Oh my god! Oh my God!" have been removed. Not all television broadcasts of the film contain these edits. "Oh my god!" would under BBFC rules makes a film rating become a 12 or 12A.

The scene slots between Hallie and Martin meeting at Heathrow Airport, and Hallie meeting her mother and grandfather. Hallie is in a limo and they come across Buckingham Palace. She gets out and tries to get one of the guards to move. The guards then crowd around in formation as the Queen exits Buckingham Palace in a car. The window rolls down and Hallie speaks to the Queen, getting confused with 'Your Highness' or 'Your Majesty' or whether to curtsy. The Queen promises not to tell a soul and moves off. Director Nancy Meyers had a difficult time getting the uniforms, location, and an actress to play the Queen. Although the scene is shot well, the scene was deleted due to pacing problems.

Another deleted scene appears in the trailer that debuted in 1998. The scene shows Annie standing out on the deck of her vineyard-estate house. She sees a shooting star and sings the rhyme "Starlight, Starbright." Hallie appears standing outside her window, too.

In the original draft of the script, many scenes have been altered or deleted. An extended ear-piercing scene is in. While putting the needle through Annie's ear, Hallie screams and passes out. Annie smacks Hallie in the face, trying to wake her up. Hallie asks, "Are you bleeding to death?" Annie tells her no and shows Hallie the needle again. Hallie passes out again.

There is a girl in Annie's cabin that has shoulder-length hair and gets syrup poured on her when Hallie and her friends set a trap in their cabins. This girl was named Crosby in the original draft and gets tricked by Hallie, pretending to be Annie, to kiss her.

An extended scene, Elizabeth delves further into why she and Nick didn't stay together long. She says, "I tried living in California, He tried living in London..." Hallie replies, "So you broke up?" Elizabeth tells Hallie that they were the best thing about the whole situation and they continue to stroll down the streets of London.

There is a part where Annie and Hallie are both in their respective stalls taking a bath and Hallie's soap goes over to Annie's stall. As Annie hands the soap back to Hallie, they both feel electrified.

There is an extended ending at the end where Hallie tells Annie: "You guys are going to love living in California." To that Annie replies: "California? You guys are going to love living in London" Hallie then replies London? In the front yard Sammy is barking to the poodle next door as Martin and Chessy are kissing and Grandfather is getting home.

It is unknown if the scenes above were filmed.

After Hallie arrives in London, she and her mother walk across the street together, on the same street, zebra crossing, and with the same cars as the Abbey Road album cover. The song "Here Comes The Sun" (written by George Harrison) plays; the screen even pauses while they are walking across.

When the camp counselors are leading Hallie and Annie to the isolation cabin, the music playing over the scene is the march from The Great Escape.

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