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Thursday
May302013

Matthew Perry Says "Friends" Reunion Movie a Bad Idea

ABC, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Don't expect to see Chandler Bing on the big screen anytime soon.  Matthew Perry, who remains best-known for playing Chandler on Friends, said on Thursday's Good Morning America that a Friends movie reunion is off the table.

"I don't think so," Perry said of the possibility of a big-screen project involving all of the original cast and characters.  "It would be terrible to do something and have it not be good.  It was so terrific.  If we did a movie and it sucked, then it would, you know, blemish it."

Still, the friends could soon reunite off screen at the wedding of fellow Friends star Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux.

"I would assume I'll be there," Perry told GMA, without giving away any other details.

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Monday
Aug272012

Lisa Kudrow May Take Legal Dispute with Ex-Manager to State Supreme Court

Gregg DeGuire/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- An attorney for Lisa Kudrow said he and the actress are considering taking a legal dispute with her former manager to the California Supreme Court.

The legal dispute began in 2008, when Kudrow's former manager, Scott Howard, sued her for refusing to pay him more than $50,000 in fees from her earnings from the television show Friends and other projects.

Last week, an appeals court ruled as admissible "expert" testimony that it is customary practice to pay managers a cut from projects received after a working relationship ends. Kudrow's lawyer has sought to keep that testimony out of the trial, which has not yet gone to a jury.

"The bottom line at this point in time is we are taking a look at possibly petitioning the California Supreme Court to look at the matter and at the same Ms. Kudrow is looking forward to having the matter decided in front of a jury if the matter proceeds to a trial court for a determination," said her attorney, Gerald Sauer of the law firm Sauer & Wagner LLP.

In 1991, Howard said the two had made an oral agreement that would receive a 10-percent cut of Kudrow's income, according to the lawsuit.

Starting in 1992, Kudrow had made recurring guest appearances on NBC's Mad About You. From 1994 through 2004, she starred as Phoebe in the hit series Friends. Toward the end of the series, she was entitled to 1.25 percent of profit from the show. For the last 18 episodes in 2004, Kudrow made $1 million an episode.

Howard and his company, Howard Entertainment Inc., did not return a request for comment.

In 2000 and 2004, the two modified their oral agreement to lower Howard's commission on certain earnings from Friends, eventually down to five percent, according to decision from the California court of appeal.

The recent declaration in question was submitted by Hollywood manager Martin Bauer on behalf of Howard.

Bauer said that "from at least the early 1980s, it had been the custom and practice in the entertainment industry for a personal manager to be paid post-termination commissions on the services that their clients rendered, and on engagements that their clients entered into, when the personal manager was representing them," according to the court filing.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court barred Howard from admitting the Bauer's testimony, and he granted Kudrow summary judgment. The appeals court reversed Wednesday, saying Bauer should be allowed to testify on remand, as reported by Courthouse News Service.

Kudrow's attorney said the court of appeals "obviously has taken a different view" than the lower courts.

"The court of appeals opinion by no means indicates there is an industry practice custom that would apply to this case," Sauer said. "We will be given an opportunity at trial that an industry custom did not exist when Kudrow and Howard entered into the original relationship in 1991."

Sauer, who said Kudrow would decline to comment, said they have until Oct. 1 to decide if they will file a petition with the California Superior Court.

When asked for his reaction to the now four-year-old case, Sauer said, "The legal process is one with twists and turns. You never know how long it is going to take."

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Friday
Apr062012

Pre-"Friends" Jennifer Aniston: Will My Career 'Ever Happen?'

Barry King/Liaison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Before she became an A-list actress as one of the stars of the NBC sitcom Friends, Jennifer Aniston openly questioned the future of her career.

In a new book from former NBC President Warren Littlefield, the author recalls running into a pre-Friends Aniston at a gas station in Hollywood. At that point, Aniston had appeared in NBC's poorly-received TV adaptation of Ferris Bueller's Day Off as well as various pilots.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Littlefield recalls in the book that Aniston asked him, "Will it ever happen for me?" Littlefield says he thought to himself, "God, I wanted it to."

Littlefield's book, Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV, is excerpted in the May issue of Vanity Fair. The article reveals, among other things, that Friends was originally titled Six of One.

The book will be released May 1.

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Monday
Feb202012

Jennifer Aniston Talks about New Movie and Boyfriend

Eric Charbonneau/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- If Jennifer Aniston were to have a day when she could be invisible to the paparazzi, she would spend it doing things most of us take for granted.

“Oh God, a day’s not long enough, a day’s not long enough. … I would go into furniture [stores], I would go shopping.  I’d go to the museums.  I’d go to movies.  I would go to dinner.  I would you know, everything that you could squeeze into a day,” the 43-year-old actress told Lara Spencer.

Not that she can’t go shopping or go to the movies now, but “you just deal with that sort of little nuisance,” she said.

“I’ve gotten to a place where I know we can — we know how to maneuver around them a little bit more… I’ve laid on many a floorboard,” she said.

Aniston, who divorced actor Brad Pitt in 2005, is no stranger to life in the public eye, but she has kept her relationship with 40-year-old Justin Theroux very private.

The couple was rumored to have met and started dating on the set of her upcoming film, Wanderlust.

“Nothing happened on that movie.  I mean, that was sort of — that’s what is a rumor,” she said. “I mean, it’s again, it’s the easy rumor.  But nothing happened.  We were just friends, great friends, on the movie.”

“I’ve known Justin for a long time…we met when he was shooting Tropic Thunder,” said Aniston.

“He is really cute,” she said.

In her latest movie, Wanderlust, she and Paul Rudd play a married couple who give up their high profile careers to live in a hippie commune.

The pair hasn’t acted together since Friends seven years ago, and before that in 1998, for The Object of My Affection.

Aniston compares working with Rudd to being with an old friend: “I mean, he’s just the easiest person, the most fun.  He’s so funny and sweet and excited.  And you know, he’s just a great guy.  He’s a great guy.  And he is a great partner.  And he really was fun; it’s always fun to work with him. ”

The film, set in northern Georgia, provided a paparazzi escape for the highly photographed star.

“The main thing that was so refreshing for me was being in Clarksville, Georgia, which was so far in the middle of nowhere … There’s sort of a parallel experience happened between what happened with my character in the movie and with me in life, which was just sort of like all of your, you know, your guards fell away.  You felt this, like, weight off of your shoulders of constantly, like, being on guard or looking over your shoulder or ‘What’s that over there?’ or ‘Who has a cell phone?’”

She described the feeling of walking freely without “that anxiousness of somebody about to just charge you.”

When she’s not filming movies, Aniston says she cherishes her time with friends and loved ones.

“The perfect night out would be, I don’t know, a great dinner with friends,” she said. “I love dinner with a group of friends or a dinner with your partner and a movie.  I love that.”

Girls’ night out, which used to be a weekly thing for her and her friends, consists of dancing at parties or for birthdays and weekly dinners.

“We used to go to a Mexican restaurant every week, which was great,” she said.

Of being known as a good friend, Aniston said, “It’s very important to me.  And that’s one of the highest compliments.”

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Tuesday
Jan172012

Matt LeBlanc on ‘Bizarre’ Golden Globes Win, No ‘Friends’ Movie

Christopher Polk/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- How’s the former Joey Tribiani doin’? Pretty great.

ABC News talked with a beaming Matt LeBlanc after he won a Golden Globe Sunday night. That Globe, best actor in a TV comedy for Episodes, is the first for LeBlanc. Though the former Friends star won rave reviews for playing a hyped-up version of himself on the freshman Showtime series, the 44-year-old Hollywood vet still finds the honor “bizarre.”

“I’m very flattered, but to me it’s just so bizarre,” he said. “I’m just a guy. You take pride in your work, and you work hard, and you learn from your mistakes, and you move on. Onward and upward.”

The award plus the series’ renewal is a good sign that LeBlanc won’t have to fall back on re-purposing his Friends character, Joey style, anytime soon. He revealed backstage that there are “no plans” for a film revival of the ’90s sitcom. “There’s no plans,” he said. “Friends was about this finite period in six people’s lives. Your imagination as to what these characters have moved on or done with their lives is going to do more justice to those characters than putting them back in the room together.”

Check out the full interview:

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