The formula for a typical romantic comedy is simple: you need two attractive actors and a plot that makes enough sense to keep the audience's attention. Everything else is a variable (friends, setting, dialogue), but those first two basics are what determine a rom-com's success. For When in Rome, the casting of Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel is a hit — but the plot, about a woman who unwittingly makes several men fall in love with her after stealing coins from a "fountain of love" — is a complete and utter miss.Fortunately, it's not an altogether unpleasant experience — thanks to the naturally funny leads and supporting cast of Will Arnett, Dax Shepard, Jon Heder, and Danny DeVito (the poor saps in love with Bell's character, Beth), the movie is genuinely entertaining in parts. There are even laugh out loud moments . . . when the characters aren't talking about the "Fontana Di Amore."
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The as-yet-untitled sitcom stars Heder as "an out of work computer IT specialist who leaves the big city and returns to his small home town, where he moves back in with his parents and younger brother."
So far, Comedy Central has ordered 10 episodes of the show, but that could be just the beginning: Under the deal, the network could order as many as 90 more episodes if the first season goes well. Ninety episodes? Heder's character may be out of work, but Heder himself could end up with job security for quite a while.
Do you like this move for Heder? Will you check out the show, or do you wish he'd stick to big-screen movie roles?
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Last night Munich was abuzz with music sensations for the MTV Euro Music Awards. There were singers and performers from all over the world, but the night belonged to a Canadian, Avril Lavigne, winning both Most Addictive Track for "Girlfriend" and Solo Performer of 2007. Apparently, hats were the dress code for dudes, as evidenced by the Madden brothers, Jared Leto, Snoop and Pete Doherty. Bella wants to know what color hair you like best on Joss Stone, but really that was the least of her worries here. Speaking of Kate Moss' ex, he was about a million times more clean than usual and spoke on the red carpet about the reason for his new sobriety. He said, "Yeh, it's all different now. I don't know ... God, and melody." Not as sober, sadly, was Amy Winehouse, who was a shell of herself performing on stage and accepted the Artists' Choice Award with a measly "Thanks." Girlfriend needs help, and I hope she gets it before too late.
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