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Roadside Attractions acquires 'Joneses'

Roadside Attractions has picked up U.S. theatrical rights to social satire “The Joneses,” toplining Demi Moore and David Duchovny.

Pic, the feature debut of helmer Derrick Borte, bowed at Toronto in September and was considered to be one of the more commercial titles available at the festival.

An ancillary rights deal is still in the works.

Borte also scripted the film about a seemingly perfect family that turns out to be a shill for brands. Film co-stars Amber Heard.

Producers are Doug Mankoff, Andrew Spaulding, Kristi Zea and Borte.

Roadside plans to platform the film in spring of 2010 in both mainstream and arthouse theaters.


Tea Leoni introduces us to top 10 CNN Hero Brad Blauser

Actress and children’s advocate Tea Leoni introduces us to top 10 CNN Hero Brad Blauser.

David Duchovny and daughter West in NYC

David Duchovny picks up his daughter, Madelaine West (center) and her friend from school on the upper east side of New York City on november 03, 2009

How UNICEF became a Halloween treat

By Téa Leoni
(Picture shows Téa Leoni with her brother in their Halloween costumes.)

Editor's note: Téa Leoni is a U.S. Fund for UNICEF Ambassador. Her grandmother, Helenka Pantaleoni, founded the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Leoni was a member of the 2007 Blue Ribbon panel for CNN Heroes.

(CNN) -- I grew up under the impression that I was the best trick-or-treater in the whole wide world, because my grandmother invented it!

The whole thing was her idea! My grandmother and her friend UNICEF started it way back when she was born in the early 1500s. I thought UNICEF must be a pretty cool lady if she was hanging out with my grandmother.

Occasionally I'll ask people if they know about UNICEF, and sometimes they don't. But if I then mention the little orange Trick-or-Treat boxes on Halloween, suddenly everyone knows UNICEF.

We grew up carrying those Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF boxes on Halloween night, and now our kids do. These days, the candy bags may be fancier than pillowcases, and the costumes may come from the store, but the orange boxes remain the same.

In 1950 when Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF began, kids simply decorated old milk cartons to collect change. The idea was as simple then as it is today: On Halloween, besides asking for candy, why not also ask for UNICEF donations? Nothing that might sting, nothing big -- just the pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters that normally languish behind the couch, in old winter coats, on the floor of the car, or in the good ole spare-change-bowl-by-the-door. The money that falls through the cracks -- so American kids may raise a little money for their peers who are suffering, far away from costumes and candy.

Since Halloween 1950, that "simple plan," that "nothing big," has raised more than $144 million for UNICEF. That's $144 million in pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters!

For many kids who are threatened by disease, natural disasters and war in places like Somalia, Bangladesh, Myanmar and too many other developing countries, this spare change has meant the difference between thriving and merely surviving, health and illness, even life and death.

In fact, the $144 million in small change has contributed to some remarkable news: About 50 years ago, the number of children who died every day from preventable causes before their fifth birthday was more than 50,000. Three years ago, that number was 25,500.

Despite a recession, despite the continuing effects of a global food crisis, despite other seemingly unbeatable odds, that number has now dropped to 24,000. Trick-or-treaters like you and me, your kids and mine, and members of civic groups like Key Club, can feel some pride that we have helped make this happen.

But the appalling fact remains: 24,000 children die every day from preventable causes like hunger, measles, pneumonia and tetanus. The vaccines, medicines and technologies that can prevent and treat such illnesses already exist. Not one child should die from these illnesses in the year 2009.

It's projected that Americans will spend about $4.75 billion on Halloween this year, buying everything from candy and costumes, smoke machines and life-size inflatable lawn ornaments. But I bet that this year, like last year and many years prior, there's still change behind that couch and in those old coats.

We need that simple plan: A "nothing big" again this year. Not only to help those children, but to teach our own kids. We can get 24,000 down to zero. And we can show our kids that they can make a difference; that every penny counts, that they can save a child and change the world. So they'll carry the boxes now, you and I can fill the bowl by the door to the brim and be ready, and this year Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF can make that change.

It turns out that although my grandmother did establish the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and was president for over 25 years, and while she was a great lady, she did not, in fact, invent Halloween. Or trick-or-treating. She just perfected it.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Téa Leoni.


David Duchovny walks with his mom and children

David was snapped walking in New York City this weekend with his mother, Meg, and kids, Miler [7] and West [10].

CNN Heroes - "Téa Leoni: A Heritage of Hope"

"For this 2007 Blue Ribbon Panel member, volunteering for UNICEF is a 50-year family tradition; her grandmother co-founded the U.S. Committee for UNICEF. Today, the actress is an advocate for children's causes worldwide."


David Duchovny at a bus stop in Manhattan

David Duchovny and son Miller were spotted at a bus stop in New York City yesterday, October 13, 2009

David Duchovny interview at "The Morning Mash Up"

David is still promoting season 3 of Californication. Go here to listen to his interview on "The Morning Mash Up" show.

David and Tea sighting in NYC today

"In other news, Dave and I strolled across Central Park to Mt. Sinai this morning where, as daily custom dictates, I kissed him goodbye at the hospital door and continued my morning walk back home. Whilst rounding the Great Lawn and dodging the usual pooch party, an extremely tall, tanned and exceptionally chiseled David Duchovny ambled past with his fit ‘n blonde wife Tea Leoni. They both oozed star appeal, which is what made me look twice. Duchovny has never graced ‘The List’ (of celebrity men Dave’s given me permission to ‘date’ should the opportunity arise), but after seeing him in the flesh, I’m gonna have to ditch a hunk in favour of Fox Mulder. He is SO striking in real life."


David and Tea spotted in NYC

David Duchovny, Téa Leoni and their children were spotted this sunday on Centra Park

"David Duchovny & Tea Leoni spotted in New York City’s Central Park at 79th street. David played soccer with his daughter and her friend, Tea Leoni hoped on her daughters razor scooter and rode it across 5th ave. The couple seemed very happy together enjoying a sunny day in New York."

Go here for the full account and 5 second video:

David Duchovny on location of 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'

Ty Pennington, host of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, showed us this first picture of David while on location.

That's such a Mulder outfit!


And another twitter picture! Ty Pennington and David stand in front of the house. Go to the source for a much bigger picture.

And another picture, this this from Flickr:


David Duchovny is a guest on 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'

The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition build in Lena is ahead of schedule thanks to the great weather. The new house is up and local volunteer construction crews are installing drywall, painting and beginning the landscaping work. The cast of the show continues to be hands-on and the production crews are capturing it all on camera. The Stott family returns from their California vacation on Wednesday. Actor David Duchovny is flying in to help with the build during the last few days of work. He will be the show's celebrity guest.

A bone marrow registration drive is being held at the build site. A bone marrow transplant is what saved Joey Stott from her battle with leukemia. The Extreme Makeover crew flew in her donor to help with the build.

“I was glad to provide a small part of changing her life five years ago. I'm hoping to contribute just a little bit more to her back on her feet,” says Joey Stott's bone marrow donor Tom Wihelm.

He was there with the cast of Extreme Makeover to surprise the Stott family on the first day. One of the stars of the show, Paige Hemmis says their introduction will be featured when the episode airs this fall.

“It's the first time they actually met and there was not a dry eye in the house. To see someone who gave so much of themselves to save another person's life is truly amazing,” says Hemmis.

The couple responsible for getting the Stott family on the show is also at the build site helping out.

Robert Winter and Nikita Ernst met Joey Stott at Highland Community College and they became fast friends. They say she inspires them because she never gave-up on earning her degree or hesitated to help others, even after battling leukemia and losing her home in a fire.

“She does everything and she doesn't ask for help. She doesn't ask for recognition. She just works so hard,” says Ernst.

They say Joey had no idea they wrote the letter three months ago.


David Duchovny attends 'The Joneses' cast private soiree at Ame restaurant

David Duchovny attends "The Joneses" Cast Private Soiree at Ame Restaurant during the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival on September 13, 2009 in Toronto, Canada.

David Duchovny at 'The Joneses' screening at the Toronto Film Festival

David Duchovny at the 'The Joneses' screening during the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival held at the Visa Screening Room at the Elgin Theatre on September 13, 2009 in Toronto, Canada.