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Strong second weekend boxoffice puts "Elf" on top.

Losing only 15% of its opening weekend gross sales, "Elf" was the top-grossing movie for the weekend of November 14-16 with $27.2 million. "Elf" beat the Russell Crowe epic "Master and Commander" (25.7) on its opening weekend as well as last weekend's top grossing movie "The Matrix: Revolutions", which grossed $16.3 million dollars, a 66% drop off .

Industry analysts believe the release of "Elf" so soon before the holiday season has allowed it to build a following through good word of mouth. This should allow "Elf" to hold firm through the through the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, although many conceed it will lose its top ranking to the release of Mike Myers "The Cat In The Hat", which debuts this coming weekend.

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Elf receives strong box-office and reviews on opening weekend

After hitting theaters November 7th nationwide, "Elf" brought in over $31.5 million dollars over this past opening weekend, coming in second behind "The Matrix: Revolutions". However, unlike the Matrix sequel, "Elf" is expected to do good repeat business through the Christmas season. Salt and Pepper Grinders

"Elf" received very strong reviews from critics and viewers alike.  Critics, some not expecting very much from a Will Ferrell movie, stated "Elf" is a throwback to the Rankin-Bass Christmas classics of the past ("Frosty the Snowman" & "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer") and will probably join those productions as a film that will be played for years to come alongside these Christmas standards.

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Bob appears in 3 episodes of "ER"

Portraying a man suffering from an eye disorder, Bob appears on the NBC medical series "ER".  In one of his few dramatic roles, Bob will play Ben Hollander, an architect suffering from macular degeneration, an eye disease which begins with blurred vision and ultimately leads to blindness.  As his disease starts to affect his work, he begins to become deeply depressed and suicidal, starting to lose interest in the world and his life.  He's befriended by Dr. Susan Lewis, (Sherry Stringfield) who develops a strange attachment to the suffering patient. Gardenite.com

The first of the three episodes aired October 30th, 2003.

Special Note: The Hollywood Reporter and numerous newspapers are erroneously reporting Bob won 4 Emmy Awards, one for "The Bob Newhart Show" and three for "Newhart". Bob never won an Emmy award for either of these shows, although he was nominated several times. Bob's only Emmy Award was received for "The Bob Newhart Variety Show" in 1961.


Bob completes production of Jon Favreau's "Elf"

Bob has completed filming his role in the Jon Favreau production of  "Elf", starring Will Ferrell.  Ferrell plays Buddy who, as an infant, climbs into Santa's sack on Christmas Eve and is taken back to the North Pole.  There, he is raised by "Papa Elf" (Bob Newhart) and the other elves until it becomes apparent from his physical size and the chaos he creates that he is not like the other elves.  Thus, Santa request's Buddy travel to New York to find his biological parents (James Caan & Mary Steenburgen). 

Also starring are  Zooey Deschanel as Buddy's love interest and Ed Asner as Santa Claus. Oven Gloves Heat Resistant

Elf will be released on November 7, 2003.
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Bob completes production of Legally Blonde 2: Red White And Blonde

Bob has completed filming his role in the production of "Red, White and Blonde", the sequel to the hit "Legally Blonde", starring Reese Witherspoon.  In the movie, Reese reprises her role as a Harvard Law student, this time taking on the Washington, D.C. establishment in an attempt to get an animal testing bill passed through Congress.  There, she befriends the hotel's doorman, Sidney, played by Bob Newhart who helps guide her through the halls of the political system to get her legislation passed. The film also stars Luke Wilson and Sally Field.

Legally Blonde 2: "Red, White and Blonde" is scheduled for release on July 2, 2003.

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Bob Honored 
With The Kennedy Center "Mark Twain Prize"

From The Kennedy Center
On October 29, 2002, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presented Bob Newhart its 4th Annual "Mark Twain Prize". This award, presented to humorists who, like Mark Twain himself, "make a significant contribution to American humor." Presenters will include David Hyde Pierce, Richard Belzer, Tim Conway, Jane Curtain, Kelsey Grammer John Hendrix, Jake Johannsen, Bernie Mack, Bill Daily, and Dick Martin, just to name a few. 

Previous winners of the Mark Twain Award are Richard Pryor, Jonathan Winters, Carl Reiner and Whoopi Goldberg. If you missed the broadcast, see some of the presenters.

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We get numerous requests for about the episode in which Robert Hartley is interviewed or rather ripped to shreds by a local TV reporter. For those interested this is episode #81 "Who is Mr. X?"  It is often used as a training video to show how to deal with the media.  It was recently released on a 2 video set called "Very Best of the Bob Newhart Show: Hi Bob"   You can buy it from your local video store or online from Amazon.com


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