Former Friends star David Schwimmer has quashed rumors of a movie version of the hit TV series – blaming the press for fuelling speculation about a reunion.
The show came to an end in 2004 after 10 seasons, but the cast have been dogged by rumors of a possible big screen adaptation ever since.
TV shows including The Simpsons and Sex and The City have translated into hit movies – and it was rumored that Friends would be the next program to make it to the big screen.
But Schwimmer insists there has never been any plan to reunite the cast one last time.
He tells Parade magazine, “I’d like to say in regard to the rumors that – I think are only perpetuated by the press – there’s never been any talk of a Friends film, at least as far as I know.
“The series is definitely not a part of my daily consciousness until either a fan comes up or I’m asked about it in some interview. It is like having a relative visit because it’s been more than four years since really we all were in the same room even.”
“Friends” star Courteney Cox has joined forces with “Scrubs” creator Bill Lawrence to concoct a new half-hour comedy for ABC.
“Cougar Town,” which reps Cox’s return to the sitcom world, has been picked up to pilot by the Alphabet net. ABC Studios is behind the single-camera half-hour.
Lawrence and Cox will exec produce “Cougar Town,” which stars Cox as a newly single 40-year-old mom. Lawrence is writing the pilot alongside “Scrubs” scribe Kevin Biegel.
Both Lawrence (through his Doozer banner) and Cox (through her Coquette shingle) are in the midst of development deals at ABC Studios.
“Cougar Town” would be Cox’s first series since FX’s “Dirt,” which she starred in and exec produced. ABC Studios was also behind that show.
More recently, Cox shot a guest appearance on “Scrubs” — which served as a reunion of sorts for the star and scribe. Lawrence was a season one writer on “Friends” before moving on to co-create “Spin City.”
Lawrence is finishing up post-production on the eighth season of “Scrubs,” which moves to ABC this year.
“Cougar Town” comes as the idea of the “cougar” — a middle-aged woman who pursues younger men — continues to resonate through pop culture. TV Land, for example, has Mike Fleiss reality show “The Cougar” in the works.
Courteney Cox traded red carpet glamour for scary new look at a star studded Hallowe’en party over the weekend.
The former Friends star and her husband, David Arquette, arrived at a bash held by Kate Hudson dressed as a witch and wizard – complete matching pointy hats.
Supermodel Cindy Crawford was also spotted at the A-list do in Brentwood, Los Angeles, giving her best impersonation of Amy Winehouse at the bash.
Beehive stacked high, make-up caked on her face and arms covered in mock tattoos, the supermodel’s resemblance to the troubled singer was uncanny as she arrived at the star-studded event.
She opted for a strappy leopard print dress and huge hoop earrings to complete Amy’s trademark look.
Kate Hudson’s step-father Kurt Russell looked dapper as a smartly turned-out sea captain.
And Spider-man actor Tobey Maguire, 33, wore a lumberjack shirt and a baseball cap emblazoned with the legend: ‘I love my white trash wife’.
Across town at a separate party, Gwen Stefani won the prize for the most bizarre costume after dressing up as a fried egg.