After experiencing the all-too-common disappointments of unaired pilots and failed television series, actor Dave Annable finally enjoyed success on a highly-touted drama alongside a revered ensemble c...
In the romantic comedy What’s Your Number? Anna Faris plays Ally Darling a fun-loving 30-something who learns via a magazine article that a woman’s chances of marrying become infinitesimal if she’s slept with more than 20 men – a number which just so happens to be Ally’s exact tally. Apparently the highly suggestible sort she accepts the magazine’s somewhat dubious findings at face value. Loath to embrace a spinster future she gives up sex and concocts a scheme to revisit each of her past lovers to see if any of them might actually be The One enlisting the aid of Colin (Chris Evans) a crass but amiable ladies’ man from across the hall who dabbles in detective work to track them down.
The immutable laws of rom-com dynamics dictate what happens next. One by one Ally pursues each of her exes to see if any of her old flames might be worth reigniting even as it becomes increasingly obvious that she and Colin are meant for each other. Ally’s quixotic endeavor lands her in one awkward and humiliating situation after another. True love eludes her; laughter eludes us. Faris is one of the most skilled comedic actresses in Hollywood today but even her formidable talents can’t do much with the hackneyed scenarios proffered by Gabrielle Allan and Jennifer Crittenden’s middling script.
Faris and Evans make a pleasing pair and their chemistry is one of the few aspects of What’s Your Number? that doesn’t feel forced. It’s what keeps it afloat in between each unfunny gag. Sure Ally and Colin’s eventual union is telegraphed from the opening frames but that isn’t necessarily a problem. What is a problem is the story’s slavish adherence to formula which renders not just the outcome but also the preceding plot points achingly predictable.
What’s Your Number?’s R rating and saucy subject matter portend raunch but in truth the film’s humor is actually quite tame save for a handful of filthy lines. For all its flaws the script is not without wit. There just isn’t nearly enough of it.
The show's recent fifth season will be its last - due to falling ratings. The finale aired in America on Sunday (08May11).
Brothers & Sisters also featured Rachel Griffiths, Patricia Wettig, Rob Lowe, Ron Rifkin and Dave Annable among its all-star cast.
Field won a 2007 Outstanding Lead Actress Emmy Award for her portrayal of matriarch Nora Walker on the TV drama.
Annable proposed to Yustman over Valentine's Day weekend (13-14Feb) earlier this year (10) after dating the actress for 18 months.
The bride walked down the aisle to The Beatles' All You Need Is Love, while Annable's co-star Matthew Rhys was best man at the outdoor wedding on Sunday (10Oct10).
And now that the pair is husband and wife, they are looking forward to starting a family. Annable tells Us Weekly magazine, "I want kids sooner than later."
"I'm going to do it. I'm going balls to the wall - I'm going to change my name! My manager's going to kill me!" Up-and-coming actress ODETTE YUSTMAN is taking a gamble by announcing she will take her actor fiance DAVE ANNABLE's last name when the couple marries later this year (10).
Annable asked for the actress' hand in marriage at a secluded spot in Santa Barbara, California over the Valentine's Day weekend (13-14Feb10) after dating Yustman for 18 months.
And the actor is keen to kickstart wedding planning before he turns 31 on 15 September (10).
He says, "I think it's going to be this year. You know, I'm 30, it's time. I'm going gray."
"I took her to the spot where we fell in love. I was so nervous, I forgot my dress pants, my shoes!" BROTHERS & SISTERS star DAVE ANNABLE made a mess of his proposal plans when he asked girlfriend ODETTE YUSTMAN to marry him in February (10).
The Brothers & Sisters co-stars, who have 33 years between them, hit headlines in 2007 amid false reports their working relationship had become a romantic one - and Annable was elated.
He says, "This was the highlight of my life and the most famous that I will ever be. There was a rumour that came out in the National Enquirer that I was dating Sally Field and I thought it was the greatest thing that ever happened to me."
And Annable, 30, then tricked his mum into believing he was really dating the 63-year-old actress.
He adds, "My mum just had knee surgery she was in the hospital and she loves Sally Field. I cut out the article, I go to the hospital and my mum's recovering. I say, 'Mum, I didn't want you to find out like this, but Sally and I are in love.' She woke up and the first thing out of her mouth was, 'Oh my God,' I'm going to be Sally Field's mother-in-law.'"
The actor asked for Yustman's hand in marriage at a secluded spot in Santa Barbara, California over the Valentine's Day weekend (13-14Feb10) after 18 months of dating.
And he made the moment extra special by whisking her away to dinner with their parents just moments after she said yes.
He tells UsWeekly.com, "I (proposed) at a place where we fell in love. It was in Santa Barbara, and I surprised her with her parents and my parents after (the proposal). We went to the restaurant... and our parents were there waiting. It was pretty rad (cool)! She was very surprised."
Wettig, who has portrayed Holly Harper on the show since its premiere in 2006, already works alongside her husband Ken Olin on set - he is an executive producer on the programme and has also played her boyfriend David Caplan on-screen - while their son Clifford serves as a writer.
Now Wettig and Olin's 24-year-old daughter Roxy has joined the popular drama - but the young actress admits she's struggling to bond with the male members of the cast because they don't want to get too close to the "boss' daughter".
Roxy Olin, who previously appeared on MTV reality show The City, tells People magazine, "At first it was hard because they (her family) were all working on it and I wasn't. My dad, he's the boss... Boys on the show don't look in my direction because of my dad, and it drives me crazy.
"Dave Annable, Matthew Rhys and Balthazar Getty, they're all like the cutest things ever, and I'm like, 'Hey boys.' And they're like, 'Boss' daughter. No.'"
And Wettig admits she's enjoying watching Roxy try to win over her new colleagues.
She says, "This is the one downside that Rox just cannot get past. She is the boss' daughter, and it just makes her nuts."
Studied with Richard Pinter at New York City's famed Neighborhood Playhouse
Began appearing in several television commercial spots
Cast in breakthrough role on the ensemble family drama "Brothers & Sisters" as Afghanistan war veteran Justin Walker; was the first actor cast on the series that also starred Sally Field and Calista Flockhart
Cast opposite Anna Faris in the romantic comedy "What's Your Number?"
Cast in a supporting role in the romantic comedy "Little Black Book," starring Brittany Murphy and Ron Livingston
Moved to Los Angeles, CA
Made TV acting debut on NBC's"Third Watch"
After experiencing the all-too-common disappointments of unaired pilots and failed television series, actor Dave Annable finally enjoyed success on a highly-touted drama alongside a revered ensemble cast. Having walked the boards in New York's theater scene and landed a bit of commercial work, the young actor made his network television debut with a 2002 guest spot on the police drama "Third Watch" (NBC, 1999-2005). A small part in the Brittany Murphy romantic drama "Little Black Book" (2004) preceded his being cast in the ensemble mystery "Reunion" (Fox, 2005-06). Although that show lasted less than a full season, Annable faired far better as a member of another expansive cast - one that included acclaimed actress Sally Field, no less - in the family drama "Brothers & Sisters" (ABC, 2006-2011). Despite working alongside several more recognizable faces, he impressed critics and audiences as the youngest son, Justin Walker, a traumatized Afghanistan War veteran, returned home to make good. As the show completed its five-season run, Annable was also seen in theaters opposite Anna Faris in the romantic comedy "What's Your Number?" (2011). Handsome, affable and talented, Annable excelled in whatever role came his way.<p>Annable was born in Suffern, NY on Sept. 15, 1979 and raised in the town of Walden. One of three siblings along with a sister and half-sister, Annable spent his upstate New York youth entrenched in athletic pursuits, actively involved in hockey, rugby and baseball. However, as he matured, he found a strong acting inspiration in television comedy star Michael J. Fox of "Family Ties" (NBC, 1982-89) fame. With a heavy concentration on sports, Annable figured he might eventually segue into becoming a gym teacher, but got more into performing at State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh. He added some production elements to his passion for acting while in school, joining up with its resident Plattsburgh State Television (PSTV) station, performing and hosting a talk show, and helping with camera and behind-the-scenes elements.<p>In the middle of his studies at SUNY, Annable headed down to New York City, where he studied with Richard Pinter at the city's famed Neighborhood Playhouse. A couple of months into his city residence, he landed the first of a series of commercials, appearing in a spot for Starburst candy. Into the mid 2000s, he appeared in various prominent commercial spots, including one for Mountain Dew soda pop. Things just started taking off from there. In November of 2002, he landed a guest spot role on NBC's uniform drama "Third Watch" (1999-2005). Beginning in August of 2003, the Revolution Studios' romantic comedy "Little Black Book" began filming, with Annable signing on to play a small role as Bean. One year later, he appeared on an episode of "The Jamie Kennedy Experiment" (The WB, 2002-04) when the Los Angeles-based prank series came to film in New York in November 2003.<p>A succession of pilots soon helped the actor gain some critical momentum and needed face time. Annable landed a starring role in Fox's sibling comedy pilot, "The Robinson Brothers," about three brothers sharing a Los Angeles apartment. The pilot was shot in early March, but the network decided not to develop it into a series. Annable pressed on. August saw the release of "Little Black Book" to modest box office, then another pilot opportunity arose. Fox had acquired the rights to a pilot called "Spellbound" - a comedy about a supernatural New York man who falls for a mortal, which was previously developed by NBC. A year later, it was September 2004 and Annable had now stepped into the lead role when the series was redeveloped by its new network. That second pilot, however, failed to make the network grade as well.<p>Despite their lack of fruition, a high-profile appearance on two of Fox's pilots brought Annable some positive attention from the casting agents so crucial to up-and-comers. He was cast as a lead in Fox's drama thriller "Reunion" (2005), playing Aaron Lewis, one of several classmates who come together for a high school reunion and become suspects in a classmate's murder. The ensemble cast subsequently headed up to Vancouver to film the series. Debuting in the 2005-06 fall season, "Reunion" failed to hook viewers and faced an abrupt cancellation by the end of the year. But at least this show had made it to air, giving viewers their first real look at the handsome actor with the chops to match.<p>Having left New York behind for Los Angeles, it was not long before Annable landed his biggest role yet. He was an early selection for the cast of "Brothers & Sisters" (ABC, 2006-2011), a family-drama about siblings who run the family business following their father's abrupt passing. As Justin, the eager son who went to war in Afghanistan and returned home a changed man, Annable put his dramatic skills to good use. The series became one of the network's top draws during the 2006-07 season, earning Annable and his castmates - Sally Field, Rachel Griffiths and Calista Flockhart, among them - critical praise and numerous accolades throughout its run. After five seasons filled with personal betrayals and heartfelt reconciliations, ABC finally pulled the plug on "Brothers & Sisters." Annable looked to transition to film with a supporting role in the Anna Faris-Chris Evans romantic comedy "What's Your Number?" (2011) as one of the many ex-boyfriends of Ally (Faris), a single girl looking to the past to find her soul mate. Unfortunately, the film met with generally negative reviews and audience indifference, vanishing from theaters shortly after its release.