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Series ends in fine ‘Company’

HOLLYWOOD — Following Variety‘s Dec. 20 unspooling of “In Good Company,” the final screening of the 35-film series, moderator Pete Hammond was in fine company indeed with star Topher Grace and helmer-scribe-producer Paul Weitz.

After joking that he “smelled money” in the topic of corporate downsizing, Weitz went on to explain that the true inspiration for the pic came from reading “Jihad vs. McWorld.”

“It might not sound like rich ground for a comedy,” he acknowledged. Weitz went on to say that like one of his other films, “American Pie,” this film explores learning about humanity while becoming a man.

Grace jumped in to talk about how the corporate world had made its way into the production of the pic. “Paul replaced a much older director,” he joked, only to have Weitz quickly parry it was Rob Reiner.

Weitz pointed out that while filming, Universal was bought by GE, making pic’s subject matter a little more personal for its execs.

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