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Friday, July 15, 2011

Julia Roberts. Just when you thought you couldn't love her (and her laugh) any more.
Did you know she is a fellow knitter?
Yep, knits on the set all of the time. She has been quoted as saying, "You know I'm like a total geek, right? First of all, I sit on the set and knit. It's a very social hobby, as opposed to reading at work - I can chat with people and still be fully engaged."
Right on, Julia. Not a geek at all. In my eyes, even cooler!
Anyhow, Tom Hanks, co-star and director, played a prank on actress Julia Roberts while shooting their new film Larry Crowne.
Check it out:

Love that!
About the film:

Starring: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Bryan Cranston, Cedric the Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson,Gugu Mbatha Raw, Wilmer Valderrama, Pam Grier, Rami Malek, George Takei, Grace Gummer, Rita Wilson, Jon Seda
Directed By: Tom Hanks
Written By: Tom Hanks and Nia Vardalos


Oscar® winners Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts reunite for a dramatic comedy about how the hard knocks from today’s recession inspire one everyday guy to undergo a personal reinvention: Larry Crowne.

Until he was downsized, affable, amiable Larry Crowne (Hanks) was a superstar team leader at the big-box company where he’s worked since his time in the Navy. Underwater on his mortgage and unclear on what to do with his suddenly free days, Larry heads to his local college to start over. There he becomes part of a colorful community of outcasts, also-rans and the overlooked all trying to find a better future for themselves…often moving around town in a herd of scooters. In his public-speaking class, Larry develops an unexpected crush on his teacher Mercedes Tainot (Roberts), who has lost as much passion for teaching as she has for her husband.

The simple guy who has every reason to think his life has stalled will come to learn an unexpected lesson: when you think everything worth having has passed you by, you just might discover your reason to live.

Want to see it? Me too! Guess what?
Universal Pictures would like to give away one, $25 Fandango Gift Card to see Larry Crowne & a Larry Crown t-shirt and notebook, to one of my readers!
So, if interested, please leave a comment before 12pm EST on Monday the 18th and I'll have the random number generator choose a name.

Have a beautiful weekend.

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149 comments

  1. Always up for a good movie! A friend of mine pointed out this video and we just laughed and laughed! Let's hear it for knitting on the set!

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  2. This movie looks so cute!

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  3. It looks like a super cute movie. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  4. I heard about the Julia video - thanks for posting it. SO cool! I've been wanting to see this movie - my two favorite actors!

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  5. I love how she said 'that's all you need in knitting, a girlfriend to get you started', that's exactly how i got started! :)

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  6. I would love to see this movie! Great giveaway!

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  7. I love Julia, and I have always felt like we're destined to be good friends, on account of our knitting... :)

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  8. Anonymous7/15/2011

    oh, I'd love to go!
    and how funny is that clip?
    Carolyn
    eandnsmom@yahooo.com

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  9. weimzilla7/15/2011

    Years ago, Julia Roberts bought yarn for a project from my friend's LYS in Chicago. Pia and The Yarn Boutique may be gone, but the funny story Pia told about this has always left me with a soft spot in my heart for Ms. Roberts. Great video!

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  10. knitting is way cooler now that I know Julia does it. :) my chin just raised a little bit higher.

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  11. That's All you need, a girlfriend to get you started ... Love it!

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  12. I love Julie and Tom! The fact that she knits and he went to the trouble of pulling the prank...priceless! As a dislocated worker that hasn't had a call back in 7 months...I understand.

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  13. i LOVE julia AND knitting! this movie is on my to see list. :)

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  14. Definitely want to see it! Two dynamite actors in one film (and...one who knits. Perfect).

    Great give-away!

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  15. Love to see it. Always up for a cut e movie. Thanks for the giveaaway. Loved the knitting joke!!!

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  16. I would love to see this movie what a great givaway

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  18. The movie sounds delightful. I hope I am the lucky one! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. It's a great movie... You can tell that they had a great time making it! :)

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  20. That was awesome! I'd love a chance to win.
    :D

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  21. Tammy M7/15/2011

    Love them both! What a great prank!

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  22. It made me giggle out loud seeing this clip! Her laugh! We are planning on seeing this movie.

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  23. Very cute! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  24. I would love to see this, it looks really fun!

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  25. I'm dying to see this! I think it's so great that some stars are so down to Earth and willing to admit they're normal people. Knit on Julia!

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  26. Great video! Ha! I've been wanting to see the movie- can Julia and Tom go wrong? I think not!

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  27. Michelle7/15/2011

    Looks like a fun time!

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  28. I really want to see this movie, but I think my husband will consider it a "chick flick." He might come with me if the tickets were free - OR, I'll just treat my sister and go with her. In any case, I agree with Julia that knitting is "social." I've always said you can carry on a conversation while you knit, but not while your head is buried in a book! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  29. That clip is hilarious! I love Tom & Julia. This movie is on my "must-see" list

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  30. Love Tom Hanks and winning would be fab.

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  31. Anonymous7/15/2011

    I LOVE julia roberts and I LOVE tom hanks and I love that cute little clip. How fun!!!!
    pizzadelong@yahoo.com

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  32. I've been wanting to see this movie!

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  33. I love fandango!

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  34. I'd love to see a great movie on a hot summer day!
    knittoday(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  35. finally, a movie that i want to go see! even better that Julia knits too!

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  36. Thanks for the giveaway! Looks like a good movie!

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  37. Is she on Ravelry?

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  38. I saw a video of the prank posted on ravelry. I love it. The world needs more knitters!

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  39. Anonymous7/15/2011

    Love the idea of a free movie and this one does sound good.

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  40. i would love to see the movie, and the video of tom playing a prank on julie is so funny.

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  41. I won't miss this one for sure. Thanks for Giveaway!

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  42. Anonymous7/15/2011

    So much fun to watch it. You gave me a BIG LAUGH! I cannot win anyway but I ll go see it as soon as they put it up here.

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  43. you are so amazing...how fun is this? thanks Leslie!

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  44. I love the line she says "that's all you need is a girlfriend to get you started." SO true! Thanks for sharing! SO funny!

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  45. Oh my goodness. Best prank ever! I hope they donate all that yarn to someone now. Awesome!

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  46. Would love to see this. They are both such great actors!

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  47. Love both of these actors. Fun movie to see with a girlfriend

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  48. LOVE the joke he played!

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  49. Tina S7/15/2011

    Wahooo, me too - I love Julia & knitting!

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  50. Thank you for hosting the giveaway, the movie looks really good.

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  51. Love Julia, love Tom. Has to be a great movie.

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  52. That video is just too great! Thank you so much for sharing that. I hadn't heard of the movie until now, but it sounds like it will be a lot of fun

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  53. Julia & Tom are two of my all-time favorite actors. I' LOVE to see the movie! :-)

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  54. Anonymous7/15/2011

    What a great give away! All I have seen this summer are kid movies. I can't wait to see this movie w/o the kids. :)
    Samantha

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  55. you just need a girlfriend to get you started knitting! Love it!

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  56. I've seen that video before! I love it and would really like to see that movie!

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  57. That is hilarious! I love it! The movie sounds good too:)

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  58. Being a teacher myself, I've been wanting to see this movie. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  59. Oh yes please. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  60. Love a good Julia Roberts/Tom Hanks movie, this one sounds perfect for the current economy.

    The knitting prank was cute. Looks like Julia is a "thrower" instead of a "picker!" Good to know she is a knitter, as we knitter's are awesome!

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  61. LOVED the knitting clip!!! Can't wait to see this... finger's crossed!

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  62. :) That is such a fun clip. Thank you for sharing, it made me smile for a long time.

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  63. Sounds like a fantastic chick flick!

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  64. sounds like a fun movie!

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  65. That's great! Glad I took the time to watch it. Thanks for posting.

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  66. I've been wanting to see this movie, and seeing the "practical joke" made me run to get my own knitting needles.

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  67. What a fun duo. Thank you for the knitting and movie tips, Leslie.

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  68. I live Julia as well. She's an amazing actor. Thanks for the chance to win!!
    Tbmccarthy on ravelry

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  69. Anonymous7/16/2011

    Hilarious!!! I definitely needed a good laugh today~THANKS! ~Jan

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  70. Girlfriends are the best! I'd love to see the movie.
    Thanks for this opportunity.

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  71. If I win, I'll take you!!
    xox M

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  72. I hope I win! I hope I win!

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  73. Two of my favorite actors- this movie sounds great!!

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  74. Fun! If I win, I'll take one of my knitting buddies to the movie!

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  75. Three cheers for Julia, knitting and pranks! Love all of them!

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  76. Cute joke, I would love to see this movie.

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  77. JilliJ7/16/2011

    oooo fun! I'd like to win. And yes I did know Julia was a knitter :)

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  78. This movie looks terrific! Thank you for sharing this sweet video!

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  79. Cute video! I love Julia and Tom Hanks!

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  80. Sounds like a great movie - and who can resist Tom OR Julia? Together they always win.

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  81. Oooh - I've been wanting to see this! Thanks for the chance to win a gift card.

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  82. i have adored Julia Roberts for years. the first film i saw her in was steel magnolias and my oldest daughter is named after the character she plays in that film....Shelby.

    and she knits too....i love her even more now!

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  83. so funny right?
    i posted this on my facebook page a few days a go. i loved it!
    and a movie night is just what i need right about now!

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  84. Wow, that is super cool! My mom said it was a great movie! can't wait to see it!
    Thanks!

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  85. I loved this clip. Great giveaway!

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  86. You always have the best stuff going on in your blog!!!! Hopw I get to win !!

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  87. Great give away. I also love the prank. I think this will be on my DVD or on demand list. I like the moral of the story too. You just never know!

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  88. Marta d7/16/2011

    It was a great video. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  89. The movie looks really cute! Hope I win!

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  90. Birdie7/16/2011

    Way to go - cool post! Perfect for summer time heat - a get away kind of flick in an A/C theatre! Sign me up, please ;-)

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  91. This is just so awesome!!!

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  92. What an awesome giveaway. I think this movie looks so great! :)

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  93. I think this movie sounds lovely. I did know that she knit. I love it. g

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  94. That was funny! I look forward to seeing the movie.

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  95. oh wow!! thanks for the opportunity! i havent been to the movies in ages. this looks like a good one.

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  96. Sounds like a fun movie! Thanks for letting us know about it. I don't go see too many movies anymore but will definitely try to make it to this one.

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  97. Linda S.7/17/2011

    I would love to win-thanks so much!

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  98. oh how fun! the video is so cute. i can't wait to see the movie! thank you for the giveaway.

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  99. Thank you soo much for posting this it brought a broad smile to my face on an otherwise rainy day.
    Claire

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  100. Anonymous7/17/2011

    Adorable prank! I'd love to see both Julia and Tom on scene in this movie

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  101. I love to go to the movies!!!!

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  102. Don't enter me in the giveaway as I am in Australia. But just wanted to say thanks for sharing the video. Julia is a crackup - I laugh at her laugh and love the comment "all you need in knitting is a girlfriend to get you started"

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  103. I want to go see this movie, saw that video of the prank the other day and thought it was so funny. Love Tom Hanks:-)

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  104. Love this! What a sweet prank to play.

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  105. This is the only summer movie so far that I've wanted to see, I figure you can't go wrong with Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks! :)

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  106. It is so much fun to see "guys" trying to look like they are knitting! I taught my daughter and son to knit when they were young. My daughter will sometimes pick up the needles but my son hasn't since that summer. Thanks for posting the video.

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  107. I love that video! The movie looks cute too :)

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  108. I love watching that video! And I always love her reactions! Big smile! Big laugh! Can't wait to see the film!

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  109. Anonymous7/17/2011

    Looks like a sit bacn and enjoy film, thank you for the opportunity
    Shelly T

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  110. Leslie, what happened to the white wall with the pictures, did I miss it or not?

    I am curious to see what that looks like.

    Rita

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  111. thanks for sharing the vid! knitting is so not geeky! ^_^

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  112. ok. that is awesome. (you know what to do if the number thing picks me, right?)

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  113. Oh great! How fun - I've been wanting to see that movie :)

    Tanya

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  114. I love her!! And Tom Hanks!!

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  115. Kelsie Sands7/18/2011

    ooh! fun! I'd love to go see it :)

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  116. Kari W7/18/2011

    Thanks for the giveaway

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  117. Loved the video clip!

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  118. The movie sounds interesting and I'm sure the cast will not disappoint. And its so cool that JR knits.

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  119. Tiffanie7/18/2011

    Thanks for sharing the video! That was so great. Its always nice to see someone you see only on big screen do something that we simple folk do also. This movie is gonna be great, can't wait.
    tiffaniemullis@yahoo.com

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  120. That is FANTASTIC. What a great moment when she comes in and cracks up!

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  121. Rachel7/18/2011

    That is hilarious! Thanks for posting the video - I had read that they played a practical joke on her, but didn't know there was a video.

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  122. That was great. I personally think everyone should knit!!! This looks like a great movie.

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  123. Tricia U.7/18/2011

    I love that Julia is a knitter! I'd heard her mention that before somewhere that she was and I thought how cool is that?! I guess she sews, too. Thanks for posting that video because I hadn't seen it and it really made me laugh. :)

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  124. Anonymous7/18/2011

    Sounds like fun! Please enter my name. LynnIL ravelry

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  125. Anonymous7/18/2011

    I want to see this movie so bad...and the video just sealed it for me!

    Monique

    moniquew (rav id)

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  126. That was way to cute. Julia Roberts movies never disappoint.

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  127. How fun! I'd love the chance to see it. thank you

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  128. Fun video of Julia,,,she's one of many actresses in L.A. that knit.

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  129. Thank you for posting this video - it is a hoot!

    In addition to the "girlfriend" line, I liked Julia's question: "Are we this far ahead of schedule?"

    I also liked Tom's comment about not more smoking. There is such truth in that. Doing something like knitting can help to keep one's mind off of less health vices such as smoking and (in my case) mindless overeating.

    What a fun post - thanks, again!

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  130. How cute, thanks for sharing that video! I'd love to see the movie!

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  131. bahaha... my favorite line is 'you're knitting me!'

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  132. That is such a great clip, I love it!

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  133. That was a great clip. Thanks for sharing.
    Michelle

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  134. I haven't picked up my needles in a while and then out of the blue I felt like browsing a local yarn shop. I found some beautiful yarn and...here I go again. It feels good.

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  136. It's summer, I'm watching as many movies as possible! This one looks great!

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  137. I love a good movie! Thanks for posting and for the chance!

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  138. Yay to Julia knitting! I'd like to see this movie, too.

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  139. So fun! I love the joke. I'd love to see some of her finished projects.

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  140. Can't wait to see it!! I just love them both and together even better!! Thanks Leslie!!

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  141. Sounds like a great movie. I have always heard Julia knits. Glad to hear she still is.

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  142. that is hilarious :) Nothing like a little positive media attention for knitting ladies n guys 'eh?

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  143. I have seen pictures of this prank but not the video. Classic!!!

    "All you need in knitting is a girlfriend to get you started." How true is that??

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  144. Thanks for sharing, I must post that video on my blog!! Made me laugh aloud.

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  145. Great post!!!

    I have a pattern somewhere...from quite a while ago when a magazine did an article on Julie and her knitting. It was for a multi-stripped sweater pattern that she was knitting while on the set of another movie. I think it may have been McCall's magazine. I knit one up for my daughter. Now...I will have to go in search of and dig it out!

    Thanks for sharing...I just love her laugh...makes me smile :-D

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  146. I love Julia Roberts and love the fact she is a knitter. I had read she was going to be the lead in "The Friday Night Knit Club", easier role to play a knitter if you are a knitter.

    Can't wait ti see Larry Crowne.

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