The source says, "Matt has a huge female following, not to mention gay men.They will likely flock to the movie to see him bare all." Actors Lisa Kudrow, Matt Le Blanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer were already willing to extend the show's award winning run but both Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston had misgivings due to their outside success in Hollywood.
In other CBS casting news, Nicole Sullivan, who was recurring on the network's comedy "The King of Queens," has been upped to series regular.
She plays a dog walker who takes Arthur Spooner (Jerry Stiller) on strolls.
A source says, "They all agreed to do one more year after the movie deal was struck.
They all want to be movie stars - that's why they caved in." However, the tenth season will run slightly shorter than its predecessors with only 18 episodes compared to the usual 22.
Pastore is the latest addition to a solid ensemble, which includes regulars Robert Loggia and Annabella Sciorra as well as Kyra Sedgwick, who recently signed on to recur on the show.
Pastore, co-starring opposite Matthew Perry and Elizabeth Hurley in "Serving Sara," is repped by Abrams Artists and manager Bob Mc Gowan.
Rescuers today were searching with helicopters, boats and water craft for the man after the rest of the skydiving team made it back to dry land after jumping from a plane 14,000 feet above the sea on Tuesday near Pismo Beach, California.
Two landed in deep water 300 yards away from shore, but only one was retrieved.
Hit American TV sitcom Friends may make its big screen debut next year - complete with all six famous cast members and a raunchier adult slant.
The Emmy-winning show has already had its television run extended by a year after all six stars agreed to a tenth season and it is thought that the promise of a movie spin-off convinced them all to stay on board.
Production is expected to begin in April or May, shortly after Matthew Perry wraps his ninth season on Friends. When Harley's wife suddenly dies, Del must hire outside help to care for his father at the family ranch.