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It’s been fifteen years since Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson have played Derek Zoolander and Hansel, respectively, and time has not been kind to them. Zoolander came out in 2001 making only $45 million domestically against a $28 million budget, but strong home video sales and a devoted cult following helped put plans in motion for Zoolander 2. With development being traced back all the way to 2008, the film has had a long and troubled journey, but luckily the film has made it to the big screen with most of the original cast members and crew attached. Not so lucky for fans however, is that everyone involved was unable to capture what made the original so special as Zoolander 2 is ultimately a sloppy, lazy and mostly unfunny farce.
When beautiful pop stars (Justin Bieber for example) are being hunted and killed with the “Blue Steel” look on their face, Interpol agent »
- Scott Davis
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- NATHANIEL R
Zoolander 2, 2016.
Directed by Ben Stiller.
Derek and Hansel are modelling again when an opposing company attempts to take them out from the business.
Despite the iconography of Zoolander still prevalent in today’s society, the new film seems to be trying all-too-hard to remind us of its notoriety. It has, after all, remained a comedy favourite ever since its inception in 2001. However, the new sequel calls on the same jokes, introduces very few memorable new characters (bar Kristen Wiig, who has just the right amount of screen-time to remain funny), and seems lazily directed by star/co-writer, Ben Stiller.
The film’s best assets lie in the many celebrity cameos on show. These small, yet hilarious, moments glue the film together. Although, if you are managing »
- Amie Cranswick
"How far will he go?" Sony Pictures has released another new red band trailer for Louis Leterrier's The Brothers Grimsby, featuring even more crazy footage from this upcoming comedy starring Mark Strong and Sacha Baron Cohen as brothers that must team up to stay alive. We've seen a whole bunch of trailers for this over the last few months, including two full-length trailers already, so why not one more. The full cast includes Penélope Cruz, Isla Fisher, Rebel Wilson, and Scott Adkins. I'm enjoying whatever they keep showing us from this, hoping it's as funny as it looks. Sacha Baron Cohen looks to be doing some of his best character comedy work since Bruno and Borat. And I always enjoy seeing Mark Strong. Have fun. Here's the new red band trailer for Louis Leterrier's The Brothers Grimsby, from Sony's YouTube: See the other trailers for The Brothers Grimsby: the first + second teasers, »
- Alex Billington
In an extract from this week’s Guardian film show, Xan Brooks is joined by Peter Bradshaw and Catherine Shoard to review the return of Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson’s clueless male models, 15 years after they first pouted down the catwalk. Also returning is Will Ferrell – but this time they’re joined by fashion policewoman Penelope Cruz and new guru Kristen Wiig
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- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Catherine Shoard, Dan Susman, Tom Silverstone and Ken Macfarlane
Jimmy Fallon is always doing something music-related with his guests on The Tonight Show, even if it doesn’t involve them actually singing, such as Lip Sync Battle. And last night, during his interview with Zoolander 2 star Penelope Cruz, Fallon asked if she would want to record a Dubsmash with him, which she enthusiastically agreed to do. The topic came up after Fallon showed a clip of Cruz recording her own Dubsmash while she was filming Zoolander 2. “I was in Rome, shooting Zoolander,” she told Fallon, regarding the Dubsmash video he showed. “And it was one of those times where you are there waiting
- Chris King
With just under two weeks to go before its UK release, a second red band trailer has arrived online for Louis Leterrier’s upcoming spy comedy Grimsby – a.k.a. The Brothers Grimsby which stars Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
Nobby (Sacha Baron Cohen), a sweet but dimwitted English football hooligan, reunites with his long-lost brother Sebastian (Mark Strong), a deadly MI6 agent, to prevent a massive global terror attack and prove that behind every great spy is an embarrassing sibling.
Nobby has everything a man from Grimsby could want: 11 children, the most gorgeous wife (Rebel Wilson) in the northeast of England, and numerous welfare scams that keep the checks rolling in. There’s only one thing missing: his little brother, Sebastian, whom Nobby hasn’t seen in 28 years. »
- Amie Cranswick
Comedy sequels are one of the trickiest things to pull off. They either come too soon and are too similar, such as The Hangover movies, or they come too late and feel very forced. Being 15 years since the original Zoolander hit screens it would be fair to assume that Zoolander 2 falls into the latter bracket. In some ways it arguably is, but it is also hysterical and completely bizarre.
We pick up 15 years from the last film and are quickly informed how Derek Zoolander’s (Ben Stiller) Centre For Kids Who Can’t Read Good collapsed soon after opening, killing his wife (Christine Taylor) and injuring his friend Hansel (Owen Wilson). With Zoolander and Hansel both in hiding the world’s pop-stars are dying with specific looks on their faces. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The premiere of Zoolander 2 took place on Monday night in NYC and the event brought out Hollywood's hottest celebs. Zoolander 2 stars Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Penélope Cruz and Will Ferrell all attended the premiere, dressed like their iconic movie characters. Justin Theroux, Jennifer Aniston and Susan Sarandon are just some of the other celebs that hit the red carpet at the premiere. While everyone was excited to see all of the stars on the carpet, it was actually the kids of the celebs who stole the show! Ben's son Quinlin Stiller totally outshined his dad on the carpet, showing the world his amazing "Blue Steel." Then Susan's son Miles Robbins hit the red »
Nobby has everything a man from the poor English fishing town of Grimsby could want – 9 children and the most attractive girlfriend in northern England (Rebel Wilson). There’s only one thing missing in his life: his little brother, Sebastian. After they were adopted by different families as children, Nobby spent 28 years searching for him.
Upon hearing of his location, Nobby sets off to reunite with his brother, unaware that not only is his brother an MI6 agent, but he’s just uncovered a plot that puts the world in danger. On the run and wrongfully accused, Sebastian realizes that if he is going to save the world, »
- Michelle McCue
The world has changed since Zoolander helped America laugh again after 9/11. A good deal of its new sequel tries to pan humor out of grappling with this. As the movie begins, protagonist Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller, also co-writer and director) and his rival-turned-bestie Hansel (Owen Wilson) have isolated themselves over the last 14 years due to a tragedy that befell them a mere two days after the first movie left off. But both are drawn back into the high-glamor, low-iq world of male modeling after a series of celebrities are murdered, each one snapping a selfie in which they flash Derek’s signature “Blue Steel” look as they die. With the assistance of new love interest Melanie Valentina (Penelope Cruz), an Interpol Fashion Police agent, the pair seek to unravel the mystery.
- Daniel Schindel
15 years have passed since Ben Stiller's clueless male model Derek Zoolander learned that there was more to life than being really, really, really ridiculously good-looking and was brilliantly, absurdly quotable doing it. In a world where Dumb & Dumber To came out in 2014, Zoolander 2 doesn't really feel like as much of a stretch, but that's one of the only reasons why it doesn't feel like a bit of a letdown either.
That's not to say there's not tonnes of potential here. The world of fame and fashion has only grown more absurd since 2001 and, in fact, the real world sometimes feels a little closer to the arch vapidity depicted in the original film. Social media has all but taken over the world, the Kardashians are somehow seen to be worth »
Sometimes, marketing a movie means getting a bit shameless, and that's what Sony has done with their latest red band spot for "The Brothers Grimsby." In case you didn't know who Sacha Baron Cohen was, this new spot reminds you he's the guy who was Ali G and Borat, before diving into his upcoming comedy. While direct and effective, it maybe doesn't give the audience enough credit... But hey, whatever works. Read More: Watch: Sacha Baron Cohen Is An Empty Headed Hooligan In Trailer For 'The Brothers Grimsby' As you likely know by now, the comedy co-stars Mark Strong, Rebel Wilson, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane, Gabourey Sidibe and Isla Fisher, and follows estranged brothers, who are reunited, but of course they couldn't be more different. One is a soccer loving doofus, and the other is super serious secret spy. What could go wrong? Here's the synopsis: Nobby has »
- Kevin Jagernauth
I wanted to laugh last night. Hell, I needed to laugh last night. And Zoolander 2 failed me completely. Brutally unfunny, visually off-putting, and filled with cameos so embarrassing I am bruised from holding a cringe for a full half-hour, Zoolander 2 is every horrible decision you can make with a comedy sequel wrapped up into one nigh unbearable film. There is a single shot in one scene of Olivia Munn, and I couldn't tell you what she was playing or what role got cut down in the final film, but that one last errant useless shot, left in instead of being totally excised with the rest of her part, sums up the way the entire film feels to me. It feels like it was thrown together in a blender and just poured into a cup indifferently, no matter what ended up blended in there. So many jokes fall so »
- Drew McWeeny
Paramount’s “Zoolander 2” hosted its world premiere in New York at the start of Fashion Week on Monday night, at a glitzy screening at Alice Tully Hall that mixed top celebrities in film and fashion.
Those in attendance included Vogue editor Anna Wintour (who pops in the film), Susan Sarandon, Penelope Cruz, Naomi Campbell, Sting, Jennifer Aniston, “View” co-hosts Raven-Symone and Michelle Collins, and three A-list designers who also make their acting debuts, playing themselves: Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger and Alexander Wang.
Ben Stiller, who directed and stars in “Zoolander 2,” reprising his role as the shallow male model from the 2001 comedy, talked about the 15 years it took to get the sequel to the big screen. “It’s been a long road to making this movie,” Stiller said in a sprawling eight-minute speech that singled out all the people (from Wintour to former Paramount head Sherry Lansing to his »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Penelope Cruz and Will Ferrell strutted out in character on Tuesday night at the New York City premiere of “Zoolander 2.” Reprising their roles from the original 2001 comedy about pouting male model Derek Zoolander and his colorful cohorts, the stars were dressed in outrageous fashion when they welcomed fans at the Alice Tully Hall in Manhattan. Ferrell looked like he was wearing “Hunger Games” Capitol Couture, while Wilson appeared to be in space-themed silk pajamas, as Cruz showed off her model figure in a short jumpsuit. Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux at Zoolander 2 premiere/Getty Images »
- Debbie Emery
It may have been a really, really ridiculously good-looking idea on paper, but Ben Stiller’s attempt to bring back one of his more beloved creations feels like a cheap designer knockoff in “Zoolander 2.” Falling well below the standards of “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” (2014) in the long-delayed-sequel sweepstakes, this flailing follow-up drags the endearingly dim-witted Derek Zoolander out of retirement for an extended Roman holiday, backed by a parade of real-life celebrities and fashion-world denizens who are now very much in on the joke. If only that joke weren’t so far past its sell-by date: The results may delight those who believe recycled gags and endless cameos to be the very essence of great screen comedy, but everyone else will likely recognize Stiller’s wannabe Magnum opus as a disappointment-slash-misfire, the orange mocha crappuccino of movie sequels.
Just as “Anchorman 2” nearly doubled the worldwide gross of its 2004 predecessor, »
- Justin Chang
Justin Theroux had the support of his wife, Jennifer Aniston, at the world premiere of Zoolander 2 in NYC on Tuesday. The two looked equally stunning in sleek ensembles and stayed close while posing for photographers outside. On top of his red carpet appearance, Justin, who is both a Zoolander 2 star and cowriter, participated in an impromptu fashion show as his onscreen character, EviL DJ, along with costars Will Ferrell, Penélope Cruz, and Ben Stiller, who was accompanied by his gorgeous family. It's just the latest event that the couple has popped up at together since they attended the Critics' Choice Awards in January, though Justin did make a solo appearance in Rome earlier this month. Keep reading to see more of the couple's latest outing, and then look back at Jennifer and Justin's most adorable moments together. »
- Monica Sisavat
After seeing his once-white hot career flicker at a low ebb, diminished by flops such as “R.I.P.D.” and “Green Lantern,” the actor seems to have rediscovered his mojo. “Deadpool,” a very R-rated comic book adaptation about a wise-cracking mercenary, is on track to do as much as $70 million over the four-day President’s Weekend when it opens in more than 3,540 locations. Fox, the studio behind the picture is being more conservative, pegging a debut between $60 million to $65 million.
Whatever the final result, “Deadpool” has a very strong chance of enjoying the second biggest President’s Weekend launch in history, behind only “Fifty Shades of Grey’s” $93 million debut. It should also be a boon to Reynolds. The actor played Deadpool in 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” and has been agitating for a standalone adventure for some time. The picture got »
- Brent Lang
Jeremy Sisto is taking another stab at an ABC anthology series.
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