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Directed by Ariel Vromen
It’s kind of baffling that it’s taken this long to make a movie about Richard Kuklinski. Quiet family man is secretly a prolific murderer working as a hitman for the Jersey mob, completely unbeknownst to his family? That’s the kind of thing Hollywood loves, give him nymphomaniac wife and Lou Gehrig’s disease and you got a three picture series with Robert Downey Jr. and Naomi Watts, no problem. Maybe throw in Jerry Stiller as the comedically Jewish dad.
Instead, we’ve got The Iceman, a somewhat under-the-radar thriller starring Michael Shannon, Ray Liotta, Ray Liotta’s increasingly weird hairline, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans and directed by fairly unknown filmmaker Ariel Vromen.
The short version is that the film is a fairly average mob/thriller/drama affair that wisely focuses on the human »
- Thomas O'Connor
When that news first surfaced, Tim Burton was taking to the helm, and was seeking Downey, Jr. to take the titular leading role. However, Burton has since exited the project. And in recent interviews doing the rounds for Shane Black and Marvel’s Iron Man 3, Downey Jr. was asked who he’d like to direct him in Pinocchio instead, and his response was Ben Stiller.
- Kenji Lloyd
• In case you chose to forget about Equus and Kill Your Darlings, we’re just here to remind you that Daniel Radcliffe is really never going back to his Harry Potter days. He’s just lined up a new project: an adaptation of Jake Adelstein’s Tokyo Vice, a non-fiction account of Adelstein’s work as an American crime journalist in Japan. Music video director Anthony Mandler (Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” and Rihanna’s “Diamonds”) will helm the feature, and playwright J.T. Rogers will write the script. [Deadline]
• Natalie Portman knows a thing or two about playing characters blinded by ambition. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Here's today's casting update: Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter series) is set to star in crime-thriller Tokyo Vice for music video/commercials director Anthony Mandler, scripted by playwright Jt Rogers. Naomi Watts (King Kong) and Adam Driver (Girls) are in talks to join Ben Stiller (Zoolander) in the Noah Baumbach-directed midlife crisis comedy, While We're Young. James D'Arcy (Cloud Atlas) and Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries) have joined the Luke Greenfield-directed comedy, Let's Be Cops. Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement. First up from Deadline is word that Radcliffe will take to Tokyo Vice as real-life American reporter Jake Adelstein who covered the crime beat in Tokyo while working at the Yomiuri Shinbun newspaper. During his tenure there, he went up against the “John Gotti of Japan," Yakuza boss Tadamasa Goto. Based on Adelstein’s memoir detailing the high personal cost and sacrifice of investigating and finally exposing the notorious gangster, »
- Dave Trumbore
One of the most notorious reviews of Ebert's career was of Stiller's film Zoolander, in which the critic described the film as an example of "why the United States is so hated in some parts of the world".
"[The review] seemed rather harsh to me," Stiller joked. "To his credit, I ran into him like five or six years later backstage at The Tonight Show, and he said, 'Hey, I just want to apologise to you. I wrote that about Zoolander, and I [now] think it's really funny. »
Tags: Moms MableyWhoopi GoldbergI Got Something to Tell YouHBOmoviesMovie NewsIMDbwomen of color
Whoopi Goldberg is behind one of the most groundbreaking documentaries of the year, and it's all about a woman you may or may not have heard of. Moms Mabley was a stand-up comic and Vaudeville performer. She was also black and an out lesbian, which means she was the unlikeliest of stage stars between her heyday of the 1920s through 1960s.
Whoopi directed I Got Somethin' to Tell You, a film about Moms' career, and premiered it at the Tribeca Film Festival this week, where she also spoke about it on a post-screening panel. She said she was inspired to make the movie after realizing no one knew who Moms was.
I used to do Moms on stage with my friend Ellen, who is also in the film, she’s a director. She and I wrote a wonderful »
Of all the clips and trailers played at the 2013 CinemaCon in Las Vegas, it was 20th Century Fox's presentation of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty that seemed to have taken the crowd by surprise. The film that wasn't even on most people's radar emerged as the one to watch out for, and after seeing the gorgeous footage - some of which was shot in Iceland - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty has moved onto my top 10 list of 2013's most-anticipated movies.
In addition to premiering footage from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Fox brought in director/actor Ben Stiller to discuss the movie which he's been consumed with working on over the past two years. Joining Stiller at the event was one of his Walter Mitty co-stars, ex-SNL and Bridesmaids star Kristen Wiig.
Ben, you said this is your most fulfilling film experience. »
Whoopi Goldberg, already the versatile actress-comedienne-talk-show-host-songwriter-activist, has added a director title to the list of her many talents with the debut of her first documentary "I’ve Got Somethin’ to Tell You," at the currently underway Tribeca Film Festival. The film resurrects Jackie "Moms" Mabley, the forgotten pioneer of not only comedy, but of both female and black comediennes. The film has been acquired by HBO Films, but currently has no set release date. Read More: Whoopi Goldberg Tells Indiewire Why She Is Using Kickstarter to Fund Her Directorial Debut On Monday, April 22 the film made its world premiere at Tribeca, followed by an onstage discussion with Goldberg moderated by The Hollywood Reporter’sl David Rooney. Aong with rare performance footage, images, and audio, Mabley’s 40-year-long career is told through interviews with entertainers including Arsenio Hall, Kathy Griffin, Eddie Murphy, Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Bill Cosby, Jerry Stiller and. »
- Erin Whitney
It’s hard to believe that it has been almost 10 years since we first saw Vince Vaughn and his rag-tag team of Average Joes beat Ben Stiller’s evil Globo-Gym hard bodies at dodgeball. Though there have been whispers about a sequel to Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story for years, it looks like something is finally happening and we might see Stiller and Vaughn back on the dodgeball court fairly soon.
- Lindsey Bahr
If there’s anything better at creating mixed feelings than the recent return to the comedy well, it doesn’t exist in the movie universe. Is it great to see Anchorman 2 coming our way? Definitely. Would it have been better without the middling years in between for Will Ferrell? Absolutely. Is it sort of cool to see Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson pair up Wedding Crashers-style at Google? Yeah, sort of. But a feature commercial for Google? Ersh. Even the sequel for Zoolander seemed promising despite the hope/urge that we’d also get to see something new and just as exciting as earlier hits from these world-class comedians. And now a Dodgeball sequel? It’s a great universe to return to, and this time around I won’t be surrounded by frat guys endlessly quoting it, but it’s just, you know, really? Is this where we’re at? Is »
- Scott Beggs
Ben Stiller’s film career – perhaps more so than his contemporary comic actors – has managed to capture the attention of moviegoers of all ages. On the one hand, he is known to kids for the Madagascar and Night at the Museum franchises, while older fans remember his darker, more satirical work in films like Tropic Thunder, Zoolander and There’s Something about Mary.
The announcement of Zoolander 2 seemed to indicate that he was ready to revisit some of his older-skewing material, but that film appears to have stalled as Stiller wraps production on his remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (which is already earning positive buzz). Now – with his return as Derek Zoolander apparently on hold – Stiller looks like he’s ready to revisit another one of his most memorable characters.
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- Robert Yaniz Jr.
It's actually fairly surprising that it's taken this long for us to hear about a sequel to 2004's DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story. While the film was ultimately overshadowed by Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, which was released the same summer and almost instantly earned cult movie status, DodgeBall was actually a bigger winner at the box office, taking in nearly $115 million domestically on a $20 million budget. As a result, the following news was inevitable - it just took a while to get here. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Red Hour Films (the production company owned by Ben Stiller) and 20th Century Fox have teamed up and hired screenwriter Clay Tarver to work on a script for a sequel to DodgeBall. The trade notes that Stiller and Vince Vaughn, who co-starred in the movie, have been thinking about a potential follow-up for a long time, but have never fulled »
Besides both appearing in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy in 2004 as rival news anchors in a big street fight, comedy actors Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn got a little more screentime together as bitter rivals in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story that same year. Well, if Anchorman can have a sequel, then so can Dodgeball. THR has word that Stiller and producing partner Stuart Cornfield have hired Clay Tarver to write the sequel which would reunite Stiller's high strug White Goodman of Globo Gym and Vaughn's Peter Lafleur of Average Joe's as they must team up in order to fight a bigger threat. More below! It's not clear what that threat would be, but it would be cool to see them incorporate Trampoline Dodgeball into the film this time. A sequel has been talked about since the film pulled in $167 million worldwide on a $20 million budget, but no »
- Ethan Anderton
Pour one out for Patches O'Houlihan because it looks like another game of Dodgeball may be taking the court. It's been almost ten years since writer/director's Rawson Marshall Thurber's underdog story supplied quotes and one-liners to college undergrads everywhere, but now screenwriter Clay Tarver (Joyride) has been tapped by Fox to pen a sequel. The original story featured Vince Vaughn's team of Average Joes climbing the tournament ranks to square off against Ben Stiller's steroid-laden Globo-Gym team, but a report has the two adversaries teaming up to take on an even bigger threat in the sequel. Hit the jump for more. THR reports that Fox and Stiller's Red Hour have tapped Tarver to pen the script for Dodgeball 2. While this isn't the same situation as the currently-filming Anchorman sequel, it's heartening to see that some progress is being made on the project. Some of Tarver's other works include Quantum Hoops, »
- Dave Trumbore
Take a look at your grandma's wall of cross-stitch mottos and inspirational slogans and grab one — doesn't matter which one, pretty much any of them will apply to this story.
"Hindsight is 20/20"? Sure.
"Better late than never"? Okay!
Whatever darlingly framed handicraft you chose, keep it in mind now: Legendary movie critic Roger Ebert, whose recent passing rocked the community, took back a review.
You won't find a printed retraction in the Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert's home paper, but he told the one it likely mattered to the most: Ben Stiller. Stiller told the story of Ebert's apology this Sunday at a panel at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, which NextMovie attended.
The review in question is of Stiller's 2001 hit comedy "Zoolander," which starred Stiller himself as a clueless male model who finds himself caught up in a villainous plot — along with, of course, a bunch of really, really ridiculously good looking people. »
- Kase Wickman
When the late, legendary Roger Ebert reviewed Ben Stiller's Zoolander, he aimed straight for the jugular. "There have been articles lately asking why the United States is so hated in some parts of the world," Ebert wrote in a review published Sept. 28, 2001. "As this week's Exhibit A from Hollywood, I offer Zoolander, a comedy about a plot to assassinate the prime minister of Malaysia because of his opposition to child labor. You might want to read that sentence twice." Speaking at a Tribeca Film Festival panel Sunday afternoon, Stiller -- who wrote, directed and starred in the comedy --
- THR Staff
Ben Stiller and Jay Roach have known each other since first working together on "Meet the Parents" in 2000, and those 13 years of friendship made the pair's conversation at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday afternoon just that: a conversation. As part of the Tribeca Talks: Directors' Series, Stiller and Roach, both directors, discussed all matter of moviemaking and seemed to come to one unavoidable conclusion.
"It's really hard to get most movies made," Stiller said about the current state of the industry. "Especially independent films, and even just regular, mid-range budgeted dramas. The genre movies and sequels are obviously what becomes the thing."
Which is what makes Stiller's newest film such an anomaly. The 47-year-old directs and stars in the upcoming 20th Century Fox film "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," an adaptation of the James Thurber short story of the same name. That work, which was originally published »
- Christopher Rosen
Roger Ebert, who died on April 4 at the age of 70, didn't suffer fools gladly: The acclaimed Chicago Sun-Times film critic and Pulitzer Prize winner wrote some of the most widely read scathing reviews of the last five decades.
"I hated this movie," he wrote of the famous Rob Reiner bomb "North" in 1994. "Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it."
Ebert didn't always reserve his ire for universally panned features: He slammed beloved films like "Harold and Maude," "Fight Club" and even "Zoolander." Ben Stiller's comedy came out on Sept. 28, 2001, just under three weeks after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and despite its status as beloved cult classic (Terrence Malick is a fan), Ebert was unamused. »
- Christopher Rosen
A few days ago at CinemaCon, Ben Stiller premiered the first footage from his upcoming movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. In the film, Stiller stars as the eponymous Life Magazine proofreader who, incapable of standing up for himself in the real world, retreats to a fantasy where he becomes his poised, confident opposite. On his quests, he seeks to find a missing image taken by a photographer played by Sean Penn. The movie stars Kristen Wiig as his love interest, and Adam Scott, Shirley MacLaine, Patton Oswalt, and Kathryn Hahn. While Stiller is known for his great work behind the camera on Tropic Thunder and Zoolander, Walter Mitty is definitely his most adult work to date and the footage I viewed show heart, humor and restraint. Look for this to be an Awards contender at the end of the year. Shortly after premiering the footage, I participated in »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Everything I had previously read about Ben Stiller.s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty had me believing that the film was going to be a broad comedy. The movie is stacked with a stellar comedic cast - including not only Stiller, but Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn, Patton Oswalt . and comes from the director of movies like Zoolander and Tropic Thunder. But watching the premiere footage from the film today during 20th Century Fox.s presentation of CinemaCon I discovered that not only is the movie more of a dramedy, it looks like it could be a film that everyone is talking about during Oscar season. Mixing both light and dark tones and featuring some absolutely beautiful cinematography, the The Secret Life of Walter Mitty reel is the best thing I.ve seen so far at the week-long Vegas convention, and the movie is now cemented on my »
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