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Critical Unfairness: Just When Do We Wave the White Flag?

7 July 2014 3:36 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The contradiction in film criticism certainly does not go unnoticed. Sure, there are countless films that are praised and applauded for its excellence in quality and creativity. Unfortunately, the overlooked cinema fare that deserves just as much attention (more so than some of the recognized critically-acclaimed selections on an impressive selection of critics’ and moviegoers’ radars) get lost in the proverbial shuffle. It is simply the professional hazard of the movie industry because not every well-received and standout gem will get its rightful due come major awards season in Hollywood.

Just how many times have we as movie reviewers and/or movie fans become indignant when we realized that the special piece of entertainment we personally and critically cherished came up short and empty in expectations? Again, every smart kid in the classroom cannot get a gold star as we remain a competitive society in the world of celluloid superiority. »

- Frank Ochieng

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Lone Star Cinema: Nadine

25 June 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

There were high hopes for the Austin-made comedy Nadine when it was released in 1987.

The filmmaker, Robert Benton, had an impressive track record as a screenwriter (Bonnie and Clyde, What's Up, Doc and Superman) and writer/director (The Late Show, Kramer vs. Kramer and Places in the Heart). Nadine also had two white-hot stars (Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger) and a strong supporting cast (Rip Torn, Glenne Headly, Jerry Stiller and a host of other great character actors).

But sadly, Nadine was a flop -- and for the most part, deservedly so.

Nadine is the story of the titular Nadine Hightower (Basinger), a struggling hairstylist in 1954 Austin. Strapped for cash, she poses for some nude "art studies" but now has second thoughts about the photos. When she visits photographer Raymond Escobar (Stiller) to retrieve them, she witnesses his murder. She also mistakenly steals secret plans for a new road -- »

- Don Clinchy

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Taormina Film Festival: Where Cinema Takes a Backseat to Glamour

24 June 2014 3:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If you should have the good fortune to visit Sicily in June, the last thing you want to do is sit inside and watch movies. That’s just as well for the Taormina Film Festival, since half the movies are shown outdoors in the Teatro Antico, and the other half no one wants to see anyway.

Taormina is the first film festival I’ve attended where film seems to be the least important thing going on. Three years ago, the event was on the brink of bankruptcy when Tiziana Rocca took the reins and rescued it. One thing I’ve learned about Southern Italy this week: When life gives them lemons, they make limoncello.

A publicity maven from Rome, Rocca instinctively understood that glamour would be the way to bring attention back to Taormina. And so, for eight nights in the middle of June, the city becomes the backdrop for starry awards shows, »

- Peter Debruge

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Radcliffe Wants To Be Robin? No "Zoolander 2"?

22 June 2014 12:48 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

In a recent interview with BuzzFeed, "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe was asked if there were any film franchise he'd like to join next, what would they be?

He quickly responded: "Batman. If they reboot that again I'll do that too. It's happening, isn't it? With Ben Affleck. I could be Robin, I'm perfect." Could the boy who lived one day be the boy wonder?

In less speculative news, "Zoolander" actor, director and creator Ben Stiller offered an update on the long-awaited sequel to the 2001 comedy and how it's progressing through development.

Speaking at the Taormina Festival in Sicily the other day, Stiller sadly had bad news for fans. He tells THR: "The film's been discussed and in some way in the works for 10 years. But there are no plans to start production any time soon." »

- Garth Franklin

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Ben Stiller Offers An Update On Zoolander 2

21 June 2014 5:35 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Those of you who’ve been spending the last thirteen years perfecting your Blue Steel look for Derek Zoolander’s return to the big screen will have to wait a bit longer to show it off, because it doesn’t look like the long-gestating sequel’s coming anytime soon, if at all. The last we heard about Zoolander 2 was two years ago, and despite Ben Stiller’s desire to return to the dangerous world of male modelling, no real progress has been made on the follow-up since then.

On Thursday, Stiller was honored by the Taormina Film Festival, and participated in a Q&A master-class afterwards. Fans couldn’t help asking about the Zoolander sequel, which has supposedly been in the works for about a decade. According to Stiller, the script is undergoing a rewrite at his production company, Red Hour Films, and while the film isn’t a reality yet, »

- James Garcia

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Ben Stiller on Zoolander 2: 'No plans for production anytime soon'

21 June 2014 4:10 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Ben Stiller has offered an update on the long-rumoured sequel to 2001's Zoolander.

While he confirmed that the project remains in the works, Stiller told fans at the Taormina Film Festival (via The Hollywood Reporter) that production is still some way off.

"The film's been discussed and in some way in the works for 10 years," he said.

The director-star added: "But there are no plans to start production any time soon."

Stiller first announced plans for Zoolander 2 in 2011, revealing that he was working on a script at that time.

He later denied reports that he approached Lady Gaga for a role in the sequel.

Watch a trailer for Zoolander below: »

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Ben Stiller Assures Taormina ‘Zoolander’ Sequel Still Active

20 June 2014 12:44 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ben Stiller and Melanie Griffith were both honored by the Taormina Film Festival in the Sicilian town’s open-air Teatro Antico on Thursday.

Earlier in the afternoon, the actors held separate master-class interviews for local film students and enthusiasts — an audience clearly obsessed with Stiller’s 2001 comedy “Zoolander.” (One fan presented the stunned Stiller with a hand-drawn caricature of the vain male supermodel, and the crowd erupted into cheers when he flashed them Derek Zoolander’s trademark “Blue Steel” look.)

Whereas the audiences for such Q&As often want to know what an actor is doing next, in Taormina, the question was more focused: Will there ever be a “Zoolander” sequel?

Yes, Stiller assured the room, a follow-up script exists, though they’ll have to be patient. His production company, Red Hour Films, is “actively” working on a rewrite now.

“I can’t say that it’s actually a reality yet, »

- Peter Debruge

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Ben Stiller Offers Update on 'Zoolander' Sequel at Taormina Festival

19 June 2014 2:34 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Taormina, Sicily – Melanie Griffith said on Thursday that she made a big mistake in her career when she turned away from comedy to try to be a "serious" actress, while Ben Stiller — accompanied by an oversized entourage — offered an update on the status of the highly anticipated sequel to his popular 2001 comedy Zoolander. Griffith and Stiller were the main attractions at the Taormina Film Festival Thursday, with both hosting well-attended Master Class events at Taormina's PalaCongressi and then receiving career honors on Thursday evening at the 2,700-year-old Teatro Antico, ahead of the

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- Eric J. Lyman

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Exclusive: Planes: Fire & Rescue Gets Thunderstruck in New Clip

17 June 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Planes’ world famous air racer (and former small-town crop-dusting plane), Dusty Crophopper, is back in his own sequel, Planes: Fire & Rescue. This time Dusty shifts gears and joins an aerial firefighting unit after learning that his engine is damaged, resulting in the end of his racing career.

Planes: Fire & Rescue stars Ed Harris, who will also be in theatres in this month’s SnowpiercerJerry Stiller(“Seinfeld”), Dane Cook (Mr. Brooks), and Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”). It will be released July 18, 2014.

Cineplex has an exclusive clip from the film, where Dusty and his fellow firefighters prepare for battle against a wildfire – all to the tune of “Thunderstuck” by AC/DC. Check out the clip below!


- Sasha James

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First Clip From Planes 2: Fire And Rescue

17 June 2014 10:20 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The Disney Animation Planes, spun off from Pixar's Cars, proved something of a box-office hit for the studio last year back, so here is a first clip from the remarkably quick sequel, Planes 2: Fire & Rescue. Check out those Yosemite-inspired landscapes as the central characters spin into action to fight a forest fire.This time, Dane Cook's Dusty finds himself flying with a crack firefighting unit led by helicopter Blade Ranger (Ed Harris), with air tanker Dipper (Modern Family's Julie Bowen) and a team of smaller all-terrain vehicles called The Smokejumpers. They're trying to protect Piston Peak National Park from wildfires, so expect heroics in testing circumstances.Planes 2: Fire & Rescue hits screens on August 8, and also features the voices of Jerry Stiller, Stacy Keach, Regina King, Wes Studi and John Michael Higgins. It's all directed by long-term Disney writer, producer and director Roberts Gannaway.{Planes 2 posters »

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Six of the Best: Life Lessons from Seinfeld

29 May 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

A fun fact that is certain to make you shiver: this year marks a quarter of a century since the pilot episode of “Seinfeld” was aired. It went on to change the face of television and become one of the most influential sitcoms of our time.

The brainchild of Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David spawned nine, near flawless, seasons with the last episode watched by 76 million people in the United States alone. That’s not too shabby for a sitcom dubbed by many as a “show about nothing”. There’s no doubt that Jerry and the gang has made us laugh as much as cringe, but we take a look at the wisdom imparted from the show in six life lessons according to Seinfeld.

6. Nutrition

Far be it from us to suggest that Seinfeld provided words of wisdom on the diet front, but it did raise the important issue of what constitutes a meal. »

- Thomas Alexander

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“For Mature Audiences Only”: treasured TV oldsters of yesteryear

27 May 2014 12:34 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Some may say that television hasn’t been too good to senior citizens in terms of their stereotypical depictions. Regardless of the unflattering portrayals there had been some memorable oldsters (in this case over 60) that have given us equal shares of both laughs and cries. In “For Mature Audiences Only”, let’s take a look at some of the more mature characterizations that had an impact on our daily doses of entertainment on the glorious boob tube.

Instead of doing a typical top ten or top twenty listing let’s go in between with a top fifteen selection, shall we? The “For Mature Audiences Only” choices are not necessarily a tasting that everyone will agree on. Perhaps you have your own preferences that were omitted or something that you feel should be added? Anyway, here are the candidates in alphabetical order…

Now for our pop cultural Pepto Bismol personalities:

1.) Doc Galen Adams, »

- Frank Ochieng

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Win: A Blu-ray copy of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

22 April 2014 2:40 PM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Ben Stiller rose to fame in a number of outrageous, family-friendly comedies, be it Zoolander, Meet the Parents or the classic remake of 80's favourite Starsky and Hutch. However, as Walter Mitty Stiller showed a different side, one that possessed a far deeper acting style and one that was evident Stiller wanted to continue with.

But just how does he do it? Just how is Mr. Stiller so damned articulate? Well, let's see, as Ben retails us with his thoughts on watching films at home:

Riveting, Mr Stiller.

Fortunately for Mr Stiller his onscreen, acted performances are far more convincing; and to celebrate the release of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD, Shadowlocked has teamed up with  Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to give away a Blu-ray and DVD copy of the film to two lucky winners.

To be in with a chance of winning, »

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The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty Blu-Ray Review

18 April 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Who knew that Ben Stiller, the funnyman behind Zoolander and There’s Something About Mary, was the right man to bring James Thurber’s classic short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty to the big screen? Of course, much of the short story is absent from Stiller’s adaptation, but that was always a certainty (beautiful though it is, the original story is hardly enough to fill a short, let alone a major studio tentpole). What Stiller does manage to do, however, to my great surprise, is capture the adventurous heart of his title character.

Part of what makes Stiller’s characterization so enjoyable is how he nails the mannerisms of the Everyman. Working as a negative assets manager for the fictional Life magazine, Walter is quiet and awkward, more inclined to drift off into daydreams than actually look at what’s in front of him. Without alienating the character from the audience, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty DVD Review

18 April 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Ben Stiller

Starring: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn, Kathryn Hahn, Shirley MacLaine, Adrian Matinez, Patton Oswalt

Running Time: 114 minutes

Certificate: PG

Ben Stiller’s latest directorial outing starts magnificently. A simple scene involving lead character Walter Mitty (Stiller) checking his eHormony account is portrayed in silence but captures all the miniscule subtleties you may not expect from the director of Tropic Thunder and Zoolander. It’s an enchanting moment which captures the comedy and bittersweet heart warming moments of the entire film in just a few minutes of footage. This scene also demonstrates the spectacular cinematography on display courtesy of Stuart Dryburgh. It may not be striking in comparison to the most meticulously crafted arthouse efforts, but if one is expecting the traditional broad comedy antics of Stiller and Wiig, you can’t help but be surprised.

If it sounds as though there’s a ‘but’ coming on, »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Exclusive: Ben Stiller & Steve Conrad Talk ‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’

17 April 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »


To celebrate the release of The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty on DVD and Blu-ray release on April 21st, we’ve a great insight into the film thanks to the star and director Ben Stiller and screenwriter Steve Conrad.

The film focuses around the life of Walter Mitty (Stiller), a modern day-dreamer, and an ordinary magazine photo editor who takes a regular mental vacation from his normal existence by disappearing into a world of fantasies electrified by dashing heroism, passionate romance and constant triumphs over danger.  But when Mitty and the co-worker he secretly adores (Kristen Wiig) stand in actual peril of losing their jobs, Walter must do the unimaginable:  take real action – sparking a global journey more extraordinary than anything he could have ever dreamed up.

Below, Steve Conrad and Ben Stiller talk about adapting the film from the classic short story, why now is the time for this »

- Dan Bullock

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Planes 2 Fire & Rescue trailer: Dusty takes to the skies

11 April 2014 4:02 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Planes 2: Fire & Rescue has premiered a new trailer.

The DisneyToons Studios sequel sees air racer Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook) get damaged and become an aerial firefighter in Blade Ranger's (Ed Harris) legendary team.

Julie Bowen, Regina King, Jerry Stiller and Fred Willard feature in the voice cast for the movie, which will open in the Us on July 18 and UK on August 8.

Bobs Gannaway is directing Planes 2 from a script by returning screenwriter Jeffrey M Howard.

Watch the cast of Planes discuss the animated movie with Digital Spy below: »

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'Planes: Fire & Rescue' "Thunder" Trailer

9 April 2014 12:23 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Watch the latest trailer for Disney's "Planes: Fire & Rescue" which opens in theaters from July 18th, 2014. The animated family film directed by Bob Gannaway ("Secret of the Wings") features the voice talents of Dane Cook, Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, Regina King, Jerry Stiller, Fred Willard, Kari Wahlgren and Wes Studi. Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch »

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Soar High With ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ Trailer

8 April 2014 10:21 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Those high flyers return in a sequel to the spin-off of Pixar’s worst franchise that now has nothing to do with Pixar. In its defense, Planes was infinitely better than the mess that was Cars 2, and arguably better than Cars. This sequel was announced before Planes was even released, and Planes went on to make over $219 million worlwide on a $50 million budget. The plot takes a dramatic turn from the idea of a race in the previous film, this time having Dusty Cropper (Dane Cook) wanting to become part of a fire and rescue squad. There seems to be puns a plenty and some that actually work; the line about pickup trucks made me giggle. It doesn’t look completely awful, but at the same time even the trailer seems to start repeating itself.

Planes: Fire & Rescue is released 18th July in the Us and 8th August in the UK. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Third 'Planes: Fire and Rescue' Trailer

8 April 2014 11:02 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Walt Disney Pictures has released a new "Thunder" trailer for Planes: Fire & Rescue, which showcases the team of emergency response vehicles and aircrafts that Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook) joins in this animated sequel to Disney's Planes. In addition, we have a slew of new character posters featuring Dusty, Dipper (voiced by Julie Bowen), Blade Ranger (voiced by Ed Harris), Windlifter (voiced by Wes Studi), Cabbie (voiced by Dale Dye), The Smokejumpers, The Secretary of the Interior (voiced by Fred Willard), Winnie and Harvey (voiced by Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller), Nick "Loop'n" Lopez (voiced by Erik Estrada), Cad Spinner (voiced by John Michael Higgins), Maru (voiced by Curtis Armstrong), Mayday (voiced by Hal Holbrook), Ol' Jammer (voiced by Barry Corbin), Pulsaki (voiced by Patrick Warburton) and Ryker (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson), along with descriptions for each. Check out the latest footage, and soar along with this daring team of professionals. »

- MovieWeb

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