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Even when his choice of material has been suspect, Alejandro G. (formerly Gonzalez) Inarritu has never given us reason to doubt him as one of the most purely gifted filmmakers of his generation. For him, no less than for Michael Keaton, this ferociously inventive plunge into the corroded soul of American celebrity represents a career-reigniting comeback; for that wizardly cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, it’s the latest in a steady stream of digital long-take miracles, like “Black Swan” as directed by Max Ophuls. (Venice, Telluride, New York)
“From What Is Before”
The extreme length is inseparable from the power and conviction of Lav Diaz’s historical epic about the devastation of a small Filipino barrio amid the political and military unrest of the early 1970s. As a slow-burning study of social decay, this winner of Locarno’s Golden Leopard prize is both a thematic companion piece to Michael Haneke »
- Variety Staff
A long-mooted sequel looks like it's finally getting close to happening. We're talking, as the headline of this piece probably gave away, about Zoolander 2. Ben Stiller has been working on the script with Justin Theroux, and it's looking increasingly likely that Stiller will direct again. Furthermore, its looking increasingly likely that the movie might just be happening soon.
Why? Well, over at JoBlo, they're reporting there that Will Ferrell has confirmed his involvement in Zoolander 2. He said that "we are actually supposed to do a read-through of a sequel script soon, and Mugatu is a part of it".
Might just be gathering momentum, this one. More as we hear it.
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Things have gone up and down and round and round for the sequel to the hit film Zoolander. First we were hearing that the project was on hold, then that Ben Stiller was working on a script rewrite. Last month, co-writer Justin Theroux said that there is finally a completed script and Zoolander 2 is moving in the direction of actually getting made. Now, Will Ferrell has confirmed that there’s a sequel script in existence and that his character Mugatu is a part of it.
Speaking with JoBlo (via /Film), Ferrell addressed the existence of the ever-elusive Zoolander 2. Here’s what he said:
We are actually supposed to do a read-through of a sequel script soon, and Mugatu is a part of it.
It’s a short but sweet little tidbit, and once more ramps up the hope that we might actually see Zoolander 2 someday. Rumors have »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Will Ferrell, who appeared in the 2001 comedy as an evil fashion designed named Mugatu, offered an update recently, and even dropped the info that his villain could be returning.
“We are actually supposed to do a read-through of a sequel script soon, and Mugatu is a part of it,” Ferrell told JoBlo.
While there’s been no official confirmation that a sequel is in fact happening, the players involved, including Stiller and Justin Theroux, have not been shy about talking about it, especially in the past year. In June, Stiller, who directed as well as starred in the first movie, told journalists at Taormina that his production company Red Hour Films was “actively” working on a rewrite.
“I can’t »
- Alex Stedman
The actor, who played villain Mugatu in the 2001 comedy, admitted that there is meant to be a read-through for the script in the near future, reports JoBlo.
"We are actually supposed to do a read-through of a sequel script soon," he said. "And Mugatu is a part of it."
Creator Ben Stiller previously admitted that there are no plans to start production on the long-awaited sequel "anytime soon".
Watch the trailer for Zoolander below: »
Comedian Will Ferrell has made a career for himself playing a wide variety of crazy characters. Since the 1990s, he’s been everything from a Christmas-obsessed elf to an arrogant San Diego news anchorman and even an auditor whose life is stranger than fiction. As a result, Ferrell has managed to both work his way into audiences’ hearts as well as join the list of successful comedic actors, alongside such names as Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller.
Stiller, Wilson and Ferrell actually starred together in 2001′s Zoolander, about a dumb male model named Derek Zoolander (Stiller) who becomes a pawn of corrupt fashion executives wanting to assassinate the Prime Minister of Malaysia. The film received mix reviews upon its release, but has since become a cult classic afterward. There’s been talk of ...
- Araceli Roach
It's been thirteen years since Zoolander first hit theaters, conquering our hearts but not the box office. The interim has seen the invention of the iPod and the decline of the DVD market. Infants born on that day are in the eighth grade and are probably smoking futuristic cigarettes I don't even know about. And yet, talk of Zoolander 2 keeps humming along (despite the aforementioned DVD decline, which is just about the only way the first film turned a profit). Last month co-writer Justin Theroux confirmed that he and Ben Stiller had completed a script for the film and were in the midst of polishing it up. Now Will Ferrell, who played the ever-essential antagonist Mugatu in the first film, has offered up even more encouraging news. Hit the jump for more on Zoolander 2. Ferrell recently told JoBlo: "We are actually supposed to do a read-through of a sequel script soon, »
- Evan Dickson
Derek Zoolander and Hansel McDonald are a step closer to making their dim-witted returns to the big screen after Mugatu himself, Will Ferrell, confirmed that a read-through for Zoolander 2 will take place in the near future. During a discussion with The Hollywood Reporter, Ferrell revealed that the long-touted follow-up to the 2001 fashion comedy is on the horizon. "We are actually supposed to do a read-through of a sequel script soon," he declared, before adding, "Mugatu is a part of it." Written and directed by Ben Stiller, Zoolander is arguably the American comedian.s most famous foray behind the camera. It tells the tale of Stiller's Derek Zoolander, a idiot who -- after being usurped as the world.s top male fashion model by Owen Wilson.s Hansel McDonald and then publicly ridiculed by journalist Christine Taylor.s Matilda Jefferies -- unwittingly becomes brainwashed by Ferrell.s Mugatu into »
It's a real testament to the impact that Robin Williams had on people's lives that one month after his sudden death, the comedian and actor is still being honored. The latest to pay proper tribute to Williams is the PBS documentary series "Pioneers of Television." Last night they debuted a one-hour special called Robin Williams Remembered, focuses solely on the career and influence of the Oscar-winning actor and infectious comedian. Beginning with his early years in theater and the revered school Julliard and moving through his rising fame as a comedian and into his eclectic acting career, it's a great tribute. Watch! Here's the full one-hour "Pioneers of Television" tribute to Robin Williams from PBS: The new one-hour special features new footage of Williams that was intended for various "Pioneers" episodes, along with new interviews featuring "Mork & Mindy" star Pam Dawber, fellow comedians Whoopi Goldberg, Louie Anderson and Jonathan winters, »
- Ethan Anderton
By Anjelica Oswald
Some pictures headed to the Toronto International Film Festival already with a domestic distributor — such as, The Judge (Warner Bros.) and Nightcrawler (Open Road Films) — but others are hoping to garner some bids and make some deals during the 11-day festival.
Among the recent acquisitions is The Last 5 Years, which was picked up by the Weinstein Co.’s RADiUS label.
Here are 10 acquisition titles to keep an eye on as of Monday morning:
While We’re Young
Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts, along with Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried, play two sets of New York couples who become unlikely friends in Noah Baumbach’s new film. These couples have similar interests — both Stiller and Driver are documentary filmmakers — but live vastly different lifestyles. The older couple is more intune with the modern world, whereas the younger couple are into the hipster lifestyle, obsessed with vinyls and vintage. »
- Anjelica Oswald
The one-hour special will feature Williams’ last full-length television interview, including never-before-seen footage and Williams’ stories from his early days as a stand-up comedian, his desire to be a dramatic actor and his efforts to entertain U.S. troops overseas.
It will also feature tributes and interviews with Williams’ friends Henry Winkler, Yakov Smirnoff, Louie Anderson, Paul Rodriguez, Rick Overton, Blake Clark, Pauly Shore and George Schlatter, as well as Penny Marshall, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Stiller, Jimmie Walker and Williams’ “Mork & Mindy” co-stars Pam Dawber and the late Jonathan Winters.
The special is set to air at 9 p.m., Sept. 9 on PBS SoCaL. Other PBS stations’ air dates can be found in local listings.
- Shelli Weinstein
Another print icon bites the dust.
Leonard Maltin’s 2015 Movie Guide will be the final edition of this film lovers’ guide, which started in 1969 under the title TV Movies. But in recent years, the annual guide, which now numbers 1,611 pages and features nearly 16,000 capsule movie reviews, has become a victim of the changing times and the way information is consumed by a new generation. The new edition, which comes out Sept. 2, is the last, bad news for many industry-ites and film lovers who used it religiously.
“An entire generation has been raised to acquire all their information online from their mobile devices or computers,” Maltin told me this morning. “These are not the likely customers for a physical paperback reference book. Our sales have sharply declined in recent years.”
The virtual death of bookstores likely didn’t help the cause either. “We still have a loyal readership,” Maltin said. “It »
- Pete Hammond
Theroux, who played the evil DJ in the film, recently spoke to Vulture about the potential for "Zoolander 2," and while he stopped short of saying a sequel was definitively happening, he gave fans plenty of reason to be optimistic about the follow-up's chances.
"Yeah, we've got a script for the sequel, and we've just been in talks again," the actor told Vulture. "We're trying to sharpen it and hone it and, actually, I don't want to jinx anything, but it looks like it actually might be starting to get up and running."
- Katie Roberts
We've been talking about a "Zoolander" sequel for many years. At one point, it seemed that things were moving forward with the attachment of director Justin Theroux and actors Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. But the film eventually fell apart. In a new interview, Theroux revealed that "Zoolander 2" is once again being discussed and may actually go into production soon. "We've got a script for the sequel, and we've just been in talks again," he explained. "We're trying to sharpen it and hone it and, I don't want to jinx anything, but it looks like it actually might be starting to get up and running." Theroux continued: "It's actually been a little hard with the show, but now I'm back full-time to dedicate time toward doing it. I met with Ben [Stiller] a couple times when I was in New York doing 'The Leftovers,' and then I'm meeting »
Theroux - who wrote the script for the long-awaited comedy sequel - has said that other commitments may force him out of the director's chair.
"We've got a script for the sequel, and we've just been in talks again," he told Vulture.
"We're trying to sharpen it and hone it and, actually, I don't want to jinx anything, but it looks like it actually might be starting to get up and running."
"I don't think I'm going to do it anymore. It really depends on whether the show gets picked up," he continued. "If it gets picked up, then I don't think I'll have the time to do it. So it'll probably get handed to Ben, »
The shock of Robin Williams’ death spread far and wide on Monday, a reflection of the actor’s long career in movies, television, stage and standup comedy.
Tributes came in from friends and colleagues, studios and executives, the directors of his many movies, fellow comics and even President Obama. Those who knew and worked with him described Williams as a comic genius with a generous heart.
Steven Spielberg called him “a pal” and expressed shock at Williams’ death of an apparent suicide at the age of 63. Williams starred as Peter opposite Dustin Hoffman’s Captain Hook in Spielberg’s 1991 movie “Hook,” and he had a voice role in the director’s 2001 feature “A.I.: Artificial Intelligence.”
“Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him. He was a pal and I can’t believe he’s gone,” Spielberg said.
See Also: Robin Williams »
- Alex Stedman and Cynthia Littleton
He's been attached to direct a sequel to Ben Stiller's 2001 comedy "Zoolander" for several years, now "The Leftovers" actor Justin Theroux tells Vulture that the project may finally be coming together:
"We've got a script for the sequel, and we've just been in talks again. We're trying to sharpen it and hone it and, actually, I don't want to jinx anything, but it looks like it actually might be starting to get up and running."
Theroux admits that due to his TV commitments though, he may not be able to helm the project anymore and if so Stiller himself may helm it:
"I don't think I'm going to do it anymore. It really depends on whether the show gets picked up. If it gets picked up, then I don't think I'll have the time to do it. So it'll probably get handed to Ben, which would be awesome."
At last report, »
- Garth Franklin
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues proved that cult comedies can still garner sequels years later, and after that long-awaited followup was met with box office success, many assumed that a green light for Zoolander 2, another much-demanded but never realized sequel, was finally at hand. Now, we’re hearing that the project is finally going to get off the ground.
“Yeah, we’ve got a script for the sequel, and we’ve just been in talks again. We’re trying to sharpen it and hone it and, actually, I don’t want to jinx anything, but it looks like it actually might be starting to get up and running… It’s actually been a little hard with the show, but now I’m back full-time to dedicate time toward doing it. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Fans rejoiced when Ron Burgundy finally got his sequel with Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues following a prolonged period of Paramount saying “no” to the prospect of a follow-up, and then everyone collectively agreed that it was Derek Zoolander’s turn. Ben Stiller has been trying to get Zoolander 2 off the ground for a few years, but he ran into the same problem that Anchorman did: the first film wasn’t a box office success, and despite invading the zeitgeist through home video, the studio can’t see a profit benefit in greenlighting a sequel. Last we heard, Stiller was working on the script with co-writer Justin Theroux, who planned on directing. That was a couple of years ago, but in a recent interview about his HBO series The Leftovers, Theroux provided a rather promising update regarding Zoolander 2. More after the jump. Speaking with Vulture, Theroux said things »
- Adam Chitwood
Looks like the Secret Life of Walter Mitty star just revealed his own brawny secrets—and they're no figment of your imagination. Ben Stiller let his ripped guns out while enjoying the fun and sun on the beaches of Hawaii, and we didn't even know he was packing this kind of heat! Spotted shirtless and drying off after a day of paddleboarding, the 48-year-old funnyman known for his Blue Steel look in Zoolander also served up some abs of steel in his multicolored, floral board shorts. Paddleboarding in Hawaii seems to be his workout of choice because we've caught him reveling in this water sport before. Back in 2012 Stiller was on a holiday getaway with his family in Kauai, and »
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