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The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty 20th Century Fox Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on RottenTomatoes.com Grade: C+ Director: Ben Stiller Screenwriter: Steve Conrad Cast: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Patton Oswalt, Shirley MacLaine, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn Screened at: Regal Union Sq., NYC, 12/5/13 Opens: December 25, 2013 Walter Mitty is Everyman. Who among us does not dream of being something more than we actually are? Don’t all men want to be Brad Pitt, all women Angelina Jolie? We go to the movies and are able to leap tall buildings at a single bound, drive across Rodeo Drive in a Batmobile, become the first person to set foot [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
We’ve seen Ben Stiller do a number of noteworthy things in the previously-released trailers for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, be it jumping out of a helicopter into a shark-filled ocean, skateboarding through the backroads of Iceland or calling up Patton Oswalt on his cellphone while hiking in the Himalayas. How many of these acts take place in the real-world of the film – and how many take place within the mind of the eponymous milquetoast Mr. Mitty (Stiller) – remains to be determined.
A new extended trailer for the film run six minutes long (and includes previously-unseen footage), but fortunately it doesn’t spoil much about the plot that hadn’t already been revealed in previous clips. The scope of Stiller’s latest starring/directing effort – loosely based on the James Thurber short story that was previously adapted to ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Rugged treks through a snowy tundra, death-defying leaps from a helicopter piloted by a drunk schlub, a daring attempt to get Kristen Wiig’s attention on eHarmony: This epic trailer for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty has it all.
By now, you’re probably familiar with Ben Stiller’s adaptation of James Thurber’s classic tale of daydreaming and ennui, memorably adapted once before into a 1947 classic starring Danny Kaye. But if not, here’s the deal: Stiller directed and stars as Mitty, an utterly average office drone with an overactive fantasy life. After discovering a mysteriously missing photo negative, »
- Hillary Busis
Remember back in May when the movie theaters complained about how long trailers were becoming? Well, Ben Stiller has basically given them the finger with this new six-minute trailer for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. This new look fills in more of the story about Mitty going on a worldwide adventure to track down a lost negative from photographer Sean Penn, in hopes of winning Kristen Wiig's heart. The film opens on Christmas day. Hopefully, Mitty eventually just uses his powerful imagination to imagine sending Penn a negative scanner, so we can instead spend two hours listening to Patton Oswalt work at eHarmony customer service. »
- Jesse David Fox
With just a few weeks left on the clock before the film arrives in cinemas, Fox has released an extended trailer for the anticipated movie, one of our must-see movies of the month, teasing an impressive six minutes of footage.
Ben Stiller directs and stars in The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, James Thurber’s classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.
Stiller is on both sides of the camera once more, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Six-minute preview gives away a few secrets. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the latest fantasy comedy from Ben Stiller, has just been given a new trailer - in an unusually longform manner. The six-minute tease gives us a much more in-depth idea of the comic tone and fantasy adventures experienced by perennial daydreamer Walter Mitty (Stiller), plus supporting turns from Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott and Patton Oswalt. »
The lonely Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) can't seem to leave a "wink" for his co-worker Cheryl (Kristen Wiig) in an extended, six-minute trailer for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. This adaptation of James Thurber's novel takes us inside the life of this daydreaming title character, who escapes his mundane reality into his own fantasy world. Sean Penn, Adam Scott and Patton Oswalt co-star in this upcoming drama, arriving in theaters Christmas Day.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty comes to theaters December 25th, 2013 and stars Kristen Wiig, Ben Stiller, Sean Penn, Kathryn Hahn, Adam Scott, Patton Oswalt, Shirley MacLaine, Joey Slotnick. The film is directed by Ben Stiller. »
2 new posters have arrived for 20th Century Fox's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, starring Ben Stiller, Kristin Wiig, Kathryn Hahn, Sean Penn, Adam Scott, Shirley MacLaine and Patton Oswalt. Stiller also directs the comedy written by Steve Conrad based on the short story by James Thurber. Walter Mitty: n. An ordinary person given to adventurous daydreams far grander than real life No one really knows the power of the private dreams inside our heads . . . until they inspire our reality. That’s what happens in Ben Stiller’s contemporary rethink of one of the most influential fantasy stories of all time – indeed the quintessential tale about the irresistible allure of fantasizing: James Thurber’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Stiller has taken that two-and-a-half page 1939 classic and opened it up into a 21st Century comic epic about a man who finds that his real life is about to blow »
Directed by Ben Stiller.
Walter Mitty is a middle-aged man who has done nothing with his life. He continually loses himself in daydreams, wishing that he could break free of the mental shackles that prevent from taking a leap of faith. He works for Life magazine, which has just been bought by another company and is in the process of being shut down. Walter Mitty is given the task of finding a missing photo that will be the cover of the last issue, and it’s a quest that leads him half-way around the world.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a strange film. At some points it wants to be an uplifting, inspirational tale but it doesn’t reach those heights. Other times it seems »
- Gary Collinson
12 Years a Slave is leading the nominations for the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards.
Steve McQueen's slavery drama has been shortlisted for seven awards in total, picking up nods in the Best Feature, Director, Screenplay and Cinematography categories, while stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o were all among the acting nominees.
The Spirit Awards will be held in Los Angeles on March 1, 2014, the day before the Academy Awards. The ceremony will be hosted by actor and comedian Patton Oswalt.
Nominees in the major categories are listed below:
12 Years A Slave
Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave)
Its criteria of a budget less than $15m rules out the likes of Gravity, but it was still always likely 12 Years a Slave - Steve McQueen's acclaimed drama set in 1840s Louisiana - would sweep the board at the nominations for the Independent Spirit Awards. The film ended up with seven nominations, including nods for feature, director and actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o and Michael Fassbender.
- Catherine Shoard
Ben Stiller can't leave a wink. A new Match.com-referencing trailer for Stiller's update of the classic James Thurber story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" has hit the web, and in it we see the actor/director hiking across snowy mountains, leaping from helicopters into the freezing ocean and engaging in extreme skateboarding as he treks across the world to track down one very important photo negative. Also starring Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn, Patton Oswalt and Adam Scott, the film is slated for release on December 25. Will you be seeing "Walter Mitty" when it hits theaters? After watching the trailer below, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Tuesday morning’s announcement of Indie Spirit Award nominations brought the annual head-scratching over some selections, in terms of eligibility. Many films were disqualified because of budget or nationality of the key contributors. On the flip side, pundits are sometimes flummoxed at the inclusion of studio films that don’t seem like indies.
“12 Years a Slave,” this year’s top Spirit Award nominee with seven nods, apparently made Film Independent’s $20 million-and-under eligibility mandate, despite the film’s budget having been previously reported at $21 million or even $22 million. Fox Searchlight says the number falls “under $20 million.”
Spirit Awards Analysis: ‘All Is Lost,’ ‘Fruitvale’ Join Must-See List
- Tim Gray
“12 Years a Slave” and “Nebraska” may have earned the most nominations for the Indie Spirit Awards, but the biggest beneficiaries could be films including “All is Lost” (pictured), “Blue Jasmine,” “Before Midnight,” “Enough Said,” “Fruitvale Station” and “Mud.”
“Slave” and “Nebraska” were already high on the radar of voters for other awards, notably Oscars, and deservedly so. But multiple noms for “All is Lost” and “Blue Jasmine” (four and three, respectively) serve as a reminder that these are not just one-man vehicles for stars Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett.
“Fruitvale Station” and “Short Term 12” earned three noms apiece, which boosts the profiles of these “little” films. Also earning three was “Inside Llewyn Davis” from the Coen brothers, but any offering from that Oscar-winning team is a must-see for Academy voters; “Fruitvale” and “Short Term,” which each have fervid supporters, are now must-sees as well.
The Indie Spirits are not reliable bellwethers of Oscar. »
- Tim Gray
It's time to see which film can build up momentum heading into awards season. This morning, the Spirit Award nominees were announced and all the expected, buzzed-about indie films are in the mix. 12 Years a Slave and Nebraska lead the pack while Fruitvale Station, All Is Lost, Enough Said and Dallas Buyers Club all earned multiple nominations. On the flip side, films that were eligible for Spirit Award nominations, but were shut out include August: Osage County, The Way Way Back, The Place Beyond the Pines and Blue Caprice. Check out the marquee nominee categories below and view the full list of nominees here. The Independent Spirit Awards will be handed out on March 1, the day before the Oscars. Patton Oswalt hosts the event. Best Feature...
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In what is usually the first shot across the bow of the oncoming award season juggernaut, the nominees for the 29th annual Independent Spirit Awards were announced earlier today. Not surprisingly Steve McQueen's drama 12 Years A Slave leads the pack with a total seven nominations - including bids for Best Feature, Best Director, Best Actor (for Chiwetel Ejiofor), and Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender) and Actress (Lupita Nyong'o).
The winners will be announced at the annual pre-Oscar ceremony, presided over this year by host Patton Oswalt, on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
For a full list of nominees, scroll through the list after the cut! »
- Emma Badame
Awards season is upon us, ladies and gentlemen, with today's announcement of the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations, and Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, Alexander Payne's Nebraska and The Coen Bros.' Inside Llewyn Davis are among the top nominees, while James Gandolfini notably received a posthumous Supporting Actor nom for his role in Enough Said.
Watch: Gandolfini's Last Lead Performance
Here are the nominations in the top categories:
Best Screenplay: Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine), Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke & Richard Linklater (Before Midnight), Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said), Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber (The Spectacular Now), John Ridley (12 Years a Slave)
Best First Screenplay: Lake Bell (In A World »
The juggernaut that is “12 Years a Slave” continued with the announcement of the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Award nominees today. The Steve McQueen-helmed drama about slavery—which has been gaining momentum since its debut at the Toronto Film Festival—led the nominations with seven nods. But while “12 Years a Slave” already has plenty of buzz, the Indie Spirit Awards also shined a light on some deserving, smaller films that should have a bigger fan base. Brie Larson scored a nod for female lead for her work in “Short Term 12,” along with Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine” and Shailene Woodley for “The Spectacular Now.” And Lake Bell was nominated for best first screenplay for her “In a World” screenplay, part of a trend this year that saw plenty of actors nominated for their writing, from Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke for “Before Midnight” to Joseph Gordon-Levitt for “Don Jon.” The »
The 2014 Independent Spirit Award nominations were announced this morning and it was a big day for 12 Years a Slave leading the way with seven nominations followed by Alexander Payne's Nebraska with six and All is Lost with four. Those three films were joined by Fruitvale Station and Frances Ha in the Best Feature category as I felt the nominations were nicely spread around with very worthy titles getting attention. I didn't notice too many surprises and Short Term 12 certainly had a nice showing with three nominations including noms for both Brie Larson and Keith Stanfield. I love seeing the nomination for Melonie Diaz for Fruitvale Station as it seems Octavia Spencer is going to get most of the Oscar attention for that film despite the fact Diaz is the more deserving of the two. I guess if you did want to say there was a surprise I would »
- Brad Brevet
Although I’ve heard that critics have slated it, I’m really looking forward to The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty.
Starring Ben Stiller (Zoolander), Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Sean Penn (Gangster Squad), Adam Scott (Parks And Recreation), Shirley MacLaine (Downton Abbey), Kathryn Hahn (Girls) and Patton Oswalt (Two And A Half Men), the film focuses on Walter, an average guy leading an average life…who dreams some not-so-average daydreams. However, when his job is threatened Walter goes on an adventure he’d never be able to imagine.
I’m a huge fan of Stiller and Wiig, and although some may be tired of the ‘life affirming’ genre I love it. If there’s one thing we all need a little more of it’s imagination!
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- Jazmine Sky Bradley
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