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News Simon Brew 9 Dec 2013 - 06:37
It took some time in gestation before Anchorman 2 got its green light, with the film finally due in cinemas next week. But another comedy sequel that's been in the works for a while is a follow-up to Ben Stiller's Zoolander.
The 2001 movie has long being ripe for a follow-up, and it's little secret that one was being worked on. As Ben Stiller told Coming Soon in his latest update on the project, "there's a script that Justin Theroux and I worked on that we really like, and it's just a matter of figuring out how to do it right". "It definitely could happen", he said, "it just hasn't really come together yet".
Stiller added that "for me and the people who are big fans of the movie, »
Pact is the first major deal for Bruce Rosenblum, the former head of Warner Bros. Television, who became Legendary’s president of television and digital media this summer.
Debbie Liebling, president of Red Hour Television, will oversee the development of the company’s series for Legendary. Her prior credits mainly include such comedies as “Bridesmaids,’ “The Change-Up,” “Borat” and Red Hour’s “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.”
As a shingle, Red Hour Television was launched in 2012. While it’s set up shows at HBO, FX, Fox, NBC, ABC and USA Network, only IFC’s “Birthday Boys” and “The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail,” at Comedy Central, have received greenlights. »
- Marc Graser
We've been talking about Zoolander 2 for quite some time now. The last thing we even heard was that Justin Theroux was writing the script. Then nothing else. During a trip to New York's Lincoln Center to talk about the first Zoolander, Ben Stiller was asked where the sequel was at: "It definitely could happen. It just hasn't really come together yet, but there's a script that Justin Theroux and I worked on that we really like, and it's just a matter of figuring out how to do it »
- Niki Stephens
Sometimes it's surprising how many people aren't aware of Ben Stiller's thriving career as a film director, since many watch movies like Reality Bites and Zoolander and Tropic Thunder unaware he's doing way more than his usual comedy schtick in front of the camera. That probably won't be the case after Stiller fans see his upcoming film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty , a movie filled with humor, romance and adventure and is quite a step forward from his previous work. Since we knew that the filmmaker was planning a stop at New York's Lincoln Center to talk after a screening of 2001's Zoolander this weekend, we decided to broach the subject of the much-discussed sequel when we spoke to him about "Mitty." "It definitely could happen," he told »
Ben Stiller has left his mark on Hollywood Boulevard. The legendary actor and famous funnyman was honored with a hand and footprint ceremony at the Tcl Chinese Theatre today in Hollywood, and along with delivering a speech which showcased his known humor, Stiller was also praised by his good pal Tom Cruise. "He's a cinophile, like I am," Cruise told the crowd. "He loves movies, we talk about movies, he honors films, and here he is—you know Reality Bites is the first film that he directed. And I always knew that he wanted to direct from early on and you see all the range of films that he's directed—Reality Bites, Cable Guy and another classic, Zoolander—absolute »
“Are you Mitty? Is this wish fulfillment for you?” Roach recalls asking Stiller about the movie’s tale of a middle-aged dreamer who embarks on a life-changing, globe-trotting adventure that finds him skateboarding down a highway in Iceland and swimming with a shark in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic.
It’s a question the ambitious Stiller gets often, so that when Roach, the man who directed him in the first two “Meet the Parents” films, inquired, he didn’t bat an eyelash. “Yeah, of course,” Stiller replied. “I think that’s what made it relatable.”
It’s not that the multihyphenate, who’s also a producer on the pic, necessarily identifies with the character, but he understands the draw. »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Dave McNary
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty looks like Forrest Gump on acid. That being said, I really want to see it. Ben Stiller has proven to be an adept dramatic actor (Permanent Midnight, The Royal Tenenbaums) and as a director he has done a fine job with Reality Bites, The Cable Guy, Zoolander, and Tropic Thunder. But, there never seemed to be anything behind the camera that was more than just workmanlike. The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty appears to be Stiller breaking out of his directorial »
- Alex Maidy
Ben Stiller may have his critics but his directorial efforts thus far have proved that he is not only an incredibly talented actor but also a very gifted film maker as Zoolander and Tropic Thunder have shown.
Stiller’s next film The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty is his fourth foray into directing and from the trailers released so far the film looks absolutely stunning both in terms of narrative and visuals. The film is a remake of the 1947 production of the same name starring Danny Kaye, which revolves around a young man who escapes his life through day dreams of action an adventure known as ‘zoning out’. The film will be released 25th December for what will surely be a wonderful Christmas treat and you can see a brand new clip below:
As a huge fan of Ben Stiller and his work I am very excited to see this »
- Ben Read
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
Looks like someone’s getting in a nice product placement with Ben Stiller’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”. A certain online dating site apparently figures pretty prominently into the film’s story. Normally movies would just make up a movie version of a real thing/place/business, but here they actually went with the actual dating service, so I can only imagine some money changed hands. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course. In any case, check out your first clip from “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”. It’s two minutes long and shows that ol Ben Stiller is going for some really ambitious set-ups in this one. Which is a bit unexpected from the guy who gave us “Zoolander” and “Tropic Thunder”, but you gotta grow up sometime, right? In his secret life, Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) dreams big…really, really big. There »
Like most Americans living today, I was born after November 22, 1963, so I don't remember John F. Kennedy and can't tell you where I was when news broke of his assassination. So here's what I know about the man, his presidency, and his death, thanks to the history professors of Hollywood.
Let me see if I have this right: JFK was a handsome man with the charisma of a movie star. (Indeed, he had connections to Hollywood through his father, a onetime movie producer; through his brother-in-law Peter Lawford and fellow Rat Packer Frank Sinatra; and through his torrid affair with Marilyn Monroe.) Through his youth, good looks, charisma, and forward-looking rhetoric, he inspired a nation to stop wearing hats, build rockets to the moon, and join the Peace Corps. His even more attractive, youthful, stylish, and patrician wife Jackie swept out the dowdy cobwebs of the Eisenhower years and turned »
- Gary Susman
Before smartphones and social media, there was one way to look in a photo. Portraits today look like satire turned horrible reality
Before Facebook, before Instagram, before cell phones with cameras, there was pretty much one way to be in a photo: drag a smile across your face, throw a "V-sign" if you were 14, and if you were feeling particularly jaunty, drop your jaw several inches and say a facetious "ta-da!"
No one knew to put their hand on their hip, or turn slightly to one side. No one had a programme for what to do with their eyes, beyond vaguely trying to keep them open. And while, on a good day, you might make a kissy face that popped out your cheekbones, any beneficial effect probably wasn't deliberate.
If you scroll down your various timelines today, what you see is this: half your social group posing with lips pushed out, »
- Emma Brockes
As with all Marvel movies, Thor: The Dark World contained an end credits scene. Two in fact, but only one was important to future movies. It's also probably the most confusing to mainstream audiences thus far. Whereas other "stingers" were clear references like Thor's hammer at the end credits of Iron Man 2, the reference during the end credits of Thor: The Dark World probably left a lot of non-comics fans scratching their heads. In an attempt to clear some things up, I've put together an explanation of the scene, and you can read it after the jump. Obviously, this explanation contains spoilers. To briefly recap the scene, Sif (Jaimie Alexander) and Volstagg (Ray Stevenson) take the dangerous Aether, a liquid that's now been contained in a small chamber, to an odd place where alien creatures move about in glass cages. They're escorted by a pink alien to meet the »
- Matt Goldberg
Currently making headlines for having one of her Sephora lipstick varieties yanked from shelves due to complaints over its name, this Los Angeles-based tattoo artist shot to fame through her TLC reality show La Ink. Here are five things you may not know about Kat Von D.
1. Born Katherine von Drachenberg on March 8, 1982 in Nuevo Leon, Mexico -- her parents are both Argentinean.
Pics: Star Sightings
2. The first tattoo she ever gave was at age 14 on a friend -- a depiction of the skull logo for the punk band Misfits. She used a homemade ink machine rigged up with a cassette player motor and guitar string to draw the tattoo.
3. Her favorite band is Motley Crue and she likes the group's song Starry Eyes best.
Related: Kat Von D Accepts Bizarre Twitter Proposal
4. Has always been obsessed with the music of classical composer Ludwig van Beethoven and has been playing classical piano herself since age seven.
5. Among »
Did Fabio ever star in a movie? Not exactly, but he was in Zoolander, where Owen Wilson gave us the quintessential long-haired, blond male model. It's all about the bad-boy surfer thing, which makes sense if we go back to Point Break as another immediate example of a lead movie character with flowing golden locks. Why long blond hair on men lends itself to at least a mysterious antihero if not an outright villain is a good question (there's a whole trope related to the idea of the blond bad, though not so much for hair length). Other memorable characters that come to mind, albeit on TV not film, are Sawyer from Lost and Jax on Sons of Anarchy. Then, there's Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies, Viggo in Ghostbusters II, the one henchman in Die Hard, and the...
- Christopher Campbell
Bob Odenkirk gets the 'Goofy Roofers' a show on IFC's The Birthday Boys A new episode premieres Friday, October 25 at 10:30pm. In this new Birthday Boys clip, a group of goofy construction workers go from patching up a roof to having their own a sitcom when a home owner (Odenkirk) realizes they’re funnier than anything on the small screen and demands the local TV station to put them on air. http://www.ifc.com/the-birthday-boys/videos/the-birthday-boys-goofy-roofers Don’t miss this full sketch in The Birthday Boys on Friday, October 25 at 10:30pm Et/Pt on IFC. Executive producers Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad, Mr. Show) and Ben Stiller (the upcoming The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Zoolander) bring viewers the genius of the Los Angeles »
- April Neale
Ben Stiller's new film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which he both directed and stars in, is handsome to look at, sometimes funny, and just a little weird. The funny bits all come early, courtesy of James Thurber's original short story, whose comic conceit still chugs along as reliably as a Mini Coupe after all these years. Thurber takes only two-and-a-half pages for Mitty to imagine himself out-flying a storm, performing life-saving surgery, and bombing German ammunition dumps, all the while making it only as far as his local supermarket to buy puppy biscuits — an image of a dreamer softly defeated. The story has always represented something of a false Grail for Hollywood, where they love the sound of all that dreaming, but are less »
- Tom Shone
The comedy will be available on Blu-ray and DVD October 22 , but our friends at 20th Century Home Entertainment have a copy available to give away to one of our readers. All you need to do is tell us which of the following is your favorite of the following films and why. Tell us no later than 11:59 p.m. Monday, October 14. The decision of the ComicMix judges will be final and the contest is open only to United States and Canadian readers only.
The Internship reunited two of the central members of the frat pack, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. The guys from the frat pack have been creating comedic gold for years now. In honor of the home entertainment release of the newest frat pack film, let’s take a look back at some of the greatest moments from the pack.
- Robert Greenberger
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty made its world premiere as the New York Film Festival’s Centerpiece Gala Presentation on Saturday, Oct. 5. Directed by Ben Stiller, the film stars the actor in the titular role of a man with a penchant for “zoning out,” who goes on a fantastical journey to save his job at Life magazine along with the job of the woman of his dreams (Kristen Wiig). Stiller and the cast, including Wiig, Adam Scott, and Patton Oswalt, came out to celebrate the film’s premiere screening at Alice Tully Hall.
For producer John Goldwyn, the long »
- Maricela Gonzalez
Ben Stiller excels at playing genial outsiders lost in their personal grievances; as a director, from the unfairly maligned broadcast satire of "The Cable Guy" through the outlandish fashion world satire of "Zoolander" and the Hollywood satire of "Tropic Thunder," Stiller has shown a penchant for wacky energy that builds on seemingly real world situations with cartoonish absurdity. On paper, then, the idea of Stiller directing and starring in a new adaptation of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," the 1939 James Thurber short story previously turned into a 1947 feature starring Danny Kaye, makes perfect sense: The actor is a natural fit for the role of an everyman daydreamer lost in far-out heroic fantasies, which present an opportunity for a contrast between normality and dramatic overstatement that Stiller theoretically has the filmmaking chops to explore. Unfortunately, the actor-director's long-gestating "Walter Mitty" treatment, less an adaptation than an original story that »
- Eric Kohn
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