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Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn Suit Up Again in Dodgeball Reunion Video

Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn Suit Up Again in Dodgeball Reunion Video
Over the years, there have been dozens of sports movies pitting the lovable underdogs against the seemingly unbeatable elites — it’s a classic American story. But none were perhaps as big of a surprise hit as 2004’s Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, the film starred Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller as, respectively, the underdog owner of failing gym Average Joe’s and the elite fitness guru trying to push the facility out of business. Backed by a wide and deep cast that also featured Justin Long as a male cheerleader, Alan Tudyk as a 24-7 pirate cosplayer,
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16 Good Movie Pick-Me-Ups on Netflix Right Now

Why so glum, chum? Movies are fun and they need watching.

In the immortal words of Shane Black via Geena Davis in The Long Kiss Goodnight, “Life is pain. Get used to it.” These days life has been really painful though, and it’s not so easy to get used to it. Thankfully movies are always here to pick us up when we need it, or bring us down if we’re looking to wallow. This month we’ve made a list of movies that will leave you smiling and feeling good about humanity after you watch them — at least for a little while. Click on their titles to be taken to their Netflix pages.

Pick of the Month: Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

It’s possible that Big Trouble in Little China might be the stupidest movie ever made. It’s about a fast-talking, rock-stupid, man-child truck driver battling Asian mystics over the fate of his
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The Best and Worst of Ben Stiller, A to Z

The Best and Worst of Ben Stiller, A to Z
Ben Stiller's professional onscreen career is officially turning 30 this year — that's roughly 412 in comedian years. In a business where funny people tend to quickly exhaust their limited charm and sink from telling jokes to becoming a punchline, the restless and versatile Stiller has managed to sustain one of the most consistent comic careers this side of Bob Hope. From his days as a bit player to his later emergence as a force of nature in front of the camera and behind the scenes (you have his production company Red
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Heavyweights Star Aaron Schwartz Is Smokin' Hot Now: See the Pics!

Heavyweights Star Aaron Schwartz Is Smokin' Hot Now: See the Pics!
Aaron Schwartz has definitely grown up since his fat-camp days in fan-fave movie Heavyweights. And boy has time worked in his favor. The 34-year-old has dropped those pounds and is now smoking hot! It's been 20 years since the classic Disney movie hit theaters, and Schwartz is almost unrecognizable! The heartthrob actor even had to re-introduce himself to his on-screen dad Jeffrey Tambor after running into him in New York. In honor of the Heavyweights anniversary, The Huffington Post sat down with Schwartz and caught up with what the hunk is up to today. Schwartz described what it was like to work on set with Judd Apatow, who was only in his mid-20s at the time. "Just watching that guy...
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"Heavyweights" Star Aaron Schwartz Is Nearly Unrecognizable Now

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It's hard to believe it's been over 20 years since we had "the best damn summer of our lives," thanks to "Heavyweights." To celebrate the movie's big milestone, Huffington Post tracked down Aaron Schwartz -- and wow, does he look different! The now-34-year-old actor, who played Gerry in the funny flick and Karp in "Mighty Ducks," stepped away from acting as a teen but has since made his return to the big screen. "I did 'Pete & Pete' after 'Heavyweights.' I was working since the time I was 10 until I was 16. It got to the point where I was like, 'I need a break. I need to visit family out in Israel and relax,' and it turned into 10 years," he told the outlet. "So when I got back into it, I did 'Guiding Light,' which was a soap opera just recently canceled. I did 'Gossip Girl' for about 4 seasons.
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Interview: Hilarious Writer & Director Paul Feig, of New Film 'Spy'

Chicago – He’s not a household name, but he has certainly rocked a few houses…with laughter. Writer/director Paul Feig has a new film called “Spy,” in which he re-teams with two of the supporting cast of his “Bridesmaids” romp, Melissa McCarthy and Rose Byrne. “Spy” opens on Friday, June 5th.

Spy” is a perfect tonic to today’s super serious movies depicting undercover chicanery. McCarthy portrays Susan, a ex-teacher-turned CIA desk jockey, who often is paired with superspy Bradley Fine (Jude Law). When Fine is disposed of, it is up to Susan to complete his international mission, under the disguises of cat lady and unmarried tourist. Like Feig has done in his previous films, “Spy” loves the juxtaposition of having the unlikely Melissa McCarthy as the world’s greatest operative.

Director Paul Feig (background) Prepares Melissa McCarthy in a Scene from ‘Spy

Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

Paul Feig
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Ben Stiller Thanks Fans For Their Support After His Mom's Death

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Ben Stiller Thanks Fans For Their Support After His Mom's Death
Ben Stiller's mom, comedic actress Anne Meara, died at age 85 on Saturday, and Ben thanked fans for their support on Monday. He tweeted a message of gratitude, writing, "Thank you so much for all the kind words about Anne. All of us in our family feel so lucky to have had her in our lives." Over the weekend, People shared the family's moving statement, which read, "The Stiller family is deeply saddened to share the beloved Anne Meara passed away last night at the age of 85. She is survived by her husband and partner in life, Jerry Stiller. The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long." Throughout her long Hollywood career, Anne appeared on several TV shows, including everything from The Ed Sullivan Show to Seinfeld to The King of Queens, frequently alongside her husband. On the big screen, Anne also starred with her son
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Paul Feig Might Direct Ghostbusters 3; a Reboot with Female-Led Cast

The never-ending saga of Ghostbusters 3 continues, and I’m almost too tired to care anymore. Make this unnecessary thing already, just stop talking about. Pass the torch to young kids with perfect teeth, breasts and forearms and call it a day. Stir up headlines with the notion of going with an all-female cast – oh wait, you’re doing that? Ok then, here we go.

THR is reporting that Paul Feig ( is being targeted to direct Ghostbusters 3, and that while formal discussions have yet to take place, Feig has expressed interest in the project. A total Ghostbusters reboot that will “most likely” focus on female characters played by comedic actresses, adding that the script will be started over from scratch.

So take that for what it’s worth, which I imagine isn’t much these days. There will be new Ghostbusters news next week about it being a found footage horror
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What Are Your Top Three Summer-Camp Movies?

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Summer camp starts for kids everywhere this week, and that got us thinking about great summer-camp movies. There are the classics that show us the traditional camp experiences, including Meatballs, Little Darlings, Meatballs II, The Parent Trap, Meatballs 4, Ernest Goes to Camp and Lolita, as well as the horror flicks Friday the 13th and its sequels, and Sleepaway Camp and its sequels. There's also Indian Summer for nostalgic adults.  Now, though, there are all kinds of niche overnight camps, and occasionally we get movies specificaly tied to, say, fat camps (Heavy Weights), magic camps (Magic Camp) and musical theater camps (Camp). We're even starting to get horror flicks tied to niche camps, a la this year's Stage Fright. And thanks in part to Mark...

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Ben Stiller In Talks To Star In Alan Ball's I Am Chippendales

While Alan Ball has been better known in recent years for his TV shows -- True Blood, Six Feet Under and Banshee -- the writer/producer is shifting back to feature work for I Am Chippendales, which may include Ben Stiller among its stars. Stiller (Heavy Weights) is in talks to star in the film, which is said to be a "true-life story of how the male dance club became one of the most famous adult entertainment shows in the world." If Magic Mike has taught us anything, it's that there's an audience for movies about male strippers. But it sounds like I Am Chippendales will go beyond the stage to dig into the founding and expansion of the Chippendales night club and the eventual controversy related to attempted arson, racketeering and murder-for-hire, linked co-owner Somen "Steve" Banerjee. Variety says Ben Stiller (Keeping the Faith), is in negotiations to play
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My Favorite Coming of Age Movies – Part 1

After staring at my movie collection trying to come up with an article idea (secrets revealed), I noticed a lot of coming of age stories. Growing up in a 90 minutes or so movie is no easy feat and these movies often deal with confusing, heartbreaking and even exhilarating time in our lives. They make sense of all the motions of a kid, show guidance in one form or another; they depict turning points in our lives that are all too common and relatable.

The spring is here folks, it’s time to get outside on your bikes, head to summer camp, make new friends, find trouble, get out of a pickle or steal a first kiss. But if you’re like me and have grown up into a life of responsibilities, there’s always nostalgia.

Here is part 1 of My Favorite Coming of Age Movies, tell me yours in the
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Disney ‘90s Live-Action: The Good, The Best, and The Rest

Disney live-action films of the 1990s are often remembered for all the wrong reasons. It was the era of smart-mouthed kids, remakes of old TV shows (Inspector Gadget, George of the Jungle), The Mighty Ducks sequels, and other sports movies trying to recreate the success of The Mighty Ducks. Looking over the ‘90s, it is easy to skip over the live-action films altogether to discuss the animated features (Aladdin, The Lion King) and the rise of Pixar (Toy Story, A Bug’s Life). Skipping over these live-action films, however, means missing some important pieces in the company’s history and films that laid the groundwork for blockbusters today, both inside and out of the Walt Disney Company.

Good – The Rocketeer

Twenty years before Captain America, director Joe Johnston got the ultimate try-out for the job with the 1991 comic book adaptation The Rocketeer. Cliff, an ordinary American pilot, gets an extraordinary
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1990 Things From The 90s (Seriously)

1990 Things From The 90s (Seriously)
It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school.

Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough.

Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.)

1. Scrunchies

2. "The Wild Thornberries"

3. Dawson and Joey

4. "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys"

5. Mr. Feeny

7. MTV playing music videos

8. Snick

9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks"

10. Levar Burton

11. "Daria"

12. "Arthur"

13. "The Powerpuff Girls"

14. "Smart Guy"

15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings

16. "The X-Files"

17. Rosie O'Donnell

18. Bill Nye

19. "Dawson's Creek"

20. The Mighty Ducks"

21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark"

22. Cornholio

23. Rachel Green

24. Tim Allen

25. "All That"

26. "Beverly Hills 90210"

27. "Step by Step"

28. "The Ren & Stimpy Show"

29. "The Famous Jett Jackson"

30. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Berlinale 2013 Review: Ulrich Seidl's Paradise: Hope Is A Surprisingly Comic Diet Camp Love Story

Ulrich Seidl's third part of his controversial "Paradise" trilogy, as expected, breaks taboos and offers plenty of squirm-inducing depictions of raw, socially unacceptable emotions... but oddly, it's also a really silly movie. In fact, most of the film, set in a diet camp for overweight kids, feels like an out-and-out comedy, as if Heavyweights was remade by an divisive Austrian provocateur with a fondness for long static shots. One scene where all of the camp kids stand in a row singing,  "If you're happy and you know it, clap your fat!" seems like it actually could have been in the Judd Apatow-scripted fat camp comedy. It's a bit of a surprise after Seidl's much more confrontational and devastating Paradise: Love, but in the end, not...

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Mad Max's Weekend Movie Guide: 'Hansel & Gretel' & More

"The popcorn you are eating has been pissed in. Film at eleven." – 'The Kentucky Fried Movie' (1977)

Greetings from the apocalypse! If you lost some fingers to frostbite while walking down the driveway to get your mail, don't panic, that's perfectly normal for this time of year … on the east coast, anyway. A few bits of drudgery opening at the multiplex will numb your brain even more than the cold, but lucky for you I've scouted out some alternative routes towards weekend moviegoing satisfaction.

Friday, January 25

There was a minute or two in the late '90s/early '00s when The Farrelly Brothers were the undisputed heavyweight champions of comedy, but after round-one knockouts like "The Heartbreak Kid" and "The Three Stooges" they're officially classified "punch-drunk." Now it seems Peter Farrelly has made a movie so bad even his brother Bobby's not involved, and it's called "Movie 43." Taking
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Blu Review: Disney's Heavyweights

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Cinelinx weighs in on the new Heavyweights Blu-ray!

The Set-up

A group of kids at a fat camp band together when an ambitious motivational speaker (Ben Stiller) takes over as owner, making everyone miserable. Co-written by Judd Apatow

Directed by Stephen Brill

The Delivery

Remember the 1979 Bill Murray comedy Meatballs? It was no classic, but it was a funny and entertaining look at summer camp life. Now, imagine Meatballs set in the 1990s, minus the genuine humor and funny lead. That's the best way to describe Heavyweights, a 1995 Disney summer camp comedy remembered only for being one of Judd Apatow's early films. It also features Ben Stiller, in a limited role. Don't get too excited: this combination isn't nearly as funny as you hoped it might be.

For some odd reason, Disney seems to think we're all big fans of this film, because they have cranked out a special
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New to Blu-ray: The Bourne Legacy, Dick Tracy, Heavyweights, Ted, and More

This week on Blu-ray Bourne comes home, a Judd Apatow-produced 90s favorite gets an update, and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s big-screen debut hits home video. Briefly: The Bourne Legacy (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) - $19.99 (43% off) Dick Tracy (Blu-ray + Digital Copy) - $18.99 (28% off) Following (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] - $20.99 (47% off) Futurama: Volume 7 [Blu-ray]- $19.99 (50% off) Girls: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) - $22.99 (54% off) Heavyweights [Blu-ray] - $17.28 (14% off) Ice Age: Continental Drift (3D Combo Pack) [Blu-ray] - $24.99 (50% off) Ice Age: Continental Drift [Blu-ray] - $21.99 (45% off) Les Miserables [Blu-ray] - $14.99 (25% off) Ted (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) - $19.99 (43% off) Hit the jump for all the details. The Bourne Legacy (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) Not exactly a sequel, not exactly a spinoff, The Bourne Legacy is a strange bird. Following mediocre box office success, the film comes to Blu-ray with quite a few extras.
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Original Poster vs. Blu-ray: Ben Stiller Presents... 'Heavyweights'?

Ben Stiller may be able to throw his weight around in Hollywood now, but in 1995, he was just embarking on his Hollywood career.

The new cover art for the Dec. 11 Blu-ray re-release of the mid-90s classic kid comedy "Heavyweights," however, would lead you to believe otherwise.

Stiller played a bit part in the movie: Tony Perkins, the militaristic fitness instructor who runs the Camp Hope summer weight loss program the film's young (and hefty) stars attend. He doesn't even make the first page of the movie's credited stars on IMDb!

The new case art for "Heavyweights" might as well change the title to "Ben Stiller Presents... Heavyweights," for all that Stiller's mug is enlarged and prominently placed. The thumbs up is his endorsement! Thirty-year-old Ben Stiller wants to share this movie, released just three years after his (uncredited) star turn as "pie thrower" in "The Nutt House," with you,
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This Week in Blu-ray & DVD: Miami Connection, The Bourne Legacy, Ted, Doomsday Book and More

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! Who wants a free DVD of one of this week’s new releases? As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. The Story of Film: An Odyssey There have been many documentaries about movies, but all of them can pretty much give up and go home now. This British production was six years in the making, filmed across four continents, covers eleven decades and nearly one thousand films in its quest to offer as complete as possible a look at and into the world of cinema. Film historian Mark Cousins begins his journey in the late 1800s and through fifteen hour-long episodes explores the innovators and the ways they helped the art form grow and transform into the films we have today. Filled with film clips, anecdotes, interviews and a deep knowledge of film history, this is a fascinating look at all aspects
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Liz Lemon’s Hubby to Romance Jack Donaghy’s Ex in Walk of Shame

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Liz Lemon’s Hubby to Romance Jack Donaghy’s Ex in Walk of Shame
Tina Fey's new 30 Rock husband James Marsden and Alec Baldwin's 30 Rock ex Elizabeth Banks are coming together for Walk of Shame, a comedy from Steven Brill (Heavyweights, Little Nicky). It's about a news anchor who has a crazy night, locks herself out with zero essentials, then "embarks on a series of misadventures as she finds her way to the most important job interview of her life." Nothing explicitly says Marsden and Banks will woo each other, but ... they will. And we have to hope Liz and Jack never find out.
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