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Matt Dillon, Rupert Friend and More Join Apple's Addict-Turned-p.I. Comedy Starring Patricia Arquette

Matt Dillon, Rupert Friend and More Join Apple's Addict-Turned-p.I. Comedy Starring Patricia Arquette
There’s something about the cast that Ben Stiller has assembled for High Desert, the Apple TV+ comedy he is exec-producing, now that Matt Dillon has joined the mix.

Created and written by Nancy Fichman (Nurse Jackie), Katie Ford (the Miss Congeniality films) and Jennifer Hoppe (Grace and Frankie), High Desert follows Peggy (played by Patricia Arquette), an addict who decides to make a new start after the death of her beloved mother with whom she lived in the small desert town of Yucca Valley, Calif. To that end, Peggy decided to become a private investigator.

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Ben Stiller Reunites With UTA

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Ben Stiller Reunites With UTA
Emmy- and DGA award-winning actor and filmmaker Ben Stiller has signed with UTA for representation in all areas. Stiller was represented by the agency earlier in his career and returns from WME.

The multi-hyphenate entertainer has earned nearly $3 billion at the box office thanks to major feature franchises such as “Meet the Parents” and “Night at the Museum,” the animated “Madagascar” films, plus hit comedies like “Zoolander,” “There’s Something About Mary” and “Tropic Thunder,” which he starred in, directed, co-wrote, and produced under his production company, Red Hour. Stiller has also starred in critically acclaimed arthouse hits such as “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Flirting With Disaster,” Noah Baumbach’s “Greenberg,” “While We’re Young” and “The Meyerowitz Stories.”

UTA will also rep Stiller’s Red Hour production banner, which he launched in 1998. The company has produced a wide range of film and television projects with major studios and networks including Netflix, Disney,
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Ben Stiller Signs With UTA

Ben Stiller Signs With UTA
Ben Stiller and his Red Hour production banner have signed with UTA in all areas.

Stiller’s credits include major feature franchises like Meet the Parents, Night at the Museum, the animated Madagascar films and Zoolander, as well as critically acclaimed indies like Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums and Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories. Stiller’s global box office total is nearing $3 billion in ticket sales.

The Red Hour banner, which Stiller launched in 1988, has credits that include Tropic Thunder, the Zoolander films and Showtime’s Escape at Dannemora, the latter of which earned Stiller a DGA award. Upcoming projects include Home for NBC, which Stiller will ...
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‘Happiness For Beginners’: Ellie Kemper, Luke Grimes, Nico Santos & Blythe Danner To Star In Netflix Rom-Com

‘Happiness For Beginners’: Ellie Kemper, Luke Grimes, Nico Santos & Blythe Danner To Star In Netflix Rom-Com
Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Luke Grimes (Yellowstone), Nico Santos (Crazy Rich Asians) and Blythe Danner (I’ll See You in My Dreams) have signed on to star in Happiness for Beginners, a Netflix romantic comedy from writer-director Vicky Wight.

The film is based on Katherine Center’s novel of the same name and centers on Helen (Kemper), who signs up for a wilderness survival course a year after getting divorced. She discovers through this experience that in getting she has found herself.

Wight is producing the film with Geoff Linville and Berry Meyerowitz. Jeff Sackman and Larry Greenburg are its executive producers. Information on the roles to be played by Grimes, Santos and Danner has not yet been disclosed.

Kemper is a two-time Emmy nominee perhaps best known for her starring turn in Netflix comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and for her portrayal of Erin Hannon
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10 Best Quotes From Meet The Fockers

10 Best Quotes From Meet The Fockers
After Meet the Parents became one of the biggest box office hits of 2000, the studio got to work on a sequel following the setup from the first movie. At the end of the original, when Ben Stiller’s unfortunate hero Greg Focker has finally won over his girlfriend’s parents, Jack (Robert De Niro) and Dina (Blythe Danner), they mention that they’ll have to meet his parents.

Related: Ranking Every Ben Stiller & Owen Wilson Movie (According To Metacritic)

2004’s Meet the Fockers was an even bigger box office hit than its predecessor, largely thanks to the perfect casting of Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand as Greg’s parents. While Meet the Fockers wasn’t as critically acclaimed as the first movie, the sequel still has plenty of hilarious lines.
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10 Best Meet The Parents Quotes

10 Best Meet The Parents Quotes
After his raw, unsettling dramatic performances in Taxi Driver and Raging Bull made him a screen icon, Robert De Niro proved he was just as capable of giving a hilarious comedic performance with the role of overprotective father Jack Byrnes in Meet the Parents. De Niro shared hysterical chemistry with Ben Stiller as his daughter’s boyfriend desperately trying to impress him.

Related: 10 Funniest Ben Stiller Movie Quotes, Ranked

This movie was popular enough to launch a blockbuster franchise, which is extremely rare in the comedy genre. Although the critical panning of Little Fockers killed off the series, Meet the Parents remains a timeless gem filled with unforgettable lines about milking cats and puffing the magic dragon.
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10 Crazy Cat Ladies in Movies and TV, From ‘Alien’ to ‘The Office’ (Photos)

10 Crazy Cat Ladies in Movies and TV, From ‘Alien’ to ‘The Office’ (Photos)
You know the type. Lonely old woman, cluttered household, sheltered from society, with her only friends in the world her numerous cats roaming around her house. It’s the “crazy cat lady.” Weirdly, it’s not a pop culture character trope for men, even though they’re often as obsessed with cats too! Just look at the James Bond villain Blofeld, Don Corleone or Robert De Niro in “Meet the Parents.” Still, the crazy cat lady stereotype persists, often with hilarious results. And because June is the National Adopt-a-Cat Month, we decided to look at some of the most famous crazy cat ladies in movies and TV. It’s about to get furry.

Crazy Cat Lady – “The Simpsons

“The Simpsons'” crazy cat lady, simply named as such, is the perfect embodiment of this character trope, a delusional hermit who’s only real characteristic is that she has dozens of cats she can hurl at onlookers.
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Kenya Barris Exited $100 Million Netflix Deal Because He Couldn’t Be Edgy: ‘Netflix Became CBS’

Kenya Barris Exited $100 Million Netflix Deal Because He Couldn’t Be Edgy: ‘Netflix Became CBS’
Kenya Barris wasn’t the first high-profile showrunner to strike up a multimillion dollar deal with Netflix (he joined the likes of Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy), but he was the first notable creator to walk away. News broke last October that Barris was looking for an exit from his reported $100 million deal with Netflix. A new cover story for The Hollywood Reporter confirms Barris got out of the deal in January. The showrunner also spoke about his Netflix departure for the first time in detail. According to THR, Barris’ “Netflix marriage had been imperfect” because he “wasn’t willing to be the broadly commercial producer that the streamer wanted him to be, and Netflix wasn’t interested in being the edgy home that Barris craved.”

“I want to do in-your-face shit,” Barris said, explaining the content Netflix didn’t let him create and teasing what will come next as
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10 Best Al Pacino Comedies, Ranked According To Rotten Tomatoes

10 Best Al Pacino Comedies, Ranked According To Rotten Tomatoes
In the last few decades, actor Robert De Niro successfully made the jump from comedy to drama, starring in comedy classics like Midnight Run, Analyze This and Meet The Parents. Much of his output has been comedies ever since. However, Al Pacino, the equally legendary actor he's most associated with, never made the same career move and has only made a few comedies in his storied career.

Related: Dirty Grandpa & 9 Of Robert De Niro's Other Funniest Roles

Al Pacino is one of the most brilliant actors of our time, having starred in intensely dramatic films like The Godfather, Glengarry Glen Ross, and The Insider. During his career, he's mostly stayed in his lane. However, he has, on occasion, popped up in a few lighter movies. Despite not being in many, he clearly has a knack for the comedy genre.
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Fox Unveils Trailers for The Big Leap, The Cleaning Lady, & More!

Fox Unveils Trailers for The Big Leap, The Cleaning Lady, & More!
Fox has announced its 2021-22 schedule, and it includes a string of new shows.

We already know the network's plans for next season, and now we have some trailers to get an early look at some of the new shows.

We have two dramas and two comedies for you to check out!

The Big Leap

The Big Leap is a modern tale about second chances, chasing your dreams, and taking back what’s yours.

From creator/executive producer Liz Heldens, director/executive producer Jason Winer (Modern Family), and executive producer Sue Naegle (The Plot Against America), the show revolves around a group of diverse, down-on-their-luck characters attempting to change their lives by participating in a potentially life-ruining reality dance show that builds to a live production of Swan Lake.

Inspired by a U.K. reality format, The Big Leap is an innovative show-within-a-show that takes viewers on a journey of
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‘The Big Leap,’ ‘Pivoting': Watch Trailers for Fox’s New Series for 2021-22 (Videos)

‘The Big Leap,’ ‘Pivoting': Watch Trailers for Fox’s New Series for 2021-22 (Videos)
Fox has shared trailers for its new comedies and dramas for the 2021-22 TV season, including the Scott Foley-led “The Big Leap” and Paul Feig’s “Welcome to Flatch.”

The trailers were unveiled at the network’s annual upfront presentation to advertisers on Monday, alongside information about returning favorites “9-1-1,” “The Masked Singer” and “The Resident.”

The new shows teased Monday also include the long-gestating mob drama “The Cleaning Lady” and the ensemble comedy “Pivoting,” starring Eliza Coupe, Maggie Q and Ginnifer Goodwin. The network has not yet shared trailers for its other new shows, including “Alter Ego,” Gordon Ramsey’s “Next Level Chef,” Lee Daniels’ “Our Kind of People” and the “Fantasy Island” reboot starring Roselyn Sanchez.

The Big Leap

The Big Leap is a modern tale about second chances, chasing your dreams and taking back what’s yours. From creator/executive producer Liz Heldens, director/executive producer
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Fox Fall Schedule: Monday’s ‘911’ Block Broken Up as ‘Lone Star’ Moves to Midseason

Fox Fall Schedule: Monday’s ‘911’ Block Broken Up as ‘Lone Star’ Moves to Midseason
Fox announced its fall schedule Monday, revealing that “9-1-1” universe fans will no longer be enjoying the shows back to back in the first half of the 2021-22 season, as spinoff “9-1-1: Lone Star” has been pushed to midseason.

Mondays this fall will still be anchored by “9-1-1” at 8 p.m., but will lead into the new Scott Foley-led drama “The Big Leap” in the 9 o’clock slot. However, that freshman series will wrap by midseason, when “Lone Star” will take over the “9-1-1” slot. Then the “9-1-1” series will be reunited, airing back to back once more, come March.

Fox’s Tuesdays are also seeing a change in pairings, following the recent cancellation of “Prodigal Son.” The now-renewed “The Resident” will keep its 8 o’clock hour, with the first season of Lee Daniels’ drama “Our Kind of People” closing primetime from 9-10.

Wednesday is still all about music fun,
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Kevin Hart, John Hamburg Team for Netflix Comedy ‘Me Time’ (Exclusive)

Kevin Hart, John Hamburg Team for Netflix Comedy ‘Me Time’ (Exclusive)
Kevin Hart has reteamed up with John Hamburg, who wrote the comedian’s hit, Night School, for Me Time, a comedy set up at Netflix.

Hamburg, perhaps best known for writing the Meet the Parents comedies and directing Along Came Polly in the early 2000s, wrote the script and is directing and producing.

Hart is also producing with Bryan Smiley and the duo’s HartBeat Productions. Lauren Hennessey will also exec produce as will Joe Gatta.

The script centers on a stay-at-home dad who finds himself with some “me time” for the first time in years while his wife and kids are away. He reconnects ...
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Are We Ever Going to See a Meet the Parents 4?

Are We Ever Going to See a Meet the Parents 4?
Should there really be another Meet the Parents at this point? Right now it feels as though it would need to experience a serious time jump and push forward until the kids were in college, or perhaps even to the point of Samantha and Henry getting ready to be married. Just think of that, it would no longer be just the idea of placing stress on a man asking his fiance’s father for his blessing, it would now include a woman perhaps feeling whatever equivalent amount of stress there might be in asking for a blessing. Of course, with Greg,

Are We Ever Going to See a Meet the Parents 4?
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Whatever Happened to Teri Polo?

Whatever Happened to Teri Polo?
The question of what happened to Teri Polo is pretty easy to answer since she’s still around, but as far as being front and center at all times it’s also just as easy to say that this isn’t happening as much as it might have when she was still a part of the Meet the Parents cast. It could even be said that she became less of a factor after Meet the Fockers since in Little Fockers it would appear that she’s still noticeable but the story has really taken to following Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro’s continuing hate/love

Whatever Happened to Teri Polo?
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Gwyneth Paltrow's Birthday Message for Mom Blythe Danner Is Guaranteed to Melt Your Heart

Gwyneth Paltrow's Birthday Message for Mom Blythe Danner Is Guaranteed to Melt Your Heart
Gwyneth Paltrow is celebrating someone special this week: her mom! As is likely no secret to fans, the Goop founder hails from another very famous woman—Blythe Danner. The Emmy-winning actress, famous for work like Meet the Parents, Huff and Will & Grace, celebrated her 78th birthday on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Of course, the occasion did not pass without a tribute from her firstborn. "This beautiful creature fills our hearts with so much warmth," Gwyneth wrote on Instagram. "She gets words and names mixed up in the most hilarious and unique of ways. She is full of life and incredibly strong. She loves her grandchildren more than anything in the world. She loves Bill Evans, eating...
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Peacock Review: Here’s What to Know About NBC’s Streaming Service

Peacock Review: Here’s What to Know About NBC’s Streaming Service
The streaming wars have gotten more heated thanks to Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming service. Peacock competes with legacy streaming services like Netflix and Hulu along with newer entrants like HBO Max and Disney+ in a bid for your time. We’ve broken down everything you need to know about the service, including our verdict on whether or not you should subscribe.

How Does Peacock Work?

Peacock is unique among its competition because it has a free tier that includes access to a smaller library. This isn’t a promo either
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‘SNL’ Co-Head Writer, ‘Alex Strangelove’ Filmmaker Team for Horror Comedy (Exclusive)

‘SNL’ Co-Head Writer, ‘Alex Strangelove’ Filmmaker Team for Horror Comedy (Exclusive)
New Line has picked up The Parenting, a project that puts an LGBTQ twist on the horror-comedy genre.

Kent Sublette, the co-head writer of Saturday Night Live, will write the script and Craig Johnson, the helmer perhaps best known for the 2014 comedy The Skeleton Twins, is in negotiations to direct.

Chris Bender and Jake Weiner of Good Fear Content are producing.

Plot details are being kept under lock and key but it is understood to have tones of Meet the Parents, the 2000 comedy that starred Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro and told of a couple who engage in the time-honored, and ...
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‘Happiest Season’ Review: Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis Star in Vanilla Lesbian Rom-Com

‘Happiest Season’ Review: Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis Star in Vanilla Lesbian Rom-Com
The hallmarks of a Christmas movie are by now painfully familiar: Ornate decorations, gift shopping in a generic department store, the pristine but tasteful mini-mansion, the outsider partner eager to impress the family, a large ensemble cast outlined with half-drawn quirks — mostly, if not entirely, white. Entering boldly into this bunch is “Happiest Season,” a shiny holiday comedy which is by all accounts indistinguishable from the rest save for one little detail: It’s gay!

Unfortunately, this tiny tweak isn’t enough to make a lasting impression on the genre, especially with a lackluster script that offers little in the way of surprise or delight. What’s more, including a sub-plot about a rich white man running for mayor of a Pennsylvania enclave with no mention of actual politics feels — to put it mildly — painfully out of touch.

Not just because 2020 saw Black Lives Matter protests erupt around the country,
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How Marvin Peart Rescued ‘The War With Grandpa’; Producer Already Hatching Sequel

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How Marvin Peart Rescued ‘The War With Grandpa’; Producer Already Hatching Sequel
Exclusive: It’s been said that some movies aren’t necessarily born, rather they fight their way to life.

A lot of that responsibility falls on the shoulders of a film’s producer, who well after the cameras have turned off, and the set striked, sees a movie through to its endgame. That person in the case of 101 Studios and Brookdale Studios’ family comedy The War With Grandpa was Marvin Peart, who made certain that the movie, first pitched to him by his young son Tre Peart, would be realized on the big screen — and a pandemic nor a studio going out of business wasn’t going to stop it.

The War With Grandpa is expected to hit an interesting milestone at the domestic box office, crossing $20M ultimately fueled by the Thanksgiving holiday stretch. With the threshold of success being different for movies during the pandemic with the second largest exhibitor Regal closed,
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