Ben Stiller (born Benjamin Edward Stiller 30.11.65) is an American actor, comedian and filmmaker, best known for his roles in 'Zoolander', 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty', the 'Madagascar' series, and the 'Night at the Museum' series.
Net Worth: In 2013, Celebrity Net Worth claimed that Ben Stiller has a net worth of 120 million USD.
Childhood: Ben Stiller was born in New York City to the comedian and actor couple, Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller. As both of his parent had busy work schedules, he spent a lot of time with them when they visited sets. He developed a love for filmmaking at an early age, and began making short movies on a video camera with his older sister and her friends. At the age of 9, Stiller made his acting debut in a television series starring his mother, entitled 'Kate McShane'. Stiller studied at The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine before graduating from the Calhoun School in New York in 1983. He spent time participating in New York City's first All Children's Theatre. He later studied at the University of California, Los Angeles, as a film student for nine months, before leaving to pursue a career in acting in New York.
Career: When Stiller was 21, he appeared in the Broadway show, 'The House of Blue Leaves', alongside John Mahoney. While working on the show, Stiller produced a mockumentary about Mahoney, which was well received by the cast and crew. It prompted Stiller and Mahoney to work on a six minute short film entitled 'The Hustler of Money', a parody of 'The Color of Money' from Martin Scorsese in the style of a movie trailer. The short film was picked up by 'Saturday Night Live', who aired the film in 1987. Two years later, Stiller was invited to work as a writer for 'Saturday Night Live'. Stiller worked for 'SNL' for four episodes, as they did not want him to just make short films. He went on to work with John Cusack on the short film 'Elvis Stories' which was also considered a success. MTV was brought to develop the film 'Back to Brooklyn'. The channel was so impressed, that they offered Stiller the chance to have his own show, 'The Ben Stiller Show' in 1990. The show only appeared for one season on MTV, before it was then taken up again by Fox. The show earned an Emmy award for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program, despite low ratings. In 1998, Stiller appeared in the film 'There's Something About Mary' alongside Cameron Diaz, which went on to gain a strong cult following. He also appeared in 'Zero Effect', 'Your Friends & Neighbors', and 'Permanent Midnight' in the same year. In 2000, Stiller appeared in 'Meet the Parents', before directing his third feature film the next year, with him playing the titular role in 'Zoolander'. In 2004, he appeared in six films, 'Starsky & Hutch', 'Envy', 'DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story', 'Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy', 'Along Came Polly' and the sequel to 'Meet the Parents', 'Meet the Fockers'. The following year, he appeared in the animated film 'Madagascar'. In 2006, Stiller starred in 'Night at the Museum', which earned a strong box-office following. Two years later, he directed and starred alongside Robert Downey Jr. and Jack Black in 'Tropic Thunder'. The following year, he appeared in the sequel to 'Night at the Museum', entitled 'Battle of the Smithsonian'. In 2013, he directed, produced and starred in a personal passion project 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'.
Personal Life: In 2000, Stiller married actress Christine Taylor, in Hawaii. In 2002, the couple had a daughter, Ella Olivia, and in 2005 they had a son, Quinlin Dempsey.
Meara was one half of married comedy duo, Stiller & Meara who performed regularly on TV in the 1960s.
Actress and comedian Anne Meara has died aged 85, her family has confirmed. An award winning performer, Meara enjoyed a six decade long career in both film and television and was the wife of comedian Jerry Stiller and the mother of actor Ben Stiller.
Meara was married to comedian Jerry Stiller for 61 years.
The Stiller family released a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday, writing that Meara is survived by her ‘husband and partner in life Jerry Stiller’. "The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long.” the statement read.
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Has Biebs been added to the growing list of stars who have signed up for an appearance in 'Zoolander 2'?
Justin Bieber is about to catwalk on to the big screen, as the singer has been confirmed as appearing in upcoming sequel Zoolander 2, which stars Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. The news was confirmed by Stiller on his Instagram page, when he posted a picture of Bieber facing off with his alter-ego Derek Zoolander.
Justin is set to strut his stuff alogside Derek Zoolander
In the black and white image to the two try and out stare each other as they stand side by side in black and white. Stiller captioned the image ‘#Zoolander2 @justinbieber.’ Stiller is wearing a black rollback sweater in the pic, while Bieber is sporting a black jacket and white ribbed vest.
Continue reading: Justin Bieber Teases 'Zoolander 2' Cameo With Ben Stiller Pose Off
Filming is currently under way on the sequel, which will feature the teenaged son of Derek Zoolander.
Ben Stiller has revealed a major plot point of the upcoming Zoolander sequel, the film will feature the son of his really, really good looking male model character. Yes Derek’s son, who we met briefly at the end of 2001’s Zoolander, will be a part of the sequel and will be played by child actor Cyrus Arnold.
Stiller and Wilson are currently filming the long awaited Zoolander sequel in Europe.
Stiller announced the news on Instagram, sharing a picture of himself and Arnold with the caption, “Meet @cyrusarnold. Son of Derek. #Zoolander2.” Arnold later took to his own Instagram to share the pic writing, :"It's out!!! I am playing Ben Stiller's son in "Zoolander 2"!! So happy to share the news with all of you!! #zoolander2 #derekjr”.
Continue reading: 'Zoolander 2' To Feature Derek's Son (But Sadly Not Karl Lagerfeld)
During the creation of the film 'While We're Young', the film's creators began to explore the idea of youth culture, and its obsession with the older generations.
With his new film 'While We're Young', Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha) takes a complex look at the impact of youth culture on the previous, older generation. This is done by depicting the often comical interaction of two couples: Naomi Watts and Ben Stiller in their mid-40s and Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver in their mid-20s.
Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts in 'While We're Young'
Watts believes that the film pokes a hole in the current obsession with anything that seems young. "The funny thing about the film is that these people who pose themselves as this incredibly hip young couple turn out to be not as hip as they think they are," she said. "This endless fascination with the youth culture is there in all of us, and the irony of them using vinyl and typewriters and oh, let's leave it to questions and not know the answer, let's try and remember without looking things up on our phones! Ben and I are fooled into believing they are so pure. That becomes the genesis of our crush on them, and then we figure out they're not as authentic as they promise."
Continue reading: 'While We're Young' Tackles Youth Culture
Writer-director Noah Baumbach once again taps into a specific point in life with astute observational skill, even if the plot feels oddly forced. The vividly defined characters continually surprise with their awkward honesty, although this comedy-drama suffers from the contrived plotting of Greenberg (2010) rather than the free-spirited joy of Frances Ha (2012). Still, people on the cusp of middle age will find it hilariously, and worryingly, resonant.
In their early 40s, Josh and Cornelia (Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts) feel like everyone is judging them for not having children. And Josh has the additional pressure that his filmmaking career has stalled: he has nothing to show for eight years spent on his latest documentary. Then they meet 25-year-old aspiring filmmaker Jamie (Adam Driver) and his wife Darby (Amanda Seyfried), who inspire them to recapture their youthful interests in art and culture. Even their sex life begins to perk up. And Jamie encourages Josh to make progress on his movie, just as Jamie gets his own project underway, consulting with Cornelia's well-established filmmaker dad (Charles Grodin). But is this trans-generational friendship appropriate?
The fact that they even wonder that gives away Baumbach's own perspective, especially as he fills the film with witty contrasts that work a little too hard to make the point. For example, Josh collects CDs and DVDs while Jamie collects LPs and VHS tapes. Continual touches like this add lots of clever observational humour, although they also make everything feel a bit cartoonish and over-constructed. Plus of course the nagging sense that there's a right and wrong way these kinds of things should play out. Thankfully the dialogue is fiendishly smart, delivered to perfection by the gifted cast. And it helps that each of the actors are willing to be fairly unlikeable in his or her role, although Stiller is sometimes sent over the top with Josh's inexplicably harsh reactions to everyone around him.
Continue reading: While We're Young Review
Angelina Jolie delivered a powerful speech at the 2015 Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards on Sunday 29th March.
Angelina Jolie encouraged children to celebrate being different whilst delivering her speech at the 2015 Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards. Jolie was on stage to receive the award for Favourite Movie Villain for her role as Maleficent in the film of the same name.
Angelina Jolie encouraged children to celebrating being different.
Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson rock Paris Fashion Week, while Insurgent premieres in London as the new James Bond film shoots on a nearby street. Upcoming movie trailers pair-up Kevin Hart with Will Ferrell, Helen Mirren with Ryan Reynolds, and Diane Keaton with Morgan Freeman...
In Paris this week, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson made headlines when they shot a sequence for Zoolander 2 on the catwalk during Valentino's Paris Fashion Week show. As their characters Derek and Hansel, they strutted to the strains of The Human League's Don't You Want Me, followed by a p[arade of high-fashion models. The film is due next February. Watch Ben Stiller And Owen Wilson Steal The Runway At Paris Fashion.
Shailene Woodley and Theo James led a line-up of red carpet eye candy at the world premiere of the Divergent sequel Insurgent this week in London. Guests included stars from TV shows like The Hills and Made in Chelsea, plus musicians, models and athletes, as well as Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent novels. The movie is out next week.
In promotion of forthcoming comedy sequel 'Zoolander 2', Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson brought their characters Derek Zoolander and Hansel to the runway of the VALENTINO fashion show during Paris Fashion Week. They unquestionably drew the most enthusiastic reception of the night, strutting along to 'Dont You Want Me' by The Human League and glowering at their audience in shiny suits with jackets draped over their shoulders.
Blue steel has hit the Paris Fashion Week catwalk and made Valentino 'so hot right now'.
The famously unshockable, fashionable and fabulous were left surprised this morning when actors Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller appeared on the Paris Fashion Week runway during Valentino's show, as their really, really good looking model alter-egos from the 2001 comedy Zoolander.
If there's one place were Owen Wilson feels at home, it's the 'Night At The Museum' set.
It's probably true when it comes to most family comedies that being involved is less stressful than a more serious drama, but Owen Wilson feels that doesn't ring more true than on the set of 'Night Of The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb'.
There may be a lot of chaos what with wild animals and cavemen running loose in London, but 'Night At The Museum' is a set that star Owen Wilson, who plays miniature cowboy Jedediah in the franchise, feels right at home on - mainly because of the stellar cast he has surrounding him. 'Working with Ben Stiller... we've worked together on a lot of things and for me it's just very familiar and very comfortable', he explains. 'And then Steve Coogan and Ben Stiller, that's who my scenes are usually always with... those guys just made me laugh.'
A script for the as-yet-unconfirmed sequel definitely exists, and the British model is being actively considered for a part.
There have been many whispers about the possibility of a follow-up to 2001’s hit comedy Zoolander, but one casting rumour seems to be solidifying. According to MTV, the film’s original star Ben Stiller wants British model Cara Delevingne to play a part.
Stiller was being interviewed to promote the third instalment of the family-friendly movies series Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb when he was asked about the existence of a sequel. He replied “There is a script, I won't deny there's a script, and there's been a reading of the script - but it hasn't yet been fully formulated.”
British model Cara Delevingne has been linked with a role in a possible 'Zoolander' sequel
With January 2014 becoming the wettest month on record for the UK, it seems unsurprising that the filming for 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' saw a fair bit of rain.
For the recent third instalment of the 'Night at the Museum' series, Ben Stiller and the cast and crew of the previous two films travelled to London to film in The British Museum. But aside from the fun times on set, what did Stiller find to be the best thing about filming in the UK?
Ben Stiller and Robin Williams star in 'Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb'
Well, "The best thing about filming in the UK," according to Stiller, "was the sunshine. Just loads of sunshine when we were filming there. And the warmth." He was joking, of course. "We filmed in January" he confessed, before explaining that "I think it rained every second we were there." This isn't exactly surprising, as January 2014 saw the south of England's wettest month on record, with around five months' worth of rain in some parts of the country. Stiller continued to say "all the exterior shots it would rain, and then when we went inside it would stop raining." He kept optimistic, however, as he explained "it was great because it looks good on camera to see the wet surfaces on everything."
Predictably, "The Battle of the Five Armies" came out as a clear winner.
So, it looks like The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has taken over the box office while no one was watching. Well, actually, it turns out a lot of people were watching, and the third instalment of Peter Jackson’s fantasy series checked in at $90,6 million domestic at the end of the weekend.
Martin Freeman and co. had virtually no competition at the box office this weekend.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, box-office comparisons to the previous Hobbit films aren't exactly parallel as the first two came out on Fridays, but The Desolation of Smaug launched to $73.6 million last year, while An Unexpected Journey opened to $84.6 million in 2012.
Ricky Gervais and Ben Stiller have paid tribute to their late co-star.
The cast of Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb has paid tribute to cast member Robin Williams who died earlier this year. Speaking to People Magazine, the film’s stars celebrated the life and performance of their late co-star whose suicide in August devastated Hollywood.
Robin Williams and the cast of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
In what would be one of his final film appearances Williams reprised his role of President Theodore Roosevelt in the third instalment of the comedy franchise.
The Interview's release is indefinitely cancelled, as the Night at the Museum 3 cast holds premieres in New York and London, and James Bond hits the Thames as filming begins on Spectre. There are also new trailers for Sean Penn's The Gunman, the Divergent sequel Insurgent and a new Thomas Hardy adaptation...
The big movie news this week has been Sony's decision to cancel the release of the James Franco/Seth Rogen comedy The Interview due to threats made by a hacking group. The film had already held its Los Angeles premiere, attended by Franco and Rogen, costar Diana Bang and cowriter-director Evan Goldberg, who were photographed on the red carpet. But the New York premiere was cancelled, as was all press and any plans for a theatrical or home video release.