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Ben Stiller (born Benjamin Edward Stiller 30.11.65)
Ben Stiller 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.

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'Zoolander 2' To Feature Derek's Son (But Sadly Not Karl Lagerfeld)

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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.

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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”.

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'While We're Young' Tackles Youth Culture

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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'
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."

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While We're Young Review

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.

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Angelina Jolie Urges Kids To Celebrate Being Different In Speech At Kids' Choice Awards

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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.

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Angelina Jolie encouraged children to celebrating being different.

Read More: The 2015 Kid's Choice Awards: So Who Took Home The Prize And Who Got Slimed On Nickelodeon's Big Night?

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A Week In Movies: Zoolander Steals The Show In Paris, Shailene And Theo Shine In London, Trailers Drop For Get Hard, Woman In Gold And 5 Flights Up

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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.

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Picture - Ben Stiller - Stars from... London United Kingdom, Monday 15th December 2014

Ben Stiller - Stars from the latest in the Night at the Museum series of movies 'Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb' were photographed as they took to the red carpet for the UK film premiere of the film which was held at the Empire in Leicester Square, London, United Kingdom - Monday 15th December 2014

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Picture - Ben Stiller - The European... London United Kingdom, Monday 15th December 2014

Ben Stiller - The European premiere of 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' held at the Empire Leicester Square - Arrivals at Empire Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Monday 15th December 2014

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