Stiller and Vaughn teamed up for a very brief sequel to 'Dodgeball' this week, launching a charity initiative for Omaze.
Recent years in cinema have been plagued by a spate of ill-advised re-makes of classic noughties comedies. Seriously, nobody would wish a screening of the appalling sequels to Anchorman or Zoolander on their worst enemy.
However, the team behind the 2004 comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story have come up with a rather better idea that doesn't necessitate a full-length sequel, with its stars Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn coming together to reprise their characters for a short and sweet video clip for a charity initiative launched by Omaze on Wednesday (June 14th).
The four-minute clip sees Peter LaFleur (Vaughn) and the annoying White Goodman (Stiller) offering a select few lucky fans the chance to actually play dodgeball with them. Entrants can sign up either for Vaughn’s Average Joe’s team, or for Stiller’s Globo-Gym outfit.
The nominations are in for the award season gong no one wants to receive.
The nominees for the 37th annual Golden Raspberry Awards, aka the Razzies, have been revealed and according to organisers 2016 was so bad for movies there’s more contenders than ever.
Leading the pack with nine nominations is Zoolander 2, described as a "15-years-too-late sequel”, which is up for nine awards, followed by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a "WTF comic-book battle royale,” which has eight nods.
Zoolander 2 leads the 2016 Razzie nominations
Ralph Rodriguez , Anthony Ramos - Backstage visit at the Broadway musical Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. at Richard Rodgers Theatre, - New York City, New York, United States - Friday 11th September 2015
Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor - 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' - UK film premiere held at the Empire Leicester Square - Arrivals at Empire Leicester Square - London - Monday 15th December 2014
Ben Stiller - Shots from the press conference for the movie 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' The Press Conference was attended by stars of the film such as Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Ricky Gervais in New York City, New York, United States - Friday 12th December 2014
Ben Stiller - New York Premiere of 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' at The Ziegfeld Theater - Arrivals at Zeigfeld Theater - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 11th December 2014
Ben Stiller - New York Premiere of 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' at The Ziegfeld Theater - Arrivals at Ziegfeld Theater - New York City, New York, United States - Friday 12th December 2014
Ben Stiller - New York Premiere of 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' at The Ziegfeld Theater - Red carpet arrivals at Ziegfeld Theater - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 11th December 2014
Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor and Mario Cantone - 16th Annual Tomorrow Is Tonight Gala Benefiting Project A.L.S. at Cipriani E. 42 St - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 16th October 2014
Could Cara Delevingne be close to landing her biggest movie role yet?
Cara Delevingne at the Cannes Film Festival [Getty/pascal-le-segretain]
Tabloid The Sun reports that the 22-year-old is in direct discussions with Stiller about taking a major role in the planned sequel. Fellow model Suki Waterhouse - the girlfriend of Oscar-nominated actor Bradley Cooper - is also said to be in talks over a smaller role.
Continue reading: Cara Delevingne In Talks For Lead Role In 'Zoolander 2'
This year's Stand Up To Cancer telethon has begun accepting donations ahead of its live showing on September 5th.
Stand Up To Cancer aims to reiterate the point that everyone is connected and everyone can be affected by cancer with their every-two-year telethon which this year features a stellar celebrity line-up including Pierce Brosnan, Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston.
Last year, Pierce Brosnon lost his daughter, Charlotte, to Ovarian Cancer
"Simply put, Stand Up To Cancer's goal is to end cancer's reign as a leading cause of death by raising funds to accelerate research that will help transform cancer from a disease that takes far too many lives to one people survive" states the Stand Up To Cancer website. In a bid to remind people that one out of every two men and one out of every three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, the campaign has been running since 2008 with various famous faces offering their own experiences of the disease and support of the cause.
Continue reading: Stand Up To Cancer Reveals Its Incredible Celebrity Line-Up
Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor - A-list celebrities including "Mirrors" hit-maker Justin Timberlake, Canadian popstar Justin Bieber, TV show host Oprah Winfrey, host of American idol Ryan Seacrest, Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea, English fashion model Cara Delevingne and many more have all taken part in the ALS ice bucket challenge, designed to raise money and awareness for the neurodegenerative illness ALS also known as MND - Tuesday 19th August 2014
One of those swoony American dramas that explores life in all its wondrousness, this film will quickly annoy more cynical viewers. But others will find it a warmly inspirational story about breaking out of our dull routines to live life fully. It's gorgeously shot and edited, but a rougher edge might have made it easier to identify with.
Walter Mitty (Stiller) is a daydreamer who manages photographic negatives at Life magazine. Not only is his job deeply redundant in the age of digital photography, but Life is in the process of being downsized by a corporate henchman (Scott). And as they prepare the last print edition, Walter is in trouble because he can't locate an important negative sent to him by an old-school photographer (Penn). So he turns to Cheryl (Wiig), a colleague he secretly has a crush on, for help. And he finally gets the courage to make his dream to see the world a reality as he travels to remote Greenland and beyond to find the photographer.
The film takes the time to set up Walter's fantasy life with superbly rendered effects sequences before sending him out into the real world. So we really feel the weight of these new experiences for Walter. And as a director, Stiller shamelessly punches every emotional note with vivid photography, surging music and wide-eyed performances. The problem is that the characters are never much more than cartoons, defined by one or two key traits. At least the actors all do the best they can to add resonant details.
Continue reading: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty Review
Is there anyone left who hasn't seen 'The Desolation of Smaug'?
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has maintained its number one position in the box office charts for a third week. Peter Jackson's sequel has fought of competition from Disney animation Frozen, comedy Anchorman: The Legend Continues and crime drama American Hustle to claim 2013's final weekend triumph.
'The Hobbit 2' Maintains Its Box Office Stronghold.
So far The Hobbit has collected $190 million at the worldwide box office but the total is still behind the original instalment which had already picked up $230 million by the third weekend. In its sixth week of release, Disney's Frozen gave a still impressive performance, taking $28.8 million behind The Hobbit's $29.9 million weekend total.
Ben Stiller's latest film is not the same old Ben Stiller you may remember, and he is proud of that.
Ben Stiller's new film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a change for the actor, and so far it's not clear if it was the right move. Stiller directs and stars in the film, which has him playing an "unadventurous" man who only escapes reality by daydreaming, according to Reuters.
Ben Stiller's hand and footprint ceremony at TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood
His daydreaming turns him into the man he wished he was, and he tries to figure out how to be that person in real life.
Christine Taylor and Ben Stiller - AFI FEST 2013 Presented By Audi - "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty" Premiere At TCL Chinese Theatre - Hollywood, California, United States - Thursday 14th November 2013
Stiller, Bullock, Clooney and Hanks rule the red carpets at film festivals in New York and London, Radcliffe promotes Kill Your Darlings, we get a look at January's I Frankenstein, and Tarantino declares his best of the year ...
Ben Stiller's remake of the 1947 classic premiered at the New York Film Festival this week, with Stiller and costars Kristin Wiig and Adam Scott in attendance. The film, about a mild-mannered office worker with a vivid daydreaming life, won the festival's Fellowship Award. It opens in December. You can watch Ben Stillier in action as Walter Mitty in the trailer here. We also have video from this week's premiere at the New York Film Festival, you can see Ben Stiller And Kristen Wiig arriving here or watch a video of 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' cast posing together at New York Film Festival as they are joineed by Stiller's wife Christine Taylor and his co-star Adam Scott.
Also on the red carpet in New York were Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and Alfonso Cuaron, presenting the US premiere of their space-orbit thriller Gravity, which went on to set US box office records over the weekend. Afterwards, Bullock and Cuaron jetted across the Atlantic for the film's UK premiere at the London Film Festival this week. We have video footage taken at the 'Gravity' NY Premiere featuring stars George Clooney And Sandra Bullock and another video featuring director Alfonso Cuaron arriving at the 'Gravity' NYFF premiere. We also urge you read our report on how studio pressure almost ruined the movie and how Alfonso Cuaron had to fight for the version we are seeing and enjoying today.
The cast of adventure comedy 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' arrived for the Centerpiece Gala Presentation at the New York Film Festival held at the Film Society Lincoln Center. Among them were leading male and director Ben Stiller with his wife, 'Dodgeball' actress Christine Taylor; Kristen Wiig; Adam Scott with his wife Naomi Scott; Sean Penn; Patton Oswalt; Adrian Martinez, and Johnathan C. Daly.
Walter Mitty is an exceptionally ordinary man who has never dared venture out into the world or, indeed, made any effort to have some fun closer to home. In a bid to break his cycle of breakfast, work, dinner and bed, he signs up to a dating site but soon finds that his bland life doesn't really leave him much in the way of valuable dating assets. He wishes he could talk to his stunning colleague Cheryl, though when he does, he finds himself suddenly liberated. She teaches him that life is less about existing, and more about bravely living and doing things you're afraid of. Still terrified, he makes a miraculously impulsive decision to embark on a trip of a lifetime, seeking adventures in the North Pole, the Himalayan mountains and shark infested oceans. Will his death-defying journey transform him into the free-spirited, desirable and confident man he has also dreamed of being?
This incredible comedy adventure has been based a short story from the 1939 book 'My World and Welcome to It' by James Thurber. Ben Stiller ('Tropic Thunder', 'Zoolander', 'The Cable Guy') stars in and directs this movie with a screenplay by Steve Conrad ('The Weather Man', 'The Pursuit of Happyness'). 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty' will be released in the UK on December 26th 2013.
'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' has divided critics.
In a new comedic adaptation of James Thurber's short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Ben Stiller plays a spineless proof-reader for a magazine publishing firm. He's incapable of standing up for himself and so retreats into a fantasy world where he is cool, poised, heroic and self-assured.
Ben Stiller As The Down-On-His-Luck Walter Mitty.
Stiller has directed a script from Steven Conrad, who has pedigree in this sort of field. He penned the 2005 comedy-drama The Weather Man, with Nicolas Cage, and Will Smith's The Pursuit of Happyness. Kristen Wiig is also along for the ride, as is the respected Patton Oswalt and Shirley MacLaine.
Ben Stiller's 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty' premièred at the New York Film Festival, but how was it received?
Ben Stiller's remake of the 1947 film, 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty' premiered this Saturday at the New York Film Festival and 20th Century Fox have once again splashed the cash for extravagant visual effects in the epic drama that blends reality with fantasy, which received a mixed reception from critics.
Ben Stiller directed 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty'
The film's plot was originally from a short story published in the New Yorker by James Thurber in 1939, and Steve Conrad loosely adapted Thurber's story into the 2013 comedy-drama. The adaptation follows a man called 'Walter Mitty' (Ben Stiller), who lives an ordinary life with a regular job, but he is desperately growing tired of the same monotonous routine he carries out everyday.
It was Justin's birthday this weekend and Jen was keen to make sure her hubby had a memorable bash, inviting a whose-who of Hollywood celebs
Amidst reports that their relationship is on the rocks, Jennifer Aniston was on hand to throw one heck of a distraction as she lavished her hubby Justin Theroux with gifts and visits from his famous friends as the actor celebrated his 42nd birthday this weekend.
The couple celebrated Justin's birthday and their one year anniversary as an engaged couple
There was no shortage of celebrity guests either, with famous faces dotted all around Jen and Justin's Bell Air mansion to wish Justin a happy birthday. Although Jen's BFF Courtney Cox couldn't attend the birthday bash, as the actress is reportedly recovering from a broken wrist still, reports state that among the attendees at their Los Angeles home were Ben Stiller, Tobey Maguire and Jason Bateman. Fellow actors Don Cheadle, Will Arnett, Malin Ackerman, Kristen Bell and her fiance Dax Shepard and Isla Fisher and her husband Sacha Baron Cohen were also in attendance, as were comedians Jimmy Kimmel and Ellen DeGeneres and their partners.
Continue reading: Jennifer Aniston Throws Star-Studded Birthday Bash For Justin Theroux
Wahlberg and Washington host an all-star New York premiere, Seyfried and Stone face their fans, Stiller shows his epic vision for Walter Mitty's secret life, Johnny Knoxville makes a Borat-style comedy...
The stars turned out this week for the world premiere of 2 Guns, the new action movie that teams up Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. Both actors were on the red carpet in New York along with the film's Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur and costars including James Marsden and Bill Paxton. Musicians Robin Thicke and 50 Cent also turned up to see the film, which will have its international premiere in London next week.
Walter Mitty is an ordinary guy with an ordinary life; he wakes up, eats breakfast, goes to work and comes home every night in the same old, repetitive, routine way he has become accustomed to. However, he dreams of something much bigger than what he has. He wants to fulfil a life of heroism and exploration and regularly daydreams about trekking through icy mountains and venturing out into foreign lands around the world. In reality, he is look down upon by his superiors at the office and he's too scared even to speak to his stunning colleague Cheryl. That is, until one day when he makes an unusually spontaneous decision to embark on a journey of a lifetime seeking adventures that even he had never fantasised about. Will experience transform this diffident magazine photo worker? Or will he see that the world isn't all it's cracked up to be?
Continue: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty Trailer
Ben Stiller stars in the highly-anticipated adaptation of James Thurber's 1939 short story The Secret of Life of Walter Mitty, with the first official trailer rolling out online on Tuesday.
Stiller stars as Mitty, the mild-mannered LIFE magazine employee who escapes the monotony of office life through his epic daydreams.
Stiller also directs the movie, which has been plagued by budget problems though is finally set for release this Christmas. From the trailer, this looks to be a genuinely ambitious piece of cinema and should be well worth a watch.
Amanda Seyfried says she lost weight after moving to Hollywood.
Les Miserables actress Amanda Seyfried says she lost her "beautiful, huge breasts" after moving to Hollywood to pursue a career in movies. The 27-year-old - who plays Linda Lovelace in a forthcoming biopic - called in on the Ellen Degeneres show this week to discuss her beginnings.
"I looked way better when I was 15. I had beautiful, huge breasts!" the actress explained, "And then I came to Hollywood and I was like I gotta lose weight. I gotta look thin. I gotta get fit. And I lost them a little bit." It seems she lost more than "a little bit," telling DeGeneres she was an D cup though that she doesn't miss them, "...because they were ... uncomfortable."
Despite her own decisions, Seyfried warned, "I was feminine. I had some nice curves. And I think we should appreciate that instead of trying to get rid of everything."
Continue reading: Amanda Seyfried Wants Her 'Beautiful, Huge Breasts' Back!
Frances Ha is one of the best reviewed movies of the year so far.
Frances Ha, the new movie starring Greta Gerwig as an apprentice dancer in New York, has been critically acclaimed ahead of its release this week. The movie, by Noah Baumbach (Squid And The Whale, Margot At The Wedding), follows a young woman named Frances who lives with her best friends Sophie, until she moves out to live with another pal.
Gerwig and Baumbach first collaborated in 2010's Greenberg, starring Ben Stiller, though decided to work together again and began exchanging ideas which ultimately became the co-written script for Frances Ha. The movie is shot in black-and-white to emulate parts in Woody Allen's Manhattan (1979) and the movie is gaining comparisons to the director's most famous work, Annie Hall (1977). The film boasts a 92% score on reviews aggregating website Rotten Tomatoes (Star Trek Into Darkness 81%, Iron Man 78%) and critics have been unanimous in their praise. "An American independent film (shot in luminous black and white by Sam Levy) that feels off the cuff but is in fact exactly made by a filmmaker in total control of his resources," said Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times. John Anderson of the Wall Street Journal said, "Perhaps Ms. Gerwig is the greatest actress alive. And maybe "Frances Ha" is just the ghost orchid of independent cinema."
Watched the Frances Ha trailer:
Continue reading: Is Noah Baumbach's 'Frances Ha' The New 'Annie Hall'?
Dodgeball 2 will once again see Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn in the lead roles.
Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films has hired American guitarist and writer Clay Tarver to pen the script for Dodgeball 2, the follow-up to the 2004 hit comedy. The production company run by Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld have gotten the go-ahead from Fox to make a sequel and quickly confirmed Tarver as the screenwriter.
Tarver was co-founder and lead guitarist with Boston hard rock band Bullet LaVolta, though is perhaps best known for his work with Chavez , the progressive hard rock band that he formed with Matt Sweeney, Scott Marshall and James Lo in the 90s. He later turned his hand to writing and co-writer the 2001 thriller Joy Ride with Star Wars Episode 7 director J.J. Abrams. Tarver is currently working on Quantum Hoops, another movie being produced by Red Hour, about a nerdy basketball team at Caltech. He wrote the movie Men Making Music, about the world of competitive barbershop quartets and worked with Mike Judge on Meat In The Freezer, a satire about hunting for HBO films.
Dodgeball, which grossed over $114 million domestically, centered on a group of misfits gym workers who enter a dodgeball competition in order to defeat an encroaching corporate gym run by Stiller. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn will star in the sequel, though it's unclear whether the likes of Christine Taylor, Justin Long and Jason Bateman will return. The plot will reportedly see the former rivals teaming up to thwart an even bigger threat in the fitness world.
Continue reading: Ben Stiller Hires American Rock Guitarist To Pen 'Dodgeball 2'
Comedy actor set to reprise his role as magician Tony Wonder
As if the thought of Arrested Development returning isn’t already exciting enough for comedy fans (and it is), it’s been revealed that Ben Stiller will be returning to the cult comedy!
As has previously been announced, the devoutly followed but niche comedy will be returning after seven years away for a fourth season, to be shown on internet streaming site Netflix. The comedy only lasted for three seasons between 2003 and 2006 but played an important in the burgeoning careers of Jason Bateman, David Cross and, most notably, Michael Cera. All of those will be returning for the new series, alongside the likes of Will Arnett, Jeffrey Tambor and Portia De Rossi, and they’ll be joined by Ben Stiller. Those who remember the dysfunctional family program from the first time round might recall Stiller played the rival magician to Arnett’s character Gob, Tony Wonder. Wonder appeared as a recurring character in season two and three of Arrested Development where he was famed for being able to make any amount of objects appear from places as unbelievable as his nostrils and eyelids. It’s not been revealed where he’ll fit into the show this time round, with the plot being kept secret.
However, Entertainment Weekly have pointed out that Stiller will join a host of guesting stars, including Seth Rogan, Kristen Wiig, Conan O’Brien, Isla Fisher and John Slattery.
Continue reading: Arrested Development Season 4 Will See Ben Stiller Return!
Most of these movies feature actors, actresses and filmmakers who really should know better...
This heavy-handed drug-war thriller proves that Oliver Stone has lost the ability to tell a balanced story. And the all-star cast seems clueless about why they're here. Except a vamping Salma Hayek.
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Whether he's being a complete Focker, has semen hanging from his ear, or suffering terribly after eating a curry, Ben Stiller has delighted us all with laugh-out-loud roles and movies for decades (yeah, we are that old! Reality Bites... is almost 20 years old). So it seems apt that he be awarded and congratulated for all that he's done for comedy. On hand to celebrate him personally were celebrity power couple, Justin Theroux, who has worked with Stiller for a long time, and his new fiancée Jennifer Aniston.
Aniston showed off her enormous engagement rock to her friends when they showed up, reports E!. Aniston gave a tribute in person, as well as appearing in her husband-to-be's own tribute, but comedically refusing to comment on the video that Theroux had made, saying that she'd be there in person- which she was, as reported by People. Aniston's own offering was a montage of Stiller's romantic scenes.
Introducing the video she said: "All right, I'm here to introduce what every lady in this room has been waiting for. And that would be Ben Stiller's lover package. Ben's package is surprisingly large, very expansive, and its lasting power speaks for itself. It spans the length of his manhood - from boyish rogue in Reality Bites, to tender husband and father in the Focker flicks." Continuing, "He is adorable. He's sensitive. He's shockingly ripped. And if you don't believe me, I'd suggest pulling out your iPhone and Google-ing 'Stiller Hawaii beach.' Trust me, it's intense." We googled. He's totally ripped.
Continue reading: Jennifer Aniston And Others Show Up To Celebrate Ben Stiller
Instead of developing the characters or situations for comedy gold, the filmmakers instead just crank up the chaos. So while some scenes are both funny and visually impressive, this second sequel is simply too inane to make us hope there will be a part 4. Very young kids may be distracted by the hectic pacing and hyperactive characters, but everyone else will quickly be bored by the nonstop mayhem, simply because there's nothing interesting going on.
Anxious lion Alex (Stiller), chatty zebra Marty (Rock), nerdy giraffe Melman (Schwimmer) and silly hippo Gloria (Smith) are living a Lion King-style existence in Africa, although their only hope for escape has just flown away. Namely, the brainy penguins and their monkey assistants. So our heroes follow them to Monaco, where they all end up on the run from the notorious animal control agent Dubois (McDormand). They run straight into a failing circus, which they set out to bring back to its glory days so they can catch the eye of an American promoter and go home to New York. To do this means working with the current circus acts: sultry cheetah Gia (Chastain), dorky sea lion Stefano (Short) and tetchy tiger Vitaly (Cranston).
The circus premise lets the filmmakers have a lot of visual fun with the characters, most notably in a riotously colourful Cirque du Soleil-on-acid performance in London. But the plot makes no sense at all (if they can get to Monaco, surely they could get to New York, right?), and there are so many new characters that the central quartet feels almost sidelined. Especially since they've also wedged in an under-developed romance for the lemur king (Baron Cohen). Yes, it's all over the place, and being busy is not the same thing as being clever or funny.
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Stiller stars as Evan, an overachiever who can't bring himself to tell his loving wife (DeWitt) that he's sterile. When there's a murder in the super-store he manages, he forms a neighbourhood watch group with three losers: Bob (Vaughn) is struggling to cope with his teen daughter, Franklin (Hill) has an unhealthy obsession with guns, and Jemarcus (Ayoade) is a goofy sex addict.
All three would rather drink beer and play stupid games than keep their community safe. But then they discover that the killer was actually an alien who is leading an invasion of Earth.
Continue reading: The Watch Review
The Watch are Costco manager Evan, father of a teenage daughter Bob, police reject Franklin and Jamarcus who seeks the love of a beautiful woman. Evan formed the Watch after his wife Abby forced him to move to the suburbs of Glenview, Ohio in an attempt to escape the mundaneness of his daily family life. The others, with same mindset, soon followed despite the persistent mockery from local kids and police officers that came along with it. Once they obtain their team jackets that truly scream don't-mess-with-us with their tiger/ wings/ fire emblems 'All on the same logo!', they are ready to sniff out the covert aliens of the town. What they weren't betting on was actually finding anything so when their vehicle collides with something in the road, coming across a splatter of your average mysterious green slime came as a bit of a surprise. They discover a mystifying ball of some sort that they eventually recognise as a deadly weapon after obliterating a cow with a beam of energy. The Watch realise that they must be the ones to defend their planet from this extra-terrestrial threat.
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After escaping to Africa from Madagascar, Alex the lion; Gloria the hippo; Melman the giraffe and Marty the zebra decide it's time to head back to New York once and for all. Unfortunately, they have to rely on the penguins - Skipper; Kowalski; Rico and Private - and the two chimpanzees, Mason and Phil and their combined mechanical knowledge, to get them back home. Nothing can go wrong this time, though, can it?
Brad (Black) is a birdwatcher who decides to do a Big Year, seeing as many birds as possible in 12 months, while holding down a full-time job and borrowing against his credit cards. Jetting around the country for rare spottings, he comes up against his record-holding nemesis Kenny (Wilson) as well as Stu (Martin), a corporate big-wig who has taken a year off work to follow his dream. But will their obsession with birding cause problems in their private lives?
Continue reading: The Big Year Review
Slackers Dwayne and Travis (McBride and Swardson) are fed up with pressure from Dwayne's militaristic father (Ward), and decide to bump him off to get his money. They hire a hitman (Pena), but need cash to pay him, so they kidnap pizza delivery boy Nick (Eisenberg), strap a bomb to his chest and force him to rob a bank in the next 10 hours. He enlists his pal Chet (Ansari) and, with little time to spare, off they go. But of course nothing goes as planned.
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Josh Kovacs has been a resident in Queens for more than ten years; in that time, he has acquired and lived in one of New York City's most secured and lavish apartments. He works for the Wall Street billionaire Arthur Shaw, who just so happens to live above Josh, in a swanky penthouse flat, making him the wealthiest resident there.
One day, Arthur is convicted of stealing two billion dollars from his investors and he is placed under house arrest. The investors he stole from turn out to be Josh and his crew; Arthur has taken their pensions that they entrusted him to manage. Josh is forced to admit that his retirement fund was taken too.
Josh and his crew form a plan to take back their pension fund, which they think is hidden in Arthur's penthouse. They call upon a petty robber, Slide, to help them, who in turn hires his team of amateur thieves, to scout the penthouse. It turns out that the crooks know the layout of that particular apartment, so taking the two billion back should be a cinch, right?
Starring: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, Tea Leoni, Michael Pena, Gabourey Sidibe, Alan Alda, Nina Arianda, Judd Hirsch and Marcia Jean Kurtz
Comprised of dueling acoustic guitarists Jack Black and Kyle Gass, the D fills albums with harmonious and ridiculously clever odes to their own awesomeness. Their rock operas would make excellent B-sides for Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell album. Indeed, the band belongs on a triple bill with '70s monsters of melodic metal Black Sabbath and Queen.
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The hardest thing about an outsider trying to infiltrate a subculture and explain it to the masses is that the truth is often lost in the translation. Toback throws together a huge canvas of characters and actors in attempt to create a clear picture of why white kids are motivated to impersonate black rappers' lifestyles and why rich whit guys treat black rappers like Arnold and Willis from Diff'rent Strokes.
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This adage is wholly true for the Tenenbaums, a charismatic dysfunctional family set in a slightly surreal New York City. With an all-star cast and crisp dialogue, this film does what many other films of its genre lack -- it creates a family environment that is entertaining as well as easy to relate to.
Continue reading: The Royal Tenenbaums Review
It begins with two working stiffs, Tim (Ben Stiller) and Nick (Jack Black) plodding their lives away at a 3M facility. By-the-book Tim is creeping into middle management while dreamer Nick wallows on the factory floor concocting wacky ideas for useless products. All of that changes when one of Nick's hare-brained schemes, a spray that dissolves dog excrement called Vapoorize (No. Stop. I think I'm gonna bust a gut.), pans out and makes millions.
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Much like Derek, Zoolander is a sweet simpleton of a movie. It's not complex in either its social commentary or its comedy, and it never produces any gut-busting laughs (except maybe a scene when Derek's model roommates all die in a tragic "gasoline fight" accident -- a riotously funny take-off of Tommy Hilfiger ads). But it has a satisfying handful of strong chuckles, wild characters and performances, and mildly harsh potshots at the fashion industry to keep you amused. Better yet, this exaggerated version of the original three-minute skit is only blown out to an efficient 95 minutes -- just enough time to string together its goofball plot without exhausting the gag.
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Remember that great Z-grade 1969 protest picture "Brothers Divided," about the conjoined twins drafted to serve in Vietnam?
No? How about the blaxploitation classics "Venus De Mofo" and "The Foxy Chocolate Robot?" Or the tree-hugging girlie biker flick "The Eco-Angels"? Or the midget Gidget movie "Teenie Weenie Bikini Beach"?
Those don't ring a bell? Surely you've seen at least one of the 427 movies directed by schlock filmmaker Morty Fineman over the last 38 years, right?
Continue reading: The Independent Review
Even if you have not yet tired of the eye-bugging, eyebrow-dancing, class-clown schtick of Jack Black or the eye-bugging, eyebrow-dancing, fretful straight-man schtick of Ben Stiller, the first collaboration between these two one-trick ponies is still unlikely to draw a single laugh for its slapdash story of one-dimensional "Envy" run amok.
The pair star as K-Mart-class stiffs in the sandpaper trade who are best pals and neighbors in an under-the-power-lines cul-de-sac of the San Fernando 'burbs. A fusspot pragmatic by temperament, Stiller slowly turns bitter green when Black -- a wild-eyed daydreamer full of half-baked inventions and get-rich-quick schemes -- gets rich quick by helping conceive an aerosol spray that makes pet poop evaporate.
Soon Stiller and family (Rachel Weisz is wasted in a do-nothing role as his wife) are living across the street from the gaudy uber-mansion that replaced Black's tract home, complete with a carousel on the grounds and Corinthian-styled stables for a white horse that's always getting loose and nibbling on their apple tree. When jealous Stiller accidentally kills the horse in a midnight fit of drunken archery (Black's yard also boasts a bow-and-arrow target range), he tries to hide the body with the help of a weird hobo (Christopher Walken), and hilarity is supposed to ensue.
Continue reading: Envy Review
Jennifer Aniston must have been struck with serious deja vu while filming one pivotal scene from "Along Came Polly," in which she discovers that a neurotic risk assessor (Ben Stiller) -- whom she's been seeing since his bride dumped him on their honeymoon -- has used his laptop computer to make a list of pros and cons about their relationship, hoping to analyze his way to Ms. Right.
Almost the exact same circumstances once led to the breakup on "Friends" between her Rachel and David Schwimmer's neurotic, risk-averse Ross.
It's just such a tendency toward the derivative that leaves "Along Came Polly" lacking any fresh romantic-comedy punch. A blind pet ferret that wreaks havoc on Stiller's attempted seductions smacks of the dog that did the same in "There's Something About Mary." A scene in which Stiller kisses up to his boss (Alec Baldwin) in the men's room recalls an awkward moment in "Brazil," and the urinal humor that drives the scene is straight out of "Austin Powers" (which was hardly the originator of such gags in the first place).
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Can somebody please stop Ben Stiller?
Since becoming a box-office draw with "There's Something About Mary," the guy has been a horrendous ham, devouring scenery with an eye-bugging, eyebrow-stitching schtick so stale and predictable that his last dozen movies have all included the same gag: slow-motion scenes of Stiller madly mugging while dancing, or running, or playing the titular game of schoolyard pain and humiliation in "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story."
The only variation in his on-screen persona is that sometimes he's an irritatingly neurotic, hapless chump ("Along Came Polly," "Envy," "Meet the Parents") and other times he's an irritatingly arrogant, mock-sexy-pouting, self-obsessed moron ("Starsky & Hutch," "Zoolander").
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