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Actress And Comedian Anne Meara, Mother Of Ben Stiller, Dies Aged 85


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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.

Anne Meara and Jerry 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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Planes: Fire And Rescue Trailer


Former cropduster plane turned racing sensation Dusty Crophopper overcame his crippling fear of heights during the events of 'Planes', but he's about to show even stronger feats of bravery in his latest escapades. Discovering that some serious damage has been done to his engine, he sadly contemplates that he may have to abandon his racing dreams. Instead, he decides on a new path: aerial firefighting. This time he teams up with Blade Ranger, a long-serving fire and rescue helicopter who's currently recruiting several crafts to take on a big job in the forest as a brutal wildfire sweeps the trees. Joining him is a group of fearless ground vehicles called The Smokejumpers, and together they work to save lives in what could be the most heroic venture of their lives. But will this be a career that Dusty decides to stick with?

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Jerry Stiller - HBO hosts Special Screening of Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley at The Apollo Theater 253 West 125th Street - NYC, New York, United States - Friday 8th November 2013

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Reality Clearly Bites For Ben Stiller, He's Kicking Off A Sitcom


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Ben Stiller will fulfill a producer role as NBC reimagine the 1994 cult comedy, Reality Bites. The film, which starred Stiller as well as providing his directorial debut, was released in 1994 and gained a cult following years after its release, Deadline report.

Reality Bites seemed to capture a generational issue: fresh out of college and struggling to get a job. “Although it never became the definitive document of Generation X, Reality Bites is a touchstone for anyone just out of college and stuck with more ideals than job prospects, not to mention a head full of bad-TV trivia,” explained Rolling Stone at the time.

And in these times of austerity - youngsters out of school are finding employment space – a show based on such a dilemma could be perfectly timed. Co-producing with Uni TV are Stiller’s Red Hour Television and Double Feature Films, the company run by Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher – both worked on the 94 movie.

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Jerry Stiller and Central Park Monday 18th June 2012 50th Anniversary Gala to Honour Al Pacino held at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, Manhattan - Arrivals

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Jerry Stiller and Central Park

Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor - Jerry Stiller, Christine Taylor, Ben Stiller, Anne Meara and Amy Stiller Monday 4th June 2012 2012 Made In NY Awards at Gracie Mansion

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Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor
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Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara
Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara

Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller Thursday 24th May 2012 Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller The 62nd Annual Outer Critics Circle Theatre Awards held at Sardi’s Restaurant. New York City, USA – 2

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Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller
Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller
Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller
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The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three (1974) Review


Excellent
An archeological specimen from nearly two decades before the advent of the Metrocard, Joseph Sargent's expert thriller The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, like brethren Serpico and The French Connection, is another quintessential 1970s New York City movie that might read as alien dialect to those who aren't familiar with the geocentric love/hate relationship between the city and its inhabitants. To those who are familiar, however, the film will unfold like ghostscript, a bygone era of Abe Beame, Gotham teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, and President Ford's apocryphal claim that the city could "drop dead."

There certainly aren't any Urban Outfitters to be seen in 1970s Manhattan, though a train ride on the 6 is still a life-and-death proposition. That becomes a bit more literal for the dozen or so that are held hostage on a single car by a pack of hijackers who refer to themselves by color; a gimmick Tarantino would cop 20 years later in Reservoir Dogs. The leader is a coiled ex-soldier-of-fortune who goes by Mr. Blue (the brilliant Robert Shaw, a year before Jaws) with Green (Martin Balsam), Grey (Hector Elizondo), and Brown (Earl Hindman) under him. His foil, a metro cop named Zach Garber, is oddly played by Walter Matthau.

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Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller - Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller Westwood, California - attends the Los Angeles Premiere of 'I Love You, Man' held the Mann's Village Theater. Tuesday 17th March 2009

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The Heartbreak Kid (2007) Review


Very Good
While sibling filmmakers Bobby and Peter Farrelly have done enough over the years to sustain their joint career -- which, in this fickle industry, should be lauded -- the two have never come close to duplicating the monumental success of their 1998 hit There's Something About Mary.

Perhaps a reunion with Ben Stiller rekindled a little of that Farrelly fire. because The Heartbreak Kid, a remake of the Charles Grodin-Cybill Shepherd comedy from 1972, is the brothers' most deliberate effort to recapture that Mary magic.

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Hairspray (1988) Review


Very Good
Some 34 years after the Supreme Court ended segregation, John Waters made Hairspray, probably his most wholesome film ever (it's rated PG), to relive his Baltimore youth among the regulars of his local American Bandstand-esque dance show. Hairspray's The Corny Collins Show was indeed based on a real Baltimore show called The Buddy Deane Show, and Waters' skewering of the young Elvises and their high-hair girls is dead-on.

Set in 1963, Baltimore was still fighting integration by refusing to let black youths participate in shows like these. The minority finds an unlikely champion, though, in Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake) an enormous girl who only wants to dance! As the pretty kids push against the rising popularity of the fat girl, a convenient analogue to racial discrimination develops.

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Hairspray Review


Very Good
Some 34 years after the Supreme Court ended segregation, John Waters made Hairspray, probably his most wholesome film ever (it's rated PG), to relive his Baltimore youth among the regulars of his local American Bandstand-esque dance show. Hairspray's The Corny Collins Show was indeed based on a real Baltimore show called The Buddy Deane Show, and Waters' skewering of the young Elvises and their high-hair girls is dead-on.

Set in 1963, Baltimore was still fighting integration by refusing to let black youths participate in shows like these. The minority finds an unlikely champion, though, in Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake) an enormous girl who only wants to dance! As the pretty kids push against the rising popularity of the fat girl, a convenient analogue to racial discrimination develops.

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Zoolander Review


Very Good
In Zoolander, the world's most successful, influential and intellectually-challenged male model Derek Zoolander wonders, "Is there more to life than being really really really good looking?" Obviously, the film's creator and star Ben Stiller asked a similar question when crafting a feature-length movie out of his hilarious VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards short-film subject: Can there be more to this film than being really really really silly? No, of course not, and it never aspires to be anything more.

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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A Fish In The Bathtub Review


OK
Mildly funny but mostly flat, this Jerry Stiller-Anne Meara collaboration (a real life married couple) has the pair splitting up and trying to reconcile. He's difficult, she's intolerant. Their kids get caught in the middle. Just not that humorous, even though there really is a fish in the bathtub.

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The Independent Review


OK

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?

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Planes: Fire And Rescue Trailer

Planes: Fire And Rescue Trailer

Former cropduster plane turned racing sensation Dusty Crophopper overcame his crippling fear of heights during...

The Heartbreak Kid (2007) Movie Review

The Heartbreak Kid (2007) Movie Review

While sibling filmmakers Bobby and Peter Farrelly have done enough over the years to sustain...

The Independent Movie Review

The Independent Movie Review

Mockumentary about the movie business? Okay, not original in any sense of the word, but...

On the Line Movie Review

On the Line Movie Review

Here's a test I use when I review a kid friendly movie like On the...

Zoolander Movie Review

Zoolander Movie Review

In Zoolander, the world's most successful, influential and intellectually-challenged male model Derek Zoolander wonders, "Is...

Teacher's Pet Movie Review

Teacher's Pet Movie Review

I have a hard time deciding whether or not I like Nathan Lane. Since he...

The Independent Movie Review

The Independent Movie Review

Remember that great Z-grade 1969 protest picture "Brothers Divided," about the conjoined twins drafted to...

Zoolander Movie Review

Zoolander Movie Review

"The fashion industry has been behind every major assassination in the last 200 years," says...

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