Screen Junkies » BEN STILLER http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:04:14 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘Night At The Museum 3′ Trailer May Suggest Ben Stiller Should Just Stay Away From Museums Altogether http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/night-at-the-museum-3-trailer-may-suggest-ben-stiller-should-just-stay-away-from-museums-altogether/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/night-at-the-museum-3-trailer-may-suggest-ben-stiller-should-just-stay-away-from-museums-altogether/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:44:06 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=263576 From now on, only libraries or less for this guy.

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Ben Stiller’s character has had some crazy nights in museums over the past decade, but that doesn’t mean he’s learned his lesson. At least in A Night at the Museum 3, it seems that being trapped in museums is at least now a conscientious decision, and not just some zany set of circumstances.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that doesn’t deter Robin Williams from appearing in this film. Depending on how you view these things, his presence might be cancelled out by Ben Kingsley‘s. If you hate Robin Williams AND Ben Kingsley, then I’m sorry to say that this might not be the film for you.

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Ben Stiller To Invent Chippendales http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-stiller-to-invent-chippendales/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-stiller-to-invent-chippendales/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:59:37 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=260765 Your aunt thanks him.

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He’s made a mint by dancing around inside fat suits, now Ben Stiller is hoping to be successful doing the opposite of that. He’s signed on to star in I Am Chippendales, which sadly isn’t a male revue version of I Am Legend. Stiller will play Nick DeNoia, “the former choreographer/partner who helped conceive the idea for the dance troupe [Chippendales] with [Somen "Steve"] Banerjee and attorney Steve Nahin and played a big part in the expansion of the act on a global level.”

American Beauty and True Blood writer Alan Ball will write and direct so definitely expect to see Stiller more nude than you’d like. (Variety)

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Ben Stiller Is Bringing Us ‘Reality Bites’ In Sticom Form http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/ben-stiller-is-bringing-us-reality-bites-in-sticom-form/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/ben-stiller-is-bringing-us-reality-bites-in-sticom-form/#comments Fri, 23 Aug 2013 20:34:36 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=256589 Hey, That's My Prius.

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Whatever. If My Bloody Valentine can release their first record since 1993 in 2013 and pretend like no time passed in between, then I suppose the 2013 world is right where it needs to be to bring the Generation X (ugh) saga to the small screen.

Deadline‘s stating that the show will still take place in the 1990′s universe, presumably with new characters, or possibly with Steve Zahn and a lot of makeup, rather than picking up on the gang of Houston slackers 20 years later in 2013.

The show will be launched by several producers of the original film, and will presumably take a nostalgic look at the 90′s in much the same way that the 1990′s film character took a nostalgic look at The Brady Bunch. I suppose if the new TV show characters can break the fourth wall and comment on their disgust for the their own show and the concept of turning something that intended to capture the zeitgeist into Buzzfeed fodder it could be a pretty meta commentary and subtextual undertaking.

Otherwise, what the fuck is the point of this show?

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‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’ Features Ben Stiller In Way Over His Head http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-secret-life-of-walter-mitty-features-ben-stiller-in-way-over-his-head/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-secret-life-of-walter-mitty-features-ben-stiller-in-way-over-his-head/#comments Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:10:12 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=256186 How does this not star Jim Carrey?

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We all know there are two Ben Stiller characters out there. There’s over the top evil guy, like we see in Dodgeball, and then there’s the befuddled everyman, which we see in almost everything else.

Now, we get to see an EXTREMELY befuddled Ben Stiller in way over his head, imagining he’s about a million different badass characters, but still being Ben Stiller-ish at the same time.

The man really can act, can’t he?

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We’re Getting A Dodgeball Sequel From Ben Stiller http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/were-getting-a-dodgeball-sequel-from-ben-stiller/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/were-getting-a-dodgeball-sequel-from-ben-stiller/#comments Mon, 22 Apr 2013 23:48:51 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=254519 If you can dodge a wrench, you must have lived a pretty hard life.

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While it seems like the sort of idea that would go direct-to-DVD with perhaps Dane Cook taking on the lead Vince Vaughn role, Mr. Ben Stiller has decided to shepherd along a sequel to the hit (I guess) film Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. Writing duties will be shouldered by Clay Tarver, but when people throws balls at each other, the stories sorta write themselves, no?

Both Stiller and Vince Vaughn will be returning, teaming up against an even bigger threat (terrorism?), so bring your shades, cause you’ll get blinded by all this starpower!

No other news is available, but I’m comfortable guaranteeing that Lance Armstrong will not be making an appearance.

 

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IFC Continues To Bring In The Yuks With Ben Stiller And Will Ferrell Series http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ifc-continues-to-bring-in-the-yuks-with-ben-stiller-and-will-ferrell-series/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ifc-continues-to-bring-in-the-yuks-with-ben-stiller-and-will-ferrell-series/#comments Thu, 07 Mar 2013 20:20:20 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=253889 That's "series" plural. Two series. Each from one man.

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Having decided that meth, advertising period pieces, and zombie fare are best left to other forums, IFC has taken a decidedly focused approach to comedy recently, having expanded beyond Portlandia, Arrested Development reruns, and Comedy Bang! Bang! to include two new shows from funnymen Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell, who are teaming up with Bob Odenkirk and Adam McKay, respectively.

Oh man, this better be fucking hilarious. And not like Dodgeball and Semi-Pro hilarious, but actually funny. Ferrell’s will be a fake soap opera, whereas Stiller’s will be a sketch comedy show, which is good, because The Ben Stiller Show was pretty damn funny back in its day.

No timeline has been set, but considering this IFC, and the budgets aren’t huge, sooner is probably a better bet than later.

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6 Lazy Comedies That Depend On Dance-Off Scenes http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/6-lazy-comedies-that-depend-on-dance-off-scenes/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/6-lazy-comedies-that-depend-on-dance-off-scenes/#comments Thu, 05 Apr 2012 16:38:58 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=247896 They're like jokes that you make with your feet.

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Ah, the dance off. The storied tradition of lazy comedies released during the aughts. It’s what you do when you realize that writing something witty, memorable, or compelling for your characters to say is really hard. A dance-off is like a joke you can make with your feet and it means you don’t have to break out the dictionary. It’s a win-win for both the filmmaker and the mouth-breather willing to laugh at the weakest attempts to entertain.

Take Me Home Tonight

Wouldn’t it be funny of an obnoxious, overweight guy were to challenge another guy to a dance-off, but it turns out that other guy is really good at dance-offs? Answer: nope.

American Pie 3

When the enthralling narrative of the second American Pie sequel sensibly drew our players to a gay bar, it was a forgone conclusion that someone was going to get f***ed in their pie Stifler was going to dance with a dude. Is this the type of awkward, silly white guy dancing that goes on in gay bars? It’s a wonder those dudes get any at all.

White Chicks

Writing movies is hard. Did you know that you’re expected to fill at least 88 minutes of screentime? And twenty-five minute end credits are frowned upon. That’s (probably) why the Wayan’s Brothers chose to fill up this four-minute gap in White Chicks with a random dance-off. Making characters say words can be hard.

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Of Course Ben Stiller Was Selected To Direct A Period Horror Film http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/of-course-ben-stiller-was-selected-to-direct-a-period-horror-film/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/of-course-ben-stiller-was-selected-to-direct-a-period-horror-film/#comments Fri, 21 Oct 2011 20:56:50 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=233304 He's been pigeon-holed.

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The folks at 20th Century Fox have picked up a horror script based upon the works of Edith Wharton, so naturally they’ve hired Joe Wright AnthonyMinghella Ben Stiller to direct. That’s right. Ben Stiller is attached to the period horror film, The Mountain. The story is based on Wharton’s Summer and follows a young woman who receives a mysterious brooch from a lover that forces her to look into her past.

Stiller will reunite with Reality Bites scripter Helen Childress for the Rosemary’s Baby-tinged project. There has been zero confirmation of Eddie Vedder‘s involvement from his camp. (Deadline)

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Jonah Hill Will Take Safety Seriously In ‘Neighborhood Watch’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jonah-hill-will-take-safety-seriously-in-neighborhood-watch/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jonah-hill-will-take-safety-seriously-in-neighborhood-watch/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2011 13:02:08 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=225695 Don't be alarmed if you find him peeking in your windows.

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The haunted shadow that once was Jonah Hill is indeed joining the Ben Stiller science-fiction omedy Neighborhood Watch. The Akiva Schaffer comedy also stars Vince Vaughn and follows a group of neighborhood dads who start a neighborhood watch as a means to get away from their families and goof off. The plot kicks in when they stumble upon and must thwart a plot to destroy the world. Hill will play a sidekick to Vaughn’s character, one who always makes up things about his “rough” past.

This is the first role for Hill since he stepped into Captain America‘s Superhumanizer and set it to reverse. (THR)

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Sleep Easy, Residents: Jonah Hill In Talks To Join ‘Neighborhood Watch’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sleep-easy-residents-jonah-hill-in-talks-to-join-neighborhood-watch/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sleep-easy-residents-jonah-hill-in-talks-to-join-neighborhood-watch/#comments Wed, 17 Aug 2011 17:42:38 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=224795 I'm going to suspend disbelief that Stiller, Vaughn, and Hill could save us from anything.

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On the heels of news yesterday that Rosemarie DeWitt will be playing Ben Stiller’s wife in Neighborhood Watch, today we get slightly more compelling news that Jonah Hill is in talks to join the familiar tandem of Stiller and Vince Vaughn in the “everyman vs. aliens” comedy.

Certainly, the well-worn pairing of Stiller and Vaughn could use a little spice, but is Hill the right guy for the job? Hill is hilarious in his own right, but the cast and familiar premise could use a bit more than just “a funny guy;” it could use a decent dose of something different. In Moneyball, Superbad, and the upcoming The Sitter, we’ve seen Hill tackle different personas, but he’ll need to really stretch to bust the audience out of the familiar Stiller/Vaughn funk.

Neighborhood Watch will follow two suburban dads (guess who) as they stumble upon an extraterrestrial threat from which they must save their community. Huh. Might want to bring in Christopher Walken, Zach Galifianakis, and a Quentin Tarantino cameo just to be safe.

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Ben Stiller Nabs The Rights To The Lovable Losers Of CalTech Basketball http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-stiller-nabs-the-rights-to-the-lovable-losers-of-caltech-basketball/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-stiller-nabs-the-rights-to-the-lovable-losers-of-caltech-basketball/#comments Tue, 09 Aug 2011 01:43:50 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=223975 Ben Stiller doing a film about a lovable loser? Believe it!

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Ben Stiller’s Red Hour production company has acquired the remake rights to Quantum Hoops, a 2007 documentary that tracked the CalTech basketball team as they entered their 21st season without a victory. Sounds like this project is ripe for the ole’ Dodgeball treatment. I could see either Vince Vaughn OR Owen Wilson playing the coach in this. I really could.

Once the CalTech team did score one in the win column, it was only a matter of time before someone scooped up the story and gave it the inevitable comedic/inspirational story that it has been begging for. It’s not known at this time whether Stiller will star in this project, but, let’s face it – he will.

The script will be written by Moneyball’s original screenwriter, Stan Chervin. Who, as was demonstrated can make Jonah Hill heartwarming, so the sky’s the limit with this guy.

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Ben Stiller Takes On Scrooge McDuck In ‘Tower Heist’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/ben-stiller-takes-on-scrooge-mcduck-in-tower-heist-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/ben-stiller-takes-on-scrooge-mcduck-in-tower-heist-trailer/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2011 16:05:36 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=222437 Under the tutelage of lovable criminal, Eddie Murphy.

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When Alan Alda’s Madoff-esque fat cat character absconds with the pensions of all his professional slaves, Ben Stiller rises to action. He bands together with the former employees to infiltrate his penthouse fortress to try to take what belongs to them. Hence, The Tower Heist.

Movies like New Year’s Eve should take note. THIS is how you make a comedy with an ensemble cast. You use likable actors like Matthew Broderick. That way, audiences are happy and the Broderick-Parker children are still fed. Everyone wins!!

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Ben Stiller To Direct And Star In ‘Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-stiller-to-direct-and-star-in-secret-life-of-walter-mitty/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-stiller-to-direct-and-star-in-secret-life-of-walter-mitty/#comments Wed, 20 Jul 2011 13:03:49 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=221060 He's like a twitchy Ben Affleck.

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The business of show has not been kind to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Over the years, the remake of the 1947 film has had more comedians circling it than Sarah Silverman‘s bed. When it was announced in April that Ben Stiller was now interested, there wasn’t a lot of faith that it would get off the ground, but it looks like this sumbitch just might get made yet.

With Stiller attached, the studio set out to find a cinematic director to pair him with. Gore Verbinski was in the mix at one point but won’t be able to take the gig due to his Lone Rangering this fall. No worries though because Fox has found their director and they didn’t have to look any further than their leading man. That’s right. Like a twitchy Ben Affleck, Ben Stiller will both direct and star in the new spin on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The story centers on a lonely doormat of a man who escapes into his own epic fantasies. His life grows complicated, however, when his daydreams bubble over into real life and he must stand up to those who bully him. With Stiller so intimately involved, this film already sounds like a winner. Now, let’s cast his dad and wife and call it a day. (Twitch)

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Old Schlubby Pal Vince Vaughn To Join Ben Stiller In ‘Neighborhood Watch’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/old-schlubby-pal-vince-vuaghn-to-join-ben-stiller-in-neighborhood-watch/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/old-schlubby-pal-vince-vuaghn-to-join-ben-stiller-in-neighborhood-watch/#comments Thu, 30 Jun 2011 20:10:13 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=218635 If Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn were actually in charge of saving the planet, I really don't like our odds.

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In news that makes sense because, really, could it happen any other way, Vince Vaughn will be joining Ben Stiller in the Akiva Schaffer-helmed Neighborhood Watch. This comedy will follow Stiller and Vaughn as regular-Joe dads that find their involvement in their neighborhood crime watch could save the planet.

Both Stiller and Vaughn could use something of a fresh start after spending the past five or so years largely coasting in rom-com and sequel fare to lackluster popular and critical reception. It would seem that this could serve as an excellent opportunity with the edgier Schaffer behind the camera and a recent draft of the script penned by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the braintrusts behind Superbad.

So with the pedigree of director and writers, let’s hope that there’s at least some semblance of a wrinkle here. Perhaps Ben Stiller could be a junkie like he was in Permanent Midnight and Vince Vaughn could play a sex-crazed self-mutilator. No? Okay, no.

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Akiva Schaffer, Ben Stiller Team Up To Make Your Neighborhood Safe? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/akiva-schaffer-ben-stiller-team-up-to-make-your-neighborhood-safe/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/akiva-schaffer-ben-stiller-team-up-to-make-your-neighborhood-safe/#comments Tue, 14 Jun 2011 23:41:39 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=216132 Ben Stiller would be putting on his "overwhelmed everyman" hat on for this one, returning his "comically over-the-top bad guy" hat to the closet.

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Akiva Schaffer, who most of you might know from Lonely Island and as the tiny guy in all those little SNL Digital Shorts, has an offer to knock off all that silly hippity-hop nonsense and get back to pictures with Neighborhood Watch, a comedy that Ben Stiller is supposedly close to starring in.

The film focuses on a group of dads, one of whom would be Stiller, that establishes a neighborhood watch as a bonding exercise but find themselves in over their heads when they uncover a plot to destroy the world. This film would mark the third time that Stiller has signed on as a nightwatchman, only to find himself in over his head. Dicey stuff.

Speaking of the Night at the Museum franchise, Shawn Levy is looking to offer a hand as producer of Watch.

Neither Schaffer nor Stiller have committed yet, but this could serve both parties well, as Schaffer could use this as a very high-profile gig to establish himself, and Stiller could use Schaffer’s edge in doing a comedic film that doesn’t have a number after it. Or the word “Focker.”

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Ben Stiller Joins List Of Comedians Who Maybe Might Remake ‘Walter Mitty’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-stiller-joins-list-of-comedians-who-maybe-might-remake-walter-mitty/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-stiller-joins-list-of-comedians-who-maybe-might-remake-walter-mitty/#comments Fri, 08 Apr 2011 06:27:29 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=206088 Over the years, Fox's proposed reboot of 1947's 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' has collected more comedian interest than a hot asian girl at a stand-up club wearing a tight Ghostbusters t-shirt.

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Some projects get stuck in Development Hell, and others get stuck in Development Super Hell. Super Hell is worse than regular Hell, just so we’re on the same page.

One of those unlucky Super Hell projects is the remake of 1947′s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty starring Danny Kaye. Over the years, Fox’s proposed reboot has collected more comedian interest than a hot asian girl at a stand-up club wearing a tight Ghostbusters t-shirt. Jim Carrey, Owen Wilson, Mike MyersWill Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen have all circled around the title role at one point. Now add Ben Stiller to the list.

After writer Steve Conrad penned a completely new version of the remake script, Stiller expressed interest. With Stiller on-board, Fox will scramble for a “cinematic director,” hoping to get the cameras rolling this Fall. Walter Mitty is based on a famous James Thurber short story about a mild-mannered daydreamer who imagines himself in heroic situations. I suspect this new version will contain more fart jokes in those daydreams than in any previous adaptation. (Deadline)

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‘Submarine’ Trailer Breaks Hearts, Lifts Spirits, Changes Lives http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/submarine-trailer-breaks-hearts-lifts-spirits-changes-lives/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/submarine-trailer-breaks-hearts-lifts-spirits-changes-lives/#comments Tue, 08 Feb 2011 19:26:14 +0000 Dave Horwitz http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=25574 Writer/Director Richard Ayoade, best know as Moss from the UK sitcom "The IT Crowd," has put together a first feature that looks pretty fantastic.

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No Hyperbole! Okay, well, maybe a little. Writer/Director Richard Ayoade, best know as Moss from the British Channel 4 sitcom “The IT Crowd,” has put together a first feature that looks pretty fantastic. If the trailer is any indication, Submarine should have film lovers, cinema majors, and quirky, multi-colored font enthusiasts jumping for joy. The film, about a 15 year old boy coming of age amidst first love and divorced parents, features original music by Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys, and is executive produced by Ben Stiller.

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Learn to Laugh Again With Stills From ‘Tower Heist’ and ‘The Hangover 2′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/learn-to-laugh-again-with-stills-from-tower-heist-and-the-hangover-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/learn-to-laugh-again-with-stills-from-tower-heist-and-the-hangover-2/#comments Fri, 14 Jan 2011 20:32:42 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=16877 We've got a couple official pics from the year's two biggest comedies. See if you can find some humor in them.

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We’ve got a couple official pics from the year’s two biggest comedies. See if you can find some humor in them.

Treat yourself to the first look at a still from Brett Ratner‘s upcoming Tower Heist, an ensemble comedy that can best be described as a dorkier Ocean’s Eleven. Aside from the pictured Ben Stiller, Michael Pena, Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, and Eddie Murphy, the film boasts Alan Alda, Téa Leoni, Gabourey Sidibe, and Judd Hirsch. The film follows a group of people that all have been swindled by a Madoff-like Alan Alda. This film could either become more than the sum of its parts or a complete trainwreck, and having Ratner at the helm doesn’t provide a lot more certainty. The good news is that Stiller appears to be playing a regular person, and not someone who is either borderline retarded or absurdly evil. But appearances can be deceiving. Audiences will find out November 4th when Tower Heist hits theaters.

While Tower Heist in up in the air, the gang behind The Hangover 2 has a solid pedigree, both critically and financially, making success theirs to lose. Here’s a still from the film, demonstrating that, yes, they are actually in Thailand. They’re sweaty and there’s a monkey. See? Thailand. Zach Galifiankis is looking a little more like a white supremacist than anything else with that shaved head, but other than that, Bradley Cooper is still the sexy one, Ed Helms still looks overwhelmed, and the baby is now a monkey. Yeah, this will make $200 million. (Playlist)

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There Is No God: ‘Little Fockers’ Passes $100 Million http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/there-is-no-god-little-fockers-passes-100-million/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/there-is-no-god-little-fockers-passes-100-million/#comments Mon, 03 Jan 2011 10:02:48 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=13839 True Grit, the critically acclaimed Coen brothers' film, came in second with $24.5 million, and Tron: Legacy snagged third with $18 million. But none of this matters, considering we are living in a cold, meaningless world where Little Fockers reigns supreme.

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We are alone in the universe.

In its second weekend in theaters, Little Fockers made $26 million, bringing its overall total to $103 million, and proving once and for all that there is no god.

True Grit, the critically acclaimed Coen brothers‘ film, came in second with $24.5 million, and Tron: Legacy snagged third with $18 million. But none of this matters, considering we are living in a cold, meaningless world where Little Fockers reigns supreme. Gott ist tot. (Vulture)

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Review: Little Fockers http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-little-fockers/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-little-fockers/#comments Mon, 20 Dec 2010 21:02:00 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=12998 I actually liked Meet the Parents and The Fockers. By Little Fockers, it’s even worn off on my forgiving nature. Little Fockers is a clear example of a trilogy running out of steam and repeating itself in part three.

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I actually liked Meet the Parents and The Fockers. By Little Fockers, it’s even worn off on my forgiving nature. Little Fockers is a clear example of a trilogy running out of steam and repeating itself in part three. At least it’s not an example of the superior second part. That would make Meet the Fockers this trilogy’s Empire Strikes Back.

Greg and Pam Focker (Ben Stiller and Teri Polo) are planning their twins’ fifth birthday party. That’s all the excuse you need for the in-laws to visit, but they go through a list of tasks Greg has to accomplish in his busy suburban life. Drug rep Andi Garcia (Jessica Alba) hires Greg to be the spokesperson for the erectile dysfunction drug Sustengo (get it?) and he needs the money to pay for the kids’ fancy school, Early Human School.

The kooky in-laws are all introduced with annoying schtick. Jack Byrnes (Robert DeNiro) defibrillates himself during a heart attack. Roz Focker (Barbra Streisand) has her own TV show where she talks about musical condoms. Bernie Focker (Dustin Hoffman) is off in Spain mastering flamenco dancing. Roz actually calls Bernie’s late life crisis “MANopause,” and Greg repeats it in case it’s funnier the second time.

The whole movie is a lot of setup for a dumb payoff. An extended dinner table scene goes through an explanation of the Byrnes family tree, Greg cooking turkey, his son Henry’s obsession with lizards, and Greg’s lame attempt at turkey carving, all to pay off with Greg cutting his finger and spraying blood on Jack. A drawn out argument with a construction crew in the backyard leads to Greg trying to move a truck on is own and accidentally dumping a load of sand onto Jack. The crew leader is played by Harvey Keitel, but it’s not the long-awaited Mean Streets reunion you were waiting for.

Pam gets the flu on the day she has to meet the principal of the Early Human School. She actually says, “Honey, what am I going to do?” That’s a sitcom plot beneath “Everybody Loves Raymond.” It’s all so Jack and Greg can go meet Prudence (Laura Dern) together and get mistaken as a couple. At least Prudence sees through homophobia humor. The tables are turned on Jack when he has a five hour erection and Greg has to give him a shot in the dick. It’s come to this, DeNiro as the bitch in a Something About Mary scene.

The film climaxes in a blatant fistfight between Jack and Greg, which may be the confrontation Fockerphiles have been waiting for. The film misses the best opportunity for a payoff when Greg speaks for Sustengo. We hear that he referenced Jack’s lie detector test and his “I’m watching you” schtick. We should see that. That would pay off the entire series. Instead they save it for a gag in the end credits. Make the movie funny before you work on the credits. Plus, there’s a YouTube remix joke that still would have played in the credits if they’d put the actual speech in the movie.

Greg acts more pathetic around his kids than he does around other grown-ups. By the time Jack actually suggests Pam leave Greg for Kevin (Owen Wilson), it’s not cute anymore. Maybe when they were only engaged he was being overprotective, but now he’s talking about breaking up a family. At least this Fockers is only around 95 minutes so there’s less of it.

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Little Fockers http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/little-fockers/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/little-fockers/#comments Fri, 03 Dec 2010 01:39:04 +0000 Reza F. Director: Paul Weitz Cast: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Owen Wilson, Jessica Alba, Teri Polo, Harvey Keitel, Barbra Streisand Synopsis: The Focker and the Byrnes families brace themselves for the...

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Director: Paul Weitz

Cast: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Owen Wilson, Jessica Alba, Teri Polo, Harvey Keitel, Barbra Streisand

Synopsis: The Focker and the Byrnes families brace themselves for the arrival of a baby.

Release Date: December 22, 2010

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Noah Baumbach Lines Up Ben Stiller And James Franco For ‘While We’re Young’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/noah-baumbach-lines-up-ben-stiller-and-james-franco-for-while-were-young/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/noah-baumbach-lines-up-ben-stiller-and-james-franco-for-while-were-young/#comments Thu, 02 Dec 2010 10:10:05 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=10718 Future Oscar host James Franco and guy who dresses embarrassingly at the Oscars Ben Stiller are set to join Noah Baumbach's next project. Taste the angst!!

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Future Oscar host James Franco and guy who dresses embarrassingly at the Oscars Ben Stiller are set to join Noah Baumbach‘s next project. In While We’re Young, Franco will play one half of a hip, young Brooklyn couple who inspires Stiller and his wife to spice things up in their life and relationship. It’s like Keeping Up With The Joneses, but in this instance the Joneses wear skinny jeans and drink Pork Slap beer.

Offers have gone out to Greta Gerwig and Cate Blanchett to play these guys’s tenderonis, but neither has committed yet. What’s the over/under that The Arcade Fire will be on this soundtrack? (Vulture)

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‘Little Fockers’ Trailer — Hoffman Remix http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/little-fockers-trailer-now-with-dustin-hoffman/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/little-fockers-trailer-now-with-dustin-hoffman/#comments Wed, 10 Nov 2010 19:57:31 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=7611 The filmmakers behind Little Fockers decided to stop focking around with Dustin Hoffman's money. Thus, we have this new Little Fockers trailer - Dustin Hoffman Edition.

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The filmmakers behind Little Fockers decided to stop focking around with Dustin Hoffman’s money. Thus, we have this new Little Fockers trailer – Dustin Hoffman Edition.

Not that much has changed since we watched the last trailer through our face-palms. Ben Stiller still sprays blood all over Thanksgiving dinner, and Bobby D. still takes a hypodermic needle to his sopressata. What’s new this time is Owen Wilson Spock-pinching a toddler, and Dustin Hoffman showing up for his paycheck. Between the penis humor and getting covered in Dustin Hoffman kisses, I don’t know what De Niro is thinking. Doesn’t he realize that Martin Scorsese might see this?

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‘Little Fockers’ One-Sheets Turn Back Hands Of Time http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/little-fockers-one-sheets-turn-back-hands-of-time/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/little-fockers-one-sheets-turn-back-hands-of-time/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Daaaaamn, De Niro. You look gooooooood. In these new Little Fockers character one-sheets, all signs of aging have been Photoshopped away from the stars' faces. Notice how Robert De Niro doesn't have any lines on his forehead. Even newborns have those. The guy is 67-years-old. Leave some lines on there so he doesn't look like a cyborg! I'm surprised they didn't airbrush his mole off while they were at it. It's a huge deterrent for audiences. Why would anyone want to see a movie full of actors with imperfections? I'll stay home and watch "Gossip Girl," thank you very much. Check out Ben Stiller's creepy, wrinkle-free skin after the jump...

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Daaaaamn, De Niro. You look gooooooood. In these new Little Fockers character one-sheets, all signs of aging have been Photoshopped away from the stars’ faces. Notice how Robert De Niro doesn’t have any lines on his forehead. Even newborns have those. The guy is 67-years-old. Leave some lines on there so he doesn’t look like a cyborg! I’m surprised they didn’t airbrush his mole off while they were at it. It’s a huge deterrent for audiences. Why would anyone want to see a movie full of actors with imperfections? I’ll stay home and watch "Gossip Girl," thank you very much.

Check out Ben Stiller’s creepy, wrinkle-free skin after the jump…

 

(Variety)

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Gabourey Sidibe and Michael Pena Grab Roles In ‘Tower Heist’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/gabourey-sidibe-and-michael-pena-grab-roles-in-tower-heist/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/gabourey-sidibe-and-michael-pena-grab-roles-in-tower-heist/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 He can't resist a photo op. The 1st Assistant Camera on Brett Ratner's The Tower Heist had better not forget to put a long lens on the order. Precious star Gabourey Sidibe has picked up an unknown role on the film, as has "Eastbound and Down's" very funny Michael Pena. They'll join Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy in the film that pits the little guy against a crooked Bernie Madoff type played by Alan Alda. Other than that, we don't have a lot of details. But now we know that the heist most likely won't involve taking the stairs. And before you chastise me in the comments section for making a fat joke at Sidibe's expense, you should know it was a lazy joke at Pena's expense. And no, not because he's Mexican. Man, I can't win with you guys. (Deadline)

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He can’t resist a photo op.

The 1st Assistant Camera on Brett Ratner‘s The Tower Heist had better not forget to put a long lens on the order. Precious star Gabourey Sidibe has picked up at unknown role on the film, as has "Eastbound and Down’s" very funny Michael Pena.

They’ll join Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy in the film that pits the little guy against a crooked Bernie Madoff type played by Alan Alda. Other than that, we don’t have a lot of details. But now we know that the heist most likely won’t involve taking the stairs. And before you chastise me in the comments section for making a fat joke at Sidibe’s expense, you should know it was a lazy joke at Pena’s expense. And no, not because he’s Mexican. Man, I can’t win with you guys. (Deadline)

 

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Eddie Murphy Joins Brett Ratner’s ‘Tower Heist’ Because Nothing Matters Anymore http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/eddie-murphy-joins-brett-ratners-tower-heist-because-nothing-matters-anymore/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/eddie-murphy-joins-brett-ratners-tower-heist-because-nothing-matters-anymore/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 From that time all these guys were in Paris together. Trying to break up his stint of accepting bad movie roles, Eddie Murphy has decided to appear in a bad movie role that won't require a fat suit. Not to be worn by him at least. Murphy will be joining Ben Stiller in Brett Ratner's Tower Heist. This the second time that Murphy was attached to this film. He was the initial star years ago while it was in development. He passed, then Chris Rock passed, and then Chris Tucker passed. Then Ben Stiller (the next logical choice) took over the role. No word yet on which supporting character Murphy will play, but I've got a good feeling that Ben Stiller will learn the consequences of touching his radio. (EW)

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From that time all these guys were in Paris together.

Trying to break up his stint of accepting bad movie roles, Eddie Murphy has decided to appear in a bad movie role that won’t require a fat suit. Not to be worn by him at least. Murphy will be joining Ben Stiller in Brett Ratner‘s Tower Heist.

This the second time that Murphy was attached to this film. He was the initial star years ago while it was in development. He passed, then Chris Rock passed, and then Chris Tucker passed. Then Ben Stiller (the next logical choice) took over the role. No word yet on which supporting character Murphy will play, but I’ve got a good feeling that Ben Stiller will learn the consequences of touching his radio. (EW)

 

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Ben Stiller Gets The Chair For An Unpaid ‘Parking Ticket’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-stiller-gets-the-chair-for-an-unpaid-parking-ticket/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-stiller-gets-the-chair-for-an-unpaid-parking-ticket/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Never Let Me Go director Mark Romanek is setting up his future projects and hoping to work with Ben Stiller. The two have been talking about teaming for A Parking Ticket, a dark comedy about a father who decides to fight a parking ticket in order to teach his daughter about the judicial system. Of course, he ends up on death row. No word yet on whether Stiller will tap into playing an angry character, a nebbish character, or a hip-hop spouting character in a fat suit. There will definitely be a scene with a dance-off, I'm sure. This IS a Ben Stiller movie we're talking about here. (Worst Previews)

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Never Let Me Go director Mark Romanek is setting up his future projects and hoping to work with Ben Stiller. The two have been talking about teaming for A Parking Ticket, a dark comedy about a father who decides to fight a parking ticket in order to teach his daughter about the judicial system. Of course, he ends up on death row.

No word yet on whether Stiller will tap into playing an angry character, a nebbish character, or a hip-hop spouting character in a fat suit. There will definitely be a scene with a dance-off, I’m sure. This IS a Ben Stiller movie we’re talking about here. (Worst Previews)

 

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Ben Stiller Tweets ‘Zoolander 2′ Still Happening http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-stiller-tweets-zoolander-2-still-happening/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-stiller-tweets-zoolander-2-still-happening/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Back in February we reported that Justin Theroux was spending some time at Fashion Week in Paris doing research for his gig writing and directing the Zoolander sequel. It appears he's had his fill of brie-stuffed croissants and scantily clad models, and is back in The States collaborating with Ben Stiller. At least, that's what Stiller said via his Twitter account. The question is, can you really trust the lead actor and executive producer on the film? And the answer to that question is yes. So for now, Zoolander 2 is moving along swimmingly with Jonah Hill still being eyed for the villain. No word yet if Owen Wilson will reprise his roll as Hansel, but Stiller has gone on record saying that the sequel couldn't be made without him. I assume that is due to Wilson being such an integral part of the Zoolander world, not because he has a penchant for spitefully burning down film sets. (/Film)

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Back in February we reported that Justin Theroux was spending some time at Fashion Week in Paris doing research for his gig writing and directing the Zoolander sequel. It appears he’s had his fill of brie-stuffed croissants and scantily clad models, and is back in The States collaborating with Ben Stiller. At least, that’s what Stiller said via his Twitter account.

The question is, can you really trust the lead actor and executive producer on the film? And the answer to that question is yes. So for now, Zoolander 2 is moving along swimmingly with Jonah Hill still being eyed for the villain. No word yet if Owen Wilson will reprise his roll as Hansel, but Stiller has gone on record saying that the sequel couldn’t be made without him. I assume that is due to Wilson being such an integral part of the Zoolander world, not because he has a penchant for spitefully burning down film sets. (/Film)

 

 

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Ben Stiller and Brett Ratner Planning ‘Tower Heist’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-stiller-and-brett-ratner-planning-tower-heist/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-stiller-and-brett-ratner-planning-tower-heist/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 After letting Tower Heist sit on the shelf for almost four years, Universal has given it the green light with Ben Stiller starring, Brett Ratner directing, and Imagine's Brian Grazer producing. Because if anyone can make a project work that hasn't been working, it's the mastermind behind X-Men 3. Deadline has the deets: Ben Stiller stars as the overworked manager of a luxury building who, along with other staff, lost their pensions to a Bernie Madoff-like Wall Street crook. It so happens that the fraudster is being held under house arrest in the luxury penthouse apartment upstairs, and the manager and four cohorts figure a heist will make them whole. Bumbling, inept idiots try to pull off a major heist. Have we not seen this concept countless times already? And not that I have anything against Stiller, but I don't understand why he'd want to play this type of character again. He's already been a bumbling security guard twice in the Night at the Museum movies, and a bumbling (insert occupation) in almost everything else. Now he's relying on Ratner to save a stale concept. Unless that concept is a cupcake, I'm not seeing him succeeding.

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After letting Tower Heist sit on the shelf for almost four years, Universal has given it the green light with Ben Stiller starring, Brett Ratner directing, and Imagine’s Brian Grazer producing. Because if anyone can make a project work that hasn’t been working, it’s the mastermind behind X-Men 3. Deadline has the deets:

Ben Stiller stars as the overworked manager of a luxury building who, along with other staff, lost their pensions to a Bernie Madoff-like Wall Street crook. It so happens that the fraudster is being held under house arrest in the luxury penthouse apartment upstairs, and the manager and four cohorts figure a heist will make them whole.

Bumbling, inept idiots try to pull off a major heist. Have we not seen this concept countless times already? And not that I have anything against Stiller, but I don’t understand why he’d want to play this type of character again. He’s already been a bumbling security guard twice in the Night at the Museum movies, and a bumbling (insert occupation) in almost everything else. Now he’s relying on Ratner to save a stale concept. Unless that concept is a cupcake, I’m not seeing him succeeding.

 

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‘Little Fockers’ International Trailer Coins Godfocker Phrase http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/little-fockers-international-trailer-coins-godfocker-phrase/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/little-fockers-international-trailer-coins-godfocker-phrase/#comments Wed, 18 Aug 2010 20:39:07 +0000 Reza F. Early test screening reaction. Universal Pictures has dropped a new international trailer for Little Fockers. The boner stabbings from the U.S. trailer have been replaced with references to The Godfather...

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Early test screening reaction.

Universal Pictures has dropped a new international trailer for Little Fockers. The boner stabbings from the U.S. trailer have been replaced with references to The Godfather and Jaws, and of course, vomiting. So this movie has Viagra jokes, puke jokes, overused film references jokes, bleeding all over people jokes, and Jessica Alba. One out of five ain’t bad. Still no sign of Dustin Hoffman shoe-horned in to up the zany antics. Maybe after viewing this trailer he’ll agree to a pity cameo.

Check out the trailer after the jump…


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