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While Alan Ball has been better known in recent years for his TV shows -- True Blood, Six Feet Under and Banshee -- the writer/producer is shifting back to feature work for I Am Chippendales, which may include Ben Stiller among its stars
I was lucky enough to sit down with Stller in New York City to talk about Walter Mitty, and his approach to this material. Of course, we had to start with the fact that my name is Sean O’Connell… something that made Stiller belly laugh as our interview began.
The second picture also featured Ricky Gervais in a small role, and fortunately for those continuity nuts, he's back playing Dr. McPhee, the boss to Stiller’s frazzled security guard character Larry Daley.
We all daydream, but few on Earth daydream as big as the meek hero of Ben Stiller's latest The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Here Stiller not only stars as the titular daydreamer but also directs, crafting a whimsical adventure about a man whose real life has been lackluster, but who has a vibrant imagination that is always at play.
On Saturday The Secret Life of Walter Mitty screened as the centerpiece film at the New York Film Festival, and kicked off buzz that the film likely hopes to sustain all the way through to its Christmas release date-- and, almost more importantly, the Academy Awards. Word about Walter Mitty's actual awards chances has been mixed, but the film's rapturous reception from the festival's moviegoers suggest it could be a major holiday hit
I know this is a 20th Century Fox production, but that image immediately sends my brain to “Paramount.” There’s a feeling of déjà vu when looking at it, since the last poster was exactly the same, just switching out the mountain for the New York City skyline.
In the upcoming remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Ben Stiller plays a character who often finds himself slipping into the world of his own imagination and seeing his own life as he has always wished it could be. Judging by this new poster for the film it would seem that part of his dream world involves him having the ability to walk on thin air.
The feature will focus on the infamous feud between rival inventors Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse as each attempted to make his brand of electricity the one the public would embrace. Written by first-time scribe Michael Mitnick, The Current War first earned buzz in 2011, when it snagged a coveted spot on the Black List—a collection of the best unproduced scripts floating around Hollywood.
The only dialogue comes in at the very end, in an odd scene that seems to only be included as a very blatant nod to The Matrix-- choosing the red car, or the red pill, and breaking out of the constraining life in that cubicle. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty doesn't seem to be the same kind of film as The Matrix in many ways, but it's a nice nod nonetheless...
According to the rumor, Downey Jr. will be playing "a younger Gepetto than you might expect" - one around the star's current age - and will either be using motion-capture to play the inventor's little wooden creation or simply provide a voice for "an actual physical form" - which was apparently in the original plans back when the project was in earlier stages of development.
The universe has really been bending to Robert Downey Jr.'s will as of late. After making a ridiculous amount of money overseas, Iron Man 3 is set to debut in the United States this weekend where it's predicted to make a lot more, and now we're learning that the star has found his ideal director for his next project.
While the film was ultimately overshadowed by Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, which was released the same summer and almost instantly earned cult movie status, DodgeBall was actually a bigger winner at the box office, taking in nearly $115 million domestically on a $20 million budget.
Everything I had previously read about Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty had me believing that the film was going to be a broad comedy. The movie is stacked with a stellar comedic cast - including not only Stiller, but Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn, Patton Oswalt – and comes from the director of movies like Zoolander and Tropic Thunder.
He’s standing out in the middle of a barren nowhere by the looks of it, wearing beat up jeans and holding a bag and skateboard. I’m not sure if the skateboard and rocks are supposed to imply extreme sports in a contrasting setting, but I certainly hope not.
Back in 2006 Shawn levy directed and Ben Stiller starred in the adventure comedy Night At The Museum, a movie that went on to make $574 million at the global box office. Three years later the pair teamed up again for a sequel, Night at the Museum:Battle of the Smithsonian, which brought in less money, but was still considered a smash hit with a $413 million take around the world. So this news should come as a surprise to exactly nobody.
Whenever we report news that first emerged in the British tabloids, we make sure to keep things in perspective. Tabloids over there are notorious not just for prying in on the lives of celebrities, but for reporting "scoops" about film productions that turn out not to be remotely true. The stories they cook up are entertaining, which is why we wind up reporting them
Rumor has it Lady Gaga has been offered a role in Zoolander 2, and a pretty substantial one at that. This time around Zoolander and Hansel will be romantic rivals, vying for the love of Gaga's sure to be freaky yet fashionable character. This appears to be part of a concerted effort to inject as many actual fashion figures into the film as possible...
In the film, Stiller would play a recently-deceased man who rents spirits to the living from his position in the afterworld. Night at the Museum scribes Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant will tackle the script, which is adapted from a BBC childrens' comedy series from the late 1970s and early ‘80s.
When crafting an ensemble comedy, you can do a lot worse than having names like Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade, and that’s the exact brilliant cast that director Akiva Schaffer brought to his new film, Neighborhood Watch.
Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill's talents and senses of humor have collided on screen more than once already. Hill had a small but amusing role in the Night at the Museum follow-up Battle of the Smithsonian, in which Stiller starred. And the two were both featured among the voices of the 2010 animated film MegaMind. Coming soon, we'll see them both featured more prominently together in the upcoming Akiva Schaffer directed comedy The Watch.