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Weekend Box Office: 'The Dark Knight Rises' Sticks At No. 1, But With A Big 2nd Week Drop; No One Watches 'The Watch'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 29, 2012 11:46 AM
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Though Hollywood would like to think all of summer is the Silly Season in regards to box office, the truth is, every four years, July takes a slight hit. The Olympics seemed to catch the attention of casual moviegoers this weekend, as prospective smash "The Dark Knight Rises" took a strong second week nosedive of 60%, ruling the roost over a sea of uninspiring options with a still-formidable $64 million. While "The Dark Knight" ruled over summer 2008, only four more '08 releases in that frame sputtered over the $100 million mark.

Review: ‘The Watch’ Is A Lifeless Sci-Fi Comedy With Moments Of Spirited Improv

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 26, 2012 5:43 PM
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From the outside, 20th Century Fox's comedy "The Watch" seems to have its cup runneth over with the talent at its disposal. The film stars the quartet of Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and celebrated British director/writer/comedian Richard Ayoade (director of “Submarine”). It's directed by Akiva Schaffer, the talented young filmmaker behind SNL's Digital Shorts -- arguably the only thing keeping the show relevant for the last five years -- and the screenwriters are "Superbad" and "Pineapple Express" scribes Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. And with appearances by Will Forte, Billy Crudup, a quick Lonely Island group cameo and more, everything seems to be stacked in this comedy’s favor. But try as they might, this collective wattage of talented funny people are lost within a lifeless, tepid and uninspired comedy.

Ben Stiller & Jonah Hill Say 'Aloha'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2012 11:22 PM
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Ben Stiller is sort of the comedy version of Brad Pitt, in the sense that if he enjoys the experience of working with someone on one project, chances are he'll do it again. And he seems to have found that in Jonah Hill. The actor first popped up in a little cameo in "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," and they both had voice roles in "Megamind" (so did Pitt, for what it's worth) but it's next week's "The Watch" that sees them finally sharing considerable screen time. And it looks like Stiller had a blast and wants to do it again.

You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet: New Trailer For 'The Watch' With Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn & Jonah Hill

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2012 10:21 AM
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It was just yesterday that we were wondering when 20th Century Fox was going to get the marketing ball rolling on "The Watch," the comedy starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade. The tragic killing of Trayvon Martin made selling a movie about a rogue neighborhood watch crew a bit difficult for the studio, but this healthy, lengthy international trailer for the movie shows they could have a comic hit on their hands.

So, Ben Stiller Pretty Much Made Sure Todd Louiso's 'The Marc Pease Experience' Didn't Get A Proper Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 18, 2012 5:23 PM
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You would think that a comedy starring Ben Stiller, Jason Schwartzman and Anna Kendrick would be a no brainer for some kind of a release, even if modest, but back in 2009, "The Marc Pease Experience" was unceremoniously dumped on ten screens for one week only (and not even in standard release cities like New York City or Los Angeles) before quickly disappearing and living on in an eventual DVD release. It was an unfortunate to end to a film that had tremendous promise, but it was rocky production from the shot.

Review: 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted' Is Surprisingly Satisfying And Frantically Fun (If Wildly Uneven)

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 8, 2012 1:20 PM
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The "Madagascar" franchise, with its skeletal, if somewhat clever plot mechanics (animals from the Central Park zoo are mistakenly shipped to exotic lands – first Madagascar, then Africa proper – all the while longing for their urban environments), and characters almost exclusively defined by outdated ethnic stereotypes (mostly tired New Yorkers-as-neurotic-Jews-or-loud-African-Americans stuff), is arguably the least ambitious or satisfying of DreamWorks Animation’s admittedly low-wattage carousel of animated tent poles (which now include “Shrek” and its off-shoots, “How to Train Your Dragon,” and “Kung Fu Panda”). And while “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” isn’t some kind of triumph, it is a surprisingly satisfying romp, especially when it keeps its manic pacing up.

There Goes The 'Neighborhood Watch' In New Red Band Trailer With Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 4, 2012 2:46 PM
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Partly due to the Trayvon Martin case and also because their hands are already full with "Prometheus," which comes out a month before, Fox has been kind of quiet on "Neighborhood Watch." Until now. They've dropped a foul-mouthed and pretty fucking hilarious red band trailer for the movie that suddenly has put this one on our radar. And oh, by the way, it's now called "The Watch."

Kathryn Hahn Joins Ben Stiller In 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2012 11:19 AM
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Though already quite funny on his own, Ben Stiller has always been very smart about surrounding himself with other top-shelf players, not only taking the entire pressure of carrying a movie off his shoulders, but earning big comic rewards from the chemistry of collaboration. And that is certainly bearing out for "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty." Kristin Wiig, Adam Scott, Patton Oswalt and Shirley MacLaine are already all signed up, and now another very funny lady is adding her talents as well.

Will Ferrell Is 'The Flamingo Thief'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2012 10:57 PM
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When Will Ferrell goes the dramedy route, wives have not always done him well. In last year's "Everything Must Go," an impending divorce found his character fully embracing his alcoholism while in Woody Allen's "Melinda & Melinda" (an underrated movie and performance) a new downstairs neighbor becomes a temptation. Well once again, a woman will cause Ferrell to do something quirky in his latest detour from balls out comedy, "The Flamingo Thief."

Ben Stiller Heads To HBO To Produce, Direct & Star In Jonathan Safran Foer-Penned Comedy Pilot 'All Talk'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 24, 2012 9:32 AM
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We're reaching something of a watershed moment when it comes to the divide between TV and film. While the likes of "The Sopranos" and "The Wire" have seen the small screen gain more and more prestige over the last decade, and names like Martin Scorsese and Michael Mann have lent their names to projects, the big directors tend to helm the pilot, take an executive producer credit and move on, while the shows tend to be lead either by rising, relatively unknown stars (see Michael Pitt, Jon Hamm, Aaron Paul) or veteran character actors eager for a more substantial role (see James Gandolfini, Steve Buscemi, Peter Dinklage). Dustin Hoffman is probably the biggest name to head to TV to date, as the star of Mann's HBO show "Luck" which starts on Sunday, but while he's enormously respected, he's hardly an A-lister anymore -- he's not led a bona-fide hit himself since 1995's "Outbreak."

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