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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."

Watch: 'Madagascar 3' Teaser Likes to Move It, Move It... to Europe

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 12, 2011 2:55 PM
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Of all the crass DreamWorks Animation properties out there ("Shrek," "Kung Fu Panda," etc) the one that seems the most rudderless and out-of-touch is the "Madagascar" franchise. The original film had a semi-funny premise, about a pack of wild animals in a New York zoo (portrayed by Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith) accidentally washed ashore on the titular island.

First Look At 'Wrath Of The Titans' & 'Neighborhood Watch' With Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Vince Vaughn & Richard Ayoade

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 2, 2011 2:38 PM
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We have to admit, we're still excited whenever we get our hands on an issue of Entertainment Weekly and get a first peek at an upcoming movie, even if its something we aren't all that interested in seeing. Since the rise of the internet however, we are pretty glad to not suffer through pages about "The Last Survivor Bachelorette" or whatever mind-numbing reality show is getting a three page spread just to see Ben Stiller in some sweatpants. Shhh. You're welcome. Just take it.

Eddie Murphy Turned Brett Ratner On To The Classic Heist Films Before Making 'Tower Heist'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 3, 2011 5:20 AM
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And More From The Director & Cast Of The High Concept ComedyIn Brett Ratner’s “Tower Heist,” Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy lead an ensemble cast in a story of wronged hotel employees who decide to seek revenge against a ruthless financial world maven who has run off with their pensions. A comedy, heist flick and even a triumphant middle finger to the swindlers that put many out of house and home (though the filmmakers say the ties to current events were unintentional), the film is a crowd-pleasing confection about the little guys finally getting one over on those in authority. A solid supporting cast including Alan Alda, Tea Leoni, Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick and more help bring the story, a distinctly New York City-set tale, to life.

Ben Stiller To Direct Period Horror Film 'The Mountain' Based On Edith Wharton's 'Summer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 21, 2011 4:31 AM
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No, Really, SeriouslyDerek Zoolander, Greg Focker, Tugg Speedman, White Goodman, Chas Tenenbaum, Maury Finkle...Edith Wharton? Yeah, something in there doesn't fit, and we just double checked the calendar and this isn't April Fool's Day, so it must be real. Ben Stiller is directing a period horror film "The Mountain." And it's based on characters from Edith Wharton's novel about a young girls' sexual awakening, "Summer." And no, we're not fucking kidding.

GM Looks To Back Guy Ritchie's 'Cannonball Run' Remake; Brad Pitt Wishlisted To Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2011 10:12 AM
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Shawn Levy Second-In-Line To Direct, Wants Ben Stiller To StarSo, you may remember near the beginning of the year, word floated around the interwebs that Guy Ritchie was going to direct a remake of "Cannonball Run." At the time we put in some inquiries and were told by insiders at Warner Bros. that the project is “just an idea." Well, that idea is now germinating into something very real as Vulture reports that Ritchie is now in talks with the studio to direct the film.

Russell Brand Out, Ben Stiller In For 'Rentaghost'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 12, 2011 7:07 AM
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In Hollywood, you're only as good as your last movie, and with Russell Brand's first bonafide leading man vehicle "Arthur" opening at number three this spring and then fading fast from theaters, it seems some heat has fallen off Mr. Katy Perry. Meanwhile, Ben Stiller continues to be a moneymaker (at least when you stick him in mainstream fare). "Little Fockers," as wretched as it was, still made over $300 million worldwide. "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian"? More than $400 million around the globe. So it's no surprise that the folks behind the gestating movie version of the TV show "Rentaghost" would prefer one name much more than the other.

Ben Stiller & Oren Moverman Teaming On Biopic Of Legendary Producer David O. Selznick

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2011 9:53 AM
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It's like the movie gods have decided that us mere mortals are deserving of some good news today. First, of course, there was Werner Herzog joining Tom Cruise's "One Shot" and now one of our favorite writer/directors is pairing up with a solid actor to take on the life of a legendary Hollywood figure.

Ben Stiller & Disney Are Producing 'Quantum Hoops,' A Movie About Nerds Who Are Awful At Basketball

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 9, 2011 5:10 AM
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In "Dodgeball," Ben Stiller's memorable White Goodman squared off against Vince Vaughn and a ragtag bunch of inept losers who rallied together to inconceivably become champions of the titular sport. The formula already worked one time, so why not try it with basketball instead?

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