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April Fools: The 10 Best Movie Idiots

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 1, 2014 3:00 PM
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The 10 Best Movie Idiots
Inspired in part by the Roman festival of Hilaria and the medieval Feast Of Fools, the first of the fourth month brings April Fool’s Day, a celebration of jokes, pranks and hoaxes around the world. It probably hasn’t escaped your attention, thanks to the prevalence of weak LOLs, thin hoaxes, and people complaining about the weak LOLs and thin hoaxes on social media.

My Sharona! Ben Stiller Bringing 'Reality Bites' To TV

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 22, 2013 9:23 PM
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Some ideas are so bonkers that they're either going to result in something really great or really horrible, with no possible middle ground. This is one of those ideas. It seems that director Ben Stiller and writer Helen Childress have reteamed for a TV version of their cult 1994 comedy "Reality Bites." Should the pilot go to series, it will air on NBC; Stiller's Red Hour Television will be producing alongside Universal Television and Double Feature Films, the company run by Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, who produced the original movie. If you're thinking to yourself, 'Jeez that movie was almost instantly dated, how are they going to modernize it?' Don't worry: it's going to maintain the early-nineties setting of the movie. Get ready for lots and lots of flannel shirts.

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?

Ben Stiller Will Do Double Duty, Starring In & Directing 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2011 2:51 AM
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After years in development, it looks like a contemporary take on the classic 1947 film "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty" starring Danny Kaye is finally going to move forward. Over the years directors like Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg and Gore Verbinski came and went with folks like Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Sacha Baron Cohen, Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson looking at the lead role. The project took a new direction over the spring when Ben Stiller came aboard in the starring role and it looks like he has such a clear vision for the project, he's just gonna make the damn thing himself.

Noah Baumbach & Ben Stiller's Version Of 'Mr. Popper' Would've Centered Around Peyton Manning

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 15, 2011 9:05 AM
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While "Mr. Popper's Penguins" will arrive in theaters this weekend with Jim Carrey doing his familiar rubber face schtick, you might remember that at one point "Greenberg" duo Noah Baumbach and Ben Stiller were going to reteam on the film. Unfortunately, they both wound up dropping out but their work survived and when current director Mark Waters was first circling the project he was sent the script they put together. It was pretty out there, and he didn't get it at all.

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