It seems the Robert Downey, Jr. Pinocchio movie no one has been asking for is still around even after Tim Burton’s exit. The film with the Iron Man actor playing Geppetto has apparently been reconceived as Ben Stiller looks to be taking up the helm. The two actors previously partnered on Tropic Thunder thus the connection and something further might be that this was at the request of Downey himself. That seems to be okay though because Stiller’s Tropic Thunder follow-up The Secret Life of Walter Mitty appears to be generating a lot of buzz. In other words, he still has it even when it comes to serious fare. Warner Bros. is backing the project.
Our last story on Naomi Watts came about ten days ago when the actress joined Melissa McCarthy and Bill Murray in St. Vincent De Van. Now, there is another post-Impossible project being added to the actress’ slate, While We’re Young which currently stars Ben Stiller and Adam Driver (Girls.) The comedy is about an uptight filmmaker (Stiller) and his wife (Watts) that loosen up after befriending a free-spirited couple, this according to THR. The obvious feeling here is that it could parallel Wanderlust, a Paul Rudd-Jennifer Aniston movie that featured the pair moving from NYC to a commune in the middle of nowhere. Since The Squid and the Whale’s Noah Baumbach is attached to direct, we are almost certain that the similarities die at the plot. For an idea of what to expect, Baumbach previous partnered with Stiller on Greenberg three years ago.
Breaking news Monday night coming from THR says the Vince Vaughn is gearing up for a return to Dodgeball. The actor is looking to capitalize on a renewed popularity surge after successfully hosting SNL by picking up his second project since last weekend. The first one was a travel comedy called Business Trip, but this one is obviously the bigger deal.
When the first Dodgeball released back in 2004, the PG-13 comedy instantly became a cult-classic, netting $168 million in global box office revenue on a budget of just $20 million. Rawson Marshall Thurber directed the pic with Justin Long and Ben Stiller in supporting roles. While Thurber is not yet in discussions despite being in post-production on We’re the Millers, a script appears to be in the works complements of Joy Ride scribe Clay Tarvor.
Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller are both expected to reprise their roles despite the pair’s last reunion The Watch not going so well. Vaughn can next be seen in The Internship opening in June and Stiller’s next vehicle is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty opening in December.
Not much to say here, but acknowledge that the Netflix revival of Arrested Development (which will only last one season regardless of performance by the way) has just added to the season’s star-studded lineup. Joining the previously announced cameo performances of Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Conan O’Brien, Isla Fisher, and John Slattery will be Mr. Ben Stiller.
EW confirms that the actor will reprise his role as Will Arnett rival Tony Wonder (a magician) during one episode of the cult favorite series’ upcoming fourth season. Whether this means he will be on board for the movie, that is in the wait and see category. For now, just pocket this information while acknowledging Stiller has Night at the Museum 3 coming down the pipe for Christmas 2014.
So Night at the Museum 2 was pretty much a wash. The popcorn element of the franchise had fizzled out, and so did Fox’s profits along with the notion that the franchise could reach trilogy status. Surprisingly enough, the studio just announced that a third installment of the series was in the works from The Internship director Shawn Levy. The man behind Real Steel will be steering the ship for the Ben Stiller-starrer which has already been set for Christmas Day 2014. Continue Reading
Ben Stiller’s new movie drops into theaters this week, thus his presence on the talk show circuit. The film is Akiva Schaffer’s The Watch which is getting pretty awful reviews, but this movie is still expected to do pretty well at the box office thanks in part to Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill who serve as the actor’s co-stars. Also helping is the fact that it has been nearly a month since Ted hit theaters, creating somewhat of a summer comedy void. Continue Reading
The reviews are starting to come online for Akiva Schaffer’s The Watch as the movie is set to hit theaters less than 24 hours from now. The R-rated comedy enlists Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller, and Vince Vaughn as a neighborhood watch group that stumbles upon an alien invasion–something that is not exactly brilliant, but nothing this all-star comedy trio cannot work around. Essentially, that is the problem though. They are expected to turn garbage into gold and the critics are saying that did not happen as the movie is really your classic clock-watcher. Continue Reading
The Watch is set to hit theaters nationwide in two days’ time, and The Lonely Isle’s Akiva Schaffer is looking to boost the effort by releasing a rare outtakes trailer to drum of some buzz. It is actually worth the view for those of you on the fence because the lack of red-band promotional material strips this comedy of everything that supposedly makes it good.
Also new this week was Moviefone’s Unscripted interview with the cast which is always fun to watch. Essentially, it has Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, and Jonah Hill answering fan questions to promote their new movie. Continue Reading
Ben Stiller has been out doing press for The Watch this month. Last Friday he was on The Tonight Show and just last night the Meet the Parents star appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live where he talked about ping pong and the P90X workout that hit the set of The Watch. The actor also gave a brief explanation of his new comedy in which he plays the manager of a Costco. Continue Reading
This week has graced us with some fairly good news for fans of Nicholas Stoller. Not only is he set to return to adult comedy mode after his work on The Muppets and its upcoming sequel, but he is also headed back to Hawaii. The Forgetting Sarah Marshall director is gearing up to write Aloha for Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill–a team that will hit the big screen for the first time next week in Akiva Schaffer’s The Watch. Continue Reading
Ben Stiller is back in movie-marketing mode this week as he used Friday night to promote his new comedy The Watch. This is the actor’s live-action follow-up to Tower Heist which did merely ‘okay’ at theaters, so perhaps the re-teaming with his Dodgeball co-star Vince Vaughn goes a bit better. Also in the film is Jonah Hill who is coming off of 21 Jump Street which is leading some to believe that if the quality is there, this R-rated feature might turn out be a bigger hit than initially projected. Continue Reading
Today featured the release of the red-band trailer for Neighborhood Watch, and with it came the news that Fox has responded to the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin tragedy by changing the movie’s title. The Akiva Schaffer-directed comedy is now called The Watch which might be best considering the alternative was to delay the release, missing the summer movie season.
Cast members include Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Ben Stiller. Of course, this will be the first Stiller-Vaughn effort since Dodgeball, but the movie could also be billed as Hill’s followup to 21 Jump Street which racked up over $130 million at the domestic box office earlier this year. Nonetheless, expectations are running high.
The first glimpse of Neighborhood Watch landed on the net earlier this week, and the comedy is already drumming up some buzz for the on-screen chemistry between Jonah Hill and Ben Stiller towards the end of the teaser. What is not portrayed in the promo though is the sci-fi theme at the center of the feature where the neighborhood watch (consisting of suburban dads) uncovers an alien plot to destroy earth. This one is a still a ways off, so if you need a Jonah Hill fix you will have to settle for 21 Jump Street as July 27th is when Neighborhood Watch releases into theaters.
It was announced today that Ben Stiller is set to rejoin his Tower Heist co-star Alan Alda in a comedy for HBO. The project is called All Talk and is centered around a Jewish family in Washington, DC. With shooting expected to begin this fall, perhaps early 2013 is when audiences will get to see this high profile project that Stiller will also direct and executive produce.
The leading actor has certainly not turned his back on movies, but he likely is at a point in his career where he wants to direct more, and this is a medium that will allow him to establish a little more street cred. Not only is he working overtime on All Talk, but he is also pulling behind-the-camera duty on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty–a film Stiller will star in as a timid magazine photo manager with Kristen Wiig.
According to THR, Kristen Wiig is currently in negotiations to join a new comedy that is not Bridesmaids 2. The movie is called The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and stars Ben Stiller as a magazine photo manager who daydreams of exciting adventures. Wiig’s role in all this will be that of ‘the girl of his fantasies.’
The feature is based on a short story by James Thurber that spawned a film way back in 1947, and will begin shooting in April. This will mark the first non-indie movie for the SNL cast member since the release of Bridesmaids last summer.
Kristen Wiig’s next big screen appearance comes via a supporting role in Friends with Kids which hits theaters on March 9.