It’s been almost a decade since we’ve seen Mike White direct a feature film. Of course, the screenwriter behind The Good Girl and School of Rock has been busy since Year of the Dog. Most notably, he created and wrote HBO’s Enlightened, a beautiful, often heartbreaking show that didn’t last long enough. He directed six episodes of the series, but now he has another feature in the works. Ben Stiller is in final negotiations to star in White’s Brad Status as a man confronting his failures.
Below, learn more about the Mike White project.
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You’ve got to hand it to Noah Baumbach – it takes a lot a guile to assemble a cast of movie stars for a small indie drama and then start filming without telling anyone, which is the case for his new movie, a seemingly untitled project that is undergoing production in New York City right now. This is par for the course for Baumbach, who has spent the past few years working quickly and quietly, seemingly only pausing to attend the film festivals where his work screens.
Also par for the course for Baumbach is the eclectic cast, which includes Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman, and Emma Thompson.
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Justin Theroux was originally going to direct Zoolander 2. The co-writer and co-star of the sequel was attached to the director’s chair for a while, but due to scheduling conflicts with HBO’s The Leftovers, he had to step down. But the actor remained very much involved in the project, as he worked on the script for years, visited the set, and, of course, reprised his role as the infamous Evil DJ.
Below, read our Justin Theroux interview.
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Posted on Thursday, February 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
It can be tempting to react to the never-ending torrent of remakes, reboots, sequels, and spinoffs with a knee-jerk groan. Truthfully, though, that’s not always fair. Creed was a spinoff-reboot-sequel combo that restored the long-running Rocky series to its former glory. Ditto The Force Awakens for Star Wars. On the TV side, Ash vs. Evil Dead and Fargo have both managed to recapture the spirit of their respective originals, while also bringing something new to the table.
But if those titles are evidence that Hollywood’s obsession with existing IP can yield excellent results, Zoolander 2 represents the worst-case scenario. Not because Zoolander 2 is the worst movie ever made — it isn’t — but because it’s what we fear every time one of these projects gets announced: a joyless cash-grab more interested in rehashing old ideas than building on them. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 by Jack Giroux
Ben Stiller had been trying to make Zoolander 2 for years. Originally going to be directed by the film’s co-writer and co-star, Justin Theroux, Stiller returned to the director’s chair for the comedy sequel. It’s been almost 15 years since the first movie, so we have to ask: is there still an appetite for these characters? After all these years apart from Derek (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson), are they still funny?
Find out what critics are saying about the film below.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The existence of Zoolander 2 becomes really interesting when you remember that the first film was not a big hit. Released during a window when no one in the world was in a laughing mood (September 2001), Ben Stiller’s goofy male model comedy only made $60 million worldwide against a budget of $28 million. Zoolander could have remained buried and totally forgotten, but the ensuing years were kind to the film as it developed a huge following on home video. And that’s why, 15 years later, a sequel is on our doorstep.
And now, the final Zoolander 2 trailer has arrived and it brings with it a number of questions. Will this sequel find the box office success that escaped the first film? More importantly, will it prove itself to be a worthy follow-up?
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Posted on Friday, January 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since the first Zoolander, especially given how well Derek and Hansel’s handsome mugs have aged. Which is to say, not very much at all. Perhaps they’ve been been slathering on some of that Youth Milk from the House of Atoz Beauty Laboratory — the top-of-the-line skincare company spearheaded by Kristen Wiig‘s bizarre beauty guru character, Alexanya Atoz.
The latest Zoolander 2 promo takes the form of a promo for Youth Milk, and it’s the best beauty ad since Derek Zoolander, as the face of Aveda, uttered the immortal line “Moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty.” Watch the Youth Milk ad, plus more Zoolander TV spots, after the jump. Read More »
When some new TV spots and posters arrived last week, selling Zoolander No. 2 like it was a tantalizing fragrance you could pick up at your local department store, we also pointed out that Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and Penelope Cruz had landed on the cover of Vogue. You can check out their photoshoot recreating some famous spreads from the fashion magazine right here, but this video we have today is even better.
Vogue has a video series called 73 Questions where they ask a given personality, you guessed it, 73 questions. And this time the inquisition has Derek Zoolander answering some hard-hitting questions about his favorite season, what’s on his mind, what’s his favorite country, and what happens to models when they retire. Zoolander has the perfect responses for all 73 Questions. Watch! Read More »
One of my most anticipated movies of 2016 is Zoolander No. 2, the sequel to the fashion comedy spawned from a character that first appeared on the VH1 Fashion Awards. The first film is a favorite comedy of mine for being so relentlessly dumb and just plain goofy, with two of the best comedic performances that Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell have ever given. And now we get another whiff of the sequel with some new TV spots, including one that perfectly parodies the always stupid fragrance ads on TV all the time. Read More »