As we mentioned a few days ago, one of the great pleasures of the award season, which does arrive each year with a grand set of problems and irritants, is that filmmakers are given more opportunities than usual to discuss their work, and some of those opportunities are more extensive than others. THR has created a series of “creative roundtables” over the past few years, in which likely Oscar candidates talk with each other about their work.
Below you’ll find the new directors roundtable, in which Steve McQueen, Paul Greengrass, David O. Russell, Ben Stiller, Alfonso Cuaron and Lee Daniels discuss all manner of topics related to filmmaking. Make time for the 50-minute talk; it’s very much worth it. Read More »
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We’ve seen two trailers for Ben Stiller‘s new film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, in which Stiller plays a Life Magazine employee who pines away for a co-worker. Mitty daydreams himself into wild encounters with the object of his affections, but eventually starts living some real-life adventures. Those two trailers showed the pining and some of the adventure, both real and imagined.
Now there’s a long international trailer that offers up even more — a lot more, in fact. Check it out below. Read More »
If you saw Gravity this weekend (and I hope you did!) you probably saw this new trailer for Ben Stiller‘s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty before it. If not, however, you can watch the new theatrical trailer below. It’s a lot like the first teaser, but the audio now features dialogue and a bit of story explanation in addition to the sweeping music. Read More »
Posted on Sunday, October 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
What separates the people we are from the people we wish we were? Is it courage? Money? Charisma? Imagination? The Secret Life of Walter Mitty poses that eternal question, and then glosses over it entirely so it can go live out its wildest fantasies.
[Ed: Of course, not everyone feels that way — Peter’s very different response can be found in spoiler-free video form at the end of this post.]
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Posted on Thursday, August 29th, 2013 by Angie Han
Along with dropping temperatures and changing leaves, one hallmark of the summer-to-fall transition is the gradual replacement of action-movie tentpoles with awards season hopefuls at the multiplex. With Labor Day weekend just around the corner, the first posters have dropped for two Oscar contenders coming to theaters in the cooler months.
The first poster, for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, features director/star Ben Stiller literally walking on air, while the one for J.C. Chandor‘s survival drama All Is Lost drags Robert Redford down into the water. Check them out after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, August 23rd, 2013 by Angie Han
Even as strong early buzz suggests The Secret Life of Walter Mitty could usher Ben Stiller‘s filmmaking career to a whole new level, Stiller is looking back at his very first feature directing effort.
NBC is developing a half-hour comedy based on Stiller’s Gen X classic Reality Bites, nearly two decades after the film hit theaters. Stiller is on board to executive produce through his shingle Red Hour Films, while Helen Childress, who wrote the original movie, will pen the pilot script. Hit the jump for more details on the project.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 by Angie Han
Ben Stiller‘s efforts as a director have been fairly well received for the most part. The zeitgeisty Reality Bites is still fondly remembered today, and The Cable Guy, Zoolander, and Tropic Thunder were each among the comedic highlights of their respective years. But his latest, the dramedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, may be the first time we’ve heard the O-word tossed around about him.
Our own Peter Sciretta was one of those buzzing about the film’s awards potential after catching 15-20 minutes of it at CinemaCon. While he admitted that it was really too early to talk Oscar, his description — “a mixture of the loneliness of Eternal Sunshine, the hopeful comedy of (500) Days of Summer, and the epic bigger-than-life moments of Forrest Gump” — sounds very promising indeed. Watch the first trailer after the jump.
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There’s still no official word on the potential live action retelling of Pinocchio, but there might be a new wrinkle to the story. To recap, the Warner Bros. project was originally going to be directed by Tim Burton with Robert Downey Jr. set to play wood carver Gepetto. Kick-Ass writer Jane Goldman was hired to rewrite a script by Bryan Fuller and then Burton dropped out. Downey, who viewed this as a real passion project, suggested his Tropic Thunder director Ben Stiller to helm the project and then we heard Stiller was actually in talks. Since then, we haven’t heard anything.
The latest news on the film relates directly to the star. It seems that not only will Downey play Gepetto, he may be playing Pinocchio too. Read More »
Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2013 by Angie Han
Frances Ha is earning rave reviews in its limited rollout, but Noah Baumbach isn’t about to rest on his laurels. Instead, he’s already busy getting his ducks in a row for his next directorial effort, While We’re Young.
Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, and Adam Driver are already set to star in the film, and now Baumbach is rounding out the lead quartet with Amanda Seyfried. The Les Miserables actress started moving in on the role several weeks ago and has since entered final negotiations. Hit the jump for plot and character details.
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