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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Briefly: In the big GQ profile of Robert Downey, Jr. that ran a few weeks ago, the actor mentioned the version of Pinocchio that he had been working on with Tim Burton set to direct. Downey pitched the idea to Warner Bros. (his first pitch, he said!) and positioned it as a high priority for him. In another interview, Downey suggested that Burton had fallen away, and that Ben Stiller had become his choice to sit in the director’s chair.
Now Deadlne has confirmed that Stiller is in talks to direct the movie. Downey’s a pretty powerful guy right now, and with his career in a state of semi-free agency thanks to the end of his Marvel contract, one would guess that he can get just about whatever he wants, so it’s not surprising to hear that this is in motion. Stiller and Downey have a working history as well, thanks to Tropic Thunder. And with footage from Ben Stiller’s new film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty drawing raves and early Oscar predictions after debuting at CinemaCon, he’s in a good place as well.
Jane Goldman wrote one draft of Pinocchio; but now the film will go in a new direction with a new writer.
Posted on Monday, April 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
It took nine years, but White Goodman and the Globo-Gym team are finally ready for a rematch. Ben Stiller‘s Red Hour Films and 20th Century Fox are moving forward on the long-discussed sequel to 2004′s Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, tapping Clay Tarver to write the script.
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Posted on Thursday, April 18th, 2013 by Angie Han
Tim Burton and Robert Downey Jr. have been linked to Warner Bros.’ live-action Pinocchio since early last year — in fact, Downey pitched the movie to the studio — but during the fall the director admitted that he was starting to doubt the film would ever get made. Now it appears Pinocchio is, in fact, moving forward, and there’s reason to think it will be without Burton.
Italian publications have quoted Downey as saying that he hopes Ben Stiller will direct the film. The pair previously worked together on 2008′s Tropic Thunder. Hit the jump for more info.
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Last year at CinemaCon, 20th Century Fox previewed very early footage for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi. Attendees at the presentation were floored, and the buzz on all the blogs was that Pi was an Oscar contender. Some argued that April was too early to be calling for possible Oscar contenders, and they were probably right. We all know how that turned out.
This year Fox arrived in Vegas bearing another special preview: between fifteen and twenty minutes of the Ben Stiller-directed The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. (Stiller also stars.) Again, it’s April, it’s too early to make such claims, but the Oscar buzz has begun.
After the jump you can read my thoughts on the footage screened from Mitty, or watch a video blog I recorded with Alex from Firstshowing talking about presentations of footage from The Wolverine, Epic, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Walking With Dinosaurs: The Movie.
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