Writer Hired for ‘Dodgeball’ Sequel

Dodgeball A True Underdog Story

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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Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr

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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"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"

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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It’s been 66 years since the original The Secret Life of Walter Mitty came out, and a remake of it has been in development for about a quarter of that time. But after bouncing between various studios, directors, and leads, the project finally got a big push a couple of years back when Ben Stiller signed on to both star and direct for 20th Century Fox.

Stiller plays a Life Magazine photo editor who frequently slips into daydream, to the ridicule of his peers. The first set photos revealed last year showed Stiller aged into an old man via the magic of special effects, but in the first official still he’s much closer to his own age — if not, perhaps, in his own world. Check it out after the jump.

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HBO’s other big spring premiere, Veep, debuts a new teaser today. Also after the jump:

  • Gillian Anderson, Ken Jeong, Jorge Garcia, and more land new series
  • Lindsay Lohan will woo Charlie Sheen on Anger Management
  • Kathy Bates will face down Jessica Lange in American Horror Story
  • Ben Stiller returns to Arrested Development; Netflix hopes for more seasons
  • TBS hopes to be king of the nerds by renewing King of the Nerds
  • Web comic Achewood is being turned into a TV series
  • NBC releases a series of character posters for Hannibal

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Briefly: The two Night at the Museum movies, from ’06 and ’09, did too well for Fox to let the franchise stop at two. Other studios are playing with their own films based on a similar concept, and so Fox is going to follow Ben Stiller back into the nightlife at (presumably) a new collection of historic artifacts.

Fox has announced that Night at the Museum 3, directed by Shawn Levy, will open on December 25, 2014. Rejoice! (That is, rejoice if you’re an investor, because this thing is practically guaranteed to make money.) No word on the plot or setting, but the threequel in a situation like this is often the one that goes to Europe, so don’t be surprised if Stiller’s character finds himself in the Louvre or some similarly famous location overseas.

The Rolling Stones have never shied away from the camera. With films like Gimme Shelter and Shine a Light, they’ve frequently let their on-stage performance be documented for all to see. But they’re also smart enough to know concert documentaries have a limited commercial appeal. So back in the early nineties, they came up with the idea of making a concert movie with a scripted story between the songs.

A script was written, the band approved it, but eventually the studio pulled the plug. And while that’s sad on its own, the saddest part is that the script was written by Ben Stiller and Judd Apatow, two men who’d go on to conquer the world of comedy in Hollywood.

On the recent press tour for his new film This is 40, Apatow talked about the experience. Read his quotes below. Read More »

With just two days til its July 27 premiere, The Watch director Akiva Schaffer has pushed out one last red-band trailer. Or maybe it’s a blooper reel. However you want to categorize it, it may actually be one of the funnier bits of marketing that have come out for the movie.

Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Vince Vaughn, and Richard Ayoade star as a quartet of suburban guys whose neighborhood watch group is mostly just an excuse for them to get out of the house and engage in some quality male bonding. (That’s the case for three of the guys, at least.)

When they discover that aliens are secretly taking over their town, however, it falls upon this bumbling group to save the day. Watch the (NSFW for language) video after the jump.

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