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 »
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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 »
We’re just under a month from the release of the long-awaited comedy sequel Zoolander No. 2 (or 2oolander), and in honor of the beloved comedy, Gallery 1988 has opened a fantastic new gallery show. Paying tribute to the original Zoolander starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell, the Melrose art gallery has put together an exhibition of works called the Really, Really, Really, Ridiculously Good Looking Art Show. And just like Derek Zoolander’s signature look, Magnum, they’re beautiful. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 by Angie Han
It’s a bit surprising to realize now that the first Zoolander actually wasn’t a huge hit when it came out back in 2001. It was the 55th highest domestic grosser of the year, behind such gems as Rat Race and The Animal. Like most good comedies, however, it eventually found an audience, and over the past decade and a half, it’s become so beloved that it’s now spawned a sequel.
Zoolander 2 puts Derek (Ben Stiller), already an old-timer on his way out in the first film, back into the fashion game. This time, he’s wrapped up in a larger investigation of a mysterious killer targeting the world’s most beautiful people (of which Justin Bieber is apparently one). Fortunately, he’s got plenty of help beside him, including his rival-turned-BFF Hansel (Owen Wilson) and an impossibly gorgeous Interpol agent (Penélope Cruz). Watch the Zoolander 2 international trailer after the jump.
UPDATE: There’s also a new Zoolander 2 poster, which you can see after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 by Angie Han
A decade and a half after he saved the Prime Rib of Propecia with the power of a single fierce look, Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) is back in the new trailer for Zoolander 2, along with his BFF Hansel (Owen Wilson). And you know what that means: things are about to get really, really, ridiculously good-looking — and really, really ridiculously stupid — up in here.
Zoolander 2 brings back Will Ferrell as Jacobim Mugatu, and introduces Penelope Cruz as an Interpol agent and Kristen Wiig as a fashion designer. Justin Bieber stars as himself, and Benedict Cumberbatch as… well, you’ll see. Watch the Zoolander 2 trailer after the jump. Read More »