bag man movie

Podcasts are increasingly becoming source material for films and TV shows, and the latest is Bag Man, which is now being developed as a movie by Ben Stiller and Focus Features. The Bag Man podcast comes from Rachel Maddow and MSNBC and focuses on the “true story of one of the most brazen political bribery scandals in American history.” Stiller will produce the movie adaptation and co-write the script.

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Unearthed

Doug Liman resists paths of convention. The director, who’s always prided himself as a rule-breaker, typically doesn’t follow trends but establishes them. Look at The Bourne IdentitySwingers, and even Mr. & Mrs. Smith – other movies have tried to copy their success. Once again, Liman ventured into uncharted territory with Locked Down.

Liman shot the heist movie, which is more of a relationship drama, during the ongoing lockdown in London. There is a third act heist involving the garish Harrods department store, but it’s not the main focus of the HBO Max release. The first 90 minutes of Locked Down are a suitably, dizzyingly claustrophobic experience that depicts a couple crumbling during the pandemic.

It was only months ago when Liman started shooting the Steven Knight-written movie, which was quickly filmed, edited, and sold to HBO Max. As Liman stated, the surreal experience began when he flew his “little prop plane” over the Atlantic on a two-day journey to London.

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Palm Springs team new movie

Palm Springs duo Andy Samberg and writer Andy Siara are teaming with producers Ben Stiller and Noah Hawley for an untitled sci-fi comedy-drama over at Apple Studios. The idea for the project comes from Raphael Bob-Waksberg, creator of BoJack Horseman, but we have no plot details at the moment. Siara, who wrote Palm Springs, is handling the script, while Samberg, Hawley, and Bob-Waksberg will produce with Ben Stiller.

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the seven five

Ben Stiller is ready to take on some crooked cops with The Seven Five, a film based on the documentary of the same name. The doc, which is pretty damn great, tells the story of some very, very dirty NYPD cops who reigned in the 1980s. At one point, White Boy Rick director Yann Demange was going to direct a feature adaptation for Sony, with The Queen’s Gambit scribe Scott Frank tackling the script. Now, the project is over at MGM, and Stiller hopes to direct from a script he worked on with Tony McNamara (The Favourite).

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Lockdown cast

Director Doug Liman‘s new heist movie just got an injection of new cast members.

Ben Stiller (Tropic Thunder), Lily James (Baby Driver), Stephen Merchant (Logan), and more are the latest names to join Lockdown, a pandemic-themed heist film which already had Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Doctor Strange) on board in the lead roles. Learn more about the movie below.

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High Desert

Ben Stiller and Patricia Arquette are reuniting once again.

The two previously shared the screen in David O. Russell’s 1996 comedy Flirting with Disaster, and Stiller recently directed Arquette in Showtime’s prison series Escape at Dannemora. Now he’ll direct the Oscar-winning actress again in High Desert, a new show that’s coming to the AppleTV+ streaming service. Read More »

Jon Cryer - Alternate Back to the Future Ending

This week, we learned about a new 35th anniversary box set of Back to the Future that will bring the time traveling trilogy home in 4K for the first time. For those who may feel no immediate urge to purchase yet another edition of the Back to the Future trilogy, this new box set comes with some exciting never-before-seen footage of auditions for the film’s cast. Perhaps most notably, Jon Cryer and Ben Stiller auditioned for Marty McFly, and while the latter would just as soon forget how that audition went, the former recalls a very different script being used at the time. Read More »

new stephen king movies

Sooner or later, someone might want to consider launching a Stephen King streaming service. Because there are already a plethora of King adaptations out there, and it seems that every day, something new gets announced. Just last week, a new adaptation based on a short story from King’s recent collection If It Bleeds was announced. Now, two other adaptations pulled from that book are in the works: Rat, which is being developed by Ben Stiller, and The Life of Chuck, which hails from Darren Aronofsky. And there’s a third adaption that’s a possibility as well.

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london movie

Ben Stiller hasn’t directed a feature film since the poorly received Zoolander 2, but he’s joined quite a team for his next directorial project. Stiller is set to helm the “high concept thriller” London, which will star Oscar Isaac and be written for the screen by Eric Roth, the Oscar-winning screenwriter behind Forrest Gump and most recently, the Oscar-nominated A Star is Born.

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The Social Network Dialogue

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, take a closer look at the script Aaron Sorkin wrote for The Social Network to see how he uses certain literary devices to give dialogue rhythms and melodies. Plus, watch a wonderful conversation with Ben Stiller‘s late parents, the amazing Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, about their early career in show biz. And finally, listen to actors like Harrison Ford, Jeff Goldblum, Terry Crews, Kristen Bell, and more recalling their first IMDb credit. Read More »