• Ben Stiller is in talks to star in I Am Chippendales, the true story of the fraught ascent of the male stripper revue, based on Rodney Sheldon’s book. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty star would play Nicolas de Noia, a former choreographer who helped usher the show into the mainstream. The story will focus on founder Steve Banerjee. Alan Ball, best known for his work as an executive producer on shows like True Blood, Banshee, and Six Feet Under, will direct. [Variety] READ FULL STORY
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Rugged treks through a snowy tundra, death-defying leaps from a helicopter piloted by a drunk schlub, a daring attempt to get Kristen Wiig’s attention on eHarmony: This epic trailer for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty has it all.
By now, you’re probably familiar with Ben Stiller’s adaptation of James Thurber’s classic tale of daydreaming and ennui, memorably adapted once before into a 1947 classic starring Danny Kaye. But if not, here’s the deal: Stiller directed and stars as Mitty, an utterly average office drone with an overactive fantasy life. After discovering a mysteriously missing photo negative, Mitty embarks on a wild real-life adventure that’s every bit as exciting as the trips he’s been taking in his imagination.
Wiig costars as Mitty’s coworker and dream girl Cheryl; the film also includes turns by Shirley MacLaine as Mitty’s mother, Adam Scott as his brotastic jerk of a boss, Kathryn Hahn as his sister, Patton Oswalt as an eHarmony customer representative — when this guy thinks you’re pathetic, you know things have taken a turn for the worse — and Sean Penn as the arctic explorer who inspires Mitty to stop dreaming and start living. All have a presence in this six-minute extended promo, which just might inspire you to turn off your computer and hop on a plane to Afghanistan.
A new trailer and poster were just released for Ben Stiller’s Christmas Day release The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The film, directed by and starring Stiller, was adapted from James Thurber’s short story of Walter Mitty, a man who escapes his anonymous life by daydreaming himself into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance, and action.
When his job and that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) at Life magazine are threatened, Walter embarks on a real-world global journey in search of an estranged photographer (Sean Penn) and a very important photo negative. The new trailer shows how Walter transitions from his real life to that of his daydreams. The new poster for the film features Ben Stiller running through New York’s Times Square, where all the billboards are papered with photos of himself on different adventures.
Watch the new trailer and poster for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty below:
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It all starts with a wink — well, a digital wink — in the latest trailer for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Basically, Walter (Ben Stiller) is a man with a lackluster online profile thanks to a lackluster life in which he hasn’t been anywhere or done anything worth mentioning. So how does he get the attention of a female coworker (played by Kristen Wiig)? If a digital wink won’t work, he’ll just have to try something else, such as traveling the world and making a difference.
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On the scene with Ben Stiller, Adam Scott, Kristen Wiig, and more at 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' NYFF premiere
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty made its world premiere as the New York Film Festival’s Centerpiece Gala Presentation on Saturday, Oct. 5. Directed by Ben Stiller, the film stars the actor in the titular role of a man with a penchant for “zoning out,” who goes on a fantastical journey to save his job at Life magazine along with the job of the woman of his dreams (Kristen Wiig). Stiller and the cast, including Wiig, Adam Scott, and Patton Oswalt, came out to celebrate the film’s premiere screening at Alice Tully Hall.
For producer John Goldwyn, the long road to a Secret Life of Walter Mitty remake started with Pursuit of Happyness scribe Stuart Conrad’s script. “In every other version, the script skewed closely to the original film, and his didn’t,” said Goldwyn, whose legendary grandfather produced the 1947 musical-comedy version. The modern Mitty is now less of a hapless daydreamer and more of a man who takes it upon himself to step out of his head and into real life. “It gave the character clarity. That’s what got Ben on board, Fox on board, got the thing moving down the track,” added Goldwyn.
Said Stiller, “We just wanted to honor the material and tell the story pretty simply. But I think there’s a lot beneath the surface in the Walter character, like the idea of what people have underneath. That’s something everybody in the cast related to.”
Adrian Martinez, who plays Hernando, Walter’s co-worker at Life magazine, marveled at Stiller’s work ethic. “I can’t even imagine directing a film of this size and performing and producing and being so conscientious of every detail and staying present with his fellow actors in every scene,” he said.
Scott, for his part, relished the chance to play a bearded baddie who’s heading a downsizing team at Life. (He currently stars as supportive husband and all-around good guy Ben Wyatt on Parks and Recreation.) “I really love A-holes,” said Scott. “I love watching them in real life, and I love watching pretend ones in movies. Heady s—heads are some of my favorite fake people to watch. I want to keep them out of my life, but I love watching them.”
Oswalt, who is featured in an undisclosed role (“I’m totally not being coy: Ben Stiller told me I can’t talk about it”), and newcomer Alex Anfanger, who plays one of Scott’s cronies, shared where they go in their minds whenever they “zone out.” Anfanger said, “I dream about what it would be like if I died. That’s a really morbid thing to say.” He quickly added, “It’s at least an epic, awesome death.”
Oswalt said his own daydreams involve imagining the continuation of scenes in movies. “I really would love to be Jerry Stiller, oddly enough, in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three when he’s standing next to Walter Matthau when the last robber sneezes and gives it away,” he said. “Matthau just puts his head back into the room like, ‘You just — Dude.’ Then they freeze it because they got him, but what happens [next]?”
Stiller’s wife, actress Christine Taylor shared a tidbit about a dream Stiller fans are hoping to see come true. When asked about the long-anticipated sequel to Zoolander, Taylor said, “Zoolander 2, you know, everyone wants to make it,” adding with a shrug, “There’s a script!”
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty opens nationwide on Dec. 25.
It’s hard to believe that it has been almost 10 years since we first saw Vince Vaughn and his rag-tag team of Average Joes beat Ben Stiller’s evil Globo-Gym hard bodies at dodgeball. Though there have been whispers about a sequel to Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story for years, it looks like something is finally happening and we might see Stiller and Vaughn back on the dodgeball court fairly soon.
Fox and Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Film have hired screenwriter Clay Tarver (Joy Ride) to draft the screenplay. EW spoke to Tarver, a writer and musician and UCB alum, about the follow-up.
As the sci-fi comedy The Watch nears its opening weekend this Friday, director Akiva Schaffer (Hot Rod) has released what he calls “an outtake reel” of NSFW moments and ad-libs from the film. Given star Vince Vaughn’s renown proclivity for improvisation, it inevitably includes an observation about costar Ben Stiller’s posterior that makes one wonder how Vaughn could know about the thing he claims to know about. Check out the trailer below: READ FULL STORY
In comedy, timing is everything. And right now, in light of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, it’s hard to imagine worse timing for a comedy called Neighborhood Watch, even if the movie is about four volunteer crime fighters (Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade) battling space aliens. Yesterday, Fox pulled posters and the teaser trailer for the film from Florida, where, on Feb. 26, a real-life neighborhood watch captain shot and killed an unarmed African-American teenager, sparking nationwide protests.
“We are very sensitive to what’s going on,” Neighborhood Watch producer Shawn Levy tells EW. “But other than the name of the organization, there is zero overlap between the movie and what’s going on in Florida. It’s very much a comedy that pits regular guys against a non-Earthly foe.” Levy says there have so far been no discussions about whether to postpone the film’s July 27 release, but it sounds like at least one of the stars would prefer the show go on as scheduled. “You’re talking to the guy who had the first comedy out after 9/11,” says Stiller. “We just put Zoolander out there. There were questions about whether it was too early for a comedy, but we couldn’t find a reason why there shouldn’t be a comedy in the world.”
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On February 26, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. That shocking, racially charged incident has led to widespread outrage, protests… and trouble for 20th Century Fox, the studio behind the upcoming aliens vs. Ben Stiller comedy Neighborhood Watch.
In light of Martin’s death, Fox has decided to pull the film’s first teaser poster and trailer from theaters in the slain teen’s home state of Florida. “The movie, which is not scheduled for release for several months, was made and these initial marketing materials were released before this incident ever came to light,” a Fox spokesperson told EW in an official statement. “The teaser materials were part of an early phase of our marketing and were never planned for long-term use. Above all else, our thoughts go out to the families touched by this terrible event.”
Fox is reportedly still planning to release Neighborhood Watch on July 27. In addition to Stiller, the film also stars comic heavyweights Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and The IT Crowd‘s Richard Ayoade. Check out the yanked trailer, as well as a full-size poster, below. READ FULL STORY
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