December 26, 2006 |
The tricky thing about being a comedian is that people expect you to be funny. If you're Ben Stiller, you can walk around telling everyone who will listen that you don't consider yourself a particularly rich source of hilarity, and a critic for the New Yorker will agree, asking you to please relax a little, and still, Parade magazine will put a picture of your face on its cover asking (if not quite answering): "What Makes Ben Stiller Funny?"
December 25, 2006 |
"Night at the Museum" brought a day of smiles to 20th Century Fox as the family comedy that debuted Friday beat all competition to pull in an estimated $30.8 million in ticket sales through Sunday. But all was not happy in Hollywood. Stiff competition tackled an inspirational football film and downed a fantasy tale about a flying dragon.
November 5, 2006 |
IN Shawn Levy's "Night at the Museum," Ben Stiller plays a hapless night guard in a museum of natural history who discovers the exhibits come to life after closing. The ensemble comedy, opening Dec. 22, also stars Dick Van Dyke as a senior guard with a dastardly scheme and English comedian Ricky Gervais as the pompous museum director. (Robin Williams, Steve Coogan, Owen Wilson and Mickey Rooney are also featured.
July 7, 2006 |
SEVERAL performers who nabbed Emmy nominations Thursday had to dig deep into their psyche and emotions to connect to their characters. Then there were those who didn't have to stretch much; all they had to do was look in the mirror. Being cast as yourself turned out to be a great career choice for Larry David, Patrick Stewart, Ben Stiller and Kate Winslet, who all received Emmy nods for playing themselves on TV.
July 10, 2005 |
If a picture is worth a thousand words, actor-director Ben Stiller has helped birth an epic on the City of the Angels. "Looking at Los Angeles" (Metropolis Books), the new coffee table tome he co-edited with photography curator Marla Hamburg Kennedy to benefit the Los Angeles Conservancy, contains more than 225 reality bites of L.A.
June 12, 2005 |
Sometimes it's hard to distinguish Ben Stiller from his goofy alter egos Greg Focker and Derek Zoolander. But last week at the Hermes gallery on Rodeo Drive, he was in a serious role -- photography editor. Stiller and his wife, actress Christine Taylor, were there to celebrate the launch of "Looking at Los Angeles," a book of photographs he edited with curator and friend Marla Hamburg Kennedy. (See Christopher Knight's Critic's Notebook on Page E42.
January 10, 2005 |
It's a chilly weekday evening at the Lakewood Center mall's Pacific Theatres megaplex, situated in a slice of Southern California suburbia, and people are trickling up to the box office window to purchase tickets for the season's blockbuster comedy, Universal Pictures' "Meet the Fockers."
June 18, 2004 |
Some years back, New Yorker critic Terrence Rafferty condemned the flashy, enjoyably trashy action flick "La Femme Nikita" with a single memorable sentence: "The end of French cinema as we know it." I filed the judgment away with a laugh, chalking up Rafferty's condemnation to high-art snobbery. Earlier this week, I briefly retrieved that indictment after enduring the witless "DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story."
June 17, 2004 |
Ben Stiller, this is God speaking. In the last six years, you've appeared in 20 feature films and shown up in only-I-know-how-many TV shows. We've seen you play a brawny numskull in "Zoolander." A crime-fighting dork in "Starsky & Hutch." A loser assistant in "Zero Effect." You've got a gift, Ben, and you showed it to the world playing Mr. Uptight in "There's Something About Mary," "The Royal Tenenbaums," "Meet the Parents" and "Flirting With Disaster."