July 24, 2007 |
Steven Spielberg was reluctant about returning to Hawaii because the islands already served as a backdrop for his "Jurassic Park" series and "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Yet following a worldwide search, Hawaii was cast again. This time as a South American rain forest in the fourth installment of "Indiana Jones." "We've had a lot of success shooting in the Hawaiian Islands," said Kathleen Kennedy, executive producer of the still-untitled film.
February 14, 2007 |
One's a white-hot, A-list movie star. The other is Tom Cruise. Ben Stiller and the "Mission: Impossible" veteran may join forces in "Hardy Men," a feature film update of "The Hardy Boys," 20th Century Fox said Tuesday. The film, which is still in development and has neither a screenplay nor a production start date, would be directed by "Night at the Museum's" Shawn Levy. The plot calls for the brothers to end their long estrangement to solve a big case.
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.
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.
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."