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October 31, 2010 | By Glenn Whipp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Reuniting cast members of the "Fockers" franchise six years after their last cinematic outing proved easy enough, save for one holdout. Despite pleas and personal visits from the filmmakers and costars, Dustin Hoffman passed on reprising his role in "Little Fockers," and they shot the movie last year without him. Then, in August, the famously analytical actor changed his mind and shot several scenes for the movie, due in theaters Dec. 22. The...
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July 23, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
No doubt he'd like to meet the buyers. Screenwriter Jim Herzfeld, of "Meet the Fockers" and "Meet the Parents" fame, has his home listed in Pasadena at $4.195 million. The traditional-style house, built in 1999, has the distinction of sitting on close to an acre with a spring-fed pond. Not any easy amenity to come by in the Los Angeles area. A star architect to celebrities The home's 6,600 square feet of living space includes dining, family and living rooms, five bedrooms and seven bathrooms.
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BUSINESS
December 24, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
The Christmas weekend box office will be led by "Little Fockers," but Robert De Niro's and Ben Stiller's dysfunctional family won't be as dominant as previously expected. The star-laden comedy, which is being distributed domestically by Universal Pictures, opened Wednesday with $7.2 million in ticket sales. While it was strong enough to be No. 1, it was far behind the opening of "Meet the Fockers," the second film in the series, which sold $12.1 million in tickets when it debuted on the same December date six years ago. People who have seen pre-release audience surveys had expected "Fockers" to take in about $60 million in tickets sales by Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
For the first time during a boisterous joint interview with Barbra Streisand, who plays his mother in the new comedy "The Guilt Trip," Seth Rogen seemed at a loss for words. The question posed was straightforward: Did he grow as an actor working with veteran Streisand ("Funny Girl," "The Way We Were," "Yentl," "A Star Is Born") in the buddy comedy opening Wednesday? But Rogen hesitated. "I don't know," said Rogen, 30. He looked over at Streisand, one of a relative handful of entertainers who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, sitting next to him on a sofa at a Beverly Hills hotel room.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Considering that Christmas Eve ? traditionally one of the slowest days for moviegoing all year ? fell on a Friday, it would have taken a holiday miracle to keep box-office receipts from tumbling from what they were a year ago. "Little Fockers" was not that holiday miracle. The costly third installment in the comedy series starring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro failed to live up to big expectations, opening to $48.3 million from Wednesday through Sunday, according to an estimate from distributor Universal Pictures.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
The 2010 holidays brought big-budget action movies, 3-D family adventures and star-driven comedies, but the season's only undisputed hit is an old-fashioned, guns-blazing western. "True Grit" sold a studio-estimated $24.5-million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada on its second weekend, just short of the $26.3 million taken in by the more expensive and hyped "Little Fockers. " The last week was one of the most critical of the year at the box office, even though no new movies opened.
NEWS
November 19, 2008
Dustin Hoffman: In some copies of today's Envelope section, a listing of Dustin Hoffman's awards said he won an MTV movie award for "Meet the Fokkers." The movie title is "Meet the Fockers."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2011 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
— When Jessica Chastain, the up-and-coming actress who stars opposite Brad Pitt in "The Tree of Life," had a meeting with Ben Stiller a few years ago, the actor caught her off guard with an unexpected request: "Tell Terry I said hi," Stiller told her, referring to "Tree" director Terrence Malick. Chastain assumed that Stiller was kidding. How on Earth would the star of comedies like "Dodgeball" and "Meet the Fockers" be on such casual terms with a reclusive, enigmatic auteur like Malick?
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
For the first time during a boisterous joint interview with Barbra Streisand, who plays his mother in the new comedy "The Guilt Trip," Seth Rogen seemed at a loss for words. The question posed was straightforward: Did he grow as an actor working with veteran Streisand ("Funny Girl," "The Way We Were," "Yentl," "A Star Is Born") in the buddy comedy opening Wednesday? But Rogen hesitated. "I don't know," said Rogen, 30. He looked over at Streisand, one of a relative handful of entertainers who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, sitting next to him on a sofa at a Beverly Hills hotel room.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2005 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
"Meet the Fockers" has proved critic-proof. Despite mixed notices, the sequel to "Meet the Parents" has become the most successful live-action comedy ever made. Since its Christmas release, the film has raked in more than $507 million worldwide. The digital edition of "Fockers" hits stores today (Universal, $30). It may have set a record for the greatest amount of bloopers -- 65 -- featured on a DVD.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2011 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
— When Jessica Chastain, the up-and-coming actress who stars opposite Brad Pitt in "The Tree of Life," had a meeting with Ben Stiller a few years ago, the actor caught her off guard with an unexpected request: "Tell Terry I said hi," Stiller told her, referring to "Tree" director Terrence Malick. Chastain assumed that Stiller was kidding. How on Earth would the star of comedies like "Dodgeball" and "Meet the Fockers" be on such casual terms with a reclusive, enigmatic auteur like Malick?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2011 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Tron: Legacy Walt Disney, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99/$49.99 The 1982 sci-fi adventure "Tron" was a dry piece of computer geek philosophizing elevated by trippy special effects; the belated sequel "Tron: Legacy" is much the same. Jeff Bridges returns as idealistic computer-programmer Kevin Flynn, while Garrett Hedlund plays his son Sam, who gets sucked into the computer grid and finds himself drafted into gladiatorial games and rebelling against the system, just like his pop. The technological explanations are wonky and the "fight the power" plot is pat, but aside from the creepy de-aging effects used on Bridges, the visuals in "Tron: Legacy" pop like a psychedelic light show, and the Daft Punk score is appropriately futuristic.
HEALTH
January 24, 2011 | Marc Siegel, The Unreal World
The premise Gaylord "Greg" Focker (Ben Stiller), a nurse in charge of a medical surgical unit at a hospital, is looking for extra income. He is approached by sexy pharmaceutical drug representative Andi Garcia (Jessica Alba), who offers him a gig as a spokesman for a new erectile dysfunction drug. She tells him the drug, Sustengo, is safe to use in heart patients because it includes a beta blocker that slows heart rate while the essential ingredient increases penile blood flow.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
On the first box-office weekend of 2011, it was all about which holiday movie had the most staying power. That turned out to be the Coen brothers' western "True Grit," which after two weeks of nipping at the heels of "Little Fockers," surpassed it to become the No. 1 movie in the U.S. and Canada with a studio-estimated $15 million in ticket sales. "Fockers" was close behind with $13.8 million, down 47% on its third weekend. Two additional movies, the Nicolas Cage historical action tale "Season of the Witch" and the Gwyneth Paltrow music drama "Country Strong," failed to make much of an impact, with just $10.7 million and $7.3 million, respectively.
BUSINESS
January 7, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
On the first full weekend of 2011, the top of the box office chart will look a lot like the end of last year. Neither one of the two new movies opening Friday, the fantasy action flick "Season of the Witch" and the musical drama "Country Strong," is expected to sell as many tickets as the most popular two releases of the last two weekends, "Little Fockers" and "True Grit," according to people who have seen pre-release audience polling. "Witch," which stars Nicolas Cage, should gross about $12 million in the U.S. and Canada from Friday through Sunday, while "Country Strong" probably will take in between $5 million and $7 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Considering that Christmas Eve ? traditionally one of the slowest days for moviegoing all year ? fell on a Friday, it would have taken a holiday miracle to keep box-office receipts from tumbling from what they were a year ago. "Little Fockers" was not that holiday miracle. The costly third installment in the comedy series starring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro failed to live up to big expectations, opening to $48.3 million from Wednesday through Sunday, according to an estimate from distributor Universal Pictures.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 22, 2010 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
What was so fresh and funny about "Meet the Parents," with Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro at serious comic odds, has gone so foul in "Little Fockers" that it is incredibly tempting to resort to the implied off-color word play made possible by the Focker name and suggest that this third edition is totally ? but I won't. Instead I'll just leave it that the comedy's gone missing, the puns are tortured (to say nothing of the audience) and the movie's central question ? whether or not Stiller's Greg Focker has the, ahem, chutzpah to be "the Godfocker" ?
BUSINESS
July 23, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
No doubt he'd like to meet the buyers. Screenwriter Jim Herzfeld, of "Meet the Fockers" and "Meet the Parents" fame, has his home listed in Pasadena at $4.195 million. The traditional-style house, built in 1999, has the distinction of sitting on close to an acre with a spring-fed pond. Not any easy amenity to come by in the Los Angeles area. A star architect to celebrities The home's 6,600 square feet of living space includes dining, family and living rooms, five bedrooms and seven bathrooms.
BUSINESS
December 24, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
The Christmas weekend box office will be led by "Little Fockers," but Robert De Niro's and Ben Stiller's dysfunctional family won't be as dominant as previously expected. The star-laden comedy, which is being distributed domestically by Universal Pictures, opened Wednesday with $7.2 million in ticket sales. While it was strong enough to be No. 1, it was far behind the opening of "Meet the Fockers," the second film in the series, which sold $12.1 million in tickets when it debuted on the same December date six years ago. People who have seen pre-release audience surveys had expected "Fockers" to take in about $60 million in tickets sales by Sunday.
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