August 15, 2008 |
When Etan Cohen was working on the character of Kirk Lazarus, an actor played by Robert Downey Jr. in the upcoming comedy “Tropic Thunder,” he asked himself: What is the most offensive thing an actor can do to get a part? The answer was to have Lazarus, an Australian Method actor, try to become an African American character by undergoing a pigment procedure and then speaking street slang around the clock. "It seemed about the vilest thing you could do," Cohen said, laughing.
August 10, 2008 |
Ben STILLER handed them out to cast and crew at the conclusion of a punishing 13-week location shoot as a gesture of thanks, but also contrition: T-shirts that read "I SURVIVED BEN STILLER'S COMEDY DEATH CAMP." Sitting at a bayside restaurant in Vancouver, where he's currently filming "Night at the Museum 2," Stiller -- who co-wrote, directed, co-produced and stars in the ensemble action-comedy "Tropic Thunder" -- waved it away as a joke, a riff on marquee star Robert Downey Jr.'
August 15, 2008 |
It's one of "Tropic Thunder's" most talked-about scenes and perhaps its most politically incorrect. In the new R-rated comedy, Oscar-winning actor Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.) counsels flagging action star Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller) on what it takes to win awards when playing a mentally disabled character. Speedman needs the advice because his recent turn as a farm boy in "Simple Jack" was a fiasco. "Never go full retard," Lazarus tells Speedman.
September 2, 2008 |
The R-rated comedy "Tropic Thunder" held on to the top box-office slot for the third weekend in a row, ending a summer popcorn movie season dominated by superheroes. The DreamWorks/Paramount action comedy, starring Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr., grossed an estimated $14.3 million over the long weekend, beating out 20th Century Fox's sci-fi thriller "Babylon A.D." and trouncing Lionsgate Films' comedy "Disaster Movie," which ranked No. 7 in weekend estimates. But the weekend's big winner may have been "Traitor," starring Don Cheadle as a suspected terrorist and Guy Pearce as an FBI agent, which posted the highest per-theater average among movies in wide release.
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 4, 2009 |
Focus Features "Milk" Fox Searchlight "The Wrestler" Miramax "Doubt" Overture Films "The Visitor" Paramount "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" "Tropic Thunder" Paramount Vantage "Revolutionary Road" Sony Pictures Classics "Frozen River" "Rachel Getting Married" Universal "Changeling" "Frost/Nixon" Weinstein Co. "The Reader" "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" -- Tom O'Neil ...