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Stephen Chbosky Steers ‘Wonder’ to the Big Screen and Keeps Its Heart Intact

Stephen Chbosky Steers ‘Wonder’ to the Big Screen and Keeps Its Heart Intact
Stephen Chbosky isn’t afraid to tackle beloved properties. After penning the 1999 coming-of-age novel “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” the Pittsburgh native was rumored to have directors from John Hughes to Ron Howard circling a film adaptation before he finally took it upon himself to helm the movie version in 2012.

He then accepted the daunting task of co-writing the live-action adaptation of the Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast,” which, with $1.26 billion in worldwide ticket sales, now stands as the top-grossing film of 2017. And this week sees the release of Chbosky’s latest endeavor, “Wonder,” a film adaptation of R.J. Palacio’s 2012 young-adult novel about a 10-year-old boy with extreme facial deformities who attends public school for the first time. “Room” breakout star Jacob Tremblay plays the main character, Auggie Pullman, while Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson portray the pivotal roles of his parents.

One of the film’s taglines comes from a precept Auggie’s favorite
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Beyonce Shares Epic Pics of Her Multiple Lil' Kim Halloween Costumes

Beyonce Shares Epic Pics of Her Multiple Lil' Kim Halloween Costumes
Put your lighters up for Beyonce!

The 36-year-old singer channeled the Og queen of rap, Lil' Kim, for Halloween, and on Friday, she shared a handful of new pics of her multiple costumes on her website.

"Hip hop would not be the same without our original Queen B," Bey wrote, dubbing the pics: "Lil' Kim Appreciation Halloween."

Her first look, which included red leather pants, a white button-up tied in the front and Chanel suspenders, was from the rapper's 1997 music video for "The Rain."

Related: Beyonce and Jay-Z Channel Hip-Hop Couple Notorious Big and Lil' Kim for Halloween

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Jay-Z also dressed up with his wife, as the late Notorious B.I.G., who had a romantic relationship with Lil' Kim back in the day.

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Related: Beyonce Joins Star-Studded Cast of 'The Lion King'!

The "Run the World" singer also rocked Lil' Kim's 1999 Source Hip-Hop Music Awards see-through fur jumpsuit
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Five Reasons The Ben Stiller Show was Way Ahead of Its Time

The Ben Stiller Show” was a major influence on the future of sketch comedy programs. Ben Stiller is the well known actor, comedian and filmmaker who created classic comedy films including “Realty Bites”, “Zoolander”, “Tropic Thunder” and “Dodgeball”. He is also the son of the long time comedy duo, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. Ben Stiller would create short comedic films for “Saturday Night Live” and MTV which led to “The Ben Stiller Show”. The program featured sketch comedies and music videos. It lasted just 13 episodes in 1989 and 1990 but was picked up by Fox in 1992. After

Five Reasons The Ben Stiller Show was Way Ahead of Its Time
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Ariana Grande and Mac Miller Destroy the Halloween Game With These Epic ‘Zoolander’ Costumes: Pics!

Ariana Grande and Mac Miller Destroy the Halloween Game With These Epic ‘Zoolander’ Costumes: Pics!
So hot right now! Everyone else can go home because Ariana Grande and her boyfriend, Mac Miller, have just shut down Halloween. The pair pulled off the ultimate couple’s costume, dressing as Mugatu and Katinka from Zoolander.

The high-fashion villains, played by Will Ferrell and Milla Jovovich in the 2001 hit comedy and again in the 2016 sequel, brainwash Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) in the film.

“Relax Derek,” Grande, 24, captioned one shot of herself win a red corset top and choker necklace, holding a fake white puppy. In the pic, Miller, 25, is sporting the designer Mugatu’s crazy blonde hairstyle and bedazzled sunglasses. He’s even wearing his tassel-covered coat.

“I do not like snoopy reporter with lack of fashion sense...... not one little bit,” Grande captioned a video of herself in the look, wiping her mouth.

More: Ariana Grande Slays Halloween With 'Feud'-Inspired Bette Davis Costume -- Pics!

This isn’t Grande’s first Halloween costume of 2017. She
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Ben Stiller Walks Red Carpet with Teenage Daughter Months After Separation From Christine Taylor

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Ben Stiller Walks Red Carpet with Teenage Daughter Months After Separation From Christine Taylor
Ben Stiller brought his 15-year-old daughter Ella as his date to the premiere of his new movie — and the proud papa couldn’t look happier.

On Sunday, the Zoolander actor, 51, attended the New York Film Festival for a screening of The Meyerowitz Stories, director Noah Baumbach’s latest project about an estranged family, also staring Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson.

Stiller wore a black suit with a striped black-and-grey tie while his teenage daughter wore a bright green dress with a gold clutch.

Related Video: Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor Split After 17 Years of Marriage

In May, Stiller and Christine Taylor,
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Gigi Hadid Splits the Crotch of Her Pants, Does a Quick Patch Job in the Limo, Shares a Photo With the World

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Gigi Hadid Splits the Crotch of Her Pants, Does a Quick Patch Job in the Limo, Shares a Photo With the World
Over the course of her brief, yet insanely high-profile modeling career, Gigi Hadid has proven she is a woman of many talents. Of course, she can stomp the catwalk with the best of them and has enough iconic faces to put Derek Zoolander to shame, but she also has a number of gifts outside of the field of wearing clothing professionally. For example, she almost became a pro volleyball player instead of a world famous model, she’s a whiz in the kitchen, she designs entire collections for Tommy Hilfiger, and she and her sister Bella are certified karaoke champions.
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Brad’S Status – Review

With awards season approaching it’s time to get serious at the multiplex, at least for some actors that may be best known for rowdy raunchy comedies. That may be the case for Ben Stiller who’s playing this flick’s title character. Mind you, there’s still some funny stuff in this story, we’re not in heavy, somber tragedy territory at all. It’s just that Ben is playing an “everyman”. a fellow that many of us know, or “down deep” the person staring back at us from the mirror. Oddly, this man is constantly reflecting on his past, his regrets, and choices. These concerns and worries make up the bulk of Brad’S Status.

The title Brad is played by Mr. Stiller. Brad Sloan is sliding toward the big “5-0” and shares a home in Sacramento, CA with his lovely wife Melanie (Jenna Fisher) and their eighteen
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In Honor of New York Fashion Week: The Top Five Movie Runway Scenes

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New York Fashion week seems to get bigger and bigger with every year. This year has been no exception as the biggest stars are in attendance and the most famous models are appearing on the runway. In celebration of New York Fashion Week, we decided to find the best runway scenes from popular movies we’ve seen over the past few decades. This is our way of honoring the models who work so hard to present the latest fashions for our entertainment pleasure. 1. Zoolander Walk Off Scene Actor Ben Stiller was at the top of his game in his revival

In Honor of New York Fashion Week: The Top Five Movie Runway Scenes
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Brad's Status review – Ben Stiller has first world problems in mixed, minor comedy

The perils of social media jealousy are intriguingly explored in this well-observed tale but an inane voiceover and overwhelming sense of familiarity prove distracting

There’s a common phrase often uttered by established actors working within the studio system to define their career strategy: one for them and one for me. It allows for a steady stream of income from big-budget fodder but also for regular soul-cleansing sojourns into artier territory. Ben Stiller’s trajectory has often followed this path, and with age, it appears as if he’s leaning more towards the latter with his regrettable Zoolander sequel proving to be just a greasy appetizer for meatier, festival-dwelling material.

Related: The Meyerowitz Stories review: Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler up their game in entertaining daddy-issues comedy

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The 100 Greatest Comedies of All-Time, According to BBC’s Critics Poll

After polling critics from around the world for the greatest American films of all-time, BBC has now forged ahead in the attempt to get a consensus on the best comedies of all-time. After polling 253 film critics, including 118 women and 135 men, from 52 countries and six continents a simple, the list of the 100 greatest is now here.

Featuring canonical classics such as Some Like It Hot, Dr. Strangelove, Annie Hall, Duck Soup, Playtime, and more in the top 10, there’s some interesting observations looking at the rest of the list. Toni Erdmann is the most recent inclusion, while the highest Wes Anderson pick is The Royal Tenenbaums. There’s also a healthy dose of Chaplin and Lubitsch with four films each, and the recently departed Jerry Lewis has a pair of inclusions.

Check out the list below (and my ballot) and see more on their official site.

100. (tie) The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese,
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Is Mugatu Will Ferrell’s Best Character of All-Time?

Mugatu was probably not Will Ferrell’s best role. That might seem like a very simple and even dismissive statement, but let’s get honest about it. Will Farrell is a funny guy, there’s no denying this considering he’s been around so long and has done so much. But sometimes his roles do go a little over the top, which seems to be his niche a lot of the times, and kind of get a little muddled. In Zoolander his role as Mugatu is in fact quite funny, but is it his best? Not quite, but it’s close. With that being said,

Is Mugatu Will Ferrell’s Best Character of All-Time?
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Woody Allen on Donald Trump: "We have chaos in the capital"

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Woody Allen on Donald Trump:
“I still don’t know why he wanted the job.”

Woody Allen’s review of Donald Trump’s presidency so far? 0 stars.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker, who directed Trump in 1998 comedy Celebrity, has called the Us president’s tenure to date “chaos” during an interview with BBC radio this morning.

The director expressed puzzlement at his fellow New Yorker’s campaign to become president in the first place.

“I still don’t know why he wanted the job. I never felt it was up his alley,” commented Allen, who said that he used to bump into Trump every now and then at sporting and cultural events.
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Why Ben Stiller Put His Comedy Career On Hold After ‘Zoolander 2’

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Why Ben Stiller Put His Comedy Career On Hold After ‘Zoolander 2’
A year ago, most people would have assumed that Ben Stiller was in director’s jail, suffering from the critical and commercial failure of “Zoolander 2,” in which he also starred. Instead, he went to television. Holed up in his Red Hour Films studio in Los Angeles, Stiller’s currently developing the Showtime miniseries “Escape From Dannemora,” with the intention of directing all eight episodes. And when he takes a break, it’s not for another “Night at the Museum” movie. He’s heading to a film festival.

For over 20 years, the Nantucket Film Festival has benefited from the support of Stiller and his famous family, including his parents Jerry Stiller and late mother Anne Meara, emphasizing two areas that Ben Stiller knows well: Comedy and screenwriting. At Nantucket, he regularly hosts the All-Star Comedy Roundtable — but this year, perhaps signaling his shift in focus, he’s hosting the Screenwriter Tribute, which will honor “Spotlight” director Tom McCarthy.

See More Storytelling, Of All Kinds, Showcased at the Nantucket Film Festival

Tom McCarthy for me epitomizes the kind of smart and emotional character-oriented storyteller that movie industry needs today,” he said in an interview ahead of the festival. “I think it’s important — in this day of huge, effects-driven franchises — to support and celebrate human stories that don’t center on aliens or robots.”

Much of Stiller’s recent work reflects that ethos. In May, he appeared in Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Collected”), a well-received dramedy that marked his first collaboration with the filmmaker since “While We Were Young.” It was a welcome return to one of the best actor-director relationships in Stiller’s filmography, one that taps into his penchant for affable klutzes without devolving into cheap jokes.

“I’m happy someone is making the edgy, character-oriented dramas and comedies that are the kinds of movies I grew up watching,” Stiller said. “I hope the studios will get with that program.”

In the meantime, he has embraced the changing landscape: His next starring role comes with “Brad’s Status,” writer-director Mike White’s new Amazon-produced feature, and “The Meyerowitz Stories” will premiere on Netflix later this year.

Like a lot of people, he’s not thrilled with Netflix’s day-and-date model, which minimizes the theatrical life of its movies in favor of appealing home viewers. “I love movies and want to see those kinds of movies in the theater,” he said, but acknowledged the realities of a marketplace that has increasingly allowed for more sophisticated storytelling with the new digital platforms — and, again, television. “Most of our projects are smaller budget and independent-oriented,” he said, addressing the productions currently being developed at Red Hour. “It’s harder to get those movies made now. Thankfully, television is a place for that now.”

He won’t directly acknowledge it, but the response to “Zoolander 2,” with its sophomoric humor and at least one broad joke that offended the Lgbtq community, seems to have driven him back to the more substantial side of his career. Stiller’s been through career crises — cult hit “The Cable Guy” and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” weren’t exactly blockbuster successes — but this time, he has a range of work in the pipeline that taps into his penchant for more dramatic fare. “Escape from Dannemora,” which focuses on the real-life prison break by inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat in upstate New York, suggests an underlying desire to exercise his filmmaking chops with serious, engaging material.

As a director, Stiller is more auteur than meets the eye. Starting with “Reality Bites” in 1994, he has continually focused on desperate, self-involved Americans driven to neurotic extremes by the boundaries that society places on them. That theme took on cartoonish extremes in the undervalued “Cable Guy” and an ambitious lyrical depth in “Walter Mitty,” while the first “Zoolander” turned the absurd competitive agendas of the fashion industry inside out. The sequel simply took that joke too far, but it may have been necessary to draw Stiller back to the kind of projects that suit him best. “I think I’m more interested in movies I can relate to on a personal level,” he said.

That has extended to his interest in new talent. Asked to single some of the rising filmmakers he admires, he started by citing young screenwriters — Michael Mitnik, whose Alfonso Gomez-Rejon-directed “The Current War” comes out later this year, and Isaac Adamson, whose Blacklist screenplay “Bubbles” (about Michael Jackson’s famous chimp) is currently being produced by Netflix. He’s also keen on the writing contributions to “Dannemora” by Brett Johnson, whose previous credits are primarily in television.

So where does that leave Stiller’s career in comedy? “Right now, we are in couples therapy,” he said. “But I am optimistic.”

The Nantucket Film Festival runs June 21 – 26.

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Ben Stiller and Ex-Wife Christine Taylor Share a Fiery Onscreen Reunion in Dodgeball Charity Video

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Ben Stiller and Ex-Wife Christine Taylor Share a Fiery Onscreen Reunion in Dodgeball Charity Video
Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor are reuniting onscreen for the first time since their surprise split earlier this year.

The friendly exes, who announced their breakup in May after 17 years of marriage, aren’t letting the separation get in the way of a good cause. Stiller and Taylor reignited some of their fiery dialogue from 2004’s Dodgeball: An Underdog Story for a new charity reunion video sponsored by Omaze.

The short video sees Stiller back in character as megalomaniac gym manager White Goodman, while Taylor reprises her role as Kate Veatch, a lawyer who is constantly fighting off Goodman’s unwanted advances.
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How ‘Big Little Lies’ (and Improvised Sex Scenes) Turned Alexander Skarsgård Into an Awards Contender — Career Watch

How ‘Big Little Lies’ (and Improvised Sex Scenes) Turned Alexander Skarsgård Into an Awards Contender — Career Watch
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors. In this edition we tackle Alexander Skarsgård, who’s advancing his career with a canny combo of studio movies, indie films, and premium television.

Bottom Line: You never know where you stand with Skarsgård, who has the complexity of a character actor beneath the leading-man looks that launched a thousand memes. (Reads one: “Research shows that if you’re afraid of spiders, you are more likely to find one in your bedroom… I’m really afraid of Alexander Skarsgård.”)

His muscular swagger and danger is on display in “The Legend of Tarzan,” but his tender attentions to wife Jane (Margot Robbie) were that film’s throbbing heart. And in the hugely popular and topical HBO drama series “Big Little Lies,” he holds his own with an ensemble of powerful women including executive producer Nicole Kidman, who performs an
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How ‘Big Little Lies’ (and Improvised Sex Scenes) Turned Alexander Skarsgård Into an Awards Contender — Career Watch

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How ‘Big Little Lies’ (and Improvised Sex Scenes) Turned Alexander Skarsgård Into an Awards Contender — Career Watch
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors. In this edition we tackle Alexander Skarsgård, who’s advancing his career with a canny combo of studio movies, indie films, and premium television.

Bottom Line: You never know where you stand with Skarsgård, who has the complexity of a character actor beneath the leading-man looks that launched a thousand memes. (Reads one: “Research shows that if you’re afraid of spiders, you are more likely to find one in your bedroom… I’m really afraid of Alexander Skarsgård.”)

His muscular swagger and danger is on display in “The Legend of Tarzan,” but his tender attentions to wife Jane (Margot Robbie) were that film’s throbbing heart. And in the hugely popular and topical HBO drama series “Big Little Lies,” he holds his own with an ensemble of powerful women including executive producer Nicole Kidman, who performs an
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28 Years Later, Your Favorite Hey Dude Stars Remember a Stalker, the "Nick Narc," and Good Times

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Image Source: Maggie Boyd It's hard not to greet David Lascher and Kelly Brown with a "Heeeeeey Duuuuude," but somehow I resist. It's been 28 years since Hey Dude debuted, and Lascher is now 45; Brown is a tad older, a fact that she reiterates a bit in our interview (her exact age isn't on the internet, and I know better than to ask her). They both look great, and while their faces haven't been onscreen much lately, they're so instantly recognizable to me that it's like seeing old friends. As a rabid Hey Dude watcher as a kid, this interview feels very special. They're in Austin for Atx, the TV festival that specializes in huge TV fandoms and nostalgia. Though the whole cast, save for Brown, reunited a few years ago at the same event, it's just these two this time, and if you watched, you know them better as Ted and Brad.
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Owen Wilson’s Son Ford, 6, Might ‘Be a Little Stunt Man in Training’: ‘He’s a Big Jackie Chan Fan’

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Owen Wilson’s Son Ford, 6, Might ‘Be a Little Stunt Man in Training’: ‘He’s a Big Jackie Chan Fan’
Owen Wilson may be the one voicing the velocity-defying legend Lightning McQueen in the Cars franchise, but in real life, his son is giving him a run for his money.

The actor stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show Thursday to dish about his work on the upcoming Cars 3, his famous family as well as how his two boys — Finn, 3, and Robert Ford, 6 — are developing, personality wise.

“Ford seems like he might even be a little stunt man in training,” says Wilson, 48, of his “fearless” older child, sharing a video of the little guy doing a belly flop into a
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Ben Stiller and Benicio del Toro announce TV prison drama

Rob Leane Jun 5, 2017

Showtime is pressing ahead with Escape At Dannemora, a prison break drama directed by Ben Stiller, starring Benicio del Toro...

Here's an exciting one: Ben Stiller, cinematic icon and director of Zoolander, The Cable Guy, Tropic Thunder and The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, has announced a TV team-up with Benicio del Toro.

Stiller will direct and del Toro will star in Escape At Dannemora, an eight-hour limited series from Showtime, about a real-life New York prison break from 2015. Patricia Arquette and Paul Dano are among the supporting cast.

Collider shares this spiel from the official press release...

"Del Toro will play convicted murderer Richard Matt, an artistic yet intimidating force within the prison, who masterminds the escape. Arquette will play Tilly Mitchell, a working class, married woman who supervises the prison tailor shop and becomes sexually involved with both convicts, inducing her to assist them with their escape.
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Paul Dano joins Ben Stiller’s 'Escape At Dannemora' limited series

Paul Dano joins Ben Stiller’s 'Escape At Dannemora' limited series
Production on Showtime title will begin later this year at the actual locations in upstate New York.

Showtime has given a production order to Ben Stiller’s Escape At Dannemora, an eight-hour limited series starring Benicio del Toro, Patricia Arquette, and new cast member Paul Dano.

The limited series is based on the stranger-than-fiction account of a prison break in upstate New York in summer 2015 that sparked a massive manhunt for two convicted murderers who were aided by a married female prison employee with whom they both became sexually entangled.

Stiller will serve as executive producer and direct all eight episodes. Brett Johnson and Michael Tolkin will write and also serve as executive producers alongside Stiller, Bryan Zuriff, Michael De Luca via Michael De Luca Productions, and Nicky Weinstock for Red Hour Productions.

Del Toro will play convicted murderer Richard Matt, an artistic yet intimidating force within the prison who masterminds the escape.

Arquette will play
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