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Ben Stiller Stars in Greenberg

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Ben Stiller in Greenberg
Ben Stiller in Greenberg

Few in Hollywood can perform with consistency on both sides of the camera the way Ben Stiller can.

If Zoolander didn’t establish that, Tropic Thunder certainly confirmed Stiller’s dual talent, underscored by Robert Downey Jr.’s supporting-actor Oscar nomination for his obsessed Tropic Thunder thespian.

Besides being multi-faceted, the 44-year-old is also bankable, which is another rare commodity. Stiller movies have earned more than $1.5 billion US world wide.

That includes the aforementioned Tropic Thunder, and a few studio comedy franchises, most notably, the Meet the Parents series and Night at the Museum flicks.

From time to time, Stiller wades into the more tempered humour pool to challenge himself in emoting territory removed from his more exaggerated comedy comfort zone.

That would be the case in Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg, which opened in select theatres last Friday.

In the movie, Stiller plays the title character, a neurotic New York underachiever who suffers a breakdown. After treatment, he hangs out at this brother’s L.A. home, ostensibly house-sitting while the family goes on an exotic vacation.

After boredom sets in, Greenberg tries to re-connect with some old rock ‘n’ roll band mates, including Ivan (Rhys Ifans), who seems to have as many issues as his former sidekick.As they struggle with their past and their presents together, Greenberg develops a new relationship with his brother’s just-out-of-college assistant (Greta Gerwig), who seems to be almost as lost as Greenberg.

To tell you that Baumbach (who co-wrote Greenberg with wife Jennifer Jason Leigh) previously put together Kicking and Screaming, The Squid and The Whale, and Margot at the Wedding, is to explain Greenberg, the movie.

It falls somewhere into that milieu, mixing comedy with drama as awkwardly as the characters deal with their individual shortcomings. And that was exactly the challenge Stiller decided he needed.

“I really love Noah’s movies, and would have done anything he sent over to me,” says Stiller. “He had written such a layered character and movie, and it was intriguing, and not the kind of material I get that often.”

Originally, Baumbach had written the part for a younger actor, but re-wrote the role when Stiller showed interest in it.

With the screenplay adjustment, the actor embraced his Greenberg persona as defined by Baumbach’s re-modelling. So Stiller jumped in with both feet, defining a cynic who’s apathetic and doesn’t care.

“Greenberg’s trying to get through life, because things haven’t really worked out the way he wanted them to,” notes Stiller.

Opportunities have passed him by, as the film so deftly underscores, “but he tries to rationalize his lack of momentum” with sarcasm and a temper. “He’s probably too smart for his own good,” agrees Stiller.

“But everybody struggles with their own sense of themselves,” he adds. “Playing this guy gave me a real appreciation for what I have, because it’s very easy to focus on what you don’t have.”

Still, he says he’s fortunate his director is just plain “articulate” in showing specific details of all the characters.

“It’s really interesting how people react to Greenberg,” reports Stiller. “All the reactions seem to be very visceral; audiences are moved by it or it makes them uncomfortable.”

He’s also thrilled to work with the dog in Greenberg, who had previously played Delgado in Beverly Hills Chihuahua. “I was familiar with his work, because I have kids,” he says. “So there was a respect.”

Next up for Stiller is a return to the mainstream with Meet the Little Fockers, which opens next Christmas. In it, Stiller’s frazzled husband copes, ironically, with kids.

“It was great to re-connect with Robert De Niro,” the actor says. “It’s always exciting to be around him. He understands his persona, and has an amazing sense of humour.”

Meanwhile, Stiller is in the early stages of developing a sequel to Zoolander as writer and director. “We are working on a script right now, so the idea is to have something to shoot next year,” Stiller says.

And, of course, after Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian earned a whopping $413 million US worldwide last spring, another Night seems inevitable.

Another Tropic Thunder flick doesn’t seem so likely, however.

“I don’t think so,” he says. “That was a one-off thing that took us nine years from beginning to end.”

© Copyright (c) Canwest News Service

Pricing Mistake

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008
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    There was a huge pricing mistake on the: Tropic Thunder DS 1 Sheet Movie Poster – Advance Style A. The price states that it’s: $99.99. That is incorrect! The correct price is: $19.99. It has been corrected.

New Movie Releases – Friday August 13-15, 2008

Friday, August 15th, 2008

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There is something for everyone opening in theaters, this week.

  • Tropic Thunder (Comedy/Action/Adventure) – Cast: Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Nick Nolte; Directed by: Ben Stiller

    Buy Tropic Thunder movie posters here

    View the trailer and read the synopsis

  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Sci-fi/Animation) – Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, Matt Lanter, Ian Abercrombie, Tom Kane; Director: Dave Filoni

    Buy Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie posters here

    View the trailer and read the synopsis

  • Fly Me to the Moon (Family/Animation) – Cast: Trevor Gagnon, Philip Daniel Bolden, David Gore, Christopher Lloyd, Kelly Ripa, Nicollette Sheridan, Ed Begley, Jr., Adrienne Barbeau, Tim Curry, Robert Patrick, Buzz Aldrin; Director: Ben Stassin

    Buy Fly Me to the Moon movie posters here

    View the trailer and read the synopsis

  • Henry Poole is Here (Comedy/Drama) (Limited release) – Cast: Luke Wilson, Radha Mitchell; Directed by: Mark Pellington

    Buy Henry Poole movie posters here


    Changing his attitude will take a miracle.

    Luke Wilson (‘The Royal Tenenbaums,’ ‘Old School’), Academy Award® nominee Adriana Barraza (‘Babel’) and Radha Mitchell (‘Finding Neverland’) star in a modern day fable about the unexpected wonders of the everyday from director Mark Pellington (‘U2 3D,’ ‘The Mothman Prophesies’). ‘Henry Poole is Here’ tells the funny, poignant and uplifting story of a disillusioned man who attempts to hide from life in a rundown suburban tract home only to discover he cannot escape the forces of hope.

    Henry Poole (Luke Wilson) just wants to disappear. Shattered by circumstances beyond his control, he offers full price on a cookie cutter house in a drab, middle-class, L.A. neighborhood through his perky realtor Meg (Cheryl Hines). But just as he settles in to his indulgent isolation with a case of vodka and all the junk food he can eat, his neighbor, a well-meaning busybody named Esperanza (Adriana Barraza), drops by with a plate of homemade tamales and a whole lot of questions.

    Despite his desire for solitude, Henry can’t help noticing Dawn (Radha Mitchell), the beautiful young divorcée next door and her daughter Millie (Morgan Lily), an eight-year-old amateur spy who hasn’t spoken a word since her parents’ break-up.

    Henry’s self-imposed exile is shattered when Esperanza discovers a mysterious stain on Henry’s stucco wall that is seen to have miraculous powers. She begins leading pilgrimages to the “holy site” and invites church officials, including her pastor, Father Salizar (George Lopez), to inspect the apparition.

    Although Henry remains skeptical, he finds himself gradually drawn back towards life, especially after his silent friendship with Millie brings him closer to Dawn. As news of the apparition spreads throughout the neighborhood and his feelings for Dawn grow, Henry realizes his plan to live out his days in quiet desperation is going to be much harder than he ever imagined.

  • Tropic Thunder Behind the Scenes – Cast Featurette

    Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

    Check out the behind scenes featurette for Tropic Thunder

    Buy Tropic Thunder movie posters here

    Tropic Thunder Movie Posters

    Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

    Release date: August 15th, 2008
    Genre: Action/Comedy
    Director: Ben Stiller
    Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
    Producer(s): Ben Stiller, Eric McLeod, Stuart Cornfeld
    Screenplay: Ben Stiller, Justin Theroux, Etan Cohen
    Cast: Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Brandon T. Jackson, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Steve Coogan, Bill Hader, Nick Nolte
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    Rating: R for for pervasive language including sexual references, violent content and drug material
    Available film art: Tropic Thunder movie posters

    In the action-comedy “Tropic Thunder,” Ben Stiller plays pampered action superstar Tugg Speedman, who is cast in the biggest, most expensive war movie ever produced. He sets out to Southeast Asia with a “Who’s Who” of celebrity co-stars. They include Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.), an intense, three-time Oscar-winning actor; Jeff Portnoy (Jack Black), star of the popular gross-out comedy franchise “The Fatties”; multi-platinum hiphop-star-turned-entrepreneur-turned-actor Alpa Chino (Brandon T. Jackson); and first-timer Kevin Sandusky (Jay Baruchel). Soon after the production begins the actors are thrown into a real-life situation and are forced to become the fighting unit they’re portraying, in order to find a way out of the jungle in one piece

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