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Zoolander 2 'Gives Sequels a Bad Name'

Critics say it's 'terrible,' 'lame,' and unfunny

(Newser) - Derek Zoolander returns to the catwalk—15 years later—in Zoolander 2. Critics seem to wish he had slipped, broken his leg, and ended his career a decade ago. Despite cameos from a sea of stars, the sequel to the 2001 original is getting scathing reviews. Here's what critics... More »

Ben Stiller on Mom's Death

Actor tweets about Anne Meara's passing for first time

(Newser) - Ben Stiller spoke out for the first time today on the death of his mother, Anne Meara , reports USA Today . "Thank you so much for all the kind words about Anne," her son tweeted . "All of us in our family feel so lucky to have had her... More »

Zoolander 2 Confirmed in Most Befitting Way

Derek and Hansel walk the runway at Paris Fashion Week

(Newser) - What better way to announced that Zoolander 2 is on the way? Derek Zoolander and pal Hansel—aka Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson—strutted down the runway at Paris Fashion Week today, their way of saying that the sequel to the 2001 cult favorite will be out on Feb. 12,... More »

Stiller Planning a Reality Bites TV Show

Get excited, Gen X-ers

(Newser) - Nearly 20 years after hitting theaters, the 1994 cult film Reality Bites may be getting a small screen revival. Ben Stiller, who directed the movie, and Helen Childress, who wrote it, have teamed up to bring the story to primetime for a single-camera comedy to be aired on NBC, Deadline... More »

Stars Rock '12-12-12,' Raise $30M for Sandy

Springsteen, McCartney, Bon Jovi come together for storm relief

(Newser) - Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, and Kanye West were just a few of the music and screen legends who raised millions for Sandy relief last night. Appearing on TV, radio, the Web, and in movie theaters, the 12-12-12 concert had a potential audience of some 2 billion, USA ... More »

The Watch Not Worth Watching

Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn star in alien buddy comedy

(Newser) - The Watch—which, before Trayvon Martin's death, was supposed to be called Neighborhood Watch —is part buddy film, part alien-invasion flick, sprinkled liberally with jokes about the male anatomy. Despite Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, and Vince Vaughn, the movie doesn't really work:
  • Writing in Variety , Justin Chang
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Highest-Paid Actor Is ... What's-His-Name

Tom Cruise again tops the Forbes list

(Newser) - Forbes is out with its annual list of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood, and none other than Tom Cruise tops the list, by a mile. The birthday boy (he's 50 today) made $75 million between May 2011 and May 2012, in large part because of last year's... More »

PETA Picks Hottest Vegetarian Celebs

Jessica Chastain, Woody Harrelson are sexiest veggie-lovers

(Newser) - Not much of a meaty story, but PETA has crowned Jessica Chastain and Woody Harrelson in the Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities 2012 contest. The big-screen stars have 45 meat-free years between them, reports the Huffington Post . "I don't want to torture anything," said Chastain, who's been vegan... More »

Tower Heist Gets the Job Done

Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy star in Brett Ratner film

(Newser) - Tower Heist is a recession comedy, telling the story of a group of men stealing their own money back from a rich swindler. Critics say it’s worth a watch:
  • “Here is a comedy that doesn't go heavy on the excremental, the masturbatory, and symphonies of four-letter words.
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Will Ferrell Awarded Twain Humor Prize

...before dropping it on the floor

(Newser) - Last year, it was Tina Fey ; this year, Will Ferrell rocked the Kennedy Center as he won the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor last night. The star-studded gala saw speeches from celebrities as diverse as Ben Stiller, Ed Asner, Molly Shannon, and Gwen Ifill, the Washington Post reports.... More »

Tony Awards Snub Hollywood

Daniel Radcliffe, other big names miss out on nominations

(Newser) - Last year's Tony Awards saw a plethora of Hollywood winners— to the annoyance of some —but this year looks to be a different story. Quite a few big names were skipped over when nominations were announced today, most notably former frontrunner Daniel Radcliffe for How to Succeed in ... More »

Little Fockers Is Focking Terrible

Critics grossed out, but not amused by horrible Meet the Parents three-quel

(Newser) - Little Fockers, the third and, critics promise, worst movie of the Meet the Parents franchise, opens with an extended enema joke, and pretty much goes downhill from there. Here’s a healthy dose of the critical scorn being heaped on it:
  • “I suffered through Little Fockers wishing that I
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Hollywood's Highest-Paid Actors

Funny guys snag spots in the top 5

(Newser) - Johnny Depp, once known for his tendency to take on only the quirkiest of roles, is now Hollywood's highest-paid actor. Forbes ' list for this year is based on earnings from films and endorsements between June 2009 and June 2010. The top 5:
  1. Johnny Depp: His starring role in Alice
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Tom Cruise's Les Grossman Gets Movie Deal

Tropic Thunder media mogul to star in comedy

(Newser) - Foul-mouthed movie producer Les Grossman—fresh from a show-stealing performance at the MTV Movie Awards —is getting a movie deal of his own. Paramount and MTV Films have announced plans to develop a film that will star the obnoxious Tropic Thunder character, played by Tom Cruise. Cruise and his... More »

Credit Card Scammer Hits Ben Stiller, Other Stars

Not-so-bright suspect used same address for them all

(Newser) - Note to budding identity thieves: To avoid drawing attention, it's probably not wise to ask the bank to keep sending credit cards in the names of high-profile Hollywood stars to your small apartment. Chicago authorities busted a Nigerian man who allegedly stole personal information on the likes of Ben Stiller,... More »

Haiti Still Full of Celebrities

Stars bring attention, money to island

(Newser) - If you'd like to spot a celebrity, forget Hollywood: Head to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Though the media spotlight isn't focused there anymore, celebrities are still flocking to the country in droves. If you stopped by one school bus-turned-classroom on Saturday, for example, you could have seen Michelle Obama and Ben Stiller... More »

Meet the Time 100

Magazine unveils latest megalist

(Newser) - The Time 100—Time magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world—has just hit the interwebs, and as usual, the names range from obvious to head scratching. The names you expect are there—Barack Obama, Oprah, Steve Jobs—as are some you might not, or... More »

10 Nightmare Hollywood Bosses

Does it get much worse than smacking employees around?

(Newser) - Nicollette Sheridan claims Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry smacked her in the face—but she’s not the only one who worked for a Hollywood nightmare boss. The Frisky dishes the dirt on nine more:
  1. James Cameron: Reportedly nails cell phones to the wall if they ring at the wrong
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Ben Stiller Gets Serious in Decent Greenberg

Squid and the Whale director does nice job with tough material

(Newser) - Ben Stiller takes a serious turn playing an angsty 40-something in Greenberg, the latest from The Squid and the Whale's Noah Baumbach, and the film gets mostly solid reviews:
  • J. Hoberman, Village Voice : "The style is observational, the drama is understated, and, when the time comes, it knocks you
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13 Surprising Irish Celebrities

Alicia Keys? Barack Obama? Ben Stiller? Yes, yes, and yes.

(Newser) - Lots of celebrities are likely to be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day tonight—but you might be surprised to discover which of them actually have Irish roots. The Daily Beast lists 13 you might not expect:
  1. Barack Obama: Yes, it’s Obama, not O’Bama. Nevertheless, the president has an
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