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Trump Stays in Zoolander, Says Ben Stiller

Cameo was one of many, possibly because they were part of the deal

(Newser) - Donald Trump didn't get the reaction 20 years ago when he stepped before a camera that he gets now. When Ben Stiller was making Zoolander, he was filming at the VH1 Fashion Awards when Trump and his wife, Melania, arrived for the show, the New York Post reports. "... More »

Seinfeld Actor Jerry Stiller Is Dead

Father of Ben Stiller also was in a long-running comedy team with wife Anne Meara

(Newser) - Comedian Jerry Stiller, the father of Ben Stiller who played the high-strung Frank Costanza on Seinfeld, has died at 92, reports USA Today . Ben Stiller announced the news on Twitter, saying his dad died of natural causes. "He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband... More »

SNL Does Not Spare Jussie Smollett

And has a bit of fun with Michael Cohen

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live pulled no punches on Jussie Smollet in a Shark Tank: Legal Edition sketch that featured the embattled actor, along with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, vying for legal representation from the likes of Pete Davidson's Michael Avenatti, Cecily Strong's Jeanine Pirro, guest host John... More »

Ex-Prison Worker Who Helped Escapees: Ben Stiller Is a 'Liar'

Joyce 'Tillie' Mitchell, depicted in Showtime's 'Escape at Dannemora,' says director is an 'idiot'

(Newser) - Joyce Mitchell—better known as "Tillie" in Showtime's Escape at Dannemora, in which she's played by Patricia Arquette—is proving as salty as her TV character. The ex-prison seamstress, serving time in New York for her role in the escape from an upstate New York prison by... More »

Baldwin Returns to SNL With Parking Space Joke

It's his first appearance since his arrest over a ... parking space

(Newser) - Alec Baldwin returned to Saturday Night Live as President Trump for the first time since his arrest Nov. 2 , but included himself in the receiving end of the ribbing, reports USA Today . In character as Trump on an Argentine balcony, Baldwin lamented Robert Mueller's investigation, saying, "God, I... More »

Live From New York, It's Stormy Daniels

'SNL' trots out a star-studded Cold Open

(Newser) - The most famously hushed woman currently in America opened her mouth and yelled, "Live from New York, it's Saturday night!" Saturday Night Live trotted out Stormy Daniels as part of a star-studded Cold Open poking fun at President Trump's current woes, reports Rolling Stone , with Ben... More »

SNL Milks Surprise Cameos

Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller stop by in 'Meet the Parents' send-up

(Newser) - In a romp down Meet the Parents memory lane, Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro crashed Saturday Night Live with a modern political twist—as President Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, and Robert Mueller, respectively. De Niro interrogated Stiller with the help of a lie detector, though his subject was... More »

Ben Stiller's Marriage Ending After 17 Years

He and Christine Taylor are calling it quits

(Newser) - Actors Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor announced in a joint statement that they will split after 17 years of marriage and many comedic hits. According to US Weekly , the statement asked for privacy. “With tremendous love and respect for each other, and the 18 years we spent together as... More »

Ben Stiller: a Blood Test 'Saved My Life'

Actor diagnosed with prostate cancer 2 years ago

(Newser) - Ben Stiller says he survived prostate cancer thanks to a routine test. The 50-year-old actor told the Howard Stern Show on Tuesday that a blood test used to screen for prostate cancer—known as a prostate-specific antigen test—first showed cause for alarm before an MRI and biopsy confirmed he... More »

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 »

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