06:59 PM EDT 12/27/2013


The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

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See This/Skip That: From Wolf of Wall Street to Walter Mitty | The Wolf of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio

See This/Skip That: From Wolf of Wall Street to Walter Mitty

Originally posted 12/27/2013 05:00PM

The debauchery of Wall Street comes to life in the latest film from director Martin Scorsese with strong performances from Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, although the final product leaves our critic feeling disappointed.

Meanwhile, can beautiful cinematography save The Secret Life of Walter Mitty?

Here's what to see (or not...) in theaters this weekend.

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Ben Stiller: Falling for Wife Christine Taylor 'Hit Me Out of the Blue'

Ben Stiller: Falling for Wife Christine Taylor 'Hit Me Out of the Blue'

Originally posted 12/19/2013 12:40PM

In the soon-to-open The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Ben Stiller plays a man whose vivid imagination helps him escape his unsatisfying existence. Yet in real-life, Stiller realized he didn't need fantasy to sustain him once now-wife Christine Taylor became a part of it.

"[Our] relationship was a gradual thing that happened over a quick period of time, maybe seven or eight months, Stiller tells Parade for its latest cover story. "We just started hanging out with each other and it developed into, 'Wow, this feels great. I really like this person. I think I love this person. I really do – I love this person.' It hit me out of the blue."

The duo wed 15 years ago, with Stiller, now 48, popping the question to Taylor, now 42, while in rehearsals for Meet the Parents. In that film, Robert De Niro memorably played his amusingly unapproachable father-in-law to-be, and Stiller reveals it was a bit of life-meets-art when he approached Taylor's father to ask for permission to wed.

"It was like Meet the Parents in real life, because Christine's father is an intimidating guy who owns a security company; we're good friends now, but at the time I was in the basement rec room saying, 'I really would like to marry your daughter,' " he recalls.

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Man Uses Secret Life of Walter Mitty Promo Budget for Typhoon Haiyan Recovery

Originally posted 12/17/2013 12:30PM

For the upcoming Ben Stiller film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, film studio 20th Century Fox was seeking a promotional campaign whose theme was to "motivate, inspire and give people a catalyst to do something they've never done." The studio reached out to filmmaker Casey Neistat – who found a way to do just that by also helping those in need.

Neistat took the film's $25,000 promotional video budget and travelled to the Philippines, where he and a friend purchased food and supplies and rented out two buses in the city of Cebu to transport to areas ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan. After a six-hour drive, the pair arrived in Tacloban and spent most of the night filling bags with supplies to distribute.

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