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Originally posted 11/04/2011 05:00PM
More accurately, he's way back – all the way to the pugnacious, raunchy comic of 48 HRS. and Trading Places. (If you're as sick as I am of seeing him in dresses and fat suits, this is cause for celebration.)
Tower Heist is an ensemble comedy, but it's appropriate to start with Murphy, because the energy picks up significantly when his convict character, Slide, joins his neighbor Josh (Ben Stiller) in a plot to steal $20 million.
Originally posted 10/30/2010 12:00PM
It's a lesson Ben Stiller and wife Christine Taylor are passing down by to their kids: Even when life doesn't give you lemons, make lemonade.
The powerhouse comedic couple encourages their children, Ella, 8, and Quinlin, 5, to give back, which led their daughter to start her own lemonade stand.
"They raised $120 – I think a few parents stopped by and dropped twenties," Taylor, 39, told PEOPLE at recent New York fundraiser for Project A.L.S. "It was great, and it's important for their self-esteem too."
Originally posted 05/14/2010 08:45AM
"Last time I saw a room full of so many talented faces was when I auditioned for The Lost Boys ... It was between me, and Kiefer [Sutherland], and the two Corey's [Haim and Feldman]. "
Ben Stiller jokes about when he was young at the 12th Annual HollywoodLife Young Hollywood Awards in L.A. Thursday, adding "young now means that you're 10-years old."
– Reagan Alexander
Originally posted 03/09/2010 11:00AM
The Academy Awards are known for giving a boost to the movies they celebrate. This year, lots of films had their moment in the Oscar spotlight, piquing the interest of viewers who haven't seen them yet.
Among the films that might have found new audiences on Sunday:
Originally posted 02/19/2010 07:00AM
Ben Stiller, Olivia Wilde and this year's first-time Downloading Nancy nominee Maria Bello will be among those presenting Film Independent Spirit Awards at the March 5 ceremony, PEOPLE has learned exclusively.
Other presenters announced Friday are Emile Hirsch, former nominee Marisa Tomei and two-time winner (for Drugstore Cowboy and Crash) Matt Dillon.
With Precious and The Last Station leading the nominations, this year's event – to be hosted by comedian Eddie Izzard from the LA Live event deck in downtown Los Angeles – marks the 25th anniversary of the Independent Spirit Awards, which recognizes achievement in indie movies.
The Film Independent Spirit Awards will air live and uncut on Friday, March 5, at 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET on the Independent Film Channel (IFC). The Oscars will air two days later on ABC.
– Jessica Wedemeyer
Originally posted 05/22/2009 09:50AM
There is more to life than being ridiculously good looking. Just ask Ben Stiller.
Zac Efron, 21, will present the Zoolander star, 43, with MTV's Generation Award at the upcoming Movie Awards, the network confirms to PEOPLE.
Stiller has appeared in dozens of films – Reality Bites, There's Something About Mary, Meet the Parents, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Tropic Thunder and Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian, which opens Friday – and worked in Hollywood as a director, producer and writer.
Originally posted 11/24/2008 10:30AM
With the whole family in showbiz, Hollywood mom Jada Pinkett Smith says high maintenance isn't an option in her household.
Pinkett Smith, 37, has been married to funnyman Will Smith for 11 years, and their two kids, 10-year-old Jaden and 8-year-old Willow, already have a few movie credits under their belts. Jaden performed alongside dad in The Pursuit of Happyness, while Willow voiced the character of Baby Gloria in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. Fittingly, Pinkett Smith starred as the older version – Gloria.
But Pinkett Smith says her family is simply doing what they love.
"Everybody just enjoys doing what they do," she says in an exclusive chat with PEOPLE at the London premiere of the Madagascar sequel. "We're all really happy, so we just do it."
She adds: "Thank goodness in my family we don't allow divas."
Originally posted 11/13/2008 09:30AM
Jack Black looked dapper in a well-tailored tuxedo Wednesday night, as he attended a black-tie gala in honor of good pal Ben Stiller. But, he admitted, suiting up was a "humiliating" – and hysterical – ordeal.
"I only found out yesterday that this thing was black tie," the comedian told the audience at the American Museum of Moving Images Salute to Ben Stiller in New York. "And I've got to say that I hate black tie. I was going to say screw it. I was just going to wear my jockies and trench coat."
What changed his mind?
"I found out that I was going to be sitting next to [Robert] DeNiro and P. Diddy. And they were going to be looking very sharp .... So I went over to Berdorf Goodman and I said, 'Show me your finest tux!' "
And that's when butterball Black ran into trouble. "The lady there was like, 'Your neck ... it's too big. It's too big for this store! I'm sorry Jack Black, but you might want to go to Big and Tall.' "
Originally posted 10/27/2008 10:40AM
In many of his movies, funnyman Ben Stiller acts like a big kid. Off-screen, he credits own children with keeping him inspired and grounded in Hollywood.
"Family – that’s real stuff," he told PEOPLE on Sunday at the Los Angeles premiere of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, in which he costars with Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith and David Schwimmer (not to mention some cameo voice work by his kids!).
"It keeps you grounded in life. You have to have a balance when you’re working in this business of the time you spend at home with your family and not working, and that becomes much more important when you have kids. [It] is for me."
Stiller, 42, who has two children Ella, 6, and Quinlin, 3, with wife, actress Christine Taylor, says his family influences his work choices as well.
"You have to be aware of when the kids are in school and where you can go, and how long you can go away for, or if everybody can come along."
Originally posted 08/12/2008 03:55PM
Tom Cruise may only have a small part in Tropic Thunder, but he ruled the red carpet for the Los Angeles premiere.
Cruise, who donned a fat suit to play studio exec Les Grossman in the film, stayed close to wife Katie Holmes Monday night, greeting fans and only letting go of her hand to pose for a quick cast shot.
Other than the fans, fellow star were happy to see the couple – PEOPLE caught Matthew McConaughey, Ben Stiller and Jack Black all giving big hugs to Cruise. And costar Jay Baruchel told PEOPLE that Cruise is "the funniest guy in the world."
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