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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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Jennifer Aniston Throws Star-Studded Birthday Party for Justin Theroux | Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux

Jennifer Aniston Throws Star-Studded Birthday Party for Justin Theroux

Originally posted 08/11/2013 10:00AM

He's one popular birthday boy!

Ellen DeGeneres, Ben Stiller, Jimmy Kimmel, Tobey Maguire, Laura Dern, John Krasinski, Don Cheadle, Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, Isla Fisher, Samantha Ronson, Will Arnett, Malin Ackerman and Dax Shepard were among the celebs who headed to Jennifer Aniston's Bel Air mansion Saturday night as the actress threw her fiancé, Justin Theroux, a 42nd birthday bash.

The party also took place on the one-year anniversary of the couple's engagement. Though the party sparked rumors of a possible surprise wedding, guests dressed down and the atmosphere was casual.

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Al Pacino, Christopher Walken & Alan Arkin Are Stand Up Guys in N.Y.C. | Al Pacino

Al Pacino, Christopher Walken & Alan Arkin Are Stand Up Guys in N.Y.C.

Originally posted 12/09/2012 12:45PM

It was an A-list party for the A-listers!

On Sunday night, Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin and Julianna Margulies celebrated their new film Stand Up Guys at The Oak Room in New York's Plaza Hotel.

"Al Pacino chatted with Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin and director Fisher Stevens as they sipped on cocktails," an onlooker tells PEOPLE.

It was a star-studded affair as Ben Stiller, Liev Schreiber, Matt Dillion, Jeremy Piven, Mariska Hargitay, Jon Bon Jovi, Alan Cumming, Girls' Zosia Mamet and Boardwalk Empire's Bobby Cannavale were all also in attendance.

After the screening at the Museum of Modern Art ended, guests enjoyed Appleton Estate cocktails, small bites of lobster claw, salmon tartar, mushroom crostinis and shrimp cocktails.
– Melody Chiu

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Jen & Justin Throw Star-Studded Holiday Party | Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux

Jennifer Aniston & Justin Theroux Throw Star-Studded Holiday Party

Originally posted 12/04/2012 12:00PM

There was no lack of excitement in Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux's household over the weekend.

The recently-engaged pair kicked off December with a tree-trimming party, which has been an annual tradition for Aniston, 43.

On Sunday, pals including, Demi Moore, Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Tobey Maguire, Jennifer Meyer and some of Aniston's employees came out to the couple's Beverly Hills rental house for a family-friendly fete.

"The party was for both adults and children," a source tells PEOPLE. "Jen loves having children around and she always has fun activities planned for them. While the adults mingled, the younger guests were able to color and play games."

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Inside Jennifer Aniston & Justin Theroux's Funny Night Out | Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux

Jennifer Aniston & Justin Theroux Honor Ben Stiller with Funny Tribute

Originally posted 11/16/2012 11:20AM

What are friends for, if not to help pay tribute with some good-natured ribbing?

Which is what Jennifer Aniston and her fiancé Justin Theroux did Thursday night, when the 26th American Cinematheque honored her Along Comes Polly costar Ben Stiller at a Beverly Hilton gala that also featured Will Ferrell and Jack Black on stage, and, in video clips, Tom Cruise, Judd Apatow, William Shatner, Conan O'Brien, Ben's parents Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, sister Amy Stiller, and that showbiz newcomer, former President Bill Clinton.

On stage, Theroux – a longtime friend and writing collaborator of Stiller's – introduced a laugh-out-loud video that starred Cruise, Owen Wilson, Robert Downey Jr., Al Pacino and Noah Baumbach – as well as Aniston, who made an onscreen cameo.

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Lady Gaga Pledges $1 Million to Sandy Relief Efforts | Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga, Ben Stiller & Other Stars Donate to Sandy Relief Efforts

Originally posted 11/07/2012 01:10PM

Stars are stepping up to help with relief efforts after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the East Coast.

Lady Gaga announced on her website she would pledge $1 million to New York and American Red Cross for Superstorm Sandy relief.

"If it wasn't for NYC: the Lower East Side, Harlem, the Bronx and Brooklyn, I would not be the woman or artist that I am today," she wrote. "New York is relentless ambition, a drive to succeed, a place where there is a natural pursuit of diversity through compassion."

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Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer Get Photo-Bombed in Cannes | Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer

Cannes International Film Festival 2012

Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer Get Photo-Bombed in Cannes

Originally posted 05/17/2012 02:15PM

It was a reunion of old (and news) pals when Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett, Chris Rock and David Schwimmer gathered for the photo call for Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes.

"Schwim," Rock (who plays Marty the zebra) yelled when arriving at the same time as his Melman the giraffe costar. But it was Stiller who unknowingly doubled up on "Schwim" as his Alex the lion character photo-bombed the two as they made their way down the Croisette.

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Tower Heist Features Old-School Eddie Murphy: PEOPLE Review | Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick

Tower Heist Features Old-School Eddie Murphy: PEOPLE Review

Originally posted 11/04/2011 05:00PM

Eddie's back.

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.

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Ben Stiller's Kids Give Back with Lemonade Stand

Ben Stiller's Kids Give Back with Lemonade Stand

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."

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