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Ben Stiller: Tom Cruise 'Has Moves' in Tropic Thunder | Ben Stiller, Tom Cruise

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Ben Stiller: Tom Cruise 'Has Moves' in Tropic Thunder

Originally posted 08/07/2008 03:55PM

It's been 25 years since he shimmied in his skivvies in Risky Business, but Tom Cruise can still shake it like a pro, according to his Tropic Thunder director Ben Stiller.

"The guy has moves," says Stiller, who also co-wrote and stars in the military-themed action-comedy.

Cruise, 46, is winning raves for his role as a vulgar, venom-spewing studio executive in the movie, in which he's nearly unrecognizable beneath a fat suit, a bald cap and a beard.

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Ben Stiller, Jack Black & Robert Downey Jr. Bring Tropic Thunder to Camp Pendleton

Ben Stiller, Jack Black & Robert Downey Jr. Bring Tropic Thunder to Camp Pendleton

Originally posted 08/06/2008 01:20PM

It was an attack Camp Pendleton didn't see coming: Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. brought a full-scale laugh assault to the Marines there as they presented a special screening of their military-themed action-comedy, Tropic Thunder.

"We were really excited to show this movie to the military personnel who do so much for our country," Ben Stiller said in a statement. "I think they really got a kick out of seeing a bunch of spoiled actors complaining about how hard it is to do a war movie. But seriously, it was really hard. We almost did a boot camp, but then decided on a cast dinner instead."

Like a film premiere, there was a red carpet at the base's MCC Base Theater – only it was (fittingly) combat green-colored. And once the film's stars were inside the theater, they spent time meeting the troops, posing for pictures and then introduced the film.

Tropic Thunder blasts into theaters Aug. 13.

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Ben Stiller Speaks Out on Owen Wilson's Inner Pain | Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson

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Ben Stiller Speaks Out on Owen Wilson's Inner Pain

Originally posted 07/18/2008 02:40PM

They may be all laughs together on the silver screen, but when it comes to friend Owen Wilson's attempted suicide last year, Tropic Thunder star Ben Stiller is gravely serious.

"I love Owen, and I felt bad that he had to deal with all the outside bulls--," the comic actor, 42, tells Playboy in its August issue. "It's impossible to understand that kind of pain – depression or anything like that – until you're in it."

On a cheerier note, Stiller admits to idolizing costar Robert Downey Jr. on the Thunder set.

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Ben Stiller, Jay Leno Pay Tribute to George Carlin | George Carlin

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Ben Stiller, Jay Leno Pay Tribute to George Carlin

Originally posted 06/23/2008 03:35PM

George Carlin – who once wryly wondered, "Why do they lock gas station bathrooms? Are they afraid someone will clean them?" – is being mourned by fellow comedians such as Ben Stiller and Jay Leno, not only for being a groundbreaker in entertainment but an individual of great honor.

"George Carlin was a hugely influential force in stand-up comedy," Stiller, 42, said in a statement. "He had an amazing mind, and his humor was brave, and always challenging us to look at ourselves and question our belief systems, while being incredibly entertaining. He was one of the greats and he will be missed."

Carlin, 71, died Sunday of heart failure.

Staff members of Saturday Night Live and David Letterman's Late Show are said to devastated by the loss, a former associate of both programs tells PEOPLE.

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Revealed: More Details on Tom Cruise's Cameo in Tropic Thunder | Tom Cruise

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Revealed: More Details on Tom Cruise's Cameo in Tropic Thunder

Originally posted 04/03/2008 01:15PM

There's a surprise coming in Ben Stiller's next movie, Tropic Thunder: Tom Cruise, as he's never been seen before.

Rather than play his typical, boyishly charming good guy, Cruise delivers an apparently memorable cameo in which he's craggy, fat, bald, vulgar, hairy-chested – and playing an ungrateful studio boss, reports The New York Times, which also says that Cruise's opening line in the movie comedy is enough to guarantee it an R-rating when it opens Aug. 15.

The Times points out that Tropic Thunder is a Paramount Picture: Paradoxically, in August 2006 Cruise was famously fired from Paramount by its parent-company chief Sumner Redstone, despite the star's having made such big hits for the studio as 1984's Top Gun and the Mission: Impossible series.

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Ben Stiller Says Owen Wilson Doing 'Really Well' | Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson

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Ben Stiller Says Owen Wilson Doing 'Really Well'

Originally posted 09/28/2007 07:00AM

Ben Stiller says things are looking up for his longtime pal and frequent costar Owen Wilson.

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Owen Wilson Drops Out of New Ben Stiller Movie | Owen Wilson

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Owen Wilson Drops Out of New Ben Stiller Movie

Originally posted 08/29/2007 09:00AM

Owen Wilson has placed his acting career on hold as he recovers from his suicide attempt.

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Ben Stiller, Scarlett Johansson Harvard-Bound

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Ben Stiller, Scarlett Johansson Harvard-Bound

Originally posted 01/30/2007 08:40AM

Ben Stiller and Scarlett Johansson are headed to Harvard – and their visit is sure to be a drag.

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Ben Stiller Answers Your Questions! | Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller Answers Your Questions!

Originally posted 12/07/2006 12:00PM

When we asked People.com readers to drop Ben Stiller a line, fans swamped our in-box, many demanding a sequel to Meet the Fockers. "I've heard nothing about that one," says the star of the new family comedy Night at the Museum. Married to actress Christine Taylor, 35, with whom he's raising daughter Ella, 4, and son Quinlin, 16 months, Stiller, 41, took time out to answer your burning questions by e-mail.

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Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor Welcome Baby Boy | Ben Stiller

UpdatePosted 08/02/2005 10:55AM

Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor Welcome Baby Boy

Originally posted 08/01/2005 05:00PM

Ben Stiller and his wife, Christine Taylor, have welcomed a baby boy, PEOPLE has learned exclusively.

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