Ben Stiller Set To Star As Jack In Upcoming Stage Adaptation Of Stephen King’s ‘The Shining’

Ben Stiller is known for his comedic roles, but starting early January 2023, he’ll be starring as Jack Torrance in the upcoming Ivo van Hove stage adaptation of the Stephen King classic, The Shining.

The report says Stiller is still in talks to play Jack, but it looks like it’s just about signing an official contract. Rehearsals are scheduled to take place this fall and it’s set to premiere in London in January 2023, with an eventual move to Broadway.

Sources tell Deadline that director van Hove, last seen on Broadway pre-pandemic with the reworked West Side Story, will lead the creative team, with Tony winner Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and, most recently, Morning Sun starring Edie Falco) adapting the King novel. (Stephens also wrote the Sea Wall half of Sea Wall/A Life, with Tom Sturridge starring.)

This stage adaptation was first planned in 2017, and just as they gained momentum, the pandemic happened, which set things back a couple years.

Sources say the stage play of The Shining will adhere more closely with King’s 1977 book than Stanley Kubrick’s film, which in addition to Nicholson starred Shelley Duvall as Wendy Torrance and Danny Lloyd as Danny Torrance.

It should be an interesting production. I would be excited to watch it, mostly to see Ben Stiller in action. Perhaps that’s why they gave him the role.

I mean, Stiller does seem just crazy enough to pull it off.

Ben Stiller Set To Direct ‘Bag Man’ Film Based On Rachel Maddow Podcast

We’re adapting everything else, why not a podcast? Ben Stiller is set to direct/produce/co-write a feature adaptation of Rachel Maddow’s hit podcast, Bag Man.

The film is currently set up for development with Focus Features:

The Bag Man podcast chronicles the true story of one of the most brazen political bribery scandals in American history, which played out before the country while nobody was paying attention. The podcast asked if it was really possible for an American Vice President to carry out a criminal enterprise inside the White House and have nobody remember?

The podcast goes back over 40 years to “to dig into a story that got overshadowed in its day, one that features intrigue, corruption and envelopes of cash delivered to the White House.”

Stiller worked on the screenplay with Adam Perlman and Mike Yarvitz, who actually worked on the podcast with Maddow.

This has been a passion project for Stiller, who originally expressed his love for the podcast back in 2018, when he tweeted, “I am loving @Maddow’s #BagMan podcast. Such great storytelling and so crazily current. It’s so well done!”

No word on when production may begin, but Stiller has several projects in different stages of development, so they’ll be working around his busy schedule.

Must Watch Trailer: Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller And Adam Sandler Star In ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’

Back in May, we might have shocked you when we told you that Adam Sandler might get an Oscar nomination this year for his work in The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected). The dramedy, which is about an estranged, slightly dysfunctional New York family, received a four-minute standing ovation after it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

And critics were praising Sandler for his performance. As we mentioned in the post, Variety claimed Sandler could receive an Oscar nomination…

“Perhaps that’s why Netflix, which is in the Adam Sandler business, scooped up this relatively high-brow Scott Rudin production just weeks before its Cannes film festival premiere. Still, it’s odd to think that the company responsible for Sandy Wexler and The Ridiculous Six could conceivably earn Sandler his first Oscar nomination — and his best role since Punch-Drunk Love played Cannes in 2002.”  

The first trailer for this film was just released, and it definitely looks like it’s going to be worth your time. Will Sandler get an Oscar nomination? Probably not, but maybe this will get him back on the right track.

It’s scheduled to hit theaters and be released on Netflix October 13, 2017. Make sure you check it out.

The Cast Of ‘Dodgeball’ Reunite For Hilarious Omaze Charity Video, Watch It Inside And Find Out How You Can Play Dodgeball With Ben Stiller

Thankfully, the cast of Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story have refrained from making a sequel. It would have been easy to do, but they decided to let the original film speak for itself.

The 2004 comedy surprised everyone by being a huge hit at the box office. It earned $167 million worldwide on a budget that was less than $25 million. For those who don’t remember, the film starred Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Justin Long.

On Wednesday morning, Stiller gave fans of the movie a great surprise. In a new charity campaign video powered by Omaze, Stiller transformed back into Globo Gym chief White Goodman to invite viewers to team up with him in this new contest. He was joined in the video by Vaughn and Long, to represent the Average Joe’s.

The video urges fans to pick a side in this battle by signing up on Omaze’s website for a chance to play a game of dodgeball with Stiller. Proceeds from the contest will go to the Stiller Foundation, which supports education initiatives for children.

To promote the campaign, Stiller agreed to do an interview with Entertainment Weekly, and during the interview, he was asked what he remembers most about making the movie 13 years ago…

“I remember having a lot of fun making the movie. It was so ridiculous when we were doing it, I remember doing scenes where I was feeling kind of embarrassed because I thought it’s so ridiculous, and the movie was not necessarily a guaranteed success. In terms of like moments that I remember, I remember Chuck Norris being there and that being very exciting. I remember he came in on a chopper – you’d probably expect nothing less. I remember doing the dodgeball scenes themselves, that being very involved.”

Someone Is Trying To Kill Justin Bieber In First Trailer For ‘Zoolander 2’


A teaser trailer was released for Zoolander 2 back in August, and while it certainly got us excited for the movie, it didn’t give us a look at any of the action.

That has all changed now. The first official trailer for the film has been released, and it’s filled with hilarious moments and some of the biggest names in Hollywood like Justin Bieber and Benedict Cumberbatch. Of course, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell are featured in the trailer as well.

Unfortunately for all you Beliebers out there, it doesn’t look like the Biebs will have too much time on screen. We learn in the trailer that the world’s most beautiful people are being hunted and killed by a criminal organization.

As you can see in the screenshot below, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Usher have all been slaughtered. If Zoolander doesn’t put an end to this madness, the world might be left with ugly people. And I think we can all agree no one wants to live in a world filled with ugly people. I don’t even like living with myself.


Check out the trailer below. Zoolander 2 hits theaters Feb 12, 2016. Looks like the perfect movie for the romantic weekend.


Watch: The First Teaser Trailer For ‘Zoolander 2’ Is Perfect In Every Single Way

We told you back in February that filming for Zoolander 2 would begin this spring in Rome. But even then, some fans couldn’t believe it. It was too good to be true. Well, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson are back to prove that sometimes dreams do come true.

The first teaser trailer for the Zoolander sequel was released this weekend, and it’s showing fans just enough to get them excited. You won’t be finding out any plot details inside this trailer, but you will hear a Stephen Hawking-like narration to open up the trailer.

Some people were actually confused when the trailer played before Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation over the weekend, “I saw the trailer with MI:Rogue Nation on Friday and the entire theater was caught completely off-guard. When it zoomed out to Derek’s face everyone was like “OH SH-TT!” One user wrote on Reddit.

Another user wrote, “Totally caught me off guard in the theater, I was all like, “Oh, another Stephen Hawking movie, cool.”

To see what all the confusion is about, check out the trailer below. Zoolander 2 is scheduled to hit theaters February 12th, 2016. Will you be ready?


Movie Review: While We’re Young (2015) – A Charming Woody Allen-esque Indie Gem

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While We’re Young is a new indie movie with limited release, possibly aimed at aging hipsters. Despite the fact that its release was limited to a small amount of theaters, this one could wind up being a sleeper hit.

Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts play a 40-something couple who is more than content with their decision to not have children. In fact, they mention it so much that you start to think they’re protesting too much. Conflict comes in when they meet a spirited 20 something couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried). There’s some generational culture clash and much self-deprecation on Ben Stiller’s part. While the premise isn’t exactly exciting, I found myself incredibly intrigued by this charming indie gem.

The culture clash is powerful. The younger couple is part of the entitlement generation that kind of just expects everything to work out. The older couple is part of Generation X, which is marked with an almost constant sense of impending doom. Ben Stiller’s character especially, is a man on the edge. He’s tried his entire life to earn a name for himself as a respected documentary maker, but to date, everyone has failed to recognize his genius. Being in his mid forties, he’s at an age where he’s starting to wonder if his dreams will ever come true, of if he’s doomed to mediocrity. As a 30 something, I know the feeling.

The movie has an almost Woody Allen feel, in the way it makes fun of the New York Hipster subculture. The older couple especially, seems to be clinging to the culture in an effort to cling to their youth. The characters are brilliant, but completely immature, and their interactions make the movie work.

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It’s a movie that really focuses on that blurry line of middle age, when it’s too late to do some things, and feels too late to change direction. Because there’s nothing we can do about it, we spend the majority of our time trying to convince ourselves that our choices were right. It’s the perfect recipe for a midlife crisis and people who might fall into this middle of the road age bracket will be able to easily understand.

When you get about two thirds of the way in, the movie drops its breezy atmosphere and starts to get very heavy. It feels like one person wrote the first half of the movie, while a manic depressive wrote the rest, because out of nowhere the movie gets really dark.

Regardless of that, this is still a good movie. People who remember Woody Allen movies will be reminded of them, while the hipster vibe will resonate with younger crowds, at least the ones that are ok with laughing at themselves. The dialog is well done, the conflicts, at least for the first two thirds, are believable, and the characters are well rounded. Chances are you know someone who is very much like one of the characters in this movie. They did a good job of writing them funny, without going awkward.

It’s a good movie for adults who are looking for something breezy and indie and is easily worth the watch, despite a somewhat heavy ending.

WE GIVE IT: 4.5 STARS!  Official Movie Trailer and Movie Poster Below.

four and a half stars


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‘Zoolander 2’ Will Begin Filming This Spring In Rome!


You are not dreaming. It’s happening, and our loyal readers shouldn’t be surprised. Back in September of last year, we told you that the Zoolander 2 project was finally moving forward. Providing you with the quote you see down below from Will Ferrell.

“We are actually supposed to do a read-through of a sequel script soon, and Mugatu is a part of it.”

It looks like everyone approved of the script, because we just learned that the cast will be shooting the sequel in Rome for 12 weeks. An Italian site called Bad Taste first reported the exciting news. Announcing that the mayor of Rome, Ignazio Marino, met with Ben Stiller to discuss the filming that will be taking place in and around Cinecittà Studios.

The film will feature a mixture of American and Italian actors, according to the news report. Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell will all be returning for this sequel, which is being directed by Justin Thereoux. He also helped Stiller with the screenplay.

It will be interesting to see how much money this sequel brings in. The first film grossed just $60 million worldwide; however, we must remember that was on a $28 million budget. Love for Zoolander really blossomed once the film came out on DVD.

We’ll see what happens. I am trying not to get too excited, especially after being so disappointed with Anchorman 2.

Movie Review: Night at the Museum: Secrets of the Tomb – A Franchise that’s lost its magic.


I think we all know that Night at the Museum movies are hardly high art. In fact, they’re about one step up from those straight to video movies the Olson twins made in the 90s. But the magic they do have is that they’re entertaining. So does Night at the Museum: Secrets of the Tomb hold up to the original?

This time around, Larry (Ben Stiller) learns that the magic Tablet of Akhmenrah, the Egyptian artifact that brings the Museum of Natural History’s various exhibits to life, is starting to lose its powers. That means that Larry will soon have to say goodbye to friends like Teddy Roosevelt (the late Robin Williams), Egyptian Pharaoh Akhmenrah (Rami Malek), miniature cowboy Jedediah (Owen Wilson) and his Roman general friend Octavius (Steve Coogan). So off Larry goes to a British museum, so he can find a replacement magic tablet.

So yeah, the entire plot was conceived with the purpose of sending the museum guard to yet another museum, so he could continue meeting various historical figures. The previous movies did well with this formula, so I guess there seems to be no reason to stop now.




Except, this results in a strange lack of energy, as if everyone is just sick of making these movies. Of course, I guess that’s what you get when you base an entire franchise of movies on a 32 page children’s book. You know what this movie is? It’s that movie you play over and over for your kids so you can get a break from them. It’s more background noise than anything else. It’s a PG non-interactive babysitter.

And an excuse to show off an array of CGI effects. Those are still as decent as the original. But that’s about all it has going for it. The first movie was supported by a cast of heavyweight comics. In this third installment, all the priors are tired and Robin Williams carries it all with his frantic energy.

Much like the tablet itself, this franchise has lost its magic. A phone in script and exhausted characters go on a short trip. In order to pad the script, two of the characters get stuck in a heating shaft and everyone has to go look for them for 45 minutes.

One bright shining spot in this is Rebel Wilson, who plays the British equivalent of Stiller’s character. As a guard at her own museum, she steals every single scene she’s in, making Stiller fall even more flat.

He clearly phoned in his effort and I think I know why. Rumor is, that when he was trying to get The Secret Life of Walter Mitty made, he actually had to sign on to do a third installment of this series. I guess when you shove someone back into a role, and hand him a tired script, you can’t really blame him for not putting forth much of an effort.

Hopefully, the studio will get the message and stop making these movies. But I highly doubt it. The movie has already raked in $17 million and is holding steady at number 2 at the box office. Despite the fact that it’s not worth the watch, it apparently was worth the making.

WE GAVE IT: 2.5 Stars

2.5 Stars


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Watch Robin Williams In The Final Trailer For ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’


It’s the final trailer for the final ‘Night At The Museum’ film, featuring Robin Williams as Theodore Roosevelt in one of his final movies. I don’t know about you, but that’s one too many “finals” for me. I think we would all be elated if we could erase the last final mentioned.

MovieClips Trailers was the first to release the trailer you see down below. As we mentioned, Secret of the Tomb, is the third and final film in the series. In addition to Williams reprising his role as the hilarious animated statue of Teddy Roosevelt. Ben Stiller will also be back in the lead role as Larry Daley and Owen Wilson will return as Jedediah.

And new cast member, Rebel Wilson, will be playing a guard at The British Museum. Seemingly replacing Jonah Hill’s character in the Battle of the Smithsonian.

Check out the trailer down below and be sure to watch it in theaters December 19, 2014.