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‘The Hobbit’ Holds Off ‘Frozen’ To Top Box Office, ‘47 Ronin’ Tumbles

December 29th, 2013 9:03pm EST
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug held off a resurgent Frozen to keep its top spot at this weekend’s box office, and The Wolf of Wall Street was the only new film to crack the top 5.

According to Box Office Mojo’s estimates, The Hobbit made $29.8 million over the weekend, inching above Frozen’s $28.8 million. Frozen made $11 million more than it did last week in a rare box office bounce-back.

The Wolf of Wall Street opened at number 5 with $18.5 million, although it made an impressive $9 million on Christmas Day. Other new releases include The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which made $13...
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Ben Stiller Believes People Will 'Connect' With Walter Mitty

December 23rd, 2013 4:14pm EST
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Ben Stiller thinks people will connect with his character Walter Mitty.

The 48 year-old actor, who plays the lead role in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and also directed the motion picture, says there are similarities between him and his character.

He told the UK's Metro newspaper: "I do live in my head a lot (like Walter). We all have things that we don't say and ways we want to be that don't necessarily come out in real life the way we want them to.

"Also, this story is about a guy who learns to live life in the moment. As I get older, that's something I think about a lot. As I start...
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Ben Stiller's Proposal Was Like A Real-Life 'Meet the Parents'

December 19th, 2013 3:20pm EST
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Ben Stiller says asking his father-in-law if he could marry his daughter was "like 'Meet the Parents' in real life".

'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' actor and director wed Christine Taylor 15 years ago, but likened getting permission from her father - security firm boss Albert E. 'Skip' Taylor III - to the plot of his 2000 movie, about a man trying to win over a protective ex-CIA officer in order to marry his daughter.

He told Parade magazine: "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 n...
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Ben Stiller's new film prompts online dating bosses to update system

December 16th, 2013 3:10am EST
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Ben Stiller's new movie The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty has prompted bosses at online dating site eHarmony.com to upgrade their customer service.

When eHarmony dating experts realised the movie depicts staff as 24-hour carers to lonely hearts, they decided to make changes.

In the film, comedian Patton Oswalt plays the voice on the phone trying to help Stiller's desperate character find love by constantly editing his dating profile online - something eHarmony personal counsellors didn't do, until now.

After Stiller approached the dating site bosses with his ideas for the film, they decide...
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Box Office Predictions: 'The Hobbit' Headed For #1

December 13th, 2013 1:30pm EST
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
1) The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug- 78M Weekend, 78M Total

The general consensus was that the last Hobbit was not on par with the quality of the first Lord of the Rings trilogy. The first Hobbit opened to 86M, breaking a December record. The second should see a small-ish dip, due in part to the people who didn’t like the first enough to rush out and see the second. Plus, there’s a ton of competition.

2) A Madea Christmas- 24M Weekend, 24M Total

Good God. Tyler Perry and Madea are back for what some critics have called “the worst Tyler Perry movie ever.” (Roger Moore). However, that k...
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Ben Stiller Wants To Step Back From Acting To Direct

December 8th, 2013 1:37pm EST
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Ben Stiller is planning to cut back on his acting schedule in the near future so he can focus on his passion as a director.

The Night at the Museum star enjoys the freedom of being able to tell different stories from behind the camera and admits he would love to build up his filmmaking resume following the upcoming release of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which he directed and stars in.

He tells industry publication Variety, "I love acting, but... as an actor, to a certain extent, you're just limited to who you are and what you get cast in. The process is less vulnerable when you're di...
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