Ever since The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected) premiered at Cannes earlier this year I’ve been eager to see a trailer. With Netflix purchasing the film (and all of our souls) we finally get a trailer and a premiere date on the streaming platform. I’m a huge Adam Sandler fan, and while it’s easy to pick on him for his very real knack of making movies with his friends rather than exploring whatever artistic ambition it is we think all actors should be exploring, I choose to focus on the positive. He’s made ALOT of really funny movies, and although he picks a serious role on rare occasions, he’s almost always very good at it. Punch-Drunk Love, Click, Reign Over Me, Funny People; Sandler isn’t reinventing the acting wheel in any of those roles, but people find it easier to write him off rather than give him credit where credit is certainly due. I can’t speak for his role in Meyerowitz Stories, but if the critics like it, chances are I will too.
Sandler isn’t the only character to look forward to, either. The rest of the cast includes Ben Stiller, Emma Thompson, Adam Driver & Dustin Hoffman. The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected) premieres on Netflix October 13.
It’s been a tough couple of years for Ben Stiller. He lost his mother in May of 2015 and last month he and his wife, actress Christine Taylor, separated after 17 years of marriage. He’s 51 now, and after a career of comedies it seems like he might be settling into the semi serious middle aged role. He plays Brad Sloan in Brad’s Status, a 47 year old dad taking his son on a tour of colleges he’s hoping to be accepted to. Along the way he discovers he’s unfulfilled in his own life, especially after he meets up with some of his successful college buddies. It’s certainly not the most unique story in the world, but the cast is solid (Jenna Fischer, Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson, Jemaine Clement & Austin Abrams, who played that son of a bitch Ron in The Walking Dead). Brad’s Status opens in theaters September 15.
If Justin Bieber is in Zoolander 2 it has a legitimate chance to ruin the movie, and that’ saying a lot because I can’t imagine the movie is going to great to begin with. Being great isn’t the point of the movie, though, it’s just a chance to spend some time with some wacky pals from the past. Justin Bieber being in this movie for even a second ruins that time. Bieber has to understand that he’s popular with little girls and that’s it. Don’t try and get into the adult world and into our beloved comedies. Go hang out with your 10 year old fans and leave the big boy stuff to everyone else.
What a glorious announcement from Ben Stiller and company. Billy Zane was sneakily my favorite part of Zoolander, and he was in it for like 45 seconds. He just has a commanding presence on the big screen that makes every movie better. Titanic, Back to the Future, Back to the Future II; what do all those movies have in common? Billy Mother F’N Zane. Now that he’s officially apart of the Zooland sequel, I know it’s going to be great. I don’t care if there’s no plot. Give me Billy Zane and I’m a happy man. I also love how Ben Stiller is basically promoting the entire movie via his Instagram page. Smart boy.
Everyone’ favorite Mer-Man and his pal Hansel are officially coming back for Zoolander 2, and the usual wariness that accompanies sequel announcements isn’t hitting me for some reason. It’s probably because this movie was so outrageous that I can’t picture them screwing it up. It’s not like they’re trying to do another ‘Armageddon’ and they have to hit all the emotional high points of the original. This is a movie about a couple of male models who are trying to stop a fashion designer from murdering the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Whatever plot they concoct for Zoolander 2 can’t possibly disappoint, and the fact that most of the original cast is coming back, including Will Ferrell, only makes me more excited. With that said, if Billy Zane isn’t in Zoolander 2, we riot.
H/T NY Daily News
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, coming out on Christmas day, stars Ben Stiller, (who also directs) Kirsten Wiig and Adam Scott. Judging from the trailer and synopsis, Secret Life looks to be a fantasy comedy blend, or as I like to call it, Dodging Reality with a budget. This film is drastically different from Stiller’s other directorial features, (Tropic Thunder, Zoolander, The Cable Guy) and in my opinion, different is always good. If nothing else, this trailer peaks my interest and I’ll absolutely be seeing it in theater’s. Plus, can a film about daydreaming starring three comedy all stars really be that bad? We’ll find out on Jesus’s birthday.