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Ben Stiller Pokes Fun at BAFTA and 'Brittania Awards' Upon Winning One (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 5th 2011 3:30AM
Ben Stiller, '2011 Brittania Awards'Robert Downey, Jr. reluctantly awarded Ben Stiller with the Charlie Chaplin Brittania Award for Excellence in Comedy at the '2011 Brittania Awards' (Sun., 8:30PM ET on TV Guide), teasing the actor over their work in 'Tropic Thunder.'

Stiller, though, teased the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in his acceptance speech, saying that at first he thought BAFTA stood for Black Astronaut Flight Training Association. He went on to say that when first advised of the British honor he would be receiving, he thought he would be knighted "for a few giddy days."

Finally, somebody said to me, Ben it's an awards show and it's gonnna be broadcast on the TV Guide channel. And I said, Say no more," Stiller said. "You had me at broadcast."

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'SNL' Spoofs Hank Williams Jr.'s Appearance on 'Fox & Friends' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 10th 2011 2:00AM
Ben Stiller, 'Saturday Night Live'On the one hand, 'Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC) was talking about the steroid problem in baseball, which felt a little dated -- even if it was tied to a 'Moneyball' sketch. But then, on the other hand, they jumped right into a sketch about Hank Williams Jr.'s controversial appearance on 'Fox & Friends.'

It's when 'SNL' can react with immediacy that we often get our best satire, and Jason Sudeikis was certainly ratcheting up the crazy as Williams. The premise was that he was back to apologize, but he had a media spokesperson on hand, played by Ben Stiller, to help him and to really say the whole incident was Fox News' fault for inviting Williams on to talk politics in the first place.

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'SNL' Scorecard: With Ben Stiller's Show Being This Bad, It's No Wonder Why Eddie Murphy Didn't Show Up

by Mike Ryan, posted Oct 9th 2011 2:00PM


'Saturday Night Live' did itself such a disservice by not immediately squashing the rumors of an Eddie Murphy appearance on last night's show. As we pointed out on Wednesday: this was most likely never, ever going to happen. But it would have been really fantastic if it had – and that's the problem: Anything less than an Eddie Murphy cameo is going to be a letdown. (And it doesn't help when the show is as lackluster as last night's Ben Stiller hosted effort.) I mean, Hugh Jackman showed up. From all accounts, people like Hugh Jackman. He's one of the biggest movie stars in the world. Do you know who Hugh Jackman isn't? Hugh Jackman isn't Eddie Murphy. Hugh Jackman isn't a guy who has openly despised the show that made him famous and then gave the world a glimmer of hope this week that this feud may be coming to an end. A world where 'SNL' and Eddie Murphy are on good terms is a world that I want to live in. Unfortunately, we don't live in that world. We live in a world that teases us with the hope of that world – and, sadly, that's a kinda dickish world to live in. On to the scorecard...

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Ben Stiller, Anna Faris Book 'Saturday Night Live' Hosting Gigs

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 26th 2011 11:45AM
Ben Stiller, Anna FarisBen Stiller and Anna Faris will host 'Saturday Night Live' this season.

Stiller appeared as a featured performer in 1989. This is his second time hosting the show. He'll host the Oct. 8 show with Foster The People as the musical guest. Stiller is promoting his newest film, 'Tower Heist.'

On Oct. 15, Faris will take to studio 8H for the second time.

Drake will make his 'SNL' debut as the musical guest for Faris' show.

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Ben Stiller Explains Oedipal Overtones in Upcoming Broadway Play (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 20th 2011 12:15PM
On 'Today,' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC), Matt Lauer pointed out the inadvertent Oedipal overtones in Ben Stiller's upcoming performance in a revival of 'The House of Blue Leaves,' which is set to open on Broadway next week.

Turns out, Stiller will portray a man who has an affair with a character formerly played by mother Anne Meara when the production debuted in 1971.

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Ben Stiller Tells David Letterman a Ghost Story (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Mar 24th 2011 3:10AM
Ben Stiller Tells David Letterman a Ghost Story"I'm aware of ghosts," Ben Stiller said on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS). This was David Letterman's response: "Wait a minute, stop right there. When you say ... you're aware of ghosts?" The host then paused, looking confused.

Yes, Ben Stiller kind of believes in ghosts. In fact, he was raised in a house in Nantucket that was supposedly haunted by the ghost of a dead baby, which came in handy when the teenage Mr. Stiller wanted to blame someone else for his own infractions. "Lose your wallet? ... Oh, the ghost baby did it. ... My dad would go, 'I smell pot.' The ghost baby [did it.]"

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Regis Doesn't Believe in the Internet, Still Can't Figure Out Twitter (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 20th 2010 11:45AM
First, Regis Philbin mistakenly referred to Twitter as "Tweeter." And now, Ben Stiller tries in vain to explain what the social networking website is all about on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated).

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Jerry, Anne and Ben Stiller Attempt Charades on 'Late Night' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Dec 16th 2010 6:35AM
Jerry Stiller Plays Charades on 'Late Night'Jimmy Fallon must've thought the Stiller family would ace a game of charades on 'Late Night' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC). Jerry Stiller and wife Anne Meara could use their comedy and improv skills against Fallon and son Ben Stiller, actors/funnymen in their own right.

But Jerry abandoned the main element of charades: acting. For 'It's a Wonderful Life,' he tackled the first word by saying, "It starts with a--" and creating an "i" with his arms, then motioning a "t" and then drawing the outline of an "s" with his finger. "I'm giving you three letters," he told his wife. Fallon burst out laughing. Time ran out before Jerry could, well, spell out the other words. "I've made a living from being a nitwit," he said, unfazed.

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'Supernanny' Quits, Fans Rally to Save 'Caprica' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 4th 2010 12:00PM
Jo Frost'Supernanny' star Jo Frost has quit the hit ABC reality series to start her own family.

According to the New York Post, Frost will tape one more season of the series focusing on teen mothers.

"I have decided to hang up my cape," she told the newspaper. "It was a very conscious decision, through much reflection. But I need to create more balance in my life."

Frost has been traveling the U.S. and Britain since 2004, helping parents with unruly kids, but now she wants to focus on her own life and start a family. "Proper balance will allow me to date and have a relationship and look at my own future of having a family," she said.

In other TV news ...

'Glee' star Jane Lynch will host a holiday special on Fox. 'TV's Funniest Holiday Moments: A Paley Center for Media Special' will feature some of the most memorable holiday moments from TV. [TV Guide]

Bravo has ordered a full season of Rocco DiSpirito's new series. 'Rocco's Dinner Party' will see four aspiring chefs competing to cater a dinner party for Rocco and his distinguished guests. [Hollywood Reporter]

Joan Allen has joined the cast of HBO's 'Luck.' The new horse racing drama also stars Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte and Dennis Farina. [TV Guide]

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A Newspaper Gets Ben Affleck Mixed Up With Ben Stiller (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 17th 2010 3:38AM
A Newspaper Gets Ben Affleck Mixed Up With Ben StillerBen Affleck is famous around the world, and has just released the new film 'The Town' -- which he wrote, directed, and starred in. But that still doesn't keep reporters from confusing him with other people, as we learned on the latest 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC).

Jimmy's sidekick Guillermo brought a Spanish-language newspaper into the studio. The paper very politely listed Affleck next to Tom Hanks and Johnny Depp -- which is pretty good company, acting-wise. Unfortunately, the paper also got Ben's name slightly wrong, calling him "Ben Stiller." Whoops. "This is bullsh*t!" Affleck said. As it turned out, the article wasn't even about him. The paper just mixed up his photograph with Stiller's.

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Ben Stiller Discusses 'Fockers' and 'Zoolander' Sequels (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 25th 2010 1:30PM
If you're jonesing for sequels featuring some of Ben Stiller's best-known characters, it doesn't appear you'll have to wait very long.

Stiller revealed on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC) that a third movie in the 'Fockers' series, tentatively titled 'Little Fockers,' is on the way, and a script is in the works for a second 'Zoolander' installment, which could be called 'Twolander' or 'Z2.'

Watch the video after the jump.

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Ben Stiller Shares Theory on Rogue Monkey (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 24th 2010 11:30AM
On 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC), Ben Stiller shared his theory on a rogue rhesus macaque monkey that's been on the loose in Florida for more than a year. The monkey has repeatedly eluded capture and, according to Stiller, there are two possible reasons why it went on the lam in the first place.

"He might have found out his mate was sexting with an orangutan, or maybe he was just upset about the health care bill vote, because it's been a polarizing issue," Stiller joked.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Academy Awards Broadcast Was a Comedy of Errors and an Error of Comedy

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 8th 2010 7:38AM
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There was a great industry joke lobbed at the Hollywood awards machine by the short-lived but loved TV cartoon 'The Critic.' The joke featured a Midwestern farmer and his boy spotting a plane headed to Hollywood.

"Yep, son," the wide-eyed farm says with a big pitchfork in his all-American paw, "on that plane are the people who fill our lives with blockbuster movies, moronic situation comedies, awards shows where awards shows win awards. Get my gun, boy."

If the 82nd Academy Awards takes home an Emmy or even a nomination for their television broadcast, just about every middle American farmer with a sidearm will land on a terror alert watch list and every first class flight from New York to Hollywood will have to divert over the Gulf of Mexico in order to avoid the inevitable strafe of gunfire from America's heartland.

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Barbra Streisand, Charlize Theron and Kathy Bates Added to Oscar Roster

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 3rd 2010 9:00AM
barbra_streisand_vanity_fair_with_cameraThis week they started revealing some of the stars who'll be presenting at Sunday night's Oscar broadcast on ABC, and at the top of the list were three former Oscar winning actresses, Barbra Streisand, Charlize Theron and Kathy Bates. Also on the roster will be Queen Latifah, Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta.

Nikki Finke's Deadline.com column has a major spoiler about the opening of the show. If you don't want to know, avoid the last paragraph below.

There's an interesting angle on Barbra Streisand's appearance on the show. Speculation is that Streisand will be presenting Best Director, which insiders say is a lock for Kathryn Bigelow.

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Kennedy Center Honors (VIDEO)

by Chris Jordan, posted Dec 30th 2009 9:00AM
Robert DeNiro was saluted, Dave Brubeck took five and Mel Books got teary eyed during the CBS broadcast of the Kennedy Center Honors Tuesday night.

DeNiro, Brubeck, Brooks, Grace Bumbry and Bruce Springsteen were feted for their careers in the arts during the show, which featured speeches, performances and a little bit of funny stuff.

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