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The map of Stillerdom

To go along with the latest poll (Who is your favorite Ben Stiller regular co-star?) here’s a map showing the major movie and TV connections between Ben Stiller and his friends — which intersects with the group often called “The Frat Pack”. To explore it closer, you can click on the image below, or see it at the excellent NNDB Mapper site, where it was created.

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FOX greenlights Red Hour pilot ‘The Station’

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the FOX network has greenlighted a comedy pilot from Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films for the upcoming season.  The Station will be a single-camera production, revolving around a covert CIA operative and his colleagues in a South American banana republic with a mission to install a new dictator.

Stiller, who may direct the pilot, will be executive producing with Stuart Cornfeld and Jeremy Kramer,  with scriptwriter Kevin Napier as co-exec producer. No word yet on who will be in the cast.

Fans may remember that ten years ago, Stiller created another comedy pilot for FOX that didn’t get picked up: Heat Vision and Jack, a parody of 70s/80s kitsch shows like Knight Rider and The Six Million Dollar Man. The HVaJ pilot featured Jack Black as a super-human ex-astronaut and the voice of Owen Wilson as his motorcycle, the titular “Heat Vision.” It also introduced Stiller to his future wife, Christine Taylor. While the series never saw the light of day, the pilot eventually leaked out. You can enjoy it below.

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Zoolander 2 still in development, unsurprisingly

Blue Steel, revisited
Blue Steel, revisited

Enthusiastic glee has spread across the Interwebs that Ben Stiller will shortly be revisiting the role of Derek Zoolander in a sequel. In a brief interview with The UK Sun, Ben said earlier this week, “I’ve been trying to get Zoolander 2 together and we’ve had a few scripts. I feel that is the sequel I really would like to do some day, because I like the original and I would make sure it was something new and worthy of it first.”

Most reports seem to clip out the critical part “some day“.

Not to throw cold water on the excitement, but it’s a long way from looking at a few scripts to shooting.

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Stiller tired of “Frat Pack” label

In an interview with UK’s Heart FM radio station, Ben Stiller declares the term “Frat Pack” as “weird and unnecessary.”

“It’s such a weird thing that people come up with a name that doesn’t really exist,” he says.

“I think the whole thing about the Frat Pack group is completely fabricated anyway. The group doesn’t exist but it rhymes, at least there’s that, so it must be true right?”

Tell that to Wikipedia, which has an article on the subject noting the phrase’s origin in a 2004 USA Today article about The Wedding Crashers, and its accompanying chart.

And it’s surely news to the Frat Pack Tribute Site.