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Tropic Thunder takes Best Comedy at Critics’ Choice

Ben Stiller accepts Best Comedy at Critics' Choice
Ben Stiller accepts Best Comedy at the Broadcast Film Critics' Choice Awards

With the new year upon us, Hollywood is gearing up for the awards season. At last night’s 14th Annual Critics Choice Awards, triple-threat writer/director/actor Ben Stiller picked up the Best Comedy for his latest hit, Tropic Thunder.

In the first award of the night, Josh Brolin and Kate Beckinsale presented the win over other comedy nominees Burn After Reading, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Role Models and Vicky Christina Barcelona.

Stiller, accepting on behalf of the cast and crew, said,

Thank you. Thank you, critics. That’s a phrase I don’t know if I thought I would ever utter. It feels good, though. It’s really an honor to have been recognized with all the movies that were nominated. And I’m just going to speak for all these guys– Justin Theroux, Stuart Cornfeld, Eric McLeod, producing partners, writing partners, Etan Cohen. It was a fully collaborative process, so this award is shared with the amazing cast who just showed up everyday and took chances and blew me away; an amazing film-making crew, that I just feel like I work with the best people ever. We were supported by a great studio, Dreamworks; Stacey Snider, Steven Spielberg, David Geffen, Adam Goodman, Rob Moore at Paramount. And all of our husbands, wives, children, parents. Lastly, I just want to say, there are a lot of awards out there, but this one really I think has the most meaning. And I’m not just saying that because it’s the only award our movie was nominated for [laughter] Ok, maybe that had something to do with it, but that makes it even more special. Thank you, very, very much. Thank you.

Watch the presentation at VH1’s site. The Best Comedy award comes at about the 8:10 mark.

Congrats Ben and the folks at Red Hour Films!

Tom Cruise hopes to revisit Grossman

Tom Cruise as Les Grossman
Tom Cruise as Les Grossman in 'Tropic Thunder'

Now that he’s gotten a Golden Globe nom for his role of Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder, Tom Cruise tells E! Online that we may be seeing more of his beefy-armed alter-ego:

“I’ve talked about doing different videos with the character. I’ve started working with Ben [Stiller] on it, and we’ve kind of talked about different things to do. We were gonna do some in our free time, but we haven’t found the free time…yet. “

Word is that the character may return in another film. Says Cruise, “I gotta talk to Ben, but there could be more to do with that guy.”

Salon takes on the “r-word”

In a Salon.com editorial, author Lynn Harris examines resurgence of the word “retard” as used in Tropic Thunder and concludes,

Ultimately, anti-“retard” activists are trying to do what I didn’t do while that fellow fixed our ceiling fan: Say something. Or at least to get people, perhaps especially people like me — who found the Simple Jack business hilarious precisely because we’re so offended by “respectful” films like “Rain Man,” and who are deeply aware of the power of words both to pinpoint and to prick — to at least think twice about the insult’s real-life impact.

In my view, the artificially-created controversy by certain individuals in the disabilities rights community sparks of opportunism and mistargeting. Where were the activists when satirical comedies like Southpark and The Family Guy used similar “hate speech?” Maybe it’s more obviously intended to be satire when done in a cartoon. The failed boycott against Tropic Thunder has made the US activists look like humorless, overly-PC word censors. In the UK, a country known for its biting and satirical wit, the movie just premiered with nary a protester in sight– which may be an indication of how much more humor-advanced the Brits are.

Even at Salon.com, there’s not a single opinion on “retard” — last month, a review of the movie by Stephanie Zacharek notes,

A coalition of disability-advocate groups is organizing a boycott of “Tropic Thunder” based on what they see as the offensiveness of the “Simple Jack” gags. Stiller has defended the “Simple Jack” gags as a satire of prestige-seeking actors, not of people with disabilities, and his argument holds water. You could say the gags are offensive, to the extent that they use language we’ve sought to abolish in everyday speech. But comedy needs the right to be offensive, and Stiller at least has the courage of his convictions: When he uses the word “retard,” it’s deliberate, not casual. The “Simple Jack” jokes would be more offensive if Stiller had substituted tasteful, half-assed synonyms for the word we all know we’re not supposed to use.

See: The “retarded” renaissance – Salon.com

Tropic Thunder Premieres in UK

Robert Downy, Jr., Ben Stiller and Jack Black at Tropic Thunder UK premiere
Robert Downey Jr., Ben Stiller and Jack Black at Tropic Thunder premiere

The Stiller-Black-Downey lovefest continued for its London premiere today, as thousands of fans lined up to greet the stars at Leicester Square. Apparently, no jeers from protesters were to be found, but plenty of cheers from moviegoers.

Check out the latest coverage (more being added as it comes in):

Tropic Thunder reviews from UK press