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"Neighborhood Watch" Will March On, Says Ben Stiller

PRNewsFoto/Paramount Digital Entertainment, Theo Wargo(LOS ANGELES) -- As previously reported, in the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing allegedly at the hands of a Florida neighborhood watch volunteer, the producers of the upcoming Ben Stiller movie Neighborhood Watch have pulled the movie's trailers and posters from Sunshine State theaters.  But it appears the movie will still make its July 27 release date.

"We are very sensitive to what’s going on,” producer Shawn Levy tells Entertainment Weekly.  “But other than the name of the organization, there is zero overlap between the movie and what’s going on in Florida."

The comedy pits buddies Vince Vaughn, Stiller and other members of a watch group against an alien invasion.

“You’re talking to the guy who had the first comedy out after 9/11,” Stiller comments.  “We just put Zoolander out there.  There were questions about whether it was too early for a comedy, but we couldn’t find a reason why there shouldn’t be a comedy in the world.”

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Tower Heist Fails to Impress, Debuts in 2nd Place

Bobby Bank/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- The Eddie Murphy-Ben Stiller action comedy Tower Heist came an unexpected second in the weekend’s box office.

Puss in Boots, the Dreamwork's animation starring the voice of Antonio Banderas, topped the box office for the second week in a row with $33 million while Tower Heist grossed $25 million.

The Brett Ratner-directed Heist's standing was surprising given the star power of former MASH star Alan Alda as well as Casey Affleck, Tea Leoni, Michael Pena and Gabourey Sidibe.

In third place was A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas whose debut resulted in $13.1 million.

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Hollywood Stars Join President Bill Clinton in 'Funny or Die' Video 

William J. Clinton Foundation (HOLLYWOOD) -- Former President Bill Clinton may no longer be the most powerful man in the world, but he still has enough pull to get Hollywood A-listers to join him in a new Funny or Die video that pokes fun at his charitable foundation.

The five-minute video, entitled Clinton Foundation: Celebrity Brainstorm, features the former president and an all-star cast that includes Ted Danson, Ben Stiller,  Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Mary Steenburgen, and Sean Penn making up the Clinton Foundation’s Celebrity Division.

They stars are shown struggling to come up with creative new initiatives, including an international bake sale and starting a softball team. Jack Black pitches a theme song for the charity organization, which Clinton himself applauds on speakerphone -- until Kevin Spacey is shown on the other end, pranking the group with a spot-on imitation of the former president. Clinton himself catches Spacey in the act, and admonishes him only for making the prank call without him.

Christin Trogan, who produced the video, tells The Hollywood Reporter each star dedicated about two hours to the project, and it was shot over five days last month.

Incidentally, President Clinton's wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has been friends with Steenburgen for decades. The first couple attended she and Danson's 1995 wedding.

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Eddie Murphy to Appear on 'SNL' This Weekend?

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Eddie Murphy has not appeared on Saturday Night Live since he left the cast in 1984. Could that change this weekend?

Ben Stiller, with whom Murphy co-stars in the upcoming comedy Tower Heist, will host the NBC show on Saturday and, according to the New York Post, there are rumblings that Murphy might make a cameo. However, his rep tells the Post, "There are no plans for Eddie to appear on SNL at this time, but perhaps in the future he will make a return."

According to the Post, Murphy hasn't seen eye-to-eye with SNL creator Lorne Michaels for a while because the show has poked fun at his recently rocky movie career.

Murphy was a cast member on SNL from 1980 to 1984.

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Jennifer Aniston Spends $450K on Painting at Charity Auction

James Devaney/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Jennifer Aniston dropped 450 thousand dollars for a painting at an Artists for Haiti auction in New York City last Thursday. An Artists for Haiti rep confirmed the winning bid to Us Weekly.

Aniston's boyfriend, Justin Theroux, placed the bid on "Stranger #44," an oil, charcoal and graphite painting by American artist Glenn Ligon. The auction, organized by Aniston's Along Came Polly co-star Ben Stiller, benefited children’s education and health programs in Haiti.

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'Heroes' Star Greg Grunberg Calls for Film's Boycott After Seizure Joke

David Livingston/Getty Images for NAMM(NEW YORK) -- There is plenty to laugh at in the trailer for the movie Tower Heist, but actor Greg Grunberg finds nothing funny about one particular exchange between characters played by Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller.
In the scene, Murphy refers to Stiller as “little seizure boy” not once, but twice, poking fun at Stiller’s character for a childhood ailment. But for anyone who suffers from epilepsy or is prone to seizures, it is no laughing matter.
Grunberg’s 15-year-old son Jake has epilepsy. In fact, Grunberg has an organization devoted to raising awareness about epilepsy called So when he saw the trailer for Tower Heist, the former Heroes star was shocked and let his 1.4 million Twitter followers know when he tweeted, “TERRIBLY OFFENSIVE TRAILER for #TowerHeist - Making fun @ people w/ seizures is NOT FUNNY & WRONG! "Seizure Boy!" REALLY? #Boycott RT.”

"Five million people in this country have or are dealing with seizures and epilepsy. Then you look at their caregivers and their family members -- that's a good 20 million people out there who are going to be offended by this line, and it would be irresponsible of me to not say something as the parent of a child with epilepsy to not speak out and say, I think it is absolutely absurd and offensive," the actor told ABC News Radio.
“The movie is filled with all of my favorite actors,” Grunberg tells ABC News Radio. “It’s a funny concept for a movie,” but he’s disappointed with a joke he calls “irresponsible, ignorant and not funny.”
When discussing Universal Pictures, the film's distributor, Grunberg says, “I love that company,” but he would like an apology.
“Just for them to reach out to the epilepsy community and say, ‘We mean no personal harm to anybody,’ which of course they don’t.” He continued, “They probably just don’t even realize the people they are offending and how this could possibly offend people.”

Grunberg says he is also perplexed at how the quip could have been included in the movie’s marketing strategy.
“Let’s be honest, these are the top comedy writers in the world, top comedy performers in the world -- this is not the best that they can do. Let's try to be a little more responsible.”

Tower Heist is set for release on Nov. 4, 2011.

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Ben Stiller Uses "Naked Jennifer Aniston" to Launch Foundation 

James Devaney/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Ben Stiller is launching a new foundation that focuses on building schools in areas affected by poverty around the world, but the actor states in a new lighthearted video that he’s been having trouble coming up with a name for the charity.

In the video, Stiller considers possible organization names, such as The Ben Cross, No Child Left Ben-Hind, Touched by a Ben-Gel, So You Think You Can Donate, and the Derek Zoolander Center for Kids Who Can’t Read Good and Wanna Learn to Do Other Stuff Good. 

However, he soon realized he’ll draw more online traffic if he names it The Jennifer Aniston Foundation and provides a website called 

Jennifer Aniston herself appears in the video and expresses dismay that Stiller is using her name for his own purposes.

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Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller Teaming Up for New Comedy

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Dodgeball co-stars Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller will reunite for Neighborhood Watch, a comedy with a sci-fi twist.

The Hollywood Reporter notes the film will have the actors playing suburban dads who start a neighborhood watch just to hang out with their friends, until they uncover a plot to destroy the world.

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'Little Fockers' Repeats as Box Office Champ

Photo Courtesy - Universal Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Little Fockers is the first movie to earn the top spot at the box office in 2011.  The Ben Stiller-Robert De Niro comedy was number one for the second weekend in a row, collecting an estimated $26.3 million.  Little Fockers has made $103.2 million since its release during Christmas week.

True Grit ended the weekend in second place, with $24.5 million.  The Western is now the highest-grossing Coen brothers film, having earned a total of $86.8 million to date.

The Michelle Williams-Ryan Gosling drama Blue Valentine performed strongly in limited release, raising $180,000 in just four theaters.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. Little Fockers, $26.3 million.
2. True Grit, $24.5 million.
3. Tron: Legacy, $18.3 million.
4. Yogi Bear, $13 million.
5. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, $10.5 million.
6. Tangled, $10.01 million.
7. The Fighter, $10 million.
8. Gulliver's Travels, $9.1 million.
9. Black Swan, $8.5 million.
10. The King's Speech, $7.6 million.

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'Little Fockers' Wins Christmas Box Office

Photo Courtesy - Universal Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Moviegoers had their eye on Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro over the holiday weekend.

Stiller and De Niro's sequel Little Fockers earned an estimated $34 million from Friday through Sunday to debut at number one. The third film in the Meet the Parents series has raised $48.3 million since opening last Wednesday.

The Coen brothers western True Grit premiered in the second spot, collecting $25.6 million over the weekend. The remake has made $36.8 million in five days of release. The previous box office champ, TRON: Legacy, dropped to third place, with $20.1 million.

The Jack Black comedy Gulliver's Travels was a flop in seventh place, earning $7.2 million since its debut on Christmas Day.

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