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Ben Stiller's Red Hour Pooling Big Talent for 'The Fake Trailer Project'

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August 10, 2011
Source: Deadline

Scorcher VI

Stepping a little bit outside of the realm of movie news, Deadline has word on an intriguing new digital project that will make its way online from Ben Stiller's Red Hour Digital sect of his production company. If you recall, Stiller's comedy Tropic Thunder included fake trailers for films featuring the fictional actors that Robert Downey, Jr., Jack Black and Stiller himself played in the film. Previews for films like Scorcher VI (above) and Satan's Alley (watch the fake trailer right here) were a great opener to the comedy. Now these faux previews  have inspired The Fake Trailer Project, a series of at least 12 trailer parodies.

An online partner to distribute the trailers has yet to be named, but the plan is to have top actors and filmmakers across all genres get involved and release one trailer each week starting in the late fall or winter. Among the names already signed up are Tropic Thunder co-writer Justin Theroux, Night at the Museum writing duo Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant and Clueless director Amy Heckerling. As for any of the on-screen talent, it remains to be seen who will take part, but with talent like this on the page and behind the camera, we're bound to get big names for what promises to be a fun online series for film fans.

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  • I look forward to seeing these.
  • Chad
    Wasn't the machete one of the trailers? Or was that a real trailer?
    • The trailer for Machete was one of the fake trailers that came from Grindhouse, not Tropic Thunder.
  • God, Please have him make fun of the remake-bonanza going on
  • Craig
    Can anyone pinpoint a time when Ben Stiller has been funny? I seem to recall dimly lit memories of Meet the Parents that were funny and that's about it. I thought Tropic Thunder was funny, but more in spite of him than because of him. I know everyone loves Zoolander, but I've always been hesitant to watch it, mostly due to my reservations over Stiller. 

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