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Daydreaming isn't just for long subway rides and boring days at work anymore. Now your daydreams can help you win over the love of your life and travel to every corner of the earth, learning about the world and having life-changing adevntures. At least that's what appears to happen in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Directed, produced by and starring Ben Stiller, the film endorses taking chances and following your (day)dreams in order to live the life you want.
The film's new international trailer clocks in at three minutes long, and offers audiences the best look yet at the film's plot. Based on James Thurber's 1939 short story, The Sceret Life of Walter Mitty follows the titular character (Stiller), who spends more time imagining adventures than actively participating in his life. However, when his office job is threatened by a missing photograph, Walter Mitty decides to take a chance and go on a quest to solve the mystery. The trailer highlights Walter's journey, from his action-star daydreams about saving a puppy form and exploding building to leaping onto a departing helicopter in order to finally undertake an adventure of his own.
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Kristen Wiig plays Walter's co-worker and love interest, Cheryl, while Sean Penn plays Sean O'Connell, the photographer who inspires Walter's adventure. The cast is rounded out by Adam Scott, as Walter and Cheryl's boss, Shirley MacLaine and Katheryn Hahn as Walter's mother and sister, respectively, and Patton Oswalt as the customer service representative for the online dating site that Walter belongs to.
Between the special effects and the many exotic locations, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty promises to be a visually stunning adventure — even the office building is impeccably designed — and due to this being the first trailer to focus on the film's plot, it seems like there's a good chance that the cinematography will outweigh the story. However, since the trailer never quite makes it clear whether Walter's journey is real or just in his head, there may be more to the film than what appears on the surface.
Regardless, the movie promises to be exactly the kind of life-affirming, feel good film that tends to draw audiences around the holidays, which means it has already generated a great deal of interest from critics and movie-goers alike.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty will open in theaters on Christmas Day.
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Our day just got a little bit brighter.
After being treated to a quirky delight of a trailer last month, we get yet another taste of The Secret life of Walter Mitty by way of an official poster that’s just as satisfying. In the upcoming film based on a short story by James Thurber, Ben Stiller plays Walter Mitty, an office drone with his head in the clouds. Mitty lives out various adventures through his frequent daydreams but has to leave his dreams behind once adventure beckons in the real world. Joining Stiller are Patton Oswalt, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, and Sean Penn.
The poster showcases Walter, briefcase in tow, running through a sun-soaked skyline, no doubt racing to his next big imaginary adventure. The film looks like the perfect injection of whimsy for a work weary world. Since Ben is doing all the heavy lifting for this project (directing, producing, and starring in the film) he might want to take a break and do some daydreaming himself after the movie comes out.
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Emmy Award-winning actor William Windom passed away Thursday at his home in Woodacre, Calif., at the age of 88. Windom's wife Patricia tells the New York Times that the cause of death was congestive heart failure.
In 1962, Windom made his feature film debut as the prosecuting attorney facing off against Gregory Peck's Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. Then, from 1963-1966, Windom played the male lead — Minnesota congressman Glen Morley — in the situation comedy The Farmer's Daughter.
In 1970, Windom won the Emmy for best actor in a comedy series for his performance as John Monroe in My World and Welcome to It, a TV show based on James Thurber's humorous essays and cartoons.
While My World earned Windom an Emmy, he is best known for his roles on Murder, She Wrote and Star Trek. Windom appeared in over 50 episodes of Murder, She Wrote from 1985-1996 as Dr. Seth Hazlitt, a good friend of Angela Lansbury's Jessica Fletcher. Trekkies will remember Windom as Commodore Matt Decker in the 1967 "Doomsday Machine" episode of the original Star Trek.
Windom is survived by Patricia, his wife of 37 years, and his four children, Rachel, Heather, Hope, and Rebel, as well as four grandchildren.
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