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Ben Stiller Gears Up for 'Escape at Dannemora' Filming

Ben Stiller is getting ready to start shooting his new Showtime series Escape at Dannemora!

The 51-year-old actor was spotted leaving a dinner outing with a group of friends on Friday (July 28) at The Mercer Kitchen in New York City.

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Ben has been spending a lot of time scouting locations, holding casting calls, and doing research for the eight-episode prison break drama, which he will both direct and executive produce.

Escape at Dannemora is based on the real-life maximum-security prison break in New York that occurred in the summer of 2015.

“We are all very intent on trying to tell this singular story in a way that shows the reality and humanity of the people involved,” Ben has said. “While the genre is a prison escape story, at its core it is a story about real people, some criminals and some not, who make some bad choices that have huge consequences. I think that’s what’s so compelling about this.”

To see photos of Ben checking out the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, upstate New York, head to Daily Mail.

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Ben Stiller On Moving Forward from 'Zoolander 2': 'I'm More Interested in Movies I Can Relate To'

Ben Stiller is ready to shift his focus following the release of Zoolander 2, which he directed and starred in.

“I think I’m more interested in movies I can relate to on a personal level,” the 51-year-old actor-director expressed ahead of the 2017 Nantucket Film Festival on Thursday (June 22) in Nantucket, Mass.

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Ben was joined at the festival’s Filmmakers Party on Day 2 by Mariska Hargitay, Bobby Cannavale and Mike Birbiglia, where they all helped honor Tom McCarthy.

“Tom McCarthy for me epitomizes the kind of smart and emotional character-oriented storyteller that movie industry needs today,” Ben said (via IndieWire). “I think it’s important — in this day of huge, effects-driven franchises — to support and celebrate human stories that don’t center on aliens or robots.”

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Ben Stiller & Vince Vaughn Reprise 'Dodgeball' Characters for a Good Cause - Watch Now!

Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn are reprising their roles from the 2004 hit movie Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story for a good cause!

Also featured in the video are Ben‘s ex Christine Taylor and Justin Long, who both had roles in the film.

Ben teamed up with Omaze to offer a fun prize package to those who donate money for the Stiller Foundation. The Stiller Foundation helps support children around the world by providing educational opportunities to help them realize their full potential.

You’ll get to play a game of dodgeball with the group, take a team photo, and get pizza with Ben if you win the prize.

Watch below!

Ben Stiller's Star-Studded Prison Break Series is Headed to TV

Ben Stiller‘s new series Escape at Dannemora has been given the green light at Showtime!

The 51-year-old Zoolander actor will direct and executive produce the eight-episode drama, which is based on the real-life maximum-security prison break in New York that occurred in the summer of 2015.

The escape led to a “massive manhunt for two convicted murderers who were aided in their escape by a married female prison employee with whom they both became sexually entangled,” according to Variety.

It will star Benicio del Toro, Patricia Arquette, and Paul Dano.

“We are all very intent on trying to tell this singular story in a way that shows the reality and humanity of the people involved,” Ben said. “While the genre is a prison escape story, at its core it is a story about real people, some criminals and some not, who make some bad choices that have huge consequences. I think that’s what’s so compelling about this.”

Escape at Dannemora will begin production later this year at the actual locations in Upstate New York.

ICYMI, Ben and his wife Christine Taylor recently ended their marriage after 17 years together.

Ben Stiller & Wife Christine Taylor Split After 17 Years of Marriage

Ben Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor are ending their marriage after 17 years together.

“With tremendous love and respect for each other, and the 18 years we spent together as a couple, we have made the decision to separate,” the couple said in a statement to JustJared.com.

They continued, “Our priority will continue to be raising our children as devoted parents and the closest of friends. We kindly ask that the media respect our privacy at this time.”

The longtime couple, who met on the set of never-aired TV pilot called Heat Vision and Jack, tied the knot back in 2000.

Ben and Christine share two children – 15-year-old Ella and 11-year-old Quinlin.

ET was the first to report the news.

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Jake Gyllenhaal & Tilda Swinton Step Out for HFPA Event in Cannes!

Jake Gyllenhaal looks so handsome in his tuxedo while attending the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s event in honor of the International Rescue Committee during the 2017 Cannes Film Festival on Sunday (May 21) in Cannes, France.

The 36-year-old actor was joined at the event by his Okja co-stars Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Lily Collins, and Ahn Seo-Hyun.

Other stars in attendance at the event included Ben Stiller, Jeremy Renner, and Ashley Benson.

FYI: Tilda is wearing a Schiaparelli dress and Repossi jewelry. Lily is wearing a Miu Miu dress.

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Adam Sandler Sports One Serious Mustache at Cannes 2017

Adam Sandler looks totally different with this mustache, no?!

The 50-year-old actor sported facial hair above his lip while attending the premiere of his film The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) with co-stars Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, and Ben Stiller during the 2017 Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on Sunday (May 21) in Cannes, France.

Also in attendance were Jessica Chastain, Andie MacDowell, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, George Mackay, Greta Gerwig, Isabelle Huppert, Mary J. Blige, and Coco Rocha.

FYI: Jessica is wearing a Dior dress and Giuseppe Zanotti shoes. Greta is wearing a Rodarte dress and Monique Pean jewelry. Anya is wearing Burberry. George is wearing Burberry. Mary is wearing a Reem Acra dress.

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