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Permanent Midnight 1998 ***

Do you remember ALF? An alien puppet with his own sitcom, ALF stood for alien life form. Seemingly bound for the dumpster of pop-culture, he’s resurrected under the name of Mr Chompers for Permanent Midnight, the true story of Jerry Stahl, who wrote the show. Played by Ben Stiller, Stahl is a chaotic mess, bouncing between his English wife Sandra (Elizabeth Hurley) and kid, and his duties in script meetings, all undertaken under the influence of heroin. If you know Ben Stiller from Night at the Museum, then David Veloz’s adaptation of Stahl’s book is something of an eye opener, shining a light on one of the darker aspects of the media. Fred Willard, Connie Nielsen, Owen Wilson and Janeane Garofalo also star

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