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Tropic Thunder is a 2008 American action satire comedy film written, produced, and directed by Ben Stiller, and starring Stiller, Robert Downey, Jr., and Jack Black. The main plot revolves around a group of three prima donna actors who are making a Vietnam War film. When their frustrated writer and director decide to drop them in the middle of a jungle, they are forced to rely on their acting skills in order to survive the real action and danger. Stiller's idea for the film originated while playing a small part in Empire of the Sun. After the film was greenlit in 2006, filming took place in 2007 on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The film received generally favorable reviews; critics approved of the film's characters, story, and faux trailers but criticized its offensive content. In its North American opening weekend, the film earned US$26 million and retained the number one position for the first three weekends of release. Tropic Thunder grossed $180 million in theaters before its release on home video on November 18, 2008. (more...)

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An aerial view of destroyed homes in Punta Gorda, Florida, following Hurricane Charley, which made landfall in Florida on August 13, 2004, while at its maximum intensity. It was the strongest hurricane to strike the United States since Hurricane Andrew in 1992 (Hurricane Katrina was deadlier, but it had weakened by the time it reached Louisiana).

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