Gabourey Sidibe

The Directors: Brett Ratner, 'Tower Heist'

The Directors: Brett Ratner, 'Tower Heist'

It didn't take long for Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) to fleece investors out of countless millions. Transforming Shaw's Ponzi scheme into "Tower Heist" proved a bit more time-consuming.

Envisioned six years ago by Eddie Murphy as an all-black take on "Ocean's Eleven" (with a hoped-for supporting cast of Chris Rock, Chris Tucker, Dave Chappelle and Jamie Foxx), "Tower Heist," directed by Brett Ratner, slowly evolved into a multi-ethnic ensemble drama about the staff of a luxury high-rise trying to recover their pilfered pension from a penthouse-dwelling swindler.

In the film that opens Nov. 4, Ben Stiller plays Josh Kovacs, the manager of a Manhattan...

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