Shawn Levy and the Cast of NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM SECRET OF THE TOMB: Who Can Do the Best Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller Impression?

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Jedediah (Owen Wilson), Octavius (Steve Coogan), Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Attila The Hun (Patrick Gallagher), Sacajawea (Mizuo Peck) and the rest of the Museum of Natural History exhibits are back for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, but the magical tablet that brings them to life at night is losing its powers.  Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek) doesn’t know how to restore it, but he thinks his father might.  The problem is, his father is on display at London’s British Museum so Larry’s (Ben Stiller) got no choice, but to cross the Atlantic to save his friends.

With the new installment hitting theaters this weekend, I got the opportunity to meet my favorite actor from the Night at the Museum films, Crystal the Monkey who plays Dexter.  After that, I decided it’d be cool to make some time to talk to director Shawn Levy, Wilson, Stiller and franchise newcomers Rebel Wilson and Dan Stevens about their experience making the film.  But really, the group was great.  They shared some impressions of each other, taught me a thing or two about being the size of Owen Wilson’s character and more.  Hit the jump to check it all out.

Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Shawn Levy Talk NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB, How to Do Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson Impressions, and More

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Ever wonder what it feels like for Owen Wilson to play Jedediah, the tiny cowboy from the Wild West Diorama?  I got a brief taste of it at the Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb press day last weekend and it’s awkward to say the least.  In the franchise’s third installment, Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) and the gang from the Natural History Museum must travel to London to try to figure out how to fix the tablet that brings the exhibits to life at night before it runs out of power.

With Night at the Museum 3 making its way into theaters on December 19th, I got the opportunity to sit down (or stand in my case) with Wilson, Stiller and director Shawn Levy.  After offering up some advice on how to hold my own at such a tiny size, they busted out some impressions and discussed the surprising The Cove reference in the film.  Hit the jump to check it out.

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB Review

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Near the end of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Robin Williams talks to Ben Stiller about accepting when it’s time to bid farewell to a loved one. The film is filled with flaccid attempts to pull at our heartstrings, but within the context of Williams’ untimely passing this moment is painfully bittersweet. Unfortunately, the rest of the film’s emotional and comedic moments fall flat as we watch Stiller lazily trudge through another series of museum misadventures.

WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Trailer Has Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts Trying to Reclaim Their Youth by Hanging with Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried

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A24 has released the first While We’re Young trailer online.  Noah Baumbach‘s new film follows a childless married couple (Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts) who decide to reclaim their youth by hanging out with a young, hip couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried).  I’m not a big Baumbach fan (although I really liked Frances Ha), but when I heard good things about the movie at TIFF, I decided to check it out and it ended up being my favorite movie of the festival.  If it was theatrically released this year, it would easily be in my Top 10 of 2014.  Sadly, I’ll have to wait until 2015 to see it again.

Hit the jump to watch the While We’re Young trailer, and click here to read Phil’s review from TIFF.  The film opens in limited released on March 27, 2015 and expands nationwide in April.  It also stars Charles Grodin, Maria Dizzia, Adam Horovitz, and Ryan Serhant.

Penelope Cruz Joins ZOOLANDER 2 as Comedy Sequel Finally Gains Momentum

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Just a few years ago, filmmakers were lamenting the fact that despite the cult success their comedies had enjoyed over the years, studios just weren’t willing to foot the bill for a follow-up.  Director Adam McKay was famously ready to throw in the towel on Anchorman 2 before one last phone call to Paramount led to the film finally coming together, and it enjoyed modest success at the box office last year.  Just last week, Dumb and Dumber To opened in theaters at the Number One spot, proving once again that a comedy sequel released years after the original (in this case a decade) still has an audience.  Which leads us to Zoolander 2.  The original Ben Stiller-led and directed comedy pulled in only $60 million at the worldwide box office, but it gained a massive following on home video over the years.

Stiller has been trying to get the follow-up off the ground for some time now, and it finally looks as if the project has momentum as Penelope Cruz is signing on to star.  Much more after the jump. 

7 New NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB Character Posters Use the Title Six Different Ways

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20th Century Fox has released seven new Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb character posters.  After saving the day (or night) at the Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian, security guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) is off to the British Museum in London where he hopes to uncover more secrets about the mysterious tablet that brings the museum figures to life.  These posters all find a way to incorporate “Night” into the tagline except the one featuring Attila the Hun.  I like to think about the tagline copywriters burning the midnight oil, rolling up their shirt sleeves, chain smoking, crumpling up sheets of papers, and getting into shouting matches because they couldn’t figure out how to make a play on words with “hun” and “night”.  Then they gave up and cried themselves to sleep.

Hit the jump to check out the Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb character posters.  The film opens November 19th, and also stars Robin Williams, Dan Stevens, Ben KingsleyRicky GervaisRami MalekSteve CooganOwen Wilson, Rebel WilsonPatrick GallagherMizuo PeckBill CobbsDick Van Dyke, and Mickey Rooney.

New NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB Trailer Features Historical Figures and Monkey Pee

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20th Century Fox has released a new Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb trailer, and if you liked the first two movies, you’ll probably enjoy the third one because it looks like more of the same.  After saving the day (or night) at the Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian, Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) is off to the British Museum in London where he hopes to uncover more secrets about the mysterious tablet that brings the museum figures to life.  I’m not sure if there’s anything to truly distinguish this movie from the others, but perhaps there’s not supposed to be.  They changed the location, added some new characters (Dan Stevens gets in some good jokes as Sir Lancelot), and then reheated the premise.  But when the first two movies make almost a billion dollars combined (worldwide), you don’t really tinker with what you have.

Hit the jump to check out the new Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb trailer.  The film opens December 19th, and also stars Robin Williams, Ben KingsleyRicky GervaisRami MalekSteve CooganOwen Wilson, Rebel WilsonPatrick GallagherMizuo PeckBill CobbsDick Van Dyke, and Mickey Rooney.

New Posters from IN THE HEART OF THE SEA, AMERICAN SNIPER, THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES, and More

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A collection of new posters for upcoming films has landed online.  Briefly:

  • In the Heart of the SeaThe first trailer for Ron Howard‘s telling of the tragedy of the Whaleship Essex landed earlier today, and now we have one of my favorite posters of the year.  It’s ominous without being overbearing.  The film opens March 13, 2015, and stars Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson.
  • Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb – Meanwhile, we have a contestant in the running for worst poster of the year.  I don’t know if this is an awful photoshop job or if everyone is supposed to look like a cardboard cutout.  The film opens December 19th, and stars Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Dan Stevens, Ben Kingsley, and as you can see from the poster, lots and lots of other people as well as a monkey with keys.
  • American Sniper – The Clint Eastwood drama gets another somber poster.  Bradley Cooper stars as U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who served four tours in Iraq and quickly became the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history.  The film opens in limited release on December 25th.
  • Horrible Bosses 2 – Kudos to Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz for trying to make the exact same facial expression.  The comedy sequel opens November 26th, and also stars Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, and Jamie Foxx.

Hit the jump to check out the aforementioned posters.

THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR and NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB Footage Preview Recap

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Last Thursday I headed down to Fox to check out over 30 minutes of footage from The Penguins of Madagascar and about 15 minutes of footage from Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.  Both films are due for release later this year so it was a chance to catch up on what to expect from the more family friendly side of Fox’s upcoming slate.  The seems quite confident when it comes to The Penguins of Madagascar given the amount of stuff we were shown, and they’re not wrong to feel that way.  The film opens in 3D on November 26th, and features the voices of Tom McGrathChris MillerChris KnightsJohn MalkovichBenedict CumberbatchKen JeongAnnett Mahendru, and Peter Stormare.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb was directed by Shawn Levy and stars Ben StillerRobin WilliamsDan StevensBen Kingsley, Rebel WilsonRicky GervaisRami MalekSteve CooganOwen WilsonPatrick GallagherMizuo PeckBill CobbsDick Van Dyke, and Mickey Rooney. That film hits theaters on December 19th.  Hit the jump for a brief breakdown of the footage shown from both movies.

Will Ferrell Says Mugatu Is in ZOOLANDER 2, Cast Assembling to Read Script Soon

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It’s been thirteen years since Zoolander first hit theaters, conquering our hearts but not the box office.  The interim has seen the invention of the iPod and the decline of the DVD market.  Infants born on that day are in the eighth grade and are probably smoking futuristic cigarettes I don’t even know about.  And yet, talk of Zoolander 2 keeps humming along (despite the aforementioned DVD decline, which is just about the only way the first film turned a profit).

Last month co-writer Justin Theroux confirmed that he and Ben Stiller had completed a script for the film and were in the midst of polishing it up.  Now Will Ferrell, who played the ever-essential antagonist Mugatu in the first film, has offered up even more encouraging news.  Hit the jump for more on Zoolander 2.

WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Review | TIFF 2014

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Film festivals are a good time to sample the latest work of Noah Baumbach.  The caustic comedic filmmaker’s work can feel a bit nasty when held up against the tripe that often qualifies as mainstream comedy.  Shove it in amidst a series of screenings of art house exports, documentaries, and Oscar bait and suddenly it doesn’t feel so odd.  Baumbach’s work tends to be at it’s best when he’s at his most visious and uncompromising.  His newest film While We’re Young is a bit softer than much of his work, which is mildly disappointing.  Thankfully, Baumbach playing nice is still harsher than 95% of comedies and this flick features easily one of his funniest scripts.  Hit the jump for all the dirty deets.

Justin Theroux Says He Probably Won’t Direct ZOOLANDER 2, But Reveals Talks for the Film Are Heating Up Again

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Fans rejoiced when Ron Burgundy finally got his sequel with Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues following a prolonged period of Paramount saying “no” to the prospect of a follow-up, and then everyone collectively agreed that it was Derek Zoolander’s turn.  Ben Stiller has been trying to get Zoolander 2 off the ground for a few years, but he ran into the same problem that Anchorman did: the first film wasn’t a box office success, and despite invading the zeitgeist through home video, the studio can’t see a profit benefit in greenlighting a sequel.  Last we heard, Stiller was working on the script with co-writer Justin Theroux, who planned on directing.  That was a couple of years ago, but in a recent interview about his HBO series The Leftovers, Theroux provided a rather promising update regarding Zoolander 2.  More after the jump.

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB Trailer: The Action Moves to London to Bring One Last Museum to Life

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The very first Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb trailer is here.  After saving the day (or night) at the Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian, Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) is off to the British Museum in London where he hopes to uncover more secrets about the mysterious tablet that brings the museum figures to life.  I’ve only seen bits and pieces of the previous two films so I can’t speak to how this trailer stacks up to the rest of the franchise, but there are some genuinely funny bits throughout.  Rebel Wilson looks to be a scene stealer as a British security guard, and there’s an amusing running joke involving a caveman that looks exactly like Stiller.  The British setting is also a smart move, as it should provide plenty of fresh opportunities for the series as a whole.  The Museum franchise has always skewed younger, though, and I imagine kids will find Secret of the Tomb to be a swell new adventure.

Hit the jump to catch the trailer for the third and final installment of the Night at the Museum series.  The film also stars Robin Williams, Dan Stevens, Ben KingsleyRicky GervaisRami MalekSteve CooganOwen WilsonPatrick GallagherMizuo PeckBill CobbsDick Van Dyke, and Mickey Rooney, and is due in theaters on December 19th.

First NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 3 Images: DOWNTON ABBEY’s Dan Stevens Debuts as Lancelot

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20th Century Fox has unveiled the first Night at the Museum 3 images from director Shawn Levy’s upcoming sequel.  Officially titled Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, the third and final entry in the franchise takes the action to London’s British Museum and the city as a whole, where Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens brings the legendary Lancelot to life.  Ben Stiller reprises his role as night watchman Larry Daley, and Robin Williams also returns as the bombastic Theodore Roosevelt.  The previous sequel, Battle of the Smithsonian, raked in over $400 million at the worldwide box office, so the holiday debut for Secret of the Tomb should ensure solid business for the family film.  With these new image debuts today, I imagine a premiere trailer should be on the way shortly.

Hit the jump to take a look at the first images from Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.  The film also stars Ben Kingsley, Rebel Wilson, Rami Malek, Steve Coogan, Owen Wilson, Patrick Gallagher, Mizuo Peck, Bill Cobbs, Dick Van Dyke, and Mickey RooneyNight at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb opens in theaters on December 19th.

First Images From WHILE WE’RE YOUNG, COMING HOME, FORCE MAJEURE, and A SECOND CHANCE

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Earlier today, the Toronto International Film Festival announced additions to their Galas and Special Presentations programs.  Among the films with new images and synopses are:

  • While We’re Young (Directed by Noah Baumbach) starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried and Charles Grodin.
  • Force Majeure (Directed by Ruben Östlund) starring Johannes Bah Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren, Kristofer Hivju and Fanni Metelius.
  • Coming Home (Directed by Zhang Yimou) starring Chen Daoming and Gong Li.
  • A Second Chance (Directed by Susanne Bier) starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Ulrich Thomsen, Maria Bonnevie, Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Lykke May Andersen.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4th-14th.

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