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.

INHERENT VICE Review

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Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Inherent Vice is a mess of absurdities.  It investigates the ludicrous conventions of the detective genre.  It rambles through the self-indulgent, dying age of the hippies.  It lurches along the vainglorious, narcissistic Los Angeles culture and cityscape.  Anderson wants to package everything he can from his adaptation of Thomas Pynchon‘s novel, and while the result is occasionally interesting, the movie becomes enamored of its own cleverness in how it approaches its various topics with a sense of droll mockery, straddling the border of wackiness and respectability.  We’re wound through a convoluted plot where the mystery may not be the point, but the points don’t matter when any emotional resonance is crushed beneath the weight of smug shenanigans.

New INHERENT VICE Trailer Cuts through the Paranoia to Clarify the Plot; Film Screening in Select Cities This Saturday

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Warner Bros. has released a new Inherent Vice trailer, and while it doesn’t play up the comedy as much as the previous trailer, it does provide a more straightforward view of the film, or at least as straightforward as a Paul Thomas Anderson movie can be.  The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as Larry “Doc” Sportello, a pot-smoking private eye who agrees to help an ex (Katherine Waterson) track down her new lover, real estate tycoon Mickey Wolfmann (Eric Roberts), and runs into a number of curious characters in the process.  This trailer highlights other plot points like the involvement of the Golden Fang as well as how the setting factors into the themes.  However, it doesn’t provide much in the way of the movie’s tone, which, admittedly, is harder to pin down in the span of less than two minutes.

Hit the jump to check out the new Inherent Vice trailer.  The film opens in limited release on December 12th before going wide on January 9th, and also stars Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Sasha Pieterse, Joanna Newsom, and more.  Click here to check out six clips from the movie, and click here to find out if there’s an advanced screening in your area.

Check out Six INHERENT VICE Clips Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, and Owen Wilson

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Warner Bros. has releases six new Inherent Vice clips.  Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest stars Joaquin Phoenix as Larry “Doc” Sportello, a pot-smoking private eye who agrees to help an ex (Katherine Waterson) track down her new lover, real estate tycoon Mickey Wolfmann (Eric Roberts), and runs into a number of curious characters in the process.

Hit the jump to check out the Inherent Vice clips.  The film opens in limited release on December 12th before going wide on January 9th, and also stars Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Sasha Pieterse, Joanna Newsom, and more.

Over 45 New INHERENT VICE Images Featuring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson and More

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Inherent Vice’s December 12th limited release is just a week away now, so Warner Bros. just unveiled a slew of brand new images from the film.  Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest stars Joaquin Phoenix as Doc Sportello, a pot-smoking private eye who agrees to help an ex (Katherine Waterson) track down her new lover, real estate tycoon Mickey Wolfmann (Eric Roberts), and runs into a number of curious characters in the process.

Hit the jump to check out all the new Inherent Vice images featuring Phoenix, Waterston, Roberts, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Sasha Pieterse, Joanna Newsom and more.  Inherent Vice will open nationalwide on January 9th.

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.

INHERENT VICE Review | NYFF 2014

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After the New York Film Festival screening of Inherent Vice, writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson and a good deal of his cast took the stage for a brief Q&A.  At one point, Anderson discussed Howard HawksThe Big Sleep and noted, “I saw The Big Sleep and it made me realize, I could not follow any of it and it didn’t matter because I just wanted to see what was gonna happen next.”  Anderson does manage to achieve that to a degree in Inherent Vice, but it winds up making the film even more of a disappointment because what happens next is rarely satisfying.

INHERENT VICE Trailer: Joaquin Phoenix Leads Paul Thomas Anderson’s Psychedelic Detective Romp

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Warner Bros. has released the highly anticipated first Inherent Vice trailer for filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel, and it is glorious.  The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as private detective Larry “Doc Sportello” who is enlisted to help a former lover thwart a potential kidnapping involving her current billionaire boyfriend.  While PTA has trended a bit darker with his past few films, Inherent Vice looks to be a delightfully goofy romp that’s closer in tone to Boogie Nights than There Will Be Blood.  I found myself laughing multiple times during this trailer, and Joaquin Phoenix looks to be absolutely perfect casting as the pothead protagonist.  Moreover, the supporting cast appears to be phenomenal as well, with Josh Brolin getting a particularly hilarious standout moment here.  Anderson cuts his own trailers so this is likely a very accurate snapshot of the film’s vibe as a whole, and all I can say is it’s made the wait for the film’s release feel so, so, so much farther away.

Hit the jump to watch the Inherent Vice trailer.  The film also stars Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Jena Malone, and Joanna NewsomInherent Vice opens in limited release on December 12th.

New Images from Peter Bogdanovich’s SHE’S FUNNY THAT WAY, THE HUMBLING Starring Al Pacino, and HBO’s OLIVE KITTERIDGE

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With the fall film festival circuit imminent, the 2014 Venice Film Festival has start to unveil images from some of the films that will screen in Italy later this month. We previously shared new images from Good Kill, Your Right Mind, and Hungry Hearts, as well as James Franco’s The Sound and the Fury, and now we have new images from another trio of films slated to screen in Venice.  Briefly:

  • She’s Funny That Way – Previously titled Squirrels to the Nuts, director Peter Bogdanovich’s (Paper Moon) ensemble comedy stars Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, and Imogen Poots.
  • The Humbling – Star Al Pacino reunites with director Barry Levinson (You Don’t Know Jack) for the story of a famous retired stage actor in decline who becomes reinvigorated by moving in with a much younger woman.
  • Olive Kitteridge – Director Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right) helms the HBO miniseries adaptation of Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Price-winning novel, starring Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins.

Hit the jump for new images from the aforementioned films.  The 2014 Venice Film Festival runs from August 27 – September 6th.

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.

THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU and RED RIVER Criterion Blu-ray Reviews

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The Criterion Collection has issued both The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Red River recently, and though the two would seemingly have little in common, it turns out there are a number of parallels.  Both films begin with the main character losing someone close to them in a way that drives the narrative, both follow a driven and arrogant man who needs to see the error of his ways, both deal with great adventure, both deal with a father/son relationship, and both conclude with the main character coming face to face with their supposed enemy, only to realize violence may not be the answer.  Bill Murray and Owen Wilson star in the Aquatic for Wes Anderson, while John Wayne and Montgomery Clift star in Red River for Howard Hawks.  My review of both The Life Aquatic on Blu-ray and Red River follows after the jump. 

First ARE YOU HERE Trailer Starring Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, and Amy Poehler

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Millennium has released the Are You Here trailer online.  The movie centers on childhood best friends who go on a road trip after one of them inherits the estate of his late father.  Are You Here is the directorial debut of Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, and it stars Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, and Amy Poehler, so you would assume it would be a popular film.  Instead, when the film premiered at TIFF, the word was nothing but negative.  I didn’t see the film, but I was told that there were plenty of walkouts, and judging from this trailer, it’s not too difficult to see why.  It looks like a hodgepodge that’s trying way too hard to be funny and heartwarming.  However, Weiner tells EW that the theatrical cut is “actually quite a bit different than it was at Toronto.”  So maybe it will be good?

Hit the jump to check out the Are You Here trailer.  The film opens August 22nd.

19 New Images from Wes Anderson’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Starring Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, and Tony Revolori

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Fox Searchlight has released nineteen new images from Wes Anderson‘s upcoming film, The Grand Budapest Hotel.  The story takes place in early 20th-century Hungary, and revolves around the goings-on at the titular hotel where a legendary concierge (Ralph Fiennes) mentors a young employee (Tony Revolori).  The film will sport a gigantic cast of characters, multiple aspect ratios, and as you can see from these images, a gorgeous color palette.  Anderson’s films are always visually pleasing, but the colors here look like they’re ready to pop off the screen.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Saoirse RonanF. Murray AbrahamEdward NortonMathieu AmalricAdrien BrodyWillem DafoeLea SeydouxJeff GoldblumJason SchwarztmanJude LawTilda SwintonHarvey KeitelTom WilkinsonBill Murray, and Owen Wilson.  The Grand Budapest Hotel will premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February and open in the U.S. on March 7th.

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