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★★☆☆☆ There was an effortless charm to the original Night at the Museum (2006) that made it more than passable family fare, albeit of the silliest order. Two films later and the franchise has well and truly passed its sell-by date. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) exists and contains one or two brief moments of verve, but it's mostly predictable swill delivered by actors merely seeing out their contracts. Larry (Ben Stiller) is now in charge of dazzling audiences at the Museum of Natural History in New York City who believe that the exhibits coming to life are a result of special effects rather than the powers of an ancient tablet.
- CineVue UK
Update: Celebrity comment continues to pour out on Twitter about Sony's decision to pull The Interview: See what Jimmy Kimmel, Ben Stiller, Dax Shepard, David Walliams, Damon Wayans Jr. and others had to say. Sony has decided to pull The Interview's theatrical release date following a 9/11-like threat from the Sony hackers and celebrities like Rob Lowe and Judd Apatow are not happy. The decision to pull the upcoming North Korean comedy came on Wednesday, Dec. 17, after select theaters in the United States announced they would not [...] »
Reaction from the show business community to Sony scrapping the theatrical release for The Interview has been swift and largely negative. Judd Apatow took to Twitter to vent his outrage over the move, calling it “disgraceful,” and Jimmy Kimmel replied to that tweet, calling the decision to pull the pic was “an un-American act of cowardice.” Steve Carell, who saw New Regency cancel his North Korea-set movie project today, said it’s a “sad day for creative expression.”
No shortage of other Hollywood types are airing their views in 140 characters or less. We’ll update this post, so refresh for the latest:
All joking aside, we just gave a comfy foothold to censorship & it doesn't get any better from this point on. #TheInterview
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 18, 2014
Really hard to believe this is the response to a threat to freedom of expression here in America. #TheInterview
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) December »
- The Deadline Team
<< Continued from 'Forecast: Will Moviegoers Show Up One Last Time for 'The Hobbit'?Playing at 3,783 theaters, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is also aiming to be the final chapter in its franchise: the poster's tagline reads "One Final Night To Save the Day."After opening on this same weekend back in 2006, the original Night at the Museum wound up earning a massive $250.9 million. Two-and-a-half years later, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian wasn't quite as impressive, earning $177.2 million (down 29 percent from the first movie).There's been a five-and-a-half year gap between the second and the third installment, which begs the question: does anyone care about this series anymore? Star Ben Stiller has been down this road before with Little Fockers, which opened six years after its predecessor. That didn't work out so well, as Little Fockers wound up earning 47 percent less than Meet the Fockers. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tastes change. Not just those of the moviegoing public, who’ve gotten so wise to the sales pitches and story formulas that the town has had no choice but to adapt, propelling a self-aware superhero movie, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” above the likes of Cap and Spidey at the box office, and making sly, meta-minded directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller — responsible for ultra-blockbuster “The Lego Movie” and wink-wink sequel “22 Jump Street” — the hottest helming duo in town. But over time, critics’ tastes change, too.
In February, I relocated from Los Angeles to Paris, to take up my new post as Variety’s chief international film critic. As you can imagine, my diet underwent a radical upheaval — and I’m not talking about crepes and chocolate mousse, either. What I wasn’t prepared for was how swiftly my moviegoing palate might adapt to this new post.
I’d been raised on junk-food American fare, »
- Peter Debruge
Eight years is a long time in the life of a child. While critics are lining up to award Richard Linklater for exploring such an idea, a much larger viewing audience unfamiliar with Boyhood may experience a similar feeling of time passing them by while watching Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. Advertising itself as the finale of the soon-to-be billion dollar grossing Night at the Museum trilogy, Secret of the Tomb lays it on thick with pretences of finality and closure. In truth, the film doesn’t bring the journey to a stop, and instead simply hits the blinker on a lucrative franchise vehicle that’s always been operating in cruise control.
Ben Stiller once again straps on nightshift blues and a flashlight as security guard Larry Daley, who spends his evenings corralling the magically sentient exhibits of the Natural History Museum. Over the course of his adventures, »
- Sam Woolf
Plot: Larry Daly.s (Ben Stiller) wax museum friends begin to lose their powers when the magical Tablet of Ahkmenrah begins to rot. Their only hope is for Larry and his some of his waxwork pals including Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Jedediah (Owen Wilson) & Octavius (Steve Coogan) to travel to the London museum and learn from Pharaoh Merenkahre (Ben Kingsley) how to give restore the tablet before it.s too late. Review: It seems inevitable these days that every successful franchise is »
- Chris Bumbray
“Five Armies” will begin showing in the U.S. at 7 p.m. Tuesday and expand to about 3,850 locations on Wednesday.
Despite the potential for franchise fatigue and a U.S. box office that’s down 5% this year, the forecast numbers for “Five Armies” appear impressive even if they are a bit lower than the first two films.
Recent tracking has pegged the third Hobbit movie as high as $80 million for the five days in the U.S. while New Line — which teamed with MGM to finance the $700 million trilogy — is slightly more cautious at about $75 million.
Comparisons with the first two Hobbit films are tricky since both opened in the U.S. on Fridays. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey »
- Dave McNary
In Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb all is well until Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) notices that the magical tablet that brings the exhibits to life at night is withering away. Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek) doesn’t know how to restore it, but he thinks his father might. Trouble is, he’s on display in London, and that’s where franchise newcomers Rebel Wilson and Dan Stevens step in. Wilson’s Tilly is the night guard on duty who’s got no clue what’s about to go down when Larry brings that tablet inside, like Sir Lancelot coming to life. Stevens’ Lancelot is eager to help the Museum of Natural History gang save the day, but he also gets a bit distracted by his determination to find his Guinevere. With Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb due in theaters on December 19th, I got the opportunity »
- Perri Nemiroff
Sequined sensation! Photos: Rebel Wilson's funniest moments The Aussie actress recently stirred rumors that she could be taking over for Ben Stiller if there were to be any other sequels. "If I see the money truck, then I might agree to [make a fourth movie], she told Today show's Matt Lauer on Dec. 10. "I'm in it for the art and the awards… and art.." Wilson has always embraced her figure and encourages fans to do the same — regardless of size. “I don’t really care what I look [...] »
Today's story brought to you courtesy of the "Guardians of Peace", aka the anonymous group that hacked Sony, brings news surrounding Sony's new Ghostbusters film with details peppered throughout a variety of reports. As you probably know, Paul Fieg (Bridesmaids) is attempting to put together an all-female team of ghost hunters, but we'll get to the ladies in just one second as today's story begins with a seemingly abandoned idea from a couple of rising Hollywood actors as well as an actor interested in starring in the reboot. Michael De Luca, co-president of production for Columbia Pictures, told Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, news that Ryan Gosling was interested in the project while also adding Feig wants Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone for the project. In addition to that, The Daily Beast reports Melissa McCarthy, Amy Schumer and Lizzy Caplan have also shown interest in what is described as »
- Brad Brevet
Directors: Shawn Levy; Screenwriters: David Guion, Michael Handelman; Starring: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Robin Williams, Rebel Wilson, Dan Stevens, Ben Kingsley, Mickey Rooney, Dick Van Dyke, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais; Running time: 98 mins; Certificate: PG
Thanks to its nifty blend of high-concept and wide-appeal comedy, the Night at the Museum series has established itself as dependable family entertainment. Third time around the magic is wearing thin, however, with the bulk of the action relocating to London as Ben Stiller's security guard Larry attempts to revive the magical tablet that brings exhibits to life.
Everything about this sequel screams paycheque as the returning faces (among them Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan and Ricky Gervais) breeze through on cruise control leaving the heavy lifting to the visual effects team. The newcomers launch into it with gusto, but Dan Stevens's preening Lancelot is little more than a one-note gag and »
Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais and Sir Ben Kingsley are among the stars on the red carpet in London's Leicester Square at the European premiere of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. The film opens on December 19 and sees Larry and his friends head to the British Museum to save the magical powers of the Tablet of Ahkmenrah Continue reading »
- Guardian Staff
2Nd Update, Monday 4:39 Pm Pt: Actuals are in from the international weekend with The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies climbing $4.6M above projections. The 1st frame cume is now $122.2M with 3D results accounting for 71% of the box office total. Increases in key overseas markets have been updated below. Expanded Hobbit holiday cheer will flow next weekend in North America, Italy, Spain and Korea. On the flipside, Exodus: Gods And Kings came in slightly lower in its cume, which is $18.2M versus an estimated $18.8M on Sunday. However, the biblical epic was up over projections in some Asian markets where audiences have been drawn by the scale and spectacle. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 stayed just about on par with Sunday’s estimates, but has now passed the lifetime of Catching Fire in 32 territories including Italy and Brazil — and could imminently pass Cf‘s Latin American take entirely. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Recently, Comingsoon.net served up this exclusive,new featurette/movie clip (below) for their upcoming "Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb" comedy flick, and it gives us new interview clips with some of the cast and crew as they talk about Crystal the Monkey. It also shows new "behind the scenes" footage, scenes from the movie, and more. Check it out,below. The movie stars: Robin Williams, Ben Kingsley, Steve Coogan, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, Rebel Wilson, and Dan Stevens. The official plotline for the movie, reads like this: " Get ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled Night At the Museum ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever." It hits theaters this Friday, December 19th, nationwide. »
Ahead of the European premiere, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb director Shawn Levy brought some of his cast members along to discuss the film at the London press conference – and there were giggles from the outset, with Rebel Wilson joking about working with ‘father’ Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller shattering dreams of children everywhere.
Though many of the original cast have returned for this third outing, there are also a lot of new additions – but this seemed to bother neither party. Sir Ben Kingsley, who joins the film as Merenkahre, explained: ‘It’s like going to somebody’s house when they’re comfortable in their home – the way they open the front door is really gracious. They’re very comfortable in their own skin, their own work and the welcome is extraordinary.’
‘It was very exciting for us to welcome Sir Ben to the cast. It just »
- Amanda Keats
Director: Shawn Levy
Running Time: 97 minutes
Synopsis: Larry spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.
Larry (Ben Stiller) is back working the nightshift and now he’s also in charge of the museum’s ‘special effects’, but something is wrong with The Tablet of Ahkmenrah and it’s sending the museum pieces a bit crazy. It’s down to him to find out what’s going on…once he can persuade his son to take life more seriously than he seems to be.
Larry and his friends have taken their adventure to London for Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, and the new setting is a welcome one that breathes new life into »
- Amanda Keats
Former Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens has always preferred the "slightly more absurd" versions of the King Arthur legend (think Monty Python and the Holy Grail), so it's with that spirit that he steps into the role of Lancelot in the third installment of the Night of the Museum franchise, Secret of the Tomb, out on Friday. This time, Ben Stiller travels to the U.K. and, with his magic tablet, makes figures at the British Museum come to life. "Inside this tin suit that is on display there comes out this totally imaginary, fictional character," Stevens said. "He's obviously not real, even though he thinks he is." Stevens prepped by watching a lot of sword fighting from Errol Flynn films as well as The Princess Bride ("a big influence") so that he could embody the spirit of a lost knight who thinks he's on a holy quest. The actor »
- Jennifer Vineyard
We’ve got two fantastic behind-the-scenes featurettes that takes us into the improv and their new location for Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, which opens on 19th December in the UK.
This franchise has been an unexpected hit across the board but looks again to be an undoubted feel-good film and with it, pretty perfect timing for family Christmas viewing. This time around, they move to London, so get yourselves ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled Night At the Museum ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) leaves New York City and brings all the madness.
Check out these two featurettes and we can’t wait until it opens! Review coming next week and, just one more thing, click »
- Dan Bullock
To celebrate the release of Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, opening in UK cinemas on 19th December, we’ve got three amazing prize packs to giveaway!
Get ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled Night At the Museum ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) leaves New York City for London and the British Museum and they’ll be uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.
To be in with a chance of winning one of three sets we have to giveaway, just tell us who directs the movie?
Send your answer, with your name and address, to our box below with the subject ‘Secret of the Tomb‘. We’ll pick those winners on 4th January, »
- Dan Bullock
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