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‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’ is a modest, fun excursion

18 December 2014 11:27 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Written by David Guion and Michael Handelman

Directed by Shawn Levy

USA/UK, 2014

Getting the band back together for one final gig is almost never a good idea.  In the case of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, however, there’s enough ingenuity and fun to justify the encore.  Director Shawn Levy adds a few clever wrinkles and plenty of familiar callbacks as he sends his family franchise out with pomp and poignancy.  The untimely death of Robin Williams also adds resonance to the film’s melancholy message that letting go is a necessary, painful fact of life.

It’s easy for critics to dismiss films like Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (Sott).  When you’re three films into a franchise that’s fueled by a wafer-thin premise, you can feel bored and dissatisfied before the movie even begins. »

- J.R. Kinnard

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‘Night At The Museum 3′ Review: Pete Hammond On The Lively ‘Tomb’

18 December 2014 3:12 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The third Night At The Museum installment hits theaters this weekend with one of Robin Williams‘ last performances, plus amusing turns by several series regulars, as I say in my video review above. The cast is led by Ben Stiller as the nightwatchman dealing with lively exhibits at the museum, played by Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, Steve Coogan, Rebel Wilson and Ben Kingsley with a terrific performance by Downton Abbey alumnus Dan Stevens as a gung-ho knight.

Veteran comedy helmer Shawn Levy directed from a script written by David Guion and Michael Handelman, from a story by the pair and Mark Friedman. Producers are Levy and Chris Columbus. Fox is handling distribution.

Are you going to see the film? Watch my review and let us know.

 

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- Pete Hammond

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Night at the Museum Secret of the Tomb review: Franchise loses sparkle

16 December 2014 7:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

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 »

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Film Review: ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’

12 December 2014 3:13 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The past may be immortal, but not so the reanimating magic that turns New York’s American Museum of Natural History into a dusk-to-dawn happy hour for dinosaurs and Neanderthals, explorers and conquerors, and a capuchin monkey with an overactive bladder. Such is the dilemma this motley crew (once more under the leadership of Ben Stiller’s harried night watchman) faces in “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” a most enjoyable capper to director Shawn Levy and producer Chris Columbus’ cheerfully silly and sneakily smart family-entertainment juggernaut. A fond farewell, to the series and to two of its stars — Mickey Rooney and Robin Williams — “Tomb” offers little in the way of secrets of surprises, but should add much holiday cheer to Fox’s box-office coffers.

The “Night” movies haven’t much endeared themselves to highbrow critics — among those who’ve even bothered to write about them — but it »

- Scott Foundas

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Will Ferrell Is Taking On Shakespeare, Get The Hilarious Details

2 December 2014 5:26 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Will Ferrell is set to tackle William Shakespeare in a new comedy that is currently being developed at Sony. The currently untitled film follows the story of a Shakespearean theater company who are all hell-bent on doing The Bard justice. Information regarding the comedy is currently still at a minimum, and Variety reports that the screenplay for the film is still in its early stages too, with David Guion and Michael Handelman hired to write it. Unfortunately, the screenwriting pair haven.t really delivered anything of note that will make you think that Will Ferrell.s upcoming Shakespearean salvo will actually be worthwhile. David Guion and Michael Handelman.s previous credits have included Dinner For Schmucks and The Ex, both of which possessed almost zero laughs and were also instantly forgettable. Another reason to be a tad alarmed about the development of this new project is that both of the »

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Will Ferrell to become a thespian in new comedy

2 December 2014 1:23 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

If you were betting that someday Will Ferrell would do Shakespeare, you can cash in now.

Variety reported on Tuesday that Sony has picked up a currently untitled comedy starring Ferrell that centers around the intense, competitive world inside a Shakespearean theater company. The screenplay will be written by David Guion and Michael Handelman (Dinner for Schmucks).

This adds to a busy slate for Ferrell as the actor will be appearing in a host of films in the coming years. He is currently set up for next year’s comedy Get Hard,with Kevin Hart and Daddy’s Home with Mark Wahlberg. He also is attached to appear in James Franco’s Zeroville and the sequel to Zoolander that Ben Stiller is attached to direct.

The actor has had a quiet year so far in 2014 with his only prominent role coming in The Lego Movie as Lord Business.

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- Zach Dennis

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Movie News: First Action-Packed Trailer for Jason Statham's 'Wild Card'; Will Ferrell to Star in Shakespearean Comedy

2 December 2014 12:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Wild Card Trailer: Jason Statham stars as a Las Vegas bodyguard who likes to gamble in the first trailer for Wild Card. He seeks revenge for a friend, but quickly finds himself tangled up with the criminal underworld. It's a remake of 1987's Heat, starring Burt Reynolds, using the original screenplay by William Goldman (All the President's Men). Sofia Vergara and Stanley Tucci also star; the movie is due out on January 30. [SlashFilm]   Shakespeare: If all goes well, Will Ferrell will star in a comedy that "centers around the intense, competitive world inside a Shakespearean theater company." That's the pitch for the movie; little else is known, except that the screenplay for the untitled project wll be written by David Guion and Michael...

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- Peter Martin

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Will Ferrell to Star in Untitled Comedy Set in the Competitive World of a Shakespeare Theater Company

2 December 2014 9:02 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Will Ferrell seems to enjoy movies where characters compete for glory.  He's starred in Kicking & Screaming (soccer), Talladega Nights (stock car racing), Blades of Glory (figure skating), and Semi-Pro (basketball).  However, his latest competition will be taking him away from sports and into the arts.  According to Variety, Ferrell is set to star in an untitled comedy that takes place around the "intense, competitive world inside a Shakespearean theater company."  There are no plot details beyond that, but David Guion and Michael Handelman will handle the script, which is a bit disconcerting when you consider that their track record includes The Ex and Dinner for Schmucks.  Variety also says they've worked on The Internship, The Watch, Blades of Glory, and Men in Black III, but they're not officially credited, so it's possible they just did rewrites. While I like the premise of Ferrell doing Shakespeare, he has a very full slate of potential projects, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Will Ferrell Takes on Shakespeare Theater Comedy

2 December 2014 8:15 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sony Pictures has acquired an untitled pitch from Mosaic as a starring vehicle for Will Ferrell. The project is based on an idea internally developed at Mosaic, which centers on the highly-competitive world of a Shakespearean theater company. No details were given for Will Ferrell's character at this time.

David Guion and Michael Handelman are currently writing the screenplay. Michael De Luca and Jonathan Kadin are overseeing the project for Sony Pictures. It isn't known when production may begin on the untitled comedy.

Sony Pictures and Will Ferrell have had a successful partnership in the past, with hits such as Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Step Brothers and The Other Guys. The studio recently acquired a buddy comedy pitch entitled Border Guards, which has Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly attached to star. The actor will next be seen in Get Hard alongside Kevin Hart.

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Will Ferrell to Lead Untitled Shakespeare Theater Comedy at Sony

2 December 2014 8:11 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

We're still waiting to get a glimpse at the comedy Get Hard starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart after the first trailer was delayed from release last week to sometime this week (though you may have already seen it if you saw Horrible Bosses 2 over the weekend). In the meantime, Ferrell has already lined up a new comedy at Sony Pictures that was developed at Mosaic, the production and management company that represents the Anchorman star and has produced several of his biggest films. The project is a currently untitled comedy that takes place in the intense, competitive world of a Shakespearean theater company. More below! Could we be looking at another Talladega Nights or Blades of Glory? This certainly feels like it would be a comedy in that same vein. However, with Variety reporting the script comes from Dinner for Schmucks scribes David Guion & Michael Handelman, there's a »

- Ethan Anderton

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Will Ferrell joins Shakespearean theatre comedy

2 December 2014 3:29 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Will Ferrell has signed on for a Shakespearean theatre comedy.

The untitled film will centre around the competitive world of a company that specialises in William Shakespeare's classic plays, reports Variety.

Dinner with Schmucks and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb writers David Guion and Michael Handelman are working on the script for the Sony Pictures movie.

Ferrell will next be seen with Kevin Hart in Get Hard.

He is currently filming for the James Franco-directed Zeroville adaptation and recently signed on for Daddy's Home. »

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Will Ferrell To Drive Sony’s Shakespeare Theatre Comedy Purchase?

1 December 2014 11:13 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Sony Pictures Entertainment has just purchased an untitled, original idea developed internally at Mosaic Media Group as a starring vehicle for Will Ferrell (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, The Other Guys).

Centering upon the intensely competitive world within a Shakespearean theatre company, the pitched comedy will be the second comedic purchase by Sony with Ferrell at the helm.

The studio recently purchased the buddy comedy Border Guards about two Americans who, whilst trying to prevent Mexican immigrants from entering the Us, find themselves across the border without identification and attempt to return. That screenplay is to be written by Jesse Armstrong (Babylon) with Ferrell and John C. Reilly (Guardians Of The Galaxy, Chicago) attached to the project.

Sony’s latest acquisition however, will be overseen by Michael De Luca (Fifty Shades Of Gray) and Jonathan Kadin from Columbia Pictures with comedy writing duo David Guion and Michael Handelman (Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb »

- Sacha Hall

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News Bits: Gotham, Hobbit, Lost, Ferrell

1 December 2014 8:27 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Gotham Awards

The Gotham Awards have announced this year's winners with "Birdman" scoring Best Film and Best Actor for Michael Keaton's performance. Julianne Moore took Best Actress for "Still Alice".

"Citizenfour" took home Best Documentary, an Independent Film Audience Award went to "Boyhood," Ana Lily Amirpour scored a Breakthrough Director Award for "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night," and Tessa Thompson won Breakthrough Actor for "Dear White People". [Source: Screen]

The Hobbit

Speaking with the BBC at the London premiere of the final "The Hobbit" film, actor Ian McKellen revealed that he doesn't believe this is the end of Tolkien's Middle Earth on the big screen. The actor says: "I was told by Peter, in 2001, that that was the end, that it was all over. Here we are 13 years later. So I don't believe necessarily this is the end of the journey." [Source: The BBC]

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Will Ferrell Set to Star in Comedy About a Shakespearean Theater Company

1 December 2014 7:42 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

It looks like Will Ferrell will be trying his hand at 16th-century humor. Variety reports that Sony has bagged a comedy pitch about the "intense, competitive world inside a Shakespearean theater company," with Ferrell in mind to star. David Guion and Michael Handelman — a pair that has found success on such scripts as Dinner for Schmucks — will pen the as-of-now-unnamed project. Production schedule, cast, and most other details about the film are also under wraps at the moment. Ferrell will next come to theaters as James King (a white-collar guy with deep pockets who gets cuffed for embezzlement) in the Kevin Hart co-starrer Get Hard and as Mugatu in Zoolander 2, among other roles. A Shakespearean theater company sounds like golden territory for Ferrell and his comic personae — especially anything involving a Mr. G–from–Summer Heights High–esque character.   »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Will Ferrell Takes Aim At A Shakespearian Theatre Comedy

1 December 2014 7:27 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Behind the scenes at a competitive, ego-driven Shakespearean theatre company mind sound like the seeds for a slightly niche comedy, though it did once provide three seasons’ worth of comedy drama for Canadian TV series Slings And Arrows. Sony will be hoping for slightly more mainstream appeal with a new, untitled pitch that has Will Ferrell interested.Production company Mosaic has spawned the idea for a comedy that focuses on the intense, maddening world that lies behind the scenes of a top Shakespearean company. No other details have been released, but according to Variety, writers David Guion and Michael Handelman have been tasked with turning the concept into a script for Ferrell to star in.They’ve written on the likes of The Internship (which featured a brief cameo from the actor), Men In Black III and the upcoming Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, so while their »

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Casting Net: Jean-Claude Van Damme back in the ring for 'Kickboxer' remake

1 December 2014 6:25 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Jean-Claude Van Damme is in final talks for Kickboxer, a franchise remake of the 1989 action film that kickstarted his career. John Stockwell is directing the film, which stars Dave Bautista, Alain Moussi, and Georges St. Pierre. The story follows Kurt Sloane (Moussi), a man who travels to Thailand and learns how to kickbox in order to face his brother's killer, Tong Po (Bautista). Van Damme starred as Sloane in the original, and is eyeing an updated version of Sloane's teacher, Master Chow. If it's finalized, he will be replacing Tony Jaa who had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. »

- C. Molly Smith

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Will Ferrell Attached to Shakespearean Theater Comedy (Exclusive)

1 December 2014 5:23 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony has bought a pitch from Mosaic as a starring vehicle for Will Ferrell.

Based on an original idea developed internally at Mosaic and currently untitled, the comedy centers around the intense, competitive world inside a Shakespearean theater company.

The screenplay will be written by David Guion and Michael Handelman. Michael De Luca and Jonathan Kadin are overseeing for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Ferrell and Sony have had a run of good results with hits that include “Step Brothers,” “The Other Guys” and “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.” The studio recently bought a buddy comedy pitch, “Border Guards,” with Ferrell and John C. Reilly attached to star.

Ferrell is repped by CAA and Mosaic and can be seen next in “Get Hard.”

Guion and Handelman have become two of Hollywood’s go-to writers when it comes to comedies, with past credits including “The Internship,” “The Watch,” “Blades of Glory” and “Men in Black III. »

- Justin Kroll

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Holiday 2014 Forecast: 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb'

4 November 2014 5:25 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

<< Back to Holiday 2014 ForecastNight at the Museum: Secret of the TombRelease Date: December 19th Studio: 20th Century FoxGenre: Family AdventureDirector: Shawn LevyWriters: David Guion & Michael HandelmanCast: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Dan Stevens, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ben Kingsley, Rebel Wilson, Rami Malek, Ricky Gervais, Rachael Harris, Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney, Bill CobbsStudio Description: Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.Analysis: Eight years after the first Night at the Museum earned a massive $250.9 million, the franchise comes to an end with Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. Will this third outing be able to recreate the success of the previous installments?Probably not. The second movie, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian earned substantially less than its predecessor (down 29 percent to $177.2 million), which suggests that moviegoers were already tiring of the »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' Gets an M.C. Escher Poster

22 September 2014 7:53 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

The teaser trailer for this winter's sequel Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb arrived this past summer, and now 20th Century Fox has unveiled a new poster for the film starring Ben Stiller. It's certainly one of the better posters we've seen for the franchise as it takes the ensemble cast that includes Ricky Gervais, Rebel Wilson, Rami Malek and more, and puts them into an M.C. Escher style image with staircases that don't seem to end. Yes, Robin Williams is in the poster too (this is one of his final performances) and you can even spot a tiny Steve Coogan and Owen Wilson if you scan carefully. Look! Here's the new poster for Shawn Levy's Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb from Fox: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is directed by Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Real Steel, Date Night »

- Ethan Anderton

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First Trailer & Poster for Night at the Museum 3 Bring Ben Stiller & Co. to London

30 July 2014 6:48 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

With more than a billion dollars in the bank already from the first two instalments, Night at the Museum 3 is set to bring the franchise to a close at the end of the year.

Officially titled Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, the film will bring its ensemble cast to London for its final outing, and it will break from the past formula to go beyond the museum walls, starting out in the American Museum of Natural History before taking in Trafalgar Square and the streets of London.

It may still be summer, but Christmas is going to come around before you know it, and Fox has launched a great first trailer and teaser poster for the family-friendly adventure comedy.

Ben Stiller is back at the top of another star-studded ensemble, joined this time around by Robin Williams, Ben Kingsley, Owen Wilson, Dan Stevens, Skyler Gisondo, Ricky Gervais, »

- Kenji Lloyd

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