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'Museum' tops holiday frame; 'Dreamgirls' hot

27 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

20th Century Fox's Night at the Museum was the star exhibit during the four-day holiday weekend that spanned Friday through Christmas Day, winning the frame at the domestic boxoffice with $42.2 million. But Paramount Pictures' release of DreamWorks' Dreamgirls also was a star performer, with an astounding one-day gross of $8.7 million Monday as it entered its first day of wider release in 852 theaters.

Among the crowded field of year-end offerings, MGM's Rocky Balboa, which opened Dec. 20, continued its successful underdog saga, pulling in a surprisingly young audience for a third-place finish with $17 million. And Universal Pictures' spy drama The Good Shepherd enjoyed a solid opening, capturing fourth place with an estimated $14.1 million for the four-day period.

Another new wide release, Warner Bros. Pictures' We Are Marshall, wasn't as successful. The inspirational PG sports story starring Matthew McConaughey grossed an estimated $8.6 million for the frame.

Meanwhile, holdovers from the previous weekend held on well. Sony Pictures' The Pursuit of Happyness finished in second place, generating an estimated $23.1 million to cross the $60 million mark in its sophomore frame. And despite a less-than-stellar debut, Paramount's Charlotte's Web held strong in its second weekend, picking up an additional $9.6 million for a cume of $28.4 million, good for the fifth spot overall.

Fox's Eragon suffered the steepest fall. Although the film generated an additional $9.3 million to finish No. 6 for the four days, its three-day Friday-Sunday gross of $7.2 million represented a 70% drop from the previous weekend. The dragon fantasy has generated close to $40 million after two weekends.

The only other wide release to hit theaters during the weekend was MGM's bow of the Weinstein Co.'s Black Christmas. The R-rated horror film starring Michelle Trachtenberg, which bowed on Christmas Day, grossed $3.3 million for the day in 1,278 theaters, good for a $2,588 per-theater average.

For the three-day portion of the weekend, the boxoffice top 12 was up an estimated 8% compared with last year's frame. For the four days, however, the weekend's totals were off close to 2%. While Christmas Eve, which fell on a Sunday, was its typical no-show this year, Christmas Day also got off to a slow start, not catching fire with audiences until the early-evening shows. »

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'Museum' in early lead at weekend boxoffice

24 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

As the long holiday weekend got underway, 20th Century Fox's fantasy comedy Night at the Museum leaped to the top of the boxoffice chart on Friday. According to the boxoffice office tracking site, boxofficemojo.com, Museum, directed by Shawn Levy and starring Ben Stiller, grabbed an estimated $12.25 million on its first day of release.

In the second spot, Sony Pictures' uplifting drama The Pursuit of Happyness, held on strong as it began its second weekend in theaters with a Friday haul of $5.3 million, bringing its cumulative gross to an estimated $43.6 million.

Punching away just below it was MGM's Rocky Balboa. Sylvester Stallone's sixth time in the ring as the iconic fighter from Philly debuted on Wednesday with a $6.2 million bow and pulled in an estimated $5 million on Friday to bring its three-day gross to an estimated $14.7 million. Universal Pictures' The Good Shepherd, director Robert De Niro's saga about the early days of the CIA starring Matt Damon, ranked fourth, withan estimated Friday bow of $3.5 million. »

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Night at the Museum

22 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Milan Trenc's whimsically illustrated The Night at the Museum, about a New York Natural History Museum night guard who discovers the displays have a habit of doing the Jumanji thing once visitors go home, has been turned into a big, loud movie (minus the "The") starring Ben Stiller.

It's definitely a cute, workable premise, but as mishandled by director Shawn Levy (the Pink Panther and Cheaper by the Dozen remakes) and the writing team of Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon (Reno: 911!), the inspiration that was required to make Museum fly is seldom on exhibit in this interminably monotonous production.

As Stiller runs around an awful lot attempting to riff his way to something funnier, the rest of the able cast, including Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, Dick Van Dyke and Mickey Rooney, see their talents go sadly underutilized, playing second fiddle to all the busy visual effects.

Given its holiday placement and its family-friendly premise, the 20th Century Fox release will probably still shake enough bones at the boxoffice to keep Levy's streak intact, though the overall result unlikely will go down in any kind of history.

On a positive note, maybe it might have the pleasant side effect of boosting museum attendance.

The problematic pace feels off from the start, as Stiller's Larry Daley, a failed inventor of a divorced dad, competes with his wife's (Kim Raver) financial whiz fiance (Paul Rudd) for the affections of his son, Nick (Jake Cherry).

Seeking the help of an employment counselor (played by Stiller's mom, Anne Meara), he takes a menial job as a graveyard shift security guard at the Natural History Museum, but judging from the odd behavior of the trio of veteran daytime guards (Van Dyke, Rooney and Bill Cobbs), his first night on the job will prove to be anything but uneventful.

Larry's first clue is when the giant Tyrannosaurus rex suddenly goes missing, only to reappear, eager to play a game of fetch with one of its bones. By the time Larry catches on, the marble corridors are filled with marauding Huns (looking like they just stepped out of a Capital One commercial), mischievous capuchin monkeys, charging wildlife and out-of-control, unmistakably lifelike dioramas.

With the help of trusty Teddy Roosevelt (a subdued Robin Williams), Larry not only manages to restore order, but also his crumbling relationship with his son.

This is the kind of vehicle that would have been a natural for someone like Museum producer Chris Columbus, having directed Home Alone and Harry Potter installments and demonstrating an equal comfort level with both extensive comedy and intensive special effects.

But director Levy struggles to find a uniform pitch that would agreeably blend together the gags, the visual effects and the obligatory heart moments. In its absence, there's a stop-and-start hollowness that confuses noise and chaos for comic energy.

While Gervais has some amusing moments as Stiller's tongue-tied boss, the rest of the cast, also including Steve Coogan and an uncredited Owen Wilson, are never given the chance to really strut their humorous stuff.

Behind-the-scenes, production designer Claude Pare (The Aviator) does a nice job filling those larger-than-life spaces, while costume designer Renee April has her sewing machine going full tilt with all that period wardrobe and Alan Silvestri goes back to his Back to the Future cues for his hyperactively dense score.

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Something for everyone at weekend boxoffice

22 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Hollywood is hanging out a number of stockings as Christmas weekend arrives. Among the new movies, broad appeal is the name of the game. Three of the five wide releases this frame carry a PG rating as studios look to lure nice audiences rather than naughty ones.

20th Century Fox's Night at the Museum, starring Ben Stiller, looks most likely to dominate the weekend. Two sports-themed movies -- MGM's Rocky Balboa, which bowed Wednesday, and Warner Bros. Pictures' We Are Marshall, based on the 1970 Marshall football team tragedy -- also are looking to claim their share of the till. Rocky already won its first round, grossing an estimated $6.2 million Wednesday to easily claim the title of top-grossing film for the day.

Universal Pictures' Robert De Niro-directed spy movie The Good Shepherd is courting the adult audience.

With Christmas Eve falling on Sunday, that night will be a quiet one at the boxoffice, making prospective weekend totals difficult to predict. On Christmas Day, there are two other developments that will further complicate holiday weekend estimates.

On that day, MGM will target disaffected teens and holiday scrooges as it opens Black Christmas, a horror flick from the Weinstein Co. Meanwhile, Paramount Pictures will expand Dreamgirls, which it co-produced with DreamWorks, to 852 theaters. The Bill Condon-directed musical has performed strongly in special "roadshow" engagements that launched in Los Angeles and New York. The combined opening of Black Christmas and the wide expansion of Dreamgirls could affect the Monday grosses of the four wide releases bowing this week.

Still, it is shaping up to be a big weekend at the Museum. The Shawn Levy-directed film features a slew of young and veteran comedians. The film stars Stiller as a hapless night watchman at the Museum of Natural History who must combat the creatures that come alive at night. Ricky Gervais, Robin Williams, Steve Coogan also are cast, along with Owen Wilson in an uncredited cameo. Mickey Rooney and Dick Van Dyke co-star as two old-time watchmen. The film has been generating positive buzz for some time, and insiders put Museum's four-day holiday in the $35 million-$40 million range. »

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'Rocky' no underdog with $6.2 mil opening

21 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

MGM's Rocky Balboa proved no underdog at the boxoffice its opening day. The Sylvester Stallone-starrer reaped $6.2 million on 2,752 theaters. The PG-rated boxing tale generated a per-screen average of $2,267 for its first day in the theaters.

The film will expand to 3017 theaters on Friday. At that time competition will certainly have heated up as Twentieth Century Fox opens Night at the Museum, Warner Bros. Pictures bows We Are Marshall and Universal Pictures unveils the R-rated spy thriller The Good Shepard. »

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Something for everyone at weekend boxoffice

21 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Hollywood is hanging out a number of stockings as Christmas weekend arrives. Among the new movies, broad appeal is the name of the game. Three of the five wide releases this frame carry a PG rating as studios look to lure nice audiences rather than naughty ones.

20th Century Fox's Night at the Museum, starring Ben Stiller, looks most likely to dominate the weekend. Two sports-themed movies -- MGM's Rocky Balboa, which bowed Wednesday, and Warner Bros. Pictures' We Are Marshall, based on the 1970 Marshall football team tragedy -- also are looking to claim their share of the till. Rocky already won its first round, grossing an estimated $6.2 million Wednesday to easily claim the title of top-grossing film for the day.

Universal Pictures' Robert De Niro-directed spy movie The Good Shepherd is courting the adult audience.

With Christmas Eve falling on Sunday, that night will be a quiet one at the boxoffice, making prospective weekend totals difficult to predict. On Christmas Day, there are two other developments that will further complicate holiday weekend estimates.

On that day, MGM will target disaffected teens and holiday scrooges as it opens Black Christmas, a horror flick from the Weinstein Co. Meanwhile, Paramount Pictures will expand Dreamgirls, which it co-produced with DreamWorks, to 852 theaters. The Bill Condon-directed musical has performed strongly in special "roadshow" engagements that launched in Los Angeles and New York. The combined opening of Black Christmas and the wide expansion of Dreamgirls could affect the Monday grosses of the four wide releases bowing this week.

Still, it is shaping up to be a big weekend at the Museum. The Shawn Levy-directed film features a slew of young and veteran comedians. The film stars Stiller as a hapless night watchman at the Museum of Natural History who must combat the creatures that come alive at night. Ricky Gervais, Robin Williams, Steve Coogan also are cast, along with Owen Wilson in an uncredited cameo. Mickey Rooney and Dick Van Dyke co-star as two old-time watchmen. The film has been generating positive buzz for some time, and insiders put Museum's four-day holiday in the $35 million-$40 million range. »

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Oscar Contenders for Best Visual Effects Announced

19 December 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood blockbusters Casino Royale, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Superman Returns may be battling it out for Best Visual Effects at next year's Oscar ceremony. The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences on Friday announced the films making the cut, earning further consideration as possible trophy contenders at the 79th Annual Academy awards. The other films vying for nominations include Poseidon, Eragon, X-Men: The Last Stand and Night At The Museum. The next step in the nominations process, which takes place on 17 January, sees the Academy viewing 15 minute clips from each of the short-listed films, with the top three honored with Oscar nominations on January 23. The Oscars take place on February 25, 2007. »

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Seven vie for VFX Oscar noms

17 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Seven films with sequences ranging from the spy-on-spy battles in Casino Royale to the superhero standoff in X-Men: The Last Stand are on the shortlist for Oscar nominations for best visual effects.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday announced the films that made the cut, earning further consideration as possible trophy contenders at the 79th Annual Academy Awards on Feb. 25.

They are Casino, Eragon, Night at the Museum, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Poseidon, Superman Returns and Last Stand.

Dead Man's Chest is the sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, which was nominated for the visual effects award in 2004.

As part of the next step in the nomination process, on Jan. 17, the Academy's visual effects award nominating committee will view 15-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films. Afterward, members will vote to nominate three films for Oscar consideration.

The nominations will be announced Jan. 23. »

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Fox promos drawn to 'Re-Animated'

7 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- 20th Century Fox will be the exclusive sponsor for Cartoon Network's first original live-action telefilm, Re-Animated, which premieres tonight, with extended movie trailers for the upcoming Fox features Eragon and Night at the Museum airing during limited commercial breaks.

Cartoon Network said that it will create custom introductory pieces for the trailers, and that its Web site will feature extensive promotional opportunities for Fox, including a Re-Animated game and microsite. The studio will sponsor Re-Animated podcasts featuring cast interviews and tours of the set. Fox also will supply exclusive video content for CartoonNetwork.com, including trailers and extended scenes from the films.

"This is a unique opportunity to create an organic, uncluttered environment for two anticipated films whose target audience is tuning into 'Re-Animated, ' " said John O'Hara, senior vp and general sales manager at Cartoon Network Ad Sales and Marketing.

Eragon, a fantasy adventure based on the novel by Christopher Paolini, opens Dec. 15. Museum, an action-adventure comedy starring Ben Stiller, opens Dec. »

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'Happy Feet' opening breaks Imax record

22 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

TORONTO -- Imax Corp. on Tuesday said Warner Bros. Pictures' Happy Feet danced its way to a record opening weekend of $2.4 million for a digitally-remastered animated movie unspooling on its giant screens.

Toronto-based Imax said the $2.4 million bow came from 79 large format screens, or a three-day per-screen average of approximately $30,000 from Friday to Sunday, Nov. 19.

"We are thrilled with the opening weekend success of Happy Feet in both conventional theatres and Imax theatres," Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution at Warner Bros. Pictures in a statement said of the combined $41.5 million gross for the animated movie this past weekend.

The record opening for Happy Feet marks a reversal for Imax, which recently posted disappointing numbers for Warner Bros.' Ant Bully.

Imax will next release 20th Century Fox's Night at the Museum before looking ahead to 2007 when it has the blockbusters Spiderman 3 from Sony and Warner Bros' Harry Potter 5 on its release slate.

Imax currently operates around 280 theaters in 40 countries. »

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'Happy Feet' opening breaks Imax record

21 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

TORONTO -- Imax Corp. on Tuesday said Warner Bros. Pictures' Happy Feet danced its way to a record opening weekend of $2.4 million for a digitally-remastered animated movie unspooling on its giant screens.

Toronto-based Imax said the $2.4 million bow came from 79 large format screens, or a three-day per-screen average of approximately $30,000 from Friday to Sunday, Nov. 19.

"We are thrilled with the opening weekend success of Happy Feet in both conventional theatres and Imax theatres," Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution at Warner Bros. Pictures in a statement said of the combined $41.5 million gross for the animated movie this past weekend.

The record opening for Happy Feet marks a reversal for Imax, which recently posted disappointing numbers for Warner Bros.' Ant Bully.

Imax will next release 20th Century Fox's Night at the Museum before looking ahead to 2007 when it has the blockbusters Spiderman 3 from Sony and Warner Bros' Harry Potter 5 on its release slate.

Imax currently operates around 280 theaters in 40 countries. »

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Imax will bring 'Museum' to life

26 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Taking advantage of the heavy concentration of Imax theaters located inside museums, 20th Century Fox will bow Night at the Museum on Imax screens Dec. 22, the same day it hits conventional theaters.

Directed by Shawn Levy, Museum stars Ben Stiller and Robin Williams and marks the third film the companies will partner on. Fox screened Robots on Imax in March 2005 as well as "Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones" in 2002.

" 'Night at the Museum' will look and sound incredible in Imax's immersive format, and we are excited to offer moviegoers a chance to experience this event motion picture in a unique and premium way," Fox president of domestic distribution Bruce Snyder said.

Museum centers on the goodhearted but unlucky Larry Daley (Stiller), who takes a job as a night watchman at a National History Museum that comes to life after all the patrons have left.

" 'Night at the Museum' is an excellent fit for the Imax theater network, which includes a large number of museums and institutions around the world," Imax Filmed Entertainment chairman and president Greg Foster said. "This holiday season, audiences will be able to experience the spectacle of the museum's magical exhibits coming to life in an immersive way that only the Imax experience can deliver."

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H'wood fest fetes Bullock, Cruz, Williams

14 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Robin Williams, Penelope Cruz and Sandra Bullock have been added to the list of honorees who will be feted at the 10th annual Hollywood Film Festival, the fest's founder and exec director Carlos de Abreu said Wednesday. At the kudos, to be bestowed Oct. 23 at the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony at the Beverly Hilton, Williams is set to receive the Hollywood Career Achievement Award. An Oscar winner as best supporting actor for his role in 1997's Good Will Hunting, Williams most recently starred in the dramatic thriller The Night Listener. He has three films about to open: Man of the Year, in which he plays a late-night talk show host who runs for president; the animated feature Happy Feet, in which he voices one of the penguins; and Night at the Museum, in which he will appear as Theodore Roosevelt opposite Ben Stiller. »

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'Wolverine' howls at Cine Expo

28 June 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

AMSTERDAM -- 20th Century Fox whetted European exhibitors' appetites for its planned X-Men spinoff Wolverine and got a little help from helmers Shawn Levy and David Frankel in touting their upcoming slate during a busy Day 2 at Cine Expo. The day also saw MPAA chairman and CEO Dan Glickman deliver an industry rallying cry on piracy and the presentation of the Nielsen EDI International Gold Reel Awards. Wolverine star Hugh Jackman made his pitch for the X-Men spinoff via video from his native Australia during the Gold Reel Awards luncheon. Fox followed that with an afternoon presentation highlighted by a product reel that featured up-coming comedies, including Levy's Night at the Museum, Frankel's The Devil Wears Prada and the Sacha Baron Cohen starrer Borat. Frankel and Levy were on hand to talk up their films as was Cohen, who showed up in character as Borat, a bumbling Kazakhstan TV reporter. »

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'Magick' act is Levy's first trick for Fox

23 March 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Shawn Levy and his 21 Laps Entertainment have scooped up their first project since setting up shop at 20th Century Fox. Levy and 21 Laps president Tom McNulty will produce Back Magick, a wish-fulfillment comedy being written by Sahara Lotti. The story centers on an unpopular boy who, in a misguided effort to improve his seemingly unspectacular life, makes a series of wishes during an eclipse. The wishes don't come true until 20 years later, disastrously upending his successful life. "It's a big-premise comedy that explores shifting priorities and the things that matter at various points in our lives," said Levy, speaking from the set of A Night at the Museum, which 21 Laps is co-producing with 1492 Prods. "It's about the absurdity of getting the things you want in childhood 20 years too late." »

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Top guns Rudin, Di Bonaventura bring pic to life

20 March 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

For the first time, the two top producing dogs at Paramount Pictures are teaming on a movie. Paramount has purchased film rights for high-six figures for screenwriter Charlie Fletcher's contemporary novel Stoneheart, which is scheduled for publication in September in the U.S. (Hyperion) and the U.K. (Hachette). Both Scott Rudin and Lorenzo di Bonaventura wanted to produce the movie, which has franchise potential; Fletcher plans to complete a trilogy. Paramount production co-president Alli Shearmur asked the two men to work together on the large-scale project, and they heartily agreed. "It's a great children's book, which Scott and I both read," di Bonaventura said. "We thought, 'This is the way to do 'The Wizard of Oz' in England.' We're setting our goals high." In Stoneheart, London statues of famous people come alive to re-enact their history -- much like 20th Century Fox's holiday comedy Night at the Museum, which brings animals and insects to life at New York's Museum of Natural History. "This is very Harry Potter," said di Bonaventura, who supervised that franchise when he was president of production at Warner Bros. Pictures. "It's scary when gargoyles come to life and soldiers in Trafalgar Square are still fighting battles. It's a very visual piece." »

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Top guns Rudin, Di Bonaventura bring pic to life

19 March 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

For the first time, the two top producing dogs at Paramount Pictures are teaming on a movie. Paramount has purchased film rights for high-six figures for screenwriter Charlie Fletcher's contemporary novel Stoneheart, which is scheduled for publication in September in the U.S. (Hyperion) and the U.K. (Hachette). Both Scott Rudin and Lorenzo di Bonaventura wanted to produce the movie, which has franchise potential; Fletcher plans to complete a trilogy. Paramount production co-president Alli Shearmur asked the two men to work together on the large-scale project, and they heartily agreed. "It's a great children's book, which Scott and I both read," di Bonaventura said. "We thought, 'This is the way to do 'The Wizard of Oz' in England.' We're setting our goals high." In Stoneheart, London statues of famous people come alive to re-enact their history -- much like 20th Century Fox's holiday comedy Night at the Museum, which brings animals and insects to life at New York's Museum of Natural History. "This is very 'Harry Potter,'" said di Bonaventura, who supervised that franchise when he was president of production at Warner Bros. Pictures. "It's scary when gargoyles come to life and soldiers in Trafalgar Square are still fighting battles. It's a very visual piece." »

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'Museum' instates Williams

27 January 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Robin Williams has signed on to play Theodore Roosevelt in the Ben Stiller starrer Night at the Museum for 20th Century Fox. Helmed by Shawn Levy, the big-budget, live-action/CG comedy centers on a night watchman (Stiller) at a museum of natural history who discovers that its many exhibits awaken at night under the spell of a pharaoh's tablet. The exhibit of President Roosevelt, who founded the American Museum of Natural History in New York, is one of those that comes to life. Carla Gugino, Kim Raver, Mickey Rooney, Dick Van Dyke and Bill Cobbs already have joined the cast. »

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Rooney and Van Dyke Set To Team with Stiller

27 January 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Veteran funnymen Mickey Rooney and Dick Van Dyke are set to return to the big screen to star in Ben Stiller's new comedy Night At The Museum. The pair will play security guards at New York City's famous Museum Of Natural History. In the film, Stiller will play a bumbling security guard who accidentally lets loose an ancient curse that causes the extinct animals and insects on display to come to life and wreak havoc. Director Shawn Levy is looking forward to filming inside the actual museum. He says, "We're going to shoot several days with Ben and several of the other cast members in New York and then we built the interior of a museum in Vancouver (Canada). This movie is a love letter to museums and museum culture." The family film will begin shooting this week and is scheduled for a holiday release in the US later this year. »

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Rooney, Van Dyke in 'Museum'

24 January 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Mickey Rooney and Dick Van Dyke are plotting their return to studio films, playing villains in Shawn Levy's family tentpole Night at the Museum for 20th Century Fox. Rooney and Van Dyke, along with Bill Cobbs (I Still Know What You Did Last Summer), will play security guards at the Museum of Natural History on the same detail as Ben Stiller's night watchman. Stiller's character discovers a magical pharaoh's tablet, but Van Dyke, playing the head of security who has worked at the museum for nearly 50 years, wants the tablet to stay young. Rooney is his colleague who, with Cobbs, helps Van Dyke's character with his nefarious schemes. Van Dyke's last appearance in a feature film was in 1990's Dick Tracy. He has spent the past 15 years working on Diagnosis Murder and its related TV movies. The actor, repped by WMA, also lends his voice to the upcoming ani film Curious George. »

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