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The first promo for Night At The Museum follow-up Battle Of The Smithsonian has arrived, and you can watch it below. It’s been rescued from its original location – lodged deep within an advert for McDonald’s Happy Meals. To avoid the sproglets in your family suddenly getting overcome with the urge for greasy nuggets, it’s presented here in full. The film finds Ben Stiller’s Larry Daley infiltrating the Smithsonian in Washington to rescue miniature mates Octavius (Steve Coogan) and Jebediah (Owen Wilson)... .
For reasons only clear to a few possibly baked executives at Fox, the first trailer for the Ben Stiller starring sequel Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian premiered on a McDonald's related website (happy meal toy tie-ins, perhaps?) but that shouldn't distract you from the trailer's all-around weirdness and disturbing lack of funny. Stiller once again plays security guard Larry Daley, only this time he finds himself racing to the Smithsonian to save some pals from his old museum »
- Omar Aviles
Amy Adams is to lead the cast of 20th Century Fox's The Ten Best Days Of My Life. Based on Adena Halpern's novel, the story centres on a woman who dies and must earn her place in heaven by recalling her ten best days. Director Shawn Levy, who worked with Adams on the upcoming Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, suggested that the pair team up for Ten Best Days when he saw her reading Halpern's novel. (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
Amy Adams is planning to star in Fox’s adaptation of Adena Halpern’s novel The 10 Best Days Of My Life. Variety reports that the studio is developing the pic as a vehicle to play a woman who dies and heads off to heaven, only to be told she’ll have to settle for a lower level of paradise unless she proves herself by recounting her 10 best days. Shawn Levy is potentially taking the director’s chair after working with Adams on Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian – which is also where a coincidence... .
Amy Adams has signed on to star in The Ten Best Days Of My Life, an adaptation of the Adena Halpern novel about a woman who dies and goes to heaven. So far, so apparently ultra-depressing, but there’s a twist: when she gets to Heaven, she faces being downgraded to a lesser form of Paradise unless she can recount the ten best days of her life. Flashbacks ahoy! The movie will see Adams reteam with Shawn Levy, who directed her in the forthcoming Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, in which she plays Amelia Earhart. In fact, Levy is actually a longtime friend of Halpern’s, and the project got moving when he saw Adams reading the book on set one day. "I told her I knew the writer, she said she was loving the book, and I asked her if we should try to do this together, »
The Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa premiere was a rain-drenched affair, despite all efforts to conjure the illusion of sun-soaked Africa. Surrounded by larger than life comedy penguins and a giant, cuddly (if a little square headed) Alex the lion, stars of the film Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett-Smith took time out to walk the green carpet and talk about the film.Stiller was first to shed some light on his animal alter-ego: “Alex is from New York, I’m from New York, he’s a performer, which I can identify with. He’s a better dancer than I am though. Plus he’s got better hair than I do.”Next up for Stiller is another sequel, this time with Night At The Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian. He is confident that, like Madagascar, that film could go on to see a third instalment, saying: “I’m really »
Now, one of the better Ben Stiller movies as late was Tropic Thunder. On of the other ones was a film called Night At The Museum, which made a bagillion dollars at the international box-office, which pretty much guaranteed it a sequel. Well, that sequel is 'in the can' as Hollywood folk say, and is winging its way to cinemas soon. The full title for the movie is Night At The Museum 2: Night At The Smithsonian. As you may be able to tell from the title, the gig takes place at the Smithsonian museum in Washington D.C.
Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan all return, along with new additions to the cast in the form of Amy Adams, Christopher Guest, Jonah Hill, Hank Azaria, Bill Hader, Ed Helms, Craig Robinson and Eugene Levy.
USA Today have provided the world with a first »
We have some new images from Ben Stiller’s return to the his watchman position in Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian. This time around, Larry must find his artefact friends Octavius (Steve Coogan) and Jedediah (Owen Wilson) who have been taken to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC by mistake. Ricky Gervais reprises his role as Dr. McPhee and Dick Van Dyke is back as Cecil. Other crazy characters in the new museum include Amelia Earhart played by Amy Adams, Hank Azaria as Kah Mun Rah, Ivan the Terrible played by Spinal Tap’s Christopher Guest, and Napoleon Dynamite’s Bill Hader as General George Armstrong Custer. Also popping up to scupper Larry’s plans are Napoleon and Al Capone.Click the image above to view the full gallery on USAToday.com Night At The Museum 2: Battle Of The Smithsonian is out in May 2009. »
I've gone on the record as saying Night At The Museum was as unfunny a comedy I've ever seen. Yet I look at the upcoming sequel - Night At The Museum 2: Escape From The Smithsonian - and I can't help but be intrigued. Perhaps it's because they've somehow assembled an insanely talented and funny cast that makes me wonder how they could possibly screw it up. In addition to stars Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan, who are returning from the original »
- Mike Sampson
I can't say that anything about Bedtime Stories, the upcoming Adam Sandler family comedy, interests me much at all. There's a cartoonish CGI hamster in there for some reason, which I don't get at all. But then again this is just a Disney-fied version of Night At The Museum (another holiday family comedy starring a comedy superstar), a movie I absolutely abhorred. Night At The Museum, however, made a crapload of money and they're already filming a sequel so... Yahoo! Movies has debuted the »
- Mike Sampson
Owen Wilson has been sticking with the funny on-screen for a while, but is he ready to mix it up with a bit of hemoglobin? According to Bloody Disgusting, Wilson and his miracle nose will star in a horror-comedy called BLOOD BROTHERS, described only as a "buddy comedy about a man and a vampire". No word on whether Wilson will wear the extended incisors, or who his (possibly undead) chum will be. Wilson, who'll next be seen in the NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM sequel, is also producing the »
- Dave Davis
Brit comic Ricky Gervais hasn't really completely broken through in the Us, but if you've seen his wry, squirm-inducing style on the UK "The Office" or "Extras" (or the scenes he stole in movies like Stardust and A Night At The Museum) then you know he's due. Gervais hits screens soon in Ghost Town, playing a man whose near-death experience leaves him with the undesired ability to see apparitions, and he's making his feature directing debut with the ensemble comedy This »
- Dave Davis
Coogan claims Stiller hunted him down and convinced him to star in 2006 film Night at the Museum - after getting hooked on the Brit's character Alan Partridge, a failed TV presenter.
The 42-year-old also appears in Stiller's latest movie Tropic Thunder.
Coogan explains his big break, "He tracked me down in the U.K. and said he wanted to work with me. He'd become slightly obsessed with Alan Partridge for a period, which in America is quite odd." »
Tina Fey and Steve Carrell have signed up to appear in comedy Date Night. According to Variety, the film follows the story of a couple's ordinary date night that turns out to be "much more than just dinner and a movie". Night At The Museum director Shawn Levy will helm the project, while Josh Klausner will pen the script. Speaking about the film, Levy said: "I (more) »
- By Alex Fletcher
1 July 2008 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
"Museum" was a boxoffice success for Fox, grossing $574 million worldwide. With the Smithsonian as the centerpiece, the studio and Levy kicked the current production up a notch by getting the rare chance to film portions of the movie in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington.
The film is shooting in Vancouver, with a behind-the-scenes team that includes director of photography John Schwartzman ("Pearl Harbor"), editors Don Zimmerman and Dean Zimmerman ("Rush Hour 3"), production designer Claude Pare ("The Aviator") and costume designer Marlene Stewart ("Tropic Thunder"). »
- By Leslie Simmons
Give that guy his blue ribbon.
Writer John Sullivan has sold his family adventure spec Science Fair to Disney for $275,000 against $575,000. With echoes of Night at the Museum, the screenplay centers on a science fair where all of the kids' projects -- think papier-mache volcanos and fungus -- come to life.
Energy Entertainment is partnering with Broken Road Prods.' Todd Garner and Sean Robins, who helped develop the script. Broken Road and Energy recently teamed on the sale of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, written by Adam Sachs, to Lionsgate.
Producing deals on Science Fair still are being negotiated.
Sullivan, who is repped by ICM and Energy, hatched the idea with manager Jake Wagner last year during a late-night Hollywood brainstorming/drinking session.
"I grew up on stuff like 'Explorers' and 'Goonies' and 'Weird Science, ' " said Sullivan, whose mother teaches sixth grade. »
Smithsonian officials spent six months negotiating with film bosses and reading through the script before giving the Ok.
The studio heads also had to pay upwards of $500,000 (GBP250,000) to `rent out' the Smithsonian's National Air + Space Museum for Night At The Museum: Escape from The Smithsonian.
Filming, featuring Stiller and Amy Adams, begins this week (beg19May08). In the hit 2006 movie, Stiller played a hapless security guard working the nightshift at a magical museum, where the exhibits come to life. »
Parker had been vice chairman of Fox since 2007, prior to which he was president. He joined the company in 1995 and oversaw the roll out of such hits as the X-Men trilogy, Night at the Museum, Borat, The Day After Tomorrow and Dodgeball, among others.
Regency is hoping Parker will help take company to "new heights," which among other things will mean the creation of a bankable franchise. Regency, a production and finance company owned by Arnon Milchan in which Fox has a stake in, has had its share of hits in the form of the recent What Happens in Vegas as well as Alvin and the Chipmunks and the monster smash Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but it has yet to master the art of the movie series. It's latest attempt, Jumper, didn't get gain much height at the box office. »
12 February 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The actor has joined the cast of Fox's Night at the Museum 2: Escape From the Smithsonian, playing an all-powerful Egyptian pharaoh named Kah Mun Rah.
Shawn Levy is directing a script penned by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon. Scott Frank wrote the most recent draft. Levy's 21 Laps Entertainment and 1492 Pictures' Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe are producing.
Year One, Apatow's next comedy project as producer, is set in biblical times and stars Jack Black and Michael Cera. Harold Ramis, who appeared in a small role in Apatow's Knocked Up, is directing. Ramis is co-producing and penned the script with Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. Owen Wilson is executive producing.
Azaria will conclude his Broadway run in The Farnsworth Invention on March 2. »
1 February 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
George will supervise creative campaigns for the firm's theatrical releases, a role that encompasses trailers as well as television and print advertising.
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