Eigentlich ist "Nachtwächter im Naturhistorischen Museum" eine ziemlich gemütliche Art, Geld zu verdienen. Das dachte sich auch der ständig glücklose und gutherzige Träumer Larry (Ben Stiller, u.a. "Meine Braut, ihr Vater und ich"), als er den Job annahm. Obwohl Larry der festen Überzeugung ist, dass er für etwas Größeres bestimmt ist, hätte selbst er nicht etwas so "Großes" erwartet... Schon seine erste Schicht verläuft deutlich turbulenter als geahnt: denn durch einen unglücklichen Zufall erwachen die Exponate des Museums - darunter alte Mayas, Neandertaler, römische Gladiatoren, Cowboys, die epische Schlachten schlagen wollen, und natürlich das Gerippe eines T-Rex - plötzlich zum Leben. Zu Hilfe kommt Larry nur die Statue von Präsident Roosevelt (Robin Williams, u.a. "Jumanji"), der ihm helfen will, das heillose Durcheinander zu beseitigen und das Museum zu retten...
Access Hollywood meldet... The first two installments of "Night at the Museum," starring Ben Stiller, have brought in close to $1 billion worldwide at the box office, so it should come as no surprise that a third installment is in the works.
Funnyman Thomas Lennon, who co-wrote the first two films with Ben Garant, his former co-star in MTV’s seminal ‘90s sketch comedy show "The State," and later Comedy Central’s "Reno 911," suggested the third script is being written.
"How could you not? I think it’s a really outstanding idea to do ‘Night at the Museum 3,’ in fact," he told AccessHollywood.com on the red carpet at the "Pee-Wee Herman Show" at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.
"I wonder if someone’s not even already working on a script for that," he added with a raised eyebrow. "I cannot confirm that for a fact, but I cannot deny it for a fact either" It might be in the works."
And he suggested he is thinking about where the next film could be set.
"Here’s a little bit, [a] real quick spoiler alert - ‘Night at the Museum 3’ is set in the Liberace Museum," he said with a smile.
Variety.com berichtet über die US-Kinocharts... Twentieth Century Fox's sequel "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" won the domestic war against Warner Bros.' reboot "Terminator: Salvation" at the holiday box office.
"Museum 2" grossed an estimated $53.5 million from 4,096 theaters Friday through Sunday, while "T4" grossed an estimated $43 million from 3,530 runs. Opening Thursday to $13.4 million, "T4's" cume is $56.4 million.
Four-day totals for the long Memorial Day weekend won't be released until Monday. But even with Monday's grosses yet to be factored in, "Museum 2" appears to have the race sewn up.
Box observers had expected the contest between "Museum 2" and "T4" to be much closer, despite the fact that one is a family film, the other, a sci-fi actioner.
Benefiting from being the first family summer tentpole, "Museum 2" reps the best live action opening for a Ben Stiller pic.
Overseas, "Museum 2" also made a strong debut, grossing $50.1 million from 8,100 playdates in 93 markets. That puts the film's worldwide opening at roughly $103 million through Sunday. "Museum 2" came in No. 2 overseas, beat by Sony holdover "Angels and Demons" ($60.4 million).
"Museum 2" saw a boffo 30% jump Friday to Saturday. Also, 52% of the audience were non-family. Film was able to overcome a box office hit in Los Angeles and Denver as sports fans in both cities tuned in to the NBA basketball playoffs.
Sequel easily bested the $43 million opening of "Night at the Museum" over the Christmas holiday in 2006.
In a not-so-good sign for "T4," "Museum 2" beat it on Friday. Fan-driven pics usually do better on Fridays, while family films do bigger business on Saturday and Sunday. [...]
Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik von Capone... [...] The honest truth is, I laughed more than once during BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN, certainly more than I did watching the first NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM outing. And I'm not just saying that because a young Al Capone is one of the characters in the film. Still, for as many times as I laughed during this film, I sat in a field of awkwardly loud crickets for three times as long. Maybe when Larry and his friends invade the Hermitage Museum in Russia, they'll concentrate more on the funny and less on CGI. There are two or three Rubens paintings I'd love to see come to life, and the potential for Fabergé egg jokes are limitless. [...]
Heute startet "Nachts im Museum 2" in den deutschen Kinos...
Der 20th Century Fox PresseService meldet...
Die Filmbewertungsstelle Wiesbaden hat dem Film Nachts im Museum 2 das
Prädikat wertvoll erteilt. Das Prädikat der Jury wurde heute von der
Filmbewertungsstelle veröffentlicht und mit den folgenden Worten
"Nachts im Museum 2 ist eine Fortsetzung, der es gelingt ebenso
altersübergreifend zu unterhalten wie der erste Teil. Erfolgreiche
Gags wie die Affe-Larry-Ohrfeigensequenz werden nicht nur zitiert
sondern gekonnt gesteigert. Nachts im Museum 2 mag sicher mehr Action
als Weisheiten enthalten, der Grundtenor ist aber überraschend
unamerikanisch, unpatriotisch: Wir brauchen Helden, aber nicht um der
Helden willen, sondern um der Anliegen willen. Und Geld ist nicht
alles, persönliches Glück und die Verpflichtung zum Vorteil des
Allgemeinwohls werden ohne groben Holzhammer vorgetragen. Das sind
Kinoweisheiten, die man unbesorgt und gut unterhalten mit nach Hause
nehmen und eventuell ja sogar beherzigen kann." [...]
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MTV.com meldet... "Everything comes to life," "Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian" director Shawn Levy boasted to MTV News from the middle of an exact replica of the Air and Space Museum. "Everything."
But in reality, it’s not everything. There’s Amelia Earhart’s plane, and look, there’s Amelia Earhart (played by Amy Adams). There’s Hank Azaria as an Egyptian pharaoh. There’s the Wright Brother’s plane, and there’s the Wright Brothers (played by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon). There’s the Apollo 11 Lunar Module. There’s...wait a minute, just where are Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin?
Turns out, Levy wanted to include the pair but, in the end thought that even in a movie where everything comes to life, there are some things that just shouldn’t.
"We actually had a whole Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong thing, where we were going to have them get into a wrestling match at the door of the capsule, like who goes first," Levy said of a planned cameo from the lunar trotting pair. "But we thought it would be historically blasphemous!" [...]
SmithsonianMag.com wirft einen Blick auf die Unregelmässigkeiten im Sequel... ;-)
Amy Adams is in negotiations to star opposite Ben Stiller in 20th Century Fox's "Night at the Museum 2."
Pic kicks off when the artifacts from the Museum of Natural History are boxed up and sent to the archives at the Smithsonian in Washington. Adams will play an undetermined historical figure who has a crush on security guard Larry (Stiller).
Shawn Levy returns to helm the sequel, which has a U.S. release date set for May 22, 2009. [...]
Substantially rearranging its 2009 tentpole sked, 20th Century Fox will release "Night at the Museum 2: Escape From the Smithsonian" on May 22 and move back James Cameron's 3-D "Avatar" from the Memorial Day frame to Dec. 18, giving the helmer more time for post-production.
News reps the first official word that Fox is pushing ahead with a sequel to box office hit "Night at the Museum," directed by Shawn Levy and starring Ben Stiller, who will reteam on "Smithsonian." Sequel will be the first major Hollywood movie shot at the museum complex in Washington, D.C. [...]
Screenplay for "Smithsonian" was penned by "Night at the Museum" scribes Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, with a rewrite by Scott Frank. Levy will produce through his 21 Laps Entertainment, alongside 1492 Prods.' Chris Columbus.
Additional casting for "Smithsonian" will be announced in the coming weeks, with some actors from the first film expected to return. In bringing the Smithsonian museum to life, sequel also will introduce historical figures to the franchise, including Amelia Earhart, whom Reese Witherspoon has been approached to play.
"Night at the Museum," released last Christmas, grossed $252 million domestically and $323 million more overseas. [...]
Heute startet "Nachts im Museum" in den deutschen Kinos...
Beo AICN-Downunder gibt es eine Kritik... [...] Ricky Gervais is funny, even if he's rehashing his standard routine. I have no problem with him rehashing it, mind you, 'cos he's excessively awesome, but it seems very out-of-place here. Robin Williams is very good as Teddy Roosevelt, even if he's forced into an embarrassing, cookie-cutter plotline about being in love with one of the other wax sculptures but not being brave enough to tell her. Most of the stuff with Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan is pretty good, although they suffer from this lowest common denominator bullshit more than anyone.
Stiller's good, doing his everyman routine from MEET THE PARENTS, but doing it well. And this won't come as a huge surprise to anyone familiar with Shawn Levy's work, but a lot of the problems come with the direction. There are far, far too many moments where jokes don't work, and are then stretched out into comedy routines that don't work. It's astonishing to watch scenes fall flat on their face and then continue for another minute or so, as if the director forgot to yell "Cut!". [...]
Nachts im Museum DVD & Video
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