MakingOf speaks with Stiller on career, directing

Ben Stiller offers some insights in a recent exclusive with the “behind-the-scenes Web portal” MakingOf, in which he discusses the differences between stage and screen performing, and his directorial methods.

See the interview below, and check out the excellent site, founded by Christine Aylward and Natalie Portman. The site’s mission is to “champion the art and craft of entertainment creation” and aims to give fans the opportunity to learn from the insiders.

And watch this fun interview with a future entertainment reporter, in which Stiller talks about his new film, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.

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Night at the Museum sequel opens in US

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) and Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams) face a battle so epic, it could only unfold in the corridors of the world’s largest museum and receptacle of human knowledge – the Smithsonian Institution.

This summer’s next big blockbuster, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, opens Friday across the US for the Memorial Day weekend. In this sequel to his hit 2006 film, Ben Stiller revisits the character of former night watchman Larry Daley, called back into action to protect the exhibits of America’s cultural storehouse, the Smithsonian.

This time around, in addition to returning stars Owen Wilson, Robin Williams, Steve Coogan and Ricky Gervais, the cast is rounded out by Amy Adams and Hank Azaria, along with Bill Hader and Christopher Guest. Plus, look for cameos from Jay Baruchel and Mindy Kaling.

Early reviews proclaim it fun family entertainment.

The movie premiered last week in DC and a week earlier in London, with Stiller and the cast making the rounds of the press circuit.

Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollwood believes that the movie will be a huge hit with families, projecting it to be the top grosser at the end of the long weekend, with $85M and proclaiming, “Museum 2 is likely to have summer legs.”

Selected movie reviews follow…

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Stiller at LA benefit for Writers In Treatment

Leonard Buschel, chair of the nonprofit Writer In Treatment, shared some images of Ben Stiller from his appearance at last month’s REEL Recovery Film Series.

On April 7, Ben helped kick off the series with his friend, Jerry Stahl, in whose 1998 film Permanent Midnight Stiller portrayed the writer as he falls deeper into drug addiction. Based on Stahl’s memoir, the film was lauded for Stiller’s realist depiction of substance abuse. The movie featured Owen Wilson as Stahl’s friend and Janeane Garofalo as his agent.

Writers In Treatment is an independent California non-profit public benefit corporation started by writers and substance abuse counselors in 2008. The program is funded by individual contributions, grants and fundraising events and projects.

For more information on the organization, see:

Ben Stiller on UK’s Friday Night with Jonathan Ross

Last week, Ben was across the pond, promoting his new film, and popped over to TV presenter Jonathan Ross’s chat show.

You can watch the interview following the jump, which starts with extensive footage from Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.

Towards the end of the chat, Stiller discusses one idea for a new Zoolander film: “Derek got hired to be a personal model for an Arab sheik, and then finds out that… models are being turned into oil. Like sort of a Soylent Green sort of a plot.” 

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Smithsonian hosts Night at the Museum 2 premiere in DC

Night at the Museum 2On May 14 (that’s tonight, folks!), the stars will be out at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum. The IMAX theater hosts the US premiere of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, with cast members Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais and Hank Azaria scheduled to appear.

DC-area fans can catch the actors on the red carpet outside the museum, along Jefferson Drive, starting after 6:00PM. Showing up before 5PM is recommended.

Twitter users can snag a four-pack of tickets for the May 21 sneak peak of the movie at the Smithsonian IMAX by replying to with answer to “Which Smithsonian object should come to life & why.” The deadline is tonight at 6PM EST.

Night at the Museum 2 premieres in London

Ricky Gervais and Ben Stiller
Ricky Gervais and Ben Stiller at NATM2 premiere

Tuesday evening, the new Ben Stiller led film Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian held its world premiere screening at Leicester Square in London.

Ben, along with co-star Ricky Gervais and Hank Azaria, was on hand to walk the red carpet (which was, truth be told, blue) among the adoring crowds.

UK news coverage:

Photo gallery of the London premiere after the jump…

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