At the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, Ben Stiller will be getting the Generation Award — MTV’s “lifetime achievement” recognition.
“I am honored to be getting the Generation Award,” Stiller said. “I was given my first show at MTV and also canceled for the first time.”
Stiller has had a long and storied history with MTV: in 1990, he hosted the proto-version of The Ben Stiller Show, which ran for a dozen episodes on the network, and later evolved into the better-known version on FOX, going on to launch the careers of a generation of creative performers (including the show’s co-creator and writer Judd Apatow.)
Since then, Stiller has continued the tradition of sketch comedy, regularly appearing in spoofs during various award shows on MTV and its Viacom-owned sister networks VH1 and Nickelodeon, notably launching the character of Derek Zoolander for VH1′s Fashion Awards show in 1996 and 1997.
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.”
On 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 http://twitter.com/smithsonianimax with answer to “Which Smithsonian object should come to life & why.” The deadline is tonight at 6PM EST.
Ben Stiller has been tapped to replace Mark Ruffalo in the upcoming film Greenberg, from writer/director Noah Baumbach.
Ruffalo has recently been dealing with the sudden death of his brother.
The project is being kept under wraps, but apparently is a relationship comedy/drama, according to producer Scott Rudin. Baumbach is known for his previous production, The Squid and the Whale, based on his childhood experiences.