Australian movie magazine FILMINK speaks with Ben Stiller about his career and new film in their latest issue. Included are some revealing tidbits, such as Stiller’s admission at being socially awkward and unpopular as a teen. Check out the interview below. Filmink can be found on newstands in Australia, or purchased through the site Filmink.com.au.
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 MakingOf.com, 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.
Thanks to Nicoletta for the tip!
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…
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.
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:
- ITN (video, 3 min.)
- ITN (video, 2:12)
- The Sun
- BBC Radio 1 (RealPlayer audio, Lunch with Edith Bowman)
- BBC Radio 5 (audio, 2:45, via The Guardian)
- Empire Online
- Hello Magazine
- Showbiz.Sky.com (video, 1min)
Photo gallery of the London premiere after the jump…