Photo courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox
Photo courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox
However, despite coming in second place, McG's effort to revive the popular sci-fi franchise is still a success, earning a solid $53.8 million. That's impressive considering Terminator's less-than-glowing reviews, as well as competition in the action-adventure genre from Star Trek, which came in third place.
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Some moms recognize Ben Stiller's voice in an instant as their children are fans of the Madagascar series and have the DVDs playing in constant rotation. The actor's more grown-up flicks tend to air after the youngsters have been tucked into bed so their parents can enjoy some comic relief.
The Hollywood funny man has spent most of his life entertaining audiences. His first television appearance was with his famous parents – comedic legends Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara – at the age of six. After several years on stage and then behind the camera – he directed and had roles in Reality Bites and The Cable Guy – Stiller became a box office star with There's Something About Mary and Meet the Parents. He now spends most of his time starring in feature films and cartoons like Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian, which opens this weekend.
Stiller, and his wife of nine years, actress Christine Taylor, have two children — Ella, 7, and Quinlin, 3, — and are big supporters of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation. Even in life's most serious situations, this sugardaddy keeps people laughing.
This critical darling won about a zillion awards, including a Best Actress Oscar for Helen Mirren, who plays Queen Elizabeth II. The drama follows the Royal Family in the aftermath of Princess Diana's tragic death in 1997. Michael Sheen plays Tony Blair while James Cromwell is impressive as Prince Philip. Like Best Actor comrade Forest Whitaker who won for his portrayal of a ruthless Ugandan dictator, Mirren earned accolades for her humanization of a public figure many people deemed cold and distant.
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The holidays are here which means hopefully you will have some time to relax and catch one of the many new films opening this week. There are so many good movies coming out this holiday season and a few that probably didn't need to be made. Which movie are you most excited to see?
In the midst of holiday movies that take themselves too seriously, Night at the Museum, which opens nationwide tomorrow, offers up an alternative fantasy world of fun that will tantalize your kids without putting you to sleep.
Ben Stiller stars as Larry Daley, a single father struggling to find success in his professional life. Facing eviction, Larry accepts a job as night guard at the museum of natural history in order to appease his disapproving wife and earn the affection of his 10-year-old son, Nick.
During his first night on the job, Larry discovers that the museum’s exhibits are under the curse of an ancient artifact, and as a result, come to life each night. He finds himself battling dinosaurs, angry Huns, miniature cowboys and Romans. Larry’s only saving grace is the help of a mannequin of Theodore Roosevelt. As the story progresses, Larry must find a balance between keeping the exhibits at bay, fending off the newly fired night guards, and proving himself to his son. To hear what I thought of the movie, read more
Night at the Museum opens this Friday, Dec. 22, starring Ben Stiller as a security guard at the Museum of Natural History. In keeping with nightmares/fantasies of children everywhere, the museum takes on a life of its own once the doors are locked at night. Ricky Gervais and Robin Williams also star, which is reason enough for me to look forward to this silly-humored, PG-rated romp. Tune in Friday for my review of the movie.
Ben Stiller premiered Night at the Museum this weekend at the Museum of Natural history in NYC. He also stopped by TRL to promote his family friendly flick. Ben chats it up about retiring his Tom Cruise impression, not being bipolar and his love for playing the drums. Here's more:
Q: Much as we love your wicked Tom Cruise impressions, we've gotta ask: Can you give the poor guy a break and lay off those for a little while?
A: I officially retired my Tom Cruise impression after Tom and I did this MTV thing for "Mission: Impossible II." I love Tom and Katie and we're friendly. I just do it for him in private now. We laugh at each other.
Q: I can understand if this is too personal a matter and you don't want to discuss it, but those reports on the Internet about your bipolar condition...
A: That's not true, and I'm happy to disprove that. It was said in jest in a GQ article, but it's haunted me forever. But for me, it's not like I can go around saying, "Hey, I'm not bipolar!" That'll be a great headline: 'I'm Not Bipolar.'
Q: Anything we may not know about Ben Stiller that you think we should? That's, y'know, true hopefully.
A: I like to play the drums a little bit, for fun. By myself, with headphones on. Like, I've got drums that no one else can hear except me. I don't want to make anybody suffer through that.
The new film opens December 22nd. For now, more of a grayer, goofy Ben talking about his Night at the Museum on TRL so read more
Ben Stiller made the premiere of Night at the Museum a family affair. The event took place at the Museum of Natural History in NYC which is where the film is set. In the movie Ben plays a security guard at the museum who discovers that the exhibits around him come to life after dark. There was no shortage of kids on hand at the event and co-star Robin Williams even showed up on horseback in character as Teddy Roosevelt to entertain them all. The film opens December 22nd.
Is it me or does Ben and his wife Christine look like they just went tanning? Other cuties at the event include Paul Rudd, Adrien Grier. To see more pics of all of them and Anne Meara, Mizuo Peck, Lorne Michaels, Shawn Levy, Ricky Gervais, Michael Imperioli, Jake Cherry and Robin Williams just read more