November 14, 2013 | Posted by Alfonso Espina
Skyler Gisondo, 17, has landed a lead role as Ben Stiller‘s son in Shawn Levy’s “Night At The Museum 3,” according to a report by The Wrap. He also joins returning star Robin Williams as Teddy Roosevelt and Dan Stevens as Lancelot.
Other than the fact that it will be set in London, England, the plot details for “Night at the Museum 3″ are still being kept secret. However, as seen with the previous two films in the series, you can expect Stiller’s museum security guard Larry Daley to have more crazy adventures with various historical figures.
It’s also important to note that Jake Cherry played the role of Daley’s son Nicky in both 2006′s “Night at the Museum” and 2009′s “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.” In addition, he voiced the role in the film’s video game. The reason for why he is not returning remains unknown.
Production Weekly reports that filming for “Night at the Museum 3″ is set to begin in February of next year in both Vancouver and London. The film is scheduled for a December 25, 2014 release date in North America and followed a day later by the U.K.
Gisondo is no stranger to being on set of big budget films. He previously played Howard Stacy, Gwen Stacy’s (Emma Stone) younger brother in last year’s “The Amazing Spider-Man.” He has also had previous roles in Jake Kasdan’s “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” Rob Zombie’s “Halloween” and Seth Gordon’s “Four Christmases.” In addition to reprising his role as Howard for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″, he will also be seen as the lead Sean Nalaboff’s romantic comedy “Hard Sell.”
November 8, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Dan Stevens continues to make the most of his post-”Downton Abbey” time, now booking a major role in threequel “Night at the Museum 3.” Deadline reports Stevens will play Lancelot – like out of Arthurian legend – opposite Ben Stiller as security guard turned entrepreneur (turned security guard again?) Larry Daley.
The third installment in the family-friendly comedy/action franchise will see Stiller’s Larry across the pond, dealing with museum exhibits at the London Museum coming to life. Somehow his old buddy Theodore Roosevelt – well, a statue of him, anyway – played by Robin Williams also gets shipped over too, so I’m betting we can expect other familiar faces like Owen Wilson’s tiny cowboy and Rami Malek’s ancient Egyptian pharaoh Ahkmenrah to make an appearance too. Lancelot is described as a pivotal role. I just hope he’ll have a Guinevere! Filming under Shawn Levy is expected to begin in early 2014.
Stevens, who played the key role of Matthew Crawley for three seasons on hit series “Downton Abbey,” was most recently seen in Bill Condon’s Wikileaks film “The Fifth Estate” opposite Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Bruhl. He’s also wrapped crime thriller “A Walk Among the Tombstones” with Liam Neeson and indie thriller “The Guest” with Maika Monroe.
September 20, 2013 | Posted by Alyssa Pando
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Busy rising star Brady Corbet has recently taken on two new projects, reports Deadline. He joins Ben Stiller, Amanda Seyfried, Naomi Watts and Adam Driver in Noah Baumbach’s ensemble comedy “While We’re Young,”, and will star in HBO miniseries “Olive Kitteridge” opposite Frances McDormand.
Baumbach’s new comedy is about an uptight documentary filmmaker and his wife (Stiller and Watts) who learn toloosen up after befriending a free-spirited younger couple (Seyfried and Driver). No word on Corbet’s role there but in “Olive Kitteridge” he will play Henry Thibodeau, husband to Zoe Kazan’s character. The miniseries centers around a seemingly peaceful New England town harboring scandals and crime beneath its calm surface. John Gallagher, Jr. and Jesse Plemons also star.
Most known for his roles in “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and last year’s “Simon Killer,” Corbet recently wrapped production on indie dramas “Paradise Lost” opposite Josh Hutcherson and Benicio del Toro, “Sils Maria” opposite Juliette Binoce and Kristen Stewart and French drama “Eden” opposite Greta Gerwig. His other credits include “Melancholia,” and TV’s “24.”
May 23, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Confirming earlier reports, Amanda Seyfried is now in final negotiations to join Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts and Adam Driver in Noah Baumbach’s long-gestating next film, “While We’re Young”, according to The Wrap.
The film is about two couples, an older, uptight married one comprised of a documentary filmmaker (Stiller) and his wife (Watts) who find their lives turned upside down when they befriend a free-spirited younger couple, to be played by Driver and Seyfried. Filming will take place in New York this fall should everything come together, though it should be noted this project has been on and off for years, with other actors like Jesse Eisenberg and James Franco in Driver’s role, and frequent Baumbach collaborator Greta Gerwig in Seyfried’s.
Last seen as Cosette in Tom Hooper’s Oscar-winning adaptation of musical “Les Miserables”, Seyfried also earned acclaim at Sundance this year, where her titular “Lovelace” premiered to mostly rave reviews. She’s currently filming Seth MacFarlane’s Western comedy “A Million Ways to Die in the West” opposite Charlize Theron and has recently signed on to a string of films, including sci-fi adaptation “Z for Zachariah” with Chris Pine and true life family drama “Three Little Words” opposite Reese Witherspoon.
July 23, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Comedy heavyweights Shawn Levy, Nicholas Stoller, Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill are joining forces on a new comedy for Fox, according to THR. Still in the development stage, Still and Hill are attached to star, Stoller in negotiations to write the screenplay and Levy attached to direct. Levy, Stiller and Hill will also act as producers.
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but it’s being described as an island-set comedy, with “Aloha” heavily suggesting that island is probably Hawaii. Reunions abound on the film, as Stoller and Hill have worked on a Hawaiian-set comedy before in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”, while Levy directed Stiller in “Night at the Museum” and Hill and Stiller co-star in the upcoming “The Watch.”
Newly minted Oscar nominee Hill has unexpectedly become as serious talent to watch as he begins mixing in more prestige projects with his usual comedic fare. After landing a nom for Best Supporting Actor for playing it serious opposite Brad Pitt in Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball”, Hill quickly signed on to work for heavyweight directors like Martin Scorsese on “The Wolf of Wall Street” and Quentin Tarantino on “Django Unchained.” He’s also attached to courtroom drama “True Story” opposite James Franco, while still maintaining future comedic projects, including the sequel to “21 Jump Street” with Channing Tatum.
February 10, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Longtime comedian and award season breakout star Patton Oswalt is enjoying something of a higher profile in Hollywood following a tremendous role opposite Charlize Theron in Jason Reitman’s divisive dark comedy “Young Adult.” And what comes with a higher profile? Higher profile roles, of course! Variety reports Oswalt has joined the cast of Ben Stiller’s remake of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, also starring Kristen Wiig, who had something of a breakout year herself after co-writing and starring in “Bridesmaids.”
Stiller is directing and also starring in the remake of the 1974 comedy, which was based on a 1939 short story that appeared in The New Yorker. Stiller plays the title character, a timid LIFE Magazine employee who develops pictures of other people having adventures. When an important negative goes missing, he gets to play hero and maybe get the girl (Wiig). Oswalt plays Todd, an eHarmony counselor who helps Mitty set up a dating profile and Shirley MacLaine is also on board as Mitty’s mom. Filming begins in April.
Oswalt, a longtime series regular on Kevin James sitcom “The King of Queens”, came close to Oscar this year when he played the sarcastic foil to Theron’s hot mess in “Young Adult” (he was just honored for that performance with a Virtuosos Award last weekend at the Santa Barbara Film Festival). He can be seen opposite Steve Carell and Keira Knightley in this summer’s apocalyptic comedy “Seeking a Friend at the End of the World” and with Anton Yelchin and Willem Defoe in “Odd Thomas.”
September 15, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
“Saturday Night Live” alum Will Forte has joined the ever-growing comedic ensemble cast of “Neighborhood Watch”, reports THR. Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn lead the alien invasion comedy along with a cast that also includes Jonah Hill, Rosemarie DeWitt, “Submarine” director Richard Ayoade and most recently, “Red State” star Nicholas Braun.
The Lonely Island’s Akiva Schaffer directs the film about a group of bored suburbanites who form a neighborhood watch group as a front for male bonding and inadvertently stumble across an alien plot to destroy the world. Forte’s character will be Sergeant Bressman, perhaps indicating he will not be one of the dads but rather be involved in some sort of law enforcement subplot.
Forte, a prolific writer and producer, has worked on series including “Late Show with David Letterman”, “3rd Rock from the Sun” and “That ’70s Show.” As a veteran of “SNL” since 2002, he has stayed close with the tight-knit group of comedians, often appearing in other cast members’ projects, including “30 Rock” with Tina Fey and “Parks and Recreation” with Amy Poehler. An attempt to capitalize on one of his SNL personas – the hapless “MacGruber” – as a feature film failed in 2010, but Forte’s film career is still on the rise. He’ll be seen opposite fellow SNL alum Andy Samberg and Adam Sandler in next year’s “I Hate You, Dad” and had a role written especially for him in Adam Shankman’s upcoming musical “Rock of Ages.”
September 12, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Nicholas Braun seems to have a knack for joining ragtag teams of misfits. The star of Kevin Smith’s “Red State” and Disney’s “Prom” has signed on to be part of Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn’s “Neighborhood Watch”, reports Variety. Directed by the Lonely Island’s Akiva Schaffer, the film follows a group of bored suburban dwellers who form a neighborhood watch group and stumble upon an alien invasion plot. Jonah Hill and Rosemarie DeWitt are also part of the comedic cast.
Braun hit it off with Smith on “Red State” and has subsequently been cast as the lead in the director’s two-part hockey comedy “Hit Somebody.” He recently appeared in “Chalet Girl” opposite Felicity Jones and wrapped up a supporting role on “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” with Emma Watson and Logan Lerman. He has one of the two leads in Lionsgate’s currently filming comedy “Gay Dude.”
August 17, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Increasingly in demand funnyman Jonah Hill is in talks to star join Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn in alien invasion comedy “Neighborhood Watch”, reports Vulture. Directed by the Lonely Island’s Akiva Schaffer, the film follows a group of bored suburban dwellers who form a neighborhood watch group and stumble upon an alien invasion plot. Rosemarie DeWitt also recently joined the cast.
Vulture cautions negotiations with Hill may not fall perfectly into place. In Hill’s favor, his good buddies and fellow Appatow alums Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg wrote the screenplay. Against: his rising pricetag, which has grown even higher in light of baseball drama“Moneyball” testing extremely well. “Neighborhood Watch” has a set budget of $90 million, a good chunk of which has already been partitioned off for arguably bigger stars Stiller and Vaughn, and for special effects.
Hill, who broke out in 2007′s “Superbad” alongside Michael Cera and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, recently completed the reboot of “21 Jump Street” opposite Channing Tatum. He’ll take his first foray into awards season opposite Brad Pitt in “Moneyball”, which will have its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next month. Then it’s a return to raunchy comedy in “The Sitter”, opening in December.