We don't really have to start campaigning for truth-of-narrative warning labels on historical movies, do we?
After all, the recent The Young Victoria and the upcoming The Last Station — the latter about the turmoil at the end of Leo Tolstoy's life — may take a few dramatic liberties with the facts, but all in all, they remain faithful to the lives of their subjects. And anyway, most people are smart enough to know that these things aren't meant to be documentaries; one should enjoy the show, without taking it all at face value.
Nevertheless, there's taking liberties, and then there's throwing the encyclopedia madly out the window. We've decided as a public service to compile a list of movies where the portrayal of historical figures has strayed significantly far from actual history. Read Top 10 Least Trustworthy Historical Figures in Movies, or embarrass yourself at parties later. Posted 01.14.10 by reelz
Ben Stiller returns as Larry Daley, the bumbling-but-loveable night security guard at the Museum of Natural History from Night at the Museum. This time around, Daley has given up his night job to become an inventor. But, when his diminutive friends are shipped off to the Smithsonian Institution, it's Daley to the rescue!
Shawn Levy produces and directs Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, with Owen Wilson and Robin Williams reprising their roles as Jedediah and Teddy Roosevelt, respectively. The film also stars Amy Adams as Amelia Earhart, Hank Azaria as Pharaoh Kahmunrah, and Christopher Guest as Ivan the Terrible.
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian is the first movie ever granted permission to film in the Smithsonian complex. In addition to the all-star cast, there are famous paintings, statues, historical figures, and pop-culture icons galore -- from August Rodin's The Thinker to Star Wars' Darth Vader. Posted 05.08.09 by BrentJS
The headline could read: "Imperial Intergalactic Tyrant Joins Forces with Local Bum on Children's TV Show." Earlier this morning, we got word that Anakin Skywalker's worse half appears with Oscar the Grouch in the newly released trailer for Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. Watch as Darth and Oscar listen to Hank Azaria commenting on the mega-villain's breathing habits. Posted 04.30.09 by reelz
Well, at least it will keep him away from the movies for a few. Once-funny man Robin Williams has announced that he'll be gracing the Great White Way with his no-longer-funny presence. He'll be bringing his one-man show "Weapons of Self-Destruction" to Broadway from April 28 to May 3.
While Williams has been on a 80-city tour with the show, that, unfortunately, doesn't mean he doesn't have any movies coming out. He'll still be terrorizing the multiplex this year in Old Dogs and the Night at the Museum sequel. Oh well, at least there's no Patch Adams sequel in the works. Posted 03.02.09 by reelz
A report at Variety lists which movie trailers we'll be seeing at this year's Superbowl.
Confirmed for this year's roster are high-profile titles like Paramount's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Star Trek and G.I. Joe; Sony's Angels & Demons; DreamWorks Animation's Monsters vs. Aliens; and Universal's Land of the Lost and its fourth installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise. Disney is also planning to use the game to raise the profile for Pixar's next toon, Up, while a Wolverine spot is likely from Fox.
As of this report, warring studios Fox and Warner Bros. haven yet bought space. This is an interesting development since both have some big titles being produced in 2009 such as Watchmen, Wolverine, Night at the Museum 2, Terminator Salvation, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to name but a few.
One has to wonder if the much-publicized legal dispute between the studios is having some effect on their ability to buy advertising.
Keep it right here, where we'll have the Superbowl trailers and highlights when available. Posted 01.09.09 by reelz