Ok so I admit that I never saw Night at the Museum, which may well render me unqualified to write about the news that Christopher Guest will appear in the sequel -- yes there's gonna be a sequel -- playing Ivan the Terrible. I am, however, qualified to speculate on whether or not Guest -- whose work in such gems as This Is Spinal Tap and Waiting for Guffman has placed him among the retinue of modern day comic geniuses -- is, like totally selling out or if he's pulling a Colbert in The Love Guru, i.e. elevating cinematic dreck to a higher plane by virtue of his involvement. It's a toughie. Could be he's doing both.
Disney's in the news today. Variety reports that the Mouse went to China recently and came back with a deal for "rights in all territories" for a new family-friendly pic. Not to be outdone by DreamWorks and Jack Black's admittedly impressive kung fu, Disney will offer its own panda fare to satisfy your "aww, isn't that sweet" tooth. The live-action Touch of the Panda is the story of an orphaned boy who rescues a young panda. Did I say "sweet"? Your overpriced theater Milk Duds will taste like lemons and battery acid by comparison!