Night at the Museum Star: Robin Williams Helped Me Score A Date To Prom

Robin Williams Prom

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Skyler Gisondo Robin Williams Prom Date

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Robin Williams helped countless people throughout his life and career, and one of the last things he did in the months before he died was help one young co-star score a prom date.

Skyler Gisondo, who plays Ben Stiller’s son in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, tells The Hollywood Reporter that he was filming the movie with Stiller and Williams earlier this year when it came close to prom time. As his friends at home secured dates, the high school senior decided try something no one else could: getting the actors to appear in a video asking a girl to the dance.

“All morning, Robin was pitching more ideas,” recalls Gisondo. He was saying ‘Can I say this? Would it be appropriate to say this?’ You’re Robin Williams. You can say whatever you want!” The teen further remembers, “It turned into this three minute, ridiculous thing. A prom-posal. I realized that was the most awesome three minutes of my life and I’ve accepted it will go downhill from there.”

Gisondo not only won over his date, but now he has an extra personal memory of Williams, who committed suicide in August. “Robin was this bottomless reservoir of kindness and hilarity. It was just so special to work so closely with this guy who’s movies I’ve grown up with and watch his preparedness and his kindness,” he tells THR.

24 Times Polar Bears Were The Party Animals Of The Animal Kingdom

Snow doubt, these guys know how to turn up.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is a polar bear. Wait, turn around. TURN. AROUND.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is a polar bear. Wait, turn around. TURN. AROUND.

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Polar bears are like regular bears, except they have white fur, live in the Arctic, and always act like they're the drunkest kid at the party.

Polar bears are like regular bears, except they have white fur, live in the Arctic, and always act like they're the drunkest kid at the party.

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Like, this polar bear looks like it took one too many shots of tequila.

Like, this polar bear looks like it took one too many shots of tequila.

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"Oh hot damn look at my party hat!"

"Oh hot damn look at my party hat!"

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‘Hobbit’ Goes Out On Top With $90.6 Million 5-Day Debut – ARTICLE

While Hollywood continued to wrestle with the fallout of the Sony hacking scandal, the weekend box office offered the solace of a moviegoing truism: Hobbits sell.

Peter Jackson’s final installment of his six J.R.R. Tolkien adventures, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” debuted with $56.2 million over the weekend and $90.6 million since opening Wednesday, according to studio estimates Sunday. For an industry reeling from the cancellation of “The Interview” and terrorist threats against moviegoers, Middle-earth offered reliable refuge.

Aided by popularity on Imax screens, “The Battle of the Five Armies” dominated the pre-Christmas frame with a five-day haul similar to the franchise’s previous entry, “The Desolation of Smaug,” even if its actual debut weekend was notably less than both prior “Hobbit” movies. In its second week of release overseas, Warner Bros.’ “Five Armies” added $105.5 million to bring its two-week global total past $350 million.

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Another final installment in a trilogy, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” opened in a distant second place. The Fox comedy, which features Robin Williams’ final performance, took in $17.3 million, well off the pace of previous franchise entries. The franchise’s previous debut was $54.2 million for 2009’s “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.”

Sony Pictures, which on Wednesday shelved the Dec. 25 release of the North Korea satire “The Interview” following hacker threats of violence against theaters showing the film, unveiled its other holiday option. The studio’s “Annie” remake, starring Quvenzhane Wallis as the titular orphan, opened with $16.3 million.

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