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SHOOT: Ben Stiller’s NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB Starts Filming Here With 80-Something Legend Dick Van Dyke

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So Night at the Museum’s Cecil (Dick Van Dyke) has retired to Yaletown House in Vancouver. The third installment in the billion-dollar franchise filmed scenes today of Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) visiting Cecil in what is likely meant to be a New York area retirement home.  Is it too much to ask for more on-screen dancing from the 80-something Van Dyke?

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Ben Stiller invited the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins star to cameo in the first Night at the Museum after revisiting the Van Dyke classics with his young daughter at home.

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb crew filled the inner courtyard at Yaletown House with SPFX slush to match New York City-set scenes shot in Central Park earlier this month.

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That’s a lot of set chairs for two cast.

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Ben Stiller leaves set after wrap.

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In Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, exhibits come to life in London’s British Museum. Sir Lancelot (Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens) and an Egyptian pharaoh (Sir Ben Kingsley) are two who will be revived by a magic tablet to the consternation of a London night guard (Rebel Wilson).  Somehow the old gang –Larry Daley (Ben Stiller), his boss Dr. McPhee (Ricky Gervais), Jedediah (Owen Wilson), Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams) and a recast Nicky Daley (Skyler Gisondo) – end up in this most of august of British institutions as well.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb kicked off its four or five month  shoot with several days of filming in London at the real British Museum followed by a couple of days in and around the American Museum of Natural History and Central Park in New York City with Larry Daley (Stiller) and son (Gisondo) spotted in the park.

Related: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Films in the real British Museum in London.

Meanwhile, Vancouver crew has been building a small part of the British Museum — some kind of entranceway —  behind the University of British Columbia’s CHEM building.

Related: British Museum set at the University of British Columbia.

But the bulk of production will be filmed on a replica of the British Museum on a Burnaby soundstage.

Director Shawn Levy.

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UPDATE: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb filmed the next day, February 18th, in Vancouver’s Kerrisdale Seniors Centre. More Cecil (Dick Van Dyke)? Or maybe a little Gus (Mickey Rooney)?

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