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13 British comedy stars lured to Hollywood in the 1990s

Hollywood went hunting for lots of British comedy talent in the 1990s - and lured the likes of Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson...

For some reason, Hollywood fell in love with British actors again in the 1990s. Sparked by Alan Rickman's turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard at the back end of the 1980s, many movie villains were either Brits, or in the case of Cliffhanger, John Lithgow taking on the mannerisms of a British antagonist.

Yet in particular, Hollywood went recruiting British comedy talent, with faces then mainly - but not exclusively - known for their small screen work getting roles of various sizes in Hollywood productions. Here are some who racked up the air miles - starting with the man who arguably became one of the most successful...

Hugh Laurie - 101 Dalmatians

Laurie is a man of many talents, who ultimately cracked America with
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'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Doofus-Duo Comedy Classic

Just as Rufus (George Carlin) predicted, Bill and Ted have had a profound influence on our culture. Maybe not as the rockers who would inspire a utopian global society by the 27th century, but look at how many other dumb-duo movies there have been since the release 25 years ago this week (on February 17, 1989) of "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" -- there's "Dumb and Dumber," "Beavis and Butt-head Do America," "Dude, Where's My Car," "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion," "Dick," and all of Kevin Smith's "Jay and Silent Bob" offerings, for starters. Plus, "Bill & Ted" launched a franchise and made a leading man out of Keanu Reeves.

Still, as often as you've traveled back in time and revisited the "Excellent Adventure," there's probably still plenty you don't know about the movie, including where it was filmed (hint: Not in San Dimas, California), which historical figures almost found their way into the film,
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‘Gay Dude’, ‘Rapturepalooza’ Among First Lionsgate Micro-Budget Titles

Lionsgate is starting a new micro-budget plan, making movies with a budget no higher than two million dollars, Deadline reports. If all goes well, they want to release at least ten of these movies a year, so I hope you’re already at peace with that annoying gears-turning Lionsgate logo, since you’ll be seeing a lot more of it. A lot more. Here are the three movies that have been announced so far:

Rapturepalooza: Written by Chris Matheson (the co-creator of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure), the religious comedy (I’m assuming) stars Craig Robinson as the Anti-Christ. Although light on the details, if Matheson is behind it, I’m in; besides the Bill and Ted franchise, he has also had a hand in other movies I loved growing up (namely the awesomely ridiculous Mom and Dad Save the World) so him being involved makes me giddy. Throw in Robinson,
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Your Alternate Box Office: Red Riding Mars Needs a Battle In La

Whether you’re trying to avoid the releases this week or augment them with even more movie, Your Alternate Box Office offers some options for movies that would play perfectly alongside of (or instead of) the stuff studios are shoving into the megaplex this weekend. This week features an alien invasion to steal of our moms, an alien invasion to blow things up all over place, a werewolf invasion courtesy of the MTV generation, and a governess that swears she’s in a classic novel instead of a horror film. Aliens (1986) Double Feature With: Battle Los Angeles The Pitch: So you’re in the mood for even more military science fiction in the wake of the destruction of Los Angeles, and you’ve got a few options, but few will do as well as Aliens. It’s the Godfather II of science fiction sequels. Ripley returns, this time with pants on, and
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‘Mars Needs Moms’ starring Seth Green and Joan Cusack – trailer review

Mars Needs Moms

Directed by: Simon Wells

Starring: Seth Green, Joan Cusack, Dan Fogler

Rating: Not Rated

Release Date: March 11, 2011

Trailer Score: 4/10

My Thoughts: Another film with dead-eyed characters from the company that brought you The Polar Express and Disney’s A Christmas Carol. They don’t look as horrifying but they’re still pretty creepy. A boy’s mother is abducted and taken to Mars and he goes to save her? Find her? It’s unclear. I really like Green, he voices the boy and sounds like a kid though he’s definitely not one anymore. But the plot seems reminiscent of the Teri Garr/Jon Lovitz classic Mom and Dad Save the World. The jokes seem pretty clunky too. Why go through the labor and expense of putting together a computer animated film if you’re not going to make a good script? The aliens looked kind of cool though,
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For Your Consideration: The Mad Men Season Premiere Recap

This is a recap for the Season 4 premiere of Mad Men starring Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, January Jones, and a bunch of other people whom you can learn about here. If you have not seen the episode then, yeah, this will probably spoil something for you, idiot. Enjoy! Best Cameo Bart Simpson. Trapped in Bert Cooper’s Blazer. Best Fight Over Canned Meat The Ladies Fighting Over Ham. You have to admit, Peggy’s idea to make people buy more canned ham might have been the first time anyone’s ever thought of viral marketing in the history of fake television shows about advertising. Indeed, the idea worked beautifully: Two ladies fought over ham, and the story wormed its way into the papers. But what made this scenario extra-special for us were the actresses hired. Because while most female Mad Men fans picture themselves as a “Joan”, I
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Horror at the Oscars 3: The Spawning

After the Academy’s attempt at honoring genre during the live show, we saw a real tribute to horror by someone who is truly one of our own. Bob Murawski thanked Sam Raimi for giving him his “first cutting job” in Army of Darkness. His Best Editing award for Hurt Locker was shared by his partner Chris Innis, whom he met on the Raimi produced TV show “American Gothic.”

I gotta say, never since Peter Jackson’s (who was nominated this year for District 9) thank you to the crew of Meet the Feebles has there been such an excellent genre shout out.

On top of working with Raimi for over a decade, Murawski also runs Grindhouse Releasing, which distributes and restores cult and horror films with a focus on extreme Italian cinema. Pieces, The Beyond, Cannibal Holocaust, and I Drink Your Blood are just a few names you’ll find in Grindhouse Releasing's catalogue.
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Horror at the Oscars Part 2: This Time It's Personal

Horror fanatics are still buzzing like chainsaws over the Academy Awards’ genre montage. Anywhere there could be a conversation about it online, there was one. Many were upset over the Twilight ‘tweens’ participation, as if their mere presence sent a message about the state of scary in Hollyweird, USA.

A few seemed happy, though, to just get a glimpse of their beloved Evil Dead and Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 if only for a few seconds. But many called the selections generic and thoughtless, demanding the likes of Demons and TerrorVision instead (well, maybe not TerrorVision; that was just me).

How about Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer? Re-Animator? It’s Alive? Tombs of the Blind Dead? Coffin Joe? No list is perfect, but with a bit more care and a phone call to any one of us, the Oscars could have elevated that section into a real scream. Or maybe they
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