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"Comedy is built on surprise," Anchorman director and comedy legend Adam McKay tells Rolling Stone. "So sequels are hard. We didn't want to repeat ourselves." So how did Will Ferrell and Co. actually get their heads around the most anticipated follow-up in comedy history? Contributing editor Jonah Weiner went behind the scenes on the set of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues for a first-hand look at just how many masturbation jokes went into the production of the most buzzed-about sequel in comedy history. (The answer: Too many to recount here, »
James Hong -- who famously played Lo Pan in the 1986 classic "Big Trouble in Little China" -- is still an ass man ... as in, he recently signed one at a comic book convention in Austin. It all went down when a superhero nerdette dressed as Wonder Woman approached Hong at Comic Con in Austin this week and asked for his John Hancock on her right butt cheek. Hong obliged -- and included a strategically placed »
- TMZ Staff
Re-uniting Carpenter with Kurt Russell (Escape From New York, The Thing), Big Trouble in Little China sees Russell plays Jack Burton, a reasonable guy who is about to experience some unreasonable things in San Francisco’s Chinatown. As his friend’s fiancée is kidnapped Jack becomes embroiled in a centuries-old battle between good and evil. At the root of it all is Lo Pan, a 2000-year-old magician who rules an empire of evil spirits. Jack goes to the rescue dodging demons, goblins and the unstoppable Three Storms as he battles through Lo Pan’s dark domain.
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Now that the Jonas Brothers are officially over, Nick Jonas finally has time for his first love: erotic thrillers. In a plot ripped directly from Wayne's World 2, Jonas stars in Careful What You Wish For as a man whose affair with a beautiful woman (Isabel Lucas) is complicated by the untimely death of her rich, older husband (Dermot Mulroney). The teaser trailer has just the right amount of slow-motion bikinis, wet torsos, shattering glass and fire to distract you from the fact that Nick Jonas's face has not aged a day since he was 13. »
- Halle Kiefer
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 10 Oct 2013 - 03:27
Another 25 unsung greats come under the spotlight, as we provide our pick of the underappreciated films of 1993...
What a year 1993 was. It saw the release of Star Fox on the Super Nintendo. Bill Clinton became president. Season three of Deep Space Nine premiered on Us television. UK politician Douglas Hurd visited Argentina. Cyndi Lauper released her album Hat Full Of Stars.
Aside from those earth shattering events, we'll probably remember 1993, in cinema terms, as the year Jurassic Park dominated the box office like an angry Tyrannosaurus. A true phenomenon, its profits doubled those of the second most watched film in 1993 cinemas, Mrs Doubtfire, and almost three times as much as the movie below that - the Harrison Ford thriller, The Fugitive.
But as ever, there was so much more to the 1993 movie landscape than dinosaurs and Robin Williams dressed as an old woman. »
Odd List Simon Brew 21 Aug 2013 - 08:20
Sometimes, a sequel brings back the original director. Sometimes, they pass. Sometimes, they don't get a choice...
A week or two back, we ran a piece looking at what ways movie producers got around the fact that an actor wouldn't be returning for a sequel. But it's not just actors who drop out.
Sometimes, a director chooses not to take a job back on. And sometimes, as we're going to discuss here, they don't even get the choice...
Earlier this year, director Penelope Spheeris came together with stars Mike Myers and Dana Carvey for a Wayne's World reunion event, 21 years after the success of the original film. It would be fair to say that Spheeris and Myers had not spent much time together in the intervening period.
Spheeris is adamant that Myers didn't want her in charge for the sequel, »
Hong, known to many for his roles in Big Trouble in Little China, Blade Runner and Wayne's World 2, is one of the world's most beloved Asian-American actors and is often referred to as "the man with a thousand faces".
Here's the synopsis:
"Crackpot scientist and celebrated winemaker Dr. Elson Po has made the ultimate discovery: the secret to everlasting life. As with all good things, however, there’s an inevitable downside; and a bunch of good-looking and horny youngsters, invited to Dr Po’s island under the premise of an "audition", are about to find out the hard way. As the vineyard starts to give up its dark secrets, these doomed teens will have to contend not only with Dr. Po »
The two reunited at a special screening and panel discussion, programmed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, celebrating the 21st anniversary of "Wayne's World." They were joined by co-star Rob Lowe, director Penelope Spheeris, producer Lorne Michaels and executive producer (and current Academy president) Hawk Koch.
Myers and Spheeris had a falling out following "Wayne's World" after the director accused the comedian of vetoing her from directing the movie's sequel. In a 2008 interview, Spheeris admitted to "hating" Myers for years following the movie. Meanwhile, Carvey allegedly believes that Myers took one of his characters to use as the voice of Dr. Evil in the "Austin Powers" series.
Moderated by Koch, the panel mostly avoided discussing any hot button topics, instead focusing on the characters' rise to »
Some of the sweetest early-nineties comedies somehow inspired some of the bitterest feuds, and though Bill Murray and Harold Ramis still haven't reconciled after filming Groundhog Day, at least the trio of talents who gave us Wayne's World have decided to settle their differences. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Academy president Hawk Koch convinced Mike Myers to patch things up with his former friend Dana Carvey (who felt that Myers had stolen his Lorne Michaels impression to use for Austin Powers villain Dr. Evil) and director Penelope Spheeris (who Myers barred from working on Wayne's World 2 after an editing-room disagreement); the three will reunite for an Academy panel in Los Angeles later this month. "We're all getting too old to be pissed," Spheeris told the Reporter. "Wayne's World has such a beautiful, uplifting spirit about it. Why should there be a dark cloud?" What else is there to say »
- Kyle Buchanan
Ever wonder why there was no Wayne's World 3? Part of the reason could be the lackluster box office totals for Wayne's World 2, but it could also be blamed on the rift that formed between star Mike Meyers, his co-star Dana Carvey and Wayne's World director Penelope Spheeris. Despite the first film's happy-go-lucky vibe, there were squabbles behind-the-scenes. But years later, this is all just water under the bridge, and now the three will reunite for a Wayne's World panel on April 23 at the Academy's Wilshire Boulevard headquarters. Speaking with THR about the event, Spheeris said: "We're all getting too old to be pissed. Wayne's World has such a beautiful, uplifting spirit about it. Why should there be a dark cloud? This is going to be cathartic. Everyone's going to walk out of there high -- sort of like they did when they watched the movie." But what was the »
Twenty years ago, "Jurassic Park" opens in theaters and took a gigantic bite out of pop culture. To celebrate the anniversary, the film will opens once again this weekend, but this time in 3-D.
In the wake of "Jurassic Park's" initial release, dozens of films and TV shows have reference the most memorable parts of the movie in ways to numerous to count. We have, however, rounded up just a few of them as a reminder of how much impact "Jurassic Park" had.
Check out the video collection after the jump!
Rex chases his friends in "Toy Story 2"
Dinosaur that eats Force Field Dogs in "Toy Story 3"
The executive bathroom in "Family Guy"
Wayne and Garth get lost in "Wayne's World 2"
Jurassic Tank in "Futurama"
Geriatric Park in "Naked Gun 33 1/3"
A collection of others
"Jurassic Park 3-D" opens in theaters this Friday, »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
11 items from 2013
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