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After his breakthrough success in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, the film that really set Jim Carrey’s career ablaze was The Mask. The comic book adaptation was a film that New Line Cinema had initially modest expectations for in the summer of 1994. But soon, they realised they had a breakthrough movie star on their hands, with Carrey’s physicality also said to have shaved a fair bit off the special effects budget.
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Director Chuck Russell has been looking back at the movie, and he’s revealed that New Line had a very different take on the film originally. “It’s a great example of really fighting for your vision in a film. We changed »
The Mask director Chuck Russell reveals that the action comedy was originally conceived to be a horror movie. 1994 was a huge year for Jim Carrey, he starred in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb and Dumber, and The Mask. While looking at those three movies, one of them is not like the others. And it appears as if it could have been even more different. The Mask is a comedy, but it's a bit dark when compared to the other 2 outings that made Carrey a box office super star.
Russell (The Scorpion King, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors) spoke to Xfinity about the 30th anniversary of Dream Warriors and also shared the interesting anecdote about The Mask. As it turns out, The Mask was originally conceived as a horror movie with Carrey starring as a Freddy Krueger-esque character. Russell explains.
"It's a great example of really fighting for your vision in a film. »
Before Bruce Almighty, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective or even In Living Color, there was only one way to experience the comedy magic of Jim Carrey: onstage. Over countless late nights in the ‘70s and ‘80s, thousands of people watched stand-up comedians such as Carrey hone their craft at the Los Angeles club The Comedy Store. The beginning of his 10,000-mile journey from Ontario, Canada, to stardom in the U.S. began with a single step on stage at the legendary venue, which serves as the setting of his new Showtime drama, I’m Dying Up Here, exploring the lives and careers of up-and-coming comedians.
“I came here when I was 17, on a bus, basically, and got off at The Comedy Store,” Carrey told Et in 1992, which at the time was just two years into his run on the Fox sketch comedy series In Living Color. Run by co-founder Mitzi Shore (also mother to the actor Pauley »
The new Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here is an extremely personal outing for executive producer Jim Carrey.
The 55-year-old actor and comedian got his start in stand-up, and used his personal experiences to fuel much of the themes and plot points in the show — which takes place in the ‘70s Los Angeles comedy scene and follows a group of young comedians and the pressure they place on themselves to put on a good performance each night.
“I had such a glorious chance to be creative in this world of comedy,” Carey told the audience at the Los Angeles »
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To this day one could conceivably argue that Ace Ventura: Pet Detective was Jim Carrey’s finest comedic work in a movie. Dumb and Dumber will always get the nod but it was Ace Ventura that was responsible for Jim Carrey becoming one of the biggest and most well paid names in comedic movie roles for the decade that followed this film. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen this movie at least 30 times and every single time I see it I laugh at not only the same parts again and again but I find myself continuing to find newer nuances in
25 Fun Facts About Ace Ventura: Pet Detective »
- Nat Berman
In a guest column, GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis says the “MPAA should be sharing transgender stories like ‘3 Generations,’ not restricting.”
An R rating from the Motion Picture Association of America stands for “Restricted, Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian.” A film receiving this rating “may include hard language, or tough violence, or nudity within sensual scenes, or drug abuse or other elements.” This rating system helps gives moviegoers an idea about a film’s content and its suitability for themselves and their families.
These ratings provide important data, and as a parent with two young children, I’m always cognizant of MPAA ratings when considering what I want to watch with my family. Many parents wouldn’t entertain the idea of letting teens or kids watch an R-rated film, which is why as a mother and the president and CEO of GLAAD, I am urging the »
- Sarah Kate Ellis
When you think of quotable movies from the 90s you generally go the Jim Carrey or perhaps Adam Sandler route. All of us know lines from movies like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb and Dumber, Billy Madison, and Happy Gilmore. However, before all of these movies came out, in 1990 there was a memorable little film called Tremors which starred Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward. They played these two crazy southern guys who wind up taking on an alien species that lay underneath the ground wreaking havoc on a small town. Here’s the full synopsis: Repairmen Val McKee (Kevin Bacon)
Proof that Tremors is One of the Most Quotable Movies Ever »
- Nat Berman
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