18 items from 2010
Tom Shadyac, the director of “The Nutty Professor,” “Liar Liar,” “Bruce Almighty” and "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" is just coming out of an odd few years following his last film, “Evan Almighty.” After a deadly cycling accident, the director sold his 17,000-square-foot mansion in Pasadena, gave away most of his money and possessions, now lives in a trailer park by choice and has spent the past little while putting together a documentary about these experiences and what he's learned in "I Am." A trailer for the film has landed and it's a lot of New Age-y mumbo jumbo, with the… »
Back in October, we heard about the first venture into documentaries from director Tom Shadyac (Bruce Almighty, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective) in the form of I Am, a film chronicling his midlife crisis turned self discovery. After a cycling accident resulted in a concussion lasting for months, the disorientation/recovery gave Shadyac some time to reflect on his life. After his time out of the spotlight, Shadyac decided to sell his house, move into a trailer park and reboot his life (rather than a film franchise). Now we have our first look at the doc (via /Film) that seems somewhat cheesy, but looks to make a difference in the world's view on life. Watch the official trailer for Tom Shadyac's documentary I Am: From the website: "Armed with nothing but his innate curiosity and a camera crew, Shadyac embarks upon a journey to discover how he as an individual, »
- Ethan Anderton
Back when Jim Carrey was raucously hilarious throughout the 90's, it was my pleasure as a younger lad to enjoy his comedic stylings not just in films like Liar, Liar and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective but also as host of Saturday Night Live. Carrey took to the sketch comedy show like wildfire by appearing in great sketches with the Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan as the head-bobbing duo from A Night at the Roxbury and as an old frail Jimmy Stewart on the Joe Pesci Show. Now it looks like he's returning to his sketch comedy roots (since Carrey got a big break on the series In Living Color) for his second sting hosting SNL. On January 8th, Carrey will take to the stage with musical guest The Black Keys for a run on late night TV that will hopefully be funnier than his recent work in films like Yes Man. »
- Ethan Anderton
Director Tom Shadyac is best known for directing successful comedies like 1994's Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, 1997's Liar Liar, and 2003's Bruce Almighty, as well as 2007's not-so-successful Evan Almighty. After that movie, Shadyac got into a serious accident while riding his bike that forced the director to take stock of his life. Shadyac sold his house, gave away his money, moved into a mobile home, and began to work on the upcoming I Am, which documents Shadyac's journey to visit some of the world's top thinkers and to ask them "what's wrong with the world and how can we change it?"
The first trailer for I Am has debuted online and will likely inspire some viewers, while more cynical viewers will probably enjoy the potential fodder for snarky commentary that the trailer provides.
Link | Posted 12/17/2010 by Ryan
- Ryan Gowland
Last month there was an article in the L.A. Times  about director Tom Shadyac and his strange "spiritual awakening". The man behind such Jim Carrey blockbusters as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Liar Liar and Bruce Almighty had recently decided to turn his back on the Hollywood lifestyle by giving away all of his money and worldly possessions, eventually moving into a trailer park. After a cycling accident left him with post-concussion syndrome, he decided that it was time to make an honest movie about making the world a better place. When I first heard about it, it struck me that no one seemed to be taking him very seriously. Now that he has released the first trailer for his upcoming documentary I Am, I think it's clear that he is, indeed, serious about it. The movie finds Shadyac traveling the globe to talk to various well-known philosophers and philanthropists such as David Suzuki, »
Here's an inspirational story for the holidays: Director Tom Shadyac was living the dream as the A-List director of cash cows like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Nutty Professor and Liar Liar. Then, after surviving a near-fatal bike accident, Shadyac adopted a completely new perspective on life. He sold his house and moved into a mobile home, got out of Hollywood, and gave away a large amount of his money. Now, he's directed the documentary I am, which purports to examine what's wrong with the world and what we can do to change it. »
If you know who Tom Shadyac is, then you probably know him best as the director of comedies like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Nutty Professor, Liar Liar, Bruce Almighty, and Evan Almighty. In fact, Evan Almighty would mark the last time Shadyac would direct a major Hollywood tentpole movie. Why? Basically, the filmmaker bumped his head in a cycling accident, decided to leave Hollywood with newfound purpose in life, and now lives in a trailer park. Though that may ironically sound »
- George Merchan
As profiled in a recent La Times article, Tom Shadyac – at one time the hottest comedy director in Hollywood, with hits like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Bruce Almighty and Liar Liar to his credit – had a brush with death after a serious bicycle accident, suffered from a post-concussion depressive state and gave away most of his possessions, including his 17,000 square foot mansion.
Now Shadyac returns with a bare-bones documentary, I Am. We just got sent the trailer and you can view it below.
Here’s the synopsis:
“I Am,” a prismatic and probing exploration of our world, what’s wrong with it, and what we can do to make it better, represents Tom Shadyac’s first foray into non-fiction following a career as one of Hollywood’s leading comedy practitioners, with such successful titles as “Ace Ventura,” “Liar Liar,” and “Bruce Almighty” to his credit. “I Am” recounts what happened »
- Anthony Vieira
In addition to being a hilarious comedian, Sam Kinison was a fascinating character. A former Pentecostal preacher, his loud, abusive style was unmatched, not to mention his trademark scream. Now Tom Shadyac wants to bring the Kinison experience to the big screen. Variety reports that the Ace Ventura: Pet Detective director, in conjunction with HBO Films, has begun developing a biopic about the late stand-up. Screenwriter Rich Wilkes (Airheads, xXx) has been hired to write the script, which will be based on the memoir Brother Sam: The Short Spectacular Life of Sam Kinison by Bill Kinison, Sam's brother, and Steve Delson. Shadyac has been trying to get the project made for the past ten years, first having the film set up at Universal before moving to HBO where it was going to be made as a TV movie. The big question is, of course, who they get to play Kinison. »
After finding success in stand-up comedy and on TV with In Living Color, Jim Carrey rocketed to fame as the titular Ace Ventura: Pet Detective before taking on roles both serious and hilarious. We need your help picking his best movies for Hollywood's Top Ten, the show where movie fans control the countdowns.
Link | Posted 11/12/2010 by reelz
Hollywood's Top Ten | Jim Carrey »
- reelz reelz
With the movie schedules jam-packed with comic book movies right now, why was the 1990s so poor for them? Simon finds out…
It's already been pointed out far and wide on the Internet, but the summer schedules for the next two years are looking jam-packed with blockbusters. And more and more of them are being derived from a comic book source. Furthermore, it's not even the summer alone that's playing host to such films, either.
Next January, for instance, in a completely out-of-season slot, we get The Green Hornet. And that's going to kick off a series of films that includes two new X-Men movies, at least, Thor, Captain America, The Dark Knight Rises, Ghost Rider 2, The Avengers, The Green Lantern, possibly Deadpool, Iron Man 3, G.I. Joe 2, Sucker Punch, Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, Superman, Fantastic Four and Daredevil reboots, Ant-Man, and Judge Dredd. That's just for starters, and »
We'll start the week with the least exciting bit and, hopefully, work up to more tantalising tidbits on telly as we go through the next seven days.
Despite the hype, the arrival of The Event tonight, Friday, October 22nd at 9:00pm on Channel 4 may be a non-you-know-what. The Us show's been accused of trading on the styles and tricks of popular predecessors in trying to fill the island-sized hole left by Lost. From reports and our own reviews, it's only so much blown sand and wind, but the curious may want to see how much of that is true and if it's the wreckage some deem it to be that's now washed up on our shores.
Tom Shadyac's documentary I Am to be released by PaladinI Am, the latest film by renowned director Tom Shadyac, will be released theatrically by Paladin, it was announced by the company's President and CEO, Mark Urman. A prismatic and probing exploration of our world, what's wrong with it, and what we can do to make it better, I Am represents Shadyac's first foray into non-fiction following a career as one of Hollywood's leading comedy practitioners, with such successful titles as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Liar Liar and Bruce Almighty to his credit. Paladin is planning a February, 2011 release for the film, and has already laid the groundwork for an intensive months-long screening program that includes major film festivals as well as a broad range of college and university campuses throughout the country. The film will next be seen at the Hamptons Film Festival later this week.
I Am recounts »
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Berlin -- Licensing group EEAP has signed a deal with Morgan Creek to rep free and pay TV rights in central and eastern Europe for the indie shingle's entire library.
Morgan Creek's Daniel Diamond, Morgan Creek's president of international sales negotiated the deal with Eeap managing director Alexander van Dulmen. EEAP has already signed a number of multi-film deals for Morgan Creek titles with, among others, Polish network TVP, Ukraine's ICTV and TV 1000 Balkan, the multi-territory platform run by Viasat. The Berlin-based sales outfit will be shopping the catalogue to other Eastern buyers at MIPCOM next week. »
- By Scott Roxborough
The 2010 NFL Draft gets underway tonight, giving sports fans something new to argue about for at least a couple of weeks. The draft's rules and the selection process are significantly more complex than your typical playground pick-'em method for splitting teams, but thankfully, we here at Movies Blog play by our own set of rules.
If given the opportunity to draft a team based on the many fictional football players out there in movie land, this is what you would want your starting roster to look like!
First Round: Dan Marino
Of course Dan Marino, the American Hall of Fame quarterback who unfortunately rubbed Ray Finkle the wrong way in "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," is a first-round pick. He was an all-star football player in real life. Sure, he's not exactly in top form these days, but if we're plucking characters straight out of movie history, Marino circa 1994 is a steal. »
- Josh Wigler
Will the star's latest, I Love You Phillip Morris, be any good? We study the form
Will you watch I Love You Phillip Morris when it's released this week? Hard to say.
Just because it's a Jim Carrey film, that's no guarantee of anything. You could end up watching a broad knockabout comedy, but it could just as easily mean you'll get a patchy horror film about some scary numbers instead.
▲ Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
Hey, who's this rubber-faced newcomer with an endless array of wacky voices and a slightly unsettling lack of basic human inhibitions? Why, Jim Carrey, if you stick to making harmless knockabout comedies for the rest of your life, you might just turn into a worldwide star! »
- Stuart Heritage
Now is exactly the right time to spoof vampires, because they are everywhere. Right Thoughts of a dying Atheist? They are in our books, our movie adaptations of books, even our TV show adaptations of books. Eddie Murphy, either you had bad timing, or were way ahead of your time. As you might have guessed from its title, Intercourse With A Vampire is a spoof. The comedy is about a lascivious, rather unconvincingly seductive Dracula-type named Vampire Larry who lives with his high school sweetheart. The idea being “what if Robert Pattinson’s Twilight character Edward got older, kept his girlfriend, but was a creep.” Using that premise, Vampire picks up where creator and star Jacob Fleisher’s comedy short Twilight – 5 Years Later left off. In terms of performance, Fleisher has the tendency to go broad with his comedy. That’s putting it politely. In the first scene of the »
- Michael Neal
Zelda Rubinstein, best known for her role as Tangina Barrons in the "Poltergeist" movies, has passed away at the age of 76. She was taken off life support on Tuesday, Dec. 29 and in the early morning on Wednesday, Jan. 27 she died when her lungs and kidneys failed.
Standing only 4 feet, 3 inches tall, Zelda Rubinstein nonetheless commanded scenes in both film and television.
Besides her role as the spirtual medium in the "Poltergeist" movies, Rubinstein also played Ginny Weedon, the dispatcher for the Sheriff's Department on "Picket Fences," from 1992 to 1995, when her character was killed off in typical weird "Picket Fences" fashion by falling into a freezer.
More recently Zelda's distinctive voice could be heard narrating "The Scariest Places on Earth" for ABC Family. We also loved her small role as the organist in the John Hughes movie "Sixteen Candles." "Oh, I need a drink." Classic.
Probably her most famous line, made »
18 items from 2010
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