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Peter and Bobby Farrelly defined a new kind of big screen comedy in the '90s. Dumb and Dumber, There's Something About Mary, Kingpin: The utterly unique Farrelly blend of lighthearted goofery and gross-out shenanigans created some of the great kitchen-sink comedies of the era. A few days before the siblings released their hit sequel Dumb and Dumber To, the Farrelly Brothers talked about their career and their process. It's all part of Lightbulb, EW's new series that features today's leading creators talking about their work and their inspiration. »
- Darren Franich
Not even two dodgy sequels and 21 years passing can erase the magic of the very first time you watched Jurassic Park.
The Steven Spielberg dino adventure brought gasps from audiences - young and old - when it premiered around the world in 1993. Even today, a couple of seconds of that classic score can give you tingles and take you back to first time you saw The Park.
Like all great films, everything felt and looked like it slotted together perfectly. But that wasn't necessarily the case, as there were plenty of other big-name stars who so very nearly got the lead roles.
If it wasn't already greedy enough that Harrison Ford had landed himself awesome cool roles in two of the biggest movie franchises of all time - Star Wars and Indiana Jones - he could have almost have added a third dino-sized »
While it may be strange to think that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 failed to live up to the financial openings of the previous two films, it did not stop it from being the biggest box office opening weekend of 2014. At an estimated $123 million, it trounced the big four Marvel entries of the year, the reboot of Godzilla, and even Transformers: Age of Extinction, though it has yet to release budget numbers for reasons unknown. With numbers like that, it is well on its way to being the highest grosser of the year, if its numbers hold (even if it is getting slightly less critical praise than the previous entries).
Comparatively, the rest of the competition could barely tread water, despite not doing all that poorly compared to the previous week. Big Hero 6 (estimated $20.1 million) came back against Dumb and Dumber To (which fell to fourth with an »
- Seth Paul
Bart: Critics don’t like to admit it, but the conditions under which you see a film strongly influence your opinion. Birdman is a good example: If you see a film like this with a pack of cinephiles like at Telluride, everyone gets every inside joke, and you instinctively go along with the crowd. I made it a point to see Birdman with a paid civilian audience and it was like screening it in a mausoleum. No laughs, just occasional grunts and lots of walkouts. Some reviews predicted Birdman “will captivate arthouse and multiplex crowds alike and send awards pundits into orbit” (the Variety review). Well that ain’t happening with the audiences; we’ll see about the awards. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Every week in Sound Bites, EW spotlights the most memorable lines of the week. This week features Jimmy Fallon's crack on Kim Kardashian's (butt) crack, Nick (Jake Johnson) addressing the laziness of men in New Girl, and a burn on Arizona State from Dumb and Dumber To. These are the best quotes of this week gathered from TV, film, and more. »
- Teresa Jue
As of today, Dumb and Dumber To - a sequel to an absurd, 20-year-old comedy - has been in theaters for less than a week and is already sitting on a box office haul of over $55 million. So when a simple, long-overdue sequel hits big, you can bet that Hollywood is paying attention, and that typically means trying to do something similar. Enter Zoolander 2. The first Zoolander isn't quite as old as Dumb and Dumber, nor did it ever gain the same kind of household recognition, but it's had a very healthy life on DVD, cable and Netflix since it came out in 2001. The comedy, about dumb male models thwarting a plot to kill a politician, has more than a few fans and Ben Stiller is hoping they'll turn out for a sequel. He's not directing this time around (that job goes to...
- Peter Hall
As of today, Dumb and Dumber To -- a sequel to an absurd, 20-year-old comedy -- has been in theaters for less than a week and is already sitting on a box office haul of over $55 million. So when a simple, long-overdue sequel hits big, you can bet that Hollywood is paying attention. Enter Zoolander 2. The first Zoolander isn't quite as old as Dumb and Dumber, nor did it ever gain the same kind of household recognition, but it's had a very healthy life on DVD, cable and Netflix since...
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Title: Dumb and Dumber To Director: Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Kathless Turner, Rob Riggle, Laurie Holden, Rachel Melvin, Steve Tom, Don Lake, Patricia French. Dumb and Dumber Two or Dumb and Dumber Too? Either way the intentional typo reiterates the stupidity of our protagonists who are back after two decades. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels have aged badly but more than their farcical out of date “dumb play,” the true problem of ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ lies in the script, drenched with language and coarsely vulgar gags. Twenty years since Dumb and Dumber’s first adventure, Harry finds out he has a daughter who was [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Twenty years after the original grossed over $240 million, Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels and The Farrelly Brothers are back with a bang. Dumb and Dumber To was released to huge box office takings this last weekend, landing straight into the No.1 spot in the States with a huge $36million bow. But Carrey and Daniels aren’t the only people reprising their roles from the original, as actor Brady Bluhm returns to the Dumb-verse as Billy in 4C, the “blind kid” who Lloyd so famously sold Harry’s dead parakeet to in the original.
In an exclusive interview with Flickering Myth, Staff Writer Scott J. Davis was able to talk with Brady about all things Dumb, and what it was like to be back two decades later….
- Scott J. Davis
In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by iSpot.tv, “Horrible Bosses 2″ again claimed the top spot in TV ad spend, fending off challenges by the upcoming “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One” and “Exodus: Gods and Kings.”
“Bosses” posted an estimated outlay of $7.1 million for the week across 852 spots airing on 43 networks, led by MTV and Comedy Central. That’s $4.1 million less that last week’s estimated spend, but was still enough to hold off the run-up to “Mockingjay,” outspending it by just $600,000. “Mockingjay,” which premiers Nov. 21, claimed the second-place spot, spending an estimated $6.7 million spread between 797 spots on 37 networks, let by TV Guide Network and MTV.
“Exodus: Gods and Kings” made its debut in the top five with a $4.2 million spend across 413 spots on 38 networks, while “Penguins of Madagascar” remained in the top 5 spenders at No. 4. Despite being the only new »
With audiences growing tired of “Spider-Man” or “Transformers” sequels, Hollywood now has a solution — go back to the ’90s.
“Dumb and Dumber To,” which opened to atrocious reviews 20 years after the original, still scored an impressive $36 million at the box office last weekend. (Read all the reasons why it worked from my colleague Brent Lang.) It shouldn’t have come as a surprise: the ’90s are hot again. This week, Twitter went nuts over a “Dawson’s Creek” reunion photo of James Van Der Beek and Joshua Jackson, while Focus Features announced “Can’t Touch This” (borrowing from the Mc Hammer song), a ’90s-set high school dance-a-thon directed by Jon M. Chu. If Robin Williams had lived to star in “Mrs. Doubtfire 2,” it would no doubt have been a hit too.
As executives inevitably start to dig through the recycling bin of old titles that never got a second chapter, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Above: a sultry new poster for Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice. Dumb and Dumber To has opened to unsurprisingly mixed reviews, but Farrelly brothers champion R. Emmet Sweeney makes a case for the long awaited sequel for Film Comment:
"Dumb and Dumber To is about a deep, abiding friendship that can survive any indignities. After Harry and Lloyd’s journey is over, they’ve tossed away fortunes and frittered away kidneys, but they need each other to survive. As each momentary acquaintance slinks, or runs, away, it’s up to Harry and Lloyd to forget and move on. Or as is the case for Lloyd, to think about ninjas and wake up licking the grill of a big rig. Either way they can’t live without each other. And though they could never admit it, or even form the words in their desiccated cortexes, what they have is something like love. »
A version of this story first appeared in the Nov. 28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. New Line Cinema executives must have squirmed as the Farrelly brothers' Dumb and Dumber To scored a $36.1 million domestic debut, far better than predicted for a sequel opening two decades after the original. In early 2013, New Line chief Toby Emmerich let rights to the sequel go when higher-ups at parent Warner Bros. didn't want to release it, even after Red Granite Pictures — backer of The Wolf of Wall Street — said it would help finance the film for less than $40
- Pamela McClintock
Almost 20 years after the original, Dumb and Dumber To still had what it takes to top the domestic box office, ahead of strong holdovers Big Hero 6 and Interstellar. Ok so maybe “barely outsmarts Big Hero 6″ would be a better title as the animation was just $1.5 million shy of Dumb and Dumber […]
Jim Carrey stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday to promote Dumb and Dumber To, and he brought along a friend — the dummy version of Jeff Daniels. Carrey pointed out that he wasn't the best ventriloquist, and that the audience could likely see his lips moving. But his puppet friend Daniels had a great solution to help him out with his issue. What a nice friend. The pair then broke out into song. Is this the makings of a Dumb and Dumber trilogy? Read more 10 Best 'Dumb and Dumber' Callbacks in the Sequel
- Lorena O'Neil
Dumb and Dumber To is a hit. A large hit. Not quite a massive hit, but significant enough that it has ramped up chatter for a third Dumber to find its way into pre-production. After all, the Dumb and Dumber sequel now stands as the highest-grossing opening weekend on the Farrelly Brothers. resume. And it gave Jim Carrey his highest live-action opening since Bruce Almighty, back in 2003. Eric wrote about the amusing tease for a follow-up Dumb and Dumber movie that was shared during the end credits of this current sequel. But now that fans have shown they support Jim Carrey going back and revisiting some of his classic characters, I make a pitch for a new movie featuring This rubber-faced genius. Can we make it happen, Mr. Carrey? Want to read more about Dumb and Dumber To. We have a lot of coverage on: - The Jennifer Lawrence cameo »
The bowl cut is (as best summarized by Gary Larson), nature’s way of saying “do not touch.” This is the haircut of a child (worse, a child with zero fashion sense). If worn by a child, don’t touch, because hey- that’s not your child. On an adult, don’t touch, because whomever sports the bowl cut may not be of sound mind or body. Or they could be Jim Carrey, filming a Dumb and Dumber sequel. Lloyd Christmas has returned, and with him, the rattling rattlesnake tail of the haircut world. But Lloyd isn’t the only one to take his fashion cues from a salad bowl- he’s one of many in a long line of bowl-cutted heroes, American patriots who’ve upheld a ruler-straight hairline for nearly a century. Let’s take a look at a few, shall we? Moe Howard, The Three Stooges The Great Depression was a dour period in »
- Adam Bellotto
Sequel talk isn't uncommon, even before a movie comes out, but it seems as though the Farrellys had a good time hamming it up with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as they seem pretty keen on returning to the world of Dumb and Dumber. Despite reviews not being so hot on this sequel taking place 20 years later (you can check out our review here), the flick managed to rake in $38 million this weekend! Word is that's pretty much all the film's budget right there, so the idea »
- Sean Wist
There is a Dumb and Dumber cartoon. It is insane and it demands your attention. This may come as a shock if you weren’t watching animation on ABC in the mid-1990s. It was never exactly well-regarded, or even regarded at all. It was canceled after its first season, which ran from October of 1995 through February of 1996. Harry and Lloyd only managed to gallivant through 13 episodes before they were evicted from the screen until 2003’s ill-begotten prequel and, of course, Dumb and Dumber To. The characters, created by the Farrelly Brothers, have had quite a bizarre franchise history. That said, the Farrelly Brothers were not directly involved with Dumb and Dumber the TV series. It was their co-writer on the original film, Bennett Yellin, who stepped in to write the television series. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera, their last project for ABC. This was an important moment for the storied animation studio, which »
- Daniel Walber
Poor Lloyd and Harry. The perpetual underachievers of the "Dumb and Dumber" movies have been underestimated by everyone.
Certainly, few pundits expected much from "Dumb and Dumber To," the poorly reviewed sequel to a 20-year-old movie, starring a Jim Carrey whose box office strength has dwindled over the last decade. Besides, last week's champ, "Big Hero 6," seemed unstoppable and poised for a repeat victory, with about $35 million in likely earnings. "Dumber," by contrast, wasn't expected to top $29 million.
Nonetheless, "Dumber" confounded the sages and came out on top, with an estimated $38.1 million. How did it defy conventional wisdom for a come-from-behind victory?
Here are some of the ways:
Nostalgia isn't just for old folks. Sure, it's been 20 years since the 1994 original, but it's been in near-constant rotation on cable ever since. A whole generation has grown up watching the silly antics of Carrey and Jeff Daniels as the doofus duo. »
- Gary Susman
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