12 items from 2009
Jim Carrey used to throw himself down the stairs at Christmas time. The 'Dumb and Dumber' star loved the festive period when he was growing up because it gave him the audience he needed to practice his comedy and would do anything to make them laugh. He said: "Christmas was really where I started coming into my own as a performer because I did all this stuff on my own, all this performing on my own. When other kids were outside playing, I was in my room conjuring characters and impressions and things like that. It came to fruition, it all came together on the Christmas holidays when everybody would come over to our house, all the relatives and neighbours »
Jim Carrey used to throw himself down the stairs at Christmas time. The 'Dumb and Dumber' star loved the festive period when he was growing up because it gave him the audience he needed to practice his comedy and would do anything to make them laugh. He said: ''Christmas was really where I started coming into my own as a performer because I did all this stuff on my own, all this performing on my own. When other kids were outside playing, I was in my room conjuring characters and impressions and things like that. It came to fruition, it all came together .. »
ABC has The Sound of Music CBS has Jesse Stone: Thin Ice and a repeat of Cold Case Fox has repeats of The Simpsons, The Cleveland Show, Family Guy, and American Dad NBC has Sunday Night Football: Cowboys at Redskins ABC Family has Billy Madison E! is new with Keeping Up With the Kardashians MTV has repeats of Jersey Shore TBS has Dumb and Dumber TNT has The Wizard of Oz VH1 has repeats of For the Love of Ray J 2 and Tough Love 2 »
The masterminds behind Seven Minute Sopranos and Google Wave Cinema have given us a fresh new glimpse at the hard edged world of high school geography. Cobbled together from clips from 100 of Hollywood's finest films (including Oscar-worthy Dumb and Dumber), Hollywood Teaches Geography somehow was able to find characters saying the names of 114 countries and slap them all together in an entertaining six and a half minute video. There's a fancy little feature called closed captioning that will help any of you cinematic amateurs keep up with the pile of movies getting thrown your way. Head on over to Whirled Interactive to scope out some more clever and fun videos, but for now, enjoy countries and curse words. »
The model-turned-actress has been dating Carrey for four years and the couple has been living together since 2008.
But the former Playboy model insists she has no plans to exchange vows with The Mask star because she already considers herself "married" - and she would only ever rethink her decision for financial purposes.
She says, "I had a dream last night that I left him at the altar because I don't want to get married. We are married, we don't need a piece of paper. Maybe one day (we'll marry), when I'm 80 and I need a tax write off!"
McCarthy was previously married to actor/director John Mallory Asher, with whom she has a son, Evan. The couple filed for divorce in 2005 after six years as husband and wife.
Carrey is a double divorcee - he split from first wife Melissa Womer in 1995 after eight years of marriage, and went on to wed his Dumb and Dumber co-star Lauren Holly in 1996. They split less than a year later. »
This week, we need your help to produce the big-screen version of the news story featuring two brothers, a cave near Budapest and a late, minted grandmother
Here at guardian.co.uk/film/films we employ a huge, highly-trained team of scouts whose job it is to unearth possible projects from the most unlikely places. By definition, these places include Hungary. And so it was this week that our man in Budapest (technically, he's a child) sent us this story from which our latest multipound blockbuster is to be crafted.
Here's the gist: Budapest brothers Zsolt and Geza Peladi have spent their adult lives living in a cave outside the Hungarian capital, scraping a living by selling scrap. Suddenly, this week, their lives were turned upside down when a government delegation tracked them down and made a shocking declaration: the brothers were about to become billionaires.
The details of our »
- Paul MacInnes
Warner Home Video just announced a new program where you can upgrade several of your DVD titles to Blu-ray for as low as $7.95, and right now the price doesn't go any higher than $9.95. This is a similar program to the Red2Blu offer they made allowing customers to upgrade their HD DVD titles to Blu-ray, a program I actually took advantage of and loved it as a result.
The process to upgrade is simple. Consumers select the titles they want to upgrade on DVD2Blu.com, mail in their standard DVDs with pre-paid postage and a short time later receive copies of the same film on Blu-ray Disc. Consumers who place orders over $25 will receive free shipping. For a complete list of titles visit DVD2Blu.com, but I have included the most recent list of titles and prices directly below. 10,000 B.C. ($9.95) Rush Hour 3 ($9.95) Full Metal Jacket ($9.95) Pan's »
- Brad Brevet
Warner Bros. has announced a DVD to Blu-ray upgrade program. While the list doesn’t include all their titles, it’s at least a start. According to WB, the process to upgrade is simple. Consumers select the titles they want to upgrade on DVD2Blu.com, mail in their standard DVDs with pre-paid postage and a short time later receive copies of the same film on Blu-ray Disc. If you mail in one DVD, it’s $7.95 plus shipping. If you order more than $25, you’ll receive free shipping.
While some people haven’t been converted to Blu-ray, I’m all in. I think the picture quality is amazing on Blu-ray and I definitely see a difference between DVD and the HD format. All I can say is, if you have an 1080p TV, the format is absolutely worth the investment. For a complete list of what WB is willing to »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
"You know Tom Hanks, 'Forrest Gump.' Slow, yes. Retarded, maybe. Braces on his legs. But he charmed the pants off Nixon and won a ping-pong competition. That ain't retarded." . Kurt Lazarus
Forrest Gump (1994) has transcended the realm of mere cinema to become such a piece of Americana that turning a critical eye its way is almost blasphemy. I remember seeing director Robert Zemeckis' (Back to the Future, Polar Express) Academy Award winning effort during its theatrical run and, while it was cute, wondering what all the fuss was about (and being even more miffed at stealing the Best Picture Oscar from Pulp Fiction). Revisiting Gump over the years on home video, the main character's absurd adventures have slowly grown on me. Now I can happily state that though I still have minor reservations, watching Paramount's stellar Blu-ray release was thoroughly enjoyable.
Admittedly the movie, even as beloved as it is, »
Every time that a new Uwe Boll film comes out, I watch it hoping that this will be the film in which he succeeds in blowing me away; I haven’t had that happen yet. Sure, his next release, Rampage, looks like it may be his finest work to date -- but that is like saying a small bag of garbage is better than a large bag of garbage. Our buddies over at /Film have pointed out a new trailer for Boll’s next film titles Storm, or Final Storm if you check out the IMDb page.
To be honest, with Boll’s track record of video game movies, I fully expected Storm to be about the new Blackberry phone; however, the only synopsis I could find for Storm was on IMDb and it looks like I I’ll have to wait for that Blackberry film:
“A stranger named Silas »
- Paul Young
Darby Jones, Bela Lugosi in Zombies on Broadway Karloff & Lugosi Horror Classics: Boris Karloff Disc Matters do not improve much over on Bela Lugosi’s disc. Horror enthusiasts will likely experience a gargantuan case of buyer’s remorse during the first scenes of You’ll Find Out (1940). What they’ll find out is that this movie is a vehicle not for Bela Lugosi, but for comedian/bandleader Kay Kyser and his Kollege of Musical Knowledge band, featuring Ginny Simms, Sully Mason and Ish Kabibble (who appears to have been the visual inspiration for Jim Carrey’s Lloyd character in Dumb and Dumber). Kyser and company’s style of comedy has, shall we say, not aged well, but this is [...] »
- Dan Erdman
All I was aware of going into Observe and Report (2009) was Seth Rogen (Knocked Up, Superbad) plays a security guard at a mall suffering emotionally scarring attacks from a malicious flasher. Being a sucker for Rogen's brand of wacky, lowbrow humor that is all I needed to sell me on the premise. Yet the movie outflanked my expectations, as modest as they were, and for the most part not in a good way. Ronnie Barnhardt (Rogen) patrols Forest Ridge mall in the spirit of a small town sheriff maintaining order with stern attitude and judicious use of force (shoplifters, skateboarders and illegal parking are a constant threat) while trying to catch the eye of cosmetics saleswoman and local hottie, Brandi (Anna Farris) and claiming well earned complimentary coffee. When he not surprisingly fails to make headway in the flasher incidents, police detective Harrison (Ray Liotta from Goodfellas) takes over the investigation. »
12 items from 2009
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