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Dumb and Dumber To, 2014
Directed by The Farrelly Brothers
20 years since their first adventure, Lloyd and Harry go on a road trip to find Harry’s newly discovered daughter, who was given up for adoption.
Fans of Dumb and Dumber have been clamouring for a sequel for a long time. The original is thought to be not just one of the funniest comedies of the decade, but possibly of all-time. It was a box office smash and came out at a time when anything Jim Carrey touched turned to gold, but those times have changed. Carrey hasn’t released a decent comedy since Bruce Almighty and his co-star Jeff Daniels has moved on to serious dramas and impressive performances in TV shows like The Newsroom. Twenty years is a long time.
In short, Dumb and Dumber To is embarrassing. »
- Luke Owen
As ever, spoilers for the episode follow...
‘Young Harvey Dent!” I said to myself, excitedly. It’s about time: Two-Face is the most iconic of all Batman villains and his duality is as much a metaphor for the struggle between man and vigilante as it is a tragedy with which we can sympathise. Joker might be more emblemic, more primordial, more mythological – the yang to Batman’s yin – but Harvey Dent and Two-Face are the flip-side of the two-headed coin to Bruce Wayne and Batman. I have been wanting to see his younger self in action since the pilot and now is definitely the right time to introduce him.
Oddly enough, the episode appears to have a bit of a multiple personality disorder of its own: it doesn’t seem able to focus on any one aspect of the show for too long and it keeps »
Exclusive: After November’s Dumb And Dumber To scored $128 million worldwide (and counting), it’s a no-brainer that Red Granite would want to stay in the Jim Carrey business. I hear the finance and production shingle led by Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland has snapped up comedy pitch Deep Cover from writer Johnny Rosenthal. If deal sticks it’ll be a starring vehicle for Carrey, continuing his successful relationship with Red Granite, while Carrey would also produce alongside Michael Aguilar for their Some Kind Of Garden banner.
Plot details of the original pitch are being kept under wraps. This summer Rosenthal sold The Three Tenors to Lionsgate. He’s also got action comedy Iron Jack in development at Sony and wrote Bad Santa 2 for Dimension.
- Jen Yamato
We're taking a hard stance this year: the 2000 feature film version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas is better than the 1966 TV cartoon special. We are Not grinches for saying that! Let us explain. 1. Jim Carrey was born to play this role. Ever seen The Mask? He's got the market for green, funny characters on lock! 2. We can't even with this cartoon. What is that supposed to be? It's like an obese version of the Mucinex mascot. 3. There's a baby Grinch and a 'lil Grinch in the live action movie, and we want to pinch those cheeks! 4. The cartoon Grinch's Rbf (resting bitch face) makes us legitimately uncomfortable. 5. Ok, this has nothing to do with the »
I’ve been hearing this armchair casting presented online for what seems like a decade. What every comic fan claims to be ‘the perfect casting’. A character that has a huge presence in the comic book community. Certainly not a marquee character by any stretch of the imagination, but a fervent following of fans who have been waiting for the tidal wave of comic book adaptations to sweep the ‘Merc with a Mouth’ onto the big screen. Now their wish has finally come true.
Ryan Reynolds has been confirmed for the role, and the Deadpool movie will presumably make its debut in 2016 crammed into an ever-expanding slate of superhero stories. In spite of all the words wasted proclaiming this concept to be sacrosanct, I’m wondering if this is something we really need to see »
- Anghus Houvouras
The comedic goofiness of Jim Carrey has brought life to some of the more strange and silly characters in cinema. We.ve even seen him put his spin on comic book characters such as Riddler in Joel Schumacher.s Batman Forever, Stanley Ipkiss in The Mask and more recently as Colonel Stars and Stripes in Kick-Ass 2. But, arguably what could have been his greatest comic book villain role is left as a 'what if'. Carrey might have have played alien supercomputer, Brainiac, in the 1990s canceled movie Superman Lives. Carrey came pretty close too. If the movie had gone into production, he would have had a shot. Concept artist, Rolf Mohr recently shared what had happened during his time on the defunct Tim Burton movie, Superman Lives, and included a Jim Carrey name drop. Comic Book Movie reports that Mohr explained the character in detail, and the difficulty he »
Horrible Bosses 2, 2014
Directed by Sean Anders
Dale, Kurt and Nick decide to start their own business but things don’t go as planned because of a slick investor, prompting the trio to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme.
Getting a comedy sequel right is a very, very tricky task and its so often done wrong. For every 22 Jump Street, American Pie 2 or Wayne’s World 2, you get The Hangover 2, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Son of The Mask, Men in Black II, Blues Brothers 2000, Porky’s Revenge etc. The ratio of bad to good is almost staggering. So the fact that Horrible Bosses 2 is actually half-decent is a miracle unto itself.
The first Horrible Bosses was quite the surprise hit among critics and rightly so. »
- Luke Owen
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 »
It pains me to write this, but: Cameron Diaz has had a rough few years, career-wise. For the past half-decade, she's starred mostly in films that failed critically, commercially, or both. The role call: Sex Tape, The Other Woman, The Counselor, Gambit (which wasn't even released theatrically in the Us), What to Expect When You're Expecting, The Green Hornet, Knight and Day, and The Box. (A few exceptions: Bad Teacher, which got mixed reviews but grossed over $100 million—enough to inspire both a quickly-canceled CBS sitcom and a sequel, which is still in development—My Sister's Keeper, which landed more »
- Hillary Busis
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
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
We got our first glimpse of Gotham’s coin-flipping mildly-psychotic Harvey Dent this week. Here’s Rob’s review…
This review contains spoilers.
1.9 Harvey Dent
Holy elaborate plan to steal explosives, Batman! This week’s Gotham was of the disappointing variety, failing to do much with the aftermath of Bullock’s game-changing rallying-the-troops moment from last week. While we had our hopes up for the newly-invigorated Gcpd to start properly digging into the Wayne murder case, instead we got a disjointed selection of narrative strands that didn’t really settle into a cohesive whole.
Things didn’t exactly get off to a dynamite start, when convicted-explosives-expert-turned-plot-device Ian Hargrove enacted the most predictable in-transit break-out of all time. The revelation that someone else other than Hargrove was causing trouble was incredibly tame, and anyone who tuned into that segment with no prior Gotham knowledge would surely have thought the show was »
After a decisive victory on Friday, Dumb and Dumber To held on to the top spot this weekend and beat most expectations in the process. An expected challenge from Disney holdover Big Hero 6 fell a bit short, which left the comedy sequel the undisputed box office champ. Ddt opened with an estimated $38 million this weekend – easily surpassing the high end of its projections. The sequel now ranks as the highest domestic debut ever for the Farrelly Brothers, topping 2000’s Me, Myself and Irene even after adjusting for inflation. Both Big Hero 6 and Interstellar had strong sophomore holds, though neither was able to overtake Harry and Lloyd in the end. Title Friday Total 1. Dumb and Dumber To $38,053,000 $38 2. Big Hero 6 $36,010,000 $111.6 3. Interstellar $29,100,000 $97.8 4. Beyond the Lights $6,500,000 $6.5 5. Gone Girl $4,625,000 $152.7 6. St. Vincent $4,025,000 $33.2 7. Fury $3,810,000 $76 8. Nightcrawler $3,038,000 $25 9. Ouija $3,025,000 $48.1 10. Birdman $2,450,000 $11.57 Full story after the jump. Way, way back in December 1994 the unknown filmmaking duo of Peter and »
- Nicole Pedersen
Dumb and Dumber To hits theaters this weekend, and the comedy sequel will likely be the biggest Jim Carrey movie in years. It may be getting horrible reviews, but the original Dumb and Dumber is such a masterpiece that many will want to catch up with Harry Dunne and Lloyd Christmas regardless.
Now we have a question for you: What's the greatest Jim Carrey movie? Feel free to go with a 1990s classic comedy like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective or The Mask, a more serious work like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind »
It's hard to believe that 20 years have passed since The Farrelly Brothers brought audiences the silly comedy Dumb & Dumber. It was the directorial debut of Peter & Bobby Farrelly, and they were lucky to land the rubber faced comedy star that was Jim Carrey just as his career skyrocketed following the release of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and The Mask earlier in the same year (yes, all three of these movies came out in 1994), and his pairing with Jeff Daniels was more than intriguing. Now here we are 20 years later, and the lovable idiots Harry Dunne and Lloyd Christmas are back for another road trip in Dumber & Dumber To, and while the energy is still there, the comedy just doesn't land the same after two decades. More below! It's amazing that Dumb & Dumber To even exists, but what's more impressive is that the sequel feels like no time has passed aside »
- Ethan Anderton
Believe it or not, Jim Carrey has graced the big screen for over 30 years.
Carrey started off as a stand-up comic in Canada, but veered towards TV and film a few years after his move to Hollywood. The actor landed a variety of roles in no time, and Carrey's big break came in the early '90s on the popular sketch comedy show "In Living Color" (1990-1994). After becoming a featured player on the show, Carrey was offered the lead roles in "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," "The Mask," and "Dumb and Dumber" -- all in 1994. Yeah, he did all right. This fall, Carrey returns to one of his landmark roles, playing the affable goof Lloyd Christmas in "Dumb and Dumber To."
1. James Eugene Carrey was born January 17, 1962 in Ontario, Canada to Kathleen Oram and Percy Carrey. »
- Jonny Black
Once upon a time, the Farrelly Brothers constructed sight gags capable of reaching new heights (or depths, as the case may be). Right about the time Brett Favre was murdering comedy in There’s Something About Mary, however, they abandoned their bread and butter in favor of a “comic spaghetti” approach. Meaning, they throw as many gags at the wall as possible and see what sticks. Thanks to the comic chemistry of Carrey and Daniels, Dumb and Dumber To is just sticky enough to justify its existence.
It’s almost impossible to remember what a sensation Dumb and Dumber was back in 1994. Not only was it the driving force that introduced Jim Carrey to the world (along with The Mask and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, »
- J.R. Kinnard
Do you have a “golden year”, the year where everything seemed to come together? Maybe you got the perfect job and met Ms. or Mr. Right all within just a few months. Well, for Mr. Jim Carrey a good case could be made for 1994. After putting in several years on TV (“The Duck Factory” “In Living Color”) along with sporadic screen roles (from The Dead Pool to Once Bitten), his career went super-nova with the unexpected smash Ace Ventura, Pet Detective in the first few months of that year. In the Summer it was another box office bonanza with The Mask. But the icing on the cake may have been his holiday-time hit Dumb And Dumber. In the ensuing two decades, Jim’s had his highs and lows, even supporting up and coming new comedy flick stars like Steve Carrell in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone last year. He’s also tackled some dramatic roles, »
- Jim Batts
Nearly 20 years later, a sequel to Dumb and Dumber finally arrives in theaters this weekend.Playing at 3,153 locations, Dumb and Dumber To could be in a close race for first place against holdovers Big Hero 6 and Interstellar.Relativity Media is also releasing Beyond the Lights at 1,789 locations, while Birdman is expanding nationwide after four strong weeks in limited release. It's also a busy weekend at the specialty box office, with Saving Christmas, Rosewater, Foxcatcher and The Homesman all debuting.Dumb and Dumber arrived at the end of 1994, which capped a year in which Jim Carrey went from unknown to A-list in remarkably quick fashion. Earlier that year, Carrey starred in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and The Mask, which earned $72.2 million and $119.9 million, respectively. Dumb and Dumber would prove to be an even bigger hit with $127.2 million, or the equivalent of over $240 million today.For the next decade, Jim Carrey »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Dumb And Dumber was one of those creatures that can exist only in a Hollywood ecosystem. It made a pretty healthy splash 20 years ago, opening at No. 1 with $16.4M on its way to a $127.2M domestic take. But getting stars Jim Carrey (then just coming off The Mask) and Jeff Daniels (who had wrapped Speed) reunited proved a logistical hurdle that couldn’t be leapt, and the stars went on their separate ascensions, seemingly leaving a franchise stillborn. But a DVD cult behemoth was spawned in their absence, and, two decades later, the long-awaited (by Farrelly fanatics, at least) reunion Dumb And Dumber To could bring the men to a place they haven’t seen in years: atop the box office.
Ddt will graduate on 3,152 screens this weekend and, given the success of raunchy comedy lately, seems likely to capture box office with a haul of $30 million-$32 million. The $40M movie, »
- Scott Bowles
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