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Three days ago, Hugh Jackman decided to share his impersonation of Jim Carrey's The Mask in an Instagram video that quickly went viral. The star of that 1994 classic has now responded, sparking one very hilarious social media war. Yes, as you will see in the photo below, Jim Carrey is The Wolverine, and he is threatening his impersonation opponent with some deadly cutlery.
It's The Wolverine Vs. The Mask in what will surely be remembered as a showdown for the ages (well, in actuality you'll probably forget about it before you get home from work tonight). They both wear yellow costumes, they are both impervious to injury, and they're both flamboyant and loud superheroes! And they obviously like taking the piss out of one another, using the world as their platform. Though, this is more on the funny side. Don't expect this jovial beef to break out in the »
Steve Oedekerk's 2002 dubbed comedy Kung Pow: Enter the Fist is one of those comedies I'll always have to regret liking when I was around nine-or-ten years old. It's a sophomoric, slappy-happy rip-off of Woody Allen's What's Up, Tiger Lily written with all the sophistication and charm of two middle-school boys riffing on a copy of an old 1970s martial arts feature. It probably had to do with my love of kung fu -- something I still adore today -- and being of the right age. This is all to say, it's one of those black marks in my film-loving life from which I constantly atone for. It didn't make a dent in the box office, but I suppose it had a modern following on home video who clamored up its irreverence in a pre-YouTube era as I did then. Does that warrant the need to have a sequel »
- Will Ashton
Comedy sequels are often pure tripe. For every 22 Jump Street there’s at least 40 of the ilk of Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. Ted 2 veers closer to the former, even though you might expect Seth MacFarlane to favour Jim Carrey emerging from a Rhino’s anus to anything resembling character development.
Surprisingly though, something about Ted 2 just works, and it arguably stems from the core plot itself. In the original Ted, the worn-out narrative of ‘my girlfriend wants me to grow up’ gave the film a fairly negative through-line. That, coupled with the relentless gross-out gags and consequence-free drug humour, culminated in a film that had laughs, but wasn’t particularly likeable. And that’s coming from a writer who has happily fallen asleep to Family Guy re-runs on BBC3 more times than he can remember. »
Poldark wrapped up its first series with strong ratings on Sunday (April 26), according to overnight figures.
Aidan Turner's period drama brought in 5.87m at 9pm on BBC One, adding more than 400,000 viewers from last week. Earlier in the evening, Countryfile continued to top the ratings with 6.39m (34.5%) at 7pm, while Antiques Roadshow interested 5.78m (26.3%) at 8pm.
On BBC Two, coverage of World Championship Snooker was seen by 940k (5.0%) at 7pm, before Coast Australia averaged 1.02m (4.6%) at 8.15pm, and Hunters of the South continued with 1.14m (4.9%) at 9pm.
ITV's Celebrity Squares remained consistent with 2.04m (10.7%) for its latest episode at 7.15pm (76k/0.3% on +1). Vera followed with 4.70m (20.8%) at 8pm (318k/1.6%).
On Channel 4, Three in a Bed entertained 650k (3.5%) at 7pm (117k/0.5%), while For the Love of Cars dipped to 1.22m (5.5%) at 8pm (210k/0.9%). Later, The Impossible captivated 1.37m (7.3%) at 9pm (229k/2.0%).
The MTV Movie Awards never pretended to be the Oscars. This is the ceremony, after all, that one time handed a Golden Popcorn trophy to Friday the 13th slasher Jason Voorhees for his Lifetime Achievement. They gave Jim Carrey a Best Male Performance trophy for Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. which is the worst Ace Ventura movie. And they honored the Twilight films with Best Movie trophies On Four Separate Occasions! So yeah, we expect a little insanity when the MTV Movie Awards nominations come out. But the following 10 nominees are some of the most head-scratchingly bizarre recognitions, for assorted reasons. Let.s whittle through this year.s crop of potential MTV Movie Award winners to see who.s surprised to be included, and what bizarre categories in which they find themselves. Jennifer Lopez, Best Scared-As-Shit Performance Forty days. That.s how long Jennifer Lopez.s sultry, cheesy thriller The »
The Rewrite, 2014
Written and directed by Marc Lawrence
An Oscar-winning writer in a slump leaves Hollywood to teach screenwriting at a college on the East Coast, where he falls for a single mom taking classes there.
Hugh Grant is an actor who seemingly can’t reinvent himself. Back in the late 90s, Jim Carrey realised that his comedy days were probably behind him after the mediocre success of Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls and instead made the move to riskier projects like sci-fi dramas (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Minds) or psychological thrillers (Number 23). Admittedly, it was a mixed bag of results and he ended up going back to rubbish comedy sequels like Dumb and Dumber To, but it was a period when he felt as fresh as he did when he first burst onto the scene in 1993. Grant has never done this. »
- Luke Owen
6 items from 2015
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