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The internet is choked with nostalgia for the youth-oriented entertainments of the not-too-distant past. With Memory Wipe, The A.V. Club takes a look at some of our formative favorites with clearer eyes and asks that all-important question: Were they really that great to begin with?
I hate Austin Powers. I don’t mean Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery, a movie I saw shortly after it debuted on May 2, 1997, while I was home from college, catching it with a group of friends and laughing our dirtweed-smoking asses off. Granted, I didn’t fall in love with Austin Powers the way I did Wayne’s World and the underrated Wayne’s World 2 (to compare it to Mike Myers’ other most successful franchise), nor in the way that so many others seemed to at the time. But I have fond and specific memories of that screening, and I ...
- Sean O'Neal
When “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” opened May 2, 1997, Variety described it as an “odd mix of sophisticated and lowbrow humor” but was enthused about the Mike Myers-Jay Roach collaboration. The film had cost less than $20 million so it was profitable with a modest $67 million worldwide. There was no deal in place for a sequel, but New Line execs noticed the comedy was a huge hit in home video and on cable. When the studio greenlit a sequel, many rival execs were surprised: They were still defining success solely by domestic box office.
Boosted by massive marketing tie-ins, 1999’s “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” saw a spectacular domestic opening weekend of $55 million and completed its global run with $312 million. “Austin Powers in Goldmember” (2002) scored $296 million worldwide. After many years, rumors persist that a fourth edition is imminent. As Powers himself would say, “Yeah, baby!”
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- Tim Gray
Author: Scott Davis
Yeah, baby! Can you believe that Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery turns 20 years old this year. The comedy, which was the brainchild of star Mike Myers, has enjoyed a long-standing place in many homes across the world and is widely regarded as one of the great parody comedies of all time.
When it was first released the film wasn’t a huge smash-hit at the box office, grossing around $67million across the globe. But when it was released on VHS and DVD the film became massively successful and helped lead to its two sequels: The Spy Who Shagged Me, released in 1999, grossed $358.2million worldwide; while it’s follow-up, Goldmember, grossed $324million.
Many had hoped to see a fourth film in the series but thus far it hasn’t yet come to fruition. But speaking to The Hollywood Reporter to mark the anniversary of the first film, »
- Scott Davis
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is celebration its 20th anniversary this week so naturally people are reminiscing with some great stories. My favorite story of the day has to involve the fact that the movie had to cover up Mike Meyers’ butt cheeks in order to avoid an R-rating. Considering how much other sexual innuendos there were in the film, it’s comical that this was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Another juicy tidbit that we picked up today revolves around those pesky ill-tempered sea bass used in the movie, or should I say not used. In Dr.
The Real Reason Dr. Evil Used Ill-Tempered Sea Bass In Austin Powers »
- Nat Berman
Mike Myers may be ready to slip back into a familiar character.
The 53-year-old comedian reflected on the upcoming 20th anniversary of Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, and how his father's death inspired him to create the hilarious British spy character.
"After my dad died in 1991, I was taking stock of his influence on me as a person and his influence on me with comedy in general," Myers said in an interview with Hollywood Reporter, published on Thursday. "So Austin Powers was a tribute to my father, who [introduced me to] James Bond, Peter Sellers, The Beatles, The Goodies, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore."
Austin Powers debuted on May 2, 1997, the sequel, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, hit theaters in 1999, and was followed by 2002's Austin Powers: Gold Member, co-starring Beyonce. All three films were directed by Jay Roach.
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Yeah, baby! Yeah! It's been 20 years since the release of SNL alum Mike Myers' Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery, and to celebrate the occasion several members of the Austin Powers cast and crew recently sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to share a chin-wag about the raunchy comedic film series. In addition to talking about bringing the Austin Powers character back for... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
Mike Myers has expressed interest in returning to his groovy character, Austin Powers. It's been 15 years since the last Austin Powers movie and two decades since Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. Now seems as good a time as ever to bring the franchise back and director Jay Roach and creator/star Mike Myers might be ready to dust off the 1960s wardrobe for Austin Powers 4.
The Hollywood Reporter sat down with most of the cast and Roach to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Austin Powers where both Jay Roach and Myers expressed interest in doing a Austin Powers 4. Myers said that he would love to do another film, but has his reservations.
" I would love to do another, but you just have to see. I was devastated by my father's death. But to have that turn into something that makes people happy is unbelievably satisfying. It's that »
It’s a bit of a mystery (pun intended) as to why we haven’t seen Austin Powers 4 yet. Admittedly, Mike Myers is far from the bona fide box office star he was back in the late 80s and into the 90s, but all three films in the series did quite well upon release, pleasing audiences and turning a pretty decent profit for the studio. Still, a fourth instalment has never come to fruition and though it is getting to be a bit too late for it to happen now, Myers is still interested.
The last outing for the franchise, Austin Powers in Goldmember, debuted back in 2002, but as Myers tells The Hollywood Reporter, he’s still up for another one.
“I would love to do another, but you just have to see. I was devastated by my father’s death. But to have that turn into something that »
- Mark Cassidy
It’s been 20 years since Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery was released in theaters, which means it’s been about 15 years since somebody unironically asked, “Do I make you horny?” In that time, the bawdy, madcap franchise has gone from being a surprise smash hit to a sometimes embarrassing reminder of the nation’s questionable comedic tastes. But whether or not you think the humor of Austin Powers holds up, there’s no denying the film had a massive cultural impact, giving us everything from incessant Dr. Evil impressions to this Heineken ad:
In a new piece from The Hollywood Reporter, Austin Powers creator and star Mike Myers, directer Jay Roach, and the rest of the principal cast reflect on their experience of making what is essentially the “Macarena” of films two decades after its release. The initial concept—which Myers describes as a tribute to his ...
- Dan Neilan
It’s hard to believe “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” is set to celebrate its 20th anniversary on May 2, considering its continued pop culture relevance. Released in 1997, the brainchild of “Saturday Night Live” star and Canadian-born funnyman Mike Myers –who also holds a British passport thanks to his English-born parents — became one […] »
- Julia Lennox
27 April 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery would be a worldwide sensation. Test audiences gave it piddling scores. Its premiere at the Chinese Theatre was such a sleepy affair, nobody even bothered to take Seth Green's photograph ("It felt like it wasn't happening," he recalls).
The New Line Cinema film performed respectably, if not spectacularly, in U.S. theaters — grossing $53.9 million, off a budget of $16.5 million — but Princess Diana's fatal car crash that August didn't help set the mood for its Sept. 5 U.K. »
- Ryan Parker
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