12 items from 2014
Actor Cary Elwes did a Reddit Ama this week, timed with the Oct. 14 release of As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride. During the Ama, he answered questions about many of the films he's made, from Dracula to Saw and Liar Liar. But all most people wanted to know about was, naturally, his most beloved work, and the only one he wrote an entire book about: The Princess Bride. Below, behold 13 surprising facts and details Elwes revealed in his Ama. 1. Elwes had a broken toe while filming the infamous sword fight scene with Inigo Montoya »
- Carolyn Todd
“You peruse the Internet and see things like, ‘How much makeup is in his hair to get that gray? Stop trying to make him look like George Clooney,'” Annable says with a laugh. “I spend 10 seconds in hair and 10 seconds in makeup. I couldn’t look any more like me!”
The actor, who credits the »
Cris Cab is proof that persistence, hard work, and a little bit of luck pay off. Six years ago, when he was 15, Cab met Pharrell Williams through mutual family friends. “This friend was nice enough to bring me into the studio.” Cab played Williams music he’d produced in his bedroom. “He gave me some great advice,” Cab recalls. He put what Williams taught him to good use and began recording again. A few years later, “Pharrell heard I was making music again and he brought me back into the studio and taught me about recording and writing and producing,” Cab says. “It’s all been amazing.” Indeed, while it may seem in the United States like Cab is an overnight sensation, his video for “Liar, Liar,” a song co-written and produced, by Williams, has already hit 30 million views on YouTube and the song landed on the iTunes top 10 in more than 30 countries. »
- Melinda Newman
Have you ever considered the job of Location Manager? I can quickly confess that I have not despite often considering plentiful jobs that go on behind the scenes on motion pictures. The Credits discusses the complicated work with Catou Kearney the Location Manager of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. It's a technically challenging movie, not least of which because they shot so much outdoors and needed a lushly overgrown forest.
The apes ... have created a vast forest utopia. Finding such a place, one that looks as abundant as the script demands, but that could also support a large crew and a ton of equipment, takes months of research, legwork, and a few thousand phone calls. Kearney is a seasoned location manager, and relishes the opportunity. “It’s like putting a ten-thousand piece puzzle together,” she says. “When that last piece falls into place, there’s nothing like it. »
- NATHANIEL R
With a potential comeback on the cards for Jim Carrey, Rob looks through the hidden gems of his career.
Alrighty then. To get straight to the point – Jim Carrey’s career hasn’t been up to much lately has it? Certainly as leading man, at least. His last big-hitter was 2009’s A Christmas Carol, while his most recent leading role was 2011’s Mr Popper’s Penguins.
His latest performance outside of cameos was an interesting part in Kick Ass 2 though, a promising turn which left many audience-members wanting more from his character. With the trailer dropping recently for Dumb And Dumber To as well, the hints of a comeback for the iconic performer have continued to grow.
There’s been more positivity towards Dumb And Dumber To in comments than we might have expected (although this welcoming response was far from unanimous), which is undeniably a positive sign for the fledgling star. »
To mark the release of Leverage Season 5 on 14th April, we’ve been given 5 copies to give away on DVD.
The final season of this much-loved TV hit follows former insurance agency investigator Nathan Ford (Academy Award® winner Timothy Hutton) and his team of highly skilled, tech-savvy grafters in this latest instalment, which continues the edgy drama of highly successful previous seasons of the show.
Season 5 features powerful cameos from guest stars including; Cary Elwes (Liar Liar, The Princess Bride), Matthew Lillard (The Bridge, Scream),Treat Williams (127 Hours, Once Upon a Time in America), Neil Hopkins (Skyline, Detour), Adam Baldwin (Full Metal Jacket, Chuck) and Fred Ward (The Player, Escape From Alcatraz).
In this grand finale the team of former top-criminals have relocated to new headquarters in Portland, Oregon and are embarking on some of their biggest ‘unorthodox’ cases to date. This final chapter of the show explores the trust among each of the members, »
It may be a formulaic knockabout comedy, but beneath the surface of this early Jim Carrey outing lurks a compelling honesty and an important life lesson
Courtrooms and curses: two anchoring Hollywood notions. Audiences love a courtroom drama. And they'll buy in to a curse any curse, from a body swap to a distasteful compulsion or an unwanted power as long as there's an adorable kid involved in its conception or application.
I like to think that when screenwriters Paul Guay and Stephen Mazur first sketched out Liar Liar, they'd just emerged from back-to-back screenings of To Kill a Mockingbird and Big, or maybe Twelve Angry Men and Vice Versa (a film from 1988, should you be unfamiliar with it, in which Fred Savage, with the help of a magical Buddhist skull, curses Judge Reinhold to spend a week as a preteen). Guay and Mazur saw a curse and a courtroom »
- Tom Lamont
We all know that Jim Carrey is a funny guy. With a resume full of projects that range from Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Liar Liar to his work on Saturday Night Live and In Living Color, it's hard to find someone who hasn't been amused by at least one thing he's appeared in. However, as funny as Carrey can be, his filmography isn't without its clunkers, especially lately. With generic and bland bullshit like Fun With Dick And Jane and Mr. Popper's Penguins, it sucks to see him playing »
The messed-up machinations of bored, oversexed stepsiblings Kathryn Merteuil and Sebastian Valmont aren’t quite as shocking in 2014 as they were when Cruel Intentions was released on March 5, 1999. (Blame Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and a zillion other glitzy/scandalous imitators.)
That said, Cruel Intentions is still an enormously entertaining teen movie, even 15 years (gulp) after its initial release — thanks to an uncommonly sharp script, a killer soundtrack, and, most importantly, an impeccable cast, which featured future Oscar winners and future Sharknado stars alike. Well, one of each, but you get the picture. Whoever headed up this franchise had a »
- Hillary Busis
It started so well; two of Hollywood’s hottest properties making self-deprecating jokes about how they were the perfect age to snare a younger demographic of viewer for a ceremony which had been shedding ratings faster than it added minutes to its running time. For Anne Hathaway and James Franco, that would be as good as it got, the remainder of their hosting duties for the 83rd Academy Awards was made up of unintelligible ramblings and a Western’s worth of tumbleweeds.
They weren’t really to blame, well Hathaway anyway, because this had been one of the few times that the Academy had opted for a non-comedian occupying the Kodak Theatre stage. There was 2009’s soft-focus Hugh Jackman sing-along, and in 1995 David Letterman gave us the cringe-worthy “Oprah. Uma. Uma. Oprah” moment of infamy. Both examples underline that the appeal of the host, and by proxy their laugh quota, »
- Matt Rodgers
It's easy to forget that, two decades ago, Jim Carrey was just a talented TV sketch comedian who'd been trying for a decade to break into films. (Remember his roles in "Peggy Sue Got Married," "The Dead Pool," or "Earth Girls Are Easy"? Didn't think so.) But then came "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" (released 20 years ago this week, on February 4, 1994), in which Carrey starred as a hyperactive sleuth tasked with finding the Miami Dolphins' kidnapped mascot, and suddenly, he was an A-list box office draw.
Critics didn't think much of the puerile Ace, whose favorite gag was talking through his butt cheeks. But audiences loved him, enough to make Carrey an overnight star after 10 years of trying, and enough to put the film on permanent rotation on basic cable for the next 20 years.
Still, as many times as you've seen "Ace Ventura," there's probably a lot you don't know about »
- Gary Susman
This week we got the first picture of Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in Dumb and Dumber To, the latest in Carrey's long career filled with lots of laughs - and a few tears. Are you as versed on the actor's filmography as you think? Find out by matching each picture to the movie it's from. Question 1 of 5 ? Name that movie: Liar Liar Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Fun With Dick and Jane Dumb & Dumber »
- Maggie Pehanick
12 items from 2014
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