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Stephen King's bloody teen masterpiece has been updated – but with few 21st-century additions and fewer still original touches
It is strange to think that the high school prom is an American tradition that Brits are attempting to import, despite Hollywood doing its best to warn us about it over the years, in all sorts of films. Supposedly a romantic event for teenagers, an appropriate night to lose one's virginity and an opportunity for the prom queen to experience a status boost equal to her wedding day, it has been regularly exposed on screen as a theatre of cruelty, anxiety and most of all, humiliation. The two classic texts are surely the Farrelly brothers' There's Something About Mary (1998), in which Ben Stiller gets his penis caught in his zipper, and Brian De Palma's Carrie (1976), in which Sissy Spacek gets a bucket of pig's blood tipped over her head. It is this second film, »
- Peter Bradshaw
November 14, 2014 Marks Dumb and Dumber 2 Debut. I'm still bewildered that a film like this is being made to begin with. The first film of 1994 helmed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly had its 1990s comedic moments, but to bring back the Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as two less-than-intelligent leads so many years later, whether Jennifer Lawrence (still stunned that she's on board) is in the cast or not, is quite absurd. It's not like the Farrelly's have any sort of crowd pulling power like the Coen brothers, since the majority of their films after the great There's Something About Mary, well, sucked for a lack of a more fitting word - Stuck on You, Fever Pitch, The Heartbreak Kid, Hall Pass and The Three Stooges. »
Odd List Simon Brew 15 Nov 2013 - 07:08
Lots of films are dedicated to, or in memory of someone. But it's not always clear why. We've been finding out...
Back when Breaking Bad returned for its final batch of episodes in August 2013, it had a dedication at the end of it. The card read 'Dedicated to our friend Kevin Cordasco'. As it turned out, Kevin Cordasco was a 16-year old who had been battling cancer for seven years, who had met both Bryan Cranston and Vince Gilligan. Cordasco died before he could ever get to see the episode dedicated to him.
I found this such a moving story, that it got me wondering about the dedications that appear on films, and what the story behind them was. After all, the dedications are there for a reason. What I uncovered was some funny stories, mainly extremely sad ones, and some extremely moving dedications. »
When she came on the scene in the mid-1990s, Cameron Diaz was a sweet-faced ingénue playing the adorable love interests in kooky comedies like The Mask, There's Something About Mary, and My Best Friend's Wedding. But with age, Diaz has been given the chance to work against her looks, whether it be dumbing them down with frizzy hair in Being John Malkovich or becoming a tattooed and terrifying sexual deviant in The Counselor. But apparently, in the upcoming Annie remake, she takes her chameleon craft a step further. Behold: Ms. Hannigan! I want you to meet someone. Her name is Ms.Hannigan. She ain't nice and she ain't pretty. #Annie pic.twitter.com/yRATzM6Oai. Cameron (@CameronDiaz) November 12, 2013 Sharing on Twitter, Diaz herself says Hannigan "ain't pretty." This might be true. The dye-job is rough, while her hair is frizzy. The jewelry is remarkably cheap and garish looking. »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 14 Nov 2013 - 06:19
The overlooked greats of the year 1998 come under the spotlight in our list of its 25 underappreciated movies...
Dominated as it was by the financial success of two giant killer asteroid movies, gross-out comedy hit There's Something About Mary and Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, 1998 proved to be an extraordinary year for cinema.
Okay, so history doesn't look back too fondly on Roland Emmerich's mishandled Godzilla remake, and Lethal Weapon 4 was hardly the best buddy-cop flick ever made, despite its handsome profit. But search outside the top-10 grossing films of that year, and you'll find all kinds of spectacular modern classics: Peter Weir's wonderful The Truman Show, John Frankenheimer's rock-solid thriller Ronin, and Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line.
Then there was The Big Lebowski, the Coen brothers' sublime comedy that has since become a deserved and oft-quoted cult favourite. »
Appearance: Ridiculously beautiful, of course. She's a film star.
What's she up to? Usual stuff: appearing in movies, treading the red carpet, having sex with a car.
Eh? Having sex with a car in her new film, The Counselor, which is released this week in the UK.
I'm joining the queue now. It'll probably be short. The film flopped in the Us.
But Cameron Diaz has sex with a car! What sort of car is it? Have a guess.
Austin Allegro? No.
Nissan Bluebird? You're not taking this seriously.
Skoda Fabia? Idiot. It's a yellow Ferrari California. Diaz climbs on to the windscreen, and – how do I put this delicately?
Are you blushing? Well, let's just say that she, well, stays on the windscreen until she has an orgasm, »
There's Something About Mary was Ben Stiller's first truly big Hollywood hit. And much of the credit for that movie's success goes not only to the funnyman's zany performance, but also to some hysterical gags hatched by sibling directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly, the most famous of which is the hair gel scene. Of course, as we all know, Stiller's sperm goes missing after a masturbation session and ends up dangling from his ear before his big date with Cameron Diaz, who played his high school crush, mistakes it for hair gel, and ends up going out sporting a pretty funky 'do! But now 15 years since Mary's release, the 47-year-old comic actor admits he didn't think audiences »
Cameron Diaz is returning to the big screen this week in The Counselor, but long before she was doing questionable things on top of cars, she starred in a Farrelly brothers classic. The crude romantic comedy There's Something About Mary costars Ben Stiller, and though it seems like just yesterday Ted was getting his "frank and beans" caught in his zipper, the hit actually came out 15 years ago! Here are some of our favorite lines; what are yours? "Have you seen my baseball?" - Warren "What about Brett Fav... ruh?" - Ted "Is that . . . is that hair gel?" - Mary »
- Maggie Pehanick
Cleveland's hottest cougar has found her latest prey! Chris Elliott is set to guest star in an upcoming episode of Hot in Cleveland, E! News has exclusively learned, and the Saturday Night Live vet has landed one juicy role: He's Betty White's new boyfriend! Seriously! When the fifth season of the hit comedy returns in the spring, Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli), Joy (Jane Leeves) and Victoria (Wendie Malick) are shocked when Elka takes an unexpectwed lover, the laid-back Luke, played by Elliott, in episode four. You know what we say? Do your thang, Elka! Also known for his work in films such as There's Something About Mary, Groundhog Day and the Scary Movie franchise, Elliott recurs on How I »
Fans of Dumb & Dumber have already been given a great treat with photos from Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey featuring themselves in full wardrobe, reprising their roles as Harry Dunne and Lloyd Christmas in Dumb & Dumber To. The comedy sequel takes place 20 years after the events of the original 1994 film, and by the time it hits the big screen next year, that's how much time will have passed. But it turns out Carrey and Daniels aren't the only characters returning. The Farrelly Brothers just posted a photo through their Twitter account showing a grown up Billy from 4C, the blind kid who bought Harry's headless parakeet. Here's a grown up Brady Bluhm back in Dumb & Dumber To as Billy in 4C from Twitter: Dumb & Dumber To is directed by Peter & Bobby Farrelly (Dumb & Dumber, There's Something About Mary) and written by Sean Anders & John Morris (Sex Drive, She's Out of My League »
- Ethan Anderton
Just recently, we featured a photo straight from Jim Carrey, giving us a close-up look at his infamous chipped tooth belonging to his dimwitted character Lloyd Christmas from the 1994 comedy Dumb & Dumber. Fans have been waiting awhile to see if the comedy sequel, Dumb & Dumber To, would get off the ground, and now we have evidence that Lloyd is back with Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels). By way of Twitter, Carrey just posted a picture from the set of the film featuring himself and Daniels in full wardrobe as Harry and Lloyd, and they're wearing pretty much the same thing they did at the end of the first film. Here's the first photo from the set of the Farrelly Brothers' Dumb & Dumber To via Jim Carrey: Jeff Daniels also posted this picture with Jim Carrey on Twitter: Dumb & Dumber To is directed by Peter & Bobby Farrelly (Dumb & Dumber, There's Something About Mary »
- Ethan Anderton
Odd List Simon Brew 20 Sep 2013 - 07:14
They don't make funny movies any more, right? Wrong. If you're looking for a laugh, then here are some you may have missed...
For this list, blame The Hangover Part III. It was whilst walking out of that film that I got into a chat with someone, who was bemoaning the lack of genuinely funny movie comedies. Certainly, big budget Hollywood comedies have no end of problems right now - with the occasional exception - but I couldn't help thinking of the many neglected gems that had gone through my DVD player over the past decade or so.
As such, I started to put this list together. It's inevitably subjective, as one person's comedy is another person's snore fest. But I've tried to dig out a mix of comedies from the past three decades that have either flown under the radar completely, or »
Lee Evans has revealed that he has no plans to return to Hollywood acting.
However, he explained that he found the experience a "nightmare" as he missed his family too much.
He told the London Evening Standard: "I will never go back to Hollywood. It was like a nightmare. I enjoyed it at the time, but I wanted to be back with my family - I love them!
"They keep asking me to do a film, but you just spend six months in a remote place living in a caravan."
"I'm an idiot. I'm not an actor. »
In anticipation of James Wan's (The Conjuring) new horror thriller Insidious Chapter 2, FilmDistrict announced today that participating theaters nationwide will host The Ultimate Insidious Experience - a one-night-only theatrical event giving fans the opportunity to catch the original Insidious playing back-to-back with early access to Insidious Chapter 2.
"Insidious Chapter 2 picks up exactly where the original left off - making a double feature all the more gratifying. As we open the next chapter, this gives Insidious fans the chance to take the edge-of-their-seat thrill ride to the next level."
The Ultimate Insidious Experience starts Thursday, September 12 in select theaters nationwide. Fans will have the option to buy a ticket for the double feature and see both back-to-back or buy a single ticket to the sequel granting them early access to Insidious Chapter 2 on Thursday, September 12. Check »
Having premiered back in 2011 at the Toronto International Film Festival, home-invasion horror You're Next has been earning some rave reviews of on the festival circuit. From director Adam Wingard & screenwriter Simon Barrett (A Horrible Way to Die, Autoerotic), the film - which has been described as "the freshest horror movie in decades" by E! Online - is now finally gearing up for its long-awaited release this month, hitting North American cinemas on August 23rd before arriving here in the UK on August 28th.
Presenting a fresh twist on the home-invasion horror, You're Next sees a gang of masked ax-wielding murderers descend upon a family reunion. When all looks lost, an unlikely guest of the family turns out to be the most talented killer of all. You're Next stars Sharni Vinson (Bait 3D), Nicholas Tucci (Choose), Wendy Glenn (666: The Prophecy), Aj Bowen (Hatchet II), Joe Swanberg (V/H/S), Amy Seimetz »
- Flickering Myth
The news is a feather in the cap for Ausfilm, which organised Mechanic.s trip to Oz two weeks ago to scout locations, inspect studio facilities and meet key crew, as part of its program of in-bound visits for offshore producers.
Based on a novel by Vonda McIntyre, The Moon & the Sun is an adult fairytale centring on Louis Xiv, who brings a mermaid into captivity in order to steal its life force. The King.s quest is complicated when he brings to Court the daughter of the mistress he always loved and the creature seeks out the girl. »
- Don Groves
Humor in the vein of The Hangover or There's Something About Mary has become predictable in its attempts to shock and disgust. We're the Millers is more of the same. The story is so painfully simple, the biggest surprise is that it took four writers (Bob Fisher and Steve Faber of Wedding Crashers and Sean Anders and John Morris of Sex Drive and Hot Tub Time Machine) to bring it to life.
Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball), Jason Sudeikis stars as David Clark, a thirtysomething pot dealer who gets in a bind the one time he tries to do the right thing. With his supplier's stash along with his own life savings stolen, David finds himself choosing between death and a simple drug-muling mission across the border in Mexico.
- Mike Saulters
It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school.
Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough.
Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.)
2. "The Wild Thornberries"
3. Dawson and Joey
5. Mr. Feeny
7. MTV playing music videos
9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks"
10. Levar Burton
13. "The Powerpuff Girls"
14. "Smart Guy"
15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings
16. "The X-Files"
17. Rosie O'Donnell
18. Bill Nye
19. "Dawson's Creek"
20. The Mighty Ducks"
21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark"
23. Rachel Green
24. Tim Allen
25. "All That"
26. "Beverly Hills 90210"
27. "Step by Step"
28. "The Ren & Stimpy Show"
29. "The Famous Jett Jackson"
30. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer »
- The Huffington Post
On July 15, 1998, "There's Something About Mary" was released into theaters with precious little in the way of expectations. Then a funny thing happened: The R-rated comedy -- from writer-director brothers Peter and Bobby Farrelly -- became a sleeper hit. "There's Something About Mary," which opened in fourth place during its first weekend, grossed over $176 million in North America over the next 23 weeks.
It was not hair gel, but "There's Something About Mary" was sticky nonetheless. In a sign of its incredibly longevity, the comedy was the No. 1 movie at the box office over Labor Day weekend in 1998, a full seven weeks after it debuted. There was indeed just something about "Mary."
Over the next 15 years, the success of "There's Something About Mary" would be felt throughout Hollywood. Following the film's release, stars Cameron Diaz and Ben Stiller would find themselves on Hollywood's A-list, while R-rated comedies soon became viable options for studios. »
- Christopher Rosen
While the movie starred a few actors who still remain on Hollywood's A-list, there are some other "Mary" players who took a step away from the spotlight.
To celebrate the classic Farrelly brothers flick that taught men to zip with caution, officially launched Cameron Diaz's star, and gave new meaning to the word infatuation, here's a look at what the cast of "There's Something About Mary" is up to now.
- Dana Taddeo
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