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Verne Troyer Dead at Age 49

Verne Troyer Dead at Age 49
Verne Troyer has died earlier today at the age of 49. The news was announced via the actor's social media on Saturday. Troyer is most famous for playing Dr. Evil's sidekick, Mini-Me in Austin Powers, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Austin Powers in Goldmember. Along with a photo of the actor, who was born with the genetic disorder known as achondroplasia dwarfism, the statement on his official Instagram read, "It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today. Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change...
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Dr. Evil Gets Fired by Trump in Austin Powers Jimmy Fallon Sketch

Dr. Evil Gets Fired by Trump in Austin Powers Jimmy Fallon Sketch
Austin Powers villain Dr. Evil is back. But he's not doing so good. Actor and comedian Mike Myers made an appearance on NBC's The Tonight Show to promote his role in the Margot Robbie thriller Terminal, in theaters May 11, where he brought back one of his most beloved characters. During Jimmy Fallon's monologue, the host was commenting on the numerous members of President Donald Trump's cabinet who were fired recently, when he revealed that Mike Myers' Dr. Evil was recently let go by the Trump Administration. Dr. Evil revealed that he was initially set to be the Secretary of Evil, but Steve Bannon already had that position, a reference to the President's former strategist.

Dr. Evil, sporting his iconic grey outfit and the sizable scar across his face, said that he would ultimately just serve as an "ideas guy" in the President's cabinet, stating that the infamous border
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Verne Troyer Is ‘Getting the Best Care Possible’ After Hospitalization

  • The Wrap
Verne Troyer Is ‘Getting the Best Care Possible’ After Hospitalization
Verne Troyer, the actor best known for his portrayal of Mini-Me in the “Austin Powers” films, was hospitalized Monday night after emergency personnel responded to a call at his North Hollywood residence.

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department told TheWrap that there was a call regarding a medical emergency, resulting in Troyer being transported to a local hospital.

A Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson told TheWrap on Tuesday that personnel responded at 8:34 p.m. to a “reported poisoning” at an address listed as Troyer’s, resulting in a transport to a hospital.
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Fire And Fury: Jay Roach Will Direct the TV Series About President Donald Trump

Jay Roach Will Direct the Fire and Fury TV Series

Jay Roach has been chosen to direct Fire and Fury, the book-to-film adaptation of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Roach previously directed: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Meet the Parents, Borat, Brüno, Game Change, and Mark Felt: The Man Who [...]

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Austin Powers Masks Are A Popular Halloween Costume Again Thanks to Baby Driver

Some of the best Halloween costumes each year are based on popular movies that hit theaters in the months leading up to the spooky holiday. Now one of the funniest moments in Baby Driver seems to have followed that pattern and is most likely going to be a popular Halloween costume this year.

The masks are used in Edgar Wright's summer blockbuster, during a robbery when a trio of criminals accidentally buy three Mike Myers masks instead of the intended, and much scarier masked used by Halloween antagonist Michael Myers (the joke being that the fictitious killer and actor have the same name). You can watch the hilarious robbery scene below.

Apparently, the Austin Powers masks have sold out on costume sites and are no longer available on Amazon or eBay. And at least one Halloween site contacted by The Hollywood Reporter is kicking itself for not thinking to
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Memory Wipe: Does Austin Powers still hold up? Mostly, baby

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 ...
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Yeah, Baby! ‘Austin Powers’ Shagged Its Way to Theaters 20 Years Ago

Yeah, Baby! ‘Austin Powers’ Shagged Its Way to Theaters 20 Years Ago
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!”

The nothing-is-sacred
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Mike Myers still keen on Austin Powers 4 as the original film turns 20

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,
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The Real Reason Dr. Evil Used Ill-Tempered Sea Bass In Austin Powers

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
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Mike Myers Says He Would Love To Do Another 'Austin Powers' Movie

Mike Myers Says He Would Love To Do Another 'Austin Powers' Movie
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.

Flashback: Working Out with Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, Kevin Nealon & Mike Myers in ‘93

"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.

The film series
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Yeah, baby! Mike Myers says he'd love to do another Austin Powers film

  • JoBlo
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...
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Mike Myers Still Wants Austin Powers 4

Mike Myers Still Wants Austin Powers 4
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
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Mike Myers Still Interested In Austin Powers 4

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
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Great Job, Internet!: An oral history of Austin Powers, the movie that shagged us

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 ...
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Mike Myers And More Spill Secrets Behind ‘Austin Powers’ 20 Years Later

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 […]
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'Austin Powers' at 20: Mike Myers, Jay Roach, More Spill Secrets in Shagadelic Oral History

'Austin Powers' at 20: Mike Myers, Jay Roach, More Spill Secrets in Shagadelic Oral History
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....
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Watch: Scammer Is Shaving Kittens and Selling Them as Expensive, Exotic Hairless Cats in Canada

Anyone remember Mr. Bigglesworth? Dr. Evil’s hairless cat was the breakout star of Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, and in real life hairless cats are a very real — and very prized — breed. They’re called Sphynx cats, and purebreds can go for over $1,000.

And given that all you’d have to do to create a bootleg Sphynx is shave a regular cat, it’s a little surprising this is the first we’ve heard of this hoax, but it doesn’t make it any less weird.

Shayla Bastarche, of Alberta, Canada, said she saw a Craigslist ad selling
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Austin Powers director Jay Roach on the potential future of the franchise

Next year will mark 20 years since the release of Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, and director Jay Roach has been speaking to Simon Thompson of Forbes about the anniversary of the hit spy series, and whether he and star Mike Myers have any plans to revisit the franchise.

“We are always talking about how we can keep it going,” said Roach, who directed all three of the movies. “We have talked about different ways for Austin Powers to come back but we’ve never really clicked on anything that just seemed like it absolutely had to be done. We wouldn’t just want to do something that just exploited the whole brand. It would be fun to come up with something to connect back but I have no idea what that would be, I really don’t. There are so many different ways you could go and it might
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‘Bad Moms’ Producer Suzanne Todd: Why the Veteran Producer Likes Staying Outside the Box

Many in Hollywood pair Suzanne Todd with her younger sister and producing partner Jennifer, long known as Team Todd. They produced a raft of movies together, many at freewheeling New Line Cinema, including teen coming-of-age classic “Now and Then” and Mike Meyers’ Austin Powers franchise. They also put on the map Christopher Nolan (“Memento”) and Ben Younger (“Boiler Room”). And while they both produced Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” with Joe Roth at Disney, for its sequel “Through the Looking Glass,” Jennifer was busy running Pearl Street Films, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s production company, while Suzanne carried on with the “Alice” sequel. And so she went solo on “Bad Moms,” which Stx opened well this weekend.

Read More: ‘Bad Moms’ Review: Come For The Raunchy Jokes, Stay For Kathryn Hahn’s Comedic Breakout

Todd has often scored by zigging when others zag. “I have an eclectic list of movies I’ve made,
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‘Bad Moms’ Producer Suzanne Todd: Why the Veteran Producer Likes Staying Outside the Box

Many in Hollywood pair Suzanne Todd with her younger sister and producing partner Jennifer, long known as Team Todd. They produced a raft of movies together, many at freewheeling New Line Cinema, including teen coming-of-age classic “Now and Then” and Mike Meyers’ Austin Powers franchise. They also put on the map Christopher Nolan (“Memento”) and Ben Younger (“Boiler Room”). And while they both produced Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” with Joe Roth at Disney, for its sequel “Through the Looking Glass,” Jennifer was busy running Pearl Street Films, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s production company, while Suzanne carried on with the “Alice” sequel. And so she went solo on “Bad Moms,” which Stx opened well this weekend.

Read More: ‘Bad Moms’ Review: Come For The Raunchy Jokes, Stay For Kathryn Hahn’s Comedic Breakout

Todd has often scored by zigging when others zag. “I have an eclectic list of movies I’ve made,
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