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Celebrating John C. Reilly's Best Movie Roles

Mark Harrison Jan 11, 2019

We look at the eclectic career of one of Hollywood's most beloved character actors, John C. Reilly.

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

As an actor, John C. Reilly is exceptionally difficult to pin down. The Academy Award-nominated actor has worked with filmmakers ranging from Paul Thomas Anderson to Judd Apatow. Currently in awards contention again for his turn as Oliver Hardy in Stan & Ollie, he’s always been brilliant at both comedic and dramatic roles.

Going at least as far back as Will Ferrell and Jack Black’s "A Comedian At The Oscars" number at the 2007 Academy Awards, Reilly’s formidable range has long been celebrated. How do we know that real actors can do both comedy and drama? John C. Reilly, that’s how. After all, he “chose to be in both Boogie and Talladega Nights!”

In addition to Stan & Ollie, you can
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John C. Reilly Sees Laurel & Hardy as Biggest Influence on Comedy Duos

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John C. Reilly Sees Laurel & Hardy as Biggest Influence on Comedy Duos
Many twenty-somethings today have never heard of Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel. But they definitely know of Homer Simpson’s catchphrase “D’oh!,” which was inspired by a character in Laurel and Hardy films, and popular modern duos like Key and Peele. John C. Reilly, who played Hardy in Sony Classics’ comedy-drama “Stan & Ollie,” says contemporary comic duos owe everything to the iconic pair.

“From Abbott and Costello, Martin and Lewis, to Key and Peele, Mulaney and Kroll, all those guys owe something to Laurel and Hardy because they perfected that modern comedy duo act. And you can see echoes of their work in everything,” Reilly says. “Laurel and Hardy are the original contrast couple. They’re like salt and pepper, light and shadow, fat and skinny, Laurel and Hardy. They’re like yin and yang. There’s an eternal quality to them.”

Laurel and Hardy were known for their slapstick physical comedy,
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Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ Swims to Third Straight Victory, Nears $1 Billion Globally

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Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ Swims to Third Straight Victory, Nears $1 Billion Globally
Leave it to Jason Momoa and his perfectly tousled man bun to dominate box office charts for the third straight weekend. “Aquaman” easily retained its No. 1 spot in North America, pulling in a solid $30 million for a domestic haul of $259 million.

The DC superhero adventure directed by James Wan has now crossed $940 million worldwide, making it Warner Bros. biggest comic-book title since “The Dark Knight Rises” amassed over $1 billion globally in 2012. If “Aquaman” continues at this pace, Arthur Curry could give Batman a run for his money. “Aquaman” generated another $56.2 million in foreign markets this weekend, bringing its international total to $681 million. The Atlantean blockbuster has already nabbed the distinction as DC’s highest-grossing title overseas, surpassing the record previously set by “The Dark Knight Rises” with $636 million.

With no new high-profile releases, “Aquaman” didn’t have much competition to maintain its reign in North America. The only newcomer was
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Holmes & Watson Apparently Has Two Different Opening Scenes

One of the biggest bombs of 2018 was without a doubt Holmes & Watson. Though fans of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly were excited for the comic duo to team up once more for their third collaboration – following their great work in Talladega Nights and Step Brothers – the Sherlock Holmes spoof was trashed by vicious reviews from critics and found itself with lots of hate on social media from audiences.

Damning critical reviews and horrible reactions from viewers aside, though, what’s interesting about Holmes & Watson is that apparently, it has two different opening scenes. The one you likely saw features Holmes being bullied as a child and comforted by Watson, which kicks off their friendship. However, some users over on Reddit are reporting something totally different.

According to one individual, here’s what they saw in the opening minutes when they went to check out the film in theaters:
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Holmes and Watson Opening Scene Mysteriously Changes, Is It the Mandela Effect?

Holmes & Watson continues to cause a stir online with a few people thinking that the Mandela Effect is happening in real time. Some social media users have reported seeing two different opening scenes for the controversial comedy, and now confusion is starting to spread. The movie has received mixed reactions at best and there have been reports of moviegoers walking out of the theater before the movie ends. Additionally, the movie currently holds an 8% Fresh Rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

A user on Reddit went to see Holmes & Watson and noticed that the opening scene was very differed from what he read in reviews online. The opening that nearly everybody else has seen revolves around Holmes, played by Will Ferrell, being bullied as a child and comforted by Watson, played by John C. Reilly, which is when they become friends. However, the alternate universe version that this particular Reddit user saw started with something completely different.
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Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ Crosses $200 Million in North America on New Year’s Day

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Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ Crosses $200 Million in North America on New Year’s Day
Aquaman” started off the new year swimmingly, dominating the domestic box office and clearing the $200 million mark in North America.

DC’s superhero tentpole collected $16.78 million on Tuesday, marking the fourth best New Year’s Day haul behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($34 million), “Avatar” ($25 million), and “Meet the Fockers” ($18 million).

A healthy holiday bounty brings the aquatic adventure, directed by James Wan and starring Jason Momoa, to $216 million in North America and over $600 million overseas. “Aquaman” surpassed $822 million at the global box office on Tuesday, officially beating the worldwide total of “Wonder Woman,” which ended its theatrical run with $821 million in 2017. Strong ticket sales signals good news for Warner Bros., who shelled out $200 million for “Aquaman” in anticipation that the Atlantean hero could steer their unwieldy comic-book universe into clearer waters.

Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns” also reached a milestone, hitting $100 million at the domestic box office and $200 million globally.
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‘Aquaman’ Leads New Year’s Eve Box Office With $10.1 Million

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‘Aquaman’ Leads New Year’s Eve Box Office With $10.1 Million
Aquaman” capped off 2018 in style. DC’s superhero adventure will cross the $200 million mark at the domestic box office just a few hours after the ball dropped on the year. Its total now stands at $199.5 million.

Aquaman” — directed by James Wan and starring Jason Momoa — topped the charts in North America on New Year’s Eve, pulling in a healthy $10.1 million on Monday. The Atlantean adventurer’s hold on audiences is good news for Warner Bros., which has had mixed results with launching its interconnected series of DC movies. “Wonder Woman” was embraced by moviegoers and critics. From there the results have been a mixed bag. “Suicide Squad” and “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice” did healthy business without being particularly beloved by the general public. That’s more than can be said for “Justice League,” a dud that ranked as a major miss both critically and commercially.

The holiday
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Next 3 Surprising Comedies: 'The Upside,' 'What Men Want,' 'Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral'

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly star in Holmes & Watson as the legendary detectives in a funny and surprising take on the team's pairing. Really, though, it's more about the chemistry between the actors, who previously starred together in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Step Brothers, as it is about any sort of mystery. Two upcoming comedies offer new different, surprising takes on material that has been previously told. The third is a sequel that may be the final installment in a long-running series and may offer a big surprise in its resolution. Here's what we know about three movies that we hope will amuse us...
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Box Office: Clint Eastwood's 'The Mule' Packs Powerful Holiday Punch

Box Office: Clint Eastwood's 'The Mule' Packs Powerful Holiday Punch
Move aside, Dirty Harry. Earl Stone is making Clint Eastwood's day.

Eastwood's new film, The Mule, packed a major punch at the holiday box office, earning a better-than-expected $61.1 million in its first three weekends of play at the U.S. box office. The film is holding at No. 5, no small feat considering the crowded holiday marquee. And it's besting newer studio offerings, such as the Sony comedy Holmes & Watson and the Dick Cheney pic Vice.

Older adults have turned out in force to see The Mule, both directed by and starring the prolific 88-year-old filmmaker.

The Mule ...
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'Mary Poppins Returns' stays top for second week at the UK box office

'Mary Poppins Returns' stays top for second week at the UK box office
Transformers prequel Bumblebee came in at number two with £5.4m.

Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns took £7.4m from 740 sites on its second week on release to hold on to the top spot for the three-day weekend of December 28-30. It fell just 10% to gross £23.3m to date.

Paramount’s Transformers prequel Bumblebee rode the waves of good reviews to take £5.4m from 587 sites and snag second place on its opening weekend. It is directed by animation specialist Travis Knight, who has been twice nominated for an Oscar - for The Boxtrolls in 2015 and then for Kubo And The Two Strings
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'Aquaman' is King of the Box Office Seas for a Second Weekend in a Row

'Aquaman' is King of the Box Office Seas for a Second Weekend in a Row
There were no big surprises in the final weekend of a record-setting 2018 as Warner Bros.'s Aquaman is once again king of the box office seas with a domestic cume that now tops $188 million and a worldwide tally nearing $750 million. Meanwhile, the weekend's new wide releases in Annapurna's Vice and Sony's Holmes & Watson were quiet in their debuts as the bulk of the weekend attention goes to holiday holdovers. Just slightly outperforming Mojo's pre-weekend expectations, WB and DC's Aquaman delivered the smallest second weekend drop in the DC Extended Universe, dipping just -23.5% for a $51.55 million second weekend, pushing the film's domestic cume over $188 million. The film now ranks as the eleventh largest domestic release based on a DC Comic after just ten days in release. Internationally, Aquaman brought in an estimated $85.4 million this weekend from 78 markets for an overseas cume totaling $560 million and a global tally reaching $748.8 million.
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‘Aquaman’ Rules Box Office Again With $51.5 Million 2nd Weekend

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‘Aquaman’ Rules Box Office Again With $51.5 Million 2nd Weekend
After passing the worldwide total of “Justice League” on Friday, “Aquaman” is on its way to becoming Warner Bros’ first billion-dollar release since “The Dark Knight Rises” in 2012.

In the second weekend of its domestic run, “Aquaman” has added an estimated $51.5 million, holding on strong this holiday season with just a 24 percent drop from its $67.4 million opening. The film now has a 10-day total of $188.7 million, with IMAX’s $24.8 million accounting for 13 percent of that figure. Worldwide, the film now has a total of $748.8 million, and is now the highest grossing DC film in Chinese box office history with $260 million.

Also Read: 2018 Box Office Sets Domestic Annual Record With Over $11.38 Billion

In second place is Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” which is following the box office trajectory of previous holiday season musicals like “The Greatest Showman” with a second weekend total of $28 million. That’s approximately a 21 percent increase over its opening weekend,
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Sony tried to offload Holmes & Watson to Netflix

Over the past year, Netflix has earned itself a bit of a reputation as a dumping ground for studios looking to offload their turkeys – see The Cloverfield Paradox and Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, both of which it picked up for distribution from Paramount and Warner Bros. respectively.

However, it seems that the streaming giant does have some standards, as Deadline is reporting that Sony had tried to sell off the new Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly comedy Holmes & Watson after disastrous test screenings, but Netflix rejected the offer.

The disastrous test screening reactions for Holmes & Watson were followed by disastrous reviews (9% critic score and 27% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes), and the comedy has earned just $15 million in its first four days at the Christmas box office from a production budget of $42 million.

See Also: Read our ★ ★ review of Holmes & Watson here

The Step Brothers are
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‘Aquaman,’ ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Power Year-End North American Box Office

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‘Aquaman,’ ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Power Year-End North American Box Office
Powerful holdovers “Aquaman” and “Mary Poppins Returns” are leading the way as the 2018 domestic box office finishes the year on a record-setting note.

Aquaman” will repeat as the winner of the final weekend of the year with about $52 million at 4,125 North American sites, according to Saturday estimates. That’s a smallish decline of only 24% from its opening. The Warner Bros. tentpole, starring Jason Momoa, will finish the frame with about $189 million in its first 10 days.

Disney’s second weekend of “Mary Poppins Returns” is leading the rest of the pack with about $34 million at 4,090 locations as the sequel shows impressive holding power with a 34% hike from its opening weekend. “Mary Poppins Returns,” starring Emily Blunt, should hit the $104 million mark by the end of Sunday, its 12th day of release.

Paramount’s Transformers prequel “Bumbleebee” should finish third with about $21 million at 3,550 venues, with a decline of only 3% from its opening weekend.
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‘Aquaman’ Stays at No. 1, Passes ‘Justice League’ in Global Box Office

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Warner Bros./DC’s “Aquaman” is staying atop the charts in the final weekend of 2018, and will pass the global total of “Justice League” after three weeks in theaters worldwide and one week into its domestic run.

Justice League,” which was the first film to feature Jason Momoa as Aquaman, grossed $657.9 million worldwide despite featuring DC’s most famous superheroes. “Aquaman” is blowing by that total and is on its way to becoming the first DC movie with a global gross of $1 billion since “The Dark Knight Rises” in 2012. Domestically, the film earned $17.1 million on its second weekend and is currently estimated to earn $51 million in its second weekend, just a 30 percent drop from its $67.4 million opening.

Also Read: Warner Bros Slips From 'Crazy Rich' 2017, But Scores With Unlikely Hits Such as 'A Star Is Born'

Holding on to the No. 2 spot is Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,
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These Are The Most Brutal Reviews For Holmes & Watson

Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law; Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu; Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman; but how about Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly?

Yes, the comedic duo – beloved for their work in both Step Brothers and Nascar pic Talladega Nights – are currently starring in Sony’s Holmes & Watson, a new take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary characters that’s been in development since back in 2008. Typically, when a project’s in the works for that long it’s a bad sign and sure enough, this film’s no different.

As you may’ve already heard, early test screening reactions were so bad that the studio actually tried to sell the pic to Netflix, but the streaming service wouldn’t take it. And so, Holmes & Watson was dumped into theaters this month and as expected, is finding itself bombing with both critics and audiences, with many
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Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ Rising to $53 Million in Second Weekend in North America

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Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ Rising to $53 Million in Second Weekend in North America
Showing strong staying power, the second frame of “Aquaman” is dominating North American moviegoing with about $53 million in the final weekend of 2018, early estimates showed on Friday.

The Warner Bros. tentpole, starring Jason Momoa, took in $137 million domestically at 4,125 locations in its first week. Should the estimate hold, “Aquaman” will decline only 22% from its opening and wind up with a 10-day domestic tally of $190 million on Sunday. The movie, which opened in many international markets prior to the U.S. launch, has reeled in $492.2 million overseas with more than half of that — $249 million — coming from China.

No new wide releases are debuting, but a pair of titles that launched on Christmas Day on Tuesday — Sony’s comedy “Holmes & Watson” and Annapurna’s Dick Cheney biopic “Vice” — are not showing much traction, with weekend projections for both in the $7 million to $8 million range, well behind a quintet of holdovers. Focus
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Holmes and Watson Is Causing Theater Walkouts Across the Country

Holmes and Watson Is Causing Theater Walkouts Across the Country
Holmes & Watson is the rare kind of bad movie that is actually causing moviegoers to leave before it's even finished. Much has already been made of the latest team-up between Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. Unfortunately, this wasn't the spiritual successor to Step Brothers that many had been hoping for. Instead, we seem to have a candidate for worst movie of the year, if public opinion is to be believed and now, there are quite a few people taking to Twitter to reveal that they, and others, have been walking out of showings.

Going to the movies is not a cheap endeavor these days. So for a movie to be bad enough for a paying customer to walk out really says something. Twitter user Louise Orr had this to say, revealing that she only made it through roughly 30 minutes before bailing out.

"Literally never walked out of a movie
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Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ Leaves Rivals Under Water, Hits $137 Million in North America

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Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ Leaves Rivals Under Water, Hits $137 Million in North America
As the 2018 box office closes with a bang, “Aquaman” is ruling North American moviegoing with $137 million in its first week in theaters.

The Warner Bros. tentpole took in $14.6 million at 4,125 locations on Thursday. “Aquaman” has also performed powerfully overseas with $473.6 million since launching on Dec. 7. China has led the way with $246 million, making “Aquaman” the top Warner Bros. title of all time in that market.

Aquaman” is expected to repeat as the winner of the last weekend of 2018 in North America with at least $40 million. Disney’s second frame of “Mary Poppins Returns” should lead the rest of the pack, with somewhere in the $25 million to $35 million range after taking in $60 million in its first eight days.

Paramount’s sophomore weekend of “Bumblebee” and Sony’s third frame of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” will probably be battling for third place at around $20 million each. The animated “Into the Spider-Verse” took
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A Lot Of People Are Walking Out Of Holmes & Watson Screenings

One of the biggest duds of 2018 is without a doubt Holmes & Watson. Though fans of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly were pretty excited for the comic duo’s third collaboration – following their great work in Talladega Nights and Step Brothers – the Sherlock Holmes spoof has been slammed by vicious reviews from critics and found itself with lots of hate on social media from audiences.

It turns out that Sony knew they had a flop on their hands with Holmes & Watson, too. In fact, the studio desperately tried to cut their losses, trying to offload the film to Netflix in the months leading up to release. Unfortunately for them, the streaming site wouldn’t take it and so, Sony had no choice but to dump it into theaters. And to say that viewers are unhappy with that they’re seeing would be an understatement.

Already, a ton of people have
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