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Dumb and Dumber To

What do we know about comedy sequels? Let’s think about this year’s biggest comedy sequel so far, 22 Jump Street, which lovingly pulls from both its first film and its source material (as much as we can call a bad eighties television show “source material,” like it’s a J.R.R. Tolkien book or whatever) for its gags, is hilariously portrayed by modern comedy’s most unexpected comedic duo and also injects the whole thing with a knowing wink-wink about the nature of franchise humor in general. What can we glean from that? Just the basics — comedy is hard, sequels are harder and there’s never any guarantee that what worked before will work again (if it even worked at all). So let’s talk about Dumb and Dumber To, which seems unafraid to do the one thing it probably shouldn’t: recycle jokes that worked before without the added intelligence or irony that comes with acknowledging that, hey, we did these jokes before. The sequel’s first trailer didn’t layer on the repeat jokes too thickly, but its new international trailer spreads it on like comedic marshmallow fluff. It’s sticky and hard to swallow, and it sure doesn’t bode well for the final product. Here, watch the latest Dumb and Dumber To trailer, and remember when all these jokes were funny — the first time around.

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Dumb and Dumber To

Another lifetime ago, Jim Carrey was set to star in a modern Three Stooges movie, presumably running on his side and slapping himself as Curly Howard. As we all know, the Farrelly Brothers film got put through the development blender and came out on the other side an equally foolish yet watered down project. A devolution from bizarrely fascinating experiment to DTV-esque. Watching the Dumb and Dumber To trailer, it’s hard not to imagine that the Farrellys should have stuck with the stooges they knew all along. The smart idiocy, the “Whose On First?”-ism, the delightful pratfalls. They’ve essentially made their third Stooges movie. Their second featuring The Two Stooges. Their stooges. Obviously a lot of real life got in the way of getting a sequel to Harry and Lloyd’s original adventure (which was also the Farrellys original adventure in feature filmmaking), and a decades-later sequel will almost always feel like creatives heading back to the well, but with this trailer it’s easy to see that (at least) they’ve taken the comedy seriously.

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Jim Carrey in The Truman Show

It was over a year ago that Paramount first declared its intent to “get back, with very little investment, into the television production business.” But it’s not enough just to announce to the world that you want to make TV and you don’t want to spend a lot of money doing so. Eventually, you actually have to make that TV. And to their credit, Paramount has finally announced just what shows constitute their minor TV footprint. The winners are: An adaptation of Caleb Carr’s novel, “The Alienist,” (which is about late-19th century police psychology, and not someone who’s racist against aliens, as the name might suggest). A “limited series” (like a mini-series, but more prestigious-sounding) based on a biography of  Charles Lindberg. An Amerification of Peter Moffat’s BBC Series The Village Narc: The Show Ghost: The Show Terminator: The Show The Truman Show: The Show Par for the course as far as original ideas are concerned, but one stands out in particular (Hint: it’s the one mentioned in the title of this article). Unlike all the other book and movie and TV adaptations on Paramount’s TV slate, this Truman Show show has the potential to be something different, something more than just a previously written work squashed and stretched into 13-ish episodes, something astoundingly, soul-erodingly meta.

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Few will be able to say they played a part in the cultural revolution known simply as Dumb and Dumber To. But only one man – Rob Riggle – will be able to say it twice. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the former Daily Show correspondent has been cast in a dual role in the upcoming sequel, portraying both a handyman named Travis and his twin brother Captain Lippencott. Twin characters all but guarantee some kind of gag where Harry and Lloyd mistake one Riggle for the other, with extra-hilarious results. And the title of “Captain” may imply that Harry and Lloyd will be on the run from the police, which would make sense given what we know about the story so far. The sequel will see Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels‘ dimwitted duo searching for Daniels’ long-lost child, and forced to contend with a bloodthirsty Laurie Holden for some reason. But, considering that this is Dumb and Dumber To, Riggle’s character might just as easily be a naval captain or a lunatic who thinks he’s a spaceship pilot. No matter what type of captain this Lippencott really is, his is one of the last major roles left to be cast in the film. That means Dumb and Dumber To will soon be upon us. Prepare yourselves for the glorious golden age that will soon follow.

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Fans of the bowl cut, rejoice! The first pictures of Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, haircuts and all, in Dumb and Dumber To have hit the net, thanks to the combined Tweeting efforts of Carrey, Daniels, and whoever is in charge of the film’s official Twitter page. We can all rest easy knowing that Carrey and Daniels haven’t lost their ability to look deranged and to sport unpleasant hairdos, and that their inventive comic genius is still going strong (look closely, and you may realize the book they’re reading…is actually upside down!). But one thing that hasn’t been addressed yet is how Dumb and Dumber To will handle a Harry and Lloyd that have aged twenty years. As young men, they looked like buffoons. As wizened elders, they’ve adopted more of a serial killer-y vibe. Hopefully the film will take that into account. View them below in all their sweet, stupid glory.

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Dumb and Dumber is one of those comedies that was such a success that it became part of the fabric of our cultural humor. And by culture we’re not talking about today’s modern, Twitter culture, where jokes get appropriated by hipster types, ran into the ground, and then forgotten all in a manner of days. Dumb and Dumber dug so deep into our culture that it hit the middlest parts of Middle America, and it remained a lingering presence for such a long time that you can still occasionally go into coffee shops and bars and hear people making references to the film using phrases like “Excuse me, Flo,” “Kick his ass, Sea Bass,” and “So, you’re telling me there’s a chance?” Dumb and Dumber came out in 1994. That’s a heck of a long time for people to be quoting a movie. But, despite how deeply loved the film is, a proper sequel is something that has still yet to happen. Its directors, Peter and Bobby Farrelly, have been talking about making one for a whole lot of years, but it’s only been in recent months that a sequel that brings back the brother duo as well as both Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels has been confirmed, and then been rushed toward a fall start date. Really, the involvement of the filmmakers and the stars is the only thing we’ve known about Dumb and Dumber To up until this point though—which has felt strange. Fortunately, that situation has now […]

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When Kick-Ass hit theaters in 2010, it tainted comic book movies for me. Bringing a sense of gore and grit to escapism, it would come to color other caped members of the genre. The most recent example is Man of Steel which features a hefty, highly debated death toll, but doesn’t feature much time for reflection because, of course, they needed to have a female soldier comment on how hot Superman is at the end. In a different view on the same neighborhood, Joss Whedon actually showed people being saved amid the destructive aftermath to his battle in The Avengers. Captain America earns the thanks of a grateful group, but is it realistic that an entire alien army stormed through downtown New York City with several flying football fields, but everyone was evacuated in a few minutes? It’s difficult to shake the potential for a death toll when you fictionally destroy that many city blocks, but Kick-Ass made the loss of a single life seem grisly and as powerful as a steaming locomotive.

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Film Title: Kick-Ass 2

“So, tell me, Jeff, what’s it like to work with Jim Carrey?” I might as well just have started off with that question when interviewing Kick-Ass 2 ‘s writer and director, Jeff Wadlow. After seeing the film, how do you not ask about Carrey’s performance? He’s made fans with his more kid-driven pictures, which is fine, but in the past nine years, his only genuinely great performance to speak of is I Love You Phillip Morris. Now with Kick-Ass 2, Carrey has another new performance that can stand amongst his finest work. So discussing Wadlow’s collaboration with Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes is a given. He’s not the Big Daddy of the sequel; it’s a whole different burst of energy. The whole film feels that way. Wadlow kept in touch with the first film’s sensibility, but he takes certain elements to new extremes. Keep reading to see what else Wadlow had to say about the Kick-Ass 2:

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Kick-Ass 2

Last time it was spring, not the end of summer. It’s hard to forget the time surrounding the release of Kick-Ass. Especially for anyone who spent that time writing at the intersection of film and nerds. To its credit, Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass was very successful in one area: it engaged a small but passionate base of fans. To outsiders, it was crazy and probably more than a little dumb. But to those who saw it for what it was, Kick-Ass was a hyper-violent, intensely vulgar commentary on the entire comic book culture. It was a blast. So much so that we found ourselves defending it as its box office debut looked more like a stab to the gut than a triumphant victory. It was a hard fought battle for movie geeks. Our scuba-suited champion was gunned down in his prime. Three years later, we should probably be glad just to have a sequel in Kick-Ass 2. But after seeing it, maybe we should’ve let it go.

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Kick-Ass 2

There have only been three adaptations of Mark Millar’s comic books thus far, but it’s impressive how faithful they’ve all been. Wanted drifts from the page a bit, but it still captures Millar’s often mean-spirited characters and worlds with reverence. Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2, while having their share of deviations as well, also hew closely to Millar’s intentions of showing a geeky teenager thrust into a violent world while wearing a goofy set of pajamas. There are violent consequences to Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) taking a crack at the life of a crime fighter, something few caped men face in modern superhero films even as whole city blocks are leveled. Both of the Kick-Ass films confront certain superhero tropes, but for Millar, it’s not done as satire. It springs from a far more genuine place. It’s also a bloody place, so when we spoke with the comic book creator, we got to talk about expanding expectations for a second outing and the danger of glorifying all the hits.

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Kick-Ass 2

Didn’t make it into Hall H this afternoon to see the Universal Pictures presentation? Don’t worry about it. Not even in San Diego? Not even a problem. Universal has released this 4-minute extended NSFW Kick-Ass 2 trailer online, fresh off its Comic-Con debut. It features a much better look at the tone, the action and the personalities of the Jeff Wadlow-directed affair. It does a much better job off offering a tone closer to that of the Matthew Vaughan-directed predecessor and spouts off some choice language. One can’t help but think that it’s going to be a foul-mouthed affair, mostly considering the name of the film’s villain.

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“So you’re telling me there’s a chance?”  In a recent appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Jeff Daniels confirmed that the long-awaited sequel to 1994’s Dumb & Dumber will finally start shooting this fall, just in time for a release for the film’s 20th anniversary. Dumb & Dumber To has been in the works for quite some time, but the Farelly Brothers-helmed film ran into conflict when New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. decided to pass on the film; Universal Pictures and Red Granite Pictures then stepped in to save the day. Though the details of the plot are still a mystery, Daniels dished to Jimmy Fallon about the hilarity of seeing himself and Jim Carrey play their iconic characters twenty years later. “I’ve seen the script,” Daniels said. “It’s hysterical. We’re middle-aged, we’re not pretending we aren’t. We’re middle-aged and we’re still that stupid.”

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Opinions change. Yours, mine, Jim Carrey‘s… we’re all allowed to reassess our views when new information presents itself, but very few of us will see that new opinion cause anything resembling an uproar. Carrey’s stance on gun-control has been pretty clear for months now thanks in part to his musical Charlton Heston dig on Funny or Die and multiple tweets on the subject via his official Twitter. Some people have badgered him to denounce the supposed hypocrisy of his upcoming Kick-Ass 2 seeing as it features gratuitous violence both gun-related and otherwise, but while he refused to do so then it appears he may have had a change of heart. He took to Twitter earlier today with the following two thoughts.

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What is Casting Couch? Your daily dose of casting news. Today we’ve, of course, got the latest name to be confirmed for the Veronica Mars movie, as well as some info about the casting process for Star Wars: Episode VII. They’ve been talking about putting together a sequel to Dumb and Dumber for quite some time now. The project has seen its share of ups and downs, however, and many people have probably started to think that it’s just one of those things that’s never going to happen. A new report from Deadline claims that those fears are unfounded though. They’re reporting that Dumb and Dumber To has just landed in the lap of Universal, and not only are Peter and Bobby Farrelly on board to direct and do a re-write of the current script, but both Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are on board to reprise their roles of Harry and Lloyd, as well. And more than that even, this is said to be a movie that’s been put on the fast track, so it should see scheduling starting soon. That all sounds pretty official, right?

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Jim Carrey

What is Casting Couch? It’s all part of a very simple process. Movie execs do the casting, the trades get the casting announcements, and then we put all of the news in one handy place. Today trios of big actors have been added to both Kung-Fu Panda 3 and Beware the Night. Jim Carrey’s casting in the upcoming comedy Ricky Stanicky has been a long time coming. According to Deadline, he’s been looking at this Black List script about a group of friends who have blamed everything they do wrong on a made up acquaintance named “Ricky Stanicky” their entire lives for about a year, and only just recently has decided to sign on to star. The deciding factor seems to be the fact that Steve Oedekerk has also come on board the project to direct, and Carrey already has experience working with him on Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. Remember, Oedekerk directed that scene where Carrey was birthed from a rhino’s ass? Classic. It looks like we can begin readying ourselves for some more high concept comedy.

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review incredible burt wonderstone

Do you remember how old you were when you saw and were amazed by a great magician (live or on TV) for the very first time? Of course you don’t. As with Creme de Menthe and handjobs, the awe surrounding your first exposure to the world of magic quickly fades when you realize that the reality behind the promised wonder is far less exciting than you thought. That and there are far better alternatives, too. But movies about magic are a different beast all together. Not only can they use additional trickery like editing and special effects to impress viewers, they can also add a narrative that explores the power of illusion in our lives. Think The Prestige, where ambition leads to an illusory success. Think Penn & Teller Get Killed, where illusions are used to comment on societal gullibility. Or, as in the case of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, magic can be used as an inconsequential backdrop for mediocre comedy.

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Kick Ass 2

After years of chatter and back and forth, Kick-Ass 2 is finally hitting screens later this summer, and Universal has unveiled a foul-mouthed (in the best way), bloody, and biting (no, truly biting, stick around for that one) red band trailer to show off their new sequel. What are we in for with this outing? Well, it’s clearly Hit-Girl’s (Chloe Grace Moretz) world, and we’re all just living in it (including Aaron Taylor-Johnson‘s eponymous Kick-Ass), even as Christopher Mintz-Plasse reveals his new persona as “The Motherfucker” and Jim Carrey stomps and chomps his way across the screen as Colonel Stars and Stripes. Put on your favorite superhero mask (don’t forget to align those eyeholes) and watch the new red band trailer for Kick-Ass 2 after the break.

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Jeremy Renner

What is Casting Couch? It’s the casting news round-up that’s for some reason talking a lot about suicide today. Um…enjoy your weekend, everybody! Tired of Jeremy Renner playing the angry little tough guy in all his movies? Then maybe his next project, Kill The Messenger, is what you’ve been waiting for. Deadline confirms that Renner will be starring in this Michael Cuesta-directed feature that tells the true story of Gary Webb, a journalist who was the victim of a CIA smear campaign after he wrote articles accusing the organization of arming rebels in Nicaragua and aiding with the smuggling of cocaine into California. The mounting pressure of said smear campaign eventually got to the point where Webb took his own life, so don’t expect Renner to go into a rage and shoot his way out of this one. Instead, expect to see yourself leaving the theater puffy-faced and pretending that you’re not crying.

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Jim Carrey

What is Casting Couch? Today it’s the casting roundup with news about a talking raccoon, a frog puppet, a famous dog, a beautiful woman, and David Hasselhoff’s shorts. So far Marvel’s next big thing, The Guardians of the Galaxy, has been a great source of casting rumors, but not yet a generator of any casting confirmations. We’ve heard about a bevy of actors who might play Star-Lord, a handful who might be Drax the Destroyer, and now the Latino Review is reporting that director James Gunn and company are reaching out to both Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler to inquire about their availability for the film. What roles might they play? Perhaps they could provide the voices for either the big tree guy, Groot, or the little raccoon guy, Rocket Raccoon. I mean, it would just be too weird if either of them actually showed up playing a live action role, wouldn’t it? Definitely. Even hearing Sandler’s one goofy voice he uses coming out of a CG character’s mouth would just be too weird already. Let’s hope that rumor is completely off base.

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