Mike Myers

Mike Myers

You’ve probably never heard of Shep Gordon. But it turns out that Mike Myers has (along with plenty of other celebrities) and he wants to make Gordon into a household name. A&E IndieFilms, the production company for A&E Network, are going into business with Myers for the actor’s directorial debut – Supermensch. The film will be a documentary detailing the life of Gordon, a talent manager with a long and celebrate career in Hollywood. Gordon managed the careers of Alice Cooper, Blondie, Luther Vandross, and Raquel Welch, created the concept of the “Celebrity Chef,” and has philanthropic ties to the Dalai Lama. Gordon’s life story sounds like the ideal source material, but the attachment of Myers’ name can’t help but raise a few eyebrows. The actor’s career has shriveled up into nothing in recent years – the last lead role Myers had (that wasn’t big and green and ogre-y) was The Love Guru back in 2008. Not a great sign. Still, the actor had this to say about the project: “I met Shep Gordon in 1991 on the set of Wayne’s World. I thought he was a perfect combination of Brian Epstein, Marshall McLuhan and Mr Magoo. I’ve been trying to get Shep to agree to let me make a movie about him for 10 years. Last year he finally he said yes. I loved him like a brother before we started making this film and now having sifted through his life and his legacy, I love him even more.”

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Austin Powers

When Mike Myers‘ SNL skit, Wayne’s World, got spun off into a successful feature film in 1992, he kind of lucked himself into a transition from TV to movies. When he tried to anchor a film all by himself after that though, we got So I Married an Axe Murderer, and that wasn’t nearly as successful. Thankfully for him, that wasn’t the end of Myers’ story, because in 1997 he got another chance to star in a movie, and this time it was in a project that he wrote himself, a project that was tailored to play to all of his strengths as a performer. Said movie was Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, a film so successful that it spawned two sequels, including Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, which got Myers’ Scottish schtick out into the public and likely led to his starring in the Shrek movies. Wayne’s World may have got the guy into the public eye, but it was Austin Powers that made him a gajillionaire. A year after Myers hit it big with Austin Powers, another SNL alumni got his big chance to star in a feature film. This time around the comedian was Norm MacDonald, and the movie was Dirty Work. Much like Austin Powers before it, Dirty Work was written by its star, and much like that movie, it crafted him a character that played to his unique strengths. Unfortunately, MacDonald’s strengths lie in super-dry deliveries and biting sarcasm, and that didn’t speak […]

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Waynes World

Earlier today, a rumor flooded the internet saying that Mike Myers had completed a script for Wayne’s World 3 that would see the headbanging duo fighting back against bad modern music and trying to navigate the likes of YouTube. Ethan Anderton at First Showing was the first to call foul on the report — which originated in an email citing a fake Entertainment Weekly story — but now we can confirm that the story isn’t true, and that Myers isn’t even working on a script for a Wayne’s World sequel. I spoke directly with his representative, who responded to the rumor by saying, “This is completely false. There is no script and he is not working on one.” So there you have it. Tough news for everyone that wanted this to happen, but unsurprising nonetheless. We’ll have to get our Pizza Hut product placement another way.

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Wayne

If you saw a story floating around online about Mike Myers finishing a first draft for the Wayne’s World 3 script, and your bullshit detector lit up, you were right. That bullshit detector was a great investment. The story came from an email sent around to several movie website writers, but it cited Entertainment Weekly without providing a specific story (because, you know, there wasn’t one). Luckily, Ethan Anderton at First Showing followed the rabbit hole a bit, checked with EW writer Laura Hertzfeld, and discovered that she had no knowledge of the story that was being tied to her name. Dana Carvey announced the project back in March, but the funny thing is that even if this new story were true (and if Wayne and Garth really were going to cope with the likes of YouTube and Auto-tune in the proposed plot), it’s still a million miles away from a greenlight. To date, there’s been no indication that Paramount is interested in a decades-later sequel. I’ve contacted Myers’ publicist for a definite response on the matter, but haven’t received one as of yet. We’ll keep on top of it because judging solely on the response to some of the posts out there, people are actually really excited about this happening.

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Adapted from the Henry James classic of the same name, Wayne’s World traces a young provincial girl’s journey toward self-realization and womanhood.

Not!

(It was necessary that a “Not” “joke” be worked into this at some point, so let’s just be thankful that we’ve gotten it out of the way this early.) Wayne’s World is, of course, the film adaptation of the seminal, 90s, Saturday Night Live sketch about two slacker BFFs, Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) and Garth Algar (Dana Carvey). The duo host a wildly popular, Aurora, Illinois-based public-access show, broadcast from Wayne’s parents’ basement. The film elaborates on this premise by giving Wayne a robo-babe love interest, Cassandra (Tia Carrere), and introducing Benjamin (Rob Lowe), a smooth-talking television executive who plans to exploit “Wayne’s World’s” popularity and drive a wedge between Wayne and Cassandra.

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, Luke Mullen and Brian Salisbury stop by to dig into the problems of the MPAA, review three terrible awful no-good very bad films, and share with us 6 things they’ve seen on film that they can’t un-see. It’s incredibly effective, and you’ll be moved. Plus, we make jokes about Pepe Le Pew. En Francais.

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Warner Bros. must have some ridiculous confidence in the soon-to-be string of live-action/CGI hybrid films based on beloved toon characters. Most notably, the upcoming Yogi Bear (which looks slightly worse than awful, based on the trailers) and the previously announced Bug Bunny project. Now Vulture has a report that WB is looking to Mike Myers, man of funny accents (or master of a, singular funny accent) to voice the amorous skunk known as Pepé Le Pew. Here’s Sean O’Neal of The AV Club with the expected plot summary: “Pepé Le Pew, occasionally characterized by people who take these things too seriously as a racist caricature of a smelly French person, will once again work his date-rape-y wiles on Penelope Pussycat, with the two being the only computer animated members of a an otherwise live-action cast.” A 90-minute fart joke combined with 3D cartoony sleaziness? Should be… le sigh. Check the video after the jump for supporting video evidence.

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr hands out grades to Shrek: The Final Chapter 3D, MacGruber and Human Centipede.

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‘Shrek Forever After’ offers conclusive proof that the franchise has run out of steam.

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Fat Guys at the Movies

Kevin gives his lukewarm review of the new Shrek movie while Neil shows some 80s action movie love for MacGruber! The Fat Guys also promise to play a listener voice mail, then reneg on that promise (they’re awesome like that), then take a look at the gruesome and controversial Human Centipede.

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Yesterday saw a flurry of trailer debuts, including the first Iron Man 2 trailer and the newish Clash of the Titans trailer (which I will be posting with comments shortly). Today, we get the first trailer for Shrek Forever After. That makes one point for yesterday, zero points for today.

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Kevin Carr vents his spleen about an unexpected consequence of the failure of last year’s bomb The Love Guru.

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Last night Quentin Tarantino took stopped by Fox’s American Idol to do, whatever it is that he does. And in doing so, he has released a new clip from Inglourious Basterds, which is a win.

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A small, CGI-animated bird from Dreamworks recently dropped a present into Cinema Blend’s inbox with potential news on Shrek Goes Fourth.

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The 2008 Mid-Year Review

With Comic-Con over and done, we want to take a moment to pause and look back, at the year so far. We do this in a format that we like to call “Ten Things We Liked, 5 Things We Didn’t.”

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The Reject Report

Well, chaos reigned supreme at the box office this weekend. Or you might say, KAOS reigned supreme, because Steve Carell’s new movie Get Smart did well while everyone else seemed to tank at the box office.

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As I watched Mike Myers embarrass himself in The Love Guru, I thought to myself “What was he thinking?” Granted, this was probably an ego project and Myers didn’t necessarily have me and my comedic sensibilities in mind when he wanted to get this flick made. But it brings up a valid question.

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We spent some with Guru Pitka, aka Mike Myers, as well as Justin Timberlake and Verne Troyer at the press junket for The Love Guru. Find out what we learned inside, and don’t write off this film!

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Kevin and Neil discuss the finer points of Steve Jobs worship, Megan Fox hotness, bad translations of Indian music videos and how Peter Dinklage would help them get a lot of tail at Comic-Con. Yeah, they talk about movies, too.

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Jessica Alba and Mike Myers in The Love Guru

There is certainly something about a big, dumb Mike Myers-led comedy that leaves moviegoers emptying their wallets, isn’t there?

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