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Film, "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone": Your Magic is Showing

"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone": Your Magic is Showing

The degree to which contemporary mainstream comedies adhere to a Joseph Campbell storytelling model is interesting and exasperating — yes, the Hero's Journey is a natural way to tell a story, but individual comedies these days are pounding out the…
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Film, "The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure": Kids Bop

"The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure": Kids Bop

In the 1960s and 1970s, there was something known as the kiddie matinee: Parents would drop their brood off at a movie theater showing a double/triple feature of children's films, often live-action Disney dreck or horrifying, poorly dubbed foreign fairy-tale…
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Film, "Mr Popper's Penguins": Jim Carrey Mugs Endlessly in Dull Kids' Romp

"Mr Popper's Penguins": Jim Carrey Mugs Endlessly in Dull Kids' Romp

The path of post-superstardom is a treacherous one for big-screen comedians, paved as it is with second-rate opportunities for dramedy schmaltz (see: Robin Williams in Patch Adams), wretched remakes (Steve Martin's Pink Panther retreads), and talking-animal kiddie crap (Eddie Murphy's…
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Music, Bouncer Stranger Brew

Stranger Brew

Things that happened in 1849: The execution of Fyodor Dostoyevsky was cancelled at the last second; Zachary Taylor was inaugurated as the 12th president of the United States; Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery; and the Tadich Grill opened in San…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dickens Done Right

Dickens Done Right

You’ve seen it parodied, you’ve seen it in CGI, and you’ve seen it with Bill Murray. But much like The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol is a chestnut that can please even the Scroogiest among us, no matter how many times…
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Film, "I Love You Phillip Morris": Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor go balls-out

"I Love You Phillip Morris": Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor go balls-out

It's taken almost two years for the bonkers, exhilarating same-sex romantic comedy I Love You Phillip Morris to finally reach theaters. Premiering at Sundance in January 2009, the movie was a near-casualty of nervous-nellie U.S. distributors — more comfortable with…
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Calendar, Night&Day So Bad He’s Still Good – 30 Years On

So Bad He’s Still Good – 30 Years On

Seminal comedic weirdo Andy Kaufman (famous in his own right, then famously represented in all his famousness by Jim Carrey in Man on the Moon) claimed to have encountered hack joker Tony Clifton in a comedy club in 1969. From…
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Film, Ricky Gervais can only get so far, or so funny, with <i>The Invention of Lying</i>

Ricky Gervais can only get so far, or so funny, with The Invention of Lying

The Invention of Lying's plot hook sounds like a pile-up of Jim Carrey–Tom Shadyac concept comedies. The assumption is that there isn't much crossover between the Liar, Liar and Ricky Gervais fanbases. Gervais' fuzzy parable exists in an alternate universe…
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News, The Snitch Sean Penn to Portray Another Gay Icon? Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk!

Sean Penn to Portray Another Gay Icon? Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk!

Erm, maybe not. But the word on the Web is that Sean "Best Actor" Penn will be playing Larry in a big screen homage to the Three Stooges. Let's all let that sink in for a moment. Sean Penn --…
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Film, Just Say No

Just Say No

For so major a movie star — at least, once upon a time — Jim Carrey seems to make a lot of awfully minor films, several of them over and over again. Isn't Yes Man, in which Carrey's self-absorbed Debbie…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Von Iva hits the big time with Jim Carrey

Von Iva hits the big time with Jim Carrey

If you're Radiohead or Nine Inch Nails, you can throw a new record up on the Web without major label support and fans will come running (or, as it were, clicking). But for indie artists who aren't even household names…
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Film, Look Who's Back!

Look Who's Back!

Was Dr. Seuss, né Theodor Seuss Geisel, oblivious to his own genius? The allegory of his charming Horton Hears a Who! remains fluid today, and, like its crafty rhymes, ebbs and flows with the times. The conviction of an innocent…
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Film, 17 + 6 - 5 + 1 - 3 + 7 = 23!

17 + 6 - 5 + 1 - 3 + 7 = 23!

The Number 23 grips hold of one stupid idea and runs so far with it, in so many directions, to such little purpose, that it nearly won me over from sheer berserkoid effort. In a nutshell, this nutso movie observes…
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Film, Backhanded Slapstick

Backhanded Slapstick

The Jerry Lewis chromosome is running amok again inside Jim Carrey, and if you don't feel like getting clubbed half to death with a slapstick, stay away from Fun With Dick and Jane. On the other hand, if Carrey's tireless…
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Film, Sour Lemony

Sour Lemony

This much can be said for the movie version of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events: Its villain, Count Olaf, just may be Jim Carrey's finest screen role. A bitter, would-be master thespian who delights in donning ridiculous disguises…
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Film, Good Cop, Bad Cop

Good Cop, Bad Cop

In the new Jim Carrey farce, Me, Myself & Irene, the rubber-faced comedian plays a meek Rhode Island state trooper named Charlie, whose aggressions are so pent-up that they finally have to break out in the form of a second…
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Film, Ego Trip

Ego Trip

Ah, what a miracle that Andy Kaufman was. So sublime his wit, so pioneering his spirit. Astonishing! A hero to be loved, adored, and emulated by all artists and performers for the rest of eternity. An opener of doors; a…
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Zoom Lens

We Can Borrow It for You Wholesale The Truman Show is generally, and lavishly, being praised for three things: Jim Carrey's performance as the hapless guinea pig in a 24-7 TV spectacle; Peter Weir's easy direction of Truman's gradual discovery…
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The Free Willies

The Truman Show Directed by Peter Weir. Written by Andrew Niccol. Starring Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, and Ed Harris. Opens Friday, June 5, at area theaters. Audiences have grown accustomed to commercial onslaughts for spectacles like Godzilla. A subtler, more…
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