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December 19: Happy Birthday Jake Gyllenhaal and Ralph Richardson


Jake Gyllenhaal celebrates his 36th today.  In comparison with his older sister Maggie, he has had more of a mainstream film career, although it has been more focused on prestige pictures of various sorts than would-be blockbusters.  But as a Gyllenhaal, he of course has not neglected the world of indie films; one of his first major roles was in an indie cult classic:

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The A-List: Don’t Call It a Comeback

Dumb and Dumber To

This past weekend, Dumb and Dumber To exceeded even the most optimistic box office projections.  Critics were unkind to the sequel, but audiences who have been waiting twenty years for more Dumb and Dumber didn’t care.  Now there’s talk of a Dumb and Dumber trilogy!

The box office success of Dumb and Dumber To has some people talking about a comeback for Jim Carrey.  Carrey’s movie career has cooled over the last decade or so.  His last unqualified box office hit was arguably Bruce Almighty in 2003.  When a Dumb and Dumber sequel was announced, it seemed to some (myself included) like a desperation move.  But now, it seems like a “hail mary pass” that connected.

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