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In the mid-nineties, Jim Carrey went from mugging on In Living Color to being the highest-paid movie star in Hollywood. That’s a pretty massive head-trip and Carrey was never the most stable guy in the world to begin with. When Stephen Rebello interviewed Carrey for the June ’96 issue of Movieline, he asked the comic about his mental health. When last they had spoken, Carrey was on the brink of stardom and very open about his use of prescription medication. In this interview, Carrey discusses the pressure of fame and criticism. He also invites critics to let him have it if he is still doing Dumb and Dumber in his 50’s. Ooops.
Our look back at the movies of 1996 got off to a bit of a rough start. Out of our first four movies so far, one of the better ones was directed by Michael Bay. Two brackets down, and we haven’t had a really solid, memorable movie yet. Fortunately, the year wasn’t all car chases and explosions. As we enter our third match, we’re starting to see some different kinds of movies. Today, we’re looking at the dark comedies of 1996.
In 1995, Lauren Holly was starring on a hit TV show, she was romantically linked to Hollywood’s fastest rising star and she seemed to be making the difficult transition from TV to the big screen. In this interview from the November 1995 issue of Movieline magazine, Holly discusses her famous boyfriend, he painful divorce, and why she thinks she looks like an alien.
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.
Even today, it’s hard to tell. Is he saying “Leaky boom boom down” or “Licky boom boom down”?
Of course I am referring to Snow, that white Canadian dude who attempted to become the next Buju Banton. But his attempt only scored him a couple hits and erroneous status as a one-hit wonder not to mention getting spoofed by Jim Carrey on In Living Color.
Snow’s real name is Darrin O’Brien (not the Darin from Bewitched). He grew up in Toronto and was exposed to reggae at an early age. After being discovered by old school rapper MC Shan, he recorded an album just before he served a prison term on assault charges. The album, 12 Inches Of Snow, was released in early 1993 and “Informer” became a smash, making it all the way to number one. The song was omnipresent in the early 90s.
But with that success came a price. Many accused him of that classic case of white guy ripping off black music. The backlash wasn’t as strong as that against Vanilla Ice for instance. But it was still there. Add to that the fact that nobody was really sure what the hell Snow was saying on that album. Not even Jamaicans could understand him.
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With the Oscars now (thankfully) behind us we can look back and criticize other Oscars. While the entire internet is up in arms over Leo DiCaprio having never won, I’m going to make the case that being nominated several times is plenty of honor (last years long overdue recognition of Gary Oldman robbed me of #1 most disrespected).
Yes, winning is better, but at least you’ve been recognized as one of the best. Unlike the unfortunate actors I’m about to cover. The majority of them you probably would assume they’ve won or at least been nominated, however, for some strange reason, despite an impressive performances, star power, and overall body of work, they’ve never gotten the recognition they deserve. Let’s get snubby, shall we?
In the 1990’s, Jim Carrey was the king of comedy. He made headlines when he cashed a $20 million dollar paycheck for The Cable Guy after an impressive string of box office successes. For a while, he seemed poised to make the transition from comedy to drama with movies like The Truman Show and Man on the Moon. There was even talk that Ace Ventura could one day win an Oscar. But eventually, Carrey’s winning streak ended. The dramatic roles dried up and Carrey was reduced to being a supporting player or starring in bland children’s movies.
What the hell happened?
Recently, LeBlog readers have been subjected to my crotchety old man act, as I have bemoaned the state of current big screen comedy. Some of my objection to movie humor of the last decade has been its reliance on and glorification of idiots with little character development. scatological humor is all about context. When it appears to be the context, I tend to check out.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone trods the line between stupidity and comedy quite deftly and delivers some big laughs in the process. This is, in part, because it is mostly about people who are either nice or successful or both.
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