Comedy sequels are very tricky to pull off, but directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly will be giving it their best shot with the follow-up Dumb and Dumber To this fall. The first official image from the film has been released online, and I can’t stop laughing because it’s just so dumb—which is the point. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their roles from the 1994 film as Lloyd and Harry set out on a road trip to find a child Harry never knew he had. It’s a simple premise, but the real promise of this film is seeing Carrey and Daniels back in the roles that helped launched them to superstardom.
Hit the jump to check out the image. The film also stars Laurie Holden and Rob Riggle. Dumb and Dumber To opens November 14th.
Continuing the story not far from where the original Kick-Ass left off, the sequel Kick-Ass 2 finds its hero (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) teaming up with a group of ordinary citizens looking to rid the street of the criminal element. Meanwhile, the recently orphaned (at his own hand) arch-villain Red Mist/The Motherfucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) plots revenge on the self-made superhero. And Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz), in what seems like training ground for her role in Carrie, gets to experience some good old-fashioned high school teen angst.
There’s a fine line to tread when it comes to making an action comedy. When it’s successful, the result is Ghostbusters or Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. When it’s not, the result is Kick Ass 2. Hit the jump for my review of the film on Blu-ray.
Universal Pictures has set a firm release date for the comedy sequel Dumb and Dumber To. The pic will open in theaters on November 14, 2014, where it will square off directly against the Brad Pitt fronted WWII actioner Fury. It will also face considerable competition the following weekend where The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 will be unleashed just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels both return for the Dumb and Dumber follow-up, which also sees Peter and Bobby Farrelly back in the director’s chairs. The official logline is as follows:
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their signature roles as Lloyd and Harry in the sequel to the smash hit that took the physical comedy and kicked it in the nuts: Dumb and Dumber To. The original film’s directors, Peter and Bobby Farrelly, take Lloyd and Harry on a road trip to find a child Harry never knew he had and the responsibility neither should ever, ever be given.
Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead) and Rob Riggle also star, with a few surprise cameos planned as well.
It’s really happening, you guys. Production is underway on the sequel to Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s 1994 comedy classic Dumb and Dumber, and the first images of Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels back in character have been revealed by none other than Carrey himself. It’s pretty amazing that, nearly 20 years later, those costumes and haircuts bring Harry and Lloyd right back like they never left. Carrey and Daniels look excellent, and I really can’t wait to see this thing in theaters. The Farrelly brothers return to direct, the story picks up in Rhode Island 18 years after the events of the first film, and The Walking Dead’s Laurie Holden recently landed the female lead.
Hit the jump to check out the first images. Dumb and Dumber To is poised to arrive in theaters sometime in 2014.
We make excuses when we’ve done something wrong, and Kick-Ass 2 is full of excuses. It thinks it can excuse its misogyny because it has Hit-Girl. It thinks it can excuse its misguided notion of heroism because the costumed characters occasionally do a non-violent good deed. It thinks it can excuse the juvenile antics because it’s occasionally morose and “serious”. And the action is a poor excuse for what director/co-writer Matthew Vaughn provided in the first movie. Kick-Ass 2 writer-director Jeff Wadlow is all too happy to seize upon the violence and quirks of Vaughn’s film and discards anything that played up the joy of playing a superhero.
Universal Pictures has released a new red-band featurette for director Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2, providing a no-holds-barred look at the very R-rated sequel. The story finds Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kick-Ass and Chloe Grace Moretz’s Hit Girl inspiring a new wave of masked superheroes to join in the fight against a league of villains led by the Motherfucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). If you were on the fence as to whether this follow-up could capture the same dark humor and violence of the first film, this new featurette should put your mind at ease. In addition to previewing new footage, we see the aforementioned actors, Wadlow, and producer/Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn discuss the new film as well.
Hit the jump to watch the red-band featurette. The film also stars The film also stars Jim Carrey, John Leguizamo, Lindy Booth, Clark Duke, Donald Faison, and Morris Chestnut. Kick-Ass 2 opens on August 16th.
Universal Pictures has released five clips from director Jeff Wadlow’s action sequel Kick-Ass 2. The story finds Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kick-Ass and Chloe Grace Moretz’s Hit Girl inspiring a new wave of masked superheroes to join in the fight against a league of villains led by the Motherfucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). The footage that we saw at Comic-Con promised another great blend of dark humor and no-holds-barred action sequences, and these clips highlight the same. If you missed Steve’s interview with comics creator Mark Millar, click here to check it out.
Hit the jump to watch the clips. The film also stars Jim Carrey, John Leguizamo, Lindy Booth, Clark Duke, Donald Faison, and Morris Chestnut. Kick-Ass 2 opens on August 16th.
New posters have been released for Kick-Ass 2 and 300: Rise of an Empire. The new Kick-Ass 2 poster continues the trend of just providing close-ups on the lead characters, although on this poster, the photoshop effects have smoothed out of Hit Girl’s’ face to an unsettling degree. As for the 300: Rise of an Empire poster, it’s for Comic-Con and will presumably be given out at Legendary’s booth on the exhibition hall floor. The poster proclaims, “Fear us!” to which I can only respond, “No. I’m not afraid of the tragedy-mask-on-steroids.”
Hit the jump to check out the posters. Kick-Ass 2 opens August 16th and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Jim Carrey. 300: Rise of an Empire opens in 3D on March 7, 2014, and stars Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, and Rodrigo Santoro. [Update: We've added a Lena Headey 300 poster after the jump as well.]
Man, what the hell happened with this movie? This one could’ve been a new comedy classic. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone has a cast of capable comedic actors playing new and old school Vegas magicians, which sounds like a perfect recipe for splitting the sides of audience members wide open. The over-the-top goofiness of stage conjurers and the laughable edginess of “street” magic are ripe for satire, but even so, Burt Wonderstone is an uneven comedy that see-saws between perfectly tolerable and hysterical. Will Warner Bros.’ Blu-ray release win over our home video hearts? Find out after the jump.
Well said, Matt Goldberg. In the opening sentences of his review of The Heat (linked after the jump), our Managing Editor/resident film reviewer dropped some serious truth regarding female lead films, their often unfair characterization as “the female [insert hit movie here]“, and how ridiculous it is that it has taken this long to get our better halves at the forefront of a genre that has been around for years. I say this not because I feel like Matt needs my approval and/or defense, but because it’s thoughtful writing like this that makes me both a proud contributor and eternal fan of the site.
All high-fiving aside, this week’s Top 5 includes White House Down interviews with Jamie Foxx, Channing Tatum, and more, Dave’s The Conjuring set visit recap, The Heat interviews with Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, and director Paul Feig, Jim Carrey‘s announcement that he won’t be promoting Kick-Ass 2, and interviews from the 2013 Saturn Awards red carpet with the likes of Joss Whedon and Shane Black. A brief recap and link to each makes its home after the jump.
Lionsgate has released a new poster for Kick-Ass 2, but the bigger news is that Jim Carrey has decided not to promote the film because “in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence.” Carrey explained in his tweet that he did the film one month before the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He followed this up with a second tweet saying, “my apologies to others involve with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.” I respect Carrey for sticking to his beliefs. Three months after the shooting, Carrey released a video on Funny or Die mocking gun owners, and if he had done press for Kick-Ass 2, the question would have come up about why he condemned guns but was out promoting a film where characters, including his own, use them. Personally, I believe movies aren’t the reason for gun violence; lack of gun control is the reason for gun violence (it’s why countries that have gun control have far fewer gun deaths per capita even though they consume the same media as us). Carrey typically doesn’t do action movies, so this move probably won’t hurt his career, but I’m glad that he’s mindful enough to realize that he can’t promote a film that may not celebrate gun violence, but still features it in an entertainment capacity.
Hit the jump to check out the poster as well as a response to Carrey’s comments from Kick-Ass 2 author Mark Millar. The film opens on August 16th.
We’ve got new posters to share for these upcoming films:
- Out of the Furnace – The new revenge drama from Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Zoe Saldana, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, and Woody Harrelson opens in limited release on November 27th and expands on December 6th.
- Kick-Ass 2 – The upcoming action-comedy sequel stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Clark Duke, Donald Faison, John Leguizamo, Olga Kurkulina, and Jim Carrey. The film opens on August 16th.
- Runner, Runner – The thriller starring Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck, Gemma Arterton, Ben Schwartz, Dayo Okeniyi, and Oliver Cooper opens September 27th.
Hit the jump to check out the new posters.
A new International red-band trailer has been released for Kick-Ass 2. Jeff Wadlow takes over from the first film’s director Matthew Vaughn this time around, and the story finds Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kick-Ass and Chloe Grace Moretz’s Hit Girl inspiring a new wave of masked superheroes that join in their fight against evil. On the flipside, Christopher Mintz-Plasse has now become a supervillain named The Mother Fucker and is assembling his own masked evil league. Judging by the trailer, I don’t know if Kick-Ass 2 will be quite as good as the first movie, but it still looks like it could be a lot of fun.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Clark Duke, Donald Faison, John Leguizamo, and Olga Kurkulina. Kick-Ass 2 opens August 16th.
The first clip from Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2 is now online. While I’m surprised that this massive fight scene between costumed heroes and villains is the first clip we’re getting, I’m not complaining! Some of our old favorites are back but there is a host of new characters on both sides of the battle. Battle Guy, Night Bitch and Doctor Gravity get in on the action and it’s not just Kick-Ass and The Mother Fucker who square off. Hit-Girl takes on a big challenge when she goes up against Mother Russia by herself.
Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Clark Duke, Donald Faison, John Leguizamo, Jim Carrey and Olga Kurkulina, Kick-Ass 2 opens August 16th. Hit the jump to watch the clip. [Update: Unfortunately it looks as if this clip has been taken down. Sorry if you missed it!]
Jim Carrey is set to breathe new life into Summit’s long-developing comedy Ricky Stanicky. The film was initially written by Jeff Bushell (Beverly Hills Chihuahua) and begins when three teens pull a prank by burning down a house in their neighborhood. The kids create a fake person to take the blame—“Ricky Stanicky”—and 20 years later are still using the alibi to get out of every uncomfortable situation. When their wives finally force them to set up a meeting with Stanicky, they hire an actor to inhabit the personality. Steve Oedekerk (Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls) recently came onboard to re-write and direct the film, and the ensemble comedy is said to be in the same R-rated vein as The Hangover.
Hit the jump for more on the project, including details regarding Carrey’s casting.