It’s been 20 years since the antics of Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne scored a $247M worldwide hit for New Line and WB, and at long last Peter and Bobby Farrelly are back with more Dumb and Dumber. Here’s the first official trailer for Dumb and Dumber To, directed by the Farrelly brothers from a script credited to the Farrellys, Sean Anders, Mike Cerrone, John Morris, and Bennett Yellin. Watch Golden Globe-winner Jim Carrey and Emmy-winning Jeff Daniels reprise their most cherished screen roles in the November 14 Universal release:
The L-O-N-G-time-coming sequel will arrive in less than a year — well, four days less. Universal said today that Dumb And Dumber To, starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, is coming to your local multiplex on November 14, 2014. If you’re scoring along at home, that’ll be three weeks short of the 20-year anniversary of Dumb And Dumber, which raked in more than $250M worldwide. Peter and Bobby Farrelly, who made their directorial debuts on the original, are back to helm the new pic. They’re also producing with Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland of Red Granite Pictures, Charles Wessler and Bradley Thomas. Kathleen Turner, Rob Riggle, Rachel Melvin, Laurie Holden and Steve Tom also star in Dumb And Dumber To, which finds Lloyd and Harry on a road trip to locate a child never knew he had. Whether that kid is old enough to drink remains to be seen.
EXCLUSIVE: One of the longest-running shows in Hollywood is coming to a close. Jim Carrey will no longer be managed by Eric Gold and Jimmy Miller, the former partners who together have represented him for 25 years. They go back with Carrey to the beginning, when he was the rubber-faced white guy on In Living Color, the Keenen Ivory Wayans sketch comedy show for Fox.
Carrey, Gold and Miller have confirmed this, and they’ve said that the split is amicable and that they will continue working together on a number of projects they have percolating.
“I would like to express my sincerest appreciation to my good pals Jimmy Miller and Eric Gold for many brilliant years of partnership,” Carrey said in a statement. “I look forward to us working together in other creative capacities and I’ll be eternally grateful to them for their dedication, their inventiveness and their friendship. It’s been an extraordinary journey so far and I look forward to the adventure that lies ahead. I know that for all of us, that too will be wonderful!”
Said Gold and Miller: “Jim Carrey has been our partner and brother in an amazing 25 years of his career. As a partner, we couldn’t have asked for more. As an artist, he is unparalleled. We will continue to partner and produce on a number of film, television and theater projects, with him. There’s not much more to say. It has been, and in some fashion will continue to be, one of the greatest rides ever.”
It has been quite a ride, and I’ve been fortunate enough to have covered most of it. This began when Carrey transferred his singular physical comedy skills to the big screen in the audacious and outrageous sleeper hit Ace Ventura, Pet Detective, and then followed with back to back $100 million grossers at New Line, The Mask and Dumb & Dumber. The latter got Carrey up to the $7 million mark in salary. Read More »
And now the moment a few of you might have been waiting for: Here’s the first look of the stars on the set of Dumb And Dumber To: Jeff Daniels, hot off his Best Actor Emmy win on Sunday, and Jim Carrey, hot off — well, Kick-Ass 2 and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. The lads appear to have lapsed easily back into those lovable knuckleheads Harry and Lloyd, a mere two decades after New Line’s Dumb And Dumber grossed a quarter-billion dollars worldwide. Universal is shepherding the silliness this time around. No word yet on a release date.
EXCLUSIVE:The Walking Dead cast member Laurie Holden has landed a co-starring role in Dumb And Dumber To, starring alongside Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in the Peter and Bobby Farrelly-directed sequel that is being financed by Red Granite. Holden will play Adele Pichlow, the well to do wife of a doctor who is up to no good and who plans to use Harry and Lloyd to cover her tracks.The Farrellys wrote the script with Bennett Yellin and Mike Cerrone from an earlier draft by Sean Anders & John Morris. The Farrellys produce with Red Granite’s Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland along with Bradley Thomas and Charlie Wessler.
Holden played Andrea since the start of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Her character was often exasperating–every attempt to assert herself, from bedding the governor to learning to shoot and nearly killing Daryl to trying to broker peace between the governor and Rick–seemed to always be the wrong thing to do, but her exit at the conclusion of the top rated season three finale was very moving. Now she moves on. She previously appeared opposite Carrey in Frank Darabont’s The Majestic. She’s repped by APA and Alan Wertheimer.
Jim Carrey‘s shocking refusal to promote Kick-Ass 2 might the greatest possible favor he could have done for that movie in the short term. Right after Carrey made his pronouncement on Twitter, the volume of young potential ticket buyers who clicked on the trailer experienced an EKG-level spike between Sunday and yesterday. Carrey’s Colonel character is all over that trailer and his performance looks bizarre and funny. Additionally, attention to Carrey’s Twitter was at or near the top of Twitter trending following his Kick-Ass 2 post. “He probably did more to raise awareness for this movie by refusing to promote it than if he’d done a round of talk shows,” said a knowledgeable observer. Despite this, I feel the need to call bullshit on his moralistic stance, the idea he cannot support Kick-Ass 2 because he can’t condone its violence in the wake of the massacre of children in Newtown, CT by a deranged kid who killed his mother and used her arsenal of legally obtained semi-automatic weapons to perpetrate a horrifying murder spree. I’ve been a big Jim Carrey fan since even before a new superstar comedy career was born with Ace Ventura, Pet Detective. But I think he’s flat-out wrong here, and short-sighted.
You might recall that Carrey unexpectedly sought out this sequel because he was such a big fan of the original. He even wore the Kick-Ass costume in this duet with Conan O’Brien. That film he liked so much was just as cartoon violent as this sequel. Carrey has not only turned his back on his cohorts, he completely blows an opportunity to use this movie as a platform to discuss his opinions on: the availability of guns; an NRA lobby that has so co-opted federal lawmakers that that they would not in the wake of Newtown enact measures to simply require better background checks in gun sales; the depiction of gun violence in movies (The New York Times astutely notes that nearly every star in every summer movie poster is holding a gun); and how this toxic stew leaves the country just waiting for the next massacre by a troubled person with easy access to semi-automatic weapons. Read More »
UPDATE: Kick-Ass comics writer and Mark Millar, who exec produced both the 2010 film and its sequel, responded to Jim Carrey today on his own blog: “[I'm] baffled by this sudden announcement as nothing seen in this picture wasn’t in the screenplay eighteen months ago. Yes, the body-count is very high, but a movie called Kick-Ass 2 really has to do what it says on the tin. A sequel to the picture that gave us HIT-GIRL was always going to have some blood on the floor and this should have been no shock to a guy who enjoyed the first movie so much… This is fiction and like Tarantino and Peckinpah, Scorcese [sic] and Eastwood, John Boorman, Oliver Stone and Chan-Wook Park, Kick-Ass avoids the usual bloodless body-count of most big summer pictures and focuses instead of the CONSEQUENCES of violence… Our job as storytellers is to entertain and our toolbox can’t be sabotaged by curtailing the use of guns in an action-movie.”
PREVIOUSLY, SUNDAY PM:Jim Carrey gleefully puts down baddies with a baseball bat and an attack dog in Universal‘s Kick-Ass 2 as a vigilante named Colonel Stars and Stripes. (“Try to have fun – otherwise what’s the point?” he smirks in the film’s trailer.) But in light of December’s Sandy Hook mass shooting, the comic star has publicly denounced the film’s violent content – much of which involves the film’s two teenage protagonists. @JimCarrey: I did Kick-Ass 2 a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence,” he Tweeted Sunday. “My apologies to others involve[d] with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.” Read More »
The costumed Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl continue to protect the city while knocking the crap out of the bad guys in this follow-up to the 2010 pseudo-superhero flick. This year’s model sees our heroes inspiring a number of copycat do-gooders, including the masked Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey). But the newbies are hunted down by a young man with an unprintable name who wants to be the world’s first real supervillain and puts together an army to help him. Kick-Ass 2 returns Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse but not director Matthew Vaughn. Jeff Wadlow takes over the chair for the Universal sequel. Here’s the trailer:
All this is going down as we speak, and now the scheduling will begin for a movie that will find its way into production very quickly, with Conundrum’s Bradley Thomas and The Farrellys producing with Charlie Wessler. The film will be PG-13 like the original, and once again it puts Lloyd (Carrey) and Harry (Daniels) back on a road trip. The urgency has to do with scheduling: Daniels needs to do it soon before returning for his Aaron Sorkin HBO series The Newsroom. Carrey also has that bank heist comedy at Relativity with Jared Hess directing and Owen Wilson co-starring. For physical comedy fans, this is a real win. The package was put together by CAA and WME, and attorneys Cindy Farrelly Gesner and Peter … Read More »
The news that Warner Bros exited Dumb And Dumber To is hardly surprising. The studio has hovered over this sequel package like a wet blanket since January, unable to decide what it wanted to do with the property that originated through its production label New Line. Warners execs have hemmed and hawed over whether to let someone else finance while they distributed, or let it go completely. That apathy finally led to Warner Bros bailing a few days ago. At Cannes, the project was being discussed a lot, and I’m told that Wolf Of Wall Street financier Red Granite is in first position to finance the film and sell foreign. That company launched in Cannes with a Kanye West concert and fireworks on the beach a couple of years ago with a solid sales team headed by Danny Dimbort. But everybody’s waiting for them to start committing to splashy projects beyond the Martin Scorsese-Leo DiCaprio stockbroker film. This might be the moment for Red Granite to walk the walk and not just talk the talk. There are about five distributors ready to take domestic. Keep an eye on Universal! Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Fresh from The Internship, Owen Wilson is joining Jim Carrey to star in Relativity‘s Untitled Action Comedy directed by Napoleon Dynamite helmer Jared Hess. Based on an original screenplay by Emily Spivey, this comedy — it got known around town for the title Loomis Fargo, but that’s being changed — has a script by Chris Bowman (The Wrong Brother) and Hubbel Palmer (Humble Pie). Relativity has worldwide rights to finance, produce and distribute, and the film will be produced by Lorne Michaels and John Goldwyn through their Michaels-Goldwyn banner.
Pic tells the fact-based story of a disgruntled armored car driver who is persuaded to risk it all for love, money, and extravagance. He and his cohorts liberate $20 million from a bank vault. They promptly double cross him, and as the driver’s left alone on the run in Mexico while they live the high life, he becomes obsessed with getting even. Danny McBride, Jody Hill, Michael Aguilar and Kevin Messick will be exec producers alongside Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and President Tucker Tooley. Read More »
Jim Carrey will re-team with Steve Oedekerk on the comedy Ricky Stanicky at Summit Entertainment. It was a well thought out decision. Carrey has been orbiting this one for about a year, and finally came aboard when his Ace Ventura: Pet Detective cohort Steve Oedekerk signed on. The comedy is about a group of guys who as teens created a pretend scapegoat, Ricky Stanicky, to blame things on. It is a perennial success, until their wives insist on meeting Stanicky. Carrey, last seen in Burt Wonderstone, has been taking to the web to make a Hee Haw parody about gun control that has driven the conservatives crazy. Pretty clever stuff, if you ask me.
Didn’t see this announcement in my inbox yesterday, but it is worth noting. Relativity Media acquired worldwide rights to finance, produce and distribute Loomis Fargo, an action heist comedy that will star Jim Carrey. It’s directed by Napoleon Dynamite‘s Jared Hess from a script by Emily Spivey, rewritten by Chris Bowman and Hubbel Palmer. Shooting begins in April. It’s inspired by true events and tells the story of a disgruntled bank employee who goes into a life of crime to build a new life with his love. He teams up with his work crush to rob the place of $20 million, leaving a trail of evidence that is as obvious as snail tracks. Always good to see Carrey in comedies (he opens soon in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and wrapped Kick-Ass 2), but is it me or does this sound a little like an amalgamation of recent Carrey outings Fun With Dick and Jane and I Love You Phillip Morris?
BREAKING: Jim Carrey has been set to play the role of The Colonel in the Jeff Wadlow-directed sequelKick-Ass 2: Balls To The Wall. Deadline broke this August 20 when Carrey had the offer to play a guy who helps galvanize the team of misfit super heroes assembled to fight evil. Wadlow just tweeted the news. The sequel brings back Chloe Moretz, Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Nicolas Cage. Carrey is a big fan of Matthew Vaughn and his original Kick-Ass film. Here, he wore the Kick-Ass costume for a musical duet with Conan O’Brien.
EXCLUSIVE: The fallout from the exit of Dan Aloni from CAA to WME Entertainment continues. In a shocker, Jim Carrey has left CAA so that he could rejoin Aloni at WME. Carrey was built into a superstar at UTA before leaving to join CAA when Aloni left that agency and became CAA agents.
Said Carrey: “My work with Dan Aloni reaches back to Ace Ventura and through films like The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I have decided to continue that relationship by joining him at WME. I want to express my sincere gratitude to everyone at CAA who worked very hard on my behalf.” Carrey continues to be managed by Jimmy Miller and Eric Gold.
Since Aloni left CAA, he has brought over all his big clients including Chris Nolan, David Dobkin, Mike Myers, Jay Roach, David Goyer, Tom Shadyac, Michel Gondry, Raja Gosnell, Mandeville Films, Jonathan Mostow, Dean Parisot, Neal Moritz, Andy Fleming, David and Ian Purchase, John Crowley and John Carney.
I am not sure he’s going to say yes, but Jim Carrey is being courted by Universal to play a showy supporting role in Kick-Ass 2: Balls To The Wall, the Jeff Wadlow-directed sequel to Matthew Vaughn’s crazy superhero movie. The character is called The Colonel, and he helps galvanize the team of misfit super heroes assembled to fight evil. The sequel brings back Chloe Moretz, Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Nicolas Cage. Carrey is a big fan of Matthew Vaughn and his original Kick-Ass film. Here, he wore the Kick-Ass costume for a musical duet with a bearded Conan O’Brien. But dealmaking is dealmaking, and this is far from a sure thing, at this point just a great idea.
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has acquired the Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel novel Lunatics, with Steve Carell attached to star. The film will be produced by Scott Stuber and Pam Abdy of Stuber Pictures and Carell and his Carousel partners Vance DeGeneres and Charlie Hartsock.
The Barry-Zweibel collaboration is two New Jersey soccer dads whose minor feud escalates to create worldwide consequences, and leave them running for their lives. Barry and Zweibel will adapt their novel, which will be published by Putnam in January. Carell will play Philip Horkman, the owner of a pet store who refs kids soccer games on Sundays, and there he meets an irate soccer dad who triggers the misadventures. Carell, who’s repped by WME and Media Four, will start filming Burt Wonderstone with Jim Carrey in January for New Line and Warner Bros. Zweibel, who’s writing an HBO comedy pilot vehicle for Penny Marshall, was repped by Paradigm, and CAA reps Barry. Their lit agent is Writer’s House.
Stuber is readying the Denzel Washington-Ryan Reynolds drama Safe House, and also wrapped Battleship, and the Seth MacFarlane-directed Ted and is currently producing the Keanu Reeves-starrer 47 Ronin.
UPDATE: A trade report had Olivia Wilde in negotiations to play the female lead, but I’m told that while this may happen, it hasn’t yet. Judy Greer and Sarah Silverman also made strong impressions, and the filmmakers are waiting to see if Jessica Biel ends up reading for the role. New Line is smartly making the comedy for $30 million, and after Carell and Carrey, that doesn’t leave a fortune for supporting roles. Deadline reported that a short list of actresses were in the mix for the role.
EARLIER, 12:22 PM: New Line wants Steve Buscemi to star opposite Steve Carell and Jim Carrey in the Don Scardino-directed comedy Burt Wonderstone. Buscemi has been offered the role of Anton, the longtime Las Vegas magic act partner of Wonderstone (Carell). Their split sends Wonderstone into a crisis and a collision with a rival magician (Carrey) out to steal his thunder. Buscemi hopes to fit Burt Wonderstone into his hiatus from Boardwalk Empire. If the talks work out, he would make the movie and move right into the third season of the superb HBO drama. He’s repped by WME and The Gotham Group.