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Jim Carrey backs out of “Dumb and Dumber” sequel

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For once, it was the studio’s lack of enthusiasm about an upcoming sequel that killed a planned movie.

We were all a bit surprised when Jim Carrey started talking about returning to the world of “Dumb and Dumber” while he was doing promotion for “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” last year. Even co-director Bobby Farley started talking optimistically about the idea. Both Farley and his brother Peter eventually said they were back on board to direct the project — which was being called “Dumb and Dumber To” — and Carrey and Jeff Daniels (on the rise again thanks to “The Newsroom”) were supposed to star in the flick. But now ET Online is reporting that Carrey is done with the idea because New Line and Warner Bros. “showed a lack of enthusiasm regarding the project.”

When the outlet reached out to Carrey for comment, he said, “I would have thought ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ was a no-brainer, after all it’s implied in the title.”

If the studios were on the fence about the project before, they likely are done with it for good now that Carrey is no longer involved. He’s arguably the biggest selling point in the film, which is why we’re surprised that WB didn’t jump all over the chance to make it. But WB has been cautious about returning to some of their earlier titles, seemingly focusing on comic book movies and new ideas for genre films (like “Gravity” and “Pacific Rim”) insteading of rehashing movies that worked for the studio in the past.

Carrey, on the other hand, has been off his game for almost a decade. It makes sense that he’d want to return to movies like “Dumb and Dumber” and “Bruce Almighty” because none of his films he’s made since have done as well. Those movies he made after “Bruce Almighty” that did gross over $100 million in the box office were his animated projects — like “Horton Hears a Who” and “A Christmas Carol” — and family-friendly flicks — “A Series of Unfortunate Events” and “Fun with Dick and Jane.” Carrey has returned to adult comedy since (we did love “I Love You Phillip Morris”) but audiences don’t respond to Carrey the bawdy comedian the way they used to.

Our advice? Don’t force it. A “Dumb and Dumber” sequel could be nice, but is also totally unnecessary, and there’s a bigger chance that it would be bad than that it would be good. For now, we’ll just say that Carrey dodged a bullet, even though he was the one to fire it to begin with.

Do you wish Carrey had stuck with “Dumb and Dumber To” or do you think he was right to move on? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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