February 12, 1995 |
As uneven as its farcical pleasures may be, this runaway 1994 hit is capable of inducing a lot of giggle fits. Jim Carrey (pictured), whose tiniest expressions of physicality are so exaggerated that he makes Jim Varney look like Charles Bronson, refuses to be anything less than utterly inhuman on screen.
November 16, 1993 |
The world loves an imbecile--it's not just the French. After the Nutty Professor, and before Beavis and Butt-head, there was--and, for better or worse, still is--Ernest P. (Powertools) Worrell, the non-savant idiot who currently "rides again" in the fifth installment of the kid-oriented "Ernest" movie series. And each Ernest film has generated at least $25 million at the box office. This one, though, the first to be released independently, opened this weekend with an unpromising $905,000.
July 19, 1998 |
In the 1987 The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (Bravo Sunday at 10 a.m.) Maggie Smith is brilliant and heartbreaking as a desperate Irish spinster thrown into spiritual crisis. Bob Hoskins is equally fine as the man whose intentions she disastrously misreads. Allen and Albert Hughes, the 21-year-old twin brothers who directed the 1993 Menace II Society (KCAL Sunday at 6 p.m.
April 10, 1990 |
Jim Varney walked into the room at the Jefferson Hotel here looking a little more worldly than he does as Ernest, the character he has portrayed in hundreds of commercials and in three movies. It was probably the hair. As Ernest, Varney's hair is secondary to his features. As Ernest, he usually wears a hat, one that hides his hair, and when the hair is showing, it is slick with mousse. In person, Varney's hair is dry, full and just a little bit wind-blown. In person, he is a funny man.
April 30, 1989 |
Brush Up Your Shakespeare: Glenn Close is in negotiations to play Gertrude in the Bard's "Hamlet" for director Franco Zeffirelli in early 1990. The Dyson Lovell production stars Mel Gibson as the moody Dane disturbed by his re-married mother's fatal attraction. . . . Kevin Kline hits the campaign trail in Paramount's "Running Mates," a romantic-political-comedy about a presidential aspirant involved with a woman who might not be good for his career, to film in August. Diane Keaton is that woman in the Marvin Worth production of Carol Eastman's screenplay.
April 1, 1998
Columbia TriStar and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation will host a gala premiere screening of the new family action film "3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain" at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Culver Plaza Mann Theatre, Culver City. A party will follow the screening at the Atrium, across the street at Sony Pictures Plaza. The film, which will be released April 10, stars Hulk Hogan, Loni Anderson and Jim Varney. The three child actors who portray the ninjas will also be on hand.