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Horrible Bosses 2



Three years ago we all gathered in theaters to watch the antics of Nick, Kurt and Dale and laughed our asses off. It was a very cathartic and relatable story about three guys with horrible bosses (not just a clever title) who were so bad they tried to kill them. I loved it and so did a lot of other people. I think I speak for everyone when I say that not for a single second did I leave the theater thinking, "I wonder what happens next!" I'm not totally against the unnecesary sequel to a very successful film but it certainly does make it harder to justify its existence. Horrible Bosses 2 is that unnecessary sequel and although it's funny as hell at times, it's hard to justify its existence.

So what is it about this movie that makes it so lousy compared to the original? I crunched the numbers and I came down to two things. One is a concept for a sequel that as close to stupid as you can get without officially being so. The other is a change in director. See, you can have two different race car drivers drive the same car and one can lose and one can win. That's what happened here. Seth Gordon directed the first one and it was his first fictional film; his first was one of the greatest documentaries of all time called The King of Kong. He also directed several episodes of the funniest shows on TV in the last decade such as Modern Family, The Office, The Goldbergs and Parks and Recreation. Horrible Bosses 2 is directed by Sean Anders who's movies are terrible. They consist of Sex Drive and That's My Boy. If you ever seen either of those you'll understand why I don't need to elaborate.

Yes, it's true that the cast of Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis (SNL, Meet the Millers) and Charlie Day (Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Pacific Rim) are back. Yes, they're joined again by supporting characters played by Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey. Yes, the new cast members of Chris Pine (Star Trek, This Means War) and Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained) are both great. But despite noble efforts from all involved it's not enough to make this a really enjoyable film.

I think a bigger reason why this one doesn't work as well is because we were still kind of naive in 2011 with these guys. Sudeikis and Day were new to mainstream audiences and they overlooked the fact that they're basically playing the same character in the film making one of them completely pointless. Bateman hadn't annoyed us by that point but now his "Bateman" character he plays in every single film he does is just so predictable and unfunny. Anistan is as vulgar as she was in the first one but the shock of hearing Rachel say filthy things is so tired at this point that her scenes go over like lead balloons. The only shining performance that's fresh is Pine who swings for the fences and makes it work.

I understand that when Hollywood gets a taste of a good thing they want to suck from it until it's shriveled up and dead. They've done that with Horrible Bosses. It's a lousy story with witty dialogue only because the core cast is great at making stuff up. The comedic tone and timing is awful due to a director who takes his playbook pages from Adam Sandler. Massive jumps in logic are needed in order for all the returning cast members to be part of the story. The whole thing feels desparate and needy despite moments of humor; a far cry from the charming and hilarious comedy the original was.

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"Something Chases You, Run!"

It's the first "genetically-modified hybrid."

With those ominous words, we welcome you to Jurassic World.

It's 23 years later, and the interactive park envisioned by Richard Attenborough's character in the original Jurassic Park movies is up and running.

It's a hybrid between Disney World, Sea World and Busch Gardens, featuring real live dinosaurs - plus a new concoction, cooked up by the scientists.

That would be the "genetically-modified hybrid," and of course, it will run amok.

Check out the trailer for the film - the film will be released in June of 2015.

What do you think? Exciting and new - or just a rehash of the originals?

 
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Sew Watt, Its Juss a Tipo!

Maybe it's time for the signmakers in Los Angeles to invest in SpellCheck - or maybe just a proofreader.

Earlier this month, a sign sub-contractor installed a new highway marker on the northbound side of the 710 Freeway.

The sign marked the exit for Olympic Boulevard.

Except it said "Olimpic" Boulevard instead.

It took someone at CalTrans a full day to recognize the problem. A few days later, it was covered up with a black tarpaulin. And it will be replaced by the sub-contractor at no charge to the city.

Except for the cost of the embarrassment of having hung in there in the first place.
 
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Barack & Meryl, Sitting in a Tree?

On Monday afternoon, President Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the nation's highest civilian honor to singer Stevie Wonder, TV journalist Tom Brokaw, and Ethel Kennedy, wife of the late Robert F. Kennedy.

Oh, and he gave one to his girlfriend too.

That would be Meryl Streep, the actress.

“I love Meryl Streep,” the president said in front of all assembled "Her husband knows I love her. Michelle knows I love her. There's nothing either of them can do about it.”

No real scandal there. Just a nice bit of affection.

Oh, and he poked a little fun at his love too - pointing out that she sang Abba - "which, you know, that's something."

 
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How Much for That Lion in the Window?

On Monday, the costume that Bert Lahr wore as the Cowardly Lion in the 1939 classic film, The Wizard of Oz, went up for auction.

It was part of a group of memorabilia offered for sale at Bonhams auction house - "TCM Presents: There's No Place Like Hollywood."

Other items up for sale included Sam's piano from Casablanca, a gown worn by Marilyn Monroe, and Clark Gable's jacket from Gone With the Wind.

As you sit and maybe watch The Wizard of Oz over the holidays, think about this.

That outfit worn by the King of the Forest just sold for $3 million.
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Vader Versus Batman - Who Wins?

Stumbled on this one while doing a little surfing today.

What happens when you pit the Dark Knight against the Dark Sith Lord?

An epic battle, for sure.

Check out this very well-done bit of fantasy lore, pitting Robin's best bud, Batman, against Luke and Leia's papa, Dark Vader.

 
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Robin Williams, Back on the Silver Screen

We knew it was coming.

When Robin Williams passed away earlier this year, he left behind a handful of completed film projects.

One of them was Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

It's due out on Christmas Day, and features Robin reprising his role as Teddy Roosevelt.

Check out the trailer for a little glimpse of Robin.

One of this lines is oddly prophetic. "I think it's safe to say that we're in a bit of trouble."

 
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Cuddle Up to Me - Professionally, Of Course

Some would call Samantha Hess's business an overnight success - but you can't stay overnight.

Samantha runs a shop in Portland, Oregon called Cuddle Up to Me - and it's a professional cuddle shop.

Stay with me now. For $60, a customer can get sixty minutes of hugging, or as it's been described, "the level of human contact that we want or need in order to be our optimal selves."

Sure, it sounds like a front for something, but Samantha says it's a great idea, one that came to her when she really needed a hug. "I was at a place where I thought paying someone to hug me and not have ulterior motives sounded like a great idea," she told an interviewer from The Independent. "I decided why can't this be a thing that we can easily and safely reach for?"

It's all on the up-and-up. Everyone stays dressed, hugs and hand-holding are the only items on the menu, and the show is open Monday through Saturday.

By the way, Samantha's been at it for a year or so. But all of a sudden, the media are getting hold of the story, and it's gone viral.

 
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Did She Diss Em or Not?

Some writers are saying that Iggy Azalea dissed Eminem on Sunday at the American Music Awards.

She picked up the award both for best rap artist and for best rap/hip-hop album for The New Classic, her debut album.

In her acceptance speech, she said, "It means so much that I can stand here against Eminem and Drake and come out with this. It's amazing."

Watch and listen...

 
Some believe that was a shot at Eminem, who definitely took a shot at Iggy in his new song, Vegas, with a lyric that said, "Put that sh*t away, Iggy."

But she responded on Twitter after the song was released. And it really does sound like she's just letting sleeping dogs and Eminems lie...
 
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Black Sea Devil Captured

Researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute announced a fascinating find over the weekend - a video of the rare deep-sea anglerfish, also known as the Black Sea Devil.

The film was shot off the coast of Monterey, California, about 1900 feet below the surface.

The scientists were very excited, as they believe it's the first video of this species, "alive and at depth."

The narration is a little dry, and the fish is not pretty. Still, it is fascinating...

 

Want some chuckles, though? Check out this little video, called "True Facts About the Angler Fish," produced by the same institute.

 
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