martin freeman method acting

Method acting is a divisive topic in Hollywood. Sometimes it results in the work of Marlon Brando, and sometimes it ends in Jared Leto sending rats to his costars. Clearly, not everyone is Brando. But for Sherlock and The Hobbit star Martin Freeman, it’s not the lack of a new-age Brando that is at fault, it’s method acting in general. Freeman recently took aim at method acting and at Jim Carrey’s “method” performance in Man on the Moon in a very well-articulated, profanity-laden rant against what he calls a “‘selfish, narcissistic” approach to acting.

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Jim Carrey Done Playing Joe Biden

When Saturday Night Live returned for their 46th season, they kicked things off with a whopping six consecutive episodes from the beginning October through the first week of November. That’s because it was election season, and that’s when SNL does their best to lambast the political scene. To usher in this year’s satire with a splash, they brought in Jim Carrey to play Joe Biden. But obviously the series can’t keep a big name like Jim Carrey around as long as Joe Biden is president, and the actor has confirmed that he will not be reprising the role on the late night sketch series anymore. Read More »

Issa Rae Hosted Saturday Night Live

Issa Rae was meant to host Saturday Night Live back in the spring, before coronavirus shut down production on the sketch show in the studio. But Lorne Michaels brought her back to make good on their original plans. Unfortunately, this meant she was forced to host an episode where political satire is taking up the space of three sketches, giving her far fewer opportunities to shine throughout the night. Even the sketches that managed to include her didn’t make use of her comedic potential, which only added to the frustration that this subpar episode brought to the table.

Anyway, let’s look at the best and worst sketches from the Issa Rae hosted Saturday Night Live. Read More »

Chris Rock Hosted Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live made its triumphant return to Studio 8H, complete with a live audience tested for COVID-19 and socially distanced for safety, including a floor crowd full of first responders. Unfortunately, the return of SNL was a little bit rough, perhaps shaken up by the new normal of producing the show with enhanced safety protocols. There were certainly plenty of coronavirus-centric sketches, and not even the seasoned SNL veteran Chris Rock felt like he was totally comfortable.

Let’s run through the best and works sketches from the Chris Rock hosted Saturday Night Live below. Read More »

First Look at Jim Carrey as Joe Biden

Saturday Night Live is back this weekend with the 46th season premiere. After spending the last three episodes of the 45th season in quarantine and producing sketches remotely, the cast and crew are back in Studio 8H, and for at least the first month of the new season, they’ll have a big star playing around with them.

Jim Carrey has been given the task of playing former Vice President Joe Biden during this election season, and SNL has just provided a first look at the rubber-faced star, who has literally been given at least a partial rubber face (or whatever material that the make-up prosthetic pieces are made out of). Get a first look at Jim Carrey as Joe Biden below. Read More »

New Saturday Night Live Cast Members

Saturday Night Live is returning on October 3 to kick off the late night sketch comedy show’s 46th season. Thankfully, the entire cast will be back in the studio, no longer producing episodes remotely from their homes. In fact, there will even be a limited audience to make sure that the live comedy doesn’t play awkwardly without anyone to laugh and clap and hoot and holler. But the biggest news about SNL‘s return is that Jim Carrey will be guest starring as former Vice President and current presidential candidate Joe Biden. Read More »

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: Joel (Jim Carrey) is stunned to discover that his girlfriend, Clementine (Kate Winslet), has had their tumultuous relationship erased from her mind. Out of desperation, he contacts the inventor of the facility who took care of the procedure to get the same treatment. But as his memories of Clementine are erased from his, Joel suddenly realizes how much he still loves her, and he’ll do anything to hide her away in his mind so they can find each other again.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: For such a high concept, you’d assume Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind would require plenty of visual effects for the story to play out inside the mind of our main character Joel. But instead, imaginative director Michael Gondry, working from a brilliant script by Charlie Kaufman, uses a variety of clever practical effects and simple camera tricks to tell the story of this troubled relationship that once started as a promising romance. It’s one of the most honest and raw portrayals of love, and how you view the ending just might help you learn something about yourself. Read More »

Kermit the Frog Voice Comparison

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see why fans have had such an adverse reaction to the new voice of Kermit the Frog on Muppets Now as performed by Matt Vogel. Plus, watch a series of bloopers from the TV movie Psych 2: Lassie Come Home, and take a flashback to the time Conan O’Brien took Late Night to Toronto and had famous Canadian comedy star Jim Carrey make a hilarious appearance.

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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Collectible Figure

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective isn’t exactly the first title that comes to mind when you think of movies that deserve detailed collectible figures. But this year, the eccentric animal private eye played by Jim Carrey has been given several action figures. NECA released a 8-inch figure with real clothing, as well as a figure with a cartoonish design. Now Asmus Toys is delivering the most realistic Ace Venture: Pet Detective figure yet, complete with a detailed likeness of Jim Carrey himself. Read More »

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kidding canceled

The latest TV cancelation is no joke, despite the show’s title. Showtime has canceled Dave Holstein‘s dark comedy Kidding after two seasons at the network, four months after the Jim Carrey-starring series ended its eight-episode second season.

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