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'Veep' Star Peter MacNicol Ousted From Emmys After Exceeding Guest Actor Limit


Peter MacNicol Emmy Awards

Well, that sucks. Imagine being an actor up for an award at the biggest television event of the year, only to be told that you're ineligible for candidacy because you work too much. That's what happened to 'Veep' star Peter MacNicol who has had his nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series revoked this week.

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It's no doubt a disappointment for the actor, but maybe he'll be recognised for his larger role at next year's Emmys. On the grounds of a technicality that labels guest actors as only those who have appeared in less than 50% of a series, Peter MacNicol has been disqualified from the awards show.

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Battleship Trailer


The ocean is vast. Many parts of it are unexplored by man; those parts make perfect hiding places for an armada of unknown origins.

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Addams Family Values Review


OK
When I interviewed Barry Sonnenfeld, he told me he passed up Forrest Gump in order to make the sequel to The Addams Family. Bad move, Barry. You should have quit while you were ahead. While Ricci, Julia, and Huston are as fun as ever, this story -- involving a murderous gold digger and a stupid summer camp for the kiddoes -- has nothing on your original. Sorry, but at least you learned from this one, right? We have higher hopes for Men in Black 2.

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Breakin' All The Rules Review


Bad
Breakin' All the Rules is about stupid people with problems, meaning what would take you and me five minutes to resolve takes these characters 85 excruciating minutes. The only thing the movie breaks is your patience.

Quincy (Jamie Foxx) is a man with everything -- a good job as a magazine editor, good friends, and a fine woman to whom he's on the verge of proposing. Just as he's about to write a series of guidelines for firing employees, his girlfriend dumps him at their engagement party. Despondent, he quits his job, refusing to fire employees for his spineless boss (Peter MacNicol), and becomes a recluse.

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Dragonslayer Review


Very Good
Here's what bothers me about Dragonslayer.

The story involves a fantasy kingdom which sacrifices a young woman every year to the mean old dragon on the hill, lest it burn up all the crops, and so on. Peter MacNicol plays a young magician who is bent on destroying the dragon, even though he's a bit of a schlub... you know, like Peter MacNicol. Caitlin Clarke plays a young boy who turns out to be a young woman in disguise, designed to evade the lottery used to pick the woman for sacrifice.

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Dracula: Dead And Loving It Review


Bad
After the vastly disappointing Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Mel Brooks really needed to prove himself by getting back to his Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles-type comedy. The Dracula legend seemed like the perfect way to do it, especially considering how perfectly Brooks skewered ol' Frank. But sadly, Brooks manages to hack it up like he did to poor Robin Hood, thanks to some very stale jokes and overly repetitious gags.

Brooks basically takes Bram Stoker's Dracula (Francis Ford Coppola's film) and gives it the once-over, recreating the plot and characters almost directly from that movie, and giving them supposedly funny lines. The problem is that Bram Stoker's Dracula was pretty silly to begin with, and Brooks' version comes off as poking fun at a film that was already doing a good job of it all by itself.

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Olive, The Other Reindeer Review


Very Good
One of the best-ever names for a holiday special (sure as hell beats Frosty Returns) hits home video a year after its TV premiere, in this animated production from Simpsons creator Matt Groening. Based on a book by J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh, Olive's a hip dash of Christmas humor and fun amidst specials that have just made little kids cry all these years.

See, Olive's not really a reindeer - she's a dog. A strange dog. Voiced by Drew Barrymore, she speaks English to her owner Tim (Jay Mohr), doesn't dig for bones, and won't chase cars. While listening to the radio on Christmas Eve, she hears that Santa may cancel his delivery, as Blitzen is injured. He announces (in a 90s soundbite), that he'll just have to rely on "all of the other reindeer."

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Baby Geniuses Review


Terrible
Is it possible for a movie to be insulting from beginning to end, without pause at all along the way? As it turns out, yes indeed! Baby Geniuses, widely hailed as one of the worst movies of the 1990s, if not one of the worst of all time, would be completely forgettable if it weren't so deeply disturbing. Medical experimentation on human babies, now there's a movie idea for ya! And adopting Babe-like morphing to make these babies appear to speak is just plain wrong.

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Ghostbusters II Review


Good
No one has ever accused Ghostbusters II of being a great film, or even a good one, for that matter. But getting beyond its atrociously Up With People plot -- if that's possible -- reveals that, hey, we've still got the original cast and crew, and they're all still pretty funny on the whole.

The story's the thing that kills GB2 right from the get-go, which picks up five years after the original: Our boys in brown saved the city, but now they're reduced to hosting cheesy psychic TV shows and begging for work, as most of the spirit disturbances have been cleaned up. Even Venkman (Bill Murray) didn't end up with Dana (Sigourney Weaver), who's now divorced and has (gasp) a baby, one which will figure centrally in the plot machinations later on, involving (double gasp) Peter MacNicol as a vaguely Eastern European art expert. Good lord.

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Baby Geniuses Review


Zero

"Baby Geniuses" doesn't waste any time gettingstupid. The first scene is a bunch of bozo Orwellian security guards beingkarate-chopped to a pulp by a brainiac toddler who is trying to escapethe lab of an evil scientist.

The evil scientist is Christopher Lloyd, forever lit frombelow to make his worn-out elastic face look sinister. His evil boss isan Ivana-ized Kathleen Turner, in what has to be the most embarrassingrole of her tail-spinning career, as the scenery-chewing CEO of Baby Co.,a kiddie product conglomerate that is secretly experimenting on babiesto discover if they know the secrets of the universe.

Don't ask.

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Battleship Trailer

The ocean is vast. Many parts of it are unexplored by man; those parts make...

Breakin' All The Rules Movie Review

Breakin' All The Rules Movie Review

Breakin' All the Rules is about stupid people with problems, meaning what would take you...

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