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By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,sam.sessa@baltsun.com | May 1, 2009
When tragedy struck, comedian Dane Cook turned inward for inspiration. Reeling from the deaths of both his parents, who passed away within a year of each other, Cook pulled back from arena gigs and refocused his routine. He came up with a set of intensely personal jokes - some that deal with the death of his mother - and performed in front of only 20 people at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles. The Laugh Factory show was filmed for his new special, An Isolated Incident, which airs May 17 on Comedy Central.
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By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,sam.sessa@baltsun.com | May 1, 2009
When tragedy struck, comedian Dane Cook turned inward for inspiration. Reeling from the deaths of both his parents, who passed away within a year of each other, Cook pulled back from arena gigs and refocused his routine. He came up with a set of intensely personal jokes - some that deal with the death of his mother - and performed in front of only 20 people at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles. The Laugh Factory show was filmed for his new special, An Isolated Incident, which airs May 17 on Comedy Central.
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By Gina Piccalo | October 26, 2007
It feels like just a fortnight since comic Dane Cook made the leap from MySpace hero (he's got 2 million friends!) into the role of ubiquitous romantic comedy lead - one notable exception being his wannabe killer in last spring's Mr. Brooks. Now he's on some kind of a roll with what seems like a film release every few months. His latest is Dan in Real Life, starring Steve Carell as a widowed advice columnist who falls in love during a three-day family getaway. Cook plays Dan's fun-loving brother.
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By Gina Piccalo | October 26, 2007
It feels like just a fortnight since comic Dane Cook made the leap from MySpace hero (he's got 2 million friends!) into the role of ubiquitous romantic comedy lead - one notable exception being his wannabe killer in last spring's Mr. Brooks. Now he's on some kind of a roll with what seems like a film release every few months. His latest is Dan in Real Life, starring Steve Carell as a widowed advice columnist who falls in love during a three-day family getaway. Cook plays Dan's fun-loving brother.
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September 21, 2007
ONLINE Michael Sragow rates Good Luck Chuck an F, calling it "a comedy about breasts made by boobs." What's your take on Dane Cook and Jessica Alba's slapstick romance? Join the discussion today and every Friday at baltimoresun.com/criticalmass
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | September 21, 2007
Good Luck Chuck is a comedy about breasts made by boobs. Forget the trumped-up romance and the gimmicky would-be comical black magic. The movie is an excuse for the bland Dane Cook to engage in soft-core sex galore while his best pal, a cosmetic surgeon specializing in the bosom, eggs him on. It's stupefying in its dullness and vulgarity. Cook plays a dentist who can't shake a childhood hex cast by a Goth chick who feels jilted by him during Spin-the-Bottle. He's doomed to be the penultimate boyfriend: All his girlfriends marry their next lover.
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September 14, 2007
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE -- (Columbia) Beatles tunes are the backdrop for a musical romance between young lovers. EASTERN PROMISES -- (Focus Features) A Russian mob driver (Viggo Mortensen) meets a midwife (Naomi Watts) seeking the truth about an orphaned newborn. David Cronenberg directs. GOOD LUCK CHUCK -- (Lionsgate) A cursed dentist (Dane Cook) learns that women find true love after they date him. HUNTING PARTY -- (Weinstein Co.) Journalists in Bosnia seek a war criminal. With Richard Gere and Terrence Howard.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | September 21, 2007
The division between explosive, authentic sexual humor and clumsy, boorish exploitation is no "fine line" - it's more of a natural boundary, as broad as the Pacific. Moviemakers like Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up) and, at their best, the Farrelly brothers (There's Something About Mary) have helped energize recent American comedies with a zesty vernacular frankness about male romantic cluelessness and female bewilderment. These filmmakers empathize with and satirize their antiheroes while portraying their heroines as women yearning to be known in more than just a sexual sense.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,Sun Staff | August 28, 2005
After 15 years of stand-up, Dane Cook has stepped out. He's the latest comic stud, a wild and crazy guy himself, a fixture on Comedy Central who is booked for three nights at Madison Square Garden next month. The Internet-friendly Cook is also shooting a TV pilot (a Curb Your Enthusiasm-like show) and plans to be a presenter at MTV's Video Music Awards tonight in Miami. "My manager's cell went off and I said, wait, don't tell me. Someone wants me to throw out the first pitch," says Cook.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2006
Downloaded singles 1.Promiscuous, Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland 2.Crazy, Gnarls Barkley 3.Ain't No Other Man, Christina Aguilera 4.Hips Don't Lie, Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean 5.Life is a Highway, Rascal Flatts [Courtesy iTunes] Downloaded albums 1.American V: A Hundred Highways, Johnny Cash 2.Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest Soundtrack, Various artists 3.St. Elsewhere, Gnarls Barkley 4.How to Save a Life, The Fray 5.Drive: Nike + Original Run, The Crystal Method [Courtesy iTunes]
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | September 21, 2007
Good Luck Chuck is a comedy about breasts made by boobs. Forget the trumped-up romance and the gimmicky would-be comical black magic. The movie is an excuse for the bland Dane Cook to engage in soft-core sex galore while his best pal, a cosmetic surgeon specializing in the bosom, eggs him on. It's stupefying in its dullness and vulgarity. Cook plays a dentist who can't shake a childhood hex cast by a Goth chick who feels jilted by him during Spin-the-Bottle. He's doomed to be the penultimate boyfriend: All his girlfriends marry their next lover.
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September 21, 2007
ONLINE Michael Sragow rates Good Luck Chuck an F, calling it "a comedy about breasts made by boobs." What's your take on Dane Cook and Jessica Alba's slapstick romance? Join the discussion today and every Friday at baltimoresun.com/criticalmass
FEATURES
By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | September 21, 2007
The division between explosive, authentic sexual humor and clumsy, boorish exploitation is no "fine line" - it's more of a natural boundary, as broad as the Pacific. Moviemakers like Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up) and, at their best, the Farrelly brothers (There's Something About Mary) have helped energize recent American comedies with a zesty vernacular frankness about male romantic cluelessness and female bewilderment. These filmmakers empathize with and satirize their antiheroes while portraying their heroines as women yearning to be known in more than just a sexual sense.
FEATURES
September 14, 2007
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE -- (Columbia) Beatles tunes are the backdrop for a musical romance between young lovers. EASTERN PROMISES -- (Focus Features) A Russian mob driver (Viggo Mortensen) meets a midwife (Naomi Watts) seeking the truth about an orphaned newborn. David Cronenberg directs. GOOD LUCK CHUCK -- (Lionsgate) A cursed dentist (Dane Cook) learns that women find true love after they date him. HUNTING PARTY -- (Weinstein Co.) Journalists in Bosnia seek a war criminal. With Richard Gere and Terrence Howard.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,Sun Staff | August 28, 2005
After 15 years of stand-up, Dane Cook has stepped out. He's the latest comic stud, a wild and crazy guy himself, a fixture on Comedy Central who is booked for three nights at Madison Square Garden next month. The Internet-friendly Cook is also shooting a TV pilot (a Curb Your Enthusiasm-like show) and plans to be a presenter at MTV's Video Music Awards tonight in Miami. "My manager's cell went off and I said, wait, don't tell me. Someone wants me to throw out the first pitch," says Cook.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | June 1, 2007
"There's dead and then there's dead," quipped Kevin Costner as a Coast Guard swimmer in The Guardian. He could have used that line in the inflated suspense film Mr. Brooks. He plays the title character, a serial killer with a double life and double standards. The successful owner of a chic Portland, Ore., box company, with a comely wife (Marg Helgenberger) and a smart, pretty daughter (Danielle Panabaker), he knows he kills out of compulsion - he goes to AA meetings and confesses he's an addict.
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