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December 17, 2008

Nobody dies in 'Yes Man'


Never accuse Jim Carrey of not being a good movie-marketing soldier. Remember the ridiculous elephant ears and trunk he sported on "American Idol" earlier this year to hype "Horton Hears a Who," not to mention the onstage improv with a curt, humorless Ryan Seacrest?

Painful, but hey, the tradeoff for a Fox-forced synergistic skit fallen flat was a $45 million opening weekend.

For "Yes Man," which looks a whole lot like "Liar, Liar," Carrey showed Jay Leno and his "Tonight Show" viewers last night that he's well aware of the downer flicks hitting the multiplex here at Important Awards time. And he came up with the perfect antidote/"Yes Man" tagline:

"It's the only movie this weekend where nobody dies in the end."

And then a hearty, "Sold!" came from all over America.

What followed was a clip, which looks a whole lot like a Red Bull commercial, and more mania from Carrey, a prior Golden Globe winner, who chattered on about girlfriend Jenny McCarthy, Scorpios and ovulation, kind of in that order. Now that's a sugar and caffeine high. Or something.

Watch his festive, musical entrance below and see him selling the movie "in his sleep" here at the YouTubes.



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I see that Yes Man has been highlighted in the blog as an uplifting movie. Jim Carey says laugh at the pain, laugh at the confusion. Seems like a great movie for these tough times.

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