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'Dumb & Dumber' is back -- and it's not alone...

  • Let's watch movies like it's 1994
  • If you love sequels and prequels, 2012 is your year
'Dumb & Dumber' is back -- and it's not alone...

It’s the year of the sequel, again. You can add “Dumb & Dumber” to the list of movie remakes that have been announced this year. The movie’s directors Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly have been working on a follow-up to the 1994 comedy, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The original film starred Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as a pair of goodhearted but idiotic friends. Peter Farrelly told that both stars are returning to their roles and the film hopes to begin shooting in September.

“We've always wanted to do a sequel and finally Jim called up. Jeff always wanted to do it. We always wanted to do it. Jim was busy, but he called and said, 'We've got to do this thing again,'” Peter Farrelly told the website. “He had just watched 'Dumb and Dumber' and he said, 'This is the perfect sequel. Let's do it.'"

We know what you’re thinking: “Didn’t they already do a ‘Dumb & Dumber’ sequel?” The answer is yes and no. “Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd” was released in 2003 and technically it was a prequel. Also, the Farrelly brothers played no part in that film. Peter Farrelly said it was a studio release.

Cinematic déjà vu

Looking at the slate of upcoming films, you may feel a sense of cinematic déjà vu. Already, sequels to the “Hangover” and “Anchorman” have been announced. Then there’s Whitney Houston’s final movie role in “Sparkle,” which is a remake of the 1976 film.

The “Lone Ranger” will ride again and it’s a safe bet that  “Hunger Games” will see a return to the silver screen.

But you don’t have to look to 2013 to satisfy your appetite for sequels. Enter stage left: Summer 2012.

“The Dark Knight” will rise again in July when Christian Bale reprises his role as Batman. Lest Bruce Wayne be the only superhero to grace audiences with his presence again, Spiderman and “The Avengers” hope to slay the summer box office, too.

Then there’s “Total Recall,” “G.I. Joe Retaliation,” and “American Reunion,” the latest in the “American Pie” franchise. Later in the year, “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2,” the franchise’s final installment, will try to woo moviegoers.

Maybe when the Mayans referenced 2012 as the end of the world, what they really meant was the end of originality in films.

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