There are a lot of reasons to laugh at Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis‘ movie The Campaign, but only one real reason to jump up and down in your seat: Uggie the dog makes a cameo! For real, we were sure that we’d seen the last of The Artist’s scene-stealer during awards season, when his trainers announced the 10-year-old canine was retiring from showbiz. But it turns out, Campaign director Jay Roach booked him just under the wire.
“Uggie retired the day after we shot,” Roach told VH1. “I don’t know what that says about our set. Maybe it’s a source of so much stress that Uggie couldn’t take … or maybe it was what had to happen to Uggie [in the movie].”
We won’t spoil what happens to the beloved terrier in the movie, but once you see it, you’ll know why Roach told us, apologetically, “Neither Uggie nor any infants were harmed on our set. It was all visual effects.” Maybe it’s just that Uggie didn’t quite get Ferrell and Galifianakis’ particular brand of teasing comedy.
The Artist is again up for three big prizes at this weekend’s SAG Awards (it should be four, but Uggie continues to be snubbed). TheFABlife, meanwhile, is up against our Best Week Ever siblings for the Most Artist-Loving Blog Award. That we just made up. They had the edge with this silly Jean Dujardin video. But now we are going to pull ahead, we think, because of the blooper reel video below (courtesy of Allocine.fr), which just made us giggle uncontrollably at our desk. It’s got everything: dog bloopers, crack-ups, Berenice Bejo’s terrible tennis playing AND some absolutely adorable dance gaffes. Watch at your own risk.
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So, The Artist, a movie with by a French director, with French stars, that takes place in Hollywood, is so completely dominating awards season that it’s earned 12 nods for the British kudosfest the BAFTAs. It’s already won three Golden Globes and four Critics’ Choice awards. And it’s nominated for all the other big pre-Oscar awards: NBR, PGA, DGA, SAG and Independent Spirit. But we worry that all this lofty buzz (not to mention the attention it garnered during Cannes) is actually doing the opposite of drawing certain people to the theaters. A critically acclaimed, bound-to-be-Oscar-nominated black-and-white silent movie by a foreign dude? “No thanks,” some of you are saying. But I am here to say you are wrong. Here’s why you should see it:
1. Uggie as “The Dog.” If you saw the Jack Russell terrier hamming it up onstage at the Globes, you got a tiny taste of his scene-stealing antics. Also, Robert Pattinson fans should recognized this talented pooch as Queenie from Water for Elephants. He’s not just a pretty face, either — his heroic feats rival Lassie’s in the pic, and he may have made us cry once or twice. There’s even a campaign for him to get an Oscar.