Myers' `Love Guru' proves endearing at Razzies

By: By DAVID GERMAIN, AP Movie Writer
By: By DAVID GERMAIN, AP Movie Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Voters for 2008's worst movies love Mike Myers. They really love him.

Myers' comedy flop "The Love Guru" led the field Wednesday for
the Razzies with seven nominations, among them worst picture and
worst-acting slots for Myers, Jessica Alba, Verne Troyer and
Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley.

The number of nominations for "Love Guru" was appropriate
given what a personal project it was for Myers, who not only
starred but also co-wrote and produced the movie, said John Wilson,
founder of the Razzies, an Oscar spoof that dishes out
"dis-honors" for the lousiest stuff Hollywood dredged up the
previous year.

"This is one of those auteur-of-the-awful situations," Wilson
said. "I think people are tired of him in general. He hasn't
really made a good movie in quite some time."

The other worst-picture contenders were "Disaster Movie" and
"Meet the Spartans," Hollywood spoofs that shared a nomination
for a "badly beaten dead horse of a concept"; the fright flick
"The Happening"; Paris Hilton's romantic comedy bomb "The Hottie
& the Nottie"; and the sword-and-sorcery fantasy "In the Name of
the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale."

Razzie "winners" will be announced Feb. 21, the day before the
Oscars.

Hilton had three nominations, worst actress and worst screen
couple alongside her co-stars in "The Hottie & the Nottie," plus
worst supporting actress for "Repo! The Genetic Opera."

Eddie Murphy, named worst actor, supporting actor and supporting
actress last year for multiple roles in "Norbit," has two
nominations this time, as worst actor and screen couple alongside
himself for dual roles in his sci-fi comedy dud "Meet Dave."
Cameron Diaz also picked up two Razzie nominations for the
romance "What Happens in Vegas," as worst actress and worst
screen couple alongside co-star Ashton Kutcher.

Along with Kingsley, Oscar winner Al Pacino had a worst-actor
nomination for his crime thrillers "88 Minutes" and "Righteous
Kill."

The stars of the remake "The Women" - Annette Bening, Eva
Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith and Meg Ryan - shared a
worst-actress nomination. Joining them, Alba, Diaz and Hilton in
the worst-actress category was Kate Hudson for "Fool's Gold" and
"My Best Friend's Girl."

Besides Murphy, Myers and Pacino, worst-actor nominees were
Larry the Cable Guy for "Witless Protection" and Mark Wahlberg
for "The Happening" and "Max Payne."

"In the Name of the King" filmmaker Uwe Boll had three
nominations for 2008 movies, worst director for that flick and
"1968: Tunnel Rats" and "Postal," supporting actor for playing
himself in "Postal" and screen couple alongside "any actor,
camera or screenplay."

Boll - whose movies include such horror or action tales as
"Bloodrayne," "Alone in the Dark" and "House of the Dead" -
also was selected by Razzies voters to receive a special prize for
worst career achievement as "Germany's answer to Ed Wood," the
legendary bad filmmaker responsible for "Plan 9 From Outer
Space."

"It's pretty insulting to Ed Wood. Although Wood didn't
understand how to splice two frames together, there was a joy of
incompetence in his work," Wilson said. "Uwe Boll's like our
Meryl Streep. As long as he continues to work, he will get
nominated, just like Meryl Streep does with those other awards."

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