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'The Disaster Artist' Review: James Franco Comedy Isn't a Bad Movie, But It's ...

“So bad it’s good” is always a tricky proposition when it comes to art, but anybody who’s been to a raucous midnight screening of Tommy Wiseau’s colossally inept “The Room” over the last decade knows that it can be a real kick to simultaneously and publicly both mock and celebrate a truly awful movie.

Wiseau, a wannabe actor and filmmaker of vague origin, wound up embracing the fact that audiences made his film a cult classic simply because it was so easy to mock — he clearly figured out that it’s OK to be the butt of the joke if it keeps you at the center of attention.

One such group is the heavy metal band Iron Maiden, who during a performance of their song "Wasted Years" in 1986, decided they weren't even going to try to pretend they were actually playing their instruments, with vocalist Bruce Dickinson swapping guitars with his bandmates and running to the drum kit to do a duet with drummer Nicko McBrain.

But when news of the lip syncing reached the conservative blogosphere, Beyonce decided to nip it in the bud by coming clean at a press conference...and then letting loose a surprise performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" for the media to prove she could do it.

Even on a show where the practice is fully acknowledged and embraced, Mike Tyson found a way to make it weird by abandoning any attempt to mouth the words to "Push It" and instead breaking out into an old man dance for the ages.


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