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The multiplexes are full of sequels for obscure superheroes. The high street is dominated by t-shirts adorned with obscure movie references. The most watched TV show in the Us is about a bunch of nerds. Yes, it sure looks like the geeks have inherited the Earth.
Except they haven’t. The McU and its ilk are slowly becoming less heterogeneous with each biannual release. Clothing is worn without a care for what it represents. And The Big Bang Theory has been laughing at, not with, its characters since Season 3. So, rather, the Earth has assimilated geek culture into the mainstream, sanitising it in the process.
Nowhere is this better seen than with Pixels. Ostensibly an adaptation of a beautiful little short by Patrick Jean (check it out here – it doesn’t deserve to have only a fraction of the views of the trailer for film it’s »
- Alex Leadbeater
Nostalgia, at least in some cases, is clearly not what it once was. Despite a lot of cultural touchstones littered across the screen, Adam Sandler’s video game character adventure Pixels couldn’t see off the challenge of reigning box office champ Ant-Man. Marvel’s latest outing stayed at the top, earning $24.7 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates. While it’s a close-run thing – Pixels made $24 million – which means things could alter in the final figures, it’s looking like Sandler’s latest, which blends his goofy comedy with the high-concept stylings of Chris Columbus, has fizzled in the Us under the weight of some dreadful reviews and little positive buzz. Worldwide, it fared a little better, earning $25.4 million for a $49.4 million total around the world. Ant-Man, meanwhile, dashed past $100 million to end up with $106 million in the States so far and more than $226 million globally.Minions was pushed to third, »
After weeks of booming ticket sales the box office lost some luster Friday as three new films entered the marketplace to mixed results. And, at this point at least, the lower frame does not seem to be the result over public anxiety following Thursday night's tragic shooting at a Lafayette, Louisiana movie theater. Sony Pictures' family adventure "Pixels" debuted at no. 1 with $9.2 million. It's expected to earn between $24-26 million for the three-day which is slightly below pre-polling estimates. Marketing for the Chris Columbus comedy did everything possible to hide the fact Adam Sandler was a main character, but there are bigger issues that contributed to an opening day of under $10 million. Receiving some of the worst reviews of the summer clearly didn't help. "Pixels" earned just a 19% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and a 26 grade on Metacritic. Throw in just a B Cinemascore and "Pixels" does not appear to be »
- Gregory Ellwood
Virtually everyobody of a certian generation remembers the 1987 hit Adventures in Babysitting fondly. One of it.s best-remembered scenes is one is the one in which Thor-obsessed child Sara (Maia Brewton) believes the mechanic fixing their car is, in fact, the Asgardian god. But why is the little girl so into Thor? Turns out it.s because director Chris Columbus had no idea who He-Man and She-Ra were. Speaking with Yahoo Movies, Columbus talked about his directorial debut and how he.d never even heard of He-Man and She-Ra, the characters that Sara was supposed to be in love with. He said: In the original script, the young girl was obsessed with characters named He-Man and She-Ra...At the time, those characters meant nothing to me. But I was a huge Marvel comic book fanatic, and so I thought Thor would be an interesting character to go with . not having »
“Pixels,” the video game comedy starring Adam Sandler, claimed the top spot at the box office Friday with about $9 million in its debut for Sony Pictures. That was better than the roughly $7 million that reigning champ “Ant-Man” managed, but the Marvel superhero romp and “Pixels” are both heading for weekend totals of around $25 million. That’s better news for “Ant-Man,” which is in its second week for Disney, than it is for the Christopher Columbus-directed “Pixels,” Sony’s only tentpole movie this summer. The lack of a breakout at the domestic box office means that a strong overseas showing will. »
- Todd Cunningham
Sony’s “Pixels” generated $9 million in Friday showings, on track for $25 million on the weekend. Studio estimates had forecasted an opening weekend in the $25 million range. Joining Sandler in the cast are Josh Gad, Michelle Monaghan and Peter Dinklage. The Christopher Columbus-directed pic will play in 3,723 locations. “Pixels” has been criticized for lacking heart, though; the Variety review contends that the plot’s “apocalyptic stakes are treated with no more consequence than an air-hockey match.”
Behind “Pixels” is Marvel hit “Ant-Man,” which raked in $7 million on Friday. The size-challenged superhero is poised to win the weekend with $25 million, which will up its cumulative haul to $106 million after it opened to a strong $58 million last weekend.
In third place »
- Marianne Zumberge
With the release of Adam Sandler’s 80s arcade game actioneer Pixels this week (to less than stellar reviews – read Robert Kojder’s ★ ★ one here), it might be a good time to rewatch the original short film on which it’s based.
“But it’s a Futurama episode!” you cry. Yes. Yes, it is. 2002’s Season 3 episode 18 ‘Anthology of Interest II‘, to be precise. But Sander’s Happy Madison Productions’ direct inspiration was the below 2010 film, directed by Patrick Jean. And at a lean 2 minutes 35 seconds, it sounds a lot more bearable than the feature-length adaptation. Check it out…
Pixels is directed by Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) and stars Adam Sandler (Grown Ups 2), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Michelle Monaghan (Playing it Cool), Sean Bean (Jupiter Ascending), Josh Gad (Frozen) and Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity »
- Oli Davis
Sony’s video-game adaptation comedy Pixels opens across America this weekend and early indications suggest the film could debut to around $30 million, though those estimates may fall in light of the tragic events in Louisiana on Thursday.
Three people were killed and nine others injured at a shooting during a screening of Trainwreck on Thursday night, and the incident may well affect attendances at cinemas this weekend with lower than expected box office totals. However, Pixels could take top spot come Sunday night depending on how Marvel’s Ant-Man and Universal’s Minions hold across their second and third weekends respectively.
The action comedy, directed by Chris Columbus, cost around $90 million and although reviews have been poor thus far, it may have enough to make its money back through its domestic run. Josh Gad, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage and Kevin James co-star.
See Also: Read our review of Pixels here
Paper Towns, »
- Scott J. Davis
'Pixels' movie with Adam Sandler. 'Pixels' movie weekend box office: Adam Sandler vs. 'Ant-Man' Despite its underwhelming domestic box office debut last weekend, Marvel's Ant-Man may turn out to be the winner in North America this weekend (July 24–26, '15) thanks to another underwhelming debut: that of the Adam Sandler Pixels movie. According to weekend box office projections found at Variety, the Chris Columbus-directed Pixels is expected to open with $25 million from 3,723 locations – following a $10 million Friday take (including $1.5M from Thursday previews). If so, that'll place Adam Sandler's latest lowbrow comedy – now in 3D – on a par with Sandler domestic disappointments like Jack and Jill and Funny People. Deadline.com, for its part, is expecting $27-$28 million by Sunday evening. Sat., July 25, update: According to studio box office estimates, Pixels underperformed on Friday, taking in $9.2 million. That's below figures for Jack and Jill and, adjusted for »
- Zac Gille
Post-Credit scenes, known as stingers or cookies and even sometimes buttons, are nothing new. But Marvel rejuvenated the trend, offering sneak peeks and/or important story elements to future franchise installments, which always come right when the movie is over. While the cookie seems to be a 'Marvel' thing, other studios are jumping on the trend as well. Though some are distancing themselves from it. One movie that was originally set to have a Post-Credit stinger that would have made fans squeal with delight was Pixels. But director Chris Columbus nixed the idea.
The original script contained a credits button that featured Nintendo's extremely popular Mario character from Donkey Kong and the Super Mario Bros. Franchise. The scene shows the Washington Monument damaged, but still standing. As the camera moves towards the the iconic landmark, Mario is seen standing on top, his hands on his hips, as he watches all from high above. »
In every movie there is footage that doesn.t make it into the final cut. For a film like Pixels which is heavily reference laden, the point of the movie is to fill it with nostalgic video game characters. That means that some of those scenes don.t make it into the finished film. Such is the case with an original ending that would have included Super Mario. Speaking with ScreenCrush, Pixels director Chris Columbus spoke about a closing scene with the famous plumber that they ended up not using: We tried it. There was a moment we even did a preview of it, we thought it was interesting but we wanted to kind of use him somewhere else. I don.t want to spoil the fact that he may be somewhere else in the film... Columbus went on to note that the appearance Mario does make in the film »
The opening of Adam Sandler comedy “Pixels” is heading for a moderate $25 million opening weekend in the U.S., comfortably ahead of teen romance “Paper Towns,” but trailing superhero holdover “Ant-Man.”
According to projections Friday, Disney and Marvel’s “Ant-Man” could notch its second first-place finish. The tentpole appeared headed for a decline of about 54% for a finish of about $26 million, which would give it a 10-day total of $107 million.
Sony’s “Pixels” is on track for roughly $10 million at 3,723 locations on its opening day, leaving it in line with recent projections in the mid-20s.
Directed by Christopher Columbus, “Pixels” portrays an alien invasion of Earth by classic arcade game characters such as Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede and Space Invaders. “Pixels,” which has been savaged by critics, also stars Kevin James, Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad.
Sony, which has had a tough year so far with “Aloha” and “Chappie, »
- Dave McNary
Here's why I hated writing that "Pixels" review: I really like Chris Columbus. I remember reading about "Gremlins" before it came out, and part of what was so appealing about it was the story of the 19-year-old writer from Nyu who sold his script to Steven Spielberg. I mean, come on… that was the dream narrative for an '80s kid who was crazy about movies. I can't actually tell you where or when I met him for the first time, but every single conversation I've had with him, I have enjoyed enormously. That includes the conversation I had with him last week about "Pixels." This is longer than the typical video interview we run here, and it was conducted one afternoon on the Sony lot in the middle of a big day of press for Columbus. Despite that, from the moment he rolled in, he seemed like he was »
- Drew McWeeny
Chris Columbus‘ Pixels starring Adam Sandler hits theaters this weekend, but one of the things you won’t see on this movie is a post credits scene. But a post credits “button” was originally written into the script featuring Mario from Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros franchise. Why did Mario end up on the cutting room floor? Find […]
The post Why This Super Mario Bros Post-Credits Scene Was Cut From ‘Pixels’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
It should be noted that these clips and featurettes might make Pixels look a lot better than it actually is, so proceed with caution. Pixels is still an Adam Sandler film and if you’re expecting more, maybe look somewhere else. Ever wondered what it would look like if you strapped a GoPro to the cameras […]
The King of Kong: Columbus Peddles Dopey Sandler Comedy
Hailing from some parallel universe where Never Never Land must be the capital is Pixels, a Chris Columbus directed Adam Sandler comedy pasted together by his usual writer, Tim Herlihy and returning collaborator Timothy Dowling (Just Go With It, 2011). If there’s anyone to pity here, it’s Patrick Jean, the director of the 2010 short film upon which this concept is based. As far as Sandler’s handlers go, it’s uncertain who or what this feature length version is geared towards, a family friendly package severely dumbed down for the enjoyment of today’s tots yet emblazoned with obsolete video games two generations removed from the only audience members unoffended by the laziness and stupidity of the final product. Though some supporting players escape less scathed by this misbegotten lump of a film, Sandler and co. seem tone deaf »
- Nicholas Bell
“Paper Towns” screenings started at 9 p.m. with “very positive” reactions. About 500 of the 2,500 preview showings were preceded by a live-streaming event.
Sony’s “Pixels,” which screened at 2,776 sites on Thursday, is expected to lead a crowded field this weekend with a launch of around $25 million at 3,723 locations. Directed by Christopher Columbus, the film portrays an alien invasion of classic arcade game characters such as Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede and Space Invaders. It carries an $88 million pricetag.
Sandler stars alongside Kevin James, Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad. “Pixels,” which also opens in 47 international markets, will probably battle the second weekend of Disney-Marvel’s “Ant-Man” and the third frame of Universal-Illumination’s “Minions” for the top spot.
- Dave McNary
Directed by Chris Columbus.
When aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth in the form of the video games.
Pixels has a wonderful nostalgia influenced concept but it is, sadly, as we all predicted suffocated in quality due to the unfortunate presence of Adam Sandler and company. That does not mean I completely hated Pixels though. It’s true that it is insincere with its affection for video games and general nerd culture, but that doesn’t stop the movie from having its fair share of creativity and entertaining moments.
Let’s just get the obvious negatives out of the way first; Adam Sandler is here and is playing another man-child, insulting people for no reason, and gets to win »
- Robert Kojder
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 24. [Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.] Wide Paper Towns Director: Jake Schreier Cast: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Halston Sage, Caitlin Carver, Austin Abrams, Griffin Freeman, Jaz Sinclair Synopsis: "Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life-dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge-he follows. After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues-and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew." Pixels Director: Chris Columbus Cast: Adam Sandler, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, Kevin James, Ashley. »
So the reviews are coming in, and it's fair to say that critics haven't warmed to the Adam Sandler retro gaming comedy, Pixels. One reviewer was even left in an explosive apoplexy of rage (you have been warned).
As you may already know, Pixels began as a short film directed by the French artist and moviemaker, Patrick Jean. The two-and-a-bit minute film was such a hit that news of it soon spread to Hollywood, where Jean began working it up into a feature.
That feature concept wound up at Happy Maddison, the production company of one Adam Sandler, where the project grew and Jean was replaced as director by the more seasoned Chris Columbus, the chap behind things like Home Alone, Mrs Doubtfire and a brace of Harry Potters. »
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