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Finding Nemo encompasses a tremendous amount of positive imagery that makes up Disney and Pixar’s populous appeal. From learning how to trust family and friends, to overcoming biggest fears and obstacles, Finding Nemo understands how to tap into the audience’s heartstrings and neatly ties in a meaningful message for the viewer to take home. Yet with every good side, there is a dark presence that even Disney can’t back away from. Like many Disney films, from Bambi to Frozen, Finding Nemo deals with a story whose basis stems from a broken household struggling with a great deal of separation. Why does Disney cling onto threads of such despair and heartache? Perhaps it’s a factor many can relate to. Or perhaps it’s a working formula that sweetens the arc of a happy ending. Either way, separation is a tapped fountain of which Hollywood has dipped into time after time again. »
- Christopher Clemente
The first casting announcements for Chris Columbus’ next project Pixels have been announced today with actors Josh Gad and Kevin James in early talks to star. The story is centred on 4 champion arcade gamers tasked with saving the world when aliens attack using 80′s video games as their weapons; easily the best movie synopsis we’ve read in a while.
Not too much is known about Pixels just yet, other than it is aiming for a 2016 release and the screenplay is being penned by Timothy Dowling (Role Models) and Tim Herlihy (Grown Ups 2) and is based on a short by Patrick Jean. There’s rumours circulating that Adam Sandler may also play one of the gamers but officially his involvement is currently on the production side only.
Gad, as adorable snowman Olaf, might just have been our favourite thing about Disney’s gargantuan hit Frozen where he got to »
- Victoria Bull
Adam Sandler has been cast in the Chris Columbus directed film Pixels, and Josh Gad (Frozen) and Kevin James (Grown Ups) are also in talks to join the production. Jennifer Aniston is also wanted for the female lead, but scheduling conflicts may keep her from doing it.
Pixels was a short film that blew up online back in 2010 and Sony quickly snatched up the rights to it, so they could develop it into a feature film. The short depicted several classic 1980s video game characters attacking New York City.
It was previously reported that the studio was looking to turn the movie into a "Ghostbusters-style action comedy in which characters come out of a video game to wreak havoc in the real world." There's no word on who the actors will be playing in the story, but it's sure to be a fun flick!
The director of the short, Patrick Jean, »
- Joey Paur
Stripped: Bill Watterson, who retired from drawing the classic Calvin & Hobbes comic strip some 19 years ago, has published his first art since then, in the form of a movie poster for the new documentary Stripped. The movie explores "the art and evolution of newspaper comic strips," and features Watterson's first-ever recorded interview. The movie is now available for preorder on iTunes; a DVD will be releasd on April 2. [New York Times] Pixels: Adam Sandler will star in Chris Columbus' big-screen adaptation of the short film Pixels. The original depicted video game characters attacking New York City; the feature version is intended to be a "tentpole-sized" action-comedy akin to Ghostbusters, with the stars "rumored to be video game experts...
- Peter Martin
Spike Lee's impassioned, off-the-cuff but persuasive speech against the transformation of Brooklyn by hipsters and wealthy arrivals raises key points about the tensions of gentrification – not least about respect. Here is the full transcript
• From Ruth Glass to Spike Lee: 50 years of gentrification
• The world's most expensive cities
More than perhaps any other film-maker, Spike Lee has made urban issues his bread and butter. So what to make of the director of Do the Right Thing and Clockers using an appearance at a black history month event at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn to rage against an audience member trying to argue for the benefits of gentrification?
Slamming the process as "Christopher Columbus syndrome" and accusing wealthier new arrivals of disrespecting the culture of the predominantly black areas that have been his stomping ground – such as changing neighbourhood names, cancelling a Michael Jackson tribute because of fears black »
- Chris Michael, Ellie Violet Bramley
• Jason Statham is set to team up with Melissa McCarthy in the secret agent comedy Susan Cooper. The action star, best known for roles in high-octane projects like The Transporter and Crank, had been circling the project for some time, but was reportedly weighing other options before committing. Paul Feig, who worked with McCarthy on Bridesmaids and The Heat, is set to direct the pic for 20th Century Fox. Statham will appear next in The Expendables 3 (out Aug. 15). He’s also reprising his role as Ian Shaw in Fast & Furious 7. [Variety]
- Lindsey Bahr
As a producer, Adam Sandler has a few actors that he likes to work with over and over. Chief among them is Adam Sandler, so it should come as no surprise that he’s cast himself in Happy Madison’s next big feature, the Chris Columbus-directed Pixels. Also in the mix for the film are Sandler’s buddy and […]
- Angie Han
Kevin James is about to get his game on in the upcoming "Pixels." The comedy star is in talks to appear opposite "Frozen" co-star Josh Gad in the Sony comedy from director Chris Columbus ("Home Alone," the first two "Harry Potter" films), according to Deadline. "Pixels" finds Earth under attack by videogame-obsessed aliens, who stage giant-sized re-enactments of ’80s games. In a twist that recalls an episode of "Futurama," it's up to four human gamers to save the world. It's based on a 2010 French animated short film written and directed by Patrick Jean, which featured iconography from such arcade classics as "Space Invaders," "Pac-Man," "Donkey Kong," and more. Frequent James collaborator Adam Sandler will produce along with his Happy Madison partner Jack Giarraputo. Tim Herlihy and Tim Dowling wrote the script. "Pixels" is expected to begin shooting sometime this summer. "Book of Mormon" vet Gad was recently provided the voice »
- HitFix Staff
Way back in 2010, Adam Sandler and his Happy Madison production banner picked up the short film Pixels in order to adapt it into a big screen adventure focusing on a slew of 1980s video game characters like Space Invaders attacking New York City, leaving four champion arcade gamers are called back into action to save the world. At one time, Seth Gordon was eyeing the project as a directing gig with Sandler in the lead, but as we learned last summer, it will be Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Home Alone director Chris Columbus at the helm. Now we have word on two cast members who will be joining Sandler. If you need a refresher, here's the original, cool short film Pixels from Patrick Jean: Columbia Pictures is behind the film with a script from Sandler collaborator Tim Herlihy (Bedtime Stories, Big Daddy) and rewritten by Timothy Dowling (Role Models, »
- Ethan Anderton
Adam Sandler is set to star in Chris Columbus’ big-budget Sony movie “Pixels,” while Kevin James and Josh Gad are in early talks to join the comedy superstar, though other actors remain in the mix, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. See video: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore Travel to Africa in Trailer for Romantic Comedy ‘Blended’ Sandler’s “Just Go With It” co-star Jennifer Aniston has been courted for the female lead and not only is she a fan of the script, but there was mutual interest in having her reteam with Sandler. However, with “Mean Moms” picking up. »
- Jeff Sneider
Sony Pictures’ long-in-the-works adaptation of the short film Pixels is finally moving towards a production start. The studio teamed up with Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison production company to adapt Patrick Jean’s short film of the same name three years ago, but movement on the video game-themed project has been slow. Now, after setting family friendly filmmaker Chris Columbus (Harry Potter 1 and 2) to direct last year, Josh Gad and Kevin James are in line to possibly lead the pic as champion arcade gamers who are needed to help defeat alien attacks who have an affinity for 80s arcade games. Hit the jump for more, including the original short. [Update: The Wrap adds that Sandler will also be leading the cast of Pixels with Jennifer Aniston in the mix for the female lead, though scheduling may ultimately prevent her from signing on.] Deadline reports that Gad and James are in early talks to star in Pixels as the film gears up to finally go in front of cameras this summer, though this is still an early stage as schedules need to be worked out. »
- Adam Chitwood
Josh Gad and Kevin James are in early talks to join Adam Sandler in Sony's Pixels, which Chris Columbus is set to direct. Pixels was one of the Internet shorts that garnered Hollywood buzz in 2010 (the same year that The Gift and Panic Attack! made the rounds) and depicted 1980s video game characters attacking New York City. Tim Herlihy and Tim Dowling worked on the script. Patrick Jean, who made the short, is executive producing, while Happy Madison’s Sandler and Jack Giarraputo are producing with One More Production's Benjamin Darras, Johnny Alves and Mathias Boucard. The talks with the
- Borys Kit
Exclusive: Sony has found its leads for Pixels, the Chris Columbus-directed film. Kevin James and Josh Gad are in early talks to star in the film. Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo’s Happy Madison is producing. Tim Herlihy and Tim Dowling wrote the script, based on short by Patrick Jean. Production will begin this summer. The logline: When aliens attack by staging versions of ’80s video games on an epic scale, four champion arcade gamers are called back into action to save the world. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Kevin James and Josh Gad have signed on to star in Pixels, which has been in development at Sony since 2010. The project is a feature-length adaptation of Patrick Jean's short film which you can check out below, where New York City is transformed into 8-bit pixels.
The story centers on four champion arcade gamers, who are called upon to save the world when aliens attack by using the Earth to stage versions of classic 1980s video games. No details were given for Kevin James and Josh Gad's characters, although they are said to have lead roles.
Chris Columbus is directing from a script by Tim Herlihy (Grown Ups, Big Daddy) and Timothy Dowling (Role Models, This Means War). Adam Sandler is producing with his Happy Madison producing partner Jack Giarraputo. Production is scheduled to begin this summer.
Adam Sandler has lined up his next project -- and he may be reuniting with some familiar faces.
The Wrap reports that the star is headlining "Pixels," a big-budget adaptation of Patrick Jean's short film about '80s video game characters attacking New York City. Kevin James (a frequent Sandler collaborator) and Josh Gad are in talks to join Sandler in the "Ghostbuster"-like action-comedy.
Sony is also hoping to sign on Jennifer Aniston as the female lead to re-team the "Just Go With It" duo. But Aniston's plate is very full and scheduling conflicts may prevent her from facing off with Sandler again.
Chris Columbus is set to direct the big-screen version of the viral video, which featured characters like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Frogger wreaking havoc on the streets of New York.
Let's see if Sandler can get top score.
- Kelly Woo
Back in 2010, Patrick Jean scored a hefty blip on the awareness-o-meter with his short film Pixels (below), which saw ‘80s video game characters attacking the real New York City and turning the city’s actual blocks into virtual ones. Adam Sandler and Sony jumped on the idea for a feature film and now Sandler is set to star with Kevin James and Josh Gad also in talks to sign on.Unlike some of his cotemporaries, Jean didn’t actually win the chance to direct: that job is going to Chris Columbus, who has been considering the idea since last year. The feature-length version of the concept, written by Sandler veterans Tim Herlihy and Tim Dowling, starts with the idea of aliens using video game icons to attack humanity, and four champion arcade gamers (including Gad and James) are summoned back into action to help save the world. It all sounds »
Update: It's now being reported that Sandler himself will also star in Pixels. We haven't heard much from the Adam Sandler-produced Pixels since last year, when it was reported Chris Columbus (Home Alone) might be sitting in the director's chair. Now that it's official Mr. Columbus will be helming the big-budget action comedy, a couple of stars are in talks to join the project. Deadline reports Kevin James and Josh Gad will be two of the four main leads in Pixels. James is no surprise »
- Eric Walkuski
Josh Gad ( Frozen , "The Book of Mormon") and Kevin James ( Grown Ups , "The King of Queens") are in talks to play leading roles in Sony Pictures' upcoming big screen adaptation of Patrick Jean's videogame-inspired short film Pixels , says a story today at The Hollywood Reporter . TheWrap , meanwhile, reports that Adam Sandler (who was already attached as a producer) will also star. Chris Columbus (first two "Harry Potter" films, Home Alone ) is directing. The short film, which you can check out in the player below, became a viral hit with its 1980s video game characters attacking New York City. It was previously said that the plan was to make a Ghostbusters -style action comedy in which characters come out of a video game to wreak havoc in the »
With the director's winning streak expected to continue at next month's Oscars, we thought it was about time we did a little digging around to bring you 10 exciting facts about Hollywood's man of the moment.
1. Some other directorial credits Cuarón holds to his name include the likes of Great Expectations, Children of Men, and 1990s children's classic A Little Princess. However, his most famous (until Gravity, that is) was probably Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Despite being one of the biggest franchises in the world, the director hadn't actually read any of the Harry Potter books or seen »
Modern young adult franchises have picked up a habit of not maintaining the same directors through their multiple sequels. Both Catherine Hardwicke and Gary Ross were finished with Twilight and The Hunger Games, respectively, after just one movie, and Chris Columbus stepped away from Harry Potter after just the second. This pattern will continue with the upcoming Divergent series, as we learned back in December that Neil Burger would not be coming back to direct the follow-up, Insurgent. With production scheduled to start up in the next few months, Summit Entertainment has been working hard to find a replacement to sit in the director's chair, and today it appears as though they have found one. Robert Schwentke, best known as the director of Red, has landed the job of helming Insurgent, according to Deadline. He will be directing from a script written by A Beautiful Mind screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, who »
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