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Universal’s “Unfriended” and Sony’s “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2″ are providing respectable challenges to box office colossus “Furious 7,” each heading for an opening weekend as high as $18 million, according to early estimates Friday.
The micro-budgeted “Unfriended,” which expands to 2,739 North American theaters, is outperforming recent tracking of about $12 million. The chiller scared up between $6 million and $7 million Friday — easily making back its $1 million budget.
Meanwhile, U’s “Furious 7″ will top the chart in its third weekend out of the gate with $8 million on Friday for a weekend around $26 million, marking a 56% decline. Estimates showed the tentpole, which cost nearly 200 times as much as “Unfriended,” will cross the $290 million mark by the end of the weekend.
Box office forecasts have pegged “Blart 2″ on track to debut with about $5 million Friday to finish in the $15 million to $18 million range this weekend when it opens at 3,629 theaters — far less »
- Dave McNary
A recent public service announcement reminds residents of drought-plagued California not to waste precious resources by leaving the water running while they’re brushing their teeth. But who’s going to speak out against the flagrant and wanton misuse of talented comedians in “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2?” I’ve given up hope on Kevin James, who long ago made a devil’s bargain with the soul-crushing destroyers of cinema at Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison shingle, but why did he have to drag down Ana Gasteyer and Loni Love, two exceptionally funny women wasted here in nothing roles and shaming wigs? »
- Alonso Duralde
Nothing aired by WikiLeaks could possibly be more destructive to Sony’s reputation than the release of “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” the sort of movie that goes beyond mere mediocrity to offer possible evidence of a civilization in decline. Predicated, like the 2009 original, on the repeated spectacle of Kevin James falling on his face or colliding with a series of heavy objects, this tacky, numbingly inane sequel also functions as a veritable product-placement playground — only this time, the playground isn’t a New Jersey shopping mecca but rather the Wynn Las Vegas & Encore Resort, whose participation saved the studio some $4.2 million in Nevada tax credits. And a good thing, too, insofar as the result is expected to post respectable numbers while falling short of the first pic’s $146 million domestic B.O. haul.
Falling short, of course, is what that lovable loser Paul Blart (James) does again and again — quite literally, »
- Justin Chang
I’ve been watching Kevin James movies for years. But, like most of my fellow pointy-head critics, I haven’t liked most of them. Which perplexes and troubles me, because I’m a fan of dumb comedy. (I made my friends take me to Joe Dirt on my birthday many years ago.) Plus, I’ve spent countless hours defending Adam Sandler, whose Happy Madison company produces many of James’s films, and who co-starred with the latter in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007) and the two Grown Ups. Which is all to say: I feel like I should like Kevin James. And yet, I find myself dreading the impending release of each new Kevin James movie, including this week’s Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. As I recently revisited James’s oeuvre — not just his movies, but also his TV and stand-up work — I was struck by the »
- Bilge Ebiri
Kevin James sat down with CineMovie's Kelly Blanco in Miami to talk about his sequel to Paul Blart Mall Cop, which he wrote, produced and stars. The Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 actor reveals that shooting in Las Vegas at the Wynn Casino and Hotel was no easy feat, and why he wanted to give Eduardo Verastegui a shot at being funny in a comedy. He's also talking about his producing partner and buddy Adam Sandler, and what makes their friendship work.
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Paul Blart has nothing on Dom Toretto.
Vin Diesel’s guttural-voiced speed demon and the rest of the cast will power “Furious 7″ past “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2’s” return to the scene of the shopping center crime, picking up roughly $30 million in its third week of release.
Sony Pictures believes its hapless mall enforcer comedy is on track to debut to $17 million when it premieres this weekend on 3,629 theaters. Outside analysts peg the figure above $20 million. That’s less than the $31.8 million that the first film in the Blart saga opened to in 2009. However, Fandango reports that pre-sales are neck-in-neck with “Furious 7,” indicating that “Paul Blart” part deux could end up giving the action sequel a run for its money.
- Brent Lang
Wednesday (April 15) night's "American Idol" theme is American Classics and America played some role in choosing the eligible songs and at some point, somehow, we'll find out who America put in the Bottom 2 and then America will get to go on Twitter and choose who we/they want to save. That's a lot of responsibility on you tonight, America. Good thing I only have to recap! Click through and follow along. 7:59 p.m. Et. Note to self: Clark Beckham is a person on "American Idol." Try to remember. 8:00 p.m. "Tonight we celebrate the songs you picked as American Classics," Ryan Seacrest says, underlining the confusion. And is Ryan already holding the results? Does that mean we've abandoned the envelope-presenters? That wasn't a good gimmick. But it wasn't a bad gimmick either... 8:01 p.m. Jennifer Lopez Fashion Show time! Yeah, there's no way she's touching anybody in the crowd tonight. »
- Daniel Fienberg
As a teenager, Nguyen’s introduction came in the form of the mid-1990s cast of Adam Sandler and Chris Farley — a time of Opera Man, the Gap girls, motivational speaker Matt Foley and “The Chanukah Song.” In other words, several iterations and recurring sketches ago, but it’s a relatable initiation.
“Everyone has grown up watching ‘SNL,'” he said. “When it came out in 1975, the idea of doing a live comedy show was revolutionary. Now it’s become an institution.”
It fell to Nguyen to connect the generations of comedians who passed through Studio 8H and the impact that the show continues to have on popular and political culture with his new film, “Live From New York!” The documentary look at the show’s »
- Brent Lang
As threatened last autumn, Sony's online streaming platform Crackle has seized the dubious opportunity of producing the first ever straight-to-digital sequel: a very belated follow-up to David Spade's 2001 cult comedy Joe Dirt. Now Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser "finally" exists, and here's a teaser trailer to prove it. And look: they got Christopher Walken!The original Joe Dirt saw the titular drifter on the road, ostensibly looking for his parents but gradually adopting a new family of similar misfits. It was basically a lot like The Outlaw Josey Wales but without the shooting or the excellence.You won't glean this from the clip, but the sequel apparently involves time travel: Joe is somehow transported back to the recent past and undertakes a quest to get back to his happy family in the present. "Beautiful Losers" is also the title of a Leonard Cohen novel. Be sure not to get the two confused. »
The middle of Spring actually means a new selection of summer blockbusters to look forward to, and with a ton of big-budget films slated to come out within the next few months and beyond, the summer of 2015 looks like one to remember.
From the new Mad Max (which is already on our end-of -year top ten list event though we haven’t yet seen it) to Avengers, Poltergeists, male strippers, talking teddy bears, and a reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise, this summer’s trips to the theaters will be jam-packed with sequels and new tales. From May 1st right through to the end of August, some of the movies on our list could wind up on year-end “best of” lists or even receive some Oscar talk by December.
Grab your calendar, because Wamg has a rundown of this summer’s films we’re most excited about, so check them out below! »
- Movie Geeks
Magic Mike Xxl / Pixels: New Magic Mike Xxl and Pixels images have been released, putting the emphasis on the more joyful side of their tales. The former, opening on July 1, features Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez, Joe Manganiello, Channing Tatum, and Gabriel Iglesias; the latter showcases Michelle Monaghan, Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, and Peter Dinklage. and hits theaters on July 24. [USA Today] Spider-Man: When Spider-Man returns to the big screen, he'll be back in high school. This according to Marvel's Kevin Feige, who also confirmed that it will be Peter Parker, aged 15 or 16, under the mask, and not Miles Morales or some other comic book character. Feige wants to explore the teen Spider-Man in greater depth as a "unique" character compared to other...
- Peter Martin
On Saturday, in celebration of the upcoming release of the highly anticipated motion picture Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and National Security Guard Day, security guards and other New Yorkers joined Kevin James and successfully set two Guinness World Records™ titles on Segways.
The security guards then joined James at the red carpet premiere of the film. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 arrives in theaters on Friday, April 17.
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Prior to the premiere, more than 100 participants joined together to set a new Guinness World Records title for the Largest 2-Wheeled Electric Personal Vehicle or Segway Lesson; then, with the lesson complete, they joined James as the star led the way in setting another new mark, for Most People Simultaneously Performing a 360-Degree Turn on 2-Wheeled Electric Personal Vehicles or Segways.
- Movie Geeks
Kevin James is back as Paul Blart. But there's nothing - nothing, nothing, nothing - here to make anyone think about a Paul Blart 3
This review contains a spoiler for the beginning of Alien 3.
In early 2009, Paul Blart: Mall Cop was Kevin James' family-friendly answer to Die Hard, set in a mall in New Jersey. Released in Us cinemas during a drought of kid-friendly fare, it stuck around in the box office charts for 12 weeks after it was released, eventually hoovering up $146m domestically. Just as quick off the mark as the titular character, it's taken six years for the inevitable Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 to arrive.
After the genre trappings of the first film, it's only logical that the sequel turns out to be a family-friendly Die Hard 2. That is to say, it's basically the first one, all over again, in a different location and somehow not as good. »
Stars: Alix Elizabeth Gitter, Erick Avari, Steve Bacic, James C. Burns, James Cavlo, Tadhg Kelly, James Ralph, Tara Westwood, Jade Ramsey, Nikita Ramsey | Written by Cam Cannon, Rachel Long, Brian Pittman | Directed by Brett Donowho
Recently orphaned teen Jordan is sent to live with her aunt and uncle in the small town of Silver Falls. Clashing with her newfound guardians, Jordan develops a burgeoning friendship with a curious classmate that leads to a shocking discovery; according to local legend, two young twins who were killed by their father have cast a dark spell over Silver Falls. When Jordan finds a mysterious ring, the murdered girls’ restless spirits begin to shadow her every move. Meanwhile, Jordan’s concerned aunt and uncle refer her to a therapist who sees medication and hospitalization as the only solution to her problems. As the frightened teen fights to prove her sanity, a killer draws near. »
- Phil Wheat
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Many of your favorite stars rarely begin their careers by appearing in big, well-known movies. In fact, you'd be surprised to learn how many actually cut their acting teeth in horror movies before transitioning to other forms of entertainment (we're looking at you Jennifer Aniston and Johnny Depp). Because it's always fun watching those old-school movie scenes capturing stars before they became, well, stars -- and because Movie Munchies put together this fun video featuring 10 of them -- here's what it looked like back when folks like Leonardo DiCaprio, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Lawrence, Tom Hanks, Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston, Chris Pratt and more landed their big break.
- Erik Davis
Maybe the major theater chains’ fear of Netflix was justified. The streaming service has become a formidable force in film acquisition over the past year, snagging buzzy awards pics like Beasts of No Nation and big names like Adam Sandler for various projects. Now, Netflix has struck again, making a deal with comedian Ricky Gervais to release his upcoming film Special Correspondents.
Eric Bana stars in the satirical comedy as a radio news reporter who fakes wartime correspondence from within his Manhattan apartment, setting up stages in order to pretend he is embedded abroad. Gervais wrote the film, directs and co-stars.
Netflix plans to release the pic for subscribers sometime next year. Announcing the deal, Gervais said:
- Isaac Feldberg
Disney darlings Bella Thorne and Zendaya, who co-starred on the cabler’s popular comedy “Shake It Up,” will reunite in an upcoming episode of Zendaya’s “K.C. Undercover,” and Variety has the exclusive first first look.
Thorne will guest star in the April 19 episode, playing Jolie, K.C.’s (Zendaya) brother’s (Kamil McFadden) smart and gorgeous exchange student girlfriend who K.C. believes is a spy. In the video (above), the duo is having a dragged out fight, which will be featured throughout the action-packed episode.
The weekend of special programming, kicking off April 17, includes new episodes of:
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Ricky Gervais' Special Correspondent, which he will direct and star in alongside Eric Bana, is yet another film to be housed under Netflix's movie distribution model. Having acquired Cary Fukunaga's much-buzzed Beasts of No Nation and producing new films from Adam Sandler, Pee-Wee Herman and the Duplass brothers, they continue their film plans by acquiring the new comedy, continuing their working relationship with Gervais, which began when they streamed the comedian's BBC sitcom Derek. Variety reports plans are to release Special Correspondent next year worldwide, and according to Karen Barragan, Netflix's spokewoman, the satire will not have a theatrical release, and will premiere exclusively on the site. Does this mean, after their debacles with major theater chains concerning Beast of No Nation and that Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel Netflix has turned to releasing their film acquisitions exclusively on their sitec Time will only tell, it seems. "Having shaken up the TV industry, »
- Will Ashton
The streaming giant has taken another potential theatrical release off the table, acquiring world rights to the Ricky Gervais satire.
”Special Correspondents is classic Ricky Gervais; smart social satire with heart,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement. “It’s the kind of great grown-up comedy that studios rarely make anymore, one that’s perfect for Netflix members around the world.”
The story follows a reporter who fabricates warzone dispatches from a Spanish restaurant in New York.
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