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3Rd Update, Monday 3:10 Pm Pt: All studios have reported actuals for the international weekend with no major discrepancies between the cumulative estimates reported Sunday and what’s come across today. Across the top titles, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes was up a tick to $54.84M from an estimated $54.4M; Transformers: Age Of Extinction was slightly lower at $36.9M versus $37.5M; Hercules was smack on with $28.7M; and How To Train Your Dragon 2 was up a whisker at $24.4M versus the $24M estimate. One notable factoid is that for the 2nd weekend in a row, numbers on Adam Sandler/Drew […] »
Pixels held its panel yesterday during the big Sony presentation, but the cast and director Chris Columbus were unable to attend, due to the fact that they are in the middle of shooting some of the movie's most important scenes. Chris Columbus did send a video greeting, though, which has now been released for everyone to see. In it, he invites fans to come and win a walk-on role by getting a high score at the Electric Dreams Arcade, which is set up to play right now in San Diego. Take a look at what he had to say.
Yesterday, Sony released a viral video for Pixels's Electric Dreams Arcade featuring Peter Dinklage in character as a master video game champion tasked with saving the world from an alien invasion. If you missed it, here it is again:
Each day, the top-five scorers on the leader board by the »
Peter Dinklage introduces a behind the scenes video for his upcoming classic video game inspired film, Pixels. The video is called "Pixels - Comic Con 2014 Electric Dreams Factory Arcade Promo," and it give us some footage from the set of the movie and a better look at Dinklage's character.
The movie is directed by Chris Columbus and also stars Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, and Michelle Monaghan. It also includes video game characters such as Pac-man, Donkey Kong, Centipede, Galaga, Frogger, Q*bert, and Space Invaders.
In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper (James) has to call on his childhood best friend, '80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Dinklage and »
- Joey Paur
Don't go for second best baby, put your love to the test
We're counting down to the weekend with a dazzling salvo of pop-related news, videos, music and idle pontification
We've got the latest updates from Comic-Con that aren't about Benedict Cumberbatch, new music from Rustie and Jessie Ware plus, of course it's #reviewanything dayGet in touch by commenting below or tweeting @guideguardian
If you're in London, go and see Raekwon The Chef at Brooklyn Bowl. If you're lucky, he might bring his Friday night disco moves:
The new series of Noel Fielding's divisive Luxury Comedy starts on E4 next week (although you can watch the first episode now on 4oD). Instead of an office-treehouse, this series is set in a coffee bar. So naturally E4 have just sent us some Luxury Comedy-branded coffee.
A surreal experience with hints of whimsy and a note of tight leather trouser, »
- Sam Richards
It’s been nearly six months since Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a heroin overdose, and yet his presence is still heavily felt throughout Hollywood. In addition to a lengthy and acclaimed filmography, the Academy Award winner kept up a busy work schedule until the time of his death. He had three films slated for 2014 release: John Slattery‘s directorial debut, God’s Pocket, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, and A Most Wanted Man. With the latter hitting theaters today, we thought we’d give you a look every Psh film currently available for your streaming pleasure. Whether as cynical music writer Lester Bangs in Almost Famous or hopelessly lonely boom mic operator Scott J. in Boogie Nights, Hoffman managed to steal the scene in each one of his films. If you have a Netflix account, log in and get caught up on some of the greatest performances in the last 20 years. »
- Emily Exton
Sony isn’t going to risk putting something people won’t want to turn out to see opposite Age of Ultron’s third and fourth frames. It’s already pegged to be the best thing we’ve seen Adam Sandler do in some time, which is a great prospect enough as it is.
In the past few days, the studio’s been teasing a couple of first looks at the film, and now they’ve launched a new promo ahead of its appearance at Comic-Con, inviting conventiongoers the chance to win a role in the movie.
When aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack Earth using the games as models for their various assaults. President William Cooper »
- Kenji Lloyd
Following on from the arrival of the first poster, Sony has now dropped a Comic-Con promo for the upcoming sci-fi comedy Pixels, which gives fans in San Diego the chance to win a part in the movie, and sees Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) sporting an epic mullet. Check it out below…
“In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper (Kevin James) has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet. Monaghan plays the team’s unique weapons specialist.”
- Gary Collinson
If nothing else, Sony's moderator was positively regal today. In what I would consider a harbinger of things to come, this is the first time I've moderated a panel for a major studio in any room other than Hall H here at Comic-Con. Right now, TV just keeps getting bigger and bigger, and certain shows won't fit anywhere but Hall H. As a result, we were set for the Indigo Ballroom, where we had two films to discuss, and a very special guest to drive the event. After all, when you've got Jack Black onstage, what else do you need? We started with a message from the set of "Pixels," the action-comedy that Chris Columbus is currently directing in Toronto. The film tells the story of what happens when aliens accidentally intercept broadcasts from Earth showing footage of some of the classic video games from the '80s and they »
- Drew McWeeny
The 2014 San Diego Comic-Con is under way, and while we've shown you all the stills that have been released for the upcoming Goosebumps film, we've now got a look at the logo. It's precisely what you'd expect!
In the film, directed by Rob Letterman, Black portrays famed children's horror writer R.L. Stine, whose monsters, it turns out, are actually real. When they escape from his books and attack an unsuspecting town, it's up to Stine and two teens to get the monsters back into their stories.
Look for it in theatres on August 7, 2015.
And speaking of Comic-Con, the movie's presentation is »
- Matt Serafini
Oh buddy, if you're excited for Chris Columbus' upcoming sci-fi comedy Pixels, then this has been a banner week for you! The movie shows the outcome of aliens catching a glimpse of classic arcade games and misreading them as a declaration of war. In response to their attack, President Will Cooper (Kevin James) recruits his childhood best friend and former ‘80s video game champion, Jules Brenner (Adam Sandler), to pull together a team of the best arcaders and save the world. About a week ago, we saw the first image of those arcaders, the logo and a list of classic games that will be featured in the movie, and a movie poster from Comic-Con. Now, we have a special behind-the-scenes video that features co-star Peter Dinklage in character as he welcomes viewers to the Electric Dreams Factory. Also starring Josh Gad, Brian Cox, and Michelle Monaghan, Pixels is slated »
- Dave Trumbore
Columbia Pictures is bringing their new video game comedy Pixels to Comic-Con 2014 with the Electric Dreams Arcade. There, fans can compete against each other by playing classic 80s video games to win exciting prizes, including walk-on roles in the actual movie, where they will appear alongside stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, and Peter Dinklage, who shows up in character in a new Sdcc viral video for the arcade. Check out the video, then read on for details about this contest.
Each day, the top-five scorers on the leaderboard by the end of the day on any of the eight participating games will be automatically entered in two drawings: a daily prize drawing for a chance to win a PlayStation 4, and the grand prize drawing for a chance to appear in a walk-on role in Pixels. Official Rules and restrictions are available on-site at the Electric Dreams Factory arcade »
Sony's upcoming Adam Sandler comedy "Pixels" seems tailor-made for Comic Con, and a new promotional video is a must-see for Peter Dinklage fans. "Pixels" finds middle-aged competitive games -- played by Sandler, Dinklage and Josh Gad -- facing an alien invasion inspired by classic arcade games. In the below video, Dinklage ditches his "Game of Thrones" garments and sophisticated airs for some tattoos, a mullet and a sneer as he invites all the "Suckers" to come lose at the Electric Dreams Arcade. Watch it here: Directed by Chris Columbus (the first two "Harry Potter" films) and inspired by the 2010 short by Patrick Jean, "Pixels" also stars Kevin James, Josh Gad, Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox, Ashley Benson and Jane Krakowski. If you're in San Diego, "Pixels" has set up a video arcade at the Hard Rock Hotel "Pixels" opens May 15, 2015. »
- Dave Lewis
Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that the studio has brought together an extraordinary number of iconic video game companies, whose classic characters – including Pac-man, Donkey Kong, Centipede®, Galaga, Frogger, Q*bert, and Space Invaders – will be featured in the highly-anticipated action comedy Pixels, starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, and Brian Cox, and directed by Chris Columbus. The film will be released on May 15, 2015. In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper (James) has to call on his childhood best friend, '80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Dinklage and Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet. Monaghan plays the team's unique weapons specialist. »
One of our favorite documentaries of all time here at Fsr, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters debuted back in January 2007 at the Slamdance Film Festival. Before it even released in theaters that August it had become an enormous cult sensation, particularly with people who aren’t normally into nonfiction films. Also before it even opened, director Seth Gordon was recruited by New Line (who also distributed the doc) to remake the feature, presumably to share the goofy story of rival arcade game champions with a much broader audience that wouldn’t ever, ever watch a doc, no matter how entertaining. It’s totally unnecessary, and those doc-despisers don’t deserve this story if that’s how they’re gonna be, but that’s Hollywood for you. As with most plans to redo docs as dramatic or “narrative” films, though, this one has been taking its sweet time — and doesn’t seem like it’ll »
- Christopher Campbell
Even 10 months out from its May 15, 2015 release date on alien adventure Pixels, Sony‘s playing the long game. This is the only Comic-Con the studio has to promote the Chris Columbus-directed Adam Sandler pic, after all. That means a full-court marketing takeover inside the busy Hard Rock Hotel just outside the Convention Center, complete with arcade open to the public, and the presentation of barely-there footage from the set at this morning’s studio panel. In the pic, aliens invade Earth after mistaking feeds of classic arcade games as an act of intergalactic war. The film is still shooting and Columbus appeared via […] »
If you were worried that Andy Samberg is on his way to being the next Adam Sandler, have no fear! He’s also taking a shot at being the next Will Ferrell. At least, that’s what it sounds like he’s going for in HBO’s 7 Days In Hell, which will feature Samberg as a “bad boy” tennis player embroiled in a seven-day long tennis match at Wimbledon.
Samberg is both starring in and had a hand in creating the “professional tennis mockumentary” alongside Girls co-writer/producer Murray Miller. The one-off HBO “event” will also feature Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington as a tennis prodigy who faces off against Samberg’s bad boy player at Wimbledon. The story, while extreme, is based in reality: a real-life tennis match between John Isner and Nicholas Mahut went on for three days at Wimbledon, back in 2010. Not content with reality, Samberg and »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Sony Pictures is presenting two of their Summer 2015 releases today, including the studio's adaptation of Scholastic's iconic book series Goosebumps. Jack Black is starring as author R. L. Stine and will be present along with director Rob Letterman. Director Chris Columbus will also have a special video announcement about his upcoming film, Pixels, starring Adam Sandler. Will we also learn more about Neill Blomkamp's Chappie, which is being promoted with a banner at the Con? Follow along with the live blog below! »
We got a glimpse at the official logo yesterday, and now Sony has released a first poster for Pixels, director Chris Columbus’ (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) upcoming sci-fi comedy, which stars Adam Sandler (Grown Ups), Josh Gad (Frozen) and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) as a team of gamers charged with fending off an invasion of aliens in the guise of classic arcade characters…
“In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper (Kevin James) has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Dinklage and Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet. Monaghan plays the team’s unique weapons specialist.”
- Gary Collinson
The pic follows a blind man who regains his vision only to be engulfed in selfishness, blinded by his obsession for the superficial.
The film will begin production this August in upstate New York.
Fluk directed the 2011 Israeli film “Never Too Late.”
Stevens has had a busy 2014 thus far beginning with his dark turn in “The Guest” which premiered at Sundance and led to strong reviews for the young actor. He can be seen next alongside Liam Neeson in the Cross Creek pic “A Walk Among Tombstones” and also has “The Cobbler” starring Adam Sandler and “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” bowing later this year.
He recently wrapped production on the ensemble drama “Criminal Activities. »
- Justin Kroll
Finishing up with our coverage of new images for films that will be debuting this fall at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, we’ve got new photos from a trio of promising features. Briefly: The Theory of Everything – (Directed by James Marsh) Starring Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, David Thewlis, and Emily Watson. Time Out of Mind – (Directed by Oren Moverman) Starring Richard Gere, Ben Vereen, Jena Malone, Kyra Sedgwick, Jeremy Strong, Yul Vasquez, Coleman Domingo, Geraldine Hughes, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Steve Buscemi. Top Five - (Directed by Chris Rock) Starring Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, Jay Pharoah, Anders Holm, and Michael Che. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses, and click here to see all the images released from Tiff films thus far. The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 – 14th. »
- Adam Chitwood
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