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DreamWorks Pictures Comedy is undoubtedly the most subjective movie genre of the bunch. Everyone simply has a difference of opinion as to what they think is funny. Some people might find the sight of someone vomiting on another person hilarious while others prefer their comedy to be slightly more sophisticated. Neither preference is wrong, just different (and certainly not mutually exclusive).
The turn of the century saw a shift in the cinematic comedic landscape. The dominance of Jim Carrey was on its last leg, and fellow comedy heavyweights such as Adam Sandler and Eddie Murphy would soon find themselves relegated to mostly lowest common denominator films that lack comedic souls.
The early 2000s saw the rise of Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and many others. By the time the mid-to-late-2000s came around, guys like Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen and Zach Galifianakis were running things. Fast forward to present day, »
- Jesse Gumbarge
You would have thought that it would be difficult for a Cameron Crowe film to offend anyone. The man makes crowd-pleasing films. However, Asian-Pacific Islanders from Hawaii are incensed with the rom-com master, accusing Crowe of whitewashing their ethnic community while casting for Aloha, which is set in Hawaii. The Media Action Network for Asian Americans (Manaa) have released a press release, which comes courtesy of the New York Post, that lambasts Aloha for its perceived lack of diversity when it comes to casting key roles. Guy Aoki, who used to reside in Hawaii and is still a member of the Manaa, explained: Caucasians only make up 30 percent of the population [of Hawaii], but from watching this film, you.d think they made up 99 percent." Guy Aoki went even further by comparing Aloha to a number of Hawaii-based films that also have predominantly Caucasian ensembles. These included Adam Sandler.s 50 »
I’m more divided on Pixels than on any other blockbuster hitting screens this summer. On one hand, it boasts Chris Columbus at the helm, and initial trailers have made the alien-invasion action-comedy seem like quite a lot of fun. But on the other hand, it has both Adam Sandler and Kevin James, two of the most detestable comedians working in Hollywood today. Here’s hoping that their distinctively lazy brand of comedy doesn’t derail the movie.
In honor of the 35th anniversary of Pac-Man, Sony has unveiled a new clip from the flick, which isn’t really anything more than an extension of a scene we already saw in one of the film’s earlier trailers, involving Denis Akiyama as Pac-Man creator Tōru Iwatani. Still, it’s the only moment from the preview that really warranted any laughs, so there’s no harm in the studio sending it our way once more. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Sneak Peek more footage from director Chris Columbus' live-action comedy feature "Pixels", including popular video game characters, starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad and Brian Cox:
"...When aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic 1980's arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults.
"The President of the United States has to call on his childhood best friend, an ’80s video game champion...
"...to lead a team of old-school arcaders to defeat the aliens and save the planet..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Pixels"...
- Michael Stevens
The film, based on the sexually charged novel about a kinky billionaire’s seduction of a young college student, was No. 1 for the week ending May 17 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray sales chart.
“Fifty Shades” easily outsold second-ranked “Pitch Perfect,” another Universal title, by a margin of more than 7 to 1. “Pitch Perfect,” a 2012 disc release that jumped back up the charts thanks to anticipation over its theatrical sequel, moved into the No. 2 spot on the overall disc chart from No. 7 the prior week.
“Paddington,” a family film from Anchor Bay, slipped to No. 3 its third week in stores, while the next three spots on the overall disc sales chart went to new »
- Thomas K. Arnold
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 & Josh Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet. Michelle Monaghan plays the team's unique weapons specialist. Directed by Chris Columbus, Pixels stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, and Michelle Monaghan, and is set to be released on July 24th. What do you think of this first clip? »
It feels like just yesterday that Dylan and Cole Sprouse were playing Julian, aka "Frankenstein," in Big Daddy, but on Wednesday, the 22-year-old twins graduated from New York University. They've been in the spotlight for years, making their big-screen debut in the Adam Sandler flick back in 1999. Cole went on to play Ben Geller on Friends, and together, they starred on Disney's The Suite Life of Zack & Cody from 2005 to 2008. This week, they closed the college chapter together, with Cole sharing cute pictures of them sporting caps and gowns on their graduation day. Pretty hard to believe, right? Keep reading to see pictures of Dylan and Cole then and now, and get another blast from the past with a look at ways you know you were a teenager in the 2000s. »
On May 22, 2015, Pac-man – one of the most iconic videogame characters in history – will celebrate his 35th birthday.
With the character coming to the big screen this summer in Sony Pictures’ Pixels, the studio is joining in to celebrate with a global birthday party of epic proportions. In cities around the world and online, film talent will join with moviegoers and special guests to celebrate with birthday cakes, free play of the Pac-man arcade game, and special events localized to each city.
Pixels is set for release in theaters nationwide on July 24, 2015.
As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie “The Fire Blaster” Plant (Peter Dinklage) saved the world thousands of times – at 25 cents a game in the video arcades. Now, they’re going to have to do it for real.
In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of »
- Michelle McCue
2012: the year the movie universe sparked, Universal struggled, and young adult adaptations really took off...
The big blockbusters of summer 2011 were the ones that followed fairly straightforward rules. The majority of them were sequels in linear movie franchises - Harry Potter, Transformers, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Fast & Furious - and it felt for the most part like a template was being followed.
Sure, there were surprises. Bridesmaids broke through and proved to be a massive R-rated hit. X-Men: First Class, meanwhile, came through unscathed - and in fine shape - from its reboot, whilst Jj Abrams took us temporarily back to the 1980s with Super 8. But other than that, the pattern was set: the big, pre-ordained films took the lion's share of the cash, and regular sequels were the order of the day.
The signs of change were there in 2011, of course. Thor was a bigger hit than most were expecting, »
There's definitely something fun about the idea of aliens attacking Earth using gigantic, evil versions of the classic arcade game characters we know and love, but Sony just unveiled the very first Pixels clip in honor of Pac-Man's 35th anniversary and, well, it's just not very funny. There's definitely something clever about the whole Mini Cooper/ghost idea, but the father-son relationship between Pac-Man and his creator, Tōru Iwatani (Denis Akiyama), is a little too bizarre and isn't particularly funny either. Check out the first Pixels clip for yourself below. The film stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan and Brian Cox, and is due in theaters on July 24th. Here's the official synopsis for Pixels: As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie “The Fire Blaster” Plant (Peter Dinklage) saved the world thousands »
- Perri Nemiroff
Netflix left its mark at Cannes yesterday by acquiring worldwide distribution rights to Kevin James action-comedy The True Memoirs of an International Assassin. The purchase furthers the streaming service’s aggressive forays into feature distribution, especially given that the budget is said to be on the scale of other James titles, including Sony Pictures’ Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Zookeeper.
Under the terms of the deal, The True Memoirs of an International Assassin will be presented as a “Netflix event,” debuting exclusively on the streaming service next year and entirely circumventing a theatrical release. Major theater chains like AMC and Regal have been vocal in their opposition to Netflix failing to observe the traditional release model of a theatrical bow followed by home media release, so one can imagine those companies are none-too-happy to hear about the streaming service’s latest acquisition.
- Isaac Feldberg
Sony Pictures just unveiled a new trailer for its upcoming "Pixels" action comedy, starring Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad and Kevin James. Check it out below. In the movie, aliens attack earth after they get a look at some old video games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war. Desperate to defend his country, the President (James) turns to his childhood friends for help. Sandler plays the President's friend, who's a former arcade champion. Dinklage is Sandler's former video game rival. Gad is a conspiracy theory-obsessed genius, and Monaghan is Sandler's love interest who is also a military weapons expert. "Pixels" is directed by Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) and is set to hit theaters on July 24th. Trailer: »
Sony and Adam Sandler might just have a hit on their hands with this one. Pixels, which arrives in cinemas in July, see Sandler and his chums (played by Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage and, yep, Kevin James) becoming experts at videogames in the 1980s. Fast forward to the present day, and aliens discover feeds of said videogames, and decide that the planet Earth has declared war. As such gaming experts are required to lead the fight back, with the help of some iconic videogame characters.
A new trailer for the film has arrived, which gives further examples of how gaming characters and live action are weaving together. »
As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie “The Fire Blaster” Plant (Peter Dinklage) saved the world thousands of times – at 25 cents a game in the video arcades.
Now, they’re going to have to do it for real.
In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults — and now-u.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by Pac-man, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders.
Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying »
- Michelle McCue
Netflix already has a four-film deal in place with Adam Sandler, and now, the streaming video platform has picked up a film featuring a frequent Sandler co-star. Kevin James, who most recently appeared in the critically-savaged sequel Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, will star in The True Memoirs Of An International Hit Man, which Netflix has acquired.
In True Memoirs, James plays an author who must flee to Belize after he is mistaken for an assassin. While James’ auspicious filmography, Mall Cop 2’s 6% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and the recent issues that have plagued Netflix’s other comedy film projects may make potential viewers less than excited about True Memoirs, the film does have a few enticing elements going for it. Its director, Jeff Waldow, led superhero sequel Kick Ass 2, and its script, written by Jeff Morris, comes from Hollywood’s Black List, which notes the best unproduced screenplays of each year. »
- Sam Gutelle
Stars: Adam Sandler, Method Man, Adam B. Shapiro, Ellen Barkin, Evan Neumann, Melonie Diaz, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi, Dascha Polanco, Dustin Hoffman, Yul Vasquez, Kim Cloutier | Written by Thomas McCarthy, Paul Sado | Directed by Thomas McCarthy
Max Simkin (Sandler) is a fourth generation cobbler working in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical shoe-stitching machine that allows him to step into the lives of his customers – literally – and see how the other half lives, and finds that sometimes walking in another man’s shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are…
Thomas McCarthy, director of the critically acclaimed The Station Agent and the fantastic Paul Giamatti starrer Win Win, would seem like an odd choice to direct an Adam Sandler movie, but then The Cobbler is no ordinary Adam Sandler film. »
- Phil Wheat
Netflix has made its first big splash at the Cannes Film Festival by acquiring worldwide distribution rights to the upcoming Kevin James comedy “The True Memoirs of an International Assassin,” Variety has learned.
The purchase, which is in final negotiations, is a formidable coup for Netflix as it continues to build on its reputation in the realm of distributing original films.
Under the deal, “Assassin” will be presented as a Netflix event in 2016, meaning it will debut exclusively on the streaming service and not in theaters. The budget for the production will be considerable, according to a source, and on par with other James movies made by major studios like Sony Pictures. The figures for the deal were not disclosed.
In the comedy, James plays an accountant mistaken for an assassin when a novel he’s writing is accidentally published as nonfiction, forcing him to flee to Belize. “Assassin” will »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Years after the human race sends a time capsule into outer space, a response comes back - but it's not what we'd hoped for. Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad, and Peter Dinklage all star in Pixels, a live-action-meets-cgi movie about '80s video-game characters that attack the world. Somehow, they've lived in outer space all these years and are now bent on destroying the population. Listen, I'm not saying this plot makes complete sense, but the trailer is pretty funny. Pac-Man is evil, Donkey Kong is tossing barrels, it's just bananas. (See what I did there?) The movie is out on July 24, and you can watch the trailers below. Check out the first trailer: »
The fate of the world rests in the hands of a ragtag team of old-school gamers in the newest trailer for Sony’s “Pixels,” starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage and Michelle Monaghan. The stars play men who were experts at various classic arcade games in the 1980s – Sandler was a master of Pac-Man, Gad dominated Centipede, and it was on like Donkey Kong for Dinklage. James plays the president of the United States, who calls upon his childhood best friend (Sandler) and a team of middle-aged gamers to save the planet from an alien invasion that arrives. »
- Linda Ge
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 & Josh Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet. Michelle Monaghan plays the team's unique weapons specialist. Directed by Chris Columbus, Pixels stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, and Michelle Monaghan, and is set to be released on July 24th. What do you think of this new trailer? »
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