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Adam Sandler and Joe Wright to be Honored at Hollywood Film Awards

dick clark productions announced today that Adam Sandler will receive the “Hollywood Comedy Award” for his performance in the Netflix feature film, The Meyerowitz Stories, directed by Noah Baumbach, and also starring Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman. Director, Joe Wright, will also receive the “Hollywood Director Award” for the Focus Features film Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldman, about Winston Churchill and the incredible odds he faced during World War II, at the 21st Annual “Hollywood Film Awards.” The 2017 “Hollywood Film Awards,” known as the official launch of the awards season®, will be hosted by actor and comedian James Corden for the third consecutive year and will take place at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA, on Sunday, November 5, 2017. The ceremony, which honors the most acclaimed films and actors while previewing highly anticipated films and talent for the upcoming year, also acknowledges artists in the categories of Cinematography, Visual Effects,
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Brendan Fraser: the lost movie star?

Simon Brew Jun 15, 2017

Brendan Fraser seemed on the verge of being a major movie star in the late 1990s. But it never came to be. We look at why…

I remember going in to watch 1994’s Airheads at the cinema, at the time tempted to do so more by the name of Michael Lehmann on the end credits than Adam Sandler and Brendan Fraser above the title. Steve Buscemi’s presence helped too, of course. But Lehmann had, after all, come to the project off the back of the unfairly maligned Hudson Hawk, and also, this is the man who gave the world Heathers. Can’t grumble with that.

I’d not seen Brendan Fraser on the big screen before, although even by this stage, he’d earned some currency. Encino Man – California Man in the UK – had overcome savage reviews to prove a decent hit. School Ties, that I
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Netflix developing Motley Crue biopic Dirt

Deadline is reporting that Netflix is in development on a biopic of the American heavy metal band Motley Crue, which is based upon the bestselling autobiography The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, penned by band members Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx and author Neil Strauss.

The biopic, which was previously developed by Paramount Pictures and Focus Features, will detail the full spectrum of Motley Crue’s excess with drugs, high-heeled boots, makeup and celebrity love affairs. It is being written by Rich Wilkes (Airheads, xXx) and Tom Kapinos (Californication), while Jeff Tremaine (Jackass) is set to direct. Motley Crue members Neil, Lee, Mars and Sixx are also on board as co-producers.
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Random Roles: Judd Nelson discusses his 30-year career and the surprising origins of John Bender

Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about.

The actor: Judd Nelson is one of those actors who is so identified with a particular life-altering role—The Breakfast Club’s John Bender, the rebellious icon for ’80s teens and beyond—that you may be surprised to learn that he hasn’t stopped working since that movie. From a long-running sitcom stint to voice-over work to films like New Jack City, Airheads, and Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back, Nelson tells The A.V. Club that his motto is “work begets work.” His latest addition to his long IMDb list is the just-opened Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story, his first Western, with Trace Adkins. Judd Nelson was a Random Roles natural and gleefully dove into the backstories
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Brendan Fraser to Star in Bollywood Thriller ‘The Field’ as a Gun-Running Villain

Brendan Fraser to Star in Bollywood Thriller ‘The Field’ as a Gun-Running Villain
Brendan Fraser’s mummy-killing days may be behind him, but Encino Man will rise again. The actor has just been announced as the villain in “The Field,” a Bollywood gangster drama marking the directorial debut of Rohit Karn Batra. He’s set to star as a gun-runner named Charu whose “illicit dealings with the Indian underworld wedges him in the middle of the family implosion.”

Read More: History Orders ‘Texas Rising’ Miniseries, Starring Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta and Directed by Roland Joffé

Ray Liotta was initially attached the project when first it was announced in 2014, but alterations to the screenplay led to personnel changes as well. “The more the script evolved,” said Batra, “the more obvious it became Brendan was the best choice for the idiosyncratic role of Charu. For a director to explore this journey with him in a place like India is nothing less than a once in a lifetime opportunity.” India isn’t as well known to the outside world for its hard-hitting genre fare as it is for its musicals, but anyone who’s seen Anurag Kashyap’s five-hour “Gangs of Wasseypur” knows that “The Field” won’t be the first mob movie to emerge from Bollywood.

Read More: Review: Indian Mob Epic ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ Reinvents the Bollywood Gangster Pic with Pop Panache

Prem Chopra, Ronit Roy, Neeraj Kabi, Vineet Singh and Radhika Apte will all be starring alongside Fraser, whose work in “Airheads” and “The Scout” has gone unheralded for far too long.

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Adam Sandler & Happy Madison Set Family Animated Feature At Stx

Adam Sandler & Happy Madison Set Family Animated Feature At Stx
Adam Sandler and his Happy Madison Productions are set to make an untitled family animated project at Stx Entertainment. The Saturday Night Live alum has a long-standing working relationship with Stx chairman and CEO Robert Simonds; together they’ve made eight films with Sandler in the lead role: Airheads, Billy Madison, Bulletproof, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, Big Daddy and Little Nicky. Sandler's Hotel Transylvania toon franchise which spans two…
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David Fincher Takes Second Series to HBO, Set to Direct New '80s Music Video Comedy

David Fincher Takes Second Series to HBO, Set to Direct New '80s Music Video Comedy
After the box office success of his last feature, "Gone Girl," no one would blame David Fincher for staying in the film world. Instead, he's heading back to TV with a new "Entourage"-esque series about a kid who drops out of college to make movies in Hollywood, only to be hired as a production assistant at a company that makes music videos. Read More: Netflix Ratings Report: How Many People Are Watching 'House of Cards,' 'Daredevil' and More? According to The Hollywood Reporter (and unconfirmed by HBO), "Video Synchronicity" (previously known as "Living on Video") will bring Fincher back to the roles of TV director and executive producer. The series is based on his own idea, and Fincher will write the first season alongside Bob Stephenson (who had bit parts in "Zodiac" and "Fight Club") and Rich Wilkes (who previously wrote "Airheads," "Glory Daze," and "xXx").  Charlie Rowe,
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David Fincher Takes Second Series to HBO, Set to Direct New '80s Music Video Comedy

David Fincher Takes Second Series to HBO, Set to Direct New '80s Music Video Comedy
After the box office success of his last feature, "Gone Girl," no one would blame David Fincher for staying in the film world. Instead, he's heading back to TV with a new "Entourage"-esque series about a kid who drops out of college to make movies in Hollywood, only to be hired as a production assistant at a company that makes music videos. Read More: Netflix Ratings Report: How Many People Are Watching 'House of Cards,' 'Daredevil' and More? According to The Hollywood Reporter (and unconfirmed by HBO), "Video Synchronicity" (previously known as "Living on Video") will bring Fincher back to the roles of TV director and executive producer. The series is based on his own idea, and Fincher will write the first season alongside Bob Stephenson (who had bit parts in "Zodiac" and "Fight Club") and Rich Wilkes (who previously wrote "Airheads," "Glory Daze," and "xXx").  Charlie Rowe,
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See Adam Sandler transform into Dan Stevens in The Cobbler trailer

See Adam Sandler transform into Dan Stevens in The Cobbler trailer
Adam Sandler magically transforms into ex-Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens in a trailer for The Cobbler.

The upcoming comedy centres on the dreary life of Max Simkin (Sandler), who discovers a magic shoe repair device that changes his world.

Now able to transform himself into other people simply by wearing their shoes, Max Simkin has the opportunity to romance the woman of his dreams.

The Cobbler is co-written and directed by The Station Agent and Million Dollar Arm's Thomas McCarthy.

The movie also reunites Sandler with Steve Buscemi, whom he has previously worked with on Airheads, The Wedding Singer, Grown Ups and many other films.

Dustin Hoffman, Melonie Diaz and Method Man also have supporting roles in the movie.

The Cobbler opens on March 13 in the Us.
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What happened to the cast of Breakfast Club? John Hughes classic is 30

What happened to the cast of Breakfast Club? John Hughes classic is 30
30 years ago today, John Hughes's teen movie The Breakfast Club opened in the Us, and although it wasn't a runaway box office hit, in the years since it has rightly claimed a place as a screen classic.

Buoyed by brilliant performances, a sharp script and direction from Hughes and that Simple Minds track, this is a film we return to again and again. But what happened to its stars? We go then and now with the cast to find out what happened to the brain, the athlete, the basket case, the princess and the criminal.

Anthony Michael Hall - Brian Johnson

A staple of John Hughes movies in the '80s, Hall brought endearing geeky charm to National Lampoon's Vacation , Sixteen Candles and Weird Science.

As he grew out of child star roles, Hall sought to shed his established screen persona with a diverse selection of character parts across film and TV.
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Wgaw To Honor The Late Harold Ramis With Screen Laurel Award

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Wgaw To Honor The Late Harold Ramis With Screen Laurel Award
The Writers Guild of America, West has chosen late screenwriter-director-actor-producer Harold Ramis to receive its Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement, awarded to a Writers Guild member who has advanced the literature of motion pictures and made outstanding contributions to the profession of the screenwriter. Erica Mann Ramis and family will accept the award on Ramis’ behalf at the Writers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 14. Harold Ramis passed away on February 24, 2014 at the age of 69. From today’s announcement:

Harold Ramis changed the face of comedy. His death last year deprived us of his unique way of seeing the world, at once hilarious and wise. From his early work with National Lampoon and Sctv through Animal House, Meatballs, Caddyshack, and Ghostbusters, Ramis’ voice was strong, clear, outrageous in all the best ways. His unrealized projects – an adaptation of Confederacy of Dunces, a biopic about Emma Goldman – leave us aching with
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Weekend Rock Question: What's the Best Adam Sandler Movie?

Weekend Rock Question: What's the Best Adam Sandler Movie?
Adam Sandler's new movie Men, Women & Children hits theaters this weekend, but pretty soon you'll need to be a Netflix subscriber to see his new releases. The actor and comedian signed a four-picture deal with the streaming service earlier this month. "I immediately said yes for one reason and one reason only," he said in a statement. "Netflix rhymes with Wet Chicks. .Let the streaming begin!!!!."

Now we have a question for you: What is Adam Sandler's single greatest movie? Feel free to vote for a 1990s classic
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Week in Review: What do Adam Sandler’s Netflix movies mean for Hollywood?

Does Netflix have Eric Cartman’s Awesome-o working in their studios? You remember; he was the lovable robot who could invent Adam Sandler movies out of thin air, like “Adam Sandler falls in love with a Golden Retriever” or “Adam Sandler is stranded on an island and falls in love with a coconut.” If so, that robot has led them to sign a deal with Sandler’s Happy Madison productions to produce and distribute four films, all of which Sandler will star in and produce. Additionally, Netflix will bankroll each of the films, the budget of which on previous Sandler films have averaged roughly $80 million (though where that money goes in the budget is anyone’s guess). This comes days after news that Netflix’s first feature would be the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel.

Sandler commented typically tastefully in a statement via THR, saying, “When these fine people came
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11 People Who Are Probably Super Excited About Adam Sandler’s Netflix Deal

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11 People Who Are Probably Super Excited About Adam Sandler’s Netflix Deal
With the news that there will be eventually be four new Adam Sandler movies exclusively on Netflix, we headed over to the streaming site to take a look at which Sandler classics were already streaming (only six so far) and who was watching (and loving!) them. These people are ready for more streaming Sandler, let 'em have it! (Alternatively, here's a list of Adam Sandler movies currently streaming on Netflix. Useful!)Anger Management (2003): Reign Over Me (2007): Punch-Drunk Love (2002): Airheads (1994): Click (2006): Happy Gilmore (1996):
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Adam Sandler Inks Exclusive Four-Film Deal With Netflix

"I tried to sign up for Netflix but this happened instead...," Adam Sandler tweeted on October 1st, directing his million-plus followers to an announcement about the biggest production deal Netflix has made to date. Weeks after the streaming service landed the new sitcom by Funny People director Judd Apatow, that film's star Sandler has inked an agreement with Netflix that will bring four new feature films exclusively to its customers. Sandler will star in each of the films, which will be co-produced by the comic actor's Happy Madison Productions and Netflix.
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Spotlight on the Stars: Adam Sandler

For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to sort of go back to the start of the series and take a look at someone who doesn’t get the respect that they deserve from the masses. Today, that person is Adam Sandler, one of the kings of comedy who also has a flair for drama when he decides to go that route. He’s a huge titan of studio comedy, for sure, but he’s got a load of talent for when he chooses to get serious. The laughs have shot him to the A-list, but when he’s gone for depth and emotion, he’s shown that he’s got some acting chops as well. He’s rather underrated overall, so a spotlight today is definitely in the cards for him. Sandler got his start towards the A-list through television when he was cast on Saturday Night Live
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Steve Buscemi Appeared on the Late Show for the First Time

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Steve Buscemi Appeared on the Late Show for the First Time
With Letterman exiting The Late Show in 2015 (not to mention the imminent arrival of Boardwalk Empire’s final season) there are bound to be a lot of ‘lasts’ for these two guys in the next few months. Thankfully, there are also a few ‘firsts’ left, like tonight, which was — somehow, shockingly — the first time that Steve Buscemi has ever been on The Late Show. He was supposed to be on it back in the early ’90s to promote Airheads, but he got booted. It was Dave’s fault.
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Ernie Hudson Talks Ghostbusters, the Direction of the Sequels, His Love of Congo, and More at the Saturn Awards

Thirty years and a couple of weeks ago, Harold Ramis, Dan Akroyd, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson unleashed Ghostbusters onto the world. The film went on to gross over $240 million domestic, beating out Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom for 1984’s top slot at the box office. A few years later, I was born. And while everyone else on the playground fought over the role of Peter Venkman, I grew up calling dibs on Winston Zeddmore. Last Thursday, Collider attended the 40th Annual Saturn Awards and I got to meet one of my childhood role models, (even if the only thing he taught me was how to break my mother’s vacuum cleaner). I then promptly turned into a Chris Farley-esque babbling idiot spewing, one “Remember that one time when you…” question after the next. Fortunately, Mr. Hudson was gracious and kind, answering questions about everything from Ghostbusters 2’s bad rap,
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50 brilliant movie opening credits sequences

From a range of eras and genres, here's Jenny and Alex's light-hearted pick of 50 great opening title sequences from the movies...

Odd List

We don’t go to the cinema much, because we hate people. We also don’t go because there’s always the risk of accidentally going to see the wrong film. It's not helped by the fact that there's no way of telling until it’s too late, because there are no bloody opening credits on lots of modern films. And by the time you do realise, you’ve eaten all your popcorn and you can’t be bothered to move.

The movies on this list won’t give you that problem. These opening credits are perfect scene setters for the movies that follow, so you won’t have to worry about awkward popcorn wasting moments. It's not a top 50, rather a selection of 50 interesting credits sequences,
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Baz Luhrmann May Direct a Big Screen Reboot of 70's Show 'Kung Fu'

Wait - does that sound right? Baz Luhrmann and Kung Fu? Well, this is certainly something interesting to talk about. THR is reporting that Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann is now in talks to direct a big screen reboot, or a re-adaptation, of the 1970s martial arts western TV show Kung Fu, which starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine. Luhrmann most recently brought an extravagant, music-filled adaptation of The Great Gatsby to the big screen last summer, and it sounds like this may be next for him at Legendary Pictures if things come together. It isn't finalized yet, but could be a fun chance for Luhrmann to branch out. The project, with no other title other than Kung Fu so far, comes with a script by Rich Wilkes (of Airheads, xXx Trilogy, Punk Like Me, Iron Fist). In development at Legendary Pictures, the "big-screen adaptation" is one of the many projects they've launched that involves,
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