11 items from 2014
"Well, la-di fricken-da."
All too often, the price of success in Hollywood proves too costly a burden to bear and we are left wondering what, if anything, could have been done to prevent the tragic loss of yet another young talent. The newest episode of our Reelz original series Hollywood Scandals explores the tragic life and death of just such a talent in Chris Farley, a Midwestern boy who dreamed of following in the footsteps of his favorite actor and comedian, the legendary party animal John Belushi.
Fortunately for us, Farley's dream came true and he gave us all the gift of laughter, following a wildly entertaining stint on the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live with several hilarious movies. Unfortunately for Farley, he followed the life of his idol a bit too closely, dying, like Belushi, of a drug overdose at the age of 33. Though he's been gone for nearly 17 years now, »
- BJSprecher Sprecher
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Pre-Code: Hollywood before the censors” — Mike Mashon and James Bell at Sight and Sound go longform to celebrate the sexy, gangster-y glory of a storytelling system before the ethical handcuffs were slapped on. “Even when prostitution isn’t obviously suggested, the pursuit of other vices could bring women characters low. Among the rawest of all the pre-Code pictures, Mervyn LeRoy’s Three on a Match (1932), about the varying fortunes of three women (Ann Dvorak, Joan Blondell and Bette Davis), crams a roll-call of forbidden themes into little more than an hour: infidelity, alcoholism, child abuse, gangsterism, undressing, drug use… The magnificent Dvorak steals the show as the lawyer’s tragic wife who sinks into a life of vice and crime.” “Adam Sandler’s Bad New Movie Made Me Cry Like Nothing Else Before »
- Scott Beggs
Don’t expect to see Adam Sandler return to helm Saturday Night Live anytime soon. The Blended actor recently took time off, apparently from a pick-up basketball game, to visit Norm Macdonald on his video podcast. There, the two SNL alums briefly discussed their years on the NBC late-night show. “Why won’t you host the show?” asked Macdonald, who was famously fired by NBC exec Don Ohlmeyer in 1998 — reportedly in part because of his Weekend Update jokes about O.J. Simpson.
- Jeff Labrecque
Sandler was fired from "SNL" in 1995 along with the late Chris Farley. He went on to become a huge movie star thanks to "Happy Gilmore," "Billy Madison," and other hits that have netted him over $2 billion at the box office.
Many other "SNL" cast members have gladly returned to host the show. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star Andy Samberg just did it for the show's most recent season finale. Other willing participants included Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Jimmy Fallon ... the list goes on and on. But it looks like it will never include Sandler.
"There are »
- Kelly Woo
You know those real estate scams where you're offered a free vacation if you just sit through a time-share presentation and that time-share presentation seems never-ending, because even if it's just two hours, what you really wanted was a free vacation? For Adam Sandler, filmmaking is like that time-share presentation. All the guy wants is to get major motion picture studios to subsidize his vacations. Is that so wrong? If Sony or Warner Brothers said to you, "How would you like an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii or Africa or a secluded lake? And all you have to do is deliver a movie and nobody on our side will even ask to see a script or bother looking at the final cut," what would you say? You'd accept the deal. Don't deny it. It's obvious that Sandler and his partners-in-vacation-loving-crime don't especially enjoy the quid pro quo required for their global galavanting, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Whether you’re a fan of Adam Sandler’s brand of filmmaking or not, his chemistry with popular actress Drew Barrymore is undeniable. From their eccentric and comedic turn in The Wedding Singer back in 1998, to the more charming and heartfelt 50 First Dates six years later, the pair have always managed to bring the best out of one another. Now they’ve reunited once more in Frank Coraci’s Blended, which feels like something of a natural and organic progression for the pair, as themes of nostalgia, single parenting and growing up are explored – as though we’re almost chronicling their relationship through cinema, across the past 16 years. Like a below-par, uninventive ‘Before’ trilogy.
Following on from a disastrous blind date at Hooters, the widowed Jim (Sandler) and recently separated Lauren (Barrymore) are adamant in never crossing paths again. However when their mutual friends bail on a trip to South Africa, »
- Stefan Pape
Few people get in the least bit excited any more about the idea of a new Adam Sandler film. This wasn't always the case; personally, I could happily sit and watch Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer and Punch-Drunk Love on any given day, but Grown Ups 2? That's My Boy? The horrific Jack And Jill? It would be fair to say that Sandler's recent fare has been lazy, recycled and a long way short of what he's capable of.
Blended is slightly better. Not by much, but reteaming with the excellent Drew Barrymore for the third time (the first being the aforementioned and excellent The Wedding Singer and the second the decidedly mediocre 50 First Dates) is a shuffle of feet in the right direction.
Here, Sandler and Barrymore play Jim and Lauren, »
After a disastrous blind date, single parents Lauren (Drew Barrymore) and Jim (Adam Sandler) agree on only one thing, they never want to see each other again. But when they each sign up separately for a fabulous family vacation with their kids, they are all stuck sharing a suite at a luxurious African safari resort for a week. This is the third collaboration between stars Sandler and Barrymore. The film also stars Wendi McLendon-Covey as Lauren's best friend Jen, and Joel McHale as her unreliable ex-husband, Mark. Kevin Nealon and Jessica Lowe star as Eddy and Ginger, an overly romantic couple who are also vacationing at the resort, and Terry Crews stars as the resort's singing host.
After making three films together how has you're onscreen chemistry changed?
Drew Barrymore: I would sum it up with respect. For me it all stems from respect, I've always respected him and I love him. »
- Fernando Esquivel
The family comedy Blended sees recently divorced single mom Lauren (Drew Barrymore) on a disastrous blind date with widowed single father Jim (Adam Sandler). When they each sign up separately for an adventurous family vacation at a luxurious African safari resort, they are brought back together, this time with Lauren’s two sons (Kyle Red Silverstein, Braxton Beckham) and Jim’s three daughters (Bella Thorne, Emma Fuhrmann, Alyvia Alyn Lynd). During a conference at the film’s press day, co-stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore talked about how their friendship and chemistry has evolved over the course of doing three films – The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates and Blended, how they each have their own families now, making comedies that are funny but also have heart, and the toughest part of being a parent. Check out what they had to say after the jump. Question: How has your chemistry changed in »
- Christina Radish
"I have not passed the 8th grade. Not ever."
If you have ever wanted to turn back time to grasp those missed opportunities, let Guy be your inspiration. In Bad Words Jason Bateman stars as Guy Trilby, a man who who finds a loophole in The Golden Quill national spelling bee for kids in 8th grade and below so that he can participate and win. The trailer gives us fair warning that this comedy is definitely not for the easily offended. Bateman relentlessly offends not only the adults but also to the kids he comes up against. Think Billy Madison meets Louis Ck.
But not all of this movie is name calling and jabbing insults; the unlikely partner in crime that Trilby finds is just plain adorable. Ten-year-old Chaitanya, played by Rohan Chand (Homeland, Lone Survivor), joins Guy in making a lot of the mischief (and laughs) happen.
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- Megan Rivera
There’s the one night stand, and there’s the long-term relationship.
Both have their place in the modern world of dating, but can the former become the latter, the heat of the moment transforming into the ever-burning fire?
It’s a perennial question, one that introduces a host of others: does it matter who says “I love you” first? How long should a couple wait before moving in together? When should best friends get involved, and should it be with positive encouragement or by playing devil’s advocate? (And does it matter if the friends’ romantic lives carry their own problems?)
In the insightful, hilarious romantic comedy About Last Night– arriving just in time to become the latest Valentine’s Day movie classic — four Los Angeles singles get a thorough workout in the ups and downs of today’s dating world. On yet another night of playing wingman to »
- Movie Geeks
11 items from 2014
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