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Why Adam Sandler stopped reading movie reviews

Simon Brew Nov 29, 2017

Adam Sandler admits that he stopped reading reviews of his films very early in his movie career....

After a run of movies that we might charitably describe as generally not on the good side, Adam Sandler has found himself an awards contender. That’s courtesy of his work in The Meyerowitz Stories, that’s currently on Netflix.

Sandler movies have attracted hostile reviews over the past decade or so for the most part, and a lot of the time with very good reason. Turns out, though, that he doesn’t read them, as he’s admitted to Jennifer Lawrence in a new interview between the pair.

“When I did Billy Madison, I read some, and they hated it. I was like 'whoa. What the hell is happening, man? I thought they were going to be right with me'”, he told her.

“Oh yeah, they come in and try to rip it apart.
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Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky Each Processed Mixed ‘mother!’ Reviews Differently

Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky Each Processed Mixed ‘mother!’ Reviews Differently
Variety’s annual Actors on Actors interview series has brought Jennifer Lawrence and Adam Sandler together, and the two find common ground when talking about their dislike of reading their own reviews. Sandler says the negative critical reaction to “Billy Madison” in 1995 “screwed [his] thinking up a little bit,” and he has mostly avoided reading reviews of his movies since. Lawrence, meanwhile, only wants to read them if they’re good.

Read More:Jennifer Lawrence Wants You to Know Her ‘mother!’ Explanation Before You See It

The Oscar-winning actress was front and center in perhaps the year’s most polarizing movie, Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!,” but avoiding all the insanely divided reactions proved challenging since Lawrence was dating the director at the time of the film’s festival rollout and press tour. After a long day of talking about “mother!” and hearing everyone’s opinions, the last thing Lawrence wanted to
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Jennifer Lawrence and Adam Sandler on Feeling ‘Defensive’ Over Their Movies

Jennifer Lawrence and Adam Sandler on Feeling ‘Defensive’ Over Their Movies
Adam Sandler (“The Meyerowitz Stories”) and Jennifer Lawrence (“Mother!”) sat down for a chat for Variety’s “Actors on Actors” presented by Google Home, which airs from Jan. 2 to Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. on PBS SoCal Koce.

Jennifer Lawrence: How did “Meyerowitz” happen? How did you become a part of that?

Adam Sandler: Do you have a star on the Walk of Fame?

Lawrence: I think so. I have a spotty memory.

Sandler: Well, Ben Stiller got his. I went to see him. I said, “We gotta do a movie together, man.” He said, “Yes, yes.” I said, “We should play brothers. I always hear that I look like you.” He said people scream “Zohan!” at him. Then Noah Baumbach was saying he had a movie, coincidentally, about us playing brothers, so we all hung out one afternoon and talked about it. Then Noah wrote the movie.

Lawrence: Oh, he wrote the
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Jennifer Lawrence and Adam Sandler Discuss Why They Avoid Reviews of Their Movies

Jennifer Lawrence and Adam Sandler Discuss Why They Avoid Reviews of Their Movies
Jennifer Lawrence and Adam Sandler exchanged stories about dealing with criticism during an interview as part of Variety’s seventh “Actors on Actors” series.

Sandler said he generally avoids reviews, while Lawrence joked she reads them “only when they’re good.”

Though the actress said she doesn’t actually harp on critiques, her experience with “Mother!” was different because she was dating the film’s director Darren Aronofsky at the time.

“We’d be on the tour together, I’d come back to the hotel and the last thing I want to talk about or think about is the movie, and he comes back and that’s all he wants to talk about,” she recounted. “I was doing double duty of trying to be a supportive partner while also being like, ‘Can I please, for the love of God, not think about “Mother!” for one second?'”

Lawrence added that she gets defensive after reading negative reviews
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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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New to Streaming: ‘Punch-Drunk Love,’ ‘Free Fire,’ ‘The Salesman,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Best in Show (Christopher Guest)

Christopher Guest has had an exceptionally strong ’00s with A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration, and it remains to be seen how his upcoming Mascots will be received, but his arguable peak is still the gloriously funny mockumentary Best in Show. Guest’s other films have lovingly skewered egotistical oddballs and the insanity of subjective or objective criticism, so Best in Show is
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The Proof That Netflix Subscribers Love Adam Sandler

I saw a statistic today that’s overwhelmingly surprising about Adam Sandler and Netflix. It’s a statistic that’ll make you realize exactly why the media giant went into a multi movie deal with the not as funny as he used to be actor. Sandler’s gotten a ton of flack for I’d say at least the least 3-5 years, and deservedly so. His comedy is watered down, more family like, and just not nearly has funny as in his peak days doing movies like Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, or even The Wedding Singer. However, it seems those movies don’t even “count” anymore

The Proof That Netflix Subscribers Love Adam Sandler
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Cannes Review: A Great Adam Sandler Performance Makes ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ One of Noah Baumbach’s Best

Cannes Review: A Great Adam Sandler Performance Makes ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ One of Noah Baumbach’s Best
A noticeable improvement over Adam Sandler’s previous three Netflix originals — in much the same way that a glass of Manischewitz is a noticeable improvement over drinking one of those ominous puddles that forms in the groove of a New York City subway seat — “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” isn’t the wittiest or most exciting movie that Noah Baumbach has ever made, but it might just be the most humane.

Too familiar to stand out from Baumbach’s career, but too funny and textured and true to not be one of its highlights, “The Meyerowitz Stories” harkens back to the more savage and sprawling comedies that Baumbach made before he teamed up with Greta Gerwig (whose ebullient influence is noticeably absent from this material, if not always missing from it). Still, this even-handed, mutually destructively, and inextricably Jewish-American family saga marks a major departure for Baumbach in one
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Netflix's The Week Of Reunites Adam Sandler and Chris Rock

Netflix announced today that comedy icons Adam Sandler and Chris Rock will reunite to star in a new Netflix original film set to begin production in Long Island, New York this summer. The Week Of will be directed by veteran Saturday Night Live writer and producer Robert Smigel. The movie covers the week of preparation for a wedding in which Sandler's daughter is marrying Rock's son. Happy Madison Productions' Adam Sandler and Allen Covert will serve as producers and Barry Bernardi and Tim Herlihy will serve as executive producers. Sandler and Smigel co-wrote the script. The film will premiere globally on Netflix in 2018. Here's what Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer, had to say in his statement.

"Adam Sandler and Chris Rock are cornerstones of the Netflix comedy family and we are over the moon about these two legends reuniting to give our members worldwide a healthy dose
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Father of 11 ‘Wets’ His Pants in Support of His Kindergartner When She Has an Accident: ‘We Laughed All the Way Home’

After Ben Sowards received a call from the secretary at his 6-year-old daughter’s school, telling him that he had to come and pick up Valerie because she’d accidentally peed her pants, the Enoch, Utah, dad knew exactly what he needed to do.

As another daughter, Lucinda, 17, looked on and snapped a quick photo to show the rest of the family, Sowards quickly splashed water all over the front of his pants, then hurried over to Enoch Elementary School on April 14 to get Valerie from kindergarten.

What he didn’t anticipate is that Lucinda would post the snapshot on
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9 Best Stoner Movies, From ‘Inherent Vice’ to ‘The Cabin in the Woods’

9 Best Stoner Movies, From ‘Inherent Vice’ to ‘The Cabin in the Woods’
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Inherent Vice

Who doesn’t want to watch detective Joaquin Phoenix stumbling around Los Angeles trying to solve the disappearance of his former girlfriend while fried out of his mind? “Inherent Vice” has a stoner protagonist so funny and oddly charming that he could be the proud face of 4/20. But a lot of what makes the movie such a perfect stoner film is how Paul Thomas Anderson filters Thomas Pynchon’s novel through his own hazy, stoned-out filter. Watching “Inherent Vice” provides the actual sensation of being spaced out. You’ll be laughing nonstop one minute and then scratching your head the next. Long stretches seem to fade into each other. When it comes to stoner movies, “Inherent Vice” is a new classic.

Half Baked

The seminal marijuana movie for many Generation Xers, 1998’s “Half Baked” also marked the
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Adam Sandler Films On Netflix Get Half A Billion Hours Of Views

"They gave me money to make this. Can you believe it?"

Adam Sandler. When someone utters that name these days, I tend to shudder. When once he had halfway decent films like Billy Madison and The Wedding Singer, he's now making movies especially for Netflix. It seems like a major step down for someone that used to be the king of the box office.

Yet Netflix loves the guy. According to Netflix (via Screen Rant), Adam Sandler vehicles are accounting for over half a billion hours of views on the streaming service. There are no money figures to speak of but Netflix has been happy enough with the results that they have recently given him another four picture deal.

Makin' it rain!

One part of my brain wants to be angry at this thought. The quality of Adam Sandler films has sunk so low, it's getting near the Earth's core at this point.
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Adam Sandler’s Latest Netflix Mandate ‘Sandy Wexler’ Could Use Better Management [Review]

There are essentially two types of Adam Sandler movies, though they sometimes come in varying shades. On the left side are the more casual, laissez-faire affairs, wherein the popular comedic actor/producer plays an exaggerated variation of his real-life, good-hearted slacker persona. Some of them are charming enough (“Billy Madison,” “The Wedding Singer,” “50 First Dates“), some are mixed (“Big Daddy,” “Spanglish“), and a few are, err, curious failures (“Eight Crazy Nights,” “Click,” “The Cobbler“), but the rest stink of cash-grabbing laziness (the “Grown Ups” movies, “Just Go With It,” “Blended“).

Continue reading Adam Sandler’s Latest Netflix Mandate ‘Sandy Wexler’ Could Use Better Management [Review] at The Playlist.
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Proof that Tremors is One of the Most Quotable Movies Ever

When you think of quotable movies from the 90s you generally go the Jim Carrey or perhaps Adam Sandler route. All of us know lines from movies like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb and Dumber, Billy Madison, and Happy Gilmore. However, before all of these movies came out, in 1990 there was a memorable little film called Tremors which starred Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward. They played these two crazy southern guys who wind up taking on an alien species that lay underneath the ground wreaking havoc on a small town. Here’s the full synopsis: Repairmen Val McKee (Kevin Bacon)

Proof that Tremors is One of the Most Quotable Movies Ever
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Obscure Movie Characters I Love: Josh Mostel’s Principal Max Anderson from Billy Madison

In our second feature of “obscure movie character I love” I’d like to center our attention on actor Josh Mostel who you might remember from the movie City Slickers. He was one half of the faux Ben and Jerry’s team “Ira and Barry’s.” He’s the guy that played Barry Sholowitz. Mostel has 61 credits to his name and can certainly be in our “That guy actor” segment as well. But I’d like to focus on his character in Billy Madison. Mostel played none other than Principal Max Anderson who was the principal at the elementary school Billy Madison attended in

Obscure Movie Characters I Love: Josh Mostel’s Principal Max Anderson from Billy Madison
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Adam Sandler Reveals His Kids Don’t Like his Movies Too Much

Let’s get something straight about Adam Sandler right off the bat. I think he’s one of the best comedians of the past 30 years and it’s not even close. But I certainly am not ashamed to say I haven’t liked virtually anything he’s done movie wise in at least 10-15 years. He’ll never match his Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore days. This much we know. But I don’t think that the quality he had in Big Daddy and The Wedding Singer isn’t too far out of reach. Apparently it is. But who cares? The guy is taken care of for

Adam Sandler Reveals His Kids Don’t Like his Movies Too Much
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Along With Netflix, Did Adam Sandler Make a Deal with the Devil Too?

Let’s get something straight right now. I was a huge Adam Sandler fan back in the day. I liked him as Theo’s one white friend on The Cosby Show. I loved him on Saturday Night Live. I think he completely killed it as Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore. Even as he got older films like Big Daddy and The Wedding Singer were pretty funny. But then his movies started to get a little stale. A little stupid, and yet they were still box office monsters. Then came Little Nicky. This is the one that did me in. It’s the movie

Along With Netflix, Did Adam Sandler Make a Deal with the Devil Too?
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Netflix Is Staying in Adam Sandler Business, As Streaming Outfit Lines Up Four More Films From Comedian

Adam Sandler and Netflix are doubling down on their plan to churn out comedies that bypass cinemas altogether. Netflix announced Friday that it will finance and produce at least four more feature films with Sandler, all of which will debut exclusively on the company’s subscription streaming platform.

Sandy Wexler’ Teaser Trailer: Adam Sandler and Jennifer Hudson Head Back to the ‘90s For Netflix Movie

Netflix previously inked a four-picture deal with Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions, a partnership that so far has produced “The Do-Over,” “The Ridiculous 6” and “Sandy Wexler,” due out April 14. Netflix has previously stated the “The Do-Over” and “The Ridiculous 6” were the two most-watched original feature films to launch on its service.

“Love working with Netflix and collaborating with them,” Sandler said in a statement. “I love how passionate they are about making movies and getting them out there for the whole world to see.
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28 Best Drunk Scenes in Film

28 Best Drunk Scenes in Film
To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, arguably the biggest drinking holiday of the year, we looked at some of the best drunk moments to grace the silver screen. From Humphrey Bogart’s classic, heartbreaking “of all the gin joints” speech in “Casablanca,” to the utterly ridiculous scene in “Team America” when the puppets spew their guts up, here are the 28 best drunk scenes on film.

Leaving Las Vegas” — Booze Run

Although not a traditional “drunk scene,” the opening scene of “Leaving Las Vegas” — which sees Nicolas Cage’s Ben Sanderson dancing through a liquor aisle piling his cart sky high with booze — is as good a prelude to this list as any.

Arthur” — Introducing Princess Gloria

Dudley Moore’s Arthur spends the majority of the film tipping back drinks, but his introduction of “Princess Gloria” to his aunt and uncle at a restaurant — and his insistence that Rhode Island could
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Adam Sandler Made A Kid Cry While Filming ‘Billy Madison’ Dodgeball Scene

Not everyone was laughing on the set of Adam Sandler’s 1995 comedy “Billy Madison”. During an appearance on “Conan” on Wednesday, Sandler admitted he reduced a six-year-old child actor to tears while filming the movie’s dodgeball scene. Sandler recalls working on the comedy with director Tamra Davis and Tim Herlihy, with whom he co-wrote the […]
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