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Coming up with our list of 9 Favorite Christmas Movie Characters was hard — there are so many to choose from. From Jack Skellington to Buddy the Elf, those holiday hams have earned a permanent place in our Christmas traditions.
That said, it wasn't half as hard as coming up with a list of our favorite Hanukkah movie characters. As a holiday gift to you, dear readers, we spent days hours minutes combing through dozens of a couple Hanukkah movies to pick out the 2 Greatest Hanukkah Characters Of All Time!
It's no "Billy Madison," but kudos to Sandler for making an animated movie musical about the Festival of Lights. Davey Stone is a terrible guy, embittered by the death of his family on Hanukkah 20 years ago, and determined to drown his sorrows in booze for all time.
The love of an elderly basketball »
- Brooke Tarnoff
We scour the interwebs for the coolest movie news and more so you don't have to ...
• Are you a film student who wants to be an Oscar presenter? Seth MacFarlane has the contest for you. [The Race]
• Gifts For the Channing Tatum Superfan: How to Give Them the Sexiest Man Alive. Because Tatum's for everyone. [BuzzSugar]
• "Star Trek Into Darkness": 5 theories on what the official plot synopsis really means. [The Week]
• Perpetual Gangsters: Those Guys Who Always Play Wise Guys in Movies. Well, maybe not always, but, you know, a lot. [Hollywire]
• Yo, Adrian, gimme a high C! Listen to songs from the upcoming Broadway extravaganza, "Rocky: The Musical." [ScreenCrush]
• Get a closer look at the stunning special effects of "Life of Pi." And they did »
- Bryan Enk
Ok, so I’m not totally sure what to make of this Bad Kids Go To Hell movie just yet. We were sent the trailer via email; its got a catchy title, but is it horror? Do I post about it on the site? Or throw it under the “Beyond Fright” banner? At first glance of the following trailer, it looks like the filmmaker’s are attempting to do a modern day version of The Breakfast Club; hell they even have Judd Nelson in there in one of the adult roles. But then it looks like it takes a rather dark turn. Did they conjure up a nasty entity? Or is one of them killing the rest? Regardless, I’m not sure how to classify this flick but the press release under this video calls it The Grudge meets The Breakfast Club. So I figured it warranted a view. Check »
- Rob Galluzzo
Forget Wedding Crashers. The new cool thing to do is Bar Mitzvah crash! Between last night's Happy Endings and this week's Modern Family, it seems like the celebration for the Jewish rite of passage has become the new hot party spot.
In "Mistery Date," Manny and Luke hit the dance floor in search of some cute girls.
Of course, with Manny it's never just a cute girl. Manny is like a Kardashian: when he falls for someone, he falls hard. It's always a moment that moved his soul or that he felt like he was waiting for his whole life. Manny might just be the most romantic teenage boy since Romeo himself.
With the help of his devious sidekick Luke, Manny finally got in about 60 seconds of face time with the little blonde object of his affection. I gotta say, the boy was smooth:
Excuse me, hi. My name is »
- email@example.com (Leigh Raines)
In case you didn’t know, fish tend to spend their time in water. This is true of almost all fish, although there are the occasional amphibious fish such as mudskippers. So I guess we could also call ‘fish out of water’ films, ‘amphibious fish’ movies. But nobody would have a clue as to what you were prattling on about. Fish Out Of Water films put us in a situation we can all relate to, and that’s feeling like the outsider where our usual rules as to how we conduct ourselves no longer apply. We’re all slightly odd here at Thn, so we’ve come up with a list of our top seven (told you we’re odd) ‘Fish Out Of Water’ films.
Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell) is on a journey to finally lose his virginity at age 40. Along with this ambition, he must give »
- Paul Heath
You know who's hilarious? Diabolical villains.
Murder, torture, terrorism, sorcery – yes, these are all dealings of your typical movie miscreant, that we acknowledge. But we must also acknowledge they have pretty wickedly awesome senses of humor.
Just watch them cackle for two minutes straight in this NextMovie original edited by Avaryl Halley, and tell us you didn't laugh right along with them.
Movies Included (Click to Buy):
The Great Dictator | American Psycho | Three Amigos | Billy Madison | The Exorcist | Drag Me To Hell | Coraline | 101 Dalmations | Leprechaun| The Nightmare Before Christmas | Child's Play | Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog | Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest | Saw | Inglorious Basterds | Batman | The Emperor's New Groove | The Rocky Horror Picture Show | Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi | The Shining | The Wizard of Oz | Predator | Army of Darkness | Hocus Pocus | The Princess Bride | The Fifth Element | The Crippled Masters | Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery | Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events »
- NextMovie Staff
Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions company has been with Sony Pictures for a while. But now comes word that the actor is planning to take his company and his next film to Paramount Pictures. Little is known about the new movie, except that it's a Western comedy and is called "Ridiculous 6." Many are assuming that it will be a comedic version of "Magnificent Seven," a 1960s film about seven gunfighters called upon to protect a Mexican town. Paramount is making "Ridiculous 6" a top priority and has already scheduled it for a March 2014 release. Sandler will star in the film and will co-write it with Tim Herlihy (Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy, Big Daddy, Little Nicky). The plan is to start filming in April. »
Get ready for galloping Grown Ups. Buried in a trade story Thursday about Adam Sandler moving his next comedy from Sony to rival studio Paramount, it was mentioned that the comedian might be planning a Western with his pals. Now Deadline is confirming that The Ridiculous 6 – a riff on The Magnificent Seven, I assume – will be Sandler's next picture, which he’ll co-write (with Tim Herlihy), produce and star in. We have to expect that his familiar cohorts, from Kevin James to Chris Rock and David Spade, will saddle up for 6, which Deadline says already is eyeballing a Spring Break 2014 release. Sandler’s early collaborations with Herlihy produced such oddball comedies as Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, Little...
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Looks like The Lone Ranger isn't the only western on the horizon. Early reports yesterday pegged the next Happy Madison Production as a comedy western, and now Deadline confirms that Adam Sandler will saddle up for Ridiculous 6, which the Jack & Jill star will co-write and produce with longtime collaborator Tim Herlihy (Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy). The title could be a riff on The Magnificent Seven, the classic western with a great cast including Steve McQueen, Yul Brynner, and Charles Bronson, but I think we all know exactly what caliber of actors we can expect in Sandler's latest pile of nonsense. No story details or other casting announcements have been released yet, but with production slated to start this April and a date already penciled in for Spring Break of 2014, the studio has dollar signs in its eyes already. But the most interesting thing about this whole »
- Ben Pearson
Adam Sandler is planning a new comedy western at Paramount entitled Ridiculous 6. The film was originally being setup through Sony, but was moved due to financial issues.
Plot details have not been confirmed, but the comedian will be writing the screenplay with Tim Herlihy. He is also starring and producing through his Happy Madison production company. The two have worked together in the past on numerous project including Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, Little Nicky and Mr. Deeds.
The title insinuates that it might be a comedic look at John Sturges' The Magnificent Seven, which starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson as part of a group of gunfighters tasked with protecting a Mexican town.
Production is expected to begin in April 2013 with a possible spring break 2014 release. »
Exclusive: The title of Adam Sandler‘s next film will be Ridiculous 6, and it’s a comedy Western that Paramount Pictures has committed to put into production in April. This is the laffer that Sandler was going to make at Sony before Happy Madison Productions moved it to Paramount. The title is reminiscent of the 1960 United Artists pic The Magnificent Seven that starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Coburn, the drama about seven gunfighters drafted to protect a Mexican town, so might this be a variation featuring inept gunslingers? The studio would not go beyond confirming the title and the terrain. Sandler is going to write it with Tim Herlihy, and he will star in it and produce with Happy Madison. The film is already slated for Spring Break weekend 2014. Reports are attributing the move from Sony as being caused by that studio’s fiscal shortcomings — is »
- MIKE FLEMING
That's My Boy, 2012.
Directed by Sean Anders.
While still in his teens, Donny (Adam Sandler) fathered a son, Todd (Andy Samberg), and raised him as a single parent until Todd's 18th birthday. Now, after not seeing each other for years, Todd's world comes crashing down on the eve of his wedding when an uninvited Donny suddenly shows up.
Oh Adam Sandler, why do you keep doing this to yourself? Despite what most people would say, Sandler is capable of making a good movie. He's made his fair share of good comedies (Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer) and he's proven that he can genuinely act in movies like Reign Over Me and Punch-Drunk Love. Sandler's last few movies have been some of the worst in his career »
You may say what you wish about Adam Sandler but you can’t deny that he’s, at least monetarily, a huge success. From humble beginnings on Saturday Night Live, Sandler used the show to fuel an immense rise to popularity, before eventually being fired in 1995.
Sandler’s infantile comedic style worked extremely well for him on SNL, and during his run he was one of the more popular recurring players; no surprise then that upon his departure from the long-running weekly sketch show, he was scooped up by the Hollywood mainstream and given his own shot at the movies.
These days, you can barely move for Sandler pictures (one is digging into my side right now in fact; I think it’s Billy Madison). Some are… well, they’re not so great. Some aren’t half bad. Then there are the few that are actually pretty great for one reason or another. »
- Stuart W. Bedford
With a slow economy and many spouses out of work, there's an enormous percentage of school teachers taking second jobs in recent years. That means the new Kevin James comedy, "Here Comes the Boom," is quite relevant. And not just for national financial reasons, but also for issues with the American education system as well. In the movie, James plays a biology teacher and former collegiate wrestler who returns to the ring for extra money as a mixed martial arts fighter in order to save his school's music program. It wasn't always like this. Searching through the history of cinema and television, we don't come up with a lot of teachers who needed extra income. Some of those who could compare to James's character include Principal Anderson (Josh Mostel) in “Billy Madison,” who was a wrestler before becoming an educator but not simultaneously. When discovered, Anderson was very embarrassed, though »
- Christopher Campbell
Sidney Lumet’s 1975 tale of a bank robbery gone bad, Dog Day Afternoon, is not only considered to be a high point in the careers of both its director as well as its star, Al Pacino, it’s also considered to be one of the key films that was a part of the New Hollywood movement, which started in the late ’60s and continued through to the blockbusters of the 80s. New Hollywood was all about a generation of filmmakers making films that were artsier, grittier, and more experimental than most commercial fare, all from within the confines of the studio system. But while Dog Day Afternoon and its tale of cross-dressing and violent crimes certainly looks at home under that classification, is it really good enough to be mentioned in the same breath as stuff like Bonnie and Clyde, The Godfather, or Mean Streets? The early ’90s saw one of the biggest boom periods in the »
- Nathan Adams
"Dear Lord, why?" you might ask. Well, aside from the fact that an Oscar winner urinating on your head grants you thespian superpowers and cures migraines, the starlet's saintly spray also cured the searing pain of a jellyfish sting.
We're sure you're all now bursting to witness this degrading spectacle, and, thankfully, "The Paperboy" opens in select theaters this Friday. So while waiting to go — and you gotta go — let's revisit some timeless tinkles from tinseltown. Because while these golden moments might be listed as our Top 9, but they're all #1 in our book.
No man's morning would be complete without a man's morning wood. And in »
- Ben Freiburger
Schools are closing, absentee rates are high and graduation rates are plummeting. Let's face it, folks, education in America is failing.
How do we know this? Because we watch a lot of news. We mean movies.
Here at NextMovie, we're usually all about making you forget about the harsh realities of the world in favor of providing entertainment as a diversion, but we couldn't resist involving ourselves in this vital issue, especially in light of this Friday's new release on the subject, "Won't Back Down," starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis.
Please enjoy the public service announcement above, and pass it on. The children are counting on you.
Movies Included (Click to Stream or Buy):
High School High | Freedom Writers | World's Greatest Dad | Never Been kissed | Clueless | Stand and Deliver| Teachers| Summer School | Lean on Me | Dead Poet's Society | Teen Wolf | Not Another Teen Movie | Donnie Darko | Fast Times At Ridgemont High »
- Kevin Polowy
“Back to school. Back to school. To prove to dad that I’m not a fool.” Judging by my Facebook timeline, virtually every friend sent their kid back to school this week. Photos of fresh-faced, semi-eager students with overstuffed backpacks flooded social media, with parents alternately crying (as they watch their babies grow up) and celebrating (as they get a few hours of peace and quiet now that the summer has drawn to a close). So why am I thinking about a moronic man-child forced to repeat every grade in order to inherit his father’s multimillion-dollar corporation? Because Billy Madison best represents, to me, the dread, anticipation, anxiety, loathing and eventual triumph that comes with the first day of school. It somehow captures all of...
- Sean O'Connell
For much of the country, today is the first day of school. And more than recalling any of my own first days, I picture scenes from movies depicting first days. There's Grease, obviously, and Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Billy Madison, Dead Poets Society, all of the Harry Potter movies and the first Twilight. Or does that last one involve a mid-year transfer like so many other films about outsiders? In any event, today's discussion is not specifically about first-day-of-school and new-kid-at-school scenes. In fact, it doesn't even necessarily have to be about movies set at school. Nostalgia can go in different ways, and so the question of which movies remind us most of our school days can be answered with either of the following: high school movies we feel best depict...
- Christopher Campbell
Something terrible is happening to Adam Sandler's already terrible career. When I look back over last two decades' worth of money-spinning Sandler product, I get that helpless, existentially bleak what's-the-point feeling I only otherwise suffer when I'm pondering the 31 movies Elvis made: Ok, Jailhouse Rock for the title number, Flaming Star because Don Siegel made it, and Viva Las Vegas because of Ann-Margret. The other 28? Burn the negatives, bring me the silver nitrate.
I could happily cull some similar ragged remnant of laughter and wit from the diverse, yet horribly monotonous Sandler back catalog: it would probably include Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison, maybe The Wedding Singer (for Drew), and perhaps Anger Management (for low-grade Late Jack). And then there's the kind of stuff you'd expect us snooty, fun-phobic critics »
- John Patterson
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