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Is it game over for Adam Sandler? His new comedy, “Pixels,” opened over the weekend to a mediocre $24 million, a disappointing result for the $88 million project. Sandler’s latest box office lemon comes on the heels of “The Cobbler” (Sandler’s lowest-grossing title ever, which opened to just $24,000 from 20 theaters in March), 2014’s “Blended” (the Drew Barrymore reteaming that mustered $46 million), “That’s My Boy” (a pairing with Andy Samberg that eked out $37 million) and “Jack and Jill” (the cross-dressing comedy that landed some of the worst reviews of his career). His only recent hits have been the 2013 sequel to “Grown Ups” (which netted $133 million) and “Hotel Transylvania,” an animated film that didn’t require him to be onscreen.
Here’s how Sandler’s box office career went from $4 billion in ticket sales to ice cold.
1. He aged out of his material
Sandler, 48, spent the ’90s playing the eternal teenage »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Adam Sandler’s “Pixels” invades theaters this weekend and the summer movie event has prompted TheWrap to look back at the comic actor’s journey from “The Cosby Show” and MTV’s “Remote Control” to “Saturday Night Live,” after which he quickly became one of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars. All due respect to the “high-quality H20” of “The Waterboy” and the Donald R. DeCicco scene from “Coneheads,” but neither made this list, which is a testament to Sandler’s incredibly quotable career. Clearly I’m partial to some of Sandler’s early work on the big screen, which continues »
- Jeff Sneider
Earlier this year, Adam Sandler's first film for Netflix - comedy western The Ridiculous Six - found itself in the headlines when Native American actors walked off the film. The film was accused of being "totally disrespectful" of Apache culture, with one actor, Loren Anthony, telling AP that "right from the get-go, it didn't feel right. But we let it go". However, Anthony added that "once we found out more about the script, we felt it was totally disrespectful to elders and Native women".
Reportedly, character names in the movie include Beaver's Breath and No Bra. Sandler has co-written the movie, which has been described as a "broad satire of western movies".
Now, nearly three months after the controversy first surfaced, Adam Sandler himself has responded to the criticisms. »
Paul Wight is one intimidating guy. Whether he’s slamming people down left and right as “Big Show” in the WWE, or doing other entertaining projects, the guy is one hell of a juggernaut that you wouldn’t want to cross in a dark alley at night.
Making for one hell of a villain in the now in theaters and VOD film Vendetta (directed by the wonderful Soska Twins, Jen & Sylvia), Paul shows a darker and completely vicious side of himself that holds his own against the film’s protagonist, a cop hellbent on revenge (played by Dean Cain). Wight commands every scene that he’s in and has one hell of an end fight in the film, one that ‘s for the books.
Wight was nice enough to chat with Icons of Fright about Vendetta and how the experience with working with who he likes to call his “angels”, as well as other topics. »
- Jerry Smith
Have you ever lain awake at night, wondering whether your favourite celebrities have posed with sea creatures? Well, wonder no more...
Every so often, a team of expensive social media consultants contacts us with some handy hints. Handy hints designed to engage audiences, raise profiles, provide watercooler conversations, and other such trendy phrases.
This week, the consultants - who work in a trendy office with proper air-conditioning and a cheese plant in the reception - told us that pictures of celebrities are big news right now. "You're an entertainment site," they said. "Do a post with celebrity pictures in it. Hollywood stars. TV's brightest. That kind of thing."
"It works for Buzzworthy and Upfeed," they added, as we slammed down the phone and rushed to our workstations.
So we've done a bit of hunting around, and here are the fruits of our labour: a post devoted to some of your favourite actors and TV stars. »
From its new offices atop the tallest building in Burbank, Stx Entertainment literally towers over the competition.
Backlots at Warner Bros., Disney and Universal can be glimpsed from the windows of the start-up company’s gleaming headquarters. The view is emblematic of Stx’s immense ambitions — to carve out a place for itself as the next major Hollywood studio.
Stx was launched last year by film producer Robert Simonds and Tpg managing partner Bill McGlashan with a mission to fill a hole in an entertainment business that has become fixated on budget-busting superhero epics. Instead of cooking up its own answer to the Marvel universe, the studio plans to produce films in the $20 million to $80 million budget range with big-name actors. It aims to release as many as 15 films annually by 2017, and already has lined up projects with Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts, director Gary Ross and “The Purge” producer Jason Blum. »
- Brent Lang
6 items from 2015
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