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Lessons From ‘The Wedding Singer’: Those Good-Natured Screen Gropes Are A Thing Of The Past

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Lessons From ‘The Wedding Singer’: Those Good-Natured Screen Gropes Are A Thing Of The Past
The Wedding Singer, on cable the other night, brought some unexpected lessons with it. Arguably Adam Sandler’s sweetest work, the film is about a singing schmoe who gets left at the altar and eventually wins the heart of a waitress played by Drew Barrymore. Funny stuff, and entirely harmless. Except, of course, for what now plays as a “shock” scene in the middle. You’ll remember it. Barrymore's Julia Sullivan asks a homely bar mitzvah boy to dance. He clamps his young…
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Sam Smith Shocks Delighted Brides With Surprise Performance At Their Wedding

  • ET Canada
If Hollywood ever decides to do a remake of Adam Sandler’s “The Wedding Singer”, Sam Smith should be at the top of the list to star. The “Stay With Me” singer proved it during a moment chronicled in his upcoming BBC special, in which he surprises two brides by performing at their wedding ceremony. In […]
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‘Stranger Things’ is Best When Using its Movie Homages as Red Herrings

Paul Reiser isn’t the most identifiable ’80s figure in “Stranger Things.” The future “Mad About You” star saw solid hits during the decade in “Diner,” “My Two Dads,” and two “Beverly Hills Cop” movies, and he has been headlining another ’80s-set modern TV series for the past three years (the criminally under-appreciated “Red Oaks”). But he’s no Winona Ryder. He might even slip behind “Goonies” star Sean Astin in the Reagan-era power rankings. It’s doubtful fans were as excited about seeing Reiser as they were when his character, Dr. Sam Owens, offers Will Byers Reese’s Pieces.

Yet when it comes to homages within “Stranger Things,” few are as integral to the story as recognizing Paul Reiser as the bad guy from “Aliens.” Many have noted the superficial similarities between the characters, but it’s important to note why this casting works beyond a fun homage. It’s beneficial to the story,
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‘Stranger Things’ is Best When Using its Movie Homages as Red Herrings

  • Indiewire
Paul Reiser isn’t the most identifiable ’80s figure in “Stranger Things.” The future “Mad About You” star saw solid hits during the decade in “Diner,” “My Two Dads,” and two “Beverly Hills Cop” movies, and he has been headlining another ’80s-set modern TV series for the past three years (the criminally under-appreciated “Red Oaks”). But he’s no Winona Ryder. He might even slip behind “Goonies” star Sean Astin in the Reagan-era power rankings. It’s doubtful fans were as excited about seeing Reiser as they were when his character, Dr. Sam Owens, offers Will Byers Reese’s Pieces.

Yet when it comes to homages within “Stranger Things,” few are as integral to the story as recognizing Paul Reiser as the bad guy from “Aliens.” Many have noted the superficial similarities between the characters, but it’s important to note why this casting works beyond a fun homage. It’s beneficial to the story,
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Carrie Fisher's Personal Star Wars Scripts Go Up for Auction

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Carrie Fisher's Personal Star Wars Scripts Go Up for Auction
Carrie Fisher's hand annotated Star Wars scripts are going up for auction during a three- day Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds personal property action on October 7th through the 9th in Los Angeles, California. Profiles in History is in charge of the auctions and they expect the scripts to fetch some decent money, so if you are interested in any of these, they aren't going to go for cheap. These are important pieces of the Star Wars legacy and will be a worthy addition for any collector.

Fisher was known for taking her pencil out and crossing out some of the clunkier dialogue in the script and replacing it with her own witty dialogue. That fact is especially evident in her personal The Empire Strikes Back script, which has over 1,000 words handwritten by the actress in it. There are actually four scripts going up for auction, as she had two different ones for Empire.
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Billy Idol Was Almost the T-1000 in Terminator 2

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Billy Idol Was Almost the T-1000 in Terminator 2
With the upcoming Terminator 2 3D re-release hitting theaters next weekend, Robert Patrick has been making the press rounds, where he dropped quite the bombshell. The actor, who essentially launched his career by playing the nefarious T-1000 robot in T2, revealed that rock star Billy Idol was cast in the role before him, but was forced to drop out, leading the way for his breakthrough role. Here's what Robert Patrick had to say about Billy Idol's casting.

"Billy Idol was set to do the role of the T-1000, as I understand. I can tell you that I saw Billy's image when I went to Stan Winston after I got the role. Unfortunately, he got into a motorcycle accident and busted up his leg, so he wasn't able to physically do what the role demanded."

Oddly enough, Billy Idol would go on to make his feature film debut in The Doors,
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Beauty Buddies! Drew Barrymore and Daughter Olive, 4½, Sport Matching Hair Foils ‘For Solidarity’

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Beauty Buddies! Drew Barrymore and Daughter Olive, 4½, Sport Matching Hair Foils ‘For Solidarity’
Getting her hair done is just part of the job for Drew Barrymore. But for her kids, it’s an opportunity to show some extra support for their mama.

The 42-year-old actress shared a photo of herself and daughter Olive to Instagram Tuesday, showing both Barrymore and the 4½-year-old with foils in their hair.

But while Barrymore’s foils were filled with dye for helping her transform into her Santa Clarita Diet character Sheila Hammond to film the hit Netflix horror-comedy’s second season, Olive’s were a little less intense.

“#becomingsheila ok first! Hair. With @traceycunningham1 round one #santaclaritadiet olive is hanging!
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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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Drew Barrymore's New Zine Will Have a Special Place in Your Heart - and on Your Coffee Table

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Drew Barrymore's New Zine Will Have a Special Place in Your Heart - and on Your Coffee Table
Drew Barrymore does it all: she's a Golden Globe-winning actress, beauty entrepreneur, winemaker, and mom of two adorable daughters - but she is far from done adding to her list of accomplishments. The Santa Clarita Diet star recently launched her own magazine, Flower Press, which harks back to the days of '90s zines and good old-fashioned reading off of actual paper. Remember? In a letter from the editor posted to the magazine's website, Drew wrote, "It's so fun to unveil a big enormous piece of content and then fold it to my choices of size and handheld origami," adding, "It's a ritual that I am proud to display in front of my kids [Olive and Frankie] as we lay in bed together at the start of every day." Related25 Things You Didn't Know About Drew Barrymore On Friday, Drew donned a rainbow-colored dress and wide-brimmed hat to pass out copies of Flower
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Binging With Babish Takes on the Chocolate Cake from “Matilda”

The Bruce Bogtrotter scene from Matilda still makes me nauseous despite my affinity for chocolate cake. In the scene, Bruce, the titular character’s classmate, is forced to eat an entire gigantic chocolate cake in front of the whole class as punishment for stealing a slice from the evil Miss Trunchbull. Bruce was portrayed by then 12-year-old actor Jimmy Karz back in 1996, who also played the “Studliest Kid at the Bar Mitvah” in 1998’s The Wedding Singer. In the latest episode of “Binging with Babish” they feature the inexplicably tempting chocolate cake, despite its open admission of containing bodily fluids.

Binging With Babish Takes on the Chocolate Cake from “Matilda
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Exclusive: Why ‘Groundhog Day’ Star Andy Karl Won’t Let a Torn Acl Slow Him Down

Exclusive: Why ‘Groundhog Day’ Star Andy Karl Won’t Let a Torn Acl Slow Him Down
“I felt every emotion that I could possibly feel in the past four weeks,” Andy Karl tells Et by phone in May, about a week after it was announced he had been nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of Phil Connors in the adaptation of Groundhog Day, a musical based on the popular Bill Murray comedy. The actor, who has built a career starring in musical adaptations of iconic films (Saturday Night Fever, The Wedding Singer, Legally Blonde and Rocky), was preparing for the Broadway debut of the production following a successful London run that earned him a Laurence Olivier Award when he inexplicably tore his Acl during a preview performance on April 14, just three days before the show’s official opening.

The dramatic moment -- halting the show as Karl sought medical attention -- happened during the second act. According to The New York Times, the visibly shaken actor eventually returned with a walking
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Akiva Goldsman to direct Firestarter remake for Blumhouse

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Author: Scott Davis

Another Stephen King novel is getting the remake treatment with news that Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures are readying a new version of Firestarter (via The Daily Dead).

The original novel, published in 1981, was made into a feature film in 1984 by Mark Lester (Commando) and starred Drew Barrymore (Santa Clarita Diet, The Wedding Singer) in the lead role. Martin Sheen, George C. Scott, Art Carney, David Kieth and Heather Locklear co-starred and grossed over $17million domestically.

For the remake, Blumhouse have secured Akiva Goldsman (A New York Winters Tale) to direct the film after recently helming Stephanie for the production company and which debuted this week at the Overlook Film Festival. Goldsman is an Academy Award Winning writer for his work on A Beautiful Mind and has also scribed a wide range of films including the upcoming The Dark Tower, Angels & Demons, Batman and Robin, and A Time To Kill.
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'Odd Mom Out' Star Abby Elliott Dishes on Her Wedding to Writer Bill Kennedy

'Odd Mom Out' Star Abby Elliott Dishes on Her Wedding to Writer Bill Kennedy
Newlyweds!

Odd Mom Out star Abby Elliott dishes on her wedding to House of Cards writer Bill Kennedy in the latest issue of Martha Stewart Living.

Related: 7 Celebrity Couples' 'How We Met' Stories That Are Too Sweet To Believe

The 29-year-old Saturday Night Live alum married Kennedy at her childhood church in Connecticut last September, alongside a wedding party of 16 bridesmaids and groomsmen who were family members and close friends of the couple.

Abby wore a lace gown by Leanne Marshall, while Bill donned a blue custom Duca Sartoria suit.

In keeping with tradition, the duo didn't see each other until the ceremony. "We didn't have a first look, so the first time we saw each other was at the church," Elliott shares. "And he made sure not to talk to me before the wedding or before bed the night before."

But the wedding wasn't without a couple of funny moments, thanks to the
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Adam Sandler Films On Netflix Get Half A Billion Hours Of Views

  • LRM Online
"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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Carrie Fisher Helped Write Star Wars 8

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Carrie Fisher Helped Write Star Wars 8
Star Wars Celebration in Orlando kicked off last week with an epic panel that celebrated the franchise's 40th Anniversary. It included a heartwarming tribute to the late Carrie Fisher. The next day, LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy joined director Rian Johnson for the Star Wars: The Last Jedi panel, celebrating what will ultimately be one of Carrie Fisher's last movies. Both the LucasFilm president and director paid tribute to the late actress in their own way, and Rian Johnson revealed that she even helped him write the Last Jedi script.

During the first half of the panel, hosted by Josh Gad, fans got to see a number of The Last Jedi behind-the-scenes photos that were taken by Rian Johnson on the set, one of which featured Carrie Fisher in full costume, with her feet up on a desk between takes, alongside Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) and John Boyega (Finn). Josh Gad
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‘Sandy Wexler’ Review

Stars: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Hudson, Kevin James, Nick Swardson, Terry Crews, Rob Schneider | Written by Adam Sandler, Dan Bulla, Tim Herlihy, Paul Sado | Directed by Steve Brill

Sandy Wexler is the latest Netflix original film from comedian/actor Adam Sandler – part of his four picture deal with the streaming service – and tells the story of the titular character: a talent manager working in Los Angeles in the 1990s who diligently represents a group of eccentric clients on the fringes of show business. His single-minded devotion is put to the test when he falls in love with his newest client, Courtney Clarke (Jennifer Hudson), a tremendously talented singer who he discovers at an amusement park.

If there’s one thing I can count on from my fellow movie bloggers, it’s their intense disdain for the films of Adam Sandler; in particular those made as part of Sandler’s Netflix deal.
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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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Sandy Wexler Review

For years, having Adam Sandler’s name associated with a project has served as a kind of warning label for those who tired of his man-child schtick back in the late 1990s. Yet, despite the significant hate often lobbed Sandler’s way, he just keeps on cranking out one lowbrow comedy after another, wringing every last bit of fan goodwill with each painfully unfunny punchline. Yet, miraculously, he’s not only kept working, but also managed to land a lucrative multi-picture deal with Netflix, a contract that was recently extended. In fact, the latest effort to come from the deal, Sandy Wexler, is currently threatening to invade your home at this very moment.

In the new film, Sandler plays the titular talent agent, a pathological liar and messy eater whose fledgling agency gets a big break when he discovers singer Courtney Clarke (Jennifer Hudson). Set in the mid-1990s, Sandy Wexler
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Newswire: Like the rest of us, Adam Sandler’s kids can’t get through his movies either

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There are good Adam Sandler movies (The Wedding Singer, Punch-Drunk Love, Reign Over Me, Funny People) and bad Adam Sandler movies (almost everything else). While his cinematic track record may be hit or miss, apparently Adam Sandler is having a hard time swaying the members of his own household to the positive side of his cinematic track record. His two daughters, Sadie and Sunny, are now old enough that they request his movies. But as Cinema Blend reports, Sandler told Ellen Degeneres when he appeared on her show last week that they don’t stick with them for very long:

I’ll put them on. Because they beg to see them. They’re like, “Please, it’s not fair! Let me watch your movies. Those people always yell things at you on the street. I don’t know what the heck they’re talking about.” So I show them the
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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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