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The Longest Yard

21 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

A surprisingly faithful remake of the well-regarded 1974 prison pigskin movie, The Longest Yard trades Burt Reynolds for Adam Sandler and goes for the broader attack with generally pleasing results.

First, however, you have to be willing to buy Sandler as a former pro football player -- an MVP no less -- and while he's been convincing in the past as a waterboy and even a hockey player turned-golfer, this one's a taller order.

Get beyond that, and you'll likely be amused by this genial action comedy, even as you're reminded how perfectly cast the top-of-his-game Reynolds was in the Robert Aldrich-directed original.

For Sandler fans who haven't exactly been thrilled with some of his more grown-up choices of late, like Spanglish, his latest marks a return to the kind of vehicle that scores big points at the boxoffice while still showcasing the comedian in a more mature light.

He manages to get the smart-ass part down cold as Paul Crewe, a washed-up quarterback who was booted from the league for his part in a point-shaving scandal. After a drunken joyride in his demanding girlfriend's (Courteney Cox) Bentley (it was a much cooler Maserati in the original) escalates into a messy police pursuit, Crewe lands in a scary Texas prison.

There, he not only has to contend with taunting inmates who regard point shaving as shamefully un-American, but also a sadistic guard (William Fichtner) and an egotistical warden (James Cromwell ably filling Eddie Albert's shoes), who methodically persuades Crewe to put together a football team made up of his fellow convicts.

With some expert facilitating from Caretaker (Chris Rock, cracking wise) and some seasoned coaching from an old-timer (Reynolds in the Nate Scarborough role), Crewe turns his motley crew into the aptly named Mean Machine, ready to take on the prison guards in a bone-crunching game to end all games.

Collaborating with Sandler once again after 50 First Dates and Anger Management, director Peter Segal works off of a script credited to Sheldon Turner that, more often than not, is a scene-for-scene copy of the original, right down to snatches of dialogue.

While Segal opts for a lighter touch and broader characterizations, the film occasionally struggles to find the right balance between reverence for the Reynolds version and adherence to the Sandler formula, but an agreeable pace and a colorful cast helps smooth out some of those bumps along the way.

Rock's in fine comic form, while hip-hop artist Nelly makes a natural transition to movies as the team's star running back. Taking a cue from the original, a number of the prison guards are played by such real-life gridiron players as Bill Romanowski and Brian Bosworth, while others are better known from the pro wrestling circuit, including Steve Austin, Kevin Nash and Bill Goldberg.

And Sandler's Spanglish co-star Cloris Leachman is a hoot as the warden's oversexed secretary, a part played in the original by a very young Bernadette Peters.

The Longest Yard

Paramount

Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures present a Happy Madison/MTV Films production in association with Callahan Filmworks

Credits:

Director: Peter Segal

Screenwriter: Sheldon Turner

Based on the film written by Tracy Keenan Wynn from a story by Albert S. Ruddy

Producer: Jack Giarraputo

Executive producers: Adam Sandler, Van Toffler, David Gale, Barry Bernardi, Allen Covert, Tim Herlihy, Michael Ewing, Albert S. Ruddy

Director of photography: Dean Semler

Production designer: Perry Andelin Blake

Editor: Jeff Gourson

Costume designer: Ellen Lutter

Music: Teddy Castelucci

Cast:

Paul Crewe: Adam Sandler

Caretaker: Chris Rock

Nate Scarborough: Burt Reynolds

Megget: Nelly

Warden Hazen: James Cromwell

Capn. Knauer: William Fichtner

Deacon Moss: Michael Irvin

Guard Lambert: Bill Romanowski

Battle: Bill Goldberg

Guard Garner: Brian Bosworth

Guard Engleheart: Kevin Nash

Guard Dunham: Steve Austin

Lynette: Cloris Leachman

Lena: Courteney Cox

MPAA rating PG-13

Running time -- 114 minutes »

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The Longest Yard

16 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

A surprisingly faithful remake of the well-regarded 1974 prison pigskin movie, The Longest Yard trades Burt Reynolds for Adam Sandler and goes for the broader attack with generally pleasing results.

First, however, you have to be willing to buy Sandler as a former pro football player -- an MVP no less -- and while he's been convincing in the past as a waterboy and even a hockey player turned-golfer, this one's a taller order.

Get beyond that, and you'll likely be amused by this genial action comedy, even as you're reminded how perfectly cast the top-of-his-game Reynolds was in the Robert Aldrich-directed original.

For Sandler fans who haven't exactly been thrilled with some of his more grown-up choices of late, like Spanglish, his latest marks a return to the kind of vehicle that scores big points at the boxoffice while still showcasing the comedian in a more mature light.

He manages to get the smart-ass part down cold as Paul Crewe, a washed-up quarterback who was booted from the league for his part in a point-shaving scandal. After a drunken joyride in his demanding girlfriend's (Courteney Cox) Bentley (it was a much cooler Maserati in the original) escalates into a messy police pursuit, Crewe lands in a scary Texas prison.

There, he not only has to contend with taunting inmates who regard point shaving as shamefully un-American, but also a sadistic guard (William Fichtner) and an egotistical warden (James Cromwell ably filling Eddie Albert's shoes), who methodically persuades Crewe to put together a football team made up of his fellow convicts.

With some expert facilitating from Caretaker (Chris Rock, cracking wise) and some seasoned coaching from an old-timer (Reynolds in the Nate Scarborough role), Crewe turns his motley crew into the aptly named Mean Machine, ready to take on the prison guards in a bone-crunching game to end all games.

Collaborating with Sandler once again after 50 First Dates and Anger Management, director Peter Segal works off of a script credited to Sheldon Turner that, more often than not, is a scene-for-scene copy of the original, right down to snatches of dialogue.

While Segal opts for a lighter touch and broader characterizations, the film occasionally struggles to find the right balance between reverence for the Reynolds version and adherence to the Sandler formula, but an agreeable pace and a colorful cast helps smooth out some of those bumps along the way.

Rock's in fine comic form, while hip-hop artist Nelly makes a natural transition to movies as the team's star running back. Taking a cue from the original, a number of the prison guards are played by such real-life gridiron players as Bill Romanowski and Brian Bosworth, while others are better known from the pro wrestling circuit, including Steve Austin, Kevin Nash and Bill Goldberg.

And Sandler's Spanglish co-star Cloris Leachman is a hoot as the warden's oversexed secretary, a part played in the original by a very young Bernadette Peters.

The Longest Yard

Paramount

Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures present a Happy Madison/MTV Films production in association with Callahan Filmworks

Credits:

Director: Peter Segal

Screenwriter: Sheldon Turner

Based on the film written by Tracy Keenan Wynn from a story by Albert S. Ruddy

Producer: Jack Giarraputo

Executive producers: Adam Sandler, Van Toffler, David Gale, Barry Bernardi, Allen Covert, Tim Herlihy, Michael Ewing, Albert S. Ruddy

Director of photography: Dean Semler

Production designer: Perry Andelin Blake

Editor: Jeff Gourson

Costume designer: Ellen Lutter

Music: Teddy Castelucci

Cast:

Paul Crewe: Adam Sandler

Caretaker: Chris Rock

Nate Scarborough: Burt Reynolds

Megget: Nelly

Warden Hazen: James Cromwell

Capn. Knauer: William Fichtner

Deacon Moss: Michael Irvin

Guard Lambert: Bill Romanowski

Battle: Bill Goldberg

Guard Garner: Brian Bosworth

Guard Engleheart: Kevin Nash

Guard Dunham: Steve Austin

Lynette: Cloris Leachman

Lena: Courteney Cox

MPAA rating PG-13

Running time -- 114 minutes »

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Turner hooks up 'Hitch'

15 February 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Turner Broadcasting will get first dibs on Hitch, the new Columbia Pictures film that will make its television debut in 2007. Rights to the Will Smith vehicle were snapped up by Turner just days after it bowed in theaters. Also coming to Turner from Sony Pictures in the deal are The Grudge and Spanglish. " 'Hitch' is a stellar romantic comedy with a top-notch cast," said Steve Koonin, executive vp and chief operating officer of TBS and TNT. "This high-profile acquisition, along with the acquisition of the horror hit 'The Grudge' and the critically acclaimed comedy drama 'Spanglish, ' represents Turner Broadcasting's continued commitment to providing our viewers with the very best entertainment and brightest stars Hollywood has to offer." Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Jonathan Katz, senior vp program planning and acquisitions at Turner, negotiated the agreement. »

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Sony Q3 gets boost from SPE

28 January 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- Entertainment and electronics giant Sony Corp. on Thursday reported a huge jump in its fiscal third-quarter earnings despite weakened revenue as strong film results offset weaker electronics group financials. Overall profit for the quarter was ¥143.8 billion ($1.4 billion), up more than 55% from ¥92.6 billion a year ago. Revenue, however, fell 7.5% to ¥2.15 trillion ($20.9 billion). One of the company's best-performing units was Sony Pictures Entertainment, with Spider-Man 2 and Seinfeld contributing to strong home video sales. Sony said 30 million units of the two titles were shipped worldwide. Recent theatrical releases The Grudge and Christmas With the Kranks also were financial successes, but Sony said Spanglish saw disappointing results. »

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Sony Q3 gets boost from SPE

28 January 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- Entertainment and electronics giant Sony Corp. on Thursday reported a huge jump in its fiscal third-quarter earnings despite weakened revenue as strong film results offset weaker electronics group financials. Overall profit for the quarter was ¥143.8 billion ($1.4 billion), up more than 55% from ¥92.6 billion a year ago. Revenue, however, fell 7.5% to ¥2.15 trillion ($20.9 billion). One of the company's best-performing units was Sony Pictures Entertainment, with Spider-Man 2 and Seinfeld contributing to strong home video sales. Sony said 30 million units of the two titles were shipped worldwide. Recent theatrical releases The Grudge and Christmas With the Kranks also were financial successes, but Sony said Spanglish saw disappointing results. »

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Screen Actors Guild Nominations Go Sideways

11 January 2005 | IMDb News

Perennial awards favorite Sideways dominated the Screen Actors Guild nominations with a field-best four nominations, including Best Ensemble Cast. The Alexander Payne comedy also nabbed three individual acting nominations as well for lead Paul Giamatti and supporting players Thomas Haden Church and Virginia Madsen, putting it just ahead of a number of films that received three nominations each, including The Aviator, Finding Neverland, Million Dollar Baby, and Hotel Rwanda; all those movies also earned Best Ensemble nominations alongside Ray and Sideways. Jamie Foxx was once again the actor of the hour, taking home three individual nominations for Ray, Collateral, and TV movie Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story as well as an Ensemble nod for Ray. Foxx was followed by Hilary Swank, who received two solo nominations, for Million Dollar Baby and HBO movie Iron Jawed Angels, and an Ensemble mention for Million Dollar Baby.

With their film nominations, the SAGs threw a number of new names into the awards season mix, including Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace), James Garner (The Notebook), Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland), Cloris Leachman (Spanglish), and Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda). A few noticeable absentees included Liam Neeson (Kinsey), Javier Bardem (The Sea Inside), and the entire cast of Closer, an actor-driven movie if there ever was one. On the TV side, familiar shows (The Sopranos, Everybody Loves Raymond, etc) rubbed elbows with a handful of newcomers, including Arrested Development and Desperate Housewives, and Patricia Heaton pulled a Hilary Swank of her own, getting two individual nominations for Everybody Loves Raymond and TV movie remake The Goodbye Girl as well as an Ensemble nomination for Raymond.

The SAGs will be handed out on Saturday, February 5. Here's the (very long) list of film and TV nominees:

FILM

Male Actor in a Leading Role: Don Cheadle, Hotel Rwanda; Johnny Depp, Finding Neverland; Leonardo DiCaprio, The Aviator; Jamie Foxx, Ray; Paul Giamatti, Sideways

Female Actor in a Leading Role: Annette Bening, Being Julia; Catalina Sandino Moreno, Maria Full of Grace; Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake; Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby; Kate Winslet, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Thomas Haden Church, Sideways; Jamie Foxx, Collateral; Morgan Freeman, Million Dollar Baby; James Garner, The Notebook; Freddie Highmore, Finding Neverland

Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Cate Blanchett, The Aviator; Cloris Leachman, Spanglish; Laura Linney, Kinsey; Virginia Madsen, Sideways; Sophie Okonedo, Hotel Rwanda

Ensemble Cast: The Aviator; Finding Neverland; Hotel Rwanda; Million Dollar Baby; Ray; Sideways

TELEVISION

Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Jamie Foxx, Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story; William H. Macy, The Wool Cap; Barry Pepper, 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story; Geoffrey Rush, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers; Jon Voight, Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Glenn Close, The Lion in Winter; Patricia Heaton, Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl; Keke Palmer, The Wool Cap; Hilary Swank, Iron Jawed Angels; Charlize Theron, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

Male Actor in a Drama Series: Hank Azaria, Huff; James Gandolfini, The Sopranos; Anthony LaPaglia, Without a Trace; Jerry Orbach, Law & Order; Kiefer Sutherland, 24

Female Actor in a Drama Series: Drea De Matteo, The Sopranos; Edie Falco, The Sopranos; Jennifer Garner, Alias; Allison Janney, The West Wing; Christine Lahti, Jack & Bobby

Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Jason Bateman, Arrested Development; Sean Hayes, Will & Grace; Ray Romano, Everybody Loves Raymond; Tony Shalhoub, Monk; Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men

Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Teri Hatcher, Desperate Housewives; Patricia Heaton, Everybody Loves Raymond; Megan Mullally, Will & Grace; Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex and the City; Doris Roberts, Everybody Loves Raymond

Ensemble in a Drama Series: 24; CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Six Feet Under; The Sopranos; The West Wing

Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Arrested Development; Desperate Housewives; Everybody Loves Raymond; Sex and the City; Will & Grace

LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: James Garner »

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