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As you’ve hopefully been notified by a letter from the government, the interruption of news broadcasts, or a series of terrifying premonitions, this Friday sees the release of “Pixels,” in which aliens attack the Earth pretending to be '80s video game characters, for reasons surely scribbled on the back of a napkin by a screenwriter. It’s notable partly for being one of the more unpromising movies of the summer of 2015, but also because it is the seventh film in which Adam Sandler and Kevin James have paired up. Both are talented comic actors (Sandler is great in “Punch Drunk Love” and “Funny People,” and James is legitimately charming in “Hitch”) who’ve become to a certain audience a modern-day Hope and Crosby, thanks to movies like “Grown Ups,” “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry” and now this film, in which James plays the President (!) who enlists an »
- Jessica Kiang and Oliver Lyttelton
Criterion digitally restores this earlier release, a combination offering of Robert Siodmak’s 1946 film noir masterpiece The Killers paired with Don Siegel’s retro 1964 remake. Famed adaptations of Ernest Hemingway’s short story, both filmmakers take liberties with the original material to create aggressively different products. Siodmak’s version is not only the German ex-pat’s enduring masterpiece, it’s a definite cornerstone of classic American film noir. Though Siegel’s 60s rehash is considered tacky pastiche of the era, it’s brutal, hard boiled B-grade pulp, notable for its own significant instances.
Siodmak’s version arrived during a golden era of noir, premiering a year after WWII officially ended, with cinematic masculine representation on the eve of an overhaul as method acting would soon reign supreme. Hemingway’s spare story gets a face life from Anthony Veiller (The Stranger; Night of the Iguana), using the murder as a jumping »
- Nicholas Bell
Eva Mendes is spilling her secrets! Mendes hosted a Facebook Q &A on Wednesday, where fans could ask and share beauty and fitness tips. So, if you want glowing skin like the mother of Ryan Gosling's child... For instance, as far as staying healthy goes, Mendes says, "Drinking warm water and lemon every morning before my coffee and staying hydrated all day long really helps me stay healthy and helps my skin look its best." And when the day is over, the Hitch star recommends a simple solution for removing your makeup: "Coconut oil on a damp washcloth." 1. Be Consistent in Your Workout: Mendes isn't one who will be in the gym every day, but writes, "I do »
Ryan Gosling hasn't always been considered a heartthrob! The "Drive" star recently chatted with The Daily Telegraph while promoting his directorial debut, "The Lost River," where he opened up about his days before hitting it big. Ryan appeared on "The Mickey Mouse" club in the '90s when he was just a kid, alongside fellow soon-to-be stars like Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Keri Russell. A video from Gosling's "Mickey Mouse" days recently hit the web, which showed off the Canadian native's hilarious dance moves. "If you watch those videos, you see how you might want to take the confidence out of that kid a little bit," Gosling joked. "I’ve always been a little more confident than my talent warranted: ‘fake it ’til you make it’ philosophy." The 34-year-old's passion for dance didn't do him any favors in high school, though -- the girls he went to school with »
- tooFab Staff
Eva Mendes is the face of Estée Lauder's 'New Dimension' line. The 41-year-old actress stuns in the beauty brand's latest campaign which promises users a ''positive transformation'' with the help of two new products. Jane Hertzmark Hudis, the company's global brand president said of the line - which consists of the New Dimension Shape + Fill Expert Serum and the New Dimension Expert Liquid Tape: ''Women have many dimensions. The new vision of beauty goes beyond skin to the whole face. ''The notion of structure and volume being the new beauty and wanting to look good from every angle are big ideas in our industry. It's not about problem-solution, it's about positive transformation.'' The 'Hitch' star is a huge fan of Estée Lauder's products and swears by the collection - which also features two new contouring compacts, the Shape + Sculpt Face Kit and the Shape + Sculpt Eye Kit »
“These guys can not be my groomsmen. It looks like the entire cast of Goonies grew up and became rapists!”
When Jim Batts reviewed The Wedding Ringer here at We Are Movie Geeks, he wrote: “…….First time feature director Jeremy Garelik tries to give the flick a frenzied pace by quickly cutting in for close-ups constantly, which never exhilarates, but merely exhausts the viewer. Every bit of business is hammered home, with little room for characterization. Subtlety? No way! No time! Got to get to the next big “gut-buster”…..(read all of Jim’s review Here)
I didn’t see The Wedding Ringer when it played theatrically, but after catching up with it on Blu-ray, I’d have to say I liked it a bit better than Jim did, but of course I watched it at home as opposed to a theater full of people who may or may have not been laughing. »
- Tom Stockman
When you mix #FlashbackFriday and National Sibling Day, you are blessed with gifts from the Internet that you never thought you could imagine. Eva Mendes is just one of many celebs to celebrate how grateful she is for having siblings, and she honored Friday's holiday by posting an epic throwback photo of herself hanging out with her sisters. The hair, the outfits, the accessories, the hair...everything makes this photo so perfect. "Big sisters rule. #NationalSiblingDay," she captioned the pic. While big sisters definitely rule, we have to say the Hitch actress' mullet is the real winner of this picture. Then again, both of her sisters are rocking some seriously awesome hair. Even though »
The new deal will see the company not only produce new projects for Sony, but also see James headline a new sitcom for them. In addition, the deal also continues James’ association with Columbia Pictures, who has a similar first-look deal with the comedian through to 2017.
Television is where James got his first big break in hit series King of Queens, which ran from 1998-2007, and led to his first big-screen breakout role opposite Will Smith in 2005 smash-hit comedy Hitch. James became a producer on King of Queens and formed his company in 2007 with partner and manager Jeff Sussman.
James is soon to return to the big-screen later this month with comedy sequel Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, which opens on April 17th in the UK and Us, »
- Scott J. Davis
Eva Mendes is really starting to understand what is means to be a mother! The actress recently opened up to Extra's Aj Calloway, where she revealed how being a mother has made her appreciate her own mom more and how she keeps boyfriend Ryan Gosling happy. "Now I understand so much, my mother’s never gotten more 'I love you so much mommy' texts, I mean, randomly… ya, I get it now," the "Hitch" star confessed about parenting. While Mendes and Gosling welcomed their first child together, Esmeralda, last September, the new parents are only starting to get used to the sleep schedule of their 6-month-old baby. "But you never know, right, something random can happen and she’s just suddenly not sleeping through the night and you’re like, wait, I thought we were sleeping through the night, what’s up?!," she joked. "Why does it always happen at »
- tooFab Staff
Keeping the love alive! Eva Mendes regularly stuns on Hollywood red carpets in flirty skirts and figure-hugging dresses, and she keeps her style on point even when she gets to the comfort of her own home. Asked in a new interview with Extra whether she ever gets cozy in her house in a pair of sweatpants, the Hitch actress looked flabbergasted and repeated "No, no, no!" "Sweatpants, no, no, no, no," Mendes, 41, stressed. "No, no, you can't do sweatpants. Ladies, number one cause of divorce in America [...] »
Yesterday, Sony Pictures finally released the first official teaser trailer for their upcoming Chris Columbus-directed film Pixels, which stars Adam Sandler (Happy Gilmore), Peter Dinklage (Game Of Thrones), Michelle Monaghan (Mission: Impossible 3), Kevin James (Hitch), Josh Gad (Frozen), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), and Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars) in key roles. While most of the stars were seen in the trailer, one notable absence was Ashley Benson, who is slated to play a video game character brought to life in the film, but after a more thorough examination, it seems her perceived exclusion in the trailer may have been a little more deliberate than not. If you had a keen eye, you may have spotted this Easter Egg yesterday, but if you were one of the many that didn't catch it, scroll down to the bottom of this article, play the trailer, and skip ahead to around the 1:38 mark. »
In this week’s instalment of our series tracking the global box office …
• Sony fails to weaponise Neill Blomkamp’s robot parable
• American Sniper becomes top Us film of 2014
• Strong Chinese opening gives Jupiter Ascending consolation prize
Improved news for our slightly shopworn fresh prince, as Will Smith and Warner’s con caper Focus jumps to the global top spot, expanding from 32 to 50 territories. A flush of No 1 openings – in Mexico, Italy, Australia and Argentina – bolster the theory that Smith’s primary constituency these days is overseas. More specifically, it’s developing economies that are clinging, as with many an ageing A-lister, to the Men in Black star: openings are up from 2005’s romcom Hitch (the comparison point used last week) in Argentina (Focus: $641K; Hitch: $154K), Czech Republic (Focus: $58K; Hitch: $34K) and Slovakia (Focus: $53K; Hitch: $10K); Russia, in its second week, »
- Phil Hoad
Eva Mendes is loving motherhood! The actress shows off her incredible post-baby body on the April cover of Women's Health magazine, where she opens up about her baby girl, Esmeralda, and shares some of her diet and mental health secrets. Just six months ago, the brunette beauty and boyfriend Ryan Gosling welcomed their first child together ... and while she's dealing with the normal struggles of raising a newborn, Mendes says she's enjoying every second of it. "I'm actually enjoying the sleepless nights because it's bonding with my little girl," she tells the mag. But don't ask the "Hitch" star for parenting advice, she's still trying to figure it all out herself! "I don't feel like I've really earned the right [to dish parenting advice]," she admits. "I want to respect all the moms out there. They're going to be like, 'You know what? You're a few months in. Just shut up.'" The 41-year-old »
- tooFab Staff
The narrative going into this weekend was that "Focus" would mark a comeback of sorts for Will Smith. His first lead role since the career stumbling block two years ago that was "After Earth," "Focus" was supposed to be an easy lay-up for Smith, a sleek, star-powered caper comedy that would face little competition in the doldrums of February. Pundits predicted a debut in the low $20 millions.
Nonetheless, when the snow flurries cleared on Sunday, "Focus" hadn't even crossed $20 million; estimates had the film's weekend premiere scoring just $19.1 million. That's the first time, since Smith's Oscar-baiting prestige drama "Seven Pounds" in 2008, that he's failed to crack $20 million on an opening weekend. (Even "After Earth" pulled off a $27.5 million debut.)
With two relative flops in a row (three if you count his rare supporting role in last year's "Winter's Tale"), it's officially time for pundits to start wondering if Smith has »
- Gary Susman
Will Smith, star of numerous blockbusters over the course of his career, re-established his box office draw, as his latest feature Focus won the box office over the weekend, finishing with $19.1 million. The film marks Smith’s first prominent role since 2013’s After Earth, as he has been largely absent from the big screen since then, save for minor roles in Anchorman 2 and A Winter’s Tale. This is also Smith’s first no. 1 opening weekend since 2012’s Men in Black 3, adding to a number of commercial successes to the star’s credit in a filmography that includes Independence Day, Wild Wild West, and Hitch.
Barring the entry of Focus in the top spot, the weekend’s top 3 remained unchanged, as Kingsman: The Secret Service and The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water held on to the second and third spot respectively, finishing with a difference of less than a million, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Every movie star is a con artist of sorts, seducing audiences into forking over millions by adopting a character bigger than him- or herself. But what to do when the streak falters? Will Smith made his film debut as a high-society scammer in “Six Degrees of Separation,” and now, a bit more than 21 years later, he’s back at the hustle in “Focus,” a sexy sleight-of-hand caper that feels small-time by the tentpole king’s standards, though a solid opening ought to prove Smith’s ongoing drawing power — and that there is life after the commercial debacle of 2013’s “After Earth.” Lithely directed by the duo responsible for “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” this suave if quick-to-dissipate divertissement shrewdly recasts the star in the George Clooney mold — a good look for the next stage of Smith’s career.
With the rare exception of 2005’s hit “Hitch,” romance hasn’t really been Smith’s bag. »
- Peter Debruge
The 2013 M. Night Shyamalan sci-fi film starred both Will and his son Jaden Smith, and was one of the actor's box office bombs, grossing only $243 million globally ($27 million on opening weekend) on a $130 million production budget. When you compare this to his other films -- Hancock made $624 million while Hitch made $368 million-- it's easy to see why Smith saw this as a "failure."
News: The 11 Weirdest Things Willow and Jaden Smith Told 'The NY Times'
He even tells Esquire magazine that the negative reviews of After Earth were more of a blow for him than Wild Wild West, which made a meager $57 million on a reported $170 million budget. At least After Earth made a $113 million profit!
The comment, in an interview with Esquire, came after the reporter referenced a “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” quote from Smith’s TV aunt, who advised his character on an episode, “Don’t let success go to your head and success go to your heart.”
“That was a valuable lesson for me a few years ago with ‘After Earth,'” Smith said. “That was the most painful failure in my career.”
The Sony/Columbia pic, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, made $27 million on opening weekend and grossed a global $243 million on a reported production budget of $130 million. In comparison, in 2008, “Hancock,” the Smith-starring fantasy drama from Sony/Columbia, raked in $624 million globally and made $62 million on opening weekend. His rom-com “Hitch” made $368 globally and $43 million on opening weekend. »
- Lisa Schulz
"Eight out of ten women believe that the first kiss will tell them everything they need to know about the relationship" -- that’s where Hitch comes in.
It’s hard to believe it's been ten years since we first learned the rules of dating. Back in 2005, Et’s Kevin Frazier had the terrible assignment of flying to Hawaii to sip tropical drinks with the film’s stars, including Will Smith, Kevin James, and Eva Mendes.
"I was trying to create the comedy in a way that it would be strong, and powerful, and still funny – but not getting tender with it," Smith told Et.
The rom-com had some hilarious moments, like Eva Mendes getting kicked in the head on a jet ski, a stunt she did on her own.
"It was actually my first real stunt in water," said Mendes »
Eva Mendes has launched her own makeup brand. The 'Hitch' actress is the new creative director and face of Circa, a cosmetics label from Measa Group which is set to go on sale in 3,000 Walgreens stores across the Us later this month. The brunette beauty - who welcomed a daughter, Esmeralda, with her partner Ryan Gosling in September last year - has designed the beauty line to target the Hispanic market, but insists the collection is suitable for a variety of skin tones and will ''service all types of ethnicities.'' The range will include over 133 shades of products from lip stains, foundations and cheek colours to mascara and eyeliner, which come in Old Hollywood-style gold packaging and retail from $8 to $15. The Cuban American actress said of the collection, which will also be available online at walgreens.com and drugstore.com: ''As a Latin woman, it was important »
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