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Adam Sandler‘s voice work as Count Dracula was a big reason for the $47.5 million opening of Sony Animation’s “Hotel Transylvania 2.” The animated family sequel is the comic actor’s best debut ever and a record for a September opening. The win after a string of box-office misfires seems to prove the axiom true that Sandler performs better when he’s heard and not seen. The actor-producer’s recent disappointing live-action work includes this summer’s “Pixels.” That one, “Blended,” “Jack and Jill” and “That’s My Boy” have on average opened to a decent $23.4 million, but topped out at a so-so $73.4 million. »
- Todd Cunningham
“Hotel Transylvania 2” easily topped the weekend box office, sinking its teeth into an impressive $47.5 million, and providing a big win for star Adam Sandler and Sony Pictures, the studio behind the animated franchise.
Both had endured rough patches at ticket booths of late. Sandler, once among the most consistently commercial leading men in Hollywood, has suffered a series of flops like “Blended,” “That’s My Boy” and “Jack and Jill” that have inspired questions about his bankability. And Sony, which had its inner workings laid bare in last year’s hack attack by North Korea, was subjected to a summer that saw films like “Aloha” and Sandler’s video game comedy “Pixels” rejected by audiences. It has been on the upswing in recent weeks, fielding modest hits like “War Room” and “The Perfect Guy,” but this is the studio’s biggest opening since “22 Jump Street” debuted to $57 million in »
- Brent Lang
We're not saying Adam Sandler's 2011 comedy "Jack and Jill" is up there with early faves "Happy Gilmore" and "Billy Madison," but it certainly does not deserve all the hate constantly thrown at it. The film has been the butt of every bad movie joke practically since the poster premiered and it's about time we give it some respect. Razzies be damned! Despite its seemingly inane premise and utter ridiculousness, "Jack and Jill" is more than just bathroom humor and Sandler doing a silly accent in a wig. Here are 5 reasons "Jack and Jill" needs some love.
- Alana Altmann
Pixels, the latest film from Hollywood’s falling star, is another low-brow high-concept comedy that’s lazy, juvenile and simply not funny
Regular readers of these pages will know how loudly I kick and scream and bitch and moan whenever the subject of Woody Allen’s ongoing creative bankruptcy comes up, but the Woodster’s shortcomings in his hastening, deepening, darkening dotage are as nothing to those of Adam Sandler. Sandler reached the bottom of the bottom of the barrel long ago, yet he has always acted – and been remunerated – as if said destination were the summit of Everest. I skipped Woody’s latest, Irrational Man, mainly because life’s just too short, but for the benefit of my beloved readers I stood firm and intrepid on the battlefield and took the blunt force of Sandler’s latest fiasco full in the face. You’re welcome!
Pixels sits about where »
- John Patterson
Review by Stephen Jones
If nothing else, Tangerine achieves something I’ve been hoping to see for years; the film stars two transgendered characters, but the story isn’t About them being transgendered. Their gender identity isn’t their entire being, it doesn’t consume their entire lives, and isn’t the central inciting factor for the story told about them. That alone makes Sin-Dee and Alexandra two of the most realistic, fleshed out trans characters I’ve seen in a movie.
The movie as a whole could’ve done with a lot more of them. Both the characters and their actresses (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor, respectively) give their scenes a lot of energy and vibrancy, and it sort of dies off whenever they’re not on screen. Like whenever the cab driver’s story is the focus. I’m going to forget about the cab driver for a bit, »
- Movie Geeks
Dennis Dugan and Adam Sandler are a comedy dream team, according to the director himself. The two have worked together on a number of films, including Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, You Don't Mess With the Zohan, Grown Ups, Just Go with It, Jack and Jill and Grown Ups 2. Sandler has been slammed in the press after the poor performance of Pixels, which didn't meet box office expectations in its opening weekend and was savaged by critics and moviegoers alike. Dugan, however, has Sandler's back, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "How f--king dare anybody say that he's a s---ty [entertainer]!" Pixels is playing in 42 percent of the international marketplace, where it »
Adam "DJ Am" Goldstein helped revolutionize DJing before his tragic 2009 death, but his life was also filled with tragedy and depression. Kevin Kerslake examined Goldstein's rise and fall in the 2015 documentary As I Am: The Life and Times of DJ Am – and now fans can help fund the project's wide release through an Indiegogo campaign featuring numerous donator rewards from the DJ's personal collection.
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 has done it again. And by "it," we mean incite the wrath of movies critics everywhere. Pixels . his latest film under his Happy Madison production company . lost the top spot at the weekend box office to Ant-Man, currently sits at 18% from 104 reviews, and has taken a beating on social media. Despite this seeming failure of a film, however, Sandler has one person in his camp, Dennis Dugan, and he has some choice words for Sandler haters. Dugan directed Sandler in Happy Gilmore before reuniting with the actor for Big Daddy, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Grown Ups, You Don.t Mess With Zohan, Jack and Jill, and Grown Ups 2. In other words, he.s been hearing all the awful stuff critics have been saying about his films with Sandler for years. He.s garnered quite a bit of animosity, and in a recent interview with »
My, oh my, at one point Adam Sandler was a comedian that could do no wrong, at least in the eyes of the general moviegoing audience, but the stench has finally caught on and people are looking the other way. Sandler's films used to be easy $40 million openers and $100+ overall domestic releases, and he did manage as much in 2013 with Grown Ups 2, but other than that sophomoric effort it's been numbers like $14.2m (Blended), $13.4m (That's My Boy) and $25m (Jack and Jill) over the last few years and now Pixels, carrying an $88 million budget, can't even secure the top spot over the second weekend of a less-than-stellar Marvel release. Ant-Man takes the top spot again, dipping a rather hefty 56% for a second weekend $24.9 million, bringing its cume to $106 million. As for Pixels, it opened with $24 million and a "B" CinemaScore. I guess there is a shelf life for subpar comedy, »
- Brad Brevet
Despite near universal scorn from the critics, Adam Sandler's latest comedy "Pixels" (Sony), his first release since announcing a four-film production and playoff deal with Netflix, topped Friday's grosses with a $9.2 million take. Overall, the Top Ten totaled around $46 million, on par with the same weekend last year. It's a glass half-full/half-empty win for "Pixels." On the plus side, apart from its one-day victory, Sony is reporting about $22 million yesterday in 56 foreign markets (about 40% of the world), with huge numbers in Latin America and mainly equal with "Ant-Man" openings in Europe. The number domestically is also in the same $9 million range as his "Jack and Jill" and "Just Go With It" among his other lead roles in the last five years, double last year's "Blended" and the earlier "That's My Boy," lagging behind only "Grown Ups 2" ($16.3 million) since 2010. Less encouraging for »
- Tom Brueggemann
'Pixels' movie with Adam Sandler. 'Pixels' movie weekend box office: Adam Sandler vs. 'Ant-Man' Despite its underwhelming domestic box office debut last weekend, Marvel's Ant-Man may turn out to be the winner in North America this weekend (July 24–26, '15) thanks to another underwhelming debut: that of the Adam Sandler Pixels movie. According to weekend box office projections found at Variety, the Chris Columbus-directed Pixels is expected to open with $25 million from 3,723 locations – following a $10 million Friday take (including $1.5M from Thursday previews). If so, that'll place Adam Sandler's latest lowbrow comedy – now in 3D – on a par with Sandler domestic disappointments like Jack and Jill and Funny People. Deadline.com, for its part, is expecting $27-$28 million by Sunday evening. Sat., July 25, update: According to studio box office estimates, Pixels underperformed on Friday, taking in $9.2 million. That's below figures for Jack and Jill and, adjusted for »
- Zac Gille
Don’t be fooled by the posters: like most Sandler films Pixels is a casually sexist, awkwardly structured, bro-centric comedy, starring some of Sandler’s buddies
The posters for Pixels are alluring, with characters from classic arcade games hovering over some of the world’s major cities. The most eye-catching one boasts a giant Pac-Man, mouth wide open, devouring San Francisco. What these adverts fail to get across is that Pixels is an Adam Sandler movie. Pity the poor souls who go into the comedy blockbuster thinking they’ve signed up to watch The Lego Movie by way of Independence Day. They’ll be disappointed.
Being a Sandler movie from the actor’s own Happy Madison Productions (responsible for dreck like Jack and Jill and Paul Blart: Mall Cop), Pixels is a casually sexist, awkwardly structured, bro-centric comedy, starring some of Sandler’s buddies. The only difference this time is »
- Nigel M Smith
Adam Sandler is on a roll — in the worst way possible. “Pixels” marks his latest dud, which is not only being bashed by critics, it may very well land at the box office with a resounding thud. Sony’s $85 million investment has been downgraded from making an expected $58 million splash opening weekend to a $25 million crash. A 16 percent approval rating from critics counted, so far, on Rotten Tomatoes won’t help much. With a steady string of recent misfires including “The Cobbler,” “Blended,” “Grown-Ups 2,” “That’s My Boy” and “Jack and Jill,” neither will Sandler’s reputation, or that »
- Greg Gilman
Nope. Chris Columbus appears to be at war with the Happy Madison team at almost every moment in this film, and unfortunately, inertia eventually wins. By now, you have to be aware of the premise for the film. Sony has done a tremendous job of selling the idea. Aliens, after being exposed to our video games from the '80s, have decided to invade the Earth, seeing the games as a challenge of war. They send those familiar game icons against us, and three former arcade champions are forced to defend the Earth using their arcade skills. Fine. I have no problem with the idea. I even like the basic character set-up. These arcade champions, treated like young gods in the opening flashback of the film, all find themselves adrift as adults. Brenner (Adam Sandler) is working on the movie's version of the Geek Squad from Best Buy. Ludlow (Josh Gad »
- Drew McWeeny
The thought of an Adam Sandler movie in which he battles video game characters from the 80s didn’t exactly set my heart spinning. But that is exactly what we have in Pixels, and when I say it is at least better than 99% of his recent dreary comedies of the past decade (Jack And Jill, That’s My Boy, Grown Ups 1 and 2, The Cobbler, Blended, etc etc) or so, it may be minor praise but what do you want from an obvious kids’ summer time-waster like this? If I were 10 years… »
While certainly nowhere near as excruciating as other Adam Sandler/Happy Madison Productions like, say, the Grown Up movies, That's My Boy or Jack and Jill (not to mention The Ridiculous Six, most likely), I didn't really care for 2012's Hotel Transylvania. It was too noisy, busy, heartless and overtly juvenile for my tastes. But like many points in my life, I'm in the minority because lots of people saw it and now we got a sequel, Hotel Transylvania 2, which just got a new trailer. The Drac Pack is back, although we now find ourselves some years later. Dracula (Sandler) is now a grandfather to his daughter Mavis' (Selena Gomez) son Dennis, although the child is well into his toddler years and still hasn't formed in vampire traits. Worried he won't come into his potential, he and his fellow Pack members Frank (Kevin James), Wayne (Steve Buscemi), Murray (Keegan-Michael Key, »
- Will Ashton
Stuntman, actor and dead-ringer to Hardy, Jacob Tomuri shared snaps of himself with the 37-year-old star on his Instagram page after completing scenes for George Miller's fourth instalment of the post-apocalyptic drama.
So proud of this guy. Never scared to bring something new. Brilliant man. Brilliant Actor. #madmaxfuryroad #tomhardy #jacobtomuri #stuntdouble
A photo posted by Jacob Tomuri (@jaketomuri) on May 14, 2015 at 6:11pm Pdt
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On Set ! !!!! Rosie Mac Official Daenerys Double for #GameOfThrones Season 5
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It’s also a weird sort of time travel, at least for me. I figure that I’m about the same age as Sally, the oldest daughter in Don Draper’s (i.e. Hamm’s) family, so I’m watching events I lived through, but from the perspective of my parents, if they were stunningly beautiful, not Jewish, lived in New York, and worked in advertising in the 1960s.
In the ten fictional years since the show started, we’ve watched the turbulent 1960s from the point of view of successful, media-savvy adults, mostly men. We saw Kennedy get elected and assassinated. We saw the Civil Rights movement and Woodstock. We saw Americans land on the moon.
This season, it’s 1970. And »
- Martha Thomases
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