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To celebrate the impending release of Grown Ups 2 on Blu-Ray and DVD on Monday 2nd December, we’re giving three lucky WhatCulture readers the opportunity to win a copy of the comedy film on Blu-Ray.
The boys are back! Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade return for a second gathering of childhood friends in the comedy Grown Ups 2, available December 2nd on Blu-ray™ and DVD with Ultraviolet™ from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Lenny (Sandler) has relocated his family back to the town in which he and his friends grew up and soon realises that he can try to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, but between old bullies, cops on skis and a group of rowdy local college kids, sometimes crazy follows wherever you go. The returning all-star cast also includes Salma Hayek (Here Comes the Boom, Frida), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids) and Maria Bello »
- Simon Gallagher
To mark the release on Grown Ups 2 on 2nd December, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
Lenny (Sandler) has relocated his family back to the town in which he and his friends grew up and soon realises that he can try to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, but between old bullies, cops on skis and a group of rowdy local college kids, sometimes crazy follows wherever you go. The returning all-star cast also includes Salma Hayek (Here Comes the Boom, Frida), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids) and Maria Bello (TV’s “Touch”), who are joined by NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, Nick Swardson (Jack and Jill), Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games) and Milo Ventimiglia (TV’s “Heroes”, upcoming Grace of Monaco).
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Indie triple-threat Thomas McCarthy previously brought attention to his upcoming drama The Cobbler in September by casting comedian Adam Sandler in the lead role. Now, he’s recruited two more big names for the film – Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman (Kramer vs. Kramer) and Golden Globe winner Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire) have both joined The Cobbler in supporting roles.
The Cobbler will center on a shoe repairman (Sandler) who gains access to a metaphysical plane and uses his newfound abilities to step into the lives of others, literally walking a mile in another person’s shoes. All further details on the plot and Hoffman’s role are being kept under wraps for now, but Buscemi will reportedly play a character by the name of Manny.
- Isaac Feldberg
TWC had argued that the MPAA’s ratings rule — that more than one “harsher, sexually derived word” used as an expletive automatically garners a film an R rating — was inappropriately applied in this case and that based on its subject matter and context, the film should be granted a more family-friendly PG-13.
TWC posting a teaser video last week starring Judi Dench’s M character from the James Bond films trying to get the MPAA to change the rating, then unveiled a full video Tuesday with Dench commanding co-star Steve Coogan to go to Los Angeles and “have a word” with the MPAA.
- Dave McNary
A second video in which the star of Philomena resurrects her James Bond character to fight the MPAA's restrictive rating of the Oscar contender has been released – and this time, she's joined by Steve Coogan
Last month the Weinstein Company issued a brief missive in which Judi Dench's M returns from the dead in an effort to persuade the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to drop its current R rating for the film. Now 007's spymaster appears to have recruited Steve Coogan, aka "Agent 002" to her cause.
The latter is charged with travelling to America in the hope of convincing MPAA chiefs to allow Philomena to carry a PG-13 rating instead. After initially confusing the body with "the little orange guys who »
- Ben Child
After posting a teaser video last week starring Judi Dench’s M character from the James Bond films trying to get the MPAA to change the R rating for “Philomena,” Funny Or Die has unveiled the full video that also features co-star Steve Coogan.
“I have an important mission for you. Are you familiar with MPAA or Ooompa?,” Dench asks Coogan, a suit-clad operative. After Coogan is assured that she’s not talking about Willy Wonka’s Oompa Loompas, she asks him, “We want you to go to L.A. and have a word with them” about getting the rating changed.
Coogan infers that by having a word, she means killing someone, and asks if while he’s in Hollywood, he should kill Adam Sandler. “Why Adam Sandler?” asks Dench. “Have you seen ‘Jack and Jill’”? Coogan parries. »
- Pat Saperstein
Recently, I wrote a piece asking you, the reader, if the failure of The Lone Ranger was possibly due to the general movie going publics inability to have fun nowadays. I described how this film made me reminisce about a day when movies such as this weren’t made for one demographic. They were made for the entire family to enjoy (Et for example). In short, I thought the movie was a ton of “theatrical fun.”
Quentin Tarantino apparently agrees with me, and I will take his assessment of a film over anyone who deems The Lone Ranger unworthy but can spend their hard earned cash on truly horrendous atrocities of film making like Michael Bay’s adaptation of the Transformers or any recent Adam Sandler outing.
I mean seriously, answer this question I have been asking myself for a long time now. How is it that films like Transformers: Rise of the Fallen, »
- Brad Lee
Directed by Rob Underhill.
Starring Mike Wiley.
Days after stepping off the train, 14-year-old Emmett Till from Chicago goes missing in Money, Mississippi. Later, the boy’s mutilated body is found in a river. Dar He is the story of William Bradford Huie of Look magazine as he interviews the residents of Money, as well as the two men acquitted of the crime, to find out what truly happened.
The film is based on a true story which shocked the American people and helped to mobilise the civil rights movement in the fifties.
When you read a synopsis like this, it would be understandable if you thought that this film would be an incredibly powerful tale with scenes that make you wince and characters that you can’t help but despise. Strangely enough, with such an important story, this film barely packs »
- Gary Collinson
Stars: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph, Maria Bello, Nick Swardson, Steve Buscemi, Tim Meadows, Jon Lovitz, Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Covert, Steve Austin, Milo Ventimiglia| Written by Fred Wolf, Adam Sandler, Tim Herlihy | Directed by Dennis Dugan
Adam Sandler is an actor we know very well. He’s been working in comedy for years, and years, and his films regularly do very well at the box office. Back in the 90’s Sandler was hot off the heels of his stint as a cast member of Saturday Night Live, and the films that followed were his best. Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer and Big Daddy all showed a talent that Sandler possessed as a leading man in silly comedy flicks.
- Chris Cummings
Anthony Stokes on recognition over quality, mediocrity and Last Vegas...
I can be pretty hard on certain movies and TV shows, which often leads to people saying "I don't think it's that bad" (see Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Amazing Spider-Man, Gangster Squad, The Expendables and Pacific Rim to name a few). These movies and TV shows irritate me more than say Jack and Jill or Battleship for one reason... Potential. I hate mediocrity. I prefer a train-wreck over mediocrity any day. While I hate Man of Steel and even considered walking out (it's not a bad movie per se, just not for me), I can say that I appreciated Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer reaching as high as they could and trying to make the best movie possible, instead of just sleepwalking through it. Whether or not they pulled it off is debatable, but they get respect from me »
- Gary Collinson
In his latest novella Jack and Jill, Kealan Patrick Burke continues to demonstrate his mastery of compact horror, delivering a quick little tale that packs a lasting emotional punch.
Horror is a genre in which it is a given that artists are going to explore subject matter that's considered taboo under most circumstances. Child abuse certainly falls into the taboo category, but Burke handles the subject with a sensitivity that underscores its seriousness. Yes, he's writing a story that's meant to entertain and engage, but he's not looking to exploit. Instead, Jack and Jill is an invitation to explore an uncomfortable situation that is an unfortunate reality for many, and to witness the far-reaching, devastating consequences such actions can have.
"Jack and Jill" are really John and Gillian, brother and sister. John is dead by the time the story starts, but his memory hangs heavily over the proceedings. Gillian is a grown woman now, »
- Blu Gilliand
Update: Taylor Swift (Valentine's Day, The Lorax) will join a growing cast of notables in The Giver. The 23-year old singer will play teenager Rosemary, who is the last to be mentored by The Giver before he meets Jonas (Brenton Thwaites, who plays Prince Phillip in the upcoming Maleficient). Meryl Streep will play Chief Elder. Katie Holmes (Jack and Jill), Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood), Odeya Rush (The Odd Life of Timothy Green), Cameron Monaghan (Prom), and Emma Tremblay round out the cast so far.
Nov. 7, 2012 - Salt director Phillip Noyce is in early talks to helm The Giver for producer and star Jeff Bridges, The Weinstein Company and Walden Media. Noyce also made the "Jack Ryan" action films Clear and Present Danger and Patriot Games and recently directed a couple of episodes of the ABC TV show "Revenge."
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
For a film that will only reportedly cost $25 million, Philip Noyce.s upcoming feature adaptation of Lois Lowry.s The Giver is looking to get every dollar.s worth from the talent involved. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Katie Holmes is set to join Academy Award winners Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges inv the film, a co-production from The Weinstein Company and Walden Media. Having recently taken a brief hiatus from acting, Holmes is now really getting back into it. It turns out being in the movie Jack and Jill doesn.t completely end anyone.s career. This is arguably the most high profile role as of late, given the near universal acclaim the source material has received since it was first released . With a screenplay that was most recently given a rewrite by playwright Michael Mitnick, The Giver tells the story of a young boy named Jonas (Brenton »
After a long run of diverse comedies over the past few years, it looks like Adam Sandler is looking to go serious once again. The Wrap has revealed that Sandler is in negotiations to star in Tom McCarthy’s indie drama The Cobbler.
Audiences can take a slight sigh of relief that Sandler is looking into serious acting once again, as it feels like far too long since we have really seen what the actor can do. Whilst his recent films such as Jack And Jill and That’S My Boy haven’t exactly wowed any critics they were all sizeable box office successes. However it definitely feels like the right time for Sandler to remind us all that he is a very talented actor, after all the last serious performance from him I can remember was in 2009′s criminally underrated Funny People.
The Cobbler is said to be Tom McCarthy »
- Ben Read
Among the list of A-list comics who occasionally turn to dramas, Adam Sandler is not quite up there with the likes of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey. Those actors arguably did finer jobs with serious roles than they did mugging for the camera (watch Good Will Hunting and The Truman Show for proof). But Adam Sandler has done terrific work as the dramatic anchor of Spanglish and Reign Over Me. Plus, his quixotic change of pace in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love is a career highlight.
Now, the actor may be turning back to dramas with a pinch of light comedy, as he is in talks to play the lead in The Cobbler, from indie darling Thomas McCarthy, writer/director of Win Win and The Station Agent. The role Sandler would play is of a shoe repairman who has the ability to, literally, walk a mile in other people »
- Jordan Adler
It’s easy to dismiss Adam Sandler with a wave of the hand; to cast him aside as the man who made Grown Ups, Jack and Jill, and Grown Ups 2. After all, he did make Grown Ups, Jack and Jill, and Grown Ups 2. But there’s a softer, gentler, legitimately talented side to Sandler that’s far more uncommon. This Bizarro-Sandler can be viewed in the film Punch-Drunk Love (and to a lesser extent, Reign Over Me, Spanglish, and Funny People). Now, the latest filmmaker to try and coax Sandler out of his shell (a shell that’s 15% deer urine and 85% Kevin James) is Thomas McCarthy, the man behind indie hits The Station Agent and The Visitor. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sandler is negotiating to star in McCarthy’s latest directorial outing, The Cobbler, playing a man who can “metaphysically step into the lives of the people whose shoes he repairs.” It »
- Adam Bellotto
Thomas McCarthy is directing the comedy, which follows a modern-day cobbler who has the meta-physical ability to enter the lives of the people whose shoes he repairs.
Thomas McCarthy was set to direct the Untitled Boston Globe Project, based on the true story of how the Boston Globe exposed the abuse of young boys in the Catholic Church, but now that project has been pushed into next year. The project, which we first reported on in April, is searching for a new studio home after DreamWorks dropped it, along with the lead actors.
Now that the dust has settled and the behemoth Tiff is in our rear-view mirror, the Ioncinema.com team are comparing notes, grading films and looking back at our personal experiences, our rapport with the films we saw and the characters that vividly remain with us. Among our favorite fest recaps, our discerning fivesome (Eric Lavallee, Jordan M. Smith, Nicholas Bell, Leora Heilbronn, Caitlin Coder) have created a Top 20 List of New Faces from the 2013 of up-and-coming actors and actresses (of all age demos) that stole some thunder in lead or supporting player roles. Here they are:
Unlike the characters of Emily and Tasha in Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto and Aron Gaudet & Gita Pullapilly’s Beneath the Harvest Sky, Zoe Levin‘s future is a a bright one. Respectively playing a teens suffering from suburban and country-setting ennui, in Palo Alto »
- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers
‘Insidious: Chapter 2′ box office: Horror movie has second best September debut ever — not taking inflation into account (photo: Barbara Hershey in ‘Insidious: Chapter 2′) As further evidence that moviegoers are sick and tired of sequels, James Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2, starring Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson, and veteran Barbara Hershey, took in $40.27 million this past weekend, September 13-15, at the North America box office according to weekend actuals found at Box Office Mojo. That’s more than three times the $13.27 million Wan’s Insidious collected in April 2011. How could that be? Well, James Wan’s Warner Bros.-distributed The Conjuring, starring Vera Farmiga and Insidious‘ Patrick Wilson, became a sleeper horror hit in mid-July, collecting an astounding — for a relatively low-budget horror movie — $41.85 million on its first weekend, ultimately cuming at $136 million in North America in addition to an excellent — once again, for a relatively low-budget horror movie — $135.2 million internationally. »
- Zac Gille
Over the weekend, Mexican comedy Instructions Not Included continued its incredible box office run, finishing in third place in only 717 theaters. The film, about an Acapulco playboy who’s forced to raise a daughter he didn’t know he had, has now grossed over $21 million, and thanks to its “A+” CinemaScore grade, it’s poised to surpass Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth as the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever in the U.S.
We sat down with Instructions’ writer/director/star Eugenio Derbez to get his perspective on its runaway success north of the border.
Entertainment Weekly: Well, you »
- Grady Smith
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