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If you don't count his voice acting in films like Hotel Transylvania, by most accounts, it has been a really long time since Adam Sandler has been a part of a great movie. Over the last year, Sandler has been pushing out films exclusively for Netflix as part of a four picture deal he and the streaming service worked out some time ago. And so far, the results haven't been great, at least in terms of quality. Though Netflix seems pretty happy with the viewership. His second Netflix original, The Do-Over has just hit Netflix in time for Memorial Day weekend, and it just might actually be worth your time, if you've had a couple of drinks already.
The Do-Over is the story of two old high school friends, Charlie McMillan (David Spade) and Max Kessler (Sandler), who haven't seen one another in a very long time and wind up »
“As we continue to grow our company, the family arena is of critical importance to Stx Entertainment and we are tremendously excited to have Adam Sandler and Happy Madison developing projects with us for the global animation market,” states Adam Fogelson, chairman of the Stx Entertainment Motion Picture Group. “Happy Madison is one of the most consistently successful and talented producers of family entertainment working in the business today. They have steadily been building this brand in this arena for years with the incredible success of the ‘Hotel Transylvania’ animated franchise. Adam already has some wonderful ideas about what he wants to develop with us and we look forward to working with him, Allen Covert and the entire Happy Madison team. »
- Gary Collinson
Not too long ago, Adam Sandler made the jump to more family friendly comedy that comedians have become known for. Though unlike some of his less successful contemporaries, Sandler actually made some decent money, as Hotel Transylvania and its sequel both crushed at the box office. Unsatisfied with merely one animated franchise in his canon, it looks like Adam Sandler is jumping into a fresh, animated franchise at an upstart studio. This announcement comes from The Wrap, which pegs Adam Sandler as writing, starring, and producing the untitled animated film for Stx Entertainment. His Happy Madison production company will be, of course, involved . which means that you can probably expect the usual suspects to start to board the mystery project as fellow cast members. No other details are available, except that relative newcomer Stx Entertainment is using this project to help broaden their programming slate for younger viewers. What's interesting »
Adam Sandler‘s last two animated features, Hotel Transylvania and its sequel, made over $825M combined at the worldwide box-office. They’re his two most financially successful films of the past decade. Sandler’s Happy Maddison Productions, founded in 1999, weren’t involved in the Hotel Transylvania pictures, but the actor and his production company are now working on a new animated feature for […]
- Jack Giroux
Adam Sandler and Happy Madison Productions have signed an overall deal to write, produce and star in a new Untitled Adam Sandler Animated Movie for Stx Entertainment, it was announced today by Adam Fogelson, Chairman of the Stx Entertainment Motion Picture Group. As part of the 12-15 motion pictures the studio will release each year, Stx is focused on creating multi-platform family franchises across film, television and digital. The company is currently developing a major animated motion picture based on the beloved Uglydoll toy brand.
The deal with Adam Sandler and Happy Madison will add another major animated project to Stx's growing portfolio of family targeted IP. Adam Sandler's last two animated blockbusters, Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2, have generated more than $825 million worldwide. Fogelson, who worked closely with Chris Meledandri's Illumination Entertainment on blockbusters including Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2, Minions, The Lorax and more, had »
The move would appear to be a natural fit given that Stx founder Bob Simonds produced a number of Sandler’s early films as the performer established his reputation.
Sandler’s track record in animation is impressive – far better than his live-action career that in recent years has been punctuated by flops, particularly in the Us.
He voices the lead in Sony’s Hotel Transylvania franchise and is riding high after the second entry opened last September and went on to gross $473m worldwide. The franchise has generated more than $830m worldwide.
Chairman of the Stx Entertainment Motion Picture Group Adam Fogelson called Happy Madison “one of the most consistently successful and talented producers of family entertainment working in the business today”.
Stx is developing an animated feature based on the Uglydoll »
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The film’s plot details are unknown at this time.
The deal with Sandler and Happy Madison will add another major animated project to Stx’s growing portfolio of family targeted IP. Sandler’s last two animated blockbusters, “Hotel Transylvania” and “Hotel Transylvania 2,” have generated more than $825 million worldwide.
“As we continue to grow our company, the family arena is of critical importance to Stx Entertainment and we are tremendously excited to have Adam Sandler and Happy Madison developing projects with us for the global animation market,” said Adam Fogelson, chairman of the Stx Entertainment Motion Picture Group.
“Happy Madison is one of the most consistently successful and talented producers of family entertainment working in the business today. They have steadily been building this brand »
- Justin Kroll
Adam Sandler and his Happy Madison Productions are set to make an untitled family animated project at Stx Entertainment. The Saturday Night Live alum has a long-standing working relationship with Stx chairman and CEO Robert Simonds; together they’ve made eight films with Sandler in the lead role: Airheads, Billy Madison, Bulletproof, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, Big Daddy and Little Nicky. Sandler's Hotel Transylvania toon franchise which spans two… »
Netflix isn't the only one Adam Sandler is working for now as the comedian and his Happy Madison Productions label have signed on to write, produce and star in a new untitled animated project for Stx Entertainment.
The company is currently developing an animated motion picture based on the beloved Uglydoll toy brand, this will Not be that but it is expected to be a family targeted IP. Sandler's two "Hotel Transylvania" films have generated more than $825 million worldwide.
Adam Fogelson, Chairman of the Stx Entertainment Motion Picture Group, says in a statement: "As we continue to grow our company, the family arena is of critical importance to Stx Entertainment and we are tremendously excited to have Adam Sandler and Happy Madison developing projects with us for the global animation market. Happy Madison is one of the most consistently successful and talented producers of family entertainment working in the business today. »
- Garth Franklin
Back in October 2014, comedian/actor Adam Sandler signed an unprecedented deal with Netflix, with the actor set to develop, star in and produce four movies for the streaming service. The first movie in this pact was the Western comedy The Ridiculous Six, and earlier this year, we learned that the second movie would be The Do-Over, arriving May 27. Today we have the final red band trailer for this comedy, which features plenty of R-rated language, so be sure to watch at your own risk. We also have six new photos to check out as well.
The life of a bank manager is turned upside down when a friend from his past manipulates him into faking his own death and taking off on an adventure. Adam Sandler plays Max, re-teaming with his old Saturday Night Live pal David Spade as Charlie, two life-long friends who are about to give their mundane »
Angry Birds, which won the weekend at the North American box office with an estimated $39 million opening, came to theaters thanks to a production collaboration between Sony and Finnish video game developer Rovio, which created the wildly-popular Angry Birds mobile game franchise on which the CG-animated movie is based. To helm the film that reveals why the birds are so angry, the two companies brought on two first-time directors, Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis. Reilly, who has worked as a storyboard artist on such films as Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballls,
- Carolyn Giardina
Sony Animation’s The Angry Birds Movie flew to the top spot at the North America box office this weekend. The movie adaptation of the popular mobile phone game easily beat out a pair of R-rated flicks making their debut -Neighbors 2 and The Nice Guys-, both which opened to underwhelming numbers.
Business was down approximately 10% from one year ago at this time when Tomorrowland led a weak Memorial Day weekend with $33 million in its first three days. Business should pick up somewhat next weekend when X-Men: Apocalypse and Alice Through the Looking Glass arrive for the 2016 Memorial Day weekend.
Despite critics flipping it The Bird, The Angry Birds Movie swooped into 3,932 theaters this weekend where it collected an estimated $39.4 million. The movie also collected $55 million from overseas markets, where it opened last weekend. Ticket buyers enjoyed the new animated comedy. They gave the movie an “A+” rating on CinemaScore, »
As The Angry Birds Movie prepares to catapult into cinemas this Friday, we caught up with Irish director and animation supremo Fergal Reilly to talk about his directorial debut. A native of Hunterstown, outside Ardee in Co. Louth, Reilly has worked extensively behind the scenes as a story board artist on some of our favourite animations from Space Jam to The Iron Giant, Hotel Transylvania to Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, as well as adventures in live action with Stuart Little 2 and Spiderman 2, to name but a few. He tells us what drew him to The Angry Birds Movie with co-helmer Clay Kaytis, the challenges involved in adapting one of the world's most successful mobile games, what cartoons inspired his love of animation and the highlights so far in his twenty year career in Los Angeles. Check it out below.. Synopsis: The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, »
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In news coming out of Cannes, it has been announced that The Weinstein Company has acquired the international rights to animated film The Guardian Brothers.
Deadline is reporting that the film, which was released in China earlier in the year as The Little Door Gods, is set to have an eclectic voice-cast including Oscar winners Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins) and Nicole Kidman (The Secret in their Eyes) as well as Mel Brooks (Hotel Transylvania) and Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming).
On the deal, Harvey Weinstein said: “I’ve loved working with our Beijing partners Light Chaser Animation. I’m determined to build our animation division for film and television. This is going to be a huge area for our company and The Guardian Brothers is just the beginning of our plan to bring the caliber of film associated with TWC to animation.”
Gary Wang, the film’s director, also said: “We »
- Scott J. Davis
Veteran marketing executive Jamie Stevens is joining Sony Pictures as executive VP of worldwide consumer products.
She will report to Josh Greenstein, president of worldwide marketing and distribution, and oversee the motion picture group’s global consumer products and licensing team. She will lead efforts to expand and capitalize on product and licensing opportunities from existing and new intellectual property, including film franchises like “Ghostbusters,” “Jump Street,” “Hotel Transylvania” and “Smurfs.”
Sony’s rebooted “Ghostbusters,” starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, opens on July 15. “Smurfs: The Lost Village” launches on April 17 and “Hotel Transylvania 3” is set for a 2018 opening. Sony is developing “Mib 23” as a crossover of “Jump Street” and “Men in Black” franchises and a female-led “Jump Street” spinoff.
“Growing our consumer products business is a major initiative, and Jamie is the perfect talent to help us take advantage of our huge potential in the marketplace,” said Greenstein.
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Fergal Reilly, who is making his directorial debut co-helming The Angry Birds Movie, has signed with UTA. The Irishman is a longtime storyboard artist with credits including Hotel Transylvania, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and its sequel, Spider-Man 2 as well as head of story at Sony Pictures Animation. As a storyboard supervisor, he has developed projects with Jon Favreau and Richard Linklater and is among the rare breed of story artists who have… »
Back in October 2014, comedian Adam Sandler signed a groundbreaking deal with Netflix to produce and star in four new movies exclusively for the streaming service. The first movie to come out of this deal was the Western comedy The Ridiculous Six. Last month, we learned that the second movie is The Do-Over, with the streaming service releasing a brief teaser trailer. Today we have the first full trailer for this comedy, which sheds new light on the story.
In The Do-Over, Adam Sandler plays "Max" and David Spade plays "Charlie," old friends tired of their mundane lives who reunite at their 25th high school reunion for the ultimate mulligan: they decide to wipe the slate clean for a do­-over. After faking their deaths and assuming new identities, could their lives be better the second time around? The comedy is set for release on Netflix Friday, May 27, just in time »
This year's CinemaCon convention is now over and yielded many stories this past week as announcements of all kinds were made. Some of them however were small bits, information brief enough that it doesn't justify a full article. That's what this is for, here's some of the talked about minor stories from the convention.
The first footage from Justin Kurzel's film adaptation of the video game played to rave reaction. The Wrap has a mini-review: "Fassbender shows fantastic economy as a ninja warrior, tortured soul and lean-muscled, bare-chested movie star all in one. Gorgeous, soaring set pieces... ripped almost exactly from the Sci-Fi meets Renaissance aesthetic of the game. Battle sequences, costumes and a fierce Kanye West track were all top-notch in the incomplete clip."
Keanu Reeves was on hand to talk up "John Wick: Chapter 2" opening early next year and suggested to »
- Garth Franklin
Don't have plans for Memorial Day? That's okay, Netflix has you covered! The streaming giant has just announced Memorial Day weekend as the launching date for their second original Adam Sandler movie following The Ridiculous 6. They've also released a short trailer teasing some of the big action and even bigger laughs that will be on display in this riff on 80s TV classic Magnum P.I.
The life of a bank manager is turned upside down when a friend from his past manipulates him into faking his own death and taking off on an adventure in The Do Over! Netflix surprised everyone when they dropped this first look footage out of the blue, proving that they have one hot summer lined up. The Do Over will hit the worldwide streaming giant on Friday, May 27.
In a newly created position, Lionsgate has named Michael Fisk as Executive Vice President of International Marketing. Fisk spent 12 years at Sony Pictures where he oversaw the marketing campaigns for the 007 series Spectre, Skyfall and Casino Royale, as well as Insidious, the Resident Evil franchise and the animated hits Hotel Transylvania and The Smurfs. In his new post, Fisk will be responsible for developing international marketing strategies for all titles released… »
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