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On today's episode we have a pair of reviews with the new Brad Pitt, World War II drama Fury as well as the new Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me starring James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan. On top of that we discuss Warner Bros/' big announcement of DC Comics movies, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's comments on superhero movies, Neil Patrick Harris hosting the Oscars and much more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. »
- Brad Brevet
Val Kilmer‘s 1985 satire film “Real Genius” is being rebooted as a comedy series for NBC, a network representative told TheWrap Wednesday. The project comes from Adam Sandler‘s Happy Madison Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment and Sony TV whose subsidiary TriStar Pictures produced the film. NBC is giving the project a script commitment plus penalty. Also read: Kevin James Collars New Director for ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop’ Sequel While the original film was set on a technical university campus, the TV reboot of “Real Genius” will be a workplace comedy, set in the present-day and centering around the relationship between two co-workers with incompatible. »
- Ryan O'Connell
This piece originally ran in July 2013. We are republishing it as a new season of Franklin & Bash kicks off. There are three kinds of pop-culture punch lines — by which I mean an actor, band, movie, or TV show that is regularly used as an all-purpose kicker to jokes. Type 1: The very successful person or piece of art that is deemed ridiculous by those who consider themselves to have "good taste." Examples: Two and a Half Men, Dane Cook, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Nickelback, Twilight, reality television. Type 2: The huge, high-profile bomb, often synonymous with the Hollywood’s hubris: Gigli, Ishtar, Battlefield Earth. And then there is the third type, the rarest type of punch line. Something in this category is neither wildly popular nor a huge disaster. It’s not so good it’s bad or so bad it’s good. It’s something in which every element, »
- Jesse David Fox
We got a first-look image for Chris Columbus’ (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) upcoming sci-fi action comedy Pixels a few days back, while yesterday brought news of the classic video game characters set to feature in the film. And, thanks to SlashFilm, we now have the official logo…
“In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner, now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders to defeat the aliens and save the planet. Monaghan plays the team’s unique weapons specialist.”
- Gary Collinson
In anticipation of the film's release, Latino-Review is givinging away a few "Tammy"-related items to some lucky readers, including a "Leather Covered Flask, "Tammy" 'Coming in Hot' Orange Tank Top, and more.
In order to enter the contest, email Latinoreviewmail@gmail.com with your name and address and include "Tammy" Giveaway in the subject headline.
This giveaway will be open until July 7th at noon Pst and is only open to residents of the United States. Also, only one entry per person. Once the giveaway ends, we’ll look over the entries and randomly draw winners that day. Winners will be advised via email.
Here is what we got.
1 Leather Covered Flask – Arv $651 "Tammy" 'Coming in Hot' Orange Tank Top – Arv $201 Compact Usb Car Charger - Arv $101 $150 Major Credit Card Gift Card
Check out the film’s official site, and you can also head over to the "Tammy" Facebook »
- Kellvin Chavez
In almost every set of “dueling” movies, whether they’re competing biopics or similar-premise disaster flicks out within months of each other, there’s a right one and a wrong one as far as which you’re supposed to prefer. It’s okay to enjoy Michael Bay’s Armageddon, but you should recognize Mimi Leder’s Deep Impact as the better movie. Capote over Infamous. Observe and Report over Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Top Gun over Iron Eagle. Dantes Peak over Volcano. Tombstone over Wyatt Earp. 1492: Conquest of Paradise over Christopher Columbus: The Discovery. The Prestige over The Illusionist. Mission to Mars over Red Planet. Chasing Liberty over First Daughter. Leviathan over DeepStar Six, and The Abyss over both of them. Some pairs are nearly a draw as far as neither actually being worth a preference, such as Lambada and The Forbidden Dance. Here’s a more recent one: Cheap Thrills over 13 Sins. The »
- Christopher Campbell
Kevin James won our hearts as the lovable schlub at the center of the sitcom The King of Queens. But after a string of supporting roles and leads in comedies like Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Grown Ups and Here Comes The Boom, is he about to become an adventuring hero? THR reports Kevin James has been attached to headline Stranded, a shipwreck family-adventure inspired by The Swiss Family Robinson. No director has been announced in conjunction with the in-development production just yet, but Sony has secured Tripper Clancy to script it. Clancy's only credit to date is for a short film he wrote and produced called "Just One of the Gynos," which follows the journey of a male gynecologist whose work gets in the way of connecting sexually with his wife. Check out a Nsfw trailer for this sex-comedy short below. Perhaps it's unfair to judge based on this trailer, »
• Stephan James (The L.A. Complex) is in talks to star as famed Olympian Jesse Owens in Race. He’d be replacing John Boyega in the role, who had to drop out due to his Star Wars: Episode VII commitments. Stephen Hopkins is directing the biopic, which will follow Owens from his humble beginnings to the 1936 Berlin Olympics where he won four gold medals. Not quite yet a household name, James has a number of higher profile projects coming up, including the football pic When the Game Stands Tall and Ava DuVernay’s civil rights drama Selma. [The Wrap]
- Lindsey Bahr
The screenplay from Landon is based on Lona Williams (Drop Dead Gorgeous, The Drew Carey Show) and Etan Cohen's (Men in Black 3, Tropic Thunder) draft of an original script from Emi Mochizuki & Carrie Evans (College Road Trip). Todd Garner (Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Into the Storm) and Andy Fickman (Parental Guidance, Race to Witch Mountain) will produce, with Bryan Brucks (Blended), Sean Robins (Into the Storm) and Samson Mucke (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) serving as executive producers.
Tye Sheridan (Mud, Dark Places), Logan Miller (I'm in the Band, Night Moves), and newcomer Joey Morgan are three scouts who, on the eve of their last camp out, discover the true meaning of friendship when they attempt to save their town from a zombie outbreak. »
We’ve been keeping Daily Dead readers posted on Scouts vs. Zombies’ journey to the big screen and, with the main cast locked in, it has been announced that filming has started:
Press Release via Coming Soon: “Paramount Pictures announced today that principal photography on “Scouts Vs. Zombies” has commenced in Los Angeles. The film is directed by Christopher Landon (“Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones”).
The screenplay from Landon is based on Lona Williams (“Drop Dead Gorgeous,” “The Drew Carey Show”) and Etan Cohen’s (“Men In Black 3,” “Tropic Thunder”) draft of an original script from Emi Mochizuki & Carrie Evans (“College Road Trip”). Todd Garner (“Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” “Into The Storm”) and Andy Fickman (“Parental Guidance,” “Race To Witch Mountain”) will produce, with Bryan Brucks (“Blended”), Sean Robins (“Into The Storm”) and Samson Mucke (“Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones”) serving as executive producers.
- Jonathan James
Marking Ben Falcone’s directorial debut, check out the latest trailer before the film hits theaters on July 2nd.
Tammy (McCarthy) is having a bad day. She’s totaled her clunker car, gotten fired from her thankless job at a greasy burger joint, and instead of finding comfort at home, finds her husband getting comfortable with the neighbor in her own house.
It’s time to take her boom box and book it. The bad news is she’s broke and without wheels. The worse news is her grandma, Pearl (Sarandon), is her only option—with a car, cash, and an itch to see Niagara Falls. Not exactly the escape Tammy had in mind. But on the road, with grandma riding shot gun, it may be just what Tammy needs.
Joining Oscar nominee »
- Michelle McCue
As much as I want to, I’m not going to give you my Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 rant again. I’ve done it several times before and by this point, I’ve just accepted the fact that the film is indeed happening and that on April 17th, 2015, I’ll be left with no choice but to shut my eyes and look away from the complete train wreck that it will be.
The Andy Fickman-directed sequel is currently gearing up for production and today, it has added another member to its cast. D.B. Woodside, perhaps best known for his role as Wayne Palmer on 24, has signed on to star alongside Kevin James, Molly Shannon, Nicholas Turturro and Neal McDonough (who’s playing the main antagonist this time around, which is perhaps the one thing to look forward to here).
Plot-wise, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 will once again focus on its titular hero, »
- Matt Joseph
Are you sitting down? Are you ready for this? Promise not to poop yourself with excitement: there's a sequel to Paul Blart: Mall Cop coming out. It's called Pall Blart: Mall Cop 2, and Kevin James returns to the segway and tight dress pants of the hit film. And now, you can plan your schedule to avoid missing what may be the cinematic event of 2015. Columbia Pictures (via Variety) has officially announced that April 17, 2015 is the landing point for the continuing saga of Blart, the defender of the mall. The original was helmed by Steve Carr (Daddy Day Care) but this installment falls under the leadership of Parental Guidance steward Andy Fickman. The hope is that they'll preserve the dignity and continuity of the first film, which saw James as the titular security guard helping to defend the mall from criminals. This time around, Blart is at a security convention when »
Columbia Pictures has set an April 17, 2015 release date for their comedy sequel Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, which stars Kevin James reprising his title role from 2009's Paul Blart: Mall Cop. As of now, the sequel doesn't have any direct competition, but it opens one week before Universal's highly-anticipated sequel Fast & Furious 7.
The story is set in Las Vegas, where Paul and his daughter Maya (Raini Rodriguez) attend a security guard convention. Although he is constantly mocked by casino security, he joins forces with them to take down a dangerous group of art thieves. Molly Shannon co-stars in an unspecified role, along with David Henrie as a Vegas valet who catches Maya's eye, Nicholas Turturro as one of Blart's casino security guard rivals, and Gary Valentine as another casino guard who befriends Paul.
Columbia Pictures has officially set Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 to hit theaters April 17, 2015. A sequel to 2009's surprise box office hit, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is being directed by Andy Fickman with star Kevin James also writing alongside Nick Bakay (as was the case with the original). Grossing more than $183 million worldwide on a $26 million budget, Paul Blart: Mall Cop also starred Jayma Mays, Keir O'Donnell, Raini Rodriguez, Shirley Knight and Bobby Cannavale. It follows the adventures of a hapless security guard who is forced to defend his mall after it gets taken over by a group of criminals. The new film is said to follow Blart to a Security Guard Expo in Las Vegas with his daughter. Despite being teased by casino security and other attendees, Blart takes on a group »
Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage is joining Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Josh Gad in Chris Columbus’ Pixels. Scripted by Just Go With It scribe Tim Dowling, the film (based on Patrick Jean’s 2010 short) is being billed as a “Ghostbusters-esque actioner” that will see “a group of elite gamers” recruited to help protect New York City when video game characters from the 80s attack.
The goal here is to turn the film into an action-comedy tentpole for Sony, and with the way it’s shaping up, it sounds like it could very well be just that. The premise is certainly intriguing and has a lot of potential to be a really fun ride, I’m just a bit weary of the fact that Sandler, James and Dowling are on board. Their involvement leads me to believe that Pixels will fall under the “stupid humor” category, a la Grown Ups »
- Matt Joseph
Surprisingly healthy box office success often equals sequel plans in Hollywood, and Kevin James vehicle Paul Blart: Mall Cop is no exception. A follow-up film was announced in January and we now know who is in consideration for the villain, with Neal McDonough in talks.The Hollywood Reporter's story also offers up some plot details, with the currently creatively titled Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 relocating matters to Las Vegas where Blart is attending a security guard convention. Despite his heroics in the small-town mall chronicled in the original film, no one takes him seriously. Until, that is, he helps foil some master art thieves.McDonough will be leading the thieves, adding another baddie to a resume that already includes a Usual Suspects-esque line-up of ne'er-do-wells. The Paul Blart sequel cast also includes Molly Shannon and Nick Turturro, who are both officially aboard. »
The world doesn’t really need a sequel to Paul Blart: Mall Cop, but we’re getting one anyways in the form of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, which sounds like it will be just as bland and uninspired as the current moniker that it boasts. Andy Fickman will be on directing duties with Kevin James back to reprise his role as the titular hero.
This time around, Blart will take on art thieves while at a security guard expo in Las Vegas. Already set to co-star are Molly Shannon and Nick Turturro and today, THR brings us the news that Neal McDonough is in final negotiations to play the “mastermind of the elaborate heist.” His involvement is certainly a positive sign, given that he’s impressed in villainous roles before, but again, this all comes back to the question of do we really need a Paul Blart sequel?
- Matt Joseph
The first casting announcements for Chris Columbus’ next project Pixels have been announced today with actors Josh Gad and Kevin James in early talks to star. The story is centred on 4 champion arcade gamers tasked with saving the world when aliens attack using 80′s video games as their weapons; easily the best movie synopsis we’ve read in a while.
Not too much is known about Pixels just yet, other than it is aiming for a 2016 release and the screenplay is being penned by Timothy Dowling (Role Models) and Tim Herlihy (Grown Ups 2) and is based on a short by Patrick Jean. There’s rumours circulating that Adam Sandler may also play one of the gamers but officially his involvement is currently on the production side only.
Gad, as adorable snowman Olaf, might just have been our favourite thing about Disney’s gargantuan hit Frozen where he got to »
- Victoria Bull
• Jason Statham is set to team up with Melissa McCarthy in the secret agent comedy Susan Cooper. The action star, best known for roles in high-octane projects like The Transporter and Crank, had been circling the project for some time, but was reportedly weighing other options before committing. Paul Feig, who worked with McCarthy on Bridesmaids and The Heat, is set to direct the pic for 20th Century Fox. Statham will appear next in The Expendables 3 (out Aug. 15). He’s also reprising his role as Ian Shaw in Fast & Furious 7. [Variety]
- Lindsey Bahr
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