12 items from 2015
Bryce Williams/Vester Flanagan said the Charleston Church shooting in June spurred his homicidal rage ... which exploded this morning when he took the lives of a Virginia reporter and photographer. ABC News in NYC says it received a 23-page fax from Williams this morning -- almost 2 hours after he had killed Alison Parker and Adam Ward. In the document ... he says he put a down payment on a gun on June 19, 2 days after the Charleston tragedy. »
- TMZ Staff
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
But last night it was time for Aisleyne to leave, so this morning she got on the phone to chat to reporters about being in the house, dealing with Helen Wood, why she wasn't really trying to walk out on last night's show, and why she's really disappointed in her love interest Danny...
Hi Aisleyne! How are you feeling?
"Absolutely knackered! I'm so happy to be out of that madhouse."
Was it a lot different from Big Brother 7?
"Yeah! Big Brother 7 was happy and fun and lovely and musical and magical. This was just dark doom and gloom. But actually, once certain people had left it kind of picked up again. But Marc was hard work »
HBO has unveiled the full trailer for its upcoming sports mockumentary, called "7 Days in Hell," starring Andy Samberg (That's My Boy) and Kit Harington ("Game of Thrones"). Check it out below. Plot: A parody of cable-tv sports documentaries, the 45-minute film follows bad-boy tennis star Aaron Williams (Samberg) and his idiotic prodigy opponent Charles Poole (Harington) as they compete in an epic 7 day-long Wimbledon match that tests their strength, will and the patience of their fans. The new movie co-stars Lena Dunham, Michael Sheen, Mary Steenburgen, Will Forte, Howie Mandel and Fred Armisen, as well as real-life tennis stars John McEnroe and Serena Williams. It's set to premiere on HBO on July 11th. Trailer: »
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
2012: the year the movie universe sparked, Universal struggled, and young adult adaptations really took off...
The big blockbusters of summer 2011 were the ones that followed fairly straightforward rules. The majority of them were sequels in linear movie franchises - Harry Potter, Transformers, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Fast & Furious - and it felt for the most part like a template was being followed.
Sure, there were surprises. Bridesmaids broke through and proved to be a massive R-rated hit. X-Men: First Class, meanwhile, came through unscathed - and in fine shape - from its reboot, whilst Jj Abrams took us temporarily back to the 1980s with Super 8. But other than that, the pattern was set: the big, pre-ordained films took the lion's share of the cash, and regular sequels were the order of the day.
The signs of change were there in 2011, of course. Thor was a bigger hit than most were expecting, »
Native Americans aren't happy at all about Adam Sandler's The Ridiculous Six, but one of the film's stars has spoken out in support of the upcoming comedy. Vanilla Ice (who also appeared in Sandler's That's My Boy) is playing Mark Twain in the Netflix movie, and TMZ asked the actor/rapper/home flipper to share his thoughts about the actors claiming that the film is derogatory to Native Americans. It's a comedy. I don't think anybody »
- Jesse Giroux
"Ridiculous 6"-gate continues. If you're catching up, Native American actors walked off the set of Adam Sandler's Netflix comedy western, due to material in the script, and over the depiction of Apache culture in general. The streaming giant released a statement saying that the "diverse cast...is not only part of — but in on — the joke." Soon after, some choice bits from the script also hit the web, highlighting just how sour the humor in the film is, if indeed those jokes stay in "Ridiculous 6." While Sandler himself has remained silent thus far, one of the film's ensemble players has spoken out. Vanilla Ice — who also featured in Sandler's dreadful 2012 movie, "That's My Boy" — recently spoke to TMZ and basically said folks should just chill. "It's a comedy. I don't think anybody really had any ill feeling or any intent or anything. This movie isn't '[Dances] With Wolves' — it's a comedy. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
While the controversy around Adam Sandler's Ridiculous 6 continues to swell due to its portrayal of Native Americans, an unlikely ally has spoken out in support of Sandler: Vanilla Ice. The Cool as Ice rapper, who starred alongside Sandler in the 2012 comedy That's My Boy and will appear as Mark Twain in Ridiculous 6, defended the comedian against the Native American actors who left the Netflix production because they felt it was perpetuating negative stereotypes.
"It's a comedy," Vanilla Ice told TMZ. "I don't think anybody really had any ill feeling or any intent or anything. »
Andy Samberg is largely credited with bringing "Saturday Night Live" into the digital age with his highly sharable digital shorts (created with his cohorts in the Lonely Island, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone), so it wasn't much of a surprise that he would be back as part of the "SNL 40" celebration last night with another pre-recorded gem. This time the subject was cracking up during a sketch, something that virtually every "Saturday Night Live" cast member does from time to time.
Samberg was joined by his "That's My Boy" costar Adam Sandler, for an impromptu '80s-rock-style tribute to breaking, set to the tune of "Simply the Best." It's a hoot and exactly the kind of sublime silliness that Samberg and Sandler were known to bring to "Saturday Night Live" during their respective years.
Just watch and try not to crack up! It's impossible! Now you know how Fallon and Sanz felt! »
- Drew Taylor
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