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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
5 items from 2015
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