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Arguably one of the most talented and versatile actresses of her generation, Kidman has just landed a role in the upcoming Wonder Woman film. Directed by Patty Jenkins (who is best known for directing Monster), Wonder Woman has just added another large dose of female power with this casting news.
The only other time Kidman starred in a superhero film was back in 1995 when she played Dr. Chase Meridian in Batman Forever. It may not be the most celebrated of Batman films, but it does have a cult following. We’re thinking that this new Wonder Woman film will make up for that time Val Kilmer was Batman. At least, we seriously hope so.
Kidman is the kind of actress who will take on nearly any role, and kill it every time. In fact, she’s often the best »
- Adriana Floridia
Robust and ridiculous, single-minded and empty-headed, The Last Witch Hunter is about as unremarkable as it is structurally adequate. That’s not exactly praise, but this Vin Diesel-powered would-be series starter isn’t looking to win any awards – it was manufactured on some studio assembly line, designed to check just about every box it needs to pass muster with general audiences while world-building effectively enough to launch a new action franchise for the Fast & Furious star.
Diesel stars as witch hunter Kaulder, who was cursed with immortality by the evil witch queen (Julie Engelbrecht, obscured by a maggoty face mask) he almost sacrificed himself to slay back in medieval times, after she unleashed the Black Death on humankind, killing Kaulder’s wife and child in the process. (For reasons unbeknownst to all save possibly Diesel himself, the actor begins the film sporting a horrifying braided beard and hippie-commune hairstyle, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Nick Swardson has been making us laugh since he started acting in 1999. With comedies like "Just Go With It," "Blades of Glory," and "Grandma's Boy" under his belt, he's ready to take on horror comedy in his next flick "Hell and Back." To celebrate his latest gig, Swardson told us the five movies he catches whenever he needs a laugh.
Be sure to check out "Hell and Back" when it's released on Friday, October 2. »
- Rachel Horner
Meet some of the best directors working today, who haven't gone down the blockbuster movie route...
Ever find it a bit lame when the same big name directors get kicked around for every high profile project? Christopher Nolan, Jj Abrams, maybe the Russo Brothers? With so much focus on blockbuster films these days, getting a major franchise job seems like the main acknowledgement of success for a filmmaker. And yes, both the financial and creative rewards can be great. But there are plenty of other directors out there, doing their own thing, from art house auteurs to Dtv action specialists.
Here are 25 examples.
Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve probably seen Lee Hardcastle’s ultraviolent claymations shared on social media. He first started getting noticed for his two-minute remake of The Thing, starring the famous stop motion penguin Pingu. Far from just a cheap one-joke mash-up, »
UK TV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb
The X Factor held steady in the ratings on Sunday, but stayed under 7 million viewers for its latest Boot Camp two-hour special.
ITV's singing competition averaged an overnight audience of 6.81m (31.3%) at 7pm (373k/1.6% on +1), down from last week's 6.84m.
Downton Abbey's second episode dropped by around 300k viewers to 7.04m (31.3%) at 9pm (453k/3.1%).
BBC Two's Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week brought in 1.29m (5.7%) at 9pm.
Channel 5's broadcast of Just Go with It entertained 757k (4.3%) at 9pm. »
“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” is already full to bursting with superheroes of all stripes. We’ve already seen The Atom, White Canary, Captain Cold, Heatwave, and Firestorm in action. Now Warner Bros. has released our first look* at Hawkman (Falk Hentschel) and Hawgirl (Ciara Renee) in their costumes! *Technically we’ve seen Hawkgirl fly in the trailer but it was completely CGI and doesn’t count. Image Credit: Warner Bros. There’s a fine line to dance when trying to ground superheroes in “reality” while letting their costumes reflect the camp of their origins. Since “Legends of Tomorrow” has confirmed they’ll be keeping Hawkman’s reincarnation origins, it makes sense to retain some of the trappings of his original life in ancient Egypt, such as the Hawk mask (even though we don't know if the alien 'hawk-like' spaceship will have landed). Just go with it. [H/T: Ksite TV] »
- Donna Dickens
With £2.66m including previews, Adam Sandler sci-fi comedy Pixels storms to the top of the UK box office, dethroning Fantastic Four. However, the key words here are “including previews”, since the Pixels number is, in fact, based on seven days of play, including takings the previous Saturday and Sunday as well as Wednesday and Thursday last week. All of that added up to £1.33m, essentially doubling the Pixels opening tally. Without previews, Pixels opened in fourth place, behind Inside Out, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and newcomer The Man from Uncle. Even so, the real weekend number represented the best opening for a Sandler film since Grown Ups 2 began with £1.65m plus £421,000 previews two years ago. That film was an ensemble. »
- Charles Gant
Smith will play a mild-mannered advertising executive battling with depression, requiring the aid of his friends and colleagues to snap him out of the sickness. Rooney Mara and Jason Segel are also attached, presumably as some of Smith’s saviours.
The project will be directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (also behind next month’s much hyped Me, Earl & The Dying Girl) and is based on a screenplay by Allan Loeb (Just Go With It). Loeb’s script sold to PalmStar Media for a hefty $2.25 Million, so it should be no surprise development has promptly realigned with another A-lister.
- Daniel Kelly
Whatever is in the script for "Collateral Beauty" penned by Allan Loeb ("The Dilemma," "Just Go With It," "Rock Of Ages," and "Here Comes The Boom"), it has attracted some big attention. Hugh Jackman was attached for a spell before he dropped out when his scheduling couldn't work, and then Johnny Depp was taking a peek for a moment. Now a big name has finally signed up to replace Jackman and star opposite Rooney Mara in the film. The usually quite picky Will Smith is putting his name down for the flick, reports Deadline. "Me And Earl And The Dying Girl" director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon will helm the tale that follows a New York City ad executive who slips into depression following a tragedy and embarks on an unconventional method to get out of his funk. Read More: Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Talks “Me & Earl & The Dying Girl,” Brian Eno & The Movie Being Compared To ‘The. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
As recently reported, there's been a change at the top of Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's Collateral Beauty, with Hugh Jackman forced to drop out due to a schedule clash with Wolverine 3. There was some talk of Johnny Depp being sought to step in, but apparently that went nowhere, because the official word this morning is that Will Smith has picked up the baton. He'll co-star with Rooney Mara.Allan Loeb wrote the screenplay, which revolves around a New York advertising agency, and a man - presumably now Smith - struggling with depression after a tragedy that turns his world upside down.Loeb has recently been churning out comedies like Here Comes The Boom, Just Go With It and The Dilemma, but his earlier work on dramas like Things We Lost In The Fire and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is probably a more relevant touchstone here...Gomez-Rejon, meanwhile, got his start »
Dennis Dugan and Adam Sandler are a comedy dream team, according to the director himself. The two have worked together on a number of films, including Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, You Don't Mess With the Zohan, Grown Ups, Just Go with It, Jack and Jill and Grown Ups 2. Sandler has been slammed in the press after the poor performance of Pixels, which didn't meet box office expectations in its opening weekend and was savaged by critics and moviegoers alike. Dugan, however, has Sandler's back, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "How f--king dare anybody say that he's a s---ty [entertainer]!" Pixels is playing in 42 percent of the international marketplace, where it »
Is it game over for Adam Sandler? His new comedy, “Pixels,” opened over the weekend to a mediocre $24 million, a disappointing result for the $88 million project. Sandler’s latest box office lemon comes on the heels of “The Cobbler” (Sandler’s lowest-grossing title ever, which opened to just $24,000 from 20 theaters in March), 2014’s “Blended” (the Drew Barrymore reteaming that mustered $46 million), “That’s My Boy” (a pairing with Andy Samberg that eked out $37 million) and “Jack and Jill” (the cross-dressing comedy that landed some of the worst reviews of his career). His only recent hits have been the 2013 sequel to “Grown Ups” (which netted $133 million) and “Hotel Transylvania,” an animated film that didn’t require him to be onscreen.
Here’s how Sandler’s box office career went from $4 billion in ticket sales to ice cold.
1. He aged out of his material
Sandler, 48, spent the ’90s playing the eternal teenage »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Nobody expected "Pixels," Adam Sandler's homage to Pac-Man and other vintage video games, to gobble up dollars the way Sandler's movies used to. Yet "Pixels" still disappointed, even by Sandler's declining standards.
Predictions were in the range of $25 to $35 million for the debut of the action comedy. At least it was supposed to premiere in first place. But the movie may not even have reached those low bars. It opened this weekend with an estimated $24.0 million, putting it about $800,000 behind the week-old "Ant-Man." Those numbers may change by the time final figures are released on Monday, and "Pixels" could come out on top by the time all the quarters are spent. But it would still be one of the lowest opening weekends of Sandler's career.
It would also be the latest in a downward trend that's marked the comedian's box office for at least four years. Aside from his »
- Gary Susman
Adam Sandler’s star appears to have dimmed significantly, after “Pixels,” a slice of arcade game nostalgia that recruited the likes of Pac-Man and Donkey Kong to appear alongside the funnyman, opened to a disappointing $24 million at the domestic box office.
The critically derided comedy finished up just behind Disney and Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” which picked up first place and $24.8 million in its second weekend. That marks the weakest chart-topping performance since April 24 when “Furious 7,” then in its fourth week of release, bested all challengers with $17.8 million. So far, “Ant-Man” has earned $106.1 million stateside.
The weekend box office race unfolded in the shadow of a shocking act of violence after a gunman opened fire during a Thursday night screening of “Trainwreck” in Louisiana, killing two women and injuring nine people before turning the weapon on himself. Safety concerns across the country may have caused some consumers to steer clear of cinemas. »
- Brent Lang
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
The King of Kong: Columbus Peddles Dopey Sandler Comedy
Hailing from some parallel universe where Never Never Land must be the capital is Pixels, a Chris Columbus directed Adam Sandler comedy pasted together by his usual writer, Tim Herlihy and returning collaborator Timothy Dowling (Just Go With It, 2011). If there’s anyone to pity here, it’s Patrick Jean, the director of the 2010 short film upon which this concept is based. As far as Sandler’s handlers go, it’s uncertain who or what this feature length version is geared towards, a family friendly package severely dumbed down for the enjoyment of today’s tots yet emblazoned with obsolete video games two generations removed from the only audience members unoffended by the laziness and stupidity of the final product. Though some supporting players escape less scathed by this misbegotten lump of a film, Sandler and co. seem tone deaf »
- Nicholas Bell
Even as an Adam Sandler/Kevin James-vehicle, Pixels deserves to be more inspired. The arcade-loving, '80s-centric action-comedy transitioned to the big screen from Patrick Jean's inventive world-domination-by-8-bits short film wields the fine set pieces, tech resources and token-required games to earn a top score. But Sandler and his team don't even attempt to advance to the next level, constantly drawing on the comedian's trademark sophomoric cheat codes to hastily produce what's essentially the poor man's Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, global-annihilation movie. Make no mistake: this is a Happy Madison production through-and-through. Minus extensive pratfall jokes with James or unnecessary Rob Schneider or Steve Buscemi pop-ups, almost every check mark from the Sandler production list is marked. Cheap insults directed towards one physical trait from different supporting charactersc Check. Sandler getting the out-of-his-league girl (in this case, Michelle Monaghan) because he's our main slubby do-gooderc You bet. »
- Will Ashton
An adorable life-sized version of Q*bert is easily the most engaging character in “Pixels,” a dimwitted ’80s nostalgia trip best appreciated by those who have waited years for Adam Sandler’s fine-grained intelligence and Chris Columbus’ filmmaking mastery to finally converge. For the remaining 99% of the moviegoing population, this slapdash, casually sexist revenge-of-the-nerds fantasy offers some mild visual distraction with its massive CGI renderings of Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and other old-school videogame characters that have been co-opted here by malevolent space invaders, challenging Earth to the mother of all intergalactic arcade battles. Commercially, the somewhat novel combination of Sandler’s bro-comedy antics and an unexpected dose of geek appeal should help Sony’s July 24 Stateside release enjoy a few late-summer bonus rounds at the box office, aided by strong awareness and 3D ticket premiums.
Commercial returns should remain steady even if word-of-mouth reactions fail to rise much above the level of “Well, »
- Justin Chang
Although Hugh Jackman will soon say goodbye to Wolverine with X-Men: Apocalypse and James Mangold's upcoming Wolverine sequel, in the process of putting away the claws the actor has to give away some other roles in the meantime. That would include the lead role in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's much talked-about Me & Earl & the Dying Girl follow-up Collateral Beauty, also starring Rooney Mara. It was only last month when the Aussie actor signed onto the project, but time commitments apparently won't let Jackman play the role when production begins this fall. Producers don't seem too discouraged, though, for they've taken their efforts towards bagging another big-name star: Johnny Depp. Even if the Mortdecai's star seems to be fading these days, Depp does have the buzzed Black Mass coming up, in addition to another Pirates of the Caribbean sequel set for release in two years time. So don't rule out a comeback, »
- Will Ashton
Maybe this is the reason why Hugh Jackman is finally ready to lose Wolverine's mutton chops —playing the marquee X-Man gets in the way of other projects. The actor's about to start shooting "The Wolverine 3" soon, which has seen him removed from starring in the developing "Collateral Beauty" co-starring Rooney Mara and set to be helmed by "Me And Earl And The Dying Girl" director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. But another big name might step in. Read More: 5 Ways Johnny Depp Can Get His Career Back On Track Post-'Mortdecai' Deadline reports that the producers are reaching out to Johnny Depp to take over for Jackman. Penned by Allan Loeb ("The Dilemma," "Just Go With It," "Rock Of Ages," and "Here Comes The Boom"), the story follows a New York City ad executive who slips into depression following a tragedy and embarks on an unconventional method to get out of his funk. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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