Taylor Lautner went off our radar after the "Twilight" saga ended, but clearly we shouldn't have taken our eyes off of him! The hunky actor was seen goofing around in the ocean today, showing off his chiseled bod while splashing round on the set of his upcoming indie film "Run the Tide." Photos: Tim McGraw Is Shockingly Ripped Too!Sporting some facial (and chest) hair, the 22-year-old has matured and leaned down a bit since playing the shapeshifting Jacob in the hugely-popular vampire franchise.In case you forgot, here's what he looked like just a couple years back.The actor will play the son of a drug addict who kidnaps his younger brother to protect him from their mother in the film. He was also most recently seen in "Grown Ups 2" and recently completed work on "Tracers."Besides acting, it looks like he's been keeping up on his fitness »
- tooFab Staff
Well this is definitely one that we weren’t expecting. With all the effort that Disney have gone to in order to fully milk their animated classics for live action material, this is something that I didn’t see coming. The Disney Channel have produced a brand new television movie that will essentially combine elements of Maleficent and Alice And Wonderland with High School Musical.
The upcoming film due for a 2015 air date will show audiences yet another new take on classic fairy tale characters in a modern context. Descendants (not the one starring Shailene Woodley unfortunately) stars the evil offspring of infamous Disney characters such as Maleficent, Jafar, Cruella Deville and the Evil Queen. This is definitely a unique and original take on these classic Disney characters for better or worse, and if nothing else it will definitely be an interesting watch. You can check out the first photo from the film below! »
- Ben Read
In the run up to last summer's release of Pacific Rim, the film looked like it was going to be another lovable, big budget bomb that everyone was destined to wish for a sequel to. After all, the competition was pretty stiff, and the tracking numbers that the studio had at their disposal had the film pegged for a less than stellar opening against Grown Ups 2. Sure enough, the film opened in third place with a gross of $37.3 million, and it looked like Warner Bros. spent would be splitting even on the $190 million film. Then, something happened: international audiences flocked to the movie in its opening weekend, and it performed with solid top ten finishes for four weeks in the domestic market. Like Gypsy Danger itself, Pacific Rim rose to fight and won the day. So who's ready to go again? I'll tell you who is: Guillermo del Toro! »
Since heading back into the hands of Paramount, there has been a lot of movement on the next instalment of the Friday the 13th series. There were rumours of the franchise heading down the found footage route and there was even talk that the hockey mask wearing slasher would not be making an appearance. The latest news on the project was that V/H/S director David Brucker would be taking the lead and that a new TV show based around Jason was in development.
Well, fans of the franchise will be sad to hear that the 13th movie in the iconic slasher franchise has been pushed back a whole eight months while Paramount’s other horror film for 2015, Scouts vs. Zombies, has been brought forward into its place.
What does this mean for Camp Crystal Lake? Well given that Paramount have yet to announce a director, writer or star, »
- Luke Owen
Sony Pictures Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures have announced a release date for the R-Rated comedy Sausage Party from Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir. The movie will be released one week before Sony’s own Amazing Spider-Man 3 on June 3rd 2016.
Sausage Party tells the story of a sausage trying to discover the truth about his existence. After falling out of a shopping cart, our hero sausage and his new friends embark on a perilous journey through the supermarket to get back to their aisles before the 4th of July sale.
Only from the minds of Rogen and Goldberg eh?
Sausage Party also features an impressive voice cast that includes Rogen, Jonah Hill (22 Jump Street), Kristen Wiig (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), Salma Hayek (Grown Ups 2), Edward Norton (The Grand Budapest »
- Luke Owen
How was your Memorial Day weekend? Adam Sandler‘s probably wasn’t too good. The funny man’s (sort of? I guess he’s still funny sometimes?) latest box office outing, Blended, which tantalizingly re-teamed him with his very own Meg Ryan surrogate, Drew Barrymore, and at least hinted at the possibility of personal and professional growth through a more adult and family-friendy plotline (“they are bllllending”) than we are used to seeing from the actor, didn’t do so well at the box office. Turns out, going up against films like X-Men: Days of Future Past and Godzilla (and even Neighbors, which did make less than Blended but still pulled in a tidy fourth-place finish after three weeks in theaters) isn’t a great idea. It’s an even worse idea when your film just isn’t very good (or, at least, when your film has been savaged by critics far and wide). The Frank Coraci feature »
- Kate Erbland
The mutants ruled the multiplex over Memorial Day weekend. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" shot to the top of the box-office heap over the holiday, bringing in $91.4 million Friday-Sunday and an estimated $111 million Friday-Monday in over 4,000 locations, making it the second-largest opening of any "X-Men" film behind only "X-Men: The Last Stand." That Brett Ratner-directed threequel brought in $102.8 million over Memorial Day weekend 2006 (and $122.8 million over all four days). Among more recent entries in the "X-Men" franchise, "Days of Future Past" was a vast improvement on 2011's "X-Men: First Class" ($55.1 million opening) as well as last summer's "The Wolverine" ($53.1 million), while among Memorial Day weekend openers it ranks fifth of all-time behind 2007's "Pirates of the Caribbean: The World's End," 2008's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," "X-Men: The Last Stand" and last summer's "Fast & Furious 6." As compared with other superhero entries this year, "Days »
- Chris Eggertsen
Los Angeles (AP) - A team of mutants overpowered one massive mutant monster at the box office during the Memorial Day holiday.
Fox-Marvel's "X-Men: Days of Future Past" debuted with $91 million beating last weekend's No. 1 hit, the Warner Bros. sci-fi adventure "Godzilla," which earned $31.4 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
"Days of Future Past" is estimated to earn nearly $110 million over the four-day extended holiday weekend, which would make it the fifth-highest Memorial Day opener just after last year's $117 million-grossing "Fast & Furious 6." ''Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" holds as the highest Memorial holiday debut ever with $140 million in 2007.
It appears the attention "Days of Future Past" director Bryan Singer has received lately due a sexual assault lawsuit didn't deter fans from flocking to the theater. The director dropped out of doing any press for the film following the allegations because he didn't »
- The Associated Press
It was around this time last year that I was taking a trip to a local cinema to see the appallingly bad Grown Ups 2. Why? Because I’m a glutton for punishment and will give anything a chance, even Adam Sandler movies. While watching the film though, it had become more apparent than ever that his latest comedy vehicles were devoid of any artistic integrity whatsoever, and solely just existed as a way for him and his friends to cash a paycheck while hanging out together.
The saddest part of all this is that year after year audiences continue to flock to his movies. Grown Ups 2 even defeated the Japanese inspired monster bash Pacific Rim on opening weekend at the box office, which legitimately crushed most of whatever hope for mankind I had left. Seriously, one of these movies was a project that a plethora of filmmakers were passionate about bringing to life, »
- Robert Kojder
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” is a mutant force to be reckoned with.
The seventh installment of Fox’s ever-growing franchise slayed the competition with a $36 million Stateside opening on Friday. This includes $8.1 million from Thursday night screenings.
“X-Men” will likely make $91 million in three days and reach $110 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend, falling short of the highest-grossing film in the series, 2006’s “X-Men: The Last Stand.” “Last Stand” (a.k.a. “X3”) hauled almost $123 million domestically during its four-day Memorial Day opening weekend. It set the Memorial Day holiday record, which has since been topped by “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”
If the $110 million estimate pans out, “Days of Future Past” will have the fourth highest Memorial Day opening, behind “Fast & Furious 6, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Sandler’s romantic comedy, as of Friday afternoon, is on pace to earn roughly $5 million in its first full day of release and will just manage to top $20 million over the four-day period. Going into the holiday, the film was expected to hit $30 million domestically.
The good news for Warner Bros., which is distributing the critically maligned comedy about two single parents who find love at a South African resort, is that the film was shot for an economical $45 million.
Warner Bros. did not respond to requests for comment on early tracking, nor did it provide estimates for how the film had performed in its Thursday night screenings.
If the numbers pan out, it will be another sign of Sandler’s declining box office fortunes. Although »
- Brent Lang
In theaters Friday, May 23 2 1/2 stars (out of 4 stars) The carcasses left behind from Adam Sandler's movies aren't pretty. You Don’t Mess With The Zohan. That's My Boy. Grown Ups. Grown Ups 2. The one with Keri Russell. The one where he played fraternal twins. Photos: Costars reunited! But even those befuddled by the appeal of SNL's guitar-playing man-boy (now 47!) must admit that he’s never been more charming than when he flirts with Drew Barrymore in front of a camera. Whether he’s serenading her on an [...] »
You know those real estate scams where you're offered a free vacation if you just sit through a time-share presentation and that time-share presentation seems never-ending, because even if it's just two hours, what you really wanted was a free vacation? For Adam Sandler, filmmaking is like that time-share presentation. All the guy wants is to get major motion picture studios to subsidize his vacations. Is that so wrong? If Sony or Warner Brothers said to you, "How would you like an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii or Africa or a secluded lake? And all you have to do is deliver a movie and nobody on our side will even ask to see a script or bother looking at the final cut," what would you say? You'd accept the deal. Don't deny it. It's obvious that Sandler and his partners-in-vacation-loving-crime don't especially enjoy the quid pro quo required for their global galavanting, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Friday Am Update: Playing at 2,900 locations, X-Men: Days of Future Past opened to $8.1 million from late Thursday shows. That's lower than recent superhero movies Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($10.2 million) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($8.7 million). Still, it's twice as much as The Wolverine earned from similar 10 p.m. shows last Summer. For the four-day weekend, X-Men is still likely to wind up over $100 million.Forecast: Uniting the casts from the original series and the First Class reboot, X-Men: Days of Future Past is poised for one of the biggest openings of the year this weekend. Meanwhile, Adam Sandler comedy Blended targets family audiences over the long Memorial Day weekend.In some ways, the X-Men franchise kicked off the modern era of superhero blockbusters. The original movie arrived in Summer 2000, nearly two years before Sam Raimi's Spider-Man hit theaters, and spawned two very successful sequels. From there, the franchise »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Last summer, I got a lot of flack for my review of Grown Ups 2, which I claimed was “definitely not as horrible as it’d been made out to be.” Almost a year later, I’m here to review the latest Adam Sandler movie, and I’m glad to have placed that previous one at a high enough level, with a high enough grade, to give some perspective on how much worse the new one is. Grown Ups 2 is just a harmless and mostly plotless and somewhat surreal lowbrow comedy. Blended, on the other hand, is the actual sort of cinematic stain we’ve come to associate with Sandler, yet probably even worse than fits his reputation. This is a movie that has multiple jokes about various-aged daughters’ vaginas, mainly regarding the size of them and wiping them, humor that will make you cringe because it’s inappropriate (and to a degree inaccurate) rather than »
- Christopher Campbell
The following is an open letter to the Hooters restaurant chain.
When you agreed to have the film's opening scene set in one of your restaurants -- and even allowed a monkey to be dressed as a Hooters waitress -- had you not gotten the memo that Blended isn't like Sandler's recent movies? Maybe you were expecting Blended to be the latest installment in Sandler's series of exceedingly raunchy and breathtakingly idiotic comedies. I expected it also, assuming that Blended would carry on the maturity-deficient tradition of Grown Ups, Jack and Jill, That's My Boy and the criminally unnecessary Grown Ups 2. Had this been the case, Hooters and Blended would have been a perfect marketing match, because Hooters and its fellow breastaurant chains are criminally unnecessary also. (Just kidding! Hooters may be the »
- Don Clinchy
X-Men: Days of Future Past is going to be a big deal. But how bigc That's why we're here. Remember though, these are just the three-day totals, not including Memorial Day. Let's start with X-Men: Days of Future Past. The film should hit like a freight train, especially on the heels of a 94 percent RottenTomatoes score. Add in many folks not having to work on Monday and you've got a stronger than normal Sunday take too. But why will this open so much stronger than X-Men: First classc I think because that one looked like it took place completely in the past, whereas this one seems as if it takes place in the present, trying to modify the past. You've also got the sequel bump. Add it all up, sprinkle in the tracking, and this is a difficult film to project failure out of. I'm going with a flat $96 million. »
- Laremy Legel
There’s a scene midway through the Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore vehicle “Blended” that sees the two stars, playing single parents thrust together on a South African resort, accidentally meet up for morning coffee. They don’t say much, commiserating over their respective kids’ sleeping habits, but what they do say is believable, radiating an unhurried, unforced chemistry that’s enough to make one wonder why these two actors have only made three movies together over the past 16 years. Then they gaze out toward the resort grounds, and witness two poorly rendered CGI rhinos copulating with great vigor. Cut to a shot of the resort barista addressing the camera with a Catskills smirk: “You don’t see that in New Jersey!” This scene serves as a perfect microcosm for the film as a whole, which should see solid if unspectacular family business over Memorial Day weekend.
Granted, that sequence »
- Andrew Barker
Adam Sandler goes to Africa, via the tampon aisle, and assumes you’ll agree with him that racism and sexism are family values worth celebrating. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): I hate Adam Sandler and everything he stands for
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Attempting to determine the very worst thing about the oeuvre of Adam Sandler is akin to trying to decide which sort of cancer is the most horrible: even to finally settle on one isn’t to say that all the rest aren’t blights on humanity. But I think I may now have it.
It’s the smugness. The Sandler smug reaches a new nadir of appalling with Blended. For everything is presented with the same self-satisfied confidence that the audience is entirely onboard with the indisputable fact of every assumption with which the film presents us. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Few people get in the least bit excited any more about the idea of a new Adam Sandler film. This wasn't always the case; personally, I could happily sit and watch Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer and Punch-Drunk Love on any given day, but Grown Ups 2? That's My Boy? The horrific Jack And Jill? It would be fair to say that Sandler's recent fare has been lazy, recycled and a long way short of what he's capable of.
Blended is slightly better. Not by much, but reteaming with the excellent Drew Barrymore for the third time (the first being the aforementioned and excellent The Wedding Singer and the second the decidedly mediocre 50 First Dates) is a shuffle of feet in the right direction.
Here, Sandler and Barrymore play Jim and Lauren, »
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