First HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 Image Revealed as Mel Brooks Joins Voice Cast

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Sony Pictures Animation has revealed the very first Hotel Transylvania 2 image from the upcoming sequel in concert with announcing that Mel Brooks has joined the voice cast.  Brooks will be providing the voice of Vlad, the “ancient, undead and incredibly grumpy” father of Adam Sandler’s vampire character.  The story of the follow-up finds Vlad showing up at the hotel for an impromptu family get-together, resulting in a collision of “supernatural old-school and modern day cool.”  I never caught the first film but it was a sizeable success at the box office, grossing $358.3 million worldwide.  Genndy Tartakovsky returns to direct the sequel as Robert Smigel once again pens the script.

Check out the first Hotel Transylvania 2 image after the jump.  The film opens in theaters on September 25, 2015.

THE COBBLER Trailer: Adam Sandler Has Magic Shoes in Thomas McCarthy’s Fantastical Drama

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The first international trailer for director Thomas McCarthy’s (The Station Agent) fantasy drama The Cobbler has been released online, and it’s certainly something.  The film stars Adam Sandler as a disillusioned shoe repairman who happens upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see things from their perspective.  The project had a lot of promise given McCarthy’s resume (Win Win, The Visitor) and Sandler’s return to more dramatic material, but it premiered to almost astoundingly bad reviews at TIFF and this trailer makes it look like one of those joke movies from Funny People.  Obviously the premise is tricky to pull off in a convincing manner, but boy does this look like a misfire.  That probably explains why it still hasn’t acquired domestic distribution.

Watch the first The Cobbler trailer for yourself after the jump, and check out Steve’s interviews with Sandler & McCarthy and Cliff “Method Man” Smith and Ellen Barkin from TIFF.  The Cobbler also stars Melonie DiazDan StevensFritz WeaverYul VazquezSteve Buscemi and Dustin Hoffman.

TOP FIVE Trailer: Chris Rock Writes, Directs, and Stars in Cameo-Filled New Comedy

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Paramount Pictures has released the first Top Five trailer for the upcoming comedy from writer, director, and star Chris Rock.  The comedian plays a loosely fictionalized version of himself in the film, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist forces him to confront both the career that made him famous and the life he left behind.  The picture was the highest profile acquisition of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, with Paramount paying a whopping $12.5 million in a bidding war to acquire the distribution rights to the film.  The movie looks a little like Chris Rock’s Funny People, as it takes some digs at his own career path, and there are a ton of cameos from a wide range of familiar faces.

Hit the jump to watch the Top Five trailer and click here to read Phil’s review from TIFF.  The film also stars Rosario Dawson, J.B. Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, Jay Pharoah, Anders Holm, and Michael Che, and features music by Questlove.

Adam Sandler Inks Four-Film Deal with Netflix

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You know how to make sure a press release gets my attention?  Kick it off with a good old, “O’Doyle rules!”  It was just revealed that Adam Sandler made a deal to make four movies exclusively for Netflix and the press release began with, “O’Doyle rules! Adam Sandler heads to Netflix.”  There’s no word on what any of those films will be just yet, but perhaps that headline could hint at something Billy Madison-related.

But of course that’s total conjecture at this point because all we know is that Happy Madison Productions will work with Netflix to develop the four films and Sandler will produce and star in all of them.  Hit the jump for more on the Adam Sandler/Netflix partnership.

MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.  Men, Women & Children opens today in limited release.]

It’s comforting to view the Internet as a force. Things existed one way, the Internet came along, completely changed everything, and now—for better or worse—those things are barely recognizable. We’re all looking down, clacking into our smart phones, so the Internet must have transformed us, right? It’s just so powerful, and we were caught in its wake. Current communication technology has changed us, but Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children wryly, wisely, and astutely observes our fears and insecurities long preceded our smartphones. The film is a sharp commentary on the decay of intimacy as we, isolated in the cosmos, have now become isolated from each other. Woven together with well-crafted storylines, sharp performances, and convincing drama, Reitman’s latest film mostly avoids being a cautionary tale and instead provides an insightful look on how online communication changes our relationships but doesn’t define our lives.

REAL GENIUS Headed to TV, Half Hour Series to be Produced by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison

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I’m probably too close to Real Genius to make an objective call as to whether it’s a great movie or not, but damn do I love it.  I often used to consider Val Kilmer‘s carefree but brilliant Chris Knight my spirit animal until I realized I was neither brilliant or carefree.  Martha Coolidge‘s 1985 comedy also gave us the great characters of Lazlo (played by Jon Gries), Jordan (Michelle Meyrink) and even Mitch Taylor (Gabriel Jarret) not to mention two all-timer douchebag villains in William Atherton‘s Jerry Hathaway and Robert Prescott‘s Kent.

I’m itching to watch that movie even as I type this.  Will Adam Sandler‘s Happy Madison, Sony TV, 3 Arts and NBC be able to recapture that excitement?  Hard to tell so far, but they’re going to have to try because they’re making Real Genius as a half-hour comedy.  Hit the jump for more on the Real Genius TV Show.

Meet the Characters of Jason Reitman’s Dark Ensemble in 17 New MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Images

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Fresh off the full-length trailer debut, Paramount Pictures has released a large batch of new Men, Women & Children images from Up in the Air and Young Adult director Jason Reitman’s new film.  The drama follows the loosely connected stories of a group of teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate life in the digital age.  I saw the film at TIFF and thought it was excellent.  It’s an incredibly dark snapshot of humanity and the ways in which we interact with one another, and it marks a solid step forward in Reitman’s increasingly unpredictable filmography.  The story takes place in a Texas town, and the local high school is the link that connects the various storylines.  These new images reveal the cast of characters, including Ansel Elgort and Kaitlyn Dever’s young loners, Adam Sandler and Rosemarie DeWitt’s disillusioned married couple, and Dean Norris’ single father.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Men, Women & Children images and click here for Matt’s review.  The film also stars Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. SimmonsElena Kampouris, Timothée ChalametOlivia Crocicchia, Dennis Haysbert, and Emma Thompson.  Men, Women & Children opens in limited release on October 1st and expands wide on October 17th.

Michelle Monaghan Talks FORT BLISS, Working With Director Claudia Myers, the Experience of TRUE DETECTIVE, Adam Sandler’s PIXELS, and More

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In the indie drama Fort Bliss, U.S. Army medic and single mother Maggie Swann (Michelle Monaghan) struggles to find her place in her five-year-old son’s life, after returning home from an extended tour of duty in Afghanistan.  When news of another deployment threatens the tentative bond she’s formed with her son, she’s forced to find a way to reconcile her duties as a mother with her obligations as a soldier.  Written, directed and produced by Claudia Myers, the film also stars Ron Livingston, Manolo Cardona, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Pablo Schreiber and Dash Mihok.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Michelle Monaghan talked about how she got involved with Fort Bliss, why she found the story so compelling, how intense the experience was, and how putting on the uniform really affected the way she carried herself.  She also talked about her experience on True Detective, and how excited she is about Pixels, with Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

New MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Trailer Digs Deep Into the Darkness of Life in the Digital Age

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Paramount Pictures has released a new Men, Women & Children trailer for director Jason Reitman’s (Up in the Air) excellent new drama.  The film follows the loosely connected stories of a group of teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate life in the digital age.  I caught the film at TIFF and found it to be a dark, complex, and emotional snapshot of humanity that also marks another bold step in Reitman’s diverse career.  You can’t say the Juno filmmaker isn’t making ambitious choices, and while some critics found the technology angle in Men, Women & Children to be contrived, I’d argue that the film really isn’t about the dangers of the internet at all—it’s about us.  Adam Sandler is fantastic in the most subdued performance of his career, Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) and Kaitlyn Dever (Short Term 12) absolutely shine as the emotional center of the film, and Breaking Bad star Dean Norris is debatably the highlight of a wonderfully talented ensemble.  I highly recommend seeing the film when it comes to a theater near you.

Hit the jump to watch the new Men, Women & Children trailer and click here to read Matt’s review.  The film also stars Judy Greer, Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. SimmonsTimothée ChalametOlivia Crocicchia and Emma Thompson.  Men, Women & Children opens in limited release on October 1st and expands wide on October 17th.

Adam Sandler and Thomas McCarthy Talk THE COBBLER, How They Ended up Working Together, PIXELS, the Video Games Involved, SPOTLIGHT, More

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Premiering at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was the latest from director Tom McCarthyThe Cobbler.  In the modern-day fairy tale, Adam Sandler plays a lonely cobbler in New York City who feels like his life is going nowhere until he discovers a family heirloom that literally gives him the ability to “walk in another man’s shoes,” and see the world differently. The fantastical aspect is a bit of a departure for McCarthy after helming films like The Station AgentThe Visitor, and Win Win, but he still keeps the film focused on the characters.  The Cobbler also stars Dustin HoffmanSteve BuscemiEllen Barkin,Melonie DiazMethod Man, and Dan Stevens.

Earlier today I landed an exclusive video interview with Adam Sandler and Thomas McCarthy.  They talked about how the project came together, changes during production, the way they like to prepare for a role/project, editing, extended cuts, and more.  In addition, we talked about Sandler’s next film, Pixels, McCarthy’s role, the video games involved, Peter Dinklage’s character, McCarthy’s next film, Spotlight, and how he’s going to be able to film at The Boston Globe and Fenway Park.  For those who don’t know, Spotlight focuses on the Globe journalists who uncovered the Catholic Church’s extensive cover-up of child molestation in Massachusetts.  Hit the jump for what Sandler and McCarthy had to say.

MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Review | TIFF 2014

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It’s comforting to view the Internet as a force.  Things existed one way, the Internet came along, completely changed everything, and now—for better or worse—those things are barely recognizable.  We’re all looking down, clacking into our smart phones, so the Internet must have transformed us, right?  It’s just so powerful, and we were caught in its wake.  Current communication technology has changed us, but Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children wryly, wisely, and astutely observes our fears and insecurities long preceded our smartphones.  The film is a sharp commentary on the decay of intimacy as we, isolated in the cosmos, have now become isolated from each other.  Woven together with well-crafted storylines, sharp performances, and convincing drama, Reitman’s latest film mostly avoids being a cautionary tale and instead provides an insightful look on how online communication changes our relationships but doesn’t define our lives.

Adam Sandler’s Shoes Take Center Stage in First THE COBBLER Poster [Updated]

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Ahead of the film’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next weekend, we’ve managed to get our hands on the first The Cobbler poster for director Thomas McCarthy’s (Win Win) upcoming fantasy drama.  The film stars Adam Sandler as a disillusioned shoe repairman who happens upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see things from their perspective.  As a fan of McCarthy’s previous work—especially The Station Agent—I’m very much looking forward to seeing how he handles a more fantastical concept.  He’s not entirely unfamiliar with the genre, as McCarthy previously worked on the script for Pixar’s Up, but this also marks a curious turn for Sandler given McCarthy’s dramatic background.  Hopefully the two make a strong pairing.

Hit the jump to take a look at the first The Cobbler poster.  The film also stars Cliff “Method Man” SmithEllen BarkinMelonie DiazDan StevensFritz WeaverYul VazquezSteve Buscemi and Dustin Hoffman. [Update: We've been asked by the studio to remove the unofficial poster.]

MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Trailer: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Ansel Elgort and More Have Internet Issues in Jason Reitman’s New Drama

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Our very first look at Jason Reitman’s latest is here and based on the tone of the trailer, Men, Women & Children could be one of his darker, most somber films yet.  In fact, I don’t think there’s a single smile in this entire thing.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but when you fall for laugh-heavy films like Juno and Young Adult (and also manage to forget that Labor Day even exists), this feels like quite the switch.  This is only a teaser trailer so it’s impossible to pass much judgment, but Reitman could have the performances to support it, with The Fault in Our Star’s Ansel Elgort being a standout here.  The piece also doesn’t offer up any concrete story details, but from the official synopsis and Chad Kulten’s source material, we know that Men, Women & Children will focus on high school students and their parents, and how their relationships, self-image and quality of life are affected by the internet.

Hit the jump to watch the Men, Women & Children trailer.  The film also stars Adam SandlerRosemarie DeWittJennifer GarnerJudy GreerKaitlyn DeverDean NorrisJ.K. Simmons, Timothée ChalametOlivia Crocicchia and Emma Thompson.  Men, Women & Children will have its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and opens in limited release on October 3rd.

Jason Reitman’s MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Release Date Set for October 3rd

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We now know when director Jason Reitman’s next film will be arriving in theaters.  In Contention reports that the Men, Women & Children release date has been set for a limited bow on October 3rd, with a wider expansion planned for October 17th where it will square off directly against Gone Girl.  Men, Women & Children revolves around a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their lives.  Adam Sandler leads an ensemble cast that includes Rosemarie DewittJennifer GarnerJudy GreerDean NorrisJ.K. SimmonsAnsel Elgort, and Emma Thompson.

Reitman’s 2013 film, Labor Day, was somewhat abandoned by Paramount and dumped in January, but it appears that the studio is taking good care of the Up in the Air filmmaker’s next effort as it and Interstellar are Paramount’s only Oscar prospects this year.  It’s certainly possible Men, Women & Children could be in the awards conversation, and I look forward to catching its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in a couple of weeks.  Check back tomorrow to watch the first trailer.

PIXELS Release Date Pushed to July 24, 2015

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Earlier today, Sony Pictures moved up the release date for its Brad Pitt-fronted WWII drama Fury, but now the studio’s Pixels release date is being pushed back.  Originally scheduled for May 15, 2015, director Chris Columbus’ action-adventure pic will now open on July 24, 2015.  The film stars Adam Sandler and revolves around a group of 80s arcade game champions who are called upon to help defend earth from alien invaders who have misinterpreted our classic arcade games as a declaration of war.  The cast includes Josh Gad, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox, and a mullet-sporting Peter Dinklage, and while we haven’t seen any footage just yet, it actually sounds like one of the most promising Adam Sandler movies in some time.  Hit the jump for more on the film and its new release date.

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