Sony Pictures’ long-in-the-works adaptation of the short film Pixels is finally moving towards a production start. The studio teamed up with Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison production company to adapt Patrick Jean’s short film of the same name three years ago, but movement on the video game-themed project has been slow. Now, after setting family friendly filmmaker Chris Columbus (Harry Potter 1 and 2) to direct last year, Josh Gad and Kevin James are in line to possibly lead the pic as champion arcade gamers who are needed to help defeat alien attacks who have an affinity for 80s arcade games. Hit the jump for more, including the original short.
[Update: The Wrap adds that Sandler will also be leading the cast of Pixels with Jennifer Aniston in the mix for the female lead, though scheduling may ultimately prevent her from signing on.]
At long last, the highly anticipated sequel to Paul Blart: Mall Cop is on the way. THR reports that Andy Fickman (Parental Guidance, She’s the Man) is in discussions to direct a follow-up to the 2009 Kevin James comedy, stepping in for previous helmer Steve Carr. James is set to reprise his role as the titular security guard who has a habit of falling down (hilarious!). James will also co-write the screenplay with Nick Bakay, as the two penned the first film. Plot details for the Sony picture are unknown at this time, but an April start date is being planned.
The first Paul Blart film was a sizeable hit at the box office, taking in $146 million domestically against a reported budget of $26 million. Of course that was five years ago, so it’ll be interesting to see if there’s still an audience for a sequel.
A new international trailer for director Dennis Dugan’s comedy sequel Grown Ups 2 has been released online, and it’s got everything: ugly mother jokes, deer piss, David Spade in a tire, a Shaq nut shot, and the classic “fat guy jumps naked into a lake” gag. The story appears to revolve around a rivalry between Sandler’s “old guys” gang and a group of stereotypical frat boys who live near Sandler’s cabin. It’s hard to believe there’s an audience out there for a sequel like this, but with the first film making over $270 million worldwide, it would appear that there are plenty of people eager to see more Grown Ups.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film also stars Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph, Nick Swardson, Taylor Lautner, and Patrick Schwarzenegger. Grown Ups 2 opens on July 12th.
Columbia Pictures has released the first trailer for director Dennis Dugan’s comedy sequel Grown Ups 2. I hate myself for saying this, but I actually got a few chuckles out of the trailer. After you get past the deer piss, there are a couple of ridiculous cameos from Shaquille O’Neal and Andy Samberg that are nice throwbacks to the zany Adam Sandler movies of old. There’s also a nice flip on the “hot girl car trouble” scene from the first film. And believe it or not, this might be a role that Lautner was Taylor-made for (sorry).
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film stars also Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph, Nick Swardson and Patrick Schwarzenegger. Grown Ups 2 opens on July 12th.
Here’s a look at some new images from the following projects:
- From executive producer Guillermo del Toro comes Andres Muschietti’s directorial debut, Mama, a horror film starring Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nélisse.
- The first official image from Dennis Dugan’s Grown Ups 2 features Salma Hayek’s boobs…oh, and Kevin James, Chris Rock, Maria Bello, David Spade and Adam Sandler.
- The first official image of Halley Berry from The Call, Brad Anderson’s thriller that was previously known as The Hive. The picture also stars Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut and Michael Imperioli.
Hit the jump to check out all the new images.
If you haven’t seen director Genndy Tartakovsky’s Hotel Transylvania (or were considering seeing it again), then perhaps a new animated short will give you the incentive to do so. Airing in front of the 3D animated feature will be Goodnight, Mr. Foot, a 2D short directed and animated by Tartakovsky himself. The short will screen exclusively in Regal Entertainment Group cinemas starting tonight, just in time for Halloween.
Hotel Transylvania features the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, David Spade and Fran Drescher. Hit the jump to see the full press release and new images from the 2D animated short, Goodnight, Mr. Foot.
Even with five new movies competing at this weekend’s box office, Taken 2 had no trouble holding on to first place for a second week in a row. The action movie edged out Ben Affleck’s Argo and Friday’s first-place horror feature Sinister, though each put up strong debut numbers. The picture was not as rosy for the remaining three new releases, including Sony’s comedy Here Comes the Boom with Kevin James.
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Here Comes The Boom marks a transitional point in Kevin James career. The film blends the slapstick/absurdist comedy James is known for (The King of Queens, Paul Blart: Mall Cop) with a newfound emotional and dramatic context. James stars as Scott Voss, a worn-down teacher, who almost by-accident volunteers to save the Arts Program at his flailing high school. Somehow MMA Fighting becomes his only solution to raise the appropriate sums. The film alternates between comic set pieces of James fighting (i.e. getting his ass kicked) and more poignant moments on the nature of public education in the country. It’s a film where James for the most part – plays ‘straight man’, the cast around him (Henry Winkler, Salma Hayek) given more room to go ‘wacky’ and/or ‘funny’. It’s an interesting change of pace for James, especially given the fact that he co-wrote the film and part for himself. Click here for all our previous coverage.
In the following interview with Kevin James, he discusses the process of writing for himself, taking a punch (and a kick or two) for the film and previews the upcoming Kevin Hart costarring Valet Guys. For the full interview hit the jump.
Six clips from the animated film Hotel Transylvania have been released. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack), the story centers on Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) trying to throw a party for his daughter Mavis’ (Selena Gomez) 118th birthday, but his plans go haywire when a human (Andy Samberg) comes to the monsters-only hotel and develops a crush on Mavis. The film looks to have some funny bits, and I’m sure kids will get a kick out of the monster comedy aspect.
Hit the jump to check out the clips. The voice cast also includes David Spade (Griffin the Invisible Man), Steve Buscemi (Wayne the Werewolf), Kevin James (Frankenstein), Molly Shannon (Wanda the Werewolf) and Cee Lo Green (Murray the Mummy). Hotel Transylvania opens on September 28th.
From acclaimed animation director Genndy Tartakovsky comes the new family comedy, Hotel Transylvania, featuring the voice talents of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg and Selena Gomez. The picture centers on Dracula (Sandler), who runs a resort for monsters and goes into over-protective parent mode when a human boy (Samberg) shows up and courts his daughter (Gomez). Eight new colorful character posters are now available for your viewing pleasure.
Steve Buscemi, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, David Spade, CeeLo Green and Molly Shannon also lend their voices to Hotel Transylvania, which opens September 28th. Hit the jump to see the posters.
The first trailer for Kevin James’ (Paul Blart: Mall Cop) new picture, Here Comes the Boom has gone online. James stars as a high school science teacher who gets mixed up in the violent world of mixed martial arts in order to earn money to save school projects from budget cuts. While James has become known for being part of Adam Sandler’s cadre (You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Grown Ups, Hotel Transylvania and Grown Ups 2), he hasn’t exactly stood out for the right reasons in his non-Sandler works (Paul Blart: Mall Cop, The Dilemma and Zookeeper). Will Here Comes the Boom prove any different?
Zookeeper director Frank Coraci’s Here Comes the Boom, starring James, Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler, Melissa Peterman, Greg Germann, Joe Rogan, Reggie Lee and Bas Rutten, opens October 12th. Hit the jump for the trailer and synopsis.
You’re driving down the street, and it’s suddenly blocked off. You notice these weird yellow signs with nonsensical letters or numbers. There’s unusual glow lighting up a neighborhood you can’t usually see from your house. What you might have here is a film company shooting in your town. It happens a lot, and you never know where they might pop up…until now.
The following is a semi-comprehensive list of films currently shooting, what they’re shooting, and where they’re shooting. We’ll be telling you where you might get to see the very famous, the kinda famous and (if all goes well) the soon-to-be famous. While we can’t list every single movie, television show, or student film in production, you’ll get a pretty good idea of what the heck is going on where all those people are buzzing about. Want to know where in the world are Matt Damon, Harrison Ford, Sylvester Stallone, Woody Harrelson, and Leonardo DiCaprio? Hit the jump for more.
Adam Sandler has added fellow SNL co-star, Cheri Oteri (Liar Liar) and Happy Madison mainstay, Nick Swardson (Just Go With It) to the cast of Grown Ups 2. Featuring the return of Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Salma Hayek and Maya Rudolph, Sandler’s first ever sequel will feature newcomers Taylor Lautner, Oliver Cooper and David Henrie as fraternity brothers who antagonize Sandler and Co. Dennis Dugan will also return to direct the sequel for Happy Madison and Sony. Hit the jump for details on Oteri and Swardson’s characters.
A new trailer for the animated feature Hotel Transylvania has gone online. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack), the story centers on Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) trying to throw a party for his daughter Mavis’ (Selena Gomez) 118th birthday, but his plans go haywire when a human (Andy Samberg) comes to the monsters-only hotel and develops a crush on Mavis. This trailer isn’t wildly different from the first trailer that was released, but there are a couple new scenes thrown in that we haven’t see before (including a toilet joke, obviously). I’m still on the fence about this one. We could either be in for a really fun monster movie, or 90 minutes of unfunny and cheap gags that play to the lowest common denominator. The premise has promise and I quite like the animation style, so I’m sincerely hoping it’s the former.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The voice cast also includes David Spade (Griffin the Invisible Man), Steve Buscemi (Wayne the Werewolf), Kevin James (Frankenstein), Molly Shannon (Wanda the Werewolf) and Cee Lo Green (Murray the Mummy). Hotel Transylvania opens on September 28th.
Twilight’s Taylor Lautner has apparently outgrown vampires and is now interested in comedies. Enter Adam Sandler’s first-ever sequel, Grown Ups 2. Lautner is reportedly in negotiations to star opposite Sandler in a role that would allow him to go “toe-to-toe” with the veteran comedian. Details are in short order at the moment, but reports specify this only as a “fun” role for Lautner, who is looking for another big movie to hang on to. Since The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 will be closing out the franchise when it hits theaters November 16th, and even with the lackluster box office response to Lautner’s Abduction, the young star might just strike gold in Grown Ups 2. The original film about a reunion of childhood friends grossed over $160 million domestically. Hit the jump for more on the sequel.