Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and More Destroy Famous Cities in First PIXELS Posters

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Sony Pictures has unveiled the first Pixels posters for director Chris Columbus’ upcoming adventure film, and fans of a few arcade games in particular will recognize the principal characters on display.  The comedy 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.  Columbus has years of experience in both the comedy (Home Alone) and adventure (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) realms, and Sandler’s supporting cast is filled out by talented actors like Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, and Josh Gad, so I’m actually pretty hopeful about how this thing turns out.  This debut poster is a fine start.

Check out the first Pixels posters after the jump.  The film also stars Brian Cox and Kevin JamesPixels opens in theaters on July 24, 2015.

Michelle Monaghan Talks THE BEST OF ME, What Attracted Her to a Nicholas Sparks Movie, PIXELS, the Response to TRUE DETECTIVE, and More

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Based on the best-selling novel by author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of two former high school sweethearts, Dawson (James Marsden) and Amanda (Michelle Monaghan), who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart.  In their hometown for the funeral of their beloved friend, they are suddenly forced to face the love that they’ve never forgotten, as well as the life that got in their way.  The film also stars Luke Bracey, Liana Liberato, Caroline Goodall, Sebastian Arcelus, Jon Tenney and Gerald McRaney.

At the film’s press day, actress Michelle Monaghan spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why she was attracted to this project, the surreal experience of sharing the role with another actor, they mannerisms that they wanted to be sure to share, and what she enjoyed about this character.  She also talked about how fortunate she feels to have been a part of True Detective, and just how palpable the creative energy was on set.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

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.

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.

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.

PIXELS Behind-the-Scenes Video Features Peter Dinklage Welcoming You to the Electric Dreams Factory, Suckers

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Oh buddy, if you’re excited for Chris Columbus’ upcoming sci-fi comedy Pixels, then this has been a banner week for you!  The movie shows the outcome of aliens catching a glimpse of classic arcade games and misreading them as a declaration of war.  In response to their attack, President Will Cooper (Kevin James) recruits his childhood best friend and former ‘80s video game champion, Jules Brenner (Adam Sandler), to pull together a team of the best arcaders and save the world.  About a week ago, we saw the first image of those arcaders, the logo and a list of classic games that will be featured in the movie, and a movie poster from Comic-Con.  Now, we have a special behind-the-scenes video that features co-star Peter Dinklage in character as he welcomes viewers to the Electric Dreams Factory.

Also starring Josh Gad, Brian Cox, and Michelle Monaghan, Pixels is slated for release on May 15, 2015.  Hit the jump to watch the video.

Comic-Con 2014: Posters for GOOSEBUMPS, PIXELS, THE INTERVIEW, THE WALKING DEAD, and More

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With Comic-Con set to begin tomorrow, we’re about to be inundated with a crazy amount of new posters, images, and information about upcoming TV shows and movies.  Like years past, a number of Collider writers are heading to San Diego to help cover the convention.  We’re going to be offering panel recaps, interviews with some of the biggest names at Comic-Con, and tons of pictures from the convention floor including our yearly cosplay picture article.  The next few days are going to be crazy, so I hope you keep checking back for our coverage.

While walking around the past hour in San Diego, I snapped pictures of a number of posters on display outside the hotels and inside the convention center.  Hit the jump for pics of Goosebumps, Pixels, The Interview, The Walking Dead, Legends, Fury, The Blacklist, Vikings, and more.  Keep in mind, things are still being set up, so this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what’s outside the convention.

PIXELS Logo Unveiled; Film Will Include Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Frogger, Space Invaders, and More

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Unless it’s a drama (of which he has two on the horizon), it’s hard to get excited about an Adam Sandler movie these days.  That said, this might change with Sony’s upcoming action comedy Pixels.  Directed by Chris Columbus and based on the short film of the same name, the story revolves around a few 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.  Sandler stars alongside Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox, and Kevin James as the President of the United States (I know), but today Sony has unveiled the official Pixels logo and revealed which recognizable video game characters will be popping up in the film.  It’s a hodge-podge of great game icons, from Pac-Man to Donkey Kong to Q*bert, and I’m really curious to see how they’ll be realized in the large-scale action-adventure film.

Hit the jump to check out the official Pixels logo, a high-resolution version of the previously released image, and the full press release and synopsis from Sony.  Pixels opens in theaters on May 15, 2015.

PIXELS Image Shows Off Adam Sandler, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage as the Arcaders

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Sony has released the first Pixels image.  The film will have a presence at San Diego Comic-Con next week, but while we wait for that “special video announcement” from director Chris Columbus that Sony Pictures Entertainment is teasing, how about checking out the very first still from the film?  Pixels will show what happens when aliens catch a glimpse of classic arcade games and misread them as a declaration of war.  When the ETs attack, President Will Cooper (Kevin James) recruits his childhood best friend and former ‘80s video game champion, Jules Brenner (Adam Sandler), to pull together a team of the best arcaders and save the world.

The feature was inspired by a short film of the same name that hit the web back in 2010 depicting what might happen if New York City was attacked by some very familiar 8-bit characters.  Hit the jump to check out the Pixels image as well as the original short film.  Pixels will arrive in theaters on May 15, 2015 and also stars Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad and Brian Cox.

Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Wednesday’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th Includes CONSTANTINE, HANNIBAL, BATMAN ’66, and More

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The Comic-Con 2014 scheduled for Wednesday’s July 23rd’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th has been announced.  As they’ve done in previous years, Preview Night will offer fans a first look at the pilots for upcoming shows.  This year’s lineup is for The Flash, Constantine, and iZombie plus a brand new episode Teen Titans Go!.  On Thursday, you’ll get a much stronger Hall H lineup than last year with presentations from DreamWorks Animation, The Giver, Paramount Pictures, Entertainment Weekly’s: The Visionaries (the “visionaries” haven’t been announced yet, but usually this is a fascinating panel), and a look at the upcoming Batman ’66 Blu-ray set.  Folks in Ballroom 20, which hosts plenty of TV panels, will get to see presentations for 24, Teen Wolf, Hannibal, and Penny Dreadful.  Then there’s an outlier with Sony Pictures doing a presentation in the Indigo Ballroom over the in Hilton Bayfront Hotel.  That’s how packed Comic-Con is this year: there’s no room for a major studio that’s bringing Goosebumps and Pixels.

Hit the jump for Comic-Con 2014 schedule highlights from Wednesday’s July 23rd’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th.  The 2014 San Diego Comic-Con will run from July 23rd to July 27th.

Rebel Wilson Joins GRIMSBY; Guy Pearce Added to EQUALS; Brian Cox Set for PIXELS; Alessandro Nivola Joins SELMA

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We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Rebel Wilson has joined the cast of the new Sacha Baron Cohen comedy Grimsby.
  • Guy Pearce will reunite with Breathe In director Drake Doremus on the sci-fi film Equals, also starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult.
  • Brian Cox has joined the cast of Adam Sandler’s video game actioner Pixels.
  • Alessandro Nivola (American Hustle) has been added to the civil rights drama Selma.

Hit the jump for more details on the aforementioned casting. 

SMURFS Reboot Pushed to August 2016; Adam Sandler’s PIXELS Set for May 15, 2015; GOOSEBUMPS Moved Up to August 7, 2015

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Sony Pictures has unveiled new release dates for a few of its upcoming films.  Briefly:

  • Untitled Smurfs Movie – The fully animated Smurfs reboot has been pushed from August 2015 to August 5, 2016 in order to give animators enough time to, you know, finish the movie.  The 2015 date was set when the pic was initially going to be another live-action/CG sequel to the existing franchise, but now director Kelly Asbury plans an entirely animated reimagining more in line with Peyo’s original artwork.
  • Pixels – Director Chris Columbus’ alien invasion film Pixels will open in theaters on May 15, 2015 opposite Pitch Perfect 2 and Mad Max: Fury Road.  The film stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and Peter Dinklage and revolves around 80s arcade gamers who are enlisted to help defeat alien invaders.
  • Goosebumps – The family friendly Goosebumps adaptation has been moved up from March 2016 to August 7, 2015, where it faces Assassin’s CreedJack Black stars in the adaptation as author R.L. Stine himself, as he finds his own creations coming to life.

Michelle Monaghan Joins PIXELS; Gwendoline Christie Replaces Lily Rabe in THE HUNGER GAMES Finale; Amy Ryan and Jillian Bell Get GOOSEBUMPS with Jack Black

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Michelle Monaghan is the latest addition to Chris Columbus’ Pixels as the female lead.  Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, Kevin James, and Josh Gad also star.
  • Gwendoline Christie will replace Lily Rabe in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.
  • Amy Ryan and Jillian Bell have signed on for Rob Letterman’s Goosebumps adaptation, starring Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, and Odeya Rush.

Hit the jump for more on each picture.

Peter Dinklage Joins PIXELS; Dayo Okeniyi Stars in TERMINATOR: GENESIS; Tom Wilkinson Eyed to Play President Lyndon B. Johnson in SELMA

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Here’s the day’s latest casting news:

  • Peter Dinklage is in final negotiations to join Chris Columbus’ Pixels, starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Josh Gad.
  • The Hunger Games’ Dayo Okeniyi has landed the role of Miles Dyson’s son in Alan Taylor’s Terminator: Genesis starring Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney and Jason Clarke.
  • Tom Wilkinson is being eyed to play President Lyndon B. Johnson in Ava DuVernay’s Martin Luther King Jr. movie, Selma.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Josh Gad and Kevin James in Early Talks to Join Chris Columbus’ Long-Gestating PIXELS; Adam Sandler to Star [Updated]

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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.]

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