Grown Ups is one of the movies from the past few years that many people love to hate — even those people who haven’t seen it. (Confession: I have not seen Grown Ups.) Presented below, mostly without comment, is the trailer for Grown Ups 2, in which Adam Sandler and Salma Hayek move out of LA and back to their home town. Soon they’re joined by much of the rest of the cast from the first film, and if this trailer is any indication, the hijinks that ensue are wacky.

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BJ Novak Added to ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′


Briefly: Social media is quickly changing the way some news stories are broken in the entertainment world. Pro-active directors post casting stories themselves (as Bryan Singer did with a series of X-Men tweets) while others use Instagram to preview their films with oblique and occasionally informative images from set.

Marc Webb has offered up a steady stream of pics from the set of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and the latest features a casting confirmation. The pic above comes from Webb, and shows BJ Novak (The Office, Inglourious Basterds) on the set. The post was captioned with “Day 38. A supposed rumor about a Dunder-Mifflin takeover of Oscorp?” which suggests that Novak plays an employee of Oscorp. (The film also features Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn, and Dane DeHaan as his son Harry.)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 also features Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Shailene Woodley, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, and Sally Field. It opens on May 2, 2014.


Plenty of us who grew up in the ’90s still have a dusty box of old Goosebumps novels tucked away somewhere in the attic, but Sony Pictures is actually doing something with its stash. The studio acquired dozens of R.L. Stine‘s bestselling scary stories a few years back, and is now joining forces with Rob Letterman (Monsters vs Aliens) to bring them to life on the big screen. Hit the jump to read more.

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If you’ve been wondering whether or not Norman Osborn would end up as the Green Goblin in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the film’s latest casting will really fuel speculation.

Chris Cooper has come on board to play Norman Osborn, played in the Sam Raimi films by Willem Dafoe. We don’t know if Cooper will end up in the suit as the Goblin — if he does, expect it to be a small appearance in this sequel — and if he does, what that will mean for the villain landscape of the third film. Maniacal laugh! Read More »

Take this with a good degree of caution, but Ultimate Spider-Man trainspotters may enjoy the speculation, at least.

As director Marc Webb has been posting photos from the set of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, he has hinted at something unexpected. His last photo showed what could be a morgue locker, or some much more compact storage unit, along with a “happy birthday” tag. Each item seems pretty innocuous, but there is rampant speculation that taken together, and in context with the Ultimate Spider-Man comic series, they suggest that Venom is coming back to the big screen in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Read More »

The cheeseburger rainstorms may have ceased for now, but Flint Lockwood’s battles with food are far from over. In this fall’s Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs sequel, Flint (Bill Hader) continues to deal with the consequences of his malfunctioning FLDSMDFR device when he discovers that it’s created a new race of food-animal hybrids — or “food-imals,” in the first of many groanworthy (but secretly hilarious… or not? Just me?) puns.

Initially, Flint and his girlfriend Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) are in awe of the lush, colorful creatures. But then, so were the characters in Jurassic Park with their dinosaurs, and we all know how that ended. Before long, the food-imals are threatening to take over entirely, and it’s up to Flint and Sam to save the town again. See the first images from the film after the jump.

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The A-list cast of David O. Russell‘s next project already includes Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams, and now he’s making room for one more. But the actor he has in mind isn’t your typical movie star. Louis C.K. has entered talks to play a key role in Russell’s untitled new con man drama, formerly called American Bullshit. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Briefly: He was a marginalized kid who had trouble controlling his newfound power in Chronicle, and now Dane DeHaan is going to menace Spider-Man. Marc Webb, director of The Amazing Spider-Man and the upcoming sequel, tweeted today that DeHaan had been cast as Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The character was played by James Franco in Sam Raimi’s series of films, and we’d expect him to end up being the villain of Webb’s planned third Spider-Man film. Read More »

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