Pixels Michelle Monaghan

After a season spent on HBO’s deathly dark True Detective, Michelle Monaghan is ready for some much lighter fare. She’s just booked the female lead in Pixels, the video game-inspired action-comedy being directed by Chris Columbus and produced by Adam Sandler. She joins a starry cast that also includes Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage and, of course, Sandler himself.

Along with reports of her casting come a host of new details about the plotline and characters. Hit the jump to find out what everyone will be doing in the movie, as well as when we’ll see them doing it.

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Blended trailer

Sixteen years after they first got together in The Wedding Singer (yes, you’re that old), Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, and director Frank Coraci have reunited once more for Blended. This time, the two stars play single parents who have one awful blind date together… and then, through a series of only-in-the-movies contrivances, find themselves on an African safari together with their kids.

Basically, think The Brady Bunch by way of Happy Madison, with a big dollop of the “white people discovering themselves in brown places” travelogue a la Eat Pray Love. But does the old Sandler-Barrymore chemistry still hold up? Find out after the jump with a new Blended trailer.

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Peter Dinklage Joins ‘Pixels’ With Adam Sandler

Peter Dinklage Pixels

Peter Dinklage could go from waging war on mutants to waging war on video game characters. The X-Men: Days of Future Past actor is in final talks to join Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and Josh Gad in Pixels, the Ghostbusters-esque actioner being directed by Chris Columbus. Get details on the plot and more after the jump.

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Adam Sandler in Bedtime Stories

As a producer, Adam Sandler has a few actors that he likes to work with over and over. Chief among them is Adam Sandler, so it should come as no surprise that he’s cast himself in Happy Madison’s next big feature, the Chris Columbus-directed Pixels.

Also in the mix for the film are Sandler’s buddy and frequent co-star Kevin James, while Sandler’s Just Go With It love interest Jennifer Aniston is being courted for another role. But the cast isn’t all Happy Madison standbys — Josh Gad, of Frozen and Jobs fame, is circling as well. Hit the jump for more details.

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Adam Sandler’s ‘Grown Ups 2′ Leads Razzie Nominations

Grown Ups 2

For the film industry, the first couple months of each year are basically one long marathon of high fives. In glitzy ceremony after glitzy ceremony, filmmakers congratulate themselves and each other for making such awesome movies. It can all feel like a bit much after a while, even for the most enthusiastic of awards season watchers.

That’s where the Golden Raspberry Awards come in. Since 1980, they’ve shoved past the year’s best movies to recognize the worst of the worst. Among this year’s contenders are 31-time(!) nominee Sylvester Stallone, past Oscar winners Johnny Depp and Naomi Watts. But the most celebrated of all is reigning Worst Actor champ Adam Sandler, whose Grown Ups 2 snagged an impressive eight nominations. Check out the full list of nominees after the jump.

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Adam Sandler

Many audiences probably feel like they’ve got a pretty good lock on what an Adam Sandler film will offer, and for the most part they’re right. But every once in a while the comedian goes for something a little more serious — films like Punch-Drunk Love, Spanglish, and Funny People aren’t all that plentiful on his resume, but they are there.

His next deviation from absurd comedy will be The Cobbler, from The Station Agent and Win Win director Tom McCarthy. The film also features an eclectic supporting cast, with appearances from Dustin Hoffman, Method Man, Melonie Diaz, Ellen Barkin, Dan Stevens and Steve Buscemi. Sandler plays “a lonely New York shoe repairman” who happens across an object that literally lets him “walk in another man’s shoes.”

The first image doesn’t really show the magic, but it does give you Sandler in a mode that looks far enough from Grown Ups that it’s worth a look for those who prefer the actor’s more dramatic stuff. Read More »

Blended

First was The Wedding Singer, then 50 First Dates, now Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore team up once again for another Hollywood romantic comedy. This one is called Blended and it’s scheduled for release May 23. Directed by frequent Sandler collaborator Frank Coraci, Blended tells the story of two people who go on a terrible blind date, then find themselves on vacation together on African safari.

The trailer for the comedy just came out, and you can watch it below. Read More »

Jack and Jill

It seems like every few months, there’s a new article about how movie stardom just isn’t what it used to be, and how even the biggest names can no longer guarantee a box office smash. Nevertheless, the world’s most popular actors continue to get paid a lot, and not all of them actually make those hefty paychecks worth it.

According to Forbes, the worst value in Hollywood right now is Adam Sandler, whose Jack & Jill and That’s My Boy tanked horribly. He’s followed closely by Katherine Heigl and Reese Witherspoon, and at more of a distance by his pal Kevin James. Find out who the next six are after the jump.

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