Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 by Angie Han
Adam Sandler‘s partnership with Netflix either got off to a great start or a terrible one, depending on how you want to look at it. The Ridiculous 6 got horrid reviews even by Adam Sandler standards, and attracted controversy for its treatment of Native Americans. On the other hand, Netflix claims it was “the most-watched movie in the history of Netflix.” And in either case, it doesn’t really matter because Sandler already has a four-picture deal with the company. Now he’s preparing to drop the second of those movies.
The Do-Over stars Sandler regular David Spade as Charlie, a sad sack who spends his days shuffling between the job that he hates and the family that he doesn’t much care for either. A high school reunion puts him back in touch with an old friend, Max (Sandler), who seems to be living the dream. At first, Max offers Charlie the promise of a new life full of fun and adventure and pretty girls. But then Max tries to take things to the next level by faking their deaths, and things spiral out of control. Watch The Do-Over trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, March 21st, 2016 by Angie Han
Adam Sandler and Netflix’s The Ridiculous 6 is an easy target. It’s the latest lowbrow comedy from a star who’s never been a hit with critics, and whose recent track record at the box office has been hit or miss, to put it mildly. But if you’re eagerly anticipating, say, Joon-ho Bong’s Okja or Christopher Guest’s Mascots, you may want to give The Ridiculous 6 a bit of begrudging credit. Netflix has to fund those artsy niche projects somehow, and if that means appealing to a broader customer base with mainstream comedies like that one, well, it’s hard to complain too much.
So keep all that in mind when you check out the first teaser for The Do-Over, the second movie to come out of Sandler’s four-picture deal with the company. If you’re a fan of Sandler’s recent output, it’s probably cause for wholehearted rejoicing. But even if your tastes run more highbrow or indie, there’s reason to be glad Sandler’s still out there doing his thing. Read More »
You’ve got to hand it to Noah Baumbach – it takes a lot a guile to assemble a cast of movie stars for a small indie drama and then start filming without telling anyone, which is the case for his new movie, a seemingly untitled project that is undergoing production in New York City right now. This is par for the course for Baumbach, who has spent the past few years working quickly and quietly, seemingly only pausing to attend the film festivals where his work screens.
Also par for the course for Baumbach is the eclectic cast, which includes Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman, and Emma Thompson.
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Ever since Marvel Studios created their own cinematic universe for all their comic book characters to exist in on the big screen, the idea of a shared universe between film franchises has been quite popular in Hollywood. No one has really been able to replicate the kind of success Marvel has had just yet, but Warner Bros. Pictures is going to try with their DC Films universe when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice arrives this spring.
But cinematic universes just aren’t for comic book movies. In fact, in the world of comedy, there has been a cinematic universe that you may have never noticed. Adam Sandler has been starring in movies since the ’90s, and it turns out he may have been crafting what one man calls “The Sandlerverse” this whole time. Check out the compelling evidence for the Adam Sandler universe below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 7th, 2016 by Angie Han
Adam Sandler‘s box office track record has been pretty shaky lately. Grown Ups 2 was a hit, but That’s My Boy tanked hard. Pixels and Blended performed decently overseas, but floundered in the U.S. Even his would-be prestige projects, Tom McCarthy’s The Cobbler and Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children, have turned out to be critical and commercial duds.
On Netflix, though, Sandler is still king. Apparently. According to the streaming service, Sandler’s comedy Western The Ridiculous 6 is already the most-watched movie ever on Netflix, less than a month after it first hit. Read More »
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Although Paul Thomas Anderson mainly works with Radiohead guitarist Johnny Greenwood nowadays, the director collaborated many times with Jon Brion in the first half of his career. Arguably their finest work together is the bittersweet music found in Anderson’s fourth film, Punch-Drunk Love — one of the finest love stories of the 21st century. A slightly new version of the film has been made, which, depending on your location, you can see in March of next year.
Learn more about the live-orchestrated Punch-Drunk Love screening after the jump.
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There wasn’t a new episode of Saturday Night Live this past weekend, but Ryan Gosling is the first host of three new shows for three weeks in a row starting December 5th, with Chris Hemsworth hosting the following week and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler teaming up to host the last episode of the year on December 19th. However, we’ve got a fun treat to pass the time on the last day of this weekend from an SNL veteran who doesn’t usually give us anything to be excited about anymore.
Adam Sandler did a show recently in San Diego along with his friends David Spade, Nick Swardson and Rob Schneider, and there he debuted a new version of his famous Chanukah Song, just before the Festival of Lights begins on December 7th. New additions include Scarlett Johansson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and more. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 by Angie Han
Netflix is following up the apparent success of its first-ever prestige picture, Cary Fukunaga’s harrowing wartime drama Beasts of No Nation, with something completely different. And we mean completely. The company has just dropped the first trailer for The Ridiculous 6, a Western comedy starring Adam Sandler. Watch the Ridiculous 6 trailer after the jump. Read More »
Last weekend, the animated sequel Hotel Transylvania 2 topped the box office, and it actually broke the record for biggest September opening. That basically makes Hotel Transylvania 3 inevitable, but it will be missing one key element from the first two movies.
Director Genndy Tartakovsky, the animation mastermind behind Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack, has confirmed that he won’t return for Hotel Transylvania 3. However, he’s still very much interested in getting a Samurai Jack movie off the ground. Read More »