Grown Ups 2

The summer schedule is chock full of sequels we’re dying, or at least very curious to see. This weekend alone has Fast & Furious 6 going up against Before Midnight, for example. Monsters University and The Wolverine are due out in the following months. And so on.

Today, however, we have a trailer for what may be the least-anticipated follow-up of the season. (Least-anticipated by the hardcore movie crowd, that is.) Grown Ups 2 reunites Adam Sandler, David Spade, Kevin James, and Chris Rock  in their hometown for still more hilarious shenanigans. The film also brings some fresh blood into the mix, in the form of Taylor Lautner, Patrick Schwarzenegger, and Shaquille O’Neil. Watch the video after the jump.

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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.

And keep an eye out for Taylor Lautner, doing comedy on purpose. Read More »

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Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore are teaming up a third time in the film Blended, a romantic comedy to follow The Wedding Singer and Fifty First Dates. (No relation between the films.)

A couple months ago we heard that a reunion of the two might be Sandler’s next movie. Now the family romantic comedy — about an awkward couple that ends up on a family vacation together in Africa — appears to be going forward with a script from Ivan Menchell and Claire Sera, revisions from Sandler and Tim Herlihy, and The Waterboy and The Wedding Singer director Frank Coraci behind the camera. But the story specifics suggest something a bit different from what we’re likely to get from the movie.

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Today’s Sequel Bits is stuffed to the brim with images, quotes, tweets, and more. After the jump:

  • Would Bryan Singer ever direct a Star Trek movie?
  • Damon Lindelof explains all the secrecy about the villain
  • Seth Grahame-Smith gets cracking on Beetlejuice 2
  • Steven Seagal‘s out, Jackie Chan‘s in for Expendables 3
  • Willow and Roger Rabbit sequels offer non-updates
  • Anchorman 2 will feature Champ Kind, restauranteur
  • The Happy Madison boys goof off in Grown Ups 2 posters
  • Storm Shadow looks especially badass in new G.I. Joe pics
  • Kick-Ass 2 reveals six new high-res images and a poster

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We’ll be hearing arguments over which film really deserved the Best Picture Oscar for months, if not years, to come, but if the Razzie results are any indication there’s a firm consensus on which movie was the worst of 2012.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II swept this year’s proceedings, as seven out of their record-tying eleven nominations turned into wins. Keep in mind that that’s eleven nominations out of ten categories — that’s how bad Razzie voters thought this thing was. That’s My Boy and Battleship got a little love (hate?) as well. Hit the jump to read the winners.

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After a few years attempting to return to his gross-out roots, Adam Sandler‘s next film drops him back into a more female-friendly genre: romantic comedy. Sandler will next star in an untitled Warner Bros. comedy about two families forced to deal with each other. Ivan Menchell and Claire Sera wrote the original draft, a director search is underway and Drew Barrymore has been approached to play the female lead. The duo have had on-screen romantic success before, in The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates.

Though Sandler was expected to make a western called The Ridiculous 6 before anything else, script revisions have pushed that movie back and this will be next for him. Filming begins in May. Read more about the film below. Read More »

Happy Gilmore and Ace Ventura could end up as part of Marvel’s cosmic superhero team. Latino Review reports Marvel is reportedly courting both Jim Carrey and/or Adam Sandler for yet-to-be revealed parts in James Gunn‘s 2014 film, Guardians of the Galaxy. The only role they certainly won’t be playing is Peter Quill, aka Star Lord, but they might be asked to provide the voice of Rocket Raccoon or another of the non-human characters such as Groot.

After the jump, discuss the possibility of who Carrey or Sandler could play. Read More »

Briefly: Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation are setting up a pattern of making satisfying and relatively successful animated films, then moving the sequels into the hands of specially-chosen new creators. The company did it with Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, the sequel for which is being directed by a pair of guys who worked on the first movie under original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

Now Sony has set September 25, 2015 as the release date for Hotel Transylvania 2. The first movie did quite well when it hit a few weeks back, and so it looks like the collaboration between animator Genndy Tartakovsky and star Adam Sandler is going to keep on truckin’.

But Tartakovsky is going to direct the Popeye movie for Sony, releasing in the same window in 2014, and so there will be a new director (or directors) for the Transylvania sequel. Who’ll make the movie? We don’t know yet, but if Sony is really setting up a pattern here it could be someone from the story or animation department on the first. [THR]

 

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