It’s been a while since we’ve gotten a real update on the video game-inspired Pixels, but it’s moving ahead slowly but surely. While no director has been announced at this time, King of Kong helmer Seth Gordon‘s signed on to executive produce and possibly direct, and while no star has been locked in at this point, Adam Sandler is eyeing it as a potential star vehicle. (No surprise, considering the film is being produced by Sandler’s company Happy Madison.)

Meanwhile, Happy Madison and Sony have just tapped Sandler’s Just Go With It scribe Tim Dowling to rewrite the Pixels script as an action-comedy tentpole in the vein of Ghostbusters. Dowling takes over for frequent Sandler collaborator Tim Herlihy, who began working on the script in 2010. More details after the jump.

 

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Thanks to recent films like Jack and Jill and That’s My Boy!, Adam Sandler has taken prominence as the biggest critical comedic punching bag. So when some people see that he’s voicing Dracula in Hotel Transylvania, I’m sure there will be some automatic dismissals of the film.

But while Hotel Transylvania reunites Sandler and his That’s My Boy! co-star Andy Samberg, the film is also from Genndy Taratkovsky, the animation director behind such fare as Samurai Jack, The Powerpuff Girls, and Star Wars: Clone Wars. His sensibilities are often great, and his touch is all over this new trailer. And while Hotel Transylvania is pretty silly, it is also a film expressly for kids. (As opposed to Sandler’s other recent adult-skewing material.) So I’m ready to give it a shot. Read More »

‘That’s My Boy’ Red-Band Trailer #2

Adam Sandler and crew have been promoting That’s My Boy for so long now, I feel like it’s already come and gone. He was at the Super Bowl talking about the film, on ESPN before that and now, finally, after over six months of hype, the film will finally be released next week. In the movie, Sandler plays a man who fathers a child in his teens and then, when his child (Andy Samberg) gets married, the young father comes back into his life.

I have yet to see the film but the buzz I’ve heard from people who have is that That’s My Boy is a bit of a return to form for Sandler. Instead of the weak sauce of Grown Ups and Jack & Jill, this movie is apparently a very dirty, very nasty, hard R-rated comedy. To push that, Sony has released a second Red Band trailer for the film. Check it out below. Read More »

Whatever its flaws, The Other Guys boasted a crackling comedic duo in Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, so we were excited to hear about a re-team for the two stars in the football comedy Three Mississippi. But alas, it’s not meant to be. Adam Sandler has just replaced Wahlberg in the film, which centers around rival families engaging in an annual tackle football match. Surprisingly, it’ll be the first time that comedy heavyweights Sandler and Ferrell have starred in a feature together. More details after the jump.

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Now that G.I. Joe: Retaliation is no longer opening next month, thanks to a late-in-the-game decision to post-convert it to 3D, we’ve got another ten months to keep talking about it. After the jump, read director Jon Chu‘s earlier comments on the decision to shoot in 2D. Also:

  • Get a look at Shaquille O’Neal on the Grown Ups 2 set
  • Passion of the Christ sorta-prequel Mary Mother of Christ gets a director
  • Star Trek 2 is heading to Iceland for second unit shooting
  • Jonathan Frakes talks about his visit to the Star Trek set
  • Uncharted actor Nolan North will be in Trek 2, but chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen won’t

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Bloodthirsty fish, show-offy zebras, superpowered brothers, and overgrown manchildren run wild in today’s Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • Josh Trank still not sure on Chronicle 2
  • Similarly, Joss Whedon undecided on Avengers 2
  • More Grown Ups 2 shooting news in New England
  • MIB3‘s viral campaign concludes with a final video
  • Chris Rock rocks out in a new Madagascar 3 clip
  • The Hoff features prominently in clips from Piranha 3DD
  • Chris Hemsworth spills about Thor and Loki’s relationship

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Today’s Sequel Bits features all kinds, from Depression-era gangsters to noirish femme fatales to drunken school bus drivers. After the jump:

  • Nick Swardson and Cheri Oteri board Grown-Ups 2
  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For gets its first teaser poster
  • A new G.I. Joe: Retaliation image shows Cobra Commander
  • Seth Grahame-Smith is a little intimidated by Beetlejuice 2
  • Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz talk Tron: Uprising
  • Paramount is letting a Godfather (book) prequel go forward
  • Jon Favreau likes where Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3 is headed

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Though Genndy Tartakovsky has been a force in TV animation since the mid-’90s, it’s only now that he’s finally making the jump to features with Hotel Transylvania. It’s clear that the new film has more of a traditional look than most of his shows have had, but there are some nice visual flourishes that should please fans of his previous work.

Adam Sandler voices Dracula, the proprietor of a luxury resort for monsters like Frankenstein (Kevin James), The Invisible Man (David Spade), the Mummy (Cee-Lo Green), and more. The trouble starts when a young human man (Adam Samberg) accidentally stumbles across the establishment, then meets and falls for Dracula’s daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez). While the new teaser hits many of the same beats that we saw in the first teaser last month, there’s enough new footage to be work a quick look.

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