Pixels trailer

By now, you probably know if you’re going to see Pixels or not. Directed by Chris Columbus, the film stars Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, Kevin James and Michelle Monaghan as former video game champions who are asked to save the world when real life video game characters invade Earth. Think Independence Day starring the cast of The King of Kong.

If you still aren’t sure and are hoping for some new nugget to get excited about in this second Pixels trailer, it’s probably not going to do it. There is some new footage in here, including a bit with Kevin James killing a Smurf, as well as some background on the characters, but for the most part its the same few set pieces as the last trailer. The optimist in me is hoping Sony is simply holding back lots of other moments for the theater, but that tends not to be the case with the films of James and Sandler. Watch the new Pixels trailer below. Read More »


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Pixels movie - Chris Columbus interview

While in Las Vegas for CinemaCon 2015 last week, I got the opportunity to sit down with Chris Columbus, a screenwriter and director who had a dramatic effect on the cinema of my childhood, and yours. Lets do a list: Gremlins, Goonies, Young Sherlock Holmes, Adventures in Babysitting, Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, Stepmom, and the first installments of the Harry Potter franchise. His latest film Pixels seems to be a return to the roots of his earlier days, and I’m personally excited to see it.

In my interview with Chris Columbus (who turns out to be a daily /Film reader) I ask him if he will ever return to writing original screenplays again like he did with Gremlins and Goonies. He explains how he got involved with Pixels, initially having not seen the viral short film which inspired the movie. He talks a bit about how the licensed video game characters became involved with the project and also talks about Pac Man creator Toru Iwatani‘s appearance in the film, not as himself (as seen in the trailer) but in a cameo role.

We learn whether or not there was any pressure to differentiate the movie from Ghostbusters, and Columbus talks about a return to the Amblin era of films, whether he’d ever direct one of John Hughes‘ unproduced screenplays, and he even gives us an update on the Gremlins reboot. Hit the jump to read my full Chris Columbus interview from CinemaCon 2015 in Las Vegas.

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Gremlins remake

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to talk to writer/director Chris Columbus about his upcoming film Pixels. That full interview will be posted next week, but for now I wanted to feature a short excerpt from the interview. Columbus talked about why they are rebooting Gremlins, and what got him interested in returning to the franchise. He also discussed whether or not we might see some of the characters and actors from the original film return.

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Warner Bros. Hires ‘Gremlins’ Remake Writer

Gremlins remake

This news answers a question that has been raised many times over the years: will there be some sort of remake or reboot of Gremlins? We’d heard just months ago that a reboot was probably dead, but things change. Now the answer to that question is “yes,” and Warner Bros. has just hired a new Gremlins remake writer. Carl Ellsworth (Goosebumps) will script the new take on the story of rapidly-multiplying little green monsters. Read More »

I Kill Giants

Chris Columbus is preparing to slay some monsters. Or rather, he’s preparing to help a fictional character to do so. He’s set to produce I Kill Giants, based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Joe Kelly and J.M. Niimura. Oscar winner Anders Walter is directing, and Treehouse Pictures will finance. Read all about the I Kill Giants movie after the jump.  Read More »

Pixels trailer

When old school video game icons attack the world, who ya gonna call? Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, Kevin James and Peter Dinklage of course. Those four, along with Michelle Monaghan, lead Pixels, the latest film from director Chris Columbus. It opens July 24 but you can watch the first Pixels trailer now. Read More »

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Pixels Posters

Columbia Pictures has released five new teaser posters for the upcoming Chris Columbus video game sci-fi comedy Pixels. The plot of the movie is about a group of video game experts who are recruited by the military to fight 1980s-era video game characters attacking our planet. Its been pitched as Ghostbusters, but with classic 80’s video game creatures instead of ghosts. And yes, I’ve actually been hearing good buzz from some people in the know. Until now we’ve only seen photos of the main cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage (who looks to be playing a send-up of King of Kong’s Billy Mitchell). But these Pixels posters give us our first look at the video game baddies that will be attacking our planet in this film. Hit the jump to get a close up look at Pac-man, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong and Centipede in the first Pixels posters — which are very cool looking.

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Remember when Summer blockbusters weren’t just comic book adaptations and sequels? When high concept, crazy huge ideas dominated the multiplexes? It feels like its been forever but Chris Columbus‘ 2015 release Pixels is exactly that. Yes, it’s an adaptation of a short film, but the big idea is pure Summer blockbuster. When classic video game characters come down to destroy the earth, a group of nerdy gamers are tasked with saving the world. They’re played by Adam Sandler, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage.

We’ve seen a few images from the film but even this year’s Comic-Con panel failed to reveal any footage. Now we can exclusively reveal when footage will finally be released. Sony has made an agreement with Warner Bros. to debut the first Pixels trailer in front of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on December 17. Read More »

‘Pixels’ Bumped Back to July 2015

pixels release delayed

Those four above have a longer walk than they originally thought. Earlier today we had word of one Sony film hitting theaters earlier than planned, as Fury moved from mid-November up to October 17 2014. Now the video game-influenced action/comedy Pixels, based on the short film from Patrick Jean, has been pushed back from May 15, 2015 to July 24, 2015.

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