Columbia Pictures has released the teaser trailer for the new Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups. The film stars Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Salma Hayek, Steve Buscemi, Maria Bello, Gary Busey and David Spade, and is directed by Dennid Dugan, the filmmaker behind of some of Sandler’s earlier films like Happy Gilmore and Big Daddy, but who recently has been responsible for some comic clunkers like I Now Pronouce You Chuck & Larry, and You Don’t Mess with the Zohan.
Five friends and former teammates reunite years later to honor the passing of their childhood basketball coach. With their wives and kids in tow, they spend the Fourth of July holiday weekend together at the lake house where they celebrated their championship years earlier. Picking up where they left off, they discover why growing older doesn’t mean growing up.
It looks like a fairly generic comedy, even more so than the recent Sander efforts. Almost makes you wish that Sandler was still making second rate romantic comedies with Drew Barrymore again. You know, when they at least featured a few good jokes. And what is that on Kevin James’ face? That can’t be a beard, is it? Watch the full teaser trailer after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments ago.
What are the ethical boundaries when it comes to a celebrity or movie star after the person in question is dead? Obviously, Sony has no problem releasing an unfinished concert film for the recently departed king of pop Michael Jackson. And judging from the projected box office tracking, people are interested in paying for the chance to see Jackson dance and sing on the big screen, for one last time. But what about commercials? There is certainly a difference between releasing an unfinished performance of a dead star and altering a dead actor’s performance for use in a television commercial.
FilmJunk points us towards this new DirecTV advertisement which features the late comedian Chris Farley‘s performance from Tommy Boy, with David Spade‘s performance digitally altered to promote satellite television. Some might recall that DirecTV went under fire last year for a similar ad altering Poltergeist, featuring Heather O’Rourke, an actress who died tragically in 1988 at age 12. Check out the Tommy Boy advertisement for yourself after the jump, and please chime in: Is this wrong?
And if so, who is to blame? David Spade is getting a lot of flack for supposedly cashing in on his dead friend, but one must assume that Paramount granted permission to alter the video footage, and that Farley’s family must have received a paycheck as well.
“Kung Fool!” In a casting decision undoubtedly made to set the Internet on fire, that guy David Hasselhoff will star in Beverly Hills Ninja 2, the sequel to Chris Farley’s 1997 contribution to the fat joke. Apparently the sequel will be a theatrical release from Sony. It wasn’t confirmed whether Hoff will play the titular throwing star handler. Mitchell Klebenoff, who scribed the original as well as the 1987 Fatboys’ pill party, Disorderlies, will shoot the film primarily in South Korea, where no mainstream Hollywood production has gone before. Excited?
David Spade didn’t co-star in the original Ninja (Chris Rock did the honor), but I’m killing two clipped birds with one dull stone. Spade will star in the would-be comedy, Divorced Guys, for director Fred Wolf, who’s coming off the Happy Madison sleeper hit The House Bunny. Wolf also wrote Joe Dirt, Black Sheep and Dirty Work (Norm, we need you). They co-wrote the script with actor-writer Kevin Farley, Chris Farley’s younger brother, and the plot centers on a “group of divorced guys who go on a road trip to figure out why their marriages failed and stumble into a series of comic mishaps.” Sounds like Wild Hogs humped today’s Hangover in the name of friendship.
David Spade impersonates Daniel Day-Lewis as Daniel Plainview in this hilarious There Will Be Blood parody video titled “There Will Be Oscars” over at FunnyorDie.com. Spade’s Plainview wants the Oscar gold. He’s worked long and hard for this moment. This is probably the funniest thing Spade has done in years. Watch the video now below.