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 »

Three years after making her directorial debut with the well-received Whip ItDrew Barrymore is preparing to get behind the camera again. The actress-turned-filmmaker has just finalized a deal to helm The End, a modestly budgeted apocalypse drama for Warner Bros.

Common as end-of-the-world flicks are, this one seems to stand apart for its tone. Where most dramas of the type tend to have a sad or scary tone — y’know, because they end with everyone dying — The End will aim for an “uplifting and humanistic” feel, opting to focus on life rather than death. More details after the jump.

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In almost every actor’s career there comes a time to make a clean-cut family tearjerker, and it seems that time has really come for John Krasinski, Drew Barrymore, Tim Blake Nelson, Stephen Root and many more as they take part in Big Miracle. The film finds Krasinski as a TV journalist stuck in small-town Alaska who discovers three whales trapped in the ice off the coast. Everyone with a soul, from townspeople to the big, bad Soviets, rallies to get the whales back to open water, and enough sympathetic, happy tears will probably be shed in the audience to create a new little whale habitat in every multiplex.

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Though she’s better known as an actress, Drew Barrymore made her directorial debut with 2009’s Whip It, starring Ellen Page as a teenager who joins a roller derby team. While I wouldn’t say it demonstrated a distinctive directorial style, Whip It was a solid first effort. I found the film to be genuine, funny and sweet, with strong performances by Page and co-stars Kristen Wiig, Marcia Gay Harden and Alia Shakwat.

Now, Barrymore’s looking to step up to the director’s chair a second time with How to Be Single, a romantic comedy detailing the entanglements of a group of New Yorkers over the course of a decade. Read more after the jump.

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‘E.T. 2′ Trailer: “ET-X: Extinction”

Those of you following along will recall that we posted a fan created trailer for E.T. 2 in Friday’s edition of Page 2. That trailer was a mash-up of scenes from Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds and E.T.

Christopher Campbell has discovered another fan created E.T. sequel trailer – this one is longer, more-fleshed out and better edited. Created by Robert Blankenheim and Derek Johnson Productions, the faux movie titled “ET-X: Extinction” and uses clips of grown up Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas, as well as clips from other alien invasion and disaster movies — featuring an all star ensemble cast which includes Morgan Freeman, Bruce Willis and President Obama. Trust me, you want to check this one out. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. I’ve also included the War of the Worlds/ET mash-up for those who missed it.

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We’ve been getting a lot of casting info about Final Destination 5, which James Cameron protege Steven Quale is soon directing. Emma Bell from Frozen and The Walking Dead is signing on as the female lead.

She’ll join  P.J. Byrne, Tony Todd, David Koechner, Meghan Ory, Nicholas D’Agosto, Ellen Wroe, Arlen Escarpeta and Miles Fisher when the film shoots in Vancouver later this month. Expect more antics in which death stalks people, who end up expiring in rather extravagent ways. [Arrow in the Head]

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Going The Distance Pushed Back to September

Warner Bros has informed us that Going The Distance has changed release dates to September 3rd 2010 from August 27th 2010. In making the announcement, Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution stated, “Moving to the Labor Day weekend not only allows us to take advantage of the long holiday weekend, but gives us some distance from the other female-driven films releasing in August. Additionally, we have an opportunity to build more awareness and word-of-mouth for a movie we believe has strong appeal for a broad audience.”

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Tim Blake Nelson Joins Whales

Tim Blake Nelson has signed on to join Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski , and Kristen Bell in Ken Kwapis‘ (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,  He’s Just Not That Into You) big screen adaptation of Whales. Based on Tom Rose’s nonfiction book “Freeing the Whales: How the Media Created the World’s Greatest Non-Event” about three California Gray whales who were discovered imprisoned in the Arctic ice in 1988, and media madness that spawned around the rescue which “captured the imaginations of hundreds of millions of people.” The project was formerly titled “Everybody Loves Whales”. THR reports that Nelson will play a wildlife expert who works in the wildlife-management office.

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Kristen Bell Joins Whales

Kristen Bell is in talks to join Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski in Ken Kwapis‘ (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,  He’s Just Not That Into You) big screen adaptation of Whales. Based on Tom Rose’s nonfiction book “Freeing the Whales: How the Media Created the World’s Greatest Non-Event” about three California Gray whales who were discovered imprisoned in the Arctic ice in 1988, and media madness that spawned around the rescue which “captured the imaginations of hundreds of millions of people.” The project was formerly titled “Everybody Loves Whales”.

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Going the Distance

Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Nanette Burstein (On The Ropes, American Teen) makes her narrative feature film debut with the romantic comedy Going the Distance. The raunchy screenplay placed highly on the Black List, but it appears to have been tamed into a generic mainstream romcom starring Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Christina Applegate, Ron Livingston and Charlie Day.

An Academy Award nominated director that we’ve championed on /Film in the past…

… a screenplay voted one of the best unproduced scripts by industry insiders…

… and this is the trailer?

Really? Lets hope the movie has something better to offer.

Watch the trailer now, embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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