Briefly: Once upon a time Adam Sandler would have been the name driving a new action comedy, but now he’s sharing the spotlight with his I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry co-star Kevin James. The two are the presumed leads for Valet Guys, based on a pitch Sony just purchased about two, er, veteran South Beach valet guys who witness a murder and consequently go on the run.

Deadline has the bare details, saying that Nick Bakay, a frequent Kevin James collaborator (producer on King of Queens and Paul Blart: Mall Cop writer, for example) will write the script with James. In other words, this has a better than average chance of getting made. And when it goes get made, you can bet that it’ll be critically bulletproof and hit $100m before you count to ten. But what the hell; the idea has easy, if well-worn comic potential. If you’re a Kevin James fan, the title and premise are probably enough to secure a ticket. Pass time with Kevin James in The Zookeeper, which opens on July 8, 2011, while you wait for this one.

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A bunch of new movie posters have hit the web over the last 12 hours, including new one-sheets for Greg Mottola‘s sci-fi comedy Paul starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, and Bill Hader, The Mechanic remake starring Jason Statham, Ben Foster, and Donald Sutherland, the computer animated feature Gnomeo and Juliet, the horror/thriller The Rite starring Anthony Hopkins, the Ron Howard-directed comedy The Dilemma starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James. Hit the jump to see the posters.

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Teaser Trailer & Poster: ‘Zookeeper’

In the midst of giant effing robots, magical wizards, superheros, pirates and more, Kevin James is returning to a theater near you during the summer of 2011. His latest film, Zookeeper, directed by Frank Coraci and co-starring Rosario Dawson and Leslie Bibb, is scheduled for release July 8. The teaser trailer was just released and it looks like a blend of James’ last improbable smash hit, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, with Night at the Museum and Madagascar. James plays a zookeeper who wins the girl of his dreams with the help of the animals. How exactly do the animals help? They talk of course! Featuring the voices of Cher, Nick Nolte, Adam Sandler, and Sylvester Stallone, check out the trailer, poster and plot synopsis after the jump. Read More »

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“Ladies and gentlemen, electric cars… are gay. I mean, not ‘homosexual’ gay, but, you know, ‘my parents are chaperoning the dance’ gay.”

Offensive, or just offensively unfunny?

The former, according to GLAAD, and the latter, according to me. This is the line that opens the first trailer for Ron Howard‘s upcoming comedy The Dilemma, and it’s caused some controversy amongst those trying to fight against the use of the word ‘gay’ as an openly accepted pejorative. (The new trailer, meanwhile, can be found after the break.) Read More »

Movie Trailer: Ron Howard’s The Dilemma

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Universal has released a movie trailer for Ron Howard‘s new comedy The Dilemma, which stars Vince Vaughn as a guy who discovers that the wife (Winona Ryder) of his best friend (Kevin James) is cheating on him (with a guy played by Channing Tatum) and is unsure how he should break the news. And, to clear up confusion, The Dilemma was once called What You Don’t Know, and Cheaters before that. Jennifer Connelly also plays the girlfriend of Vaughn’s character. The comedy is written by Allan Loeb, the screenwriter of 21, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and The Switch. Looks a bit too generic for my tastes. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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That loud ‘thwack!’ you just heard was the sound of thousands of fight enthusiasts face-palming in unison. As part of Sony’s continuing program to make money off the same audience that turned Paul Blart: Mall Cop into a big hit, the studio is developing a new, as yet untitled comedy that will see Kevin James winning fights in the Octagon. Read More »

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Briefly: The image above is the first look at Ron Howard‘s new comedy The Dilemma, which stars Vince Vaughn as a guy who discovers that the wife (Winona Ryder) of his best friend (Kevin James) is cheating on him with a guy played by Channing Tatum. (And, to clear up confusion, The Dilemma was once called What You Don’t Know, and Cheaters before that.)

The big names in the cast are all in the pic: Vaughn, James, Ryder and Jennifer Connelly, playing the girlfriend of Vaughn’s character. And the shoulder at right belongs to one of the employees at the infamous Chicago hot dog stand The Wiener’s Circle, where a scene in the film evidently takes place.

Perhaps the best thing about the piece that USAToday ran to display this image, however, was a simple statement from director Ron Howard: “Clint Howard has a nice turn [in the film].” Hooray for that — more Clint Howard is always welcome.

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As Cannes kicks into gear we might start hearing about a few new films that have been assembled enough to scour for distribution deals before production. One such film is Judge Dredd, which we covered last night. Another is Margin Call, from writer/director J.C. Chandor. The film has lined up Kevin Spacey and Zachary Quinto to star in a topical tale about banking malfeasance. The story “tracks eight people at a prominent investment bank in a tumultuous 24-hour period during the early stages of the financial crisis” and looks on as they try to come to terms with the impending financial disaster. [Deadline]

After the break, Ron Howard’s Cheaters gets new faces, and Jessica Biel romances Vivaldi. Read More »

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