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Despite being universally panned for years, Netflix users have streamed over half a billion hours' worth of Sandler's movies.
Adam Sandler has been one of the favoured punching bags of movie critics for countless years now, but that hasn’t been reflected in commercial terms, with Netflix revealing that subscribers have spent approximately half a BILLION hours watching his movies.
The online streaming giant, which has around 99 million paying customers for its services, revealed its first-quarter earnings for 2017 on Monday (April 17th), and it showed that their decision to collaborate with Sandler for original content movies is paying off.
Adam Sandler at the premiere of 'The Ridiculous Six' in December 2015
Continue reading: Netflix Users Stream Half A Billion Hours' Worth Of Adam Sandler Movies
It’s the awards season list that no actor wants to find themselves on, the Golden Raspberry Award nominations.
This year’s Golden Raspberry Award nominations have been released, with Fifty Shades of Grey and Jupiter Ascending leading the pack. The annual awards celebrate the very worst in movies over the past year and two films have picked up six nominations each, including Worst Picture and Worst Director.
Fifty Shades Of Grey has received six Golden Raspberry Award nominations.
Fifty Shades Of Grey’s stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson also both picked up nominations for Worst Actor and Worst Actress, respectively. The couple also jointly picked up a nomination for Worst Screen Combo.
Rich Cline picks out ten of the worst films of 2015.
Most of these movies feature actors, actresses and filmmakers who really should have known better...
10. Terminator Genisys
Surely this fragmented, messy reboot will sink this franchise forever. Nothing about the story or characters made any sense. But it looked cool.
Continue reading: Rich Cline's 10 Worst Films Of 2015
Depp was ranked number two in last year’s list.
Johnny Depp has received the unfortunate honour of topping Forbes' annual list of Hollywood’s most overpaid actors. Last year Depp was ranked number two on the list, but thanks to recent films Mortdecai and Transcendence he’s managed to dethrone Adam Sandler who has previously topped the list two years in a row.
Johnny Depp has been crowned Hollywood’s most overpaid actor.
According to Forbes, Depp’s Mortdecai grossed just $47 million at the box office, on a $60 million budget. While Transcendence barely made back its $100 million production costs, meaning Depp returned a mere $1.20 for every $1 he was paid.
Continue reading: Johnny Depp Tops List Of Hollywood's Most Overpaid Actors For 2015
Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah one and all!
Christmas is all about giving, forgiving and loving everyone, so what better time than this to give a nod to all those who won't be celebrating the joys of Yuletide this year, but Chanukah instead? Think you don't know anyone who will? Well, let Adam Sandler surprise you with 'The Chanukah Song - Part 4'.
Who knew there were so many Jewish stars?
It's been too long since 'The Wedding Singer' star last paid tribute to all the Jewish (or part-Jewish) celebrities out there; thirteen years, in fact, since he named the likes of Ben Stiller, Natalie Portman and Jack Black among the culture; and now he's back with a brand new list and it's just as hilarious.
American actor, film producer and comedian Adam Sandler who made a name for himself on Saturday Night Live was spotted out and about carrying a hot drink and wearing far too many clothes on a sizzling day in Manhattan, New York, United States - Tuesday 12th May 2015
Adam Sandler and Jackie Sandler - A host of stars including previous cast members were snapped as they arrived to the Rockerfeller Plaza for Saturday Night Live as it celebrated it's 40th anniversary with a star studded gala in New York, United States - Sunday 15th February 2015
Adam Sandler - A variety of stars were photographed as they took to the red carpet for the 41st Annual People's Choice Awards which were held at the Nokia Theatre LA Live in Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 7th January 2015
Adam Sandler - A variety of stars were photographed as they took to the red carpet for the 41st Annual People's Choice Awards which were held at the Nokia Theatre LA Live in Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 8th January 2015
Adam Sandler is overrated - and overpaid.
Hardly a Christmas surprise for everyone, but Adam Sandler has been named the most overpaid actor again. Forbes compile the list based on the actor who earned the biggest salary for the smallest box office returns - which begs the question: why do studios keep giving Sandler a ton of cash to make a bad film that doesn't make any money?
Grown Ups 2 was actually a hit for Adam Sandler.
Anyway, according to this year's list, for every $1 that Sandler was paid to make these string of bad films, he brought in just $3.20. For the list, Forbes compared earning estimates from the Celebrity 100 list, which Sandler ranks high on owing to his commanding fees.
Continue reading: Adam Sandler Named Most Overpaid Actor In Hollywood
Adam Sandler, you might want to stop reading now.
Adam Sandler has been called an ‘asshole’ by Sony boss Amy Pascal in another series of leaked emails which discuss the actor’s plan to adapt the board game 'Candyland' into a movie. In the emails, unearthed by The Daily Beast the studio boss also voices her anger over Sandler’s behaviour on the set of Hotel Transylvania 2.
Adam Sandler was branded an 'asshole' in leaked Sony emails
In an email dated September 23rd to Pascal an other executives, Hannah Minghella, co-president of production for Columbia Pictures details her frustrations over Sandler asking for the green-lit on the $200million 'Candyland' project.
Andre Allen has been voted the Funniest Man in America in his illustrious career as a stand-up comedian. But somehow, he feels there's more to life than just telling jokes to an audience and so he decides to venture into the world of acting, playing the lead role in the 'Hammy The Bear' cop movie series. Unfortunately, that kind of film isn't going to land him any series roles in the future, and with his reality star fiancee Erica begging him to let her air their forthcoming wedding on her show, he's really starting to feel like the A list isn't where he's ever going to be. In a bid to rediscover himself, he lets a journalist into his life to write a story about him, raising some harsh questions about his career and his future along the way.
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One group of very different people - including popular high school teens and their less popular peers, and a married couple struggling in their relationship - is explored in a telling story of how social media has taken over various areas of people's lives. From love lives and infidelities to body image, the world of social networking has become a hub for public scrutiny and lack of privacy as the world flock to the net in order to gain acceptance and admiration, to meet potential partners, become famous, or even bully each other. 'Men, Women & Children' looks at the dangerous rise in the sharing of sexually explicit content, cyberbullying and other disastrous effects that the web has had on the Western world.
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The comedy duo were probed with questions about their off-screen relationship while appearing on 'Chelsea Lately' Thursday (May 22nd).
Drew Barrymore & Adam Sandler are Hollywood's most adorable on-screen couples, but many have always wondered if their chemistry together ever blossomed off-screen.
The acting duo, who star in the new comedy 'Blended,' finally got the chance to clarify if they have ever dated or slept together, while appearing on 'Chelsea Lately' on Thursday (May 22nd).
"Have you guys ever dated? Have you ever hooked up or [had] penetration," the talk-show host jokingly asked.
Continue reading: Have 'Blended' Co-Stars, Drew Barrymore & Adam Sandler, Ever Dated?
Third time lucky for these two?
Blended marks the third time Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler have teamed up on-screen, recapturing the strong chemistry that made both The Wedding Singer (1998) and 50 First Dates (2004) such big hits. But how did the child star of E.T and the wacky comedian from Saturday Night Live get together in the first place?
Barrymore and Sandler are back together again
Long-time friend Frank Coraci (who directed The Wedding Singer and Blended) remembers originally talking to Sandler about doing a cool romantic-comedy that would appeal to guys. "Adam had met Drew and said, 'You gotta meet this girl!'" Coraci says. "And I just fell in love with Drew. There's nobody on the planet like her."
Continue reading: Blended: A Barrymore-Sandler Reunion - How Did This Start?
So, what was the worst movie of 2013? Over to you, Razzies.
Adam Sandler’s critical disaster Grown Ups 2 is the main nominee for this year’s Razzie awards, due to take place the night before the Oscars on March 1.
A Scene From Gore Verbinski's 'The Lone Ranger'
The awards highlight the year’s worst film, director, actor and actress in Hollywood, with past winners having included the Twilight movies and Sandler’s comedy That’s My Boy. Halle Berry famously turned to up to the ceremony to pick up the award for worst actress for Catwoman.
Continue reading: 'Grown Ups 2' Leads Razzies, But, Err...'The Lone Ranger' Anyone?
Sandler regularly demands an eight-figure sum for his roles, but he isn't the only one over-charging for his services.
Adam Sandler makes roughly $15 million (approx. £10 million) per movie thanks to his many box office successes in the late 90's and early 2000's, however that sum is becoming more difficult to justify with the succession of poorly-received movies he has starred in. Because of this, Forbes have ranked him as the 'Most Overpaid Actor' available to hire today.
All that money and Sandler still can't afford a decent suit
Taking his last three films into consideration, including the slated Jack and Jill and the box office bomb That's My Boy, Forbes go on to estimate that for every dollar paid out to Sandler, the studio in charge of the films made an average of just $3.40 in return. Still, Sandler isn't alone in demanding too much despite seemingly being past his sell-by, as the list goes on to name and shame others.
Continue reading: Adam Sandler Is 'Most Overpaid,' But List Includes Cage, Carell, DENZEL!
Hugh Jackman's return as the famed X Men proved to be a runaway winner in a weekend that brought few surprises in terms of box office takings
The Wolverine, Hugh Jackman's latest vehicle to star as one of the X Men's most famous recruits; Wolverine, shot straight to the top of the US Box Office this weekend and many other film charts across the globe. Domestically, the film underachieved, taking in a lower-than-expected $55 million, however it's performance overseas gave bosses 20th Century Fox something to celebrate as it brought in roughly $86.1 million, meaning that it has already recouped it's estimated $120 million budget.
The Wolverine underperformed in North America, but recouped it's losses overseas
In spite of the major overseas takings, with the film managing to reach the number 1 spot in 100 countries, the $55m in takings that the film brought in throughout North America is at least $10 million below expectations, and a far cry from the $85.1 million opening that the universally panned X-Men Origins: Wolverine managed to make in early May 2009. With a much better critical reception this time round, some forecasters were predicting the film to go on and beat that number, but with such an encouraging stake in the overseas market, we doubt producers will be losing too much rest over what could be a sleeper hit in the domestic market. Still, with such an underwhelming domestic take, mirroring such recently released flops as R.I.P.D., After Earth and The Lone Ranger, are these poor figures a reflection of a recession-hit economy, or of an audience no longer interested in such throwaway action films?
Ryan Reynolds is struggling to maintain his status as a box-office banker.
It was a weekend that Ryan Reynolds would probably rather forget. In fact, it he probably woke-up in cold sweats wondering whether he had another Green Lantern on his hands. The actor starred in two new releases this week, crime-comedy RIPD and the animated flick Turbo - both cost $130 million to make, both were expected to trouble the top of the box-office, both bombed.
Despite A Pretty Cool Premise, RIPD Failed To Fire At The Box Office
Robert Downey Jr is the undisputed king of the Forbes rich list.
Robert Downey Jr, the star of The Avengers and Iron Man 3 - two of the biggest grossing movies in history, has been named Forbes' highest paid actor on the planet with annual estimated earnings of $75 million.
The 48-year-old - who's enjoyed somewhat of a career resurgence over the past decade thanks to Marvel's big-budget blockbusters - pulled in more than $1 billion at the box-office.
Though Downey Jr is the predictable No.1, perhaps most surprising is the entry of Channing Tatum in second place on this year's list. The new father who both financed and starred in Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike, made around $60 million.
Continue reading: Meet Robert Downey Jr, Forbes' Highest Paid Actor In The World
Despicable Me 2 continued its dominance over the box-office this past weekend.
Yeah, we had a feeling this might happen. The $190 million budget of Pacific Rim is seemingly looking further away than ever after Guillermo Del Toro's blockbuster took just $38.3 million on its box-office debut over the weekend. The Idris-Elba starring movie - which courted mainly negative reviews - is now on course to become a loss making movie for Thomas Tull's Legendary Pictures.
As expected, it was the superb Despicable Me 2 that maintained the No.1 spot on its second weekend, grossing $44.8 million for a domestic total of $229.2 million and establishing itself as one of the success stories of the year. The animated flick featuring the voices of Russell Brand and Steve Carell also topped the global box office for the weekend with $100.5 million in ticket sales, Pacific Rim followed with $91.3 million.
Sony executives will have been jumping for joy on Sunday, with news that Adam Sandler's comedy sequel Grown Ups 2 opened to a stellar $42.5 million domestically. In fact, Sony were so happy they released a cheery statement for us all to read, via the Hollywood Reporter:
'Grown Ups 2' has beaten off 'Pacific Rim' in the US Weekend Box Office. 'Despicable Me 2' remains at No.1 for the second week since its release. New releases, due on 19th July, may alter the somewhat stagnant Box Office next week.
Grown Ups 2 has placed ahead of Pacific Rim in the US Weekend Box Office. Adam Sandler's comedy received highly critical reviews, in contrast with the mixed response Pacific Rim received.
Pacific Rim director Guillermo Del Toro at the film's London Premiere.
Critics may have universally panned Adam Sandler's latest comedic contribution yet it's somehow managed to beat the other new release, Pacific Rim, in the US Weekend Box Office (12th-14th July). Despicable Me 2 topped the Box Office charts for the second week in a row.
The box office estimates are in and Despicable Me 2's minions have emerged as champions of the week, narrowly scooting past Grown Ups 2.
In this weekend's battle of the light-hearted sequels, Despicable Me 2 has come out on top of the weekend's movie charts in the United States and Canada beating Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups 2, despite the children's animation having been released on July 3rd in both countries. Despicable Me 2 raked in $44.8 million (£29.6m) from Friday to Sunday, leaving Grown Ups 2 slightly behind with takings of $42.5 million (£28.1m) in its first US weekend, according to Reuters. Though Grown Ups 2 is only marginally behind on its first days of release, it can't be an easy pill to swallow for actor Sandler who not only had his movie panned by critics before it was even released, but also had to relive the ordeal of being mauled by a cheetah whilst on safari in Africa on David Letterman's show.
Steve Carell With One Of His Minions.
Guillermo Del Toro's big-budget monsters vs. robots movie, Pacific Rim looked set to be a box office smash after it's exciting trailers and intriguing premise but had to contend with third place in a weekend dominated by the friendlier comedies. In an audience break-down provided by Forbes, "The film played 19% IMAX, 50% 3D, 61% male and 47% under-25 years old," showing a promising chunk of younger theatregoers.
Continue reading: Despicable Me 2's Box Office Conquest Over Grown Ups 2
Actor Adam Sandler 'cheets' death after being involved in a real-life Cheetah strike where a big cat tried to eat him.
The focus on Hollywood actor Adam Sandler has rapidly switched from last night's joyous Grown Ups 2 premiere in New York to the latest news that he was attacked by a cheetah whilst on African safari with his family. There are few more terrifying happenings to imagine whilst on African safari than being mauled by a hefty big cat and Sandler was lucky that this time a handler was nearby to wrench the brawling beast from the Happy Gilmore comic's back.
Adam Sandler Was Mauled By A Cheetah On Holiday In Africa.
Speaking on David Letterman's CBS show, Sandler spoke of how he was enjoying his family holiday on safari when he was invited to enter an enclosure with some rescued animals. The keeper suggested that he could feed the captured cheetah with water from his hands and Adam bent down to a pool to scoop some up. Like most living creatures, the sight of Sandler must have irritated the furry wildcat who seemingly went in for the kill, leaping upon the Jack and Jill actor's back as the 46 year-old tried to stand up in surprise.
Continue reading: Grown Ups? Adam Sandler Pounced On By Cheetah In Africa
Early reviews of 'Grown Ups 2' have been less than favourable, the movie has been criticised for being juvenile, unpleasant and, quite simply, not worth watching.
Adam Sandler's Grown Ups 2 has been universally panned by critics. The movie is released today (12th July) in US cinemas. Early reviews indicate the movie will be a huge success with teenagers across the States but will do anything but impress grown-ups.
Adam Sandler at the New York premiere of Grown Ups 2.
New York Post's Sara Stewart said the film "lurches from one gross-out scene to another" without any regard for "continuity or logic". Following in a similar line of thought is Claudia Puig of USA Today, who said Grown Ups 2 is "lazy, scattershot and anything-but-mature".
Sandler's first sequel is receiving less than glowing reviews.
Adam Sandler’s Grown Ups 2 – the creatively titled sequel to 2010’s Grown Ups – is about as bad as you’d expect, at least as far as the critics are concerned. However, despite the unanimously poor critical reception that the last decade of Sandler movies have received the comedian continues to make them and, more importantly, to make decent profits off them.
Well, Shaq and Sandler do make a cute team - both onscreen and off.
'Grown Ups 2' premiered in New York last night but what are early reviews saying?
The comedy sequel to 2010's Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2, is ready to hit cinemas this summer. All of the film's stars showed up on the red carpet in New York last night at the premiere of the new movie that looks to be hilarious. According to Yahoo! Movies, Adam Sandler led the rest of the cast, including Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade and Salma Hayek, down the red carpet at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square.
Adam Sandler Plays Lenny Feder In Grown Ups 2.
Directed by Dennis Dugan, in Grown Ups 2 we'll see Lenny Feder (Sandler) three years on from the events of Grown Ups where he has moved back to his small hometown with his wife (Hayek) and kids to reunite with his old friends (Rock/James/Spade) and their families. The film will focus on the kids' last day of the school year and the inevitable mishaps and unpredictable surprises. The tagline for the film is "Just because they're a little older doesn't mean they've grown up" and certainly, don't expect any high-brow humour here.
Kristen Stewart arrived at the Oscars on crutches after cutting foot on glass.
Kristen Stewart limped down the red carpet at the Academy Awards Sunday night (Feb 24) with the help of a pair of crutches after the actress succumbed to a nasty accident moments before the big night.
The actress apparently sliced open her foot after accidentally stepping on a shard of glass, her makeup artist for the night told People, saying, "cut the ball of her foot, quite severely, on glass two days ago."
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's final Twilight movie picked up seven awards at the Razzies, the cynical precursor to the Oscars
The night before Hollywood got glammed up in back-patting mode at the Oscars, the annual Razzies ceremony – an antidote to the self-congratulatory narcissism of the Oscars – took a more cynical look at the big movies of the last 12 months. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart’s Twilight – Breaking Dawn Part 2 was the big winner (well, loser) of the evening, landing seven of the awards.
Kristen Stewart ‘won’ Worst Actress though we’re unclear as to whether or not this had anything to do with her sporting a pair of crutches at the Oscars the next evening. She told Anne Hathaway that she’d trodden on glass, but the sight of her hobbling around in her Oscars gown will certainly bump up the sympathy levels. Stewart’s co-star Taylor Lautner also ‘won’ a Razzie for his performance in the final Twilight movie and although Robert Pattinson didn’t quite get his name engraved on one of the awards, as such, the movie still landed the ‘Worst Screen Ensemble’ award, Reuters reports.
Rihanna also got a pasting, for her role in the frankly terrible ‘Battleship’ and of course, the Razzis is simply no longer The Razzies if Adam Sandler doesn’t get a look-in. Last year, he famously took home all ten of the awards. Except no one actually takes the awards home, because naturally, they don’t actually attend the evening of humiliation. The Razzies weren’t done with trying to take down Sandler’s career just yet, though. This year, he landed two golden raspberry statuettes: Worst Actor and Worst Screenplay, for his comedy That’s My Boy.
The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 wins worst movie at the Razzies.
As the world's attention turns to the Oscars, spare a thought for the WORST movies of the year, celebrated this weekend at the annual Razzies awards. Unfortunately for Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and co, it was The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 that took home the evening's best (or worst) prizes.
Nominated in eleven categories in total, the final movie in the vampire franchise won seven Razzies including Worst Director, Worst Actress for Kristen Stewart and of course the big one, Worst Picture. Taylor Lautner and Mackenzie Foy also took home the award for Worst Couple, in dishonour of the bizarre plot that saw Jacob falling in love with Bella and Edward's new-born daughter.
It turned out to be a rather successful night for Adam Sandler, the undisputed king of the Razzies who won an unprecedented 10 awards at last year's ceremony for the frankly terrible Jack and Jill. This year he took home just the one statuette, for Worst Actor in That's My Boy, which also won the prize for Worst Screenplay. On the unsurprising result, Razzies founder John Wilson said: "I have a pet theory, which is that the box office on 'Twilight' films is very impressive, but my theory is that instead of 40 million individual girls going to see it, it's 8 million girls going to see it five times each. People who love those movies just adore them."
Few movies feel complete without a baddy that you can lavish hate upon, whose own driving negative force encourages the hero to become the hero. Likewise, great movies couldn't be truly great if there weren't the equally bad ones to put it all into perspective. And that's what the Razzies celebrates: the absolute worst in cinema. While 2012 brought us some of the best films in a long time, it was also ripe for the pickings for terrible, terrible cinematic experiences as well.
The final offering from The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn Part 2 swept up many Golden Raspberries and should feel proud that they did so, as they're certainly not going to be winning anything at tonight's Oscars. Star, Kristen Stewart, who appears as wooden in interviews as she does playing any character, left with Best Actress for both Twilight and Snow White and the Huntsmen. Taylor Lautner got best supporting actor, Bill Condon worst director and worst screen couple went to Lautner and Mackenzie Foy. That last one should be shared with the write of the books, Stephanie Meyer, as the relationship was tantamount to paedophilia. The film as a whole also scored worst screen ensemble and worst remake, rip-off or sequel.
Continue reading: Twilight And Kristen Stewart Win (Lose?) Big At The Razzies
It's that time of year again! The nominations for this year's Razzies have been announced, with Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 - which made a ridiculous $814 million at the box office - leading the way with 11 nominations, including Worst Film and Worst Sequel. A spoof of the Academy Awards, this year's Razzies' picks arrived just one day before Thursday's Oscar nominations. So which directors, actors and actresses will have let out a giant, "NOOOOOOOOOOOO" when catching wind of the infamous nominations today? And perhaps more importantly, who should win (or lose). Which movies and performances really were the worst of the worst? Here goes.
Continue reading: Razzies Nominations: So, Who Made The Worst Movie Of The Year?
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, one of the most successfully grossing films of last year, heads up the Razzie Awards shortlist for the award no one wants to win – Worst Picture. Whilst the Twilight series has made big name stars out of the likes of Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and Dakota Fanning, its run of films has consistently been panned by ever more desperate critics, eager to see it fail.
If reviewers haven’t had much luck derailing Twilight’s momentum, though, then they certainly did a good job of blunting the momentum of the others going up against it for this year’s Razzie. The BBC reports that high-profile failures Battleship - a film based on the board game (they probably could’ve predicted that before even going to pre-production) – and Eddie Murphy’s disastrous turn in A Thousand Words are among the contenders, with the Adam Sandler-starring That’s My Boy and sickly kids film The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure making up the numbers. It’s fair to say that all these movies took quite the tongue-lashing. Here are some choice quotes from the critics:
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (Rotten Tomatoes Critics Rating: 48%)
The 12-12-12 Concert, which took place on, yes, the 12th this month, was a rousing success, with over 20 million viewers tuning in nation-wide and $30 million raised, according to Nielsen estimates.
The lineup was an eclectic mix of big names in the business like Bruce Springsteen, Nirvana along with Sir Paul McCartney (that was definitely a curious collaboration), Alicia Keys and Eric Clapton, among others. It featured a number of New York natives, who urged the nation to open their pockets and donate to the relief effort. The show also featured a number of guest appearances by celebrities, representing their native areas, like Kristen Stewart, Adam Sandler, Jimmy Fallon and Blake Lively among others.
The event wasn’t without its controversy either, as a comment made by Mick Jagger sparked a mini storm (no pun intended) among Twitter users. The line, which went “When it rains in London, you’ve got to come in and help us.” quickly made the rounds and managed to enrage some of the more sensitive viewers, but it seemed to be more of a foot-in-mouth moment, rather than carry any malicious intent on Jagger’s part. Regardless of that little moment though, the event seems to have been a success all round, with Americans all over the country pitching in to rebuild one of the nation’s most prominent cities.
A slew of New York natives, as well as plenty of Brits performed at last night’s 12-12-12 benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy, which ripped through the city in October.
Bruce Springsteen, a Jersey man himself, took the stage first with Land of Hope and Dreams followed by the evocative Wrecking Ball and the very aptly themed My City in Ruins, all of which was meant to address the rebuilding process and the NY spirit. The musician spoke fondly of his native New Jersey, mentioning its inclusiveness. “I pray that this chraracteristic remains the same” Springsteen went on to say, before going into Born to Run, for which he was joined on stage by Jon Bon Jovi, another Jersey resident.
The concert was definitely geared towards classic rock fans – a smart marketing decision, since this is also the demographic with the highest disposable income. Besides a number of to-the-bone New Yorkers, like Jon Stewart, Adam Sandler and Alicia Keys, it also featured an unexpectedly high number of appearances by British musicians – The Who and Sir Paul McCartney among others. The ex-Beatle joined the surviving members of Nirvana onstage for a cover of Smells Like Teen Spirit.
The mantle of most overpaid actor sounds good, doesn't it? It suggests that Eddie Murphy, who has been awarded the title by Forbes, is just sitting around in his huge mansion and getting paid for it. But it's not that simple...
Forbes have calculated that for every dollar Murphy was paid for his last three films, they returned an average of $2.30 at the box office, so, suddenly, the title becomes somewhat unwanted. So what happened for Murphy? His 90's classics; Trading Places and Beverly Hills Cop were huge, and his voice work in Shrek and Mulan and family-friendly roles in Norbit and Dr. Dolittle have prolonged his successful career into the noughties. But his recent films; Imagine That, A Thousand Words, Meet Dave, and Tower Heist, flopped at the box office, and have brought down his dollar average, propelling him to the top of the overpaid actors list. Still, one more smash hit and that could all change. So, you must be wondering who makes up the top 10, and not to worry, as we have it right here!
1. Eddie Murphy - Returns $2.30 for every $1 paid.
Oscar-nominated actor Mark Wahlberg has - for some reason - signed on for Michael Bay's Transformers 4. The filmmaker announced on Thursday (November 8, 2012) that Wahlberg will play the lead in the fourth instalment of his blockbuster franchise.
It's an intriguing and potentially disastrous change of course for the actor, who proved his acting worthy with stellar performances in The Departed and The Fighter. He recently teamed up with Seth MacFarlane for the foul-mouthed comedy Ted and has been quietly executive producing the brilliant Boardwalk Empire for HBO. So why has he signed on for Transformers, which got old exactly three films ago? Bay seems to have an idea, writing on his blog, "Mark is awesome. An actor of his caliber is the perfect guy to re-invigorate the franchise and carry on the Transformers legacy". At least he accepts that it needs reinvigorating, though can anyone really inject life into a franchise that has been nominated for a Razzie for its last two movies? Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen actually won Worst Movie in 2009, while Dark of the Moon got off lightly in 2010 thanks to the putrid Jack and Jill, starring Adam Sandler. Bay added, "It's tough to find someone who's done these kind of movies, and to have the complication of creating the new stuff that needs to be in this movie - not just characters but a new type of action"
Transformers 4 will hit theaters on June 27, 2014. Which means Wahlberg has about 18 months to pull out.
Continue reading: Can Mark Wahlberg Save Transformers 4 From The Razzies?
Eddie Murphy was honoured by his peers for his outstanding contribution to film, TV, music and stand-up over his 30 + year career.
Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, Adam Sandler, and Russell Brand were just some of the famous faces at the Beverley Hills gala being aired on Spike later this month (it airs Nov. 14 at 10 p.m. on Spike). Murphy's friends and co-stars had nothing but praise for Murphy, with his appearances on such comedy classics as Coming To America and The Beverley Hills Cop being recalled by co-stars Arsenio Hall and Judge Reinhold. Jeffrey Katzenberg of Dreamworks Animation also gave his heart to Murphy's Donkey character from the Shrek films, whilst his Life co-star, Martin Lawrence, told him from onstage, “You’ve got a friend for life."
There were also video highlights from the funny man's seminal stand-up performances from the 80's, Raw and Delirious, although despite much attempted persuasion Murphy declined to get back on stage and perform stand up again.
Continue reading: Eddie Murphy Honoured By Fellow Stars For Spike TV
This week's top Box Office successes come as something of a surprise; While Ben Affleck's newest directorial offering, Argo, was a massive critical success, it still failed to beat Taken 2, which clings onto the number one spot despite utterly awful critical responses. Here is our box-office roundup for the week:
The extraordinary success of the Liam Neeson thriller, Taken 2, has continued, with the film now grossing a domestic taking of $86.1m over two weeks. Argo, in contrast, which has already been dubbed “one of the best movies of the year” by Rolling Stone, took just over $19m in its first week: over $2m less than Taken 2's second week. Adam Sandler's Hotel Transylvania is still fairing well, coming in at #4 in its third week with takings of $17.2m, which is excellent for a kids film. Tim Burton's Frankenweenie on the other hand has slipped right down to 7th place in its second week, taking just $7m which will no doubt come as a surprise and disappointment for the Halloween film veteran.
The rest of the top ten looks a little something like this; in at #3 is week one of horror movie Sinister which took $18m, Here Comes the Boom opens at #5 with $11m, #6 is Pitch Perfect with $9.2m, Looper slips to #8th in its third week with £6.2m. British comedy Seven Psychopaths is at #9 taking almost $4.2 and finally, Perks of Being a Wallflower stays in the top ten for a fourth week with $2.1m.
Eye-catching animation and non-stop jokes make this animated monster movie a lot more fun than we expect. It's packed with gross-out gags that will keep kids laughing, plus clever character-based humour for the grown-ups. And it also features one of the funniest performances in recent memory from Sandler, perhaps because we can't see him on-screen.
He provides the voice for Dracula who, after his wife died, built a secret hotel where monsters could escape from human contact. But a century later his daughter Mavis (Gomez) is about to turn 118 and wants to go out and explore the world, even though Dracula has always warned her that humans are evil. As the family friends gather for her birthday, human backpacker Jonathan (Samberg) haplessly wanders into the hotel. And since Dracula doesn't want anyone to think he's been lying about humans all this time, he has to think fast, passing Jonathan off as a member of the Frankenstein family who's here to plan Mavis' party. But in talking with Jonathan, Mavis becomes even more intrigued by the world outside the castle.
The film's tone is hugely livened up by the guests at this party, including Frankenstein (James), Wayne (Buscemi) the wolf, Griffin (Spade) the invisible man and Murray (Green) the mummy. Each of them has marriage and family issues of their own that stir into the general mayhem, adding throwaway sight-gags and rude one-liners in every scene. With so much coming at us, some things are bound to make us laugh. And while the kids will love the poo and fart jokes, older audiences will enjoy a witty jab at Twilight and a hilariously grim bingo game.
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Action-thriller Taken 2 performed remarkably well at this weekend’s Box Office, gleaning $50m in one of the most successful October debuts. The Liam Neeson thriller beat out Frankenweenie – last week’s chart-topper - with ease. Here’s our Box Office roundup.
Hurtling into the #1 spot, Taken 2 used some of the good grace from its predecessor to take the weekend by storm. Whist Taken was considered a commercial and critical success, the sequel can only really claim the former, as the critics have all but panned the revenge thriller. Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie endured a slow start with a paltry return of $11.5 million. The Disney release about a boy who brings his dead dog back to life was expected to do better, so will face increased scrutiny in the weeks to come. Another ‘comedy-horror’, Hotel Transylvania dropped to second-place with $26.3m. So far, Adam Sandler's animated hit film has earned $76m domestically and $105.3m worldwide, in an impressive first week. Pitch Perfect climbed three to #3 with $14.7m, while time-travel thriller Looper fell to #4 with $12.2m.
The rest of the top 10 looks something like this: End of Watch at #6 with $4 million. Trouble with the Curve comes in at #7 with $3.9 million. Horror film, House at the End of the Street drops to #8 with $3.7 million. At #9 is Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master with $1.8 million, and the 3D re-release of the aquatic fun-time tale Finding Nemo is at #10 with $1.6 million.
Taken 2 is expected to shove aside all it's competitors at the Box Office when the kidnapping sequel hits cinemas over the weekend, with pre-release audience surveys suggesting that the action flick could take up to $45-50 million.
Liam Neeson returns to his role as a former CIA operative with a knack for kicking ass and taking names, only this time round it is Neeson's Bryan Mill character and his on-screen wife (played by Famke Janssen) who are taken hostage. The sequel was co-financed by Fox and writer/director/producer Luc Besson's Europa Corp for about $45 million, a sizeable increase compared to the last instalment. Still, if these estimates are anything to go by then the investment will be more than worth it.
The only major competition for Taken 2 comes in the form of two animated films, the Tim Burton's remake of Frankenweenie (a live-action short that Burton made in the early 80's) and the Adam Sandler starring Hotel Transylvania. Whilst Taken 2 will presumably take care of the adult audiences, it is up to the two spooky animations to do battle for the attention of the younger audiences, with Frankenweenie predicted to just edge past it's rival.
Hotel Transylvania, the new animated comedy featuring the voices of Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez has topped the U.S. box office with $43 million – the highest September total ever. It’s also the biggest haul of any movie since the all-conquering ‘The Dark Knight Rises’.
It’s superb news for Sony, who couldn’t have expected that the quirky comedy would pull in so much cash. The good news didn’t end there for the studio either, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s ‘Looper’ taking second spot with $21.2 million. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the performance of both movies ensured that Sony took over Warner Bros as the studio with the current biggest market share ($1.285 billion). Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, ‘Hotel Transylvania’ is a family movie that’s success was fuelled almost solely by word-of-mouth. Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of distribution, said, “More than anything, this film has been such a collaboration of talent, and it paid off in such a huge way. Everyone in our company just loved this film. And to perform at this level in September shows that Hotel Transylvania has something for everyone.” The movie received lukewarm praise from critics, with the New York Times writing, “The movie loses its originality as it rolls toward its predictable conclusion, but it's still lovely to look at.”
It would be a huge result should ‘Hotel Transylvania’ hold onto the No.1 for a second successive week. Tim Burton releases his latest animated tale ‘Frankenweenie’, while Liam Neeson returns in ‘Taken 2.’
David Spade, Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Fran Drescher, Kevin James, Molly Shannon and Selena Gomez - David Spade. Selena Gomez, Fran Drescher, Kevin James, Adam Sandler, Molly Shannon, and Andy Samberg Saturday 8th September 2012 'Hotel Transylvania' press conference photo call during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF BELL Lightbox.
In his early teens, the immature and irresponsible Donny Berger struck up a brief romance with his school teacher resulting in her pregnancy. When she is jailed for having a sexual relationship with a minor, Donny is forced to raise the child (who he names Han Solo) until Hans' eighteenth birthday. Twelve years later, Donny owes $43,000 to the IRS which he must pay to avoid three years in jail. He recognises Han Solo in a magazine under the new name of Todd Peterson and reads that he is the one of the youngest hedge fund managers in the financial industry and is engaged to be married. Todd's world is turned upside down when his father (who he had attempted to erase from his life completely) turns up the day before his wedding wanting to spend quality time with his son, while really seeking help with his debt problem. The reunion forces Donny to accept the consequences of his terrible parenting.
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Jack Sadelstein loves his family. He loves his wife, Erin and he loves his two children, Sofia and Gary. But the one family member he truly hates is his sister, Jill. Which is why Jack dreads Thanksgiving every year; it's the one time of the year where Jill travels up to see him to stay for a few days.
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Danny is a successful plastic surgeon who likes playing the field. Most guys who are practised in the bachelor world have a pick up line and Danny has come up with quite a unique way of attracting women; he tells them that he's in an abusive relationship and that his wife is horribly cruel to him. Danny finds it a massively effective way of hitting on women but when he meets Palmer, a girl he instantly falls for he doesn't even go down his usual route, it appears Palmer reciprocates his feelings but when she finds the wedding ring in his pocket, Danny finds himself repeating his much rehearsed speech but this time he tells her his marriage is over. Like all the others Palmer falls for Danny and his ways, but being a genuine person Palmer requests she meets his wife to clear the air.
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So, one day Chuck Levine (Sandler) and Larry Valentine (James) decide to get hitched. The reason is simple: Larry doesn't want to fill-out an insurance form, so he gets Chuck to pose as his "life partner," thus allowing any pension money to go directly to Larry's two kids, a tomboy daughter and a showtune-singing son. Larry still can't get over his saintly wife's death and Chuck has more than likely contracted more STDs than the leather upholstery in Tommy Lee's Jaguar; they're a match made in heaven.
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Sandler plays Michael, a workaholic architect who spends more time satisfying the whims of his demanding boss (David Hasselhoff) than he does with his family. Michael cancels camping trips with his kids and rushes (foolishly) through love-making sessions with his wife Donna (Kate Beckinsale) just so he can inch closer to that partnership he covets. Michael is out of control and out of the loop on everything going on at home. He can't even distinguish his television remote from the one that controls his garage.
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Little Nicky (Adam Sandler) is the devil's third---and least impressive---son. Bested in brains by his brother Adrian (Rhys Ifans) and in strength by his brother Cassius (Tiny Lester), Nicky finds little joy outside of hanging out in his hell-bound bedroom, banging his head to heavy metal favorites. That is, until his father's 10,000-year reign draws to a close and it's time to name the new ruler of Hades.
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Having now seen "Little Nicky," in which Adam Sandler plays the retarded son of Satan, I have formulated a hypothesis I'm calling the Sandler Theory of Exponentially Obnoxious Returns. It goes something like this:
Adam Sandler goes out of his way to make each gimmick character he plays ("Billy Madison," "Happy Gilmore") more grating than the last, just to see how far he can push it before his easily amused fan base will turn on him.
His most detestable character to date had been "The Waterboy," but that Southern-fried dope was mister congeniality compared to Nicky, the little devil that couldn't. Sandler spends this entire movie with his face screwed up in a hit-by-a-shovel grimace and speaking in a silly, raspy voice like a little kid pretending to be sick so he can stay home from school. There's no joke here. It's just Sandler's version of stretching as an actor.
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As if searching for some nonexistent middle ground between the cartoon raunchiness of "South Park" and the innocuous banality of a cheap children's Christmas special, Adam Sandler has now weaseled his way into the animation and holiday genres with "Adam Sandler's 8 Crazy Nights."
A sub-formulaic slap in the face to seasonal cheer, it's a movie about an acrimonious, 33-year-old layabout with Sandler's voice and Sandler's doltish manner whom we're also supposed to laugh along with as he makes fun of fat little kids and kicks port-a-potties down snowy hills with people inside. But the movie also expects us to view him as a big jerk with a tormented soul who is badly in need of a "Christmas Carol"-type personality breakthrough.
Sentenced after a drunken rampage to doing community service as a youth basketball referee (depicted in exactly one scene of the movie), the cartoon Sandler is taken in by a fellow ref who feels sorry for him -- a kindly, seizure-prone, 70-year-old midget gimp with a shrill, whimpering, falsetto voice (also Sandler's). But he treats the old man (and everyone else) like garbage until he finally has an overdue cry about how his parents died when he was 12, then sees the error of his ways just before the credits roll.
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Before his tragic passing in February 2004, Stan, Adam Sandler's father, promised that he would make it to the star's wedding. Sandler then went about thanking him in the best way he could think.
Movie comedian Adam Sandler booked his father's favourite singer, Leon Redbone, to sing at is wedding. Sandler's father, Stan, was dying when he assured him that he would make it to the star's wedding. In order to say 'thank you', Sandler treated his father to a live performance from his favourite musician just for him. He explained the reasoning with: "It was so that my father could have a great night. He was like, 'This is great,' and my mother whispers to him, 'You couldn't say Pavarotti?'"
Sadly, Sandler's father died not long after the wedding took place, and was followed by a series of deaths in the family. This ended with the death of the star's bulldog, Meatball, who passed earlier in February, 2004. The '50 First Dates' star noticed that his father had to die before the family pet, saying: When Meatball died we had a big shiva. 100 people came up to our house and we traded Meatball stories. I had a cantor come up and sing prayers for the dog and I know that if my father was alive, he'd be like, 'Just bury him, you moron. It's a dog.'"
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