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Interview: The Cast of Grown Ups 2 Brings the Antics Home

Grown_Ups_2A nine percent on Rotten Tomatoes? What nine percent on Rotten Tomatoes? Despite not getting much love from the critics, in 2010, Grown Ups still went on to delight audiences with a group of grown men cracking jokes at funerals, pranking each other while they sleep, and taunting their basketball opponents, ultimately blowing away expectations, nabbing $271.4 million at the worldwide box office and securing itself a sequel.

In Grown Ups 2, the gang is back together again, but this time, the shenanigans go down in their hometown. Lenny (Adam Sandler), Roxanne (Salma Hayek) and the Feder kids relocate to where Lenny grew up, just around the corner from Eric (Kevin James), Marcus (David Spade), Kurt (Chris Rock) and their families. In celebration of the last day of school and the start of summer, Lenny’s persuaded to throw a party at his house, but before getting to relive their former glory days, the guys must deal with territorial frat boys, a runaway tire, family drama, a moose, and more.

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Our Suggested New Year’s Resolutions for Hollywood

New-Years-Resolutions-for-HollywoodWhile we’re all busy trying to shed some pounds, save some money and/or quit smoking, you know what the folks in the film industry are up to? Making movies, of course. Per usual, 2012 was a year of Hollywood ups and downs, and the industry can learn from both, so by considering the past and looking forward to the future, here are some New Year’s resolutions the film industry should keep in the coming year.

Think Long and Hard Before Going 48 fps

No, Hollywood shouldn’t nix the idea of going 48 frames per second entirely, but filmmakers do need to find an appropriate way to use it before shooting a feature length film – let alone three. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey looks fantastic about 50% of the time, when Jackson’s camera is stagnant either to capture a beautiful landscape or particularly crisp character close-ups, but the moment that camera moves or an intense battle scene enters the frame, the footage takes on this terrible video-like quality. A sad story for The Hobbit trilogy, but 48 fps clearly does have a plus side, so before we run off for another 266-day shoot or bury the concept entirely, why not just figure out how to put it to the best possible use?

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Director Genndy Tartakovsky Unveils A Sneak Peek At Hotel Transylvania

What can you expect from Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania? Candy eyeballs, gummy worm-topped cakes and fogging drinks, of course! Okay, you probably shouldn’t have your hopes up for all of that, but come September 28th, Hotel Transylvania should offer up all the fun you’d hope for in a comedy packed with animated versions of your favorite mythical monsters.

However, it’s not September 28th just yet, so in an effort to get us in the Hotel Transylvania spirit, just like in the movie, the folks behind the film planned a 118th birthday party for Mavis, Dracula’s daughter and the character voiced by Selena Gomez. There were party hats, appropriately themed treats, the opportunity to take a photo with Dracula’s hotel in the backdrop and more. As much fun as the party portion of the event was, it was easy to leave behind as a sneak peek of the film awaited us in the theater.

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Adam Sandler: The Good Old Days

Adam Sandler may never have been the king of all things “Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes, but there was a time when he delivered silly fare that you couldn’t help, but to watch over and over again. In case That’s My Boy follows in the footsteps of Sandler’s more recent wide releases like Grown Ups andJack and Jill, at least we’ve still got his past films to remind us of the silly and loveable Adam Sandler that used to be.

1. Airheads

Pip “ain’t fartin’ on no snare drum,” but Sandler’s Airheads character certainly keeps the mood light while his accomplices, Chazz and Rex (Brendan Fraser and Steve Buscemi), hold up KPPX at gunpoint out of desperation to get their song on the air. When you’ve got Pip whipping out dance moves during a standoff with a police officer, it’s obvious he’s got the power to steal the spotlight.

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Defending Bad Movies: The Adam Sandler Edition

What’s with Adam Sandler lately? We get the unfunny missed opportunity with‘Grown Ups’ last summer, and now ‘Just Go With It?’ What’s happening to the guy who used to deliver comedy after comedy that’d keep us either laughing or disgusted (in a good way) all the way through?

Actually, it looks like the majority of folks out there don’t even care much for some of Sandler’s previous work because despite his all-star status most of the films responsible for skyrocketing him to fame are, well, pretty rotten. Sandler didn’t manage to break into fresh territory on Rotten Tomatoes until 1998’s ‘The Wedding Singer,’ and even then it only earned him a 67%. From there, it was a nine-film gap until his next fresh ratings, ‘Punch-Drunk Love’ and ‘Stupidity’ followed by ‘Reign Over Me’ in 2007 and then ‘Funny People’ in 2009. Overall, of Sandler’s 34 rated films on Rotten Tomatoes, he’s earned just five fresh ratings. Otherwise, all his films are rotten, and some very rotten.

The curious thing is, for some, it’s natural to look back on some of these supposed rotten films fondly. In fact, as sick as it sounds, a handful of them were personal childhood favorites. Sandler’s style of humor is an acquired taste and if you weren’t feeling it when ‘Billy Madison’ hit in 1995, odds are the entire Adam Sandler movement was one entirely rotten experience. Just because these films aren’t for everyone doesn’t mean they’re not enjoyable to some, so here’s to the ones buried in thumbs down that still have a lasting positive impact.

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Review: Grown Ups

A film starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider has to be funny, right? Not only is that what the promotional material for Grown Ups wants moviegoers to think, but it also seems to have been what was on the minds of the members of this comedic powerhouse. Sit back, relax, do what you’re told and hilarity magically ensues. Maybe in a dream, but this is a reality and Grown Ups faces a harsh one.

Back in the 70’s coach Buzzer led Lenny, Eric, Kurt, Marcus and Rob to a basketball championship. Thirty years later, the boys have grown up and apart, but their coach’s passing brings them back together again not only to remember good old coach Buzzer, but to spend a weekend together at the same lake house at which they celebrated their big win back in the day. Joining them on the excursion are their wives and children.

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