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Alec Baldwin And Salma Hayek Are Drunk Parents

Alec Baldwin And Salma Hayek Are Drunk Parents
After scoring big hits as a writer with Grown Ups and its sequel, House Bunny director Fred Wolf has recently returned to directing (and to a previous cult "favourite") with Crackle's Joe Dirt 2. Now he's got his next project lined up. He'll direct Drunk Parents, which may sound like a vehicle for Adam Sandler or David Spade, but will actually mark a 30 Rock reunion for Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek.Wolf wrote the screenplay with Peter Gaulke, with whom he also worked on 2008's Strange Wilderness. The story sees parents Baldwin and Hayek waving goodbye to their daughter as she goes off to college, and immediately going on a drinking binge to celebrate their first time alone for 18 years. This leads them to make some Bad Decisions and get involved in a kidnapping and a case of mistaken identity.“Alec and Salma are both incredibly charismatic, hilarious talents," says producer Robert Ogden Barnum.
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David Spade Dusts Off His Mullet Wig for Digital 'Joe Dirt 2'

Digital entertainment is certainly a fertile industry these days. David Spade and Happy Madison Productions are putting together a sequel to "Joe Dirt" that will air exclusively on Sony's Crackle website and associated platforms.

According to his official statement, Spade is "beyond stoked that 'Joe Dirt' will finally hit the screens again on Crackle. I've been sleeping in this wig for years and it will be nice to wear it in the daytime again." It seems like it's a sequel that's been on his mind for a while, anyway. A couple of months ago, Spade was asked during a Reddit Ama about a possible sequel, and his detailed answer indicated that it was something he'd given some thought to. As per one Reddit user, "Just get Adam Sandler to foot the bill."

"Joe Dirt 2" will start production in mid-November in Louisiana, with a 2015 release date. Spade is co-writing the script with Fred Wolf,
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Grown Ups 2

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 5, 2013

Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $40.99

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

One of the worst reviewed movies of the 2013 summer season, Grown Ups 2 still grossed a very healthy $131 million when it ran in theaters.

The attraction no doubt comes from the stars, of which this film is loaded. Adam Sandler (That’s My Boy), Kevin James (Here Comes the Boom), Chris Rock (2 Days in New York), David Spade (TV’s Rules of Engagement), Rob Schneider (The Reef) and Steve Buscemi (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone) star alongside Salma Hayek (Savages), Maria Bello (Carjacked) and Maya Rudolph (The Way, Way Back). And added to the cast this time around are Jon Lovitz (A League of Their Own), Shaquille O’Neal and Twilight heartthrob Taylor Lautner.

The story of Grown Ups 2 is basically the same as the original film, except instead of taking his friends and family back to his hometown,
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Questions and Answers from Tribeca: Justin Long

"A Case of You," Justin Long's latest comedy, revolves around a hack writer who wins over a barista (Evan Rachel Wood) by stalking her on Facebook and posing as her "perfect man."

It's not exactly "The Big Wedding," which is why the $3 million indie is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend and not fast-tracked for mall multiplexes. It's a helluva lot bolder than your average studio rom-com.

Long, who stars but also produced and co-wrote the script with brother Christian Long and Keir O'Donnell, told us about his feelings on online dating (and stalking) and which one of his movies is sooooo much better when you're stoned.

So "A Case of You"… The first great cyber-stalker rom-com of our time?

Well I don't know if it's great but … It's funny while we were writing we were like, has no one really done this? I was surprised. We
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Garret Dillahunt, Tom Felton, And Jake Abel Set To Star In American Film Co.’s WWII Thriller Ghosts Of The Pacific

Garret Dillahunt (“Raising Hope”), Tom Felton (Harry Potter), and Jake Abel (The Host) are set to star in Ghosts Of The Pacific, the true story of three WWII Navy flyers cast adrift on the South Pacific in 1942. The feature will be produced by The American Film Company, which specializes in making movies based on true stories from America’s past.

Producer and American Film Co. president Brian Falk will be making his directorial debut recounting the incredible journey of pilot Harold Dixon (Dillahunt), bombardier Tony Pastula (Felton), and radioman Gene Aldrich (Abel) – virtual strangers assigned to a scouting mission on January 16, 1942. When they are forced to ditch their plane, the men are left with no food, water, or supplies; only a 4×8-foot yellow life raft to keep them afloat on a dangerous ocean.

Written by Mark David Keegan and Falk, Ghosts is being produced by Falk and Mark Moran (Struck by Lightning,
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Nature Calls Trailer Starring Patton Oswalt and Johnny Knoxville

Up until this week, I hadn't even heard of Nature Calls, an upcoming R-rated comedy starring Patton Oswalt, Johnny Knoxville and Rob Riggle. Normally I would assume it's just another Happy Madison production like Grown Ups or Strange Wilderness, but after seeing that Magnolia picked up the North American rights for their genre arm Magnet Releasing, my interest was suddenly piqued. Now that I've seen the first red band trailer, I think there could actually be something here, although I'm not quite sure it deserves to be counted alongside The Bad News Bears and Meatballs as the press release implies. The story revolves around two brothers named Randy (Oswalt) and Kirk (Knoxville) who don't particularly get along. When Randy's son has a sleepover party, Kirk decides to step in and take all the boys on an impromptu scout trip to remember. Directed by Todd Rohal (The Catechism Cataclysm) and executive produced by David Gordon Green,
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'The Babymakers' Review: Inconceivably Unfunny

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Considered by many to be the worst film of the 1990s, "Frozen Assets" is a comedy about a bank manager who gets a new job running a (wait for it) sperm bank. Considered by many to be the worst films of the 2000s, "Strange Wilderness" was co-written by Peter Gaulke. "The Babymakers" was co-written by Peter Gaulke, and a sperm bank figures heavily in the plot. Draw your own conclusions. To be fair, I wasn't aware of either of these things when I went into "The Babymakers," but after a witless and
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Interview: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan of ‘The Babymakers’

Chicago – The comedy troupe Broken Lizard conquered the film world with their first feature, “Super Troopers” in 2001. Over the next decade, they followed up with the popular “Club Dread” (2004) and “Beerfest” (2008). Broken Lizard performers Kevin Heffernan and Jay Chandrasekhar (who also directs) go domestic in the new film “The Babymakers.”

This latest release features Heffernan and Chandrasekhar in supporting roles, with Paul Schneider and Olivia Munn playing a couple trying to breed, but finding too many obstacles along the way. The solution? Break into a sperm bank where Schneider’s character made some deposits, and withdraw his specimen to save the day. Part heist film, part upper middle class fantasy, the Broken Lizard members add their own quirky sensibility to the mix of this high concept comedy.

Kevin Huffernan as Wade and Paul Schneider as Tommy in ‘The Babymakers

Photo credit: Millennium Entertainment

Broken Lizard began in 1990 at Colgate University in New York state.
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Happy Madison Sets Up a Tonka Truck Movie

Logic would dictate that since Battleship sunk at the box office earlier this summer, any and all future movies based on board games or toys should be put out of their misery. Unfortunately, logic is in short supply in Hollywood these days, because the madness continues. This week Hasbro has announced another new project being set up at Sony Pictures, not based on a board game, but rather a very well-known toy line. That's right... Tonka Trucks are about to get their very own feature film and Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions will be helping to make it a reality. Here's what Sony Pictures Digital Productions president Bob Osher had to say about the movie: "In its 65 years, Tonka has become more than a toy or a brand; Tonka trucks are a rite of passage for kids all around the world... Time spent with these toys creates memories that
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Sandler's Happy Madison Will Make an Animated 'Tonka Trucks' Film

Despite the disappointing Battleship not exactly living up to its summer blockbuster title, Hollywood continues to develop movies based on brands instead of actual stories. Universal has smartly severed ties with Hasbro, but it looks like Sony is picking up right where they left off. The studio is already developing a movie based on the Candy Land board game with Adam Sandler set to star, and now Sony is teaming with Happy Madison again to bring something a bit more unexpected to life. Deadline reports that a deal has been made to bring childhood favorite Tonka Trucks to the big screen in an animated film of their own. Tonka will be written by frequent Happy Madison collaborator Fred Wolf, whose credits include Joe Dirt, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, Strange Wilderness, Grown Ups, and the upcoming Grown Ups 2. Ugh. He apparently has a fascinating take on what it means
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Sony, Hasbro, and Happy Madison Bringing ‘Tonka’ to Big Screen In Animated Form

First there was Candy Land, and now we have Tonka. To think: People have always said Adam Sandler doesn’t have enough originality in his films.

A press release (via THR) has announced that his Happy Madison Productions will team with Sony Animation and Hasbro for this new film, which Sony’s Bob Osher hopes will be both “multi-generational” and “a family friendly motion picture that brings the Tonka experience to life”; translating that experience into a screenplay will be Fred Wolf, a man best-known for his work on Grown Ups and Strange Wilderness.

And, well, there isn’t really much else to be said. If anything, I find it just a tad interesting to note how Sandler gets further into animation as his career develops — in a few months, for instance, those with sufficient interest can see him take another swing with Genndy Tartakovsky‘s Hotel Transylvania. I don
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SXSW: The Babymakers

In The Babymakers, a bumbling idiot (played by Super Troopers actor Kevin Heffernan) does a Stooge-like swim on a floor covered in semen. That just about sums up what this lazy, downright stupid comedy is about: a steady stream of unfunny sperm jokes that goes nowhere.

The presence of Heffernan, Nat Faxon, and actor-director Jay Chandrasekhar will likely lure fans of Broken Lizard’s brand of raunchy irreverence, but don’t be fooled into suffering through an atrocious script written instead by Strange Wilderness offenders Peter Gaulke and Gerry Swallow. (Yes, “Swallow” for those whose minds are similarly in the gutter.)

Parks and Recreation” alum Paul Schneider delivers his lines with a smirk of disbelief and earns the most laughs, except they mostly come from his perfect physical timing, not the farcical situations involving his character Tommy. Just a simple look or gesture had the theater busting up. And, as
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Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star

Adam Sandler’s own film career is spotty at best, but when you look at the films he produced under his company Happy Madison without starring in, there’s a strong argument to made that Happy Madison ought to stop producing films altogether. Whatever standard Sandler applies to how he chooses films seems to go out the window when he’s only the producer, and the list of cinematic abortions speaks to this: The House Bunny, Strange Wilderness, The Benchwarmers, Grandma’s Boy, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, and, most recently, Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star. Bucky Larson starts with an unfunny premise and then attempts to bleed it dry. The only joke this time around is on the poor sap who picks up the DVD expecting anything beyond profound disappointment and sophomoric jokes that never elicit so much as even a chuckle.

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Who Wants to Donate Sperm to Olivia Munn? The ‘Babymakers’ Redband Trailer is Here!

If you woke up this morning and felt you needed to see a trailer frothing over with semen jokes, it’s as if the planets have aligned to tell you that you need more therapy and that the redband trailer for Babymakers has poked its little head out onto the internet. This is the Broken Lizard movie that isn’t a Broken Lizard movie. Instead of the gang from Beerfest trying to impregnate everyone, it stars Olivia Munn and Paul Schneider (Away We Go, Lars and the Real Girl) as a couple who have trouble conceiving. Fortunately, Schneider’s character donated a bunch of great sperm years ago. Unfortunately, it’s all gone, so he has to try to steal some of it back. Good old Kevin “Farva” Heffernan is on board as the sidekick, and Jay Chandrasekhar is directing and playing an Indian mafia killer (complete with genuine Indian accent!). As
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Adam Sandler & Company May Reunite for ‘Grown Ups’ Sequel

It sounds like another possibly happy reunion for these friends. Variety has reported that Sony Pictures and Happy Madison Production are in negotiations with “Grown Ups” writer Fred Wolf to pen the sequel to the comedy. The original “Grown Ups” starred Sandler, Kevin James, David Spade, Chris Rock and Rob Schneider. It is about five old schoolmates who reunited for a weekend after their basketball coach died. If Sandler decides to revisit “Grown Ups,” then it would be Sandler’s first appearance in any sequel. “Grown Ups” is the highest grossing for Sandler with a worldwide theater gross of $271 million. Wolf has written some material for “Saturday Night Live” shows in the past. He wrote several comedies for Happy Madison Productions, including “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star,” “Strange Wilderness,” and “Joe Dirt.”Source: Variety
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Old Friends Will Get Older in 'Grown Ups' Sequel

You can never have too many reunions with childhood pals, right?

Adam Sandler and friends might be headed for another middle-aged adventure as Sony Pictures and Happy Madison Productions are in talks with "Grown Ups" scribe Fred Wolf to write a sequel, according to Variety.

"Grown Ups" starred Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider as childhood friends who come together over a Fourth of July weekend to attend the funeral of their youth basketball coach. The film, released in June 2010, is Sandler's highest grossing comedy to date, earning over $227 million in worldwide box office.

If "Grown Ups 2" comes together, it will be Sandler's first-ever sequel. No word on which original cast members would be back for the second reunion, though we're betting it will be all of them.

Screenwriter Fred Wolf has a long history with Sandler and Happy Madison Productions, having written for "Saturday Night Live
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Grown Ups 2 in the works at Sony Pictures - Sandler may star in first sequel

I had hoped that Jack and Jill had put Adam Sandler’s career on hold for a bit, but I am unfortunately wrong. Variety is reporting that a sequel to last year’s Grown Ups is in the works from Sony Pictures and Happy Madison Prods. Fred Wolf is in talks to write the sequel for Sandler’s highest-grossing film worldwide at $271 million.

This would be the first sequel that Sandler would star in, and at this time no deal is in place. Surprisingly Sandler’s involvement is contingent on the script!! Scripts have never stopped him before, so I bet he will likely be interested in starring. The first film starred Sandler, Kevin James, David Spade, Chris Rock and Rob Schneider “as five friends who reunite over the 4th of July weekend to attend their youth basketball coach's funeral.”

Wolf has been working with Sandler since his days on SNL.
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In Lieu of a 'Jack and Jill' Review I Offer an Adam Sandler Career Study

I didn't see Adam Sandler's Jack and Jill, and it wasn't because Sony didn't screen it; because they did. Nope, the reason I didn't see it is because it looked like more of the same Sandler twaddle. A fact that caused me to look back to try and find out the last time I subjected myself to one of Sandler's so-called "comedies". As it turns out, Jack and Jill is the fourth one in a row that I've skipped. Jack and Jill was now part of a growing list with Just Go with It (2011), Grown Ups (2010) and Bedtime Stories (2008). Admittedly, I have heard Just Go with It was actually pretty good (though the film's 20% RottenTomatoes score says otherwise), but I still have no desire to see it. The last Adam Sandler movie I did see -- no, I don't count him voicing the monkey in Zookeeper -- was Funny People
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Knights Of Badassdom Trailer Arrives

Director Joe Lynch's sophomore effort is about to drop and it looks like a good one! The Knights Of Badassdom is a tale of some over enthusiastic LARPer's (that's Live Action Role Players to those unfamiliar) who accidentally raise an all-too-real demon with their goofy make-believe shenanigans.Starring Ryan Kwanten (True Blood, Red Hill), Steve Zahn (Sunshine Cleaning, Strange Wilderness), Summer Glau (Serenity, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and the always amazing Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent, Game Of Thrones), very few details have emerged from the Lynch camp as to what we can expect from KoBA, but the man himself told yours truly there will be "lots of demonic goofy fun and heavy metal", so that's a solid "Sold!" as far as I am...
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My Mothers Curse Starring Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand Opens March 30, 2012

Paramount Pictures has scheduled the road trip comedy My Mother's Curse for release on March 30, 2012.  Barbra Streisand star as a mother and son who, according to Variety, "embark on a road trip so the inventor son can sell his latest invention."  Previous reports indicate the script from Dan Fogelman (Tangled) reunite Streisand with a lost love.  Paramount may have actually performed the mother's curse on the last pre-Easter 2012 weekend -- as of this writing, no other film is scheduled that Friday. Anne Fletcher (The Proposal) will direct; Fogelman, Rogen, and Streisand are producing alongside Lorne Michaels (SNL), John Goldwyn (MacGruber), Evan Goldberg (The Green Hornet), David Ellison (True Grit), Paul Schwake (Strange Wilderness), and Dana Goldberg (Yes Man).  Rogen will next be heard March 18 as the titular alien in Paul, followed by Kung Fu Panda 2 on May 26.  Rogen holistically returns to theaters in 50/50, which opens September 30.
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