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Adam Sandler & Kevin James Team For 'Pixels,' Berenice Bejo Prepares For 'After The Storm' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2014 9:05 AM
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In rather shocking news, an Adam Sandler produced movie is also going to star Adam Sandler. And sit down for this one — he might even worked with some pals he's worked with before.

Alejandro González Iñárritu Swings Off 'The Jungle Book,' Joe Johnston & More Line Up New Gigs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2014 2:08 PM
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It seemed improbable that arthouse fave Alejandro González Iñárritu would tackle a big studio tentpole, but last month that seemed to be the case when reports surfaced he was circling "The Jungle Book" at Warner Bros. But indeed, Iñárrituu won't be going blockbuster any time soon as he's bounced from the project, leaving Warner Bros. to find another director for the Callie Kloves-penned take on the public domain material.

'The Butler'-Esque Drama Heads To ABC, Kevin James Returns To Sitcoms & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 3, 2013 11:38 AM
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As “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” continues its sleeper hit success, ABC has decided (per Deadline) to produce a limited series focused on a different White House servant, Paul Jennings. Adapted from Elizabeth Dowling Taylor’s “A Slave in the White House,” the show would focus on Jennings, a Virginia-born slave, as he simultaneously acts as President James Madison’s personal valet and as an anti-slavery activist. The show will be written and co-executive produced by “LUV” filmmakers Sheldon Candis and Justin Wilson, with Candis also handling directorial duties as he did on their first film. For now, the show’s only eyed as a 12-hour limited series though, as “Under the Dome” showed, the life of the show can always be extended in the event of runaway success.

5 TV Comedy Actors Turned Movie Stars (5 More Who Floundered)

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 12, 2013 12:29 PM
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With "Grown Ups 2" starring "SNL" alumnus Adam Sandler and "King of Queens" star Kevin James opening this weekend, and "The Way Way Back" with Steve Carell of "The Office" fame out since last week, your local multiplex will soon be playing a choice of films with star actors who originally made their names in TV comedy shows. All three of these guys have carved out the kind of big-screen success that means we arguably now associate them more with movies than with television, but that's a trick that many have tried and only few have really pulled off.

Review: 'Grown Ups 2' Starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock & David Spade

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 11, 2013 11:01 AM
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Spoiler alert: the very last joke of “Grown Ups 2” involves a character passing gas on Salma Hayek. This is Salma Hayek, one of the great actresses of international cinema, a global star in multiple languages, one of the most beautiful women in the world, and an Oscar nominee. This is Salma Hayek, who has served on the Cannes jury and has produced and starred in several boundary-crossing Spanish language films, where her consistency has become almost taken for granted. And here she is, in “Grown Ups 2,” where she exists in order to model low-cut trash fashion that spotlights her chest, and then eat a mouthful of flatulence as the final punchline to a vanity project by some of our most famous, laziest American comedians. This is the way our film culture ends: not with a whimper, but with a fart.

Review: 'Here Comes The Boom' Is Like A More Violent, Less Funny Version of 'The Fighter'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 11, 2012 2:29 PM
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Kevin James is one of those actors who is so featureless and bland that he makes Tom Hanks seem, in comparison, positively exotic. With his doughy figure, dad-next-door face, and line delivery that suggests he's getting ready for the next big football game instead of commanding movies that cost tens of millions of dollars, he is so bereft of personality that you sense that he might just waft off the screen. Usually, though, he's nestled inside a Russian doll of higher caliber comedic talent, whether it's Will Smith in "Hitch" or Adam Sandler and his posse in a whole host of movies (including "Grown Ups" and "The Zookeeper"). Teaming him up with someone usually makes his bumbling everyman shtick slightly more palatable.

First Image Of Saoirse Ronan In 'How I Live Now' Plus New Images From 'Here Comes The Boom' & 'Fun Size'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2012 1:22 PM
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Yes, we realize all these films couldn't be more different, but they are images nonetheless from some upcoming movies and there's gotta be at least one you're curious about...

Watch: Kevin James Helps Kids By Falling Over A Lot In Trailer For 'Here Comes The Boom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 26, 2012 7:56 PM
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Listen, the formula is pretty simple by now. Give Kevin James a blue collar job -- courier driver, fireman, mall cop, zookeeper -- make him fall down and eat snacks and then just collect the money that pours out the other end. Which brings us to "Here Comes The Boom," a movie where he's been assigned the role of...a high school teacher. But this time it's with a twist, not only does he fall down, he fights too.

Watch: Hilarious Trailer For 'Movie: The Movie' Featuring Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks, Matt Damon & Much, Much More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2012 11:22 AM
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Memo to the Academy: Next year, you might want to get the writing staff of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" to write jokes for the show, because this nine-minute bit is funnier than anything that happened at the Oscars last night.

Today In Unexpected Pairings: Kevin James & Emily Watson Star In Indie 'Little Boy'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 5, 2011 1:59 AM
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Plus Will The Portly Comedian Appear In Charlie Kaufman's 'Frank & Francis'?We may be about to be stripped of our snark cred, but we don't hate Kevin James. He's a decent enough actor, has some comic timing, and is a firmly likable screen presence. We do, however, hate virtually every film he's made: a cynical string of fatty-fall-over gags tied to the loosest possible plot you could think of. But with "The Zookeeper" failing to meet box office expectations (taking half of the gross of James' last vehicle "Paul Blart: Mall Cop"), the chubby funnyman may be heading for a change of tack, with the news that he's teaming up with Oscar nominee Emily Watson for an indie family drama.

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