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Review: A Fat Man, Animals That Sound Like Sitcom Characters & The Terrible 'Zookeeper'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 7, 2011 5:17 AM
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Early on in “Zookeeper,” Sony’s latest commercially craven piece of garbage from Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison production company, an animal sees two bears fighting. Her response is, “They look like two bean bag chairs!” Ignoring the idea that this character, a giraffe, has probably never even seen a bean bag chair, this is a brilliant line -- mostly because it reveals the true instincts of the six (six!) writers tasked with bringing this story-less hook to the screen.

'Grown Ups' Reunion: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, David Spade & More Voice 'Hotel Transylvania'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 5, 2011 8:27 AM
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You gotta hand it to Adam Sandler. No matter what you might think of his puerile excuses for movies, he's made a career out of getting paid to hang out with his friends and deliver loosely patched together series of images that he calls "movies." And he's getting another chance to roll with his homies, and this time, he won't even have to put up the pretense of shaving or wearing pants.

Henry Winkler Joins Kevin James In 'Here Comes The Boom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 2, 2011 2:41 AM
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Having played a mall cop and a zookeeper (in the film of the same name coming out this summer), Kevin James is next set to put his plus-sized waistline to comedic use as an amateur mixed martial arts fighter in "Here Comes The Boom" a movie which will likely find him falling down a lot. But it looks like there will be veteran there to pick him up and dust him off.

Sony Sets Summer 2012 Release Dates: 'I Hate You Dad' Hits June 22nd, 'Total Recall' August 3rd

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 28, 2011 3:54 AM
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Plus Kevin James MMA Flick 'Here Comes The Boom' Lands July 27thWith the Oscars stinking up the joint last night, the awards season is finally over, and we can look forward to the now-six-month-long summer blockbuster season, without the worry of accidentally stumbling across a film with a thought in its head. But the business being what it is i.e. increasingly reliant on release dates before scripts, or a director, or cast is attached, studios are already jostling for dates in 2012, which looks at least as crowded as this year's clusterfuck of a season.

Review: 'The Dilemma' Chooses Wacky Hijinks Over Intelligent Comedy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 12, 2011 3:07 AM
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Overrated screenwriter Allan Loeb is curiously one of the most in-demand writers in Hollywood right now, and we're beginning to understand why. His screenplays tend to sell high-concept work which makes executives and producers feel good about themselves, but the actual execution undermines whatever originality and vigor the original premise may have had, keeping things safe for mainstream audiences to embrace without thinking too much, which makes studio heads happy. But if you look closer, Allan Loeb seems to be writing the same script over and over with entire plots hanging on one character struggling to tell somebody the secret he's holding. Exhibit 1: "The Switch" spent nearly half its running time with Jason Bateman agonizing over whether or not to tell Jennifer Aniston that it's actually his sperm she used to have a child. Exhibit 2: In "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" Shia LaBeouf could have avoided a world of hurt he had just been honest with his girlfriend, Carey Mulligan, about what he was doing with her Dad. Which brings us to Exhibit 3: "The Dilemma." Once again, a character grapples for the majority of the film's running time with a should I?/shouldn't I? situation, in this case it's whether or not to tell his best friend that his wife is cheating on him. Yes, "The Dilemma" is another one of those movies where you're going to wait for somebody to stop acting like an idiot and do what most normal people would do without hesitation. It's pretty painful.

'The Zookeeper' Duo Of Kevin James & Director Frank Coraci Are Going To Make A Martial Arts Comedy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2011 8:46 AM
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He was a mall cop, next up he's going to be a zookeeper, and in the slate for Kevin James' continuing run of fat-guy-in-wacky-situations comedies is an untitled martial arts comedy written by the hugely overrated Allan Loeb ("The Switch," "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps").

Adam Sandler & Kevin James Are Going To Park Cars Hilariously In 'Valet Guys'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 7, 2010 7:29 AM
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There is a very simple formula for pitching and selling a Kevin James comedy. Fat guy + blue collar job + hijinks = comedy gold. He's been a fireman, a mall cop, next summer he'll be a zookeeper and now, Kevin James along with his fart joke companion Adam Sandler, is set to be a valet guy in the appropriately titled "Valet Guys."

Watch: Kevin James Makes His 'Dr. Doolittle' With 'The Zookeeper'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 5, 2010 3:30 AM
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Kevin James. Talking animals. A fat guy yelling seemingly non-stop. It looks like our cinematic prayers have been answered.

Watch: Electric Cars Aren't Gay In The International Trailer For 'The Dilemma'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 5, 2010 2:21 AM
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While the battle for comedic free expression has been won on the back of a pretty dumb joke, the international trailer for Ron Howard's "The Dilemma" plays it safe and doesn't reference the "electric cars are gay" joke at all, but actually, surprisingly, did make us chuckle more than the first spot for the film did.

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