Adam Sandler & Bob Barker Continue Their ‘Happy Gilmore’ Brawl
It’s hard to believe, but next year marks the 20th anniversary of Happy Gilmore, one of Adam Sandler’s best comedies, and one that has aged surprisingly well considering his recent comedies seem to be getting worse and worse. One of the more memorable scenes from the film involves Sandler’s unorthodox hockey player turned golfer getting into a brawl with “The Price is Right” game show host Bob Barker during a celebrity gold tournament. Well, the Comedy Central charity event “A Night of Too Many Stars” brings the two together again. Don’t let the hospital setting fool you, these two get into it yet again. Watch below!
The Russo Brothers Sign With Sony Pictures; SPIDER-MAN Confirmed For CIVIL WAR?
In an interesting development, Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo have entered into a three-year first-look deal for feature films with Sony Pictures Entertainment. Though no specific projects are mentioned, given the duo’s Marvel background there’s a possibility they’ll be involved in Sony’s future Spider-Man/Spidey spin-off plans in some capacity, once the character makes his Marvel debut.
Speaking of which, the trades mention that the Webhead is indeed “expected” to make his first appearance for the studio in Captain America: Civil War, which the Russos will also direct. Not 100% confirmation, but it looks like a safe bet at this point. Here’s what the brothers had to say about the deal: “We’re thrilled to make a home at Sony Pictures, and to be partnering with the entire team. The studio has created an environment that is not only collaborative, but truly filmmaker-friendly and we’re excited to begin developing both new and ambitious material with them.”
The new season of Community gets an Age of Ultron-style trailer
COMMUNITY fans were relieved when the NBC sitcom was picked up for a sixth season by Yahoo. Despite losing cast-members Jonathan Banks, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Donald Glover, the sitcom is back for another round of bizarre comedy with new additions Paget Brewster and Keith David.
The first trailer for the web only season of COMMUNITY has been revealed and spoofs the same format as the AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON trailer. There does seem to be a bit of a shift in the production quality of the show as compared to the NBC seasons, but the cast looks as wacky as ever. Even Joe and Anthony Russo were onboard and directed the first episode of the season which will air on Yahoo Screen.
Academy Awards May Go Back to Only Five Best Picture Nominees
Since 2010, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have allowed for up to 10 nominees in the Best Picture category after the rules were changed to make the awards ceremony more inclusive for films like The Dark Knight. It was a move aiming to get more people to tune in to the Oscars see if their favorite movie would win the big prize. However, THR reports The Academy is now considering dropping the number of competitors back down to the traditional five nominees. So the six year run of allowing up to 10 nominees hasn’t worked as a trade source says, “They tried it, and it really didn’t do us any good.”
As of now no official proposal has been made to change the rules again, but that could happen before the end of the month as The Academy’s board of governors meets again on March 24th. Of course, there’s no guarantee that this change will happen since the board meets every year following the most recent Academy Awards telecast to evaluate the show and awards season in general. But the trade notes that there’s a large portion of the board who has been pushing to revert back to five nominees because the higher number has “watered down the prestige of a nomination” and hasn’t boosted the ratings for the ceremony as was hoped.
Despite the fact that this year’s Academy Awards ratings tanked, dropping 15% from last year’s show, I hardly think that changing the rules again is going to fix that problem. This year specifically, the issue seemed to be that there were a ton of nominees that weren’t very accessible to average moviegoers, mainly due to the slew of independent film nominees. But at the same time, people just seem to be caring less and less about the Oscars on television, which is consistently boring and overlong. There’s even a chance that reducing the pool might actually push the ratings to fall even further.
‘Adventure Time’ Movie Developing at Warner Bros.
An Adventure Time movie has been brewing slowly at Warner Bros. for several months, and while there is no director or writer announcement just yet, some of the team working on the film has been revealed. The film will be animated – no live-action translation to worry about, which is for the best – and will be shepherded by Chris McKay, who worked on Robot Chicken and The Lego Movie and is directing Lego Batman, and producer Roy Lee.
Deadline has news of the development, but no particular info about what sort of story the film will present, or how it might integrate with the television series created by Pendleton Ward, which began airing on Cartoon Network in 2010 and is nearly through its sixth season now.
Netflix Officially Picks Up ‘Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday’ from Judd Apatow
Just before Christmas last year, we learned that the long-developing new Pee-Wee Herman movie from Paul Reubens and producer Judd Apatow was moving from Universal Pictures to the streaming service Netflix. At the time, no deal was in place, but now the streaming service has announced that they have officially picked up the film entitled Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday. However, only small details about the plot are available as the story is said to follow a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger that inspires Pee-wee Herman (Reubens) to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny.
Apatow is pretty excited about the new endeavor saying:
“As a fan of Pee-wee Herman since he first appeared on The Dating Game, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the brilliant Paul Reubens on this film. It is a dream come true.”
And Reubens is obviously thrilled too, adding:
“Judd and I dreamt up this movie four years ago. The world was much different back then- Netflix was waiting by the mailbox for red envelopes to arrive. I’ve changed all that. The future is here. Get used to it. Bowtie is the new black.”