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Netflix Inks Four Movie Deal With Adam Sandler

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Netflix is really serious about getting into the original movie-making game. Just days after announcing its first original feature film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, the Internet streaming media service makes another announcement that bypasses the traditional theatrical release system.

Netflix has worked a deal with Adam Sandler to make four original feature films. Had this been inked during Sandler’s hey day this would’ve been epic. However, given Sandler’s rocky box office record as of late, it might not sound like the most savviest of deals. In Netflix’s defense, it claims that 48-year-old comedian is still popular.

“People love Adam’s films on Netflix and often watch them again and again. His appeal spans across viewers of all ages — everybody has a favorite movie, everyone has a favorite line — not just in the US but all over the world,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.

Sandler’s reaction after the jump

2014 Razzie Nominations: Grown Ups 2 Lead The Pack

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A day before the Academy Awards reveal their nominations for the best in cinema the past year, we learn the worst. The Golden Raspberry Award aka the Razzies are here to remind Hollywood to “own their bad” for some truly awful films and performances. Leading the pack with a whopping eight nominations is Adam Sandler’s ensemble comedy, Grown Ups 2. Following close behind with six nods a piece are After Earth, A Madea Christmas and Movie 43.

Sandler who’s won “Worst Actor” honors the past two years for Jack and Jill & Just Go with It (2011) and That’s My Boy (2012) is going for an unprecedented consecutive third win for his lead role in Grown Ups 2. A couple of years ago, Adam also picked up “Worst Actress” for Jack and Jill. That film made history by winning a record 10 awards that year.

Earning their first ever Razzie nod are some of the silver screen’s most recognizable luminaries, including past Oscar nominees Johnny Depp and Naomi Watts. Jaden Smith, Lady Gaga and Selena Gomez also broke their Razzie cherry this year. On the complete opposite spectrum, Sylvester Stallone earns his staggering 31st nomination. The Razzies will be held on March 1, the day before the Academy Awards hand out the Oscars. Check out all the dishonorable nominations below.

check out the nominations in the major categories after the jump

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Without a doubt, my favorite Adam Sandler movies have always included the adorable Drew Barrymore. Loved The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates. The two reunite once again for another movie and I predict it’ll perfectly complete their romantic comedy trilogy. Blended also reunites them with their Wedding Singer director, Frank Coraci.

After a disastrous blind date, single parents Lauren (Barrymore) and Jim (Sandler) agree on only one thing: they never want to see each other again. But when they each sign up separately for a fabulous family vacation with their kids, they are all stuck sharing a suite at a luxurious African safari resort for a week.

Rounding out the cast are Joel McHale (Community), Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids), Terry Crews (White Chicks), Kevin Nealon (Weeds) and Bella Thorne (Shake It Up). Blended was predominantly filmed in South Africa. It’s scheduled to hit theaters on May 23, 2014. Expect huge Memorial Day box office receipts. Check out the trailer below.

watch the trailer after the jump

All is not completely hopeless for Lindsay Lohan. If she’s ever in doubt about making a legitimate comeback, all she needs to do is look at Robert Downey Jr. for inspiration. There once was a time when the 48-year-old actor was considered damaged goods after a string of drug arrests, rehab stints and box office bombs. Now, he’s Forbes Highest-Paid Actor In Hollywood based on earnings from June 2012 til June 2013.

According to the publication, Downey Jr. raked in an astonishing $75 million over the past year. A massive sum bolstered by gigantic blockbuster hits like The Avengers and Iron Man 3. Both of those movies made over $1 billion at the international box office.

Coming in second place is everyone’s favorite former stripper turned Hollywood A-lister, Channing Tatum. The 33-year-old new dad’s runner up status was buoyed by the success of Magic Mike. Since he self-financed the flick, he laughed all the way to the bank with most of the film’s profits. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below. There’s a couple of surprises including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson making the cut.

check out the Top 10 after the jump

With back-to-back box office disappoints courtesy of Jack & Jill and That’s My Boy, it’s only natural Adam Sandler film a sequel to his last hit. Grown Ups 2 reunites Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade back with Sandler. Once again the foursome act like adolescent teens at summer camp. I have to admit that I sorta enjoyed the first one and the trailer looks like the same sort of silly antics are in store. How else would you describe a deer peeing in Sandler’s face?

As entertaining as that is, the trailer is all about the cameos. Taylor Lautner and his mob of angry frat boys force Sandler and the guys to strip down and cliff jump. It results with Spade yelling “I was inside you” to one of the guys. Andy Samberg pops up as a flamboyant male cheerleader. The former SNL comedian does his best Tawny Kitean impersonation, spreading his “cherry pie” all over a car windshield. Check out their appearances along with Shaquille O’Neal’s below.

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When two film stars click, there’s this undeniable chemistry that attracts millions to the movie theaters. Naturally when that happens, movie studios are eager to put the stars together for another film. Sometimes though, lightning doesn’t strike twice. Case in point, Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. While they sizzled in Pretty Woman, the same magic wasn’t there for Runaway Bride.

One couple that seems to spark every time they work together are Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler. The two were sensational in The Wedding Singer. Then followed that up with the equally charming 50 First Dates. Barrymore is the best thing that’s ever happened Sandler. Without her, Sandler’s films tend to go via the frat boy route. With Drew by his side, his projects turn into romantic comedy blockbusters.

Naturally, wooing the 38-year-old actress to his next project was of the utmost importance. His last two flicks That’s My Boy and Jack and Jill were both commercial and critical flops. Reuniting with Barrymore couldn’t have come at a more opportune time.

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Forbes Reveal Top 10 Most Overpaid Movie Stars

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There used to be a time when Eddie Murphy and Adam Sandler could do no wrong at the box office. No matter what vehicle they starred in, it would undoubtedly become a bona fide blockbuster. But as they say, nothing lasts forever. The two veteran comedy actors find themselves on a list that no Hollywood actor wants to be on. To quote one of Murphy’s movies, I’m sure he wants to be Trading Places with anyone else right now.

Also landing on the list are one-time rom-com queens Katherine Heigl and Sandra Bullock. All it takes is one box office bomb to bring down their dollar return average. Each lady had exactly that with One For The Money and All About Steve respectively. You can also add Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close to Bullock’s less-than-stellar grosses. Find out below who ranks No. 1 on the list with a return of $2.30 for every dollar they were paid.

check out the complete list after the jump

Adam Sandler‘s back with another movie, and this time he’s not dressed up as a woman. In ‘That’s My Boy‘, Sandler’s character as a teenager, fathered a son (Andy Samberg) in high school with his teacher. Years later, the man visits his son on the eve of his son’s wedding (with some ulterior motives) and begins feuding with his son’s bride (Leighton Meester).

“It’s a hard R, which is extremely exciting, just in the fact that I don’t know that Sandler has ever done a hard R before, not with Happy Madison,” Samberg told MTV News. “The cut that I saw, which I loved, is what I thought the movie was going to be: the Happy Madison sensibility with a much edgier R-rating.”

Other familiar faces in the film include, Susan Sarandon, Will Forte, Vanilla Ice, Ciara, Milo Ventimiglia, James Caan, Ana Gasteyer, and more. The release date has been set at June 15, 2012. Watch the RED BAND trailer below.

Check out the RED BAND trailer after the jump…

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