Well, not really, but I got your attention, didn’t I?
Christina Ricci, who some love and some totally hate, has been cast in a new comedy co-written by Adam Sandler, and directed by Tom Brady. (No, not that Tom Brady.)
The film revolves around a dork who happens upon a family secret: His quiet and conservative parents were famous porn stars in the 1970s. As a result, he leaves Northern Iowa for Hollywood, hoping to follow in their footsteps and fulfill his destiny as the biggest adult-film star in the world.
Christina Ricci will play the dork’s girlfriend, and follow him to Hollywood while he tries to become a porn star.
I personally prefer Adam Sandler in semi-normal roles – Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, Sonny in Big Daddy. I never liked his outrageous characters like in Little Nicky or The Waterboy. So I’m not excited about his new comedy, You Don’t Mess With The Zohan The poster is below, and Sandler looks like an extra from that awful Josh Hartnett movie Blow.
I heard they were filming a movie at the mall near my dayjob’s office. So, on lunch today, we took a quick ride over to the mall to eat at the foodcourt. Lo and behold, they’re filming MallCop, listed on IMDb as “Untitled Kevin James Comedy.” Folks on the set confirmed that it was originally called “MallCop,” but that they may change it.
The movie is about security guard (played by Kevin James), who has to save the mall from burglars when they break in. Doesn’t sound very interesting, does it? It may be pretty funny, actually. It’s a Happy Madison production, which means Adam Sandler’s paying for it. You remember Adam Sandler, right? He used to be funny, ten years ago?
My co-workers and I watched them film Kevin James crashing into the back of a mini-van on a people-mover five times in a row. Cut! Reset! Extras! Background! Action! They yelled each time. Pretty interesting.
The movie’s slated for release next year, and I’ll definitely be checking it out. I would have brought my camera, but it was a spur of the moment trip. Still pretty cool. We may go back and take some photos. Remember, you heard it here first.
All right kids! Well, the Super Bowl didn’t turn out the way most of us New Englanders wanted it to, but c’est la vie!
So, how did the flicks do over at the box office this past weekend? Let’s take a look, shall we?
Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour: Mademoiselle Miley Cyrus breaks out her pipes and Hannah Montana wig to bring her concert tour to the big screen so more of her ever-so-devoted fans could enjoy it! Will It Bomb? This is the most popular performer in the preteen circuit, so this will definitely end up somewhere in the Top 5! Did It Bomb? Check that out! Apparently, everybody got the best of all worlds! This made it to #1, bringing in $31.1 million!! Outcome: Score! 1 out of 4.
Over Her Dead Body: Desperate Housewives model vamp Eva Longoria Parker strikes out on her own in this film, as a spirit who isn’t too thrilled that her former flame may have gotten over her. Time to sabotage!! Will It Bomb? You betcha. While the powers that be are trying to get her more acting exposure outside of the show, this role isn’t the ticket. I doubt that it will make it in, but if so, it’ll be on the Lower end of the 10. Did It Bomb? You betcha. A wimpy take of $5.4 million. While all the TV spots are hailing the comedic ability of Mrs. Parker, not too many people were running for the door. Better luck next time. Outcome: Score! 2 out of 4.
Strange Wilderness: Adam Sandler’s shining face and whacked out humor are but a mere presence in this film (his production company backed this one up). One of Sandler’s personal film sidekicks, as well as some familiar faces from recent hits, band together the sweep what’s left of their local wildlife television program and search for Bigfoot. I’m not making that up, folks! Will It Bomb? I’m thinking it’ll be moderately successful. It’ll make it into the Low to Mid end of the 10, for a nice, refreshing comedic change. Did It Bomb? With a $3.1 million take? Yeah, it bombed. Like it’s never bombed before! It didn’t grab as much attention as I would have liked it to, I guess. Outcome: Strike! 2 out of 4.
The Eye: Jessica Alba pulls a Sarah Michelle Gellar and does her first remake of a Japanese thriller. Alba gets a corneal transplant, and while she regains her literal vision, she’s getting some other kinds as well. Creepy ones. Will It Bomb? I can’t decide. You have the remake of a Japanese psychological thriller with an actress who’s trying to broaden her range in a genre that probably isn’t a good fit for her. Money will be earned, but I think the film will go into the Lower-to-Mid section of the 10 Did It Bomb? Shocker! Coming in at #2 and earning about $12.4 million, that’s not quite a good comparison to what top dog Hannah Montana brought in, but it’s pretty good. Outcome: Strike! 2 out of 4.
***Official Box Office tallies and positions according to Variety (variety.com), The Hollywood Reporter (hollywoodreporter.com) and the Internet Movie Database (imdb.com).
Well, kids! I called them right down the center, again! Can I do better the next time around? Wait until the newest edition of WIB? comes to call! That should be interesting, as always! See you then!
Happy Friday, everyone! This weekend may be a biggie in the sports world as our beloved Patriots take on the Giants at the Super Bowl, but it’s always a race to the top in Movie Land! That’s right, kids! Welcome to this week’s installment of WIB?!
Now, are the films that the studios are releasing this week up to snuff? Or are you better off staying home and flipping the channels?
Take a look!
The Eye: For once it’s not Sarah Michelle Gellar doing a Japanese remake! This time it’s Jessica Alba. Hey, somebody new! As a recipient of a corneal transplant, Alba gets her sight back, but also gets the kind of visions not many of us would care to see. Yep, it’s the scary and supernatural kind. Whoopee. Will It Bomb? It’s debatable. While the remake game will always be in play, and the desire for another psychological shocker is apparent, I am not thrilled with the choice for the lead (we all know that SMG and Naomi Watts are the queens of this genre). However, I think that some revenue will come in. It’ll probably get in the mid-to-low end of the 10, shuffling along with Strange Wilderness (see below).