The very first teaser trailer for Grown Ups 2 is now online, and the idea behind the comedy is apparently that the audience ought to feel notaglic for these characters' nostalgia.
The first poster for Grown Ups 2 has arrived online, implying that a trailer will follow in the very near future.
When that trailer does show up, let's hope it has a little more meat on its bones.
In a move that suggests the hugely anticipated trailer will arrive sooner rather than later, Sony Pictures has released the first official image from Grown Ups 2.
Said image features Adam Sandler and Salma Hayek laughing at something offscreen, joined by fellow laughing people Chris Rock, Kevin James, Maria Bello, and David Spade.
Four new movies entered American theaters and the list of top ten movies for the weekend. Of those four, Hotel Transylvania made the biggest impression, setting a record for the biggest September opening of all time. Looper, meanwhile, did much better than many observers were predicting in second place, and Pitch Perfect started out strong in a limited release.
Opening in theaters on September 28th is the new animated family comedy Hotel Transylvania from director Genndy Tartakovsky (TV's Samurai Jack) and writers Peter Baynham (Arthur Christmas) and Robert "Triumph the Insult Comic Dog" Smigel (You Don't Mess with the Zohan). The movie features superstar comedian Adam Sandler (Jack and Jill), along with many of his constant comedy cohorts such as Andy Samberg (That's My Boy), Kevin James (I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry), Steve Buscemi (Mr. Deeds), David Spade (Grown Ups), Jon Lovitz (Grown Ups 2), Molly Shannon (Saturday Night Live), and Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live), as well as newcomers to the Sandler World including Selena Gomez (Horton Hears a Who!), Fran Drescher (Cadillac Man), and CeeLo Green (Sparkle).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick had an opportunity to sit down with director Genndy Tartakovsky in July at Comic Con International in San Diego to talk about his work on Hotel Transylvania. The animation director discussed the new film, what he brought to the project, the tone of the movie, the iconic monster characters, casting Adam Sandler's troupe of actors, and his love for Mel Brook's Young Frankenstein, Love at First Bite, Once Bitten, and Tom & Jerry cartoons.
Synopsis: Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of the world’s most famous monsters – Frankenstein and his bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more – to celebrate his daughter Mavis’s 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem – but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.
Two proven box office commodities, Tom Cruise and Adam Sandler, stepped outside their wheelhouses a bit with new releases this weekend. Both will likely stick to exactly what has worked before, since neither Rock of Ages nor That's My Boy managed to open up to the standards to which they were being held.
Synopsis: When a young Donny (Adam Sandler) hooked up with his hot teacher, he never thought he'd wind up becoming the single father to their son, Todd (Andy Samberg). Needless to say, Donny's parenting skills fell way short and Todd took off on his own as soon as he turned 18. When Donny learns that his only son is now making big bucks, he winds up on his fancy doorstep to reconnect. But Todd, who is about to get married, isn't quite as excited to see his father after all this time and struggles to keep his clean-cut world intact.
Cast: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, Vanilla Ice, Will Forte
Director: Sean Anders
Release Date: June 15, 2012
Since leaving Saturday Night Live seventeen years ago, Adam Sandler has become such a ubiquitous comedic leading man and commercial force to be reckoned with that his days as "Canteen Boy" seem longer ago than they actually were. Andy Samberg, meanwhile, just finished his own seven year run on SNL, where he and his Lonely Island cohorts Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer produced over 100 Digital Shorts.
Sandler's bygone sketch comedy days and Samberg's recent past make it easy to forget that the former is a mere eight years older than the latter, but the new movie That's My Boy draws attention to this by having Sandler play Samberg's father. In the comedy, Samberg stars as Todd Berger, an uptight businessman whose reprobate father Donny shows up on the eve of his son's wedding looking for reconciliation on help out of a financial jam. Sandler plays the irrepressible Donny, an alcoholic misanthrope who shot to tabloid fame on account of a sordid affair with an unbelievably sexy middle school teacher. Todd, the product of Donny and his teacher's union, is just twelve or so years younger than the father who was supposed to raise him after his mother was incarcerated for her illegal love.
IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick attended the Los Angeles press day for That's My Boy, which is due in theaters this Friday, June 15th. While there, Philbrick had the opportunity to hear Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg's thoughts on foul language, Vanilla Ice, comedic influences, leaving SNL, working with director Sean Anders, and the strange charm of Donny Berger.
Opening in theaters on June 15th is the new Adam Sandler (Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy, Mr. Deeds) comedy That's My Boy, which was directed by Sean Anders (Sex Drive). In addition to Sandler, the film also stars fellow Saturday Night Live alumni Andy Samberg (Friends with Benefits), Will Forte (Rock of Ages), Colin Quinn (Grown Ups), and Ana Gasteyer (Mean Girls), as well as Leighton Meester (Country Strong), Milo Ventimiglia (The Divide), Eva Amurri (The Banger Sisters), Nick Swardson (30 Minutes or Less), Alan Thicke (TV's Growing Pains), Ian Ziering (TV's Beverly Hills 90210), Todd Bridges (TV's Different Strokes), Luenell (Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan), musicians Ciara, Tony Orlando, and Vanilla Ice (Cool as Ice), New York Jets coach Rex Ryan, sportscaster Dan Patrick, screen legend James Caan (The Godfather, Thief), and Oscar-winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, Jeff, Who Lives at Home).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to sit down and chat with director Sean Anders about his work on That's My Boy, as well as his script for the Untitled Dumb and Dumber Sequel. The director discussed his new film, working with Vanilla Ice (Rob Van Winkle), why he chose to cast the former-rapper in the film, his surprisingly compelling performance, casting Todd Bridges as himself and why he wants to work with him again, using performers who have never been in a Adam Sandler movie before, Dan Patrick and the Danettes, and the status of the sequel to Dumb and Dumber.