It's April, meaning that the months-long awards season orgy of accolades, congratulations, and ego is but a distant memory. While the Oscars are the most well-known of all the movie awards, the Razzies are the most recognized joke-awards handed out to regrettable pieces of cinema from the last year. Appropriately enough, the Golden Raspberry statues are handed out on April Fool's Day, and this year, the mock-epic awards marked an historic first, with one film sweeping every category.
Over the next few weeks, we'll treated to an onslaught of big event movies in time for Christmas, while the prestige pictures currently in limited release will expand and be joined by more. It'll be a veritable moviegoing cornucopia, with all manner of variety to suit anyone's holiday tastes. For now, though, the number one movie in America is New Year's Eve, a film that is basically the cinematic equivalent of KFC's Famous Bowl: a calculated yet sloppy mash of starch and heart disease.* The mega-ensemble debuted in first place, followed by The Sitter, and, in third place, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, which sat atop the box office heap for three consecutive weeks.
Traditionally, the weekend following Thanksgiving's extended vacation is one of unremarkable box office performances, as the nation is content to unbutton its collective top button and sit back to the let the turkey settle in its system, while also lamenting the loss of delicious leftovers. This year is no different, with no major wide releases in multiplexes to truly shake up the dynamics of last weekend. With no new competition and generally tame showings from existing competitors, then, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 continued its dominance of the domestic box office, accomplishing a couple of franchise feats in the process. The Muppets, meanwhile, slowed down considerably, and Hugo hopped up to the third place after rolling out in more theaters.
When we're not mercilessly trampling helpless employees or pepper-spraying our fellow citizens in order to ensure that we get the cheapest possible consumer goods, the citizens of this great land are wont to see movies during their Thanksgiving holiday away from work. This is doubtlessly owed, in large part, to the fact that Thanksgiving is a holiday that necessitates much familial contact, and going to the movies is an efficient means of spending two hours in the dark without actually having to talk to your family. A preponderance of new family-oriented releases over the holiday couldn't derail The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, with the sequel dominating the American box office in its second weekend, outgrossing The Muppets, Hugo, and Arthur Christmas.
Variety, as has been said innumerable times since some guy or girl first saw fit to utter the phrase, is the spice of life. From sea to shining sea, Americans had no shortage of variety amongst the three major new releases in theaters on Friday. There was a little something for everyone, from the visual buffet of a Greek mythological action epic to the sight of a comedy superstar in a wig to one of the biggest movie stars in the world portraying an oh-so controversial 20th Century law enforcement official. Of those three new releases, two were anchored by familiar actors working very much within their respective wheelhouses, yet it was Immortals, a film that did not have the comforting presence of Adam Sandler in drag or Leonardo DiCaprio in old age makeup, that indisputably dominated the US box office over the last several days.
In the comedic drama Funny People, writer-director Judd Apatow and Adam Sandler pointedly mock the types of vehicles that made Sandler famous through the fictitious movie star George Simmons. Simmons films glimpsed throughout Funny People include one in which he plays a mer-man and another in which his head is digitally put on a baby's body. Based on this trailer for Sandler's latest, Jack and Jill would not have been out of place on the list of fake movies lampooning his resume. In the film, Sandler plays Jack and dons a wig to portray his obnoxious twin sister Jill, who visits Jack and his family in Los Angeles, only to end up on an extended stay, much to Jack's chagrin.
The unpredictable Adam Sandler is back to his…unpredictable ways, with his latest picture Jack and Jill, the tale of twin brother and sister (both played by Sandler), who undergo some sibling rivalries that have a significant bearing on the brother.
Sandler himself recently described the film, saying,"In Jack and Jill I play me, I play my twin sister. The man version of me is doing okay, he has a family out in L.A.; the twin-sister-version of me lives out in the Bronx and comes out to L.A. for Thanksgiving and then refuses to leave and is spoiling the man version of [me’s] family life a little bit."
Sounds a bit awkward, but I suppose if anyone can pull awkward off, it’s Adam Sandler.
Check him out in drag below!