Adam Sandler's upcoming comedy "Pixels" is to feature "Game of Thrones" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past" actor Peter Dinklage. The project sees an alien race launch its assault on humankind using video game characters as inspiration. That's when the President (Kevin James of "The Dilemma") recruits Sandler and Josh Gad ("The Rocker") to form a task force worthy of taking down their offworld oppressors -- and that's where Sandler's old gaming mates come into play. Perhaps not coincidentally, one of the executive producers for "Pixels" is Seth Gordon, who directed a documentary about video game champions in "King of Kong."
The actor will star in the forthcoming thriller from French director Jean-François Richet ("Mesrine," "Assault on Precinct 13"). Scheduled to begin filming in New Mexico this May, "Blood Father" will feature 58-year-old Mel Gibson in the role of an ex-con. "Blood Father" will be based on a screenplay by Peter Craig, who penned the script for Ben Affleck's "The Town," released in 2010. The plot calls to mind that of Pierre Morel's 2008 film "Taken," which went on to become a multi-feature franchise.
Disney's hit film "Frozen" has become the top-grossing animated film in box office history, the studio said on Sunday as the musical topped $1 billion in global sales. Foreign box offices have added another $674 million, for a global total of $1.072 billion, Disney said. The previous animated-film box office champion was 2010's "Toy Story 3," which racked up $1.063 billion in sales, according to Boxofficemojo.com. Both films were distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.
A new TV spot for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" introduces an army of hairy hominids -- but are they threatening the planet or saving it? Andy Serkis leads the cast, returning as intelligent ape leader Caesar, top of the tree on a planet ravaged by the virus unleashed at the tail end of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." Joining Serkis are Jason Clarke ("The Great Gatsby"), Gary Oldman ("Harry Potter"), Kodi Smit-McPhee ("The Road"), Keri Russell ("The Americans") and Judy Greer ("The Descendants"). Director Matt Reeves, who will also direct a third "Planet of the Apes" film, previously worked with Smit-McPhee on 2010 horror film "Let Me In" and with Russell on five episodes of TV series "Felicity."
"Noah," the big screen adaptation of the biblical tale starring Russell Crowe in the lead role, topped the North American Box Office at the weekend, estimates showed Sunday. The action drama, which reunites Crow with Jennifer Connelly whom he starred alongside in "A Beautiful Mind" in 2001, earned $44 million, easily holding off last week's top earner "Divergent," which took second spot with $26.5 million. It was ahead of "Mr Peabody and Sherman," based on characters from the 1960s television cartoon "Rocky and Bullwinkle," which earned $9.5 million in its third weekend in theaters. The film was ahead of Wes Anderson's quirky "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which earned $8.8 million in sixth spot.
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Noah", starring Russell Crowe as the biblical figure who built an ark to save his family and specimens of every animal from the great flood, collected $44 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales to lead the weekend box office. It sailed past last weekend's winner, "Divergent", which is based on the novel by Veronica Roth about a dystopian world divided into factions. "Divergent" collected $26.5 million and a total of $95 million since its March 21 release. ...
By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The green slime flowed freely at the Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday, where boy band One Direction and actress-singer Ariana Grande took home orange blimps handed out by youth cable channel Nickelodeon. Shot from canons, bursting forth from geysers and babbling in a river across the stage, everything and everyone, even "un-slimable" host Mark Wahlberg, were soaked by the green stuff. The British-Irish vocal group, who won favorite music group and favorite song for "Story of My Life," avoided the slime, accepting the awards from London where they are preparing for an upcoming tour. Grande, a 20-year-old pop singer and star of Nickelodeon series "Sam & Cat" won for favorite TV actress and "Sam & Cat" was voted favorite TV show.
Robert Downey Jr. turned inspirational speaker at the Kids' Choice Awards, Pharrell set another fashion trend, David Blaine lost his head during a slime-induced illusion, One Direction and Jennifer Lawrence cleaned up, and the green goo bath finally caught up with Mark Wahlberg — thanks to some unlikely slimers.
They've been together for years, but Elton John and David Furnish will soon make their union official. The two - who have been in a British civil partnership for eight years - plan to wed in May, now that gay couples can legally marry in England. But since we're committed for life, we feel it's really important to take that step, and take advantage of that amazing change in legislation," David told the Las Vegas Review Journal in a new interview. While their 2005 reception celebrating their civil ceremony was extremely lavish, David said their wedding will be very simple.
Andrea Arnold of Britain, director of "Red Road" and "Wuthering Heights", will head this year's Critics' Week jury at the Cannes Film Festival, organisers said. Arnold, 52, received the festival's Jury Prize in 2006 and 2009. They will pick one of seven feature films to succeed last year's "Salvo" by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza for the honour. The prize has provided breakthrough recognition for the likes of Mexico's Guillermo del Toro and his compatriot Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Gaspar Noe of Argentina and Jeff Nichols of the United States.