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Adam Sandler Takes Box Office Title With Disappointing ‘Funny People’

Funny People

CHICAGOAdam Sandler can lay claim to another #1 film with this weekend’s opening of “Funny People,” co-starring Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Jonah Hill, and Jason Schwartzman, but the box office win was bittersweet as the film failed to deliver either by the standards of its star or even its acclaimed writer/director Judd Apatow.

Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen Star in Ambitious But Flawed ‘Funny People’

CHICAGO – Judd Apatow’s “Funny People,” starring Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, and Leslie Mann, is like watching a friend try out a new stand-up routine. As with a lot of attempts at trying something untested, it doesn’t quite work out, but you have to admire the effort, if not the execution.

Slideshow: 30-Image Gallery For ‘Funny People’ With Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen

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(L to R) Seth Rogen as Ira, writer/director/producer Judd Apatow and Adam Sandler as George.

CHICAGO – This 30-image slideshow contains the official press images for “Funny People,” starring Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jonah Hill, Jason Schwartzman, RZA, Aubrey Plaza, and Aziz Ansari. It was written and directed by Judd Apatow. The film opens on July 31st, 2009.

DVD Review: ‘Fanboys’ For Hardcore ‘Star Wars’ Junkies Only

Fanboys

CHICAGO – I really want to recommend “Fanboys”. The story behind the film is a David-and-Goliath tale of a young filmmaker bringing his comedic vision to life against all odds and the film is finally being released on DVD after years of delays. Sadly, the drama behind-the-scenes doesn’t change the mediocre quality of the final product.

Video Game Review: ‘Monsters vs. Aliens’ Will Entertain Fans of Film

Monsters vs. Aliens Game
HollywoodChicago.com Video Game Rating: 3.5/5.0
Video Game Rating: 3.5/5.0

CHICAGO – Even part-time game players have a movie tie-in horror story to share. Show me one blockbuster that produced a quality video game companion and I’ll show you ten that failed to do so. So no one’s more surprised than this writer at how enjoyable Activision’s “Monsters vs. Aliens” is from start and nearly to finish.

Seth Rogen Delivers in Controversial, Hilarious ‘Observe and Report’

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 4.0/5.0
Rating: 4.0/5.0

CHICAGO – The hysterically misleading TV spots for Jody Hill’s “Observe and Report” make it out to look like another broad comedy that might even have a cute romance between stars Seth Rogen and Anna Faris. There’s nothing cute or predictable about “Observe and Report”. And that’s precisely why it works.

DreamWorks’ ‘Monsters vs. Aliens’ Has Great 3D Concept, But Falls Flat

MvA
HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 2.5/5.0
Rating: 2.5/5.0

CHICAGO – Hasn’t Pixar proven that animation can be more than just concept and celebrity voice work? The problem with “Monsters vs. Aliens” is that the team behind it clearly prioritized nearly every element of the film over actual storytelling.

Slideshow: 23-Image Gallery From ‘Observe and Report’ With Seth Rogen, Anna Faris

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Michael Pena as Dennis, Jesse Plemons as Charles and Seth Rogen as Ronnie.

CHICAGO – This 23-image slideshow contains the press images for Warner Brothers’ “Observe and Report,” starring Seth Rogen, Anna Faris, and Ray Liotta. Written and directed by Jody Hill, the film opens on Friday, April 10th, 2009.

Slideshow: 26-Image Gallery From ‘Monsters vs. Aliens’ With Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen

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An invading alien robot pursues Susan Murphy (Reese Witherspoon)--a.k.a. Ginormica, having been clobbered with a meteor full of outer space gunk and growing to 49-feet-11-inches tall.

CHICAGO – This 26-image slideshow contains the press images for Dreamworks’ “Monsters vs. Aliens,” starring Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Seth Rogen, Rainn Wilson, Stephen Colbert, Kiefer Sutherland and Paul Rudd. Directed by Rob Letterman & Conrad Vernon, the film opens on Friday, March 27th, 2009.

Slideshow: 18-Image Gallery For UK Premiere of ‘Monsters vs. Aliens’ With Reese Witherspoon

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Kiefer Sutherland attends the Monsters v. Aliens UK premiere at the Vue West End on March 11, 2009 in London, England.

CHICAGO – This 18-image slideshow contains the red carpet images from the arrival at the UK premiere of Dreamworks’ “Monsters vs. Aliens”. Reese Witherspoon, Kiefer Sutherland, directors Conrad Vernon & Rob Letterman, producer Lisa Stewart & DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg were in attendance. The film, which also features voice work by Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, and Stephen Colbert opens on March 27th, 2009.

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