Pacific Rim likely to squeak by Despicable Me 2 for weekend’s top spot

Originally published at Film Journal International

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This weekend marks the seventh year in a row that Warner Bros. has opted to release a big-budget tentpole in mid-July. All the others (a mix of Harry Potterand Christopher Nolan films) were huge hits, and the company is hoping monster-movie Pacific Rim will reach similar box-office scores. However, Pacific Rim does not have the built-in fan base that Warner’s previous July releases benefited from, nor does it have any big-name actors attached. Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day and Idris Elba are all somewhat recognizable from TV (“Sons of Anarchy,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “The Wire,” respectively), but none have yet emerged as bankable film stars. Additionally, Pacific Rim (which chronicles the epic battle between giant sea monsters—Kaiju—and the robots humans have created to fight them) is quite CGI-heavy, meaning the stars are barely visible in the trailer, which consists mostly of larger-than-life battles and carnage.

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Back When They Were Funny: The Cast of Grown Ups 2 on SNL

Originally published on TelevisionWithoutPity.com

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In hindsight, 1990 was a particularly momentous year for the cast of Grown Ups 2. That was the season that Lorne Michaels made Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and David Spade regular cast members on Saturday Night Live, the show that launched each of their careers and made them household names. Rob Schneider was also cast that season, but since he doesn’t appear to be in this sequel, we are more than comfortable forgetting about him.

Many other Grown Ups 2 players are also SNL alums: Maya Rudolph, Colin Quinn, Andy Samberg, Bobby Moynihan and Taran Killam all show up in varying capacities. That probably makes it pretty awkward for Kevin James, who has never appeared on the show. Sorry, Kevin.

Of course, for many of these comedians, SNL marked the highlight of their careers, and some haven’t been all that funny since. Let’s take a look back at their best moments from the sketch-comedy staple, and try to forget how far they’ve fallen in the years that have passed. We can’t promise that watching these clips will make you forget about That’s My Boy, but it couldn’t hurt.

Notes to Maya Rudolph and Andy Samberg: You guys are still funny. Just stop taking meetings with Adam Sandler’s agent. Chris Rock, you’re on probation. Maybe you should give Kevin Smith a call. You were awesome in Dogma.

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