Adam Sandler Has Never Ruined A Movie As Much As He Ruins Pixels

We’ve suspected that Pixels would be an almighty disaster ever since we saw the first trailer, but it’s actually worse than we feared. Director Chris Columbus is clearly trying to create another great fantasy adventure, but he’s hamstrung by a short-sighted script. And Adam Sandler’s painful performance. »7/24/15 11:00am7/24/15 11:00am

Aliens Send Retro Videogame Characters To Attack Earth In Pixels Trailer

Here it is, the first trailer for Chris Columbus' latest film Pixels. When aliens misinterpret footage of video games as an act of war, they send giant versions of Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, and other video game characters to attack the Earth. Naturally, our only hope is a crew of former arcade game champions. UPDATE:… »3/17/15 7:42pm3/17/15 7:42pm

Peter Dinklage Will Use His Elite Donkey Kong Skills To Save The World

We've been excited for a while about the idea of a full-length version of the amazing short film Pixels, in which 1980s video game characters attack New York. And then it was turned into an Adam Sandler vehicle. But now our interest is spiking again, because Peter Dinklage may co-star as a classic arcade game champion… »3/28/14 3:19pm3/28/14 3:19pm

Percy Jackson 2 could make you stop believing in the Hero's Journey

The first Percy Jackson movie was pretty much a straight-up copy of Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey, in which a hero finds out he's chosen and goes on a series of tests. And now the new outing basically does the same thing all over again, except slower and with less alacrity. Call it the monomyth with mononucleosis. »8/07/13 12:00pm8/07/13 12:00pm

Harry Potter Director Chris Columbus' New Fantasy Book Totally Not a Potter Wannabe

It's sort of amusing how up-front Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone director Chris Columbus is about wanting his new book series, House of Secrets, to be the new J.K. Rowling. Actually, the basic plot doesn't sound very Potter-ish — it's about kids living in a fantasy writer's spooky house, trying to save their… »1/06/12 4:26pm1/06/12 4:26pm

Will Hollywood sentimentalize Charles Yu's How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe?

We're mostly thrilled that Charles Yu's awesome novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe is getting a big Hollywood movie deal. We're a bit concerned, though, that it's being spearheaded by Chris Columbus, maker of the first two Harry Potter movies and Percy Jackson, among many other things. Will the… »12/02/11 1:30pm12/02/11 1:30pm