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A.O. Scott Did Not Enjoy Adam Sandler’s New Movie

A.O. Scott, The New York Times’ film critic, was recently tasked with reviewing Adam Sandler’s new movie, Blended. Obviously, being that it was a Sandler film, Scott knew going in that it would be awful. Everything Sandler has ever done has been garbage (yes, that includes Happy Gilmore) and everything he ever will do will also likely be terrible. Yet Scott was blown away by how bad Blended was. Ready for some good ol’ fashioned hating? Below are some highlights from Scott’s piece.

Because life is short and I have other things to be upset about, I will not dwell on the offensive aspects of ‘Blended,’ the new Adam Sandler comedy: its retrograde gender politics; its delight in the humiliation of children; its sentimental hypocrisy about male behavior; its quasi-zoological depiction of Africans as servile, dancing, drum-playing simpletons…

That’s the opening paragraph!

…In my capacity as a film critic, I find myself more bothered by the sheer audience-insulting incompetence of the filmmaking and the writing.

Do go on.

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Piers Morgan Live Booker Slides Over to Seth Meyers Talk Show

HaleighRaffTwitterPicPer a report by The Hollywood Reporter‘s Lesley Goldberg, the upcoming Seth Meyers NBC late night talk show has found its main celebrity booker. She is Haleigh Raff, most recently performing those same duties for Piers Morgan Live:

Raff will lead the booking team when the Saturday Night Live alum takes over Jimmy Fallon‘s Late Night starting February 24 on NBC.

It’s the latest, impressive chapter in a very impressive career. We highly recommend, in light of this news, Michael Kane‘s Q&A with Raff from a few years ago in the New York Post. At one point in the conversation, Cleveland native Raff makes reference to a category of ideal talk show guest that once again also applies to the host:

“All the SNL guys were amazing. They were such a team. When Sandler would come on, Chris Farley would come down to 6A and hang around the green room cracking everyone up. Conan would come by, and they’d just start riffing. At that point, I wasn’t even working.”

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Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld: Nothing But Net Worth

What’s $100 million between very rich friends? We don’t usually cover reverse-PR gambits like this one today from intelligence firm Wealth-X, but in this case it was too fun to pass up.

According to Wealth-X’s research, revenues from Curb Your Enthusiasm plus the bounty of a fifth Seinfeld syndication deal earlier this year have David sitting at $900 million in net worth. As such, he is the “wealthiest comedian” ahead of Seinfeld ($800 million), Letterman ($390M), Cosby ($360M) and Sandler ($290M).

In the debut episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Jerry and Larry agreed no one was better at wasting time than the two of them. David also confessed he always wished Seinfeld would get canceled, so he could stop working.

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Critic Cries (Extra) Foul Over Adam Sandler Plot Twist

It’s that time of year again when professional movie reviewers butt heads with a mind-numbing Adam Sandler comedy.

TheWrap’s Alonso Duralde sums up That’s My Boy as “two laughs, sprinkled over a giant bowl of revulsion.” But what really caught FishbowlLA’s attention is this critic’s suggestion that a final-act narrative turn “ranks among the most desperate and tasteless comedic plot twists in Hollywood history.”

Really? Wow, we might have to morbidly check out the June 18 Columbia Pictures release just to see what Duralde is retching about. Although no doubt the cat will soon be out the garbage bag via Twitter and Facebook.

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Failed Actor Dishes About Jerry’s Famous Deli

Under the pseudonym of Jozef Rothstein, one-time wannabe LA actor Gene Duffy has compiled a comical look at his dogged pursuit of the Hollywood dream, funded by years of day-job toiling at Jerry’s Famous Deli in Studio City. For the book’s title, Duffy chose an expression he liked to use with co-workers when describing the daily pastrami-and-rye-clatter routine: As the Matzo Ball Turns.

Duffy is now safely back in his native Pennsylvania and due for his next book signing June 16. Speaking recently with the same local reporter who wrote about him when he headed west in the late 1990s, Duffy highlighted some friendly celeb customers (Adam Sandler, Shaquille O’Neal…) and not-so-great famous folks (Sharon Stone…). He also suggested that beyond the hundreds of auditions, he got a taste of another staple of the Tinseltown trample:

“From 2002 to 2010, I wrote five screenplays… I wrote one about football because that’s what I knew. But someone in the business told me there were too many football stories that I should use a different sport. So I wrote a hockey drama and shopped it around. The next time I saw it, it was on the screen without my name.”

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Pepperdine Drops Libel Lawsuit Against Malibu Vlogger

Cary O’Neal, who goes by the YouTube and Facebook handle of “Mr. Malibu,” now admits he was wrong.

Contrary to his previous video reports “Pepperdine Recklessly Dumps Sewage on Malibu Beach” and “Luxury Beach Homes of Adam Sandler, Tom Hanks, David Duchovny and Pink Under Siege,” Pepperdine University was not the source of contaminated storm water runoff into Marie Canyon. The school filed an April 11 libel suit against O’Neal, which – according to the Malibu Surfside News – it has now agreed to drop in exchange for a public retraction. The paper reprinted the apology, received via email from O’Neal:

Please consider this letter a retraction of my statements. I acknowledge that these statements were inaccurate. Pepperdine does not operate the Malibu Mesa Water Reclamation Facility and does not discharge sewage or sewage effluent into Marie Canyon or any other location. Instead, Malibu Mesa is operated by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.

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Shaq May Be Venturing Into Funny Home Video Territory

Frank Holder’s excellent LA based comedy mag The Humor Mill has shared an intriguing exclusive. Apparently, Shaquille O’Neal and comedian Gary Owen shot a pilot for Tru TV. If the program is a go, it sounds like it will shoot out of Atlanta.

Per the report:

The show is tentatively titled Upload and we hear it is closely based around the former ABC program America’s Funniest Home Videos and will feature funny videos sent in from viewers. What sets the show apart is that Shaq and Gary will not only host, but they will also perform in sketches.

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Adam Sandler and Jack and Jill Sweep Razzies

Adam Sandler and Jack and Jill made history Sunday night, walking away with 10 Razzies and sweeping every single category in the process. Jack and Jill is the only movie in the 32-year history of the Razzies to win every award.

The actor (and I use that term loosely) won not only for worst leading man but actress as well for his roles as Jack and Jill Sadelstein. In case you need proof that kids have absolutely no taste when it comes to movies, Sandler won for Best Actor in Jack and Jill at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Saturday night.

“Adam Sandler has a pretty much basic attitude of, ‘No matter how dumb I make it, my fans are going to pay to see it,’” Razzies founder John Wilson said. “I guess it’s more about the complete lack of any genuine effort or concern or pride. An attitude of this is good enough, but when you consider what they’re charging for movie tickets today, it wasn’t good enough.”

Adam Sandler is Really, Really Bad at Acting

Adam Sandler‘s acting career has reached a new low.

The 2012 Razzie nominations were released on the eve of the Academy Awards, and Sandler led the way with a record 11 nods scattered over three films — Jack and Jill, Just Go with It and Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star.

(OK, how many of you have seen one of these three movies? We won’t judge.)

Sandler shattered Eddie Murphy‘s previous record of five nominations in 2007 for Norbit. And in a unique twist, Sandler was nominated for worst actor and worst actress for playing Jack and Jill Sadelstein.

“It’s almost karmic for someone to have made that much razz-able stuff in one year,” Razzies founder John Wilson told the Associated Press. “He has angered someone really powerful, I would say.”

Adam Sandler Regular Pens Patriotic Children’s Book

As a Hollywood writer, producer and actor, Allen Covert generally leans in the R-rated raunchy comedy direction. For that, you can thank his old NYU classmate Adam Sandler.

But Covert is also, believe it or not, a G-rated children’s author. Per a very intriguing Human Events interview, he is working in tandem with Cherry Tree, an LA digital publisher of “morally instructive” kids entertainment. Covert’s e-book, Tex the T. Rex, is about a patriotic dinosaur born on the Fourth of July. From the article by Human Events editor-at-large Jason Mattera:

“Unfortunately, many talented people in Hollywood find their values and politics do not reflect the content they create, and many movie themes are in direct contrast with over half of today’s American families,” said Covert. “This is especially reflected in children’s entertainment where no brand currently promotes a strong patriotic, pro-family or American values message.”

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