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Marvel’s Ant-Man has continued to top the US box office, beating off a challenge by Adam Sandler’s Pixels.

Ant-Man took $24.8 million over the weekend, bringing its US earnings to $106.1 million.

Pixels, which scored generally unfavorable reviews on Metacritic, missed first place with $24 million on its debut weekend.

However, Adam Sandler’s movie attracted younger people with 62% of its audience aged under 25.Pixels US box office

The comedy sees an alien race trying to wipe out mankind using 1980s video game characters like Pac-Man.

Despicable Me prequel Minions and Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck took the third and fourth spots with $22.1 million and $17.3 million, respectively.

Southpaw, a drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal, landed a strong uppercut, placing in the top five with a $16.5 million opening.

Paper Towns, an adaptation of John Green’s novel, starring Cara Delevigne, opened in sixth place with $12.5 million.

According to exit polls, 71% of Paper Towns audience was female and 78% were under age 25.

North American box office Top 5:

  1. Ant-Man – $24.8 million
  2. Pixels – $24 million
  3. Minions – $22.1 million
  4. Trainwreck – $17.3 million
  5. Southpaw – $16.5 million


About a dozen Native American actors walked off the New Mexico set of Adam Sandler’s The Ridiculous Six on April 22 over depictions in the script.

They are saying that Netflix’s Western comedy was insulting to “native women and elders and grossly misrepresented Apache culture” according to reports.

However, Netflix said on April 23 that is part of what Ridiculous Six is supposed to be about.Ridiculous Six

A Netflix spokesperson said: “The movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous.

“It is a broad satire of Western movies and the stereotypes they popularized, featuring a diverse cast that is not only part of — but in on — the joke.”

Despite the exiting of the Native American actors, there was no interruption in filming on the feature. Nick Nolte, Terry Crews, Steve Buscemi, Will Forte, Luke Wilson and Whitney Cummings are among the co-stars in the new movie.

Originally at Sony and then Paramount, Ridiculous Six shifted over to Netflix in February as part of the 4-picture deal Adam Sandler struck with the company back in October 2014.

The Ridiculous Six is produced by Adam Sandler’s Happy Productions, written by the actor and Tim Herlihy.

No release date for Ridiculous Six has yet been set.


Adam Sandler has topped Forbes‘ Most Overpaid Actor List for a second year in a row.

Adam Sandler came ahead of Johnny Depp and Ben Stiller, who complete the top three, to pick up the honor.

The rankings were decided by Forbes magazine after comparing actors’ estimated pay with the budget and revenue of the last three films they starred in before June 2014.

Animated films and cameos were not included in the list.

Although Adam Sandler’s latest film Grown Ups 2 took $246 million at the global box office, it didn’t make up for the more disappointing takings of 48-year-old’s previous releases, Jack and Jill and That’s My Boy.

It’s estimated that for every $1 Adam Sandler was paid, he returned an average of $3.20.Adam Sandler tops Forbes list of most overpaid actor

By comparison, Emma Stone – who topped Forbes‘ 2013 best actors for the buck list – returned an estimated $80.70 for every $1 she was paid for her last three movies.

Johnny Depp, 51, is second on the 2014 overpaid list, returning an average of $4.10 for each dollar he was paid.

His average was lowered by recent films The Lone Ranger and Dark Shadows.

Ben Stiller is number three on the list.

His estimated return of $4.80 owes itself to Tower Heist and The Watch not performing too well at the box office.

The top five is completed by Ryan Reynolds, with a return of $4.90 for each dollar paid, and Oscar winner Tom Hanks, who pulled in a $5.20 return.

According to Forbes, Cloud Atlas – which sees Tom Hanks taking on six roles – was an expensive flop for the actor.

Will Ferrell ($6.60), Channing Tatum ($6.70), Denzel Washington ($6.90) and Ben Affleck ($9.37) also appear in the top 10.

Sandra Bullock is the only actress to appear on the list, coming in ninth with a return of $9. Like Channing Tatum, Sandra Bullock is not considered overpaid by Hollywood standards, she lands here because of math. Huge backend payments on The Blind Side and Gravity make Sandra Bullock look overpaid.

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Adam Sandler has won a lawsuit against Deanne McDonald, his kids’ former nanny, after she accused him of treating her like a slave.

A California appeals court judge has ruled that Deanne McDonald must repay the $80,000 she received for signing a confidential settlement, agreeing not to disclose anything about Adam Sandler nor disparage him.

Deanne McDonald accused Adam Sandler of criminal activity and slavery

Deanne McDonald accused Adam Sandler of criminal activity and slavery (photo Getty Images)

Deanne McDonald was hired by Adam Sandler and his wife in 2009, and when her employment ended less than a year later, she raised employment claims that were squashed when Sandler agreed to pay her $48,000 and her attorneys $32,000 to stay quiet.

Last year, Deanne McDonald threatened to challenge the settlement agreement and sue Adam Sandler and his business partner brother Scott Sandler, so the siblings took her to private arbitration.

The former nanny then accused Adam Sandler of criminal activity and slavery.

An arbitrator ruled Deanne McDonald had breached the settlement agreement by repudiating it, disclosing confidential information and threatening to sue, and she was ordered to return the money and restrained from filing a future lawsuit.


CinemaCon 2014, the Official Convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), took place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas from March 24 to 27.

Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler and Kevin Costner were among the winners at an awards ceremony to mark the close of the CinemaCon convention.

The festival allows cinema exhibitors to get a first look at new films as studios and actors present footage from their most-hyped forthcoming projects.

This week, the first scenes from the eagerly-anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation were unveiled.

The new Hobbit, X-Men and The Amazing Spider-Man films were also teased.

Sony Pictures debuted 30 minutes of 3D footage from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone – including scenes explaining the death of Peter Parker’s parents.

They also introduced Max Dillon who becomes Electro – played by Jamie Foxx; and Harry Osborn who becomes the Green Goblin – played by Dane DeHaan.

CinemaCon 2014 took place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas from March 24 to 27

CinemaCon 2014 took place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas from March 24 to 27

Jupiter Ascending, the new sci-fi fantasy adventure from the Wachowski siblings Andy and Lana, who created The Matrix trilogy, was also unveiled.

Mila Kunis joined her co-star Channing Tatum to promote the film in which Tatum plays a “genetically engineered human and wolf”.

Other films included Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and The Fault of Our Stars, based on John Green’s best-selling tearjerker about two young people with cancer who fall in love.

Its star Shailene Woodley was handed the female star of tomorrow award.

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were awarded a prize for comedy filmmakers of the year after unveiling scenes from their new film The Interview, which stars Rogen and James Franco as two friends asked to assassinate Kim Jong-un, leader of North Korea.

Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann – who was named comedy star of the year – attended the convention to promote their forthcoming film The Other Woman.

The movie sees Cameron Diaz’s character discover her boyfriend is actually married to Leslie Mann’s character, before the pair team up to seek revenge.

Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler were handed the awards for male and female star of the year, after attending the festival to promote Blended.

The comedy about two families who embark on a trip to Africa reunites the pair who previously starred in 50 First Dates and The Wedding Singer.

Fifty Shades of Grey directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele.

Exhibitors were shown scenes featuring Christian Grey whisking Anastasia Steel off her feet with a joyride in his helicopter and a fancy make-over.

Johnny Depp presented clips of his new sci-fi drama Transcendence, in which he plays a terminally ill scientist-turned-unruly computer system.

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