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These Pixels Posters Unleash Classic Video Game Characters On Earth

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PixelsUsually, when a movie reveals a collection of posters, the featured images involve the human component, or at least the protagonists (we could be talking about an animated movie after all). That, however, is not the case with Sony’s Pixels. Classic video games play a key role in the film, as villains, and it’s the lead characters in those memorable, beloved games that take center stage in this collection of one sheets.

Directed by Chris Columbus, Pixels imagines a world where intergalactic aliens come across videos of classic arcade games and mistake them for a declaration of war (this is reminiscent of how like the aliens in Galaxy Quest mistakenly think the TV episodes they see are real). They then attack the Earth using the archaic, pixelated games as the primary source of their strategy. And who can save the day? Who can stand up against such an unusual, unexpected enemy? Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), that’s who, a video game champion who peaked in the 1980s, and now installs home theaters. The President (Kevin James) enlists his childhood friend’s assistance, but no one man can defeat such a force, so Sam recruits a team that includes old-school gamers (Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage) and a weapons specialist (Michelle Monaghan).

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Pixels Unveils Non-Adam Sandler Logo And Reveals The Games It Will Feature

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pixelsWith a movie called Pixels, the first thing even a simpleton would think about using in the promotional campaign would be, well, a pixelated look at something. And what do you know, the Chris Columbus-directed feature has unveiled its logo, and it’s made up of a bunch of pixels. I mean, if you’re looking at this on your phone or computer, it would be made out of pixels anyway, but someone actually created individual pixels for this logo. Hollywood, am I right?

I have such reservations about this movie despite loving the short film it’s based on, as well as the central premise. And it all has to do with the inclusion of Adam Sandler and Kevin James. In Pixels, James plays the President of the United States, which will soon come under attack by vengeful group of aliens. In this case, the aliens have witnessed footage of old arcade games like Space Invaders, assuming it to be news footage (or whatever the alien equivalent to news footage is) and they want to avenge their fallen allies. Oddly enough, Space Invaders will be making an appearance, even though it has its own feature on the way.

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Peter Dinklage And Adam Sandler Suit Up For Your First Look At Pixels

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pixelsSay, hypothetically, that you’re someone with a lot of pull when it comes to official government decisions, and the country is about to endure the biggest attack it’s ever faced. What’s your first move? How do you go about planning a possible retaliation? If your answer is “dedicate someone to create a specific set of identical outfits for your non-military human protagonists,” then you may or may not have had a part in writing the script for Chris Columbus’ Pixels, the upcoming comedy adventure from Columbia Pictures and Happy Madison Productions. As you can tell from the film’s first image, seen above, fighting in street clothes is bullshit.

The film’s first still appears in this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, and features four of Pixels‘s marquee actors—Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, and Josh Gad—walking away from what appears to be a Wiz Khalifa concert, or maybe it’s just a post-explosion fire. In any case, nobody is too worried about the situation. Sandler looks like he just walked off the set of Galaxy Quest 2, while Gad and Monaghan act like the flight attendant look fairly normal. As it usually goes, the main guy worth looking at here in Dinklage, who is rocking a fly head of hair with his fingerless gloves, and looks like a WWE character waiting to happen.

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30 Rock’s Jane Krakowski Joins Adam Sandler’s Arcade Adventure Comedy Pixels

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jane krakowskiAfter seven years pretending to be TV’s most egotistical and belligerently naive character Jenna Maroney, actress Jane Krakowski should seriously be all over the comedic landscape, nipping at former co-star Tina Fey’s heels. (Or sneakers or whatever.) It hasn’t happened yet, but her next role may put her into Hollywood’s upper stratosphere, as she’s joining Adam Sandler and an all-star cast for Columbia Pictures’ high-stakes video game comedy Pixels. While we don’t know if Krakowski’s character gets inside of a Battlezone tank and blows Sandler to smithereens, one can hope.

Not skimping on high-concept plotting, Pixels has as its antagonists a squad of aliens who, for some reason, are able to watch video feeds of classic arcade games from the 1980s, which they think are real and assume that war is raging. So, obviously, the aliens take the forms of everyone’s favorite early-generation video games and come down to Earth to begin their massive attack. While my tone may wallow in sarcasm, I actually can’t wait to watch this on the big screen.

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Josh Gad And Kevin James May Join Adam Sandler For 8-Bit Comedy Pixels

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josh gad, kevin jamesThere’s a ritual I go through every time I read a story about casting news, and it involves squeezing my eyes shut and concentrating all my energy on making sure neither Kevin James or Adam Sandler has anything to do with the movie I’m reading about. I was already at a loss with the upcoming Pixels, as Sandler has been attached since 2010, but I blame myself for allowing James to squeak past my watch to start negotiations for joining his Grown Ups cast mate in this One More Production and Happy Madison joint. The pair could also be joined by Josh Gad, who is probably most recognizable in audio form at this point, having voiced the role of Olaf the snowman in Disney’s ridiculously successful musical Frozen. I guess they’ve nailed the all-ages crowd control already.

Pixels is based on the 2010 short film of the same name from creator Patrick Jean, who will step in as executive producer. Taking over the feature’s direction is Chris Columbus, best known for his younger viewer-skewing films like Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, the Home Alone flicks, and the first two Harry Potter movies. He should have no problem handling the heavy CGI effects. Tim Herlihy, who’s scripted nine of Sandler’s films in the past, wrote the scrip along with Tim Dowling (This Means War), who co-wrote the awesome 1999 short George Lucas in Love.