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2015 Sony Pictures Preview!

01.15.2015by: Paul Shirey

Well, Sony certainly had a tumultuous year in 2014, both at the box office and in the headlines. The studio took a massive beating from critics and fans alike for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, but evened things out with 22 JUMP STREET and THE EQUALIZER, taking 4th with 12.2% of the studio market share, netting $1.2 billion in ticket sales. With THE INTERVIEW controversy and hacking debacle hopefully behind them, the studio has a solid line-up for 2015, including a James Bond sequel, New flicks from seasoned directors Robert Zemeckis, Jonathan Demme, and Cameron Crowe, a SHORT CIRCUIT-meets-ROBOCOP actioner in the spring, a Seth Rogen/Joseph Gordon-Levitt Christmas comedy, and a Will Smith sports drama. There's a few lame sequels and some interesting smaller pics as well, but the good seems to outweigh the bad. If North Korea stays off their backs and they're able to deliver on the higher profile projects, then it looks like Sony could very well make 2015 a hit year.

Take a look at their full roster and let us know which ones you're most looking forward to!

The Wedding Ringer (January 16)

Jimmy provides best man services for socially challenged guys, who – for whatever reason – have no one close enough to agree to stand by them on the day of their wedding. Doug, a groom-to-be, has found himself in just such a situation, but, to make matters worse, he fabricates the names of not only a best man but nine groomsmen as well. When all else fails, Doug seeks out Jimmy’s services to carry out a charade designed to make Doug look his best, but threatens to destroy everything if it fails.

Starring: Josh Gad, Kevin Hart, and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting. Directed by Jeremy Garelick.

Read our review HERE!

Chappie (March 6)

Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there's one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever.

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Sharlto Copley, Sigourney Weaver, and Dev Patel. Directed by Neill Blomkamp.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (April 17)

In this sequel, in which Kevin James reprises the role of Paul Blart, the security guard is headed to Las Vegas to attend a Security Guard Expo with his teenage daughter Maya (Raini Rodriguez) before she departs for college. While at the convention, he inadvertently discovers a heist - and it's up to Blart to apprehend the criminals.

Starring: Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez, Neal McDonough, and D.B. Woodside. Directed by Andy Fickman.

Untitled Cameron Crowe Project (May 29)

A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and re-connects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him.

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Jay Baruchel, Ivana Milicevic, John Krasinski, Bill Murray, Alec Baldwin, and Danny McBride. Directed by Cameron Crowe.

Pixels (July 24)

In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper (James) has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Dinklage and Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet. Monaghan plays the team's unique weapons specialist.

Starring: Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad, Sean Bean, Ashley Benson, Jane Krakowski, Kevin James, and Brian Cox. Directed by Chris Columbus.

Ricki and The Flash (August 7)

An aging rock star tries to connect with her estranged kids.

Starring: Meryl Streep, Sebastian Stan, Kevin Kline, Ben Platt, Mamie Gummer, and Rick Springfield. Written by Diablo Cody. Directed by Jonathan Demme.

Kitchen Sink (September 4)

Vampires, humans and zombies used to get along in Dillford, but then something unexpected arrived and now it's humans vs. vampires vs. zombies in all-out mortal combat. It's up to three teenagers to try to get things back to "normal."

Starring: Rachael Harris, Vanessa Hudgens, Ed Westwick, Bob Odenkirk, Mackenzie Davis, Joan Cusack, Patton Oswalt, Cerina Vincent, Denis Leary, and Keegan-Michael Key. Directed by Robbie Pickering.

Hotel Transylvania 2 (September 25)

When the old-old-old-fashioned vampire Vlad arrives at the hotel for an impromptu family get-together, Hotel Transylvania is in for a collision of supernatural old-school and modern day cool.

Starring: Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, Adam Samberg, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Mel Brooks, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key, and Chris Kattan. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky.

The Walk (October 2)

The story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit's attempt to cross the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974.

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale, and Ben Schwartz. Directed by Robert Zemeckis.

Spectre (November 6)

A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

Starring: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Dave Bautista, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, and Monica Bellucci. Directed by Sam Mendes.

Untitled Seth Rogen/Joseph Gordon-Levitt Christmas Eve Project (December 25)

In New York City for their annual tradition of Christmas Eve debauchery, three lifelong best friends set out to find the Holy Grail of Christmas parties since their yearly reunion might be coming to an end.

Starring: Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lizzy Caplan, Anthony Mackie, Lorraine Toussaint, Jillian Bell, and Kanye West. Directed by Jonathan Levine.

Concussion (December 25)

A look at how American football players suffer from major head injuries and life-long debilitating problems as a result of repeated concussions and efforts by the National Football League to deny it.

Starring: Will Smith, Luke Wilson, Bitsie Tulloch, Stephen Moyer, Paul Reiser, Albert Brooks, David Morse, Eddie Marsan. Directed by Peter Landesman.

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