Adam Sandler, Disney family comedy premieres

At Thursday’s preem of “Bedtime Stories,” helmer Adam Shankman said he felt confident that families would flock to see the fanciful film despite the heavy competish at the Christmas Day box office.

“It’s very strange and a bit nerve-wracking to be opening in a market this crowded,” said Shankman. “But I’m grateful this is the family alternative.”

Shankman noted that the pic’s star, Adam Sandler, took quickly to the role as a hotel handyman whose life changes when the bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to come true. “He found a new way to be funny and said he could go home feeling really good about what he did every day,” Shankman said.

Sandler co-stars Guy Pearce, Teresa Palmer, Aisha Tyler and Allen Covert helped guests celebrate at the Hollywood and Highland’s Grand Ballroom after-party with a horseshoe toss, lasso game and plenty of chocolate chip cookies, lollipops and colorful gumballs.

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