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The Cobbler review – botched Adam Sandler fantasy comedy

30 July 2015 2:40 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This entirely dreadful yarn about a magical cobbler is up to Sandler’s usual standards, but you might have expected more from its director

It stars Adam Sandler and, yes, cobbler’s in the title. Make your own jokes, because they’re otherwise lacking here: this botched fantasy – in which Sandler’s downtrodden Max discovers a magical stitching machine that allows him to literally walk a mile in his customers’ shoes – collapses amid its attempts to reshape a notionally sincere script to fit an A-list heel. An intriguing Jewish-heritage angle is soon overwritten so a bodyswapping Sandler can gawp at boobs; thereafter, it shrugs through boring squabbles with slumlord Ellen Barkin towards a will-this-do? punchline about cobblers being “guardians of soles”. Such indifferent material may now be expected from Sandler; coming from Tom McCarthy, writer-director of 2003’s cherishable The Station Agent, it’s an almighty shame.

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- Mike McCahill

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Ellen Barkin and Scott Speedman Cast in TNT’s ‘Animal Kingdom’ Pilot

29 July 2015 3:20 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Scott Speedman and Ellen Barkin are set to star in TNT’s “Animal Kingdom” pilot. The pilot, based on David Michôd’s 2010 Australian film of the same name starring Guy Pearce, Jacki Weaver and Joel Edgerton, follows the 17-year-old Joshua “J” Cody, who moves in with his California relatives and discovers that they’re funded by criminal activities. Barkin will play Janine “Smurf ” Cody, the family matriarch played by Weaver in the original movie. Speedman will play Barry “Baz” Brown, Edgerton’s character in the film. Also read: TBS, TNT Set Creative Development and Production Teams Under President Kevin Reilly »

- Reid Nakamura

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Ellen Barkin & Scott Speedman To Star In John Wells’ TNT Pilot ‘Animal Kingdom’

29 July 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Ellen Barkin (Sea of Love) and Scott Speedman (The Strangers) have been cast as leads in TNT’s drama pilot Animal Kingdom, from John Wells Prods. in association with Warner Horizon Television. The pilot, which is set to begin shooting next month in Los Angeles, centers on 17-year-old Joshua “J” Cody who moves in with his wild, freewheeling relatives — grandmother (Barkin) and uncles — in their Southern California beach town when his mother ODs. He is pulled into their… »

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Ellen Barkin & Scott Speedman to Star in TNT’s ‘Animal Kingdom’

29 July 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ellen Barkin and Scott Speedman have been cast in TNT’s upcoming drama pilot “Animal Kingdom,” Variety has learned.

The story follows 17-year-old Joshua “J” Cody, who moves in with his wild, freewheeling relatives. As he is pulled into their life of indulgence and excess, he discovers it is being funded by criminal activities.

Barkin plays Janine “Smurf” Cody. A working-class mom with what appears to be a picket-fence lifestyle, she is actually the boot-tough matriarch of an organized crime family. Smurf has enough authority to make even the most dangerous men tremble in her presence. Speedman plays Barry “Baz” Brown, who was adopted by the Cody family when he was 12. He now leads the group in their armed robberies, but he also thinks of breaking away from a life of crime.

Animal Kingdom” hails from John Wells Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television and is based on the »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Barkin, Speedman Enter "Animal Kingdom"

29 July 2015 11:29 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Ellen Barkin and Scott Speedman are set to take on the roles that Jacki Weaver and Joel Edgerton made famous in TNT's drama pilot "Animal Kingdom".

A U.S. TV series adaptation of the acclaimed 2010 Australian crime thriller feature, the series centers on 17-year-old Joshua 'J' Cody' who moves into the Southern California beach town of his grandmother and his uncles following his mother's overdose.

Barkin plays Janine 'Smurf' Cody, a working-class mom with what appears to be a picket-fence lifestyle. In fact, she is actually the matriarch of an organized crime family with enough authority to make dangerous men tremble.

Speedman plays Cody's son and Josh's uncle Barry 'Baz' Brown who leads the group in their armed robberies. Jonathan Lisco penned the adaptation with John Wells to direct the pilot and executive produce. Filming begins next month in Los Angeles.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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The Cobbler review: “Average, though very entertaining…”

29 July 2015 3:08 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Cobbler review: The latest Adam Sandler comedy is run-of-the-mill stuff, but there’s a lot of fun to have in there too. The Cobbler review

The Cobbler is one of those movies which was released in its domestic territory back last year, received relatively poor to mediocre reviews, and thus is getting a fairly low-profile international roll-out, which is a shame really, as there’s a lot of fun to be with Adam Sandler‘s latest comedy.

The film revolves around Sandler’s cobbler Max Simkin, a bored, single Jewish guy working on New York’s lower East Side in the family’s small business. When Max stumbles upon a magical family heirloom – a stitching machine which allows him to transform to look and appear like the owner of any pair of shoes he straps on – his life changes forever.

Written and directed by Tom McCarthy, who has helmed »

- Paul Heath

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Happyish: Cancelled by Showtime; No Season Two

25 July 2015 1:18 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Showtime has decided not to order a second season of their Happyish comedy series. The TV show has been cancelled after one season of 10 episodes.

On Happyish, a forty-something man and his family try to find a way to relax and be content in a rapidly changing world. The cast of this dark comedy includes Steve Coogan, Kathryn Hahn, Sawyer Shipman, Bradley Whitford, and Ellen Barkin.

The series started as a star-vehicle for actor Philip Seymour-Hoffman and it was picked up after he filmed a well-received pilot. The project was thrown in turmoil when he died and Coogan was eventually hired to replace him.



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25 July 2015 1:01 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: Showtime

Episodes: 10 (half-hour)

Seasons: One

TV show dates: April 26, 2015 -- June 28, 2015

Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Steve Coogan, Kathryn Hahn, Sawyer Shipman, Bradley Whitford, and Ellen Barkin.

TV show description:      

A dark comedy, this series follows a man who's faced with obsolescence in a youth-obsessed culture. His world is thrown into disarray when his 25 year-old "wunderkind" boss arrives, saying things like "digital," "social" and "viral." Is he in need of a "rebranding," or does he just have a "low joy ceiling?" Maybe pursuing happiness is a fool's errand? Is "happyish" is the best one can expect after 44 years on the planet?



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Showtime Cancels ‘Happyish’ After One Season

24 July 2015 2:01 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Showtime has canceled comedy “Happyish” after one season, the network said Friday. The comedy series stars British actor Steve Coogan as Thom Payne, a 44-year-old man whose world is thrown into disarray when his 25-year-old “wunderkind” boss arrives, saying things like “digital,” “social” and “viral.” The sudden change sends Thom on a soul-searching quest to discover if he is, indeed, truly happy. Bradley Whitford, Kathryn Hahn and Ellen Barkin also starred. Also Read: Cancellations: TV Shows That Got the Ax in 2015 (So Far) Philip Seymour Hoffman was originally set to star in the series before his untimely death in February 2014. “Happyish” was. »

- Linda Ge

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Remembering the First and Only Arab World Movie Star Known Around the Globe

23 July 2015 9:10 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Omar Sharif in 'Doctor Zhivago.' Egyptian star Omar Sharif, 'The Karate Kid' producer Jerry Weintraub: Brief career recaps A little late in the game – and following the longish Theodore Bikel article posted yesterday – below are brief career recaps of a couple of film veterans who died in July 2015: actor Omar Sharif and producer Jerry Weintraub. A follow-up post will offer an overview of the career of peplum (sword-and-sandal movie) actor Jacques Sernas, whose passing earlier this month has been all but ignored by the myopic English-language media. Omar Sharif: Film career beginnings in North Africa The death of Egyptian film actor Omar Sharif at age 83 following a heart attack on July 10 would have been ignored by the English-language media (especially in the U.S.) as well had Sharif remained a star within the Arabic-speaking world. After all, an "international" star is only worth remembering »

- Andre Soares

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‘The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai’ Blu-ray Review

22 July 2015 2:36 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Peter WellerJohn Lithgow, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Goldblum, Ellen BarkinLewis Smith, Rosalind Cash, Robert Ito, Pepe Serna, Ronald Lacey, Matt Clark, Clancy Brown, William Traylor, Carl Lumbly, Vincent Schiavelli | Written by Earl Mac Rauch | Directed by W.D. Richter

Arrow Video know their cult movies, you just have to look at the ones they’ve released to see that. If you were to ask the question, how crazy can a cult movie be? I think you just have to look at their latest release for that. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension is probably one of the strangest (yet still good) Eighties movies you’ll ever see.

When Buckaroo Banzai (Peter Weller), the brilliant physicist-neurosurgeon-martial arts master-secret-rock star manages to use the Oscillation Overthruster to travel to the 8th dimension he draws the attention of the Red Lectroids (an alien race obviously.) Working with Banzai’s »

- Paul Metcalf

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Blu-ray Review – The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)

20 July 2015 2:35 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, 1984.

Directed by W.D. Richter.

Starring Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd, Lewis Smith, Rosalind Cash, Clancy Brown, Vincent Schiavelli, Carl Lumbly and Dan Hedaya.


Adventurer/surgeon/rock musician Buckaroo Banzai and his band of men, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, take on evil alien invaders from the 8th dimension.

The 80’s film Buckaroo Banzai (I’ll dispense with the full unwieldy title for convenience’s sake) has got a pretty strong case for being one of the last truly ‘cult’ movies. The film, conceived by old college roommates W.D. Richter and Earl Mac Rauch, was dreamed up with ideas of being a full on box office smash. Back in 1984, this never happened, with mainstream audiences not really ‘getting’ the non-conformist storyline and often downright weird segments of anarchic action comedy.

Pre-internet word of mouth about the film mostly centred on midnight screenings, »

- Robert W Monk

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Image Entertainment Acquires A Christmas Horror Story

17 July 2015 2:09 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Ahead of its premiere next week at the Fantasia International Film Festival, it has been announced that Image Entertainment has acquired Us rights to release A Christmas Horror Story:

"Los Angeles, July 17, 2015 - Rlj Entertainment, (Nasdaq: Rlje), under its Image Entertainment brand, has acquired all U.S. rights to the highly anticipated horror film, A Christmas Horror Story. Directed by Steven Hoban (Darknet), Grant Harvey (She Made Me Do It) and Brett Sullivan (Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed), the film stars William Shatner (Star Trek) and George Buza (X-Men). The film will premiere on July 20, 2015 at this year’s Fantasia Film Festival. Mark Ward, Rlj Entertainment’s Chief Acquisitions Officer, made the announcement today.

A Christmas Horror Story brings a scary twist to the traditional Christmas tale,” said Ward. “With the legendary William Shatner and horribly fantastic creatures, genre fans will never see this happy holiday the same way again. »

- Jonathan James

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Happyish: Season One Ratings

27 May 2015 4:28 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

It's been awhile since Showtime had a successful series. Will Happyish break that trend? Could it be a hit in the ratings? Cancelled quickly or renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.

On Happyish, a forty-something man and his family try to find a way to relax and be content in a rapidly changing world. The cast of this dark comedy includes Steve Coogan, Kathryn Hahn, Sawyer Shipman, Bradley Whitford, and Ellen Barkin.



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‘The Cobbler’ VOD Review

19 May 2015 1:12 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Adam Sandler, Method Man, Adam B. Shapiro, Ellen Barkin, Evan Neumann, Melonie Diaz, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi, Dascha Polanco, Dustin Hoffman, Yul Vasquez, Kim Cloutier | Written by Thomas McCarthy, Paul Sado | Directed by Thomas McCarthy

Max Simkin (Sandler) is a fourth generation cobbler working in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical shoe-stitching machine that allows him to step into the lives of his customers – literally – and see how the other half lives, and finds that sometimes walking in another man’s shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are…

Thomas McCarthy, director of the critically acclaimed The Station Agent and the fantastic Paul Giamatti starrer Win Win, would seem like an odd choice to direct an Adam Sandler movie, but then The Cobbler is no ordinary Adam Sandler film. »

- Phil Wheat

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Cannes: Robert De Niro Boxing Movie ‘Hands of Stone’ Bought by Weinstein Co.

14 May 2015 7:04 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Weinstein Company has picked up U.S. distribution rights to “Hands of Stone,” the drama starring Edgar Ramirez as iconic boxer Robert Duran and Robert De Niro as his trainer, Ray Arcel.

Both Relativity and TWC were bidding for the film. TWC has committed to 2,000 U.S. screens. The studio had already bought foreign rights to the pic a few months back.

Directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz and written by Jonathan Jakubowicz, the movie is based on the true story of legendary boxer Duran, who rose from the slums of Panama to become one of the great fighter of his time. His rivalry with Sugar Ray Leonard (portrayed by Usher in the film) is considered one of the fiercest in boxing history. He was nicknamed “hands of stone” because his hard hits led to 103 wins in 119 fights.

Ellen Barkin, Ruben Blades and Ana de Armas also star.

Hands of Stone” is produced by Jay Weisleder, »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Edgar Ramirez-Robert De Niro Boxing Pic ‘Hands Of Stone’ Won By Weinstein Company – Cannes

13 May 2015 11:23 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: After an all-nighter in the ring, The Weinstein Company closed a deal for U.S. distribution rights to Hands Of Stone, the Jonathan Jakubowicz-directed drama that stars Edgar Ramirez as iconic fighter Robert Duran, Robert De Niro as his mentor and trainer Ray Arcel, and Usher as his ring nemesis Sugar Ray Leonard. Ellen Barkin, Ruben Blades and Ana de Armas also star. The picture will likely open sometime next winter. The important part of this deal is a… »

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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: May 11 - May 17

11 May 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

TV Worth Watching

"Mad Men" (Sunday on AMC at 10 p.m.)

It's the end of an era. Pour yourself an Old Fashioned and toast the end of "Mad Men," 'cause Don Draper leaves us on May 17. Farewell, Don/Dick, Peggy, Joan, Roger, and -- wherever she is -- Lois the foot-crushing secretary. #TeamLois4Life

"Scandal" (Thursday on ABC at 9 p.m.)

"Scandal" is so devoted to its own name that every episode feels like a season finale. But the real end of Season 4 happens May 14 with "You Can't Take Command." ABC promises it will be "shocking" and since it's "Scandal," we believe it.

"Saturday Night Live" (Saturday on NBC at 11:29 p.m.)

Louis C.K. will host the Season 40 finale with Rihanna as musical guest. We have high expectations for both stars, »

- Gina Carbone

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'The Cobbler' Clip Unleashes a Zombie Adam Sandler | Exclusive

4 May 2015 4:18 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Though a comedy, our exclusive clip from The Cobbler could almost be mistaken for a horror movie. In this scary scene, star Adam Sandler turns into a very old man after slipping on a pair of someone else's shoes. He finds his new body to be too old and decrepit to properly communicate. This sends a couple of kids running for their lives. 's impersonation of The Walking Dead is so horrifying, one kid even faints on the sidewalk.

In The Cobbler, Max Simkin (Adam Sandler) has had enough of working in his little New York shoe repair shop where he quietly envies people with more interesting lives. So when he discovers an old family heirloom with the magical ability to change his appearance and transform into any of his customers, the temptation is too good to pass up. However, his newfound ability to become someone else proves to be »

- MovieWeb

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TV Review: ‘Happyish’

3 April 2015 8:05 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The arrival of “Happyish” comes with a dour asterisk, with the Showtime series nearly having been derailed by the death of its original star, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Steve Coogan has filled that void, in a show characterized by strong casting and a whimsical tone, but also a rather tired conceit about self-absorbed yuppies grappling with questions of mortality as they approach middle age. All told, the premiere and a subsequent episode play like a slightly less angst-ridden companion to HBO’s “Togetherness,” with a higher comedy quotient — though one that still leaves Shalom Auslander’s creation waffling somewhat charitably in the zone of “goodish.”

Showtime has opted to preview the program following the season finale of “Shameless,” in advance of its regular slot behind “Nurse Jackie” later this month. Coogan plays Thom Payne (the series has a not-so-subtle fondness for philosophers), who is introduced celebrating a 44th birthday with his »

- Brian Lowry

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