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One of the many films that premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was the latest from director Tom McCarthy, The Cobbler. In the modern-day fairy tale, Adam Sandler plays a lonely cobbler in New York City who feels like his life is going nowhere until he discovers a family heirloom that literally gives him the ability to “walk in another man’s shoes,” and see the world differently. The fantastical aspect is a bit of a departure for McCarthy after helming films like The Station Agent, The Visitor, and Win Win, but he still keeps the film focused on the characters. The Cobbler also stars Dustin Hoffman, Steve Buscemi, Ellen Barkin,Melonie Diaz, Method Man, and Dan Stevens. Shortly after the world premiere I landed an exclusive interview with Ellen Barkin and Clifford Smith (Method Man). They talked about how the project came together, changes during production, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Introducing Mr. and Mrs. George Clooney!The "Ocean's Eleven" star and new wife Amal Alamuddin were spotted the morning after their fancy Venetian wedding, where they showed off their wedding rings for the first time.The two looked happier than ever as they boarded a water taxi outside of their hotel on Sunday, sharing some cute and cuddly Pda for all the cameras. George's bride looked gorgeous in a short white lace dress covered in floral embellishments. We're loving her simple (and diamond-packed) ring ... and Love to see Clooney finally wearing one too!The two tied the knot on Saturday during a lavish Italian ceremony at the Aman Canal Grande Venice hotel on Saturday, in front of a crowd of A-list guests. Matt Damon, Cindy Crawford, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Ellen Barkin, Anna Wintour and Bono were all on hand for the event.Check out the gallery above »
- tooFab Staff
Here they are ladies and gentleman ... Mr. and Mrs. George Clooney.Cloon and his new bride Amal Alamuddin were out pretty early considering they partied their faces off the night before in Venice -- celebrating their wedding in style with a ton of their celeb friends.As for the reception ... not many details have surfaced ... but based on these photos, someone got so wasted he left the party without a shirt on.And that's what »
- TMZ Staff
It's official: George Clooney is off the market. Hollywood’s hottest bachelor just said "I do" to lawyer Amal Alamuddin in a lavish Italian ceremony at the Aman Canal Grande Venice hotel on Saturday, in front of a crowd of A-list guests. Matt Damon, Cindy Crawford, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Ellen Barkin, Anna Wintour and Bono are all in Italy for the ceremony -- and were seen arriving to the event.The fashion rivaled the Academy Awards. The groom looked dapper as ever in a sharp Armani suit. Crawford (left) looked gorgeous in a sheer, full-length royal blue gown, with her hair down. Blunt (right) opted to pull her hair back, sporting a baby blue dress with a keyhole cutout. And Damon's wife, Luciana Barroso was a vision in purple.So far, no shots of the bride's dress -- but we're sure she was stunning! The 52-year-old "Ocean's Eleven" star met Amal, »
- tooFab Staff
Patricia Thomas, Associated Press
Andrew Medichini, Associated Press
Venice, Italy (AP) - George Clooney married human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin Saturday, the actor's representative said, out of sight of pursuing paparazzi and adoring crowds.
A smiling Clooney traveled up the spectacular Grand Canal to his wedding standing coolly aboard a water-taxi, waving to hundreds of well-wishers on shore and a flotilla of photographers chasing a glimpse of his final moments of bachelorhood.
With the pink sunset casting a gleam on Venice's most picturesque canal, Clooney rubbed his hands in sweet anticipation and disappeared into the luxury Aman hotel's tent-covered pier, where celebrity friends including Cindy Crawford and Matt Damon had passed moments earlier.
The bride was nowhere to be seen.
Clooney's long-time representative Stan Rosenfield announced in one sentence some 2 ½ hours later that the wedding had taken place. It's expected to be the only communication on the much-anticipated marriage of »
- The Associated Press
He's ready to wed! At sunset in Venice on Saturday, guests and the groom began departing the famed Belmond Hotel Cipriani - unofficial wedding weekend headquarters for George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's nuptials - en route to the main event. The destination: the historic Aman Canal Grande Venice, where a ladies-only wedding eve party was held Friday night. When guests arrived, they entered the hotel through an entryway tented with gold-trimmed curtains. Related: George and Amal Party - Separately - Night Before WeddingFather of the groom Nick Clooney was spotted with a glass of champagne as he and wife Nina »
- Michelle Tauber, @michelletauber
George Clooney said arrivederci to freedom with the boys Friday night in Italy ... the day before he ties the knot with Amal Alamuddin.Clooney and Amal starred at a rehearsal dinner with family and friends in Venice ... and it looks like they went on separate journeys afterward with their respective genders.Clooney hit up a restaurant with all the other dudes -- it's unclear where Amal went.Most of George's famous friends are also in »
- TMZ Staff
Update: Check out the gallery to see photos of the couple and their buds heading to the rehearsal dinner -- Amal looks Gorgeous in a very sexy red dress.George Clooney's wedding to Amal Alamuddin is going to be one A-list affair.The nuptials are reportedly going down on Saturday in Venice, Italy -- and some of the groom's famous friends have already been seen arriving in the picturesque locale.The future newlyweds were spotted on Friday riding around in the canals on a water taxi, where they were joined by BFFs Cindy Crawford and her husband, Rande Gerber. The bride-to-be looked both elegant and gorgeous in a black and white striped dress -- and we really can't wait to see what she wears on the big day!But the supermodel and her man aren't the only stars in town for the main event.The actor's "Ocean's Thirteen" costars »
- tooFab Staff
Here come the bride and groom! George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin made a splash upon their arrival in Venice on Friday. The couple hopped aboard one of the city's water taxis - fittingly named Amore - to arrive at the famed Belmond Hotel Cipriani, where they were hosting a small welcome gathering for friends attending their upcoming wedding. Also taking water taxis for the glamorous festivities: Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber (the latter of whom has already made sure the celebrations will be well-stocked with tequila and Matt Damon and his wife Luciana. A bar hall at the »
- Michelle Tauber @michelletauber
Here come the bride and groom! George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin made a splash upon their arrival in Venice on Friday. The couple hopped aboard one of the city's water taxis - fittingly named Amore - to arrive at the famed Belmond Hotel Cipriani, where they were hosting a small welcome gathering for friends attending their upcoming wedding. Also taking water taxis for the glamorous festivities: Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber (the latter of whom has already made sure the celebrations will be well-stocked with tequila) and Matt Damon and his wife, Luciana. A bar hall at the »
- Michelle Tauber, @michelletauber
Codeblack will have all distribution rights to Turner’s microbudget film productions throughout the U.S. and Canada. Turner will produce all films through his Datari Turner Productions banner.
Turner’s credits include “Luv,” starring Common, Danny Glover and Dennis Haysbert; “It’s a Disaster,” starring Julia Stiles and America Ferrera; “Dysfunctional Friends”; “Video Girl,” starring Meagan Good and Ruby Dee; the James Franco drama “About Cherry”; “Kilimanjaro,” starring Brian Geraghty and Abigail Spencer; and “Another Happy Day,” starring Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin and Ellen Burstyn.
- Dave McNary
20. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
So…drugs, right? Based on Hunter S. Thompson’s 1971 novel of the same title, Fear and Loathing stars Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro as Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo, respectively. The pair is heading to Sin City, speeding through the Nevada desert, under the influence of mescaline. From there, the film is series a bizarre hallucinations seen through the eyes of Duke. So, we jump from hotel room to hotel room, all of the action a blur of what is happening and what really isn’t. Throughout the course of the film, Duke and/or Gonzo ingest the following drugs: mescaline, sunshine acid, diethyl ether, LSD, cocaine, and adenochrome (probably more). Duke – who is a Thompson stand-in – is supposed to be writing an article before heading back to Los Angeles, but tends to get sidetracked quite a bit. In »
- Joshua Gaul
In Tom McCarthy’s whimsical new film The Cobbler, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this week, Adam Sandler plays a weary, fourth-generation Lower East Side shoemaker who discovers a magical sewing machine that allows him to switch bodies with his customers when he puts on their shoes. He use this power to embody a host of colorful characters (including a local thug, played by the Wu-Tang Clan's Cliff 'Method Man' Smith), to fight back against a sleazy real-estate developer (Ellen Barkin) and to unite with his long-lost father (Dustin Hoffman). It's a darkly comedic, feel-good, footwear-themed anti-gentrification fairy tale, and when we caught up with McCarthy and Sandler at Tiff, our conversation was similarly genre-spanning, touching on gentrification, masturbation, pickles, Wu-Tang, and whether Sandler could fit into the reporter's rather small shoes (verdict: "I could crunch into those").Adam, this and Men, Women and Children »
- Anna Silman
Premiering at this year's Toronto International Film Festival was the latest from director Tom McCarthy, The Cobbler. In the modern-day fairy tale, Adam Sandler plays a lonely cobbler in New York City who feels like his life is going nowhere until he discovers a family heirloom that literally gives him the ability to “walk in another man’s shoes,” and see the world differently. The fantastical aspect is a bit of a departure for McCarthy after helming films like The Station Agent, The Visitor, and Win Win, but he still keeps the film focused on the characters. The Cobbler also stars Dustin Hoffman, Steve Buscemi, Ellen Barkin,Melonie Diaz, Method Man, and Dan Stevens. Earlier today I landed an exclusive video interview with Adam Sandler and Thomas McCarthy. They talked about how the project came together, changes during production, the way they like to prepare for a role/project, editing, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Adam Sandler has taken some almighty drubbings from critics (including this one) for his series of increasingly moribund comedies over the past few years, so it deserves to be stated upfront: Of the many things that go horribly wrong with his latest, “The Cobbler,” none are even remotely his fault. In fact, credit him for taking on such an unusual project — a largely serious tale about a shoe repairman who can magically take on the appearance of his customers by donning their footwear — helmed by a director, Tom McCarthy, whose track record was previously unblemished. But the result is . Picked up by Image Entertainment, the film will surely test the limits of Sandler’s drawing power, and word of mouth might not be kind.
Though “The Cobbler’s” premise might make it seem an unusual choice for McCarthy, one can almost imagine it as a magical-realist twist on his lovely 2007 film, »
- Andrew Barker
Following a shaky premiere at Tiff this month, Thomas McCarthy's latest indie, The Cobbler starring Adam Sandler, has been picked up for distribution in the United States. THR reports Image Entertainment closed a deal yesterday to the Us rights for the film which has been a special presentation at the Toronto film festival. The film features Sandler as a New York shoe repairman (Sandler) who discovers a magical heirloom that allows him to "walk in another man's shoes." However, The Playlist notes it "never generates the high-spirited inventiveness or energy to allow audiences to buy into the premise." The film also stars Dustin Hoffman, Ellen Barkin and Steve Buscemi, so there will certainly be audience appeal, no matter how negative the reviews are. It sounds like this is some kind of mix of Sandler's more respectful attempts at dramatic acting mixed with elements of his own stupid comedies, so »
- Ethan Anderton
The Cobbler didn’t pull down the rave reviews that writer/director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent) is usually accustomed to when it debuted earlier this week at the Toronto Film Festival, but an Adam Sandler movie still demands attention. One of Sandler’s three festival movies, and the only one that he truly carries, was picked up by Rlj/Image Entertainment, which acquired the U.S. rights to The Cobbler for about $3.5 million.
In the fable, Sandler plays a lonely New York shoe-repairman who senses that he’s let life past him by. But when he discovers a magical »
- Jeff Labrecque
Image Entertainment has scooped up Adam Sandler-starrer The Cobbler for the U.S. The $3.5 million deal closed Tuesday in Toronto. The film, directed by Thomas McCarthy (Station Agent), is screening as a special presentation at the fest on Sept. 11. The film follows a New York shoe repairman (Sandler) who discovers a magical heirloom that allows him to "walk in another man's shoes." McCarthy co-wrote the script with Paul Dao. The Cobbler co-stars Dustin Hoffman, Ellen Barkin and Steve Buscemi, who received strong praise in THR's review: "Steve Buscemi, who has joined Sandler in
- Rebecca Ford
The deal was closed Tuesday at the Toronto Film Festival, several days before the comedy-drama was due to screen in the Special Presentations section.
Thomas McCarthy directed from a script he co-wrote with Paul Dao about a shoe repairman able to step into the lives of his customers.
Voltage is handling international sales. Wme and Gersh are handling domestic sales.
McCarthy praised Sandler’s work ethic in an interview with Variety at the festival.
“The guy works so hard, but he makes it look like he’s not working,” McCarthy said. “He digs into the material. He discusses it and he keeps turning it over.”
McCarthy’s credits include “Win Win, »
- Dave McNary
Whether he's behind or in front of the camera, Tom McCarthy has had a fascinating career. The director's latest indie movie, “The Cobbler,” makes its world premiere in Toronto this week — the second Adam Sandler movie to debut at this year's festival. Sandler stars as a New York cobbler who inherits a magical machine that gives him the ability to step into other people's shoes, live their lives, and for the most part, do some good in his community. The film co-stars Method Man, Steve Buscemi, Dustin Hoffman, Ellen Barkin, Melonie Diaz, Yul Vazquez and Dan Stevens. McCarthy co-wrote the script. »
- Jeff Sneider
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