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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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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
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.
- Maane Khatchatourian
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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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.)
- Gina Carbone
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 »
Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour)
TV show dates: April 26, 2015 -- present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
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?
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
Showtime released a new trailer for its upcoming series “Happyish” on 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. In the trailer, we go through the highlights of Thom’s day, which include his son puking at the breakfast table, his boss (Bradley Whitford) indulging in non-alcoholic wine at 11.30 a.m., and a woman (Ellen Barkin) misattributing Goethe to Lululemon. »
- Joe Otterson
Michael Zegen, who played American gangster Benny “Bugsy” Siegel in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” will recur in a guest role on Showtime’s upcoming comedy series “Happyish,” Variety has learned. He will appear in at least two episodes.
Zegen’s other television credits include “The Walking Dead,” “Rescue Me,” “Girls” and “How to Make It in America.” He has appeared in the films “Frances Ha,” “Taking Woodstock,” “The Girl Next Door” and “Adventureland.”
“Happyish” is created, written and exec produced by Shalom Auslander, and stars Coogan, Kathryn Hahn and Bradley Whitford. Ken Kwapis directed the pilot and co-exec produces the show with Alexandra Beattie under their In Cahoots banner.
- Seth Kelley
Amal Clooney is taking care of her new husband George Clooney. Ellen Barkin, who starred alongside the actor in 'Ocean's Thirteen', has revealed the human rights lawyer - who George wed in Venice, Italy in September last year - looks after her husband well and has admitted she ''always felt'' he would settle down again, following his previous divorce from Talia Balsam. She said: ''She takes great care of him and all his friends... ''I always felt he would (settle down again). I felt he was just waiting till he felt like he wanted to.'' The 60-year-old star also opened up about the couple's exclusive nuptials and confirmed it was an alcohol-fuelled affair. She shared: ''I can only speak for myself, and that would be a big yes.'' When asked about the food, she added: ''I didn't eat. I was too busy drinking... ''You know what, »
Title: The Cobbler Rlje / Image Entertainment Director: Tom McCarthy Writer: Tom McCarthy, Paul Sado Cast: Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi, Dustin Hoffman , Method Man, Ellen Barkin, Dascha Polanco , Dan Stevens, Melonie Diaz, Running time: 1hr 38 min, Rated PG-13 (Language, Violence, Partial Nudity) In Theaters March 13th Max Simkin (Adam Sandler) is a Brooklyn based cobbler – a shoe repairman that’s been in the business for several generations. He has been holding the fort in his tiny hole in the wall shop for decades since his father suddenly walked away from it all. His only friend is one that he’s known for years, Jimmy (Steve Buscemi) who runs [ Read More ]
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Ellen Barkin snagged a coveted invite to George and Amal Clooney's nuptials, and the Clooney pal just spilled some insider info from the wedding - or, at least, whatever she could remember. The Ocean's Thirteen actress, 60, spoke candidly about her boozy, glamorous evening at the couple's ceremony at the Aman Canal Grande hotel in Italy during What Watch Happens Live on Wednesday. When hosts Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper asked Clooney's former costar to spill the beans on whether the evening was full of drunken escapades, Barkin responded, "I can only speak for myself, and that would be a big yes. »
- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos
Somehow our ticket to George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin’s September 2014 wedding at the Aman Canal Grande hotel in Venice got lost in the mail. But the A-lister’s former costar and pal Ellen Barkin managed to score an invite. On the March 18 episode of Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, the Happyish star, 60, was grilled about her experience during the romantic weekend. Wwhl host Andy Cohen and fellow guest Anderson Cooper took turns asking Barkin questions about the A-list affair, including “Who got the most drunk?” [...] »
Chicago – The newest Adam Sandler film that doesn’t feature him dressed like a chubby middle schooler is really bad, but in a special way. Similarly, it is an instant classic in the legacy of bizarre disasters, a footnote in writer/director history that must be witnessed to be fully understood.
Part of its perplexity is how the film is always in grasp as it shows itself, and how you can reach out and try to bring it back home, but then it explodes. This is one of those films where its flaws are more believable as a conspiracy than a misjudgment. Someone, please, let the police know that writer/director Tom McCarthy is missing, and someone has his shoes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
If the reviews for “The Cobbler” are any indicator, Adam Sandler may want to consider a career change and become an actual cobbler. Sandler’s latest comedy offering, which centers around a shoe repairman who finds a magical device that lets him transform into his customers, currently sits with a dismal 8 percent “rotten” approval rating from the 37 critics counted, so far, by Rotten Tomatoes. See photos: 15 Movies You Already Forgot About: TheWrap’s Best & Worst 2014 The PG-13 comedy co-starring Ellen Barkin, Dan Stevens and Steve Buscemi is the latest in a string of derided comedies led by Sandler, whose »
- Joe Otterson
Shoe Be Doo: McCarthy’s Magical Realism Has No Sole
Actor Thomas McCarthy has developed a solid reputation as an indie film director thanks to his first two films The Station Agent (2003) and The Visitor (2007). While his third outing, 2011’s Win Win, showcased a tendency for schmaltzy cliché, it’s a far cry from his most recent offering, The Cobbler. Headlining Adam Sandler, many expected this to be one of Sandler’s infrequent attempts at dramatic prowess, somewhere along the lines of his surprise turns in Punch Drunk Love, or even Spanglish…or even Men, Women & Children. Instead, McCarthy doggedly pursues a broad comedic tone, something that recalls old Jerry Lewis vehicles, except with a lethargic, bored star. Resolving a series of lazy dramatic conflicts, everyone involved coasts through this torporific exercise with grim determination.
A magical sewing machine that was inherited by one of his ancestors in the Lower »
- Nicholas Bell
Audiences will soon be getting Happyish, as the highly anticipated Showtime series finally makes its debut next month. The show that was initially beset by tragedy – as original star Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away – has respectfully re-cast, re-grouped and re-shot, and a snippet of the result is now available in a new trailer. Striking a much lighter tone than expected, Happyish now stars Steve Coogan, employing an accent that is perhaps best described as ‘American-ish.’
Thom Payne (Coogan) has hit his mid-40s, and is facing the prospect of working for a new, younger, more hip boss who has assumed control of his workplace. A bundle of contradictions, Thom is concerned about erectile dysfunction, but worries that chemical remedies may counteract his anti-depressants. He loathes the current youth-focused trends, but tries his best to make skinny jeans work. Mostly, he wonders if he could be happier, but suspects that this »
- Sarah Myles
Adam Sandler steps into other people's shoes literally in his new movie The Cobbler. Of course that begs the question of the cast of whose shoes they'd most like to step into. The Cobbler star and co-stars Steve Buscemi, Ellen Barkin, Method Man and director Tom McCarthy talk about the themes of the movie and shooting in the actor's native city of New York City.
- email@example.com (Super User)
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Cymbeline (cops-vs.-biker-gang drama; Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, John Leguizamo, Dakota Johnson; premieres 3/13 on cable Mod and in theaters; rated R) The Cobbler (comedy-fantasy; Adam Sandler, Dan Stevens, Dustin Hoffman, Steve Buscemi, Ellen Barkin; premieres 3/13 on cable Mod and in theaters; rated PG-13) Streaming/Digital Download: Rent from $4-$7 or own from $13-$20 (HD may cost more than...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
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