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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
Like an orbiting celestial body, a rare Adam Sandler role appears every half-decade or so that threatens to break the actor out of his lucrative fiefdom of low-brow comedy. Punch-Drunk Love looked like a potential turning point in 2002, but a Spanglish or two aside, he avoided further dramatic work until 2010’s Funny People, which earned Sandler wide praise for how capably he lampooned his own career. He then followed that up with Jack & Jill, That’s My Boy, and a pair of Grown Ups. Clearly, if Sandler were interested in a McConaughey-esque career turnaround, he would have gone for it by now.
The underwhelming returns on his latest vacation disguised as a comedy, Blended, along with a pair of upcoming dramatic roles once more challenge the established Sandler narrative. The Cobbler is the first of two efforts this year that see Sandler leaving behind the SNL lackeys and fart jokes for something a little meatier. »
- Sam Woolf
“The Cobbler,” a fantastical film about a shoe repairman able to step into the lives of his customers, can’t be wrapped up in a box.
“I don’t even know what to compare it to,” director Tom McCarthy told Variety. “It’s got its own vibe and its own feel. There are moments of real drama and it’s also broader and funnier. It’s a lot of different flavors.”
The picture may defy categorization, but its magical plotline is totally unlike the small-scale dramas that McCarthy made his name creating, films such as “Win Win” and “The Visitor” that centered on loners and down-on-their luck men.
“It is a departure,” said McCarthy. “It was always about how I approach(ed) it through my lens, because it does move in and out of various genres.”
“The Cobbler” is premiering Thursday at the fest; Voltage is repping the film internationally, »
- Brent Lang
The line-up at this year's Toronto Film Festival has a much different feel than year's past and coming up with a list of most anticipated films isn't nearly as easy as previous years. Not because there's any lack of possible greatness, but in fact perhaps because the possibility is even greater, though in corners we may not expect. This year's fest is without what I would call a "big" film. David Dobkin's The Judge is opening the festival but at 141 minutes and with a trailer that does very little to convince me of its quality I have a hard time expecting much from it. Reese Witherspoon's Wild from director Jean-Marc Vallee is certainly one I will be seeing, but the anticipation level isn't entirely there and the somewhat muted Telluride response of respect with caveats has lessened my anticipation ever so slightly, the same could be said for Jon Stewart's Rosewater, »
- Brad Brevet
No Photoshop for Ellen Barkin, please. The 60-year-old Drop Dead Gorgeous actress took part in a recent photo shoot for Violet Grey's online magazine The Violet Files, which says she "asked that her appearance not be altered or retouched," a move it called "brave" and "even provocative." "I feel strongly about retouching," Barkin, who appears to be wearing dark eye makeup in the pics, told the outlet. "I looked at those pictures and I knew they expected like seven X's to come back on the bags under my eyes or the lines around my mouth or my neck but I thought we could do something special here. Those pictures with the dark circles under my eyes are exactly what I look »
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
Ahead of the film’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next weekend, we’ve managed to get our hands on the first The Cobbler poster for director Thomas McCarthy’s (Win Win) upcoming fantasy drama. The film stars Adam Sandler as a disillusioned shoe repairman who happens upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see things from their perspective. As a fan of McCarthy’s previous work—especially The Station Agent—I’m very much looking forward to seeing how he handles a more fantastical concept. He’s not entirely unfamiliar with the genre, as McCarthy previously worked on the script for Pixar’s Up, but this also marks a curious turn for Sandler given McCarthy’s dramatic background. Hopefully the two make a strong pairing. Hit the jump to take a look at the first The Cobbler poster. »
- Adam Chitwood
Contrary to what some believe, acting isn’t always such a serious endeavor. A lot of actors are really just big kids at heart. If you give them a costume and an audience they couldn’t be happier. Because of this, sometimes an actor might find it hard to break character, and that usually makes for great entertainment for the rest of us.
Today we are going to be listing the ten most awesome things actors have done while they were still dressed like the character they were portraying on screen. Let’s get started.
During the early ’90s nearly every actress in the world wanted the role of Selina Kyle A.K.A Catwoman in Tim Burton’s highly anticipated sequel Batman Returns. Raquel Welch, Bridget Fonda, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Cher, Madonna, Ellen Barkin, and »
- Jesse Gumbarge
An additional 7 galas and 17 special presentations will be taking place at the 39th Toronto International Film Festival which will include the latest cinematic efforts of Sophie Barthes, Thomas McCarthy, Johnnie To, Michel Hazanavicius, Olivier Assayas, Benoît Jacquot, Lynn Shelton, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.
Here are some World Premiere highlights:
A former art prodigy and second generation petty thief buys his way out of prison to spend time with his ailing son. To do so, he must team up with his father for one last job to pay back the syndicate that arranged his release.
Max Simkin »
- Trevor Hogg
I honestly can't pick a best part of Jimmy Fallon's "House of Cards" parody "House of Cue Cards." It's a somewhat lengthy tribute, and so much about it is pitch-perfect: Jimmy's Spacey impression, the goddess Ellen Barkin's unbelievable, arch impersonation of Robin Wright, the mumblecore moments, and of course the hilarious closing moment of Part II. If anything, this parody makes me mad because it proves that when Jimmy Fallon commits to a joke, he is unflinching and unwilling to break character. It's always worth it not to laugh in the middle of a well-written joke or sketch; John Oliver (arguably my favorite addition to late night TV in the past year) needs that memo too. »
- Louis Virtel
Jimmy Fallon loves his parodies of popular shows, and he hit upon a great one with his send-up of Netflix's “House of Cards.” Fallon himself took on Kevin Spacey‘s role, mugging for the camera in a bad wig as he rules over “The Tonight Show” with an iron fist. See video: ‘Vampire Diaries’ Star Nina Dobrev Soaks Jimmy Fallon's Balls in Beer on ‘Tonight Show’ Ellen Barkin is pitch-perfect as Robin Wright, wrestling over which slim-fitting black dress to wear. But it's the end of the episode that features the biggest surprise. Fallon had been pestered by text messages throughout the short. »
- Jason Hughes
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