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Kevin Grayson has joined Robert Simonds’ new film and television studio as president of domestic distribution for the motion picture group.
Grayson will arrive at Stx Entertainment at the end of the month from Universal Pictures, where he served as svp of distribution and assistant general sales manager.
Simonds is the long-time Adam Sandler producer who has teamed up with private equity venture Tpg and Shanghai-based Hony Capital to produce films in the $40m range. He recently hired Oren Aviv as preisdent and chief content officer.
According to reports the untitled venture reportedly will plough more than $1bn into 10 star-driven features over the next five years.
“Like the other extraordinary executives we are recruiting to lead our key divisions, we went after the best and brightest distribution leader in the business and we could not be more »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “The Death of Adulthood and the Rise of Pleasure, or Why Seth Rogen is More Serious Than Woody Allen” — Adam Sternbergh’s response to A.O. Scott’s thought-catalyst on maturity, pointing out the age-old element of these discussions and the kernel at their core. “Cultural essays about the death of adulthood are often Trojan horses for a different complaint: the death of seriousness. These essays read as modern analogues to the mid-20th-century jeremiads about middlebrow, which were, similarly, taking people to task for not being sophisticated (i.e., adult) enough in their cultural tastes.” “The Darkness of Kristen Wiig” — Noah Gittell at Esquire finds seriousness in the funny woman’s latest films (and in her earlier funnier ones). “How Julia Roberts became an icon by playing the Girl Next Door” — Matt Singer »
- Scott Beggs
It’s been two years since Dan Stevens departed Downton Abbey and he’s not lost any time actively pursuing some amazing new roles in theater, film and television. In his latest movie, A Walk Among the Tombstones, he stars opposite Liam Neeson playing a heroin trafficker bent on revenge who hires a private investigator (Neeson) to hunt down the serial killers (David Harbour, Adam David Thompson) that brutally murdered his wife. Opening September 19th, the crime drama also stars Boyd Holbrook, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Sebastian Roché, Mark Consuelos, and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson. At the film’s recent press day, Stevens discussed why he finds it exciting to explore new and different roles, the challenge of transforming himself for each one, the appeal of playing a bad guy who’s a victim, his love of 70’s noirish thrillers like Klute, Dirty Harry, and The Conversation, his collaboration with director Scott Frank »
- Sheila Roberts
Though I did get to attend the TCM Classic Film Festival earlier this year (which was an amazing experience, and well worth your time), the New York Film Festival, in its 52nd year this time around, will be the first time I will have attended a festival as press. So, I’m very giddy about it. I’m excited to hobnob with other writers, get up at unfathomable times to catch screenings of films in languages I don’t often hear, and write like the wind. So, without further ado, here are my top five anticipated films of Nyff.
- Goodbye to Language 3D | Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Though I’ve never felt much warmth towards the iconoclastic Godard (save for Vivre sa Vie), I found myself realizing, as word came from Cannes, that I was incredibly eager to test out his newest film Goodbye to Language. Intellectually stimulating, supposedly playful, »
- Kyle Turner
Adulthood is dead, which is great news to get right before the weekend because it means you can cancel your errands and tedious chores and go on a bender, or perhaps just stay home and reread Harry Potter. In a long and thoughtful (and, more specifically, thought-packed) essay in this weekend’s New York Times Magazine — provocatively titled “The Death of Adulthood in American Culture” — A.O. Scott lassos everyone from Beyoncé to Louis C.K. to Don Draper to Broad City to Huck Finn to Lena Dunham to Madonna and hogties them together as an argument that adulthood, culturally speaking, is down for the count.It all adds up to a satisfying diagnosis of the current cultural moment, even if this particular moment has had an exceptionally long lifespan, cultural-moment-wise. Adam Sandler’s Billy Madison, often held up (as in Scott’s essay) as the Ur-man-child comedy, came out almost 20 years ago, »
- Adam Sternbergh
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
This weekend gives you two chances to see Bill Hader stretch his acting muscles. In dark comedy The Skeleton Twins, Hader and his former Saturday Night Live co-star Kristen Wiig play siblings who reunite after suicide attempts. Meanwhile, in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, Hader has a supporting role as the best friend of James McAvoy’s Conor, who is going through a pretty rough time in his relationship with Jessica Chastain’s titular character.
Saturday Night Live actors taking on dramatic—or, rather, serious—roles is nothing new. Wiig has steadily been putting films with weighty themes onto her resume, »
- Esther Zuckerman
By Anjelica Oswald
As films make the festival circuit this fall, some of the cast and crew members are busy traveling with the movies, attending premieres and promoting their work. A number of actors visiting Toronto this year are there with multiple films, and this isn’t an uncommon occurrence.
- Anjelica Oswald
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
Hollywood is notoriously phobic of technology — many A-list actors and directors routinely admitted how infrequently they check their email– but this year’s Toronto Film Festival suggests that Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media are starting to land supporting roles at the movies. In “St. Vincent,” the Weinstein Co.’s upcoming comedy starring Bill Murray, a struggling mom (Melissa McCarthy) asks her son (Jaeden Lieberher) how she knows that his father cheated on her. He shoots back that it was her Facebook status update, a joke that landed an eruption of laughs at he film’s premiere on Saturday night.
Call it the “Her” effect. In 2013, the Spike Jonze drama about a man (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with his operating system, served as a commentary on the way in which all modern interactions are now shaped by technology. That theme resurfaced this year at Toronto. Noah Baumbach »
- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
Few Hollywood stars can sustain a 50-year career, let alone as a character actor. Richard Kiel, who played James Bond villain Jaws, passed away Wednesday afternoon in a hospital in Fresno, Calif., at age 74, but left us with several unique performances in dozens of films. Kiel's most iconic role was as the villain Jaws who debuted in the Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me” in 1977 and returned to the franchise in “Moonraker” in 1979. Modern audiences may also know him as Mr. Larson in the 1996 Adam Sandler comedy “Happy Gilmore” or the voice of the character of Vlad in Disney's “Tangled. »
- Gina Hall
Jason Reitman’s latest film is a conversation starter. A mirror to our time, Men, Women & Children takes a look at how our technological connections make us disconnect from one another and how we look at friendship and intimacy in a socially connected world. Sounds like serious stuff? Not quite. The film picks up Reitman’s standard dramatic-meets-comedic tones and features an ensemble cast that includes Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ansel Elgort, and Kaitlyn Dever.
Men, Women & Children takes an intimate look at sexual frustrations that everyone – from teenagers exploring their sexual nature for the first time to the adult world of covert affairs and secret desires.
Watch the Men, Women & Children interview now: »
- Rachel West
'James Bond' villain Richard Kiel has passed away just three days shy of his 75th birthday.
James Bond villain Richard Kiel has passed away just three days shy of his 75th birthday.
Kiel died in a California hospital in Fresno, Calif. on Wednesday, Sept. 10. His cause of death has not been confirmed.
The 74-year-old actor was the villain Jaws in two of the Sir Roger Moore's Bond movies, The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979), but to a younger audience, he's recognized for his cameo in Adam Sandler's 1996 comedy Happy Gilmore.
Moore, 86, reacted to his co-star's passing via Twitter, writing:
I am totally distraught to learn of my dear friend Richard Kiel's passing. We were on a radio programme together just a week ago. Distraught
— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) September 11, 2014
The affection and love for Richard Kiel which people shared with me @Harrods book signing »
Remembered best as Jaws, the towering steel-toothed villain of James Bond movies, Richard Kiel has passed away at the age of 74. No cause of death was given. The news was confirmed late Wednesday evening by Kelley Sanchez, director of communications at Saint Agnes Medical Center. Richard Kiel's agent Steven Stevens also reported on the news, both parties refusing to provide further details.
Richard Kiel was a giant of a man, standing at 7-foot-2-inches. He captured the public's attention in the 1977 James Bond adventure The Spy Who Loved Me opposite Roger Moore. Jaws was a cable-chomping henchman who towered over his co-stars. The villain was so popular, he was brought back for the 1979 Bond adventure Moonraker. Of his advisory, Bond would quip, "His name's Jaws. He kills people."
Today we bring you the sad news that Richard Kiel — the towering actor who embodied renown James Bond villain, Jaws — has died at the age of 74.
The 7-foot-2 actor passed away on Wednesday morning in a Californian hospital; though the medical staff is yet to release an official cause of death, citing client confidentiality.
His agent, Steve Stevens, released the following statement.
“He was a very loyal friend and client for over 35 years, a terrific husband and father, and was not only a giant actor but a giant man”.
Kiel was perhaps best known for his aforementioned role as the Bond villain Jaws; a role he brought a tremendous amount of gravitas to during his back-to-back appearances in Roger Moore’s The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979). And though the memorable baddie was slated to be killed off during the finale of The Spy Who Loved Me originally, fans »
- Michael Briers
Richard Kiel, the 7-foot-2 actor who played Jaws, the James Bond villain with the teeth of steel, died at a California hospital on Wednesday after being admitted for a breaking his leg. He was 74. Kiel's character appeared in the Bond films "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977) and "Moonraker" (1979). The actor also played an alien in the 1962 "Twilight Zone" episode "To Serve Man," a hitman in the Gene Wilder/Richard Pryor comedy "Silver Streak" (1976) and Adam Sandler's boss in the classic golf comedy "Happy Gilmore" (1996). The actor also played bad guys in such TV shows as "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," "The Wild, Wild West" and "Kolchak: The Night Stalker." He also auditioned for the role of the green monster in "The Incredible Hulk." It eventually went to Lou Ferrigno. In total, his career spanned more than 50 years. »
Kiel created what is widely considered to be the best villain in Bond history. The 7′ 2″ giant made the role his own making the character both a nemesis to Bond but being lovable at the same time. He recounts a story to the BBC of seeing an audience at a screening erupt with ‘hoots and howling, applause’ when he was seen swimming away from the destruction at the end of Moonraker.
We’ve scoured the internet for memorable moments featuring Kiel showing how diverse he was before and after we saw him in the James Bond movies…. enjoy!
Montage of Pre-Bond Richard Kiel »
- David Sztypuljak
James Bond bad guy Richard Kiel, who played the villain Jaws in two of the hit Sir Roger Moore movies, has died in a California hospital just three days before his 75th birthday. The actor, who later appeared in the 1996 Adam Sandler comedy Happy Gilmore, was best known for his villainous portrayal of the steel-toothed bad guy in Bond classics The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979). He died in a hospital in Fresno, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 10, TMZ first reported. A cause [...] »
Actor Richard Kiel has passed away in a California hospital at the age of 74. Born in Detroit, this distinctive, towering presence was known for his appearances in films such as notorious B Movie Eegah and TV show The Wild Wild West. He was also the original choice for The Incredible Hulk series before producers decided he had the wrong build (Kiel didn’t mind as he found the contact lenses and make up for The Hulk difficult to deal with).
However it was his turn as a monster in another franchise that brought him to wider attention, when he took the role of Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977. With his steel teeth he was the perfect villain for the more flamboyant Bond era ushered in by Roger Moore. The scene where he killed Nadim Sawalha at the pyramids haunted many a childhood. Kiel played an enormous part »
- Steve Palace
Sad but not surprising. I’d met Richard Kiel several times over the years and he was always in a wheelchair – never saw him stand up to his 7’2” height. He was always super-nice though and posed with my young nephew while pretending to crush his head. He was probably best known for two roles: as ‘Jaws’ in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, he was the only recurring 007 villain to be played by the same actor, and the Twilight Zone episode To Serve Man is part of TV folklore. He starred at age 23 as a caveman in Eegah and had roles in the horror films House Of The Damned, Two On A Guillotine, and The Human Duplicators. He had a small part in The Nutty Professor with Jerry Lewis and acted opposite Clint Eastwood in Pale Rider, Burt Reynolds in The Longest Yard (“I think I broke his fucking neck! »
- Tom Stockman
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