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It’s hard to tell if Adam Sandler‘s four-picture deal with Netflix represents him being ahead of the curve in a major way or it it represents some sort of decline. Right now, making movies directly for a streaming service can’t help but feel like a descent into direct-to-video territory (although the independent productions Netflix routinely acquires don’t […]
- Jacob Hall
The film, which is being directed by The Do-Over helmer Steven Brill, is set in the 90s and stars Sandler as Wexler, “a talent manager working in Los Angeles, who represents a group of eccentric clients on the fringes of show business. His single-minded devotion is put to the test when he falls in love with his newest client, a talented singer named Courtney Clarke (Hudson), who he discovers at an amusement park.”
Sandy Wexler will mark the third movie in Sander’s four-film deal with Netflix after The Ridiculous 6 and The Do-Over, and is scheduled to go into production in August before hitting the streaming service in 2017.
- Gary Collinson
Simon Brew Jul 21, 2016
Since Adam Sandler signed his deal to make four films for Netflix, we’ve thus far had two. Netflix has been happy with The Ridiculous Six and The Do-Over, both of which have apparently delivered big numbers for the streaming service. People who have sat through said films have generally been less content.
Still, here comes number three, a romantic comedy by the name of Sandy Wexler. In this one, Sandler will play a talent manager work in Los Angeles in the 1990s, who represents clients that others seemingly won’t. He discovers a singer at a theme park, and finds he has feelings for her. Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
If the job paid well enough, you'd star in an Adam Sandler movie, too. Hell, everyone has bills to pay, which should explain Jennifer Hudson signing on to star in Adam Sander's next picture, per his Netflix deal. After all, she does have an Oscar to her credit. Hudson will showcase her musical talents as an aspiring singer (not much of a stretch there) in... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
Fulfilling his wish that it was still the 1990s in the most literal way yet, Adam Sandler’s next Netflix movie will find him once again slipping into the baggy cargo short of decades, playing a ’90s-era talent manager in the just-announced Sandy Wexler. According to a press release, the third stage of Netflix’s rapidly advancing Adam Sandler condition will find him starring alongside Jennifer Hudson, who will play the aspiring singer and assenting love interest to Sandler’s struggling title character. Director Steve Brill—the man behind Little Nicky, Mr. Deeds, and Sandler’s most recent Netflix dropping The Do-Over—completes this blessed union of contractual circumstance.
Sandler’s character reportedly “diligently represents a group of eccentric clients on the fringes of show business” (a description that could just as easily be applied to Sandler himself), though that diligence is soon tested after he discovers Hudson’s Courtney »
- Sean O'Neal
Today, Netflix announced that Academy Award and Grammy Winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls, Sex And The City) will star opposite Adam Sandler in the Netflix original film Sandy Wexler, Sandler’s third feature film with the streaming service. Hudson will play the female lead in the romantic comedy.
The film follows Sandy Wexler (Adam Sandler), a talent manager working in Los Angeles in the 1990s, who diligently represents a group of eccentric clients on the fringes of show business. His single-minded devotion is put to the test when he falls in love with his newest client, Courtney Clarke (Jennifer Hudson), a tremendously talented singer who he discovers at an amusement park.
Sandy Wexler reunites Happy Madison Productions with director Steve Brill (The Do-over). Paul Sado, Dan Bulla and Adam Sandler wrote the script. Happy Madison Productions’ Adam Sandler and Allen Covert will serve as Producers. Barry Bernardi and Tim Herlihy will serve as Executive Producers. »
- Kellvin Chavez
We’ve come a long way from John Cusack blasting Peter Gabriel on a boombox in “Say Anything…” With cassette tapes and burnt CDs having mostly been replaced by Spotify playlists, Netflix is looking to go even further with its new Flixtape feature, which is just what it sounds like: custom playlists of movies and TV shows for you to keep to yourself or share with the object of your affection.
The streaming giant introduced the new functionality via a minute-long video pairing instructions with brief clips from some of its most popular shows: “Master of None,” “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” “Orange Is the New Black.” In a clear appeal to younger viewers, the 101 offers an explanation for what mixtapes actually are before explaining that Flixtapes have their »
- Michael Nordine
Today, Netflix announced that Academy Award and Grammy Winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls, Sex and The City) will star opposite Adam Sandler in the Netflix original film Sandy Wexler. This will be Sandler's third feature film with the streaming service. Hudson will play the female lead in the romantic comedy.
The film follows Sandy Wexler (Adam Sandler), a talent manager working in Los Angeles in the 1990s. He diligently represents a group of eccentric clients on the fringes of show business.  His single-minded devotion is put to the test when he falls in love with his newest client, Courtney Clarke (Jennifer Hudson), a tremendously talented singer who he discovers at an amusement park.
Sandy Wexlerreunites Happy Madison Productions with director Steve Brill (The Do-Over).  Paul Sado, Dan Bulla and Adam Sandler wrote the script.  Happy Madison Productions' Adam Sandler and Allen Covert will serve as Producers.  Barry Bernardi and Tim Herlihy »
Netflix announced today that Jennifer Hudson will star opposite Adam Sandler in the Netflix original film “Sandy Wexler,” which will be Sandler’s third feature film under the current multi-picture deal he has with the streaming service – all of which… Continue Reading → »
- Tambay Obenson
The Oscar-winner will star as a talented singer named Courtney Clarke, opposite Sandler, a talent manager working in Los Angeles who represents a group of eccentric clients on the fringes of show business. His devotion is put to the test when he falls in love with his newest client, Courtney, who he discovers at an amusement park.
The film will be directed by “The Do-Over’s” Steven Brill. The script is written by Paul Sado, Dan Bulla and Sandler. Sandler will produce via his Happy Madison Productions banner along with Allen Covert. Executive producers include Barry Bernardi and Tim Herlihy.
Filming is expected to begin in Los Angeles »
- Liz Calvario
Jennifer Hudson has been cast as Adam Sandler‘s next love interest. The Oscar winner will star opposite Sandler in Netflix’s romantic comedy “Sandy Wexler,” the streaming service announced Wednesday. Sandler’s third movie with Netflix follows Sandy Wexler (Sandler), a talent manager working in Los Angeles in the 1990s, who diligently represents a group of eccentric clients on the fringes of show business. His single-minded devotion is put to the test when he falls in love with his newest client, Courtney Clarke (Hudson), a tremendously talented singer who he discovers at an amusement park. Also Read: 'Making a Murderer »
- Greg Gilman
Netflix’s new sci-fi horror series “Stranger Things” premiered last Friday to positive critical reception, with many critics noting the series’ debts to the work of Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, and Stephen King. There are many who have already binged the whole series already and there are plenty who still haven’t started, but Netflix has provided some great trivia about the series that will be fun for new or experience viewers.
For those who are intrigued by the series’ synth score, the composers of the soundtrack are Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon, two members of an Austin synth band called Survive. They have written over 13 hours of music for “Stranger Things.” Meanwhile, the title sequence was inspired by the work of Richard Greenberg, who designed a number of classic 80s title sequences, such as “Alien,” “Altered States, »
- Vikram Murthi
Sam Brown has joined Stx Entertainment as the motion picture group’s head of production, studio chairman Adam Fogelson announced Tuesday. Brown replaces Cathy Schulman in the role. Schulman, who is also president of Women in Film, is moving into an unnamed post at the company. Her new job was described as “overseeing the launch of a significant new initiative.” Brown, who previously served as Svp of production at New Line Cinema, will oversee upcoming slate titles and report to Fogelson and Stx President Oren Aviv. Also Read: Adam Sandler Teams With Stx on New Animated Feature At New Line, »
- Matt Donnelly
If Facebook “likes” can be trusted as a reliable barometer of taste, Hillary Clinton’s supporters prefer Adele, George Takei, Harry Potter, and The Rachel Maddow Show. Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s supporters are more into Ted Nugent, God’s Not Dead, Adam Sandler, and The Old Farmer’s Almanac. How is this deeply divided nation ever going to agree on such hot-button issues as abortion and immigration if its squabbling citizens cannot even agree on which movies, songs, and TV shows are the best? These and other depressing findings come from an intriguing Wall Street Journal article by Natalie Andrews and Brian McGill called “What You Like Falls On Party Lines.” Andrews and McGill, in turn, took their information directly from Facebook. The popular, scarily powerful social media site keeps close tabs on what its users choose to endorse, it turns out, and the collected data says a lot about »
- Joe Blevins
“Narcos” chronicles the gripping real-life stories of the infamous drug kingpins of the late 1980s and the corroborative efforts of law enforcement to meet them head on in brutal, bloody conflict. Its gritty storytelling details the many, often-conflicting forces — legal, political, police, military and civilian — that clash in the effort to control cocaine, one of the world’s most valuable commodities. The series stars Wagner Moura (Elite Squad, Elysium) as Pablo Escobar alongside Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl) and Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) as real-life DEA agents Steve Murphy and Javier Peña.
Season 1 of “Narcos” is available for members to stream instantly on Netflix in Ultra HD 4K. Season 1 of “Narcos” premieres September 2 on Netflix. Related storiesJosé Padilha Laments 'RoboCop' Remake, »
- Kate Halliwell
The kids of “Stranger Things” are, in fact, kind of strange — but in a great way. Child actors can struggle to blend their cute, normal selves with really acting when called upon, but the young ensemble of Netflix’s new hit had no such problems. And leading the way with the most challenging role of Season 1 was Millie Bobby Brown, the 12-year-old U.K. native who brought intimacy and humanity to Eleven.
Brown, who was born in Spain to British parents, made her way to the United States (by way of Florida) at age seven where she took up acting. After moving to Los Angeles and landing parts in “Intruders,” “Modern Family” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” Brown was living in England when she got the call about auditioning for “Stranger Things.”
“It really came out of the blue, to be honest,” Brown said, sitting down with IndieWire on the set »
- Ben Travers
Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramirez, Lisa Kudrow and Laura Prepon star in DreamWorks Pictures’ The Girl On The Train, from director Tate Taylor (The Help, Get on Up) and producer Marc Platt (Bridge of Spies, Into the Woods).
The new trailer and poster for the upcoming film has debuted. Check out the latest preview below.
In the thriller, Rachel (Blunt), who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.
- Michelle McCue
If you’re a Canadian under the age of 40, you’ve never known a world without “Degrassi.” One of television’s most globally iconic shows, the teen soap opera has been on the air in one form or another since 1979. And that’s thanks to the hard work of creator Linda Schuyler, who brought the show to life, as she explains below, because she was so frustrated by the fact that the junior high school kids she was teaching had no television made specifically for them.
Having undergone numerous relaunches and rebrandings, including the addictive “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” the show has remained a part of the zeitgeist for decades. This week, Season 2 of “Degrassi: Next Class” premieres on Netflix, reaching its 500th episode.
At the TCA Winter Press Tour, Linda Schuyler and executive »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Gunning for a whole new generation of Western fans, Antoine Fuqua’s remake of the classic 1960 “The Magnificent Seven” has released a new trailer. Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke star in the MGM-Columbia Pictures movie, which opens Sept. 23. “True Detective” writer-creator Nic Pizzolatto wrote the screenplay with Richard Wenk, so expect plenty of darker-than-dark brooding action and perhaps a fair number of corpses. Peter Sarsgaard stars as the evil industrialist who controls the town, while Haley Bennett leads the townspeople to fight back. The 1960 film was of course based on Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai,” while both Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” and Adam Sandler’s “The Ridiculous Six” were recent homage/parodies of the fertile material.
- Variety Staff
Top of the Lake co-director Garth Davis has two films in the works, one in post and one in pre-production. While Lion will see a release this fall, the latter, Mary Magdalene, has just gotten some great news as Chiwetel Ejiofor is in talks to star opposite Rooney Mara, along with Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus Christ, Deadline reports. Ejiofor would play one of Jesus’ 12 apostles, Peter, who was also his lead disciple and denied Jesus three times before being forgiven after the Resurrection. Mary Magdalene is being produced by See-Saw films, with a script penned by Helen Edmund and Philippa Goslett. Before then, Ejiofor will play a role in Marvel’s Doctor Strange.
In comedy news, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Plan B Entertainment are set to produce Mike White‘s new feature Brad’s Status, THR reports. Ben Stiller is in final talks to star in the film following Brad, »
- Mike Mazzanti
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