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It looks like Adam Sandler has actually made a decent film worth watching. It's been awhile. We have a trailer for his upcoming film called The Cobbler in which he plays a shoe repairman who just isn't happy with his life, that is until he comes across a magical sewing machine in his shop basement. The shoes that Sandler's character repairs with this machine give him the ability to live in the body of the original owners of the shoes. It may sound silly, and the trailer may come off as a bit odd, but that's what I like about it, and I can see the potential.
The Cobbler is a warm and character-driven comedy that plays to the strengths of Adam Sandler’s and Thomas McCarthy's most commercial successes. Sandler plays a 4th generation shoe-maker who discovers a magical sewing machine in his father’s basement that allows »
- Joey Paur
The first international trailer for director Thomas McCarthy’s (The Station Agent) fantasy drama The Cobbler has been released online, and it’s certainly something. 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. The project had a lot of promise given McCarthy’s resume (Win Win, The Visitor) and Sandler's return to more dramatic material, but it premiered to almost astoundingly bad reviews at Tiff and this trailer makes it look like one of those joke movies from Funny People. Obviously the premise is tricky to pull off in a convincing manner, but boy does this look like a misfire. That probably explains why it still hasn’t acquired domestic distribution. Watch the first The Cobbler trailer for yourself after the jump, and check out »
- Adam Chitwood
Tom Jolliffe on the glorious year of 1984….
Whatever you may think of as the golden age of cinema, few can deny that the 80s brought about a fantastic array of classic and cult films. Anyone of a certain age may look back at a period of cinema, from growing up, with misty eyes and great fondness. With the recent 30 year anniversary re-release of Ghostbusters, now seems a good time to take a step back 30 years to 1984. This was a year when bustin made us feel good, when an Austrian cyborg promised to be back, where we turned it up to eleven, waxed on and off, and when Elm street gave us nightmares.
Taking a look back over the films on release that year and it seems that cinema goers were spoilt rotten. Ghostbusters was a blockbuster spectacular. A film which appealed to a broad spectrum. It had the ghosts and ghouls to transfix children, »
- Gary Collinson
Yesterday’s fourth annual The Contenders event at the DGA was a smash hit as 13 studios and distributors, along with their stars and filmmakers, got to show off their awards season slate to an audience heavy with Academy and key Guild voters. And those companies with big Oscar hopes showcased all the usual suspects this year from The Imitation Game to Birdman to Foxcatcher to The Theory Of Everything and on and on with the kinds of films that are usually awards fodder this time of year.
But perhaps the most surprising inclusion was the sudden presence of none other than Chris Rock in the race. Although Chris wasn’t there in person for the large industry crowd (he was busy in NYC boosting Saturday Night Live to its best ratings of the season), his movie Top Five was prominently included in Paramount’s reel right alongside their other upcoming »
- Pete Hammond
The Terminator was released 30 years ago this weekend—but our Hillary Busis hadn’t seen it until this past week. (Of course, she's not alone; everyone has at least one shameful gap in their pop cultural knowledge. So we opened up the question to our staffers: What’s a classic (or "classic") film that you’ve missed? Read through our choices—and feel free to chime in with your own. Kyle Ryan, EW.com editor: It won Best Picture in 1962 and is No. 7 on the AFI's "100 best films" list, but not only have I never seen Lawrence of Arabia, I »
- EW staff
Who doesn't love to laugh? Whether your taste runs to R-rated raunch, classic yuks or witty British humor, you'll find something hilarious to stream on Netflix.
Right now, there are movies starring Robin Williams, Walter Matthau, Jack Black, Goldie Hawn and a nice selection of films showcasing the comedy chops of Joan Cusack. (Availability subject to change, so get streaming now!)
1. "The Addams Family" (1991) PG-13
Everyone's favorite macabre family is wonderfully portrayed by Anjelica Huston as Morticia, Raul Julia as Gomez, Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester and Christina Ricci as Wednesday. Spooky fun, just in time for Halloween.
2. "The Bad News Bears" (1976) PG
3. "Bernie" (2011) PG-13
Jack Black stars in the real-life story of a mortician who ends »
- Sharon Knolle
When you’re looking for something to watch on Netflix, we’ve got you covered. Every month, we share our recommendations of what’s new to stream. But it’s fun as well to pair selections from the service's library for those nights when you’re in the mood for two movies, and you want them to go well together. These unorthodox — but wholly compatible — double-features are guaranteed to keep you in a steady mood from the first half of the night to the second.Trading Places and Coming to AmericaSure, we’ve got two comedies directed by John Landis and starring Eddie Murphy, and both deal with wealth and poverty in a socially meaningful way that only movies made in the 1980s could. Ultimately, though, Coming to America is all-too-rarely regarded as an unofficial sequel to Trading Places, if only for a certain double-cameo that jokingly places the two stories into the same universe. »
- Christopher Campbell
As was made very clear by Big Show's awkward references to "Hot Atlanta" and Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes' ornamental inclusion, last night's Raw did indeed take place in the Peach State's proud capital city. And convenient as it would be to suggest all three hours were the pits, that would be a fuzzy recounting of events.
For those who like their action between the bells, Raw offered its most filler-free installment in recent memory, buoyed by unexpected booking swerves that kept anticipation high from opening bout to main event. »
A lot of people see cinema as a way to capture reality. Quite frankly, I do not see it that way. It is an artificial medium, and everyone watching knows it. The capturing reality mindset is needed for some pictures, but it is not a hard and fast rule. I think filmmakers embracing film's artificiality can make for very interesting products. One of my favorite ways to highlight that is by directly breaking the fourth wall, a storytelling technique that addresses the audience in very a direct way. It can make them complicit in a nefarious plot. It can accuse them. It can bring them in on a joke. It is a very fun device to use, and, for the most part, it works when it's used. Below is a pretty fun supercut of breaking the fourth wall in movies. Here, though, breaking the fourth wall is translated as looking directly at the lens. »
- Mike Shutt
What are the essential sketches, performers, and shows every comedy nerd should know? EW’s guest editors Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele offer a master class. Warning: Some of the clips ahead contain strong language.
1. Eddie Murphy
As Key says, “I don’t know if there’s ever been anybody in history working at a level like he was working at. To have that much talent, that much charm, that much discipline, all of that wrapped up into one. To think about 48 Hrs., Trading Places. Aw, man!” Adds Peele: “If I had a kid and I wanted to form »
- EW staff
The Wedding Ringer finds groom-to-be Doug Harris (Josh Gad) trying to make up for his social awkwardness by hiring Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), the expert at creating fun and impressive groomsmen squads for socially challenged grooms. At first it seems as though Doug is going to be able to impress his fiancée (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) and her family; but as Doug and Jimmy begin to strike up an actual friendship, their business arrangement (the wedding con) threatens to come unraveled.
Josh Gad and Kevin Hart are not exactly an odd pair made in heaven – but they do have the potential for that Dan Aykroyd / Eddie Murphy dynamic from films like Trading Places. Not at all saying that The Wedding Ringer is going to ever achieve the classic status of Trading Places; just saying, the dynamic between the two leads can work towards creating a fun ...
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- Kofi Outlaw
We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Bill Hader has come a long way since his stint on Saturday Night Live, creating many popular characters and impersonations such as Stefon, Vincent Price and CNN’s Jack Cafferty. He is one of the highlights in such films as Adventureland, Knocked Up, Superbad and Pineapple Express, and so it is easy to see why author Mike Sacks interviewed him for his new book Poking A Dead Frog. In it, Hader talks about his career and he also lists 200 essential movies every comedy writer should see. Xo Jane recently published the list for those of us who haven’t had a chance to read the book yet. There are a ton of great recommendations and plenty I haven’t yet seen, but sadly my favourite comedy of all time isn’t mentioned. That would be Some Like It Hot. Still, it really is a great list with a mix of old and new. »
“Never happen.” That’s how John Cena replied to a comment about a heel turn from Mark Bell and his cameraman at the Supertraining Gym in Sacramento recently. The video was released on Youtube and runs for 7:41 with about 20 seconds of Bell and his friend suggesting a heel turn to Cena.
The discussion about wrestling didn’t last too long. Most of it was about weightlifting, which is something Cena enjoys a lot. There was one other moment where Bell wondered if Cena had it in him to go heel. Cena replied confidently: “Oh I’ve got it in me for sure… I do what they tell me, boss.” In other words, he’s confident he could pull it off although he doesn’t really think they’re going to ask him. He’s got a point there.
Cena offered them the $1 bet from the movie Trading Places, »
- John Canton
In celebration of John Landis' 64th birthday, we take a look at some of the director's most cherished films.
Today, legendary director John Landis turns 64, and in his long and storied career in Hollywood, the celebrated filmmaker has managed to create some of the most influential and beloved movies the world has ever enjoyed.
So, to celebrate and honor this iconic crafter of comedies and headmaster of horror, here are John Landis' 5 highest-rated cinematic masterpieces, based on their Rotten Tomatoes score…
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%
Directed by Landis, but written by David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams – the men who brought us Airplane! – The Kentucky Fried Movie is a collection of totally random, bizarre, and downright hilarious comedy sketches. No plot to speak of, the film is just a wonderful hodgepodge of 1970s weirdness.
Rt Score: 87%
Few movie genres date with as much fluctuating unpredictably as comedy. What is hilarious to one person is humourless to the next. What is daring and boundary-breaking to one will just be in poor taste to the other. Some comedies are so reliant on contemporary social mores that the laughs are whittled away over time. Does anyone really still think that Will Hay’s comedies are hilarious, or Abbott & Costello’s, say?
The maturation process whereby movies pass through opprobrium, obscurity, rediscovery and reassessment is especially tortuous for comedies. A joke has to be pretty strong to withstand thirty or forty years of scrutiny, and the film must withstand repeated viewings and still retain the ability to amuse. I can’t imagine anyone, not even the people who made it, will remember Epic Movie or Meet The Spartans in 2044.
It’s one of the great touchstones of maturity when you »
- Cai Ross
Badass Digest has just opened up voting for their Villain Death Match. Unlike our recent Monster Madness where we focused on horror movie monsters, Bad's goal is slightly different. They are opening up the battle to all genre’s in hopes to crown the ultimate movie villain. Here is how the brackets break down:
Bracket 1: The Sinister Sixteen
Darth Vader, Star Wars
Jason, Friday The 13th
The Thing, The Thing
T-1000, Terminator 2
Captain Rhodes, Day Of The Dead
Lord Humungus, Mad Max 2
Simon Phoenix, Demolition Man
Randolph and Mortimer Duke, Trading Places
Emma Small, Johnny Guitar
Cruella de Vil, 101 Dalmations
Ramrod, Vice Squad
Angel Eyes, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
Bob Barnes, Platoon
Edwin Epps, 12 Years A Slave
Anton Chigurh, No Country For Old Men
Connie Marble, Pink Flamingos
Bracket 2: The Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Khan, The Wrath Of Khan
The System, Brazil
Loki, Thor/Avengers Franchise
The Xenomorph, »
- Chris Connors
Every summer has a dominant blockbuster, but it’s not every year that the season’s biggest movie inspires a legitimate mania. Ghostbusters, which surrounded some of the funniest guys on the planet with expensive — though slightly cheesy — special effects, was a certifiable phenomenon. In 1984, your classmates, your teacher, your pen-pal in Nairobi, even your half-deaf grandmother knew the emphatic, enthusiastic chanted response to the winking question, “Who you gonna call?” Thirty years later, everyone still knows the answer.
- Jeff Labrecque
Eddie Murphy steals every scene and redeems this role-reversal comedy, with its toe-curling scenes of blacking-up, a cliched tart with a heart, and gorilla-human rape
I am of the very firm opinion that, unless what you like causes actual harm to others or yourself, you should never feel guilty for liking anything. This motto for life will come as no surprise to anyone who's ever seen my DVD collection (which proudly includes the Ron Howard slushfest, Parenthood) and music collection (yes, that Is a Four Non-Blondes album you're holding there, what's your point?), both of which are unashamedly forced on any visitor who makes the mistake of stopping by. But even I can admit to some pangs of conscience for loving one particular film: Trading Places.
Trading Places is, by some measure, one of the funniest films ever made, and certainly one of my absolute favourite movies of all time but it is also, »
- Hadley Freeman
The video team here at HitFix constantly impresses me with not only the volume of work that they produce, but also the quality. We've gotten very lucky with the people we've hired, and they make any of our collaborations both easy and fun. Last week, they approached me about a new ongoing feature that they wanted to do, and tomorrow, we're going to shoot the first episode of "Ask Drew," which is exactly what it sounds like. I am constantly asked questions via e-mail and Twitter and in our comments section, and I feel like I never fully answer all of them, something that makes me feel terrible. I am grateful for each and every reader of the work we do here at HitFix, and if I can answer something, I try to. To that end, we are going to try something a little different here starting tomorrow. I want »
- Drew McWeeny
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