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Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, will be the exclusive home of four feature films starring and produced by comic icon Adam Sandler, whose movies have delighted hundreds of millions of fans all over the world.
Adam Sandler is a unique and prolific comic voice, whose films have grossed more than $3 billion globally at the box office and made him one of the world's top movie stars. He is among the few actors in the world whose films consistently rank among the most viewed by Netflix members in the U.S. and across its global territories from Brazil to the U.K.
"People love Adam's films on Netflix and often watch them again and again. His appeal spans across viewers of all ages -- everybody has a favorite movie, everyone has a favorite line -- not just in the Us but all over the world. »
By Anjelica Oswald
As predictions are being made for possible contenders at the 87th Academy Awards, the cinematography category has some Oscar veterans making a possible return and a few names could have more than one film up for contention.
Six-time nominee Emmanuel Lubezki has been mentioned as a contender for his work on Birdman, which could earn him a consecutive Oscar following his win for Gravity (2013) at the 86th Academy Awards. Though Interstellar hasn’t premiered yet, the trailer has brought Hoyte Van Hoytema, director of photography for Her (2013), into the mix as well. With two films that could be up for contention each, cinematographers Bradford Young and Robert Elswit have appeared on multiple lists as possible nominees at the upcoming Oscars.
- Anjelica Oswald
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
Toronto — Expectations rise when Adam Sandler makes a movie with a director known for something other than Adam Sandler movies. Though often lazy and sometimes intolerable when surrounded by yes men, Sandler has given deeply moving performances for Judd Apatow and Mike Binder; with Paul Thomas Anderson in Punch-Drunk Love, he made one of this young century's essential romances. So one might be forgiven for having too-high hopes of The Cobbler, which teams the actor with Station Agent director Thomas McCarthy. As it turns out, the likeable but ordinary film is much closer to the usual Sandler vehicle
- John DeFore
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
I'll try to be brief. With the triple threat of Venice, Telluride and Toronto, we've entered that foggy realm known to the industry as "awards season." And with it we're getting, like clockwork, self-satisfied dismissals of this time of year, pieces that surmise that the Oscar frame is "ruining movies," and that coverage of the prestige months (i.e., places like In Contention) are a root of the problem. I suppose it's time for a reminder that such a position is nonsense. First and foremost, is your passion for movies really so easily ruined? A segment of press devoted to covering the, typically, quality work presented by studios this time of year is such a blight on the industry? I won't argue that it's too noisy out there; it absolutely is. And as someone who's covered this beat for 14 years now, I've certainly taken note of the increasing volume. But »
- Kristopher Tapley
Last year, 12 Years a Slave clinched the Academy Award for Best Picture at the Toronto Film Festival. Well, that’s not actually true. In fact, you could argue that the Best Picture winner almost lost the statue at the festival. Steve McQueen’s harrowing instant classic was so instantly and universally anointed in Toronto that seeds were planted for an inevitable backlash to flower in the six months before the Oscar winner was finally announced. Ultimately, 12 Years’ biggest Oscar competition came from another Toronto film, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity. Though both films premiered at Telluride and Venice, respectively, the awards »
- Jeff Labrecque
In 2012, Owen Gleiberman wrote a piece for Entertainment Weekly explaining why he had fallen out of love with the films of Paul Thomas Anderson. In the article, Gleiberman shares his own thrill of discovering Boogie Nights at the 1997 Toronto Film Festival and the impact it had on him as a film critic; he then goes on to discuss his perceived problems with There Will Be Blood and why Anderson’s films no longer affect him the same way. I came across Gleiberman’s article recently during my struggle to detail my own relationship to Anderson’s films. Like Gleiberman, my first Anderson film was a revelation. As a manager for an independent theater in a small town, it was my job to assemble a 35mm print of Punch-Drunk Love during my Thursday shift and sit by myself through a midnight technical screening. I was tired after a long day and annoyed that I hadn’t been able »
- Matthew Monagle
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. »
"Suicide is a permanent solution to temporary problems." - Robin Williams, "World's Greatest Dad" This is a very emotional "Ask Drew." This is, I would suspect, the closest you're ever going to see to me losing it on camera completely. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised when there was a Robin Williams question, since it's still so fresh and so raw for so many people, but I couldn't have known just how hard it would be to talk about him. I mean, I have stared at the blinking cursor on my blank document page for almost two days now, grappling with one question: how in the hell do you even remotely begin to sum up someone as huge as Robin Williams? We could start from the personal angle. I could tell you about the occasional e-mails I got from him when I was at Ain't It Cool, or the »
- Drew McWeeny
Full disclosure: I am a frustrated Adam Sandler fan. Before you gasp in horror and dismiss everything I’ve ever written, hear me out. The operative word here is ‘frustrated.’ What is the cause of my discontentment? Well, about 95% of his film output, to be precise. I have exactly zero interest in Grown Ups, or its sequel. You could not pay me to invest time in Don’t Mess With The Zohan, and I have no intention of watching Blended, ever.
Punch-Drunk Love, however, is one of my favourite movies – largely due to Sandler’s performance – and I have a deep appreciation for Funny People. I even have a soft spot for Spanglish, since we’re sharing details. What do these films have in common? They require Sandler to act with real emotional depth – and that is something I have been waiting for him to do again since 2009. I »
- Sarah Myles
It’s been nearly six months since Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a heroin overdose, and yet his presence is still heavily felt throughout Hollywood. In addition to a lengthy and acclaimed filmography, the Academy Award winner kept up a busy work schedule until the time of his death. He had three films slated for 2014 release: John Slattery‘s directorial debut, God’s Pocket, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, and A Most Wanted Man. With the latter hitting theaters today, we thought we’d give you a look every Psh film currently available for your streaming pleasure. Whether as cynical music writer Lester Bangs in Almost Famous or hopelessly lonely boom mic operator Scott J. in Boogie Nights, Hoffman managed to steal the scene in each one of his films. If you have a Netflix account, log in and get caught up on some of the greatest performances in the last 20 years. »
- Emily Exton
Top brass at the New York Film Festival (Nyff) issued their second statement of intent within a week as it emerged that Paul Thomas Anderson’s crime mystery will receive its world premiere on October 4.
The film will play as the centerpiece selection at the 52nd New York Film Festival, set to run from September 26-October 12. Nyff director Kent Jones called it a “wildly funny, deeply soulful, richly detailed and altogether stunning movie.”
While Inherent Vice will almost certainly pose a greater challenge to viewers given the nature of the book and the eccentric style of its director, it marks the second must-see likely awards contender that Nyff has snapped up.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
As expected, writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s "Inherent Vice," a '70s detective comedy, will world premiere at the upcoming 52nd New York Film Festival (September 26 – October 12) as the Centerpiece gala on Saturday October 4, declaring itself as a fall awards contender. The fest has launched awards campaigns in recent years for "A Social Network," "Life of Pi," "Flight," "Her," "Hugo" and "Captain Phillips." Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel boasts a top-flight cast: Joaquin Phoenix ("The Master"), Josh Brolin ("W"), Reese Witherspoon ("Legally Blonde"), Benicio Del Toro ("Traffic") and Owen Wilson ("Midnight in Paris"). This is Anderson’s third fest outing after "Boogie Nights" (1997) and "Punch-Drunk Love" (2002). Warner Bros. will open the film limited on December 12, 2014 and wide on January »
- Anne Thompson
Think you're all that Telluride? Feeling confident in your slate Venice? Fighting for your premiere life Toronto? Well, the New York Film Festival has no plans of sitting on the sidelines in the battle for major premieres this fall movie season. On Wednesday, the Film Society of Lincoln Center revealed that David Fincher's "Gone Girl" will open the festival on Sept. 26. Friday evening it was revealed that another highly anticipated film, Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice," will be the event's centerpiece gala. Anderson's first film since 2012's "The Master," "Inherent Vice" is an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel about a detective (Joaquin Phoenix) investigating the disappearance of a former girlfriend in 1970 Los Angeles. The American auteur has recruited an incredible cast including Josh Brolin, Martin Short, Jena Malone, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon and Anderson's longtime companion, Maya Rudolph. "Vice" is currently scheduled to open in limited release on Dec. »
- Gregory Ellwood
“Inherent Vice,” writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s darkly comic 2009 crime novel, has been selected as the centerpiece gala at the 52nd annual New York Film Festival, Variety has learned.
The Oct. 4 bow will mark the world premiere of Anderson’s highly anticipated seventh feature, a 1970s Southern California-set detective yarn starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and Benicio Del Toro. Warner Bros. has slated the film for a Dec. 12 theatrical release.
Following the announcement that David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” would make its world premiere as the fest’s opening-night entry (first reported by Variety on July 16), the selection of “Inherent Vice” bolsters Nyff’s rep as a key launchpad for high-profile fall titles, in addition to its long-standing position as an elite international-cinema showcase. For the past two years, the festival has reserved its gala slots for world premieres of such »
- Justin Chang
Your Top Three is a series here at Movies.com where we choose a topic and you give us your top three picks. This week is the 25th anniversary of the release of When Harry Met Sally, and to commemorate the occasion, Vulture counted down the 25 best romantic comedies that have arrived in its wake. It's a pretty surprising list, including a number of fairly dramatic pictures that I wouldn't necessarily call rom-coms, like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (though they make a good effort to toss it into the Screwball subgenre), Punch-Drunk Love and The Silver Linings Playbook. The folks at Vulture also left out a number of favorites, warranting a whole other post explaining the omission of 10 titles, including Love Actually, Pretty Woman and the Before Sunrise...
- Christopher Campbell
As Spinal Tap observed, there’s a fine line between clever and stupid, and there’s a similarly thin divider between convincing argument and tenuous grasping. Is this 12-minute analysis of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love, which argues that it refers heavily to the 1978 Superman, reaching too far when claiming e.g. that the harmonium leading Adam Sandler to Emily Watson could be a stand-in for the Fortress of Solitude? Probably, but it’s an enjoyably go-for-broke interpretation regardless. In this formulation, Sandler’s Barry is Clark Kent — meek and mild at some times, superhumanly strong and violent at others — and Emily […] »
- Vadim Rizov
As we continue to try and give our paid listeners their money's worth today's episode runs just shy of two hours, includes two reviews (Maleficent and A Million Ways to Die in the West), a lengthy 26-minute discussion of what we consider the top ten most exciting directors working today, a new clip from the old podcast, some TV talk and an extra special guest, Brad's mother... be nice and hope you enjoy! If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those »
- Brad Brevet
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