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International Sales Agent of the Day: First of an occasional pre-Cannes series highlighting the “sellers” whose lineups in Cannes will bring in buyers and who are breaking the normal boundaries of what an Isa is.Brian O’Shea, CEO of The Exchange, a leading sales and film finance company, has hired producer Tom McNulty (“The Spectacular Now”, “Date Night” ) to launch their first ever film development and production division.
Collaborative and transparent, The Exchange is an international sales and finance company committed to creating strong relationships between filmmakers, film financiers and distributors through the exchange of product, information and commerce. Created Brian O’Shea, the company specializes in high quality, commercial films that appeal to North American audiences and the ever-evolving global film market. Check out his Cannes offerings at Cinando.
With more than $2 billion at the box office under his belt, Tom McNulty’s upcoming projects include Universal’s »
- Sydney Levine
For years, having Adam Sandler’s name associated with a project has served as a kind of warning label for those who tired of his man-child schtick back in the late 1990s. Yet, despite the significant hate often lobbed Sandler’s way, he just keeps on cranking out one lowbrow comedy after another, wringing every last bit of fan goodwill with each painfully unfunny punchline. Yet, miraculously, he’s not only kept working, but also managed to land a lucrative multi-picture deal with Netflix, a contract that was recently extended. In fact, the latest effort to come from the deal, Sandy Wexler, is currently threatening to invade your home at this very moment.
In the new film, Sandler plays the titular talent agent, a pathological liar and messy eater whose fledgling agency gets a big break when he discovers singer Courtney Clarke (Jennifer Hudson). Set in the mid-1990s, Sandy Wexler »
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
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Jim Jarmusch proved he was back in a major way with Only Lovers Left Alive a few years ago, and the streak continues with Paterson, a calm, introspective drama with such positive views on marriage and creativity that I was left floored. In following the cyclical life of Adam Driver‘s Paterson, a bus driver in Paterson, New Jersey, who also has dreams of being a poet, Jarmusch superbly shows that one’s own life »
- The Film Stage
The retrospective Frank Capra, The American Dreamer is showing April 10 - May 31, 2017 in the United Kingdom.Frank CapraFrank Capra has fallen badly out of fashion in recent decades. While still well-known for the extraordinary Depression-era purple patch that produced It Happened One Night (1934), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), the critics have rarely been kind. His work is routinely derided as “Capra-corn” for its perceived sentimentality and “fairy tale” idealism while the man himself is written off in favour of contemporaries Howard Hawks, Preston Sturges and Ernst Lubitsch.Elliot Stein, writing in Sight & Sound in 1972, attacked Capra’s “fantasies of good will, which at no point conflict with middle-class American status quo values”, arguing that his “shrewdly commercial manipulative tracts” consist of little more than “philistine-populist notions and greeting-card sentiments”. Pauline Kael found him “softheaded,” Derek Malcolm a huckster hawking “cosily absurd fables.” To an extent, »
The self-funded finance-sales company launched in 2011 by representing Lacey Chabert’s “Slightly Single in L.A.” It has worked on “The Spectacular Now,” “Dear White People,” “Bottle Shock,” “Rob the Mob,” “Swelter,” “The Last Five Years,” and “Obvious Child.”
“By bringing Tom on, we are taking a big step toward our feature film production and development goals,” said the Exchange CEO Brian O’Shea. “We had such a great experience with Tom on ‘The Spectacular Now’ that it was easy to see him as part of the team. Tom’s taste is exceptional, his talent relations are very strong, and he brings to our growing company some outstanding projects. We could not be more excited about his future at The Exchange.”
McNulty’s upcoming projects include »
- Dave McNary
With just two month to go until Sandy Wexler arrives on Netflix, the streaming service has released a new trailer for the upcoming comedy which sees Adam Sandler once again reteaming with director Steven Brill (Little Nicky, Mr. Deeds, The Do-Over) as he takes on the role of the titular talent manager, who finds himself falling in love with one of his clients, played by Jennifer Hudson.
Sandy Wexler (Adam Sandler) is 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 (Academy Award® and Grammy® winner Jennifer Hudson), a tremendously talented singer who he discovers at an amusement park.
- Amie Cranswick
Emily Fradenburgh and Peter Christian Hansen in 'Project Eden: Vol I' (Photo: Christopher Lange/Mark Hobson).. . Ashlee Jensen and Terrance Young.s Project Eden: Vol. I will have its world premiere at the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival next month. . Shot across the Us, Australia and Nz, Project Eden: Vol. I stars Erick Avari (Stargate, The Mummy, Mr. Deeds), Mike Dopud (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dark Matter), Bruce Bohone (Fargo, Man of Steel), Cliff Simon (Stargate Sg-1), Anna McGahan (Underbelly: Razor, House Husbands) and Paul O.Brien (Home & Away). . The thriller follows a young woman who, aided by an ex-military officer, becomes an unwitting fugitive after she discovers her son's catatonic state may be at the heart of a global conspiracy. . .We are thrilled that this film gets to have its world premiere, not only in the United States where this story was first conceived, but at »
- Staff Writer
You can tell Bob Odenkirk is the perfect loser in Girlfriend's Day because he plays a professional greeting card writer. The irony of such a job for such a character has been seen before in The Lonely Guy, Missing Pieces, Mr. Deeds, (500) Days of Summer and, with a bit of variation, Her. In this new movie, a Netflix original, the main premise is that he used to be the best at it and now must reign again through a contest related to the titular new holiday. Odenkirk seems perfect for the role, as it's almost like he's playing his TV character Saul Goodman from Breaking Bad and now Better Call Saul as a writer instead of a lawyer. He co-wrote the script with his old Mr. Show collaborator Eric Hoffman...
- Christopher Campbell
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