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SAG ballots go out today (and Globe and Bfca ballots in a week or two) so it's Fyc season again. SAG's most unique categories are "Stunt Ensemble" -- may we adamantly remind them that the fight scenes in Captain America: Winter Soldier are better than the ones in Guardians of the Galaxy even if the latter film is more popular and beloved -- and the one we tend to obsess on "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture""
Unfortunately, the older the SAG Awards become the less adventurous their nominations. Rarely do we see the surprise Off-Best Picture nominee as in years past like Hustle & Flow or The Birdcage or what not. We'd love it if their randomly selected nominating committee were not thinking about the Oscars when they went a-balloting. We know, for example, that Boyhood, Selma, Theory of Everything, Birdman, Foxcatcher and The Imitation Game »
- NATHANIEL R
You know the expression, "You don’t really know a man until you walk a mile in his shoes"? That's the inspiration for writer/director Tom McCarthy's new movie, The Cobbler. Adam Sandler plays a fourth-generation shoe repairman whose sad-sack life gets a jolt when he discovers a family heirloom that literally makes the maxim his reality—just sliding his feet into a customer's shoes transforms him into different people, opening up opportunities he might never pursue on his own. Dustin Hoffman co-stars as Sandler's dad, and the cast also includes Cliff “Method Man” Smith, Fruitvale Station's Melonie Diaz, »
- Jeff Labrecque
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
Also written by McCarthy, who gave us The Visitor and The Station Agent, The Cobbler blends comedy, drama and fantasy and follows Sandler's leading man as he learns that he has the ability to metaphysically step into the lives of the people whose shoes he repairs. Dustin Hoffman, Cliff “Method Man” Smith, Ellen Barkin, Melonie Diaz and Dan Stevens also star.
The trailer shows Sandler living a miserable life as a shoe-repair guy. Then one day, Method Man shows up with some cool shoes, and soon Sandler discovers a magical shoe-repairing machine that allows him to become someone else when he slips into their shoes. (What do you know, someone decided to make a movie about that old saying, »
- Laura Frances
One of the most scathingly reviewed films at this year's Toronto International Film Festival was The Cobbler, the latest film from Thomas McCarthy. That is disappointing because Thomas McCarhy generally makes pretty good stuff, with The Station Agent, The Visitor and Win Win. However, hearing the fantastical premise of the film starring Adam Sandler, I had my suspicions about it. The Cobbler, which still does not have a release date in the Us, has a new international trailer, which you can watch below. After hearing the just venomous word of mouth coming out of this film, it is extremely difficult to care or have any sort of excitement for this film. It does not help I am not a Sandler fan in the slightest. Is there anyone out there interested in thisc Again, here is the trailer. yt id="kMVGScC0vDA" width="640" A lonely New York shoe repairman (Adam Sandler »
- Mike Shutt
A dramatic Adam Sandler role is a rare and wonderful thing, the actor delivering his best work when asked to tone his comedic persona way down. He is flexing this dramatic muscle again with The Cobbler, playing a fourth generation shoe maker who finds a way out of his humdrum everyday existence when he discovers the ability to live the lives of the person whose shoes he wears. Coming from The Station Agent and The Visitor writer/director Tom McCarthy, The Cobbler promises to be a heart warming fantasy blending comedy and drama in delightful ways, with Sandler getting fine support from Dustin Hoffman, Dan Stevens, Ellen Barkin, Chris 'Method Man' Smith, and Steve Buscemi. Released: 10th April 2015 (Irl/U.K.)/ ? (U.S.) »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
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
The buzz about Adam Sandler's performance in The Cobbler following a premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival hasn't been significant, and that's mostly because reviews of the film itself haven't exactly been glowing. Now the first international trailer has arrived and this doesn't feel like it's directed by Thomas McCarthy (The Station Agent, Win Win) at all. It feels like one of the films they forgot to place somewhere in Funny People. That's not to say it looks absolutely terrible, but there's something that just doesn't feel right. This isn't the kind of role we were hoping for from Sandler, but maybe it's good? Here's the first international trailer for Thomas McCarthy's The Cobbler from YouTube: The Cobbler is directed by Thomas McCarthy (Win Win, The Station Agent, The Visitor) from a script he co-wrote with newcomer Paul Sado. Following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps, »
- Ethan Anderton
Max Simkin isn't the man he thought he'd be in the first trailer for The Cobbler, but this year he'll get the chance to become someone else.
Adam Sandler stars in this magical comedy, which follows a downtrodden shoe repairman who discovers he has the ability to step into other people's lives when he puts on their well-worn shoes. He decides to use his new-found power to change his own life, discovering more about himself in the process and winning the heart of a local neighborhood beauty. Complications ensue when he decides to bring his deceased father's (Dustin Hoffman) shoes out of the closet for a long-overdue visit.
The Cobbler: Movie Pictures Gallery
One of the many films that premiered 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. Shortly after the world premiere I landed an exclusive interview with Ellen Barkin and Clifford Smith (Method Man). They talked about how the project came together, changes during production, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Principal photography begins today on Academy Award®-nominee Thomas McCarthy's riveting drama Spotlight, starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci. Written by Thomas McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight is a co-production of Anonymous Content and Rocklin/Faust, financed by Participant Media, and will be distributed by Open Road Films in the U.S. and by Entertainment One internationally.
Joining the cast are John Slattery, Brian d'Arcy James, Billy Crudup and Jamey Sheridan. Spotlight will shoot in Boston for one week and then head to Toronto where filming will continue until the end of November.
Thomas McCarthy received an Oscar nomination for the screenplay Up, won a BAFTA award for the script of The Station Agent which he also directed and was named best director at the Independent Spirit Awards for The Visitor.
In 2001, the Boston Globe began an investigation that would rock the city and shock the world. »
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
The Cobbler didn’t pull down the rave reviews that writer/director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent) is usually accustomed to when it debuted earlier this week at the Toronto Film Festival, but an Adam Sandler movie still demands attention. One of Sandler’s three festival movies, and the only one that he truly carries, was picked up by Rlj/Image Entertainment, which acquired the U.S. rights to The Cobbler for about $3.5 million.
In the fable, Sandler plays a lonely New York shoe-repairman who senses that he’s let life past him by. But when he discovers a magical »
- Jeff Labrecque
October Gale, 2014.
Directed by Ruba Nadda.
A doctor takes in a mysterious man when he washes ashore at her remote cottage with a gunshot wound and soon discovers that his would-be killer is on his way to finish the job.
A doctor grieving the death of her husband heads to an isolated island where a family cottage is located; while going through the belongings to be packed away, she experiences a series of flashback which indicates a close and warm relationship between the spouses. Bad signs occur like the motorboat needing to be prepared, the loss of a cell phone reception and the oncoming storm. A thumping noise and the search for the source of it leads to a gunshot victim who has crawled his way into the dwelling place.
In order to survive a partnership is created »
- Trevor Hogg
The deal was closed Tuesday at the Toronto Film Festival, several days before the comedy-drama was due to screen in the Special Presentations section.
Thomas McCarthy directed from a script he co-wrote with Paul Dao about a shoe repairman able to step into the lives of his customers.
Voltage is handling international sales. Wme and Gersh are handling domestic sales.
McCarthy praised Sandler’s work ethic in an interview with Variety at the festival.
“The guy works so hard, but he makes it look like he’s not working,” McCarthy said. “He digs into the material. He discusses it and he keeps turning it over.”
McCarthy’s credits include “Win Win, »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: The Toronto Film Festival deals have taken a little while, but they are certainly piling up. Rlj/Image Entertainment is wrapping up a $3.5 million U.S. rights deal for The Cobbler, the Thomas McCarthy-directed comedy that stars Adam Sandler as a generational cobbler in New York who took over his father’s business and discovers that when he uses his old sewing machines, he becomes the people whose shoes he is repairing. It severely complicates the shoe-fixer’s boring life. The fable also stars Method Man, Dustin Hoffman and Steve Buscemi.
The film was financed by Voltage, and the intention is to open it next year in a multi-platform release strategy that worked well with films from Snowpiercer to Arbitrage. The film doesn’t premiere until Friday, but buyers started lining up after seeing it at a P&I screening on Monday.
The theme of this Toronto has »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Well, we'll say this for "The Cobbler,"it's probably the first anti-gentrification, magical shoe, Jewish fable in the history of cinema. But that's about where the praise ends for this baffling misfire from Oscar-nominated writer/director Tom McCarthy. The filmmaker has previously taken seemingly slight loglines—a lonely train enthusiast dwarf forms unlikely friendships ("The Station Agent"), a man gets involved in the life of an illegal immigrant ("The Visitor"), a lawyer and a client's grandson connect over wrestling ("Win Win")—to turn out funny, yet deeply human comedies that are observant and insightful about the struggles of quirky, but ordinary and relatable characters. But "The Cobbler" sets a wacky tone early, and never deviates from it, taking the aphorism "you can't know a man until you've walked a mile in his shoes" to gratingly literal and weirdly fantastical lengths. Adam Sandler—playing weary, rumpled and »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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
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
The line-up at this year's Toronto Film Festival has a much different feel than year's past and coming up with a list of most anticipated films isn't nearly as easy as previous years. Not because there's any lack of possible greatness, but in fact perhaps because the possibility is even greater, though in corners we may not expect. This year's fest is without what I would call a "big" film. David Dobkin's The Judge is opening the festival but at 141 minutes and with a trailer that does very little to convince me of its quality I have a hard time expecting much from it. Reese Witherspoon's Wild from director Jean-Marc Vallee is certainly one I will be seeing, but the anticipation level isn't entirely there and the somewhat muted Telluride response of respect with caveats has lessened my anticipation ever so slightly, the same could be said for Jon Stewart's Rosewater, »
- Brad Brevet
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