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"Spotlight" Director Tom McCarthy to Receive Sonny Bono Visionary Award at 27th Annual Psiff Awards Gala

24 November 2015 10:08 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Tom McCarthy, the fantastic director who gave us the thought-provoking "Spotlight," is going to be honored at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival. He will join Johnny Depp (Desert Palm Achievement Award Actor for "Black Mass"), Brie Larson (Breakthrough Performance Award for the amazing "Room"), Saoirse Ronan (I love her in "Brooklyn" and she is set to receive the International Star Award), and Cate Blanchett (Desert Palm Achievement Award Actress for the twofer "Carol" and "Truth"). I will be live at the red carpet and will give you the very latest! For now, here's the complete press release regarding Tom McCarthy:

Palm Springs, CA (November 24, 2015) . The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Spotlight director Tom McCarthy with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at its annual Awards Gala. Past recipients of the Sonny Bono Visionary Award include filmmakers Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater and Michel Hazanavicius. »

- Manny

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Review: Spotlight, A True Story Proves Both Enthralling And Appalling

12 November 2015 12:00 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Consistently gripping, Tom McCarthy's Spotlight tells the true story of an investigation by the Boston Globe newspaper that had far-ranging implications. The film serves as a tribute to the power of the press, as well as a warning sign for the future of journalism in the public interest. Actor turned filmmaker McCarthy made a trio of impressive character pieces (The Station Agent, The Visitor, Win Win) before stumbling with the Adam Sandler-starring The Cobbler, a good-faith attempt to make something lighter and carefree. But he returns to his strengths with this picture. Spotlight neither glamorizes nor demonizes the press. It includes the shining moments yes, but also the mistakes that are inevitably made in the pursuit of truth. The focus here is on four investigative...

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Slattery makes news: speaking to John Slattery about his new film Spotlight

9 November 2015 7:30 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

John Slattery has been working non-stop since the late 1980s, but you’d be hard-pressed to name a character he’s played aside from 'Mad Men’s" glib advertising executive Roger Sterling. Slattery’s stellar portrayal of a debonair man with a cool exterior and restless soul captivated audiences and turned the journeyman actor into a star.

Now that "Mad Men" has signed off, the challenge for the 53-year-old is to find roles suited to his understated, yet undeniable, talent. He does just that in this month’s heralded drama Spotlight, which wowed audiences and critics at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival and should be in the mix for the year’s Best Picture Oscar.

Directed by Tom McCarthy (The Station AgentWin Win), the film recounts the real-life work done by the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Spotlight” team of investigative journalists (named after the section »

- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine

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New In Theaters: Spotlight

6 November 2015 2:10 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

The new movie Spotlight begins inside a South Boston police station in 1976, where a Catholic bishop is counseling a distraught mother who may or may not bring charges against the priest accused of molesting her son. According to the desk sergeant outside the witness room, the bishop is in the station to “help out,” which in practical terms means not-so-subtly reminding the mother of all the good the church has done and continues to do that could presumably be undone if she pursues legal and very public recourse, as well as offering his hushed assurances that the offending priest will be dealt with and the crime her child has endured will never, ever happen again. Outside the witness room, a police officer speculates to the sergeant about the developing situation that “It’s gonna be hard to keep the papers away from the arraignment.” The sergeant shrugs and shakes his head. »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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10 Films to Watch Before Seeing ‘Spotlight’

5 November 2015 11:05 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

There are few people in show business with such enviable careers as Thomas McCarthy. As an actor, he’s worked with everyone from Peter Jackson and Clint Eastwood to Lukas Moodysson and Mike White, in addition to his pivotal turn on HBO’s The Wire. As a writer-director, McCarthy’s output, starting with his debut feature The Station Agent, rarely fails to captivate audiences. Even McCarthy’s critical missteps, such as his comedic fairy tale The Cobbler, are equally compelling for their flaws and miscalculations.

His newest film, Spotlight, has already garnered an immensely positive critical reception, including our review from Venice. The drama is based on the true story of the journalists at the Boston Globe who discovered a child molestation scandal and cover-up within the walls of the Catholic Church.

If you’re interested in thematically-similar films, focusing on journalism, courtroom drama, and David and Goliath battles of moral sacrifice, »

- TFS Staff

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Watching the Watchers: Tom McCarthy on Making Spotlight

3 November 2015 5:00 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

When Tom McCarthy, a preppy, generically handsome white guy, gets stopped on the street, it’s usually by people who think he went to high school with them or perhaps was in their sailing class. You might know his name from the excellent modest-budget adult dramas he’s written and directed: The Station Agent, The Visitor, Win Win, and his latest, Spotlight, which seems a shoo-in for a Best Picture nomination. (We’ll get to his one clunker, 2014’s The Cobbler, later.) He’s also an actor, and if you’ve watched season five of HBO’s The Wire, then you most definitely recognize his face. Likely as one you want to punch. It’s the face of that weasel of a character Scott Templeton, possibly the slimiest, most despicable news reporter in television history.“I think it’s safe to say that I’m a bad guy for most journalists, »

- Jada Yuan

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Watch: New Clip From 'Spotlight,' Plus Director Tom McCarthy Stands By 'The Cobbler' And Talks State Of Film Criticism

30 October 2015 10:34 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It terms of cinematic comeback stories, there are few quite like the narrative spinning around writer/director Tom McCarthy at the moment. About this time last year he was still reeling from the from the critical reception of his Adam Sandler-starring fantasy/comedy "The Cobbler," which premiered at Tiff to savage reviews. It was major misfire from a filmmaker whose swung and connected with this previous three pictures, "The Station Agent," "Win Win," and "The Visitor." Now, he's back and in the thick of the Oscar race with "Spotlight," and stopping by to chat with Brian Koppelman on The Moment podcast, he reflects on how things went down with "The Cobbler."  Read More: Review: Tom McCarthy's 'Spotlight' With Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, And More “The Toronto Film Festival didn’t want the movie, granted, it’s a unique movie," McCarthy admits. "And I gotta say, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Exclusive 'Spotlight' TV Spot Teases 'One of the Year's Best Films'

29 October 2015 7:51 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Why Michael Keaton 'Doesn't Want Your F*cking Opinion' In the News Open Road Films is gearing up for the November 6 release of "Spotlight" with a new television spot that highlights the film's great ensemble cast and its even greater critical reviews.  From writer-director Tom McCarthy ("The Station Agent," "Win Win"), "Spotlight" tells the true story of the Boston Globe's investigation of sex abuse within the Catholic Church. When the story broke in 2002, it sent shockwaves throughout the world and earned the reporting team the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Brian d'Arcy James play the four journalists on the eponymous Spotlight team, while John Slattery, Stanley Tucci and Liev Schreiber round out the main cast.  Ever since earning widespread acclaim at Venice, Telluride and Tiff earlier this year, its awards prospects have been »

- Zack Sharf

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‘Spotlight’: The Story Behind Tom McCarthy’s ‘Love Letter to Investigative Journalism’

27 October 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cover Story: For more than a decade, America’s daily newspapers have faced their own mortality.

Print circulation has plummeted nearly 50%. Ad revenue has plunged to less than half its one-time high. Two in five newsroom employees have been handed pink slips, forcing many to seek work in precincts outside the Fourth Estate.

Robert Maxwell for Variety; Grooming: Amy Komorowski at Art Department (Keaton); Asia Geiger at Art Department (Robinson and McCarthy); On set styling: Seth Howard

That doesn’t exactly make a newspaper an obvious backdrop for a movie — or a ripe setting for praiseworthy endeavors. Yet “Spotlight” places journalists and the printed word shamelessly front and center, celebrating a quiet kind of heroism. No wonder preview and festival audiences are chock-full of ink-stained wretches swelling with pride and affirmation.

But it’s not mere nostalgia that has put director Tom McCarthy’s fifth film prominently in the conversation »

- James Rainey

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Venice And Telluride Film Festivals Reveal Awards Season Contenders

7 September 2015 3:55 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

For some, Labor Day signals a Monday off from school and work, the final hurrah of the summer and college football games galore.

But for Oscar watchers, the three day break heralds the beginning of the Awards Season with film festivals being held at Venice (Sept. 2 – 12) and Telluride (Sept. 4 – 7).

Getting a shot in the arm from the weekend festivals were Spotlight, Steve Jobs, Black Mass and The Danish Girl. Below is a sampling of the films in play this awards season that screened over the busy holiday weekend.

The Danish Girl (Nov. 27)


Based on the book by David Ebershoff, The Danish Girl is the remarkable love story inspired by the lives of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener (portrayed by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne [The Theory of Everything] and Alicia Vikander [Ex Machina]), and directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables). Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve »

- Michelle McCue

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Interview: Patricia Clarkson Takes the Wheel in ‘Learning to Drive’

4 September 2015 9:27 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – The anchoring presence of actress Patricia Clarkson has been familiar to movie audiences for the last three decades. From her debut role as Elliott Ness’s wife in “The Untouchables,” to her role currently as a just-divorced New Yorker in “Learning to Drive,” Clarkson brings depth and character to all of her roles.

Learning to Drive” is a transition story for the two main characters. Patricia Clarkson is Wendy, a successful book critic in New York City. whose husband has just walked out on her and seeks a divorce. Devastated, she looks to resume her life, and part of it means finally learning to drive. Darwan (Sir Ben Kingsley) is her driving instructor, a Sikh from India going through a transition of his own. The two disparate souls help each other in essential ways, and at the same time weather the storm of some extreme life changes.

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- (Adam Fendelman)

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Tom McCarthy Speaks About Opening ‘Spotlight’ In Catholic Italy, How He Cast Michael Keaton, And How Journalism Is Deteriorating

3 September 2015 9:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tom McCarthy’s new film “Spotlight,” about the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation in 2002 into the priest pedophilia scandals and subsequent cover-ups within the Catholic Church, is making a splash at the Venice Film Festival where it world premieres this evening after playing positively for the press this morning. Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Brian d’Arcy James star in the ensemble drama as the Globe’s Spotlight Team. They are assigned by a new editor, Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber), with investigating allegations of pedophilia. Spotlight editor is Walter “Robby” Robinson, played by Michael Keaton, in his first role after “Birdman.”

You were raised Irish Catholic and you went to Boston College, so you were educated by Jesuits. How did your background play into the film?

It certainly prompted my interest. When I was approached by Blye Faust and Nicole Rocklin approached with this story and the life rights to the reporters, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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‘Spotlight’ Could Finally Bring Open Road a Best Pic Nom

3 September 2015 6:14 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Since launching in 2011 through a partnership between theater chains AMC Theatres and Regal Entertainment Group, distributor Open Road Films has amassed a sui generis blend of often genre-leaning product that stands apart from the competition. Movies like Joe Carnahan’s “The Grey” (longtime readers will recall my affinity for that, the best film of 2012) and Steven Soderbergh’s “Side Effects” were favorably received by critics, while others like Jon Favreau’s “Chef” were hits as well. But none truly flirted with the awards season until last year’s “Nightcrawler.”

Nevertheless, Dan Gilroy’s broadcast news thriller came up short, too. It picked up surprise notices from the producers and screen actors guilds and was, for obvious reasons, adored by press and critics groups. But only the writers branch of the Academy spoke up for it come Oscar time. It was a scathing film, one that packed a heavy and cynical punch — perhaps too cynical. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Venice Film Review: ‘Spotlight’

3 September 2015 2:35 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s not often that a director manages to follow his worst film with his best, but even if he weren’t rebounding from “The Cobbler,” Tom McCarthy would have a considerable achievement on his hands with “Spotlight,” a superbly controlled and engrossingly detailed account of the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into the widespread pedophilia scandals and subsequent cover-ups within the Catholic Church. Very much in the “All the President’s Men”/“Zodiac” mold of slow-building, quietly gripping journalistic procedurals, this measured and meticulous ensemble drama sifts through a daunting pile of evidence to expose not just the Church’s horrific cycles of abuse and concealment, but also its uniquely privileged position in a society that failed its victims at myriad personal, spiritual and institutional levels. The result may be more sobering and scrupulous than it is cathartic or revelatory, but with its strong narrative drive and fine cast, »

- Justin Chang

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Nywift and Iris Announce Inaugural Participants for The Writers Lab, Funded by Meryl Streep

10 August 2015 12:56 PM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Back in April, I interviewed the directors of Nywift and Iris about their noted launch of The Writers Lab, a retreat for women screenwriters over 40, that received a substantial amount of funding from Meryl Streep. The 12 inaugural participants, listed below, were selected from a pool of over 3,500 applicants. The eight mentors for the weekend long September lab are Jessica Bendinger (Bring It On, Aquamarine), Caroline Kaplan (Time Out of Mind, Me and You and Everyone We Know), Meg LeFauve (Inside Out), Darnell Martin (Cadillac Records), Lydia Dean Pilcher (Darjeeling Limited, The Talented Mr. Ripley), Gina Prince-Bythewood (Secret Life of Bees, Beyond the LightsMary Jane Skalski (Win Win, The Station Agent) and […] »

- Sarah Salovaara

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The Cobbler review – a desperate and misguided modern fairytale

2 August 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A shoe-mender finds magical powers in this mawkish Adam Sandler vehicle

Adam Sandler movies tend to be unspeakable; this at least has the virtue of being differently unspeakable. It’s a folksy Jewish-themed parable about a lonely New York cobbler who discovers a magical shoe-stitching device (must be an Isaac Bashevis Singer sewing machine) that grants him chameleon powers. The shape-shifting premise takes a queasy oedipal turn when, in the guise of his long-absent dad (Dustin Hoffman), he has a romantic dinner with his elderly ma. It’s saccharine stuff until it detours bizarrely into violent intrigue, as Sandler tangles with a local black hood (an altogether racist cipher, improbably played by Wu-Tang Clan rapper Method Man).

The Cobbler is directed and co-written by Tom McCarthy, who made 2003’s much-admired The Station Agent, but his penchant for whimsy here congeals to the consistency of stale lokshen pudding. Much play is »

- Jonathan Romney

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The Cobbler, film review: Adam Sandler's latest vehicle quickly becomes unstitched

30 July 2015 8:45 PM, PDT | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

Adam Sandler's latest vehicle begins promisingly before losing its footing entirely. Written and directed by Thomas McCarthy (the film-maker behind The Station Agent), the film sees Sandler in Isaac Bashevis Singer mode. He plays Max Simkin, a woebegone New York City cobbler who discovers he can take over the bodies of the customers whose size 10-and-a-half shoes he repairs. »

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The Cobbler review – botched Adam Sandler fantasy comedy

30 July 2015 2:40 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This entirely dreadful yarn about a magical cobbler is up to Sandler’s usual standards, but you might have expected more from its director

It stars Adam Sandler and, yes, cobbler’s in the title. Make your own jokes, because they’re otherwise lacking here: this botched fantasy – in which Sandler’s downtrodden Max discovers a magical stitching machine that allows him to literally walk a mile in his customers’ shoes – collapses amid its attempts to reshape a notionally sincere script to fit an A-list heel. An intriguing Jewish-heritage angle is soon overwritten so a bodyswapping Sandler can gawp at boobs; thereafter, it shrugs through boring squabbles with slumlord Ellen Barkin towards a will-this-do? punchline about cobblers being “guardians of soles”. Such indifferent material may now be expected from Sandler; coming from Tom McCarthy, writer-director of 2003’s cherishable The Station Agent, it’s an almighty shame.

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- Mike McCahill

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Watch The Tense First Trailer For Spotlight

29 July 2015 1:40 PM, PDT | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Coming from director Thomas McCarthy (The Station Agent), Spotlight tells the true story of one of the biggest investigation of the 21st Century, as a group of reporters from the Boston Globe expose the Catholic Church’s systematic cover-up of sexual abuse. With an absolutely fantastic cast, including Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schrieber, John Slattery, Billy Crudup, and Stanley Tucci, Spotlight doesn’t seem to be afraid of exploring it’s subject matter, and it’s hard not to shake the feeling of a 70’s style thriller, a la All the President’s Men, from the trailer. This is certainly one movie that should be high on your must watch list. Released: 6th November »

- (Tom White)

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Watch Spotlight trailer: Will this Catholic Church exposé bring Michael Keaton his next Oscar nod?

29 July 2015 12:26 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Michael Keaton uncovers a massive sex abuse scandal in Boston's Catholic Church in the trailer for Spotlight.

Director Tom McCarthy's intense drama follows the Boston Globe's legendary investigative unit as it seeks to uncover systemic child abuse within the Church's clergy.

Academy Award nominee Keaton leads the so-called 'Spotlight' team as famed editor Robby Robinson, with Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Brian d'Arcy James as his team of dedicated journalists.

The Boston Globe's real-life coverage of the scandal earned the paper a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service 12 years ago.

The Station Agent filmmaker McCarthy worked with Josh Singer (Fringe) to adapt the gripping investigation for the big screen.

Spotlight bows on November 6 in the Us. A UK date has not yet been set. »

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