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Tom McCarthy's Oscar-nominated 2007 indie feature The Visitor is being reworked, with the Next to Normal team of composer Tom Kitt and writer-lyricist Brian Yorkey currently at work on a musical adaptation aimed for Broadway. The project was announced Monday by lead producer Aaron Harnick, the nephew of veteran Broadway writer, lyricist and composer Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof). While no timeline has been set for the new musical, a private industry reading is scheduled for December. Writer-director McCarthy's film follows the ripple effects of a chance encounter between Walter Vale, a disillusioned, widowed Connecticut economics professor, with an
- David Rooney
Kelsey Grammer will play King Herod and Stephen Moyer will play Pontius Pilate in the upcoming four-hour miniseries adaptation of Bill O'Reilly's book "Killing Jesus" for the National Geographic Channel.
The film chronicles the life of Jesus, played by Haaz Sleiman ("The Visitor"), at a time of intense political and social and conflict in the Roman Empire that ultimately led to his death. "Law & Order" veteran Walon Green is tapped to write and executive produce the project.
Also onboard are Rufus Sewell as Caiaphas, Abhin Galeya as John the Baptist, Emmanuelle Chriqui as Herodia, Stephanie Leonidas as Salome, Eoin Macken as Antipas, John Rhys Davies as Annas, Aneurin Barnard as James, Vernon Dobtcheff as Isaiah, Tamsin Egerton as Claudia, John Lynch as Nicodemus, Joe Doyle as Judas, Alexis Rodney as Simon.
- Garth Franklin
John Rhys Davies (“Indiana Jones”), Haaz Sleiman (“The Visitor”) and Emmanuelle Chriqui (“Entourage”), also star, with other cast members including Rufus Sewell (“Hercules”), Eoin Macken (“The Night Shift”), Abhin Galeya (“The Bill”), Stephanie Leonidas (“Defiance”), Aneurin Bernard (“The White Queen”), Vernon Dobtcheff (“Before Sunset”), Tamsin Egerton (“The Look of Love”), John Lynch (“Sliding Doors”) and Alexis Rodney (“Guardians of the Galaxy”).
Based on the book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, the film will chronicle the life of Jesus of Nazareth through the retelling of political, social and historical conflicts during the Roman Empire surrounding his death.
“Killing Jesus” is set to begin filming this fall, »
- Shelli Weinstein
More than a year after signing on to adapt Bill O'Reilly's Killing Jesus, National Geographic Channel has set the all-star cast for the TV movie. Haaz Sleiman (The Visitor) will star as Jesus in the all-star cast that also includes Kelsey Grammer, Stephen Moyer, Emmanuelle Chriqui and John Rhys Davies,The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Based on the best-selling book by O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, the film chronicles the life of Jesus of Nazareth through the retelling of the political, social and historical conflicts during the Roman Empire that ultimately led to his death. Grammer (Boss) will
- Lesley Goldberg
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. »
Principal photography on Spotlight, the next movie from writer/director Thomas McCarthy (The Visitor), began today in Boston. Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James, Billy Crudup, and Jamey Sheridan star in the drama. The script by McCarthy and Josh Singer (The Fifth Estate) centers on the Boston Globe investigative team who in 2001 fought "to expose the Boston Archdiocese’s systemic cover up of sexual abuse of children by ordained priests." Hit the jump for the press release with all the details. Participant Media’S “Spotlight” Starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber And Stanley Tucci Goes To Camera In Boston Before Lensing In Toronto John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James, Billy Crudup And Jamey Sheridan Join Cast (September 25 – Boston, Ma) Principal photography begins today on Academy Award®-nominee Thomas McCarthy’s riveting drama Spotlight, starring Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart, »
- Brendan Bettinger
There’s certainly been a lot of water under the bridge since we last heard any news about Calibre Media’s Bone Tomahawk. The violent yarn has been in development for a long while, with Timothy Olyphant and Peter Sarsgaard attached to star at one point. Back in October 2012, Kurt Russell joined the flick, along with Dexter‘s Jennifer Carpenter. Since then, talk on the film has been largely silent. Things are picking back up for the western again, however, as Insidious star Patrick Wilson and Lost alum Matthew Fox have joined the project.
The pair will join the previously-announced Russell, as Sheriff Franklin Hunt, and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor, Six Feet Under) as a man named Chicory. No news on whether Carpenter will return, however.
In what is being termed a brutally violent tale, the film will follow four men who traipse out into the back end of beyond »
- Gem Seddon
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
Adam Sandler has taken some almighty drubbings from critics (including this one) for his series of increasingly moribund comedies over the past few years, so it deserves to be stated upfront: Of the many things that go horribly wrong with his latest, “The Cobbler,” none are even remotely his fault. In fact, credit him for taking on such an unusual project — a largely serious tale about a shoe repairman who can magically take on the appearance of his customers by donning their footwear — helmed by a director, Tom McCarthy, whose track record was previously unblemished. But the result is . Picked up by Image Entertainment, the film will surely test the limits of Sandler’s drawing power, and word of mouth might not be kind.
Though “The Cobbler’s” premise might make it seem an unusual choice for McCarthy, one can almost imagine it as a magical-realist twist on his lovely 2007 film, »
- Andrew Barker
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
HBO has released a trailer for Lisa Cholodenko‘s Olive Kitteridge miniseries starring Frances McDormand (Fargo) and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor). The Kids Are All Right filmmaker helms this four-part miniseries adaptation of Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, about “the poignantly sweet, acerbically funny and devastatingly tragic story of a seemingly placid […]
- Peter Sciretta
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
“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
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
The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival is warming up and the first few films in the line-up have started to share some first or new images. Earlier today you saw Arnold Schwarzenegger taking care of his Zombie daughter, now it’s time to see Adam Sandler as The Cobbler. I swear these sound like passed over SNL sketches the more I read about them. The Cobbler is the latest from Win Win, The Visitor, and The Station Agent director Tom McCarthy. Here’s the »
- Graham McMorrow
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
The 2014 Toronto Film Festival, which begins Sept. 4, added seven Galas and 17 Special Presentations to its lineup, including a semi-serious Adam Sandler project from Tom McCarthy, the director of The Station Agent and The Visitor. In The Cobbler, Sandler plays a man who has the unique ability to walk in his customers’ shoes. The movie features Dustin Hoffman, who also stars in Boychoir, François Girard’s tale of an orphan’s steep learning curve at a prestigious music school. In Welcome to Me, Kristen Wiig plays a mentally unstable woman who wins the lottery and decides to sink her winnings into a talk show. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Developing for well over a year now, not much has been heard about Tom McCarthy's Catholic church sex scandal drama since last summer, when Matt Damon was named as a frontrunner to star in the project. That didn't happen, but the "Win Win" and "The Visitor" director has still managed to attract a pretty terrific cast, with his movie now gaining some very definite forward traction. The Wrap and Deadline reports that Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, Aaron Eckhart, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci are aboard the movie that is now titled "Spotlight." The true story tale centers on the journalists at the Boston Globe -- Michael Rezendes, Sacha Pfeiffer and Matt Carroll, Spotlight Team Editor Walter "Robby" Robinson, Special Projects Editor Ben Bradlee Jr. and Globe Editor Marty Baron -- who discovered and exposed that Cardinal Bernard Law, America's Senior Catholic »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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