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All the casting news that's fit to print! We reported last week on Dan Stevens attaching himself to the newest of Adam Sandler's periodic serious, grown-up movies (uh, not to be confused with his “Grown Ups” movies); this one's called "The Cobbler" and follows a cobbler (natch) who steps into his clients' lives as he mends their shoes. Expect profound statements about walking a mile in another man's shoes ... and expect Dustin Hoffman, who has just been cast, along with Steven Buscemi (a frequent Sandler collaborator). So now we have to start being serious about the thing, especially since Tom McCarthy ("The Visitor," "Win Win") is directing. [The Wrap]Meanwhile, Lee Pace, soon to be on our screens as the oh-so-utterly-fabulous Thranduil, has just signed on for Working Title's as-yet-untitled Lance Armstrong biopic (spoiler alert: he cheated). No word yet on who Pace is playing: Ben Foster will be playing Armstrong »
- Ben Brock
Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man, The Graduate) and Steve Buscemi (The Big Lebowski, Boardwalk Empire) have joined Adam Sandler in Tom McCarthy's character based dramatic comedy The Cobbler, reports The Wrap.
The film finds Sandler as a shoe repairman who integrates himself into the lives of the people whose footwear he fixes. Very little else is known about the plot and how Hoffman and Buscemi will fit into it, but with McCarthy at the helm, this could be the Sandler comeback we have hoped for since Punch Drunk Love.
Mary Jane Skalski is producing The Cobbler with Voltage Pictures overlooking the project. McCarthy is yet to make a misstep with Win Win and The Visitor impressing critics and the indie audience alike. The film is currently shooting in New York with a 2014 release eyed. »
- Gary Collinson
Indie triple-threat Thomas McCarthy previously brought attention to his upcoming drama The Cobbler in September by casting comedian Adam Sandler in the lead role. Now, he’s recruited two more big names for the film – Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman (Kramer vs. Kramer) and Golden Globe winner Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire) have both joined The Cobbler in supporting roles.
The Cobbler will center on a shoe repairman (Sandler) who gains access to a metaphysical plane and uses his newfound abilities to step into the lives of others, literally walking a mile in another person’s shoes. All further details on the plot and Hoffman’s role are being kept under wraps for now, but Buscemi will reportedly play a character by the name of Manny.
- Isaac Feldberg
Dustin Hoffman and Steve Buscemi are rounding out the cast of “The Cobbler,” a character-driven comedy starring Adam Sandler as a shoe repairman who integrates himself into the lives of the people whose footwear he fixes. Tom McCarthy, who oversaw quirky and human films like “The Visitor” and “Win Win,” is directing the project, which Mary Jane Skalski is producing. The Voltage Pictures’ film is currently shooting in New York City, and marks a rare move into the world of independent cinema for Sandler. Details of the plot are being kept under wraps. It’s not clear what role Hoffman will play, »
- Brent Lang
If you're like me, you're still a little annoyed at Dan Stevens for abruptly departing Downton Abbey and reducing both the UK and Us to soul-rattling tears in that cruel Christmas special . But with the saga of Matthew Crawley behind him, Stevens is moving on to movies, the latest of which is Tom McCarthy's The Cobbler. Variety reports Stevens has joined the cast, which is fronted by funnyman Adam Sandler. The casting choice of Sandler stunned us when it was first announced last September. McCarthy is a writer-director known for his tender and thought-provoking dramedies like The Station Agent, which launched Peter Dinklage, The Visitor, which earned leading man Richard Jenkins a well-deserved Academy Award nomination, and Win Win, which co-starred former Oscar nominees Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan. On the other hand, Sandler--though he has dabbled in dramedy with Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love and James L. Brooks »
Never one to rest on her laurels, Palestinian actress Hiam Abbass arrived at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival not only to accept one of its prestigious Black Pearl awards for career achievement, but also to give one out as part of the narrative competition journey, and to present her latest movie, Ghazi Albuliwi's New York-set culture-clash comedy "Peace After Marriage." Wearing so many hats at once is nothing new for the Paris-based star perhaps most familiar to American audiences for Thomas McCarthy's "The Visitor": she recently made her feature debut as writer and director with "Inheritance," and supplemented her supporting role in Steven Spielberg's "Munich" with dialect coaching. Indiewire sat down with the multi-talented artist on the morning of her award to talk politics, passing up roles, and the challenge of marrying the actor's personal conviction with the director's creative vision. So, you're here to receive your career achievement award. »
- Ronan Doyle
Instead of dipping into the already repetitive waters of late October Oscar talk, this column will take the next two weeks as an opportunity to discuss a few names that aren't getting as much talk as they may deserve (though here's updated weekly predictions to supplement that). Every year, a few actors from small films manage to make their way into the Oscar race. Like Quvenzhané Wallis in "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and Emmanuelle Riva in "Amour" last year (neither of whom were sure bets for nominations going into it), Demián Bichir in "A Better Life" (a huge surprise two years ago), Jennifer Lawrence and John Hawkes in "Winter's Bone," Woody Harrelson in "The Messenger," Richard Jenkins in "The Visitor"... The list goes on and on. So in keeping with Indiewire's indie spirit, it seemed appropriate to make arguments for twenty performances that deserve to be the next Wallis »
- Peter Knegt
Mother Of George is a poetic and moving second feature by Andrew Dosunmu (Restless City), starring Danai Gurira (Michonne from AMC’s The Walking Dead, The Visitor). Featuring stunning work by acclaimed cinematographer Bradford Young (Ain’T Them Bodies Saints), the film premiered to critical acclaim at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. In Mother Of George Isaach De Bankole and Gurira play Adenike and Ayodele, a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn. He owns a small restaurant and has waited six years to start a new life with Ayo in the Us. Ayo and Adenike have a traditional Basotho wedding, culminating in a ceremony where Adenike is named for her yet to be conceived son, George. But as months pass, Ma George’s pregnancy attempts fail and her loneliness intensifies. Torn between her Basotho culture and new life in America, Ma George struggles to save her marriage, stopping at no cost to give Ayo his much-awaited son. »
- Tom Stockman
The 7th Abu Dhabi Film Festival kicked off Thursday with U.S. helmer Daniel Schechter’s “Life of Crime” getting a star-studded Middle East launch while also testifying to the cinematic ties between Hollywood, India, Abu Dhabi and, by extension, East and West.
Forest Whitaker, being honored this year, strutted down the truly regal Emirates Palace red carpet, upping the glam quotient along with lots of Arab talent including Tunisian actress Hend Sabri (“The Yacoubian Building”); Jordanian multihyphenate Eyad Nassar; Syrian actress Kinda Aloush; and Palestinian actress Manal Khader (“Divine Intervention”).
After Whitaker chanted briefly in Arabic upon receiving his Black Pearl Career Achievement award, Schechter and “Crime” actor Mark Boone took the stage with producer Ashok Amritraj and Michael Garin, topper of Abu Dhabi-based Image Nation which co-produced the Elmore Leonard adaptation.
Amritraj will be holding a masterclass about his inspirational career path from his roots in Chennai, India, »
- Nick Vivarelli
The Abu Dhabi Film Festival has unveiled its lineup featuring a wide range of works from emerging and established Arab filmmakers, comprising nine world preems from the Middle East unspooling alongside selected entries from the cream of this year’s international fest circuit crop.
Abu Dhabi’s seventh edition — the second headed headed by Ali Al Jabri — will also fete Palestinian multi hyphenate Hiam Abbas with its Black Pearl Career Achievement Award.
Abbas, who starred in Steven Spielberg’s “Munich,” Thomas McCarthy’s “The Visitor,” and Eran Riklis’ “Lemon Tree,” among other films, made her directorial debut in 2012 with Palestinian frontier zone family saga “Inheritance.” The latest pic in which she stars is Ghazi Albuliwi’s “Peace After Marriage,” which will world »
- Nick Vivarelli
Gamechanger Films, a new for-profit film fund exclusively targeting narrative feature-length films directed by women, was announced today. The New York-based company was founded by Julie Parker Benello (Afternoon Delight, Pariah, Brooklyn Castle), Dan Cogan (Hell and Back Again, How to Survive a Plague, The Queen of Versailles), Geralyn Dreyfous (Born Into Brothels, The Invisible War, The Square) and Wendy Ettinger (Semper Fi: Always Faithful, The War Room, Eye of God), and will be led by producer Mynette Louie (Cold Comes the Night, California Solo, Children of Invention). Producer Mary Jane Skalski (Very Good Girls, Win Win, The Visitor) is […] »
- Scott Macaulay
According to THR, the modern day film tells the story of "a shoe man who has the ability to metaphysically step into the lives of the people whose shoes he repairs."
Sandler will play the cobbler, and he hopes to fit the movie in before he shoots Jason Reitman’s latest project, Men Women & Children. So Sandler actually has a couple of decent sounding films in development. Sure the movies won't make a ton of money, but they might wash the bad taste out of our mouths from the crappy movies he's been making.
- Joey Paur
Fast & Furious 7: Vin Diesel is looking sad in a new image from Fast & Furious 7. The caption for the behind-the-scenes photo may hold a clue: "The first week of filming, has been both intense and surreal…P.S. One from set… a more somber moment in Our Saga…” The movie is heading to theaters on July 11, 2014. [Collider] The Cobbler: Periodically, Adam Sandler leaves behind broad comedy and ventures into dark dramatic territory (Punch Drunk Love). He's now in negotations to star in The Cobbler, the story of "a shoe repair man with the ability to 'walk in other peoples’ shoes,' so to speak, as he can metaphysically step into their lives for a certain period of time." Tom McCarthy (Win Win, The Visitor) is set...
- Peter Martin
• Funnyman Adam Sandler may be reprising his serious side, seen seldomly in movies like 2002′s Punch Drunk Love. He’s in talks to join The Cobbler, an indie drama directed by Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor). Details are under wraps, but THR reports the film tells the tale of a shoemaker who is able to, well, step into other people’s shoes, so to speak. [THR]
• Michael Fassbender may yet get to do a Western. The Irishman, whose plans to star in the much-maligned Jane Got a Gun went up in smoke earlier this year, is set to star in Slow West. »
- Laura Hertzfeld
It’s easy to dismiss Adam Sandler with a wave of the hand; to cast him aside as the man who made Grown Ups, Jack and Jill, and Grown Ups 2. After all, he did make Grown Ups, Jack and Jill, and Grown Ups 2. But there’s a softer, gentler, legitimately talented side to Sandler that’s far more uncommon. This Bizarro-Sandler can be viewed in the film Punch-Drunk Love (and to a lesser extent, Reign Over Me, Spanglish, and Funny People). Now, the latest filmmaker to try and coax Sandler out of his shell (a shell that’s 15% deer urine and 85% Kevin James) is Thomas McCarthy, the man behind indie hits The Station Agent and The Visitor. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sandler is negotiating to star in McCarthy’s latest directorial outing, The Cobbler, playing a man who can “metaphysically step into the lives of the people whose shoes he repairs.” It »
- Adam Bellotto
Thomas McCarthy is directing the comedy, which follows a modern-day cobbler who has the meta-physical ability to enter the lives of the people whose shoes he repairs.
Thomas McCarthy was set to direct the Untitled Boston Globe Project, based on the true story of how the Boston Globe exposed the abuse of young boys in the Catholic Church, but now that project has been pushed into next year. The project, which we first reported on in April, is searching for a new studio home after DreamWorks dropped it, along with the lead actors.
With barely enough space to allow a melancholy fart to pass between the last news of Serious Adam Sandler’s return, The Hollywood Reporter has announced another possible dramatic project for the frequent movie appearer-in and occasional actor. Tom McCarthy, director of acclaimed indie dramas The Station Agent and The Visitor, reportedly wants Sandler to star in The Cobbler right before he does his other, non-Adam Sandler-like role in Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children. While details are scarce on The Cobbler, it’s believed to be the story of “a shoe man who has the ability to metaphysically step »
Mary Jane Skalski is producing the feature. Plot details are being kept under wraps.
In addition to “The Cobbler,” Sandler is circling Jason Reitman’s next film “Men, Women & Children,” so it’s unclear which movie he will do first.
Sandler is repped by Wme while McCarthy is at Gersh Agency.
- Justin Kroll
For the most part, Adam Sandler is content to make exceedingly puerile and terrible movies, as long as they have big cheques attached to them, and let him hang out with pals in what usually amounts to a paid vacation. And while there is a certain segment of the population that loves those kinds of movies, every now and then, Sandler tries his hand at actual acting. Of course, he led Paul Thomas Anderson's delirious romance "Punch Drunk Love," though even there, he was riffing on his screen persona to some degree. Meanwhile, he's tried going serious with fare like "Funny People," "Spanglish" and perhaps most egregiously "Reign Over Me," to mixed results. And now he's pushing himself even further. THR reports that Sandler will star in "The Station Agent," "Win Win" and "The Visitor" writer/director Tom McCarthy's next effort, "The Cobbler." Kind of like a dramatic "Click" or something, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After a string of broad comedies, Adam Sandler is ready to get serious again, as he’s in negotiations to star in Tom McCarthy’s indie drama “The Cobbler,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. “The Cobbler” is shaping up to be McCarthy’s next directing vehicle, as “Spotlight,” his movie about the Catholic Church sex scandal in Boston, is delayed now DreamWorks forced producers to find a new home for the project. McCarthy previously directed “Win Win,” “The Visitor” and “The Station Agent.” Also read: ‘Bridesmaids’ Actress Joins Adam Sandler Comedy for Warner Bros. (Exclusive) “The »
- Jeff Sneider
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