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'Killing Jesus' star Haaz Sleiman talks crucifixion, spirituality and pressure

29 March 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

[Read my more exhaustive "Killing Jesus" set report here.] Ouarzazate, Morocco. It's late October in central Morocco and Haaz Sleiman is worried about crucifixion. Because context is important, it should be noted that Sleiman is sitting in a tent on the set of National Geographic's "Killing Jesus" and he's playing Jesus. We're deep into production on the adaptation of Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard book, but director Christopher Menaul has saved perhaps the hardest scene for late in the shoot. "It's a messed up way to die," Sleiman reflects. "It's probably the most gruesome awful way to die and comparing to any other kind of torture it's like the ultimate because it's also humiliating. They have you walking naked and dragging the beam.  I mean the thought of me as Haaz walking with a beam naked, nothing... It would mortified me.  I mean I would be terrified.  So imagine someone actually really had to go through that. »

- Daniel Fienberg

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What Went Wrong with Tom McCarthy's 'The Cobbler'?

15 March 2015 1:02 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

It's been six months since Tom McCarthy's latest, "The Cobbler," was excoriated by critics in Toronto, but the sting has yet to wear off. What Grantland's Wesley Morris called a "crime against cinema" currently has a pitiful 8% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (it's at C- on Criticwire and at 54 Metacritic), and while the film's star, Adam Sandler, has ample experience with reviewers' sharpened pencils, McCarthy's failure here comes as quite a shock. Update: Image Entertainment opened "The Cobbler" simultaneously in 20 theaters and on Video on Demand, scoring just $24,000 with a tiny per screen average of just $1,200. Read: Arthouse Audit: 'It Follows' is Horror Hit, and Tests Radius's VOD Plans  As a writer-director, the former actor's three previous films ("The Station Agent," "The Visitor," and "Win Win") comprise a loose trilogy that impressed critics with their nuanced observations of everyday life. »

- Matt Brennan

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Film Review: Adam Sandler’s ‘The Cobbler’ a Historical, Stupefying Disaster

13 March 2015 7:40 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The newest Adam Sandler film that doesn’t feature him dressed like a chubby middle schooler is really bad, but in a special way. Similarly, it is an instant classic in the legacy of bizarre disasters, a footnote in writer/director history that must be witnessed to be fully understood.

Part of its perplexity is how the film is always in grasp as it shows itself, and how you can reach out and try to bring it back home, but then it explodes. This is one of those films where its flaws are more believable as a conspiracy than a misjudgment. Someone, please, let the police know that writer/director Tom McCarthy is missing, and someone has his shoes.

Rating: 1.0/5.0

The key to entering “The Cobbler” is indeed not lead star Adam Sandler but co-writer/director McCarthy. If you’ve seen his films like “The Station Agent,” “The Visitor, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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‘The Cobbler’ Review: Adam Sandler Fable Takes Too Many Missteps

13 March 2015 11:47 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Some directors should just stick to realism. Director Thomas McCarthy‘s best films, “The Station Agent” and “Win Win,” might tread toward the whimsical, but they mostly traffic in recognizable characters in relatable situations. But then there’s “The Visitor,” in which a constipated old white guy learns to love life with the help of some accommodating people of color, and you can feel the sweetness overpowering the filmmaker’s better instincts. Cloying as “The Visitor” was, it barely scratches the surface of wrongheadedness, cutesiness and borderline racism on display in “The Cobbler,” a would-be comedy that clumsily combines magic shoes, »

- Alonso Duralde

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The Cobbler Is Terrible, Even for an Adam Sandler Movie

13 March 2015 10:34 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

I so, so wanted The Cobbler to be good. Adam Sandler has been on a disappointing streak of late — to put it mildly — and director Tom McCarthy seemed like someone who could help turn things around. The filmmaker specializes in mild-mannered, often charming indie comedy-dramas (The Station AgentThe Visitor, Win-Win); his work doesn’t set the world on fire, but it’s clear he brings great care and sensitivity to it. Maybe, I thought, he could help Sandler connect to something other than shtick, or keep him from sleepwalking through another paycheck. Well, I was wrong. Or, actually, half-right, but still mostly wrong. Throughout The Cobbler, Sandler himself seems more invested than he’s been for a long time. But the rest of this ghastly movie lets him down.The idea, in its broad strokes, is promising: Sandler plays Max Simkin, a Lower East Side cobbler who discovers the »

- Bilge Ebiri

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Adam Sandler Plays It Straight As The Cobbler

12 March 2015 5:47 PM, PDT | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

There are good movies, bad movies, and many, many others in that gray area in-between.  One might call The Cobbler a noble failure, but I’m not sorry I saw it. I so admire Tom McCarthy’s work as a writer-director (The Station Agent, The Visitor, Win Win) that I can’t begrudge him a misfire…and his new movie is anything but dull. Adam Sandler—yes, that Adam Sandler---stars as the world-weary owner of a shoe-repair shop in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. He inherited the place, and the profession, from his father and his father before him, but he has no passion for his work. The barber next door (Steve Buscemi) tries to cheer and encourage him, without success, and a local...

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- Leonard Maltin

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The Cobbler | Review

12 March 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Shoe Be Doo: McCarthy’s Magical Realism Has No Sole

Actor Thomas McCarthy has developed a solid reputation as an indie film director thanks to his first two films The Station Agent (2003) and The Visitor (2007). While his third outing, 2011’s Win Win, showcased a tendency for schmaltzy cliché, it’s a far cry from his most recent offering, The Cobbler. Headlining Adam Sandler, many expected this to be one of Sandler’s infrequent attempts at dramatic prowess, somewhere along the lines of his surprise turns in Punch Drunk Love, or even Spanglish…or even Men, Women & Children. Instead, McCarthy doggedly pursues a broad comedic tone, something that recalls old Jerry Lewis vehicles, except with a lethargic, bored star. Resolving a series of lazy dramatic conflicts, everyone involved coasts through this torporific exercise with grim determination.

A magical sewing machine that was inherited by one of his ancestors in the Lower »

- Nicholas Bell

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Review: Adam Sandler's Grating, Unfunny 'The Cobbler' Needs A Little More Soul

11 March 2015 3:39 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

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, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'The Cobbler' Poster: Adam Sandler Saves His Neighborhood

23 February 2015 11:56 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Adam Sandler is saving the neighborhood one sole at a time in the official poster for the upcoming comedy The Cobbler. This magical fantasy adventure arrives from director Thomas McCarthy, known for such indie hits as Win Win and The Visitor. He has pulled in quite an impressive ensemble to star alongside Sandler, including such heavy hitters as Dustin Hoffman, Steve Buscemi, Ellen Barkin and Dan Stevens.

The Cobbler follows Max Simkin (Adam Sandler), who repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. Sometimes walking in another man's shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are.

Check out the latest one-sheet for The Cobbler, which finds »

- MovieWeb

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'The Cobbler' Poster: Adam Sandler Saves His Neighborhood

23 February 2015 11:56 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Adam Sandler is saving the neighborhood one sole at a time in the official poster for the upcoming comedy The Cobbler. This magical fantasy adventure arrives from director Thomas McCarthy, known for such indie hits as Win Win and The Visitor. He has pulled in quite an impressive ensemble to star alongside Sandler, including such heavy hitters as Dustin Hoffman, Steve Buscemi, Ellen Barkin and Dan Stevens.

The Cobbler follows Max Simkin (Adam Sandler), who repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. Sometimes walking in another man's shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are.

Check out the latest one-sheet for The Cobbler, which finds »

- MovieWeb

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Adam Sandler Walks In Your Shoes In New Trailer For The Cobbler

18 February 2015 2:37 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Image Entertainment has dropped a new trailer for Adam Sandler’s next movie, The Cobbler. Directed by Tom McCarthy (The Visitor, The Station Agent), the film revolves around a lonely shoesmith named Max Simkin, who one day finds himself endowed with a mysterious gift.

Keeping in line with his profession, the film quaintly expands on the mantra ‘walking in someone else’s shoes.’ As a shoe repair man whose business has been in the family for generations, when Simkin stumbles across a magical item, he finds himself able to slip on another person’s shoes and actually become them. What’s not explained through this fantasy plotting, is what actually happens to the real person who owns the shoes. Sandler isn’t really becoming them is he? He’s just himself – in their bodies, right?

Regardless of the details, the second trailer delves into a few elements missed in the original preview. »

- Gem Seddon

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'The Cobbler' Trailer: Adam Sandler Steps Into A New Life

18 February 2015 11:44 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Never judge a movie by it's premise. While The Cobbler may sound like a goofy lowbrow comedy in-line with some of Adam Sandler's lesser-liked efforts, it actually provides a more dramatic turn for the actor, and is coming from acclaimed director Thomas McCarthy, the man responsible for such critical favorites as The Visitor and The Station Agent. Image Entertainment has released a new trailer for The Cobbler. Maybe it will change your mind about what the film actually is, or isn't.

The story follows Max Simkin (Adam Sandler), who repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. Sometimes walking in another man's shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are. »

- MovieWeb

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Bill O’Reilly’s ‘Killing Jesus’ Gets Palm Sunday Premiere Date, New Trailer (Video)

18 February 2015 10:54 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

National Geographic Channel has some killer Palm Sunday programming lined up for you. The channel’s three-hour epic “Killing Jesus” will premiere March 29 at 8 p.m., National Geographic Channel said Wednesday. See photos: Rob Lowe Is ‘Killing Kennedy': 10 Other Actors Who Played JFK Based on the book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, “Killing Jesus” stars Haaz Sleiman (“The Visitor”) in the title role, with Kelsey Grammer as King Herod the Great and “True Blood” alum Stephen Moyer as Pontius Pilate. The special begins in the era of Jesus’ birth and chronicles his path as he spreads his message and amasses a. »

- Tim Kenneally

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Photo: Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton in Spotlight, About Catholic Church's Cover-Up of Pedophile Priests

8 February 2015 3:15 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Today we have the first photo from the upcoming "Spotlight" film, starring Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci, Billy Crudup, and John Slattery. Check it out below. The movie is based on a story by the Boston Globe that investigates the Catholic Church's decades-long cover-up of its pedophile priests in Massachusetts. Boston Globe's team of reporters spent a year interviewing victims and reviewing thousands of pages of documents and discovered years of cover-up by Church leadership. Their reporting eventually led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, who had hidden years of serial abuse by other priests and opened the floodgates to other revelations of molestation and cover-ups around the world that still reverberate today. "Spotlight" is directed by Tom McCarthy (The Visitor). A release date has yet to be announced. Photo: (click to enlarge) »

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'The Cobbler' International Trailer Starring Adam Sandler

2 February 2015 8:58 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Three months after the domestic trailer debut for The Cobbler, an international trailer has arrived with new footage from this upcoming comedic drama. Adam Sandler stars as Max Simkin, who repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. Sometimes walking in another man's shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are.

As you can see in the new footage, this enchanted heirloom not only allows Max to literally become his customers, it creates an awkward doppleganger situation when he runs into the man whose shoes he's wearing, Ludlow (Method Man). He is also given the power to bring the dead back to life, turning him into a makeshift zombie, »

- MovieWeb

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Adam Sandler is a Sad Sack Shoe Man in UK Trailer for 'The Cobbler'

2 February 2015 8:07 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"You are a guardian of souls. You are the cobbler." No, The Cobbler isn't the latest hero to join The Avengers, but once you see the kind of powers Adam Sandler obtains as a shoe repair man, it'd be hard to argue against his usefulness in a way. The film from Thomas McCarthy (Win Win, The Station Agent) follows Sandler as the titular character who finds himself with the power to literally walk in other people's shoes; when he puts on their shoes, he becomes them. It starts off as innocent fun, but then causes trouble after taking money from one of his customers. It all feels very silly and not really what we hoped for. Watch? Here's the new UK trailer for Thomas McCarthy's The Cobbler from Yahoo UK: You can still watch the previous international trailer for The Cobbler right here. The Cobbler is directed by Thomas McCarthy (Win Win, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Thanks for Noticing, Golden Guy: Top Ten Oscar-Nominated Actor Acknowledgements

25 January 2015 1:16 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The 87th Academy Award nominations for 2015 were recently released on January 15, 2015 representing the excellence in film for the previous year. Naturally there was the standard controversy regarding those films and performances that got unfairly overlooked. Unfortunately, the perceived snubs do happen from year to year so this goes along with the territory. Nevertheless, the lucky selections that do manage to grab Oscar’s attention are understandably grateful and psyched to see if the golden statuette will in fact go home with them on the film industry’s biggest and most elegant evening.

With the obvious crankiness of Oscar omissions aside and the injustices that go with these “reel” deals has anyone ever considered the Academy Award nominees that are surprisingly recognized that could have gone unnoticed for whatever reasoning? After all there are films and exceptional performances that get lost in the shuffle but manage to get the accolades it »

- Frank Ochieng

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