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SXSW Adds RZA, ‘Selma’ Director Ava DuVernay as Speakers

16 December 2014 11:48 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

South by Southwest has added “Selma” director Ava DuVernay and musician RZA as keynote speakers at the Austin festival, which runs March 13-21.

Ava DuVernay’s career evolution is fascinating,” said SXSW film chief Janet Pierson. “She began directing independent films while running her own successful marketing firm before expanding into distribution and now, she is helming a groundbreaking studio picture. Her passion, fearlessness, and excellence are extraordinary.”

Pierson also said, “RZA may seem like a somewhat out-of-the-box choice for a film keynote given his prominence as a musician. What is inspiring is how his love of film has informed his entire career and creativity. We’re intrigued by his increasing work as a multi-hyphenated filmmaker, actor and curator.”

DuVernay has been nominated for a Golden Globe for “Selma.” She won the 2012 Sundance Film Festival best director award and the John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award for “Middle of Nowhere.”

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- Dave McNary

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The 'Top Five' comedies about comedians

12 December 2014 9:15 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Comedies about comedians aren't always the greatest films. They tend to try too hard, without ever being as captivating as a real, live, quality stand-up set. So when a comedy about a stand-up comedian succeeds, it's not just an accomplishment in the world of movies—it's also one in the world of comedy. Chris Rock's Top Five (out Dec. 12) is the latest film focused on a comedian, and it's already getting good reviews: The film currently has a 92-percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and EW gave it an A-. But while Top Five is undeniably a comedy, other »

- Ariana Bacle

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Top Five Review

9 December 2014 6:20 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It feels that Chris Rock has waited his entire career to make a film as pointed and explosively funny as Top Five, his third and best directorial effort to date. He takes a couple of cues from Woody Allen’s Annie Hall and Stardust Memories and some of the daring, more experimental techniques of Louis C.K.’s FX series, without losing much of the vicious wit that defines his stand-up routines. Not all of it works, but Rock is willing to take risks and put his insecurities about fame, fortune and being funny out there for audience consumption in a way that is as wild and accomplished as anything he has ever done.

Rock plays Andre Allen – his friends call him Dre – a comic and film star having one of the strangest Fridays of his life. He has a new film opening in which he portrays a Haitian revolutionary. However, »

- Jordan Adler

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Funny People, Miracle on 34th Street, Grumpy Old Men and More Thanksgiving Films!

27 November 2014 11:00 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

If you're looking for a way to relax after the dreaded food coma kicks in, why not watch a movie? Christmas movies usually get all the hype during the holiday season, but Thanksgiving flicks also spread lots of cheer! Miracle on 34th Street, starring Mara Wilson and Dylan McDermott, is a classic family film that will get you into the Christmas spirit nice and early. It is mostly about Santa Claus, but the opening scene features the Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City! What's more Thanksgiving than that? In need of a laugh? Watch Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen in Funny People. In one of the funniest scenes, Sandler's character gives a hilarious toast at the Thanksgiving dinner »

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Aziz Ansari to Receive Variety’s Power of Comedy Award

25 November 2014 3:22 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Aziz Ansari will receive Variety‘s fifth annual Power of Comedy Award, the publication announced Tuesday.

The comedian and actor will be feted at the Power of Comedy event presented by TBS, taking place Dec. 11 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles. The event will again support the The Noreen Fraser Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for research that advances precision medicine for the prevention and treatment of women’s cancers.

“We are thrilled to host the 5th annual Variety Power of Comedy event, an evening dedicated to raising money and awareness for the Noreen Fraser Foundation. This year’s featured talent is truly outstanding,” said Michelle Sobrino, published of Variety. “We are fortunate to have an amazing group of performers join us in honoring Aziz Ansari. The Power of Comedy is one of the funniest events in the entertainment industry and Variety is particularly grateful to TBS, »

- Variety Staff

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Aziz Ansari to Receive Variety’s Power of Comedy Award

25 November 2014 3:22 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Aziz Ansari will receive Variety‘s fifth annual Power of Comedy Award, the publication announced Tuesday.

The comedian and actor will be feted at the Power of Comedy event presented by TBS, taking place Dec. 11 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles. The event will again support the The Noreen Fraser Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for research that advances precision medicine for the prevention and treatment of women’s cancers.

“We are thrilled to host the 5th annual Variety Power of Comedy event, an evening dedicated to raising money and awareness for the Noreen Fraser Foundation. This year’s featured talent is truly outstanding,” said Michelle Sobrino, published of Variety. “We are fortunate to have an amazing group of performers join us in honoring Aziz Ansari. The Power of Comedy is one of the funniest events in the entertainment industry and Variety is particularly grateful to TBS, »

- Variety Staff

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The Cobbler Trailer: Adam Sandler's Newest Looks Surprisingly Heartwarming

12 November 2014 3:57 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Normally, Adam Sandler trailers are met with a heady mix of disappointment, regret and sadness. But the first clip for The Cobbler is something rather different, and it looks set to be a surprisingly heart-warming tale that has Adam Sandler at its core. You can check out its trailer below. Not too bad, I.d say. In fact, The Cobbler.s trailer takes you through a steady stream of emotions. At first you see a slightly bearded Adam Sandler and realize that he has really got his acting face on. Gone are the poop, fart, pee and gross out jokes that he makes when he is starring alongside David Spade, Rob Schneider, Kevin James and Chris Rock. Now we are in Punch Drunk-Love, Reign Over Me and Funny People territory. Unfortunately, just one of those films proved to be truly worthwhile. But you can only praise Adam Sandler for pushing »

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The Cobbler Trailer: Adam Sandler Has Magic Shoes in Thomas McCarthy’s Fantastical Drama

12 November 2014 1:07 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

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

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Adam Sandler Wears Other People's Shoes in 'The Cobbler' Trailer

12 November 2014 12:52 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

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

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Interview: Jason Schwartzman Hears All in ‘Listen Up Philip’

29 October 2014 9:59 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Jason Schwartzman likes to portray writers – he was one in his HBO series “Bored to Death” – and he portrays one in his latest film, “Listen Up Philip.” He also has played many characters in director Wes Anderson’s universe, and did a fantastic turn as composer Richard M. Sherman in last year’s “Saving Mr. Banks.”

The laconic and dryly witty Schwartzman was born in Los Angeles, the son of actress Talia Shire (Adrian in “Rocky” and director Francis Ford Coppola’s sister) and producer Jack Schwartzman. He was discovered at age 17 by director Anderson, when he starred in the cult epic, “Rushmore” (1998). He has continued in the Anderson acting company, also starring in “The Darjeeling Limited,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Moonrise Kingdom” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” for the director. He’s also done memorable work in “I Heart Huckabees,” “Funny People” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.”

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Top Five Trailer: Chris Rock Writes, Directs, and Stars in Cameo-Filled New Comedy

16 October 2014 4:32 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Paramount Pictures has released the first Top Five trailer for the upcoming comedy from writer, director, and star Chris Rock.  The comedian plays a loosely fictionalized version of himself in the film, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist forces him to confront both the career that made him famous and the life he left behind.  The picture was the highest profile acquisition of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, with Paramount paying a whopping $12.5 million in a bidding war to acquire the distribution rights to the film.  The movie looks a little like Chris Rock's Funny People, as it takes some digs at his own career path, and there are a ton of cameos from a wide range of familiar faces. Hit the jump to watch the Top Five trailer and click here to read Phil's review from Tiff.  The film also stars Rosario Dawson, J.B. Smoove, Gabrielle Union, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Adam Sandler and Netflix Team Up for 4 Four Movies

4 October 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Adam Sandler has teamed up with Netflix to develop four feature films that will be distributed exclusively on the digital platform. Sandler has been in a movie slump recently. I think the last decent film that he starred in was Judd Apatow's Funny People, but I am looking forward to seeing him in the upcoming film Pixels, which he is currently shooting. 

Netflix seems like it would be a fun a creative place for him to develop projects, and I hope he uses it as an opportunity to tell good, quality stories in all kinds of different genres. I do love the reason Sandler agreed to work with them.

"When these fine people came to me with an offer to make four movies for them, I immediately said yes for one reason and one reason only….Netflix rhymes with Wet Chicks. Let the streaming begin!!!!"

Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos added, »

- Joey Paur

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Aubrey Plaza: from 'sarcastic, eye-rolling weirdo to lustful zombie

2 October 2014 8:07 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Parks and Recreation star is playing an eye-bulging dead girlfriend in new film Life After Beth and doesnt understand why fans find her hot, but says its female friendships she values most thanks to Amy Poehler

Jordan Hoffmans first-look review of Life After Beth

Its a Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles, and Aubrey Plaza is talking over brunch about a recent milestone: turning 30. April Ludgate, her alter ego on NBCs Parks and Recreation, couldnt have put it better I hate it, says Plaza. If anyone tries to tell me its not a big deal, Im like, Fuck off. The last thing I want to do is be 30.

Since her big break in 2006 a bit-part on the first season of 30 Rock Plaza has been known for her characterisations of eccentric twenty-something girls, from Seth Rogens love interest in Judd Apatows Funny People to starring roles in indie films Safety Not Guaranteed »

- Claudine Ko

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Adam Sandler Inks Exclusive Four-Film Deal With Netflix

2 October 2014 6:20 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

"I tried to sign up for Netflix but this happened instead...," Adam Sandler tweeted on October 1st, directing his million-plus followers to an announcement about the biggest production deal Netflix has made to date. Weeks after the streaming service landed the new sitcom by Funny People director Judd Apatow, that film's star Sandler has inked an agreement with Netflix that will bring four new feature films exclusively to its customers. Sandler will star in each of the films, which will be co-produced by the comic actor's Happy Madison Productions and Netflix. »

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Adam Sandler Is Making Four New Movies Exclusively For Netflix

2 October 2014 5:31 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, will be the exclusive home of four feature films starring and produced by comic icon Adam Sandler, whose movies have delighted hundreds of millions of fans all over the world.

Sandler is a unique and prolific comic voice, whose films have grossed more than  $3 billion globally at the box office and made him one of the world’s top movie stars. He is among the few actors in the world whose films consistently rank among the most viewed by Netflix members in the U.S. and across its global territories from Brazil to the U.K.

Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said:

“People love Adam’s films on Netflix and often watch them again and again. His appeal spans across viewers of all ages -- everybody has a favorite movie, everyone has a favorite line -- not just in the Us but all over the world. »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Adam Sandler to Create 4 Movies Exclusively for Netflix

2 October 2014 12:50 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, will be the exclusive home of four feature films starring and produced by comic icon Adam Sandler, whose movies have delighted hundreds of millions of fans all over the world.

Adam Sandler is a unique and prolific comic voice, whose films have grossed more than $3 billion globally at the box office and made him one of the world's top movie stars. He is among the few actors in the world whose films consistently rank among the most viewed by Netflix members in the U.S. and across its global territories from Brazil to the U.K.

Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos commented.

"People love Adam's films on Netflix and often watch them again and again. His appeal spans across viewers of all ages -- everybody has a favorite movie, everyone has a favorite line -- not just in the Us but all over the world. »

- MovieWeb

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Spotlight on the Stars: Adam Sandler

1 October 2014 1:41 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to sort of go back to the start of the series and take a look at someone who doesn’t get the respect that they deserve from the masses. Today, that person is Adam Sandler, one of the kings of comedy who also has a flair for drama when he decides to go that route. He’s a huge titan of studio comedy, for sure, but he’s got a load of talent for when he chooses to get serious. The laughs have shot him to the A-list, but when he’s gone for depth and emotion, he’s shown that he’s got some acting chops as well. He’s rather underrated overall, so a spotlight today is definitely in the cards for him. Sandler got his start towards the A-list through television when he was cast on Saturday Night Live »

- Joey Magidson

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Won't You Be My "Neighbors"?

1 October 2014 7:42 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

It has been awhile since I’ve seen a good movie come rolling off the Judd Apatow and Friends assembly line. I’m not entirely sure if that is because I have not seen any of them in awhile (never bothered with This is 40) or if they have all just been rather awful (was not a fan of Funny People); I imagine it is likely a combination of the two. It’s definitely not my maturity level that is to blame; I can still watch Superbad, Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Pineapple Express over and over and snort with laughter at crass jokes I have heard a million times before. But lately, any new films featuring Seth Rogen’s gravelly tones, billowing clouds of marijuana smoke and obvious Jewish jokes have just not been at the top of my to-watch list. However, Neighbors pleasantly surprised my low expectations, »

- Lee Jutton

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‘Blended’ Blu-ray Review

28 September 2014 10:15 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Kevin Nealon, Terry Crews, Joel McHale, Bella Thorne, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Shaquille O’Neal | Written by Ivan Menchell, Clare Sera | Directed by Frank Coraci

If the phrase ‘Adam Sandler-starring romantic comedy’ doesn’t fill your heart with dread and terror then you’ve probably not been paying too much attention to film criticism in recent years. That’s okay, neither has Adam Sandler. The reviews are generally terrible and yet Sandler has rolled out at least one comedy every year since 1998, which is undeniably impressive. Presumably these films make money, else he wouldn’t be able to make them and therefore it’s logical to suggest that people are going to see them. It’s almost as if the general public couldn’t care less about critical opinion. Huh.

I wouldn’t include myself as a member of the critical fraternity, by the way. I »

- Jack Kirby

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Judd Apatow brings new series to Netflix

16 September 2014 5:48 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

If you've felt that Judd Apatow's (This Is 40, Funny People) feature film fare has been lacking, this may come as a nice surprise. Apatow is teaming up with Paul Rust (writer on Arrested Development) and Lesley Arfin (writer on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Girls) to bring what Netflix is calling an "unflinching, hilarious and excruciatingly honest take on modern relationships". Netflix has made a two-season commitment to the series, called Love, which will debut with 10 episodes in 2016 and »

- Sean Wist

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