18 items from 2014
New Zealand actress Melanie Lynskey made her breakthrough into movies and cinema history with Peter Jackson's true-crime drama Heavenly Creatures back in 1994. Since then, she's become an actress utterly beloved by critics and indie movie fans for her layered performances in films like Win Win, Away We Go, Up In the Air and Hello I Must Be Going. In the new-to-iTunes comedy Putzel, Lynskey learned to embrace her inner shiksa to play Sally, the spunky center of this raunchy rom-com's tricky love triangle. Putzel stars Jack Carpenter (I Love Beth Cooper) as Walter "Putzel" Himmelstein, a neurotic New York Jew who has become so engrained into the daily operations of his family's Upper West Side bagels and lox shop that the very thought of stepping outside the neighborhood fills him with crippling anxiety. He attempts to buckle down and prove to his uncle Sid (John Pankow) that he's ready »
Studios aren’t just looking to superhero comics for inspiration for their blockbusters; less “super” graphic novels and stories have also been adapted, to varying degrees of success throughout the years. Films like 300, Sin City, Cowboys & Aliens, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and Red come to mind and now, Universal has set its sights on a story from Image Comics with big box office potential: Tommysaurus Rex.
Universal actually bought the rights to the project a decade ago, when Mary Parent was the co-president of the studio. They even paid $1 million for the rights and tried to make the film happen under David O. Russell’s direction. Unfortunately, it never got off the ground and wound up getting shelved. Now, it seems Universal is blowing the dust off the comic book’s pages and trying again, with news that the studio just hired Win Win director Thomas McCarthy to pen the screenplay and possibly direct. »
- James Garcia
Tommysaurus Rex and Tom McCarthy - sounds like a perfect match. Over at Heat Vision they're reporting interesting development news on a comic book adaptation that's been in the works since 2004. Universal first acquired the rights to adapt Doug TenNapel's graphic novel Tommysaurus Rex back in 2004, ten years ago, for around $1 million. The project has been bouncing around at the studio ever since, but now they've picked up Tom McCarthy, an actor/writer/producer and director who will be co-writing the script and possibly directing the movie, too. Now I actually have some hope this might turn out pretty damn good. Most may recognize Tom McCarthy from the Meet the Parents series, or Michael Clayton, 2012, The Lovely Bones and so on. However, McCarthy is actually an award-winning director, behind the films The Station Agent, The Visitor and Win Win, as well as a writer, credited on the script for »
- Alex Billington
Tom McCarthy is best known for writing and directing small-scale dramedies like Win Win and The Station Agent, but he may soon be adding “comic book movie” to his resume. McCarthy has been tapped to write with an eye to direct an adaptation of the Doug Tennapel graphic novel Tommysaurus Rex for Universal Pictures. The studio has been trying to get the project off the ground for some time, and the story revolves around a boy who moves in with his grandfather for the summer after losing his pet dog. When he discovers a Tyrannosaurus Rex in a cave, his life (obviously) changes and he must prove to the townspeople that the giant dinosaur means no harm. Hit the jump for more. Per Heat Vision, McCarthy will co-write the script for Tommysaurus Rex with John Bland, and the family adventure story marks a sharp departure for the filmmaker as a director. »
- Adam Chitwood
Between The Station Agent, The Visitor, and Win Win, we’ve developed a pretty good idea of what to expect from Tom McCarthy: low-key indies with touches of humor and pathos. But he’s shaking things up a bit with his upcoming The Cobbler by throwing fantasy and Adam Sandler into the mix. And now his next […]
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- Angie Han
The story centers on a woman (January Jones) who revisits the town where she started to experience haunting visions, as she begins to uncover a mystery that goes farther back in time than she imagined.
George Ratliff (Joshua, Salvation Boulevard) is directing from a screenplay by David Coggeshall (The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia). Mary Jane Skalski (Win Win), Damon Lane and John Santilli are producing alongside Lawrence Mattis, whose company Circle of Confusion produces AMC's The Walking Dead. Shooting is scheduled to begin this summer, after January Jones wraps production on the final season of Mad Men.
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 4, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $39.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Highly acclaimed drama movie 12 Years a Slave has received a lot of awards attention, and critics think it deserves every one.
Based on real life, the biography film tells the story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Salt), a free New York citizen who, in 1841, is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Stripped of his identity and dignity, Northup is sold to ruthless plantation owner Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender, The Counselor) and forced to find the strength to survive.
The cast also includes Benedict Cumberbatch (War Horse), Alfre Woodard (Steel Magnolias), Paul Giamatti (Win Win) and Brad Pitt (World War Z). Steve McQueen (Shame) directs, from a screenplay by John Ridley (Red Tails) based on the memoir by the real Northup about his life.
12 Years a Slave grossed $46 million in theaters and wowed every moviegoer. Critics gave the film a whopping 96% approval, »
With Adam Sandler's latest string of 'comedies' being lacklustre at best, it is easy to forget the actor has some serious dramatic chops, with the likes of Funny People, Punch Drunk Love, and Reign Over Me under his belt. He'll be showing off that side again in Tom McCarthy's (The Station Agent, Win Win) fantasy tinged comedy/drama The Cobbler, taking the titular role as a lonely man whose entire life has been spent repairing shoes in his small shop in New York City. But his life takes a turn for the better when he discovers a family heirloom that literally gives him the ability to "walk in another man's shoes" and see the world differently. Our first image from the project doesn't give much away, showing Sandler in costume outside the shoe repair shop. Sandler is joined by Dustin Hoffman, Method Man, Melonie Davis, and Steve Buscemi, »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Adam Sandler and the word "cobblers" have been mentioned in the same sentence before. But spare, perhaps, a more kindly thought than usual for his upcoming opus The Cobbler. Eschewing the recent low-brow antics of the likes of Grown Ups 2, this one promises to be one of Sandler's occasional more credible outings. Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, Win Win) is the director, and EW has just released the first still.A slightly shabby Sandler is enjoying his morning coffee there - unless he's asking passers by for spare change. Perhaps business is bad in the shoe repair industry. That's likely not the only string to his bow though. He probably does keys too.A bit more whimsical than McCarthy's previous works, The Cobbler involves some magic-realist elements, as Sandler's lonely joe comes into posession of some specialist footwear that allows him to "walk in another man's shoes", seeing the »
The first official photo has been released from The Cobbler, which recently wrapped production in New York City, under the direction of Thomas McCarthy (Win Win). Adam Sandler stars as the title character, a shoe repairman who is given a family heirloom that allows him to see the world through his customers' perspective, literally giving him the ability to walk in another man's shoes. Take a look at the photo, then read on for more details about the production from director Thomas McCarthy.
"For a guy who's known as a funny guy, Adam has a very soulful quality to him. One of the things that makes Adam right for [the role] is that he does handle the various levels of comedy very well. And he transitions really well from comedy to drama. He can make even the smallest, »
It's great to know Adam Sandler has a new film coming up that doesn't rely on adults acting like juveniles or forces him to dress up in women's clothing as he will play a lonely New York shoe repairman in Thomas McCarthy's The Cobbler. McCarthy, who is best known for films such as The Station Agent, The Visitor and Win Win, co-wrote the film with Paul Sado, which centers on Sandler's character who starts to sense he's let life pass him by -- going nowhere while fixing the shoes of more-assertive customers taking vacations and living adventures. Things change, though, when he discovers a family heirloom that magically lets him "walk in another man's shoes" and see the world differently. While Sandler is most often associated with his stupid comedies it's films such as Punch-Drunk Love and Reign Over Me that show there is more to him than baby talk and fart jokes. »
- Brad Brevet
Two first look photos today, both coming from the latest issue of EW. Though a trailer has already shown us what to expect, today comes the first official still from Andy and Lana Wachowski's sci-fi epic "Jupiter Ascending". The shot features Channing Tatum in character as genetically engineered ex-military hunter 'Caine'. The film itself opens in July.
The second is from Adam Sandler trying his hand at a more serious film again, this one from "The Station Agent" and "Win Win" director Tom McCarthy. "The Cobbler" has Sandler playing a lonely New York shoe repairman who comes upon something that literally allows him to "walk in another man’s shoes".
- Garth Franklin
I honestly never know how to feel about Adam Sandler. One minute he’s hamming it up with his best buds in some of the most painful excuses for comedies ever to con their way onto a big screen and the next minute he’s serious and honest and actually – God save us – a good actor. Having subjected us to a spate of simply awful comedies over the past few years, Sandler is returning to more serious fare with The Cobbler, a Walter Mitty-esque drama that will hopefully stretch his acting muscles once more.
The Cobbler tells the story of a shoe repairman who finds himself able to “walk in another man’s shoes,” opening up his lonely existence to new experiences. It’s directed by Thomas McCarthy, the man responsible for Win Win and The Station Agent. In speaking with EW (via The Playlist), McCarthy remarked on Sandler’s “soulful quality. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
It's been far too long since Adam Sandler took a break from his stupid comedies like Grown Ups 2, That's My Boy and other garbage we'd rather forget about. Thankfully, Sandler is getting back to some solid filmmaking akin to his praiseworthy turns in films like Punch-Drunk Love, Spanglish and Reign Over Me. Director Thomas McCarthy (Win Win, The Station Agent) has Sandler leading his film The Cobbler, and we have a first look photo from the film. Sandler certainly looks tired (that's probably the idea) sipping some coffee out in front of his shoe shop. Hopefully McCarthy and Sandler deliver a charming little flick. Here's the first look at Thomas McCarthy's The Cobbler from Entertainment Weekly: The Cobbler is directed by Thomas McCarthy (Win Win, The Station Agent, The Visitor) from a script he co-wrote with newcomer Paul Sado. In the film, Adam Sandler plays a shoe repair »
- Ethan Anderton
Though Adam Sandler will next be seen on the big screen in another one of his familiar-looking comedies, Blended, the actor actually has a few interesting dramatic roles on the horizon. One such role is in The Station Agent and The Visitor director Tom McCarthy’s new film The Cobbler, and the first image of Sandler in the film has been released online. Sandler plays a lonely, modern day 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, who most recently helmed the Paul Giamatti-fronted Win Win, but the pairing of the filmmaker with Sandler is certainly promising. Hit the jump to take a look at the first image. The film also stars Dustin Hoffman, »
- Adam Chitwood
Adam Sandler's career—filled as it is with bodily functions, funny voices and studio paid vacations that double as movie sets—has been marked periodically by ambitions at more serious fare such as "Punch Drunk Love," "Spanglish" and "Reign Over Me." And as those titles suggest, results have been varied. The last time he stepped out of his comfort zone was in 2009 for Judd Apatow's "Funny People," but Sandler is coming in 2014 with a new movie that finds him playing a grown up instead of making a sequel to "Grown Ups." EW has the first look at "Win Win" and "The Station Agent" director Thomas McCarthy's "The Cobbler" that has Sandler in the lead role. Co-starring Dustin Hoffman, Method Man, Melonie Diaz, Ellen Barkin, Dan Stevens and Steve Buscemi, the story seems somewhat 'Walter Mitty'-esque, following a lonely shoe repairman who is suddenly able to literally “walk in another man’s shoes, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Adam Sandler might own his own subgenre of silly comedy, but he demonstrated long ago, in movies like Punch-Drunk Love, that his range extends beyond funny voices and sophomoric pranks. Sandler returns to more sophisticated storytelling in The Cobbler, playing a lonely New York shoe repairman who starts to sense that he’s let life pass him by — going nowhere while fixing the shoes of more-assertive customers taking vacations and living adventures. Things change, though, when he discovers a family heirloom that magically lets him “walk in another man’s shoes” and see the world differently.
“For a guy who »
- Jeff Labrecque
Criminally absent from the big screen since Jennifer Westfeldt’s 2011 comedy-drama, Friends With Kids, Jon Hamm is about to make his very much overdue return in Disney’s real-life sports drama, Million Dollar Arm.
The anticipated movie heads into cinemas stateside in May, and on Christmas Eve, the studio launched a great first trailer and poster, teasing what is sure to be another instant-classic performance from Hamm.
In a last ditch effort to save his career as a sports agent, Jb Bernstein (Jon Hamm) concocts a scheme to find baseball’s next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turninto a Major League Baseball star, Jb travels to India to produce a realityshow competition called “Million Dollar Arm.” With the help of a cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball scout (Alan Arkin) he discovers Dinesh (played by Madhur Mittal from “Slumdog Millionaire”) and Rinku (played by »
- Kenji Lloyd
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