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A Brief History of the Janis Joplin Biopic

24 November 2014 11:52 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

For a performer whose career was so short-lived, Janis Joplin has been hugely influential and such a largely contentious figure in the world of music. We’ve recently gotten a Jimi Hendrix biopic, along with music stories about everyone from the short lived (Ian Curtis, Jim Morrison, John Lennon) to the long-living legends (Johnny Cash, Ray Charles), so it makes sense that a Joplin biopic is long past due.

Late last week, Deadline was breaking news that Jean-Marc Vallee had signed on to direct Get it While You Can, the working title for a Janis Joplin film with Amy Adams attached to star and sing in the film. This would be Vallee’s fourth film following Dallas Buyers Club, the upcoming Wild, and the just-wrapped Demolition.

Adams is terrific casting, and Vallee is promising, but we’ve been down this road before, and a new director attached is no closer »

- Brian Welk

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Trailer for Adam Sandler's Magical Shoe Movie The Cobbler

12 November 2014 4:03 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

It looks like Adam Sandler has actually made a decent film worth watching. It's been awhile. We have a trailer for his upcoming film called The Cobbler in which he plays a shoe repairman who just isn't happy with his life, that is until he comes across a magical sewing machine in his shop basement. The shoes that Sandler's character repairs with this machine give him the ability to live in the body of the original owners of the shoes. It may sound silly, and the trailer may come off as a bit odd, but that's what I like about it, and I can see the potential.

The Cobbler is a warm and character-driven comedy that plays to the strengths of Adam Sandler’s and Thomas McCarthy's most commercial successes. Sandler plays a 4th generation shoe-maker who discovers a magical sewing machine in his father’s basement that allows »

- Joey Paur

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Watch: International Trailer for Thomas McCarthy's 'The Cobbler'

12 November 2014 2:12 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

One of the most scathingly reviewed films at this year's Toronto International Film Festival was The Cobbler, the latest film from Thomas McCarthy. That is disappointing because Thomas McCarhy generally makes pretty good stuff, with The Station Agent, The Visitor and Win Win. However, hearing the fantastical premise of the film starring Adam Sandler, I had my suspicions about it. The Cobbler, which still does not have a release date in the Us, has a new international trailer, which you can watch below. After hearing the just venomous word of mouth coming out of this film, it is extremely difficult to care or have any sort of excitement for this film. It does not help I am not a Sandler fan in the slightest. Is there anyone out there interested in thisc Again, here is the trailer. yt id="kMVGScC0vDA" width="640" A lonely New York shoe repairman (Adam Sandler »

- Mike Shutt

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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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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: John Krasinski’s The Hollars

12 November 2014 11:15 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

About a half-dozen years have passed since John Krasinski broke out behind the camera with his 80-minuter raining men oddity. The adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men actually landed at Sundance’s Dramatic Competition and was followed by an uneventful theatrical run. Working from Sundance alumni James C. Strouse’s screenplay, Krasinski’s sophomore film, which was shot Mississippi in mid-July and wrapped in August, sees the actor fill the titular protagonist’s shoes. What the film has going for it is that it is supported by the likes Anna Kendrick (last year’s Park City queen was showcased in a trio of films: The Voices, Life After Beth, Happy Christmas), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (brilliant in Sundance preemed The Spectacular Now) and Richard Jenkins. Cock-eyed optimists would say that Sundance still has room for Garden State types or sentimental explorations of self where 30-something men »

- Eric Lavallee

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Steven Spielberg Begins Principal Photography On Untitled Cold War Spy Thriller Starring Tom Hanks

6 October 2014 1:16 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Three-time Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg has begun principal photography on an untitled Cold War spy thriller starring two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (“Forrest Gump,” “Philadelphia”).

The production, which also stars Tony Award winner Mark Rylance (“Intimacy,” “The Other Boleyn Girl”), Academy Award nominee Amy Ryan (“Gone Baby Gone,” “Win Win”) and Academy Award nominee Alan Alda (“M*A*S*H,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors”), will shoot on location in New York and Berlin.

Production in New York was possible due to support from state and local film agencies, and in Berlin, through the support of several film funds.

The film is the true story of James Donovan, an attorney who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.

20th Century Fox is co-financing the film with DreamWorks in association with Participant Media, »

- Michelle McCue

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Steven Spielberg Begins Filming his Cold War Spy Movie With Tom Hanks

6 October 2014 10:56 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Dreamworks Pictures announced this morning that director Steven Spielberg has official started production on his currently Untitled Cold War Spy Thriller, with Tom Hanks set to star alongside more impressive casting additions.  Come inside to learn more!

Check out the press release for this upcoming historical film (based on a true story), and why you should probably start getting interested already: 

Three-time Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg has begun principal photography on an untitled Cold War spy thriller starring two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (“Forrest Gump,” “Philadelphia”). The production, which also stars Tony® Award winner Mark Rylance (“Intimacy,” “The Other Boleyn Girl”), Academy Award nominee Amy Ryan (“Gone Baby Gone,” “Win Win”) and Academy Award nominee Alan Alda (“M*A*S*H,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors”), will shoot on location in New York and Berlin.

Production in New York was possible due to support from state and local film agencies, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks Begin Shooting Cold War Thriller

6 October 2014 10:11 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Three-time Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg has begun principal photography on an Untitled Cold War Spy Thriller starring two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Philadelphia). The production, which also stars Tony Award winner Mark Rylance (Intimacy, The Other Boleyn Girl), Academy Award nominee Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone, Win Win) and Academy Award nominee Alan Alda (M*A*S*H, Crimes and Misdemeanors), will shoot on location in New York and Berlin.

Production in New York was possible due to support from state and local film agencies, and in Berlin, through the support of several film funds.

The film is the true story of James Donovan, an attorney who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.

20th Century Fox is co-financing the film with DreamWorks in association with Participant Media, »

- MovieWeb

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Filming Begins on Steven Spielberg’s Untitled Cold War Spy Thriller Starring Tom Hanks

6 October 2014 9:46 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

DreamWorks and Disney have announced that principal photography has commenced on Steven Spielberg's untitled Cold War spy thriller starring Tom Hanks.  As we previously reported, the film tells the true story of James Donovan, an attorney who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.  The film will also star Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, and Alan Alda, and will shoot on location in New York and Berlin.  Following Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, and The Terminal, this will mark Spielberg's fourth film collaboration with Hanks, and hopefully it will be a fruitful one, especially since they're working from a script by the Coen Brothers.  Hanks and Spielberg's most recent collaboration was as executive producers on HBO's miniseries The Pacific. Hit the jump for the press release. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Steven Spielberg Begins Principal Photography on His Untitled Spy Thriller Starring Tom Hanks

6 October 2014 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

[Press Release] Burbank, Calif. (October 6, 2014) – Three-time Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg has begun principal photography on an untitled Cold War spy thriller starring two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (“Forrest Gump,” “Philadelphia”). The production, which also stars Tony® Award winner Mark Rylance (“Intimacy,” “The Other Boleyn Girl”), Academy Award nominee Amy Ryan (“Gone Baby Gone,” “Win Win”) and Academy Award nominee Alan Alda (“M*A*S*H,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors”), will shoot on location in New York and Berlin. Production in New York was possible due to support from state and local film agencies, and in Berlin, through the support of several film funds. The film is the true story of James Donovan, an attorney who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Below the Line Bookings

2 October 2014 11:14 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Gersh has placed production designers Sebastian Krawinkel (pictured left) (“A Most Wanted Man”) on Dennis Gansel’s “Mechanic 2” and Jon Hutman (“Unbroken”) Pic on Angelina Jolie’s “By the Sea”; and producers Todd Hallowell (“Rush”) on Bryan Singer’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” and Colin Wilson Pic (“Zero Dark Thirty”) on David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad.”

Other Gersh bookings: producers Stephen Jones (“Gravity”) on “Beauty,” in development by Warner Bros., Jeffrey Chernov (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) on Roberto Orci’s “Star Trek 3” and Barrie Osborne (“The Great Gatsby”) on David Lowery’s “Pete’s Dragon”; agency has booked editors Michael Kahn (“Lincoln”) on Steven Spielberg’s untitled Cold War thriller and Nick Moore (“Enough Said”) on John Wells’ untitled chef project.

Wme has signed Simon Crane (pictured middle) (“Edge of Tomorrow,” “World War Z”) for his first directing duties. He continues to be repped by ICM Partners as a second unit director. »

- Peter Caranicas

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Below the Line Bookings

2 October 2014 11:14 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gersh has placed production designers Sebastian Krawinkel (pictured left) (“A Most Wanted Man”) on Dennis Gansel’s “Mechanic 2” and Jon Hutman (“Unbroken”) Pic on Angelina Jolie’s “By the Sea”; and producers Todd Hallowell (“Rush”) on Bryan Singer’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” and Colin Wilson Pic (“Zero Dark Thirty”) on David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad.”

Other Gersh bookings: producers Stephen Jones (“Gravity”) on “Beauty,” in development by Warner Bros., Jeffrey Chernov (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) on Roberto Orci’s “Star Trek 3” and Barrie Osborne (“The Great Gatsby”) on David Lowery’s “Pete’s Dragon”; agency has booked editors Michael Kahn (“Lincoln”) on Steven Spielberg’s untitled Cold War thriller and Nick Moore (“Enough Said”) on John Wells’ untitled chef project.

Wme has signed Simon Crane (pictured middle) (“Edge of Tomorrow,” “World War Z”) for his first directing duties. He continues to be repped by ICM Partners as a second unit director. »

- Peter Caranicas

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Ellen Barkin and Method Man Talk The Cobbler, Social Media, The Wire Legacy, and More

29 September 2014 10:21 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

One of the many films that premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was the latest from director Tom McCarthyThe 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 AgentThe Visitor, and Win Win, but he still keeps the film focused on the characters.  The Cobbler also stars Dustin HoffmanSteve BuscemiEllen Barkin,Melonie DiazMethod 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

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Adam Sandler and Thomas McCarthy Talk The Cobbler, How They Ended up Working Together, Pixels, the Video Games Involved, Spotlight, More

11 September 2014 2:43 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Premiering at this year's Toronto International Film Festival was the latest from director Tom McCarthyThe 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 AgentThe Visitor, and Win Win, but he still keeps the film focused on the characters.  The Cobbler also stars Dustin HoffmanSteve BuscemiEllen Barkin,Melonie DiazMethod 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

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Toronto: Image Acquires Adam Sandler’s ‘The Cobbler’

9 September 2014 5:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rlj/Image Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Adam Sandler’s fantastical “The Cobbler” for $3.5 million.

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.

Steve Buscemi, Ellen Barkin, Dustin Hoffman and Cliff “Method Man” Smith also star. Mary Jane Skalski is the producer and Voltage is fully financing.

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

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Toronto: Rlj/ Image In $3.5 Mil U.S. Deal For Adam Sandler-Starrer ‘The Cobbler’ By ‘Station Agent’s Tom McCarthy

9 September 2014 4:48 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

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

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Al Pacino Confirms Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman' Still in the Works

9 September 2014 10:49 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

It's been nearly four years since we've heard anything about Martin Scorsese's mobster drama The Irishman. In that time, the director has delivered Hugo, The Wolf of Wall Street and a forthcoming HBO documentary called The 50-Year Argument. Soon he'll be busy with his drama Silence starring Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield, and some have wondered if Scorsese would ever get around to the film about Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, a reputed criminal responsible for more than 25 mob murders and potentially being involved with the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa. Thankfully, it's still coming. Speaking with The Daily Beast (via The Film Stage), Al Pacino confirmed the film is still happening, but didn't offer any timetable of when production might begin. In addition, he revealed that "Boardwalk Empire" and Win Win star Bobby Cannavale (who will be seen in the remake of Annie this year) will »

- Ethan Anderton

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Tiff Review: Tom McCarthy's 'The Cobbler' Starring Adam Sandler

7 September 2014 2:01 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, rumpled and »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Cobbler Review [Tiff 2014]

7 September 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Like an orbiting celestial body, a rare Adam Sandler role appears every half-decade or so that threatens to break the actor out of his lucrative fiefdom of low-brow comedy. Punch-Drunk Love looked like a potential turning point in 2002, but a Spanglish or two aside, he avoided further dramatic work until 2010’s Funny People, which earned Sandler wide praise for how capably he lampooned his own career. He then followed that up with Jack & Jill, That’s My Boy, and a pair of Grown Ups. Clearly, if Sandler were interested in a McConaughey-esque career turnaround, he would have gone for it by now.

The underwhelming returns on his latest vacation disguised as a comedy, Blended, along with a pair of upcoming dramatic roles once more challenge the established Sandler narrative. The Cobbler is the first of two efforts this year that see Sandler leaving behind the SNL lackeys and fart jokes for something a little meatier. »

- Sam Woolf

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