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One of the many films that premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was the latest from director Tom McCarthy, The 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 Agent, The Visitor, and Win Win, but he still keeps the film focused on the characters. The Cobbler also stars Dustin Hoffman, Steve Buscemi, Ellen Barkin,Melonie Diaz, Method 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
Premiering at this year's Toronto International Film Festival was the latest from director Tom McCarthy, The 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 Agent, The Visitor, and Win Win, but he still keeps the film focused on the characters. The Cobbler also stars Dustin Hoffman, Steve Buscemi, Ellen Barkin,Melonie Diaz, Method 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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
“The Cobbler,” a fantastical film about a shoe repairman able to step into the lives of his customers, can’t be wrapped up in a box.
“I don’t even know what to compare it to,” director Tom McCarthy told Variety. “It’s got its own vibe and its own feel. There are moments of real drama and it’s also broader and funnier. It’s a lot of different flavors.”
The picture may defy categorization, but its magical plotline is totally unlike the small-scale dramas that McCarthy made his name creating, films such as “Win Win” and “The Visitor” that centered on loners and down-on-their luck men.
“It is a departure,” said McCarthy. “It was always about how I approach(ed) it through my lens, because it does move in and out of various genres.”
“The Cobbler” is premiering Thursday at the fest; Voltage is repping the film internationally, »
- Brent Lang
• Tony winner Billy Crudup may be taking a step in the Spotlight. The Watchmen star is in talks to join the ensemble drama based on the Catholic Church cover-up of pedophiliac priests in Massachusetts and The Boston Globe investigation that followed. Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci will all star in the film from director Tom McCarthy (Win Win) and written by Josh Singer (The Fifth Estate). Crudup would play the lead attorney for the victims, Eric MacLeish. [THR]
- Jake Perlman
Ahead of the film’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next weekend, we’ve managed to get our hands on the first The Cobbler poster for director Thomas McCarthy’s (Win Win) upcoming fantasy drama. 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. As a fan of McCarthy’s previous work—especially The Station Agent—I’m very much looking forward to seeing how he handles a more fantastical concept. He’s not entirely unfamiliar with the genre, as McCarthy previously worked on the script for Pixar’s Up, but this also marks a curious turn for Sandler given McCarthy’s dramatic background. Hopefully the two make a strong pairing. Hit the jump to take a look at the first The Cobbler poster. »
- Adam Chitwood
Ever since appearing as Gameskeeper Seneca Crane in The Hunger Games, Wes Bentley has been on a roll, taking on parts in small-scale projects like romance Hidden Moon, SXSW entry Things People Do and biopic Cesar Chavez, but expect the actor to step up his screen time in the coming months. Already this year, Bentley has shot roles in such buzzy films as Interstellar, Knight of Cups and Final Girl. Additionally, the actor has a supporting role on FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show. Now, it’s been announced that Bentley’s next project will be We Are Your Friends, an Edm-centric drama which centers on an up-and-coming DJ.
In the film, which will mark Catfish investigator Max Joseph’s directorial debut, Zac Efron plays a troubled, aspiring DJ named Cole, who eventually finds his place in the world of electronic dance music (Edm). Bentley will portray James, described by Deadline as “a wealthy, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Since 2010, Paul Giamatti has been one of Hollywood’s most prolific actors, appearing in 19 films in the past five years. Some were great (12 Years a Slave, Win Win), and some were not so great (Rock of Ages, The Hangover Part II). However, regardless of the role, Giamatti was almost always a high point of the film. Now, the trusted character actor (and occasional leading man) has an exciting new role in his roster, as Jerry Heller, the controversial manager of the pioneering hip hop group N.W.A., in the music biopic Straight Outta Compton.
Before he managed the influential group, Heller represented pop acts like Journey, Reo Speedwagon and Marvin Gaye. After he co-founded Ruthless Records with N.W.A. member Eazy-e, Heller oversaw one of the genre’s defining records by the group, one which shares its title with this biopic.
However, he later became synonymous with ripping off the rappers. Several »
- Jordan Adler
The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival is warming up and the first few films in the line-up have started to share some first or new images. Earlier today you saw Arnold Schwarzenegger taking care of his Zombie daughter, now it’s time to see Adam Sandler as The Cobbler. I swear these sound like passed over SNL sketches the more I read about them. The Cobbler is the latest from Win Win, The Visitor, and The Station Agent director Tom McCarthy. Here’s the »
- Graham McMorrow
Full disclosure: I am a frustrated Adam Sandler fan. Before you gasp in horror and dismiss everything I’ve ever written, hear me out. The operative word here is ‘frustrated.’ What is the cause of my discontentment? Well, about 95% of his film output, to be precise. I have exactly zero interest in Grown Ups, or its sequel. You could not pay me to invest time in Don’t Mess With The Zohan, and I have no intention of watching Blended, ever.
Punch-Drunk Love, however, is one of my favourite movies – largely due to Sandler’s performance – and I have a deep appreciation for Funny People. I even have a soft spot for Spanglish, since we’re sharing details. What do these films have in common? They require Sandler to act with real emotional depth – and that is something I have been waiting for him to do again since 2009. I »
- Sarah Myles
Earlier today a handful of films were added to the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival line-up, and one of which is the latest from Win Win director, Tom McCarthy, a comedy called The Cobbler. Adam Sandler leads as a guy named Max Simkin, 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. With the film now locked to make its world premiere in the Special Presentations program, two The Cobbler images have hit the web. We don’t have the official schedule just yet, but the film will screen at some point during the festival’s September 4th – 14th run. In the meantime, hit the jump for those two images. The Cobbler also stars Cliff “Method Man” Smith, Ellen Barkin, Melonie Diaz, Dan Stevens, Fritz Weaver, Yul Vazquez, Steve Buscemi and Dustin Hoffman. »
- Perri Nemiroff
Expect to see a bevy of stars on the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival this September. Today, more Gala and Special Presentation titles were announced, with some star-studded projects in the mix. Now, Escobar: Paradise Lost, starring Benicio del Toro as the infamous drug lord, will have its world premiere at Tiff, as will The Forger, with John Travolta, Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan.
Other promising projects newly announced to be screening at Tiff are Win Win director Thomas McCarthy’s The Cobbler, which finds Adam Sandler taking on a rare dramatic role; Clouds of Sils Maria, which stars Juliette Binoche as an aging actress who confronts the young starlet (Chloe Grace Moretz) taking on the role that made her famous decades earlier; and Gemma Bovery, starring Gemma Arterton as the sensual object of a French food critic’s affection. Check out the full list of new »
- Isaac Feldberg
A bevy of major stars have just entered into talks for Spotlight, a film focusing on the sex abuse scandals that have plagued the Catholic Church. Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, and Stanley Tucci are all in “advanced talks” for parts in the project, which is to be directed by Win Win helmer Thomas McCarthy.
Spotlight focuses on the Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” team, who spent a year interviewing victims to uncover multiple cover-ups by the Catholic Church. Their work resulted in the eventual resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, as well as the revelation of dozens of sex abuse scandals involving priests – ones that continue to plague the Catholic Church today. The Globe team eventually won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for their coverage. Ruffalo and McAdams are in talks to play the reporters in Spotlight, but it is not yet clear which parts Keaton and Tucci will be taking over. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The drama that Win Win writer/director Tom McCarthy intends to make about the journalistic investigation into the Catholic Church’s cover-up of child molestation incidents now has a name: Spotlight. Now the filmmaker is looking to building a strong ensemble for the project, with Mark Ruffalo, Stanley Tucci, Michael Keaton Rachel McAdams, Aaron Eckhart and Liev Schreiber all in various stages of talks.It’s based on the Pulitzer-winning investigative reporting by Boston Globe staffers Michael Rezendes, Sacha Pfeiffer, Matt Carroll, editor Walter “Robby” Robinson, special projects editor Ben Bradlee and the paper’s overall editor, Marty Baron, who kicked off the story in the first place after seeing a report about a Boston priest who was accused of molesting children.As the team dug into the case, they discovered a wide-ranging conspiracy by Cardinal Bernard Law, who moved guilty priests to different parishes to hide the allegations, whereupon »
Developing for well over a year now, not much has been heard about Tom McCarthy's Catholic church sex scandal drama since last summer, when Matt Damon was named as a frontrunner to star in the project. That didn't happen, but the "Win Win" and "The Visitor" director has still managed to attract a pretty terrific cast, with his movie now gaining some very definite forward traction. The Wrap and Deadline reports that Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, Aaron Eckhart, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci are aboard the movie that is now titled "Spotlight." The true story tale centers on the journalists at the Boston Globe -- Michael Rezendes, Sacha Pfeiffer and Matt Carroll, Spotlight Team Editor Walter "Robby" Robinson, Special Projects Editor Ben Bradlee Jr. and Globe Editor Marty Baron -- who discovered and exposed that Cardinal Bernard Law, America's Senior Catholic »
- Kevin Jagernauth
• Masters of Sex star Lizzy Caplan will play Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s love interest in Sony’s untitled Christmas Eve-set comedy. Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anthony Mackie will star as three childhood friends who reunite in New York City for their annual night-before-Christmas bash. Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street) will play Rogen’s wife in the film from writer/director Jonathan Levine, who previously worked with Rogen and Gordon-Levitt on the cancer comedy 50/50. [THR]
- Jake Perlman
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