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All the casting news that's fit to print! We reported last week on Dan Stevens attaching himself to the newest of Adam Sandler's periodic serious, grown-up movies (uh, not to be confused with his “Grown Ups” movies); this one's called "The Cobbler" and follows a cobbler (natch) who steps into his clients' lives as he mends their shoes. Expect profound statements about walking a mile in another man's shoes ... and expect Dustin Hoffman, who has just been cast, along with Steven Buscemi (a frequent Sandler collaborator). So now we have to start being serious about the thing, especially since Tom McCarthy ("The Visitor," "Win Win") is directing. [The Wrap]Meanwhile, Lee Pace, soon to be on our screens as the oh-so-utterly-fabulous Thranduil, has just signed on for Working Title's as-yet-untitled Lance Armstrong biopic (spoiler alert: he cheated). No word yet on who Pace is playing: Ben Foster will be playing Armstrong »
- Ben Brock
Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man, The Graduate) and Steve Buscemi (The Big Lebowski, Boardwalk Empire) have joined Adam Sandler in Tom McCarthy's character based dramatic comedy The Cobbler, reports The Wrap.
The film finds Sandler as a shoe repairman who integrates himself into the lives of the people whose footwear he fixes. Very little else is known about the plot and how Hoffman and Buscemi will fit into it, but with McCarthy at the helm, this could be the Sandler comeback we have hoped for since Punch Drunk Love.
Mary Jane Skalski is producing The Cobbler with Voltage Pictures overlooking the project. McCarthy is yet to make a misstep with Win Win and The Visitor impressing critics and the indie audience alike. The film is currently shooting in New York with a 2014 release eyed. »
- Gary Collinson
• Oscar-winner Dustin Hoffman (Rain Man) and Golden Globe-winner Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire) are set to join Adam Sandler in The Cobbler. Plot details are being kept secret, but The Cobbler is the brainchild of Win Win and The Station Agent writer-director Thomas McCarthy. [The Wrap]
• Ron Livingston (Drinking Buddies) has joined the cast of Supreme Ruler, a comic indie drama about two men competing to be the “Supreme Ruler” of their local Buffalo Lodge. The other lead will be played by Vincent D’Onofrio (Escape Plan). Duane Edwards is making his feature directorial debut on the project, which also stars Marcia Gay Harden »
- Lindsey Bahr
Indie triple-threat Thomas McCarthy previously brought attention to his upcoming drama The Cobbler in September by casting comedian Adam Sandler in the lead role. Now, he’s recruited two more big names for the film – Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman (Kramer vs. Kramer) and Golden Globe winner Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire) have both joined The Cobbler in supporting roles.
The Cobbler will center on a shoe repairman (Sandler) who gains access to a metaphysical plane and uses his newfound abilities to step into the lives of others, literally walking a mile in another person’s shoes. All further details on the plot and Hoffman’s role are being kept under wraps for now, but Buscemi will reportedly play a character by the name of Manny.
- Isaac Feldberg
Not too long ago, we learned that Adam Sandler was in talks to star in The Cobbler, a new indie drama from Win Win and The Station Agent director Thomas McCarthy. It was said that Sandler will play a shoe repair man with the ability to literally walk in other people's shoes; he can metaphysically step into their lives for a certain period of time, but now The Wrap says the plot is under wraps. But they do add some names to the supporting cast by reporting Dustin Hoffman and Steve Buscemi have landed roles in the film that is already shooting in NYC. Hoffman's role is unknown and Buscemi will play a guy named Manny. In addition, rapper and occasional actor Method Man has also joined the film along with "Downton Abbey" star Dan Stevens (who recently joined Night at the Museum 3 as the film's villain). The Cobbler became »
- Ethan Anderton
For his latest film, The Cobbler, The Station Agent and Win Win writer-director Tom McCarthy has ensured that his cast should be as eclectic as possible. He already has Adam Sandler and Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens aboard and he has now added Method Man and Dustin Hoffman.How the new additions fit into the plot is anyone’s guess, as McCarthy isn’t saying. But what we do know so far is intriguing: Sandler plays a shoe repair specialist who finds a way to integrate himself into the lives of his customers, though whether this means mystically or just by being a total nosey parker is anyone’s guess at this point. In the hands of others, we would be anticipating Click-style misadventures for Sandler, but that’s not McCarthy’s style. Instead, we predict a wry look at the world, some real drama and possibly some clever heartstring pulling. »
Before it was known as Cantuckee, Kimberly Levin’s Land of Tomorrow successfully found some coin via Kickstarter and then had stints at the Ifp Lab and the U.S. in Progress in ’12. Looking back at the fest’s history, specifically with regards to the U.S Dramatic Comp category, all it takes is one programmer to champion a micro-budgeted project and set it up against the big boy indies – and this sure feels like one of those Davids among Goliath. Featuring Joanne Kelly, Tom Bower and Alex Shaffer from Win Win and The Lifeguard fame, the drama will benefit tremendously from the presence of composers Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans.
Gist: Set in a rural community in Kentucky, this tells the story of Betty, a wife and mother who fights to save her family’s farm-supply business. When her husband Frank falls ill and their son Finley gets into college, »
- Eric Lavallee
Dustin Hoffman and Steve Buscemi are rounding out the cast of “The Cobbler,” a character-driven comedy starring Adam Sandler as a shoe repairman who integrates himself into the lives of the people whose footwear he fixes. Tom McCarthy, who oversaw quirky and human films like “The Visitor” and “Win Win,” is directing the project, which Mary Jane Skalski is producing. The Voltage Pictures’ film is currently shooting in New York City, and marks a rare move into the world of independent cinema for Sandler. Details of the plot are being kept under wraps. It’s not clear what role Hoffman will play, »
- Brent Lang
If you're like me, you're still a little annoyed at Dan Stevens for abruptly departing Downton Abbey and reducing both the UK and Us to soul-rattling tears in that cruel Christmas special . But with the saga of Matthew Crawley behind him, Stevens is moving on to movies, the latest of which is Tom McCarthy's The Cobbler. Variety reports Stevens has joined the cast, which is fronted by funnyman Adam Sandler. The casting choice of Sandler stunned us when it was first announced last September. McCarthy is a writer-director known for his tender and thought-provoking dramedies like The Station Agent, which launched Peter Dinklage, The Visitor, which earned leading man Richard Jenkins a well-deserved Academy Award nomination, and Win Win, which co-starred former Oscar nominees Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan. On the other hand, Sandler--though he has dabbled in dramedy with Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love and James L. Brooks »
• Sports Illustrated cover model Kate Upton is reportedly being eyed for a lead role in the Entourage movie. Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, and Kevin Dillon are all set to reprise the roles they originated in the HBO series. Although the 21-year-old Upton is best known for her modeling work, she has appeared in a few films, including Tower Heist and The Three Stooges. Upton recently wrapped the adultery comedy The Other Woman (out April 25, 2014) with Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann. [The Wrap]
- Lindsey Bahr
Details of Stevens's role in the movie have yet to be confirmed.
Sandler is lined up to play a man who repairs shoes, with the character also having the ability to step into other people's lives.
Sandler is expected to start shooting the film before he begins work for his rumoured role in Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children. »
Deal calls for London to develop and produce cable projects exclusively for the studio with Groundswell’s prez of production Janice Williams and director of development Shary Shirazi.
“Michael is awesome,” Salke remarked. “For 25 years, he has had as good of taste as anyone in town. We like to think we’re a little snobby about who we work with…He’s been interested in building a television business, and the deal was really mutual. He really has staked the ground of high end independent film. It »
- AJ Marechal
Variety is reporting that Image Entertainment has scooped up the distribution rights to Atom Egoyan’s crime thriller Devil’s Knot. Image, a division of Maryland-based Rlj Entertainment, plans to release the film next year in the second quarter.
Worldview Entertainment's dramatic crime thriller Devil's Knot, filmed in the greater Atlanta, Georgia, area under the direction of Atom Egoyan, stars Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth with a screenplay by Paul Harris Boardman and Scott Derrickson. Elizabeth Fowler, Richard Saperstein, and Clark Peterson produced Devil’s Knot alongside Worldview Entertainment CEO Christopher Woodrow. Worldview’s Molly Conners, Sarah Johnson Redlich, Maria Cestone, and Hoyt David Morgan executive produced alongside actual defendants Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr. Devil’s Knot is a Fowler-Saperstein-Peterson Production.
Following the release from prison of the West Memphis Three, after nearly 20 years of incarceration, Hollywood was abuzz with plans to develop the teen trio's »
- Uncle Creepy
Gamechanger Films, a new for-profit film fund exclusively targeting narrative feature-length films directed by women, was announced today. The New York-based company was founded by Julie Parker Benello (Afternoon Delight, Pariah, Brooklyn Castle), Dan Cogan (Hell and Back Again, How to Survive a Plague, The Queen of Versailles), Geralyn Dreyfous (Born Into Brothels, The Invisible War, The Square) and Wendy Ettinger (Semper Fi: Always Faithful, The War Room, Eye of God), and will be led by producer Mynette Louie (Cold Comes the Night, California Solo, Children of Invention). Producer Mary Jane Skalski (Very Good Girls, Win Win, The Visitor) is […] »
- Scott Macaulay
Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Release Date: Nov. 5, 2013
Price: DVD $19.97, Blu-ray $24.99
In Clear History, David stars as Nathan, a marketing executive at a start-up electric car company who gives up his ten percent of the business after a petty argument with his boss (Jon Hamm, TV’s Mad Men). The company subsequently makes billions of dollars, destroying Nathan’s life and leaving him publicly humiliated. Ten years later, after changing his name to Rolly and moving to a small island off the Massachusetts coast, all is well – until something from the past threatens his new life.
Directed by Greg Mottola (Paul), the movie features »
The National will contribute a new song to the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
The five-piece's new song 'Lean' will feature on the eagerly-awaited sequel alongside the Coldplay track 'Atlas'.
The National frontman Matt Berninger told NME that the song was originally titled 'Dying Is Easy', but the band were asked to rename it when the studio deemed it "too dark".
Berninger said: "The song almost didn't make it because it was too dark for The Hunger Games soundtrack, which I thought was sort of funny because it's about killing kids, I don't know how a song can be darker than that? So we had to change the name of the song; I actually like the name 'Lean'.
"The song was originally called 'Dying Is Easy' and I think that they thought it was a little too dark. But, you know, I get it. It was a really fun project. »
Fast & Furious 7: Vin Diesel is looking sad in a new image from Fast & Furious 7. The caption for the behind-the-scenes photo may hold a clue: "The first week of filming, has been both intense and surreal…P.S. One from set… a more somber moment in Our Saga…” The movie is heading to theaters on July 11, 2014. [Collider] The Cobbler: Periodically, Adam Sandler leaves behind broad comedy and ventures into dark dramatic territory (Punch Drunk Love). He's now in negotations to star in The Cobbler, the story of "a shoe repair man with the ability to 'walk in other peoples’ shoes,' so to speak, as he can metaphysically step into their lives for a certain period of time." Tom McCarthy (Win Win, The Visitor) is set...
- Peter Martin
Among the list of A-list comics who occasionally turn to dramas, Adam Sandler is not quite up there with the likes of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey. Those actors arguably did finer jobs with serious roles than they did mugging for the camera (watch Good Will Hunting and The Truman Show for proof). But Adam Sandler has done terrific work as the dramatic anchor of Spanglish and Reign Over Me. Plus, his quixotic change of pace in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love is a career highlight.
Now, the actor may be turning back to dramas with a pinch of light comedy, as he is in talks to play the lead in The Cobbler, from indie darling Thomas McCarthy, writer/director of Win Win and The Station Agent. The role Sandler would play is of a shoe repairman who has the ability to, literally, walk a mile in other people »
- Jordan Adler
Thomas McCarthy is directing the comedy, which follows a modern-day cobbler who has the meta-physical ability to enter the lives of the people whose shoes he repairs.
Thomas McCarthy was set to direct the Untitled Boston Globe Project, based on the true story of how the Boston Globe exposed the abuse of young boys in the Catholic Church, but now that project has been pushed into next year. The project, which we first reported on in April, is searching for a new studio home after DreamWorks dropped it, along with the lead actors.
Mary Jane Skalski is producing the feature. Plot details are being kept under wraps.
In addition to “The Cobbler,” Sandler is circling Jason Reitman’s next film “Men, Women & Children,” so it’s unclear which movie he will do first.
Sandler is repped by Wme while McCarthy is at Gersh Agency.
- Justin Kroll
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