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"Spotlight" Director Tom McCarthy to Receive Sonny Bono Visionary Award at 27th Annual Psiff Awards Gala

14 hours ago | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Tom McCarthy, the fantastic director who gave us the thought-provoking "Spotlight," is going to be honored at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival. He will join Johnny Depp (Desert Palm Achievement Award Actor for "Black Mass"), Brie Larson (Breakthrough Performance Award for the amazing "Room"), Saoirse Ronan (I love her in "Brooklyn" and she is set to receive the International Star Award), and Cate Blanchett (Desert Palm Achievement Award Actress for the twofer "Carol" and "Truth"). I will be live at the red carpet and will give you the very latest! For now, here's the complete press release regarding Tom McCarthy:

Palm Springs, CA (November 24, 2015) . The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Spotlight director Tom McCarthy with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at its annual Awards Gala. Past recipients of the Sonny Bono Visionary Award include filmmakers Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater and Michel Hazanavicius. »

- Manny

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Review: Spotlight, A True Story Proves Both Enthralling And Appalling

12 November 2015 12:00 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Consistently gripping, Tom McCarthy's Spotlight tells the true story of an investigation by the Boston Globe newspaper that had far-ranging implications. The film serves as a tribute to the power of the press, as well as a warning sign for the future of journalism in the public interest. Actor turned filmmaker McCarthy made a trio of impressive character pieces (The Station Agent, The Visitor, Win Win) before stumbling with the Adam Sandler-starring The Cobbler, a good-faith attempt to make something lighter and carefree. But he returns to his strengths with this picture. Spotlight neither glamorizes nor demonizes the press. It includes the shining moments yes, but also the mistakes that are inevitably made in the pursuit of truth. The focus here is on four investigative...

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Slattery makes news: speaking to John Slattery about his new film Spotlight

9 November 2015 7:30 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

John Slattery has been working non-stop since the late 1980s, but you’d be hard-pressed to name a character he’s played aside from 'Mad Men’s" glib advertising executive Roger Sterling. Slattery’s stellar portrayal of a debonair man with a cool exterior and restless soul captivated audiences and turned the journeyman actor into a star.

Now that "Mad Men" has signed off, the challenge for the 53-year-old is to find roles suited to his understated, yet undeniable, talent. He does just that in this month’s heralded drama Spotlight, which wowed audiences and critics at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival and should be in the mix for the year’s Best Picture Oscar.

Directed by Tom McCarthy (The Station AgentWin Win), the film recounts the real-life work done by the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Spotlight” team of investigative journalists (named after the section »

- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine

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New In Theaters: Spotlight

6 November 2015 2:10 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

The new movie Spotlight begins inside a South Boston police station in 1976, where a Catholic bishop is counseling a distraught mother who may or may not bring charges against the priest accused of molesting her son. According to the desk sergeant outside the witness room, the bishop is in the station to “help out,” which in practical terms means not-so-subtly reminding the mother of all the good the church has done and continues to do that could presumably be undone if she pursues legal and very public recourse, as well as offering his hushed assurances that the offending priest will be dealt with and the crime her child has endured will never, ever happen again. Outside the witness room, a police officer speculates to the sergeant about the developing situation that “It’s gonna be hard to keep the papers away from the arraignment.” The sergeant shrugs and shakes his head. »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Watching the Watchers: Tom McCarthy on Making Spotlight

3 November 2015 5:00 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

When Tom McCarthy, a preppy, generically handsome white guy, gets stopped on the street, it’s usually by people who think he went to high school with them or perhaps was in their sailing class. You might know his name from the excellent modest-budget adult dramas he’s written and directed: The Station Agent, The Visitor, Win Win, and his latest, Spotlight, which seems a shoo-in for a Best Picture nomination. (We’ll get to his one clunker, 2014’s The Cobbler, later.) He’s also an actor, and if you’ve watched season five of HBO’s The Wire, then you most definitely recognize his face. Likely as one you want to punch. It’s the face of that weasel of a character Scott Templeton, possibly the slimiest, most despicable news reporter in television history.“I think it’s safe to say that I’m a bad guy for most journalists, »

- Jada Yuan

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Watch: New Clip From 'Spotlight,' Plus Director Tom McCarthy Stands By 'The Cobbler' And Talks State Of Film Criticism

30 October 2015 10:34 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It terms of cinematic comeback stories, there are few quite like the narrative spinning around writer/director Tom McCarthy at the moment. About this time last year he was still reeling from the from the critical reception of his Adam Sandler-starring fantasy/comedy "The Cobbler," which premiered at Tiff to savage reviews. It was major misfire from a filmmaker whose swung and connected with this previous three pictures, "The Station Agent," "Win Win," and "The Visitor." Now, he's back and in the thick of the Oscar race with "Spotlight," and stopping by to chat with Brian Koppelman on The Moment podcast, he reflects on how things went down with "The Cobbler."  Read More: Review: Tom McCarthy's 'Spotlight' With Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, And More “The Toronto Film Festival didn’t want the movie, granted, it’s a unique movie," McCarthy admits. "And I gotta say, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Exclusive 'Spotlight' TV Spot Teases 'One of the Year's Best Films'

29 October 2015 7:51 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Why Michael Keaton 'Doesn't Want Your F*cking Opinion' In the News Open Road Films is gearing up for the November 6 release of "Spotlight" with a new television spot that highlights the film's great ensemble cast and its even greater critical reviews.  From writer-director Tom McCarthy ("The Station Agent," "Win Win"), "Spotlight" tells the true story of the Boston Globe's investigation of sex abuse within the Catholic Church. When the story broke in 2002, it sent shockwaves throughout the world and earned the reporting team the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Brian d'Arcy James play the four journalists on the eponymous Spotlight team, while John Slattery, Stanley Tucci and Liev Schreiber round out the main cast.  Ever since earning widespread acclaim at Venice, Telluride and Tiff earlier this year, its awards prospects have been »

- Zack Sharf

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Film News: 51st Chicago International Film Festival Closes with Best of Fest, ‘Carol’ & ‘Spotlight’

28 October 2015 9:05 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – All great things come to an end, and the 51st Chicago International Film Festival is no exception, concluding on October 28th and 29th, 2015, with the Best of the Fest, in addition to a special presentation of the new Todd Haynes’ film “Carol’ and their Closing Night film event, the tense journalism thriller “Spotlight.”

The final events are previewed below. The 51st Chicago International Film Festival concludes on Thursday, October 29th.

”Best Of The Fest”

’ A Childhood,’ Directed by Philippe Claudel

Photo credit: Chicago International Film Festival

Award winners, audience favorites and by-popular-demand films are repeated on Wednesday, October 28th, and Thursday, October 29th. “A Childhood,” the French film that won the Gold Hugo (the highest film prize of the festival), will be among the films screened over the next two days. For a complete Best of the Fest schedule, click here.

Wednesday and Thursday, October 28th & 29th, Various Times

Special Presentation – ”Carol

Carol, »

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of We Are Your Friends In St. Louis

16 August 2015 12:44 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Studiocanal comes the romantic drama We Are Your Friends.

The film marks Max Joseph’s (MTV’s “Catfish: The TV Show”) feature film directorial debut, and stars Zac Efron (“Neighbors”), Emily Ratajkowski (“Entourage,” “Gone Girl”), and Wes Bentley (“Interstellar,” “The Hunger Games”).

We Are Your Friends is about what it takes to find your voice. Set in the world of electronic music and Hollywood nightlife, an aspiring 23-year-old DJ named Cole (Efron) spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights working on the one track that will set the world on fire. All of this changes when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ named James (Bentley), who takes him under his wing. Things get complicated, however, when Cole starts falling for James’ much younger girlfriend, Sophie (Ratajkowski). With Cole’s forbidden relationship intensifying and his friendships unraveling, he must choose between love, »

- Movie Geeks

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Nywift and Iris Announce Inaugural Participants for The Writers Lab, Funded by Meryl Streep

10 August 2015 12:56 PM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Back in April, I interviewed the directors of Nywift and Iris about their noted launch of The Writers Lab, a retreat for women screenwriters over 40, that received a substantial amount of funding from Meryl Streep. The 12 inaugural participants, listed below, were selected from a pool of over 3,500 applicants. The eight mentors for the weekend long September lab are Jessica Bendinger (Bring It On, Aquamarine), Caroline Kaplan (Time Out of Mind, Me and You and Everyone We Know), Meg LeFauve (Inside Out), Darnell Martin (Cadillac Records), Lydia Dean Pilcher (Darjeeling Limited, The Talented Mr. Ripley), Gina Prince-Bythewood (Secret Life of Bees, Beyond the LightsMary Jane Skalski (Win Win, The Station Agent) and […] »

- Sarah Salovaara

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Meryl Streep’s Screenwriters Program Selects Inaugural Participants

10 August 2015 7:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

New York Women in Film & Television and the Iris film collective have selected 12 screenwriters for the inaugural year of Meryl Streep’s Writers Lab.

The program, which is fully funded by Streep, provides script development for female writers over the age of 40. The Writers Lab, presented in collaboration with the Writers Guild of America East, received over 3,500 submissions.

Here are the participants and their scripts: Sarah Bird, “Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen”; Vanessa Carmichael, “The American”; Tracy Charlton, “Raised Up”; Kellen Hertz, “Ashburn”; Anna Hozian, “Anchor Baby”; Lyralen Kaye, “St. John the Divine in Iowa”; Jan Kimbrough, “The Glastonbury Cow Party”; Billie Mason, “The Cargo”; Peres Owino, “Basketweaver”; Gretchen Somerfeld, “Face Value”; Janet Stilson, “Jaguar Trail”; and Kim Turner, “It Goes Like This.”

The event will take place September 18 to 20 in upstate New York at the Wiawaka Center. Iris is a collective of women filmmakers founded by Kyle Ann Stokes, »

- Dave McNary

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Watch the first trailer for Thomas McCarthy’s latest feature ‘Spotlight’

29 July 2015 11:58 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Tom McCarthy has become a familiar figure over the course of his career in several arenas, whether as a performer on Syriana and HBO’s The Wire, or as a writer for films such as Pixar’s Up and Million Dollar Arm. It is as a filmmaker, however, that McCarthy has gained the most prominence, receiving critical acclaim for his filmmaking debut The Station Agent, which was matched by the praise for his follow-ups The Visitor and Win Win. With his last film hitting theatres early this year, McCarthy immediately got back behind the camera for his next film, titled Spotlight. The film’s synopsis is as follows.

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

McCarthy once again takes on directing and writing duties for the film, »

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Spotlight trailer: Michael Keaton exposes child abuse in the Catholic church

29 July 2015 11:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo also star in this potential Oscar contender from director Tom McCarthy about the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer-winning investigation

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Oscar-nominated actor/writer/director Tom McCarthy was on a roll as a film-maker after The Station Agent, The Visitor and Win Win all won rave reviews. He faltered horribly with the Adam Sandler-starring comedy The Cobbler, but his latest, Spotlight, which he also co-wrote, looks set to haul him back on track.

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First Trailer for Tom McCarthy's 'Spotlight' Starring Michael Keaton

29 July 2015 10:45 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

"How do you say 'no' to God?" Open Road Films has debuted a trailer for Tom McCarthy's Spotlight, a newsroom thriller about the Boston Globe journalists who investigated and uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation in the Catholic Church. Oscar-nominated actor Michael Keaton leads the way, but the ensemble cast includes Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup. This is premiering at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals this fall, and looks like a fascinating journalistic thriller, reminding us how much work goes into breaking stories. Take a look. Here's the first official trailer for Tom McCarthy's Spotlight, found on YouTube: The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core. Spotlight is directed by the very talented actor-filmmaker Tom McCarthy, »

- Alex Billington

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Watch: Michael Keaton Takes Down the Catholic Church in Star-Studded 'Spotlight' Trailer

29 July 2015 9:36 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Venice Film Festival Unveils Lineup: Includes 'Equals' and 'The Danish Girl' World Premieres, New Noah Baumbach Documentary Fresh off the news that it will screen at the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, Tom McCarthy's "Spotlight" has received a debut trailer touting its star-studded ensemble and powerful subject matter. Looking to rebound after the critical bashing of "The Cobbler" earlier this year, writer-director McCarthy ("The Station Agent," "Win Win") looks to be in good hands with a post-"Birdman" Michael Keaton starring opposite Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Brian d’Arcy James and Billy Crudup. The official synopsis reads: "'Spotlight' tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world's oldest and most trusted institutions. When the »

- Zack Sharf

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Watch: Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams & Michael Keaton Star In The First Trailer For Catholic Church Scandal Pic ‘Spotlight’

29 July 2015 9:12 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

After a critically acclaimed start with films like “The Station Agent” and “The Visitor,” actor/director Thomas McCarthy, has hit a few bumps in the road while diversifying his career. The fact is, McCarthy has taken risks. He’s written at Pixar (“Up”) and taken on some challenges (“Win/Win” features some terrific performances, but is a uneven effort), but few would argue that his would-be whimsical fairy tale comedy “The Cobbler” starring Adam Sandler wasn’t a huge misguided folly (and actually, don’t put the blame on Sandler, either). Read More: Interview: Thomas McCarthy Grapples With 'Win Win' But if there are those looking for a McCarthy comeback in a big way, his upcoming picture “Spotlight” looks like the real deal. Co-written by Josh Singer (“The West Wing”) and McCarthy, “Spotlight” stars Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Michael Keaton in a true story about a team »

- Edward Davis

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The Cobbler review: “Average, though very entertaining…”

29 July 2015 3:08 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Cobbler review: The latest Adam Sandler comedy is run-of-the-mill stuff, but there’s a lot of fun to have in there too. The Cobbler review

The Cobbler is one of those movies which was released in its domestic territory back last year, received relatively poor to mediocre reviews, and thus is getting a fairly low-profile international roll-out, which is a shame really, as there’s a lot of fun to be with Adam Sandler‘s latest comedy.

The film revolves around Sandler’s cobbler Max Simkin, a bored, single Jewish guy working on New York’s lower East Side in the family’s small business. When Max stumbles upon a magical family heirloom – a stitching machine which allows him to transform to look and appear like the owner of any pair of shoes he straps on – his life changes forever.

Written and directed by Tom McCarthy, who has helmed »

- Paul Heath

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‘The Cobbler’ VOD Review

19 May 2015 1:12 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Adam Sandler, Method Man, Adam B. Shapiro, Ellen Barkin, Evan Neumann, Melonie Diaz, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi, Dascha Polanco, Dustin Hoffman, Yul Vasquez, Kim Cloutier | Written by Thomas McCarthy, Paul Sado | Directed by Thomas McCarthy

Max Simkin (Sandler) is a fourth generation cobbler working in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical shoe-stitching machine that allows him to step into the lives of his customers – literally – and see how the other half lives, and finds that sometimes walking in another man’s shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are…

Thomas McCarthy, director of the critically acclaimed The Station Agent and the fantastic Paul Giamatti starrer Win Win, would seem like an odd choice to direct an Adam Sandler movie, but then The Cobbler is no ordinary Adam Sandler film. »

- Phil Wheat

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What Went Wrong with Tom McCarthy's 'The Cobbler'?

15 March 2015 1:02 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

It's been six months since Tom McCarthy's latest, "The Cobbler," was excoriated by critics in Toronto, but the sting has yet to wear off. What Grantland's Wesley Morris called a "crime against cinema" currently has a pitiful 8% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (it's at C- on Criticwire and at 54 Metacritic), and while the film's star, Adam Sandler, has ample experience with reviewers' sharpened pencils, McCarthy's failure here comes as quite a shock. Update: Image Entertainment opened "The Cobbler" simultaneously in 20 theaters and on Video on Demand, scoring just $24,000 with a tiny per screen average of just $1,200. Read: Arthouse Audit: 'It Follows' is Horror Hit, and Tests Radius's VOD Plans  As a writer-director, the former actor's three previous films ("The Station Agent," "The Visitor," and "Win Win") comprise a loose trilogy that impressed critics with their nuanced observations of everyday life. »

- Matt Brennan

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Film Review: Adam Sandler’s ‘The Cobbler’ a Historical, Stupefying Disaster

13 March 2015 7:40 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – The newest Adam Sandler film that doesn’t feature him dressed like a chubby middle schooler is really bad, but in a special way. Similarly, it is an instant classic in the legacy of bizarre disasters, a footnote in writer/director history that must be witnessed to be fully understood.

Part of its perplexity is how the film is always in grasp as it shows itself, and how you can reach out and try to bring it back home, but then it explodes. This is one of those films where its flaws are more believable as a conspiracy than a misjudgment. Someone, please, let the police know that writer/director Tom McCarthy is missing, and someone has his shoes.

Rating: 1.0/5.0

The key to entering “The Cobbler” is indeed not lead star Adam Sandler but co-writer/director McCarthy. If you’ve seen his films like “The Station Agent,” “The Visitor, »

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