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Tom McCarthy is recently wrapped a fanciful dramedy called The Cobbler, in which Adam Sandler plays a shoe repairman who walk in his customers’ shoes (in the metaphysical sense, not the boring literal one). But now the director is getting ready to head into much darker, heavier fare.

Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Stanley Tucci have entered talks to lead McCarthy’s Spotlight, about the Catholic Church’s child molestation scandal. Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, and Aaron Eckhart are circling other key roles. Hit the jump for all the details.

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Tom McCarthy Adapting ‘Tommysaurus Rex’

Tommysaurus Rex

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 project after that could be an even bigger departure.

McCarthy has signed on to write and possibly direct the Tommysaurus Rex movie, based on an Image Comics book about a boy and his dinosaur pal. Get more details after the jump.

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Dustin Hoffman / Steve Buscemi / Method Man

Adam Sandler seemed like an unexpected choice when indie filmmaker Tom McCarthy cast him in The Cobbler, but what we didn’t know at the time was that he was just the beginning of a very eclectic cast. Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens was the next to sign on, and now Dustin Hoffman, Steve Buscemi, and Method Man have all jumped aboard as well. Get plot details and more after the jump.

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Adam Sandler

Following a string of broad comedies, Adam Sandler‘s ready to get serious once again. The Grown Ups star just signed on for The Cobbler, the latest indie drama from Win Win director Thomas McCarthy.

The news comes hot on the heels of last week’s announcement that he would also star in Men, Women & Children, a dark satire from Jason Reitman. Could Sandler be looking to turn over a new leaf? More details about his latest project after the jump.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Premieres April 17

Briefly: Earlier today we saw some trailers and info on the new HBO offerings Mildred Pierce and The Sunset Limited. Now there’s a premiere date for Game of Thrones, the adaptation of George R.R. Martin‘s novels with a pilot directed by Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor). The show will debut Sunday, April 17.

Though I wasn’t knocked out by the trailer for this one I’m still on the hook, not so much because of the source material (which I know is the key factor for a great many fans) but because I’m so curious to see what Tom McCarthy and his cast have done with an adult fantasy setting. David Benioff and Dan Weiss are the lead writers and producers, and the cast includes Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage, Iain Glen, Lena Headey, Richard Madden and Sophie Turner. [EW]

Time to mark up your calendar. Three films, each of which is aimed at a very different audience, have set release dates. Let’s get the ugly one out of the way first: Warner Bros. has locked Wrath of the Titans, directed by Jonathan Liebesman, for March 30, 2012 — basically the same place in the calendar that saw the release of Clash of the Titans this year. Liam Neeson will return as Zeus, and presumably Sam Worthington and Gemma Arterton will reprise their roles from Clash as well.

After the break, dates and recap info for Tom McCarthy‘s Win Win and Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Drive. Read More »

TV Trailer and Photo Gallery: ‘Game of Thrones’

The two teasers we’ve seen so far for the HBO series adaptation of George R.R. Martin‘s Game of Thrones showed very little. What we did see had the color bled out to fit the dour tone of each teaser, and while the brief images were tantalizing, there was no way to get a real sense of how the series might play. So this new trailer is the first finished footage we’ve seen to complement the colorful behind the scenes clips doled out sporadically over the past months. Check it out after the break. Read More »

Teaser Trailer #2: HBO’s Game of Thrones

HBO's Game of Thrones

In June, we posted a short teaser trailer for HBO’s upcoming fantasy series Game of Thrones, based on George R.R. Martin‘s bestselling fantasy novel series A Song of Fire and Ice. The teaser trailer didn’t reveal much, just a few glimpses of what we can expect. HBO has released a second teaser trailer which shows a bit more. Watch it now after the jump, and please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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