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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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Adam Sandler

Many audiences probably feel like they’ve got a pretty good lock on what an Adam Sandler film will offer, and for the most part they’re right. But every once in a while the comedian goes for something a little more serious — films like Punch-Drunk Love, Spanglish, and Funny People aren’t all that plentiful on his resume, but they are there.

His next deviation from absurd comedy will be The Cobbler, from The Station Agent and Win Win director Tom McCarthy. The film also features an eclectic supporting cast, with appearances from Dustin Hoffman, Method Man, Melonie Diaz, Ellen Barkin, Dan Stevens and Steve Buscemi. Sandler plays “a lonely New York shoe repairman” who happens across an object that literally lets him “walk in another man’s shoes.”

The first image doesn’t really show the magic, but it does give you Sandler in a mode that looks far enough from Grown Ups that it’s worth a look for those who prefer the actor’s more dramatic stuff. Read More »

The Black List 2013

Most year-end best-of lists consist of things that have already been produced, released, and consumed. But the Black List stands apart in that it’s all about the films that haven’t come out yet. Created by Franklin Leonard and Dino Sijamic, the annual compilation shines a light on the “most liked” unproduced screenplays of each year, as voted on by hundreds of Hollywood executives.

Not all of these films will get made, let alone made well, but the Black List still serves as a good indication of what projects are being buzzed about. Last year’s list included Transcendence and RodhamDjango Unchained and Saving Mr. Banks were among the highlights the year before that. Three out of the last five Best Picture winners were Black List scripts, as were seven of the past twelve screenwriting Oscar winners. Hit the jump to read titles and descriptions for the 72 that made the cut this year.

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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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Dan Stevens Joins Tom McCarthy’s ‘The Cobbler’

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Briefly: Dan Stevens, formerly of Downton Abbey, will share the screen with Adam Sandler in the new film from Win Win and The Visitor director Tom McCarthy. We don’t have any details on the project, called The Cobbler, which McCarthy is writing and directing, other than the fact that all three guys are part of the show.

Stevens just signed to play Lancelot in A Night at the Museum 3, and also has The Guest, from You’re Next director Adam Wingard, and A Walk Among the Tombstones, from director Scott Frank and starring Liam Neeson, coming out in the next few months. This will shoot before the next Night at the Museum film. [Variety]

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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Fright Night may not have done massive business for Disney and DreamWorks, but it was good enough to keep the principals on board at Disney. Screenwriter Marti Noxon was just announced as part of a new Pixar project, and now Fright Night remake director Craig Gillespie, who also made Lars and the Real Girl, is in talks to make the baseball drama Million Dollar Arm. Jon Hamm remains set to star. Read More »

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