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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]

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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 »

Tom McCarthy has made a couple of really successful little dramas, Win Win and The Station Agent. (And he was less successfully associated with the beginning of Game of Thrones.) Now McCarthy is teaming with The West Wing writer Josh Singer to tell a much bigger and more culturally loaded story: the history of “the Catholic Church’s decades-long cover-up of child molestation in Massachusetts,” and of the Boston Globe reporters that uncovered the local efforts to hide evidence of the abuse. Read More »

One of the Stephen King novels to elude the forces of film adaptation has been Rose Madder, which combines phantasmagoric fantasy and spousal abuse in a way that is very characteristically King, and seemingly rather difficult to put on the screen.

That is changing now, as the 1995 novel is part of a trio of film projects announced at the American Film Market by Palomar Pictures (Brothers, Killer Elite) and Gosvenor Park. The companies will team to remake French heist movie Joseph and the Girl, Norwegian film Elling, and to bring Rose Madder to the screen. Read More »

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Fans of animation director Brendon Small are familiar with his series Home Movies, but don’t mistake this new film with the same title for one that has anything to do with the animated series. (Or with Brian DePalma’s 1980 film, either.)

This new Home Movies is something different: a supernatural family comedy. And it is possibly something pretty cool, as the writer is Tom McCarthy, who has scored a lot of favor writing and directing The Station Agent, The Visitor and Win Win. (He also worked on the story for Pixar’s Up.) Read More »

David chats with actor/writer/director Tom McCarthy about playing the most hated villain in The Wire, the challenges of filming high school wrestling, and making indie fare that rises above the rest. Tom’s newest film, Win Win, is out in limited release today.

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Editor’s Note: This review of Win Win originally ran in January when we saw it at the Sundance Film Festival. Since the film opens in limited release today, we decided to republish it.

A movie like Win Win is why you come to the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Tom McCarthy, it stars Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale and Jeffrey Tambor in the hilarious, heartwarming story of a happy, but financially troubled family, who find themselves taking care of a 16-year-old boy . That boy, played by newcomer Alex Shaffer, just so happens to be a champion wrestler and Giamatti’s character just so happens to be a wrestling coach. However, the film is much more than just a simple sports movie or family drama. It integrates the two in a way that’s both organic and accessible.

McCarthy has made a winning film that’s very easy to love. And I do. Read my review and see a video blog about it featuring myself and Peter after the jump. Read More »