Paul Reubens Documentary

A two-part documentary about Paul Reubens, AKA Pee-wee Herman, is headed to HBO with producers Josh and Benny Safdie. The doc is described as a “kaleidoscopic portrait” of Reubens, who started his career as an improv comedian and stage actor before striking it big with a sold-out stage show called The Pee-wee Herman Show. Reubens translated the stage show first into two feature films and then a CBS Saturday-morning children’s TV show. The TV show ended in 1990, and a year later, Reubens was caught up in a scandal when he was arrested for indecent exposure in an adult movie theater.

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the curse emma stone

Emma Stone teaming up with Nathan Fielder and the Safdie Brothers? No, you’re not dreaming – it’s really happening. Showtime announced today that it has ordered the comedy series The Curse, which will star Stone. The series was created by Fielder and Benny Safdie, who will both appear in the show as well. The Safdie Brothers will executive produce along with Stone and Fielder. The show follows how an alleged curse interferes with a married couple on a “problematic new HGTV show.”

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Safdie Brothers HBO

Josh and Benny Safdie, the writer/directors behind anxiety-inducing indie thrillers like Good Time and Uncut Gems, are heading to premium cable. The duo and their Elara Pictures production shingle have set up a two year first look deal with HBO, and A24 – the company that produced and distributed their two biggest movies – is also involved. Read more about the new Safdie Brothers HBO deal below. Read More »

The Curse

In the wake of last year’s anxiety-inducing, Adam Sandler gambling thriller Uncut Gems and their short film Goldman v Silverman, co-writers/directors Josh and Benny Safdie (aka the Safdie Brothers) still haven’t officially lined up their next movie. But a new report says the directing duo will soon head to television, because they’re teaming up with Nathan For You‘s Nathan Fielder for a new half-hour Showtime comedy called The Curse. Get the details below.
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2020 Independent Spirit Awards Winners - The Farewell

The 35th Film Independent Spirit Awards were handed out last night, honoring achievements in independent cinema in a celebration of artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers whose films embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision. The ceremony honored two movies that were overlooked by the Oscars in a big way, with The Farewell winning Best Feature and Adam Sandler taking home Best Male Lead for Uncut Gems. And those weren’t the only awards those two films walked away with either. Get the full list of 2020 Independent Spirit Awards nominations. Read More »

uncut gems coming back to theaters

Uncut Gems may not be winning any Oscars, but this is how we (as a collective society) win: with a theatrical re-release that features a special post-screening Q&A filmed without star Adam Sandler‘s knowledge. Uncut Gems is coming back to theaters, courtesy of A24 and directors Josh and Benny Safdie, who are tacking on another surprise gift for those seeing their crime thriller again. That gift comes in the form of a special post-screening Q&A with Sandler, which was filmed without Sandler’s knowledge.

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pee-wee herman reboot

Once upon a time, Paul Reubens‘s character Pee-wee Herman was a huge deal. Starting off with a comedy special, graduating to a TV show, and then onto the big screen, the strange man-child character with a fondness for bow-ties and red bikes was a bonafide pop culture phenomenon. Then it all came crashing down when Reubens was arrested for indecent exposure at an adult movie theater.

While Pee-wee never reclaimed the status he once had, the figure remains a cult icon, and in 2016, Netflix revived the character with the film Pee-wee’s Big Holiday. But Reubens isn’t done with Pee-wee yet. In fact, he wants to make a dark Pee-wee Herman reboot – and he’s asked Uncut Gems filmmakers the Safdie Brothers to direct.

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Goldman v Silverman

Now that Josh and Benny Safdie, the filmmakers behind last year’s sustained cinematic panic attack Uncut Gems, have given audiences around the world anxiety, they’ve reteamed with star Adam Sandler to provide a slightly lower-key viewing experience in the form of a new short film. Check out Goldman v Silverman below, a six-minute short in which Sandler and Benny Safdie face off as street performers in Times Square. Read More »

Uncut Gems interview Julia Fox

The path to Julia Fox‘s on-screen acting debut in Uncut Gems took her through a myriad of other successful creative endeavors, including art, photography, fashion design, writing, and even recently directing her first short film, Fantasy Girls. Fox first became well known in her native New York City for being something of an “It girl” on the club/party scene, and it was during that time in her life, nearly 10 years ago, that she became friendly with brothers and struggling filmmakers Josh and Bennie Safdie, who were developing a script set in the city’s diamond district which focused on a fast-talking jeweler named Howard Ratner, a degenerate gambler and a man who enjoys the thrill of risk more than the actual rewards it may bring.

The Safdies wrote the character of Julia for Fox, and through the many iterations of both the screenplay and the cast, Fox has remained the one constant in the production – but she still had to fight for the role and prove she could play the part of Howard’s mistress. Uncut Gems took many years to get off the ground (the brothers made their breakthrough movies Heaven Knows What and Good Time in the meantime), and when the Safdies’ first choice to play Howard, Adam Sandler, finally agreed to make the film, things fell into place fairly quickly. Fox was ready, and she’s absolutely electric as the charming, manipulative, and irresistible Julia, in a movie that feels like the cinematic equivalent of a panic attack and also happens to be one of the best of the year.

/Film spoke with with Fox recently about her long road to overnight success, how much of herself (past and present versions) she put into the Julia character, what she learned about acting from working so closely with Sandler, and the free-floating directing style that the Safdie brothers adopted to make the film both tense and funny. Read More »

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uncut gems trailer

It’s always a pleasure to see Adam Sandler take a break from the mind-numbing broad comedies that are keeping him paid by Netflix, but his latest artistic collaboration with the Safdie brothers, Uncut Gems, guarantees anything but a good time. The A24 ingenues, Josh and Benny Safdie, are well-known for their anxiety-inducing crime dramas in which the protagonists make exceedingly bad decisions. And in Uncut Gems, Sandler’s jewelry dealer makes all kinds of bad decisions. Watch the Uncut Gems trailer below.

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