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Adam Sandler Will Try Acting Again By Starring In Indie Drama 'The Cobbler' For 'The Visitor' Director Tom McCarthy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2013 3:22 PM
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For the most part, Adam Sandler is content to make exceedingly puerile and terrible movies, as long as they have big cheques attached to them, and let him hang out with pals in what usually amounts to a paid vacation. And while there is a certain segment of the population that loves those kinds of movies, every now and then, Sandler tries to his hand at actual acting. Of course, he led Paul Thomas Anderson's delirious romance "Punch Drunk Love," though even there, he was riffing on his on screen persona to some degree. Meanwhile, he's tried going serious with fare like "Funny People," "Spanglish" and perhaps most egregiously "Reign Over Me," to mixed results. And now he's pushing himself even further.

Matt Damon Frontrunner To Star In Tom McCarthy's Catholic Church Sex Scandal Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2013 2:13 PM
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Matt Damon has always kept his hometown of Boston close to heart, whether in the breakout "Good Will Hunting," taking a role in "The Departed" or developing a movie with Ben Affleck about the city's most famous criminal figure, Whitey Bulger. And should it all work out, Damon will once again help tell a story about his hometown, one that shook the city to its core.

DreamWorks Picks Up Tom McCarthy's 'All The President's Men' Style Catholic Church Sex Scandal Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2013 3:14 PM
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With Pope Francis now installed and working to give the institution and church as a whole an overhaul and a bit of a friendly face, Hollywood is coming around and promising to let them off so easy. Alex Gibney's recent documentary Mea "Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God" has spurred all kinds of debate, Ridley Scott is currently gearing up to shoot the pilot for the Showtime series "The Vatican," but perhaps most of all, "The Visitor" and "Win Win" helmer Tom McCarthy is ready to bring one of the worst chapters in the faith's history to the mulitplex.

'Win Win' Director Tom McCarthy To Helm 'All The President's Men' Style Catholic Church Sex Scandal Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2012 4:42 PM
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With the Jerry Sandusky verdict still in recent memory, and Boy Scouts finally releasing their decades worth of evidence of abuse within the organization, sexual exploitation of minors is sadly still at the forefront of the nation's concerns. But perhaps what blew the doors off in terms of exposing the depths of these crimes, and willingness of trusted officials to cover them up, was the revelation nearly a decade ago that the diocese was protecting priests accused of horrific abuses. And that story is now being given the big screen treatment.

'Win Win' Director Tom McCarthy Writing Supernatural Comedy-Drama 'Home Movies' For DreamWorks

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 8, 2011 2:20 AM
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With this year's "Win Win," writer-director Tom McCarthy not only proved that "The Station Agent" and "The Visitor" were more than flukes, but he also made one of the best films of the admittedly lackluster year (thus far). It's already his biggest box office success to date, and the actor-turned helmer is more in demand than ever -- he's already taken one big studio gig, writing the baseball drama "Million Dollar Arm" for Disney (having worked with the studio once before, penning a few drafts of Pixar's "Up"), and now another one is lined up as well.

Interview: Thomas McCarthy Grapples With 'Win Win'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 21, 2011 8:08 AM
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Director Also Discusses His Upcoming Project 'Million Dollar Arm“Win Win” is the latest effort from writer-director Thomas McCarthy, who last helmed the Oscar-nominated “The Visitor.” But most have preconceived notions of the man behind the camera. McCarthy is also an accomplished actor, having appeared in work as diverse as "The Wire," “Syriana” and “2012” in between his small, sensitive character dramas, and is often seen in unpredictable places. The bulk of people who attended the loony New York Comic Con presentation for “Your Highness” seemed to be oblivious that McCarthy was in fact the moderator at that event.

'Win Win' & 'The Visitor' Writer/Director Tom McCarthy To Write Baseball Pic 'Million Dollar Arm'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2011 9:14 AM
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2011 is turning out to be a banner year for writer/director Tom McCarthy. The helmer recently premiered his latest effort "Win Win" at the Sundance Film Festival to strong reviews which should carry over to his biggest box office success and exposure to date (if it gets more people to watch "The Station Agent" and "The Visitor" then it's a win-win right? -- sorry we had to go there). Anyway, Hollywood is paying attention.

Watch: Trailer For 'Win Win' Is A Win Win

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 2, 2011 8:38 AM
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Well, you can go ahead and sign us up. Tom McCarthy is one of our favorite directors and Fox Searchlight has just dropped a trailer for his latest, "Win Win," and it looks like another solid entry in the helmer's growing filmography of tender, winning dramedies.

Poster For 'Win Win' With Paul Giamatti Revealed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 28, 2011 4:25 AM
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Tom McCarthy, the director behind the tender and lovely "The Station Agent" and the heart-wrenching "The Visitor," is one of our faves and with his third effort "Win Win" on the way it appears the helmer has once again delivered another strong pic about outsiders finding their way.

Sundance '11 Review: Tom McCarthy's 'Win Win' Balances Heartfelt & Hilarious Small Victories

  • By The Playlist
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  • January 23, 2011 1:13 AM
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From our reviews correspondent over at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, James Rocchi.

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