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Adam Sandler's Uncut Gems Has Opened to Rave Reviews at Telluride Film Festival, and Boasts a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes

Adam Sandler is mostly known for playing the ridiculous characters he has created in films like Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy, and many more. He steals our hearts in goofy rom-coms like 50 First Dates and The Wedding Singer, and every now and then he shows off his totally deep and real acting chops, like in Punch-Drunk Love and Reign Over Me.

A Sandler film is more often ridiculous than not, but I enjoy his films more often than I don’t, especially the ones where we get to see him take a deeper dive into a character that has the depth to hold him. It looks as though we will be able to see just that in Sandler’s upcoming film, Uncut Gems.

The film opened this past weekend at the Telluride Film Festival to critical acclaim. The directors, Benny & Josh Safdie, are coming off the buzz of their 2017 indie favorite Good Time.
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Lela Loren

Lela Loren is an American television actress who is best known for her current role as Angela Valdes in ‘Power’, a Starz series. She was born as Lela Maria Loren Avellaneda Sharp on May 7, 1980. She has appeared in multiple television series and has also had small roles in films, including ‘Reign Over Me’ and ‘The Hangover Part III’. Although she is relatively well known, there are still many things that people do not know about this talented actress. Here are 10 things that you probably didn’t know about Lela Loren. 1. She is From Sacramento, California When Lela

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Lela Loren
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‘Altered Carbon’ Season 2 Adds ‘Power’ Star Lela Loren as ‘Ambitious’ Governor of Harlan’s World

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‘Altered Carbon’ Season 2 Adds ‘Power’ Star Lela Loren as ‘Ambitious’ Governor of Harlan’s World
“Power” star Lela Loren is joining the ranks of fictional galactic leaders with a series regular role on Season 2 of Netflix’s “Altered Carbon,” the streaming service revealed on Tuesday.

For the eight-episode second season of the sci-fi series, which is led by Anthony Mackie and set to debut in 2020, Loren will play Danica Harlan, who is described as “the charming and ambitious governor of planet Harlan’s World. She has the support of the people, but keeps an uneasy grip on the political players who surround her.”

According to Netflix, Loren has already completed production for Season 2, as her series regular role on “Altered Carbon” had been kept under wraps during filming.

Also Read: Alison Schapker Signs Overall Deal with Skydance TV, Takes Over as Sole Showrunner For 'Altered Carbon'

Along with Mackie, who is taking over the part of Takeshi Kovacs from Joel Kinnaman for Season 2, Loren joins
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Bj Novak Scores FX Pilot Order for Anthology Series ‘Platform’

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FX has ordered a pilot for an anthology series that hails from B.J. Novak, Variety has confirmed.

The half-hour series, titled “Platform,” is described as using the boldest issues of our times as a jumping off point to tell singular, character-driven stories about the world we live in today. The show has lined up Lucas Hedges, Jon Bernthal, Kaitlyn Dever, Boyd Holbrook, O’Shea Jackson Jr., George Wallace and Ed Asner to star, among others.

“Platform” is written, directed, and executive produced by Novak, with FX Productions producing. Production on the pilot is set to begin today.

Novak is best known for his work on “The Office,” on which he served as a writer, director, and in various producer roles in addition to appearing onscreen as Ryan Howard. He also served as an executive producer, director, and writer on “The Mindy Project,” on which he also appeared as Jamie. Novak
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Showtime Prepping New Docuseries on the Comedy Store

A new four-part docuseries about the history of the storied Los Angeles comedy club, the Comedy Store, will premiere on Showtime in 2020. The docuseries will look at how the Comedy Store served as an incubator and launching pad for top comedians like David Letterman, Robin Williams, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman, Dave Chapelle and more. The project will boast never-before-seen footage, as well as interviews with people like Judd Apatow, David Spade, Martin Lawrence and Bob Saget.

The as-yet-untitled project will be directed by Mike Binder. Binder has directed films like Black or White,
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Adam Sandler is Taking His Netflix Stand-Up Special on Tour This Summer

Adam Sandler is Taking His Netflix Stand-Up Special on Tour This Summer
We know Adam Sandler‘s film career over the past couple decades has left a lot to be desired. When he dabbles in drama like The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), Reign Over Me, Spanglish, or Punch-Drunk Love, we get a glimmer of his true skill as an actor. But on the comedy side, it’s been […]

The post Adam Sandler is Taking His Netflix Stand-Up Special on Tour This Summer appeared first on /Film.
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"Wu-Tang: An American Saga": Anthony Chisholm, Armen Garo & Caleb Castille To Recur in Hulu Series

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Anthony Chisholm (Random Acts of Flyness), Armen Garo (The Sopranos) and Caleb Castille (Run The Race) are set to recur in Hulu’s Wu-Tang: An American Saga, a 10-episode drama from Wu-Tang Clan frontman The RZA, writer Alex Tse (Superfly) and Imagine Television.

Created and written by The RZA and Tse, the series is based on the Wu-Tang Clan, one of the most influential groups in hip-hop history, and will explore and expand the band’s world. Set in early ’90s New York at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, the show tracks the Clan’s formation, a vision of Bobby Diggs (Ashton Sanders) aka The RZA, who strives to unite a dozen young, black men that are torn between music and crime but eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of American success stories.

Chisholm will play Old Chess Player, an older man with a sense of humor, he
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How 21 Movies and TV Shows Portrayed 9/11 (Photos)

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How 21 Movies and TV Shows Portrayed 9/11 (Photos)
United 93” (2006)

Paul Greengrass took a straight, fact-based approach to tell the story of the passengers who tried to take back the plane.

World Trade Center” (2006)

Oliver Stone‘s drama told the events from the perspective of first responders.

“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” (2011)

Stephen Daldry‘s adaptation of the Jonathan Safron Foer novel followed a kid who lost his father in the attacks.

Reign Over Me” (2007)

Adam Sandler played a man who was still struggling five years after the attacks killed his wife and daughter.

Remember Me” (2010)

The Robert Pattinson drama stirred controversy by having a twist ending that culminated in the 9/11 attacks.

The West Wing” (2001)

Creator and showrunner Aaron Sorkin wrote this special episode, about a fictional terrorist attack, and it aired just three weeks after the attacks.

Third Watch” (2001)

This drama about New York City first responders remembered 9/11 with a non-fiction episode, followed by two episodes putting
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‘The Looming Tower’ Producers on Creating a 9/11 ‘Origin Story’ for Americans Who Demand Answers

‘The Looming Tower’ Producers on Creating a 9/11 ‘Origin Story’ for Americans Who Demand Answers
One of the main reasons Lawrence Wright wanted to turn his Pulitzer Prize-winning non-fiction book into a TV series was he thought people were losing touch with what happened — and why it happened.

“What had become apparent to me is that enough time has passed, [and] a new generation has grown up, and they don’t understand what 9/11 was,” Wright said in an interview with IndieWire. “For them, it was like World War II was for me: It was something that happened in my parent’s generation that really changed the world, and they speak of it in hushed tones. But what was the world like before then?”

So when Wright set out to turn “The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11” into a limited series, he didn’t think of it as another 9/11 story. He and his chosen collaborator — Alex Gibney, who worked with Wright on the HBO documentary
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Adam Sandler Is One of the World’s Best Actors, and His New Role Suggests He Finally Realizes It

Last summer, in IndieWire’s review of “The Meyerowitz Stories,” this critic wrote that “It remains hugely frustrating how great Adam Sandler can be when he’s not making Adam Sandler movies.” If it didn’t seem necessary to hash out the distinction between a movie with Adam Sandler, and an Adam Sandler Movie, that’s only because the difference between the two is ridiculously obvious.

The former category includes fiercely beloved masterpieces like “Punch-Drunk Love” and “Funny People.” The latter category includes minor crimes against humanity like “That’s My Boy” and “Grown Ups 2.” If you see him in something directed by James L. Brooks, someone who idolizes James L. Brooks, or even by someone who’s met James L. Brooks, then you’re probably watching a movie with Adam Sandler. If you see him in something that co-stars David Spade, features a scene where Shaquille O’Neal throws someone over a house,
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Liv Tyler In "Porter"

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Sneak Peek new images of actress iv Tyler in the winter 2017 issue of "Porter" Magazine, photographed by Cedric Buchet:

Tyler began a career in modeling at a young age, debuting as an actress in the feature "Silent Fall" (1994), followed by supporting roles in "Empire Records" (1995), "Heavy" (1996) and "That Thing You Do!" (1996).

Tyler then appeared in director Bernardo Bertolucci's "Stealing Beauty" (1996), followed by supporting roles in the "Abbotts" (1997) and Robert Altman's "Cookie's Fortune" (1999).

Tyler then achieved international recognition as the 'Elf' maiden 'Arwen Undómiel' in the "Lord of the Rings" film trilogy (2001–2003), followed by the 2004 comedy "Jersey Girl", the indie feature "Lonesome Jim" (2005), the drama "Reign Over Me" (2007) and studio features "Armageddon" (1998), "The Strangers (2008) and "The Incredible Hulk" (2008). In 2014, she made her TV debut as a regular on the HBO series "The Leftovers".

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Liv Tyler...
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‘The Post’: Screenwriters Liz Hannah and Josh Singer on Revisiting History with Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Steven Spielberg

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‘The Post’: Screenwriters Liz Hannah and Josh Singer on Revisiting History with Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Steven Spielberg
The Post” is a period piece, but its production happened at warp speed. Steven Spielberg began shooting in White Plains, New York, on May 1, 2017; 12 months earlier, he had no intention of directing a film and its rookie screenwriter, Liz Hannah, hadn’t written a word of it. This week, “The Post” was named Best Film by the National Board of Review, which also gave Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks top acting honors. Now, Hannah and co-writer Josh Singer have a formidable chance of securing an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

Hannah didn’t always aspire to be a screenwriter. Following undergraduate studies at the Pratt Institute and an internship on the film “Reign Over Me,” she was admitted to the AFI Conservatory, in the producing discipline. Then she spent five years in development — long enough to realize it wasn’t what she wanted.

Read More:‘The Post’ Trailer: Meryl Streep,
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Will The Meyerowitz Stories Earn Adam Sandler an Oscar?

Adam Sandler is not exactly synonymous with the Academy Awards. With that said, we’re also mildly aware that the actor is capable of more than just Jack and Jill and That’s My Boy. The case can be argued with films such as 2007’s Reign Over Me and 2002’s Punch-Drunk Love. However, we haven’t seen much of that skill from Sandler in the most recent years; it makes one incredulous that it’s still possible. Director Noah Baumbach begs to differ and actually moves to appeal to our inhibitions by giving Sandler probably the best role of his serious acting career. The

Will The Meyerowitz Stories Earn Adam Sandler an Oscar?
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‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Review: Adam Sandler Nails Noah Baumbach’s Comedy of Dysfunction

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‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Review: Adam Sandler Nails Noah Baumbach’s Comedy of Dysfunction
It’s tempting to call Adam Sandler “Halley’s Actor,” since he makes us endure one wretched, inane comedy after another in between his all-too-occasional impressive performances with filmmakers outside of the Happy Madison stable. But while the waiting can be agony, the payoffs are worth it, in the case of Sandler’s triumphs in “Punch-Drunk Love” and “Funny People” (and in the less overall-successful “Spanglish” and “Reign Over Me”). Add “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” to the list of movies that prove that The Artist Formerly Known as Opera Man has real chops. Not that the film is crafted as a showcase.
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How 21 Movies and TV Shows Portrayed 9/11 (Photos)

  • The Wrap
How 21 Movies and TV Shows Portrayed 9/11 (Photos)
United 93” (2006) Paul Greengrass took a straight, fact-based approach to tell the story of the passengers who tried to take back the plane. “World Trade Center” (2006) Oliver Stone‘s drama told the events from the perspective of first responders. “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” (2011) Stephen Daldry‘s adaptation of the Jonathan Safron Foer novel followed a kid who lost his father in the attacks. “Reign Over Me” (2007) Adam Sandler played a man who was still struggling five years after the attacks killed his wife and daughter. “Remember Me” (2010) The Robert Pattinson drama stirred controversy by having a twist ending that culminated in the 9/11 attacks.
See full article at The Wrap »

Meyerowitz Stories Trailer Unites Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman

Meyerowitz Stories Trailer Unites Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman
"And the Oscar goes to, Adam Sandler!" Are those words you ever thought you would hear in your lifetime? As crazy as it may sound, we can't absolutely rule it out. The Meyerowitz Stories earned the actor a 4-minute standing ovation at Cannes and there has been considerable buzz ever since. Now Netflix has released the first trailer for The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) and it actually seems like this buzz may have been warranted. Plus, we get to see Ben Stiller punch Adam Sandler in the face.

Netflix stepped in and scooped up The Meyerowitz Stories after it premiered, which has been standard practice for them on the festival circuit these days. Not to mention that they have a contract with Adam Sandler that has him produce original movies for them, but those are the usual Happy Madison offerings that most people probably wouldn't watch unless they were free on Netflix.
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Cannes 2017 Review: The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected), Rich on Dysfunctional Delight

While Cannes has not exactly been light on controversy this year, one film in its lineup was easily singled out as a suspicious inclusion when the official selection was first announced. After all, not only does The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) bare the Netflix logo, it also carries in tow the reputation of one Adam Sandler. Sandler is an actor who has proven capable of eliciting emotion in films like Punch Drunk Love and Reign Over Me, but whose recent string of reviled (if lucrative) clunkers includes The Ridiculous 6, The Do-Over and Sandy Wexler (all of which are also Netflix fare). Blissfully, in the hands of Noah Baumbach, Sandler transcends his usual shtick and rounds out a highly competent ensemble cast that together...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...]
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Adam Sandler on ‘The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)’ and Therapy: ‘I Don’t Want to Let Anybody Down’

Adam Sandler on ‘The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)’ and Therapy: ‘I Don’t Want to Let Anybody Down’
Amid all the poorly received Netflix Originals, let us not forget that Adam Sandler dabbles in more serious fare from time to time. It doesn’t always work out — “The Cobbler” was among the most pilloried films of 2014 — but Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” has emerged as an early favorite at Cannes. Sandler spoke about the film during a press conference at the festival, saying that he “couldn’t believe we were doing this movie” when he first read the script.

Read More: Cannes Review: A Great Adam Sandler Performance Makes ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ One of Noah Baumbach’s Best

Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman co-star as Sandler’s brother and father, respectively, with Emma Thompson playing Hoffman’s third and current wife. “It’s different for a comedian when you get an offer like this,” Sandler said. “My first thought is, ‘I don’t want
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Netflix's The Week Of Reunites Adam Sandler and Chris Rock

Netflix announced today that comedy icons Adam Sandler and Chris Rock will reunite to star in a new Netflix original film set to begin production in Long Island, New York this summer. The Week Of will be directed by veteran Saturday Night Live writer and producer Robert Smigel. The movie covers the week of preparation for a wedding in which Sandler's daughter is marrying Rock's son. Happy Madison Productions' Adam Sandler and Allen Covert will serve as producers and Barry Bernardi and Tim Herlihy will serve as executive producers. Sandler and Smigel co-wrote the script. The film will premiere globally on Netflix in 2018. Here's what Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer, had to say in his statement.

"Adam Sandler and Chris Rock are cornerstones of the Netflix comedy family and we are over the moon about these two legends reuniting to give our members worldwide a healthy dose
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Newswire: Like the rest of us, Adam Sandler’s kids can’t get through his movies either

There are good Adam Sandler movies (The Wedding Singer, Punch-Drunk Love, Reign Over Me, Funny People) and bad Adam Sandler movies (almost everything else). While his cinematic track record may be hit or miss, apparently Adam Sandler is having a hard time swaying the members of his own household to the positive side of his cinematic track record. His two daughters, Sadie and Sunny, are now old enough that they request his movies. But as Cinema Blend reports, Sandler told Ellen Degeneres when he appeared on her show last week that they don’t stick with them for very long:

I’ll put them on. Because they beg to see them. They’re like, “Please, it’s not fair! Let me watch your movies. Those people always yell things at you on the street. I don’t know what the heck they’re talking about.” So I show them the
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