Adam Sandler to star in basketball comedy Hustle

Adam Sandler is set to star in Netflix’s basketball comedy Hustle. Executives at the streaming service announced their latest collaboration with the Uncut Gems actor on Monday, and revealed that Sandler will be working with Los Angeles Lakers star LeB…

Adam Sandler is set to star in Netflix’s basketball comedy Hustle.

Executives at the streaming service announced their latest collaboration with the Uncut Gems actor on Monday, and revealed that Sandler will be working with Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, who will produce the sports comedy.

According to Variety, Sandler will play an American basketball scout who, after being unjustly fired, discovers a talented player abroad and decides to bring him to the U.S. to prove that they both have what it takes to make it in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Hustle will be helmed by indie breakout director Jeremiah Zagar, who made his narrative feature film directorial debut with 2018’s We the Animals, from a script by Taylor Materne and Will Fetters, who was a screenwriter on 2018’s A Star Is Born.

Sandler, who will also produce the film via his Happy Madison banner, has an ongoing deal with Netflix which has resulted in comedies such as Murder Mystery, The Ridiculous 6, and The Do-Over, as well as dramas such as Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories, and Uncut Gems, for which he received critical acclaim and won an Independent Spirit Award.

He already has another Netflix project in the pipeline.

Hubie Halloween, which focuses on a community volunteer who finds himself in the middle of a murder case on Halloween night, is currently in post-production ahead of a release later this year.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, no production start date has been set for Hustle. Variety sources have suggested that Sandler, who previously starred in 1996 sports comedy Happy Gilmore, may shoot another movie before Hustle.

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Halsey going head-to-head with Ariana Grande over Midsommar dress auction

Halsey and Ariana Grande are set to go head-to-head for the May Queen dress Florence Pugh wore in cult 2019 horror movie Midsommar.The extravagant floral item, which was worn by the British actress in the final scene of the movie, is up for grabs in th…

Halsey and Ariana Grande are set to go head-to-head for the May Queen dress Florence Pugh wore in cult 2019 horror movie Midsommar.

The extravagant floral item, which was worn by the British actress in the final scene of the movie, is up for grabs in the A24 Films charity auction to benefit The FDNY Foundation – and both of the stars want it.

“Me, to myself,” Halsey tweeted. “Don’t bid for the Midsommar May Queen outfit don’t bid for the Midsommar May Queen outfit don’t bid for the Midsommar May Queen outfit don’t bid for the Midsommar May Queen outfit…”

Grande responded: “DO IT! Halloween will never be the same… Also, I’m bidding as soon as possible.”

The 7 Rings hitmaker previously shared a screenshot on her Instagram Stories to confess she already had her eye on replicating the dress after her friends had been forwarding her the news of the auction.

“I was already planning to have it made anyway bye,” she wrote.

Pugh starred in the movie as a young woman who travels to a commune in Sweden with her boyfriend, played by Jack Reynor, for a midsummer festival that descends into terrifying violence at the hands of a pagan cult.

The studio will host a series of auctions, each with different lots. The first sale was held on 22 April and featured original items from the hit HBO show Euphoria and horror movie Hereditary, with proceeds donated to NYC Health + Hospitals.

The next auction, to take place on 27 April, will include 10 items from Midsommar, including the May Queen outfit and a bear mask.

Another sale will be held on 4 May, and will feature lots from Uncut Gems, with the iconic jewelled Furby chain and Idina Menzel’s bat mitzvah dress up for grabs, with proceeds going to the Queens Community House.

And on 11 May, the final auction will be held, featuring items from The Lighthouse, including a mermaid statue.

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The Farewell and Uncut Gems win big at Independent Spirit Awards

The Farewell and Uncut Gems were the big winners at the 2020 Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California on Saturday.Robert De Niro presented the Best Feature honour to The Farewell, with writer/director Lulu Wang taking to the stage and usin…

The Farewell and Uncut Gems were the big winners at the 2020 Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California on Saturday.

Robert De Niro presented the Best Feature honour to The Farewell, with writer/director Lulu Wang taking to the stage and using her speech to address the lack of recognition for female filmmakers during awards season.

“There’s been a lot of conversation this year about how to encourage more women in film,” she said. “You don’t have to encourage women – there are lots of women making films and in film school. Shadow programmes are great but women need the job – just give them the frickin’ job.”

The Farewell won a second prize, with Zhao Shuzhen scoring the Best Supporting Female award.

However, Uncut Gems came away with the most trophies with three – Adam Sandler for Best Male Lead, brothers Benny and Josh Safdie for Director, as well as Best Editing.

Sandler addressed his Oscars snub as he accepted his award.

“I’d like to give a shout-out to my fellow nominees, who will forever be known as the guys who lost to f**king Adam Sandler,” he joked. “You know, a few weeks back, when I was ‘snubbed by the Academy’, it reminded me when I briefly attended high school and was overlooked for the coveted yearbook superlative category, Best Looking.

“But my classmates did honour me with the allegedly less-prestigious designation of Best Personality. And tonight, as I look around this room, I realised the Independent Spirit Awards are the Best Personality awards of Hollywood.”

Renee Zellweger added to her 2019/2020 awards season haul, scoring the Best Female Lead honour for Judy, while Willem Dafoe picked up the Best Supporting Male gong for The Lighthouse.

The full list of winners at the 2020 Independent Spirit Awards is as follows:

Best Feature: The Farewell

Best First Feature: Booksmart

Best Female Lead: Renee Zellweger, Judy

Best Male Lead: Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems

Best Supporting Male: Willem Dafoe, The Lighthouse

Best Supporting Female: Zhao Shuzhen, The Farewell

Robert Altman Award: Marriage Story

Best Director: Benny & Josh Safdie, Uncut Gems

Best Screenplay: Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story

Best First Screenplay: Fredrica Bailey & Stefon Bristol, See You Yesterday

Best Editing: Benny Safdie & Ronald Bronstein, Uncut Gems

Best Cinematography: Jarin Blaschke, The Lighthouse

Best International Film: Parasite

Best Documentary: American Factory

John Cassavetes Award: Give Me Liberty

Producers Award: Mollye Asher

Someone to Watch Award: Rashaad Ernesto Green, director of Premature

Truer Than Fiction Award: Nadia Shihab, director of Jaddoland

The Bonnie Award: Kelly Reichardt, American Factory

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Adam Sandler responds to Oscars snub

Adam Sandler has found a silver lining in missing out on an Academy Award nomination.The comedian received Best Actor buzz for his role in 2019 crime thriller Uncut Gems, but he was not on the shortlist for the category on Monday, when the list of Osca…

Adam Sandler has found a silver lining in missing out on an Academy Award nomination.

The comedian received Best Actor buzz for his role in 2019 crime thriller Uncut Gems, but he was not on the shortlist for the category on Monday, when the list of Oscar nominees was released, revealing the race was between Leonardo DiCaprio for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Antonio Banderas for Pain and Glory, Adam Driver for Marriage Story, Joaquin Phoenix for Joker, and Jonathan Pryce for The Two Popes.

However, Sandler took to Twitter to prove to his fans that he had found a positive in the snub.

“Bad news: Sandman gets no love from the Academy. Good news: Sandman can stop wearing suits,” he wrote, before congratulating Kathy Bates, who played the mother of his character Bobby Boucher in 1998 sports comedy The Waterboy, for her Best Supporting Actress nomination.

“Congrats to all my friends who got nominated, especially Mama,” Sandler concluded the tweet, which featured a still of Bates.

The actress, who was nominated for her role in Clint Eastwood’s crime drama Richard Jewell, spotted his message and replied, “I love you my Bobby Boucher!!! You was robbed!! But Mama loves you!!! I learned a new urban slang word for you! You da GOAT (Greatest of All Time)!! Not the one we eat at home, Son.”

Bates joined many film fans on social media expressing their outrage at the 53-year-old’s rejection, including The Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood, who tweeted, “Truly baffled that Sandler wasn’t nominated and that Uncut Gems wasn’t acknowledged at all.”

Sandler had previously joked that he would make a deliberately bad film if he got snubbed at the Oscars, and his Just Go with It co-star Brooklyn Decker registered her interest in supporting the project, with her writing on Instagram: “If I’m not in this movie it will be a crime.”

The 92nd Academy Awards show will take place in Los Angeles on 9 February.

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Adam Sandler’s wife convinced him to take Uncut Gems role

Adam Sandler’s wife Jackie persuaded him to take the lead role in Uncut Gems.The 53-year-old is garnering rave reviews for his performance as gambling addict and troubled jeweller Howard Ratner in the crime thriller, and has already landed a Best Actor…

Adam Sandler’s wife Jackie persuaded him to take the lead role in Uncut Gems.

The 53-year-old is garnering rave reviews for his performance as gambling addict and troubled jeweller Howard Ratner in the crime thriller, and has already landed a Best Actor nomination at the upcoming Critics’ Choice Awards for his performance.

However, he confessed during an appearance on Monday’s instalment of The Ellen DeGeneres Show that if it was up to him, he wouldn’t have starred in the film in the first place.

“I was scared to do and then I asked Jackie to read it. We do this together and she gives me strength and courage to get into this stuff,” Sandler said of his 45-year-old wife. “She read it and she was like, ‘You have to do it.’ And as soon as she says I have to do something, I go ‘OK’ and jump right into it.”

The Brooklyn native said that while he was initially tentative about going outside his comedy comfort zone and transforming into the self-destructive character, he’s grateful he was able to star in the film, which is directed by brothers Josh and Benny Safdie.

“I don’t know how to really sum it up its just a brand new kind of neat movie and I’m glad I’m in it,” he shared.

Last week, his co-star Julia Fox, who plays onscreen mistress Julia, revealed her character was originally meant to be called Sadie, but that was Sandler’s 13-year-old daughter’s name.

“My character’s name was originally supposed to be Sadie,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “But that’s his daughter’s name, so he actually had it switched for that to make it easier on the girls.”

He added, “That’s my daughter’s name! And I said, ‘You can’t have my daughter’s name in this movie.'”

Uncut Gems, which also stars The Weeknd, Idina Menzel, and Lakeith Stanfield, hits U.S. theatres on 25 December.

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Adam Sandler doesn’t consider any of his movies to be flops

Adam Sandler loves every movie he’s ever made and doesn’t believe he’s had any “downs” during his acting career. Since he made his feature film debut in Going Overboard in 1989, the 53-year-old has starred in movies such as Punch-Drunk Love, The Weddi…

Adam Sandler loves every movie he’s ever made and doesn’t believe he’s had any “downs” during his acting career.

Since he made his feature film debut in Going Overboard in 1989, the 53-year-old has starred in movies such as Punch-Drunk Love, The Wedding Singer, Happy Gilmore, and The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), which were positively received, but he has also appeared in many more which have been critically panned, such as The Ridiculous 6, Grown Ups 2, and Jack and Jill, which have all received less than 10 per cent on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.

However, when asked about the ups and downs of his career in an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes on Sunday, he insisted that he’s proud of all his projects.

“Man, I don’t know what the downs have been. I mean, maybe in some people, when they write about me, they talk about my downs. But I don’t have any downs. I love every movie I’ve made. I’ve never in my entire career phoned one thing in,” he replied.

With some of his movies attracting cruel remarks from trolls and critics alike, Adam admitted he’s become used to the criticism.

“That stuff doesn’t hurt me anymore. I think it hurt me 20 years ago,” the actor mused. “It got me 20 years ago. I was – kinda shell-shocked like, ‘What happened? They say I suck? I thought I was good at this.'”

Adam’s latest film, Uncut Gems, is currently the highest-rated film of his career, with a 96 per cent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes following a film festival circuit. He has also been receiving praise for his gritty, dramatic role, having recently won the Best Actor prize from the National Board of Review, and is also nominated for his acting for the Independent Spirit Awards and Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.

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The Irishman crowned film of the year by National Board of Review

Martin Scorsese’s Netflix gangster epic The Irishman has been named Best Film of 2019 by America’s top critics.The National Board of Review officials have also lauded Quentin Tarantino with Best Director honours for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, while…

Martin Scorsese’s Netflix gangster epic The Irishman has been named Best Film of 2019 by America’s top critics.

The National Board of Review officials have also lauded Quentin Tarantino with Best Director honours for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, while Renee Zellweger has picked up another Best Actress gong for her turn as Judy Garland in the biopic Judy.

Other big winners include Adam Sandler, who claimed the Best Actor prize for Uncut Gems, and Brad Pitt and Kathy Bates, who scored the Best Supporting Actor and Actress awards for Once Upon and Time in Hollywood and Richard Jewell, respectively.

The full list of winners is:

Best Film: The Irishman

Best Director: Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Actor: Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems

Best Actress: Renee Zellweger, Judy

Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Supporting Actress: Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell

Best Original Screenplay: Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie & Ronald Bronstein, Uncut Gems

Best Adapted Screenplay: Steven Zaillian, The Irishman

Breakthrough Performance: Paul Walter Hauser, Richard Jewell

Best Directorial Debut: Melina Matsoukas, Queen & Slim

Best Animated Feature: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Best Foreign Language Film: Parasite

Best Documentary: Maiden

Best Ensemble: Knives Out

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography: Roger Deakins, 1917

NBR Icon Award: Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino

NBR Freedom of Expression Award: For Sama

NBR Freedom of Expression Award: Just Mercy

Top Films:

1917

Dolemite is My Name

Ford v Ferrari

Jojo Rabbit

Knives Out

Marriage Story

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Richard Jewell

Uncut Gems

Waves

Top 5 Foreign Language Films:

Atlantics

Invisible Life

Pain and Glory

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Transit

Top 5 Documentaries:

American Factory

Apollo 11

The Black Godfather

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

Wrestle

Top 10 Independent Films:

The Farewell

Give Me Liberty

A Hidden Life

Judy

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Midsommar

The Nightingale

The Peanut Butter Falcon

The Souvenir

Wild Rose

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The Lighthouse and Uncut Gems lead Independent Spirit Awards nominations

The Lighthouse and Uncut Gems will lead the way at the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards with five nominations each.Robert Eggers’s black-and-white thriller, starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, is up for Best Director, Best Male Lead, Best Su…

The Lighthouse and Uncut Gems will lead the way at the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards with five nominations each.

Robert Eggers’s black-and-white thriller, starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, is up for Best Director, Best Male Lead, Best Supporting Male, among others, while Josh and Benny Safdie’s crime thriller, starring Adam Sandler, is up for Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Male Lead, among others.

They face stiff competition from Shia LaBeouf’s autobiographical film Honey Boy, which also landed five nominations, including Best Supporting Male for the Transformers star and his young co-star Noah Jupe.

For the coveted Best Feature prize, Uncut Gems will compete against A Hidden Life, Clemency, The Farewell, and Marriage Story, while Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart is up for Best First Feature, alongside The Climb, Diane, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, The Mustang, and See You Yesterday.

The 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards will take place on 8 February in Santa Monica, Los Angeles.

The full list of nominees is:

BEST FEATURE

A Hidden Life

Clemency

The Farewell

Marriage Story

Uncut Gems

BEST FIRST FEATURE

Booksmart

The Climb

Diane

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

The Mustang

See You Yesterday

BEST FEMALE LEAD

Karen Allen – Colewell

Hong Chau – Driveways

Elisabeth Moss – Her Smell

Mary Kay Place – Diane

Alfre Woodard – Clemency

Renee Zellweger – Judy

BEST MALE LEAD

Chris Galust – Give Me Liberty

Kelvin Harrison, Jr. – Luce

Robert Pattinson – The Lighthouse

Adam Sandler – Uncut Gems

Matthias Schoenaerts – The Mustang

BEST DIRECTOR

Robert Eggers – The Lighthouse

Alma Har’el – Honey Boy

Julius Onah – Luce

Benny & Josh Safdie – Uncut Gems

Lorene Scafaria – Hustlers

BEST DOCUMENTARY

American Factory

Apollo 11

For Sama

Honeyland

Island of the Hungry Ghosts

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

Willem Dafoe – The Lighthouse

Noah Jupe – Honey Boy

Shia LaBeouf – Honey Boy

Jonathan Majors – The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Wendell Pierce – Burning Cane

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers

Taylor Russell – Waves

Zhao Shuzhen – The Farewell

Lauren ‘Lolo’ Spencer – Give Me Liberty

Octavia Spencer – Luce

BEST SCREENPLAY

Noah Baumbach – Marriage Story

Jason Begue & Shawn Snyder – To Dust

Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie – Uncut Gems

Chinonye Chukwu – Clemency

Tarell Alvin McCraney – High Flying Bird

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

Fredrica Bailey & Stefon Bristol – See You Yesterday

Hannah Bos & Paul Thureen – Driveways

Bridget Savage Cole & Danielle Krudy – Blow the Man Down

Jocelyn Deboer & Dawn Luebbe – Greener Grass

James Montague & Craig W. Sanger – The Vast of Night

BEST EDITING

Julie Beziau – The Third Wife

Ronald Bronstein & Benny Safdie – Uncut Gems

Tyler L. Cook – Sword of Trust

Louise Ford – The Lighthouse

Kirill Mikhanovsky – Give Me Liberty

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Todd Banhazl – Hustlers

Jarin Blaschke – The Lighthouse

Natasha Braier – Honey Boy

Chananun Chotrungroj – The Third Wife

Pawel Pogorzelski – Midsommar

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

Invisible Life, Brazil

Les Miserables, France

Parasite, South Korea

Portrait of a Lady on Fire, France

Retablo, Peru

The Souvenir, United Kingdom

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD (best feature made for under $500,000)

Burning Cane

Colewell

Give Me Liberty

Premature

Wild Nights with Emily

PRODUCERS AWARD

Mollye Asher

Krista Parris

SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD

Rashaad Ernesto Green – Premature

Ash Mayfair – The Third Wife

Joe Talbot – The Last Black Man in San Francisco

TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD

Khalik Allah – Black Mother

Davy Rothbart – 17 Blocks

Nadia Shihab – Jaddoland

Erick Stoll & Chase Whiteside – America

THE BONNIE AWARD

Marielle Heller

Kelly Reichardt

Lulu Wang

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