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‘Sweet Country’ Director Warwick Thornton Reinvents Himself With Australian Western — Sundance Studio

Making Sweet Country, his critically acclaimed Australian Western, Warwick Thornton went in without any preconceptions, wishing to find an organic and unique take on the genre that might fly in the face of what people might expect. “You try and reinvent yourself as a director every time you read a script,” Thornton said, appearing yesterday at Deadline’s Sundance Studio. “The worst thing you can do as a director is to try and impose your ideals on a film, or the way you… Read


Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ Targets Paul Bettany As New Prince Philip In Season 3

Netflix’s The Crown is reportedly targeting Paul Bettany to play Prince Philip for its season three series. The British star, who also will appear in the films Solo: A Star Wars Story and Avengers: Infinity War later this year, would replace Matt Smith, who played the role in the first two seasons. Netflix had no comment, but sources confirmed the negotiations.This is the third change planned for the cast of The Crown. Earlier, Olivia Colman was confirmed to take over the… Read


Donald Trump Mansplains Women’s March, Takes Credit For “Milestones”

Even as he’s being lampooned, castigated, caricatured and otherwise scorned on countless Women’s March posters across the globe today, Donald Trump tweeted a Big Mac & large fries-size bit of humblebrag, expressing support by pleading his own case. “Beautiful weather all over our great country,” Trump tweeted, “a perfect day for all Women to March. Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken… Read

Box Office

January Slows As ‘Jumanji’ Takes No. 1 For 3rd Weekend With $19M+; Older Guy Pics ’12 Strong’ & ‘Den Of Thieves’ In Mid Teens

3rd update,  Saturday writethru: And so January begins to ratchet down after the holidays with weekend ticket sales seeing an estimated $133.3M, -8% from a year ago. Some will say that business is slow because all the kids returned to school: ComScore shows only 3% K-12 schools off with another 16% colleges on break. However, let’s not forget that a year ago, Universal/Blumhouse’s Split drew a great 45% under 25 crowd, surprising us with the fifth best January start ever… Read


‘An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn’: Watch Deadline’s Sundance Series Panel Livestream

An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn

Deadline's annual Sundance Series filmmaker panels continue today with An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn, the new film from The Greasy Strangler director Jim Hosking that is world premiering later this evening in the Sundance Film Festival’s NEXT section. Stars Aubrey Plaza, Craig Robinson, Jemaine Clement and Matt Berry will join Hosking and Deadline's Dominic Patten at the Stella Artois Filmmaker Lounge on Main Street to discuss the film, which might be best described… Read


Kailash Satyarthi On ‘Kailash’ Doc & His Global Mission To Rescue Children From Slavery — Sundance Studio

Working closely with Oscar-winning documentarian Davis Guggenheim for a number of years, Derek Doneen found the inspiration for his feature directorial debut in contacts the director had made. Following world-renowned Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai in the making of He Named Me Malala, as she was preparing to accept the Nobel Peace Prize, Guggenheim met children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi, who shared that honor with his documentary subject. Meeting Satyarthi… Read


Nic Cage-Starring “Mandy” Takes Sundance Midnighters On Acid-Fuelled Revenge Riot – Sundance Studio

The first screening in the Sundance midnight strand took place at a packed Library Theatre last night as Panos Cosmatos (Beyond the Black Rainbow) debuted his delirious fever state of a Nicolas Cage revenge flick, Mandy, to an enormously appreciative crowd. “It’s like a very bad dream, y’know?” was its lead star’s pretty accurate summation. When Andrea Riseborough’s Mandy gets kidnapped by a desperately creepy sect of cultists led by Linus Roache’s twisted reverend, it’s… Read


‘Hearts Beat Loud’ Star Nick Offerman On Countering Difficult Political Climate With “Healthy Stories” — Sundance Studio

Yesterday was a good day for Sundance regular Brett Haley (I’ll See You In My DreamsThe Hero), seeing Sony acquire international rights to his latest directorial outing, Hearts Beat Loud. Haley’s first musically-oriented film, Hearts Beat Loud follows single dad Frank (Nick Offerman) as he prepares to send his daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons) off to UCLA, while confronting the realization that his record-store business is failing. Sharing his love of music with his… Read


Hundreds Gather For LA Women’s March: “Don’t Go Gentle Into That Alt Right”

Refresh for updates Hundreds of people began crowding into LA’s Pershing Square this morning, sporting pink pussy hats, chanting slogans like “This is what democracy looks like,” and carrying signs whose slogans included “Don’t Go Gentle Into That Alt Right” and “Make America Think Again.” A year after millions of women took to the streets to protest President Donald Trump’s inauguration, marchers once again gathered in Los Angeles and other American cities, including… Read


‘The Long Dumb Road’ Director Hannah Fidell On Capturing “The Great American Road Trip” — Sundance Studio

Taking on her first comedy with the Sundance-premiering The Long Dumb Road, Sundance alum Hannah Fidell (A Teacher) found a game cast who would go with her on a classic journey through the American Southwest. Fidell’s film centers on Nathan (Tony Revolori), whose car breaks down on the road as he journeys to Los Angeles for his freshman year of college. At this transformative juncture, Nathan meets Richard (Jason Mantzoukas), a rowdy local mechanic who ends up joining him… Read


CBS Dramas Rule Friday, ‘Taken’ Steady At 0.5 Live+Same Day Demo Rating In Week 2

CBS' trio of drama procedurals took the top three spots for the night in preliminary Live+same day ratings. MacGyver (1.0 rating in adults 18-49, 7.7 million total viewers) and Hawaii Five-0 (1.0, 9.1 million) — both steady with last week — were tied for No.1 in 18-49 while Blue Bloods (0.9, down a tenth, 9.4 million) delivered Friday's largest audience. CBS easily won the night in both measures. CBS’ dominance in Live+same audience for scripted programming was so… Read


‘Monsters And Men’ Director On Showing Different Perspectives Of A Complex Race-Related Issue – Sundance Studio

Monsters And Men writer/director Reinaldo Marcus Green stopped by Deadline’s Sundance Studio, along with cast members John David Washington, Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Anthony Ramos to speak about the film’s perspective on the racial aftermath when a white police officer wrongfully shoots a neighborhood street hustler. Green’s feature debut is an expansion of his 2015 short Stop, but the film is told through differing views: the bystander who filmed the act, a black police… Read