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PGA Awards Winners List & Live Blog

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The 29th annual PGA Awards are getting underway as the major guilds now start weighing in on this year’s awards season. The Producers Guild of America’s gala at the Beverly Hilton will present winners tonight in 12 categories including the marquee Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, with a record 11 nominees in the category. PGA honors also are going to Universal’s Donna Langley with the Milestone Award, Ryan Murphy with the… Read


Bob Smith Dies: First Openly Gay Comic To Appear On ‘The Tonight Show’ Was 59

Bob Smith, the first openly gay comedian to score an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, has died at age 59 after a long struggle with ALS. His partner, Michael Zam, confirmed the death via a Facebook post. Smith also was the first openly gay man to star in his own HBO Comedy half-hour, which bowed in 1994, and he made numerous other TV appearances. His collection of essays, Openly Bob, won the Lambda Literary Award for humor. His second collection,Way To Go, Smi… Read


Oscar Winners Fisher Stevens & Ross Kauffman Take On Discovery Doc ‘Taken By The Tiger’

Rich Ross, Discovery Channel and Science Channel group president, announced today at the networks’ annual Sundance Film Festival reception that Oscar-winning filmmakers Fisher Stevens and Ross Kauffman will be making the upcoming documentary Taken by the Tiger Kauffman won an Oscar for the 2004 feature doc Born Into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids, while Fisher took home an Academy Award for producing the 2009 feature doc The Cove. Kauffman will direct with Stevens… Read


Deadline And Women In Film’s ‘The Road To 50/50’ Panel – Sundance Livestream

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Deadline's annual Sundance Series panels continue with a timely conversation considering today’s Respect Rally that took over downtown Park City. Deadline, Woman In Film and Stella Artois are co-hosting “The Road To 50/50,” a live Q&A with top female filmmakers who are pushing forward the mission for inclusion and gender parity in Hollywood. The event kicks off at 5 PM local time at the Stella Artois Filmmaker Lounge on Main Street. Panelists include director Amy Adrion… Read


Exclusive First Look At Hot Sundance Sales Title ‘Burden’


Here is an exclusive first look at Burden, the Andrew Heckler-directed fact based drama that stars Garrett Hedlund, Forest Whitaker, Andrea Riseborough, Usher Raymond and Tom Wilkinson. The film premieres in competition tomorrow 6:15 at the PC Library, and is based on a true story about a taciturn repo man (Hedlund) who is rising through the ranks of the Ku Klux Klan in South Carolina. Fiercely loyal to the local Klan leader and toxic father figure (Tom Wilkinson), the… Read


Allison Shearmur Funeral Service Set For Monday: Pals Pay Tribute To Late Tastemaking Studio Executive & Producer

UPDATE: Allison Shearmur, who died yesterday after a quiet battle with lung cancer at age 54, will have her funeral Monday at 4:30 PM at Temple Israel of Hollywood. Her family is requesting that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Simms Mann Cancer Center at UCLA. The film community is reeling from the death of Shearmur, the diminutive studio executive and producer who seemed an indestructible force of energy to so many. I’ve been told what a champion she was for… Read


‘Project Cre8’: BET’s Nationwide Search For America’s Undiscovered Filmmaker Open For Submissions

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BET Networks and Paramount Players are on the lookout for the next big filmmaker with Project Cre8. The news of the nationwide competition was announced today at the Sundance Film Festival during Blackhouse's panel "Killer Creativity: The New Breed.” Accepting submissions starting today, the competition gives aspiring, undiscovered filmmakers the opportunity to produce an original film. Mentored by a team of industry professionals, the filmmaking-hopeful must deal with… Read


‘Spheres: Songs Of Spacetime’ Trailer: Jessica Chastain Narrates VR Experience Exploring Sounds Of The Cosmos

EXCLUSIVE: The deepest darkest corners of the universe are unveiled in the new trailer for Eliza McNitt’s Spheres: Songs of Spacetime, the first installment of three in an episodic series will be released on the Oculus Rift in 2018. Making its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in the New Frontier category, Songs of Spacetime is executive produced by Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel, and Jessica Chastain, who also serves the narrator. Haunting, mysterious and… Read


Deadline Studio at Sundance 2018 – Day 1 – Paul Rudd, Jane Fonda, Gus Van Sant, Andrea Riseborough, Ted Danson & More

The Deadline Studio at Sundance 2018 Presented by Hyundai is again on Main Street in Park City, opening its doors to this year’s most riveting and groundbreaking filmmakers. Talent stopping by the Deadline Studio on Day 1 included Paul Rudd (The Catcher Was a Spy), Jane Fonda (Jane Fonda in Five Acts), Gus Van Sant (Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot), Andrea Riseborough ( Nancy and Mandy), Ted Danson (Hearts Beat Loud), and many more. Portraits photographed by Michael… Read


Marc Munden To Helm ‘The Secret Garden’ For David Heyman & Studiocanal

EXCLUSIVE: Heyday Films and Studiocanal’s new take on the classic children’s novel The Secret Garden has found its director. Marc Munden will helm from a script penned by Jack Thorne. Shooting starts in the spring with Studiocanal fully financing. David Heyman will produce via his Heyday banner with the company’s Rosie Alison producing alongside him. The picture will be out to cast soon. Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 book, the story centers on Mary Lennox, a… Read


‘Maude’ Director/Star On Female Filmmakers That Have “Always Done It All” — Sundance Studio

A successful indie actress who has starred in films premiering at SXSW, Tribeca, and Cannes—and yes, Sundance—Anna Margaret Hollyman is in Park City this year with Maude, a short film that she wrote and directed, and in which she stars. Struggling to make ends meet while working on “very artistically fulfilling films,” Hollyman turned in the past to “a variety of survival jobs,” one of which was babysitting. This situation became the impetus for Maude, inspired by a… Read


Soderbergh, Credit Card Debt & An Unreleased Movie: Joe & Anthony Russo Recall Slamdance Debut Pic ‘Pieces’

As Joe and Anthony Russo receive the Slamdance Founders Award today, their position on the A-list might make their success seem unattainable for filmmakers here with indie films they struggled to finance and shoot for Slamdance or Sundance. After cutting their teeth on hit series like Arrested Development and directing the last two Captain America movies, and then back to back sequels to Marvel’s The Avengers, the Russos are building a new studio in Los Angeles, with… Read