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Which Festival Debuts In The South Of France Might Travel All The Way To Oscar? — Cannes

Because of its early calendar spot in the awards game the Cannes Film Festival is not always the best gauge for predicting Oscar success, but many a major nominee has first appeared in Cannes even if its overall importance to the Oscars is nowhere near as key as Telluride, Venice and Toronto can be when they kick off the official awards season in early September. Only one Academy Award winner came out of Cannes last year and that was Iran’s The Salesman for Foreign… Read


Emma Booth Cast In Universal’s ‘Extinction’; Andy Buckley Horror Indie ‘All Light Will End’

Australian actress Emma Booth is reuniting her Hounds of Love director Ben Young in Universal’s sci-fi thriller Extinction, starring Michael Peña and Lizzy Caplan. Good Universe and Mandeville Films are producing the film, which is slated for release January 26. It follows a man who has a recurring dream of losing his family. His nightmare turns into a reality when the planet is invaded by a force bent on brutality and destruction. Fighting for their lives, he comes to… Read


Deadline Disruptors 2017: Here’s The 100-Page Issue In PDF Form

Deadline Disruptors Magazine 2017

For a second straight year, Deadline published a print issue celebrating Disruptors, commemorating a long list of people who are treating the fast-changing digital landscape not as a hardship, but as an opportunity to take risks. We published the second one at the Cannes Festival. While we can’t replicate the added value of reading in the South of France our 100-page celebration of raging ambition, here is a PDF version of the entire magazine anyway. Though it was… Read


XYZ Films Spotlights Undiscovered International Talent — Deadline Disruptors

It’s been less than 10 years since plucky entrepreneurs and UCLA grads Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer and Aram Tertzakian co-founded XYZ Films at the ripe old age of 25, and since then, the three have built the integrated production and sales outfit into one of the premier destinations for undiscovered international talent. Based in Los Angeles, XYZ has demonstrated the gumption to look beyond its home turf in search of new voices, never shying away from local-language product… Read


The Horse’s Mouth 8: The Importance Of Feeling Important

The Horse's Mouth is an ongoing feature with a collection of the more head-scratching comments and/or crazy conversations we've had with people in the industry that made us laugh. We thought we'd share them with you as we roll into Memorial Day weekend: PUBLICIST: Can you capitalize his title in front of his name? REPORTER: Why? PUBLICIST: It makes him feel more important to have it capitalized. —————————————————————————————————————— PRODUCER: I have no movies. I lost my… Read

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‘Pirates’ Sailing, ‘Baywatch’ Beached — Box Office Friday Matinees

UPDATED 12:10 PM: Matinee grosses are starting to come in and so far the fifth installment of Disney’s, Jerry Bruckheimer and Johnny Depp’s Pirates franchise is playing well. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is on track to take in about $24M to $26M today — that includes the $5.5M it grossed in previews last night. So that means that right now, it’s estimated to take around $65M for the three-day with a four-day weekend of right around $75M to $80M. On the… Read


Hillary Clinton Compares Donald Trump To Richard Nixon, Hopes For Similar Term End

Hillary Clinton kicked off the Memorial Day Weekend news cycle comparing President Donald Trump to Richard Nixon, hoping his tenure ends similarly, and warning that people in power who invent their own facts and attack those who question them mark the beginning of the end of a free society. Delivering Friday’s televised commencement address at Wellesley College, the former Dem presidential candidate noted she’d similarly given a commencement speech when she graduated the… Read


Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Snags L.A. Film Fest Debuting ‘The House On Coco Road’

EXCLUSIVE: If Ava DuVernay wasn't busy enough with Season 2 of Queen Sugar debuting next month and post-production on Disney's A Wrinkle In Time, the Oscar nominee is still keeping her hand in the indie world with ARRAY's acquisition of The House on Coco Road. The sixteenth pick-up by the seven-year old DuVernay founded film collective, the Damani Baker helmed documentary examines the filmmaker's own family after they left Oakland, CA only to find themselves in the sights… Read


Ariana Grande Will Return To Manchester: “We Won’t Let Hate Win”

Ariana Grande, whose concert in Manchester, England was the site of a horrific terrorist bombing this week, says she will return to the city for a benefit concert “in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families.” The date of the concert is to be determined. “I'll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families,” the singer… Read


Chloe Zhao’s ‘The Rider’ Lassos Top Directors’ Fortnight Prize – Cannes

Chloe Zhao’s The Rider has taken the Art Cinema Award in the Directors’ Fortnight section here at the Cannes Film Festival. Although the Fortnight is a non-competitive sidebar, partners of the Société des Réalisateurs Français, the French directors' guild that organizes the event, do attribute honors. This is a big win for Zhao who was also one of Deadline’s Ones to Watch this year. After 2015’s Songs My Brother Taught Me, it confirms her status as an up-and-comer to keep… Read


Croisette Queen Nicole Kidman On Coming To The Fest With Four Films & The Runaway Success Of ‘Big Little Lies’ — Cannes

Nicole Kidman has been a household name for nearly 30 years now, but her star never seems to wane. Rocketing to fame in the '80s, she survived the spotlight of a high-profile celebrity marriage to Tom Cruise and emerged triumphant from trial by tabloid. While her peers, and some of her predecessors, chased box-office success in romcoms and franchises, Kidman went for the interesting role, starting in 1995 with Gus Van Sant's mordant black comedy To Die For. Since then… Read


Will ‘Underground’ Become Casualty Of Sinclair’s Tribune Takeover? Hopes For Acclaimed Drama Fade As Decision Looms

Time is running out for WGN America’s only remaining original scripted series, Underground. While the praised drama has not been canceled, its future on the upstart cable network looks bleak. Official decision is expected next week. I hear at the time of WGNA’s cancellation of fellow sophomore drama Outsiders in April, Sony Pictures TV, which produces both series, exposed Underground to other networks in hope of finding a new home as the writing was already on the wall at… Read