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‘Birdman’ Soars As PGA Sets A New Course For WIDE OPEN Best Picture Oscar Race

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During the cocktail reception before Saturday night’s Producers Guild Awards began I ran into Oscar-nominated Screenwriter (and Director) Dan Gilroy and wife Rene Russo, there supporting  one of the ten PGA  Darryl F. Zanuck Best Picture nominees,  Nightcrawler.  Russo , admittedly not a staple at this type of awards season banquet asked me  if they were going to serve food at this event.  I replied ‘yes, it’s a dinner’.  “So what do you think will win?  Boyhood  or Birdma… Read

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PGA Awards: ‘Birdman’ Wins Top Film Prize, ‘Breaking Bad’ Takes Drama Trophy & ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Nabs Comedy

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Birdman took the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures at the 26th annual PGA Awards tonight in Los Angeles. The win places the Alejandro G. Iñárritu-helmed pic squarely in the frontrunner category for the Best Picture Oscar. Since 1989, those theatrical films taking the Darryl F. Zanuck award for best producer have a 75% chance of winning the top prize at the Oscars. The Lego Movie won the award for Outstanding Producer of Animated… Read

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Nicole Kidman-Starrer ‘Strangerland’ Selling To Alchemy: Sundance

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EXCLUSIVE: Alchemy, the rechristened company formerly known as Millennium Entertainment, has acquired rights to Strangerland, the Kim Farrant-directed drama that stars Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving. The Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons-scripted pic is about a couple whose two teenage children disappear into the remote Australian desert. The couple’s relationship is pushed to the brink as they confront the mystery of their children’s fate. A multi-platform… Read

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Eli Roth Talks “Great Thrill” Of Sundance Debut & Keanu Reeves Joining ‘Knock Knock’ – Video

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It's incredible to think that this year's Sundance Film Festival is the first time Eli Roth has been to Park City with a pic. As the Knock Knock director told me when he came by our DeadlineNow studio, the story behind getting the psychological thriller into production and bringing Keanu Reeves on board as both the lead and as an executive producer is even more incredible. You have to watch the clip above. And remember, there'll be more DeadlineNow @Sundance 2015… Read

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Lena Dunham Tackles “Perv” Woody Allen, “Puritanical” USA & Campus Rape At Sundance Panel

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The Girls creator left the packed Egyptian Theater in Park City today with no doubt about what she thinks about attacks on pushing the boundaries of humor, the director of Manhattan and sexual assaults on America's campuses. "In some ways America is at its most puritanical," Lena Dunham said Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival’s Power of Story: Serious Ladies panel when addressing some of the reaction she and her HBO show has received. “The fact is people are… Read

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Ethan Hawke At Sundance: Talks ‘Boyhood’, “Studios Are Making Less & Less Movies” & What Audiences Want To See – Video

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"When we showed Boyhood here last year, lots of people said 'wonderful movie, but it'll never make a dime,’ " said Ethan Hawke at this year's Sundance Film Festival. "I think audiences want to see a lot of stuff if they can have access to them" he added of the pic that has made more than 10 times its $4 million budget and has snagged multiple Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director for Richard Linklater and Best Supporting Actress and Actor for… Read

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A24 Closing On ‘The Witch': Sundance

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BREAKING: The second Sundance deal I hear is that A24 is nearing the witching hour on a U.S. distribution deal for The Witch that will come in at low seven-figures. A24’s alliance with DirectTV is part of the mix. Deal is done. Pic is directed and written by Robert Eggers and stars Kate Dickie, Ralph Ineon and Anya Taylor Joy. It’s set in 1630s New England where a couple leads a devout Christian life with five children, homesteading on the edge of an impassable… Read

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Oscar Nominee ‘Leviathan’ Upset At Russian Film Awards

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Proving again that no man is a prophet in his own land, much heralded Russian film Leviathan, a Golden Globe winner and an Academy Award nominee, missed out on the top prize in its homeland. At the annual Golden Eagle film awards, which recognize the Russian movies of 2014, the best film trophy went to Sunstroke by revered Russian director Nikita Mikhalkov. It was a big night for the famous Mikhalkov clan, with Nikita’s brother, Andrei Konchalovsky, getting the best… Read

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Eastwood Talks Impact Of ‘American Sniper’ At PGA Nominees Breakfast

Four Oscar nominations and two wins over the years and a DGA nomination this year but despite Best Picture and Best Actor noms there was no Best Director to make the American Sniper helmer’s day.

This morning's Producers Guild Nominees Awards breakfast at the Saban Theatre was more about congratulations than controversy. But panelist Clint Eastwood said his film American Sniper and other war films —  including his other favorite, Letters from Iwo Jima —  make “the strongest anti-war statement”  in their depiction of families back at home and the fallout of soldiers’ PTSD. These films show “what it (war) does to the people left behind.” The producer/director said… Read

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Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson Reunite In ‘She’s Funny That Way’ – Hot Trailer

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While Jennifer Aniston’s Cake was heating up at the Toronto Film Festival, her other indie feature this fall which played at Venice was Peter Bogdanovich’s screwball comedy She’s Funny That Way, the Oscar-nominated director’s first feature film in 13 years since the semi-true William Randolph Heart yacht murder pic The Cat’s Meow. She’s Funny That Way follows a married Broadway director (Owen Wilson) who falls for a prostitute-turned-actress and works to help her advance… Read

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Threatened Teamsters Strike Against TV Commercials Industry Averted

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A threatened Teamsters strike against the TV commercials industry has been averted, as members of Teamsters Local 399 ratified a new commercials contract in voting conducted today. Two weeks ago, the local's members overwhelmingly rejected an earlier proposal, which put the union on a strike footing. After returning to the bargaining table with the Alliance of Independent Commercial Producers, union leaders gained concessions on low-budget projects, and unanimously… Read