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Peter Bart: Adam Driver & Andrew Garfield Emerge As Unlikely Champs Of Awards Circuit


With kudos being dispensed almost hourly at this time of year, there is one category of work that bestows no glittering statuettes yet occupies center stage for months at a time. In short, I think there should be an award for campaigning, aimed at those stars and filmmakers who deliver blizzards of interviews in support of their films while never blowing their cool. And I have two actors I would nominate to share this award. Mind you, I am aware of the stakes: A shot at… Read

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‘The Present’ Review: Cate Blanchett Shocks Broadway Into The New Year

Richard Roxburgh and Cate Blanchett in 'The Present' on Broadway.

Casually removing her bra or tying a pink ribbon into a perfect bow atop her head, Cate Blanchett makes erotic art of the inconspicuous act. That’s a neat trick and a handy gift for the actress playing one of Anton Chekhov’s two types of women, the ethereal beauty undone by ennui. (Type two is the non-beauty undone by idealism. We’ll get to her shortly.) In The Present, which opened Sunday at the Barrymore Theatre, the star is first seen holding a gun — as crucial to the… Read


PGA & BAFTA Noms Keep ‘La La Land’, ‘Manchester’ And ‘Moonlight’ At The Top, But Is There A New Player In Town?

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Just less than two days past the Golden Globes, where La La Land solidified its front-runner status as the film to beat at the Oscars, we have further proof from today’s BAFTA and PGA nominations that it still isn’t missing a beat. With a leading 11 nods at BAFTA, and that expected spot in the PGA’s list of 10 contenders for its Darryl F. Zanuck Award For Outstanding Producer Of Motion Pictures (or the guild’s version of Best Picture), this is a movie that all the… Read


Stanley Kramer’s Widow On ‘Loving’ Then And Now

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Editors note: Karen Kramer, the widow of filmmaker Stanley Kramer, wrote this as Focus Features’ Loving was chosen to receive the Producers Guild’s Stanley Kramer Award in recognition of a film that raises public awareness of important social issues. The movie chronicles the real-life story of Richard and Mildred Loving, whose 1967 Supreme Court victory was a landmark case invalidating laws prohibiting interracial marriage. In the two months since a divisive election… Read


Sofia Vergara, Jenna Bush Hager, Carell & Wiig And The Categories Golden Globes Forgot

Billy Bob Thornton 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Press Room, Los Angeles, USA - 08 Jan 2017

The brightest stars in Hollywood gathered at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday to celebrate the power of movies and television to “bring diverse tales to life” and “inspire us to find deeper meaning in our shared humanity,” as President Barack Obama wrote in his slap-on-the-back letter to attendees inside the ceremony’s program.  But, while the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is known for its expansive nomination categories (remember last year’s win for best musical or… Read


Meryl Streep Accepts Cecil B. DeMille Award, Calling Out Trump’s “Instinct To Humiliate”

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Accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award tonight, 8-time Golden Globe Award winner Meryl Streep spoke quietly but passionately about “the one performance this year that stunned me, sank its hooks into my heart.” Her voice quivering and grainy with laryngitis, Streep nonetheless described president-elect Donald J. Trump’s campaign low-point when he imitated New York Times reporter Serge Kovalevski’s disability. “It kind of broke my heart when I saw it and I still can’t get it… Read


Peter Bart: How Content Creators Are Exploited By Monoliths Apple, Google, Facebook

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Taylor Swift performs on the eve of the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas
F1 US Grand Prix Auto Racing, Austin, USA - 22 Oct 2016

Will Taylor Swift ultimately emerge as a role model for musicians, writers and other artists toiling in the pastures of pop culture? This could become reality because the pop megastar took on a role usually assumed by investigative journalists: She decided to "follow the money." So when she discovered Apple was prepared to give away her songs for free (no royalties) in a promotion for its streaming service, Swift told Apple, "I don't ask for free iPhones, so why free… Read


The Bart & Fleming Podcast Episode #9: New Year, New Beginning


In Episode #9 of Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr’s The Bart & Fleming Podcast, the Deadline colleagues look at the fortunes of several Hollywood companies now in the news. Topics include the demise of Relativity Media, as well as the ripple effect of the Sony hack a handful of years later and how it has impacted the way the film business conducts itself. They pair also weighs in on how the media covers the incursion of China into Hollywood and media, and incoming President… Read


Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Why Costner, Eckhart & Letts Are Hidden Figures In Supporting Actor Oscar Race


A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit. With the year winding down, the town has been uncommonly quiet as it seems the campaigns are taking a little break before the real madness begins in earnest next week with the Palm Springs Film Festival gala Monday launching into Golden Globes craziness, and the beginning of balloting for Oscar nominations. I thought, with that in mind, I would use this week’s column to highlight conversations I have had… Read


Deadline’s Top 10 Films Of 2016: And The Year’s Best Movie Is …


On Wednesday I revealed the first part of my annual list of the year’s best films. They are, in ascending order: Manchester by the Sea, The Edge of Seventeen and Sing Street (tied for No. 9), Moonlight, Captain Fantastic and Hidden Figures. So here then is the top five, my picks for the year’s best movies — and of course finally the one that tops them all. As I said, making this list is very tough as there are so many great choices in 2016. Assigning a number to each of… Read


Top 10 New Shows Of 2016, Part 2: Big $$$, Heroes, Trials & The A Top Year


The clock is ticking down on 2016, but there’s still time to check out some of the great new TV series that premiered this year. To aid with what to watch among the plethora of pilgrims to the pantheon of Peak TV, a couple of days ago we showed you the first part of our Top 10 New Shows of 2016, and today we have Part 2 with the five best of the new best. Before you take a look, you might want to watch Part 1 to get primed and context. The reality is there is a lot to… Read


Deadline’s Top 10 Films Of 2016 – Part 1


As the last films of 2016 are finally released in theaters this week, I can say that I found the year to be a very strong one in terms of quality. For every Dirty Grandpa-type disaster that was so jaw-droppingly awful, I  discovered maybe three other movies worth shouting to the skies about. That is what makes this annual ritual of compiling the year’s 10 best — at least from my vantage point — so difficult to do. (Click on the link above to watch.) While I want to… Read