Finding The Kid Who Could Stand Up To Bill Murray: Ted Melfi On ‘St. Vincent’ At The Contenders
St. Vincent writer/director/producer Ted Melfi talks with Pete Hammond at Deadline's The Contenders event about, literally, first having to track down the notoriously elusive Bill Murray.
That task behind him, Melfi then had to find, as he puts it in this video shot at Deadline's Oscar showcase The Contenders, a kid who could stand up to Bill Murray. It took 1,600 candidates to find 'The Kid,' Jaeden Lieberher.
Other stars of the comedy, which came out last month, include… Read
‘Hello Ladies – The Movie’ Review: Dominic Patten Says Goodbye HBO Show
The last-gasp wrapping up Hello Ladies: The Move doesn't deliver on any of its potential, as I say in my video review above. It airs Saturday at 10 PM on HBO.
Like the one-hour Life's Too Short movie that aired in July 2013, the Hello Ladies movie is an attempt to give finality to the cancelled series co-created by and starring Stephen Merchant. In this case that means if you've seen the series when it ran last year for eight episodes, you'll be on familiar ground here… Read
‘Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued’ Review: Dominic Patten On Dylan Homage
The Lost Tapes: The Basement Tapes Continued is an engaging documentary that, as my video review above says, is well worth watching even if you're not a big Bob Dylan fan. The film debuts at 9 PM Friday on Showtime and clocks in at nearly two hours.
It's helmed by Sam Jones, the director and photographer whose best-known film project is I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, the terrific 2002 documentary about rock band Wilco. This time, Jones may have even better material to… Read
‘The Theory Of Everything’: A Brief History Of Stephen and Jane Hawking At The Contenders
The producers of The Theory of Everything - Anthony McCarten (also the screenwriter) and Lisa Bruce - talk in this video shot at Deadline's The Contenders event about the years-long process of filming the love story of physicist Stephen Hawking and first wife Jane Hawking. Bruce also talks here with Deadline's Pete Hammond about the strong female character at the film's heart whose presence (and memoir) made this biopic unusual among so many Hollywood movies.
James Marsh… Read
‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′: Pete Hammond Reviews The Juggernaut
Despite the story-arc challenges of being the first half of the last book of a trilogy, the latest Hunger Games installment Mockingjay – Part 1 is going to be just dandy for fans of the franchise's books and movies, I say in my video review above. Credit a lot of that to star Jennifer Lawrence, back as the redoubtable Katniss Everdeen and now the public face of a budding revolution in this first half of the end of the story.
Because this isn't the climax of the Hunger… Read
‘Big Eyes’ True Story So Crazy Filmmakers Had To Tone It Down: The Contenders
Director Tim Burton and producer/screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski are admittedly drawn to telling tales of characters working on the fringe of society, and particularly about oddball artists of one stripe or another. In our latest video (see above) from The Contenders, Deadline's annual Oscar showcase, Alexander and Karaszewski talk about what drew them to the stranger-than-fiction story.
The first collaboration between the three came 20 years ago with E… Read
Shailene Woodley On Cancer Survivors’ Reaction To #TFIOS: The Contenders
Star Shailene Woodley talks with Deadline's Pete Hammond in this video about how her film The Fault in Our Stars affects people she meets who have faced cancer or other deadly diseases. The romantic drama about teens with life-threatening conditions has unlocked emotions for many audience members that they may have suppressed for years, Woodley says.
She also discusses what helped the movie adaptation of John Green's novel, shot for an estimated $12 million, become a… Read
‘The River’ Review: Jeremy Gerard On Hugh Jackman’s Flow
Hugh Jackman is 'The Man,” and every bit the giant star in The River, Jez Butterworth's absorbing conundrum of a new play. As I say in my video review above, every audience member is the better for it.
The play also stars Cush Jumbo and Laura Donnelly, in different iterations of “The Woman” character. It's directed by Ian Rickson.
If you're a theater type, you'll want to check out my review, and check out this play, though tickets for the small Broadway venue where it's… Read
‘State Of Affairs’ Review: Dominic Patten On Katherine Heigl’s TV Return
The return of Katherine Heigl to primetime TV debuts tonight but honestly, State Of Affairs is no triumph, as my video review says. The NBC drama is a dumbed-down mess and a sadly missed opportunity for all concerned.
In SoA, Heigl plays Charleston “Charlie” Tucker, the CIA staffer who briefs the U.S. president every morning on the state of the world. In a role where she should soar were she not so poorly served in every way is Alfre Woodard as the first African-American… Read
‘Wild’ Producer On Reese Witherspoon’s Emotional Trek: The Contenders
Wild producer Bruna Papandrea talked with Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr. at our recent The Contenders event about adapting Cheryl Strayed's memoir for the big screen, and why star Reese Witherspoon was such a good choice for the challenging role.
The Fox Searchlight film stars Oscar winner Witherspoon as a woman whose life is falling apart around her. She decides to drop everything to hike the 1,100-mile-long Pacific Crest Trail, solo.
Papandrea says it was Witherspoon's… Read
‘Dumb And Dumber To’ Review: Pete Hammond On The Silly Sequel
It only took 20 years for the Farrelly Brothers to come up with a true sequel to their 1994 hit, Dumb And Dumber, but as I say in my video review above, maybe they could have waited a while longer.
The film stars Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey as the dopey duo, this time trying to track down the long-lost daughter of one of them for a kidney transplant. From there, as they say, high-larity ensues.
Other notable cast members include Rob Riggle and Kathleen Turner, working… Read
‘Aaliyah: The Princess Of R&B’ Review: Dominic Patten On Lifetime’s Soulless Biopic
You might love the music of singer Aaliyah but, as my video review says, you probably won't love the new movie about her life, Aaliyah: The Princess Of R&B.
Debuting on Lifetime this Saturday night, the movie stars Alexandra Shipp as the singer and Cle Bennett as her producer and illegal husband R. Kelly. Not to give too much away, but this is a soulless, aimless look at the life of the singer, who was just 22 when she died in a plane crash in 2001.
Honestly, the casting c… Read