‘The Imitation Game’ Review: Pete Hammond On Cumberbatch’s Enigma
Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley sparkle in this tremendous telling of the story of Alan Turing, the cryptology and computer-science pioneer whose work broke Germany's Enigma code during World War II but who later was hounded into suicide by the English government because he was gay.
As I say in my video review, this is easily one of the year's best films, and I'm particularly impressed by the work of Cumberbatch and Knightley. The film also stars Mark Strong, Rory… Read
Making ‘The Boxtrolls:’ “Like 18 Months Of Opening Nights” – The Contenders
The Boxtrolls producer Travis Knight (ParaNorman, Coraline) and director Anthony Stacchi (Open Season) talk with Deadline's Pete Hammond about the challenges and joys of stop-motion animation, a creation process nearly as old (and beloved) as cinema itself, in this video from Deadline's recent Oscar showcase, The Contenders.
Actually making a film with the stop-motion process, however, can be incredibly stressful, says Stacchi. It's like ” 18 months of opening nights with… Read
‘Penguins Of Madagascar’ Review: Pete Hammond On Earthbound Spinoff
Penguins of Madagascar waddles onto screens this holiday week, a spinoff of DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar animated franchise. But as I say in my video review above, this film focuses on just one corner of that franchise's winning collection of critters, the scheming pack of penguins. And it never quite takes flight, despite its manic pace and an evil octopus (!) voiced wonderfully by John Malkovich.
Other voice cast members include the seemingly omnipresent Benedict Cu… Read
‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Director On Serkis, Weta: The Contenders
Matt Reeves, director of Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, talks with Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr. about the work of Andy Serkis, and how visual-effects house Weta Digital transformed Serkis physical performance into Caesar, the chimp leading the apes after a worldwide plague has decimated the human population. Reeves and Fleming spoke as part of Deadline's annual Oscar showcase, The Contenders.
The film also starred Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell. Mark Bomback… Read
‘A Delicate Balance’ Review: Jeremy Gerard On John Lithgow’s “Triumph”
John Lithgow's “complete triumph” of a performance dominates this all-star revival of Edward Albee's 'A Delicate Balance,' I say in my video review (watch it above) of the Broadway play, produced by Scott Rudin.
Glenn Close, Martha Plimpton, Lindsey Duncan, Bob Balaban and Claire Higgins also star. Pam MacKinnon directs. The play has had a very strong debut. Will you go? Let us… Read
How ‘The Lego Movie’ Is Like A ‘Brick Movie': Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
Writer/directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the brains behind the huge animated hit The Lego Movie, talk with Deadline's Pete Hammond about their “iterative” creative process, finding spontaneity in the grind of making animated films, and capturing the DIY spirit of amateurs making “brick movies.” They were speaking at Deadline's recent Oscar showcase, The Contenders.
The voice cast includes Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Berry, Alison Brie and David Burrows… Read
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 To 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