Ted Sarandos At Sundance: Netflix “Isn’t Anti-Theaters, Just Pro-Movies”, Talks Oscars & ‘The Interview’ – Video
Netflix’s Ted Sarandos has been a flamethrower against the exhibitors for a while now, and he was at it again at NATPE this week. “There’s nothing about any of my positions or any of our thinking that is anti-theaters at all, it’s just pro-movies,” The streaming service’s Chief Content Officer tells me in this video interview from the Sundance Film Festival in Park City. He also talks about The Interview coming to Netflix this weekend, Oscars, the “ideal” distribution… Read
‘Mortdecai’ Review: Pete Hammond Says Comedy Has Depp But Lacks Depth – Video
As I say in my video review above of Lionsgate’s period comedy Mortdecai, which opens in wide release today, the actors aren’t to blame for this send-up of UK author Kyril Bonfiglioli’s 1970s books about a misadventurous British art dealer and general rapscallion. Johnny Depp fans will appreciate his comic chops playing his latest quirky leading man, and Gwyneth Paltrow as his wife, Paul Bettany and Ewan McGregor are also good. But the whole thing feels like it could have… Read
‘Rush’, ‘The Audience’ Author Peter Morgan On Truth In Storytelling: Conversations With Jeremy Gerard
EXCLUSIVE: Who owns history? In the run-up to the Oscars, the critiques playing out in the press over the "accuracy" of events portrayed in Selma, American Sniper and The Imitation Game have never had a more powerful purchase on the public conversation.
Few contemporary writers have tangled with the issue as consistently — and entertainingly — as two-time Oscar nominee Peter Morgan. He might recreate the days-long encounter between a British interlocutor and a paranoid… Read
‘Sons Of Liberty’ Review: Dominic Patten On Action-Packed Revolutionary Series
Debuting January 25, History's latest scripted miniseries, Sons Of Liberty, is, as I say in my video review above, a down-and-dirty, action-packed look at the American Revolution.
But just know that this three-night event is definitely no tea party of a historical romp – though a certain get-together in Boston Harbor is featured. As is a great turn by Breaking Bad and Under The Dome star Dean Norris, playing a very savvy and smooth-talking Benjamin Franklin.
Directed by… Read
‘Black Sea’ Review: Pete Hammond On Jude Law’s Undersea Treasure
Jude Law, Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn star in Black Sea. As I say in my video review above, I don’t usually expect much from a non-awards season release debuting in the middle of January’s awards season. But this turns out to be a ripping good throwback of an undersea treasure yarn that reminds me of old-school adventures such as The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre.
Out of work and under pressure from his former shipping-company employer, Law pulls together a… Read
DeadlineNow Video Coverage Coming To Sundance Film Festival 2015
Deadline’s Dominic Patten will be hosting a series of video conversations with some of the biggest names at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, which kicks off tomorrow. Watch the video above as Dominic talks about Deadline’s plans. Expect new conversations with film notables throughout the week to come. And of course, co-Editor-in-chief, Film Mike Fleming Jr. will be breaking all the deals going down in Park City.
It’s all part of our usual wall-to-wall coverage of indie… Read
‘Honeymoon In Vegas’ Review: Jeremy Gerard Says Flying Elvis Would Be Proud
You probably remember Castle Rock’s 1992 film Honeymoon In Vegas, if only for the squadron of parachuting Elvis impersonators floating down to the Las Vegas Strip to save the day at the end of writer-director Andrew Bergman’s comedy.
Now, as I say in my video review above, Bergman and composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years) have turned it into a rambunctious retro Broadway musical starring Tony Danza (Who’s The Boss?) as a Sinatra-smooth card sharp (Jame… Read
‘The Wedding Ringer’ Review: Pete Hammond Says It Won’t Ring Your Bell
Kevin Hart, Josh Gad and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting star in The Wedding Ringer, the year’s first comedy.
It comes with a clever-enough premise and some chemistry between the male stars, and Hart – who seems to be in every movie these days – is trying hard to amuse the audience.
The rest of the film’s cast is talented too, and includes Ken Howard, Olivia Thirlby, Cloris Leachman and Whitney Cummings. Jeremy Garelick directed the film and co-wrote the script with Jay Lavender… Read
Kevin Hart’s ‘SNL’ Monologue On Raccoons, Mountain Lions And Manly Protection
Kevin Hart had a hyper-caffeinated opening monologue and played well with others as Saturday Night Live went into the spring of its 40th season.
He started the night talking about the perils of living in L.A., his reluctance to protect either his seven-year-old son or his fiancée in the event of a mountain lion attack and the problems associated with having one shoulder bitten off. He also did a great James Brown sketch and the best video of the night, with Hart part of a… Read
‘Whitney’ Review: Lifetime Music Biopic Is Totally Tone Deaf, Says Dominic Patten
If you're a Whitney Houston fan, like millions are, then Saturday night will be a big deal. With the debut of the Angela Bassett-directed Whitney movie and two related specials, Lifetime is going All Houston All Night. However, as my video review above says, Whitney is just not good at all — even by celeb biopic standards. It's also not about the superstar's last years and death just before the 2012 Grammys, if that is what you are looking for.
Stiff in direction and… Read
’12 Monkeys’ Review: Dominic Patten On DOA Dystopian Syfy Show
If you were hoping 12 Monkeys, the TV show, is going to be as good as 12 Monkeys, the 1995 Terry Gilliam movie of the same name on which this Syfy series is based, well, as I say in my video review above, you’ll need to place your hopes elsewhere.
Picked up for a 12-episode season last April and debuting Jan. 16, this series (created by Terry Matalas & Travis Fickett) stars Nikita alum Aaron Stanford as a time-traveling virus hunter from 2043 trying to save the world's… Read