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KCET Cinema Seriesby The Deadline Team

Latest Directing News


A Look At The Leading Contenders In This Year’s Oscar Best Animated Feature Race


In this the 90th Oscar race, 26 features have been approved to duke it out for the Best Animated Feature award. This year, there are several obvious frontrunners. Never count out Pixar, which has Day of the Dead themed Coco and its variety of original songs; Warner Bros. is in the fold with The Lego Batman Movie, a well-received follow-up to the massively popular Lego Movie; and 20th Century Fox has Ferdinand, a tale of a Spanish fighting bull who refuses to fight. Among… Read


Women In Hollywood: When Greta Gerwig Went Back To Her Past For ‘Lady Bird’, Saoirse Ronan Brought It To Life

On Lady Bird's first day of filming, Saoirse Ronan overheard a line that set the tone of the whole shoot. Newbie director Greta Gerwig bounced onto set, turned to the cinematographer, and grinned, "This is the happiest I've ever been in my life." Gerwig was in her hometown to shoot a personal—though not, she stresses, autobiographical—story about a Sacramento-born blonde (check) graduating high school shortly after 9/11 (check) who squabbles with her mother, a nurse… Read


Women In Hollywood: Dee Rees Stripped Mary J. Blige Emotionally Bare For ‘Mudbound’

Mary J. Blige spends much of Dee Rees' southern tragedy Mudbound holding her tongue. As Florence Jackson, the matriarch of a sharecropper family continually bossed around by the white folks who own their land, she's swollen with words she's not allowed to say, starting with "No" to the McAllan jerk who's always interrupting her dinners to demand that she, or her husband, or her children, obey his commands. "She's an observer," says Rees. "She sees everything, but she'll… Read


Women In Hollywood: Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot Made The Instant Connection That Gave ‘Wonder Woman’ Power

The first day Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot met, they slipped into a sushi restaurant and didn't stop talking for four hours. "Both of us were so passionate about so many topics," says Gadot. "Family life, World War II, the Holocaust, humans, race, politics. We were upset and we were happy and we were thrilled." That conversation is still ongoing. Months after their film, Wonder Woman, became the summer's biggest hit, the pair continue to fizz with chemistry, so much that… Read


South Korean Social Horror Pic ‘Hide And Seek’ Getting Redo; Joel David Moore To Adapt & Direct

Joel David Moore

EXCLUSIVE: Joel David Moore has been set to adapt and direct Hide and Seek, an English-language remake of the 2013 Korean horror-thriller that is now in the works at CJ Entertainment. The original, written and directed by Huh Jung, grossed more than $35 million in Korea when it was released by Next Entertainment World. Moore, also an actor whose credits include Avatar and its upcoming sequels, directed the 2016 pic Youth In Oregon with Frank Langella and Billy Crudup. The… Read


Jennifer Lawrence To Star In ‘Burial Rites’ With ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Helmer Luca Guadagnino Directing

Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence is attached to star in and produce 19th century true-crime drama Burial Rites, which is being directed Luca Guadagnino, who is a front-runner in the Oscar race with his romance-drama Call Me by Your Name. Allison Shearmur and Justine Ciarrocchi also are producing, while TriStar Pictures has the worldwide rights to the film that is based on Hannah Kent's debut novel Based on true events, the pic tells the story of Agnes Magnusdottir… Read


Michael Apted To Get DGA Honorary Life Member Award

Michael Apted

Michael Apted will be the recipient of the DGA Honorary Life Member Award in recognition of his contributions to the guild, the industry, and the profession of directing. Apted — a past Directors Guild president who currently serves as its secretary-treasurer — at the 70th annual DGA Awards on February 3, 2018, at the Beverly Hilton. "Michael is a game-changer for our guild and our industry," said DGA president Thomas Schlamme. "Whether having the foresight as a young man… Read


‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ Director Chris McKay Talks “Punk Rock” Take On The Batman Universe

With his first theatrically-released feature, director Chris McKay got to enter the studio sandbox and play with one of his all-time favorite characters: Batman. Having worked with Phil Lord and Christopher Lord on The Lego Moviea mega-hit for Warner Bros. grossing nearly $470 million worldwide—McKay was a natural fit to helm The LEGO Batman Movie (the first of two follow-up features, the other being The LEGO Ninjago Movie), given his passion for the character, which… Read


Justin Chon, Filmmaker Behind ‘Gook’ At Sundance, Will Direct Next Feature For Macro

EXCLUSIVE: Justin Chon, the multi-hyphenate actor-writer-director whose film Gook won the Next category at this year's Sundance Film Festival, is partnering with MACRO on his next original feature. Chon will write and direct a yet untitled feature whose storyline is being kept under wraps for a late 2018 start. He was nominated last month as a "Director To Watch" at the 33rd Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards. Charles D. King, Kim Roth and Poppy Hanks will produce… Read


‘Creed 2’ Taps Steven Caple Jr. To Replace Sylvester Stallone As Director

It looks like Rocky creator Sylvester Stallone isn’t directing the Creed sequel anymore. MGM and Warner Bros just announced that Steven Caple Jr. will instead be in the director’s seat on the followup to 2015’s Creed, which starred Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Johnson, the offspring Apollo Creed, and had Stallone reprise his iconic role of Rocky Balboa. Stallone was originally attached to direct Creed 2making the announcement himself via his social media back in… Read


‘The Relive Box’ Being Developed As Film By Condé Nast Entertainment; Director Aboard

The Relive Box, based on a short story in The New Yorker about a tech device that allows you to relive your past is being developed by Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE) is developing the feature film. Artist Daniel Arsham will make his feature directorial debut. Chai Hecht ("Unorthodox") is writing the screenplay based on the short story written by T.C. Boyle. Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler of CNE will produce. Hunter Ryan and David Ryan will produce and finance the film… Read


Matt Shakman To Direct TriStar’s ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ Adaptation

Matt Shakman The Phantom Tolbooth

EXCLUSIVE: TriStar is setting Matt Shakman to direct The Phantom Tollbooth, a live-action/hybrid adaptation of Norton Juster’s classic children’s book. Shakman is the artistic director of the Geffen Playhouse who spent five years as executive producer of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and directed two Game of Thrones episodes last season, “East Watch” and “The Spoils of War.” He chose this over a number of offers as he steps up to a big feature. The script is by… Read