M. Night Shyamalan On Rediscovering His Groove With Micro-Budget Blockbusters — Deadline Disruptors
Don't call it a comeback—M. Night Shyamalan is just doing what he does best. When The Last Airbender and After Earth struggled with critics and audiences, the Philadelphia-based director knew instinctively what to do. "I felt like I wanted to ignite the danger switch in me," he recalls. "I wanted to tell myself, 'You have no safety net.'" The result was The Visit, a found-footage horror in which two teenagers drop in on their folksy grandparents, only to find their lives… Read
Woody Harrelson’s One-Night, One-Take, Live Directorial Gamble Pays Off – Deadline Disruptors
Your average debut director starts small. A few characters, limited settings, achievable challenges. Ridley Scott's first film was a short following his brother on a bicycle, made in 1963 on a pittance. It'd take him years to rack up the skill and ambition necessary to attempt the likes of Alien, Blade Runner and Gladiator.
But even the most pie-in-the-sky first-timers would have balked at the challenge Woody Harrelson set for himself with his debut feature film. Lost In L… Read
Awards Consultant Lisa Taback On The Evolving Art Of Oscar Strategy – Deadline Disruptors
"The formulas don't work," says awards consultant Lisa Taback, reflecting on the two most recent Academy Award Best Picture winners, Spotlight and Moonlight, which felt like long-shots for the Oscar stage when they first started their journeys.
There are no easy paths to awards glory, she insists. "It really comes down to the individual film and filmmaker. The fun part is to venture in and figure out what the narrative is going to be, and to stick with that even as the… Read
Pierce Brosnan Talks ‘Spinning Man’ On The Los Angeles Set – Cannes Market
In the scorching heat of the San Fernando Valley, Pierce Brosnan is shooting Spinning Man, a new thriller from director Simon Kaijser (Stockholm East) and writer Matt Aldrich (Renny Harlin’s Cleaner), based on a novel by George Harrar. It’s being sold in Cannes by Film Bridge International and Deadline has come to set, a couple of weeks before the festival, to witness an interrogation room showdown between Brosnan’s tough detective, Robert Malloy, and Guy Pearce’s… Read
Damien Chazelle Finds The “Fertile Terrain” Of An Industry In Upheaval – Deadline Disruptors
Damien Chazelle has never been one to take the path of least resistance. That was certainly the case when he was mounting La La Land, his ode to the musical's golden age. At every turn he was told that a project like that, on the scale he wanted, would be an impossible sell. And yet he persevered, delivering to the fall festivals a movie that captured the hearts of all who saw it.
He was the youngest-ever winner of the Best Director Oscar in February when, at just 32, he… Read
‘American Gods’ VFX Gurus On Producing 3,000 Shots In 18 Months
If you ask visual effects designer Kevin Tod Haug and visual effects supervisor David Stump—who also works in a related craft, as a visual effects cinematographer—visual effects in TV tend to be serviceable, at best, due to the simple economics and complex logistics of television production. But as the collaborators will tell you, American Gods is far from your average television series.
Featuring more than 3,000 VFX shots put together over the course of 18 months, the… Read
‘The Wizard Of Lies’ Production Designer Laurence Bennett On Crafting A Dickensian Nightmare
From acclaimed, Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson, HBO’s television movie The Wizard of Lies is a case study of the way in which the external shadings of production design can reflect the interior. Approaching the project, Oscar-nominated production designer Laurence Bennett was of course attracted by the opportunity to collaborate with Levinson for the first time, alongside Robert De Niro; equally compelling, though, was the prospect of a distressing deep dive into… Read
Barry Jenkins On ‘The Underground Railroad’ And The Power Of “No” – Deadline Disruptors
As Barry Jenkins sits down to discuss disruption, on the eve of his first trip to Cannes—a newly minted Oscar winner—there's a knock on his front door. A courier has arrived with a very special package. "You're my best friend, bro," Jenkins tells the courier. "I have just finally received the card that says, "Best Picture: Moonlight."
The fabled card. The one held aloft on Oscar night by La La Land producer Jordan Horwitz, to announce to the world that Moonlight had, in… Read
‘Queen Sugar’ Season 2 Trailer: The Bordelons Are Back — And Now It’s About Legacy
The Season 2 trailer for OWN’s Queen Sugar starts with a prayer for the departed patriarch but quickly pivots to the matter at hand: “The mill is just the start. Queen Sugar will be a major brand someday.”
Yes, the Bordelons are back, and the sophomore session will see Nova (Rutina Wesley), Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) struggle to move forward with their lives as they strive to honor the legacy of their father after his unexpected… Read
‘Top Of The Lake’ Star Elisabeth Moss On Series’ Evolution & Film Festival Feats
Jane Campion and Gerard Lee's Top Of The Lake can now boast two film festival firsts. When Season 1 debuted in March 2013, telling the story of detective Robin Griffin and her investigation into the disappearance of a young girl in New Zealand, it became the first TV miniseries ever screened at Sundance. Critical and awards glory followed, with Elisabeth Moss picking up her seventh career Emmy nomination for her turn as Robin. And now, with Season 2, the show joins Twin Pe… Read
Oliver Stone Goes Face To Face With Putin: “You’ll See A Different Point Of View” — Deadline Disruptors
Last year, three-time Oscar winner Oliver Stone made his 20th directorial outing with Snowden—a look at the life of former NSA consultant and whistleblower Edward Snowden. The film took Stone on numerous trips to Russia, where Snowden has lived in exile since 2013, which then led to a series of interviews with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The format is something Stone has used to great effect before in his documentaries about controversial politicians such as Fidel Castr… Read
Hugh Grant To Star In Stephen Frears’ ‘A Very English Scandal’ For BBC One
EXCLUSIVE: The recently announced BBC One drama, A Very English Scandal, is based on the true story of the first British politician to stand trial for conspiracy and incitement to murder. Hugh Grant has now been set to return to British television for the first time since the early ’90s as the disgraced center of the tale, MP Jeremy Thorpe. In 1979, Thorpe was tried, but acquitted, of conspiring to murder his ex-lover, Norman Scott. It nevertheless ended his political… Read