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Constanza Romero Wilson On Her Late Husband August Wilson’s Oscar Nomination

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Of the writers in competition at the 2017 OscarsFences playwright August Wilson is singular in multiple respects. The only writing nominee to win a Pulitzer, Wilson is also of course the only posthumous nominee—the first writer granted a posthumous nomination since Bridget O'Connor in 2011, with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. While Wilson passed away in 2005, his wife, artist and theater designer Constanza Romero Wilson, was able to speak with Deadline about her husband's… Read


NBC’s ‘Days Of Our Lives’ Taps Soap Writing Vet Ron Carlivati


NBC soap Days of Our Lives – lately facing its very own existential cliff-hanger – has replaced its co-head writer Dena Higley with longtime daytime scribe Ron Carlivati. “Like Sands Through the Hourglass,” Carlivati tweeted tonight, a reference to Days‘ famous spoken-word intro. Carlivati will be the daytime series’ head writer, with Ryan Quan, co-head writer with Higley, given the newly created Creative Consultant title. Sharing that title will be Days writer Sheri… Read


‘Greenleaf’ Season 2 Gets Spring Premiere Date On OWN


Megachurch will be back in session on the Ides of March. OWN said today that the drama series that was its most-watched premiere ever willreturn for Season 2 on March 15. The second half of the 16-episode sophomore session will air in the summer. Watch a teaser for S2 above. Greenleaf focuses on the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful. In Season 2, the… Read


‘Killing Ground’ Delves Into The Dark Side Of The Australian Bush – Sundance Studio

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Australian writer/director Damien Power makes his feature debut at the helm of Sundance shocker Killing Ground, which calls to mind great Ozplotation horrors of the latter 20th Century – and the more recent Wolf Creek – in placing a set of happy innocents into the middle of the Australian bush and having things go very, very badly for them. But there’s a freshness to Power’s approach, in playing with timelines and serving up tension-inducing imagery and real moral… Read


Carnival Films Hires BBC Studios’ Jessica Pope As Executive Producer


Drama veteran Jessica Pope has joined NBCUniversal’s Carnival Films as Executive Producer. Based in London, she will report to Carnival Managing Director Gareth Neame and will develop her own programming as well as working with fellow exec producers Nigel Marchant and Richard Fell on the company's growing production slate. Pope joins Downton Abbey maker Carnival from her role as Exec Producer at BBC Studios. Prior to that, Pope held roles at BBC Drama London and then… Read


Sky Acquires Majority Stake In True North, Invests In Chrysalis Vision


Sky is growing its international production and distribution business with a majority stake in British factual producer True North and an investment in drama producer Chrysalis Vision. The moves are part of Sky’s expansion strategy under the Sky Vision banner which has stakes in such firms as Love Productions, Jupiter Entertainment, Blast! Films and Talos Films. True North was founded in 2001 and is run by Jess Fowle and Andrew Sheldon. The largest factual indie in the… Read


Alden Ehrenreich, Tye Sheridan And Jack Huston Tap The Trauma Of War With ‘The Yellow Birds’ – Sundance Studio

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Alexandre Moors (Blue Caprice) returns to Sundance this year with The Yellow Birds, based on the Kevin Powers novel about young soldiers at war, the effect it has on them when they return home, and the questions they face when one of their number doesn’t return. Alden Ehrenreich plays Brandon Bartle, tasked by his Staff Sergeant (Jack Huston) to look after Murph (Tye Sheridan), who is far from ready for the traumas of the front lines. Ehrenreich couldn’t make it to the… Read


‘To The Bone’ Director Marti Noxon And Star Lily Collins On Approaching Deeply Personal Material — Sundance Studio

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A producer, writer and director known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and more recent series UnREAL and Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, Marti Noxon is now at Sundance ’17 with her feature directorial debut To the Bone. Starring Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves and Carrie Preston, Noxon’s semi-autobiographical passion project tells the story of a young woman’s last-ditch effort to fight off her severe anorexia. With the help of an unconventional doctor (Reeves) at a group recovery… Read


‘Before I Fall’ Star Zoey Deutch On Her Character’s Surprising Journey Toward Redemption — Sundance Studio

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A filmmaker known largely for 2012’s Nobody Walks—a 2012 Grand Jury Prize nominee starring Olivia Thirlby and John Krasinski—filmmaker Ry-Russo Young is back at Sundance in 2017 with Before I Fall, a young adult drama based on Lauren Oliver’s bestselling novel. Set for distribution by Open Road Films for a March 3 release, Before I Fall follows a day in the life of Sam (Zoey Deutch), a popular high schooler with everything going for her who gets into a fatal car accident… Read


‘Person To Person’ Director Dustin Guy Defa Sets Up New York Ensemble Comedy — Sundance Studio

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Opening the first day of Deadline’s Sundance studio on Thursday morning was Dustin Guy Defa’s slice-of-life comedy Person to Person. An off-beat film smartly lensed in 16mm, the picture follows the lives of an electic cast of characters—a passionate record collector, a timid apartment dweller and a first-day field reporter, among others— on one particular day in New York. Featuring a top-notch ensemble cast, Person to Person stars Broad City‘s Abbi Jacobson, Michael Cera… Read


New ‘King Arthur’ Trailer Unsheathes Charlie Hunnam As Guy Ritchie’s Excalibur Hero


“From nothing comes a king,” promises this new trailer for Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and the filmmaker’s certainly found a new way into the Arthurian mythos. Starring Charlie Hunnam as the man with the Excalibur, King Arthur looks more action-packed and stylish than we’re used to seeing in our ancient English folklore. The clip, which is set to air during today’s AFC/NFC broadcasts, opens with Hunnam’s Arthur intoning, “I am here now because of you… Read


‘Lady Macbeth’ Star Florence Pugh & Director William Oldroyd On This Year’s British Indie Triumph – Sundance Studio

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William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth has had a barnstorming run since it premiered at Toronto last year. It hit San Sebastian, Zurich and London Film Festivals, as well as a handful of others, before making its US premiere at Sundance this week. Not bad for a film from a first-time feature filmmaker, starring a brilliant young actress making her debut in the lead role. In fact, Lady Macbeth is only Florence Pugh’s second film ever, after 2014’s The Falling from director Carol… Read