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Sylvester Stallone Goes For The Brass Ring In ‘Creed’ – Featurette

EXCLUSIVE: Tonight in New York, Sylvester Stallone accepts the Best Supporting Actor award from the National Board Of Review  for his latest incarnation of Rocky Balboa in CreedThe film also picked up the Best Actor prize for Michael B. Jordan from the National Society Of Film Critics over the weekend and has been a notable bright spot in a bit of an off year for Warner Bros. Stallone is heavily favored to nab his first acting Oscar nomination since the… Read

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How ‘Carol’ Star Cate Blanchett Wowed Todd Haynes & Rooney Mara On Set – Featurette

EXCLUSIVE: Whether she wanted it or not, Cate Blanchett found herself in a quandary early in the awards season when Oscar watchers were predicting she would be going up against herself in the Best Actress race with nominations for her elegant yet powerful work in The Weinstein Company’s Carol and her searing portrayal of Mary Mapes in Sony Pictures Classics Truth. Would she cancel herself out amongst voters? Turns out, she doesn’t really have to worry anymore. While her… Read

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Deadline’s The Contenders – Michael Moore On Why He Stormed Europe To Make ‘Where To Invade Next’

Michael Moore was the last to appear at Deadline’s big awards season event, The Contenders Presented By Deadline, on November 7th to talk about his latest documentary, Where To Invade Nextin front of the AMPAS and key guild members attending the all-day Oscar primer at the DGA Theatre. So it is appropriate that our conversation that day is also the last of the 35+ Contenders videos that I am posting this season. Moore describes his movie in which he “invades” several… Read

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Deadline’s The Contenders: The Weinstein Company Shows Off Oscar Hopefuls ‘The Hunting Ground’, ‘Carol’, ‘Macbeth’, And ‘The Hateful Eight’

Ever since Deadline began its big awards season event , The Contenders Presented By Deadline five years ago, the opening act in the daylong Oscar season showcase for studios and distributors has been the presentation from The Weinstein Company – and this year was no different as TWC produced a special reel  and last month brought six of their filmmakers to tell the gathered crowd of AMPAS and key guild members at the DGA theatre about their Oscar hopefuls.  Director Kirby… Read

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‘The Martian’ Cast Is Out Of This World About Ridley Scott

EXCLUSIVE: Though it preceded the onslaught of Oscar films when it opened October 2, The Martian has stayed squarely in the awards-season conversation. One of the big reasons: the feeling that finally, after directing such classics as Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down and many others, this might be the year that Ridley Scott gets an Oscar. Here, the cast talks about what it was it was like to work with a legend in the genre he helped pioneer. Watch the video… Read

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Deadline’s The Contenders: Carey Mulligan & Director Sarah Gavron Talk Relevance & Importance Of ‘Suffragette’

For the first time in the five-year history of Deadline’s annual big awards-season event The Contenders Presented By Deadline, I got to host an all-female panel thanks to Focus Features, which spotlighted two contenders: The Danish Girl and SuffragetteWith the latter, the story of the movement for the women’s right to vote in England, we welcomed star Carey Mulligan, who has won high praise for her role as a young wife and mother who becomes increasingly active in the… Read

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Deadline’s The Contenders: Film Editors Of ‘Joy’ Talk The Art Of Collaboration With David O. Russell

Oscar nominated  film editors Jay Cassidy  and Alan Baumgarten  joined me onstage last month for our big awards season event, The Contenders Presented By Deadline. We discussed the intricacies of the upcoming  Christmas Day release Joy as part of the panel 20th Century Fox assembled for their presentation in front of specially invited AMPAS and key guild members who came to the all day event held this year again at the DGA Theatre. Cassidy and Baumgarten talk about their… Read

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Deadline’s The Contenders: How Music In ‘Youth’ Became Vital Part Of Michael Caine’s Performance

At Deadline’s big day-long awards-season event The Contenders Presented By Deadline last month,   Youth composer David Lang explained his process to a packed DGA Theatre audience of AMPAS and guild voters. Speaking on the Fox Searchlight panel, Lang focused on his collaboration with director Paolo Sorrentino in creating music that would reflect the emotional journey of the main character — a newly retired composer — played by Michael Caine. Because the film is indeed, in… Read

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Deadline’s The Contenders: How Cast And Crew Withstood Unimaginable Challenges During The Making Of ‘The Revenant’

One of this season’s most awaited movies is certainly Alejandro G. Inarritu’s brutal and stunning The Revenanta tale of survival and revenge set in the 1820’s and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy in performances that would test the limits of any actor. The film begins its theatrical run on Christmas Day. As part of the 20th Century Fox panel at this year’s The Contenders Presented By Deadline (taking place last month in front of AMPAS and key Guild members at… Read

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Deadline’s The Contenders: ‘Danish Girl’ Producers & Screenwriter On Why It Took 15 Years To Get To The Screen

Screenwriter Lucinda Coxon and producers Gail Mutrux and Anne Harrison came to The Contenders Presented By Deadline last month to tell the tale of the long creative gestation of their film, The Danish Girlwhich took 15 years to get to the screen. Directed by Tom Hooper and starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander — both now nominated for acting honors from the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Awards and SAG — the film has hit the zeitgeist in terms of public interest… Read

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Michael Caine On Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Youth’: “You Go With It Like A River”

Youth is Italian director-writer Paolo Sorrentino’s European Film Award-winning follow-up to his 2013 Foreign-Language Oscar winner The Great Beauty. The new film opened December 4 and stars Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel as two friends on holiday in the Swiss Alps. Caine plays Fred, an acclaimed composer and conductor who brings along his daughter, played by Rachel Weisz. Keitel is Mick, a filmmaker working on the screenplay for what he expects will his final important… Read

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How Film Composer Dan Romer Struck A Chord With ‘Beasts Of No Nation’

EXCLUSIVE: Grammy winning composer Dan Romer provides the eclectic, ambient score for Netflix's Beasts of No Nation, directed by Emmy winner Cary Fukunaga (True Detective). Starring Idris Elba and newcomer Abraham Attah, the film is based on the novel by Uzodinma Iweala, centering on the young Agu (Attah), a child soldier tragically separated from his family and forced to join a band of rebels in the civil war of an African country led by Commandant (Elba) who takes in… Read