Choosing Makeup Artist Dave Elsey To Transform Ian McKellen In ‘Mr Holmes’ Was Elementary – Awardsline
Makeup artist Dave Elsey realized a childhood dream working on Mr Holmes, the Ian McKellen-starring pic from Bill Condon in which Elsey tasked with transforming the 76-year-old two-time Oscar nominee into both younger and older versions of Sherlock Holmes.
In fact, you could call Elsey a Holmes superfan. He grew up in London, where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the iconic detective novels, and near the Whitechapel district, where the real-life Jack the Ripper killed his… Read
Deadline’s ‘The Contenders’: Aaron Sorkin Tells Why ‘Steve Jobs’ Is “The Movie Of Every Writer’s Dreams”
Aaron Sorkin came out swinging at our big awards season all day event, The Contenders Presented By Deadline , Nov 7 at the DGA. As part of Universal’s presentation the Oscar winning screenwriter of the new film Steve Jobs had no sooner sat down than he proclaimed absolutely everything in the movie is true with one big exception. Check out the video of my conversation with him (click the link above to watch) to find out what that was, as well as reaction he has gotten… Read
Oscars: Academy Draws Up Finalists For Animated Shorts
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 10 finalists vying for the Animated Short trophy at the 88th Academy Awards. Member of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch will select five nominees from group during branch screenings in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in December. They finalists, which emerged from a group of 60 entries, are:
Bear Story (Historia De Un Oso), Gabriel Osorio, director, and Pato Escala, producer… Read
Oscars: Academy Cuts Live-Action Shorts List To 10
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 10 finalists vying for the live-action short trophy at the 88th Academy Awards. Member of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch will select five nominees from group during branch screenings in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in December.
They finalists, which emerged from a group that initially consisted on 144 films, are:
Ave Maria, Basil Khalil, director, and Eric Dupont, producer… Read
Lenny Abrahamson Sets Up His ‘Room’ In Los Angeles
Hidden away in an empty retail space next to Los Angeles’ Landmark Theater, sitting slap in the middle of the expansive white floor, is a small wooden shed. Its rough outer walls and peaked roof give it the look of a child’s treehouse somehow transported to this unlikely spot. Or perhaps this is a pop-up gallery and the shed is a piece of art?
The truth is, the shed is a sort of art, since it required an incredible amount of thought and creativity to bring it into being… Read
Deadline’s The Contenders: How Steven Spielberg And Tom Hanks Turned A Cold War Story Into A Hot Oscar Possibility
Bridge Of Spies has been one of the few adult-skewing fall movies to make a mark both with critics and at the boxoffice. Of course a lot of that might have to do with the combustible teaming again of director Steven Spielberg and star Tom Hanks. This true cold war story set in the late 50’s and early 60’s has Hanks as an insurance lawyer who suddenly is thrust into the center of world affairs when he is chosen to represent an accused Russian spy played brilliantly by… Read
Turkey’s Oscar Entry ‘Sivas’ Tells The Touching Story About A Boy And His Fighting Dog
Childhood innocence crashing with a world of great violence is an ongoing motif this season among some of the Oscar foreign film language whether its the teenager who discovers his former military father’s great sin in Bulgaria’s The Judgment to Hungary's entry, Son of Saul, which follows a father yearning to give the proper burial for his son at a concentration camp. Sivas from Turkey follows the unlikely friendship formed between a young boy and a fighting… Read
Deadline’s The Contenders: ‘Room’ Filmmakers On How To Make A Movie In A 10 x 10 Space
At our big awards-season event The Contenders Presented by Deadline, held November 7 at the DGA, new independent distributor A24 devoted part of its session to the critically acclaimed Oscar hopeful Room, a movie about a young woman and her 5-year-old son held captive for years in a 10 x 10 room. The film is deeply emotional, complex and has great performances from Brie Larson, 9-year-old Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen and William H. Macy.
Although the entire film opens up to… Read
Oscars: Deadline’s Pete Hammond Vs. Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil In Best Actor Prediction Smackdown
Continuing our “spirited” discussion of early trends in the Oscar race, Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil and I really go at it in assessing the Best Actor contest and try to figure out who is up and who is down at this very early point in the competition. I am not into the ranking game but love to talk up the possibilities and offer possible clues as to which way the winds are blowing for these talented guys. As always, Best Actor is chock-full of possibilities, and we analyze it… Read
Belgium’s Oscar Entry ‘The Brand New Testament’: Behind The Scenes With Catherine Deneuve & A Gorilla
One of the more hysterical performances in Belgium’s Oscar entry The Brand New Testament is from French legend Catherine Deneuve, who plays Martine and is chosen by God’s 10-year old daughter EA (yes, he has a daughter in addition to Jesus Christ) as one of the six new apostles. It just so happens that Martine is a loveless housewife, has dumped her husband and has found love with a gorilla at the zoo. And they’re going beyond third base.
Such are the hijinks in this… Read
Deadline’s The Contenders: F. Gary Gray Talks ‘Straight Outta Compton’ And The Risky Business Of Casting N.W.A
F. Gary Gray, director of the breakout box office and critical hit Straight Outta Compton, came straight to our big awards-season event The Contenders Presented By Deadline on November 7. He participated in Universal’s portion of the day, where he explained how the film, long in development, came to be, why it was so personal to him, and how it was cast.
As he says in the video shot at Contenders (click the link above to watch), the question of who would be playing the… Read
Italy’s Oscar Entry ‘Don’t Be Bad’: How A Producer Defied Odds To Finish The Film In Wake Of Director’s Death
Quite often, whenever a country selects its foreign film submission, Oscar bloggers stand baffled wondering why the populist choice by American critics’ standards wasn’t chosen.
Such was the case this year when many would have bet the vineyard that Nanni Moretti’s Mia Madre was the top choice. After all, it won the prize of the ecumenical jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and was further propped by a stateside distribution deal with Alchemy and arthouse B.O… Read