‘Darkest Hour’s Gary Oldman Joins Director Joe Wright And Tells Why He Almost Turned Down The Role Of Churchill – The Contenders Video
Gary Oldman received a Golden Globe nomination today, his first ever, for his critically acclaimed performance as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. During last month’s 7th Annual Deadline’s The Contenders awards season event at the DGA Theatre he joined me on stage with his director Joe Wright to discuss the film and the towering performance in front of a packed house of AMPAS and key guild members.
Oldman reveals that he in fact actually turned down the role and gives… Read
‘Downsizing’ Golden Globe Nominee Hong Chau Tells How She Got The Role Of A Lifetime – The Contenders Video
Hong Chau, who plays a disabled Vietnamese refugee in the new Alexander Payne comedy Downsizing is on a roll, having nailed a Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress nomination earlier today, as well as one last week from the Critics’ Choice Awards.
She, along with producer Mark Johnson and co-writer and producer Jim Taylor joined me as part of Paramount’s panel for Deadline’s 7th Annual The Contenders awards season event last month at the DGA Theatre. In front of a packed… Read
Jennifer Lawrence Says ‘mother!’ Role “Was The Only Time I Ever Lost Myself” – The Contenders Video
When Jennifer Lawrence came onto the DGA Theater stage as part of Paramount’s presentation at last month’s 7th annual Deadline’s The Contenders event she described her film mother! as simply “an assault, but a necessary one.”
In front of a packed audience of AMPAS and key guild voters, the Oscar-winning star explained her motive in doing the controversial film was to work with director Darren Aronofsky, and also to challenge herself. She said it was especially grueling… Read
‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Directors Say Movie About Much More Than A Tennis Match – The Contenders Video
In 2015, when husband-and-wife directing team Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton came aboard Battle of the Sexes, the Fox Searchlight film about Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs’ iconic tennis match, they figured it was going to hit theaters at a very different time — perhaps when the first woman had been elected President of the United States.
But as they told a packed audience of AMPAS and key guild voters at Deadline’s 7th annual The Contenders awards-season event last… Read
Angelina Jolie Talks Returning To Cambodia To Make ‘First They Killed My Father’ – The Contenders Video
Angelina Jolie’s fourth directorial effort, First They Killed My Father, has the unique distinction of being Cambodia’s entry into the Academy’s Foreign Language Film competition this year, giving Jolie — who holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Cambodia — an unusual position in this year’s race.
Jolie and her co-writer Loung Ung visited last month’s 7th annual Deadline’s The Contenders all-day awards-season event at the DGA Theater to talk about their film (as part of N… Read
Sam Elliott’s Role Of His Career In ‘The Hero’ Was Made For Him, Literally – The Contenders Video
Sam Elliott gets the role of his long acting career in The Hero, and as he told a packed audience at Deadline’s 7th annual The Contenders awards-season event last month, the biggest surprise of all for him was that he actually got to play an actor for the first time.
In our conversation in front of AMPAS and key guild voting members at the DGA Theater, Elliott tells me that writer-director Brett Haley wrote the role for him after they worked together on I’ll See You In My… Read
‘Hostiles’ Director And Stars Talk About How Their Western Addresses Today’s Cultural Divide – The Contenders Video
Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures became the latest new distributor to join Deadline’s annual The Contenders event when it brought Hostiles to our seventh edition of the awards-season kickoff last month. Joining director-writer Scott Cooper and me in conversation about the Western were co-stars Wes Studi and Q’orianka Kilcher.
Sitting before a packed DGA Theater full of AMPAS and key guild voting members, Cooper explained why he was drawn to do a Western… Read
‘Detroit’ Team Talks Dealing With Film’s “Emotionally Testing Material” In Pursuit Of Greater Goal – The Contenders Video
Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit can be a difficult film to watch and was surely a difficult film to make. But her reasons for taking on the biographical drama of the 1967 Detroit race riots were always clear, allowing her to persist while wading through emotionally difficult terrain.
“If you think of race as the third rail of this country, I think it's something that is perhaps incumbent and imperative for all of us to try and do something about,” Bigelow told Deadline’s Mike… Read
Greta Gerwig, Saoirse Ronan & Laurie Metcalf On Why ‘Lady Bird’ Connects With Everyone – The Contenders Video
So far, Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird has been cleaning up on the awards circuit, earning Best Picture from the New York Film Critics Circle and several awards and nominations for stars Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf. All three women joined me on the DGA Theater stage recently as part of the A24 presentation at Deadline’s 7th annual The Contenders awards-season event.
Gerwig, though sharing some specific aspects of her title character’s life and background… Read
Denis Villeneuve Talks Balancing Past & Present For ‘Blade Runner 2049’ – The Contenders Video
Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve took the stage at Deadline’s The Contenders award-season event to discuss the anticipated follow-up to Ridley Scott’s classic inspired by Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? During the discussion, the Oscar-nominated director talked about translating the 1982 sci-fi visual spectacle for 2017 and working with Harrison Ford, who reprised his role as Rick Deckard. The film has grossed $256.6 million… Read
‘Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool’s Annette Bening & Jamie Bell Shine A Light On Hollywood Legend Gloria Grahame
“I thought it was a piece of fiction. I thought it was the weirdest story to set a film around, honestly,” Jamie Bell shares of his first impressions, after being approached with the script to Paul McGuigan’s romantic drama Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool. “I had no idea who Gloria Grahame was and I certainly didn't know who Peter Turner was, at all. I thought: It's just a bizarre work, I don't know how to really wrap my head around it.”
Based on the memoir of the same… Read
‘Wonder Woman’s Patty Jenkins On Why The Female Empowerment Story Is Universal – The Contenders Video
Patty Jenkins came to Deadline’s 7th annual The Contenders event last month to be part of the Warner Bros presentation — specifically highlighting her mega-smash Wonder Woman, which not only is one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year, but also made a social impact well beyond the norm for a film in the superhero genre. In fact, it even landed Jenkins as a finalist for Time Magazine’s Person of the Year.
Whether that’s better than an Oscar nomination is a… Read