‘Beauty And The Beast’ BTL Artists On Tackling Their First Disney Musical — The Contenders London
A "tale as old as time"—based on an 18th century fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont that was previously adapted into a '90s Disney animated classic—Bill Condon's live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast marked the sole presentation for Walt Disney Studios on Friday at Deadline's inaugural Contenders London event.
For those few unfamiliar with Beauty and the Beast, the title sets up the broad strokes of the narrative. The musical depicts the unlikely… Read
‘Castle Rock’ Teaser: Shawshank, Sissy Spacek & Bill Skarsgård In A Stephen King Multiverse – New York Comic-Con
JJ Abrams was not part of today’s Castle Rock panel at New York Comic-Con, but he might as well have been for all the anti-spoiler control he wielded over producers and cast alike. Even a teaser trailer for the 2018 Stephen King-inspired Hulu series keeps a pretty tight death-grip on plot details.
Some of those images: A burning videotape, a funeral procession, a prison’s death row, lethal injections, and a vehicle marked Shawshank State Prison sinking in a lake. (Take a… Read
‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ DP Michael Seresin On A Deeper, Darker ‘Apes’ Film — The Contenders London
With a filmography that includes Midnight Express, Angela's Ashes, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, New Zealand cinematographer Michael Seresin found his most epic projects yet in the updated Planet of the Apes series. Entering the world of the Apes on the sequel—Dawn of the Planet of the Apes—Seresin appeared at Deadline's Contenders London event to discuss how he came to work on the Matt Reeves-directed blockbusters, which see humanity facing off against an… Read
‘Marjorie Prime’ Star Lois Smith On Her “Once-In-A-Lifetime” Journey From Stage To Screen — The Contenders London
Acting for the stage and screen for six decades—and sharing the screen with James Dean in East of Eden, her first big gig—Lois Smith may have found the role of a lifetime in Michael Almereyda's Sundance-premiering indie, Marjorie Prime. But to be clear, the actress' first experience with the material was on stage in both Los Angeles and New York.
Based on Jordan Harrison's Pulitzer Prize-nominated play of the same name, the compelling sci-fi drama boasts a unique… Read
‘Mudbound’ Director Dee Rees On Art’s Role In Reflecting Current Political Moment — The Contenders London
Premiering at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Dee Rees' Mudbound was met with a rapturous response from critics and the public alike, acquired by Netflix in one of the biggest deals of the festival. On Friday, at Deadline’s Contenders London event, the filmmaker sat down with several members of her cast — including Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, and Garrett Hedlund — to discuss the project, in a panel moderated by Joe Utichi.
A period drama set in post-World War II… Read
‘Breathe’s Claire Foy On Lessons Gleaned From Inspirational True-Life Story — The Contenders London
Breaking out with a Golden Globe win and an accompanying Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in critically acclaimed Netflix drama series The Crown, Claire Foy has quickly risen through the ranks to become one of the most well known and busiest actresses not only in the UK, but in the entertainment community at large. Recently announced to be taking over the role of Lisbeth Salander from Rooney Mara for the upcoming Girl in the Spider's Web, Foy will… Read
‘Victoria & Abdul’ Author Shrabani Basu On The Foodie Project That Became A Judi Dench Film: “It All Started With Curries” – The Contenders London
After debuting at Venice and Toronto in September, Stephen Frears' playful period drama Victoria & Abdul surprised absolutely no one by immediately becoming one of the awards-buzz titles of the season, scoring a cool $9.4m on release in its native UK. With Oscar-nominated Mrs. Brown star Dame Judi Dench reprising that critically acclaimed film's role as Queen Victoria, Frears' latest tells the little-known story of how the long-reigning monarch – and then-empress of India… Read
‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ Producer Damian Jones On The Secret Heartache Behind AA Milne’s ‘Pooh’ Stories – The Contenders London
Everyone knows of Christopher Robin and his best friend Winnie The Pooh, but what few would realize is that, for the close family of British author AA Milne, these characters and their adventures are tinged with sadness.
Talking to Deadline's Diana Lodderhose at our inaugural The Contenders London event Friday, the film's producer, Damian Jones, revealed that he, too, was unaware of the real story until he'd read the moving script by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Simon Vaughn… Read
How Martin McDonagh Turned Angry Advertising Into Festival Hit ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ – The Contenders London
It was while traveling across America, 17 or 18 years ago, that Martin McDonagh found the germ of what would become his TIFF Audience Award-winning film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, he told Deadline’s Joe Utichi yesterday at The Contenders London, where he took the stage alongside producer Graham Broadbent. “I saw something similar to what we reveal on the billboards,” he said. “It was a very stark, angry, brutal message, and it made me wonder what kind of… Read
‘Darkest Hour’ Team On A Rounded Churchill And A Possible ‘Dunkirk’ Supercut – The Contenders London
After an impressive bow at the Toronto Film Festival, where the film spurred talk of Oscar nominations for director Joe Wright and star Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour writer/producer Anthony McCarten and editor Valerio Bonelli talked Deadline’s first The Contenders London audience through their gripping period piece yesterday. Starring an unrecognizable Oldman as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the film details the first difficult months of the statesman's tenancy at… Read
‘Wonderstruck’s Todd Haynes On The Highs Of Working With Deaf Actors And The Lows Of Time Travel – The Contenders London
Accompanied by child actors Oakes Fegley and Jaden Michael as well as producers Christine Vachon and John Sloss, Todd Haynes gave a rapt audience at Deadline’s The Contenders London event today a taste of his enchanting new Amazon film Wonderstruck, the first by the auteur director that could conceivably be called a kid flick. Speaking to Deadline's Diana Lodderhose, Haynes recalled that the source novel, written by Brian Selznick, was first brought to his attention by… Read
Dustin Hoffman Talks Making Art, Good Luck & ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ – The Contenders London
Flanked by co-star Adam Sandler and director Noah Baumbach, Hollywood icon Dustin Hoffman stole the show today at Deadline’s The Contenders London, during a panel to showcase the trio's new film The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), which premieres next week on Netflix.
Speaking to Deadline's Mike Fleming in front of a packed BAFTA audience, Baumbach explained that the original idea for the film stemmed from a lunch meeting with Sandler and co-star Ben Stiller, at… Read