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‘Wind River’ Makers On Wresting Control From Weinstein: “If My Movie’s Going To Die, I’ll Be The One To Kill It” – Watch

Wind River

EXCLUSIVE: In their first public statements since the makers of the drama Wind River regained control of the drama amid the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal, writer-director Taylor Sheridan, stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen, and producers Basil Iwanyk and Matthew George sat for a highly emotional, even tearful panel that highlighted Deadline's The Contenders awards-season kickoff event Saturday. Watch the footage of the panel above, but keep reading because the… Read


‘Mudbound’ Director Dee Rees & Cast Speak On The Film’s Contemporary Relevance – The Contenders

“It exposes race as an economic construct and exposes the fact that we're all interconnected not just to each other but to our history,” said Mudbound director Dee Rees, speaking on the contemporary message of the period film at Deadline’s The Contenders. “There is no ‘then’ or ‘will be,’ there's only now. Everything is now. We can't dismiss our history and say we are a product of our times. We are the times and we decide what kind of nation we are going to be.” Rees was… Read


‘Thor: Ragnorok’s Taika Waititi: “It’s My Opening Weekend I Can Say Whatever The F*ck I Want” – The Contenders

Taika Waititi

In what could easily be deemed as the most entertaining panel of the day, Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi took the stage at Deadline’s The Contenders event during the massive $118M+ opening weekend of the Disney Marvel film. “By the way, this is whisky and coffee,” Waititi shared, seemingly to explain his eccentric behavior, which garnered big laughs from the audience. “It’s my opening weekend I can say whatever the f*ck I want.” Waititi kept it honest throughout… Read


Angelina Jolie, Loung Ung Talk ‘First They Killed My Father’ And Honoring Cambodian History — The Contenders

Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father is a feature long in the making. The catalyst for the film can be traced back to when Jolie was in Cambodia in her 20s. She purchased Loung Ung’s book from a street corner, and it was a humbling learning experience for the Oscar-winning actress. "I didn't realize how much my education was lacking and how much I needed to learn,” said Jolie. “This book was an education for me — about refugees and what children go through in a… Read


‘I, Tonya’ Director Craig Gillespie On Harding’s “Fascinating Life”— The Contenders

Craig Gillespie, Allison Janney, Steven Rogers, Margot Robbie and Sebastian Stan Deadline Hollywood Presents THE CONTENDERS 2017,

"I didn't set out to do it at all," I, Tonya screenwriter Steven Rogers said at Deadline's The Contenders event Saturday in Los Angeles. "Then I saw this great documentary on 30 for 30 about Tonya Harding." Neon’s I, Tonya explores the reality of Olympic figure skater Harding's life, and the differing accounts of what happened when her U.S. rival Nancy Kerrigan was attacked and injured. With Margot Robbie in the title role, Rogers set out to show a side of Harding that… Read


‘The Shape Of Water’s Guillermo del Toro: Monsters Are “Spiritual Cosmology For Me” — The Contenders

Fox Searchlight spent its stage time Deadline’s The Contenders event today with three female-led films. Guillermo del Toro was on hand with his fantasy adventure film The Shape of Water, the story of an unlikely relationship between Elisa (Sally Hawkins) a lonely mute woman who cleans the top-secret government facility that houses a captured "asset" (Doug Jones). “The movie is about the otherness,” del Toro told moderator Joe Utichi. “We live in times that are permeated… Read


‘The Hero’s Sam Elliott On Story Stemming From “Dialogue” With Director Brett Haley — The Contenders

As in so many films throughout his storied career, Sam Elliott is The Hero in Brett Haley’s indie drama, which bowed to acclaim at Sundance. Elliott appeared at Deadline’s The Contenders this afternoon to discuss his experience with the film, which provided him with the role of a lifetime. Playing off Elliott’s status as a gruff Western icon, The Hero follows a washed-up movie star (Elliott) with a terminal illness who attempts to make the most of the time he has left… Read


Jennifer Lawrence Proudly Owns ‘Mother!’s Polarized Reception; ‘Downsizing’ Producers On Alexander Payne’s “Most Optimistic Movie” — The Contenders

“It’s certainly not a darling. It never crossed our mind that everyone was going to love it,” Jennifer Lawrence said at The Contenders today of mother!, Darren Aronofsky’s polarizing Paramount picture in which she stars opposite Javier Bardem. “It’s an assault, but I think it’s necessary. I’m proud of us, and I’m proud of Darren for writing and conceiving it.” Lawrence stars in the film as a woman known only as “Mother,” who finds herself at the hands of a mysterious and… Read


Ethan Hawke Talks Sally Hawkins’ “Seismic Power” In ‘Maudie’; Jamie Bell On ‘Liverpool’; The Serene Power Of ‘Call Me By Your Name’ – The Contenders

Ethan Hawke, Sony Pictures Classics 'Maudie' panel, THE CONTENDERS 2017, Los Angeles

“My wife was sitting at the kitchen table and just sobbing and sobbing,” Ethan Hawke said at Deadline’s The Contenders event Saturday in Los Angeles. “She handed me this script and said, ‘You have to do this movie.'” The Before Sunrise actor was discussing his new movie Maudie with Deadline’s Dominic Patten. The Aisling Walsh-directed Sony Pictures Classics project tells the true love story between artist Maud Lewis (Sally Hawkins) and Hawke’s Everett Lewis – a man who… Read


Producer Emma Thomas On ‘Dunkirk’; Patty Jenkins Talks ‘Wonder Woman’ & Denis Villenueve On ‘Blade Runner 2049’ — The Contenders

Kicking off the Warner Bros. panel at Deadline’s The Contenders event, producer Emma Thomas and cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema were on hand to discuss Dunkirk, in conversation with Deadline’s Pete Hammond. Based on an unbelievable true story — and a quintessentially British one at that — the film centers on the hundreds of thousands of Allied soldiers who found themselves trapped on a beach in France, being bombarded by the Germans while awaiting rescue by sea during a… Read


Andrew Garfield, Andy Serkis Talk ‘Breathe’: “It’s A Story About Living” — The Contenders

Based on the true story, Bleecker Street’s Breathe follows the adventurous and charismatic Robin Cavendish, who has his whole life ahead of him when he is paralyzed by polio at age 28 and given just months to live but ended up living decades. Andrew Garfield, who plays Cavendish, didn’t see it as a story about being paralyzed but a story about living your life. “I never saw it as an acting challenge but as a living challenge because Robin was active until 28,”… Read


Denzel Washington, Dan Gilroy Talk ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ And Reviving The Spirit of Activism — The Contenders

In Dan Gilroy’s Roman J. Israel, Esq.Denzel Washington steps into the role of the title character, a driven, idealistic defense attorney whose life is upended when a turbulent series of events challenge the activism-of-a-different-era that has defined his career. When Gilroy wrote the script on spec, he was vying for Washington to do it — even though he’d never met him. “If Denzel didn’t do it, I was gonna put it aside,” said Gilroy. “I sent it to Denzel shortly after… Read