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Bleecker Street Lands Toronto Title ‘On Chesil Beach’

EXCLUSIVE: Bleecker Street has a deal for U.S. rights to On Chesil Beach, the Dominic Cooke-directed drama that stars Brooklyn‘s Saoirse Ronan and Dunkirk‘s Billy Howle, with Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff, Samuel West and Adrian Scarborough also starring. Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel, the 1960s-set drama centers on a young couple honeymooning on the English seaside. Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley produced the BBC Films-backed drama. The film won… Read


YouTube Red Closes $3.5M Deal For Morgan Spurlock’s Toronto Docu ‘Super Size Me 2’

Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!

UPDATED, 10:38 AM: In its biggest festival film buy, YouTube Red closed the $3.5 million deal for the Morgan Spurlock-directed  Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!, as Deadline scooped on September 8. They’ve confirmed the deal this morning, and the press release is below the original break, which came early in the Toronto Film Festival just as the first screening of the docu was getting underway. EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, September 8, 12:08 PM: The Morgan Spurlock-directed Super Size… Read


Sony Pictures Classics Closes Israeli Foreign Language Oscar Entry ‘Foxtrot’

UPDATE: Sony Pictures Classics has firmed its deal for North American and other rights to Foxtrot, confirming a Deadline scoop that broke just as the film won eight Ophir Awards in Israel, including Best Picture and Best Director for Samuel Maoz. This comes on top of its Grand Jury Prize win at Venice and gives SPC a leading entry in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. SPC’s release follows the original story. EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, September 19, 1:46 PM PST: Foxtrot Read


‘Victoria & Abdul’ Director Stephen Frears On Turning Shrabani Basu’s Book Into An Unlikely Buddy Movie – Toronto Studio

The little-known story of Queen Victoria and her beloved Indian servant Abdul Karim was once so little-known that Shrabani Basu, author of the 2010 non-fiction biography Victoria & Abdul, spent three days searching the graveyards of Agra in Utter Pradesh in order to find Karim’s final resting place. Happily, thanks to the lightly comic film adaptation of Basu's book – penned by Lee Hall, directed by Stephen Frears and starring the indefatigable Judi Dench as the monarch… Read


Haifaa Al-Mansour On Casting Elle Fanning As Feminist Pioneer In Period Biopic ‘Mary Shelley’ – Toronto Studio

After her 2012 breakout hit Wadjda, the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, director Haifaa Al-Mansour surprised everyone with her follow-up, a British-set costume drama, which premiered last week at the Toronto Film Festival. Titled Mary Shelley, it stars Elle Fanning as the 19th century author who penned horror classic Frankenstein at the tender age of 18. When she came to the Deadline studio, however, Al-Mansour claimed that the material really wasn't so… Read


Andrew Haigh Talks Exploring Backwoods America In His Coming-Of-Age Drama ‘Lean On Pete’ — Toronto Studio

With his fourth feature, Andrew Haigh proved to audiences at the Toronto Film Festival that, after the triple whammy of Greek Pete, Weekend and 45 Years, he had more in him than just British stories. Set in America's backwater fairs and racing tracks, Lean on Pete tells the story of a young drifter named Charley (Charlie Plummer), who finds a sense of purpose when he is employed by a seasoned horse trainer (Steve Buscemi) and his jockey (Chloë Sevigny). When he came to… Read


How Lodge Kerrigan And Amy Seimetz Rewrote The Rulebook For ‘The Girlfriend Experience’ Season Two – Toronto Studio

When Steven Soderbergh originally approached filmmakers Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz for the cable TV version of his film The Girlfriend Experience, it was, in itself, an experiment – neither filmmaker knew or had worked with each other before. Luckily, the gamble paid off, and when the chance to collaborate came again, the pair not only took it, they also – as they explained during a visit to the Deadline studio – used it as a chance to switch things up again. "We… Read


‘Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool’s Annette Bening On Falling In Love With Gloria Grahame – Toronto Studio

"Gloria Grahame has the face that you remember," said director Paul McGuigan, "but she doesn't necessarily have the name that you remember." This is likely to change after the release of his Toronto Film Festival hit Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool, which details what happened when the iconic star of Hollywood classics such as It's A Wonderful Life, In A Lonely Place and The Big Heat found herself performing onstage in shabby British repertory theatres during the 1970s… Read


Ruben Östlund Explains Why His Cannes Palme D’Or Winner ‘The Square’ Is “A Humanistic Traffic Sign” – Toronto Studio

Ruben –stlund arrived at the Toronto Film Festival still warm with the glow of winning the prestigious Palme D'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The follow-up to his festival favourite Force Majeure – in which a cowardly father abandons his family during an avalanche, causing them to look at him with suspicious new eyes – The Square is another wryly funny film about the gulf between a man's actual deeds and his lofty ideals. "The main character is played by Claes… Read


Michael Pearce And Jessie Buckley On British Thriller ‘Beast’ And “The Dark Shadows In Our Self” – Toronto Studio

British director Michael Pearce's debut Beast was one of the indie success stories of this year's Toronto film festival, selling to 30WEST for a seven-figure sum. Starring newcomer Jessie Buckley in her first film lead, Beast is a psychological thriller in which a young girl with a tortured past meets a dangerous stranger (Johnny Flynn) who may or may not be a killer. Dropping by the Deadline studio, Pearce revealed that, although the story is entirely fictional, certain… Read


Simon Baker On Making His Feature Directing Debut With Surf Drama ‘Breath’ – Toronto Studio

A 20-year movie career aside, Simon Baker is perhaps most familiar to American audiences from CBS's The Mentalist as Patrick Jane, consultant to the California Bureau of Investigation crime-fighting unit. His directing debut, however, takes him back to his roots as a kid in New South Wales. An adaptation of Australian novelist Tim Winton's 1970s-set 2008 novel of the same name, Breath stars newcomers Samson Coulter and Ben Spence as Pikelet and Loonie, two… Read


“I Was Awful Lucky To Live”: ‘The Rider’ Star Brady Jandreau On Docudrama Study Of Cowboy Lifestyle – Toronto Studio

Amid a parade of A-listers, one of the most memorable visitors to the Deadline studio was Brady Jandreau, who stars in Chloé Zhao's hybrid docu-drama The Rider, in which a professional rodeo rider finds his life thrown into disarray after a life-threatening accident. The film came about after Zhao began researching life in Jandreau's homeland. "Chloé filmed her first movie, Songs My Brothers Taught Me, at a ranch in South Dakota on the Pine Ridge reservation," said… Read