Farewell To Arms At A Changing Toronto Festival
I bid farewell to the Toronto International Film Festival last week. For a decade, I was a regular at the giant gathering of a film fleet that has met every fall since 1976. But when the annual demand for last year's clips arrived a few months ago, I was busy and let it go. Then on Wednesday came a sweet, very Canadian reminder that I hadn't filled out a request for media credentials. With matching sweetness, I replied that I had been worn thin by the festival cycle, and… Read
Eleanor Coppola On The Fundamental Truth Of Movie Production: “It’s Never Easy” – Deadline Disruptors
"Francis feels very frustrated," wrote Eleanor Coppola in Notes: The Making of Apocalypse Now. "He gathers up his Oscars and throws them out the window. The children pick up the pieces in the back yard. Four of the five are broken." The shoot for Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam epic had yet to even begin—the director was still trying to cast the key roles of Willard and Kurtz. Steve McQueen, Al Pacino, Jimmy Caan, Robert Redford and even Marlon Brando had all turned him… Read
Encore: Casey Affleck On ‘Manchester By The Sea’ And Lonergan: “He’s Playing A Different-Sounding Song”
Editors Note: This story originally ran on November 18, 2016.
Casey Affleck's haunting and haunted performance in Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea might have been amongst the first crop of fresh Oscar candidates when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival back in January. But the fact that he's still a Best Actor frontrunner 10 months later must surely be pleasing Amazon Studios, which picked up the movie there for $10 million with plans to make its first… Read
‘The Belko Experiment’ Trailer: A Chilling Message From Subhuman Resources
“All employees, lend me you full attention,” the soulless voice says. “There are currently 80 of you in the building. In two hours, we want 30 of you dead. If 30 of you are not dead, we will end 60 of your lives ourselves.” And you thought you were having a crummy day at the office.
Here’s a new trailer for The Belko Experiment, a chilling killed-or-be-killed film from Orion Pictures written and produced by Guardians of the Galaxy helmer James Gunn. A company’s high-rise… Read
‘Sing’ Director Garth Jennings On Working With “Wizards,” The Learning Curve Of His Feature Animation Debut
In Toronto to present a work-in-progress cut of their animated December release this past September, Sing director Garth Jennings and Illumination Entertainment CEO Christopher Meledandri stopped by Deadline’s TIFF video studio to discuss the genesis of the project and their jubilant production process. Featuring a truly star-studded cast, including Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johannsson and Taron Egerton—many of whom also appeared at the festival premiere—Sing stars Matth… Read
Isabelle Huppert Talks ‘Elle’, ‘Things To Come’ & ‘Souvenir’ – Video
Isabelle Huppert had no fewer than three features in this year’s Toronto International Film Festival and tonight she has a double feature at the New York Film Festival with Things to Come and Elle at Alice Tully Hall. It’s just evidence of how in-demand one of France’s biggest stars is, more than 100 films into a career on the big screen that started when she was a teenager. She first wowed this year at Berlin, in Mia Hansen-Løve’s Things to Come, and rocked the Cannes… Read
‘Blue Jay’ Triple Threat Mark Duplass On Recruiting Sarah Paulson For B&W Indie: “We Were Really Chasing Something”
Picked up by The Orchard for a fall release prior to its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, where it bowed to critical praise, indie drama Blue Jay opens in New York City tomorrow, rolling out in LA next week and on VOD October 11.
From first-time narrative feature director Alex Lehmann, the smartly-lensed, tightly constructed black-and-white drama stars indie auteur Mark Duplass and The People v. O.J. star Sarah Paulson as Jim and Amanda, high school… Read
Sony Pictures Classics Seals Deal For Donald Sutherland-Helen Mirren Road Trip Pic ‘The Leisure Seeker’ – Update
UPDATED, 9:16 AM: Sony Pictures Classics has confirmed Deadline’s scoop out of Toronto that it has acquired The Leisure Seeker, director Paolo Virzi’s road-trip film starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland. Read SPC’s official announcement below.
PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, September 15: Another splashy Toronto deal near: Sony Pictures Classics is close to landing The Leisure Seeker, the Paolo Virzi-directed film that stars Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland. The deal is… Read
‘Mr. Robot’ Emmy Winner Rami Malek On His Movie ‘Buster’s Mal Heart’: “Man’s Need For One Love & For Freedom”
While we’re use to watching him as tortured young hacker battling with a dissociative identity disorder on USA’s Mr. Robot which is airing is season 2 finale tonight, in indie drama Buster’s Mal Heart, Rami Malek plays a different kind of guy on the fringe of society. Buster is a mountain man who squats in empty homes, on the run from the authorities. But in another life, he was a loving, stable family guy known as Jonah. How did his world get thrown off balance? We… Read
‘Below Her Mouth’ Helmer April Mullen Signs With Verve – Toronto
EXCLUSIVE: Coming off the Toronto Film Festival premiere of her film Below The Mouth, writer-director April Mullen has signed with Verve. Below Her Mouth is described as a relentless love story shot entirely by an all-female crew. Mullen was also honored during the TIFF Birks Diamond Tribute to women in film. Her previous features include 88 and Dead Before Dawn 3D. With Tim Doiron, Mullen co-founded the independent production company Wango Films. Doiron also is signing… Read
‘Blair Witch’ Flop Scares Up Horrific Memories For Joe Berlinger
EXCLUSIVE: At a $60,000 negative cost and a $248 million worldwide gross, the original Blair Witch Project remains an impossibly profitable no-budget found-footage genre film in movie history. Last weekend’s frightfully modest showing for the reboot Blair Witch marked the second painful attempt to recapture the magic.
It prompted the maker of the first one, Blair Witch 2 helmer Joe Berlinger, to offer up this social media posting this morning. Now, Berlinger is a renowned… Read
‘Paris Can Wait’ Lands At Sony Pictures Classics – Toronto
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Classics has come away with North American rights to Paris Can Wait, the film that marks the narrative directorial debut — at age 80 — of Eleanor Coppola, who wrote the script as well and produced. Her film stars Diane Lane, Arnaud Viard and Alec Baldwin. Lane plays an American woman in a tired marriage who finds herself on an unforeseen road trip from Cannes to Paris with a dashing Frenchman. A seven-hour drive unexpectedly takes two days with… Read