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Harvey Weinstein Lauds Certain Regard Jury For Spotlight On Native American Issues In ‘Wind River’ – Cannes

Harvey Weinstein, whose Weinstein Co is releasing the just-annointed Un Certain Regard Best Director winner Wind River domestically, accepted the award on behalf of Taylor Sheridan tonight. Both a message from Sheridan, which Weinstein read, along with his own message, included strong words for the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump with regard to continued injustice toward Native Americans. A timely thriller, Wind River follows a game tracker (Jeremy Renner)… Read

Tony Nominee Jenn Colella Came From Away – And Landed On Broadway

The first time I saw Come From Away, an early preview at the Schoenfeld Theatre, the musical had an air of optimism that set my critical faculties on alert: I had no idea how Broadway would respond to a musical that drew positive vibes, joyful music and, well, hope for mankind in a story set on September 11, 2001 and the days immediately following – especially New Yorkers, including myself, for whom the memory of that day remains a scarred, if not festering, memory. One… Read

Which Festival Debuts In The South Of France Might Travel All The Way To Oscar? — Cannes

Because of its early calendar spot in the awards game, the Cannes Film Festival is not always the best gauge for predicting Oscar success. But many a major nominee has  appeared first in Cannes, even if its overall importance to the Oscars is nowhere near as key as Telluride, Venice and Toronto can be when they kick off the official awards season in early September. Only one Academy Award winner came out of Cannes last year: Iran’s The Salesman for Foreign Language Film… Read

Chloe Zhao’s ‘The Rider’ Lassos Top Directors’ Fortnight Prize – Cannes

Chloe Zhao’s The Rider has taken the Art Cinema Award in the Directors’ Fortnight section here at the Cannes Film Festival. Although the Fortnight is a non-competitive sidebar, partners of the Société des Réalisateurs Français, the French directors' guild that organizes the event, do attribute honors. This is a big win for Zhao who was also one of Deadline’s Ones to Watch this year. After 2015’s Songs My Brother Taught Me, it confirms her status as an up-and-comer to keep… Read

Croisette Queen Nicole Kidman On Coming To The Fest With Four Films & The Runaway Success Of ‘Big Little Lies’ — Cannes

Nicole Kidman has been a household name for nearly 30 years now, but her star never seems to wane. Rocketing to fame in the '80s, she survived the spotlight of a high-profile celebrity marriage to Tom Cruise and emerged triumphant from trial by tabloid. While her peers, and some of her predecessors, chased box-office success in romcoms and franchises, Kidman went for the interesting role, starting in 1995 with Gus Van Sant's mordant black comedy To Die For. Since then… Read

How ‘Search Party’ Broke All The Rules Of Television On Its Way To TBS Success – The Contenders Emmys Video

Search Party

TBS’ new series, Search Party did not follow the orthodox route to becoming a hit show. In fact as executive producers and creators Charles Rogers and Sarah Violet-Bliss put it, it really was approached more like making an independent film than a network show. They actually shot the pilot without any commitment and then went out to find distribution, or in this case, TBS, which sparked to what the pair put together. At last month’s all day Deadline event, The Contenders… Read

‘This Is Us’ Casting Director Discusses Reason Why New York Talents Are Being Discovered Later In Their Careers

When casting a television series, there can be few tasks more daunting than piecing together a believable TV family—as any viewer of NBC’s hit series This Is Us can surely tell you, family is complicated. This is the task casting director Tiffany Little Canfield took on, alongside her New York partner, Bernard Telsey, playing a critical role in the series’ success in bringing together one of the most beloved families on television. Canfield’s assignment was… Read

24th amFAR Cannes Gala Raises $20 Million As Harvey Weinstein Vows To Bring Silicon Valley To The Fight Against Aids

For nearly a quarter of a century now, amFAR’s gala Cannes event has been a cornerstone of the glamour of the Cannes Film Festival. Although, because of this year’s 70th anniversary fest event and dinner earlier this week where Salma Hayek led a conga line of luminaries, it had to compete for the title of most star power. Nevertheless, raising $20 million in one night and having the legendary Diana Ross rip through “I Will Survive” is certainly notable (Nicki Minaj and… Read

Ron Howard On Directing ‘The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years’: The Contenders Emmys Video

Ron Howard

Director-producer Ron Howard did double duty at last month’s big all-day Deadline event, The Contenders Emmys, which took place at the DGA Theatre in front of a packed audience of TV Academy voters. Previously we posted his discussion about the new series Genius his company Imagine is making, and now here is my conversation with the Oscar winner about the making of what is only his second documentary ever, Hulu’s The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years, which… Read

Primetime Emmys Tap Glenn Weiss & Ricky Kirshner To Exec Produce Awards

Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner of White Cherry Entertainment will executive produce the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards hosted by Stephen Colbert in September, CBS and The Television Academy announced today. The live broadcast on September 17 marks the team’s first time producing the Emmy Awards, but Weiss’ sixth time as director. The team has produced the Emmy-winning Tony Awards for the last 13 consecutive years. "Glenn and Ricky have done outstanding work with CBS on The… Read

Deadline’s TV Talk Podcast Episode #6: Big Screen To Small Screen Emmy Contenders, Roger Moore + Best Limited Series Hopefuls

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The sad passing of Roger Moore earlier this week was, among many other things, a reminder to us both of how recent the breaking down of the barriers between the big screen and the small screen truly is. The former Saint and James Bond made the leap up but until the last few years many were reluctant to make a commitment to TV. Well, as we discuss today in our TV Talk podcast, just ask Jessica Lange how well that can work out – as the multiple Oscar and Emmy winner looks… Read

‘Queen Sugar’ Creator Ava DuVernay On Finding A Place To Breathe – The Contenders Emmys Video

Ava DuVernay

"We're trying to do something different with this and I need a place where I can breathe and do that," Ava DuVernay said of the family drama Queen Sugar, and why OWN was the best place for the series toplined by Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe and Rutina Wesley. "We need a place where we can have black people in the South, where the matriarch of the family is a waitress and one of the three major characters is a formerly incarcerated man," the Oscar-nominated director… Read