‘Kung Fu Panda 3′ Helmer Jennifer Yuh Nelson On Chinese Audiences’ Embrace Of The DreamWorks Franchise
Starting her DreamWorks tenure as head of story, Kung Fu Panda 3 director Jennifer Yuh Nelson has had a varied career that is intimately tied to that particular franchise. Working on all three Kung Fu Panda Films, Nelson directed a dream sequence in the original, before assuming directing responsibilities for the next two features. Working on KFP3 alongside Alessandro Carloni, Nelson continued to believe in untapped story and world building potential within panda Po's… Read
Grammys: ‘Suicide Squad’ & Amy Schumer Lead Hollywood Noms
Warner Bros’ Suicide Squad scored three nominations as the 59th annual Grammy Awards were announced this morning. Among other Hollywood notables, Amy Schumer scored a pair of noms, for Best Spoken Word album for her audio book The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo, and for her comedy album Live At The Apollo.
Suicide Squad, meanwhile, was joined in the Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media Grammy category along with last year’s Best Documentary Feature Oscar winner Am… Read
Grammy Nominations List: Beyonce & Adele Lead Way
Beyonce led all acts with nine nominations as the 59th annual Grammy Awards nominations were unveiled today, first with the marquee Record, Sony and Album of the Year in which Beyonce’s Formation and Adele’s 25 made the cut in each. Adele scored five nominations total for the album and song “Hello.”
Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West each scored eight nominations, with Rihanna and Drake teaming on “Work” which is up for Record of the Year. Chance the Rapper had seven noms… Read
Poland’s Oscar Entry ‘Afterimage’: How Actor Boguslaw Linda Boarded Andrzej Wajda’s Ultimate Swan Song
Afterimage marks the final film by late Polish film director Andrzej Wajda who died in early October at the age of 90 from pulmonary failure.
Four of his movies were nominated for best foreign language Oscars: 1975’s The Promised Land, 1979’s The Maids of Wilko, 1981’s Man of Iron (1981) 2007’s and Katyń (2007), and once again Poland is appropriately submitting the filmmaker’s latest Afterimage as its Oscar contender this year. Sixteen years ago, Wajda received an… Read
Pharrell Williams On ‘Hidden Figures’ Hidden NASA History – The Contenders Video
"Up until recently, a women's contribution to history has often been dismissed, discounted and often at times even erased from public acknowledgment," said executive producer Pharrell Williams during the film’s The Contenders Presented by Deadline panel in front of a standing-room-only DGA theater crowd last month. "I see that when you push women down, you are actually pushing them to stand up even stronger," the multiple Grammy winner added of the film… Read
Jimmy Kimmel To Host The Oscars
UPDATE with Academy and producer quotes: It was one of the worst-kept yet longest-gestating secrets that Jimmy Kimmel would host the 2017 Oscars. Now it’s official, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected the ABC late-night host to top the show.
The news will mark the first time ever that all four big awards shows in a row are hosted by the corresponding network’s late-night host as the shows serve as promotional tools for them. This year, Kimmel… Read
‘My Life As A Zucchini’ Creators On Bringing Switzerland’s Oscar Entry To Life
This year Switzerland is submitting a stopmotion animated feature as its Oscar entry, Claude Barras’ My Life as a Zucchini, which follows a recently orphaned boy’s journey in a foster care center before he’s adopted. The sweet 70-minute movie is about those kids, who didn’t get a good start in life, a second chance on getting on the proper course. The pic drew great reviews after premiering in the Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in May and went on to… Read
Emily Blunt On ‘The Girl On The Train’ And The Anesthetizing Effect Of Comic Book Cinema – Q&A
Emily Blunt practices what she preaches. As cinema is under increasing pressure to acknowledge and deliver work that appeals to more than white teenage males, so Blunt is using the profile she's developed through roles like The Devil Wears Prada, The Young Victoria and Sicario to bring to the screen fully-rounded female characters. They're present in everything she's done lately, whether that's Rian Johnson's Looper, the Tom Cruise actioner Edge of Tomorrow, or… Read
Amy Adams On The Awards-Season Arrival Of ‘Arrival’ – The Contenders Video
Amy Adams talked about motherhood, aliens, communication, being inspired by her professor-sister, director Denis Villeneuve and all things Arrival when she stopped by the Paramount Pictures portion of out big all-day The Contenders Presented By Deadline event at the DGA Theater.
In front of a packed audience of Oscar and key guild voters, the five-time Academy Award nominee discussed playing a professor and linguistics expert brought in to try and talk to the aliens who… Read
Guillermo Del Toro To Receive Sound Editors’ Filmmaker Award
The Motion Picture Sound Editors said it will present Guillermo del Toro with its annual Filmmaker Award at the group’s annual Golden Reel Awards set for February 19 in Los Angeles.
Del Toro joins a list of past recipients that includes Sam Raimi, Darren Aronofsky, George Lucas, Ang Lee, Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Brian Grazer and Gale Anne Hurd.
"Texturally and narratively, sound and image fuse in the cinematic experience," del Toro said. "I have… Read
Jessica Chastain’s Surprising Journey Into Corporate Lobbying With ‘Miss Sloane’
Miss Sloane is all about Jessica Chastain. As the titular lobbyist, Elizabeth Sloane, Chastain throws herself into the world of big-money lobbying, and director John Madden injects us into Sloane's psyche with an almost uncomfortable closeness. And yet we're always a step behind this brilliant D.C. plate-spinner, as she works every angle and serves up opinions-to-have for senators and congressmen on behalf of her corporate clients. It's a showcase role for Chastain, who… Read
Costume Designers For ‘Lion’, ‘La La Land’ And ‘Jackie’ Find Their Threads
Costume design, like editing and sound, is one of the many "invisible arts" of moviemaking: if it's done well, then you don't notice it. It is, though, perhaps a little more front and center than the others, hiding its many clever tricks in plain sight. Indeed, often when you meet a character, it's their wardrobe that begins telling the viewer their tale, before they've even spoken.
Three of the best costume designers of this year's rich choice of Oscar-worthy movies — Cap… Read