How ‘The Immortal Life’ Director George C. Wolfe Honored The Life And Legacy Of Henrietta Lacks
An African-American woman living through the “peak of segregation,” Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer in 1951, unaware that cells taken from her body would go on to transform modern medicine and history at large. Now known as HeLa cells, Henrietta’s “immortal” cells aided in the development of the polio vaccine, and remain an essential resource for medical research today—and yet for years, Lacks remained anonymous in and outside of the medical field, never… Read
Mary Elizabeth Winstead On The Nine Lives Of Nikki Swango In ‘Fargo’ – Emmys Q&A
SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of Fargo‘s Season 3 finale.
After turning heads and winning praise for her turn as a struggling alcoholic in the indie film Smashed, Mary Elizabeth Winstead raises her game as a damsel who absolutely refuses to be in distress in the third season of FX’s Fargo. During FX’s TCA session in January, a Fargo sizzle reel played set to the tune of the David Bowie-narrated Peter and the Wolf. Winstead’s character, ex-con Nikki Swango… Read
‘Casual’ Creator Zander Lehmann On Season 3 Character Developments In Series Run By Three Showrunners
A first-time showrunner when Casual bowed in 2015, Zander Lehmann was thrust into a new world with new responsibilities, alongside executive producers Jason Reitman, Helen Estabrook and Liz Tigelaar—the latter, the only TV veteran among the bunch. Quickly picking up the process, the Casual creator found an easy rapport among his peers, with tasks divvied up organically amongst the series' four voices.
With Season 3, Lehmann was excited about a variety of interesting… Read
Newcomer Katherine Langford On ‘13 Reasons Why’: “It Was The Best First Show I Could Have Ever Done”
Booking her first lead role with Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, Katherine Langford left her native Australia behind, getting a crash course in screen acting while confronting tremendously dark and challenging material.
Based on the bestselling novel by Jay Asher, the series centers on the suicide of Hannah (Langford), a teenager caught up in a Lynchian high school world where bullying, sexual harassment, and sexual assault are everyday realities. In her first time out… Read
‘Fashion Photo RuView’ EPs Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato On Their “Screen Agnostic” Approach To Content Creation
Founding production company World of Wonder in 1991, Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey have produced such reality series as RuPaul’s Drag Race and Million Dollar Listing, along with documentaries, including 2016’s Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures. Adapting with great flexibility to changing patterns of media consumption, the creative partners have always considered themselves “screen agnostic,” with the goal of bringing marginalized figures and viewpoints to a mass… Read
L.A. Film Fest Award Winners: ‘Becks’, ‘The Keeping Hours’ Among Honorees – Complete List
Becks, the musical drama directed by Elizabeth Rohrbaugh and Daniel Powell starring Lena Hall, won the LA Film Festival’s U.S. Fiction Award today, while Karen Moncrieff’s The Keeping Hours took the Audience Award for a fiction feature.
Those winners were among the awards announced today at the festival’s Awards Reception by Festival Director Jennifer Cochis and Film Independent President Josh Welsh (see the complete list below).
Festival Guest Director Miguel Arteta (Beat… Read
Deadline’s TV Talk Podcast #10: Too Much TV, ‘Big Little Lies’ Nicole Kidman & Betting On Robert De Niro
Summer has officially begun, but there is no small-screen rest as the networks, cablers and streaming service are rolling out new and returning series. This week alone sees the rebirth of The Gong Show on ABC tonight, the launch of the great GLOW on Netflix tomorrow, and Power back Sunday for its fourth season.
Still, as Emmy voting continues, we ponder on this week’s TV Talk podcast: Is there too much TV out there? As we try to be of public service despite sounding like… Read
‘Westworld’ & ‘American Gods’ Makeup Designer On Developing Sensitivity To Grisly Research Process
Pulling triple duty recently on HBO’s Westworld, Starz’s American Gods and Netflix original series Santa Clarita Diet, makeup effects designer Christien Tinsley has become more selective of late, in the projects he takes on and the imagery he looks at in preparation.
Viewing the bloody brawls of American Gods or the hacked up bodies of Santa Clarita Diet through the lens of Tinsley’s craft, one can imagine the kind of imagery he has to look at as research, and while… Read
‘Dear Evan Hansen’ & ‘La La Land’ Songwriters Benj Pasek & Justin Paul On Their ‘Flash’ Song – In Tune Podcast
It would be an understatement to say that songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are on a roll this year. The duo, song collaborators ever since their days at University of Michigan, kicked off 2017 with a Golden Globe and Oscar win for their La La Land penned-tune “City of Stars,” and just 11 days ago, their Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen, which was eight years in the making, took home six Tonys including best musical and a win for Pasek and Paul’s score. This season… Read
‘The Leftovers’ Star Scott Glenn & Director Mimi Leder On Their Exposure To “The Oldest Culture On Planet Earth”
Several weeks ago—as the series finale of HBO’s The Leftovers was about to air on the East Coast—director and executive producer Mimi Leder and star Scott Glenn were feeling nostalgic. Sitting together and reflecting back on the series an hour before a series finale event presented by Deadline, neither Glenn nor Leder could stop complimenting the other.
Directing the Season 3 premiere and finale, Leder also directed the third episode of the season, “Crazy Whitefella… Read
‘Black Mirror’ Creator Charlie Brooker On His Affinity For “Idea-Based Dramas” And What’s To Come In Season 4
An English broadcaster and comedic personality, Charlie Brooker is best known internationally for creating Black Mirror, the BAFTA Award-winning, Netflix original anthology series that has shaken the world with its varied, ever daunting portraits of a technologically-driven near future.
In the series—a wide-ranging work of speculative fiction, which has proven prescient more than once—each episode employs a different cast of actors to explore themes linked to the… Read
Los Angeles Area Emmys: KMEX Leads Crafts Winners With 5, Spectrum Sportsnet LA Nabs 3
The Television Academy has announced Los Angeles Area Emmy winners in individual achievement categories for outstanding crafts in news and programming.
KMEX leads the pack with five, including outstanding sports reporting, hard news reporting, feature reporting, outstanding editor programming and outstanding videographer news. Spectrum Sportsnet LA followed with three – outstanding writer programming, as well as videographer single camera programming and videographer… Read