‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Producer & Author After Seeing Full Tape: Dog Was Not In Danger
A Dog’s Purpose producer Gavin Polone said he’s had a change of heart after seeing the full video of a distressed German Shepherd on set. He says the dog was not in danger and believes agendas are being carried out for different purposes — that whomever cut the video and made it appear the dog was in danger and “probably sold it for money” to fulfill’s PETA’s stated agenda of ensuring no animal is ever used on a TV or movie set again. Also, producer Amblin Entertainment… Read
Common Joins Sundance Pic ‘Burning Sands’ As EP, Will Contribute Original Song
Academy Award-winning musician and actor Lonnie Rashid Lynn, better known as the rapper Common, has signed on as an executive producer for Netflix’s Sundance film Burning Sands through his Freedom Road Productions. Common will perform an original song for the closing credits, “The Cross”, which will feature singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas. “The Cross” was written by Common with Karriem Riggins, Robert Glasper and Samora Pinderhuges and is produced by Riggins and… Read
Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: The Lull Before The Oscar Storm; Katzenberg Gets Nostalgic; Gosling Wows SAG Again & Again
A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit.
With the town either obsessed and/or depressed by today’s Donald Trump inauguration, headed to Sundance and looking forward to Tuesday’s early AM first-ever all digital announcement of Oscar nminations, it has been something of a slow week awards-wise, a purgatory especially for those waiting to move on to Phase 2 of the race. With ballots in to the Academy since last Friday, rumors abound that voter… Read
He’s Back! James Cameron To Godfather ‘Terminator’ With ‘Deadpool’ Helmer Tim Miller
EXCLUSIVE: He’ll be back! James Cameron, who regains certain rights to his prized creation The Terminator in 2019, is godfathering a new iteration of the film that might finally get it right in drawing a close in the battle between humans and Skynet. Sources said that Cameron, whose copyright reversion happens 35 years after the release of the 1984 classic, is in early talks with Deadpool director and VFX wiz Tim Miller to direct a reboot and conclusion of one of cinema’s… Read
Ted Sarandos On Netflix In The Age Of Donald Trump & What’s Next – Sundance Studio
“The role of the filmmaker, particularly in the documentary space, has never been more important,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said today as he kicked off the Deadline Studio at Sundance 2017 presented by Applegate. “To talk truth to power, and what I can do is give them a platform to do that,”the exec said about what he believes is the role of an artist.
A frequent high-profile presence in Park City, Sarandos is in town for tonight’s premiere of The Discove… Read
‘Band Aid’ Sundance Clip: Zoe Lister-Jones & Adam Pally Turn A Couple’s Grief Into Song
EXCLUSIVE: “Let’s make a list of our top 10 fights of all time.” So begins a clip of Band Aid, dropped ahead of its world premiere Tuesday at the Sundance Film Festival.
Directed, written by and starring Zoe Lister-Jones, Band Aid is the story of a couple, Anna (Lister-Jones) and Ben (Adam Pally), who can’t stop fighting. Advised by their therapist to try and work through their grief unconventionally, they are reminded of their shared love of music. In a last-ditch effort… Read
‘Bushwick’ Clip: Dave Bautista Fights To Survive Civil War In Sundance Thriller
It’s hard to know precisely what popular culture will be like in Trump’s America, but Bushwick, a tonally apropos action-thriller starring Dave Bautista and Brittany Snow, might be a sign. A look at what might happen in our largest city if a literal civil war broke out in the United States, the pic follows Lucy (Snow), who emerges from a Brooklyn subway to find her neighborhood is under attack by black-clad military soldiers. She soon meets an ex-Marine corpsman, Stupe… Read
Oscars: Deadline’s Pete Hammond & Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil Tackle Best Actress Race
On Wednesday, Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil and I dissected the Best Picture Oscar race and predicted where we think the contest will stand once nominations are announced Tuesday morning. Now in our final pre-noms Oscar smackdown, we revisit the hotly contested Best Actress race, easily the tightest and most competitive of all this year’s acting categories.
One issue discussed is how Meryl Streep’s Golden Globe speech might affect not only her possible nomination for Florence Fo… Read
Sundance: Park City Will Be “Under Siege” For Women’s March With Huge Crowd Expected
The storm that was predicted to hit on the opening day of the Sundance Film Festival never arrived. But Park City is about to get swarmed by Saturday's Women's March On Main. "We are going to be under siege in terms of people on the street and coming into town," a local official told Deadline today of the thousands expected for tomorrow morning’s planned protest march. "We've had parades before but nothing like this — Main Street and Sundance are going to come to a… Read
Slamdance Docu ‘Supergirl’ Sells To FilmRise
Even the Slamdance slate is getting preemptive deals. FilmRise acquired worldwide rights to Supergirl before its Slamdance debut tomorrow. The Jessie Auritt-directed pic explores the extraordinary life of Naomi Kutin, an Orthodox Jewish pre-teen, who at the age of nine broke world records in powerlifting and became an international phenomenon. The coming-of-age docu tracks the youth as she fights to hold on to her title, along with the distraction of adolescence… Read
Alexandra Shipp Negotiating For Lead Role In Fox 2000’s ‘Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda’
EXCLUSIVE: The popular YA novel Simon v. The Homosapiens Agenda is one step closer to becoming a film. Alexandra Shipp, who starred as Storm in Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse and will be reprising her role in the next installment of the franchise, is in negotiations for the Fox 2000 film. The actress who is becoming a go-to for the studio would be taking on a lead role.
Fox acquired the popular YA novel in October for The Fault in Our Stars filmmakers Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen… Read
‘Axolotl Overkill’ Clip: Reckless Teen In Hot Water With School Principal — Sundance
EXCLUSIVE: German filmmaker Helene Hegemann is just 24, but she already has written and published a bestselling novel (at age 17) and now touches down in Park City with the launch of her feature debut.
Axolotl Overkill gets its world premiere tonight in Sundance's World Cinema Dramatic Competition section and, if the clip above is anything to go by, Hegemann knows a thing or two about confident and reckless teens.
Story follows 16-year-old Mifti (Jasna Fritzi Bauer). Her… Read