Deadline’s The Contenders: ‘Son Of Saul’ Director László Nemes & Star Géza Röhrig Discuss The Harrowing Cannes Winner’s Journey To The Screen
Certainly one of the most acclaimed , as well as harrowing movies on display at our big 5th annual awards season event The Contenders Presented By Deadline (which took place in front of a packed DGA house full of AMPAS and Guild voters earlier this month) was Son Of Saul, Hungary’s official entry into the Best Foreign Language Film race. The movie which took Cannes by storm in May and won the Grand Prize was instantly picked up by Sony Pictures Classics and will be… Read
What Is This ‘Project Delirium’ Jennifer Lawrence Wants To Direct?
Jennifer Lawrence, out promoting the final installment of The Hunger Games, that disclosed she wants to make her directing debut on a picture called Project Delirium. What exactly is going on with this? It’s set up to be financed by 2929, with Lawrence and her partner Justin Ciarrocchi producing along with Todd Wagner and Ben Cosgrove. Lawrence doesn’t plan to act in it.
Although the pickup the trades gave the story after Lawrence made comments in EW has her defining the… Read
Universal Lands Hot Novel ‘The Girl Before’; Ron Howard To Direct, Brian Grazer & Michael De Luca To Produce
EXCLUSIVE: In a big pre-Thanksgiving auction, Universal Pictures has acquired screen rights to The Girl Before, a thriller novel written by author J.P. Delaney that Ballantine Bantam Dell Random House will publish in fall, 2016. Ron Howard is attached to direct the film, and Michael De Luca is producing with Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, Howard and Erica Huggins. Imagine’s Tyler Mitchell will be exec producer; Elishia Holmes will exec produce for Michael De Luca… Read
Lionsgate And ‘Gods Of Egypt’ Director Alex Proyas Apologize For Film’s Lack Of Diversity
Both Lionsgate and the director of its upcoming Gods Of Egypt have apologized for the film’s much-disparaged casting, with Lionsgate releasing a statement, first reported by Forbes today, conceding that the company “failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity.”
Alex Proyas’ film about mortals and gods of ancient Egypt, stars Brenton Thwaites, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gerard Butler, Rufus Sewell and Geoffrey Rush and opens February 26. Last week… Read
Roman Polanski Will Not Be Extradited To The U.S. From Poland
Polish prosecutors announced on Friday that they will not challenge a judge’s decision issued last month rejecting a U.S. request to extradite director Roman Polanski. The prosecutors in Krakow affirmed Judge Dariusz Mazur’s ruling, which blocked the request by U.S. authorities. At the time, Mazur stated, “I find no rational answer to the question: What is the real point of the U.S. extradition request?" Polanski is now free to reside and work in Poland, his birth… Read
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Facebook Clip: Snoke Signals, Han Shoots First
A new Star Wars: The Force Awakens clip was posted to Facebook this morning, just in time to give fans an extra something to be thankful for on Turkey Day. The one-minute trailer (above) is titled “All The Way” and will also serve as an upcoming TV spot. In the clip, we hear Andy Serkis’ Supreme Leader Snoke tell Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, “Even you have never faced such a test.” There’s more X-Wing Fighter and Millennium Falcon action here, too.
While the clip says the film… Read
Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s ‘Cemetery Of Splendour’ Wins At Asia Pacific Awards
Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Cemetery Of Splendour has won the Best Film award at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Australia. The awards, which took place Thursday in Brisbane, featured a special tribute to Paris, home to partner organization UNESCO. Cemetery of Splendour, which world premiered in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard sidebar, is a typically lyrical look at the bond which establishes between a hospital worker and a soldier with an unknown… Read
Paul Walker’s Father Sues Porsche For ‘Fast And Furious’ Actor’s Death
Almost two years after his son’s death in a fiery car crash, the father of Fast & Furious star Paul Walker has followed his granddaughter’s lead and today filed a wrongful death suit against Porsche.
Seeking unspecific damages, Paul William Walker III’s lawsuit filed in L.A Superior Court (read it here) claims that the Porsche Carrera GT in which his son was riding when he died in November, 2013 was lacking in essential safety features. Like the similar lawsuit filed… Read
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Gets PG-13 Rating
Brace yourselves: the MPAA has divined the will of the force, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens has received a PG-13 rating. This is the second time, after Revenge of the Sith, that a Star Wars film has received the rating.
Despite the opaque process under which the MPAA works, we know there are a few reasons why a film might be PG-13 instead of PG. Violence maybe, or Gore, or somewhat suggestive content, or my personal favorite, just enough profanity to make it mature… Read
Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Eddie Redmayne Dines Out, Sly Stallone Trusts In Youth, And Leonardo Di Caprio Deserves The Medal Of Honor
A new weekly column talking up the season with bits and pieces from the awards circuit.
20th Century Fox and New Regency took the veil off one of the season’s most anticipated movies, reigning Oscar winner Alejandro G. Inarritu’s brutally beautiful snowy western, The Revenant (Dec 25) this week , with press and Academy members getting a first look at it the past three days. Initial reaction , predictably , has run from “masterpiece” to “I can’t handle it”, but reviews… Read
Elmo Williams Dies: Oscar-Winning ‘High Noon’ Editor Was 102
Elmo Williams, the Academy Award-winning editor of the classic western High Noon who also worked as a producer, director, and studio executive died today in his Brookings, oregon home, it was reported by Curry Coastal Pilot. He was 102.
Born in 1913 in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma, William’s long career in Hollywood began when he became the protege of Merrill G. White before branching out on his own as an editor. Among the films he edited were 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), T… Read
‘The Good Dinosaur’ Review: Pixar’s Latest Isn’t Its Greatest, But Kids Won’t Mind
Delayed by story and personnel problems, Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur represents the first time the now-legendary animation studio has released two films in one calendar year. Forget that this cannot possibly live up to the standards of its June release, Inside Out (what could?), the screenplay by Meg LeFauve just doesn’t pop. You certainly could see the potential in this story of a young dino (reminding me of Dino, the pet dinosaur in The Flintstones) adrift in the world… Read