‘First Match’ And ‘TransMilitary’ Are Among SXSW Audience Award Winners
As it wraps up its 25th anniversary edition in Austin, the SXSW Film Festival announced its Audience Award winners, with the list headed by narrative First Match and documentary TransMilitary.
First Match is a Netflix drama written and directed by Olivia Newman about a Brooklyn girl who finds her way by competing against boys in high school wrestling. TransMilitary chronicles the lives of four American transgender troops defending their country's freedom while fighting… Read
Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges To Star In ‘Honey Boy’
Shia LaBeouf and Lucas Hedges will star in Alma Har'el's next film, Honey Boy, which follows child actor Otis Lort (Hedges) and his law-breaking, alcohol-abusing father James (LaBeouf) as they attempt to mend their contentious relationship over the course of a decade. Har’el’s known for the films LoveTrue and Bombay Beach.
Producing is Automatik's Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Daniela Taplin Lundberg of Stay Gold Features and Christopher Leggett of Delirio Films. Automatik's… Read
‘Augie’ Review: Fitness Giant’s ALS Struggle Makes For Moving Love Story
On its surface, Augie, the story of a fitness giant who contracted ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, aka Lou Gehrig’s disease), might be a downer of a documentary to watch. That would be wrong. Instead, Augie turns out to be a love story like no other and an unforgettable journey that gives us all hope. In many ways it shares some of the same attributes as the Oscar-nominated Alzheimer’s docu Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, which detailed the singer’s valiant fight against a… Read
‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ First Look Trailer Showcases Melissa McCarthy As Literary Forger Lee Israel
The first look trailer for Melissa McCarthy’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? is out from Fox Searchlight, a biopic detailing the literary forgery crimes of author Lee Israel.
Israel, a high-profile magazine writer and celebrity biographer who had written about Estée Lauder and Tallulah Bankhead, was down on her luck and running short of money. Then she hit upon a unique scheme, forging and selling letters allegedly written by deceased writers, including Noël Coward and Dorothy… Read
Saudi Arabia Fund Deal For Endeavor Stake Could Close In Week’s Time For $400M
UPDATED, 3:23PM: A deal could close within a week’s time for the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia to acquire a 5% to 10% stake in Endeavor (the holding company for WME) for $400M. The two sides have been in talks for quite some time, as we had previously reported.
PREVIOUSLY, Jan. 16, 9:03 AM: The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia is in talks about buying a stake in WME holding company Endeavor. PIF, as the Kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund is known, is in… Read
Female Director Scorecard: MGM’s ‘Taking Flight,’ Others In Wings
EXCLUSIVE: Another day, another sexual harassment allegation against a powerful man. This industry is making strides to right the ship, but how many women are actually being employed in this industry behind the camera? Are people just talking the talk but not walking the walk? Deadline decided investigate, looking at just how many female directors have gigs at the major studios/production entities. It’s MGM’s turn.
This week, MGM announced that Madonna signed on as the… Read
Disney CEO Bob Iger Could Earn Up To $423 Million In Compensation, Advisory Firm Says
Disney CEO Bob Iger stands to be richly rewarded for his decision to postpone his retirement to 2021, according to a new analysis of his compensation package.
ISS Analytics, the data analysis arm of the proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services, estimates Iger could earn up to $423 million over the next four years if he hits all the performance goals in his compensation package, according to Reuters.
That would rank Iger among the decade’s highest-paid CEOs… Read
Matt Dillon, Linda Cardellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Katherine Narducci Join Al Capone Biopic ‘Fonzo’
The Josh Trank written and directed Al Capone biopic, Fonzo, is boosting its cast with the addition of Matt Dillon (Crash, Wayward Pines), Linda Cardellini (Bloodline, Daddy’s Home), Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, Desperate Housewives), and Katherine Narducci (The Sopranos, HBO's Wizard Of Lies) joining previously announced Tom Hardy as the title character.
Capone (Hardy) was the most infamous and feared gangster of American lore. A ruthless businessman and bootlegger who… Read
‘Hereditary’ Helmer: “The Film Is A Meditation On Grief And Trauma” – SXSW
Writer/director Ari Aster has seemingly hit a home run with his directorial debut film, Hereditary, which is currently at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer. After the film’s late night screening at SXSW, Aster, along with cast members, Milly Shapiro and Alex Wolff, paid a visit to Deadline’s Austin Studio.
“The film is a meditation on grief and trauma,” said Aster when describing the inspiration behind the concept.
Starring Toni Collette and Gabriel Byrne, the pic… Read
Film Academy Investigating President John Bailey For Sexual Harassment
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president John Bailey is reportedly under investigation for sexual harassment, a bombshell revelation that comes just 15 days after the 90th Oscars ceremony.
The Academy received three harassment claims earlier this week and opened an investigation immediately, sources close to the situation told Variety, which first broke the news of the probe today.
AMPAS did not respond to multiple requests for comment, but has just released… Read
Conflict Of Interest Questions Have Long Swirled Around New Mexico IATSE Boss Jon Hendry
EXCLUSIVE: A near-fatal crash of a craft services truck in 2015 that left a woman with disabling and disfiguring injuries is reviving conflict of interest questions that have swirled for years about Jon Hendry, the embattled boss of IATSE Local 480 in Santa Fe. Hendry, who was ousted as president of the New Mexico Federation of Labor AFL-CIO earlier this week amid allegations of sexual harassment, could see his days as leader of Local 480 be numbered as well, as he was sid… Read
Lashana Lynch In Talks To Replace DeWanda Wise In Disney’s ‘Captain Marvel’
British actress Lashana Lynch is in talks to take over DeWanda Wise’s role in Disney/Marvel’s Captain Marvel, which has Brie Larson starring as the titular character. Wise had to drop out of the film due to scheduling conflicts with her Netflix series She's Gotta Have It, which was picked up for a second season.
The pic, directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, will center on Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Larson), an Air Force pilot who debuted in the Marvel comics in 1968… Read