Broadway-Bound ‘Finding Neverland’ Sings For ‘Good Morning America': Video
Finding Neverland, the Harvey Weinstein-produced musical based on Miramax's 2004 movie starring Johnny Depp as Peter Pan creator JM Barrie, is due to open on Broadway in April. Bringing a bit of holiday cheer to Good Morning America earlier today, star Matthew Morrison (from the Paramount lot) introduced a live musical performance by his co-star, Laura Michelle Kelly, and the show's composer, Gary Barlow, singing a medley of tunes from Times Square alongside Jo Lawry… Read
Talking Turkey: Endemol Feasts On New Series In Bountiful Market (Video)
Following a spate of recent format deals, today seems like the perfect day to talk Turkey — the country, not this afternoon's traditional table centerpiece. Last April, I wrote about the Balkan republic's potential as a fresh source of adaptable formats. That was spurred on by deals with the U.S. that at the time included drama Runner (formerly The End, and in Turkish, Son) being acquired by Fox, and CBS giving a pilot order to competition show In The Spotlight (Keep Your… Read
‘The Imitation Game’ Review: Pete Hammond On Cumberbatch’s Enigma
Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley sparkle in this tremendous telling of the story of Alan Turing, the cryptology and computer-science pioneer whose work broke Germany's Enigma code during World War II but who later was hounded into suicide by the English government because he was gay.
As I say in my video review, this is easily one of the year's best films, and I'm particularly impressed by the work of Cumberbatch and Knightley. The film also stars Mark Strong, Rory… Read
‘Unfinished Business’ Redband Trailer: Vince Vaughn And Company Invade Europe
Here's the decidedly NSFW redband trailer for the international comedy starring Vince Vaughn. A relentless businessman with his own company, he heads to Germany with his only two employees (Tom Wilkinson and Dave Franco) to clinch a make-or-break deal. Complications arise. Sienna Miller and James Marsden also star in Unfinished Business, from director Ken Scott — who helmed Vaughn in last year's Delivery Man — and scribe Steve Conrad. Fox opens it wide March… Read
Making ‘The Boxtrolls:’ “Like 18 Months Of Opening Nights” – The Contenders
The Boxtrolls producer Travis Knight (ParaNorman, Coraline) and director Anthony Stacchi (Open Season) talk with Deadline's Pete Hammond about the challenges and joys of stop-motion animation, a creation process nearly as old (and beloved) as cinema itself, in this video from Deadline's recent Oscar showcase, The Contenders.
Actually making a film with the stop-motion process, however, can be incredibly stressful, says Stacchi. It's like ” 18 months of opening nights with… Read
ITV Has Faith In ‘Grantchester’, Orders 2nd Season Of Period Mystery Series
ITV's latest hit period drama, Grantchester, will be returning for a second season. The six-part mystery that stars James Norton as Sidney Chambers, a charismatic clergyman who turns investigative vicar, has been reupped by the network for a further season to shoot next year. Set in the 1950s and co-starring Robson Green as down-to-Earth Police Inspector Geordie Keating, Grantchester has found a faithful following in Britain. Its first season concluded earlier this month… Read
‘Cake’ Trailer: Jennifer Aniston Feels The Pain And Shows It
Jennifer Aniston doesn't wear any makeup in her latest film — save for scars and other disfigurements. The former Friend and rom-com regular takes a right turn with Cake, playing a woman suffering with chronic pain who carries plenty of emotional hurt as well. After a member of her support group commits suicide, Aniston's Claire hopes to find salvation by inserting herself into the lives of the late woman's husband and son. Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington… Read
‘Penguins Of Madagascar’ Review: Pete Hammond On Earthbound Spinoff
Penguins of Madagascar waddles onto screens this holiday week, a spinoff of DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar animated franchise. But as I say in my video review above, this film focuses on just one corner of that franchise's winning collection of critters, the scheming pack of penguins. And it never quite takes flight, despite its manic pace and an evil octopus (!) voiced wonderfully by John Malkovich.
Other voice cast members include the seemingly omnipresent Benedict Cu… Read
‘Pan’ Teaser: Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara In Peter Pan Origin Tale
Joe Wright's take on J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan lore doesn't hit theaters until July 17 but a first teaser has dropped via Warner Bros. The fantasy actioner retells the tale of an orphan boy snatched from turn-of-the-century London and transported to a magical land ruled by a moustache-twirling pirate. Pan stars Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, Garrett Hedlund as Hook, and youngster Levi Miller as Peter in the Black Listed origin tale scripted by Jason… Read
‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Director On Serkis, Weta: The Contenders
Matt Reeves, director of Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, talks with Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr. about the work of Andy Serkis, and how visual-effects house Weta Digital transformed Serkis physical performance into Caesar, the chimp leading the apes after a worldwide plague has decimated the human population. Reeves and Fleming spoke as part of Deadline's annual Oscar showcase, The Contenders.
The film also starred Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell. Mark Bomback… Read
‘Jurassic World’ Trailer: Life, And Another Sequel, Finds A Way
Hold on to your butts: The first Jurassic World trailer has arrived early, after leaking online days before debuting during Thursday's Niners-Seahawks game. Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) makes his sophomore directing turn with the blockbuster follow-up set 22 years after the events of Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park, when corporate overlords have ironed out all the kinks and turned Isla Nublar into a full-fledged destination theme park. Guardians of the… Read
‘A Delicate Balance’ Review: Jeremy Gerard On John Lithgow’s “Triumph”
John Lithgow's “complete triumph” of a performance dominates this all-star revival of Edward Albee's 'A Delicate Balance,' I say in my video review (watch it above) of the Broadway play, produced by Scott Rudin.
Glenn Close, Martha Plimpton, Lindsey Duncan, Bob Balaban and Claire Higgins also star. Pam MacKinnon directs. The play has had a very strong debut. Will you go? Let us… Read