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Peter Farrelly On Why He Knew ‘Green Book’ Was An Instant “Home Run” And How It Launched A New Career Direction – Behind The Lens

Peter Farrelly

As one half of the Farrelly Brothers filmmaking team, Peter Farrelly has been responsible for the likes of such broadly entertaining comedies as There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber, Me Myself & Irene, Shallow Hal, Kingpin and many more. That makes it all the more surprising that his latest film is Green Book, a dramedy that is definitely sending him into unexpected directions — as well as into the heart of this awards season with a movie that is the toast of… Read


Paul Greengrass Talks Taking On Real-Life Tragedy And Political Powderkegs – Behind The Lens

Director Paul Greengrass started his career over 30 years ago working on cutting-edge documentaries, so it should probably come as no surprise that when he moved over to making narrative features the real world would definitely merge with his reel world. Films like Bloody Sunday, Captain Phillips, Green Zone, and United 93 (for which he was nominated for the Best Director Oscar) tackle subjects from an Irish government massacre and the 9/11 attacks to the Iraq War and… Read


HBO Hires “Intimacy Coordinators” To Monitor On-Set Sex, A New Role

HBO has announced that all of its shows featuring sexually intimate scenes henceforth will have a monitor known as an “intimacy coordinator” on set. As first reported by Deadline’s sister publication Rolling Stone, the intimacy coordinator will serve as a mediator among actors, directors, producers and crew. HBO’s The Deuceset in the sex trade industry in New York’s Times Square during the 1970s, already has the first intimacy coordinator working, and other shows are… Read


Anya Taylor-Joy Joins ‘Peaky Blinders’ Season 5; First-Look Photo

The Witch and Split‘s Anya Taylor-Joy has joined the cast of Peaky Blinders‘ fifth season. BBC One, where the Steven Knight-created epic crime saga is moving after spending its first four go-rounds on BBC Two, tweeted the news today, welcoming Taylor-Joy to Birmingham. There’s no word yet on just what her role will be, but the actress tells Deadline, “I could not possibly be more excited to be joining such a talented group of people. I can't wait to get in and play this… Read


Remembering Craig Zadan: A Final Interview With A Showbiz Great As Possible ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Emmy Love Awaits

Craig Zadan Neil Meron

Some things just hit you in the gut and have no easy explanation. The death Tuesday of Craig Zadan is one of them. I am still trying to process it. I have done so many interviews over the years (along with his longtime producing partner, Neil Meron) of this prolific producer and true showbiz devotee, including one I just did in June at our Deadline studios, that it is hard to comprehend his sudden and unexpected passing reportedly due to complications from… Read


Brett Morgen On The Incredible Feat Of Bringing Multi-Emmy-Nominated Docu ‘Jane’ To Life Over A Half Century Later – Behind The Lens

Brett Morgen Behind The Lens

National Geographic’s extraordinary Jane has one of the most popular documentaries released in the past year, though inexplicably after cleaning up on the movie-awards season circuit it did not make Oscar’s cut for Best Documentary —  a real head-scratcher. Now, however, the Television Academy has made up for that egregious oversight and showered the film — culled from over 100 hours of previously unseen footage of the young Jane Goodall as she made her first expedition… Read


‘American Dresser’ Revs Up For September Release With Cinedigm Deal

American Dresser

EXCLUSIVE: Cinedigm has acquired North American rights to American Dresser, a motorcycle road movie written and directed by Carmine Cangialosi and starring Tom Berenger, Keith David, Bruce Dern, Gina Gershon, Penelope Ann Miller, Katherine Narducci, Jeff Fahey and Cangialosi. The company will release the pic September 21 in theaters and on VOD. The plot centers on John Moore (Berenger), a hard-edged Vietnam veteran recently widowed and estranged from his adult daughters… Read


‘The Handmaid’s Tale’s’ Bruce Miller On Pressures Of Emmy Glory And How His Show Mirrors Today’s America – Behind The Lens

Bruce Miller

Riding high after sweeping the Primetime Emmys last year with an impressive eight wins off 13 nominations including the much desired Outstanding Drama Series, The Handmaid’s Tale is back with a vengeance in its second awards go-round. It has not only returned to the competition in the top category where it is defending champ, but also ratcheted up its overall numbers with a stunning 20 nominations, including an eye-popping eight of them for its cast members which just… Read


Judd Apatow On Returning To Stand-Up, Why Comedy Is Personal And The Influence Of Garry Shandling – Behind The Lens

Judd Apatow

With a vibrant producing and directing career that has spawned hit movies like Trainwreck, The Big Sick, Knocked Up, The 40-Year Old Virgin, Bridesmaids and series like HBO’s Girls, Love, and Crashing, how does Judd Apatow have time to take a detour back into the world of stand-up comedy that he did from age 17 to 24? Add to that his very personal documentary project — the 4 1/2-hour HBO docu The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling — and you find there is a lot to talk… Read


Jonathan Nolan On ‘Westworld’ Secrets, How AI Is Taking Over & Working With Your Other Half – Behind The Lens

Jonathan Nolan

Jonathan Nolan got an Original Screenplay Oscar nomination on his first time out for Memento, which had a script by big brother Christopher Nolan but a story by credit from Jonathan — or Jonah, as friends and family call him — as his short story the film was based on had not yet come out, thus making him eligible. He went on to officially collaborate with Chris Nolan on The Prestige, The Dark Knight Trilogy and most recently 2014’s Interstellar. Meanwhile, Jonathan Nolan… Read


Neil Meron & Craig Zadan On ‘Jesus Christ Superstar!’, Reviving Live TV Musicals And Making The Oscars Work – Behind The Lens

Craig Zadan Neil Meron

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are one of the top producing teams in show business with a vibrant career covering all the bases from movies (Chicago, Hairspray, Footloose, The Bucket List) to Broadway (revivals of Promises Promises, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying) and television. where they have become the go-to team for the new craze of live musicals that began with their ratings smash The Sound of Music, and followed by Peter Pan, Hairspray Live!, The Wiz L… Read


Bill Hader On Going Dark With ‘Barry’ And Why ‘SNL’ Still Scares Him – Behind The Lens

Bill Hader

We all know Bill Hader from eight years of Saturday Night Live and a slew of memorable characters including, of course, Stefan, and he has also appeared onscreen in films like Pineapple Express, Trainwreck, Tropic Thunder, The Skeleton Twins and upcoming in the horror sequel It: Chapter 2. But increasingly he has been stretching his talents behind the screen, particularly now as co-creator, writer, producer, director and star of HBO’s hit dark comedy Barry, in which he… Read