Rob Marshall On Protecting The Legacy Of Mary Poppins, Working With Disney & Learning To Say “Action!” – Behind The Lens
From his beginnings working in the theater to perhaps becoming (along with Bill Condon and Marc Platt) the leading force behind the resurgence of musical movies, Rob Marshall is riding high with his latest, Mary Poppins Returns.
In a career that includes dramatic Oscar-winning movies like Memoirs of a Geisha and blockbusters like Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, he’s best known for a string of high-profile film musicals including Into the Woods, Nine and the… Read
Alfonso Cuarón On Re-creating His Childhood Memories And The Personal Experience Of ‘Roma’ – Behind The Lens
Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma has unquestionably been the hit of the critics’ awards circuit this season, far outpointing its closest competitors as it makes a bid to become the first foreign-language movie ever to win a Best Picture Oscar (it just scored a PGA Award nomination this morning). This is heady stuff for such a personal film, and when I recently interviewed Cuarón for the latest episode of my Deadline video series Behind the Lens, I discovered just what went into… Read
John Krasinski On How ‘A Quiet Place’ Made Big Noise And Sent His Directorial Career Into The Stratosphere — Behind The Lens
John Krasinski is well known as an actor, having gained instant fame for his long run on NBC’s The Office, numerous film roles, and currently his latest series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. However he has slowly been becoming a force behind the scenes as well, not only as a producer of several projects, but also a director beginning with Sundance breakout Brief Interviews With Hideous Men a decade ago, and then 2016’s underrated family dramedy The Hollars in 2016, and now the… Read
Barry Jenkins On Going From ‘Moonlight’ To ‘Beale Street’, The Oscars Debacle & More – Behind The Lens
In the summer of 2013, Barry Jenkins went to Europe for inspiration to write an adaptation of James Baldwin’s seminal novel If Beale Street Could Talk. Not only did he do that (without having the rights), but he also wrote an adaptation of Moonlight. That film went on to win him an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay and took Best Picture in perhaps the most memorable moment — and envelope-mixup catastrophe — in Oscar history.
He doesn’t like to talk about it a whole lot… Read
Ryan Coogler On How He Applied His Indie Film Approach To The Blockbuster ‘Black Panther’ – Behind The Lens
Ryan Coogler is living the dream. As a kid he loved and watched the Rocky movies and then grew up to actually work with Sylvester Stallone and take the series forward as a director. Also as a kid he read Marvel comics and particularly Black Panther, and would grow up to direct the first Black Panther movie — one that became a box office giant of record proportions, as well as the first Marvel or comic book movie to seriously have a chance at the Best Picture Oscar.
Joel Edgerton On Exploring Conversion Therapy In ‘Boy Erased’, And Why He Only Likes To Act With Dirt On His Face – Behind The Lens
Joel Edgerton is a multi-talented, multi-faceted actor, director, writer and producer who wore all of those hats in bringing to the screen Boy Erased, the adaptation of Garrard Conley’s memoir about the journey into and out of conversion therapy. The acclaimed film is the second feature film directorial outing for Edgerton after getting his feet wet with the thriller The Gift, for which he got a DGA nomination for Best Film Director.
Of course, Edgerton is best known as… Read
Steve McQueen On How ‘Widows’ Is A Perfect Film For The #MeToo Movement – Behind The Lens
Oscar-winning producer, director and writer Steve McQueen joined me recently at our Deadline studios for the latest edition of my video series Behind the Lens, which explores the story behind the making of current awards contenders. McQueen certainly knows his way around awards, having won the Best Picture Oscar for his most recent film, 12 Years a Slave, five years ago, and having made other acclaimed indie films like Hunger and Shame.
In each of those movies he had… Read
Spike Lee On ‘BlacKkKlansman’, David Duke And Why Oscar Did NOT Do The Right Thing In ’89 – Behind The Lens
Although he began his career by winning a student Academy Award, has been nominated for Oscars in screenplay and documentary categories and just received an honorary Oscar for his body of work, it is rather surprising to realize that Spike Lee has yet to be nominated in the Best Director Oscar category or to see any of his rich filmography named as a Best Picture candidate.
That could change this year with one of his most acclaimed films in a long… Read
Peter Farrelly On Why He Knew ‘Green Book’ Was An Instant “Home Run” And How It Launched A New Career Direction – Behind The Lens
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 Deuce, set 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