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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


‘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


Phil Rosenthal On His Appetite For Travel & If Everybody Loves ‘Raymond’ Enough For A Reboot – Behind The Lens

Phil Rosenthal

Phil Rosenthal is known as one of TV’s most successful writer-producers, especially after the nine-season run of Everybody Loves Raymond, the smash-hit CBS sitcom he created for Ray RomanoHe even starred in and produced a hilarious documentary called Exporting Raymond, which followed him as he went to Russia to help them do a local version of the same show. That experience inadvertently led to his current claim to fame as host of a series of food-related shows that… Read


Jodie Foster On Taking Charge As A Director And Her Return To Acting – Behind The Lens

Jodie Foster

On the latest edition of my Deadline series Behind the Lens, Jodie Foster dropped by to talk about her latest foray behind the camera with the well-received “Arkangel” episode of Netflix’s anthology series Black Mirror. But she also discusses her return to acting in movies after a five-year absence. This versatile artist, whose acting career along spans a half century in front of the camera, is candid in explaining the break from emoting (her last film was 2013’s Elysium) … Read


Norman Lear On Taking Life And Work ‘One Day At A Time’ – Behind The Lens

Norman Lear

A certifiable TV legend joins me today on the premiere episode of a new season of my Deadline video series Behind the Lens, exploring key artists behind the scenes who make the hit shows and movies we love. This new season of the series is tied to the Emmy race, and I will interviewing numerous big names to see what makes them tick and how they have succeeded in a very tough and changing business. Who better to start with than the 95-year-old mastermind behind some of… Read


‘The Gong Show’ Gets Season 2 Premiere Date On ABC

Get ready to bang a gong and get it on — again. ABC has set an 8 PM Thursday, June 21, for the Season 2 premiere of The Gong Show, hosted by cheeky British comedy legend Tommy Maitland (aka Mike Myers). The irreverent talent show competition makes its way from the 1970s into the 21st century with a bang, celebrating unusually talented and unique performers on a primetime stage. A revolving panel of judges including returnee Will Arnett praise, critique and possibly gong… Read


‘Number 37’ SXSW First Look: Looking Out The Rear Window In Cape Town

Number 37

EXCLUSIVE: With SXSW winding its way to Friday’s opening night for the 2018 edition, here comes the first look at an intriguing South African crime thriller playing the the Narrative Feature section. It’s Number 37, the feature written and directed by Nosipho Dumisa in her feature debut. The gritty pic bows Saturday at the Alamo Ritz. The plot of the Afrikaans-language pic is a homage to Hitchcock’s Rear Window and centers on Randall, a low-level criminal recently… Read


Martin McDonagh On Oscars And Snubs, Heading Back To Broadway, And How ‘Three Billboards’ Hit A Nerve In The #TimesUp Era – Behind The Lens

Martin McDonagh

Martin McDonagh is riding high. This coming Sunday he is nominated for no less than four BAFTA Awards for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and two weeks later will be at the Oscars where the film is up for seven Academy Awards including writing and Best Picture for McDonagh himself. Rather shockingly, he was overlooked by the Academy’s Directors Branch for a directing nomination, and we discuss that “snub” during a wide-ranging conversation on my Deadline video… Read


‘Call Me By Your Name’ Director Luca Guadagnino On Making A Film About First Love, Why He Wants Many Sequels, And Getting Booed In Venice – Behind The Lens

Luca Guadagnino

There is no question that Call Me By Your Name has been on a roll this awards season, picking up SAG, WGA and, this morning, a PGA nomination, as well as several critics awards in addition to Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice noms. Its director Luca Guadagnino stopped by our PMC studio for an episode of my new Deadline video series Behind The Lens, which explores the art of the director — and in the case of this artist that is a very apt description. Guadagnino considers Ca… Read


‘Wonder’ Director Stephen Chbosky On Turning Books Into Movies, Working With Kids, And Telling Julia Roberts What To Do – Behind The Lens

In the latest episode of my new Deadline video series Behind The Lens, in which I explore the art and style of directors in one-on-one conversations, I talk to a relative newcomer to helming, Stephen Chbosky whose third feature film, Wonderhas turned into an out-of-the-b0x hit for Lionsgate since it opened in November, so far grossing well over $100 million domestically and going strong. Chbosky won strong acclaim for his 2012  film, The Perks Of Being A… Read


Aaron Sorkin On Becoming A Director With ‘Molly’s Game’: “You Don’t Finish A Movie, It Just Gets Confiscated” – Behind The Lens

Aaron Sorkin

Aaron Sorkin has waited a long time to make his directorial debut. The acclaimed and much rewarded writer of such screenplays as Moneyball, Steve Jobs, Charlie Wilson’s War, A Few Good Men, his Oscar-winning The Social Network as well as creator and writer of TV shows like The West Wing and Sports Night tells me never once thought about stepping behind the camera to try his hand at directing until Molly Bloom came along.  In the latest episode of my new Deadline video… Read


Kenneth Branagh On Making Events Like ‘Dunkirk’, Mysteries Of His ‘Orient Express’ & How Michelle Pfeiffer Got Freaked Out – Behind The Lens

Kenneth Branagh

My new Deadline video series Behind The Lens goes on location this week to the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, home of the first Oscars and so much movie lore. It is entirely appropriate, since my guest for this session is actor/director/writer/ and Knight, Sir Kenneth Branagh, who shows in all his films a deep love and knowledge of the things that made movies great. Branagh is one of the very few who has been Oscar-nominated in as many as five different categories… Read