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Oscars Last Call: Sylvester Stallone On Towering Triumph Of ‘Creed’ Mates Ryan Coogler & Michael B. Jordan On ‘Black Panther’

Black Panther

If anyone could put in perspective the unbelievable trajectory of filmmaker Ryan Coogler from his Fruitvale Station debut to Black Panther, it would be Sylvester Stallone, his creative partner on the film in between, Creed. Before Coogler even filmed a debut that would become a Sundance sensation, he was knocking on Stallone’s door, asking Stallone to allow him to bring his beloved Rocky Balboa out of retirement. That was a tall ask in itself, but the brash young man wasn… Read


Production Designer Fiona Crombie On The Rewarding Playfulness Of ‘The Favourite’ — Exclusive Video

EXCLUSIVE: The production designer behind The Favourite, Fiona Crombie relied on the generosity of strangers, in order to bring Yorgos Lanthimos’ wild vision to life, as she explains in the video above. An 18th century black comedy, Lanthimos’ first period piece pits a servant and a duchess against one another, as rivals for the affections of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman). A daring and unexpected work, the film needed a central location to match its grandeur, finding it in… Read


For ‘Roma’, The Sounds Are As Important To Alfonso Cuarón As The Images – Watch The Featurette


EXCLUSIVE: Netflix’s Roma was built from the memories of its writer-director Alfonso Cuarón during his childhood in Mexico City. Those memories are as much of sounds as they are of visuals, according to the filmmaker, who along with his sound gurus explain in a new behind-the-scenes featurette. The pic has been working its way through awards season since its Golden Lion win at Venice and is a surefire Oscar contender, and is up for three Golden Globes on Sunday. “The… Read


‘The Hate U Give’ Director George Tillman, Jr. On Making The Film “Feel As Authentic As Possible” – Toronto Studio

Fox 2000's adaptation of Angie Thomas' The Hate U Give is a tragic and familiar story of the unlawful murder of an African American man and the following impact it has on a community. Starring Amandla Stenberg, the film, centers on Starr Carter, whose world is shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for… Read


‘Guardians Vol. 2’ VFX Supervisor On All-New Rocket Raccoon & Pic’s Spectacular Credits Sequence

Not viewing himself as a comic book fan when he interviewed for 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger, visual effects supervisor Christopher Townsend was surprised that he got that job, and even more so, that his relationship with the studio has continued through several films. Townsend's collaboration with Marvel would be a rewarding one—receiving his first Oscar nomination several years back for Iron Man 3, the VFX supervisor finds himself back in consideration this… Read


‘Annihilation’ Featurette: Behind The Shimmer Of Natalie Portman Thriller

Annihilation, says actress Gina Rodriguez in this just-released featurette about the upcoming sci-fi thriller from Ex Machina director Alex Garland, is “something we haven’t seen quite yet.” She’s talking about “the Shimmer,” the strange, glowing, sinister, shape-shifting phenomenon that threatens to carry out just what the title suggests. If the Aurora Borealis and the Blob had a kid, he’d look like the Shimmer. But Garland might just as well have been talking about the… Read


Netflix’s ‘Bright’ Featurette: Will Smith, Joel Edgerton Give Peek At David Ayer’s Sinister Underworld

“It’s L.A. right now,” says Noomi Rapace in this new featurette for the upcoming Netflix film Bright, then she drops the kicker: “It just happens to be dwarves and elves.” Bright, directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad) and arriving in December, stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton and Rapace in an action-thriller about two LAPD officers (Smith and Edgerton) who work to keep the streets of an alternate-reality L.A. safe from a sinister, dark underworld. Says Netflix, “Battling… Read


Is ‘The Florida Project’ A24’s Latest Surprise Best Picture Oscar Contender? – Featurette

The Florida Project

EXCLUSIVE: Is The Florida Project the little movie that could? After setting the Directors Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival on fire and being picked up for domestic distribution by A24 Films, director Sean Baker’s lyrical look at childhood under adversity also scored big applause at the Toronto Film Festival and opened to strong box office and critical raves last weekend on a limited break. The film will expand this weekend and is already being touted, much as A24’s… Read


BAFTA Animated Winner ‘Kubo And The Two Strings’ Hoping To Finally Make It To The Oscar Stage For Laika (Watch)

EXCLUSIVE: Focus Features and Laika’s  great Oscar hope, Kubo And The Two Strings  is coming off a high after a surprise win at BAFTA for Best Animated Feature. That is an award that has mirrored the eventual Oscar winner in the category in each of the past ten years with the exception of 2014  when BAFTA winner  The Lego Movie  was shockingly  not even nominated .  Kubo  is also that very rare animated nominee for Best Special Visual Effects, a sign the Academy takes… Read


How ‘Manchester By The Sea’s’ Casey Affleck And Michelle Williams Turned In One Of The Year’s Most Memorable Scenes (Watch)

With two big BAFTA wins on Sunday for screenplay and lead actor Casey Affleck,  a very good shot at taking a WGA Original Screenplay award this coming Sunday,  a domestic box office gross nearing $50 million  , and six Academy Award nominations  Manchester By The Sea is riding higher than even anyone expected after its smash Sundance debut over a year ago.  One of the scenes that made the film so memorable is the devastating reunion of  the  ex-husband and wife played by… Read


Behind The Scenes With Damien Chazelle On Two Of ‘La La Land’s’ Most Difficult & Impressive Musical Sequences (Watch)

Deadline goes behind the camera. EXCLUSIVE: Mandy Moore did an extraordinary job as choreographer of La La LandIt is a shame there is no Oscar category for that; the last to Hermes Pan in 1937, when Academy Awards were given for Dance Direction. But since then, only occasionally has a choreographer gotten official Academy recognition in the form of Honorary Oscars, such as the one given to Jerome Robbins for West Side Story in 1961 and Onna White for Oliver in… Read


Belgium Heads To The Underground Crime World With Its Oscar Entry ‘The Ardennes’

No, not the Dardennes, but The Ardennes is Belgium’s Oscar entry this year. The feature directorial by Robin Pront about punk criminal brothers who teeter on the edge of a not-so legit life earned the country’s thumbs up this year as its Academy Awards contender beating out The Unknown Girl, the latest movie by the country’s perennial go-tos Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes.  Many thought Unknown Girl was a given as Belgium’s entry since it premiered at Cannes. Despite the… Read