Dr. Ruth Sets “A Gravestone” For Her Relatives With Hulu Doc, Calls Out Trump Policies — Sundance Studio
Oftentimes, it’s the Sundance Film Festival that kicks off Oscar’s Best Documentary Feature Race. This season, three out of five Oscar-nominated docs (RBG, Minding the Gap, and Hale County This Morning, This Evening) emerged from the Utah festival. So naturally, with this track record, Dr. Ruth had concrete ambitions in mind, when she sat down at the fest to discuss the doc on her own life. “I want to get an Academy Award nomination,” Dr. Ruth told Deadline outright.
‘Imaginary Order’s Wendi McLendon-Covey On Portrait Of A Mother’s Suburban Angst — Sundance Studio
Through six seasons of ABC’s The Goldbergs, Wendi McLendon-Covey has garnered acclaim for her turn as Beverly, one of the most memorable matriarchs on network television. Recently, the actress teamed up with Debra Eisenstadt on Imaginary Order, to present a rather different portrait of the suburban mom. Starring opposite Max Burkholder in the Sundance drama, the actress plays Cathy, a wife and mother whose boredom, complicated home life and obsessive-compulsive tendencies… Read
Zhang Yimou’s ‘One Second’ Pulled From Berlin Film Festival Competition
Celebrated Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou’s latest picture, One Second, has been abruptly pulled from its competition slot at the Berlin Film Festival. A translated post on the movie’s official Weibo account reads, “One Second is not allowed to be shown at the Berlin International Film Festival for technical reasons. Our apologies.” The festival has confirmed the movie will not screen, citing technical issues in post-production, and says it will program another film in its… Read
Marco Beltrami Continues To Take Risks, With Scores For ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ & ‘Extremely Wicked’ — Sundance Studio
A two-time Oscar nominee, Marco Beltrami never shies from a challenge. Between an Oscar-nominated doc (Free Solo) and a box office smash, which became a bona fide cultural phenomenon (A Quiet Place), he scored two of the most exciting and audacious works of the past year. Late last month, the composer got on to the next phase of an exciting creative streak. Stopping by Deadline’s Sundance Studio, he discussed his work on two films (Velvet Buzzsaw, and Extremely Wicked, Sho… Read
Noah Schnapp Faces Heat From Family & The Kitchen In ‘Abe’ — Sundance Studio
Known for his role as Will Byers in Stranger Things, Noah Schnapp plays a character who goes by many names, in the latest feature from Fernando Grostein Andrade. To the Israeli-Jewish side of his family, he’s Avram; to the Palestinian-Muslims, Ibrahim. His first-generation American agnostic parents call him Abraham—but this young man with a passion for the culinary arts prefers to go by Abe.
In the family drama, Abe is torn between the various facets of his family… Read
Jenny Slate & Zach Galifianakis Find Poetry In The ‘The Sunlit Night’ — Sundance Studio
When Rebecca Dinerstein set out on a solo journey to the Arctic, she intended only to write a book of poems. Living “completely alone, on an island in the Norwegian Sea,” she soon found that she needed to fill her time, so she turned to prose, writing the book that became The Sunlit Night.
A Sundance drama from director David Wnendt, the film follows Frances (Jenny Slate), an American painter who heads to Norway, to escape various troubles in her life. During an art… Read
‘The Lodge’ Directors Discuss Crafting Genre Films As Storytelling Stigmas Fall Away — Sundance Studio
The second narrative feature from Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala—following the critically acclaimed Goodnight, Mommy—The Lodge is similar in its approach to form, using genre elements to tell “a very dark family story.” Like the former film, the Neon acquisition centers on women and children, using horror to reflect on questions of trust and identity. Starring Riley Keough, Richard Armitage, Lia McHugh and Jaeden Martell, The Lodge is set in a remote winter cabin… Read
In ‘Miracle Workers’, Daniel Radcliffe Is An Anxiety-Ridden Angel Hellbent On Saving Earth — Sundance Studio
In Simon Rich's show Miracle Workers, Daniel Radcliffe gets his wings as a control-freak angel called Craig—a role he says he had to take as soon as Rich told him the premise.
"Sometimes you just find material where you're like, 'I want to do this, I want to be a part of this," Radcliffe told Deadline at the Sundance Studio. "And that was what this was from the moment that I read the book and spoke to Simon about the possibility of doing it as a series."
‘Lorena’ Reframes The Bobbitt Story In The Era Of #MeToo — Sundance Studio
When Lorena Bobbitt famously cut off her husband's penis in the '90s, much of the resulting news coverage descended into "dick jokes", as Joshua Rofé, director of Amazon's documentary Lorena put it at Deadline's Sundance Studio.
But, inspired by a 2016 newspaper article about how the Bobbitt coverage had been the nation's missed opportunity to discuss domestic violence, Rofé wanted to take a look at the detailed story behind the woman and the incident.
"This story would… Read
Sara Colangelo To Direct Michael Keaton & Stanley Tucci In ‘What Is Life Worth’ – EFM
EXCLUSIVE: The Kindergarten Teacher‘s Sara Colangelo has been set to direct MadRiver Pictures’ true-life biographical drama What Is Life Worth. As Deadline reported out of the EFM last year, Michael Keaton is starring in the project; Stanley Tucci has also now joined to co-star. Principal photography is set to begin in New York in April. IMR International is handling worldwide sales; UTA and ICM Partners are on domestic.
The Black List script from Max Borenstein is based… Read
Casey Affleck ‘Light Of My Life’ Q&A: The Film With Elisabeth Moss About Parental Love Set In A Dangerous Dystopian World
EXCLUSIVE: Here’s the first clip from Oscar winner Casey Affleck’s passion project — Light of My Life — which screened today at the Berlin International Film Festival. Affleck wrote, produced, directed and starred in this film. It is an incredible accomplishment for any filmmaker and one that is hard to do well, but Affleck's father/daughter drama set against a dark, dystopian world is beautifully crafted in every way.
From its opening scene of a father's imaginative… Read
Jeff Daniels, Timothy Busfield & Melissa Gilbert Launch Grand River Productions
EXCLUSIVE: Jeff Daniels, Timothy Busfield and Melissa Gilbert have teamed to launch Grand River Productions, with their first project, Guest Artist, set to have its world premiere Saturday at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. The creative partnership joins the fellow Michiganders who will look to mount modest-budget films.
That plan starts with Guest Artist, which Daniels adapted from his stage play and stars in. Busfield directed, and the trio are producing along with… Read