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Director Stella Meghie On How ‘The Weekend’ Is A Fresh Spin To Rom-Coms – Toronto Studio

Director Stella Meghie isn’t giving up on the romantic comedy genre, giving it a “fresh spin” with her latest film, The Weekend, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. “For a while, people were saying it was out of fashion but I’m like ‘how?'”  said Meghie about the debate over the status of the rom-com. “I think it’s just like anything else, it has to take a new form,” the Toronto-born director added. Meghie was joined at Deadline’s TIFF studio by the film’s cast S… Read

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‘A Million Little Pieces’ Director: “I Never Lost The Feeling That It Was Such A Redemptive Story” – Toronto Studio

“I never lost the feeling that I had when I first read the book. I never lost the feeling that it was such a redemptive story and a story from a broken human spirit and that journey through and into the light, ” said A Million Little Pieces director Sam Taylor-Johnson despite the controversy surrounding the film’s source material. Sam Taylor-Johnson film adaptation is based on James Frey’s book of the same title, which was initially touted as a memoir about his experience… Read

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Sam Esmail On How ‘Homecoming’ Lingers, ‘Mr. Robot’ Season 4 Update & ‘American Radical’ Movie – Toronto Studio

Having already broken the mold on televised serial noir with Mr. Robot, creator Sam Esmail delves back into the genre with his Amazon Prime/Universal Cable series Homecoming, adapted from the podcast of the same name. The series streams November 2 but recently premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Esmail became addicted to the podcast by Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg, who are also co-creators on the series, and coincidentally Julia Roberts was a fan too with this… Read

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New Hollywood Podcast: ‘Mayans M.C.’ Star JD Pardo Sees The Flaws In Hollywood’s Diversity Push

During the ATX Television Festival, Mayans M.C. creator Kurt Sutter said that the new FX series will not be a Latino version of Sons of Anarchy. The two may be part of the same leather-clad and ruthless motorcycle-centric universe, but JD Pardo, the star of the series, echoes Sutter’s thoughts and shared why his philosophies about the show bleed into his feelings about Hollywood’s push for diversity. In the new spinoff series, Pardo plays Ezekiel ‘EZ’ Reyes, a Prospect in… Read

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ENCORE: Kurt Sutter On How ‘Mayans M.C.’ Will Rev Past ‘Sons’ Shadow & Touch On Trump Border Politics

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UPDATE: Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter did his first detailed interview on his new show Mayans M.C. with Deadline for San Diego Comic-Con. Here it is again, as the series premieres on FX tonight. Earlier EXCLUSIVE, July 22, 11: 26 AM PST: During the celebrated run of Sons of Anarchy, creator Kurt Sutter made a tradition of giving the fleeing masses of San Diego Comic-Con something to stay for on its final day. He’s revived that Jimi Hendrix-at-Woodstock tradition in… Read

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‘Roma’ Director Alfonso Cuarón On How His Most Personal Film Became His Biggest Career Challenge – Venice Q&A

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Alfonso Cuarón's Roma isn't just his most personal film; it may be his masterpiece. An ode to his own childhood, growing up in Mexico City at a time of huge upheaval, the film marks his first on-screen return to his native country since 2001's Y Tu Mamá También. And after last night's rapturous world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, the film is firmly in the Golden Lion mix. Off the back of his triumphant Best Director win for 2013's Gravity — his last feature… Read

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John Cho On How ‘Searching’ Innovates The Traditional Thriller And The New Asian American Wave Of Film

Since 1997, Searching star John Cho has appeared in a diverse array of film and television (remember when he had the knife-wielding roommate in Felicity?). When he appeared in American Pie as the “MILF guy” he not only popularized the term but gained a reputation for his comedic chops. This paved the road for Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle which gained a rabid following and spawned two sequels. On the surface, the Harold & Kumar franchise may be a stoner comedy, but it… Read

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‘Godless’: Scott Frank & Steven Soderbergh Talk Western Clichés And Being Labeled A “Feminist Western”

Godless marks Scott Frank’s first foray into the western genre. One could argue that his screenplay for Logan was western-adjacent, but Godless is a tried and true western complete with outlaws, gunfights, a town tragedy, a drifter and horses — an animal that executive producer Steven Soderbergh fears. Created and written by Frank, the seven-part limited series — which was originally conceived as a feature film — reunites the Out of Sight writer with director Soderbergh… Read

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

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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

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Stevie Wonder Remembers His Final Words To A Dying Aretha Franklin

Detroit native Stevie Wonder said he told Aretha Franklin to “say hello to my sister” in his final conversation with the dying Queen of Soul. Wonder, speaking today on CBS This Morningsaid he visited Franklin at her home two days before she passed. He choked up as he recalled the meeting. "She wasn't able to speak back, but her family felt that she could hear me, and so I just said all the things that I've always said and told her to say hello to my sister," Wonder… Read

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Kellyanne Conway Thinks Press Obsession With The President “Is Kind Of Weird”

Presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway thinks the press has a fixation. Friday morning outside the White House, she asked the news pack, "Why is everybody so obsessed with the president of the United States that they can't even begin or finish a sentence without mentioning his name five times. "It's kind of weird," Conway added, comments captured by CSPAN. President Donald Trump obsession is “infecting people on the news now who fancy themselves security experts,” Conway… Read

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John David Washington Talks The Subversiveness Of ‘BlacKkKlansman’, The Influence Of Spike Lee

BlacKkKlansman is already being praised as one of Spike Lee’s best films and John David Washington, the film’s star, couldn’t agree more. He steps into the role of the real-life Ron Stallworth, the first black detective at the Colorado Springs Police Department that infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. And although he was fascinated by the stranger-than-fiction story, it was Lee’s filmmaking influence and Jordan Peele’s involvement as a producer that was a big draw to the… Read