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Film Academy Raising Dues For Voting Members; Will Generate $800,000 In Added Revenue

EXCLUSIVE: It will soon cost a little more to vote for the Oscars – $100 a year more in Academy membership dues beginning this fall, which will generate more than $800,000 in additional revenue this year alone for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Emails sent this week to Academy members notified them that the Board of Governors has voted to raise the annual dues of voting members from the current $350 to $450 "to bring you more benefits and programs." The… Read

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AFI Fest Heavy On Oscar Contenders In World Cinema Sidebar

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AFI Fest’s World Cinema section unveiled Tuesday includes seven films that have been officially submitted for the Foreign Language Film Oscar, from Nadine Labaki’s Capernaum and Matteo Garrone’s Dogman to Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s Never Look Away and the Cannes Palme d’Or-winning Shoplifters by Hirokazu Kore-eda. Directors in the slate include Jafar Panahi, Jia Zhang-ke, Hong Sang-soo, Olivier Assayas, Carlos Reygadas, László Nemes and Nuri Bilge Ceylan. The… Read

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‘The Hate U Give’: Arlissa Performs “We Won’t Move”, Says Film Brings Hope & Change – The Contenders London

Singer-songwriter Arlissa took the stage at The Contenders London to perform “We Won’t Move”, a song from the drama The Hate U Give starring Amandla Stenberg. After gorgeously belting out the tune and stirring emotions in the audience, she spoke with Deadline co-Editor-in-Chief Mike Fleming Jr. about the film and how it fueled her inspiration for the song. In the film based on the New York Times best-selling novel by Angie Thomas and directed by George Tillman Jr.… Read

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‘Beautiful Boy’, ‘Cold War’ & ‘Suspiria’: Humanity’s Resilience Shines Strong In Amazon’s Awards Slate – The Contenders London

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Amazon stopped by Deadline’s Contenders London conference today with not one, but three pics in potential contention: Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria, and Felix Van Groeningen’s Beautiful Boy. And if there’s a thruline running throughout the trio, it’s how human pain becomes poetic, though all through different prisms. Both Cold War and Suspiria share post-War backlashes that in some way work their way into the psyche of their tormented… Read

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‘Paddington 2’: Hugh Grant On That Big Dance Finale And “Weird History” With Ben Whishaw – The Contenders London

Hugh Grant gave a lively — and funny — discussion during the Paddington 2 presentation at The Contenders London event. He talked about acting opposite of a stick, his “weird history” with the voice of Paddington Ben Whishaw, and that big Busby Berkeley-esque musical number at the end of the film. In the StudioCanal family film, Grant plays the villainous Phoenix Buchanan, a narcissistic former stage star looking to rekindle his glory. He is out to get Paddington and… Read

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Rosamund Pike And Jamie Dornan On ‘A Private War’, Honoring War Reporter Marie Colvin – The Contenders London

After premiering A Private War at the Toronto Film Festival, Aviron brought stars Rosamund Pike and Jamie Dornan together for a panel to discuss the legacy of famous war correspondent Marie Colvin (played by Pike in the film), who was killed in 2012 after illegally crossing the Syrian border into the city of Homs with photographer Paul Conroy (played by Jamie Dornan). Asked what attracted her to the role, Pike answered, "I think it’s a combination of things. Marie was a… Read

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How ‘Three Identical Strangers’ Caught The Eye Of A Jaded Development Exec – The Contenders London

After buying North American rights to Three Identical Strangers, Tim Wardle's Jury Prize-winning Sundance doc, Neon reunited the director with producer Becky Read and executive producer Dimitri Doganis for a panel explaining how this amazing story – of how three total strangers found out in the '80s, at the age of 19, that they were identical triplets, separated at birth – made it to the big screen. The three were keen to preserve some of the film's mysteries, since it… Read

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Jason Reitman On ‘Front Runner’ & Gary Hart: ‘A Great pH Test On What Flaws We’re Willing To Put Up With In Our President’ – The Contenders London

“It’s not a biopic, it’s not a movie about a person, it’s a movie about a moment,” says filmmaker Jason Reitman about his latest film The Front Runner which opens on Election Day. In the film, Hugh Jackman plays embattled U.S. Presidential Democratic candidate Gary Hart. Though the Hart scandal occurred when Reitman was a ten-year-old kid, he became fascinated by the Colorado senator’s derailed run at the presidency when news broke that he was having an extramarital… Read

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How Bel Powley Prepared For Her Role As A Crack Addict In ‘White Boy Rick’ – The Contenders London

One of the sublime performances in Studio 8/Sony’s White Boy Rick belongs to British actress Bel Powley, who portrays Dawn Wershe, the sister of Detroit teen-turned-drug-dealer/government informant Rick Wershe Jr. Yet while Rick initially lifts the family out of its financial problems before getting arrested, Dawn spirals, becoming a crack addict; in many ways collateral damage of Rick Jr.’s fortune, even though he’s not dealing to her. “She’s gets worse and worse… Read

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Michelle Yeoh’s Initial Concerns About ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ – The Contenders London

Michelle Yeoh was a big fan of Kevin Kwan’s novel for Crazy Rich Asians, but when she received Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim’s script, “I was very upset” the actress told the crowd at Deadline’s The Contenders London today. “Eleanor (Young) was written as nasty, mean, mean, not nice at all. I don’t think that Eleanor comes from that motivation,” Yeoh said. In the movie, Eleanor makes waves for her son Nick Young (Henry Golding) and Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), both who are… Read

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Karyn Kusama And Nicole Kidman On ‘Destroyer’ And The Maverick Spirit Of Annapurna – The Contenders London  

A hardboiled LA neo-noir with a tough female lead and a cool female director is hardly par for the course in today's Hollywood. Which is why Karyn Kusama was full of praise for distributor Annapurna at the company's panel today while discussing her new film Destroyer with her star Nicole Kidman. "They're mavericks," she said. "And in many respects, this movie reflects that. This movie is kind of a maverick outlier and so's Annapurna. They support artists and they really… Read

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‘The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs’, ‘22 July’ And ‘Roma’ Show The Diversity Of Netflix – The Contenders London  

Showcasing just three movies, today's Netflix panel was a fascinating insight into the wide-ranging tastes of a company fast changing the landscape of the film industry. First up was the Coen brothers' portmanteau western, The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs, which was represented by an all-actor line-up comprising Zoe Kazan, Bill Heck, Harry Melling and Tim Blake Nelson, who plays the titular Buster Scruggs himself. Talking to Deadline's Nancy Tartaglione, Blake Nelson revealed… Read