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‘Hereditary’ Director Ari Aster On The Beauty Of Horror – The Contenders L.A. Video

Hereditary

"The horror genre is one that I feel allows you to tell more uncompromising stories without losing the audience," Hereditary director Ari Aster says of why he decided to unravel the tale of a deeply haunted family the way he did. “You can filter it through this other thing.” Having debuted at the Sundance Film Festival at the beginning of the year and then rolling out in theaters in June, the Toni Collette-led fright fest and psychological terror certainly resonated with… Read

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How America Right Now Is Like Bo Burnham’s ‘Eighth Grade’ – The Contenders L.A. Video

Eighth Grade

Comedian Bo Burhnam’s feature writing and directorial debut Eighth Grade has scored plenty of awards buzz for its depiction of the current social media-crazed pre-high schooler experience as embodied by newcomer Elsie Fisher, who stars and is a Spirit Award nominee (as is the film for best feature and Burnham for best first screenplay). The pic also was named to the AFI’s Top 10 films list. Burhnam told an SRO crowd at Deadline’s recent The Contenders Los Angeles all-day… Read

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Stars On Why Their Movie Represents Much More Than Just A Smash Hit – The Contenders L.A. Video

Crazy Rich Asians

Last week the National Board of Review kicked off the ritual of actually naming awards winners for the 2018 movie season, and it should come as no surprise one of the early names was Warner Bros’ smash romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, which garnered the Outstanding Ensemble honor. Considering the film represents the first all-Asian cast in a major studio English-speaking movie in 25 years, it is well-deserved, and one that shows film’s universality. The three key cast… Read

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‘Stan & Ollie’ Co-Star John C. Reilly On The Secrets Of Laurel And Hardy – The Contenders L.A. Video

Stan And Ollie

Comedy greats Laurel and Hardy are truly the stuff of movie legend, and that is partially why John C. Reilly was so reluctant to take on the role of Oliver Hardy in the new dramedy Stan & Ollie, which will begin a qualifying engagement for Oscar consideration at the end of December. And it should be considered, as the film shows us a side we never really knew about the screen team, of which Reilly plays one half to Steve Coogan’s Stan Laurel. Reilly joined me as part of… Read

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‘The Hate U Give’ Stars Amandla Stenberg & Russell Hornsby On “The Talk” And Power Of Timely Drama – The Contenders NY

Based on the YA novel of the same name by Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give tackles relevant social issues that are not just applicable to young adults. The George Tillman Jr.-directed pic adapted by the late Audrey Wells follows the story of Starr as she witnesses the killing of her best friend at the hands of a cop, making her face the pressure from her majority black neighborhood and her privileged majority white school to find her voice and stand up for what’s right. The… Read

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Deadline’s The Contenders New York Underway As Disney Kicks Off Day Of Oscar-Worthy Hopefuls

The Contenders New York

Director Rob Marshall and the cast of Mary Poppins Returns including Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw are kicking off Deadline’s first New York edition of The Contenders, the all-day event today that highlights award hopefuls from the major studios and indie distributors. Taking place at the DGA Theater in NYC, the invitation-only event for Oscar voters and key guild members is at capacity and will feature a day full of major talent from the… Read

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Joel Edgerton On Why ‘Boy Erased’ Is “Not About Hateful People Doing Hateful Things” – The Contenders L.A. Video

Boy Erased

“It’s far more complicated than a black-and-white judgment from the outside,” director Joel Edgerton said about his latest film, Boy Erased, which explores the controversial practice of gay conversion therapy. Based on the memoir by Garrard Conley, the Focus Features film, which opened in theaters this month, follows Jared (Lucas Hedges), a closeted son of a Baptist pastor who is forced to participate in gay conversion therapy along with other adolescents—suffering deeply… Read

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Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan & Matthew Heineman On ‘A Private War’s Homage To Marie Colvin And Journalism – The Contenders L.A. Video

A Private War

Rosamund Pike knew when she met Matthew Heineman that the director-producer of A Private War would not create “the sort of adrenaline junkie version” of war correspondent Marie Colvin. Pike stars in the film as famous war correspondent Colvin, who was killed while covering the siege of Homs in Syria while working for The Sunday Times. Jamie Dornan also stars as Colvin’s photographer Paul Conroy, who worked with Colvin on the front lines. Speaking at Deadline’s recent The… Read

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Debra Granik On Her Path To ‘Leave No Trace’ – The Contenders L.A. Video

Leave No Trace

Writer-director Debra Granik’s latest film Leave No Trace stars Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie as a military-veteran father and his daughter living off the grid until they are pulled back into the modern world. The Bleecker Street pic, which hit theaters in June, has been gathering awards buzz — it’s up for a Spirit Award for best feature and best director, as well an acting nom for McKenzie — for its exploration of PTSD’s affect on families and examination of… Read

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‘A Son Of Man’ Director Seeks To Immortalize His Father, And Become One Himself — Awardsline Screening Series

An ambitious Ecuadorian artist whose driving goal in life for many years was to be a good son to his father—a larger-than-life, Amazonian explorer—Jamaicanoproblem set out on his first feature 10 years ago, seeking to immortalize his father through the creation of an immersive cinematic experience. Fusing the heightened aesthetic possibilities of narrative film with the naked truth of documentary, A Son of Man is Ecuador's submission this season for Best Foreign Language… Read

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‘The Hate U Give’ Star Says Film Gives “Audiences An Opportunity To Understand” – The Contenders L.A. Video

The Hate U Give

"Unfortunately, this story has always been timely. It was timely 20 years ago, 10 years ago, and here we are today. Sadly, it will probably be timely tomorrow," said Fox 2000’s The Hate U Give star Russell Hornsby about the film’s familiar narrative, which involves the death of an unarmed black man at hands of a police officer. Joined by star Amandla Stenberg at Deadline’s annual The Contenders Los Angeles awards-season event earlier this month, Hornsby outlined the… Read

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‘The Heiresses’: Paraguay’s Oscar Hopeful On The Importance of Women & Love – Awardsline Screening Series

"I come from a country where men have a very strong presence in public life and women do not," says The Heiresses director Marcelo Martinessi of Paraguay and the burgeoning cinema scene there. “In my country, drug trafficking is not punished, love is punished.” "Women in my country are very important and they are not visible," the filmmaker added of why he made the movie that is now the South American country's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy… Read