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Paul Schrader And Ethan Hawke Explore The State Of Spirituality In ‘First Reformed’ – The Contenders NY Video

First Reformed

Three film luminaries — Paul Schrader, Christine Vachon and Ethan Hawke — shared the stage recently at Deadline’s The Contenders New York to ruminate on a subject often left on the cutting-room floor: religion. A24’s First Reformed, written and directed by Schrader, who grew up in a strict Calvinist household, depicts the spiritual odyssey of a conflicted minister played by Hawke. The film bracingly updates classic religion-themed films like Bergman’s Winter Light, adding… Read


‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Team On The Film’s Much Needed Message Of Hope – The Contenders NY Video

Mary Poppins Returns

If you want to start your day off with a bang, just invite Mary Poppins. That is what happened when director Rob Marshall and the cast of Disney’s smash hit Mary Poppins Returns, the sequel to Disney’s beloved classic 1964 Oscar-winning musical, took the stage at the DGA Theater in New York City last month as the kickoff panel for Deadline’s first-ever The Contenders New York. Marshall, along with his stars Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer… Read


‘Vice’s Amy Adams & Adam McKay On Plugging In To Dick Cheney’s Pursuit Of Power – The Contenders L.A. Video


"What we were most surprised about was how likeable he was and Lynne was from the beginning," Vice director Adam McKay said of Dick Cheney and the ex-Vice President's wife. "But the big thing was how much Lynne was driving all of this, that really surprised us." "For me, finding my way into Lynne, it actually felt like I knew her," added Amy Adams, who plays the driven former National Endowment for the Humanities chair in the just-opened Christian Bale co-starring satire… Read


‘Black Panther’s Ryan Coogler On Making A Film For Audiences Of “Any Heritage” – The Contenders L.A. Video

Black Panther

Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther is poised to be 2018’s highest-grossing film at the domestic box office with a tally of $700 million. Since its release in February, the film has been lauded not only for its groundbreaking performance but also for its cultural impact, exposing a portion of the African and African American experience to the mainstream. The goal, said director and co-writer Ryan Coogler, was “to make to make a universal film. A film that was specific to the… Read


PaleyFest LA 2019: ‘Parks And Rec’ Reunion, ‘This Is Us’ & ‘Pose’ Panels Set

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — for PaleyFest fans. The Paley Center for Media has unwrapped the first three panels for its 36th annual LA event: NBC’s This Is Us, FX’s Pose and a reunion of the cast and creators of Parks and Recreation to mark the 10th anniversary of the Peacock’s popular sitcom. This Is Us is making its second PaleyFest visit, having been featured during its freshman season in 2017. Rookie drama Pose is set to features members of the… Read


Joanna Kulig On The “Two Hearts” At Center Of ‘Cold War’ Romance – The Contenders L.A. Video

Cold War

Amazon’s Cold War has been heating up since Pawel Pawlikowski won the Cannes Film Festival’s Best Director award for it after its world premiere there in May. The black-and-white film, the follow-up to the helmer’s 2015 Foreign Language Oscar winner Ida, was just shortlisted for this year’s Oscar race as Poland’s entry after scoring major wins at the European Film Awards. The captivating music- and dance-filled film stars Joanna Kulig and Tomasz Kot in a love story… Read


Nicole Kidman & Karyn Kusama On Being Creatively Linked For ‘Destroyer’ – The Contenders L.A. Video


It was an all-woman panel — actress, director, film editor — as the Destroyer team of Nicole Kidman, Karyn Kusama and Plummy Tucker joined me on the DGA stage last month for Deadline’s eighth annual The Contenders Los Angeles awards-season event. The subject was the very intense Annapurna film opening Christmas Day, in which Kidman plays a flawed, beaten and determined Los Angeles cop trying to come back from some very big mistakes. Kidman discusses how she and Kusama had… Read


‘Roma’ Team On Living Alfonso Cuarón’s Story Of Family And Country – The Contenders L.A. Video


Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma is the story of one woman’s struggle in 1970s Mexico City, but it is also a story about Mexico, and what the country was going through at the time of Cuarón’s youth. “It was an attempt to come to terms with and try to understand what existence is,” he said onstage recently at Deadline’s The Contenders Los Angeles awards-season event. “How, on the one hand, we’re limited by time and space, but that same time and space molds who we are. It was so… Read


Sandra Bullock On Going To Her Blind Side For ‘Bird Box’ – The Contenders L.A. Video

Bird Box

As part of Netflix’s presentation last month at the Deadline’s eighth annual The Contenders Los Angeles all-day event, Sandra Bullock wrapped up the proceedings on a panel for her new movie Bird Box by sharing secrets of playing blind — which is exactly what she had to do in the post-apocalyptic film, which will debut on the streamer December 21. The Oscar-winning star of a movie called The Blind Side literally had to go without sight for much of this film, as the plot… Read


’22 July’ Editor Willliam Goldenberg On Being “Truthful And Respectful” To Tragic Story – The Contenders L.A. Video

22 July

The Netflix drama 22 July chronicles the 2011 Norway massacre hat left 77 dead when a far-right extremist detonated a car bomb in Oslo before carrying out a mass shooting at a teen leadership camp on the nearby island of Utoya. During Deadline’s The Contenders Los Angeles recently, editor William Goldenberg discussed how he and director Paul Greengrass adapted the real-life tragedy and its aftermath while taking care not to exploit the incident and those involved. “The… Read


Barry Jenkins And Team On Bringing James Baldwin’s Vision Of ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ To Cinematic Life – The Contenders L.A. Video

If Beale Street Could Talk

Two years ago, Barry Jenkins joined me on a panel at Deadline’s sixth annual The Contenders Los Angeles awards-season event to talk about a then little-known film called Moonlight. It would go on to famously win the Best Picture Oscar, along with a screenplay Academy Award for Jenkins himself. Now, two years later, he has a follow-up film, Annapurna’s If Beale Street Could Talk, and he joined me onstage last month at the DGA for the eighth annual Contenders to discuss… Read


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


"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