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Alfonso Cuarón Explores “Personal And Social Wounds” Of Mexicans In ‘Roma’ – The Contenders London Video


Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón has always managed to balance the intimate and the epic with his work. It has been finely showcased in his acclaimed films Gravity, Children of Men, and Y tu mamá también. His latest film Roma, which has been making waves this awards season, would appear to be a shift of gears for the director, as it tells a deeply personal story of his childhood, but it is set against no less of an epic scale that the political backdrop of 1970s… Read


Hugh Grant On Mining His Early Days For ‘Paddington 2’s Vain Villain – The Contenders London Video

Paddington 2

Hugh Grant’s turn as the over-the-top villain in Paddington 2 scored him a BAFTA nomination this year and the London Critics Circle’s Supporting Actor of the Year Award. With the Heyday Films/Studiocanal sequel to the massive 2014 family hit released domestically by Warner Bros in January 2018, it’s eligible for Academy consideration this year, and Grant stopped by Deadline’s recent The Contenders London event to discuss his turn as foil to the bear from darkest Peru… Read


Michelle Yeoh Says ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Gave Much-Needed Opportunity For Asian Actors To Be Seen – The Contenders London Video

Crazy Rich Asians

Michelle Yeoh has played numerous roles of over the years, and in Jon M. Chu’s box office smash Crazy Rich Asians, she plays the role of matriarch Eleanor Young, a mother who may look stern and cold, but as we find out in the end, she’s just looking out for what’s best for her son. During Deadline’s recent The Contenders London awards-season event, Yeoh talked with Deadline’s Joe Utichi about being a “minority” in Hollywood and how Crazy Rich Asians gives a much-needed… Read


Deadline’s The Contenders Makes New York Debut December 1; Lin-Manuel Miranda, Spike Lee, Jonah Hill Join Lineup

The Contenders New York

Deadline’s The Contenders, which began in Los Angeles eight years ago, is expanding to New York for the first time December 1. The awards-season showcase, which had its second-ever London edition in October and another sold-out L.A. event on November 3, will feature more than 20 films from 13 studios in New York. Clips and onstage conversations will feature actors, directors, producers, writers and other key figures behind the season’s contending films. Academy and guild… Read


‘22 July’ Stars Say Film’s Message Must Echo Louder Than Terrorist Gunfire – The Contenders London Video

22 July

It’s a grim sign of the times that dramas about contemporary acts of terrorism have become a specialized sub-genre of cinema. The list of films includes 15:17 to Paris, Patriots Day, World Trade Center and Flight 93 — and, now, 22 July, which chronicles the events on the date in 2011 when a right-wing extremist named Anders Breivikwent went on a rampage that left 77 people dead in Norway. July 22 was written and directed by Paul Greengrass and premiered earlier this year… Read


John Krasinski Says ‘A Quiet Place’ Has Changed His Life – The Contenders London Video

A Quiet Place

Horror smash A Quiet Place has changed John Krasinski's life. The Boston-born actor, writer and director told the audience at Deadline’s recent The Contenders London awards-season event that the Paramount film has had a seismic impact on him and his family. "This movie has changed my life in every single way, not just my career; I've not given my total sense to anything before, and I don't mean that I've been lazy, but there was something extremely personal about this… Read


‘Mary Queen Of Scots’ Creators On Turning A What-If Into A Regal Tale – The Contenders London Video

Mary Queen of Scots

There’s a big what-if at the core of Mary Queen of Scots, Focus Features’ historical drama that posits a face-to-face meeting between Queen Elizabeth I and Mary, the ruler of Scotland. They never met in real life, though they contemplated it in letters before Mary was executed in 1587. Dr. John Guy, author of Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart, upon which first-time director Josie Rourke’s film is based, said during Deadline’s The Contenders London award-season… Read


‘Isle Of Dogs’ Team On Realizing Wes Anderson’s Vision & Bending Physics – The Contenders London Video

Isle of Dogs

Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs opened the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year, winning the Silver Bear for Best Director for his second stop-motion pic after The Fantastic Mr Fox. It tells the story of a 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi whose executive decree exiles all dogs from Megasaki City to a vast garbage dump. The boy, Atari, sets off in his mini turbo prop plane and flies to Trash Island in search of his dog Spots. With the help of a group of mongrels… Read


Nicole Kidman Transformed For Deep-Cover Duty In Annapurna’s ‘Destroyer’ – The Contenders LA

Any fan of Nicole Kidman would have recognized the willowy, red-headed Australian actress as soon as she appeared on stage this weekend for the Annapurna presentation at Deadline’s The Contenders award-season event in Los Angeles. That wasn’t the case a few minutes later, however, when the DGA Theater’s screen showed scenes from Destroyer with a visage of Kidman that was startlingly unfamiliar. In Destroyer Kidman portrays Erin Bell,  who as a young police officer… Read


Willem Dafoe Sees The Light In CBS Films’ ‘At Eternity’s Gate’ – The Contenders LA

The CBS Films presentation at Deadline’s The Contenders was the most intimate of the day — and perhaps the most enlightening. The allotted time for CBS was devoted to a single film, At Eternity’s Gate, and the list of panel guests limited to one name: Willem Dafoe, the three-time Academy Award nominee who looks to be back in the trophy hunt with his screen portrait of Vincent Van Gogh. At Eternity’s Gate, directed by Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) off… Read


A24’s ‘Hereditary’ & ‘Eighth Grade’: Tales of Madness & Middle School – The Contenders LA

The two A24 films presented today during The Contenders LA program were wildly different projects — Hereditary is a harrowing psychological tale that slides into supernatural horror while Eighth Grade is a coming-of-age tale that tugs at the heart ‚ but on closer inspection, the pair do share some common ground. Fractured families and missing mothers, for instance, are central elements in both films. Each of them is the work of a writer-director making his feature-film… Read


‘Roma’ Was A Journey Of Discovery For Alfonso Cuarón & The Performers In Netflix Pic — The Contenders LA

Alfonso Cuarón, writer-director-producer of the anticipated Netflix film Roma, got a laugh from the Contenders audience Saturday at the DGA Theater when moderator Joe Utichi asked him about "discovering" Yalitza Aparicio, an aspiring teacher who appeared in the film in her first screen role. "I didn't find her — she was always there," Cuarón said. "You were lost? I was very lucky to meet with her." He added he remains mystified by Hollywood's frequent declaration that it… Read