Before Trump Entered Presidential Race, ‘Tito And The Birds’ Director Cast Him As His Villain, Teaching Kids About The Weaponization Of Fear
With Tito and the Birds, his first animated feature, Gustavo Steinberg took on the most timely and complex of themes, striving to make them accessible to children. Based in a dystopian city that looks a lot like São Paulo—but could really be any metropolis—Shout! Factory’s Brazilian Oscar entry watches as the world is overcome by a disease of fear. Seeking a cure for the contagion in birds—creatures of mythological weight, which have quietly observed human life since the… Read
With Low Budget, 17 Rabbits & 18,000 Candles, ‘The Favourite’ Production Designer Manifests Bizarre World Of Luxury
Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos' first period outing, The Favourite imposed immediate, practical challenges upon its below-the-line team, a film where extreme vision, finances and other realities would collide. Set in the immense court of Queen Anne in 18th century England, the black comedy called for all the detail and luxury a "really limited budget" could provide.
In her first collaboration with the director, production designer Fiona Crombie lucked out with a superb… Read
Antoine Fuqua Set For Motion Picture Sounds Editors Career Honor
The Motion Picture Sound Editors said today that Antoine Fuqua will receive its career honor, the Filmmaker Award, for his outstanding contributions to the art of cinema. The veteran director will pick up his hardware during the 66th MPSE Golden Reel Awards on February 17 in Los Angeles.
The director blends action with character-driven storytelling in such films as The Equalizer, The Magnificent Seven, Olympus Has Fallen, Shooter and Training Day. "Antoine Fuqua has… Read
Hugh Grant On Mining His Early Days For ‘Paddington 2’s Vain Villain – The Contenders London Video
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
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
The Bart & Fleming Podcast: The Facts Behind Fact-Based Movies
Awards season is in swing, and we are back in podcast mode. Today, we weigh in on a plethora of fact-based films, and the question of how authentic they really are.
The main topics: Green Book, a road trip through the Jim Crow-era deep South that unites two unlikely partners in a brilliant black classical pianist named Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and his burly Italian Copacabana bodyguard Tony Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen); and The Front Runner, with Hugh Jackman as Sen… Read
Mourning Loss Of Paint-And-Paper Anime, ‘Mirai’ Director Attempts Animated First With Four-Year-Old Protagonist
In a robust year for international animation—with a record eight Japanese films on the Oscars shortlist—Mamoru Hosoda brought a most personal project to Cannes, trying for a historic first. The first Japanese anime to premiere at the prestigious French festival—and the Directors’ Fortnight’s sole animated entry this year—Mirai was ambitious, taking as its protagonist a four-year-old boy.
Undoubtedly, small children have featured into many an animated film over the years… Read
‘Boy Erased’ Star Troye Sivan Shares His Truth With Original Song Contender “Revelation”
In the midst of a pivotal career moment, Troye Sivan is trying to get at the truth. A supporting player in Boy Erased—Joel Edgerton's adaptation of a memoir by Garrard Conley—the Australian singer-songwriter earnestly admits to the learning curve involved with his first prominent onscreen role. "I just haven’t done as much [acting] as I have music. So, I was really, really nervous," he tells Deadline. "I just wanted to make sure that we were telling the story in the right… Read
Producer Craig Zadan Remembered In Dazzling, Star-Filled Tribute At TV Academy
“Craig would have loved it” was a common refrain heard in the lobby of the Television Academy’s Wolf Theatre on Sunday night at the conclusion of Thespians Go Hollywood, a tribute to the life and work of the late prolific film, TV and Broadway producer Craig Zadan. Not only would he have loved it, he could have produced it from above as it was the kind of dazzling, star-laden musical show only Zadan and his longtime producing partner Neil Meron could put together, as they… Read
People’s Choice Awards: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, ‘Shadowhunters’ Among Top Honorees – Full Winners List
The People’s Choice Awards made its debut on the E! channel Sunday night to “For the People, By the People” fanfare, announcing the winners of the annual ceremony. Marvel conquered the film side with Avengers: Infinity War winning Movie of 2018 while Shadowhunters topped TV, winning Show of 2018.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe saw multiple wins with Scarlett Johansson winning Female Movie Star of 2018 and Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman and Danai Guriria winning Male… Read
Michael Moore Finishes His Oscar 2003 Acceptance Speech At Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards
Filmmaker Michael Moore was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award, while Won’t You Be My Neighbor won the Best Documentary and Best Director categories at the third annual Critics' Choice Documentary Awards, held last night at BRIC in Brooklyn.
Robert De Niro presented the award to Moore right before rushing off to appear on SNL, calling him “a true, true American hero … one of the greatest truth- tellers in this country right now.”
Moore used his acceptance speech to… Read
‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Wins Top Honors At Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards
The winners for the third annual Critics' Choice Documentary Awards were announced Saturday with Morgan Neville’s Won’t You Be My Neighbor? taking the top honor of Best Documentary. The winners were determined by members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA).
The Mr. Rogers documentary also nabbed Best Director for Neville as well as Best Editing. The nail-biting rock climbing documentary directed… Read