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On Set For ‘The Shape Of Water’: Guillermo Del Toro “Bled” To Realize His Most Ambitious Project Yet

Guillermo del Toro is taking a breath. It probably feels like his first in 12 months. It is a hot summer's day on the Lido in Venice, and his latest film, The Shape of Water, is tonight's film festival premiere. From the outside, this past year for the Mexican writer and director has looked pretty good. The animated kids series he produced, Trollhunters, has become an unbridled hit for Netflix; Season 2 is already on order. And few directors, even visionary ones like del… Read

AFM 2017: Films From 32 Female Directors To Screen; Only Four Are U.S. Produced

American Film Market

EXCLUSIVE: We’re still six weeks from the start of the America Film Market, but so far there are 32 films from female directors that will be screened, sold or premiering at the market. Only four of those films — or 13% — were produced in the U.S.: Lynne Southerland's Cinderella and The Secret Prince, Elizabeth Rohrbaugh’s Becks, Rebecca Addelman’s Paper Year and Tali Shalom-Ezer’s My Days of Mercy. The Lili Fini Zanuck-helmed Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars also is… Read

Keri Russell & Matthew Rhys On ‘The Americans’ Emmy-Nominated 4th Season

When The Americans stars Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell arrived for Deadline's shoot at a quaint upstate NY inn near where they were on holiday, they brought the latest member of their entourage. That would be Sam, a two-month-old who seems right out of central casting for cutest baby ever. In a fourth season of the Reagan era Cold War FX spy drama series that featured a dizzying amount of surprises on screen, the pending stork visit for Rhys and Russell's first child… Read

How ‘The People V. O.J. Simpson’ Reframed The ’90s’ Most Infamous Murder Trial – Awardsline

From anthology master Ryan Murphy, American Crime Story examines the dark underbelly of America's passions and prejudices. Beginning with The People V. O.J. Simpson, which made the nation reevaluate the O.J. Simpson murder trial, stars Sarah Paulson, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Courtney B. Vance, and producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, explain why crime isn't the exclusive preserve of criminals. THE SUPERSTAR Cuba Gooding Jr. is O.J. Simpson Cuba Gooding Jr. was in South… Read

‘Veep’ Returns To Emmy Polls With A New Showrunner But Same Edge – Awardsline

How many shows lose their showrunner after they finally strike Emmy gold in one of the top categories? That's what happened with Veep, which took home the Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy last year (to add to a plethora of Emmys including four Best Actress trophies for Julia Louis-Dreyfus), offering a sweet swansong to creator Armando Iannucci. But Iannucci's departure was on good terms—he simply wanted to be closer to his family in the UK—and the HBO show turned to Seinfeld… Read

Matthew Modine’s Daughter Plays A Call Girl In His Comedy Short ‘Super Sex’: Tribeca Studio

Matthew Modine's daughter Ruby asked her father if she could play the prostitute in his latest short film Super Sex, which played the Tribeca Film Festival. Modine wrote the script based on a joke fellow actor Eli Wallach told. "I wrote up a screenplay expanding the idea a bit," explained Modine at the Deadline Photo Studio. "I showed it to Ruby who said it was pretty good. She said, 'I want to play the prostitute.'" In Super Sex, a brother and sister decide to get their… Read

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Director George Miller On Steering His Unexpected Oscar Frontrunner – AwardsLine

After 20 years of stalled development, and plenty of spirited naysaying from armchair doubters as director George Miller wrangled a complex production past the finish line, Mad Max: Fury Road was released in May to become a commercial triumph, a critical darling and the surprise recipient of 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. AwardsLine meets the 70-year-old maverick, whose film has super-charged to unexpected front-runner status above- and… Read

Matt Damon & Ridley Scott On ‘The Martian’s Odyssey From Outer Space To Oscar Front-Runner – AwardsLine

Matt Damon & Ridley Scott

Months after The Martian launched at the Toronto Film Festival and grossed $589 million worldwide to become the biggest film in 78-year-old director Ridley Scott's career, Matt Damon still hasn't tired of talking about the film. For Damon—who shared the 1998 Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Good Will Hunting with Ben Affleck when he was just 27 years old—there is just one piece of unfinished business for the blockbuster space rescue tale. "It feels like a lot of people… Read

Untold Story Of How The ‘Spotlight’ Team Turned A Journalism Procedural Into An Oscar Front-Runner – AwardsLine

Spotlight - Mark Ruffalo - Michael Keaton - Tom McCarthy

Spotlight has been in the Oscar hunt since Toronto Film Festival audiences gave it a long, thunderous standing ovation. At the heart of the film is a team of dogged journalists whose exposé of the shameful Boston Archdiocese cover-up of pedophile priests led to the forced resignation of the all-powerful Cardinal Bernard Law. The film subsequently has been as well-reviewed as any this fall, even getting a thumbs up from the Boston Archdiocese, which acknowledged the role… Read

How ‘Room’ Mates Larson, Abrahamson & Tremblay Architected Book-To-Film Alchemy – Awardsline

Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay

"You can imagine the crass studio executive reaction to the pitch for Room: 'Forget it,' " says director Lenny Abrahamson of his film that has commanded so much Oscar buzz since its September unveiling at the Telluride Film Festival. Yes, Room is a hard sell when boiled down: A young woman is trapped in a garden shed for seven years by a sexual predator—along with the five year old son she bore from him in captivity. It's the epitome of bleak and claustrophobic fare. So… Read

John Ridley & Jill Soloway On The Social Resonance Of ‘American Crime’ & ‘Transparent’ – Emmys

John Ridley and Jill Soloway

When a show captures the zeitgeist as Jill Soloway's Transparent and John Ridley's American Crime have this year, TV suddenly finds itself balancing on the border between truth and fiction. Targeting social issues can be a perilous place in or out of primetime. Yet, for the Amazon series and the ABC anthology and their self-styled provocateur creators, the balancing act has been a success with critical acclaim and Emmy nominations for both freshman shows. The showrunners… Read

‘Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk, Vince Gilligan & Peter Gould On Breaking Out From ‘Breaking Bad’ – Emmys

Better Call Saul's Vince Gilligan, Bob Odenkirk and Peter Gould

"Success can paralyze you way more than failure, in my opinion," Vince Gilligan confesses while sitting in his Glendale office surrounded by Better Call Saul fan art. Fellow BCS executive producer Peter Gould and the show's star Bob Odenkirk are sitting nearby. "I keep thinking of that old analogy that you've got to get back up on the horse after it throws you, the thought of when I do something again, it better be damn good. It better be better than the last show, the… Read