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‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Star Elizabeth Marvel On Leaving Her Comfort Zone For Noah Baumbach – The Contenders Video

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As Potus Elizabeth Keane on Showtime's hit series Homeland, Elizabeth Marvel has become pretty well acquainted with the concept of female empowerment. But while he was casting his Netflix film The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), director Noah Baumbach surprised the actress by offering her the role of Jean, the quiet, dowdy but laconically funny youngest sibling of the Meyerowitz clan. "You know," she mused at Deadline's seventh annual The Contenders awards-season… »


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‘I, Tonya’ Stars Margot Robbie And Allison Janney On Their Knock-Down Mother/Daughter Fights During The Film – The Contenders Video

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With nominations now from the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice, and the SAG awards, I, Tonya’s Oscar chances are looking good, but it all started for the film early last month when stars Margot Robbie, Allison Janney and Sebastian Stan, along with director Craig Gillespie and writer Steven Rogers appeared in front of a packed house of AMPAS and key guild voters during Deadline’s 7th Annual The Contenders awards season event at the DGA Theatre. Robbie, who also was a… »


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Oscars: A Preview Of Foreign Language Shortlist Possibles From A World Of Cinema

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The Oscars shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film will be announced later this week, revealing the nine titles that will vie for the ultimate five nomination slots. As with each year, there are dozens of distinct submissions from a host of countries — 92 this time around — with new voices and repeat filmmakers in the mix. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Phase One and Executive Committees, which weed out the lead crop, have been unpredictable in the past… »

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Fox Studio Lot Likely Staying In The Murdoch Fold Post-Disney Deal

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As Disney’s imminent takeover of key 21st Century Fox assets continues to roil the industry, the real estate aspect of the deal expected to be announced tomorrow had been an intriguing subplot. But questions about the fate of the lot appear to have an answer, as a well-placed source tells Deadline the real-estate portfolio is likely staying put. The Fox lot on Pico Boulvard had seemed potentially expendable, given that Disney already has its own operation in Burbank. It… »

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Warner Bros Settles $1B ‘Conjuring’ Suit; “Mastermind” Producer Unmasked

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After looking like it was careening towards a trial next year, Warner Bros' copyright battle with Demonologist author Gerald Brittle for nearly $1 billion over The Conjuring franchise has come to an end. Though the parties have reached a settlement in this matter, it seems that long time disgruntled producer Tony DeRosa-Grund has also been unveiled as the secret "mastermind" behind this latest legal attempt to grab ahold of the Conjuring Atm and the profits it seems to… »


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‘Suburbicon’ Costume Designer Jenny Eagan On “Old Schooling” Her Way To Eerie ’50s Suburban Couture

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Familiar with George Clooney as an actor, and even as a producer, costume designer Jenny Eagan got acquainted with Clooney as a director on Suburbicon, a dark portrait of quintessential ’50s suburbia. Working for many years as an assistant costume designer under Oscar nominee Mary Zophre’s tutelage, Eagan has become a master of designing costumes—for any environment, and any time—in a way that is seamless and organic. Speaking with Deadline, Eagan discusses her approach… »


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A Look At The Leading Contenders In This Year’s Oscar Best Animated Feature Race

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In this the 90th Oscar race, 26 features have been approved to duke it out for the Best Animated Feature award. This year, there are several obvious frontrunners. Never count out Pixar, which has Day of the Dead themed Coco and its variety of original songs; Warner Bros. is in the fold with The Lego Batman Movie, a well-received follow-up to the massively popular Lego Movie; and 20th Century Fox has Ferdinand, a tale of a Spanish fighting bull who refuses to fight. Among… »


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Sufjan Stevens Nearly Played The Narrator In Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name”

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There are few performers more eclectic or prolific than Sufjan Stevens. The Detroit-born singer-songwriter has bounced between disciplines to record everything from acoustic folk to expansive electronica, solo and in collaboration with other artists. And his best-known songs, like "Chicago" and "All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands" have soundtracked everything from Little Miss Sunshine to This is Us. So it was no surprise that Luca Guadagnino thought of… »


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Grasshopper Film Acquires ‘Milla’; Lin Shaye Joins ‘Gothic Harvest’; SuVen Harris Options ‘The Serpent King’ Book – Film Briefs

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Grasshopper Film has picked up the U.S. distribution rights to Milla, the French drama from filmmaker Valérie Massadian. The pic will bow in theaters next year followed by a VOD, home-video, and non-theatrical roll-out. It follows lovers Milla and Leo who live a clandestine life as their meager furnishings and sustenance countered by a love is neither a logic nor substitute. But such an existence will only last until forces of nature take hold. Where is there to go in its… »


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Redbox Launches Digital Rental And Sell-Through Service, Minus Disney Titles

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Redbox, best known for its network of disc-dispensing red kiosks, is exploring new digital horizons with the launch of an online service offering movies for sale or rent. The straightforwardly named Redbox On Demand offers movie and TV titles via Roku, iOS, Android, Google Chromecast and Samsung smart TVs. Two-day rentals start at $3.99, with electronic sell-through starting at $9.99. Disney titles are notably not in the mix for now. Redbox’s offering of Disney digital… »

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Women In Hollywood: When Greta Gerwig Went Back To Her Past For ‘Lady Bird’, Saoirse Ronan Brought It To Life

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On Lady Bird's first day of filming, Saoirse Ronan overheard a line that set the tone of the whole shoot. Newbie director Greta Gerwig bounced onto set, turned to the cinematographer, and grinned, "This is the happiest I've ever been in my life." Gerwig was in her hometown to shoot a personal—though not, she stresses, autobiographical—story about a Sacramento-born blonde (check) graduating high school shortly after 9/11 (check) who squabbles with her mother, a nurse… »


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Sam Rockwell On Finally Being In A Movie People See, How Frances McDormand Channels John Wayne & Why George W. Bush Reminds Him Of Elvis – The Actor’s Side

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Sam Rockwell counts supporting actor nominations already from the Golden Globes, Independent Spirit Awards, the Critics’ Choice Award and Screen Actors Guild for his turn as a complex racist cop Dixon in Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Joining me for this week’s edition of my Deadline video series The Actor’s Side, I congratulate this great actor on finally being in a movie lots of people are seeing and one that is putting him on the precipice… »


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‘Big Sick’s Michael Showalter & ‘Godless’ Scott Frank Among Advisors For Sundance Screenwriters Lab

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Exclusive: The 2018 Sundance Film Festival is just over a month away, but some of the other work of the Robert Redford-founded organization is a little closer, and today the advisers, projects and fellows for the Screenwriters Lab were unveiled. At Sff 2017, The Big Sick director Michael Showalter was one of the toasts of Park City with the now-sag Award-nominated film, and now he is on board as adviser to the 16 budding screenwriters who will be immersed in the Sundance I… »


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Wme Bolsters Comedy Touring, Nabs Seven APAers After Mike Berkowitz Jump

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In a move that follows last week’s hiring of top Apa comedy touring agent Mike Berkowitz as partner, Wme has brought in five more agents from Apa and two support staffers. Apa agents Marcus Levy, Amy Lynch and Andrew Russell have joined the agency's comedy touring team. Also coming are agents Danielle Esparza and Tommy Pucciani and Apa's marketing director Jillian Doyle and financial director Cara Nordberg. They will complement Berkowitz, who is overseeing the Wme comedy… »


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Women In Hollywood: Dee Rees Stripped Mary J. Blige Emotionally Bare For ‘Mudbound’

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Mary J. Blige spends much of Dee Rees' southern tragedy Mudbound holding her tongue. As Florence Jackson, the matriarch of a sharecropper family continually bossed around by the white folks who own their land, she's swollen with words she's not allowed to say, starting with "No" to the McAllan jerk who's always interrupting her dinners to demand that she, or her husband, or her children, obey his commands. "She's an observer," says Rees. "She sees everything, but she'll… »


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Bold Films Lays Off About 50% Of Its Staff

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Independent production and finance company Bold Films, who is known for taking chances on new filmmakers and pumping out some high-quality films, laid off about half of their staff on Friday which included senior VP production and development executive Lisa Zambri who is pregnant. Another who has left is creative executive Kate Ritter who has already found other work in Telluride. Dominic Buchanan, VP production and development, left the company a couple of weeks ago… »


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Netflix Named PETA’s 2017 Company Of Year

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For airing and creating movies and documentaries “exposing animal abuse in marine parks, circuses, and the meat and dairy industries,” Netflix today was named 2017 Company of the Year by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. PETA said it was recognizing Netflix for “offering eco-friendly, pro-vegan films—including Cowspiracy, What the Health, Forks Over Knives and Okja” as well as for documentaries about animals used for entertainment, including Blackfish and Tyke E… »


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Kevin Hart, Will Packer Team For Action Comedy ‘On The Run’ In Universal Pitch Deal

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Exclusive: Universal Pictures acquired On the Run, an action-comedy pitch by Aeysha Carr. Kevin Hart has attached to star and he will produce through his Hartbeat Productions banner with Will Packer and his Will Packer Productions label. Carr will write the script. She is currently scripting the Kevin Hart/T.I.-produced show The Studio, which is in development at Showtime, and she is supervising producer and a writer on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. She was supervising producer and… »


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Salma Hayek Offers Devastating Account of Harvey Weinstein, “My Monster Too”

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Salma Hayek took to the New York Times op-ed pages today to reveal her secret ordeal behind the making of the 2002 Oscar-winning film Frida, one in which Harvey Weinstein made repeated sexual demands then, when spurned, attempted to sabotage the project that would drape Miramax in awards laurels. In a <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/12/13/opinion/contributors/salma-hayek-harvey-weinstein.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=1" rel="nofollow"… »


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Controversial BFI Report Highlights Problems In The British Film Industry

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A damning report by the British Film Institute (BFI) has lifted the lid on the difficulties faced by British film producers including a lack of opportunities for 'new blood' producers to break into the industry, issues around funding and problems caused by partnering with Hollywood studios. While the report highlighted a number of negatives within the business, it also noted positives including the possibilities for film businesses in television, the strength of… »

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