Antonio Banderas Says He Had To “Metaphorically” Kill Himself To Play Pablo Picasso In ‘Genius’ – The Contenders Emmys

Antonio Banderas has played Zorro, a trapped Chilean coal miner and other iconic characters. But the actor says his latest role as iconic Spanish artist Pablo Picasso in National Geographic’s Genius forced him to go to lengths he’d never gone to before.
“What I knew I had to do from the beginning is just to metaphorically kill myself,” he told the packed house at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys event. “I had to kill Antonio Banderas in order to start constructing…

Antonio Banderas has played Zorro, a trapped Chilean coal miner and other iconic characters. But the actor says his latest role as iconic Spanish artist Pablo Picasso in National Geographic's Genius forced him to go to lengths he’d never gone to before. "What I knew I had to do from the beginning is just to metaphorically kill myself,” he told the packed house at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys event. “I had to kill Antonio Banderas in order to start constructing…

‘Thor: Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi Talks Using His Toolbox To Build A Tentpole – The Contenders Video

Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi provided what would certainly get votes as the most entertaining Q&A at Deadline’s annual The Contenders awards-season event last month when he took the stage to talk about the Marvel Studios blockbuster. His Disney/Marvel film that very weekend had opened to a massive $118 million first frame, and Waititi was in a celebratory mood.
He admitted to the SRO crowd of AMPAS and key guild voters that he had a cup of whiskey and coffee in…

Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi provided what would certainly get votes as the most entertaining Q&A at Deadline’s annual The Contenders awards-season event last month when he took the stage to talk about the Marvel Studios blockbuster. His Disney/Marvel film that very weekend had opened to a massive $118 million first frame, and Waititi was in a celebratory mood. He admitted to the SRO crowd of AMPAS and key guild voters that he had a cup of whiskey and coffee in…

Martin McDonagh & Sam Rockwell On Building ‘Three Billboards’ – The Contenders

To date, Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has struck a big cord during awards season earning five Golden Globe nominations including best drama and five Screen Actors Guild Awards including best ensemble, the org’s top prize. While McDonagh delivered a zany comedy five years ago in the crime/action title Seven Psychopaths, he zeroes in on a serious drama involving a grieving single mother’s anger against an arguably corrupt police department…

To date, Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has struck a big cord during awards season earning five Golden Globe nominations including best drama and five Screen Actors Guild Awards including best ensemble, the org’s top prize. While McDonagh delivered a zany comedy five years ago in the crime/action title Seven Psychopaths, he zeroes in on a serious drama involving a grieving single mother’s anger against an arguably corrupt police department…

How Christopher Nolan Brought The ‘Dunkirk’ Spirit To The Screen Against The Odds – The Contenders Video

Dunkirk opened in July and became a big summer hit despite the fact this relatively little-known story of a massive rescue of 300,000 mostly British soldiers from the beaches of the French town of Dunkirk in 1940 was not typical summer fare. But the Christopher Nolan film worked for audiences and critics, and now is firmly in the awards-season firmament (in fact, Nolan so far has received more Best Director prizes from critics groups than any other filmmaker this…

Dunkirk opened in July and became a big summer hit despite the fact this relatively little-known story of a massive rescue of 300,000 mostly British soldiers from the beaches of the French town of Dunkirk in 1940 was not typical summer fare. But the Christopher Nolan film worked for audiences and critics, and now is firmly in the awards-season firmament (in fact, Nolan so far has received more Best Director prizes from critics groups than any other filmmaker this…

Getting To The Heart Of ‘Coco’ – The Contenders

It’s not just about heart, emotion and laughs with a Pixar film, but there’s a tremendous amount of research and time that goes into getting its backdrops authentically right. That couldn’t be more than the case than with their November hit Coco which takes place during the Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos. Coco follows a young boy Miguel who wishes to be a star-studded crooner of standards, just like his grandfather, a legendary singer Ernesto de la Cruz. However music…

It’s not just about heart, emotion and laughs with a Pixar film, but there’s a tremendous amount of research and time that goes into getting its backdrops authentically right. That couldn’t be more than the case than with their November hit Coco which takes place during the Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos. Coco follows a young boy Miguel who wishes to be a star-studded crooner of standards, just like his grandfather, a legendary singer Ernesto de la Cruz. However music…

Clothes Make The Characters In ‘Phantom Thread’ – The Contenders Video

When it came to making a drama thriller about a perfectionist fashion designer, filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson reached out to his longtime costume designer of seven films Mark Bridges for Phantom Thread.

The film follows Daniel Day-Lewis as British couturier Reynolds Woodcock, who lives a lonely life among his staff and his caretaking sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) as he dresses 1950s London high society. While out in the country for breakfast one day, he stumbles upon a…

When it came to making a drama thriller about a perfectionist fashion designer, filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson reached out to his longtime costume designer of seven films Mark Bridges for Phantom Thread. The film follows Daniel Day-Lewis as British couturier Reynolds Woodcock, who lives a lonely life among his staff and his caretaking sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) as he dresses 1950s London high society. While out in the country for breakfast one day, he stumbles upon a…

Director Sean Baker On Building ‘The Florida Project’ – The Contenders Video

There are few movies this year that leave moviegoers in tears, and you can count A24’s The Florida Project as one of them. Having been tipped about the families living in squalor in run-down Kissimmee, FL hotels by his screenwriter Chris Bergoch, filmmaker Sean Baker turned his camera on the emotional realities of the setting — specifically through the eyes of children who run freely begging for money, swimming, eating ice cream cones, and enjoying the heat of their…

There are few movies this year that leave moviegoers in tears, and you can count A24’s The Florida Project as one of them. Having been tipped about the families living in squalor in run-down Kissimmee, FL hotels by his screenwriter Chris Bergoch, filmmaker Sean Baker turned his camera on the emotional realities of the setting — specifically through the eyes of children who run freely begging for money, swimming, eating ice cream cones, and enjoying the heat of their…