Netflix Stars Explain ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,’ ‘Private Life’ and ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’ – The Contenders NY

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs actor Tim Blake Nelson first received the script for the Coen brothers-directed project back in 2002. Private Life director Tamara Jenkins revealed she wasn’t sure she wanted to broach the topic of infertility before embark…

Rami Malek’s ‘Mr. Fahrenheit’-Like Experience While Shooting Freddie Mercury’s Live Aid Scenes In ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ – The Contenders NY

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When Bohemian Rhapsody producers Graham King and Denis O’Sullivan chose Rami Malek to play Freddie Mercury, the Mr. Robot Emmy winner told them “you’ve got to give me time” in preparing for the part.
“Graham told me &#8216…

‘Three Identical Strangers’ Tackles Fame And The Dark Side of Humanity – The Contenders NY

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There may not be an obvious connection between musical drama Vox Lux from writer-director Brady Corbet and documentary Three Identical Strangers by Tim Wardle. But the two share one similar quality — they defy their genre. Both titles, released b…

‘The Hate U Give’ Stars Amandla Stenberg & Russell Hornsby On “The Talk” And Power Of Timely Drama – The Contenders NY

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Based on the YA novel of the same name by Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give tackles relevant social issues that are not just applicable to young adults. The George Tillman Jr.-directed pic adapted by the late Audrey Wells follows the story of Starr as she …

‘Disobedience’ & ‘Leave No Trace’: Humanity Vs. Environment Strong In Bleecker Street’s Awards Slate – The Contenders NY

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Two of Bleecker Street’s awards season contenders, Disobedience and Leave No Trace, show the wear and tear of humanity against its environment.
Sebastian Lelio’s Disobedience follows two lesbian lovers played by Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAd…

‘BlacKkKlansman’: Then And Now Are Not Far Apart – The Contenders NY

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Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman was anticipated even before the bio-drama won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival last May. The Focus Features release has become the Brooklyn-based filmmaker’s most successful box office title since 2006’s Insid…

Paul Schrader, Jonah Hill Borrow From Youth in A24’s ‘First Reformed’ and ‘mid90s’ – The Contenders NY

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Religion and skateboarding may provide contrasting spiritual homes to its adherents, but as revealed by veteran director Paul Schrader, writer/director of First Reformed and first-time filmmaker, Jonah Hill, writer/director of mid90s, both found inspir…

The Actor’s Process In ‘A Star Is Born’ & ‘Crazy Rich Asians’: Bradley Cooper, Michelle Yeoh & Ken Jeong At The Contenders NY

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Bradley Cooper had a shot some years ago to play the tortured country rock singer, Jack, in A Star Is Born. Clint Eastwood was then attached to direct.
But being a young actor, Cooper said, “I knew, deep down, I hadn’t lived enough and woul…

‘A Private War’ Pays Homage To Journalism And Journalists – The Contenders NY

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Director Matthew Heineman said his film A Private War pays tribute to journalists and journalism — both of which are under assault.
The film chronicles the life of Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike), an American-born expat working in London as a war co…

‘Ben Is Back’ Raises The Ante For Holiday Stories – The Contenders NY

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A family drama is not unusual fodder for a holiday big screen story, but add elements of a suspense thriller by way of drug addiction, then the ante rises for a holiday release. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Peter Hedges took on the challenge, tapping his …

Deadline’s The Contenders New York Underway As Disney Kicks Off Day Of Oscar-Worthy Hopefuls

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Director Rob Marshall and the cast of Mary Poppins Returns including Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw are kicking off Deadline’s first New York edition of The Contenders, the all-day event today that highlights awar…

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

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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 Nove…

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

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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&#8217…

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

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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 lim…

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

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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 hear…

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

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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 appear…

‘Bird Box’s Sandra Bullock Donned A Blindfold For Fresh Take On Motherhood – The Contenders LA

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While Sandra Bullock would eventually fall in love with Bird Box—a Netflix horror-thriller based on a novel by Josh Malerman and directed by Susanne Bier—the Oscar winner had quite a different reaction to the material in her first interacti…

How Netflix’s ’22 July’ Brought A Vital Message To A Youth Audience – The Contenders LA

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In tackling the real-life horror of a 2011 terrorist mass-shooting in Norway, Paul Greengrass’ Netflix film 22 July bravely approaches a topic most would be afraid to handle, considering 77 teenagers were murdered that day.
Speaking at Deadline’s The C…

‘A Quiet Place’s John Krasinski On Making The Horror Film “The Best Metaphor For Parenting” – The Contenders LA

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“We had just had our second daughter — she was 3 weeks old when I read the script, A Quiet Place director-writer-star John Krasinski said Saturday during a panel at Deadline’s annual The Contenders awards-season event. “The idea…

Hilary Swank & Robert Forster Take A Personal Journey With Elizabeth Chomko In ‘What They Had’ – The Contenders LA

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At today’s Contenders LA, here’s what they said about What They Had, Bleecker Street’s family drama from first time writer/director Elizabeth Chomko.
“It was something that I wrote for my family,” said Chomko, appearing on a panel with stars Hilary Swa…