Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 49

By | Thursday November 7, 2013 @ 6:22pm PST
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Listen to (and share) episode 49 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. Deadline’s awards columnist talks with host David Bloom about last weekend’s big Deadline event, The Contenders, including behind-the-scenes conversations with T-Bone Burnett and Oscar Isaac on Inside Llewyn Davis; the passion that the late Laura Ziskin brought to getting The Butler made even as she was nearing death; Jonas Cuaron on levitating Gravity into a hit; and Robert Redford’s heavy breathing as dialogue in All Is Lost.

We’ll also talk about the line between drama and comedy in this awards season, and what it might mean for Golden Globes nominations for performers such as Vince Vaughn, who brings the comedic cargo to Delivery Man.

Finally, we’ll get Pete’s take on this week’s new movie releases, including the massive Marvel superhero sequel Thor: The Dark World, possible awards contender The Book Thief and dystopian thriller How I Live Now.

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Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 47

By | Friday October 25, 2013 @ 11:48am PDT
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Listen to (and share) episode 47 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. Deadline’s awards columnist talks with host David Bloom about the fantastic spoonful of sugar and spice that is Saving Mr. Banks, which debuted strongly at the London Film Festival. They also assess the impact of the Oscar race departures by The Monuments Men and the possible re-insertion into the race by Wolf Of Wall Street; ponder the value of the heavily attended Hollywood Film Awards and look at whether James Schamus’ surprise departure from Focus Features will sell short Dallas Buyers Club.

Finally, we’ll get Pete’s take on this week’s new movie releases, including Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, which features a glittering cast and a problematic Cormac McCarthy script; the latest hijinks from the Jackass crew, Bad Grandpa; and Cannes conqueror Blue Is The Warmest Color.

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Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 46

By | Thursday October 17, 2013 @ 1:59pm PDT
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Listen to (and share) episode 46 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. Deadline’s awards columnist talks with host David Bloom about early awards frontrunner 12 Years A Slave, whose Michael Fassbender may snag an Oscar nomination despite his likely absence during the campaign months, and lead actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, who already is hitting the awards circuit ahead of the film’s debut this weekend. We also look at a very different kind of performance, Scarlett Johansson’s sterling voice work in Spike Jonze’s quirky Her and whether it can make Academy history; the AFI Fest snares a world premiere with Lone Survivor; and the Pen Center USA literary awards, where one winner’s work faced a noisy protest by her film’s editors.

Finally, we’ll get Pete’s take on this week’s very full slate of new movie releases, including Bill Condon’s nervy meditation on journalism and whistleblowers in the Internet age, The Fifth Estate; Robert Redford’s remarkable solo journey in All Is Lost; the surprisingly enjoyable action film Escape Plan, featuring great chemistry between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone; and a remake of the horror classic Carrie, with Julianne Moore and Chloe Grace Moretz.

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Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 45

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Listen to (and share) episode 45 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. Deadline’s awards columnist and host David Bloom wrap up the latest news out of the New York Film Festival, led by the premiere of Ben Stiller’s remake of The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty; a winning film adaptation of the best-selling WWII drama The Book Thief that may have some stealthy awards ambitions; whether possible radical changes can fix the perennially controversial Oscar foreign-language film-selection process; and the long, loving TV Academy tribute to one of its stalwarts, omnipresent comedy producer/director James Burrows. Finally, Pete gives his take on this week’s new movie releases, including Captain Phillips, the intense Paul Greengrass telling of the kidnapping by Somali pirates of a ship’s captain played in fine form by Tom Hanks; the action sequel Machete Kills, directed by Robert Rodriguez and featuring Danny Trejo; and a traditional take on Romeo And Juliet, with Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth.

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Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 44

By | Thursday October 3, 2013 @ 4:50pm PDT
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Listen to (and share) episode 44 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. Deadline’s awards columnist talks with host David Bloom about the challenges facing new Los Angeles film czar Tom Sherak; producer Scott Rudin’s big weekend at the New York Film Festival, where his Inside Llewyn Davis and Captain Phillips debuted strongly ahead of the latter film’s wide sneak previews this weekend; the field of candidates for Oscar’s foreign-language film category, led by Iranian nominee The Past; and some of the movies that won’t be contending this year for Oscar after all. Finally, we’ll get Pete’s take on this week’s new movie releases, including Alfonso Cuaron’s “fantastic” space epic, Gravity, featuring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney; JFK assassination docudrama Parkland, with a sprawling cast featuring Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Jacqui Weaver and Marcia Gay Harden; and divorce comedy A.C.O.D., featuring Richard Jenkins, Amy Poehler, Jane Lynch and another large cast.

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Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 43

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Listen to (and share) episode 43 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. Deadline’s awards columnist and host David Bloom discuss the highlights and lowlights at the saddest Emmys ever; preview the New York Film Festival that opens this weekend; parse the early favorites in the Oscar Foreign Language race ahead of next week’s submission deadline and note the arrival of the year’s first Oscar screener. Finally, we’ll get Pete’s take on this week’s new movie releases, including the pun-tastic animated sequel Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2, ‘60s throwback rom-com Baggage Claim, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s delightful directorial debut, Don Jon.

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Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 42

By | Friday September 20, 2013 @ 1:23pm PDT
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Listen to (and share) episode 42 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. Deadline’s awards columnist and host David Bloom wrap up last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys and what they may suggest will happen in this weekend’s Primetime Emmys show. They also take a look at whether 12 Years A Slave is indeed the Oscar frontrunner after snagging the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival. Finally, Pete gives his take on this week’s new movie releases, including Ron Howard’s very fast new entry in the Oscar race, Formula One biopic Rush in limited release, the intense thriller Prisoners starring a full slate of Oscar winners; Thanks For Sharing with Gwyneth Paltrow and Mark Ruffalo; and Enough Said, a romantic comedy from Nicole Holofcener featuring one of the last films with the late James Gandolfini.

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Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 41

By | Thursday September 12, 2013 @ 4:51pm PDT
Pete Hammond

Listen to (and share) episode 41 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. Deadline’s awards columnist talks with host David Bloom about several terrific films coming out of the Toronto International Film Festival with strong awards momentum, including Rush, August: Osage County, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, The Fifth Estate, Dallas Buyers Club, Philomena and Parkland. Pete says a couple of smaller films debuting at Toronto may have a chance for Golden Globe recognition, including One Chance and Enough Said, where, at its Toronto screening, Julia Louis-Dreyfus took to the stage to remember her late co-star James Gandolfini. Just a couple of days ahead of this weekend’s Creative Emmys ceremony, Pete looks at the ultimate no-win situation for durable TV stars who can’t quite snag a statue, including Bill Maher, Bob Newhart and Angela Lansbury.

Pete also looks at the weekend’s film debuts, including likely box-office winner Insidious: Chapter 2 from horror auteur James Wan, and The Family, a fish-out-of-water comedy featuring a prominent cast, and Wadjda, an excellent specialty release from Saudi Arabia’s first female director.

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Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 40

By | Thursday September 5, 2013 @ 3:55pm PDT
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Listen to (and share) episode 40 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. Deadline’s awards columnist talks with host David Bloom about the many highlights from the Telluride Film Festival, including a made-over 1928 Mickey Mouse short, Gravity, Twelve Years A Slave, Tracks, Prisoners, and a revamped Nebraska. They also talk about lively tributes to Robert Redford, and the Coen Brothers with their musical muse, T-Bone Burnett, and why Bruce Dern doesn’t want anyone to call him a supporting actor for his fine turn in Nebraska. Pete also previews the Toronto International Film Festival, which opens today with The Fifth Estate, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange; the film version of Tony-winning play August: Osage County, and much more in a sprawling event that will serve as the North American launchpad for many Oscar contenders this year. Read More »

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Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 38

Pete Hammond

Listen to (and share) episode 38 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. Deadline’s awards columnist talks with host David Bloom about whether Lovelace can do for VOD movies what House Of Cards did for VOD TV; the below-the-line boost that may have put Cheryl Boone Isaacs at the top of the Motion Picture Academy; what to expect from Ellen DeGeneres as the Oscar host; and the latest Emmy chat as final-round voting gets underway. Pete also gives his take on the week’s movie debuts, including Neil Blomkamp’s thinking man’s sci-fi film Elysium, Pixar’s animated sort-of sequel Planes, and young-adult book adaptation Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.

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Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 37

By | Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 3:46pm PDT
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Listen to (and share) episode 37 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. Deadline’s awards columnist talks with host David Bloom about the Motion Picture Academy’s groundbreaking insider of a new president; Academy voter relief that Woody Allen is finally going Blue; an August full of Emmy voting and the weekend’s movie debuts, including action comedy 2 Guns and the hybrid animated-live action sequel The Smurfs 2.

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Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 36

Pete Hammond

Listen to (and share) episode 36 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. Deadline’s awards columnist talks with host David Bloom about the two-person race to succeed Hawk Koch as Motion Picture Academy president; Toronto’s head-scratching lineup and what it means for the Oscar races; and whether Breaking Bad‘s August premier will help it in Emmy voting for the very competitive Best Drama race. They also talk about the week’s movies, including a satisfying Hugh Jackman superhero turn in The Wolverine and Cate Blanchett’s Oscar-worthy performance in Woody Allen’s newest, Blue Jasmine.

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Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 35

By | Thursday July 18, 2013 @ 2:58pm PDT
Pete Hammond

Listen to (and share) episode 35 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. Deadline’s awards columnist talks with host David Bloom about today’s Emmy nominations announcements, looking at the big winners and some surprises, including American Horror Story, 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, Behind The Candelabra, Mad Men, Phil Spector, Homeland and the Netflix newcomer House Of Cards. Pete and David also discuss the week’s movies, a very full slate of major releases that includes the geezer spy action-comedy Red 2, old-school chiller The Conjuring, Nicholas Winding Refn’s violent reunion with Ryan Gosling Only God Forgives, the unscreened-for-critics R.I.P.D. and sweet-natured snail tale Turbo.

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Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 34

By | Thursday July 11, 2013 @ 1:48pm PDT
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Listen to (and share) episode 34 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. Deadline’s awards columnist talks with host David Bloom about a very strong slate of African-American-themed films, led by the award-winning Fruitvale Station, which opens this week; Oscar plans to spotlight film music in a new concert; and last-minute buzz ahead of the Emmy nomination announcements next week. Pete also gives his take on the rest of the week’s movie debuts, including Guillermo del Toro’s fine monster movie Pacific Rim, Adam Sandler sequel Grown Ups 2 and the late-arriving DreamWorks Animation entry Turbo.

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Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 33

By | Wednesday July 3, 2013 @ 4:49pm PDT
Pete Hammond

Listen to (and share) episode 33 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. Deadline’s awards columnist talks with host David Bloom about whether one of Hawk Koch’s last initiatives, making the Motion Picture Academy membership more diverse, may have the most long-term impact; weekend events honoring bygone stars Dolores Hart and Annette Funicello; and the big movie debuts for the long holiday weekend, including The Lone Ranger, Despicable Me 2 and The Way, Way Back.

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Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 31

By | Thursday June 20, 2013 @ 2:56pm PDT
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Listen to (and share) episode 31 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. Deadline’s Awards Columnist talks with host David Bloom about the late James Gandolfini‘s other roles and the ones still to come; the Emmy nominations for “Best Variety Series;” why Matt Damon can’t catch a break this Emmy season despite a fine set of performances; Almodovar’s latest film opening the LA Film Festival; and the movies of the week, including a popcorn-worthy World War Z and the genial animated prequel from Pixar, Monsters University.

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Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 29

By | Thursday June 6, 2013 @ 4:32pm PDT
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Listen to (and share) episode 29 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. This week, Deadline’s awards columnist vents with host David Bloom about the many omissions in the WGA’s recently released list of best-written TV series; previews the coming Emmy nominations season and whether House Of Cards will be competing for Best Drama with such stalwarts as Mad Men, Breaking Bad and Game Of Thrones; discusses whether a crucial date change for Lone Survivor will put it in the Oscar hunt; and analyzes the week’s notable movies, led by the small but smart The Purge and the Vince Vaughan-Owen Wilson comedy of Google manners, The Internship.

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Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 28

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Listen to (and share) episode 28 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond a special wrap-up episode from the just-concluded Cannes Film Festival. Deadline’s Awards Columnist talks with host David Bloom about the festival’s winners, led by Blue Is The Warmest Color, a three-hour lesbian love story that captured the Palme D’Or. They also talk about Jerry Lewis’ return to the Cannes spotlight 18 years after his last film, and this week’s notable releases, including the indie coming-of-age tale The Kings Of Summer and the magicians caper movie Now You See Me.

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Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 27

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Listen to (and share) episode 27, a special Cannes Film Festival edition of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. Deadline’s awards columnist talks with host David Bloom about the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis and other notable films screened in competition so far at Cannes; the legacy of Liz Taylor and a restored Cleopatra; and whether Oscar season should just officially start with the festival, given its recent success in spotlighting awards-worthy films.

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