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By | Thursday March 6, 2014 @ 10:13am PST
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EXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed actor Taylor Kitsch. Here’s the guy whoriggins – after playing one of the great recent TV characters in fullback Tim Riggins on Friday Night Lights and then a small but showy role as Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine – seemed like he was going to be the next big leading man. That was before he suffered a hellacious summer when the two big movies he starred in, John Carter and Battleship, both flopped. But Kitsch has put himself back on the track with a good showing in the Oliver Stone-directed Savages and most recently playing the Medal of Honor-winning Long Island-bred Navy SEAL Michael Murphy in the Peter Berg-directed Lone Survivor. Kitsch was last repped by WME but has been agent-less this year until now. He continues to be managed by Untitled Entertainment, and he next stars in the ensemble of HBO’s adaptation of the Larry Kramer play The Normal Heart, directed by Ryan Murphy.

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OSCARS: The Sound Of War Turns Up Volume For ‘Lone Survivor’

By | Monday February 17, 2014 @ 10:39pm PST

lone_survivor_website_article2_580_373_92_s_c1AwardsLine Editor Christy Grosz contributed to this report.

There’s a lot of overlap between sound mixing and sound editing but both have a lot to do with creating believability of the story and mood of a picture. For Universal/Emmett Furla’s war pic Lone Survivor, a team of three are nominated for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing (Beau Borders, Andy Koyama and David Brownlo) and one is nominated for Sound Editing (Wylie Statemen). The film, which is told from the viewpoint of Navy SEAL hero Marcus Luttrell, is the story of Operation Redwings and its ill-fated mission fighting al-Qaeda in the mountains of Afghanistan. It begins with the camaraderie of the Navy SEALS at the base before their mission, continues as they move stealthily into overwatch positions, erupts in a bloody battle and ends in a remote village. Lone-Survivor-ss-35b

To capture the first section when the audience becomes familiar with the team, Borders noted that the soundscape is very “smooth. They’re on an active military base, so you’ll hear the sounds of jets and helicopters. They kind of bleed over cuts and even the music really just swells and kind of comes and goes, and everything has a little more of a thinned and almost pleasant and almost romantic feel to it,” he said. But when they are called into their mission, the adrenaline kicks in. “That’s when the helicopters are really big and … Read More »

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‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’ Hits $100M, $225M Worldwide; ‘Lone Survivor’ Next To Pass $100M; ‘Frozen’ Skates Past $350M

By | Thursday January 30, 2014 @ 8:56am PST

The Wolf of Wall StreetThe Wolf Of Wall Street crossed the $100M mark last night as the Oscar-nominated film continues its ride into the middle of Awards season. Added to its international cume, the Martin Scorsese romp has taken in $225M worldwide to date at the box office. The question, at the end of the day, however, is will it be profitable? The picture, financed by Red Granite International and marketed and distributed by Paramount Pictures has a hefty price tag … they claim $100M. When you add marketing and distribution costs, and consider the fact that exhibition will take a good chunk of its gross, the question looms large. Wolf, with a 3-hour running time so it has fewer plays during a day in theaters, crosses the mark heading into its sixth week in release. frozen2Universal/Emmet Furla’s Lone Survivor will cross the $100M threshold this weekend (its sixth week in release) and currently stands at around $97.7M while Walt Disney’s animated family film, Frozen has just skated past the $350M mark as it heads into its 11th week. The sing-a-long version bows in selected theaters this weekend, which is a clever marketing move for the Mouse House. Fandango reports that because of advance sales, the sing-a-long version has reclaimed the top tickets-seller spot. Only two pictures are bowing this weekend — Superbowl weekend when moviegoing hangs heavily on the female … Read More »

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BOX OFFICE: ‘Ride Along’ & ‘Lone Survivor’ One-Two Punch For Universal; ‘Nut Job’ No. 3; ‘I, Frankenstein’ Not Alive

Opening: I, Frankenstein (LGF) on 2,753 screens, 95% are large format (IMAX, 3D), no monster, opens to No. 6; NOTEWORTHY: Ride Along (Uni) 21.1M; The Nut Job (Open Road) still cracking at No. 3 with $12.1M.

Box office3RD UPDATE, MONDAY 1:23 PM: Final numbers are in with Universal’s Ride Along pulling in $21.2M and Lone Survivor (Emmett/Furla) taking in $12.9M. The studio now has a $75.5M grosser for its Ice Cube-Kevin Hart comedy and $93.9M for its war hero pic. Pretty good for a January, guys. Disney’s Frozen slid up a notch to edge out Paramount’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit with a final box office gross of $9.1M vs. $9M by (only $34K). And Open Road’s The Nut Job made more than the industry expected with a tidy $12.1M. I, Frankenstein didn’t open chasing in only $8.6M total, however, it opened very strong in one territory overseas — Russia — so its current worldwide take is $14.9M.  Next weekend is the Super Bowl, when moviegoing shifts from the big screen to the small screen. Ride Along #1 box officeWarner Bros. is re-releasing Gravity in IMAX 3D which is breathtaking when you watch it on the format, while Disney is releasing a sing-along version of Frozen in some markets (which parents will likely be dragged to mid-Happy Meal). Openers next weekend are Focus Features’ That Awkward Moment (Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan); Teller starred in Whiplash which won both the Grand Jury and Audience honors at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday night and was just picked up for distribution by Sony Pictures Classics. Also bowing is Paramount Pictures’ Labor Day (starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin) from Indian Paintbrush. Full chart follows:

1). Ride Along, (UNI) 2,759 theaters (+96) / 3-day Cume: $21.2M (-49%) / Per screen: $7,720 / Total Gross: $75.5M / Wk 2

2). Lone Survivor, (UNI) 3,162 theaters (+173) / 3-day Cume $12.9M (-42%) / Per screen: $4,120 / Total Gross: $93.9M /Wk 5

3) The Nut Job, (OPRD) 3,427 theaters (+45) / 3-day Cume: $12.1M (-38%) / Per screen: $3,485/ Total Gross: $40M / Wk 2

4). Frozen, (DIS) 2,757 theaters (-222) / 3-day Cume: $9.1M (-23%) / Per screen: $3,308 / Total Gross: $347.8M / Wk 10

5). Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, (PAR) 3,387 theaters (0) / 3-day Cume: $9M (-41%) / Per screen: $2,682 / Total Gross: $30M / Wk 2

6). I, Frankenstein, (LGF) 2,753 theaters / 3-day Cume: $8.6M / Per screen: $3,128 / Total Gross: $8.6M / Wk 1

7). American Hustle, (SONY) 2,304 theaters (+100) / 3-day Cume: $7M (-28%) / Per screen: $3,065 / Total Gross: $127M / Wk 7

8). The Wolf Of Wall Street, (PAR) 1,804 theaters (-126) / 3-day Cume: $5.4M (-23%) / Per screen: $3,037 / Total Gross: $98.5M / Wk 5

9). August: Osage County, (TWC) 2,411 theaters (+360) / 3-day Cume: $5M (-32%) / Per screen: $2,086 / Total Gross: $26.5M / Wk 5

10). Devil’s Due, (FOX) 2,544 theaters (0) / 3-day Cume: $2.7M (-66%) / Per screen: $1,095 / Total Gross: $12.9M / Wk 2 Read More »

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SAG Awards: ‘Lone Survivor’, ‘Game Of Thrones’ Win Stunt Honors

By | Saturday January 18, 2014 @ 3:44pm PST

sagawards1Universal’s war drama Lone Survivor and HBO’s fantasy series Game Of Thrones won Outstanding Action Performances by Film and Television Stunt Ensembles honors at the SAG Awards today ahead of the main ceremony, which kicks off in a little more than an hour at the Shrine Auditorium in LA (Deadline’s team will be live-blogging it). The stunt awards honor work within the stunt community during 2013 and recognize performers and coordinators. Here are the full list of winners from the two productions: Read More »

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Critics’ Choice Movie Awards: ‘12 Years A Slave’ Named Best Picture; ‘Gravity’ Leads Field With 7 Wins

By | Thursday January 16, 2014 @ 5:00pm PST

Steve McQueenGravity scored a leading seven wins, including Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron, but it couldn’t land the big prize at the 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Instead, Best Picture went to 12 Years A Slave, one of its three wins on the night less than 14 hours after it scored nine Academy Award nominations — and four days after it took Best Drama at the Golden Globes. American Hustle scored the second-most trophies from the Broadcast Film Critics Association’sAlfonso Cuaron 19th annual, including Best Acting Ensemble and Best Comedy. Dallas Buyers Club, Blue Is The Warmest Color, Frozen, The Great Gatsby and Lone Survivor snagged a pair of wins each at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. Deadline’s Pete Hammond will have a full wrap-up and analysis of the show later tonight. Meanwhile, here is the complete list of winners:

Related: Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper Drop F-Bombs On Live Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Show

BEST PICTURE
12 Years a Slave

BEST ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

BEST ACTOR
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

BEST DIRECTOR
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Spike Jonze, Her

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
American Hustle

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Frozen

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Blue Is the Warmest Color

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
20 Feet from Stardom

BEST COMEDY
American Hustle

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UPDATED: Florida Movie Theater Shooting Leaves One Dead In Texting Altercation; Ex-Cop Charged With 2nd Degree Murder

By | Tuesday January 14, 2014 @ 1:00pm PST

Wesley Chapel Movie Theater Shooting2ND UPDATE, 1:38 PM: Local authorities just holding a news conference about the case. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco just said in response to a reporter’s question: “We do not believe there is any reason why [suspect Curtis Reeves'] defense will be able to justify that this is a ‘stand your ground’ case.” Detective Timothy Harris added that words “words were exchanged” between Reeves and the victim but there was “no physical contact.” He also said police believe Reeves “was in possession of the firearm when he entered the [theater]“, refuting reports that he had gone out to his car.

UPDATE, 1:00 PM: Monday’s shooting suspect has been ID’ed as retired Tampa Police Captain Curtis Reeves. According to eyewitness reports from the Cobb Grove 16 theater in Wesley Chapel, Florida the fatal altercation began when Reeves, 71, confronted victim Chad Oulson, 43, who had been texting with his daughter during movie previews. In the ensuing argument Oulson reportedly threw popcorn at Reeves, who then shot him in the chest. Oulson later died from his injuries. Reeves was arrested and charged with 2nd-degree murder.

PREVIOUS, MONDAY 1:34 PM: A man who had been texting in a movie theater screening of the war action pic Lone Survivor died after being shot by another moviegoer today in Wesley Chapel, Florida. The victim had been texting on his cell phone and “making a lot of noise,” Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco told CNN. Read More »

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BOX OFFICE FINAL: ‘Lone Survivor’ Takes In $37.8M, Not $38.5M, ‘Hercules’ Edges ‘Wolf’ For Third Place, ‘American Hustle’ In Fifth Celebrating Its $100M

OPENED THIS WEEKEND: The Legend of Hercules (LGF/SUMMIT) opens wide, anemic. Lone Survivor (UNI) expands wide to dominate weekend $37.8M. Her (WB) expands from 47 to 1,729 theaters. NOTEWORTHY: American Hustle (SONY) crossed $100M, August: Osage County (TWC) on 905 screens, very solid. Her (WB) holding. Philomena (TWC) drops only 4% going into awards season.

Box Office Results Lone Survivor HerculesUPDATE, MONDAY, 1:15 PM: With final box office numbers, comes some surprises today. Lone Survivor ended up with $37.8M, so Universal Pictures estimated too high (as did Paramount Pictures on The Wolf Of Wall Street – both distribs always seem to estimate high). But Lone Survivor still was stellar over the three-day frame.  The Legend Of Hercules rose to third place, edging out Wolf, which took the No. 4 spot after Sunday numbers came in. Universal distrib execs called that one. American Hustle followed in the fifth spot and also estimated too high (was $8.6M) — it came in at $8.3M to change its final ranking. Still, it crossed the $100M mark. The Golden Globes did have a slight impact on the box office numbers. The Top 20 chart has been updated with real numbers reported by the studio to Rentrak:

1). Lone Survivor, (UNI) 2,876 theaters (+2,873) / 3-day Cume: $37.8M/ Per screen average: $13,165 / Total Cume: $38.2M / Wk 3

2) Frozen, (DIS) 3,329 theaters (-79) / 3-day Cume: $14.7M (-25%) / Per screen: $4, 547 / Total Cume: $317.3M / Wk 8

3). The Legend Of Hercules, (LGF/SUMMIT) 2,104 theaters / 3-day Cume: $8.86M / Per screen: $4,215 / Wk 1

4). The Wolf Of Wall Street, (PAR) 2,521 theaters (-36) / 3-day Cume: $8.83 (-33%) / Per screen: $3,506 / Total Cume: $78.4M / Wk 3

5). American Hustle, (SONY) 2,629 theaters (+111) / 3-day Cume: $8.3M / Per screen: $3,158 / Total Cume: $101.2M / Wk 5

6). The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, (WB)  3,075 theaters (-655) / $3-day Cume: $8M (-49%) / Per screen: $2,609 / Total Cume: $242.2M / Wk 5

7). August: Osage County, (TWC) 905 theaters (+900) / 3-day Cume: $7.1M / Per screen: $7,910 / Total Cume: $7.7M / Wk 3

8). Saving Mr. Banks, (DIS) 2,671 theaters (+561) / 3-day Cume: $6.5M (-25%) / Per screen: $2,455 / Total Cume: 68.9M / Wk 5

9). Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, (PAR) 2,883 theaters (+16) / 3-day Cume: $6.3M (-65%)/ Per screen: $2,180 / Total Cume: $28.4 (-66%) / Wk 2

10). Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, (PAR) 3,012 theaters (-395) / 3-day Cume: $5.8M (-45%) / Per screen: $2,102 / Total Cume: 118.2M / Wk 4 Read More »

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Deadline’s Best Film Stories of The Week

Hosts Tina Fey & Amy PoehlerGolden Globes: The Deadline Film Team’s Live Blog
By Anita Busch, Mike Fleming Jr., and Dominic Patten – The Golden Globes have largely been relevant primarily because of its proximity to Oscar season. You know the jokes, that this is the day you can’t find a waiter because they are all here to see if their votes lead to winners.

Oscars: Martin Scorsese Interviews ‘Grandmaster’s’ Wong Kar Wai
By Pete HammondEXCLUSIVE: It is hard to believe, at least from my point of view, that the great Wong Kar Wai, perhaps China’s greatest living filmmaker has never once been nominated for an Academy Award.

Box Office: ‘Lone Survivor’ Takes In $37.8M, Not $38.5M, ‘Hercules’ Edges ‘Wolf’ For Third Place, ‘American Hustle’ In Fifth Celebrating Its $100M
By Anita BuschLone Survivor still was stellar over the three-day frame. The Legend Of Hercules rose to third place, edging out Wolf, which took the No. 4 spot after Sunday numbers came in. Read More »

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BOX OFFICE: ‘Lone Survivor’ Opens Strong In Late-Night Showings; $33M to $35M Weekend Now Predicted; ‘Hercules’ Anemic

By | Friday January 10, 2014 @ 4:34pm PST

Lone_Survivor_posterUPDATE, 4:34 PM: In a matter of less than 24 hours, Universal has doubled its expectations for the war-themed action/drama Lone Survivor to $33M-$35M for the 3-day weekend. And, according to distributors’ estimates, Lone Survivor will open far and above the other titles in the marketplace. These are very early returns from Friday play times and numbers are bound to change after the N.Y. evening shows and L.A. afternoon and evening dates are calculated. Other titles’ box office numbers (below) are also expected to rise. Stay tuned.

PREVIOUS, FRIDAY AM: Lone Survivor, the true story about a group of Navy SEALs who are cut off from communication and then ambushed by Al-Qaeda in the mountains of Afghanistan, opened well in late-night showings — 8 PM-midnight in 1,811 theaters in the U.S.  The action pic from director Peter Berg and real-life hero Marcus Luttrell took in $1.5M, according to U.S. distributor Universal Pictures. Today it opens on 2,876 theaters in North America; EOne is handling the film’s distribution in Canada. The picture is currently on track to take the No. 1 box office spot, and Fandango reported it had 51% of ticket sales leading into the weekend. The consensus is that it will far outweigh newcomer The Legend Of Hercules from Lionsgate/Summit which may even fall towards the bottom of the pack as it is getting killed by the critics (a zero Rotten Tomato score? Yikes!), but it all remains to be seen. It’s typically very hard to track war-themed films, but the best comparison is probably Zero Dark Thirty which opened limited in December last year, expanded wide in January and grabbed a $24.4M in its 3-day opening weekend. It opened wide in 2,072 runs for its Thursday night sneak to gross $650,000, according to Sony. However, it opened at 10 PM, giving it one less showing in slightly fewer theaters. Read More »

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Specialty Box Office: ‘Lone Survivor’ & ‘August: Osage County’ Bow OK In Limited Release

Lone Survivor, August: Osage County limited box officeThe Specialty Box Office went up against an onslaught of studio hardware in what could shape up to be a record-breaking holiday weekend overall. With a number of new or almost new power-houses vying for moviegoer dollars, The Weinstein Company bowed its star-packed August: Osage County in 5 theaters in what will surely be the beginning of a sizable run after putting off its initial planned theatrical roll out in the fall.August: Osage County The film grossed almost $180K for a $35,895 screen average. That number easily gave the film starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch and others the highest specialty PSA of the weekend, but given its lauded cast and awards possibility, including its Golden Globes noms, its initial prowess at the box office suggests the title has room to dazzle. TWC will move the Toronto Film Fest title outside its exclusive New York and L.A. runs into two additional markets next weekend before going wide the following week.

TWC noted August: Osage County had an A- Cinemascore and said its exit polls were “through the roof.”

Lone Survivor Box officeAlso notable this weekend, Universal opened its Mark Wahlberg and Taylor Kitsch starrer Lone Survivor in limited release. Though not a straight “Specialty” title, the studio went for a two theater bow for the true-story drama adapted from Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell’s memoir of 2005′s failed Operation Red Wings, in which 19 soldiers died. Uni is hoping to gain awards traction for the pic, and it did start off solid at the box office grossing $92,468 in two runs for a $46,234 average. Read More »

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AFI Fest: ‘Lone Survivor’s Mark Wahlberg Launches Oscar Bid With Emotional Salvo

By | Wednesday November 13, 2013 @ 11:38am PST

A visibly pensive Mark Wahlberg threw his hat into the Best Actor race Tuesday night at AFI Fest, where the star of Peter Berg’s intense military drama Lone Survivor took the stage reluctant to go through the usual actorly rigamarole. Wahlberg plays Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, the only member of SEAL Team 10 to make it home from the failed 2005 Operation Red Wings mission in Afghanistan in which 19 soldiers died. “For us to talk about what we went through up on that mountain is just so fake and so false considering what these guys did and what they went through,” he told moderator/AFI Fest Director Jacqueline Lyanga after the film’s TLC Chinese Theatre premiere where he, Berg, and Luttrell sat for an emotional Q&A. “Seeing the movie again tonight reminded me of what Marcus went through. Having a family and having a wife that I love more than anything, and having four kids I’d do anything to protect — or in my case, provide for — it hit me, the fact that those guys will never see their families again. For actors to sit there and say, ‘Oh, I went to SEAL training’ … I don’t give a fuck what you did. You don’t do what these guys do. For somebody to sit there and say my job is as difficult as somebody in the military – how fucking dare you?”

A more cynical Oscar-watcher might read Wahlberg’s declaration as self-serious awards-season posturing. But the AFI Fest audience — including servicemen, Luttrell’s own team members, family, and friends mixed in with the usual industry crowd — applauded the sentiment. Luttrell’s Texas charm and dashes of levity certainly helped raise the mood. He shared his initial apprehension at any filmmaker Hollywoodizing his 2007 bestseller Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account Of Operation Redwing And The Lost Heroes Of SEAL Team 10 and recalled how he and Berg first met on the set of the director’s Hancock. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Universal’s ‘Lone Survivor’

By | Friday November 8, 2013 @ 11:18am PST

Here’s a new trailer for Universal‘s Lone Survivor, the real-life story of Marcus Luttrell and his SEAL Team 10 in Afghanistan. Peter Berg‘s passion pic stars Mark Wahlberg and opens December 27 — a stealth move into the heart of awards season — before going wide January 10. Today’s trailer drop comes before the film’s world premiere Tuesday (the day after Veterans Day) at AFI Fest. Check it out:

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The Contenders 2013: Director Peter Berg Talks ‘Lone Survivor’ And The Choice Of The “Least-Horrific Decision” (Video)

By | Thursday November 7, 2013 @ 2:26pm PST
Pete Hammond

Director Peter Berg tells Mike Fleming about his research and the reasons he decided to bring the real life 2005 story of Marcus Luttrell and his Seal Team 10  as they face a  life or death decision in the face of a horrific war in Afghanistan. Berg appeared on behalf of the harrowing war film Lone Survivor starring Mark Wahlberg as part of Universal’s presentation at Saturday’s Deadline THE CONTENDERS sold out event at the new Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. The film will open in late December in order to qualify for Oscar consideration before going wide on January 10th. But it is already getting noticed as a stealth late-inning awards contender and will have its World Premiere at AFI Fest next Tuesday.


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Contenders 2013: ‘Captain Phillips,’ ‘American Hustle,’ ‘Tim’s Vermeer,’ ‘Before Midnight,’ ‘Saving Mr. Banks,’ ‘Lone Survivor,’ ‘Despicable Me 2’ & ‘The Croods’ Bid For Oscar

Anna Lisa Raya is a Deadline contributor.

The second half of Deadline’s 3rd annual Contenders event at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills got off to an energized start after lunch on the outdoor terrace. Deadline Awards columnist Pete Hammond returned with Captain Phillips star Barkhad Abdi, who had one of the bigger moments of the day when he revealed he ad-libbed his momentous “I am the captain now” line in the Sony film, essentially stealing the scene from Tom Hanks. The film’s producers, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, were spotted in the audience joining in the roaring applause.

Related: Deadline’s Contenders 2013 – Morning Panels

Anyone who’s been waiting for David O. Russell’s follow-up to last year’s Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle (also for for Sony), will be happy to know the film was locked down today. This is per one of the film’s producers, Richard Suckle, who was on hand to discuss the genesis of the film which is loosely based on the ABSCAM scandals of the 1970s. One of his funnier reveals was that star Bradley Cooper — not wanting to perm his hair for the film — spent hours in hair and makeup every day getting it curled. Co-star Christian Bale, on the other hand, gained 40 lbs. for his role and shaved the crown of his head to perfect his character’s outlandish comb over.

Julie Delpy, co-writer and star of Sony Pictures ClassicsBefore Midnight, had a lot to say about the intense writing and preparation that went into making the film appear as improvised and natural as it does. Acting the role was “extremely stressful,” she told Hammond. “There’s no plot. There’s nothing to hold onto but character and emotional arc.” Also for SPC is Tim’s Vermeer — a documentary about one man’s attempt to recreate a Johannes Vermeer painting — which was uncharacteristically directed by Teller (better known as the other half of Penn & Teller). He was thankful for his editor, Patrick Sheffield, who made sense of the over 2,400 hours of footage. Writer Kelly Marcel was on-hand to discuss Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks, the only film ever allowed to feature Walt Disney as a character. She called the studio “unbelievably brave” in how hands-off they were with her and director John Lee Hancock.

Related: PHOTOS: Contenders 2013 Gallery
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Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 48

By | Friday November 1, 2013 @ 10:23am PDT
Pete Hammond

Listen to (and share) Episode 48 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. Deadline’s awards columnist and host David Bloom preview this weekend’s big Deadline event The Contenders; ponder whether the Motion Picture Academy will have better luck with its “simplified and upgraded” online Oscar-voting system this year; and three hot late additions to this year’s Oscar race in The Wolf Of Wall Street, Lone Survivor and The Book Thief. Finally, we’ll get Pete’s take on this week’s new movie releases including sci-fi adaptation Ender’s Game, the animated Free Birds, romantic comedy About Time from Richard Curtis, the “geriatric Hangover” comedy Last Vegas, Oscar-contending drama Dallas Buyers Club and the biopic Diana.

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Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 46

By | Thursday October 17, 2013 @ 1:59pm PDT
Pete Hammond

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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AFI Fest Announces New Galas And Screenings Including ‘Lone Survivor’ World Premiere

By | Thursday October 17, 2013 @ 6:00am PDT
Pete Hammond

The AFI Fest has rounded out its list of Centerpiece Galas and Special Screenings with an impressive list of awards contenders that will include one more big get: Universal’s world premiere November 12th of the gritty and gripping Afghanistan war film Lone Survivor directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Walhberg in the true story. The film gets a qualifying run in December before going wide January 10th. Getting the prime Friday night slot that was originally announced for the world premiere of Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher before that film was pushed later into 2014, is the Los Angeles premiere of  The Weinstein Company’s anticipated August: Osage County, which had a raucous World Premiere screening at the Toronto Film Festival. Finally, the 1987 Best Picture winner, Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor, gets unveiled as another Centerpiece Gala in its new 3D version (do we really need that, Bernardo? I liked it the way it was). Additionally refugees from other fall fests — including Spike Jonze’s Her, Ralph Fiennes’ The Invisible Woman, Jordorowsky’s Dune, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, The Past, Philomena and the Donald Rumsfeld docu from Errol Morris, The Unknown Known – will be presented as Special Screenings. The AFI Fest takes place mainly at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood and runs Nov 7-14 when it closes with Inside Llewyn Davis. Opening night should be special: Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks with its North American premiere in the same theatre where the subject of the film, Mary Poppins, debuted in 1964 and is featured prominently at the end of the movie. Here’s the official release about this morning’s additions: Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Peter Berg’s ‘Lone Survivor’

By | Wednesday July 31, 2013 @ 1:46pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Universal has released an early trailer for Lone Survivor, the Peter Berg-directed adaptation of the memoir by Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell about the harrowing firefight that resulted when a group of commandos out to kill a terrorist leader were ambushed by Taliban forces in 2005. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana. I can remember Berg telling me years ago that he agreed to direct Battleship because Universal pledged to make this passion project of his, which he felt was all courage and heroism; the film was funded by Emmett/Furla Films, and Universal releases the film in an Oscar-qualifying run December 27 before going wide January 10. Here’s the trailer:

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