The Contenders 2013: Weinstein Company Hoping Vast – And Large – Array Of Films Catches Oscar’s Eye (Video)

By | Tuesday December 10, 2013 @ 3:57pm PST
Pete Hammond

When it comes to campaigning forcontenders__131003211335__131107191542 awards Harvey Weinstein has set the bar. Last year the company had two Best Picture nominees and this year they are throwing a wide variety of films at Oscar’s wall to see what sticks.  For Deadline’s … Read More »

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The Contenders 2013: Julie Delpy On Co-Writing And Co-Starring In ‘Before Midnight’ – “The Stress Of It All Is Just Intense” (Video)

By | Friday December 6, 2013 @ 4:39pm PST
Pete Hammond

She’s a triple threat. She writes. She directs. And of course she acts. But as she explained to a packed audience ofcontenders__131003211335 AMPAS and Guild members on the Sony Pictures Classics panel at Deadline’s THE CONTENDERS event Julie Delpy has never quite done … Read More »

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The Contenders 2013: ‘Place Beyond The Pines’ Director Derek Cianfrance Details Ryan Gosling’s Dream To Rob A Bank (Video)

By | Wednesday November 27, 2013 @ 4:28pm PST
Pete Hammond

For much of 2013 Derek Cianfrance‘s complex drama, The Place Beyond The Pines was the number onecontenders__131003211335 grossing independent film of the year. But at one time after it was bought by Focus Features at the 2012 Toronto … Read More »

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The Contenders 2013: Writer/Director Ryan Coogler On ‘Fruitvale Station’ – “I Felt Like It Happened To Me” (Video)

By | Tuesday November 26, 2013 @ 11:48pm PST
Pete Hammond

Writer/Director Ryan Coogler‘s Sundance Film Festival sensation Fruitvale Station is now, just ten months later, hitting the awards season with strong impact. He was nominated Tuesday for Best First Feature at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, but as … Read More »

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The Contenders 2013: ‘Prisoners’ Screenwriter Asks “How Did I Become So Warped To Give Birth To This Story?” (Video)

Pete Hammond

With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, it may also be time to reflect on what is easily one of the most harrowing movies of the year, Prisoners. The film, which starts out at a Thanksgiving day celebration that turns … Read More »

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The Contenders 2013: ‘American Hustle’ Producer Tells Why Christian Bale Shaved His Head And Gained 40 Pounds (Video)

By | Wednesday November 20, 2013 @ 6:09pm PST
Pete Hammond

Until now David O. Russell‘s American Hustle (12/13) has been largely unseen, and along with Paramount’s The Wolf Of Wall Street (12/25) is the last 2013 awards contender to be unveiled. (I’m told screenings start this weekend for Hustle and at the end of the month for Wolf.). So all … Read More »

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The Contenders 2013: ‘August: Osage County’s John Wells On Directing Meryl Streep: “She Came To Play” (Video)

By | Wednesday November 20, 2013 @ 11:50am PST
Pete Hammond

As one of television’s most prolific and successful writer/producers, John Wells has known great success with Emmy-winning series like E.R. and The West Wing and currently Showtime’s Shameless, but after getting his feet wet directing movies with The Company Men Read More »

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The Contenders 2013: Screenwriter Kelly Marcel On Emma Thompson’s Character In ‘Saving Mr. Banks’: “She’s So Horrible. How Do We Soften Her Up?” (Video)

By | Tuesday November 19, 2013 @ 2:14pm PST
Pete Hammond

Screenwriter Kelly Marcel came late into the process of writing her famously blacklisted script for Saving Mr. Banks (12/13). Original writer Sue Smith had crafted it more as a biopic of Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers but Marcel focused instead … Read More »

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The Contenders 2013: Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’ Creative Team Talks About Challenges Of Getting “Sucked Into Joaquin Phoenix’s Universe” (Video)

By | Tuesday November 19, 2013 @ 11:26am PST
Pete Hammond

The unique cinematic worlds of Spike Jonze would provide any behind the scenes wizard a unique challenge as evidenced in such films as Adaptation, Being John Malkovich or Where The Wild Things Are, but his latest film Her could … Read More »

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The Contenders 2013: ‘Despicable Me 2′s’ Chris Meledandri Talks Humor, Heart, Minions And The Future Of Illumination (Video)

By | Friday November 15, 2013 @ 4:05pm PST
Pete Hammond

Illumination’s Chris Meledandri shows up on the Universal panel at Deadline’s THE CONTENDERS event to talk about the formula for success that has made his Despicable Me 2 not only the year’s top animated grosser not too far under … Read More »

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The Contenders 2013: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Star Oscar Isaac Sings (Video)

By | Friday November 15, 2013 @ 12:18pm PST
Pete Hammond

It doesn’t even open until December 6th but this has been a very big week already for the Coen Brothers’ new film Inside Llewyn Davis, which is set in New York’s folk-singing world of the early 1960s. The soundtrack album … Read More »

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The Contenders 2013: ‘Nebraska’ Screenwriter Bob Nelson: “I Will Be In A Lot Of Trouble When This Comes Out” (Video)

By | Thursday November 14, 2013 @ 4:52pm PST
Pete Hammond

After first appearing in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in May where it won the Best Actor prize for Bruce Dern, Alexander Payne‘s Nebraska has been turning up at various festivals including Telluride, New York and London … Read More »

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The Contenders 2013: Teller Talks Film Directing Debut ‘Tim’s Vermeer’: “We Had 2400 Hours Of Footage” (Video)

By | Wednesday November 13, 2013 @ 9:52am PST
Pete Hammond

Until now Teller of Penn And Teller fame has best been known as the silent one of the comedy team. That’s an act. When it comes to his movie directorial debut , the documentary Tim’s Vermeer, he had a lot … Read More »

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The Contenders 2013: Hans Zimmer On Scoring ‘12 Years A Slave’ : “If You’re Really Lucky You Get To Work On Something That Has Meaning” (Video)

By | Tuesday November 12, 2013 @ 2:55pm PST
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Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer talked about the meaning and personal importance to him of working on the score for 12 Years A Slave at Deadline’s THE CONTENDERS sold out event for AMPAS and key Guild members … Read More »

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The Contenders 2013: ‘The Croods’ Creative Team Tells How They Pulled Off A Big Win For Dreamworks Animation (Video)

By | Friday November 8, 2013 @ 4:23pm PST
Pete Hammond

Dominic Patten interviews directors Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders and Sound Designer Randy Thom on the character voice work, sound mixing and music integration on Dreamworks Animation‘s hit ‘toon The Croods as part of Deadline’s sold out … Read More »

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The Contenders 2013: Producer Robbie Brenner On Two Decade Quest To Get ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ Made: “Like Pushing A Rock Up A Hill” (Video)

By | Friday November 8, 2013 @ 1:32pm PST
Pete Hammond

At Deadline’s THE CONTENDERS sold-out daylong event last Saturday, producers Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter told the gathered AMPAS and Guild members the epic saga of getting Dallas Buyers Clubthis “little-movie-that-could” — made. As Brenner says after actors like Brad Pitt came and went, it finally was Matthew McConaughey who proved the charm, even if he still had to force the issue after losing 47 pounds for the role. Dallas Buyers Club is getting especially strong Oscar buzz for its actors including McConaughey and co-star Jared Leto. Jennifer Garner has also gotten some of the best reviews of her career.  After opening with limited runs last week, the film about Texan Ron Woodroof’s fierce battle against AIDS in the early years of the outbreak is expanding to more theaters today.

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The Contenders 2013: ‘Enough Said’ Writer/Director Nicole Holofcener On Her Story: “It’s Just People” (Video)

Pete Hammond

At Saturday’s Deadline THE CONTENDERS event Enough Said writer/director Nicole Holofcener told me during the Fox Searchlight presentation that she was purposely trying to make a movie that would have wider appeal than some of her previous indie-centric … Read More »

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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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The Contenders 2013: First-Time Actor Barkhad Abdi On ‘Captain Phillips’ Co-Star Tom Hanks: “He’s Really Good At It”

By | Thursday November 7, 2013 @ 11:04am PST
Pete Hammond

Barkhad Abdi had never acted before being plucked out of obscurity in Minneapolis (by way of his native Somalia and Yemen) to audition for director Paul Greengrass as the key Somali Pirate who takes over the cargo … Read More »

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