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.
Deadline’s sold-out Contenders 2013 was one of the firstbig events held at the Wallis Annenberg Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills since the venue opened two weeks ago. Parfumerie starring Eddie Kaye Thomas, Richard Schiff, Ayre Gross and True Blood‘s Deborah Ann Woll and adapted from Miklós László’s Illatszertar – made into films The Shop Around The Corner, In The Good Old Summertime, and You’ve Got Mail – is scheduled to be the first staged production there. The play opens November 26 and runs through December 22.
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.
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 Classics’ Before 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.
Deadline’s 3rd annual The Contenders event kicked off this morning at the shimmering new Wallis Annenberg Center For the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, simultaneously launching the 2013 awards season precisely four months before the 86th Academy Awards. The spotlight fell on seven different studios/distributors and 22 films competing for awards consideration, with an overview of the Weinstein Company‘s impressive offerings getting things started in a highlight reel that felt like an Oscar contender in itself. An assortment of TWC writers, producers and directors were on hand to share anecdotes and tidbits with Deadline’s Pete Hammond, including Fruitvale Stationdirector Ryan Coogler, Lee Daniels’ The Butler producer Pam Williams and writer Danny Strong, August: Osage Countydirector John Wells, and the directors of the acclaimed documentaries 20 Feet From Stardom (Morgan Neville) and Salinger(Shane Salerno). Hammond quipped that TWC was so stocked with doc contenders this year that of the 151 eligible entries, “149 felt like they were from Weinstein.” Wells recalled how Osage County co-star Meryl Streep showed up to the first table read of ther script having memorized it and going off-book. “Everyone was like, ‘Wow’,” he recalled. “It was, ‘OK, game on’.”
During a session promoting the Roadside/Lionsgate feature All is Lost starring Robert Redford in what the actor has called the most challenging role of his career, sound editors Richard Hymns and Steve Boeddeker marveled at how the film – with abundant action, a single star and minimal dialogue – was literally a sound editor’s dream. And during the following panel for the Focus Features hopefuls Dallas Buyers Club,The Place Beyond the Pinesand We Steal Secrets, the morning theme of patience being a virtue came to the fore. Dallas Buyers Club producer Robbie Brenner calmly discussed how her film’s journey from script to screen spanned some 20 years – and nearly fell apart at the last minute when Canadian financing dried up. Read More »
Deadline’s sold-out award season kick-off The Contenders unspooled Saturday at the Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. Take a look at our special guest panelists from this year’s crop of Oscar hopefuls from The Weinstein Company, Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate, Focus, CBS Films, Paramount, Fox Searchlight, Warner Bros, Sony Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics, Walt Disney Pictures, Universal and Dreamworks Animation. Click through for the updated gallery:
Exactly four months from today on March 2nd the 86th Academy Awards will take place, but the 2013 awards season starts in earnest today as Deadline’s 3rd Annual THE CONTENDERS event kicks off this morning at the brand new Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. It’s the meeting of a new venue and an early look at the race for Oscar that will bring members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and key guild voters to see what the studios and distributors are touting as their big contenders this year. In all 12 of those companies will each be given a half hour to showcase their wares and make their case for a slate of Oscar-worthy hopefuls that already is promising to be the strongest in years. Participating are The Weinstein Company, Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate, Focus, CBS Films, Paramount, Fox Searchlight, Warner Bros, Sony Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics, Walt Disney Pictures, Universal and Dreamworks Animation. Numerous directors, writers, producers, actors and below the line artists will be participating in panels presided over by Deadline’s Pete Hammond, Mike Fleming Jr. and Dominic Patten. The day long event running from 9AM to 5pm will also feature a catered breakfast and buffet lunch. And it’s completely sold out. Camera crews will be capturing it all and highlights from each presentation will be featured on Deadline, ENTV and other outlets in the weeks to come. The event is being produced by Madelyn 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.
Deadline Hollywood‘s 3rd annual The Contenders, which gives film studios an opportunity to vamp their Oscar films directly to AMPAS and Guild members on November 2nd, has in one week filled all 500 available seats in the newly opened Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. You could call it a sellout, but it is of course free admission for voters. That is the fastest we’ve had a full house, even though we have 200 more seats available than in past years. We also have more sponsors than ever, including returnees Dell, Paradigm, Rentrak, Screen Engine and IMAX, and newcomers Rolls Royce, Delta Airlines, Simon & Schuster, Final Draft, and the Honolulu Film Office, which is providing coffee shipped direct from Hawaii.
The Contenders was first conceived and implemented by Deadline Editor In Chief Nikki Finke. Event producer Madelyn Hammond tells me that many of this year’s RSVPs are members who’ve worked The Contenders into their annual pre-voting fact-finding process. “One Academy member told me, ‘In one day I learn all about all the potential Oscar contenders. Hearing directly from the people who made them makes this event relevant and important’.”
This year 12 distributors are represented, screening footage and sending panelists who run the gamut from directors, writers, producers and stars to sound editors and composers. Paramount, Disney, Warner Bros, Sony, Universal, and DreamWorks Animation are slated for presentations, as are indies Sony Pictures Classics, The Weinstein Company, Roadside Attractions, Fox Searchlight, Focus Features and CBS Films. Read More »
Deadline Hollywood’s popular The Contenders event returns for the third year on Saturday, November 2nd. Once again, our specially invited Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members and select Guild voters will have the opportunity to hear directly from the actors, directors, writers, producers, cinematographers, sound editors, composers and others about this year’s crop of top award contenders.
And this year we are moving to a brand new location — The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. The historic Beverly Hills Post Office has been completely restored and adjacent to it is the new 500-seat, state-of-the-art Goldsmith Theatre. The venue opens in a couple of weeks and we will be one of the first groups to experience the new facility.
As for The Contenders, it promises to be bigger and more exciting than ever, topping even 2012′s overflow edition as it continues growing into one of the season’s premier events with a record number of studios now confirmed to participate: CBS Films, DreamWorks Animation, Focus Features, Fox Searchlight, Paramount Pictures, Roadside Attractions, Sony Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics, Universal, Walt Disney Pictures, Warner Bros and The Weinstein Company. It will be a packed day (9 AM-5 PM) where we’ll be showcasing more than 25 films. I will be moderating some sessions again this year along with my colleagues, Film/NY Editor Mike Fleming Jr and staff reporter Dominic Patten. Read More »
Deadline Hollywood’s 2nd annual event THE CONTENDERSabout the movie awards season was held November 10th at LA’s Landmark Theatre for invited Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Guild voters. Watch the video of its marquee event: The ‘Deadline Moguls Panel’ composed of Warner Bros’ Jeff Robinov, 20th Century Fox’s Jim Gianopulos, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Amy Pascal, Paramount’s Rob Moore, Universal’s Adam Fogelson, Summit/Lionsgate’s Rob Friedman, and DreamWorks’ Stacey Snider who all discussed the challenges of this movie awards season. It was an insightful and fascinating discussion moderated by Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond and Film/NY Editor Mike Fleming. A transcript follows the video below:
Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond talks with ENTV’s Brian Corsetti about this Saturday’s “The Contenders” event at the Landmark Theatre in West LA. Pete discusses the Media Moguls panel of studio chiefs; how the new Oscar nomination schedule will challenge some late-arriving films; and which films and performances are already looking like serious contenders for this year’s awards.