Jun, 23 Posted by Admin

DEADLINE – Deadline’s Contenders Television, which just wrapped its nine-hour telecast, broke ground in multiple ways. An invitation-only event held annually at a large theater, it went virtual this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The live-streamed presentation also set a record with its largest roster of participants ever, 44 shows from 22 studios and networks.

You can explore Deadline’s extensive panel-by-panel print coverage here.

In another first, Deadline on Monday will launch a Contenders Television streaming site featuring all the panel videos, which were pre-recorded with talent video-conferencing from locations around the world — from the Australian Bush (Russell Crowe), Rome (Willem Dafoe), and London (Cate Blanchett, among others) to the East Coast, the West Coast and all points between.

The impressive talent roster also includes Elizabeth Banks, Patrick Stewart, Anthony Anderson, Ramy Youssef, Trevor Noah, Jim Parsons, Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Julia Garner, Steve Carell, John Malkovich, David Harbour, Jerrika Hinton, Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Hailee Steinfeld, Lucy Liu, Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini, Derek Waters, Pedro Pascal, Claire Danes, Forest Whitaker, Rita Moreno, Will Arnett, Rose Byrne, Uzo Aduba, Margo Martindale, Sarah Paulson, Robin Thede, Kathryn Hahn, Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Niecy Nash, Pamela Adlon, Marcia Gay Harden, 50 Cent, Monica Raymund, Daniel Levy and Annie Murphy as well as a slew of A-list creators, show-runners and producers.

They were interviewed by Deadline writers Pete Hammond, Dominic Patten, Peter White, Antonia Blyth, Dino-Ray Ramos, Anthony D’Alessandro, Amanda N’Duka and Joe Utichi, the latter of whom also hosted the virtual event.

Participating networks and studios include ABC Entertainment, Amazon Prime Video, AMC Networks, Apple TV+, Wiip, CBS All Access, CBS Television Studios, Comedy Central, Disney+, Disney Television Studios, Fox Entertainment, Freeform, FX, HBO, Hulu, Lifetime, Nat Geo, Netflix, Pop TV, Showtime, Sony Pictures Television and Starz.

This year, Deadline’s Contenders Television is making a donation, which is being matched by our parent company PMC, to the Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter, with a focus on the organization’s youth/arts programs; and to Campaign Zero, a national organization dedicated to police reform.

While the format has changed, Deadline Contenders Television’s goal has remained the same — we aim to make this a kind of one-stop shopping for industry voters who can sit down and get a taste of what will eventually appear on their awards ballots this Emmy season. The idea, as it has always been, is to provide a blueprint of the season that will serve as a catalyst for voters as they wade through the infinite numbers of TV achievements placed before them.

Sponsors and partners of today’s live-streamed Contenders Television event included Eyepetizer, Michter’s, Crop Organic Vodka and The Four Seasons Maui.

To those who tuned in today, thank you. To everyone who missed a panel or wants to see some of them again, check Deadline.com on Monday morning. Once the streaming site goes live, panel videos will also be added to each of the stories.



Apr, 17 Posted by Admin

Vanity FairAs Russian monarchs in Hulu’s upcoming series The Great, the costars put a saucy spin on the period piece for your next quaran-TV escape.

There have always been despots, but once upon a century there were moments of enlightenment amid monarchical madness. In 1762, Catherine the Great seized power in Russia, engineering a coup against her feckless husband, Peter III, and—current world leaders, take note—transforming an uncertain era into a Golden Age. She didn’t exactly abolish the feudal system (that’s a monarch for you), but she aligned her country with Europe and even had herself inoculated against smallpox to prove to her people that the science was sound. The Great, a new series which premieres next month on Hulu, tells the story of Catherine’s rise, with Elle Fanning shrewdly strategizing as the young monarch and Nicholas Hoult flouncing and fulminating as Peter. With some dramatic license, the show is a rich, wild portrait of one of history’s greatest executive moments. “It’s honestly kind of Shakespearean,” says Fanning. “It is hard-core monologues of amazing language that’s absolutely hilarious and dark.”

The cheeky scripts—by Tony McNamara, the Oscar-nominated cowriter of 2018’s The Favourite—are full of vibrant one-liners that make for a deliciously royal romp. Hoult’s character, for one, makes sudden pronouncements like “I would like a bird that shits chocolate!” and the actor says he frequently cracked up on set, citing the time he told Catherine he couldn’t join her in bed because he ‘blew my bag in another woman.’ ”

“I’d never heard the expression ‘I just blew my bag,’ says Hoult. “It’s so ridiculous, and I almost couldn’t say the line. Even the camera operator was laughing.” The 30-year-old actor also starred in The Favourite, as the priggish adviser Harley, and took inspiration from that film. “At moments, I’d think, Ah, what would Olivia do?” he says of star Olivia Colman, who won an Oscar playing another erratic and spoiled royal, Queen Anne.

As for Fanning, she ascended not just to the throne for the series but also to the role of executive producer, a TV first for the 22-year-old. While pushing to get The Great made, she often found herself in meetings with the usual male execs. “It was interesting to just be in a room full of men,” Fanning says. “As I get older, I realize how my voice does have self-worth. My opinion does matter.” Life began to imitate art imitating history. “I felt very much like Catherine.”



Feb, 27 Posted by Admin

The Hollywood ReporterThe comedy series about the rise of Catherine the Great, created by ‘The Favourite’ writer Tony McNamara, is due to land on Hulu in the U.S.

The Great, the upcoming comedic period drama about Catherine the Great starring Elle Fanning as the Russian monarch, has been picked up by Starzplay for a raft of global territories.

Starz’s international streaming platform acquired the series — created by Oscar-nominated The Favourite writer Tony McNamara and due to premiere on Hulu in the U.S. in May — for the U.K., Ireland, German-speaking Europe, French-speaking Europe, Italian-speaking Europe, Spain, Benelux, Latin America and Brazil. The MRC Television show, being sold by Viacom CBS Global Distribution, also went to Channel 4 (U.K.), Stan (Australia), HBO (Portugal, Baltic, Central Eastern Europe, Nordic), Sky (New Zealand), CJ ENM (Korea), OSN (Middle East and North Africa), more.tv (Russia and CIS) and Quebecor Content (Canada).

A satirical, comedic drama about the rise of Catherine the Great from outsider to the longest reigning female ruler in Russia’s history, The Great plays fast and loose with historical facts. Alongside Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Phoebe Fox, Adam Godley, Gwilym Lee, Charity Wakefield, Douglas Hodge, Sacha Dhawan, Sebastian de Souza, Bayo Gbadamosi and Belinda Bromilow also star.

The series is created, written and executive produced by McNamara and executive produced by Marian Macgowan, Thruline’s Josh Kesselman and Ron West, Fanning, Mark Winemaker, Matt Shakman and Echo Lake’s Brittany Kahan Ward, Doug Mankoff and Andrew Spaulding. The project is produced by Civic Center Media in association with MRC Television.

MRC Television shares a parent company, Valence Media, with The Hollywood Reporter.



Sep, 5 Posted by Admin

Unlike her big sister Dakota, Elle Fanning says she has no plans of heading off to college anytime soon. She recently turned 18 and told Entertainment Tonight that she wants to focus on work instead of school — this semester, at least.

“For this year, I’m not going at the moment because I’m starting a film and I don’t think it would be fair… I wouldn’t really be there,” Elle said. “If I went, I would want to kind of have the college experience.”

She recently wrapped Ben Affleck’s new project, Live By Night, a film set in the 1920s about a police captain’s son who becomes a rum-running bootlegger.

“It’s insane because he wrote it and directed it and he’s starring in the movie…so you’re acting with the director. It’s crazy!” she explained. “I would love to direct one day, so for me, seeing that I mean, he’s thinking like a mile-a-minute about everything. It’s pretty insane. So that was really, really cool to see.”

Going to college is a huge decision, and sounds like Elle is making the right choice, for now. So, we’re pretty sure there’s no class on “how to write, direct, and star in a major motion picture” at NYU, where Dakota went.

 



Nov, 16 Posted by Admin

The first look picture of Elle from her upcoming project, “The Neon Demon” has been released. Along with an article about Amazon acquiring the US rights to the film.

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GAUMONT & WILD BUNCH encounter THE NEON DEMON …with
AMAZON STUDIOS in the US.

AMAZON STUDIOS has acquired Nicolas Winding Refn’s anticipated THE NEON DEMON and will release it theatrically Stateside next summer.

“The Neon Demon” is being jointly handled by Gaumont and Wild Bunch, who previously joined forces on Refn’s last film “Only God Forgives,” which competed at Cannes Film Festival in 2013. Gaumont and Wild Bunch co-financed and will co-distribute “The Neon Demon.”

The Neon Demon” centers on an aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles where her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will go to any lengths to get what she has.

Co-written by Mary Laws and Refn, “The Neon Demon” stars Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks and Jena Malone, Abbey Lee, Bela Heathcoat.

Speaking about the genesis of the film, Refn said, “One morning I woke and realized I was both surrounded and dominated by women. Strangely, a sudden urge was planted in me to make a horror film about vicious beauty.”

After making DRIVE and falling madly in love with the electricity of Los Angeles, I knew I had to return to tell the story of THE NEON DEMON.”

Refn’s partner, Lene Borglum (“Valhalla Rising,” “Only God Forgives”) produced under their Danish banner Space Rocket.

Refn won best director at Cannes in 2011 with Ryan-Gosling starrer “Drive” which has become a near-cult movie and a major critical success.

The Neon Demon” brings together Refn’s regular creative team: Editor Matthew Newman and composer Cliff Martinez. “The Rover” cinematographer Natasha Braier completes the key crew.

The deal was negotiated by Gaumont ‘s Cecile Gaget and WildBunch ‘s Vincent Maraval/Carole Baraton on behalf of the director.

Amazon Studios was launched in June to acquire original movies for theatrical release and early-window distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video. “The Neon Demon” is one of the first acquisitions scored by the banner. Their first release will be Spike Lee ‘s pic next month.