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Deadlines The Contenders Los Angeles Event Set For November 3; Top Talent From 30 Oscar Hopefuls To Participate

Invites are going out NOW! Deadlines eighth annual The Contenders event is taking over the DGA Theat..

Invites are going out NOW! Deadlines eighth annual The Contenders event is taking over the DGA Theater on Saturday, November 3rd. The annual invitation-only event is one of the most anticipated every awards season and this year it has gotten bigger and better than ever.

Academy and select guild members will get to see 17 studios present over 30 films showcasing clips and onstage discussions with actors,

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directors, producers, writers and others who are were so integral to making these films award-worthy contenders this year. Its essentially one-stop shopping for voters as theyll hear firsthand the backstory of how these films got made from the people who made them. This much-anticipated event will follow exactly three weeks after Deadlines 2nd Annual Contenders in London (happening this Saturday) and one month before Deadlines very first Contenders in New York City on December 1st.

Invites are being sent today, and as happens every year, we reach capacity within literally hours. We expect this year to be no exception based on this stellar line up so far. Last year eventual Oscar winners Guillermo Del Toro, Jordan Peele, Gary Oldman, Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney and many more were just a few of the participants on stage.

Here is just a sampling with our confirmed films and speakers to date for this year including:

  • Cold War: Joanna Kulig (Actor)
  • Stan & Olie: John C. Reilly (Actor)
  • The Rider: Chloé Zhao (Director/Writer/Producer)
  • The Hate U Give: Amandla Stenberg (Actor)
  • Bohemian Rhapsody: Rami Malek (Actor)
  • Eighth Grade: Bo Burnham (Director/Writer), Elsie Fisher (Actor)
  • Boy Erased: Joel Edgerton (Director/Producer/Writer/Actor), Nicole Kidman (Actor), Garrard Conley (Author of the memoir, Boy Erased)
  • On the Basis of Sex: Mimi Leder (Director), Daniel Steipleman (Writer) , Felicity Jones (Actor), Armie Hammer (Actor)
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet: Clark Spencer (Producer)
  • First Man: Damien Chazelle (Director/Producer), Linus Sandgren (Cinematographer)
  • Green Book: Peter Farrelly (Director/Producer/Writer), Viggo Mortensen (Actor), Mahershala Ali (Actor), Linda Cardellini (Actor)
  • The Front Runner: Jason Reitman (Director/Co-Writer/Producer), Hugh Jackman (Actor)
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: Phil Lord (Co-Writer/Producer), Christopher Miller (Producer)
  • Three Identical Strangers: Tim Wardle (Director)
  • Vox Lux: Brady Corbet (Director/Writer), Natalie Portman (Actor/Executive Producer)
  • A Private War: Matthew Heineman (Director), Rosamund Pike (Actor), Jamie Dornan (Actor)
  • What They Had: Elizabeth Chomko (Director/Writer), Robert Forster (Actor)
  • Leave No Trace: Debra Granik (Director/Writer)
  • At Eternitys Gate: Julian Schnabel (Director/Writer/Editor), Willem Dafoe (Actor)
  • A Quiet Place: John Krasinski (Director/Writer/Actor), Andrew Form (Producer), Brad Fuller (Producer), Millicent Simmonds (Actor), Erik Aadahl (Supervising Sound Editor), Ethan Van der Ryn (Supervising Sound Editor)
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Participants from several other Contenders including A Star is Born, Beautiful Boy, Bird Box, Black Panther, Crazy Rich Asians, Roma, The Favourite, Widows and 22 July will be announced shortly as the lineup continues to be solidified. Go to for daily updates.

Mike Fleming Jr. (Co-Editor in Chief), Dominic Patten (Senior Editor), Dawn Chmielewski (Technology Editor), Anthony DAlessandro (Editorial Director), Joe Utichi (AwardsLine Editor) and I will be moderating the various panels throughout the day, which starts with a full breakfast sponsored by Amazon Studios, lunch sponsored by Annapurna Pictures and wrapping up the day with a reception sponsored by Netflix.

Sponsors and partners include Poltrana Frau/ Cappellini, Dell, Michters Whiskey, Final Draft, Allied Global Marketing, Screen Engine,

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Eyepetizer Eyewear, Cherry Picks, Bloomingdales, Giorgio Armani and Calii Love. And for anyone who has attended a Contenders event before, you know there are always some great raffle prizes to be given away all day long.

Every year we get grateful thanks for providing this opportunity for key voters to see top contenders in action with clips and in-person appearances. “I look forward to this event every year as the highlight of the award season and I stay the entire day,” one anxious voter looking for their Contenders invite in the email wrote me just last week. When it comes your way be sure to respond immediately. We arent kidding because this fills up instantly.

See you at Deadlines The Contenders.

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Adam Ray To Star In The Bellmen; The Banker Adds Taylor Black

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EXCLUSIVE: Adam Ray is set to star as the lead in the upcoming film T..

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EXCLUSIVE: Adam Ray is set to star as the lead in the upcoming film The Bellmen directed by Cameron Fife. The movie follows a charming bell captain at a popular Arizona resort who decides becoming a manager is the only way to win the girl of his dreams

The cast of The Bellmen also includes Josh Zuckerman, Jonathan Kite, Andrew Caldwell, Alphonzo McAuley, Willie Garson, Kelen Coleman, Anjali Bhimani, Richard Kind, and Thomas Lennon. Jason Adler, who developed the script with Fife, is producing under his production company Park Avenue Creative, along with June Street Productions. Kim Waltrip is executive producing.

Ray can be seen in Ballers as well as the second season of American Vandal which is currently streaming on Netflix. He can also be seen in the forthcoming Jennifer Lopez comedy Second Act. His previous credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development, and the Netflix film Game Over Man. He is repped by Gersh and Avalon.

Actress Taylor Black has been cast in The Banker, the George Nolfi-directed drama starring Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Nicholas Hoult, and Nia Long.

The fact-based pic centers on two African American entrepreneurs, Bernard Garrett (Mackie) and Joe Morris (Jackson), in the 50s who recruit a working-class white man, Matt Steiner (Hoult) to pose as the head of their business empire while they posed as a janitor and a chauffeur. Garrett and Morris become two of the wealthiest and most successful real estate owners in the country with Steiner as their front man, but their success brings about unforeseen risk of exposure that threatens everything.

Brad Feinstein is producing the film via Romulus Entertainment, which is financing. Joel Viertel, Nolfi, Nnamdi Asomugha, Jonathan Baker, and Mackie are producers as well. Black, whose credits include the A Rainy Day In New York, and recurring roles on Midnight, Texas and Lucifer, is repped by APA and Sweeney Entertainment.

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Halloween Review: Jamie Lee Curtis Battles Michael Myers (Again) In A Treat For Horror Fans

Ever since John Carpenters original Halloween and Michael Myers first came into our orbit in 1978, i..

Ever since John Carpenters original Halloween and Michael Myers first came into our orbit in 1978, it has been the gift that keeps on giving at the box office, with so many spinoffs, sequels and reboots it is hard to keep track. From Halloweens II, III, IV and Vto a 20-year revisit in 1998 and Halloween: Resurrection in 2002, hell there even are three films just simply titled Halloween II. There seems to be no need even to hide what the film is anymore — the 2007 reboot, and the current incarnation, are using the same title as the original! It is a brand all by itself.


Jamie Lee Curtis has been a part of four of them, and now returns as Laurie Strode in the update, set 40 years after Myers first terrorized her in Haddonfield, IL on Halloween Night 1978. Here is my advice: Forget all the Halloweens that came between that one and this one and just look at this one as the purest sequel, a battle royale between Strode and Myers that has been four decades in the making and, as I say in my video review above, is a royal treat for horror fans as new director David Gordon Green clearly has a place in his heart for what made the original a classic of the genre in the first place.

Basically the new film has much in common with Carpenters vision, as the film opens with Myers (Nick Castle) institutionalized and about to be transferred to an even harder facility on — when else — the day before Halloween. In no time the bus carrying him has flipped over and Mike is on the loose, presumably headed to Haddonfield in a truck he hijacks (disposing of the occupants) to complete some unfinished business. That “business” would be a final confrontation with Strode, who has never forgotten that 1978 hallowed night, and has prepared for decades for what she believes is Myers inevitable return to gory, er glory.

The problem, as is the case in so many of these kinds of movies, is that no one shares her concerns and basically thinks her obsession is just not realistic. After all, Myers is locked up, right? Among those doubting her fears are her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak), who only slowly get the message that maybe Grandma is possibly on to something. In the meantime, the focus shifts to other characters on Halloween who become catnip for Myers as he makes his way to a rematch with Laurie. Among them is Hawkins (Will Patton), the cop who was there 40 years ago and still recalls every detail, as well as Dr. Sartain (Haluk Bilginer), MMs psychiatrist or “the new Loomis” as Strode greets him, a reference to the dispatched character Donald Pleasance played in the original.

All the acting this time around is first-rate, and thanks to the casts dedication in making you believe all this stuff is scary and happening, this 2018 Halloween ranks easily as the best since the first and is the perfect companion piece. At its heart is the fiercely defined performance of Curtis, aged up to come across as a dangerous and determined victim out for revenge and closure. Plus she has wired the house for what she knows will be Michaels arrival at any moment, and has the guns to prove it. Curtis plays this version of Strode very much on the edge, and it really works.

Green has done a great job keeping up the spirit of what makes this franchise pop, and has great help from co-screenwriters Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley who havent forgotten the roots of this saga. Happy Halloween indeed. Producers are Malek Akaad, Bill Block and Jason Blum. Universal and Blumhouse can count on making a fortune when it opens Friday just in time for… guessed it.

Do you plan to see Halloween? Let us know what you think.

RelatedHalloween Could Be In Store For $100M+ Global Opening Treat

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Luca Guadagnino And RT Features To Adapt Bob Dylan Album Blood On The Tracks

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Luca Guadagnino has given us summer Italian romance through Call..

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Luca Guadagnino has given us summer Italian romance through Call Me By Your Name and supernatural dance academy conspiracies in the forthcoming remake of Suspiria. Now he is looking to tackle Bob Dylan. The Academy Award-nominated filmmaker is reteaming with RT Features for an adaptation of the legendary musicians 1975 album Blood on the Tracks.

Academy Award-winning screenwriter Richard LaGravenese is set to write a script to the classic drama, which is based on an idea by RT Features Rodrigo Teixeira, who is producing with Guadagnino. RTs Sophie Mas and Lourenço Sant Anna are executive producing alongside Marco Morabito. RT Features produced Guadagninos Call Me by Your Name.

Blood on the Tracks is Dylans 15th studio album which was released by Columbia Records in 1975. The platinum-selling album, which is considered one of his greatest, include the songs “Tangled Up in Blue,” “Simple Twist of Fate” and “Shelter from the Storm.” It is ranked by Rolling Stone as the 16th greatest album of all time.

Guadagnino is represented by WME and LaGravenese and RT Features by CAA.

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