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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,

Guillermo Del Toro
REX/Shutterstock Guillermo Del Toro at The Contenders

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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REX/Shutterstock Gary Oldman at The Contenders

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 contendersla2018.deadline.com 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,

REX/Shutterstock Jordan Peele at The Contenders

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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Marvel Studios president claims hundreds of superheroes could join MCU after Disney merger

The MCU looks set to expand (Picture: Marvel Universe LIVE!)

The president of Marvel, Kevin Feige, ..

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The MCU looks set to expand (Picture: Marvel Universe LIVE!)

The president of Marvel, Kevin Feige, has said that hundreds of superheroes could join the MCU after the huge deal with Disney last year.

The MCU looks set to get a lot bigger.

The truth is Im excited for all of the [Fox properties]. And its not just the marquee names, you know, Kevin revealed while at the Golden Globes earlier this week.

He added to MTV News: There are hundreds of names on those agreements and the fact that Marvel is as close as we may ever get now to having access to all of the characters is something Ive been dreaming about for my almost 20 years at Marvel.

Its very exciting.

Back in December, the 45-year-old Marvel boss also opened up about the ending of Avengers Infinity War, as he explained that he never planned for the good guy to win.

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We did Infinity War and Endgame at the same time, but those have been the longest gestating movies weve ever made.

Four years now, almost five years. And it was always about delivering on the promise that we had set up. And the way the world received Infinity War was amazing, it was exactly what we wanted.

Kevin enjoyed playing around with the idea of leaving the movie on a cliffhanger with villain Thanos seemingly being the victor, as he and his crew were tired of the predictable storyline of the good guy winning.

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Speaking to Varietys Playback podcast, Kevin added: And that ending, which we had been working on for many years, and I do remember people, on all of the movies weve made and Im sure on many of the movies well make in the future, whenever the good guy wins, which is often – good guy, good woman, good hero wins – they go, “Eh, its kind of predictable. Good guy wins.”

Just a thought though, Kevin, we could sure do with a win at the end of Endgame.

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Groots name could actually be Tree and Thor has been telling us all along

Is Groots name a bit more literal than we thoght? (Picture: Marvel)

We may be waiting for a long ti..

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Is Groots name a bit more literal than we thoght? (Picture: Marvel)

We may be waiting for a long time for Guardians Of The Galaxy 3, after director of the first two films James Gunn was sacked from the franchise.

But at least we have plenty of fan theories to tide us over.

A Marvel fan has suggested that Groots name isnt actually Groot, and we are shooketh.

Redditor CheMc questioned if Groots name is Tree, as this is what Thor calls him, and hes one of the only people who understands Groots language after learning it on Asgard.

They wrote: I realised that when Thor introduces Groot to Captain America he introduces him as “Tree” rather than Groot, which got me thinking what if Groots name is actually Tree and that he is merely only able to say “I am Groot” leaving the Guardians to believe that is his name, but Thor actually understanding the language knows that to be wrong.

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Thor can understand Groots language (Picture: Marvel)

The Reddit post continued: Thor also calls Rocket by the name of rabbit the entire film but I did all of Thors scenes and at no point does anyone call him Rocket which means unless Rocket told Thor his name which doesnt really seem like something he would do Thor would give him his name while Groots name is one of the only 3 words he can say. It seems weird that Thor would incorrectly introduce his friend when he would know his name.

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Thor has a habit of referring to people by their surname like “Stark”, “Rogers”, “Banner” and so on which means its possible that Groots full name is actually Groot Tree and Thor is referring to him by his surname.

In the subtitles rabbit is not capitalised while referring to Rocket as rabbit while Tree is, implying it is a proper name or even a title.

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Interesting – very interesting.

James Gunn previously shot down this rumour, tweeting: His name is not Tree – however, theres no confirmation that this is canon.

One theory about the fan favourite was previously confirmed – that the Groot in Vol 2 is actually a descendant of Groot, after the first Groot sacrificed himself in the first movie.

While GOTG 3 has been wiped from the schedule due to the director issues, Marvel boss Kevin Feige this week maintained that a third film will be made.

Speaking to MTV, he said: Guardians will happen. When, where, how? For a later time.

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Samuel L Jackson reveals Captain Marvel superpower that could save Avengers in Endgame

Brie Larson is avoiding spoiling Endgame using a novel method (Picture: Marvel)

As fans, weve come ..

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Brie Larson is avoiding spoiling Endgame using a novel method (Picture: Marvel)

As fans, weve come up with a theory or two that addresses what we think may happen, or at the very least, hope to happen in the next Avengers saga.

With Endgame only a mere four-and-a-half months away, Captain Marvel is going to quench our information thirst before we catch up with the rest of the crew battling the wake of Thanos mighty snap.

Samuel L Jackson plays Nick Fury in the Avengers franchise as well as the Captain Marvel prequel spinoff, and whether or not the SHIELD leader meant to or not, he may have just revealed a superpower punters didnt know the Cap M had which might come in handy.

Which, of course, brings about a whole new wave of theories.

So according to Jackson, as well as Carol Danvers being a regular legend with the might to take the Titan Thanos down, shes also a time traveller.

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Wow, the more you know, eh?

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Shes pretty much the strongest character – in terms of someone with powers are able to do things – in the Marvel universe, he said of his compadre, played by Brie Larson. So, for Carol Danvers to be that person and for Brie to become that person, its gonna be a dynamite thing.

He added of the upcoming Endgame and how Captain Marvel will slide right on in there: I mean, [the Avengers] are up against some really, really tough odds right now – we saw throughout Infinity War – so now we know that we need something thats as powerful as Thanos, continues Jackson.

And at some point, well find out how powerful she is and all the things that shes capable of. Shes one of the few people in the Marvel universe that can time travel, so…

CLANG! Sorry, shall we pick up that massive spoiler for you, Sam?

The whole time travel palaver has been floating about the MCU for some time, with many a punter proffering the theory the Avengers will use the means to claim back half the population obliterated at the end of Infinity War.

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Its also been a long-held theory Scott Lang AKA Ant-Man (Played by Paul Rudd) will use the Quantum Realm to get about the various times and realities to stitch everything and everyone back together.

Guess well just have to wait and see.

Captain Marvel is in cinemas 8 March, 2019 and Avengers: Endgame is in cinemas April 28, 2019.

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