Narcosis , The Netherlands’ entry for the Best International Feature Oscar, mixes a cocktail of themes perhaps for the first time ever: clairvoyance, deep sea diving and grief. Directed by Martijn de Jong and co-written with his life partner Laura van Dijk, Narcosis is about a young family that is hit by a tragedy and deals with it in a unique way. It won the Audience Award at the Thessaloniki Film Festival as well as Best Film at the Nederlands Film Festival. RELATED: The Contenders International – Deadline’s Full Coverage De Jong calls Narcosis “kind of a mirror” to his own family, “but not at all biographical.” During Deadline’s Contenders Film: International awards-season event, he told us he and van Dijk “treasure hunted” stories that were part of their lives. “One of them is the clairvoyance which is something that my mother does. She has this ability in real life. I’m quite ambivalent to this,” he said, but van Dijk “was very intrigued.” As … [Read more...] about ‘Narcosis’ Filmmaker Martijn De Jong On Combining Clairvoyance, Deep Sea Diving And Grief – Contenders International
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Pierfrancesco Favino is best known internationally for strong male character roles such as mobster Tommaso Buscetta in The Traitor , disgraced politician Bettino Craxi in Hammamet and terrorist-targeted vice-police chief Alfonso Noce in Padrenostro , for which he won Venice’s Volpi Cup for Best Actor. In Mario Martone ’s drama Nostalgia , he plays the gentler, less defined figure of Felice, a man in his 50s who returns from 40 years in the Middle East to his mysterious, layered home neighborhood in Naples to reconnect with his elderly mother and confront a past wrong. RELATED: The Contenders International – Deadline’s Full Coverage “What was interesting to me was this relationship with his mother and the tenderness of this man and how gentle he is. It’s quite rare to see a man’s masculinity portrayed in that way,” Favino told a Contenders International panel Saturday. “I have to say he resembles me much more than The Traitor ,” he added. “With … [Read more...] about Pierfrancesco Favino Studied Up On Two Languages For Lead Role In ‘Nostalgia’ – Contenders International
James McAvoy is opening up about his refusal to campaign to win an Oscar which led to him not scoring a nod for his work on Atonement (2007). In an interview with British GQ , McAvoy said that he saw first-hand what it took for Forest Whitaker to land his leading actor Oscar for his work on The Last King of Scotland , a film both actors starred in. McAvoy was seemingly not overjoyed with the way actors have to cozy up to members of the Academy to get a nod or a vote to win. “[With the Last King of Scotland campaign], it was made clear to me that I was doing it for the benefit of other people. And I was totally down with that,” he told the publication. “But by the time Atonement came along, I was 26 or 27, and I was just like, I can’t do it, I’m not doing it, I don’t wanna do it.” Atonement went on to receive 7 nominations at the Oscars including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress for Saoirse Ronan. The film directed by Joe Wright took a trophy for … [Read more...] about James McAvoy Reveals Why He Didn’t Campaign To Land Oscar For ‘Atonement’: “I Felt Cheap”
Just because you can play in the NFL doesn't mean you're tough enough to WRESTLE -- so says Hulk Hogan who tells us all sorts of NFL tough guys have tried to cross over to the ring ... and FAILED. And not just no-name scrubs ... we're talking some pretty famous NFLers who couldn't quite hack it with Vince McMahon's organization ... guys like Oakland Raiders legend Lyle Alzado . Unclear why Alzado -- a maniac on the field -- didn't get a contract with the WWE (then WWF) ... but Hulk says he wasn't the only NFL star who didn't make the cut. Hogan names names ... Bill Fralic (4-time Pro Bowler), John Matuszak (2-time Super Bowl champ) ... and explains that it takes a special sort of toughness to fake fight in the squared circle. "You gotta be able to work hurt," Hogan says ... "You can't be taking a day off from wrestling because you twisted your pinkie if you're wrestling the main event at Madison Square Garden." So, does Hogan think Sam has a shot?? Check out … [Read more...] about Hulk Hogan — WWF Rejected Big NFL Stars
Former WWE Champ CM Punk claims he never quit the famous wrestling company ... he was FIRED -- and it all went down on his wedding day. Punk spoke out on the Art of Wrestling podcast with Colt Cabana for the first time since walking out on the company in January ... and went into extreme detail about why he left . The wrestling star says he never technically quit ... he got the 'ole heave ho -- delivered in the mail on his wedding day to WWE Diva AJ Lee . The whole interview is almost 2 hours long -- Punk talks about wrestling with a staph infection for months ... and how he threatened to sue the company over royalty payments. He also says he'll never work for WWE again. … [Read more...] about CM Punk — I Got Fired From WWE … ON MY WEDDING DAY!
Didn't think we'd see this one coming ... but Tito Ortiz just fired off some COMPLIMENTS about his bitter rival Dana White -- praising the UFC boss for signing CM Punk . For the record, Ortiz and White have been feuding for YEARS -- and the two got thiiis close to fighting it out in the ring back in 2007. But despite the feud, Tito knows a good business decision when he sees it ... and told TMZ Sports that signing former WWE champ CM Punk is a solid move for the UFC. "They're making money," Ortiz said ... "It's great for them." The 39-year-old fighter also updated us on his own career -- saying he's finally calling it quits next year ... but there's one thing he wants to accomplish before he retires. Check out the clip ... … [Read more...] about Tito Ortiz — Praises Dana White … For Signing CM Punk
“You know you’re in a hit when you get messages from people you were at school with or people you haven’t heard from in a long time,” Bill Nighy said during the Sony Pictures Classics panel for Living at Deadline’s Contenders Film: Los Angeles awards-season event. He continued, “Everyone always says the same thing [in response to the film], which is they hit the street and they want to go do something they’re inspired to make the most of it. It’s a very inspirational film. It’s uplifting in the way that sometimes tragedy can be.” RELATED: The Contenders Film: Los Angeles – Deadline’s Full Coverage “Living” is director Oliver Hermanus ’ remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1952 critically acclaimed Ikiru , which was itself inspired by Tolstoy’s 1886 masterpiece The Death of Ivan Ilyich . The screenplay by Nobel-winning screenwriter Kazuo Ishiguro examines a theme painfully applicable in any century: the reality that mostly we don’t consider life until we’re faced … [Read more...] about ‘Living’ Star Bill Nighy Finds Inspiration And Humor In His Role As A Dying Man – Contenders L.A.
TMZ.com Kanye West has reportedly shed at least one alt-right figure from his inner circle -- but it's not necessarily the guy you might want to see go first from the outside looking in. Per Daily Beast journo Will Sommer , Milo Yiannopoulos has been fired from Ye's campaign team -- this following his crash-and-burn interview with Alex Jones earlier this week, not to mention a bunch of others that have gone up in flames and made KW look bad. supposed "centrist" tim pool is currently hosting kanye west, neonazi nick fuentes and pedo defender milo yiannopolis on his show. i wish i was making this up. pic.twitter.com/tk9mLldT10 — hasanabi (@hasanthehun) November 29, 2022 @hasanthehun Sommer says Milo was booted after "a series of disastrous media appearances that saw the candidate praising Hitler." He adds that in an email, Milo wrote that there was a mutual conclusion reached that he oughta step away ... and it sounds like he has. So, … [Read more...] about Kanye West Reportedly Boots Milo Yiannopoulos from Campaign Team
Gallery Launch Gallery Backgrid Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck have a large staff handling their day-to-day, but one chore is strictly hands on -- going shoppin' for an XMAS tree! Backgrid Ben, Jen and their brood hit up a vacant lot in Santa Monica Saturday ... littered with Douglas and other firs. So many to choose from! The fam got downright pensive and they inspected various options. It's an important one for sure ... it's their first tree as a married couple. Backgrid They spent quite a bit of time at the lot, eventually settling on what looked like a balsam fir -- a huge one -- that they tied to their SUV as they beat it. BACKGRID Everyone seemed to have a voice in the choice ... including Max , Emme , Violet , Seraphina and Samuel . Looks like Violet was MIA. Now the question ... who's gonna decorate that sucker?!? … [Read more...] about Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck Go Christmas Tree Shopping with Kids
Two new productions opened on Broadway within the last few days, demonstrating that Broadway, at the very least, can accommodate works of remarkable diversity – a diversity in levels of ambition not least. One takes remarkable chances and all but announces the arrival of a singular new theatrical voice. The other, with a team of immensely talented Broadway veterans both on stage and behind the scenes that so relies on overused formula and tired tropes that it can’t even breathe life into some of the most irresistible pop songs of the last half-century. First, the good news: Ain’t No Mo’ , the audacious Broadway debut of writer-performer Jordan E. Cooper powerfully directed by Broadway newcomer Stevie Walker-Webb, is a marvel, compelling even when its considerable reach exceeds its grasp, a mix of sketch comedy, satire, social commentary, drama and tour de force performances that places Ain’t No Mo’ are the forefront of the outlandish, take-no-prisoners style of Black theater … [Read more...] about ‘Ain’t No Mo’ & ‘A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical’ – Broadway Reviews