In one of Syrian-born artist Mohamad Hafez’s stunning 3D pieces, a figurine of the Virgin Mary stands before an ornate portal, her hands joined in prayer. The building around her, rendered in plaster, paint, rusted metal and found objects, is blasted to ruins. The artwork is titled “Why Have You Forsaken Us?” Hafez created the piece in 2017, in the midst of the civil war that has devastated the country of his birth, and reduced architectural treasures to smoking rubble. He constructed the work in Connecticut, where he lives, far from his native Damascus – a place that, for him and for so many others forced from their homeland, exists only in memory. The Oscar-shortlisted short documentary A Broken House , directed by Jimmy Goldblum , reveals the artist at work, carefully building and decorating his miniatures. And then damaging them. “Mohamad’s art is staggering when you see it in person,” Goldblum tells Deadline. “He creates a perfect sculptural rendition of … [Read more...] about “Staggering”: Oscar-Shortlisted Doc ‘A Broken House’ Enters A Syrian Artist’s Work, With A Snorkel Lens
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As a kid, Ryan Murphy was obsessed with the Academy Awards. Obsessed. And now this Sunday night the culmination of that obsession comes to life as Episode 5 of the eight-part limited FX series Feud : Bette and Joan offers up the most detailed, painstaking recreation of an Oscar show ever filmed. Feud executive producer Murphy chose the famously difficult making of 1962’s horror classic Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? and the legendary feud between Golden Age stars Joan Crawford and Bette Davis to be the first installment of a new anthology series set around famous feuds. This one was a doozy as the two aging icons tried to one-up each other before, during and after production of a movie that would turn out to be a major hit, giving a big shot of adrenaline to both after their careers had been flickering. The entire series, which airs Sundays through April 23, is must-see TV for fans of Crawford and Davis; Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon , who play them, … [Read more...] about Whatever Happened At The 1963 Oscars? Ryan Murphy On How ‘Feud’ Recreates The Weirdest Best Actress Race Ever
Proving that if you pay your dues literally, your pals will show up to have your back, the Motion Picture Association of America and Netflix today warned of “the chilling fear of litigation” as they filed court documents supporting FX and Ryan Murphy in their legal battle with Olivia De Havilland over the Oscar winning icon’s depiction in the Feud: Bette and Joan . “The type of claims pursued by a celebrity like Olivia de Havilland here deserve especially heightened scrutiny because docudramas, biopics and historical dramas—which by design do not portray individuals or events literally or with obedience to historical fact—often depict real people who may not like, and may even be offended or embarrassed by, how they are portrayed,” says the introduction to the proposed amicus curiae brief that the studio backed lobby group and the streaming service filed for consideration on Thursday in the California’s court of appeal. “Yet a plaintiff’s subjective dissatisfaction … [Read more...] about Netflix & MPAA Back FX In ‘Feud’ Battle With Olivia De Havilland
EXCLUSIVE: NBA All-Star Shaquille O’Neal is booking theaters in Los Angeles this weekend for free screenings of The Queen of Basketball , in honor of Lusia “Lucy” Harris, the late subject of the Oscar-shortlisted documentary. Harris, who led Delta State University in Mississippi to three national championships in the 1970s and became the first woman ever officially drafted by an NBA team, died unexpectedly last week at the age of 66. Harris is the first woman to score in Olympic basketball competition – she was the leading scorer and rebounder on the silver medal-winning U.S. women’s squad at the Montreal Games in 1976 – and holds the distinction of being the first Black woman inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Fellow Hall of Fame center O’Neal serves as an executive producer of the short documentary directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ben Proudfoot . “I am extremely saddened at the sudden loss of the unsung legend and fearless trailblazer – Ms. Lucy … [Read more...] about Shaquille O’Neal Announces Free L.A.-Area Screenings Of ‘The Queen Of Basketball,’ In Honor Of Late Hoops Star
EXCLUSIVE: Nine days after Olivia de Havilland turned 102, the California Supreme Court has rejected the two-time Oscar winner’s desire to have them review her feud with FX Networks and Ryan Murphy over her depiction in the Emmy winning 2017 Feud: Bette and Joan anthology. “It is a sad day for Miss de Havilland and for the legal system,” the Hold Back the Dawn actress’ primary lawyer Suzelle M. Smith said bluntly to Deadline today. While a blow, the terse and unexplained “petition denied” from the Golden State’s highest court Wednesday hasn’t completely TKO’d the Hollywood legend’s aim to see the matter ultimately go to a jury trial. The action could be revived if de Havilland successfully petitions the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case. Putting together such paperwork to the SCOTUS is being evaluated by de Havilland’s team, but no decision has been made yet to go that route or not. Producers Fox 21 Television had no comment on what was another victory … [Read more...] about Olivia De Havilland’s ‘Feud’ Petition Denied By Cali Top Court; SCOTUS Next?