Вы находитесь на странице: 1из 90

February 7, 2018

Oscars
IN THE HOMESTRETCH
● WILLEM DAFOE Triumph
of a Hollywood nomad
● High stakes for the studios

● From Mary J. to Chalamet:


The nominee class photo

#METOO HITS
MOVIE DEALS
Battle over morality clauses

R.I.P. OFFICE
ROMANCE
Dating post-Harvey

SONY SHAKE-UP
New CEO, new sale buzz

HOLLYWOOD’S
MOST TOXIC
BROMANCE
EMBRACE LIFE
EMBRACE STRENGTH
EMBRACE E A
ACH OTHER

F O R Y O U R C O N S I D E R AT I O N

THESHAPEOFWATERFYC.COM
Issue No. 6, February 7, 2018

FEATURES
54 Willem Dafoe: Triumph 64 The Doomed Bromance
of a Hollywood Nomad of Lenny and Charlie
Despite a hundred credits He’s a burnout major
and three Oscar nominations leaguer and an ex-con, but
— the most recent for The that didn’t prepare Lenny
Florida Project — the actor Dykstra for his friendship
remains a shape-shifting with Charlie Sheen, a man
enigma who eschews fame he alleges is a dangerous
and comfort: “I remember criminal about to be taken
my life by my movies.” down by the Feds.

60 Back to Basics in Berlin 70 ‘Simplistic but


With Netflix and Amazon Complicated’
lying low in Sundance, this Animated feature Oscar
year’s European Film contenders introduced
Market may continue a return audiences to female charac-
to more traditional sales ters who could tame a
models — and dealmakers bull and handle a bossy,
couldn’t be happier. suit-wearing infant.

54
“I never thought acting
could be a profession,”
says Dafoe, photo-
graphed Feb. 2 at Siren
Studios Orange in Los
Angeles. He looks back at
some of his iconic roles
(and the time he played
Marilyn Monroe in a
Super Bowl commercial)
at THR.com/video.
Ralph Lauren sweater,
Dolce & Gabbana pants,
Jimmy Choo sneakers.

Photographed here and for the cover by Martha Galvan

2
CONGRATULATIONS TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET

WINNER
BEST AC TOR
LONDON FILM CRITICS’ CIRCLE
Issue No. 6, February 7, 2018

and the surprisingly


THE REPORT most profitable division
11 The Morality Dilemma at Sony.
In a post-Weinstein land-
scape, studios are adding
language to talent contracts
STYLE
to protect themselves 49 That Touch of Pink
if claims hit the media. Just in time for Valentine’s
Day, new blush-hued
scents hit all the right notes
ABOUT TOWN — from seductive woods
23 Who Does Whitney to feminine florals.
Cummings Think She Is?
The prolific TV star/creator
helms her first feature, The
REVIEWS
Female Brain. 74 Black Panther
Ryan Coogler’s Marvel
entry dazzles with smartly
THE BUSINESS staged action, magnetic
38 Executive Suite: performances and a bracing
Steve Bersch sense of novelty.
The acquisitions executive on
the state of indie filmmaking
BACKLOT
77 How Canada Became
a Springboard
for Female Directors
Multiple government
initiatives are pushing for
gender parity in the
film business by 2020.

23
THIS WEEK ON THR VIDEO CORRECTION Sufjan Stevens received “I still have a bit of shame around being
Watch Cummings rave about a best song Oscar nomination for “Mystery the boss,” says Cummings, photographed
her comedic hero, Paul Reiser. of Love” (THR 1/31). Jan. 26 at Harlowe in West Hollywood.

49
Chloe Nomade
with plum,
freesia and oak
moss notes;
$132, at Sephora

DYKSTRA: WESLEY MANN. FRAGRANCE: WILL DELEON.

64
“I am not a saint,”
says Lenny Dykstra,
photographed Nov. 8
in New York City.

Cummings photographed by Coral von Zumwalt


Matthew Belloni
EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

Alison Brower Shanti Marlar Tom Seeley Sudie Redmond


DEPUTY EDITORIAL DIRECTOR CREATIVE DIRECTOR DEPUTY EDITORIAL DIRECTOR, EXECUTIVE MANAGING EDITOR
DIGITAL MEDIA

Stephen Galloway Jennifer Laski Jeanie Pyun Erik Hayden Lacey Rose David Katz
EXECUTIVE EDITOR, FEATURES PHOTO & VIDEO DIRECTOR DEPUTY EDITOR NEWS DIRECTOR EXECUTIVE EDITOR, TELEVISION EXECUTIVE EDITOR, ARTICLES

EDITOR-AT-LARGE Kim Masters

FILM
FILM EDITOR Gregg Kilday • SENIOR FILM WRITERS Borys Kit, Pamela McClintock, Tatiana Siegel
TECH EDITOR Carolyn Giardina • STAFF WRITER, FILM Mia Galuppo • INTERNATIONAL FILM EDITOR Deborah Young

TELEVISION
TELEVISION EDITOR, EAST COAST Marisa Guthrie • TELEVISION EDITOR, WEST COAST Lesley Goldberg
SENIOR WRITER, TELEVISION Michael O’Connell • TELEVISION WRITER Bryn Elise Sandberg • MEDIA & POLITICS WRITER Jeremy Barr

REVIEWS
REVIEWS EDITOR Jon Frosch • CHIEF FILM CRITIC Todd McCarthy CHIEF TELEVISION CRITIC Tim Goodman
CHIEF THEATER CRITIC David Rooney • TELEVISION CRITIC Daniel J. Fienberg

SENIOR EDITOR Benjamin Svetkey • SENIOR EDITOR, COPY Mike Barnes


FASHION & BEAUTY DIRECTOR Carol McColgin • AWARDS EDITOR Rebecca Ford
REAL ESTATE & CITY EDITOR Peter Kiefer • SENIOR WRITERS Seth Abramovitch, Gary Baum,
Scott Johnson • SENIOR AWARDS ANALYST Scott Feinberg • SENIOR EDITOR, EVENTS Ramona Saviss
SENIOR REPORTER Rebecca Sun • INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS EDITOR Georg Szalai
WEST COAST BUSINESS EDITOR Paul Bond • SENIOR EDITOR, NEW YORK Eriq Gardner
BOOKS EDITOR Andy Lewis • STAFF WRITER Chris Gardner • STAFF WRITER, DIGITAL MEDIA Natalie Jarvey
STAFF REPORTER Ashley Cullins • ASSOCIATE EDITOR Lindsay Flans • ASSISTANT STYLE EDITOR Jane Carlson
EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Kendal McAlpin • ASSISTANT TO THE EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Beno Akram

COPY SCOTT FEINBERG


ASSOCIATE MANAGING EDITOR Jennifer H. Levin
will moderate a
DEPUTY COPY CHIEF Darah Head • SENIOR COPY EDITOR Lisa de los Reyes
conversation between
I, Tonya’s Margot
ART
DESIGN DIRECTOR Peter B. Cury Robbie and Allison
ART DIRECTOR Kelsey Stefanson • ASSOCIATE ART DIRECTORS Nicholas Brawley, Janney — recipients of
Christopher Hawkins, Fah Sakharet • SENIOR DESIGNER Jen Cienfuegos the Santa Barbara Film
Festival’s performer
SENIOR ART PRODUCTION MANAGER Michelle Mondragon
ART PRODUCTION ASSOCIATE Amanda Tannen • PRODUCTION ARTIST BJ Samuels • JUNIOR PRODUCTION ARTIST Ashley Bradley of the year award — at
REBECCA SUN the fest Feb. 8.
moderated a Feb. 3 PHOTO & VIDEO
Q&A at Netflix’s DEPUTY PHOTO DIRECTOR Carrie Smith
L.A. headquarters PHOTO EDITORS Chelsea Archer, Lisa Dragani, Michelle Stark • SENIOR PHOTO PRODUCER Kate Pappa
ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITORS Tristan Cassel, Jared Rosenthal • PHOTO RESEARCHER Megan Downie
with Altered Carbon
PHOTO & VIDEO ASSISTANT Kayla Landrum • PHOTO EDITOR-AT-LARGE Jenny Sargent
showrunner Laeta
Kalogridis and actors DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION, VIDEO Stephanie Fischette
Will Yun Lee, Byron SENIOR VIDEO PRODUCERS Marya Gullo, Victoria McKillop, Laela Zadeh • VIDEO PRODUCER Natalie Heltzel
ASSOCIATE VIDEO PRODUCER Brian Porreca • YOUTUBE CHANNEL MANAGER Jason Al-Samarrie
Mann and Dichen
WEB VIDEO CONTENT MANAGER Ciara McVey • RIGHTS & CLEARANCES MANAGER Travis Gollaher
Lachman following a LEAD VIDEO EDITOR Victor Klaus • VIDEO EDITOR/MOTION GRAPHICS ARTIST Darin Eaton
screening co-hosted JUNIOR VIDEO EDITOR Nebiyu Dingetu • VIDEO PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Dustin Hattier
by the Coalition
of Asian Pacifics in THR.COM
Entertainment. DEPUTY EDITOR Kimberly Nordyke VICTORIA MCKILLOP
ASSIGNMENT EDITOR Jennifer Konerman • STYLE & FASHION NEWS DIRECTOR Booth Moore and THR’s video team
SENIOR EDITOR Hilary Lewis • EAST COAST DIGITAL LEAD EDITOR Jackie Strause kicked off the Where
SENIOR REPORTER Ryan Parker • EDITOR, HEAT VISION Aaron Couch
Hollywood Eats video
INTERNATIONAL EDITOR Abid Rahman • STAFF EDITOR, NEWSLETTERS Ray Rahman
ASSOCIATE EDITORS Lauren Huff, Meena Jang, Katherine Kilkenny series, which has
ASSOCIATE STYLE EDITOR Samantha Reed • COPY CHIEF Pete Keeley expanded to include
SENIOR PHOTO EDITOR, DIGITAL Christina Pompa-Kwok • PHOTO EDITORS Mike Jianu, Ben Park industry hotspots in
DIGITAL CONTENT EDITOR, VIDEO Annie Howard • SENIOR MANAGER, SOCIAL MEDIA Jennifer Liles
Atlanta, New Orleans
SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR Sarah Gidick • SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR Natalya Jaime • ASSISTANT EDITOR Patrick Shanley
and New York along
with Los Angeles, for
INTERNATIONAL
INTERNATIONAL NEWS EDITOR Kevin Cassidy ReachMe TV.
EUROPE BUREAU CHIEF Scott Roxborough • ASIA BUREAU CHIEF Patrick Brzeski • CANADA BUREAU CHIEF Etan Vlessing
CORRESPONDENTS Agustin Mango ARGENTINA • Pip Bulbeck AUSTRALIA • Rhonda Richford FRANCE
Karen Chu HONG KONG • Ariston Anderson ITALY • Nyay Bhushan INDIA • Gavin J. Blair JAPAN • Lee Hyo-won KOREA
John Hecht MEXICO • Nick Holdsworth, Vladimir Koslov RUSSIA • Pamela Rolfe SPAIN • Alex Ritman U.K.

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar • Jonathan Handel • Austin Hargrave • Bill Higgins • Wesley Mann
Miller Mobley • Gavin Polone • Joe Pugliese • Ramona Rosales • Michael Wolff

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 6 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
“TRIUMPHANT, AUDACIOUS AND
IMPOSSIBLE TO FORGET.” — Justin Chang, LOS ANGELES TIMES

“ONE OF THE BEST


PICTURES OF THE YEAR”
ON OVER 600 TO
OP 10 LIS
STS
S IN
NCLUDIING
G
NAT
TION
NAL BOA
ARD OF
F REVIE
EW, VANITY
Y FA
AIR, LO
OS ANG
GELE
ES TIM
MES,
THE HOLL
LYWOOOD RE
EPORTE
ER, RO
OLLIN
NG STO
ONE, VOG GUE, VUL
LTU
URE, IN
NDIIEWIRE
E

BEST PIICTURE
BEST ACTOR BEST DIRECTOR
Daniel Day-Lewis Paul Thomas Anderson
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Lesley Manville
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Jonny Greenwood
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Mark Bridges

F O R Y O U R C O N S I D E R A T I O N

Written and Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson


©2018 PHANTOM THREAD, LLC.
#PHANTOMTHREAD ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Lynne Segall
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT/GROUP PUBLISHER

Elisabeth Deutschman Victoria Gold Randi Windt


VICE PRESIDENT, TELEVISION & MEDIA VICE PRESIDENT, ENTERTAINMENT VICE PRESIDENT, BRAND PARTNERSHIPS

Alison Smith-Pleiser Alexandra von Bargen


MANAGING DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL SALES MANAGING DIRECTOR, LUXURY

ADVERTISING
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, INDEPENDENT FILM & TALENT Debra Fink
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FILM & TELEVISION Carolyn Bernstein • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TELEVISION Scott Perry
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LUXURY REAL ESTATE & REGIONAL SHELTER Sue Chrispell
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, EDUCATION, ASSOCIATIONS & FILM COMMISSIONS Lori Copeland
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BRAND PARTNERSHIPS Hillary Gilmore • DIRECTOR, SPONSORSHIP & WEST COAST CONSUMER SALES Karbis Dokuzyan
DIRECTORS, BRAND PARTNERSHIPS Jackie Horn, Gabrielle Koenig, Amy Jo Lagermeier, Justine Matthews
MANAGING DIRECTOR, MUSIC Aki Kaneko • DIRECTOR, EAST COAST SALES Joe Maimone • MANAGER, BRAND PARTNERSHIPS Jamie Davidson
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Cathy Field • BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR Dominique Angell
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT Ashley Lyle • SALES COORDINATORS Mitchell Brown, Katie Pope, Andrea Rico, Kendall Stempel

ACCOUNT DIRECTOR, ASIA Ivy Lam • INTERNATIONAL ACCOUNT DIRECTOR Tommaso Campione
ACCOUNT DIRECTOR, NEW ZEALAND & AUSTRALIA Lisa Cruse

DIGITAL MEDIA
GENERAL MANAGER, VIDEO Michael Palmer
VICE PRESIDENT, DIGITAL REVENUE OPERATIONS Gina Perino
DIRECTOR, PRODUCT Reed Hallstrom • INTERACTIVE ART DIRECTOR Rett Alcott • SENIOR DESIGNER Andrew Elder
DESIGNER Ady Chng • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MUSIC STRATEGY & BRANDED CONTENT Alyssa Convertini
DIRECTOR, ADVERTISING OPERATIONS & AUDIENCE REVENUE Daniel Eberle • DIRECTOR OF PARTNERSHIPS Shira Brown
MANAGER, BRANDED CONTENT Ryan Katon • AD OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR Cheryl Kampanis
SENIOR AD OPERATIONS MANAGERS Ninash Delgado, Maureen Vanterpool • AD OPERATIONS MANAGER Samantha Turpen
DIRECTOR, ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT Shameka Frank • SENIOR MANAGER, ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT Renee Giardina
SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER, FILM & ENTERTAINMENT Greg Johnson • DIGITAL ACCOUNT MANAGERS Tracy Cayaban, Sarah Seo, Casey Shulman
ASSOCIATE ACCOUNT MANAGERS Allie Hedlund, Chelsea Sageer, Tal Zaiet • ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, ANALYTICS Katherine Shaoul
SALES ANALYTICS SPECIALIST Lauren Kim • VIDEO ANALYTICS SPECIALIST Stephanie Kurse
EDITORIAL ANALYST Kelsey Weekman • SEO SPECIALIST Matt Albrecht • ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, SOCIAL MEDIA Stephanie Apessos
SOCIAL MARKETING MANAGER Dervla O’Brien • QA ENGINEER Robert MacCracken

MARKETING
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, STRATEGY Anjali Raja
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MARKETING & PARTNERSHIPS Laura Lorenz
DIRECTOR, BRAND MARKETING & PARTNERSHIPS Erika Cespedes • DIRECTOR, TELEVISION DEVELOPMENT Joanna Zwickel
MANAGERS, STRATEGY Ross Figlerski, Jonathan Holguin • STRATEGY EXECUTION MANAGERS Briana Berg, Kwasi Boadi
MARKETING DESIGN MANAGER Kim Grasing • MARKETING COORDINATORS Steven Huizar, Sarah Lombard, Claire McMahon
BRAND MARKETING COORDINATOR Erica Daul • EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT/MARKETING COORDINATOR Matthew Baum

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CONFERENCES & EVENTS Curtis Thompson • ASSOCIATE MANAGER, EVENT MARKETING Anush Yemenidjian

LICENSING
VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & LICENSING Andrew Min
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS & LICENSING Anuja Maheshka • DIRECTOR, LICENSING & MARKETING Amy Steinfeldt Ulmann
MAGAZINE REPRINTS Wright’s Media (877) 652-5295, email PGM@wrightsmedia.com

OPERATIONS
GROUP FINANCE DIRECTOR David Aimone
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FINANCE & OPERATIONS Jerry Ruiz • HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR Alexandra Aguilar
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GROUP PRODUCTION Kelly Jones • DEPUTY PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Mary Bradley • PRODUCTION MANAGER Maya Eslami
SENIOR DESIGNER Suzanne Rush • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT & CIRCULATION Katie Fillingame
SENIOR MANAGER, EMAIL MARKETING & CIRCULATION Meredith Kahn
PROCUREMENT MANAGER Linda Lum • IMAGING MANAGER Brian Gaughen • IMAGING SPECIALIST Michael Sullivan

HEADQUARTERS
5700 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500 • Los Angeles, CA 90036
PHONE (323) 525-2000 • EDITORIAL EMAIL THRnews@thr.com • ADVERTISING (323) 525-2013

New York 340 Madison Ave., 6th floor, New York, N.Y. 10173
PHONE (212) 493-4200 • FAX (646) 654-5637 • NEW YORK SALES OFFICE (212) 493-4193

SUBSCRIPTIONS
U.S. (866) 525-2150 • OUTSIDE U.S. (845) 267-4192 • hollywoodreporter.com/subscribe

John Amato
PRESIDENT

Severin Andrieu-Delille Gary Bannett Dana Miller Michele Singer Jim Thompson
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY CHIEF FINANCIAL CHIEF MARKETING GENERAL COUNSEL CHIEF AUDIENCE
OFFICER OFFICER OFFICER OFFICER

Robert Alessi Barbara Grieninger Julian Holguin Angela Vitacco


CONTROLLER VICE PRESIDENT, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT,
FINANCE BRAND PARTNERSHIPS HUMAN RESOURCES

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 8 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
BAFTA WINNER WINNER WINNER DGA
NOMINEE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL CRITICS’ CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS NOMINEE
DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL JURY PRIZE LONDON BEST SPORTS BEST DIRECTOR
(THE ORWELL AWARD) AUDIENCE AWARD DOCUMENTARY BRYAN FOGEL

“ THERE WERE INSTANCES


OF DOPING USE, TRUE.
BUT NO ONE IS MAKING
A BIG SHOW OF IT. ”
– VLADIMIR PUTIN
JANUARY 30, 2018

“A TRULY ABSORBING PIECE OF FILMMAKING.


COULDN’T BE MORE TIMELY.”
INDIEWIRE

CONSIDER T UTH

T H E T H R I L L E R T H AT T O O K D O W N A N E M P I R E
↑ Moguls
Sony Shake-Up
Does the new CEO care
about Hollywood? p. 12

Film
The Re ort Behind the Headlines
Clint’s Casting
Eastwood on why he hired
non-actors for 15:17 p. 14

Heat Index

David Benioff & D.B. Weiss


The Game of Thrones creators
jump to light speed with
Lucasfilm to write and produce
new Star Wars films (separate
from the Rian Johnson trilogy).

Charles Harder
The litigator for Donald
Trump, Harvey Weinstein and
Hulk Hogan sees partner
Douglas Mirell quit, saying
he was “uncomfortable” with
the firm’s client list.
YOSHIDA: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/GETTY IMAGES. BENIOFF: JEFF KRAVITZ/FILMMAGIC FOR HBO. HARDER: COURTESY OF SUBJECT. WALDEN: GREG DOHERTY/GETTY IMAGES. CIRRINCIONE: JOHNNY NUNEZ/WIREIMAGE.

Dana Walden &


Gary Newman
The Fox TV co-CEOs
‘Everyone Is Trying to Cover
preside over a robust launch
for Ryan Murphy’s 911 and
see the broadcaster hit No. 1
for the first month of 2018
Their Asses as Much as Possible’
— before the Super Bowl put Sex abuse insurance? It could happen, as studios race to include broad morality clauses in contracts
NBC back on top. and dealmakers now must protect against unearthed misconduct claims BY TATIANA SIEGEL

M
oral turpitude? It’s a has had standards of conduct to Brett Ratner to Jeremy Piven
concept that showbiz that it asks employees and talent since October, when Harvey
talent soon will be well- to adhere to and that it’s review- Weinstein first was outed as a
acquainted with. The term, which ing its approach in the new predator. Netflix took a $39 mil-
Vincent Cirrincione means “an act or behavior that era. At the same time, several lion write-down following
The producer and manager gravely violates the sentiment or smaller distributors have begun numerous assault accusations
of Halle Berry and Taraji P.
Henson shutters his company accepted standard of the commu- to add a clause in their long- involving House of Cards’ Spacey,
after nine claims of sexual nity,” is popping up in contracts of form contracts that gives them who also was poised to play
harassment are reported by
The Washington Post. actors and filmmakers in the an out if a key individual in a Gore Vidal in a movie for the
wake of the #MeToo movement film — whether during or before streamer. CFO David Wells didn’t
that has rocked Hollywood. the term of the contract — com- name Spacey or The Ranch star
Showbiz Stocks Fox is just one of the studios mitted or is charged with an act Danny Masterson, who left the
that is trying to insert broad considered under state or federal Netflix series following rape
morality clauses into its tal- laws to be a felony or crime of accusations, but said the write-
$220.88 (+2.9%)
THE MADISON SQUARE ent deals, giving it the ability to moral turpitude. down was “related to the societal
GARDEN CO. (MSG) terminate any contract “if the Studios and buyers are reset around sexual harassment.”
The venue owner posts strong
quarterly earnings thanks to talent engages in conduct that responding to the real financial Similarly, All the Money in
robust ticket sales.
results in adverse publicity or losses incurred in the aftermath the World financier Imperative
notoriety or risks bringing the of a flurry of sexual harassment Entertainment had to pony
$1,005.80 (-10.2%)
ALPHABET (GOOG) talent into public disrepute, and assault accusations and up $10 million to replace Spacey
Google’s parent loses contempt, scandal or ridicule.” admissions that have enveloped with Christopher Plummer for
$3 billion in the latest quarter
after taking a one-time A Paramount source says it long everyone from Kevin Spacey eleventh-hour reshoots on the
tax charge of $9.9 billion to
account for recent changes
in the U.S. tax code. Illustration by Zohar Lazar
Jan. 29-Feb. 5

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 11 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
The Report
In the event
SCRIMINATION.
HA RASSMENT; DI allege d
MORA LS; SEXUAL a vi ol at io n or
ri bu to r be co mes aw ar e of an y ke y in di- Behind the Headlines
Dist by
n of Di st ri butor’s policy oc cu rr ed prior
violatio violations
r or not such provided, or
vidu al whethe rv ic es we re
af ter such se ha s co m-
to, du ri ng or a Key Elem ent
ri bu to r be co mes aw ar e th at t co ns id er ed under
Dist ac
or ha s be en ch arged with an cr im e of moral
mitted
la ws to be a felony or to:
ignominy. On the flip side, Fox “Everyone is trying to cover
de ra l ri gh t
state or fe all have the Searchlight lost millions on the
Distributor sh delete any their asses as much as possible,”
tu rpitude, then e Pi ct ur e; (i i)
ri bution of th on with release of The Birth of a Nation says one distribution exec whose
(i) cease dist t in connecti
give n to su ch Key Elem en an d/ or reshoot
cr ed it
or (i ii) mo di fy, ed it the Key
after revelations that star-film- company recently began adding
e an d/ mo ve
the Pict ur cessar y to re maker Nate Parker had stood trial morality clauses to its contracts.
the ex te nt ne
the Pict ur e to
the Pict ur e. for rape when he was a college One producer insists that
Elem ent fr om
student (Parker was acquitted) restrictive clauses will spark an
and that his accuser later took inability to finance movies.
One film distributor recently began adding this “morality clause” language to its contracts. her own life. “If there is anything downstream
In the post-Weinstein land- that impedes the ability of a finan-
Sony film. Spacey did not have a of liability affecting Hollywood, scape, a number of distributors cier to recoup his investment, the
morality clause in his contracts, and studios and buyers are have been left in vulnerable financier will not invest,” says this
according to sources, and was scrambling to figure out how to positions. YouTube Red dropped producer, adding that bond com-
paid for the entire final season handle it. Naturally, talent reps Morgan Spurlock ’s Super Size panies do not currently address
of House of Cards — even though are balking. Me 2: Holy Chicken! following the the potential of a key figure nega-
he won’t appear in any of the “I’m all for [#MeToo]. I totally filmmaker’s admission of sexual tively impacting a film because
episodes — and for All the Money support it. But I think [broad misconduct, but of a sex scandal. Film Finances
in the World. morality clauses] create a bad not before paying Inc., the top bond completion
Lawyer Schuyler Moore has precedent,” says attorney Linda $3.5 million that company working in Hollywood,
begun to add a morality clause to Lichter. “It’s one thing to say sources say it likely declined to comment.
contracts in an effort to protect someone is a criminal. It’s another Moore won’t get back. “There’s definitely an oppor-
his distributor clients from being thing to say someone has been The Orchard dodged tunity for a company to come
saddled with the next #MeToo- accused by someone and you can a bullet when its $5 million up with some sort of sex abuse
tainted film. “Any distributor fire them and not pay them.” acquisition of Louis C.K.’s I Love insurance,” says the producer.
can say, ‘I’m not picking up this Others claim studios and buy- You, Daddy became unreleas- That’s a point echoed by Lichter.
film if somebody involved in the ers are hypocritical if they are able after a wave of harassment “The studios should start think-
film has some charge like that.’ unwilling to include a morality accusations were leveled at the ing about whether there’s some
Absolutely. I’m doing it, and clause covering their own execu- comedian. Though C.K. was not kind of insurance for this type of
[these clauses] are enforceable,” tives. Directors and talent endure legally obliged to take back the thing,” she says. “This is a whole
says the Greenberg Glusker part- economic hardship when their film, he wrote The Orchard a new territory.”
ner. “And it’s just a question of films are bought by a company check to reimburse the company

YOSHIDA: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/GETTY IMAGES. SPIDER-MAN: CHUCK ZLOTNICK/SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT. JUMANJI: FRANK MASI/SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT. MOORE: COURTESY OF SUBJECT.
drafting it in a way that works.” whose top execs, like Weinstein, for what it had paid toward the Lacey Rose contributed to
As such, there’s a new version become synonymous with sexual film’s release. this report.

What Does Sony’s New CEO Have Planned?


Kenichiro Yoshida may not offload the film studio (just yet), say analysts BY GAVIN J. BLAIR

W ill Sony’s incoming CEO finally cut the cord


on Hollywood? On Feb. 1, the conglomer-
ate said top exec Kaz Hirai, 57, would hand over
Feb. 2, Yoshida identified movie production,
along with semiconductors, as areas the company
must be “very careful” with because of large
the reins to CFO Kenichiro Yoshida, 58, on April 1. investments required. (And on Feb. 6, worldwide
The move ignited new speculation that Sony’s networks president Andy Kaplan, home enter-
entertainment assets could end up auctioned. tainment chief Man Jit Singh and president/CMO
Hirai has been a passionate advocate for Sony Sheraton Kalouria exited in a restructuring.)
Hirai (left), the president and CEO of Sony Corp. since 2012,
Pictures Entertainment, while Yoshida, a veteran Damian Thong, Sony analyst at Macquarie will be succeeded in April by Yoshida, now the company’s CFO.
of corporate strategy who joined Sony in 1983, Capital in Tokyo, notes that “SPE is not a mono-
not as much. But despite Yoshida’s reputation for lithic movie business” but includes a studio, reason Sony has remained relevant is an under-
paring underperforming units, many Sony watch- postproduction facilities and cable channels. “One standing that electronics is linked to content,”
ers say he’s unlikely to unload SPE right away. “I he adds. But in this era of M&A, Jackson thinks
credit [Yoshida] with a big part of the turnaround Sony should consider expanding its entertainment
of the past few years,” says Eric Jackson of EMJ assets, perhaps by acquiring Lionsgate or MGM: “I
Capital, which owns Sony stock. “He’s forced trans- would guess it’s more likely they sell their mobile
parency on the different business units.” phone and financial services units rather than their
Yoshida and Hirai led Sony from huge losses to pictures unit.” But one Tokyo-based Sony analyst
forecasting a record $6.6 billion profit for 2017 with says a creative deal could lead to a sale: “If they can
such film hits as Jumanji ($857 million globally) form some kind of alliance and sell maybe 30 to
and Spider-Man: Homecoming ($880 million). On 40 percent of SPE, then that is a possibility.”

Spider-Man: Homecoming (left) and Jumanji

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 12 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
6
A C A D E M Y A WA R D N O M I N A T I O N S
®

INCLUDING

BEST PICTURE
OF THE YEAR
BEST ACTOR GARY OLDMAN
The Report

Behind the Headlines

MOVIE
REAL
LIFE

How Clint Handled Non-Actors: — once the highest-paid actress in Hollywood


— to essentially play themselves in movies

‘Massive Improvisation’ like 20th Century Fox’s My Lucky Star. More


recently, Paramount had mixed results when
gambling on real-life characters, scoring
Eastwood says if Warner Bros. execs questioned his decision to cast real-life
a modest success with 1997’s Howard Stern
heroes in the terrorism thriller 15:17 to Paris, ‘nobody expressed it to me’ BY TATIANA SIEGEL
comedy Private Parts and its $41 million

T
his past spring, Clint Eastwood was ↑ From left: Skarlatos, Stone and Sadler were lauded for haul. Six years later, it endured a bomb with
their bravery by President Obama in 2015. They play themselves
grilling Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos in the action thriller The 15:17 to Paris. The Real Cancun, which took in $5 million.
and Anthony Sadler about their take- And Relativity’s 2012 thriller Act of Valor, which
down of an armed Islamic State recruit on budget, Warner Bros.’ 15:17, which earned $81 million worldwide off a $12 mil-
a train heading from Amsterdam to Paris. opens Feb. 9, marks the first time lion budget, starred Navy SEALs whose last
Eastwood was mulling actors to portray the in decades that a major studio has names did not appear in the credits and were

OBAMA: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES. 15:17: COURTESY OF WARNER BROS. PICTURES. STERN: L. BUSACCA/WIREIMAGE FOR SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO. MEYER: KEVIN MAZUR/GETTY IMAGES FOR SIRIUSXM. EASTWOOD: STEVE GRANITZ/WIREIMAGE.
real-life trio whose story informed his new taken a risk on real-life pro- not revealed in initial marketing of the film.
film, The 15:17 to Paris, when it hit him: “I just Eastwood tagonists leading a moderately In the case of 15:17, Eastwood made up for
thought, ‘I wonder if they could do it?’ ” says budgeted film. the lack of professional actors by doing “a mas-
Eastwood, 87. “The faces just fit,” he added. Eastwood has used nonprofessionals before, sive amount of improvisation.” Now Stone, 25,
The idea isn’t unprecedented, even if talent albeit in supporting roles (in Gran Torino). Given is hanging on tight to his SAG-AFTRA card
might not love being replaced by real people. that film’s box-office performance ($270 mil- and has signed with UTA for all areas, with
Steven Soderbergh has done it more than once, lion worldwide on a $33 million budget), Jason Heyman representing him for acting.
with the indies The Girlfriend Experience (led Warners wasn’t about to raise any objections. “I would love to make it a long career,” Stone
by porn star Sasha Grey) and Haywire (toplined “There might’ve been a little discussion as says. For Eastwood’s next film, which he
by MMA fighter Gina Carano). Gus Van Sant to whether they thought it was a good idea, but hasn’t yet determined, he likely will return to
took a similar route with Elephant as well as nobody expressed it to me,” says Eastwood. employing pros. “I’m not deserting my Screen
with another angst pic, Paranoid Park, each In earlier times, studios groomed real- Actors Guild,” he says. “The Screen Actors
costing $3 million. But with a $30 million life celebrities like figure skater Sonja Henie Guild just has three new members.”

Howard Stern, Video Star? SiriusXM Hopes So


The satellite service plans a new add-on in its latest subscriber search BY PAUL BOND AND GEORG SZALAI

V ideo will embrace the radio star


this summer as 64-year-old
Howard Stern will become a multi-
video of other talk hosts, comedians
and musicians. The video product
will be part of SiriusXM All Access,
videos from such partners as
Comedy Central and ESPN in early
2016, paving the way for the music
media play for SiriusXM. which at $20.99 a month is about a service to greenlight a batch of
In plans outlined during a Jan. 30 $5 premium to the regular service. original shortform videos. That effort
earnings call, CEO Jim Meyer cau- “Management isn’t planning to struggled to gain traction. Apple,
Stern’s SiriusXM show attracts an estimated
tioned that “we are not launch the video product as a sepa- of course, is launching a video ser- 9 million listeners each week.
going into the Netflix rate package but expects it to drive vice to complement Apple Music.
business” but will be higher take rates of the All Access SiriusXM has nearly 33 million U.S. of Northlake Capital Management:
“wading into the video package,” says Evercore ISI analyst subscribers. Stern, who hasn’t had “If they establish video within the
Meyer pool” before July. The Vijay Jayant. a headlining video presence since current customer bases — and
satellite radio pro- SiriusXM isn’t the only subscrip- pay channel Howard TV shuttered in attract some new customers with
vider will draw on 30 years of Stern tion audio-based company to dabble late 2013, is signed through 2020. it — eventually it could be a stand-
interviews as a blueprint to launch in video. Spotify began streaming Says Steven Birenberg, founder alone product.”

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 14 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
The Report

Behind the Headlines

Box Office Broadcast TV Cable TV Alma Har’el


on the set of
Domestic International 18-49 Audience Viewership Coca-Cola’s
Gross Cume % Chg Gross Cume Total Live+3 Live+3 Live+3 “The Wonder
of Us” ad.
1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle SONY 1. Grammy Awards CBS 1. Vikings HISTORY
10.9 352.6(7) -32 12.6*94 503.1 856.7
The pic made a surprise Super Bowl
6.3 20.8M 3.7 TV Ads Enlist
This Is Us NBC The Alienist TNT
comeback, reclaiming the top spot in its seventh
weekend, the first time since Titanic that a
2.
4.5 14.9M
2.
3.1 More Female
wide December release has won in February.
3. Grey’s Anatomy ABC
3.3 11.3M
Turner cites a whopping 13 million
viewers (with linear encores and digital
lifts) for its adaptation of the Caleb
Directors
Carr best-seller. It’s cable’s No. 1 drama Advertising agencies, spurred
4. The Good Doctor ABC launch of the young year.
3.1 14.99M by a pledge campaign, are
5. 911 FOX picking more women for highly
2.7 10.1M coveted (and paid) ‘feeder’ gigs
BY MIA GALUPPO
6. The Bachelor ABC
2.2 7.4M An ongoing effort to get advertis-
2. Maze Runner: The Death Cure FOX
10.5 40(2) -57 35.5*81 143.2 183.2 7. NCIS CBS ing agencies to book more female
2.1 17.1M directors for big-budget TV spots
3. Winchester CBS FILMS/LIONSGATE
9.3 9.3(1) - N/A N/A 9.3 8. Ellen’s Game of Games NBC 3. ACS: Versace FX is starting to pay off thanks to
The supernatural thriller sports a dismal 2.1 8.4M 2.98 Free the Bid, a campaign started in
13 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the worst
score on the site for a feature starring Helen 9. The Goldbergs ABC 4. Haves and the Have Nots OWN September 2016 by director Alma
Mirren after 2010’s Love Ranch (12 percent). 2.1 7.1M 2.87 Har’el, who is responsible for this
Good news for Sony: When ABC aired
its passed-over pilot for the proposed 5. Shameless SHOWTIME year’s Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad.
Goldbergs spinoff, the episode topped 2.82 Susan Credle, chief creative
broadcast and was the No. 1 comedy of
the week — reigniting interest. 6. The Librarians TNT officer at FCB Global, whose clients
2.2 include Clorox and Levi’s, says the
7. Knightfall HISTORY proportion of FCB’s ads directed
2.1 by women has risen from 10 percent
8. If Loving You Is Wrong OWN to 30 percent since the agency
4. The Greatest Showman FOX 2.0 took the pledge last year to consider
7.7 137.4(7) -19 16.2*62 153.1 290.5
9. Waco PARAMOUNT hiring female directors. Ad giant
5. The Post FOX 1.9 BBDO has doubled the number of
5.2 67.2(7) -43 10.3*29 37.2 104.4
10. Nashville CMT female directors hired on commer-
6. Hostiles ENTERTAINMENT STUDIOS 10. Chicago Med NBC 1.6 cials, while CP+B has seen a fourfold
5.1 20.8(7) -50 N/A N/A 20.8 2.0 10M increase. Airbnb, Visa and Twitter
12 Strong WARNER BROS.
7.
4.7 37.3(3) -46 2.9*38 8.7 46
11. Bull CBS One to Watch are among brands that have joined
1.9 14.3M the campaign.
8. Den of Thieves STX Chicago Fire NBC
4.6 36.2(3) -47 6.5*32 9.1 45.3
12. “Advertising has always been a

HAR’EL: COURTESY OF SUBJECT. JUMANJI: FRANK MASI/COLUMBIA PICTURES. WINCHESTER: BEN KING/CBS FILMS. SHAPE: KERRY HAYES/TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX.
1.9 9.4M feeder to Hollywood,” Har’el says.
9. The Shape of Water FOX SEARCHLIGHT Scandal ABC
4.4 44.7(10) -25 4.4*23 19.5 64.2
13. She notes that commercial work for
1.9 7.0M

ALIENIST: KATA VERMES/TNT. GOLDBERGS: ABC/RON TOM. WACO: PARAMOUNT NETWORK/URSULA COYOTE. DUNKIRK: COURTESY OF WARNER BROS.
Director Guillermo del Toro continues to rack up-and-coming female directors —
up wins on the awards circuit, but the film American Housewife (1/24) ABC
fell 25 percent domestically despite upping
14.
Waco PARAMOUNT Reed Morano and Ava DuVernay
its theater count to 2,341. 1.8 6.6M The miniseries’ Jan. 24 debut, which have helmed TV ads — boosts their
earned a solid 1.1 rating in the key
15. How to … Murder ABC demo, coincided with the launch of the careers in two ways: They gain
1.8 5.9M Paramount Network.
filmmaking experience (“They
get to argue with ad agencies and
brands [in ways] that are similar to
Closer working with studios and financiers”)
Look Oscar Best Picture Scorecard and financial security (“Right now,
The nominees’ worldwide grosses so far
[women] can’t sustain their careers
10. Paddington 2 WARNER BROS./STUDIOCANAL 1. Dunkirk WARNER BROS. $525.6M long enough to be competitive”).
3.3 36.5(4) -42 2*31 155.8 192.3 2. Get Out UNIVERSAL $255M The campaign hopes to spur
11. Three Billboards … FOX SEARCHLIGHT 3. Darkest Hour FOCUS $114.6M similar action for moviemaking. “A lot
3 41.8(13) -22 8.3*41 46.3 88.1 4. The Post FOX $104.4M
of great directors spend time coming
I, Tonya NEON/VARIOUS 5. Three Billboards … FOX S. $88.1M
12.
Shape of Water FOX S. $64.2M through advertising as their uni-
2.5 22.6(9) -19 1.6*7 4.5 27.1 6.
versity before going on to conquer
7. Lady Bird A24 $43.7M
13. Padmaavat VIVA ENTERTAINMENT 8. Call Me by … SONY CLASSICS $22M the film world,” says Credle, add-
2.4 8.9(2) -46 2.2*11 8.7 17.6 Dunkirk nabbed
eight nominations. 9. Phantom Thread FOCUS $17.4M ing: “[Alma’s] theory is that if more
14. Darkest Hour FOCUS FEATURES women get into advertising, we can
2.36 48.8(11) -18 7.1*59 65.8 114.6 Source: ComScore
change the game in film.”
15. Star Wars: The Last Jedi DISNEY
2.34 614.5(8) -45 2.8*29 706 1.32B Box-office source: comScore; estimates in $ millions; ( )Weekends in release; *Territories. Broadcast source: Nielsen, live-plus-3, week of Jan. 21. Cable TV source: Nielsen, live-plus-3 scripted series, week of Jan. 21.

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 16 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
ARE OSCAR FRONTRUNNERS
STARTING TO EMERGE?
The action isn’t slowing down yet: The Directors Guild has
weighed in, and the writers are next up on Feb. 11 as the Academy’s
day of judgment draws ever closer By Scott Feinberg
IS NOW
DIRECTOR

Guillermo del Toro, Jordan Peele, Get Out


The Shape of Water He may have lost the DGA Award for
The Golden Globe and Producers Guild film directing to Guillermo del Toro, but
of America winner added the DGA’s top he remains in play after scoring the next

DEL TORO: FREDERICK M. BROWN/GETTY IMAGES. PEELE: KEVORK DJANSEZIAN/GETTY IMAGES FOR DGA. DARKEST: COURTESY OF FOCUS FEATURES. MONEY: FABIO LOVINO/FOCUS FEATURES. ABACUS: SEAN LYNESS/PBS. SHOWMAN: NIKO TAVERNISE/TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX.
award to his mantelpiece Feb. 3. Only best thing — the DGA’s prize for feature
seven times in 69 years has the top DGA directorial debut — and earning a stand-
Award winner not gone on to win the ing ovation at the ceremony as he headed
best director Oscar. to the stage.

ACTOR SUPPORTING ACTOR

ONE OF THE WORLD’S


PRE-EMINENT INTERNATIONAL
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour Christopher Plummer,

CO-PRODUCTION MARKETS The prohibitive frontrunner to win


the Oscar — his portrayal of Winston
All the Money in the World
He was one of only five acting nominees
Churchill has earned Globe and who couldn’t make it to the Nominees
FOR FEATURE FILM, TV AND SAG awards — was feted at the Santa
Barbara International Film Festival,
Luncheon on Feb. 5 (along with Daniel
Day-Lewis, Denzel Washington, Woody

DIGITAL MEDIA.
where received the fest’s Maltin Master Harrelson and Lesley Manville), missing
Award on Feb. 2. an opportunity for glad-handing voters.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE SONG

SEPTEMBER 13-15, 2018


HALIFAX
NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA Abacus: Small Enough to Jail “This Is Me”
Acclaimed filmmaker Steve James The Greatest Showman
(Hoop Dreams) got his first doc nomina- Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s Golden
tion for this look at a small bank that Globe-winning tune, sung by Keala
fell victim to the financial crisis. But at Settle, is getting lots of primetime expo-
the DGA Awards, he lost the doc prize sure in NBC advertisements for the
to Matthew Heineman’s City of Ghosts, Winter Olympics, including one featured

FINPARTNERS.CA which isn’t Oscar-nominated. during the Super Bowl.

18
FOX SEARCHLIGHT WARMLY CONGRATULATES
FRANCES McDORMAND
WINNER OF THE 9TH ANNUAL
AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION’S
AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS
The Report

7 Days of DEALS
Who’s inking on the dotted line this week

HOW PAR A MOUNT AND NETFLIX PU LLED


OFF TH AT CLOVERFIELD SU PER BOW L J U K E
Super Bowl viewers were shocked when Netflix $50 million, with Paramount retaining rights for
Deal dropped an ad for The Cloverfield Paradox, revealing China and home entertainment. It makes the movie
of the that the J.J. Abrams-produced movie hereto- instantly profitable for the studio, which avoids a
Week fore known as God Particle would forgo a theatrical (likely) misfire and costly marketing campaign.
release and instead debut on the streaming ser- And Netflix got what it was looking for, regardless
vice immediately following the big game Feb. 4. of withering reviews (18 percent on Rotten Tomatoes
The marketing stunt capped a rescue plan at press time): buzz. “It gets them attention and
hatched by Abrams, Paramount chairman-CEO Jim captures some viewing right off the bat,” says
Gianopulos, Netflix chief Ted Sarandos and head eMarketer’s Paul Vern. And even if the streamer
Stuber of original films Scott Stuber, among others. Worried doesn’t ultimately get the viewership it hoped for
that Paradox would perish at the box office — it Paradox, “they still got a brand jolt,” he adds.
was set to hit theaters April 20 after several delays Paradox, which finished principal photography in
— Paramount and Abrams handed it to Netflix, September 2016, was part of the successful and popu-
which is willing to shell out big bucks for high-profile lar Cloverfield series, but sources say Gianopulos, Lane

CLOVERFIELD: SCOTT GARFIELD/NETFLIX. STUBER: ALBERTO E. RODRIGUEZ/GETTY IMAGES. PROPERTY: GILLES MINGASSON/VERBATIM PHOTO AGENCY/HGTV. BOOK: COURTESY OF PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE. SPROUSE: MONICA SCHIPPER/WIREIMAGE. MACLAREN: FRAZER
content. Sources say the deal, broached over the who joined the studio six months later, was worried.

HARRISON/GETTY IMAGES FOR ELLE. GRAY: PASCAL LE SEGRETAIN/GETTY IMAGES. SUTTER: TASIA WELLS/FILMMAGIC. IGER: COURTESY OF STRIBLING. DAVIS: COURTESY OF SUBJECT. WATERHOUSE: JIM SPELLMAN/WIREIMAGE. SMOLLETT: ARAYA DIAZ/GETTY IMAGES.
holidays and finalized in January, is worth north of Despite additions to clarify character beats and
tie the film to the franchise’s universe, it was ulti-
FILM
mately deemed unsalvageable despite a cast led by
Suki Waterhouse (CAA,
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Elizabeth Debicki, David Oyelowo
the U.K.’s Independent,
and Daniel Bruhl. Netflix was an obvious destina-
Untitled, Jackoway
tion, having already taken over international rights
Tyerman) has joined
to the Natalie Portman starrer Annihilation, which
Legendary’s Detective
Paramount will release domestically Feb. 23.
Paradox is Pikachu movie along
the third film Paramount retains rights to future Cloverfield
with Bill Nighy and You’re
in Abrams’ films. Overlord, a World War II zombie pic from
sci-fi horror the Worst’s Chris Geere.
Abrams that has scored high in test screenings, could
anthology
franchise be a contender, although sources say that its fate is
Jim Parsons (CAA,
Cloverfield. undetermined. — BORYS KIT AND PAMELA MCCLINTOCK
Gang Tyre) has joined Zac
Efron in the Ted Bundy
HGTV Lays New Foundation With Property Brothers biopic Extremely Wicked,
Shockingly Evil and Vile.
Amid the looming depar- viewers per episode, is Scott Brothers Discovery Communications. New sibling-
ture of Fixer Upper stars Entertainment’s top series. “They can centric series Restored by the Fords is Riverdale star Cole
Big
Deal Chip and Joanna Gaines, produce and star in an incredible amount retaining 60 percent of its Fixer Upper lead- Sprouse (WME, Authentic,
HGTV is not risking losing of content in a very short period of time,” in, and the network has another 50-odd Greenberg Traurig) is
any more top-tier talent. says Scripps U.S. programming GM Allison pilots (some with the Scotts) in develop- in talks to topline the CBS
Cable’s fifth-most-watched network has Page. “It’s a scale we haven’t achieved ment. — MICHAEL O’CONNELL Films romantic drama Five
inked a multiyear extension with Property with anyone else.” Feet Apart.
Brothers’ Drew and Jonathan Scott (CAA, The exclusive pact comes as the
Canada’s Stohn Hay), who first came Canadian imports become an increasingly Big Boi (UTA, Career
to the Scripps Interactive-owned network in mainstream presence. Drew placed fourth Jonathan Artists) has joined Sony’s
2011. The twins, 39, are responsible for an on the most recent season of ABC’s Dancing (left) and Superfly remake.
atypical share of HGTV output: the original With the Stars, and both frequently appear Drew Scott
have been
Property Brothers, the spinoffs Buying on NBC’s Today to promote their series and spending Michelle MacLaren (ICM,
& Selling and At Home and the competi- licensed products. more time Stone Genow) will direct
tion series Brother vs. Brother — which, HGTV is aggressively fortifying its slate in L.A. and Chris Pratt in Universal’s
onscreen.
with a reach of 13 million cross-platform amid Scripps’ pending $11.9 billion sale to Cowboy Ninja Viking.

Rights Available! Hot new books with Hollywood appeal BY ANDY LEWIS AND TATIANA SIEGEL

Everything Happens for a Reason: Lone Stars (PHILOMEL BOOKS, SEPT. 12, 2017)
And Other Lies I’ve Loved (RANDOM HOUSE, FEB. 6) BY Mike Lupica AGENCY ICM Partners
BY Kate Bowler AGENCY Gotham Group Shopped as Friday Night Lights meets Concussion, this YA
The Duke Divinity School professor chronicles her stage 4 novel from the best-selling sports columnist follows a middle
colon cancer diagnosis at age 35 and how it upended her beliefs. schooler who suspects his beloved football coach, a former pro
Her Jan. 26 New York Times op-ed furthered the conversation. player, is suffering from CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy).

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 20 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
103.4M
Big
People who watched the Feb. 4
Super Bowl on NBC (106 million with
Number streaming), down 3 percent from
last year and the fewest since 2009.

Sutter Waterhouse Gray MacLaren


Hannibal’s Jesse
Alexander (CAA,
Kleinberg Lange) will Rep Next
showrun season two Sheet Big
Thing
of Starz’s American Gods
alongside Neil Gaiman.
Empire’s Jussie Smollett Ayanna Floyd Davis
Katherine Heigl (Zero has signed with UTA .
REP ICM Partners
Gravity, Morris Yorn)
will be a series regular on Billions’ David Costabile, WHY SHE MATTERS
Suits, which USA has who also is in The Post, Davis will replace
renewed for season eight. has signed with ICM Elwood Reid as show-
Sprouse Iger and Bay’s Fifth Avenue co-op features Central Park views.
Partners, as has Politico. runner of critically
China’s CMC Capital IFC Films has picked Drew Barrymore (CAA, Kurt Sutter (WME, acclaimed new drama
Partners has taken up North American rights Hansen Jacobson) will Gendler & Kelly) has Rectify alum Aden The Chi, which
full ownership of Oriental to the gender-identity play two starring roles in renewed his overall Young has signed with Showtime has renewed
DreamWorks from drama A Kid Like Jake. Jamie Babbit’s romantic deal with 20th Century Anonymous Content, for a second season.
NBCUniversal and will comedy The Stand-In. Fox Television, Fox 21 as has The New York Davis is a veteran
rename it Pearl Studio. James Mangold (WME, Television Studios and Times Co. television writer with
Management 360) This Is Us’ Chrissy Metz FX Productions. credits on Private
F. Gary Gray (UTA, will direct Fox’s untitled (CAA, Luber Roklin, This Is Us co-show- Practice, Hannibal and
Principato Young, Del drama about the rivalry Meyers & Downs) will star Zachary Quinto (CAA, runners Isaac Aptaker Empire, but the Lena
Shaw) is in talks to direct between automakers Ford in Fox 2000’s faith-based Untitled, Jackoway and Elizabeth Berger Waithe-created series
Sony’s Men in Black spinoff. and Ferrari. drama The Impossible. Tyerman) will host History’s have signed with CAA . will mark her first turn
revival of In Search Of, as an executive pro-
Octavia Spencer (WME, Adam Shankman (UTA, Riverdale’s K.J. Apa whose original iteration was Comedian Tony Rock has ducer and head of the
Jackoway Tyerman) Bloom Hergott) will (UTA, Luber Roklin, hosted by Leonard Nimoy. signed with E2W PR. writers room.
and The Help director direct Taraji P. Henson in Jackoway Tyerman) will
Tate Taylor (CAA, Lichter Paramount Players’ What topline Gulfstream Pictures’ The Leftovers’ Nicole Diane Lane (UTA, Creative Partners,
Grossman) will reteam Men Want. ensemble romantic Kassell (WME, Washington Weintraub Tobin) and Hirsch Wallerstein) will
for Blumhouse horror thriller comedy The Last Summer. Square, Frankfurt Greg Kinnear (WME, co-star in Netflix’s
Ma, also starring Luke Jim Caviezel (ICM, Frank Kurnit) will direct HBO’s Stone Genow) will play untitled Riverdale spi-
Evans and Juliette Lewis. Stewart) is in talks to TELEVISION Watchmen pilot. siblings on the final season noff about Sabrina the
reprise his role as Jesus in The NFL and Fox of Netflix’s House of Cards. Teenage Witch.
Willem Dafoe (CAA, the Mel Gibson’s sequel to have reached a five-year, HBO has ordered
U.K.’s Artists Partnership, The Passion of the Christ. $3.3 billion deal for J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi drama Tony winner Ben Platt BOOKS
Circle of Confusion) Thursday Night Football. Demimonde straight to (CAA, One Entertainment, Rogue One writer
has joined Edward Norton’s Spectre’s John series. … NBC has picked Jackoway Tyerman) will Gary Whitta (UTA, Circle
adaptation of Jonathan Logan (CAA) will adapt Dwayne Johnson (WME, up Julian Fellowes’ topline Ryan Murphy’s musi- of Confusion, Behr
Lethem’s detective novel Walter Isaacson’s The Garcia Co., Gang Tyre) The Gilded Age to series. cal series The Politician, Abramson) will pen
Motherless Brooklyn Leonardo da Vinci biog- will host and executive which received a two- Marvel’s comic book series
along with Bruce Willis and raphy for Paramount produce NBC’s competition DIGITAL season order from Netflix, adaptation of The Last Jedi.
Alec Baldwin. and Leonardo DiCaprio. series The Titan Games. Warner Bros. Digital with Barbra Streisand and
Networks has ordered Gwyneth Paltrow in talks to REAL ESTATE
Lionsgate and Roadside TriStar Pictures has Leslie Jones (Integral, the drama Metropolis co-star. Bob Iger and wife Willow
Attractions have acquired acquired the rights to Hansen Jacobson) straight to series Bay (Stribling) have sold
U.S. rights to the Rose Kristin Hannah’s upcoming will join NBC’s coverage of for the upcoming DC The Vampire Diaries’ a New York City co-op for
Byrne starrer Juliet, Naked. novel The Great Alone. the 2018 Winter Olympics. Digital Service. Jaz Sinclair (UTA, $18.75 million.

THE PLACE YOU’RE LOOKING FOR.


RIGHT HERE.
OldPortofMontreal.com/movie-shoots
WEST
HOLLYWOOD’S NOW OPEN

MOST
ANTICIPATED
NEW
ADDRESS

Located in the vibrant, walkable center of Sunset Boulevard’s most iconic stretch, AKA offers
stunning new residences with bespoke furnishings crafted by Italian artisans; spacious living
rooms; and full kitchens. Legendary AKA services and amenities include a private screening room;
Technogym fitness center; resident services desk; and a seamlessly integrated indoor/outdoor
lounge, bar, pool and sundeck with views stretching from Downtown LA to Malibu Beach.

AKA WEST HOLLYWOOD 8500 SUNSET BOULEVARD


WEST HOLLYWOOD
BEVERLY HILLS NEW YORK CITY WASHINGTON, DC PHILADELPHIA LONDON

STAYAKA.COM 888.887.1569

THE 8500 SUNSET RETAIL PLAZA FEATURES FRED SEGAL AND THE FORTHCOMING TESSE RESTAURANT AND BOUTELLIER WINE STORE
About Town People, Places, Preoccupations
PERSON OF INTER EST

Who Does
Whitney
Cummings
Think She Is?
The prolific TV star/creator helms
her first feature, The Female Brain
By Lacey Rose • Photographed by Coral von Zumwalt

hitney Cummings was right around

W 30 when her mother and father suf-


fered strokes within two years of
each other. Desperate to understand
what went wrong, she began devouring neurol-
ogy books, which led her to Louann Brizendine’s
The Female Brain. While it would do little to aid
her parents, the book profoundly changed the
comedian’s understanding of herself. “I remem-
ber feeling an overwhelming sense of relief,” she
says, “and a lot less crazy.” Now Cummings, 35
and a prolific TV creator (2 Broke Girls, Whitney),
has spun the tome into a rom-com (out Feb. 9 via
IFC Films), enlisting Neal Brennan (Chappelle’s
Show) to co-write and lining up Sofia Vergara,
James Marsden and the NBA’s Blake Griffin to join
her onscreen. That her directorial debut, a film
centering on empathy between the sexes, arrives
in the heat of the Time’s Up moment isn’t lost on
the D.C.-reared Ivy Leaguer, also a showrunner
on ABC’s Roseanne revival. Though the movement
has Cummings reconsidering some of her early
experiences in comedy (“Because of the rejec-
tion you get and how tough you have to be … I
didn’t realize some sexual harassment I had dealt
with”), she says stand-up remains “the only place
I’m comfortable. It’s where I oxygenate.”
HAIR BY DAVID STANWELL FOR DOVE HAIRCARE AT THE WALL GROUP, MAKEUP BY KATHLEEN KARRIDENE.

Your financier, Black Bicycle’s Erika Olde, had to


persuade you to direct The Female Brain. Why?
There are tectonic plates moving in our business

“One of the big conversations I’m trying


to have onstage right now is that to be
pro-woman, you don’t have to be anti-man.
Saying all men suck makes you look like
an idiot,” says Cummings, photographed
Jan. 26 at Harlowe in West Hollywood.
Styling by George Kotsiopoulos
Wolk Morais jacket, vest, trousers,
shirt and tie, Christian Louboutin shoes.

Hear about Cummings’ tsunami experience on set at THR.COM/VIDEO

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 23 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
About Town

People, Places,
Preoccupations

but — and this is my shit that


I need to work on — I still have
a bit of shame around rais-
ing my hand and being the boss.
Our society has this way of going,
“Don’t shine too bright, know
your place.” So the idea of being
in a position of domination made
me [uncomfortable].

By 28, you had already created


two TV shows. You didn’t get
comfortable then?
I definitely learned, but there
was also a bit of, “She’s doing too
much and we don’t like it.”

Who’s the “we”?


My @ replies on Twitter? (Laughs.)
I Was Wrongly Accused of
There was a bit of, “Who does she
think she is?” And people get mad
Harassment. This Is What I Did
at you. I thought my dreams were ‘To have my workplace conduct questioned was gut-wrenching,’ writes
coming true, then someone was the E! News star of allegations recently found to be unsubstantiated,
as he pledges ‘to help voices be heard’ By Ryan Seacrest
like, “Don’t listen to them.” I’m all,
“Who’s them?” I had no idea. I do
think things have changed, even do not take things for granted. Every day I ↑ Seacrest appeared on E!’s Live From the Red Carpet before the

in the last six months, but there’s


this idea of, you don’t get to
I am living my childhood dream because of the
efforts of so many other people. I do my best
Grammy Awards on Jan. 28.

independent third party found the claims to be


achieve too much [as a woman] to show and express my gratitude to my co-hosts, unsubstantiated and that there was no evidence
without losing friends and producers, guests, audiences, executives, part- of wrongdoing on my part.
people not liking it. And I’ve defi- ners and fans for the privilege of their collaboration Most of us agree that the presumption of inno-
nitely had male counterparts [for and participation, and for the unwavering support cence is an important standard. We are taught
of my loved ones and team. early on that it’s essential to see all sides, to give
In November, I received a letter from a lawyer everyone a chance to explain and to check for
representing a former show stylist. She claimed exculpatory evidence that may have been missed.
that I mistreated her more than a decade ago At a time when improper interactions between
when we worked together. This arrived men and women, particularly in the work-
during an unprecedented public reckon- Guest place, are part of a national conversation,
ing by women in our industry and beyond, Column we must find a way to ensure that every-
courageously coming forward to share one — the public, private and public
their stories, many of them heartbreaking. These institutions, accusers and accused — is given the
women sought to bring attention to the systemic opportunity for a swift and fair review.
whom] people were like, “Fucking Griffin gender inequality that has occurred for decades. I My job is to listen. Beyond listening, which I will
with Cecily
awesome, dude, that’s so cool. Strong in was — and am — amazed at their bravery. continue in earnest, I also will ask questions and
You’re killing it.” There’s not a lot The Female To have my workplace conduct questioned try to help voices be heard. It isn’t lost on me that
Brain.
of, “Who does he think he is?” was gut-wrenching. I’ve always aimed to treat all my platforms — radio, TV, social media — can be
of my colleagues with honesty, respect, kind- powerful conduits for change.
You got your start writing for ness and compassion. Yet I knew, regardless of the We all have the right to be treated equally,
Comedy Central roasts. In 2011, confidence I had that there was no merit to the regardless of our gender, race, faith, ethnic-
you roasted Donald Trump. allegations, my name would likely soon appear on ity, sexual orientation, gender identity or other
With every roast, it’s all fun and the lists of those suspected of despicable words status. We find ourselves in extraordinary times
games until you’re up there, and and deeds. The pressures of our overflowing news- in American culture. We live with near-constant
FEMALE: COURTESY OF IFC FILMS. SEACREST: TIMOTHY KURATEK/CBS (2).

then people’s feelings always end feeds would insist on it. change, disruption and public discourse. I realize
up getting hurt. But his feelings I absolutely want to be part of the change, the morals and values, the decency, we’ve perhaps
did not get hurt. I remember being the progress, that is coming. I did not want to be taken for granted, individually and as citizens of
like, “Wow, he’s loving this.” a postscript of evidence of its cause. the world, are in question. Worse, at risk. I do not
After sharing the letter with the network, I pub- take these things for granted.
And net-worth jokes were off-limits? licly denied the claims against me and agreed
Oh yeah. At every roast, some- to participate in any inquiry the network deemed Seacrest is an award-winning TV/radio host and
thing’s off-limits. I love that it appropriate. On Feb. 1, I received notice that an producer and creative entrepreneur.
wasn’t his daughter or his wife,
it was his money.

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 24 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
AC A D E M Y AWA R D N O M I N AT I O N S
®

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY BEST ORIGINAL SONG
MARY J. BLIGE RACHEL MORRISON VIRGIL WILLIAMS AND DEE REES “MIGHTY RIVER”

“HISTORY-MAKING.”
THE FIRST PERSON NOMINATED FOR ACTING AND MUSIC IN THE SAME YEAR
MARY J. BLIGE
TH E FI RS T B L AC K WO MAN N O M INATE D FO R A DAP TE D S C RE E N PL AY
DEE REES
TH E FI RS T WO MAN N O M INATE D FO R CIN E MATO G R APH Y
RACHEL MORRISON
TO E X P E R I E N CE MARY J. B L IGE'S S ONG, “ M IGHT Y RI VE R ,” V I S I T:
GUI LDS.NE TFLI X.COM/MUDBOUND/MUSIC

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION


About Town

Yes, I Did Say That! Quotes

A look at who’s saying what in entertainment


Compiled by Brian Porreca

“ ‘Hit 40 miles per hour “I was offered


or your hair won’t the role of Poop;
I was like,
blow the right way and I’ll ‘That’s fucked up.’ ”
make you do it again.’ ” JORDAN PEELE
The Get Out director, revealing
UMA THURMAN at the DGA Awards that
The actress, revealing to The New York Times what The Emoji Movie helped convince
Quentin Tarantino told her on the set of Kill Bill before him to retire from acting.
a dangerous driving stunt led to a violent crash.

“I am canceling
“How you gonna call upcoming public
“100% less Trump.” me, but Oprah appearances
MACAULAY CULKIN ain’t called me? Isn’t because I have
The grown-up child star, revealing
on Reddit why he preferred Oprah your friend?” given enough.”
the first Home Alone movie TIFFANY HADDISH ROSE MCGOWAN
over the sequel, which featured The Girls Trip star, joking to Vanity The activist, tweeting at Barnes &
a cameo by the president. Fair about begging Tyler Perry to Noble after she was “verbally
introduce her to Oprah Winfrey. assaulted” by a transgender woman
during her Brave book tour.

LAWRENCE: JON KOPALOFF/FILMMAGIC. HADDISH: GABRIEL OLSEN/FILMMAGIC. THURMAN: WALTER MCBRIDE/WIREIMAGE. TIMBERLAKE: CHRISTOPHER POLK/GETTY IMAGES. OSWALT: MATT WINKELMEYER/WIREIMAGE.
“Woefully out of
touch with today’s
“Everybody, music, the music
this is not the pilot business, and even “No tripping.”
speaking. This is more significantly, PATTON OSWALT
Jennifer Lawrence.” society.” The comedian, speaking at
the Oscar nominees lunch,
JENNIFER LAWRENCE MICHELE ANTHONY offering advice to potential
The actress, using an The Universal Music Group winners. “Jennifer [Lawrence]
airplane intercom on her flight executive vp, co-signing a owns it. That’s her thing now.”
to celebrate the Philadelphia letter to the Recording Academy
Eagles’ Super Bowl win. with five top female music
execs in response to president
Neil Portnow’s comments
about women needing to “step up.”

J.T.’S Twitter didn’t enjoy Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl


halftime performance. Kathy Griffin brought up
HALF- Janet Jackson, Billy Eichner critiqued his wardrobe
TIME (“wow he’s wearing fringe”), while Anthony
SUPER Bourdain snarked: “I find myself spiraling into
FUMBLE a deep dark hole of rage and depression.”

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 26 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
ACADEMY AWARD
®

NOMINATION
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
“Shot for shot, line for line, it’s an
extravagant and witty follow-up, made
with the same friendly virtuosic dazzle.”
VARIETY | OWEN GLEIBERMAN
170 nominated filmmakers — and one
Oscars: The 2018 Class Photo cardboard cutout — gathered for lunch
Feb. 5 at the Beverly Hilton By Gregg Kilday

When The Shape of Water’s


First Row Guillermo del Toro passed
Steven Spielberg and Greta
1 Mike Meinardus Gerwig’s table, he insisted
Kong: Skull Island on taking a selfie with them. 154
Visual Effects 152 153
155
148
2 Evelyn O’Neill 149 150 151
Lady Bird 146
145 147
Best Picture 120
144
118 119
3 Glen Gauthier 121
143 117
The Shape of Water 116
Sound Mixing 142 115 87
141 113 85
112 114
4 Ziad Doueiri 140
The Insult 111 84 86
139
Foreign-Language Film 83
82
109 110 79 58
5 Katja Benrath 80
81
Watu Wote/All of Us 78
108 77 56 57
Live Action Short
53 55
6 Lou Sheppard 54
75 76 52
Victoria & Abdul 51
Makeup and Hairstyling 74
107 50
106
7 Marco Morabito 31 32
49
Call Me by Your Name 73 29
48
Best Picture 105 30
28
46 26 27
8 Brad Zoern 47
The Shape of Water
Sound Mixing
24 25
9 Scott Neustadter 22 10
The Disaster Artist 9
8
Adapted Screenplay
104
7
10 Laura Checkoway 6
Edith+Eddie 45
23 5
Documentary Short 21
11 Kobe Bryant
4
Dear Basketball
Animated Short
3
12 Ildiko Enyedi
On Body and Soul 2
Foreign-Language Film
13 Raphael Saadiq
Mudbound 1
Original Song
14 Paul Denham Austerberry
The Shape of Water
Production Design
15 Josh Lawson
The Eleven O’Clock
Live Action Short
As supporting actress
16 Michael Green nominee Laurie Metcalf
Logan took her place beside
Adapted Screenplay Oscar, she got a big
shoutout from nominated
17 Vanessa Taylor co-star Saoirse Ronan.
The Shape of Water
Original Screenplay
18 James Mangold
Logan
Adapted Screenplay 30 Gary A. Rizzo 42 Joel Whist 53 David Heilbroner 65 Dan Laustsen 76 Lisa Bruce
Dunkirk War for the Planet of the Apes Traffic Stop The Shape of Water Darkest Hour
19 Richard King Sound Mixing Visual Effects Documentary Short Cinematography Best Picture
Dunkirk
Sound Editing 31 Daniel Phillips 43 Emily V. Gordon 54 Feras Fayyad 66 Elaine McMillion Sheldon 77 Kazuhiro Tsuji
Victoria & Abdul The Big Sick Last Men in Aleppo Heroin(e) Darkest Hour
20 Reed Van Dyk Makeup and Hairstyling Original Screenplay Documentary Feature Documentary Short Makeup and Hairstyling
DeKalb Elementary
Live Action Short 32 Laurie Metcalf 44 Kumail Nanjiani 55 Kate Davis 67 Kerrin James Sheldon 78 Julie Goldman
Lady Bird The Big Sick Traffic Stop Heroin(e) Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Second Row Supporting Actress Original Screenplay Documentary Short Documentary Short Documentary Feature
21 Thomas Lennon 33 Nora Twomey Third Row 56 Eli Bush 68 Dave Mullins 79 Nathan Robitaille
Knife Skills The Breadwinner Lady Bird LOU The Shape of Water
Documentary Short Animated Feature 45 Ru Kuwahata Best Picture Animated Short Sound Editing
Negative Space
22 Peter Spears 34 David Malinowski Animated Short 57 Paul Machliss 69 Rachel Shenton 80 Bruno Delbonnel
Call Me by Your Name Darkest Hour Baby Driver The Silent Child Darkest Hour
Best Picture Makeup and Hairstyling 46 Jonathan Amos Film Editing Live Action Short Cinematography
Baby Driver
23 Sidney Wolinsky 35 Luis Sequeira Film Editing 58 Eric Fellner 70 Mark Mangini 81 Victor Caire
The Shape of Water The Shape of Water Darkest Hour Blade Runner 2049 Garden Party
Film Editing Costume Design 47 Douglas Urbanski Best Picture Sound Editing Animated Short
Darkest Hour
24 Jakob Schuh 36 Christopher Townsend Best Picture 59 Megan Ellison 71 Anthony Leo 82 Sally Hawkins
Revolting Rhymes Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Phantom Thread The Breadwinner The Shape of Water
Animated Short Visual Effects 48 Dana Murray Best Picture Animated Feature Best Actress
LOU
25 Scott Frank 37 Daniel Barrett Animated Short 60 Richard Jenkins 72 Mark Weingarten 83 Diane Warren
Logan War for the Planet of the Apes The Shape of Water Dunkirk Marshall
Adapted Screenplay Visual Effects 49 Justin Paul Supporting Actor Sound Mixing Original Song
The Greatest Showman
26 Jan Lachauer 38 Stephen Rosenbaum Original Song 61 Ren Klyce Fourth Row 84 Bryan Fogel
Revolting Rhymes Kong: Skull Island Star Wars: The Last Jedi Icarus
Animated Short Visual Effects 50 Richard R. Hoover Sound Editing, Sound Mixing 73 Michael Semanick Documentary Feature
Blade Runner 2049 Star Wars: The Last Jedi
27 Scott Benza 39 Jeff White Visual Effects 62 Timothee Chalamet Sound Mixing 85 Lee Smith
Kong: Skull Island Kong: Skull Island Call Me by Your Name Dunkirk
Visual Effects Visual Effects 51 Carter Burwell Best Actor 74 Michael Mulholland Film Editing
Three Billboards Outside Star Wars: The Last Jedi
28 Darla K. Anderson 40 Mark Bridges Ebbing, Missouri 63 Ruben Ostlund Visual Effects 86 Kevin Wilson Jr.
Coco Phantom Thread Original Score The Square My Nephew Emmett
Animated Feature Costume Design Foreign-Language Film 75 Gabriel Grapperon Live Action Short
52 Matthew Wood Garden Party
29 Alex Gibson 41 Tobias Rosen Star Wars: The Last Jedi 64 Shane Vieau Animated Short 87 Arjen Tuiten
Dunkirk Watu Wote/All of Us Sound Editing The Shape of Water Wonder
Sound Editing Live Action Short Production Design Makeup and Hairstyling

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 28 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
About Town
The French artist JR, nominated Mudbound’s Rachel Morrison, Best picture nominee Steven Spielberg Most in the crowd didn’t
for the documentary Faces the first woman nominated for brought as his guest Daniel Ellsberg, recognize the name when
Places, brought a life-size cinematography, got one of the whose leaking of the Pentagon Papers is Lonnie Lynn, a best song
cutout of his co-director, Agnes biggest rounds of applause. dramatized in The Post. Ellsberg chatted nominee for Marshall, was People, Places,
Varda, 89, planting it beside it up with writer-director Aaron Sorkin asked to take his place — Preoccupations
Greta Gerwig and Meryl Streep. and his guest, poker queen Molly Bloom. until they realized that, of
course, that’s Common.

144 Guillermo del Toro


The Shape of Water
Directing,
156 Original Screenplay,
157 161
162 Best Picture
158 160
159
145 Ben Morris
163 164 165 Star Wars: The Last Jedi
168 Visual Effects
126 166 167
169 146 Aaron Sorkin
122 123 124 170
125 127 128 Molly’s Game
129
171 Adapted Screenplay
131
88 130
89 92 147 Kristie Macosko Krieger
91 132 133 The Post
90 93 94 Best Picture
134
95 135
96 148 Jeffrey A. Melvin
59 60 97
The Shape of Water
61 62 98 Production Design
63
64 149 Hoyte van Hoytema
100
66 99 136 Dunkirk
34 65 Cinematography
33
67
35 36 137 150 Andrey Zvyagintsev
68 101
37 Loveless
Foreign-Language Film
38 39
40 69 151 Sarah Greenwood
Beauty and the Beast,
102
Darkest Hour
11 70
41 Production Design
12
13 138 152 Jason Blum
14
42 Get Out
15 Best Picture
103
16 43 71
153 Christopher Nolan
17 Dunkirk
Directing, Best Picture
44
18 72 154 Sam Rockwell
Three Billboards Outside
19 Ebbing, Missouri
Supporting Actor
155 Emma Thomas
20
Dunkirk
Best Picture
156 Steve James
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Documentary Feature
157 Joe Letteri
War for the Planet of the Apes
Visual Effects
158 Carlos Saldanha
Most were starstruck around Ferdinand
Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, Animated Feature
nominated for the animated Kumail Nanjiani, an original
short Dear Basketball. Allison screenplay nominee with his 159 Meryl Streep
Janney approached him, saying, wife, Emily V. Gordon, took a The Post
“I never ask for photos, but …” selfie of the group shot. Best Actress
160 Greta Gerwig
Lady Bird
Directing,
Original Screenplay
88 Daniel Lupi 99 Gregg Landaker 110 Glen Keane 122 Taura Stinson 133 Joslyn Barnes
Phantom Thread Dunkirk Dear Basketball Mudbound Strong Island 161 Agnes Varda (cutout)
Best Picture Sound Mixing Animated Short Original Song Documentary Feature Faces Places
Documentary Feature
89 Saoirse Ronan 100 Christian T. Cooke 111 Chris Corbould 123 Jacqueline Durran 134 Sean McKittrick
Lady Bird The Shape of Water Star Wars: The Last Jedi Beauty and the Beast, Get Out 162 JR
Best Actress Sound Mixing Visual Effects Darkest Hour Best Picture Faces Places
Costume Design Documentary Feature
90 JoAnne Sellar 101 Graham Broadbent 112 John Nelson 135 Thomas Lee Wright
Phantom Thread Three Billboards Outside Blade Runner 2049 124 Yance Ford Edith+Eddie 163 Tatiana S. Riegel
Best Picture Ebbing, Missouri Visual Effects Strong Island Documentary Short I, Tonya
Best Picture Documentary Feature Film Editing
91 Nelson Ferreira 113 Dee Rees 136 Benj Pasek
The Shape of Water 102 Max Porter Mudbound 125 Willem Dafoe The Greatest Showman 164 Steven Spielberg
Sound Editing Negative Space Adapted Screenplay The Florida Project Original Song The Post
Animated Short Supporting Actor Best Picture
92 Ivan Mactaggart 114 Lee Unkrich 137 Dan Sudick
Loving Vincent 103 Stuart Wilson Coco 126 Allison Janney Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 165 Luca Guadagnino
Animated Feature Star Wars: The Last Jedi Animated Feature I, Tonya Visual Effects Call Me by Your Name
Sound Mixing Supporting Actress Best Picture
93 Emilie Georges 115 Margot Robbie 138 David Parker
Call Me by Your Name Fifth Row I, Tonya 127 Sebastian Lelio Star Wars: The Last Jedi 166 Ramsey Naito
Best Picture Best Actress A Fantastic Woman Sound Mixing The Boss Baby
104 Virgil Williams Foreign-Language Film Animated Feature
94 Doug Hemphill Mudbound 116 Dan Cogan Sixth Row
Blade Runner 2049 Adapted Screenplay Icarus 128 Rachel Morrison 167 Julian Slater
Sound Mixing Documentary Feature Mudbound 139 Alexandre Desplat Baby Driver
105 Mark Mitten Cinematography The Shape of Water Sound Editing,
95 Katie Spencer Abacus: Small Enough to Jail 117 Paul Thomas Anderson Original Score Sound Mixing
Beauty and the Beast, Documentary Feature Phantom Thread 129 Jordan Peele
Darkest Hour Directing, Best Picture Get Out 140 Mary J. Blige 168 Common
Production Design 106 Frank Stiefel Directing, Mudbound Marshall
Heaven Is a Traffic Jam 118 Hugh Welchman Original Screenplay, Supporting Actress, Original Song
96 Daniel Kaluuya on the 405 Loving Vincent Best Picture Original Song
Get Out Documentary Short Animated Feature 169 Ron Bartlett
Best Actor 130 Kristen Anderson-Lopez 141 Amy Pascal Blade Runner 2049
107 Lori Forte 119 Gary Oldman Coco The Post Sound Mixing
97 Dennis Gassner Ferdinand Darkest Hour Original Song Best Picture
Blade Runner 2049 Animated Feature Best Actor 170 Pete Czernin
Production Design 131 Robert Lopez 142 Gary Fettis Three Billboards Outside
108 Chris Overton 120 Dan Lemmon Coco Dunkirk Ebbing, Missouri
98 Lucy Sibbick The Silent Child War for the Planet of the Apes Original Song Production Design Best Picture
Darkest Hour Live Action Short Visual Effects
Makeup and Hairstyling 132 Michael H. Weber 143 Octavia Spencer 171 Theo Green
TODD WAWRYCHUK/©A.M.P.A.S.

109 Tom McGrath 121 J. Miles Dale The Disaster Artist The Shape of Water Blade Runner 2049
The Boss Baby The Shape of Water Adapted Screenplay Supporting Actress Sound Editing
Animated Feature Best Picture

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 29 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
About Town

The Red Carpet

THR Nominees Night


Beverly Hills, Feb. 5

Allison Janney
and Willem Dafoe
1

From left: Bria Vinaite,


Kumail Nanjiani
and Emily V. Gordon 7

Gary Oldman with


wife Gisele Schmidt

5 6

THR’s Matthew Greta Gerwig


Belloni (left) (left) and
and Jordan Peele Laurie Metcalf

12

From left: Guillermo del


Toro, Doug Jones, 13 14
Agnes Varda’s cardboard
cutout and J. Miles Dale Luca Guadagnino From left: Michael Gracey,
(left) and Keala Settle, Benj Pasek
Timothee Chalamet and Justin Paul

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 30 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
3
Party
Bryan Fogel Crawler
(left) and
Frank Marshall
Oscar Contenders
3 Out in Force
THR’s sixth annual
Nominees Night got a jolt
from two Oscar-contending
songs when Miguel (17)
First LastName, First and Common (8)
LastName, First LastName
took the stage for surprise
4 sets. Miguel performed
“Remember Me” from
From left:
Tim Zajaros, Dee Rees Coco. Common and singer
and Sarah M. Broom Goldie (8) belted out
8 “Stand Up for Something”
Common, Goldie
from Marshall as song-
and Kyle Townsend writer Diane Warren (10)
stood by the stage singing
along at Wolfgang Puck’s
Cut at the Beverly Wilshire.
Hosted by THR edito-
rial director Matthew
Belloni (5), the star-
studded event drew Oscar
nominees Jordan Peele (5)
(Get Out); Greta Gerwig
and Laurie Metcalf (6)
(Lady Bird); Timothee

GORDON, DAFOE, MOLINA, SORKIN, OLDMAN, ROCKWELL: ALEX J. BERLINER/ABIMAGES. BELLONI, GERWIG, CHALAMET, WARREN: EMMA MCINTYRE/GETTY IMAGES. SORKIN, DEL TORO, PAUL, COMMON, HORN, PIMENTAL: NEILSON BARNARD/GETTY IMAGES.
Chalamet and Luca
Guadagnino (13) (Call
Me by Your Name); Gary
Oldman (7) (Darkest Hour);
11 Guillermo del Toro (12)
10 and Richard Jenkins (The
David Bar Katz
Diane Warren (left) (left) and Shape of Water); Willem
and Frances Fisher Sam Rockwell Dafoe (2) (The Florida
Project); Sam Rockwell (11)
(Three Billboards Outside
Ebbing, Missouri); Kumail
16 Nanjiani and Emily V.
From left: THR’s Gordon (1) (The Big Sick);
Lynne Segall, Aaron Sorkin (16) (Molly’s
Aaron Sorkin and Game); Dee Rees (4)
Molly Bloom
(Mudbound); and Allison
Janney (2) (I, Tonya),
among others. Inside,
Guadagnino and Chalamet
made a beeline for the raw
9 bar, Star Wars’ Kelly Marie
Disney Studios’ Alan Horn
Tran chatted with Get Out’s
(left) and Sony Pictures Betty Gabriel (15), and
Classics’ Michael Barker The Greatest Showman
breakout Keala Settle (14)
joked of her upcoming
Oscars performance: “I
want to melt Meryl Streep’s
face off.” While honorary
Oscar winner and doc
feature nominee Agnes
Varda (Faces Places) was
not in attendance, her
co-nominee, JR, squired
a cardboard cutout of the
legendary director and her
cat. The Shape of Water
director del Toro posed
15 with the Varda stand-in,
while Doug Jones (12)
Betty
Gabriel pretended to eat the cat.
“It’s just like the movie,”
joked del Toro, referring
to a scene from his film
17 18 featuring Jones’ amphibian
creature and an unlucky
Miguel Adrian Molina
feline. — MIA GALUPPO

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 31 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
About Town

The Red Carpet

Helmers Honored
With Guillermo del
Toro’s (6) win for direc-
torial achievement in
2
feature film at the DGA’s
From left: Warner Bros. annual ceremony, his
Entertainment’s Kevin Tsujihara, sci-fi fantasy The Shape
Christopher Nolan and Nolan’s
wife, producer Emma Thomas of Water — having also
earned the Producers Guild
of America’s top honor
in January — has consoli-
dated its status as Oscar
frontrunner. Accepting
his award at The Beverly
Hilton, del Toro acknowl-
edged that his film doesn’t
1 fit the awards-season
Jordan Peele and mold and thanked his fel-
Greta Gerwig 3 low directors for “allowing
us as a genre to come
Judd Apatow and into the conversation.”
70th DGA Awards Angela Lansbury
Jordan Peele’s (1) Get Out,
another genre entry, also
Beverly Hills, Feb. 3 was recognized when the
guild honored its helmer for
first-time feature film
directing. “I truly believe
these things we put out
into the world, these stories
of our love and passion,

PEELE, TSUJIHARA, JUDD, DEL TORO: KEVORK DJANSEZIAN/GETTY IMAGES FOR DGA. HAWKINS: FREDERICK M. BROWN/GETTY IMAGES. BACON: JB LACROIX/WIREIMAGE. OLDMAN, ESTEVEZ, RONAN: REBECCA SAPP/ SAPP/GETTY IMAGES FOR SBIFF.
are the greatest weapons
against the hate and the
bigotry,” said Peele at the
podium. The event, hosted
by Judd Apatow (3), also
saw such television winners
as The Handmaid’s Tale’s
Reed Morano, Veep’s Beth
McCarthy-Miller and
Big Little Lies’ Jean-Marc
5
6 Vallee. — GREGG KILDAY
Kyra Sedgwick
and Kevin Bacon From left: Directors
Guillermo del Toro, The Santa Barbara
4
Norman Jewison Show Must Go On
and Jeremy Kagan
Following the deadly
Sally Hawkins Montecito mudslides,
the 33rd annual festival
powered through with
its opening-night gala
Santa Barbara International Film Festival Jan. 31 featuring Emilio
Estevez’s (8) The Public.
Santa Barbara, Jan. 31–Feb. 10 The first two days of
the fest, which runs
through Feb. 10, bestowed
Willem Dafoe with the
Cinema Vanguard Award
and Gary Oldman (7) —
who received a standing
ovation — with the Maltin
Modern Master Award
on Feb. 1 at the Arlington
Theatre. Other high-
lights included Saoirse
Ronan’s (9) Santa Barbara
Award win Feb. 4 and a
THR-led Feb. 6 panel with
8 Oscar-nominated helm-
ers Greta Gerwig (1), Peele,
From left: Emilio Estevez, Alec Baldwin
7 and Che “Rhymefest” Smith del Toro, Christopher
Gary Oldman
Nolan (2) and Paul Thomas
Anderson. — SCOTT FEINBERG
9

Saoirse
Ronan

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 32 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
About Town

Heard Around Hollywood

gesture of sending all five


Oscar-nominated best directors
Power
a gift basket of champagne and Dining
caviar. PETA’s Andrew Bernstein Sherry Lansing held
responded to the news in THR court at Mr Chow.
Lansing
by sending Spielberg a note that Ben Harper sat with
WME agent Will Ward.
opened with a compliment: PETA … James Franco,
activists are “big fans of yours” — Harry Styles, Jeremy
but not fans of real caviar. “Our Piven and Dev Patel
favorite caviar is vegan — it’s were at Croft Alley. …
sustainable and cruelty-free, and Bale Henry Winkler and
wife Stacey had lunch
NBC’s Salke (inset) and her Eagles fan son Henry’s “favorite moment in his life.” it’s the only one that we think with Terry Bradshaw
E.T. and the BFG would approve at Farmshop. Director
of,” Bernstein wrote, citing
Rambling Reporter
Bryan Gordon was
Spielberg’s films. “We wanted to nearby. … Ben Affleck
get you started with this award- lunched at Tavern. …
By Chris Gardner Over at Bottega Louie,
winning vegan Cavi-art that we Helen Hunt broke
hope you’ll sink your Jaws into.” bread with Jodi Foster.
How an NBC Exec’s Son Got Personal With the Lombardi Trophy PETA’s parting movie pun: “As … Malcolm Gladwell
A Super Bowl that saw the Philadelphia Eagles defeat the New England more information about the food sat at Brentwood
Patriots was a real family affair for the Salkes. Like the Eagles, Fox 21 TV industry’s treatment of animals Country Mart’s Caffe
Luxxe. … Keanu Reeves
Studios’ Bert Salke hails from Philly; the game aired on NBC, home to is revealed, consuming meat stopped by Polo
NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke; and the couple’s son Henry, and dairy ‘products’ is becoming Lounge. … Christian
now 18, “had an Eagles jersey on in diapers,” Jennifer tells THR. “Henry’s much like the Jurassic period — a Bale was at Tallula’s

SALKE: DAVID LIVINGSTON/GETTY IMAGES. TROPHY: COURTESY OF JENNIFER SALKE. BLAIR: AXELLE/BAUER-GRIFFIN/FILMMAGIC. NOMAD: COURTESY OF BENOIT LINERO. LANSING: FREDERICK M. BROWN/GETTY IMAGES. BALE: JON KOPALOFF/FILMMAGIC.
biggest dream was for the Eagles to win a championship, though prior to thing of the past.” with Hostiles director
this it was never really close,” she says via email Feb. 5 while on a flight Scott Cooper. Shawn
Levy sat nearby.
back to L.A. “When the impossible happened, [NBC Entertainment chair] How Avengers Helmers Helped
Bob Greenblatt invited Henry as his guest.” How’d that Instagram post Selma Blair Come Forward
happen with Henry kissing the Vince Lombardi Trophy? “We were lucky When Selma Blair weighed the
enough to be invited to the postgame celebration, where Henry made decision of whether to share
a beeline for the trophy and asked if he could hold it,” she writes. “As of her claims that filmmaker James
now, it is his favorite moment in his life.” Toback sexually assaulted her
in 1999, she received support
Brian Grazer’s Headshots Palm and Grazer, who dined with from Rachel McAdams, Jessica
Habit Rides Again? outgoing Teen Vogue editor Elaine Chastain and two others. “Really, NEW
Is Brian Grazer up to his old tricks? Welteroth the day his pictures were it was two men who were the HO T NT
AU R A
REST
During a stop at power lunch spotted, did not return requests most comforting to me in say-
hangout The Palm in Beverly Hills, for comment. ing, ‘You’ll be safe, you’ll be The NoMad
THR clocked two heart-framed OK,’ ” Blair tells THR. “That was Mezzanine
photographs of the uber-producer PETA ‘Veg’-ucates Spielberg [Guardians of the Galaxy director] The Quick Pitch
atop the host stand. The pics seem Not everyone is impressed James Gunn and [Doctor Strange Daniel Humm and
to be evidence of Grazer doing a with Steven Spielberg’s gracious writer-helmer] Scott Derrickson. Will Guidara (of NYC’s
designated “World’s
cutesy variation on a prior hobby They reached out and said how Best Restaurant”
of dropping off headshots of important it was to be on this Eleven Madison Park)
himself all over town. THR first side of history.” (Gunn praised are responsible for
reported on his quirky custom Blair on Facebook in October, the dining options at
of depositing photos at colleagues’ calling her “a hero,” adding that the new NoMad Hotel.
Try the duo’s $98
homes and in the lobby bath- he knew she in no way “WANTED signature black truffle
room at Chateau Marmont in 2012, Blair to have to come forward with roast chicken for two
but sightings then tapered off. The this story, but she still did it. with brioche stuffing.
Most of these women (and, yes, The Inside Dish
some men) have nothing to Clearly intent on lur-
ing a certain clientele,
gain by telling their stories ... the hotel poached
They do it for ... the sake of oth- Phil Pavel as its
ers, the future …”) Adds Blair: managing director
“The women have taken it so far, after his two-decade
but it’s been men, too, who have stint as the well-
connected prince of
been supportive, and I have felt the Chateau Marmont.
that. I’m really in admiration of 649 S. Olive St.
Two photos of Grazer at The Palm. women and men.” — GARY BAUM

Got tips? Email rambling@thr.com

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 34 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
About Town

Mileposts

The Adventures of
Tom Sawyer, died
Jan. 31 in England.
She was 90.

Ezra Swerdlow, the


2
producer and produc-
tion manager who
worked on The King of
Comedy, Zombieland
and five Woody Allen
films, died Jan. 23 in
Boston of pancreatic
cancer. He was 64.

Jeff Hunter, the


1 Kopp agent who discov-
and Gibson
2 Tovah ered and then repped
1 3
Juliette Morgan Freeman
3 Swerdlow
for more than four
decades, died Jan. 27 in
Hitched, Hatched, Hired New York. He was 91.

Inside the industry’s celebrations and news


Jay Curtis, who
produced promo cam-
Weddings Marissa Berman development; Megan Deaths You, died Jan. 30 in paigns and managed
Jeffrey Kopp, super- welcomed daughter Sleeper to senior John Mahoney, New York. He was 93. CBS’ brand for more
vising producer for Tovah Juliette Chasin vp casting; and Ben who played Kelsey than 20 years, died
The Late Late Show on Jan. 6 at Cedars- Salter to senior Grammer and Cyrus Yavneh, Jan. 25 in San Diego of
With James Corden, Sinai Medical Center vp development; and David Hyde Pierce’s a producer on 24, ALS. He was 67.
married Pamela in Los Angeles. named Russell Jay irascible father on Supernatural and
Gibson on Dec. 23 in vp entertainment and Frasier, died Feb. 4 in It’s Pat: The Movie, Marge Rowland,

KOPP: ANGELA GARBOT PHOTOGRAPHY. CHASIN: COURTESY OF SUBJECT. SWERDLOW: COURTESY OF ICM PARTNERS. PARGAC: ANGELICA MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY. SALLING: C. FLANIGAN/GETTY IMAGES.
Kenilworth, Illinois. Farhana Pargac, head development Feb. 1. Chicago. He was 77. died Jan. 25 of lung a longtime accoun-
The couple first of strategy for UTA cancer in Santa tant at Paramount
met while attend- marketing, and hus- Nick Pepper will Louis Zorich, the Monica. He was 76. and Warner Bros.,
ing New Trier band Brian Pargac, head Legendary TV husband of Olympia died Jan. 8 in Laguna
East High School co-executive producer when his contract Dukakis who Ann Gillis, the former Woods, California,
in 1977 and found on Bravo’s Flipping with The Mark Gordon played Paul Reiser’s child star who starred of a heart attack. She
each other again Out, welcomed son Co. ends May 31. dad on Mad About in David O. Selznick’s was 68.
while cheering for James August Pargac
the Cubs in the on Dec. 13 at Cedars.
2016 World Series.
Congrats
Births Tammy Golihew was 1982-2018 his Sunland home recovered more cutting his wrists, according to
Yale Chasin, an agent named director of than 50,000 digital photos and TMZ, before being discovered by a
in UTA’s Independent publicity at Amazon Mark Salling videos depicting child rape, some roommate and rushed to a hospital.
Film Group, and wife Studios on Feb. 5. of the victims as young as 3. Salling L.A.-based criminal attorney Mike
The Glee actor, 35, facing also was to to pay $50,000 in Cavalluzzi, however, says “the court
years in jail for child pornography,
hanged himself Jan. 30 restitution to any victim who came doesn’t have an affirmative duty” to
Bunim/Murray forward. (Now a lawsuit might be safeguard a defendant from himself.
Productions pro- he death of Glee star Mark required to get a piece of Salling’s Family members reported Salling
moted Julie Pizzi
to president of
T Salling — which came ahead
of a March 7 sentencing
$1.91 million estate.) There are
questions as to why the actor was
missing the morning of Jan. 30 after
they hadn’t heard from him since
date for pleading guilty Sept. 29 to left unattended — especially after 11:30 p.m. the previous day. Six
entertainment keeping a vast trove of child por- he had attempted suicide Aug. 22, hours later, after spotting his 2007
and development; nography — will go down as one of Infiniti M35 parked on a roadside,
Farnaz Farjam the darkest downfalls in Hollywood police found his body hanging from
Chazan to senior vp history. Salling, who for six seasons a tree in Big Tujunga Creek, a
entertainment and played the bully turned glee club remote riverbed in the San Gabriel
member Puck on the Fox show, was Mountains. — SETH ABRAMOVITCH
development; Sasha expected to get between four and
Alpert to executive vp seven years for his crimes, discov- ← Salling died of “asphyxia by hanging,
The Pargac family entertainment and ered after a December 2015 raid on suicide,” the L.A. coroner said Feb. 1.

To submit, send email to hhh@thr.com

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 36 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
COMPETITIVE
FINANCIAL
INCENTIVES
THE SHAPE OF WATER — 13 OSCAR® NOMINATIONS

INDIAN HORSE MOLLY’S GAME — OSCAR® NOMINEE THE BREADWINNER — OSCAR® NOMINEE

ONTARIO
PRODUCERS
MAKE GREAT
PARTNERS
GRIZZLIES LITTLE ITALY

SHOOT IN ONTARIO
“We shot most of Molly’s Game right here on stages in Toronto. I have to say, I’ve never worked
with a better crew. They are phenomenally talented.”
—Aaron Sorkin, Molly’s Game, Director & Writer

#ONcreates
@OMDCtweets OMDConline OMDConline
The Business Executive Suite

Steve Bersch
The veteran film exec sounds off on the
state of indie moviemaking, taking over
Screen Gems and the surprising most
profitable division at Sony By Tatiana Siegel

I
t’s an impressive stat that Greyhound. On Jan. 19, Bersch’s ↑ Bersch, photographed Feb. 1 at his
Culver City office on the Sony lot, says,
comes with a small aster- purview expanded even further “The job of acquisitions when you’re
isk: Sony Pictures Worldwide RÉSUMÉ when he took the reins of Screen buying at the script stage is twofold: to
predict execution and marketability.”
Acquisitions president Steve CURRENT TITLE Gems following the announce-
Bersch, 61, runs the most profit- President of Screen ment that Clint Culpepper was the Nick Offerman-led Hearts
able division within the studio. Gems and president exiting after a 28-year run at the Beat Loud. The company had pre-
of Sony Pictures
The caveat is that with just 20 genre label. viously nabbed a wide swath
Worldwide Acquisitions
employees, SPWA doesn’t carry PREVIOUS JOB
There was little time to of international territories for
the same overhead as, say, COO, 20th Century Fox celebrate considering that Bersch Paul Dano’s directorial debut,
Columbia Pictures, given that it is Home Entertainment was busy negotiating a slew of Wildlife, which was well reviewed
not a releasing entity. Still, dur- BIG HIT deals on the ground at Sundance, after its Sundance premiere.
The Insidious
ing his 10-year stint, SPWA boasts where he acquired worldwide Bersch, a Berkeley grad (“I’m a long-
horror franchise’s four
films such as Arrival, the Insidious films have grossed rights to the John Cho internet suffering Cal fan”) and father of
GROOMING BY SU HAN AT DEW BEAUTY

franchise, Spotlight, Whiplash, $517 million worldwide thriller Search for $5 million, and two, talked to THR about his busy
Foxcatcher, Don’t Breathe and the all international rights to Debra festival, the most profitable SPWA
upcoming Tom Hanks-starring Granik’s drama Leave No Trace and film and Screen Gems’ future.

Photographed by Michele Thomas

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 38 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
SPINVFX

CREATING VISUAL EFFECTS


AND ANIMATION FOR
OVER 30 YEARS
The Business
Christian movies, as opposed to
Executive Suite biblical movies, might be more
American. Sports movies don’t
play, baseball movies especially.
A lot of dialogue-driven com-
Now that you are in charge of both edies don’t play because it’s more
Screen Gems and SPWA, will they American in the humor. So I
remain autonomous? think to the extent that African-
Yeah. They’ll remain autonomous American movies speak to a
divisions. I don’t look at SPWA more Americanized experience,
as a releasing label. SPWA does they won’t play. But I’m sure
operate under the Stage 6 label you can find numerous movies
for our higher-profile stuff, only with largely African-American
because we didn’t think “Sony casts that have played big. Get Out
Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions” played well overseas, because I
1
was a very good label to put on a don’t think it spoke to a uniquely
movie to consumers. Screen Gems American experience.
obviously will be more focused
2
on development and production Do you ever trade notes or wind up
— SPWA being more of an indie- 3 competing with Sony Pictures
focused label, working with Classics’ Michael Barker and Tom
independent producers on either Bernard at festivals?
productions or acquisitions. We wouldn’t compete, but we
certainly talk to them and coor-
How will Screen Gems change dinate with them all the time.
under your leadership? Whiplash was an example where
I think that’s going to evolve, [pre-Sundance] we had bought a
but I’m not sure it will change. significant percentage of interna-
4
Screen Gems will fill a valuable tional, and then they came in at
role as a lower- and modestly the festival and bought domestic
budgeted production division 1 A scoresheet from Game 5 of the 1965 World Series, which Dodgers fan Bersch rights and most of the remain-
attended with his father. 2 Original Porky’s poster “given to me by writer-director
for targeted audiences. We’re Bob Clark after we discussed a potential sequel idea.” 3 Bobbleheads ing international rights. They’ve
not going to try to be Columbia, “representing a pet project I want to make about the 1948 [Harlem] Globetrotters.” released a number of movies
4 A box-office chart from the weekend Insidious: Chapter 2 debuted at No. 1.
pursuing large tentpole mov- that we’ve bought either at festi-
ies for a wide, wide audience. vals or otherwise, like Austenland,
TriStar is more of a dramatic, which we bought at Sundance.
adult-oriented, literature- what they’ve been doing. As an Alvarez to the studio. He’s now Sometimes we buy pictures
oriented division. There’s a great acquisition entity, SPWA has doing the Girl in the Spider’s Web in concert with them, sometimes
space for Screen Gems to oper- branched out to higher-budget movie [for Columbia]. That picture buying international where they
ate, not only in the horror and [fare] by acquiring most of the was a success all the way around. then stepped up for domestic,
urban spaces where it has been international rights to Arrival, and sometimes buying pictures
successful, but Clint had suc- which is certainly not a genre How would you characterize the that they then agreed to distribute
cess in other modestly budgeted movie, and we’ll continue to do state of indie filmmaking right now? for us. There’s a wide variety
targeted movies, from Easy A things like that. It’s as robust as I’ve ever seen it. of ways we can work with our
to The Vow to other movies that There has been a huge infusion sister division.
might not feel like big Columbia/ Arrival made more money overseas of capital and high-net-worth indi-
TriStar movies. Certainly, than it did domestically. Why didn’t viduals coming into the space. You are one of the only high-level
I’m not looking to make $100 mil- Paramount take that gamble? There’s some great independent executives to survive the Sony
lion movies. I have no idea. We were circling pictures being made. It feels like hack. What was the fallout for you?
the movie at Cannes several years it’s very healthy. We’re all chal- I don’t know how much of my
How will SPWA and Stage 6 be ago. We were looking to take the lenged by the market economics, personal information was out
distinct from Screen Gems? world on the movie, and then the streaming services and there because I didn’t want to
Stage 6 operates within SPWA. we heard Paramount had stepped people not going to theaters as know. I signed up for the Cadillac
I think SPWA’s going to continue up and bought U.S., Canada and much, but the state of the indus- version of LifeLock for myself
doing what it’s doing, making China. By the time we moved, we try from a production and a and my kids. I think everybody’s
and acquiring interesting and took everything off the table that creative perspective is probably more careful with what they put
adventurous movies. There is we could. at an all-time high. in writing. Doing less by email
some overlap with Screen Gems and more by phone is far more
product, be it Insidious or Don’t What has been the most profitable Does the old adage that so-called efficient anyway. We have a great
Breathe or The Call — many of SPWA film to date for you? “black” movies don’t play overseas workspace here where we’re all
which could be released under Recently, Don’t Breathe [2016] was still hold? contained on a floor, and I’m on my
the Screen Gems banner. But it’s extremely profitable for us. It was I don’t think that’s consistently feet all the time in other people’s
a different group of executives a sub-$10 million movie, which true. Movies that speak to a offices because I find face-to-face
who’ve had great success, and did about $160 million at the box uniquely American experience communication far more effective
I think will continue to pursue office. It also helped bring Fede don’t play overseas. Evangelical in getting things done.

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 40 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
TORONTO’S LARGEST
PURPOSE-BUILT STUDIO
The leading destination facility for film and TV production

Talk to us:
t: +1 416 406 1235 e: megan.guy@pinewoodgroup.com
For further information on our studio, please visit:
www.pinewoodtorontostudios.com
The Business

Legal

was willful. But without that


registration, a photographer
would have to prove that he or
she was damaged by the use
— and entertainment litigator
Jeremiah Reynolds says prov-
ing significant damages would
be difficult with red carpet
pics because of the sheer volume
of nearly identical images.
“One could argue there are
20 sets of the same photo floating
around, so your damages are zero,”
says Reynolds. “You’d subpoena
the photo agencies and see what
they sold for and offer to pay
the guy 200 bucks to go away.”
Stefanie Keenan, a notable

Who Owns That Instagram Pic? Hollywood events and fashion


photographer who shoots for
Getty, tells THR she doesn’t mind
As stars and web influencers use unlicensed paparazzi shots to monetize social media accounts, if stars share her images with
photographers now are filing six-figure lawsuits: ‘This is a form of trolling’ By Ashley Cullins watermarks that credit her. “I
would rather have that happen

P
aparazzi long have ↑ From left: Simpson, Hadid and Kardashian While neither celebrity pho- than see stars using my images
have been sued for posting paparazzi
built lucrative careers on photographs on their social media accounts. tography nor social media is without a watermark after not
capturing candids of new, experts say the ability for having purchased the image or
Hollywood stars, but now they’re “Paparazzi take pictures of them influencers to now monetize giving any credit to the photogra-
exploring a new source of rev- without authorization but then their posts is most likely what’s phers — or major publications
enue: suing those same stars for get irritated when the people they driving the legal clashes. “Social reposting it from the star’s social
posting their pics on social media took pictures of use the pictures. media is actually a business for media, again, without financial
without permission. This is a form of trolling — where celebrities,” says attorney Jeffrey compensation,” she says.
Khloe Kardashian, Jessica paparazzi see a new medium Greenbaum, who specializes While other photographers
Simpson and Gigi Hadid have each to try to monetize their work.” in advertising and intellectual may share Keenan’s outlook, attor-
recently been sued for copyright Dan Taylor, a spokesman for property law. “It’s not surprising neys still recommend caution.
infringement after paparazzi BackGrid, a celebrity photo agency that photographers are saying, “This is an area where celebri-
photos of themselves were shared formed in 2016 when Xposure, ‘If you’re going to make money off ties and their representatives
on their official social media AKM-GSI and FameFlynet USA your social media feed, it’s not should be extremely careful,” says
accounts. On Feb. 1, NFL star Odell merged, says his company out- fair that you’re going to take my Greenbaum. “Giving credit might
Beckham Jr. sued Splash News sources its copyright enforcement photograph and not pay for a in some circumstances make the

SIMPSON, HADID: SPLASH NEWS. KARDASHIAN: AKM-GSI. KEENAN: JESSE GRANT/WIREIMAGE. REYNOLDS: TODD WILLIAMSON/GETTY IMAGES FOR THR.
for extortion after to a Beverly Hills-based outfit license to use it.’ ” photographer less aggravated by
reportedly receiving called Okularity, which scans the While the suits have been geared the use, but it’s unlikely to change
a $40,000 demand internet and print publications toward street photos, awards-sea- the analysis that using someone’s
for sharing an for clients’ photographs. Okularity son red carpet images could spark photograph without consent most
Reynolds image of himself on then determines whether tak- the next wave of lawsuits. of the time is going to be copy-
Instagram. ing action is appropriate or if an Sharing a photo registered right infringement in this kind
Typically, paparazzi unauthorized use qualifies for with the U.S. Copyright Office of situation.”
pics can easily be an exception under copyright laws. could trigger damages of as
licensed for a couple Xposure is the company suing much as $30,000, even absent a Natalie Jarvey and Chris Gardner
Keenan of hundred bucks Kardashian, and Taylor says finding that the infringement contributed to this report.
a pop. But if a star unlicensed sharing shouldn’t
sees a photo online and shares it be tolerated.
without permission, the move “It always hurts the licensing
could lead to six-figure damages if market because it’s rarely trans-
What a Following Is Worth
A sponsored post can be very lucrative — if you’re popular
it was willful. formative and it’s displayed to the
“These lawsuits are ironic and same audience and with the same Khloe Kardashian 72.1 M followers $406,700 estimated value

unfair,” says Neel Chatterjee, a purpose as BackGrid’s paying cli- Gigi Hadid 38.1 M followers $215,000 estimated value
Silicon Valley-based intellectual ents,” says Taylor. “Unauthorized Jessica Simpson 4.1 M followers $23,400 estimated value
property litigator who has han- distribution virtually destroys
dled big-ticket suits for Facebook. the licensing value of an image.”
Source: Inkifi; based on $5.70 per every 1,000 followers on Instagram

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 42 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
CANADA
AT YOUR
FINGERTIPS.

Rendezvous with Check out THE newest information source


on the Canadian audiovisual industry 24/7
Canada’s audiovisual and on all platforms.
industry on one screen.
A complete interactive directory

News on Canada’s audiovisual industry

Editorial content

SEE BIG.
And much more!

RDVCANADA.CA
WHAT’S AT
STAKE IN
CATCHING
OSCAR
Forget about the talent:
It’s the execs running the specialty
labels who’ll really be sweating
this year at the Dolby Theatre
By Stephen Galloway and Gregg Kilday

T
he Oscars won’t just determine
the future of individual winners
and losers this year. They could also
have a real impact on the future
of specialty-film distributors. After stealing
the luster from studios when it comes to the Searchlight, led by longtime heads Stephen prime target for acquisition by an internet
awards, they’re now fighting for their lives Gilula and Nancy Utley, has proved its uncanny giant, especially after Kaz Hirai’s departure as
in a radically changing media landscape, with eye for promising material. But will that mat- CEO, they’ll need to prove that their modest
streaming giants Netflix and Amazon threat- ter once Disney absorbs Fox? In terms of box returns have added dividends.
ening to gobble up the talent they’ve relied on office, no. Shape has earned $55 million world-
to make a splash in awards season. wide and Billboards $75 million, but those hits ANNAPURNA Megan Ellison’s stand-alone indie,
Such studio subsidiaries as Fox Searchlight, have to be balanced against such flops as Battle which has gone from financing films to dis-
Universal’s Focus Features and Sony Pictures of the Sexes, with its $12.6 million to date. On tributing them, had a box-office dud in Detroit
Classics were set up in the 1990s with three the other hand, Disney’s planned streaming (a non-contender this awards season). But even
goals: (1) develop the kind of filmmakers who service will need high-visibility content, and though it declined to finance Phantom Thread
could then be assigned bigger-budget films; Oscar wins (along with the box-office boost itself, it produced the film for Focus. Should
(2) win back some of the box-office gold that they bring) could provide a healthy rationale the movie prove an unlikely best picture or best
had been siphoned away by indie challengers for not just retaining Searchlight but bolster- actor winner, that would burnish the creden-
like Harvey Weinstein’s Miramax Films, which ing its resources. tials of the self-financed company and perhaps
defined the game in the ’90s; and (3) add a help it lure still more A-list talent away from
touch of class to an otherwise crass business. FOCUS FEATURES Two years ago, after experi- burgeoning Amazon and Netflix.
None of these factors matters much today. menting with genre movies with middling
With directors like Colin Trevorrow going success, Focus underwent a course correction A24 Post-Moonlight, the producer-distributor,
straight from shoestring releases (Safety Not under then-new chairman Peter Kujawski, founded by Daniel Katz, David Fenkel and John
Guaranteed) to blockbusters (Jurassic World), who promised to return Focus to its prestige- Hodges, is seeking to maintain momentum as
the specialty divisions no longer function as label roots. It bounced back this season with the hippest indie label around with awards for
breeding grounds for filmmakers; with cor- Darkest Hour ($46.4 million at the domestic Lady Bird. It might need them given that The
porations such as Disney aiming bigger and box office, more than $100 million overall). Florida Project was shut out of the best picture
bigger in terms of theme parks and merchan- An Oscar for Gary Oldman could add fur- race and The Disaster Artist’s James Franco
dising, as well as box office, there’s little need ther lucre and counterbalance the financial was snubbed amid an avalanche of allegations
for the paltry sums most Oscar winners bring; disappointment of The Beguiled and The Book about his past.
and with the studios led by corporate players of Henry.
increasingly removed from the day-to-day film- NEON Launched early last year by Tom
making process, Oscar’s sheen has become all SONY PICTURES CLASSICS Amid the ups and Quinn and Tim League, the company is eager
but irrelevant to the bottom line. downs of their rivals, the veteran duo of Tom to prove itself as the hot new kid on the block
Under pressure for their survival, the Bernard and Michael Barker has maintained and, along with 30West, is betting on I, Tonya,
specialty labels need every bit of help they can a remarkably consistent course, relying on which has earned more than $20 million
get, and so do their art house rivals. Each is shrewd acquisitions rather than sinking money and multiple awards for Allison Janney. Having
playing for high stakes: in pricey productions. They enter the Oscars gone on an acquisition spree at Sundance —
with six nominations: four for Call Me by Your its $10 million buy of Assassination Nation was
FOX SEARCHLIGHT With the two frontrun- Name and two for foreign-language nominees the fest’s biggest deal — Neon could do with
ners for best picture (The Shape of Water and Loveless and A Fantastic Woman. With parent an Oscar victory to prove it’s in the same class
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Sony Pictures Entertainment looking like a as its more established rivals.

Illustration by Læmeur

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 44 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
CREATE
WITH CANADA.

LET’S MAKE RECENT COPRODUCTIONS


WITH CANADA

SOMETHING

Credit: Shayne Laverdière


BIG TOGETHER
Creating with Canada means bringing your big ideas The Death and Life
to life while benefitting from some of the most innovative of John F. Donovan
Xavier Dolan
professional resources in the world. Canada / United Kingdom

OSCAR® NOMINEE
FOR BEST ANIMATED
FEATURE FILM
Ballerina
Eric Summer/ Eric Warin
The Breadwinner Canada / France
Nora Twomey
Canada/Ireland/Luxemburg

Credit: Sébastien Raymond


Developed and written in Canada.
Produced by Aircraft Productions.
Screenplay by Anita Doron
Screen story by Deborah Ellis,
based on her award-winning book.

The Hummingbird Project


Kim Nguyen
Canada / Belgium

SEE BIG. Discover coproductions


in development and
meet your next partner!

RDVCANADA.CA
← As Ego takes human form, the VFX team these building blocks, often over-
used a model of Russell, added layers of bone
and muscle, and blue lightning in lieu of blood. lapping them and playing them
to the framing of each shot. As
Within this CG world — Ego was speaking throughout the
Townsend says it’s the most reveal, we played with the deliv-
complex he has ever created — the ery of dialogue via a skull only or
team staged an epic battle that by half skin/half muscle.”
included live-action characters When Quill finally blasts Ego
such as Chris Pratt’s Peter apart, only to see him regener-
Quill and fully CG creations like ate, Townsend says, “We had to
Rocket and Baby Groot. figure out how to destroy a human
In order for Ego to morph into body, then rebuild it, inside of a
different forms, delicate digital PG-13 rating. We landed on a true
double work was required. “Weta representation of all the organs,
HOW THE GUARDIANS TEAM created a digital version of Kurt, bones, muscles, veins and nerves.
MADE KURT RUSSELL BLEED BLUE down to matching individual
pores and hairs,” says Townsend.
But as the cells were getting
destroyed by the energy blast,
The visual effects in the final battle of this summer’s hit Marvel “When Ego creates his human they would mutate back using the
sequel were a complex undertaking involving mathematics: ‘We had form around his celestial frame- same 3D fractals that were seen
to destroy a human body then rebuild it’ By Carolyn Giardina
work over a sequence of shots, elsewhere in Ego the planet; this
Weta mocked up Ego’s physiology added an alien element, an almost

W hen it comes to super- form of actor Kurt Russell. The with multiple passes — his mathematically derived aspect

GUARDIANS: WETA/MARVEL (6). TOWNSEND: FRAZER HARRISON/GETTY IMAGES FOR BRITISH CONSULATE GENERAL LOS ANGELES.
hero movies, visual effects sequence’s visuals, with Weta skeleton, organs, muscles, skin to what could have been very gory.
don’t always get a lot of respect. serving as lead VFX house, were and finally clothes and hair. We Instead of blood, the celestial
The last time one of these films inspired by the comics, and the experimented with the timing framework’s blue energy was flung
won a VFX Oscar was in 2004, for unique visual style was created and nature of the reveal of each of from the destruction points.”
Spider-Man 2. And this year, with fractals — mathemat-
only one superhero movie, ically generated patterns
Marvel’s Guardians of the — influenced by the work of
Galaxy Vol. 2, fielded a VFX fractal artist Hal Tenny,
team that earned a ticket to Townsend who served as a consultant.
the Dolby Theatre. They’re “To get the computer-cre-
hoping to beat the odds thanks to ated and mathematically derived
the film’s complex effects created aesthetic, we used the algo-
by a dozen vendors. rithms and had to translate them
The degree of difficulty they into a VFX pipeline,” explains
embraced is evident in the mov- effects supervisor Christopher
ie’s final battle, which pits the Townsend. “The final model build
Guardians against Ego, a “Living for planet Ego was about half a
Fractals, mathematically constructed geometric forms (inset),
Planet” that also takes the human trillion polygons.” were used to construct the “living planet” known as Ego.









MOVING PICTURES TO THE WORLD

V71 ENTERTAINMENT | VISIT BOOTH 129


CANADA PAVILION MGB

SALES: Owen Kelly ACQUISITIONS: Susan Curran


owen.kelly@V71entertainment.com susan.curran@V71entertainment.com V71entertainment.com
Style Beauty
1. Chanel
The new Coco Mademoiselle
Eau de Parfum Spray Intense
is a kicked-up version of the
original, with patchouli, amber
and vanilla; $140, at Chanel
2. Miu Miu
L’eau Rosee combines
soft florals including lily of the
valley and cassis buds with a
hint of musk; $105, at Sephora
3. Guerlain

2
Mon Guerlain Florale
has a bouquet of lavender,
jasmine, peony and iris;
$124, at Saks Fifth Avenue
4. Ferragamo
Amo Ferragamo’s woody and
sweet notes of rosemary,
sandalwood, jasmine and black
currant mingle into a light oriental
floral; $125, at Bloomingdale’s

1
5. Proenza Schouler
Floral meets mineral with
predominant notes of iris root
and white cactus flower in
Arizona Eau de Parfum; $130,
at Saks Fifth Avenue

4
3
That Touch
of Pink
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, new
blush-hued scents hit all the right
5
PROP STYLING BY DAPHNA GUTTIN

notes — from seductive woods to


feminine florals By Meg Hemphill

Photographed by Will Deleon

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 49 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
Style

Relationships

Trump, I answered: Maybe — if they deeply


regretted it now. When they asked if I’d date a
guy who was bald, I said: Fuck no. Who knew
I was the worst?!) There are no guarantees on
how many dates they get you — they just let
you know when they find a good match (i.e., a
hairy, regretful Republican).
A week after I met them, they emailed me
my first match. I got his first name, age, reli-
gion, job, and a sentence about his personality
and looks. No picture. No way to google him.
Jaydi and Lauren asked me: Was I interested
in meeting him? Was I free on one of three
nights? Yes and yes. Jaydi and Lauren made us
a reservation. All I had to do was show up.
My first match was with a guy we’ll call
“Tom.” Tom was 10 years older, a successful
writer. We had a nice time drinking margari-
tas and talking about harassers, and after two
L.A. Dating Post-Weinstein: hours, he drove me home. But the best part
was that afterwards, I didn’t hear from him. I

‘The Office Romance Is Dead’ heard from my matchmakers. They checked in


the next morning: “How did it go?”
A TV comedy writer turns to two industry matchmakers who help singles It felt amazing — this was like having an
navigate in the #MeToo age: It’s ‘like having an agent for your love life’ agent for your love life. You can leave a staffing
By Ari Berkowitz meeting thinking everyone loved/hated you,
but your agent always gets the real story. I told
nce, on my way to the bathroom in Over the past few months, I’ve heard of Jaydi and Lauren that I was interested in seeing
O a West Hollywood restaurant, a guy companies in Hollywood instituting open-door Tom again. He wanted to see me, too! There
asked if I was his waitress. “Excuse policies, or sending female execs into meet- were no Mad Libs about it: We had gone on a
me?” I said, genuinely shocked. “You think I’m ings to chaperone powerful men when they clearly defined date and wanted to do it again.
pretty enough to be a waitress in L.A.?” meet with women. There are many political Then Tom flaked on me twice in a row, and I
Dating in this town has always been hard. and business ramifications, but, honestly, I’m pulled the plug. I’m not saying matchmakers
Aside from having the highest concentra- about to spend another Valentine’s Day alone, fix all your dating problems in Hollywood. Just,
tion of beautiful people on Earth, so I’m just gonna focus on the dating ramifica- like, a dozen of them.
Hollywood is a small world where tions. In Hollywood, the office romance is dead. My second match was with “Josh.” Josh spent
being successful often means General meetings will never again bleed into the first hour of our date mansplaining
being social. Most of the people late-night drinks. The blurred lines are focus- American foreign policy. When he segued to a
Berkowitz you meet — and date — are in the ing. And I’m glad. But Hollywood singles are football player who had been (very mildly)
biz. And that means most of the facing a totally new era of dating. slandered in an article about campus sexual
people you meet — and date — know everyone Enter matchmakers Jaydi Samuels and assault, I interjected: “Cry me a fucking river.”
you’ve ever met and dated. Lauren Rosenberg. I learned about them the The next day, I told my matchmakers it was
But in a post-MeToo world, dating in way I learn about everything — in a general a bad fit. They were surprised — he wanted to
Hollywood has grown even harder. Let me say meeting. When the female see me again.
this: I am a militant #MeToo/#TimesUp femi- exec I was meeting with casu- What?! I got clammy
nist. I think a spotlight on unwanted advances ally mentioned she had just thinking of how I was going
is incredibly positive ... but it does make it
harder to navigate the wanted ones.
started using a matchmaker,
I casually mentioned that
200% LJMatchmaking
to extricate myself. The one
time Josh had asked a ques-
In November, I went out with a friend-of-a- she had to fucking tell me all membership increase in tion about me, I told him
friend in the industry. He bought me drinks the details immediately. January compared with about the pilot I was writing
until the bar closed, but after that, he left every LJMatchmaking, which an average month in 2017. and he deftly brought the
move up to me. It wasn’t just the “yes-means- started three years ago, costs conversation back to him by
yes” standard that I expect, it was like Mad $199 a year for women. Men listing all the powerful
Libs Dating. He presented every decision and pay nothing upfront, but are expected to people he knew who could help me. If I offended
left me to fill in the blanks: What should we do pay for the first date. Members, who are refer- him now, was there a chance he’d ask those
now? Where should we go? Even after I got him ral only, answer a questionnaire, and then powerful people to hurt my pilot? With a rush
home, got him another drink, sat him on my Jaydi, a comedy writer, and Lauren, a reality of relief, I realized I needn’t worry. My love
couch and intertwined our legs, I still couldn’t TV producer, follow up in person, sussing out agents would extricate me! I’m holding out
BERKOWITZ: COURTESY OF SUBJECT.

get him to make a move. Neither one of us knew dealbreakers you didn’t know you had. (When hope that by next Valentine’s Day, they’ll find
how to navigate this new post-Weinstein world. they asked if I’d date someone who voted for me someone who thinks I’m smart, funny
and — just maybe — pretty enough to be an
Illustration by Eleanor Taylor L.A. waitress.

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 50 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
Style

KIdman

Rae

Nyong’o Brown

Britton Thompson

LINGUA PRABAL ARMANI RALPH & CONVERSE


FRANCA GURUNG RUSSO

Winners of the New Woke Red Carpet


As ‘Who are you wearing?’ is phased out of preshows, fashion labels feel the burn, but savvy brands
attached to feminist stars are reaping the benefits: ‘Time’s Up has added a new dimension’ By Booth Moore

ith Time’s Up pins “I don’t think it will return to Armani at the SAG Awards), but at the Grammys making head-
W outshining diamond being a one-dimensional conver- it still stacks up as a big winner, lines, unlikely faves have
jewelry and designer sation about fashion on the red dressing such “woke” A-listers as emerged, including Lingua
name-dropping on the red car- carpet,” says Time’s Up founding Lupita Nyong’o. Her gray gown at Franca, Rachelle Hruska

BAUER-GRIFFIN/FILMMAGIC. BROWN: JOHN SHEARER/GETTY IMAGES. AMERICAN: COURTESY OF ABRAMS BOOKS (2). PURSE: COURTESY OF 18008456790.
BRITTON: JOE SCARNICI/GETTY IMAGES. THOMPSON: PHILLIP FARAONE/GETTY IMAGES. RAE, NYONG’O: STEVE GRANITZ/WIREIMAGE. KIDMAN: AXELLE/
pet at a minimum, is fashion this member Amanda de Cadenet. the SAG Awards reached 713.5 mil- MacPherson’s New York label
awards season’s biggest loser? Although most designers lion readers, at a PR value of of hand-embroidered cash-
“After the mad dash for black at understand why the gender equal- $13,084,612, says Jones. Notes CEO mere. After Connie Britton wore
the Golden Globes and media ity message takes precedence, Michael Russo, “Time’s Up has a “Poverty Is Sexist” sweater at
conversations directed toward even feminists like Prabal Gurung added a new dimension to the red the Globes (Tessa Thompson
the #MeToo movement, designer are “wish[ing] actresses got asked carpet for brands.” later wore a version with first
brands are not the winners,” says why they chose to wear the par- Gurung received multiple names of female directors), “we
Stacy Jones, CEO of entertain- ticular designer.” Luxury brands, inquiries from potential custom- got hundreds of emails,” says
ment and fashion marketing firm of course, still are moving heaven ers about Issa Rae’s dramatic MacPherson. Reese Witherspoon
Hollywood Branded Inc. and earth to dress stars. “We’re black gown at the Golden Globes. ordered 20 Lingua Franca “Time’s
The cancellation of E!’s Fashion seeing the fashion discussion According to retail analytics Up” sweaters for Eva Longoria
Police in November — then moving more to the digital space, company EDITED, sales of black and other supporters. Converse
Beyonce and Lorde skipping the where designers, publicists or dresses increased by 225 per- enjoyed the rare shout-out at
Grammy carpet in response to stars themselves are pushing out cent from Jan. 1 to 18 compared the SAG Awards by Millie Bobby
an antiwage inequality petition info about styles,” says Jones. with the same period last year. Brown, who wore Chuck Taylors
calling for an E! News boycott — British house Ralph & Russo With all-black at the Globes — with her pink Calvin Klein dress.
may signal the end of an era for may have gone unnamed during also planned for the Feb. 18 “Converse are cool!” says Jones.
preshow fashion commentary. preshows (as did Nicole Kidman’s BAFTAs — and all-white onstage Now, even more so.

Runways and Hollywood: A Long Love Affair


FROM ITS SLEEPY BEGINNINGS to today’s star-laden productions, New York Fashion Week and its
evolution are chronicled in American Runway (Abrams, $65), by THR style and fashion news direc-
THR
Read tor Booth Moore. “Once [publicist Eleanor Lambert] launched Press Week in 1943, the era of the
American designer started,” writes Council of Fashion Designers of America board chair Diane
von Furstenberg in the foreword (Moore worked with CFDA on the book). Celebrating its 75th anni-
versary, NYFW has had its fair share of Hollywood moments on its way to becoming a globally live-streamed event.
“I underestimated the interest in fashion and how people are intrigued by the alchemy of something,” says Michael
Kors of his early reticence about doing Project Runway, which debuted in 2004 and is now on its 16th season. As did Bottega Veneta just
moved its show and
exec producer Harvey Weinstein, recalls producer Desiree Gruber: “He didn’t [initially] understand the excitement store from Milan
of bringing an idea from a designer’s sketch to fabrication onto a model’s body to the runway.” — LAURIE BROOKINS to NYC. Bag, $2,800.

“You are literally being manhandled until they push you out on the runway … it’s a live performance,” says Cindy Crawford of NYFW in American Runway.

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 52 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
PROMOTION

The Academy Awards is entertainment’s BONUS DISTRIBUTION:


biggest night of the year. The Hollywood AMPAS, BAFTA-LA, BAFTA-UK,
Reporter will capture all of the excitement, BAFTA-NY, HFPA, SAG NOM COM,
glitz and glamour in our highly coveted BFCA, ACE, PGA,MPTV’s Night
Oscars® preview. This collectors edition will Before Event 3/3, Limos to Oscars
include features written by award winning 3/4, Key Restaurants & Hotel,
Publicists Guild Luncheon & Awards
journalists, stunning photography, in depth
3/2, Independent Spirit Awards 3/3
coverage of red carpet fashion, parties,
predictions and insightful analysis of this
year’s nominees.
CONTACT:
LOS ANGELES | 323.525.2245
Read by Hollywood’s power players, studio
NEW YORK | 212.434.4324
executives, producers, directors and talent, THRPUBLISHER.COM
plan now to position your brand to this high
level, influential and affluent audience in
what will be the definitive guide to this year’s
Academy Awards.

ON SALE 2/28 ISSUE CLOSE 2/21 MATERIALS 2/22


T H E N O
W ILLEM DAFOE made six films last year,
has 100 screen credits and three Oscar nominations (including for
M
this awards season’s on-the-cheap underdog The Florida Project)
in an enigmatic career that has resisted fame and routine:
‘I remember my life by my movies’
By Benjamin Svetkey
Photographed by Martha Galvan
“He’s not a movie star,”
says director Oliver Stone
of Dafoe, who was
photographed Feb. 2 at Siren
Orange in Los Angeles.
“He hasn’t fallen into the
movie star trap. That’s why
he’s still working.”
Styling by George Kotsiopoulos
Left: Ralph Lauren sweater
Right: Prada tuxedo, COS shirt,
Christian Louboutin shoes.

A
D
Here is a typical day in the life 1

of Willem Dafoe: He wakes up


early, usually around 5 or 6. He
meditates, has a cup of coffee and
writes in his journal for a while.
Then he checks his email, does
some yoga and makes breakfast.
If he’s prepping for a film, which
he almost always is, he’ll go over
his lines for a couple of hours.
If he’s not, he’ll read a book, take
a walk around his West Village
neighborhood or — his favorite
activity of all — do some laundry.
“It’s one of my great pleasures,” he says, dead in hipster casual — black jeans, white T-shirt
serious. “I love it so much, I have to resist the and a scruffy graying beard (a remnant from
urge to do a lot of hand washing when I’m in his recent turn as Vincent Van Gogh in Julian
hotels. Sometimes, when I’m in a strange Schnabel’s upcoming biopic, At Eternity’s Gate)
city, I go to laundromats. I did that in France — but in a few hours he’ll spruce himself up,
recently — I was shooting a movie there — slip into a suit and step onto a stage to accept
and it was a beautiful experience. For some the Santa Barbara Film Festival’s Vanguard
reason, people are really nice to me in laun- Award, honoring what the program calls his
dromats and I have these great encounters. “unique contributions to film.”
Talk about fun and sexy …” In Dafoe’s case, unique is putting it mildly.
Of course, what makes Dafoe different from He has played everybody from Jesus (in Martin
most people — aside from enjoying laundry Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ) to
— is that in his life there’s really no such thing a tropical fish (in Finding Nemo). He shared a
as a typical day. Every one of them is pretty foxhole with Charlie Sheen in Oliver Stone’s
unusual. Today, for instance, the 62-year-old 1986 Vietnam War epic Platoon (which got
Oscar nominee — he’s up for best supporting him his first Oscar nomination), wore 6-inch- 3
actor for his role in The Florida Project, A24’s long fingernails and a prosthetic pointy head
$2 million slice of life about kids from low- to play silent film star Max Schreck in 2000’s
income families living in cheap motels near Shadow of the Vampire (which got him his don’t camp outside his home (or even know

PREVIOUS SPREAD: PROP STYLING BY KYLE SCHUNEMAN AT THE REX AGENCY. GROOMING BY SONIA LEE FOR ALBA1913 AT EXCLUSIVE ARTISTS. THIS SPREAD: FLORIDA: COURTESY OF A24. PLATOON:
Orlando’s Disney World — lounges on a shady second) and zoomed around New York on a where it is). Fans let him wash his under-
terrace at a hotel overlooking downtown flying hoverboard as the Green Goblin in pants in peace at laundromats. Dafoe insists

ORION PICTURES/PHOTOFEST. SHADOW: LIONSGATE FILMS/PHOTOFEST. CHRIST: UNIVERSAL PICTURES/PHOTOFEST. SPIDER-MAN: COLUMBIA PICTURES/SONY PICTURES/PHOTOFEST.
Santa Barbara, where he’s about to take another 2002’s Spider-Man (and its two sequels). And he doesn’t want to be a bigger star than he
lap around the awards season circuit as it that’s just scratching the surface of his résumé already is and prefers that nobody know about
hurtles toward the finish line. He’s dressed — there’s also his lesser-applauded perfor- his offscreen life. He says it makes it easier to
mances in 1993’s Body of Evidence (in which “disappear into roles.”
Madonna dripped hot wax onto his naked Still, disappearing isn’t exactly a winning
body) and in Lars von Trier’s 2009 drama strategy when you’re up for an Academy Award.
Antichrist (in which Charlotte Gainsbourg So he slouches into his chair on his hotel ter-
crushed his testicles), along with a slew of race, gives his gray beard a couple of tugs and,
other roles big, small and occasionally com- for a few of hours anyway, lets a stranger rum-
pletely overlooked. Over the past 37 years, mage in his laundry bag.
Dafoe has racked up credits on more than 100
films, churning out two, three or sometimes FOR STARTERS, HIS REAL NAME IS NOT WILLEM.
even four or more a year (last year, he did six, It’s William. As a teenager in Appleton,
a personal best, plus voiceover narrations on Wisconsin, he was called Bill, or sometimes
two documentaries). Billy, and there was a period during his early
But here’s the thing about Willem Dafoe. childhood when his older brothers teased him
Despite his prodigious output and near- with the nickname “Bleeblob” (for reasons
ubiquitous onscreen presence during the past no family member will reveal but which they
four decades, he’s never quite popped as a hint are hugely embarrassing).
full-fledged movie star. He’s gotten plenty of He was the seventh of eight children, all
nominations, and the critics adore him. But crammed into an overstuffed colonial where
With Brooklynn Prince in The Florida Project. nobody gossips about him. Photographers there was almost zero adult supervision.

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 56 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
to act. “But I never thought acting could be a
2
profession,” he says. “I didn’t know anybody
that made their living in the entertain-
ment industry. It was just something I liked
to do, something I had fun with, a social
thing. I thought maybe I’d end up joining the
Merchant Marines or the Army.”
He started taking acting more seriously
when he came to New York in the mid-1970s.
That’s around the time he gave his name
a Dutch makeover, dropping the “ia” and
adding an “e” (although “William” is still on
his driver’s license and passport). “It’s not
like I was looking around for a stage name,”
he says, “But I knew that I didn’t want to be a
William or a Bill or a Billy.” It turned out to
be a smart move; the new cool moniker helped
him fit in with the downtown crowd he was
hanging with. Before long, he was the youngest
actor in the Wooster Group, a theater com-
pany in an old metal stamp factory in SoHo
4 that mounted wacky experimental produc-
tions, like a version of Our Town with all the
actors in blackface while sex videos played
on monitors on the stage. The critics weren’t
always kind, and money was always a prob-
lem (Dafoe made extra bucks by doing figure
modeling for art classes), but it was here that
he met his mentor and muse — and, for a long
time, his partner. Theater director Elizabeth
1 From left: Dafoe with
Sheen and Tom Berenger. LeCompte was 33 and Dafoe was 22 when they
2 As Max Schreck in began a relationship that lasted for nearly
Shadow of the Vampire.
3 The Green Goblin in three decades (their child, Jack Dafoe, is now
Spider-Man.
4 On the set of The a 34-year-old public policy researcher) until
Last Temptation of Christ they parted in 2004, after Dafoe met Italian
with Scorsese.
director Giada Colagrande, 42, while shooting
The Life Aquatic in Rome. “I wasn’t looking for
anything, but I fell in love,” he says matter-of-
factly. “And so my life changed.”
After the breakup, Dafoe was “excom-
Dafoe’s dad was a doctor and his mom Laguna Beach who drove up to Santa Barbara municated” from the Wooster Group, where
a nurse, and because they were seldom at for the film festival. “He was always doing LeCompte remains as director. But for
home, he was raised mostly by his five sis- crazy stuff to create a stir. I remember once many years, that small theater was Dafoe’s
ters. “My parents started out as Eisenhower when he was 10 or 12 years old, he got ahold center of gravity, even as Hollywood beck-
Republicans,” he says, “but by the time I of a gorilla costume and climbed the side of oned. Technically, the first film he shot, in
came around they had loosened up.” Luckily, a building in downtown Appleton, like King 1980, was The Loveless, a low-budget biker
he thrived on the chaos. Once, when he was Kong.” Adds brother Richard, 65, a commercial drama co-directed by Monty Montgomery
8 years old, he shut himself into a closet litigation attorney in Dallas who also attended and a young first-time auteur named Kathryn
for two days. He wasn’t hiding or depressed. the Santa Barbara ceremony, “He was always Bigelow. But that film’s release was delayed
He just wanted to feel what it was like to doing creative things. If he got a term paper for two years, so Dafoe’s first appearance in
be confined in a small space for a long period assignment, he’d find a way to act it out in class movie theaters ended up being a small part
of time, like the astronauts in the Gemini instead of writing it.” in Michael Cimino’s much more high-profile
rockets on the news. “Nobody in my family Occasionally, Dafoe’s creative spirit landed Heaven’s Gate. Dafoe spent three months
noticed,” he remembers. him in hot water, like the time he borrowed on the set of that infamous train wreck as a
“He was always a performer,” says his his high school’s video camera to shoot “glorified extra” before getting fired. “We
brother Don, 67, a transplant surgeon in a documentary and got expelled for making were standing on the set in full costume and
what the principal called “pornogra- makeup and they were adjusting the lights,
phy” (“There was a bare bottom in it,” and the woman next to me whispered a joke,”
“He got ahold of Dafoe says). But he didn’t want to stick he says. “I laughed too loud. Cimino whirled

a gorilla suit and climbed around Appleton, anyway, so he bolted


for Milwaukee, where he camped out
around, looked at me and said, ‘Willem,
step out!’ and he sent me back to my hotel
the side of a building.” on a friend’s sofa, started sitting in on room. An hour later, I was presented with a
drama classes at the university and plane ticket and told to go home.” He can’t
eventually fell in with a small theater recall what the joke was but remembers “it
troupe where he first began learning was something dirty.”

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 57 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
“I never thought
acting could be a
profession. I thought
I’d end up joining the
Merchant Marines.”
Valentino coat, Frame Denim jeans, Rag & Bone shoes.
1

Dafoe never had the face of 1 Dafoe (left) with were announcing the nominations. My son’s
Spalding Gray and
a leading man — “I’m like the other Wooster Group babysitter called to tell me I was nominated.”
boy next door, if you live next actors in 1979. One change he particularly likes, though, is
2 With his wife,
door to a mausoleum,” he once director Giada the rise of the #MeToo movement. “I’ve worked
Colagrande, in 2018. with a lot of women directors,” he points out.
said of himself — but even
in his 20s and 30s he had the “My wife is a female director. I see the inequali-
2
right bone structure and wild ties. I see how difficult it is. And it’s having an
intensity to play villains, like effect on me because I can see how things are
the counterfeiter in William shifting. When I read scripts now, red flags
Friedkin’s To Live and Die in L.A. go off sometimes. Like, if I’m reading a script
He was even talked about for the and all the women are taking off their clothes,
Joker in 1989’s Batman, until Jack Nicholson I’m like, ‘OK, what is this?’ What can I say? I’m
snagged the role. “[Screenwriter Sam] Hamm being educated.”
said something about how physically I would
be perfect for the part,” Dafoe recalls, “but they “I LIVE A NOMADIC LIFE,” DAFOE OBSERVES,
never offered it to me.” nodding at the leafy surroundings of the
It was a much more angelic character hotel terrace. “Last year it was five months
that would put him on Hollywood’s radar. in Australia, two months in England, three
“Originally, the part was supposed to be months in France …”
for a Native American,” says Oliver Stone of He and his wife have homes in New York
Sgt. Gordon Elias, the kindly G.I. who gets and Rome, but he rarely spends more than a
riddled with machine gun fire in a rice paddy month or two at either. For most of the year,
at the end of Platoon. “But we couldn’t find he’s on the road, hopping from one film set
a Native American actor for the part. So we to the next. Sometimes his wife travels with
changed the character to white and looked him, sometimes not (“She is my home,” he
around for an actor who had a different sort says). But the constant movement has given
of face. We didn’t want to cast a classically Dafoe a unique sense of continuity. While
handsome actor.” Stone, who later cast Dafoe mobile tenants in The Florida Project, a film the rest of the world measures their lives in
in Born on the Fourth of July opposite clas- that had him practicing his craft with a moments — birthdays, anniversaries, wed-
sically handsome Tom Cruise, believes it’s parking lot full of 6-year-olds and first-time dings, deaths — he measures his in film
precisely because of Dafoe’s unusual features actors. “When I cast Willem, everyone was productions. “I remember my life by my mov-
(The New York Times once described his face like, ‘Oh no, he’s a villain, he’s a bad guy,’ ” ies,” he says.
as looking like a “demiurge as rendered by a says director Sean Baker, whose most famous Later in the day, at the Arlington Theater in
cubist”) that he’s had such a durable career. previous work was his 2015 iPhone-shot Santa Barbara, a couple hundred people turn
“He’s not a movie star,” Stone says. “He’s not Tangerine. “But Willem made the character out — including his two brothers, who don’t
good looking in that way. But that’s why he’s his own. He came down to Florida a week have nearly as fantastic hair but do bear a fam-
still working. He hasn’t fallen into the movie early and picked out his wardrobe — he’s the ily resemblance around the eyes — to watch
star trap. He’s stayed an actor.” one who came up with the sunglasses — Dafoe get his Vanguard Award. Just before he
After his nomination for Platoon, Dafoe and met with actual hotel managers around steps onstage, Dafoe gets to watch his whole
was offered just about everything — and, judg- the area, looking for inspiration. And he was life-slash-movie-career flash before his eyes.
ing from his rambling credits, he didn’t turn great with the kids. Very casual with everyone. There’s a five-minute pre-ceremony clip reel
much away. Dafoe gives lots of reasons for why Very approachable. He never played the diva.” of his greatest moments. Or at least what
he picks the projects he does — “Sometimes For Dafoe, working with children was a bit somebody thought were his greatest moments.
it can be a very simple thing, like, ‘Wow, I like experimental theater. “Since the movie is “They mostly showed my studio movies,” Dafoe
want to ride that motorcycle and wear those from the kids’ point of view, you have to invite points out afterward, a little disappointed.
clothes’ ” — but in truth it’s not always easy the chaos,” he says. “The biggest challenge “They left out a lot of other films.”
to discern a guiding logic behind his choices. was to stay calm and be patient. I was ready to Of course, a more complete reel would last
He’s the kind of actor who can shoot a high- grab the wheel if we were going to crash, but [I] longer than one of von Trier’s movies. And
brow drama like 1997’s Affliction one month had to let the kids drive [the movie].” Dafoe is constantly adding titles. He reportedly
WOOSTER: NANCY CAMPBELL/COURTESY OF SUBJECT. COLAGRANDE: MICHAEL KOVAC/GETTY IMAGES FOR MOET & CHANDON.

and turn around and make Speed 2: Cruise Dafoe doesn’t chew any scenery or have has signed on for an adaptation of Jonathan
Control the next. “Oh, I turn down things,” he any over-the-top outbursts in The Florida Lethem’s crime novel Motherless Brooklyn, about
insists. “I won’t say which ones, because that’s Project — on the contrary, he gives such a a 1950s detective with Tourette’s syndrome,
not nice to the people I’ve turned down.” quiet, low-key performance that his acting is that Edward Norton (who’ll be directing as well
As he’s grown older, Dafoe’s pace hasn’t practically invisible. That makes it a surpris- as starring in the lead role, with Dafoe play-
slowed. In the past year, he’s starred in Kenneth ing choice for the Academy, which usually ing his brother) has been trying to get made
Branagh’s remake of Murder on the Orient nominates more robust roles. Dafoe himself for years. “I’m always working on some-
Express; done a dystopian thriller called What seems a little taken aback by all the attention. thing,” Dafoe says, demonstrating his gift for
Happened to Monday; nearly appeared in Justice Or maybe it’s just that it’s been a while since understatement. “I don’t always know what’s
League (his underwater scenes as Nuidis his last go-around on the awards circuit and right for me, but I know what turns me on and
Vulko got cut from the final print, but he’ll be he’s feeling out of practice. “It’s changed so what makes me happy.”
back as the character this year in Aquaman); much since my first nomination,” he says of It turns out there’s not much in Dafoe’s
learned to paint like Van Gogh (Schnabel was this year’s race. “It’s so much more developed anything-but-typical, laundry-loving life that
his personal tutor); and, of course, performed and sophisticated, with a lot more outlets. My makes him unhappy these days.
his nominated turn as the father-figure motel first nomination for Platoon, I didn’t even have “To tell you the truth,” he admits, “I’m not
manager who looks after his downwardly a publicist. I didn’t even know what day they crazy about folding.”

Find out what Dafoe’s 7-year-old co-star Brooklynn Prince taught him at THR.COM/VIDEO

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 59 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
W
IE
V
B
E
E
R
R
P

L
IN

A
After several shaky movie mar-
kets in an industry plagued by
seemingly constant transition,
distributors and sales outfits
are heading to Berlin’s European
Film Market on Feb. 15 in an
upbeat mood after Sundance. In
Park City, newer buyers (Neon,
30West, MoviePass, Annapurna)
snatched up titles, and the studios
returned in force to the indie-
pickup business, with Sony taking
worldwide rights on the John
Cho starrer Search, its SPC label
nabbing Puzzle and Lionsgate BACK TO BASICS
IN BERLIN
boarding the Sundance opener
Blindspotting. “There is some real
breadth in the market,” says
Protagonist Pictures CEO Dave
Bishop. “That’s encouraging With Netflix and Amazon lying low in Sundance, this year’s European
because it’s not just focused on
Film Market may continue a return to more traditional sales models —
and dealmakers couldn’t be happier BY SCOTT ROXBOROUGH
two players.” He’s referring to
Amazon and Netflix, neither of
which bought a film at Sundance.
Alison Thompson of Brit sales
outfit Cornerstone Films also GREEN BOOK HER SMELL JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3
sees an ongoing shift away from SALES FilmNation SALES Endeavor Content/Bow SALES Filmnation

TAYLOR-JOHNSON: SLAVEN VLASIC/GETTY IMAGES. ALI: CHRISTOPHER POLK/GETTY IMAGES FOR TNT. PORTMAN: JUN SATO/WIREIMAGE. REEVES: BENNETT RAGLIN/WIREIMAGE. BELLUCCI: ERNESTO RUSCIO/GETTY
IMAGES. MOSS: CHRISTOPHER POLK/GETTY IMAGES FOR TURNER. WEDEL: ISA FOLTIN/WIREIMAGE. KNOL: DAVE BEDROSIAN/GEISLER-FOTOPRESS/PICTURE ALLIANCE/NEWSCOM. AISLES: COURTESY OF BETA CINEMA.
the traditional presales market DIRECTOR Peter Farrelly and Arrow DIRECTOR Chad Stahelski
“toward what the business was CAST Viggo Mortensen , DIRECTOR Alex Ross Perry CAST Keanu Reeves
like when I started in the 1990s, Mahershala Ali CAST Elisabeth Moss The third entry in the shoot-
where buyers wait to bid on fin- Moonlight’s Oscar winner Ali The Handmaid’s Tale star Moss ’em-up franchise, starring
ished movies.” Her Cornerstone plays a virtuoso jazz pianist has signed on to play Becky Reeves as the assassin who just
partner Mark Gooder agrees: “The who forges an unlikely friendship Something, a maniacally destruc- can’t quit the life, is about the
presale market isn’t dead, but it’s with his blue-collar Italian- tive punk rock star engaged closest thing possible to a bull’s-
getting harder to hit that bull’s- American chauffeur (Mortensen) in a yearslong war against eye in the action movie space.
eye.” Several days out, new Berlin during a 1962 tour of the racially sobriety in this new drama from STATUS Preproduction
projects are thin on the ground, segregated South. The film’s Golden Exit director Perry.
though most expect a handful of dramatic tone is a departure for STATUS Shooting later this year A MILLION LITTLE PIECES
big-name titles to come together comedy specialist Farrelly SALES Sierra/Affinity
just before the EFM opens. (Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin). IN THE AISLES DIRECTOR Sam Taylor-Johnson
THR’s 11 titles to watch: STATUS Filming SALES Beta Cinema CAST Aaron Taylor-Johnson,
DIRECTOR Thomas Stuber Billy Bob Thornton, Giovanni Ribisi
CAST Sandra Huller, Franz Rogowski Fifty Shades of Grey director
German helmer Stuber fol- Taylor-Johnson teams up with
lows up his award-winning her husband, Aaron (Nocturnal
Hubert (2015) with this low- Animals), to take on James
key romantic drama featuring Frey’s rehab memoir, which was
Toni Erdmann’s Huller and the source of a literary scandal
up-and-coming German actor back in 2003 when it emerged
Rogowski, who will make his that Frey invented many of the
Rogowski
and Toni U.S. debut in Terrence Malick’s events described in his struggles
Erdmann’s Radegund next year. with alcohol and crack addiction.
Huller in In
the Aisles. STATUS Finished STATUS Preproduction

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 60 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
Wishbones, an ordinary family
who transform into monsters
to save their friends and the world
from an evil Monster Huntress.
STATUS Preproduction

MRS LOWRY & SON Berlin Rolls Out the


SALES The Little Film Co.
DIRECTOR Adrian Noble Red Carpet for Diversity
CAST Timothy Spall,
Vanessa Redgrave From an anti-harassment ‘safe space policy’ to
industry panels on gender equality, the Berlinale
British acting treasures Spall
is getting woke for the #MeToo era
and Redgrave headline this

B
biopic about the relationship erlin wears its politics on its sleeve. In 2002, his first year
between early 20th century as Berlinale director, Dieter Kosslick made “Accept
British painter L.S. Lowry and Diversity” the festival motto. “And we meant it,” Kosslick
his mother, Elizabeth. tells THR. “Diversity of all sorts: all colors, all sexualities, all cultures.”
STATUS Filming This year, in the wake of Harvey Weinstein, #MeToo and Time’s
Up, Berlin is trying to live up to that pledge. The fight for equality,
ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE US whether based on gender, race or sexuality, will be in focus at both
SALESGlobal Screen the festival and Berlin’s European Film Market (EFM).
DIRECTOROzgur Yildirim At the festival, Berlin will introduce what it calls a “safe space
CAST Moritz Bleibtreu policy” that will include coordinating a hotline for visitors to report
The crossover success of Fatih cases of discrimination or harassment they experience or witness.
Akin’s In the Fade could bode Sundance took a similar tack this year, updating its code of con-
well for this German thriller, set duct to try and prevent any inappropriate behavior and introducing
on the mean streets of Frankfurt a new 24-hour hotline to report offenses.
and featuring Bleibtreu (Run Lola The policy’s urgency was brought home by the recent case of
Run) as a gangster trying to German director Dieter Wedel. Several women have accused the
make a final score in order to famed film and TV helmer of abuse — ranging from harassment
escape his life of crime. to assault — going back decades. Wedel denied the initial charges
Clockwise from top left: A Million Little STATUS Finished brought forth by three women but since has gone
Pieces star Aaron Taylor-Johnson; Vox
Lux’s Portman; Reeves, returning for John silent and has resigned from his job as artistic direc-
Wick: Chapter 3; Moss, who will play a SPIDER IN THE WEB tor of the Bad Hersfeld Theater Festival, citing health
self-destructive punk rocker in Her Smell;
Spider in the Web star Bellucci; and Ali, SALES Film Constellation concerns resulting from excessive media attention
who plays a jazz musician in Green Book.
DIRECTOR Eran Riklis Wedel on his case.
CAST Ben Kingsley, Monica Bellucci, At the EFM, the focus will be on analyzing the
THE MISEDUCATION OF Itay Tiran problem of discrimination and presenting workable
CAMERON POST This espionage thriller from the solutions for the industry. Vivian Yvonne Hunt of
SALES Elle Driver award-winning Israeli director consulting firm McKinsey & Co. will present the latest
DIRECTOR Desiree Akhavan of The Lemon Tree centers on an Wouter Knol finding of her study “Delivering Through Diversity,”
CAST Chloe Grace Moretz, aging spy (Kingsley) on the trail originally unveiled in late January at the Davos World
Jennifer Ehle, Quinn Shephard of a supposed chemical weapons Economic Forum in Switzerland. In a debate hosted by THR on
Akhavan’s comic drama, about sale to a Middle East dictatorship Feb. 17, Hunt will break down her analysis of the diversity gap and
Christian teens wrestling with while being followed by an ambi- what it means for the global film business.
gay-conversion therapy, picked up tious Mossad agent (Tiran). At Berlin’s Co-Production Market, the Austrian Film Institute
the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance STATUS Shoots in the spring will present a case study of its remarkably successful initiative to
and won acclaim for its delicate address the gender gap among film producers by boosting subsidy
treatment of a hot-button topic. VOX LUX support for projects with higher female participation.
STATUS Finished SALES Sierra/Affinity The Swedish Film Institute, a leader in the push for gender
DIRECTOR Brady Corbet equality, will also present in Berlin the latest findings in its 50-50
M O N S TE R FA M I LY 2 CAST Natalie Portman, Jude Law initiative, which, in just three years, achieved gender parity in terms
SALES Timeless Films Corbet’s drama about the rise of film funding between men and women directors.
DIRECTOR Holger Tappe of a singer from national tragedy “We are a market — we are interested in the business, not
The sequel to the 2017 ani- to pop superstar is back on the politics,” says EFM director Matthijs Wouter Knol. “And when
mated movie, which featured the track, with Oscar winner Portman it comes to audiences, there are a lot of people out there, a lot
voice talents of Emily Watson, replacing Rooney Mara in the of groups, who see themselves underrepresented in the content
Nick Frost and Jason Isaacs and leading role. Sia provided original onscreen. What’s changed is that these groups are becoming more
grossed more than $26 million songs for the soundtrack. outspoken and, most importantly, have shown they are willing to
internationally, returns with the STATUS Filming pay for more diverse content.” — S.R.

Illustration by Wren McDonald

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 61 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
W
IE
V
B

“It’s hard to read


E
E
R
R
bad reviews, but it’s
P

L
IN
also hard to read
really good reviews,”
says Van Sant,
photographed
Jan. 19 at Sky Strada
in Park City, Utah.
hen it comes to mak-
ing a European debut,

W
director Gus Van Sant
has experienced the
highs, taking home the
Palme d’Or at Cannes
for the Columbine-
esque school massacre drama Elephant in
2003. And then there were the lows, like 2015’s
Sea of Trees unveiling at Cannes, where it
was savaged by critics. Based on the Sundance
reaction to his latest, the Joaquin Phoenix
starrer Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,
the 65-year-old filmmaker should receive
a warm reception when the movie screens in
competition at the Berlin Film Festival. The
Amazon Studios title, which centers on a
paraplegic cartoonist struggling with sobri-
ety, is based on John Callahan’s memoir. The
two-time Oscar nominee spoke to THR from
his home in Palm Springs about his film
and his relationship with the Phoenix family,
which began when he directed the late River ‘IT’S A
Phoenix in 1991’s My Own Private Idaho.

You directed Joaquin early in his career in REALLY


POLARIZING
To Die For and now in Don’t Worry. How would
you describe his evolution as an actor?
It’s very similar, but he’s 20-something years
older, so he had has so much more experience
in creating a role, all the experiences from
the past. But otherwise, he seemed to do it in
a similar way. He just gets very involved in
MOMENT’
Gus Van Sant on his Berlin entry Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,
the role — to the point where he’s kind of liv-
the #MeToo movement and why working with Weinstein was ‘great’
ing the role — and then he shoots it.
BY TATIANA SIEGEL

What was the Phoenix family’s reaction to


your documentary My Own Private River You co-directed that film with Franco. Do you In general, what do you think of the avalanche
[which recontextualized footage from My Own think he’s being unfairly treated as he has been of accusations hitting Hollywood?
Private Idaho]? swept up in the #MeToo movement? It’s a really polarizing moment in espe-
Well, it was James Franco’s creation. I gave I didn’t really co-direct. I allowed him to use cially Hollywood but [also] in many
him permission. They were very upset by it. It the footage. I think that he gave me that co- different communities. And the relation-
was something that I probably should never director distinction. ... I don’t necessarily have ship between men and women and power
have done because I love the family so much. I a way to differentiate James’ situation with and influence extends to so many things.
wasn’t intending on a bad reaction, and I just anyone else’s. There’s been accusations, and I It’s a very interesting moment, and it can
handled it incorrectly. don’t know. I’m not close enough to him. be very difficult as well.

A 9/11 Drama and 3 More Fest Standouts


ISLE OF DOGS ► future Japan, where the creators of this Hulu MUSEO
Eight years after bring- a boy must venture limited series based Mexican director
ing his idiosyncratic wit into a canine quaran- on Lawrence Wright’s Alonso Ruizpalacios
to stop-motion anima- tine area to rescue his Pulitzer Prize-winning follows his distinc-
tion with Fantastic beloved pet. book about the escalat- tive look at restless
Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson ing threat of Osama youth, Gueros, with
returns to the form THE LOOMING TOWER bin Laden during the late this true-crime thriller
with this original story Dan Futterman and 1990s and the events based on the 1985
set in a dystopian Alex Gibney are among that led to 9/11. robbery of 140 priceless

Photographed by Austin Hargrave

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 62 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
The Best Veggie
Bowls in Berlin
The city of curry wurst has discovered
its inner lust for quinoa and beetroot

Vollbluth
Vollbluth, which just opened in September, takes
the veggie bowl to the next level with its seasonally
adjusted selection of salads topped off with millet, To keep things from getting stale,
My Goodness rotates its menu daily.
black lentils or hulled wheat. Non-vegans can add a
portion of pork belly, duck sausage or salmon mari-
nated in maple syrup. Welserstrasse 10-12 My Goodness
Also a short trip from Potsdamer Platz, this brand-
Daluma new power-food spot with an adjunct yoga and
Just a short cab ride from the festival center, this spinning studio (Becycle) in the same building lets
is the spot to get your superfood fix in Berlin. Try the you pack in a workout and a detox meal in one go.
legendary acai bowl or a breakfast chia pudding. Everything — from the breakfast sweet bowls to the
Top it all off with a guilt-free cold-pressed smoothie. lunch salads of kale, quinoa and artichoke — is fresh,
Weinbergsweg 3 surprising and delicious. Brunnenstrasse 24 — S.R.

Phoenix (left) plays cartoonist John Callahan, who became


a paraplegic at age 21 following a car accident.

You worked with Harvey Weinstein on 1997’s


Good Will Hunting. How was your experience?
It was great. He was always very hands-off.
The amount of interaction was quite small. He The Knives Come Out for
came to the set one day, then I saw him at the
screening, and then I saw him at the premiere. a Festival Director
WITH DIETER KOSSLICK’S CONTRACT RUNNING OUT AFTER 17 YEARS, INSIDERS
You’ve tackled several films featuring real ARE DEBATING HIS LEGACY AND SCRAMBLING TO FIND A SUCCESSOR
people, from John Callahan to Harvey Milk, and
some loosely based on real people. What’s the
D ieter Kosslick, Wes Anderson’s fest
KOSSLICK: PASCAL LE SEGRETAIN/GETTY IMAGES. WORRY, ISLE: COURTESY OF BERLINALE. GOODNESS: COURTESY OF SUBJECT (2).

with his black opener, Isle of Dogs,


biggest challenge in portraying real people? fedora and bright from Fox Searchlight.
Harvey Milk was a well-known person, but red scarf, has been the In his defense,
he’s not as well known as some [film subjects], enduring symbol of the Kosslick cites a poll
so we had a certain amount of leeway. The Berlin International of more than 1,000
same with John Callahan. I still haven’t done, Film Festival for the 17 festivalgoers by German
years he has served as survey group the Forsa
say, Churchill. To me, they’re the same dra- festival director. Institute, which found
matically. They’re all directly connected to the But with his contract nearly all were “satis-
reality, whether or not we’re using real names. up in May 2019, he only fied” with the Berlinale
has two festivals left — and more than half
You played Dr. Campbell in The Canyons, among including the one that “very satisfied” or “over-
kicks off Feb. 15. And whelmingly satisfied.”
other roles. Why do you take on these parts? already a battle has In November, 79 directors “They want more
signed a letter calling for the
The Entourage one was [supposedly me], but erupted over his legacy Berlinale to change its focus. films, not fewer,” says
I don’t think they knew me very well, so they and what comes next. Kosslick. “They live in an
just invented a character that was more like In late November, 79 “The Berlinale has entirely different world
James Cameron. I’ve accepted roles generally directors — including gotten bigger and bigger than some critics live
art house stars Fatih [under Kosslick], but in. … If people want a
to see if I could actually pull it off. They’ve Akin (In the Fade), Maren its profile continues to different type of festival,
always been very instructional as to how actors Ade (Toni Erdmann) diminish,” says German a smaller festival with
feel on my own set. If your costume isn’t ready, and Oscar winner Volker director Christoph 12 films to watch over a
it interrupts the whole flow. So I do acting as Schlondorff (The Tin Hochhausler, a signatory week, they can go some-
an experiment. Drum) signed an open to the letter and, Kosslick where else. The Berlinale
letter calling for a post- has suggested, a driving isn’t a small, sweet little
Kosslick transformation. force behind it. festival for five people.”
When he steps down, Kosslick dismisses his Indeed, under
the directors wrote, the critics as “the same small Kosslick, Berlin’s once-
pre-Hispanic arti- Soderbergh takes a more Berlinale should “refresh group of people with tiny European Film
facts from the experimental turn with and renew” the festi- the same old complaints: Market has become the
National Museum this claustrophobic psy- val and think about its No American films or second largest film mar-
of Anthropology in cho-thriller shot entirely “fundamental direction.” no European films, too ket in the world, after
Mexico City. Gael on an iPhone. Claire Innocuous enough. big or too whatever.” Cannes. The critics may
Garcia Bernal stars. Foy loses her crown But the letter, published But he admits that his complain, but the mar-
as a woman convinced by Spiegel magazine, Berlinale is less studio- ket remains robust, with
UNSANE she’s being pursued has set off a wave of heavy. This year features no signs of companies
After breaking his hiatus by a stalker, even after Dieter bashing. a solitary studio title: pulling up stakes. — S.R.
from features with she’s involuntarily
2017’s heist comedy committed to a mental
Logan Lucky, Steven institution. — DAVID ROONEY

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 63 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
Speaking of the sweep
of his relationship with
Sheen, Dykstra grasps
for words. “It can be
described as a tragedy,
a meltdown, a calamity,
a cataclysm,” he says.
He was photographed
Nov. 8 in New York City.

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 64 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
THE DOOMED
HOLLYWOOD
He’s a burnout
major leaguer
nicknamed ‘Nails’
and an ex-con
hustler who made
(and lost)
millions, but

BROMANCE
none of that could
have prepared
LENNY DYKSTRA for
his friendship
with wild man
Charlie Sheen,
who he alleges is
a dangerous
criminal about
to be taken down

OF LENNY AND
by the Feds

CHARLIE
By GARY BAUM
Photographed by
WESLEY MANN

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 65 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
L
Lenny Dykstra, the ex-con and former major Like his ex-pal, Dykstra has a public reputa- his role as reliever Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn
league center fielder, relishes his wild man tion so sullied that Newsweek referred to him for Major League II — cold called him at the
reputation, and relishes running his mouth as a “scumbag” after he had a Twitter dustup clubhouse with an invitation to his Malibu
about it even more. With roughly Pete Rose’s with Lena Dunham. Yet Nails, who speaks home. “I was a huge fan of Wall Street,” says
chance of making it to Cooperstown, he’ll talk with a lisp due to a jailhouse beating that left Dykstra. “Turns out he’s a serious baseball guy:
about gobbling Human Growth Hormone with him with many missing teeth, is self-aware He has a cage lit up like a pro stadium. I told
his cereal during his playing days just as easily enough of his notoriety (and so eager to instill him, ‘Dude, you can hit!’ He could.”
as he’ll open up about how, in his mid-50s, confidence in his tale) that he insists on pro- That first evening, Sheen uncorked a $3,000
he’s developed a post-prison side gig as a silver- viding the password to his personal email bottle of red wine (“I spilled half”) and then,
haired gigolo to Beverly Hills grandmothers. account for full disclosure. “Look at whatever once “hammered,” showed off what Dykstra
But over lunch in a corner booth at The Beverly you want,” he says. “I’ve got nothing to hide.” describes as his “legitimate fucking gun-
Hills Hotel’s Polo Lounge, it’s another wild man, Press Dykstra about his rationalization for nery” and suggested they fire off automatic
more famous and even more hard living, once selling out his former friend, and he’ll tell you weapons together. Dykstra passed, but the two
his best buddy but with whom he no longer that Sheen took his wise counsel for granted, became buddies. “He’s funny, he’s smart,
speaks, who has him gabbing. Dykstra explains ignored it and left him with nothing to show he knows about everything,” says Dykstra.
that he believes his onetime friend Charlie for it. No surprise, Dykstra is hoping to drum Dykstra, who last played in the majors
Sheen is on the verge of being prosecuted, in up interest in a possible stand-alone Sheen in 1996, retired at age 33 to a notoriously
a roundabout way, for knowingly spreading documentary project as well as a multipart checkered business career. He was involved
his HIV — and that the actor is under federal docuseries about his own over-the-top life — in car-wash dealerships, quick-lube centers,
investigation for tax and wire fraud. What’s he envisions it in the sweeping, kaleidoscopic jet charters and stock picking. By 2008, he
more, Dykstra claims to know this because it terms of O.J.: Made in America. “There are so was worth $58 million. The following year, he
was his own semi-accidental whistle-blowing
to the government that got the Internal Revenue
Service sniffing around in the first place. “I
don’t know why Charlie doesn’t try to leave the
country,” he says.
Dykstra, 54, nicknamed “Nails” decades ago
for his relentlessness on the field — parts of five
seasons with the New York Mets and eight with
the Philadelphia Phillies — isn’t done. He goes
on to float that Sheen was involved in the sud-
den death of a member of his own inner circle
and beat his pregnant ex-fiancee. The 52-year-
old Sheen, says Dykstra, is not simply the
drug-addled clown the tabloids have been feast-
ing on for years but is truly dangerous.
Dykstra is going public now with this new
info about Sheen, he says, because he’s genu-
1 2
inely sickened by the worst of the actor’s
behavior. “I am not a saint, but I will not toler-
ate a man beating a woman,” he says. Still, many people to interview, from prison guards had filed for Chapter 11 and was reportedly
under questioning, another motive emerges. to my [private plane] pilots to pussy,” he says. forced to sell his Mets 1986 World Series ring
Dykstra was friendly with Sheen for more If Dykstra’s actions mean Sheen gets to help pay off more than $31 million in debt.
than two decades, eventually joining his core burned, so be it. “Charlie is getting what he His problems weren’t merely financial.
clique. Now he’s excommunicated. His allega- deserves,” he says. Sheen declined to speak Between 2009 and 2011, Dykstra was accused
tions against Sheen are telling; his willingness for this story. But Dykstra doesn’t appear at by a former employee of making racist and
to share them even more so. The doomed bro- all conflicted about publicly crossing his homophobic remarks, writing a bad check to an

SPLASH NEWS. COURTHOUSE: MICHAEL ROBINSON CHAVEZ/LA TIMES/GETTY IMAGES. METS: AP PHOTO.
mance of Lenny and Charlie is a glimpse into the ex-friend, even one who once warned him to escort and sexually assaulting his housekeeper.
hedonistic lure of a real-life Entourage, only sad- “watch your front side, watch your backside, He also was charged with indecent exposure, DYKSTRA GROOMING BY LAURA COSTA AT ENNIS INC. SHEEN: GEORGE PIMENTEL/WIREIMAGE. HOUSE:

der, more desperate and ultimately damned — a watch both sides.” Dykstra takes a swig of drug possession, grand theft auto, identity theft
cautionary tale about Hollywood alpha-male Irish coffee, settles into his booth and alludes and filing false financial statements — and
bonding at its most decadent and damaging. to his time at the federal penitentiary in eventually sentenced to three years.
The industry has always been a magnet for Victorville, California. “When you’ve been Before going to prison, Dykstra reconnected
guys like Dykstra: confident outsider-hustlers where I’ve been, I’m not afraid of anything.” with Sheen in February 2011 after having

T
who see opportunity in its chaos, imagin- lost touch for some time. Fittingly, they ran
ing that their accomplishments in other fields he bad-boy pair first hung out when into each other at the UCLA baseball field, as
mean they must have the wits, guts and guile Dykstra’s Phillies were in Los Angeles Dykstra helped his son Cutter, then a minor
to conquer the gilded mayhem. But with Sheen playing the Dodgers during the 1993 league player (and husband of Sopranos actress
and his all-star team of professional handlers, season. Sheen — who dreamed of being Jamie-Lynn Sigler), practice for the upcom-
Nails met his match. a big leaguer as a kid and was then reprising ing season. “Charlie came running up to me,

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 66 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
Sheen warned
Dykstra to
“watch your
hugging me, telling me how much he missed
me,” explains Dykstra. “I could tell he was lit
did not respond to requests for comment.
In a March 21 email to Dykstra reviewed by front side,
up but in good spirits.”
Over just a few frenzied months that spring,
THR, the actor pulled the plug on Planet
Sheen: “The pressure I’m under from my busi- watch your
before being taken into custody in June, ness team to NOT pursue this with you, is
Dykstra found himself operating as a Thomas
Cromwell-style fixer in the erratic Beverly
tsunami-esque.”
Dykstra’s tussles with Sheen’s circle con-
backside,
Hills court of King Charles. When the actor
ended up in an embarrassing cash crunch
tinued after he returned from serving out
his three-year stint. He asserts that Burg,
watch both
while attempting to purchase film producer
Mike Medavoy’s Mulholland Estate house
Klarberg and Sheen’s then-attorney Marty
Singer put the brakes on Dykstra’s most
sides.”
for nearly $7 million, Dykstra claims to have audacious gambit of all: a complex $85 mil-
secured a hard-money lender at the last min- lion play to sell the note on what remained
ute. After Sheen went on Alex Jones’ Infowars of the actor’s Warner Bros. financial package
radio show and disparaged his Two and a Half to solve Sheen’s cash crunch. He insists it “It was right out of a mystery spy thriller, with
Men showrunner Chuck Lorre as “Chaim was sabotaged late in the game when they a sliding bookcase,” says Dykstra. “I walked
Levine,” Dykstra begged him to apologize. realized what the document-review process in and Charlie was standing there with a glass
Sheen didn’t, and Warner Bros. Television fired might expose. Before he could bring anyone dick — a crack pipe — in one hand and his
him soon after. in on the details, “Marty put an NDA together phone in the other. I took one look around,
Despite his best intentions, Dykstra that was so vicious, so stacked, that no one there’s all this stuff, cool paintings and Babe
says most of his efforts to act as the star’s would sign it,” explains Dykstra, still fuming. Ruth’s ring, and I said, ‘Charlie, I have to
1 Sheen and his ex-fiancee, porn star Scottine Rossi, admit, if you’re going to smoke crack, this has
in 2014. 2 The actor bought this estate from Medavoy got to be the best crack den on the planet!’ That
in 2011. 3 Dykstra was arraigned June 6, 2011, at the
San Fernando Courthouse on felony charges, including broke the ice.”
grand theft auto and possession of a controlled By Dykstra’s account, Sheen soon con-
substance. 4 Dykstra played center field and hit leadoff
for the world champion Mets. fessed to him that he had HIV, which
he believed he’d contracted from a transsex-
4 ual partner, and that he was being extorted
for millions over the secret. Dykstra urged
the star to go public about his health,
as Sheen’s parents, Martin and Janet, had
already been urging. “I said, ‘You can’t live
like this anymore — this isn’t even living.’ ”
Dykstra contends that he was crushed
by Sheen’s last-minute decision to pull out
of a news conference he’d helped arrange
that November for his friend to get out in
front of the diagnosis — a full year before
3
the National Enquirer would finally force
the issue. It was to be held at Sheen’s par-
unofficial manager were met with resistance. “I finally get one [potential investor] to sign ents’ house, with Hollywood publicist Larry
He says Sheen, despite his urging, snubbed it and what do they send him? Dick. Nothing Winokur brought in by Dykstra to orches-
a $2 million cameo on the Australian itera- relevant.” trate the crisis management. Winokur,
tion of Big Brother and could not be persuaded Singer disputes the claim as “absurd and whose casting-director wife had hired Sheen
to perform his infamous “Violent Torpedo ridiculous. The NDAs were appropriate,” add- on Major League and Lucas, confirms Dykstra
of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option” speaking ing, “As far as I understand it, Lenny likely and Sheen reached out to him about the plan,
spectacle as a Las Vegas residency. “He turns had an NDA, too, and I don’t believe he’s living noting the sincerity with which Dykstra
it down to go play a bunch of fucking rinky- up to it.” Dykstra responds that he doesn’t approached the endeavor. “Lenny played team
dink cities. It was crazy.” “give a shit” about breaking its terms “because sports very successfully, and if you’re on
Dykstra also cooked up a series of licensing I was saving Charlie’s fucking life.” Lenny’s team, I think he’d give you the shirt
deals, including a vaping product called Nico- All of this time, Sheen’s drug use was worsen- off his back,” he says.
Sheen and a caffeinated liquor, Sheen Vodka, ing. During the manically loquacious interview By the end of that year, Dykstra had come
which were to be hawked on an umbrella web spree in early 2011 that bequeathed pop to believe Sheen was suicidal. Dykstra was
portal titled Planet Sheen. He says that Sheen’s culture the catchphrase “Winning!” Dykstra reduced to attempting to rein in his buddy
personal manager at the time, Mark Burg, claims the actor was high on OxyContin: via desperate, all-caps-laden text messages.
and former business manager, Barry Klarberg, “When [the pills] are at their peak, it’s a eupho- “Charlie, you are a fucking winner!” Dykstra
kiboshed the whole thing. ria, where you’re smart and you’re creative typed during an exchange on the evening of
“Lenny was a friend of Charlie’s who tried to and you’re quick and you’re invincible.” But by Dec. 21. “Do not quit on me bro! I KNOW YOU
get more involved in his life, and I don’t think summer 2014, Sheen had locked himself in a ARE NOT A PUSSY!” Sheen replied, “I’m too
he ever wanted that,” explains Burg. Klarberg crack den hidden in his mansion for nine days. tired bro going away now where no one can

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 67 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
hurt me ever again fuk tv fuk media fuk the
public fuk cutting deals fuk getting rolled I
own my truth forever adios senior….. x”

D
ykstra appears most solemn when
discussing the summer 2012 death of
Rick Calamaro, Sheen’s recently fired
assistant, as well as the alleged violence
perpetrated against Sheen’s ex-fiancee,
Scottine “Brett” Rossi.
L.A. native Calamaro — known for his years
as the phone-glued-to-his-ear partner at
A-list velvet rope clubs like Holly’s and Ivar —
was discovered July 1 by his maid, lying face
up in his bed beside a bottle of Jack Daniel’s,
in his longtime Fairfax district apartment.
The autopsy report listed “very high” levels of
Fentanyl, the powerful opioid, and noted that
Calamaro, 50, had suffered from depression
and had been taking a mixture of prescription
medication for pain and anxiety. “Based on
the history and circumstances, as currently

“I have her in my car, LAPD began investigating an alleged record-


ing in which he threatened to pay someone

driving to Cedars, flying $20,000 to “kick her head in.”


Since Sheen himself won’t comment, the
likelihood of another scenario — that the star,
down the 405, shaking while high, simply made a distasteful joke
about having Calamaro killed — is unclear.
her: ‘Don’t die on me!’” Dykstra has a complicated relationship with
Rossi, a porn star who says she met Sheen on
a $10,000 escort date. Early on, as a favor to
Sheen, Dykstra hired “an Armenian buddy to
follow [Rossi] for a few days” to confirm she
known,” the autopsy concluded, “the manner current lawyer, Shane Bernard, issued a denial wasn’t cheating on him. (Dykstra says he used
of death is accident.” of the allegations, noting Dykstra’s “laundry to hire private eyes to dig up dirt on umpires,
Calamaro extended his gatekeeping instinct list of crimes” and asserting that his “disturb- noting “it wasn’t a coincidence” that he led the
at times to Sheen’s social circle, eventually ing, vile and outright ridiculous claims” are league in walks in 1993.) Dykstra eventually
earning the enmity of Dykstra, who grew con- unreliable.) became Rossi’s confidant, and she divulged
vinced that Calamaro was working on a tell-all. Sheen’s close friend, Tony Todd, who lived details of Sheen’s sexual kinks. Rossi tells THR:
“Before I went [to jail], I said, ‘Dude, this guy, he with the actor during this period and has “He would look at transsexual porn when he
is writing a fucking book, you got to fire him,’ ” known him since the two attended Santa was high and [ask her], ‘Which one is hot?’ ”
recalls Dykstra (while freely admitting he Monica High School, laughingly scoffs at the Dykstra claims to have seen further proof of
himself later served as an unnamed source for charge, adding that even if Sheen were to Sheen’s lifestyle. He says that attorney Keith
the Enquirer). have done such a thing, “Charlie’s not going Davidson, recently in the news for orchestrating
After he got out of jail, says Dykstra, he asked to tell it to Lenny Dykstra!” porn actress Stormy Daniels’ alleged $130,000
Sheen, “What the fuck happened to Calamaro?” Rossi says that while she is unaware of such payment to stay quiet about a 2006 affair with
who had overdosed while Dykstra was in an admission pertaining to Calamaro spe- President Trump, showed him a copy of the
prison. “He said, ‘You mean Dead Rick? What cifically, it’s certainly possible given her own tape that media outlets have reported was cir-
fucking happened is the motherfucker tried history with the actor, which she outlined culating in which Sheen participated in gay
to blackmail me just like you said — wanted in a 2015 lawsuit. According to her filing, sex. (Over email, Davidson asserts, “This just
$5 million. I had him fucking iced.’ He said he Sheen said “he wanted to murder people that never happened.”)
had a hot dose put in there,” using slang for a he was angry with.” The suit also refers to Rossi confirms that once Sheen kicked
lethal intravenous injection prepared for an a “hit” Sheen allegedly took out on Rossi’s her out, it was Dykstra who helped her free up
unsuspecting victim. (Dykstra again offers no ex-husband. The following year, she obtained money by selling off her pricey gifted watch
proof his recollection is accurate, and Sheen’s a restraining order against Sheen after the collection to underground buyers and listened

Dykstra, who last played in the majors in 1986, once served three years for indecent exposure, grand theft auto and filing false financial statements.

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 68 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
acting out the maneuver. “It was out of Pulp Dykstra knows from experience what it’s like
Fiction. Soon I have her in my car, driving to when the government, patient and powerful,
Cedars, flying down the 405, shaking her: zeroes in on you. “It was a felony if you didn’t
‘Don’t fucking die on me, bitch!’ ” He pauses, tell a woman you have HIV when you know
shakes his head. “I was on probation, dude!” it. Nothing has happened to him since all of
He’s still irritated that “no one knows I those women went public. Think about it,” he
saved her life.” Worse, he adds, getting worked says, proffering his own legal analysis. “This
up, Rossi never acknowledged his heroism. is how he is going to go down.”

D
“The amount of times she thanked me is zero.
Can you believe it?” ykstra and Sheen haven’t spoken since
Rossi confirms the pill incident but says Dec. 21, 2014 — a final two-hour call
that Dykstra — whose ditching of her at the initiated by the actor, whom Dykstra char-
hospital was so abrupt, she was forced to sub- acterizes as downbeat. “He kept on saying
mit to a rape kit (“That’s what happens when how sorry he was,” he recalls. “Charlie said,
some guy just drops you off and goes, ‘Bye!’ ”) ‘Everything you told me was right, they all lied
— should be gallant enough not to ask to be to me.’ ”
recognized as her “knight in shining armor.” Dykstra believes that although they recon-
She laughs. “He’s still talking about that?” ciled during the conversation, Sheen couldn’t

D
bring himself to ever hang out with his old
ykstra began to lose favor in the court of buddy again, since during a heated argument
King Charles — all of those gone-nowhere weeks earlier, Dykstra had revealed he had
deals, all of that advice not taken. And seen Sheen’s allegedly compromising sex tapes.
what he considered his one, momentarily “He couldn’t face me. He knows what I saw.
satisfying victory was, in hindsight, the thing He’s humiliated.”
he’s sure will be Sheen’s ultimate demise. Yet livid texts sent by Sheen to Dykstra
Dykstra long suspected that another man- on Sept. 9 and obtained by THR from another
as she told stories of domestic abuse by Sheen, sion nemesis, Sheen’s head of security, was source point to betrayal, not shame, as the
including battery, false imprisonment and ripping off the boss — charging personal actor’s reason for cutting off his friend. Sheen
that he knowingly exposed her to HIV (all of expenses, including getaways and real estate discovered that Dykstra planned to pocket
which she alleged in a December 2013 lawsuit). taxes, back to Sheen. And he believes he has 5 percent of that Warner Bros. payout deal — a
Rossi told Dykstra and confirmed to THR the AmEx bills (shared with THR) to back it up. cut the star felt had been arranged behind his
that Sheen, concerned over how his crack use The military veteran insists zero embezzle- back. Sheen typed: “bro – I repeatedly asked
would affect the fetus, pressured her to get ment took place and that any and all charges you, (and DO NOT CHALLENGE MY MEMORY)
an abortion. “Right now,” says Rossi, “I would “were made with Charlie’s permission.” ‘Hey Len, what’s in this for you?’ and you
have a 3-year-old running around.” In any case, it wasn’t any purported theft always said; QUOTE: ‘Oh hey man, we’ll figure
Dykstra shakes his head in repudiation. He that led to the employee’s firing. “What did it out something fair later on …’ well now I have
is bothered less by the possibility of Sheen’s is that Charlie went to check his guns,” recalls to re invent what later on means between us.
involvement in Calamaro’s death than what Dykstra. “He calls me drunk, freaking out: Newsflash GasLighter; You FUCKING KNEW
allegedly happened to Rossi. “Killing the guy ‘He took the fucking pins outta my guns! He FROM JUMP STREET WHAT IT WAS … you
that fucking tried to extort him: That’s his put my family in danger!’ He went the most came in here to clean house and also clean my
business,” he says. But what Rossi alleges hap- nuclear I’ve ever seen him.” Dykstra laughs, HARD EARNED CLOCK!”
pened to her is too much for him. “Men, they observing that in spite of his feelings about More than anything, Dykstra wants to pres-
get in rages. But no pummeling.” the security chief, “I would’ve taken those pins ent himself as the ultimate cleanup hitter, an
Dykstra’s evident frustration with how things out too, the way Charlie was [behaving].” unsung hero (OK, antihero) who in selfless
always seemed to go for him when it came Still, Dykstra worried that the terminated service of a buddy went up against Hollywood’s
to Sheen — sideways, to his mind, with him employee would seek retribution and sought most sordid retinue. He can’t countenance
playing the good guy but getting no recogni- to neutralize him. Given Dykstra’s proba- the prospect that he might not have been trust-
tion to show for it — reaches a crescendo as he tionary status, he figured his best bet would worthy, that maybe he was just out to extract
recalls another grim episode involving Rossi be to pass on documents that he believed his piece like all the rest of them.
in November 2014. As he has it, she dialed him incriminated the man to the IRS. On Oct. 8, Or perhaps his initial motive for joining
in tears, having overdosed on Valium in her Dykstra got an email from an IRS agent, ask- Sheen’s team truly was as simple as friendship.
Encino home, which she’d moved into after her ing for a follow-up call. But the investigator This just wasn’t his sport.
breakup with Sheen. wasn’t interested in talking more about the Following that final call on Dec. 21, 2014,
“Scottine says, ‘I’m dying.’ I say, ‘There’s a security chief. He had turned his attention Dykstra texted Sheen once more. “It makes
number for that: 9-1-1.’ ‘No, Charlie won’t like to Sheen. “[The IRS agent] says, ‘What do you me feel so good that you know ‘I AM WHO
that.’ I go over there, she says she needs to go know about these $20,000 cash payments I AM’ and the fact that you know I am your
to the bathroom. It hits me. I run in and she’s for “women of the night”?’ That’s when I REAL FRIEND!” And continued, “FYI — I
swallowing a handful of pills. I tackle her knew they’re going to come at him with tax deleted everything on this phone and nobody
and they go all over, but she gets a lot down.” fraud, wire fraud — everything.” (The IRS knows we spoke tonight.”
Dykstra is an often-demonstrative raconteur, will not comment on particular tax cases.) His signoff: “NAILS OUT!”

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 69 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
A N I M AT E D F E AT U R E
The Boss

‘Simplistic but Baby

A s in many real-life households,

Complicated’

FERDINAND: COURTESY OF BLUE SKY STUDIOS. BOSS: COURTESY OF DREAMWORKS ANIMATION. BREADWINNER: COURTESY OF GKIDS (2). VINCENT: COURTESY OF GOOD DEED ENTERTAINMENT. COCO: DISNEY/PIXAR. SALDANHA: STUART C.
the mother of Boss Baby

WILSON/GETTY IMAGES. MCGRATH: FREDERICK M. BROWN/GETTY IMAGES. WELCHMAN: JEFF SPICER/GETTY IMAGES FOR BFI. TWOMEY: JON KOPALOFF/FILMMAGIC. UNKRICH: MICHAEL KOVAC/GETTY IMAGES FOR MOET & CHANDON.
(the suit-wearing infant voiced by
Alec Baldwin) is the foundation
of her family and as such “has her
These nominated animated films introduced audiences to five head on straight. She’s soft and
female characters who could tame a bull, protect their families sweet but also firm and authorita-
and handle a bossy, suit-wearing infant By Carolyn Giardina tive,” says director Tom McGrath,
who adds that for this character, he
“wanted to do some-

T
he five nominees for animated feature have a slew of memorable characters, and, it
thing very stylized and
turns out, many are female. They range from a brave 11-year-old girl living under
be more cartoony”
Taliban rule in Afghanistan to an intimidating Mexican great-great-grandmother and
to fit the film’s style
a bossy therapy goat. When it came to creating this band of colorful characters, the
McGrath yet give her enough
filmmakers had to decide how they would look (including expressive eyes and lovable underbites),
range so that the
dress (such as a buttoned-up mom and a matriarch with an affinity for Victorian-era clothing)
animators could create an emotive
and sound (thanks to voice cameos by an Oscar-nominated actress and a Saturday Night Live com-
performance. “Simplistic but com-
edy queen). Creators reveal how they built these characters from the blank page up.
plicated,” he says.
Universal/DreamWorks Animation’s
I ’m here to calm you now so you
can maim and gore things later,”
Lupe the Calming Goat tells the bull
The Boss Baby is a period film that
merges aspects of the ’60s, ’70s
and ’80s, but McGrath didn’t want
Ferdinand when they meet in Fox/
to overdo trendy clothing. “We kept
Blue Sky’s Ferdinand, an animated
her in pants and with her hair up
tale about a pacifist bull who’d
because she’s a working parent,”
rather smell the flowers
he notes. “When we were design-
than fight in the ring.
ing the family, we also created a sort
Director Carlos
of ‘Sears portrait’ to see how the
Saldanha says the
[characters] play off of each other.”
Saldanha quirky goat started out
Lisa Kudrow completed the
as a male character, but
picture by voicing the character.
the filmmakers changed direction
“The goal was to be charming,
to create a strong female character
not ruthless. We wanted her voice
who could stand up to the bulls.
to feel real,” McGrath says, adding
(They kept the big eyes, underbite
that sometimes the actress would
and exposed teeth.) “We didn’t
improv the lines: “She has great
want a ‘princess’ goat,” he says.
comedic timing and can play the
“We wanted her to be sharp, edgy
serious bits just as well.”
and confident. We gave her an in-
your-face, explosive personality.” Ferdinand
Saturday Night Live’s Kate
McKinnon was cast to voice the
character because she “could
Loving
be strong, funny and warm at the Vincent
same time. I met with her, and I felt
she was a perfect match.”
In the film, Ferdinand is sweet and
earnest, but based on his size, he’s
considered a fighter. Ferdinand’s and
Lupe’s storylines tie into the film’s
“don’t judge a book by its cover”
theme. Says Saldanha: “Lupe’s a goat
that people don’t care about; she’s a
companion to a bull, but she wanted
more. She needed to be the opposite
of a calming goat.”

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 70 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
1 I n creating Parvana, an 11-year-old girl
growing up under the Taliban regime in
Afghanistan who disguises herself as a boy so
frightening experience for a girl. She stands
out with her long hair and bright scarf, but her
body language shows that she doesn’t want to
she can work to support her family, Ireland’s be seen — her shoulders are drawn in to take
Cartoon Saloon and director Nora Twomey up a small space, and she keeps
wanted to work “from the eyes out, with very her eyes down. When she returns,
few lines,” says Twomey. “The fewer lines with dressed as a boy, she blends in,
a hand-drawn character, the more you can and with her body language she
identify with the character because she’s less takes up more space. Coco
Twomey
specific and more universal.” “There’s a warmth and
Indeed, in the GKIDS feature The earthiness to her personality,” says Twomey
Breadwinner, Parvana’s eyes reveal much of of Parvana, who is voiced by Saara Chaudry.
her emotion. For instance, when Parvana “She has flaws, she has humor — she’s fully
goes to the market with her father, it can be a rounded. We wanted a character that was
1 Parvana in disguise.
relatable, even when she does something
2 Parvana with her father, Nurullah, voiced by Ali Badshah. incredibly brave.”
The
Breadwinner
2

I n Pixar’s Coco, Mama Imelda


is the matriarch of young
Miguel’s family in Mexico. As such,
“she had to be a character that you
could believably see the rest of the
family cowering at her feet,” says
director Lee Unkrich. “We needed
somebody with a real sense of gravi-
tas so you would buy that she has
such sway over the family.”
She was designed to look similar
to Maria Felix and other formidable
Mexican actresses from the ’30s
and ’40s. “We have the
white shock in her hair.
We wanted her dress to
be corseted so that she
Unkrich feels tightly wound,”
Unkrich says. “We gave
her big shoulder pads so that she
would be physically formidable and
also have a sense of history.”
The team behind the film,

T o examine the life of Dutch


post-impressionist painter
Vincent van Gogh, writer-directors
physician and the subject of
his works Marguerite Gachet at
the Piano and Marguerite Gachet
roughly 65,000 oil paintings on
canvas. The filmmakers started by
shooting the performances of
which is based on the Dia de los
Muertos (Day of the Dead) tradi-
tion, also centered Mama’s look
Hugh Welchman and Dorota in the Garden. “We wanted her the actors, including Ronan, on a on a Victorian aesthetic, using the
Kobiela developed a story that to look like the paintings,” says greenscreen at 12 fps, edited as works of Mexican engraver Jose
follows fictional character Armand Welchman, though they gave if it were a live-action film and then Guadalupe Posada, including his
Roulin (Douglas Booth) on a jour- Marguerite the face broke it up into images that were famous La Catrina, which featured a
ney to van Gogh’s final destination, of Ronan, who is painted in van Gogh’s style. skeleton woman in period garb.
the quiet village of Auvers-sur- about the same age As to Marguerite’s role in the Alanna Ubach (Girlfriends’ Guide
Oise just outside Paris, where (23) as Gachet was. story, Welchman says: “There to Divorce) was cast to voice
Roulin hears conflicting stories Welchman The drama, pro- was speculation that something Mama. “There’s such a richness to
about the artist’s life. duced by Poland’s was going on between [her and the sound of Alanna’s voice,” adds
Saoirse Ronan (nominated for BreakThru Films and the U.K.’s van Gogh]. We used that specu- Unkrich. When she was cast, the
a best actress Oscar for Lady Trademark Films, was made using lation as part of the dramatic director didn’t know the part would
Bird) plays Marguerite Gachet, a frame-by-frame animation development of the story. She’s an require singing, but, luckily, “it
the daughter of van Gogh’s technique (like stop-motion) with enigma to us.” turns out she’s a great singer.”

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 71 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
Kobe came over, and we down-
loaded YouTube’s “Top 20 Kobe
Bryant Plays” and stop-framed
through every one while Kobe
talked about what was happening
on the court. My mentor — one
of Disney’s Nine Old Men — Ollie
Johnston told me, “Glen, don’t
animate what the character is
doing — animate what the char-
acter is thinking.” So we talked

Toon Contenders

MANUEL CAM STUDIO. RHYMES: COURTESY OF GKIDS. DEKALB: COURTESY OF REED VAN DYK. ELEVEN: COURTESY OF FINCH COMPANY. NEPHEW: COURTESY OF JOE ZAKKO. HOUSTON: AP PHOTO/GEORGE
BRICH. ERLAND: VALERIE MACON/GETTY IMAGES. LORD: PIERRE VINET/NEW LINE CINEMA/PHOTOFEST. LETTERI: DIA DIPASUPIL/GETTY IMAGES FOR SCAD. SILENT, WATU: COURTESY OF LONDON FLAIR PR.
DEAR: COURTESY OF GUNPOWDER & SKY. KEANE: THEO WARGO/GETTY IMAGES FOR TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL. GARDEN: COURTESY OF MOPA. LOU: DISNEY/PIXAR. NEGATIVE: COURTESY OF IKKI FILMS &
‘I NEVER IMAGINED I GARDEN PARTY LOU

COULD BE KOBE BRYANT’ A gang of frogs


at a luxurious
villa uncover the
human owner’s
In this Pixar short,
a creature made
of lost-and-found
items attempts
Two men in transition — a 38-year Disney animator who’d worked on The Little Mermaid and
whereabouts. to mentor a bully.
Beauty and the Beast and an NBA great — found common ground and a shared new purpose
with animated short nominee Dear Basketball By Glen Keane, as told to Mia Galuppo

I
had left Disney after nearly around at the draw- letter, “Dear Basketball,” and he
40 years there, and since ings and storyboards called me and asked me if I
then I had been focusing on and little things would be interested in animating
personal, expressive films. on the wall, and I’m it. He goes, “I have my friend John NEGATIVE SPACE REVOLTING RHYMES
An often-away Roald Dahl’s
Kobe had seen this film I did for Keane thinking, “Oh boy, Williams who is going to do the
father bonds darker take on
Google, Duet, and he contacted one here it comes.” And music.” And I go, “Oh, that would with his son by Snow White, Red
of the executive producers, and she he says, “This is perfect. This be really wonderful.” teaching him Riding Hood and
set up a meeting. He came in to is what I want.” We crowded into Right after his last game [in how to pack. more fairy tales.
our tiny studio in West Hollywood, my little office in the back and 2016], where he scored 60 points
which is just in a duplex, and it connected over things we had in and my son and I were in our little about what was going on on the
was so surreal. He drives up in a common. For me, it was leaving studio screaming our heads off, inside. Kobe has an incredible
big black Suburban, and he is just a career at Disney, which was so he texted and said, “Let’s do this.” emotional memory of how he was
in our neighborhood. Kobe Bryant! much a part of me, and for Kobe it I told Kobe, “You’ve got the worst feeling during the plays. Any time
Kobe loves animation; he is an was leaving behind the Lakers. basketball player on earth ani- you are animating, you are liv-
animation geek. So he walked We talked about doing some- mating you.” He said that it was ing in the skin of your character.
in and was standing in our little thing together but didn’t know OK because everything I would For me, I’ve been a mermaid
dining room — but it is actually exactly what it would be. Before learn about basketball was going and a beast, but I never imagined
our story room — and he looked Kobe retired, he wrote this to come through studying him. So I could be Kobe Bryant.

Real-Life
Action
Several of this
year’s live-action
short nominees
were inspired by true
events, while others
tackle complicated DEKALB ELEMENTARY THE ELEVEN O’CLOCK MY NEPHEW EMMETT
relationships Inspired by a real 911 call during a school shooting This Australian short is set during a session A 64-year-old African-American man tries to
By Rebecca Ford in Atlanta, the film follows a man who enters an between a psychiatrist and a patient (who is protect his 14-year-old nephew, Emmett Till, from
elementary school with a semiautomatic rifle. convinced he is the doctor). two white men who invade his home.

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 72 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
HOW DINOSAURS LED
TO CREATING GOLLUM
The wizardly Joe Letteri, busy with all those
Avatar sequels, will be honored with the
Visual Effects Society’s George Melies Award

King Kong. The Lord of the Rings’ Gollum. Avatar’s


Neytiri. The Planet of the Apes’ Caesar. These are just
some of the iconic digitally created characters that have
been brought to the screen with the help of Joe Letteri,
four-time Oscar winner, Weta Digital’s senior VFX supervi-
Academy
Sci-Tech sor and 2018’s recipient of the Visual Effects Society’s
Awards Georges Melies Award.
Fresh off Star In fact, it was the opportunity to play a role in creating
Feb. 10
Beverly Wars in 1977, the tragic Gollum that brought Letteri, 60, to Peter
Erland (center)
Wilshire Hotel
and fellow Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings. He had worked as a CG
model makers artist on 1993’s Jurassic Park, where, he explains, “I became
Paul Houston interested in what made something like a dinosaur look
(left) and
Lorne Peterson realistic — some of that was the detail that you see in the
created dinosaur skin. I also started learning about cinematography
spaceships for and lighting.” Seeing those creatures come alive onscreen,
TV’s Space
Academy. he realized the next step was to use similar techniques
to create a character, and “Gollum was the
perfect opportunity to do that.”
A VFX MASTER ISSUES A WARNING While Gollum started with Andy Serkis’
Jonathan Erland, this year’s recipient of the Gordon E. Sawyer Award, worries that performance capture, the challenge for Letteri
the overuse of visual effects doesn’t always serve storytellers By Carolyn Giardina was “creating a facial performance that would
believably convey human expressions. I had

C inema is going through massive


changes,” acknowledges visual
effects technologist Jonathan Erland, who
member of the Academy Science and
Technology Council and has been honored
with two previous Sci-Tech awards.
never had to work with a character that was so
humanlike, delivering a compelling performance
onscreen right next to other actors.” 16th Visual
His work on Avatar took it all one step further, Effects
will receive the Gordon E. Sawyer Award, Erland welcomes the newest technolo- since performance capture was combined
Society
Awards
an Oscar statuette, at the Academy’s gies, citing developing laser projectors that with virtual production while the actors were
Scientific and Technical Awards on Feb. 10 enable high-dynamic-range imagery as effectively working with digital sets, allowing Feb. 13
The Beverly
at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. “But then, well as the potential for variable frame rates director James Cameron to shoot as if he were Hilton
100 years ago things were technically in a that give the cinematographer a broader filming a live-action movie. On the upcoming
Avatar sequels, the process has become “more Lifetime
state of chaos, and it’s interesting that range of creative tools. But integrated than anything we have been able
Achievement
Award
100 years later they are in a state of chaos.” he also issues a warning — to do in the past and is a much more realistic Jon Favreau
The innovator himself personally today’s movies use too many representation of being in that world,” says
has witnessed many of those changes. The razzle-dazzle visual effects Letteri. “That’s great for the actors, great for the director,
U.K.-born Erland, 78, initially trained as an too indiscriminately. “The and it’s great for us because we know what the film is
Erland that we’re trying to make.”
actor — he appeared in the 1965 pilot for VFX world, which is capable Having set the bar more than once, Letteri admits that
TV’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. — but soon of some quite extraordinary accomplish- it now keeps getting raised higher. “If you could do one
transferred into effects work. He was part of ments in terms of putting images on the Gollum, you must be able to do a whole planet full,” he
the team that created the Charles Eames- screen, is suffering somewhat from what notes. “Figure out how to do something new, and it quickly
designed audio animatronic puppet theaters I would call the commodification of VFX,” he expands into having to do lots of them. That’s still hard to
do; it’s still a very artist-dependent medium.” — C.G.
for the I.B.M. Pavilion at the 1964 New York says. “So you see films with a lot of VFX in
World’s Fair, and he also worked as a min- which the VFX are not necessarily advanc-
iatures model-builder during production of ing the storytelling. That’s a shame. It’s
1977’s Star Wars. more effective when a very powerful art
In addition to serving on the Academy’s form like VFX is being used to enhance the
board of governors, he was a founding storytelling process.”

Letteri
THE SILENT CHILD WATU WOTE: ALL OF US
A deaf 4-year-old, isolated from the world The Kenya-set tale follows bus passengers who
and her hearing family, is taught sign language are attacked by a terrorist group demanding the
by a caring social worker. Muslim passengers identify the Christian onboard.

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 73 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
Film

Black Panther
Ryan Coogler’s Marvel Comics entry
dazzles with smartly staged action, magnetic
performances, genuine suspense and
a bracing sense of novelty By Todd McCarthy

With uncanny timing, Marvel has taken its like a natural idea now, but in July 1966, when vibranium, a source of power akin to nuclear
superheroes into a domain they’ve never inhab- Stan Lee and Jack Kirby birthed the character that Wakanda keeps to itself.
ited before — and is all the better for it. in Fantastic Four No. 52, he was the first black The novelties of the society are fun to behold,
There’s no mistaking you’re still in the superhero to appear in American comics. the streets full of life, the inhabitants happy.
Marvel universe here, but Black Panther sweeps Although director/co-writer Ryan Coogler But this enlightened land remains a monarchy,
you off to a part of it you’ve never seen: a (Fruitvale Station, Creed) sets his fram- and, with his father’s death, T’Challa (Chadwick
hidden lost world in Africa defined by royal ing action in Oakland, California, the film’s Boseman) becomes king in a spectacular
traditions and technological wonders that heart lies in Africa. In one of the tale’s coronation ceremony. There to support him are
open up refreshing dramatic, visual and cast- beguiling inventions, the land of Wakanda his mother, Ramonda (Angela Bassett); sister
ing possibilities. Getting it right where other keeps the world away by posing as one of Shuri (Letitia Wright), a scientist who’s next
studios and franchises — they know who they the planet’s poorest countries and restrict- in line for the throne; chief counsel W’Kabi
are — get it wrong, Marvel and Disney have ing visitors. In fact, it possesses advanced (Daniel Kaluuya), head of security for a tough
another commercial leviathan, although it’ll be technology and has a gleaming metropo- border tribe; mentor Zuri (Forest Whitaker),
interesting to see how it plays in certain over- lis that coexists with natural wonders on the king’s spiritual leader; and the Dora Milaje,
seas markets where industry traditionalists say par with anything in the world. What makes an independent-minded security force com-
black-dominated fare underperforms. this possible is a mined substance called prising shaven-headed women, notably its best
Producer Kevin Feige and the Marvel brain fighter Okoye (Danai Gurira) and rebellious
OPENS Friday, Feb. 16 (Disney)
trust introduced Black Panther into their Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o).
CAST Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan,
superhero mix in 2016’s Civil War: Captain Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright Then there’s M’Baku (Winston Duke), who
America with the intention of spinning yet DIRECTOR Ryan Coogler is opposed to T’Challa’s technological beliefs
another franchise around him. This seems Rated PG-13, 135 minutes and challenges him to a mano-a-mano slugfest
that takes place in a lagoon located between
towering brown rocks and a cliff you don’t want
to fall off.
Does this sound like your everyday Marvel
film so far?
It certainly doesn’t look like one. Along
with the color of nearly everyone’s skin, there THR’S SOCIAL CLIMBERS
are vistas, costumes and settings that keep A ranking of the week’s top actors, comedians
and personalities based on social media engagement
the images popping off the screen, even though across Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and more
this Marvel offering is not in 3D.
Black Panther also sets itself apart via an This Last This Last
ideological divide between two camps within Week Week Actors Week Week Comedians
the Wakandan leadership. The royals and 1 ←
→ I 1 I Kevin Hart
1 ↑ I 2 I Dwayne Johnson
traditionalists, including T’Challa, insist that
A week after Millie Bobby 2 ←
→ I 2 I D.L. Hughley
vibranium must remain exclusively in their Brown ended Johnson’s
own possession, as it’s been the secret of their nine-week run at No. 1, he 3 ←
→ I 3 I Joe Rogan
regains the top spot with
success since time immemorial. A minor- the week’s most liked
Instagram post by an actor: 4 ↑ I 6 I Colleen Ballinger
ity believes that this extraordinary substance
A Jan. 28 video of him
should be shared with the world, or at least playing “The Entertainer” 5 ↑ I - I Adam Sandler
with their struggling African neighbors, in on a floor piano with his feet
got 3 million favorites. 6 ↑ I - I Martin Lawrence
the interest of the common good. It’s a potent
political dispute that will presumably continue 7 ↓ I 4 I Marlon Wayans
2 ↑ I 4 I Kevin Hart
to inform the series in further episodes.
8 ↓ I 5 I Mike Epps
In the meantime, a deliciously nasty bad 3 ↑ I 8 I Deepika Padukone
guy, a white South African gangster named
4 ↓ I 1 I Millie Bobby Brown 9 ↑ I - I Kumail Nanjiani
Klaw (Andy Serkis, in a role he introduced three
Nanjiani’s Jan. 29 tweet
years ago in Avengers: Age of Ultron), is keen to 5 ↑ I 7 I Will Smith that art, music, movies and
get his hands on some vibranium himself. That books “have always been
6 ↓ I 3 I Dove Cameron political. Keep your ‘Keep
leads the story to South Korea for a prolonged your politics out of BLANK’
sequence heavy on chases and tough-guy action 7 ↓ I 6 I Jennifer Lopez bs outta my face” garnered
him a 16 percent increase
Boseman’s but rather more conventional than the rest of in retweets and was the
Black Panther 8 ↓ I 5 I Priyanka Chopra week’s most-engaged-with
defends the film.
Wakanda from tweet by a comedian.
But the most challenging threat to 9 ↑ I 11 I Gal Gadot
adversaries
seeking its Wakandian stability comes from another mer-
most precious 10 ↓ I 9 I Noah Schnapp 10 ↓ I 7 I Bill Maher
natural cenary, an imposing African named Erik
resource. Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). Convinced 11 ↑ I 13 I Finn Wolfhard This Last
that vibranium should be available to all people Week Week TV Personalities
12 ↑ I 16 I Zendaya
(and that he should profit by dispensing it),
1 ↑ I 10 I Jimmy Fallon
this intimidating wannabe usurper challenges 13 ↑ I - I Chris Hemsworth A 406 percent gain in
the king to a duel in the watery arena — one for Facebook post likes allows
14 ↑ I - I Tom Holland the Tonight Show host to
which he cannot wear his Black Panther armor.
reach No. 1 on the chart for
Much intense drama and action follow; 15 ↓ I 12 I Hugh Jackman the first time. One of his top
there’s a real and sustained sense of jeopardy posts was a clip of Fallon,
16 ↑ I 18 I Cara Delevingne as the character Peter,
for the kingdom, and the fighting signifi- singing Journey’s “Don’t
cantly involves the female warriors, who are Stop Believin’ ” while
17 ↑ I 25 I Zooey Deschanel heckled by Will Ferrell.
very cool indeed. Just as he staged the boxing
Deschanel follows her
in Creed with intensity and invention, Coogler chart debut (No. 25, Jan. 31)
by jumping to No. 17 with a 2 ↑ I 6 I Gordon Ramsay
handles the more extensive physical face-
654 percent boost in
offs here with freshness and brio, building to Facebook shares (mostly 3 ↑ I 5 I Mike Rowe
a tensely stirring climax. For such an action- reshares of videos, photos
and memes she had already 4 ↑ I 9 I Jake Tapper
packed modern film, it’s surprising how little posted). She added 413,000
PANTHER: COURTESY OF MARVEL STUDIOS. JOHNSON: JB LACROIX/WIREIMAGE. NANJIANI:TAYLOR HILL/GETTY

blood figures into this combat epic. A brief Instagram favorites after 5 ↓ I 3 I Mike Huckabee
showing off her new haircut.
return to Oakland at the end brings things
6 ↓ I 4 I Tamera Mowry
full circle, while the usual Marvel post-credits
IMAGES. DESCHANEL: AXELLE/BAUER-GRIFFIN/GETTY IMAGES. FALLON: NOAM GALAI/WIREIMAGE.

18 ↑ I - I Bella Thorne
teaser reminds us that its next offering will 7 ↑ I - I Tyra Banks
be Avengers: Infinity War (coming May 4), in 19 ↑ I - I Reese Witherspoon
8 ↓ I 2 I Joanna Gaines
which T’Challa/Black Panther also appears.
20 ↑ I - I Vanessa Hudgens
The actors are all seen to very good advan- 9 ↓ I 7 I Chris Hayes
tage. Boseman certainly holds his own, but 21 ↓ I 19 I Ansel Elgort
10 ↓ I 1 I Chelsea Handler
there are quite a few charismatic supporting
22 ↑ I 23 I Lily Collins
players here eager to steal every scene they can
Data Compiled By
— and they do, notably the physically impos- 23 ↓ I 10 I Jack Dylan Grazer
ing Jordan, the radiant Nyong’o and especially
24 ↑ I - I Shay Mitchell Source: The week’s most active and talked-about entertainers on
Wright, who gives each of her scenes extra leading social networking sites Facebook, Google Plus, Instagram,
Twitter and YouTube for the week ending Jan. 31. Rankings are based
on a formula blending weekly additions of fans as well as cumulative
punch and humor. 25 ↑ I - I Hailee Steinfeld weekly reactions and conversations, as tracked by MVP Index.

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 75 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
Making Her Directorial Debut and
Winner of the NEXT Innovator Prize at Sundance!

Congratulations to our Friend and Client

Jordana Spiro
and the entire Night Comes On cast and crew

We can’t wait to see what’s NEXT

www.pragermetis.com
New York | Los Angeles | London

UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM


25th ANNIVERSARY LOS ANGELES DINNER
THURSDAY, MARCH 1
PLEASE JOIN US TO COMMEMORATE the Museum’s 25th anniversary and
to honor VERA and PAUL GUERIN, their family, and the memory of LILLY and
NATHAN SHAPELL Z”L as they receive the National Leadership Award.
RECEPTION 6 p.m. DINNER 7 p.m.
The Beverly Hilton

Tickets are $500 per person and sponsorship and tribute opportunities are
available. For more information, contact the Museum’s Western Regional Office
Media Sponsor at 310.556.3222 or western@ushmm.org.

RSVP at ushmm.org/events/2018-la-dinner.

100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW Washington, DC 20024-2126 ushmm.org/campaign


Backlot Innovators, Events, Honors
Canada
Spotlight

How Canada Became a Springboard for Female


Directors Multiple government initiatives are pushing for
gender parity in the film business by 2020 By Etan Vlessing
C anadian Prime Minister Justin
Trudeau proudly displayed his pro-
gressive bona fides three years
The initiative already is having an effect:
A 2017 Telefilm study shows a 27 percent
increase in agency-backed projects directed by
the Micro-Budget Production Program.
Telefilm renamed and revamped the 5-year-
old micro-budget program in November
ago when he announced that his 30-mem- women since 2015. with a mandate to back 50 first-time and,
ber Cabinet would be the country’s first And it’s not just Telefilm: The National Film where possible, female-led features annu-
to represent men and women equally, 50- Board of Canada, the Canadian Broadcasting ally, with investments capped at $120,000 for
50. When asked by a journalist why, he Corp. and the Canada Media Fund also have each movie.
made global headlines with his blunt reply: unveiled plans to achieve gender parity by 2020. That in turn led organizers to consider
“Because it’s 2015.” But with its deep pockets — the agency how they could help maintain a young film-
Roughly a year later — and well before invests around $100 million annu- maker’s momentum in the industry after
the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements — ally in homegrown filmmaking completion of that all-important first project.
Telefilm Canada, the powerful, well-funded — Telefilm is leading the way. So, also in late 2017, Telefilm unveiled its
film financing arm of the Canadian govern- “There are systemic barriers to Fast Track program, which assures $500,000
ment, followed Trudeau’s lead and unveiled Joly funding,” says Federal Heritage in second-feature financing for filmmak-
its own ambitious drive to achieve gender Minister Melanie Joly, a close ally ers producing internationally recognized
parity in the film sector by 2020. The goal of Trudeau. “We believe that we should, as a first features.
was clear: The agency would choose which feminist government, have a clear commit- To promote female voices and visions,
JOLY: AMANDA EDWARDS/GETTY IMAGES.

films to finance based on whether projects ment to overcome these barriers.” Telefilm, when considering funding for proj-
were directed by, or revolved around, women The practical initiatives from Telefilm ects of equal value — determined by such
(among other criteria). include its Talent to Watch program, formerly factors as the script, talent attached and the

Illustration by Dan Woodger

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 77 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
Backlot
directed more than a dozen short films before
Canada completing her first and second features, We
Spotlight
Were Wolves and Suck It Up, respectively, says
Telefilm’s Talent to Watch and Fast Track
programs can help open doors in the U.S. and
production team — between a male or female other foreign markets.
applicant, is favoring projects directed and/or “Once you have two features, you’re hope-
written by women. fully at a level where you can access funding
“We want to create a path to success,” says in different countries and team up with inter-
Telefilm executive director Carolle Brabant. national co-producers,” she says.
“We want to reward the success of the first With the various gender-parity initiatives
features by having emerging directors make gaining steam, insiders say the lure of financ-
their second film.” ing is also leading filmmakers to rethink
Take Werewolf, writer-director Ashley projects from the conception point. “In the
McKenzie’s debut feature about youth and drug general community at large, people are just
addiction in a small Nova Scotia mining town. hungry to attach women to projects and slates,
The indie received microbudget financing because it’s smart from a tactical viewpoint.
from Telefilm and became a critical hit on the I’d do the same,” says Molly McGlynn, whose
film festival circuit after bowing at Toronto debut feature, Mary Goes Round, was produced
and screening at Berlin. through Telefilm’s Talent to Watch program.
Now McKenzie is eyeing possible Fast Track Toronto-based director Michelle Latimer says
financing as she develops her second feature. the initiatives help female filmmakers avoid
“There’s a gap for filmmakers to take “going up against the old guard.” After the
the next step after their first feature,” she success of her documentary short film Nucca,
says, adding that Telefilm has helped to
shorten the time she and her producer Nelson
MacDonald need to secure financing for their
which screened at Sundance and Toronto,
Latimer nabbed a yearlong filmmaking
fellowship with Laura Poitras’ (Citizenfour)
T he Baltimore of 1962 is
meticulously re-created
in Guillermo del Toro’s
sophomore effort. documentary unit Field of Vision. multi-Oscar-nominated sci-fi
Brabant says Canada’s push for gender parity “[Telefilm] is democratizing the way we romance The Shape of Water.
has helped alter long-standing perceptions secure film financing, and it’s particularly From an iconic, neon-lit diner
in an industry where female filmmakers have good for younger filmmakers who can’t go to an ornate movie theater, the
become accustomed to discouraging barri- the regular financing route,” Latimer says. film revels in Americana from

SUBJECT. MCLEOD: COURTESY OF JIVE PR + DIGITAL. ENGLISH: COURTESY OF GAT PR. SANCHEZ: LAURENT GUERIN.
ers to the industry. “It has made women realize, The Canadian film sector is also focus- another age, making the fact

BTS: COURTESY OF FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES. SHAPE: KERRY HAYES/TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX. DALE: BARRY
KING/GETTY IMAGES. STOCKHOLM: COURTESY OF DARIUS FILMS. WAPEEMUKWA, FOROUGHI: COURTESY OF
‘Well, it can happen,’ ” she says. ing on hiring more women in key positions that it was shot in and around
“It’s comforting to know you can get your throughout the industry. Jane Tattersall, Toronto all the more
foot in the door,” adds Sonia Boileau, who senior vp at Sim Post Toronto, who super- impressive. The film
leveraged Telefilm investment for her debut vised the sound editing on Hulu’s The marks del Toro’s
feature, Le Dep, to develop her second film, Handmaid’s Tale, says she’s hiring more women third collaboration
Rustic Oracle, about an 8-year-old Mohawk girl as mixers and editors in a traditionally male- Dale with producer —
searching for a missing sister. dominated business. and Toronto native
The push for gender parity has implica- “I’m not being idealistic or doing favors,” — J. Miles Dale and is the direc-
tions beyond Canada. Jordan Canning, who she says. “It’s much more selfish — the work- tor’s fourth consecutive feature
place is more interesting and more normal to be shot in Canada. Dale talked
when you have a mix of women and men.” to THR about why the Mexican
Marjolaine Tremblay, VFX producer and auteur now calls Toronto home
supervisor at Rodeo FX, insists that the and the Oscar odds for Shape
HOW CANADA’S GENDER- Canadian industry needs to allow women to of Water.
EQUALITY INITIATIVES move from management and backroom jobs
ALREADY ARE PAYING OFF to active creative roles, including overcoming Toronto hosted shoots for earlier
In a little over a year, female-led projects technical VFX challenges. Oscar best picture winners like
backed by Telefilm have more than doubled
“I have a great employer now that believes
50 in all of my skill sets and supports me all the
46% 2017
45 44% way,” says Tremblay.
40
2015 Another point of emphasis for Minister
Joly is creating a healthy environment in TURNING A
35
the Time’s Up era. To that end, she says the TORONTO SUBURB
30 Canadian industry now has a zero-tolerance INTO STOCKHOLM
25 policy for workplace harassment. he Ethan Hawke thriller Stockholm
20 22% In November
2016, Telefilm
introduced
“The #MeToo movement for us is clearly a
fundamental change of culture,” she says. “It’s
T chronicles the real-life 1973 bank heist
in the Swedish capital that produced the
15 17%
its initiative term “Stockholm Syndrome” — shorthand
10 to improve changing the way people will interact with
gender parity. each other and make sure there’s more respect to describe when captors and captives
5 form an unusual bond.
between men and women, and ensuring the With a modest budget of $10.5 million,
Source: Telefilm entertainment-sector workplace, as all work- Canadian co-producer Nicholas Tabarrok
Films directed Films written Canada, Women in
by women by women View on Screen places, is much safer.” effectively cobbled together numerous

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 78 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
CANADIAN
DIRECTORS TO
WATCH
WAYNE
WAPEEMUKWA
Wapeemukwa,
27, won the
best Canadian
first feature
Left: Dale (left) on the set of Shape of Water prize at the 2017 Toronto
with del Toro. Above: the film’s stars, Richard film fest with his debut,
Jenkins and Sally Hawkins.
Luk’Luk’I. “Walking away
from TIFF with the best
American city or some generic first feature prize con-
countryside like the Midwest, you firmed for my cast, crew
can definitely do it here. and me that we were
on the right track,” he says.
Why has Toronto become del Toro’s
filmmaking base? SADAF
FOROUGHI
Ever since he did Pacific Rim,
Born in Iran,
Guillermo has been here. He lives Foroughi,
here and his family lives here. 41, studied in
He’s really embraced the com- France and
munity, and he really feels settled in Montreal before
writing and directing Ava,
he’s found a filmmaking home
a coming-of-age drama

‘You Don’t Have to Go in Toronto. I think he likes the


Canadian sensibility.
that won the FIPRESCI
critics prize at Toronto
in 2017.
Anywhere Else’ Any word on your next project

Shape of Water producer with him?


I think he’d like to take a short
SHELAGH
MCLEOD
After

J. Miles Dale on why break from directing. We have


a couple of feature projects that
establishing a
career as an

del Toro shoots in Canada we’re producing together. He’s


also writing something for him-
self to direct, maybe next year.
actress on U.K.
TV, McLeod, 57, recently
wrapped production on
her debut feature,
He’s going to stay prolific. He can’t the Richard Dreyfuss- and
Chicago and Spotlight. What’s Our top people are right up really slow down. Colm Feore-starring
different with The Shape of Water? there. You don’t have to go any- thriller Astronaut, shot just
With Chicago, there were no where else.” How do you feel as the Oscars north of Toronto.
Canadian designers on that. And approach?
even Spotlight, it wasn’t a heavy Does that mean you and del Toro We’ve had a nice run so far. If it JACKIE
ENGLISH
design movie. On The Shape of will make all your future movies ended today, that would be fine.
After a string
Water, other than the cinema- in Toronto? We’re going to the BAFTA Awards of acting
tographer and a couple of special The script will always tell you in London, where we led the nomi- credits,
effects and makeup artists, every what it needs to be. If you need to nations. And two weeks after that, including CBS’
single person from the produc- do something on a mountain, there’s the Oscars. So these last Beauty and the Beast,
English broke into the
tion and costume designers, the you can’t do that here. If you’re couple of laps should be very inter-
feature world with
sound team, the editor — they’re stranded in the Pacific, you esting. We’re definitely feeling a Becoming Burlesque, a
all Canadian. It tells the world: can’t do that here. But for any- lot of love right now, so hopefully Toronto-set drama about
“We can play with anybody now. thing that’s set in an East Coast that continues. — E.V. a young Muslim woman
who embraces the world
of burlesque dancing.

subsidies and incentives available north of Sweden, but Ontario Media Development
the border to make the film happen. Corp. chipped in $440,000. Telefilm
The heist flick was shot mostly in Canada also invested at the script stage.
Hamilton, Ontario, allowing the producers The Hamilton locations were so effec-
to nab the province’s 10 percent tax credit. tive that Hawke was the only actor to JASON AND CARLOS
That’s in addition to a separate incen- travel to the real Stockholm to capture SANCHEZ
tive that refunds 21.5 percent of qualified exterior shots. Allure, the debut feature
Ontario production expenditures. “Stockholm would not have been pos- written and directed by
As a co-production with Sweden, the sible without the support of Telefilm, Jason, 36, and Carlos, 41,
film tapped subsidies in both countries provincial and federal tax credits and the Montreal-based still
thanks to the casting of Swedish actors, OMDC,” Tabarrok says. “It’s nearly impos- photographers turned
including Noomi Rapace. Tabarrok won’t sible to finance a film this size without the filmmakers, stars Evan
say how much financing came from support of government incentives.” — E.V. Rachel Wood as a house
cleaner with a dark past.
Samuel Goldwyn Films
← Hawke was the only castmember to shoot scenes in the real city of Stockholm.
plans a mid-March U.S.
release. — E.V.

79
Backlot
SO HOW IS THREE
BAFTA BILLBOARDS BRITISH?
Martin McDonagh’s Midwestern
drama is up for a best Brit BAFTA

W
t the 2017 BAFTA Awards, the out-
ith Stephen Fry hav-
ing given up his hosting A standing British film honor went
to Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake, a gritty
duties after a record human tale about a carpenter from
12 editions, BAFTA has turned the north of England and his near-
to arguably an even bigger British excruciating struggle to navigate the
national treasure for its latest U.K.’s bureaucratic benefits system
awards ceremony: Joanna Lumley, after having a heart attack. In other
words, extremely British.
who will be taking the reins This year, among a crop of equally
Feb. 18 at London’s famed Royal British titles sits a rather unusual entry.
Albert Hall. Ahead of the biggest The nomination of Three Billboards
film awards outside the U.S., Outside Ebbing, Missouri, despite
Lumley explains why she won’t be director Martin McDonagh’s burgundy
British passport, has caused a little con-
making any political gags, how fusion in the U.S. Not only is the film’s
the British equivalent of #MeToo main cast almost exclusively American,
might look on the night and but it also was shot in North Carolina,
whether her most famous onscreen is based on a real-life American story
character — Absolutely Fabulous’ and even includes the words “Ebbing,
Missouri” right there in the title. How,
champers-guzzling Patsy — will exactly, is this film British?
be making an appearance. The answer can be found in BAFTA’s
myriad list of rules and regulations.
Do you have any nerves about To qualify for the outstanding
British film category, the rules state
stepping into Stephen Fry’s well-
trodden BAFTA shoes? ‘My Part Is to Be that a film must “have significant
creative involvement by individuals
Stephen is a huge friend of
mine. I shall do my level best to Quite Dignified’ who are British (U.K. passport holders
or permanent resident in the U.K. for
at least 10 years up to and including
fit into those huge shoes. He’s
such a consummate, easy, wel- Joanna Lumley plans her the eligibility period).”
Alongside McDonagh, Three
coming, darling host, but we’re
different. So I shan’t copy him,
because you can’t do that. I’ll just
BAFTA takeover By Alex Ritman Billboards was produced by the British
duo of Graham Broadbent and Peter
Czernin for their Blueprint Pictures
do my best to be me and make (headquartered on London’s Great
everyone welcome. comic. I’m not a satirist. I’m not was the [only] night of wear- Portland Street), with half the funding
coming from Film4, the movie arm of
a political commentator. People ing black to protest. I’ll just see U.K. network Channel 4.
Has he given you any tips? know me because I’ve been bang- whether people are still feeling “A film like this — which doesn’t
He said something terribly funny ing around the block for 100 enough of it to warrant it going look remotely British — does seem
but very true: Nobody has ever years, so why would I be someone on or feeling that we’ve got to to crop up each year,” admits one
complained that an awards cer- completely different? look to the future. We all industry insider.
As it happens, last year there were
emony is too short. He also told British know … it’s all out in the two: American Honey (backed by
Academy Film
me to remember that our job is as You’ve already said you Awards open now. The Golden Film4 and the British Film Institute) and
host. We’re not the main enter- won’t be pulling out any Globes have made every- Under the Shadow (which was in Farsi
Feb. 18
tainment; we are literally the host. Weinstein gags. How Royal Albert Hall one so aware of it. but produced by U.K.-based Wigwam
We’re the silken strands that join about Trump? Brexit? Films). And in 2016, the winner was
Brooklyn, named after the borough but
people together. I’m not really going to do any How about yourself, will you be produced by Brits, written by a Brit and
heavy political commentary, wearing black? backed by BBC Films. — A.R.
Do you think this will be a newer, because for people who do come I don’t think so. But let’s put it like
revamped BAFTAs with you at up and have something to say, it’s this: I won’t be wearing shocking

LUMLEY: MATT HOLYOAK/BAFTA/CAMERA PRESS/REDUX. THREE: MERRICK MORTON/TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX.


the helm? absolutely up to them. It’s their pink. I want to look like a digni-
I don’t really want it to change. night, it’s not mine. My part is to fied host. But I do think I’m going
There’s something quite serious be quite dignified, but if everyone to look pretty fab, not showy.
about all this. We’re the British else wants to put their pants on
academy, and the Oscars are the their head and scream, that’s fine Any temptations to give Patsy a
American academy, so this is the by me. brief whirl onstage, perhaps bran-
senior prefects’ table. dishing a glass of champagne?
How do you think the #MeToo Well, I know I won’t be allowed a
Any particular hosting style you movement seen at the Golden glass of Bolly onstage, but some-
like and might try to emulate? Globes will translate to the BAFTAs? times Patsy creeps through. She
I do a lot of awards ceremonies, so It’s going to be so interesting. I doesn’t mean to, but sometimes
I’m used to the whole easing peo- noticed at the SAG Awards all she just has to have a word. I’ll
ple on, easing people off, mopping the girls were in gorgeous dresses. try to keep her under control for
Woody Harrelson (left) and Sam Rockwell in
their tears. But I’m not a stand-up So maybe the Golden Globes the night! Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 80 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
SJIWFF29 • OCTOBER 17–21, 2018
ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND, CANADA

WOMENSFILMFESTIVAL.COM
Backlot

Awards
Watch

What is your worst habit as


a writer?
HANNAH Procrastination. I think
it’s every writer’s worst habit.
But when you’re procrastinating,
you’re still thinking about it.
SINGER My wife, who is a novel-
ist, makes fun of me for this all
the time: I tend to get lost in
the research. I go on really deep
dives. Lawrence O’Donnell told
me early on that the word

‘I Found My Voice While She Found “author” comes from authority.


I am not a huge risk taker, so I

Hers’ Liz Hannah and Josh Singer on really don’t like writing about
something unless I feel like I’m

penning Katharine Graham’s story By Rebecca Ford quite knowledgeable about it.

Is there one thing you must have


in order to write?
iz Hannah wrote the screenplay for The Post with the hope that ↑ From left: Singer, Spielberg, Hannah, HANNAH Because I’m 90 years old

L she’d get an agent. Instead, the 32-year-old screenwriter saw


her spec script turned into a movie directed by Steven Spielberg
Tom Hanks and Streep on Jan. 4
at the Palm Springs Film Festival. in a 32-year-old’s body, I have
a heating pad on the back of my
and starring Meryl Streep as The Washington Post publisher Katharine before, let alone written a movie chair. When you’re sitting there
Graham. The timely ’70s-set drama has been nominated for the best pic- produced and directed by Steven for hours at a time, I don’t care
ture Oscar, and Hannah and her co-writer, Josh Singer (who won the Spielberg. The thing about Josh how comfortable that chair is,
original screenplay Oscar in 2016 for Spotlight), will receive the Writers is that he’s not only an incredibly it can get pretty gnarly. So a heat-
Guild of America West’s Paul Selvin Award at the Feb. 11 ceremony. talented writer, he also has an ing pad kind of wakes me up.
Both writers spoke to THR about their process and the “high bar” set by enormous amount of experience in SINGER I need headphones and
working with Spielberg. the journalism world and in the music. I tend to love classical,
political world with Spotlight and but it can be any kind. It really
What was it about Graham’s story draft. With these fact-based dra- The West Wing. We really tackled depends on what I’m work-
that made you want to adapt it? mas, you want to vet them — send it more like a writers room; it was ing on. There’s a trick I learned
HANNAH I only had vaguely heard them out to the world and get a very collaborative experience. from my wife: I’ll listen to the
about her, but I didn’t know lots of notes, because you want Because of the quick timeline, he same thing over and over again.
anything about her life. And she to get it right. With Spotlight, I was used to working under the So good Bose headphones with

SINGER: VIVIEN KILLILEA/GETTY IMAGES FOR PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. POST: NIKO TAVERNISE/20TH CENTURY FOX. BLACK: DAVE BENETT/GETTY IMAGES.
lived one that I felt deserved to be had terrible fear of not getting the gun and under the pressure that music to drown out the world.
out in the world. For me journalism part right. the first choice is the best choice And then I must have a baseball
personally, it was about WGA West Plus, the needs of a spec and the only choice. cap, because I need blinders.
a woman finding her Awards script and the needs of
voice, finally ignoring all Feb. 11 a Steven Spielberg film
the naysayers — and even Beverly Hilton are slightly different.
herself — telling her she Because with a Steven
couldn’t do it and standing on her Spielberg film, you’re going to “There’s an
immediate
own two feet. The irony is not lost get the highest degree of scrutiny connection as
on me that this is the script I got you can possibly get. Fairly or a woman,
knowing what
noticed on. I found my voice while unfairly, you get held to a pretty it’s like to be
in a room full
she found hers. high bar. We had to make this of men and
as accurate as possible within the not have your
voice heard,”
How did the two of you collaborate? context of telling a good story. says Hannah
SINGER Liz wrote an incredible spec HANNAH I had never written a of Graham’s
story (Streep,
script, but it wasn’t a shooting movie that had been produced center).

◄ DUSTIN LANCE BLACK JAMES L. BROOKS ALISON CROSS LEN WEIN


GOLD STAR SCRIBES The Valentine Davies The Mary Tyler Moore The Paddy Chayefsky The late comic book icon,
A comic book icon, an LGBTQ Award will recognize the Show co-creator Laurel Award goes to the co-creator of Wolverine,
activist and two veteran Milk writer’s work for gets the Laurel Award writer-producer (Roe vs. will be honored with the
writers land WGA honors the LGBTQ community. for screenwriting. Wade, Murder in the First). Animation Writing Award.

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 82 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
PROMOTION

TODAY IN
EN TE RTAI NM EN T We are excited to announce the appointment of

ASHLEY PARTINGTON
NEWSLETTER
to Vice President of the LA Talent Agency.

WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO A GREAT 2018!

Get an early brief of what matters


in entertainment now.

A DV E RT I S E M E N T
James H. Rich, Jr., age 70, of Tarzana, CA, died peace- Jim was a member of the Producers Guild of America.
fully from the complications of cancer on January 20, He was the executive vice president of Cable and Syn-
2018 with his loving and devoted wife of almost 44 dication at Centerpoint Productions, where he worked
years, Abigail Crow Rich, by his side. for Tom Tannenbaum with production partners Guber-
Each weekday, delivered to your inbox, executive editor Jim was born in Pittsburgh, PA, on December 24, 1947, Peters, Blake Edwards, and Grasso-Jacobson. He won
to James H. Rich and the late Idamae Brody Rich. The an ACE award in 1983 for Sweeney Todd, which won
Matthew Belloni and assignment editor Erik Hayden will date of his birth, he would tell everyone, was the result seven Emmys. In the early 2000s, he produced three
of his mother falling off a ladder while trying to put a two-hour specials to promote the opening of Univer-
highlight what’s news and what’s worth reading from star on the Christmas tree. sal’s theme park in Osaka. The specials featured top
He attended an all-boys prep school, Shadyside Acad- Japanese television stars and Universal stars Meryl
The Hollywood Reporter and other outlets — basically, emy, where, among other activities, he was a member Streep, Gene Hackman and Steven Spielberg.
of the honorary Sargon Society, After retiring, he co-founded
and played on the varsity ten- The Great Beer Company,
anything an entertainment insider or obsessive needs to nis and football teams. Sum- brewers of the award-winning
mers he hung out at WAMO, kölsch-style ale, Hollywood
know to start their day. Exclusives and dispatches from his father’s radio station. After Blonde. He was a practicing
graduation in 1965, he went to Buddhist, worked on the cam-
THR writers, editors, and critics will also be included. Syracuse University to study paign to elect Obama, and vol-
Communications, where he unteered with an organization
lived in the football dorm and for troubled teens.
thought he was going to play Jim loved many things, not
until he was positioned in front the least of which was walking
of Larry Csonka and Floyd Little the dogs at his beach house
at a practice game and was in Ventura, CA, watching
flattened. Pittsburgh Steeler games, go-
Always resilient and practi- ing to the symphony and the
cal, he looked around and real- Hollywood Bowl with his wife,
ized that not only was it safer talking to his father, and brag-
to go into the theater depart- ging about his children and
SIGN UP AT ment, but there were real-live
girls there. And so his show
grandchildren.
His life was marked by an

THR.com/newsletters James H. Rich


business career was born. electric spirit, an extraordinary
He transferred to New York ability to persevere, a goofy
University’s Film School, where 1947-2018 sense of humor, a quest for
Martin Scorsese was his instructor, and where he cre- spiritual knowledge, and a generous soul. He is remem-
ated his award-winning student film, Ginkgo. After bered by friends and admirers as someone who lifted
film school, he worked on Sesame Street shorts, com- them up when they needed it, and encouraged them to
mercials, and industrials in New York, and created his be their best and truest selves.
documentary Earth Day, starring Rod Serling and Pete In addition to his wife, Jim is survived by his father,
Seeger. James H. Rich, of Pittsburgh, PA; his son, Nicholas
In the mid-1970s, he headed to Los Angeles to work James Rich, and daughter-in-law, Cara Delizia Rich of
for Bob Stivers Productions and began a career that Tarzana, CA; his daughter, Kit Rich, of Santa Monica, CA;
spanned almost 50 years. As he advanced from young three grandsons, Hunter Rich, Lucas Rich, and Crosby
production manager to executive producer, he worked Rich; his sister, Kathryn Rich Sherman of Pittsburgh,
FOR ADVERTISING INFORMATION CONTACT: on hundreds of television shows, including Circus of the
Stars, People’s Choice Awards, People’s Court, Superior
PA; and numerous brothers/sisters-in-law, nieces,
nephews and cousins.
LOS ANGELES | 323.525.2245 NEW YORK | 212.493.4049 Court, Vincent with Leonard Nimoy, John Denver and
the Muppets, Kid Songs, Monty Python Live at the Hol-
His memorial will be held in Tarzana, CA on March 3,
2018 from noon to 4:00. Family members will commit
lywood Bowl, Red Skelton’s Funny Faces, George Burns his ashes to the sea the following day.
in Concert, Enchanted Musical Playhouse with the Os- In lieu of flowers, please donate to his favorite char-
monds, Straight to the Heart, A Talent for Murder with ity, “No Kid Hungry,” (https://www.nokidhungry.org/)
Sir Lawrence Olivier and Angela Lansbury and many, the campaign of the national anti-hunger organization
many others. Share Our Strength.
89 Years of THR

Memorable moments from a storied history

1 9 833 199 84
4 19
985 1 988 6 19
9 877 199 88 19
9 89 1 990 1991 1992 1993 1994 199 94 199 96 199 97 19988 1 999 9 20
000 2001 20 022 20
0 033

25 Years Ago, Cool Runnings Was a Gold Medal Hit


For The Hollywood Reporter, 1993’s Jamaicans to make it to Canada, until then, we were thinking cast to speak in an understand-
Cool Runnings was a “near-per- so it was for the film to get made. ‘Olympic coach? Kurt Russell.’ able Jamaican accent. “He said, ‘If
fectly executed tale” that centered When Dawn Steel became head And Kurt ended up playing [Herb you can’t make them sound like
on “one of the nuttiest and most of Columbia Pictures in 1987, she Brooks] in Miracle. I guess he Sebastian the Crab in The Little
inspiring modern sports sto- became aware of the Runnings was born to be an Olympic coach.” Mermaid, I’ll find a director who
ries.” The Jon Turteltaub film is script because TriStar was a sister Turteltaub’s most vivid memory will.’ So the next day I told the
the loosely factual tale of the company. After she left in 1990, of the shoot was being awakened cast I’d be fired if they didn’t start
Jamaican bobsled team that com- Steel made it the first film she did at 1 a.m. on location in Calgary sounding like Sebastian the Crab.
peted in the 1988 Calgary Winter under her new production deal and told by Katzenberg that he’d And they laughed and found the
Olympics. (Three decades later, at Disney. “To me, it was Rocky,” be fired unless he could get the in-between.” — BILL HIGGINS
the Pyeongchang Games begin said Steel, who died in 1997. The
Feb. 9, and there’s a 25th anniver- $15 million production ($25 mil-
sary screening of Cool Runnings lion today) went on to earn
a day earlier at the El Capitan in $155 million worldwide ($263 mil-
Hollywood.) “It’s the timeless lion). Along the way, the script
story of the underdog,” says Jeff went from a drama at TriStar to a
Sagansky, who acquired the family comedy at Disney. Hiring
script in 1989 when he headed John Candy as the team’s coach
TriStar Pictures. “And here, the was a key piece of casting. “[Studio
underdog was going to the Winter chief] Jeffrey Katzenberg was
Olympics from a country with the one who said we were going
no snow.” As difficult as it was for with John,” says Turteltaub. “Up

↑ From left: Leon (as Derice Bannock), Rawle D. Lewis (as Junior Bevil), Malik Yoba (as Yul Brenner) and Doug E. Doug (as Sanka Coffie) in Cool Runnings.
BUENA VISTA PICTURES/PHOTOFEST

The Hollywood Reporter, Vol. CDXXIV, No. 6 (ISSN 0018-3660; USPS 247-580) is published weekly; 39 issues — two issues in April, July, October and December; three issues in January and June; four issues in February, March, May, August and September; and five issues in November — with 15 special issues:
Jan. (1), Feb. (2), June (4), Aug. (4), Nov. (3) and Dec. (3) by Prometheus Global Media LLC, 5700 Wilshire Blvd., 5th floor, Los Angeles CA 90036. Subscription rates: Weekly print only, $199; weekly print and online, including daily edition PDF only, $249; online only, $199; digital replica of weekly print, $199.
Single copies, $7.99. Periodical Postage paid at Los Angeles, CA and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send all UAA to CFS. Non-Postal and Military Facilities send address changes to The Hollywood Reporter, P.O. Box 125, Congers, NY 10920-0125. Under Canadian Publication Mail Agreement
No. 41450540 return undeliverable Canadian addresses to MSI, PO BOX 2600, Mississauga, On L4T OA8. Direct all other correspondence to The Hollywood Reporter, 5700 Wilshire Blvd., 5th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Prometheus Global Media, LLC: Vice President, Human Resources: Angela Vitacco.
Advertising/Editorial Reprints: Reprints of editorial or ads can be used as effective marketing tools. For details, please contact Wright’s Media: (877) 652-5295 or e-mail at pgm@wrightsmedia.com. Permission: Looking for a one-time use of our content, as a full article, excerpt or chart? Please contact
Wright’s Media, (877) 652-5295; pgm@wrightsmedia.com. Subscription inquiries: U.S. call toll-free (866) 525-2150. Outside the U.S., call (845) 267-4192, or e-mail subscriptions@hollywoodreporter.com. Copyright ©2015 Prometheus Global Media, LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be
reproduced, stored in any retrieval system or transmitted, in any form or by any means — electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise — without the prior written permission of the publisher. THR.com PRINTED IN THE U.S.A.

T H E HOL LY WO OD R EP ORT ER 84 F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 01 8
PROMOTION

THE SUNDANCE TV ORIGINAL SERIES RETURNS


C A N D I D R O U N D TA B L E S W I T H T O P F I L M TA L E N T

THE PRODUCERS

From Left: Ridley Scott, Jason Blum, Amy Pascal, Eric Fellner, Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen

with

PRODUCERS FEBRUARY 11
WRITERS FEBRUARY 18
CINEMATOGRAPHERS FEBRUARY 25
ACTORS & ACTRESSES (LIVE AUDIENCE) MARCH 4
CABLE 10AM ET / 7AM PT • SATELLITE 10AM ET / 7AM PT
DISH CHANNEL 126 • DIRECTV CHANNEL 557
4 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS
®

BEST PICTURE
BEST DIRECTOR
JORDAN PEELE
BEST ORIGINAL
SCREENPLAY
JORDAN PEELE
BEST ACTOR
DANIEL KALUUYA
CONSIDER

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY


JORDAN PEELE