‘La La Land,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Fences’ Nab Producers Guild Nominations
January 10, 2017
“Arrival,” “Deadpool,” “Fences,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Hell or High Water,” “Hidden Figures,” “La La Land,” “Lion,” “Manchester by the Sea,” and “Moonlight” have been nominated for the Producers Guild of America’s top movie award. Awards contenders “Silence,” “Jackie,” “Sully,” “Loving,” “Captain Fantastic,” “Nocturnal Animals,” “20th Century Women,” and “Florence Foster Jenkins” were overlooked by voters for the PGA’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award. The winner will be announced on Jan. 28 at the guild’s 28th annual awards show at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. To read more, click here.
BAFTA Film Award Nominations: ‘La La Land’ Leads Race
January 10, 2017
HACKSAW RIDGE is nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Editing and Best Hair and Makeup! To read more, click here.
The art of politics in a 'Great Society'
January 8, 2017
The arts don't exist in a vacuum.
When he picked three shows set in the "swamp" of Washington, D.C, for Asolo Repertory Theatre's new season, producing artistic director Michael Donald Edwards knew they would start around the inauguration of a new president. But there was no way he could have anticipated how the tough election campaign would divide the nation.
The unexpected (in some quarters) election of Donald J. Trump may well impact how audiences respond to Robert Schenkkan's "The Great Society," his follow-up to last season's hit "All the Way"; John Strand's "The Originalist," about controversial but respected Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia; and even Garson Kanin's classic 1948 comedy "Born Yesterday" about a businessman trying to influence political decisions to benefit his companies. To read more, click here.
Why does director Mel Gibson see 'Hacksaw Ridge' as a love story?
January 6, 2017
Poducer Bill Mechanic tried to convince Mel Gibson to make “Hacksaw Ridge” in 2002, when Gibson was still at the height of his career, and again in 2010, four years after the Oscar-winning director and star had been all but exiled for anti-Semitic comments made during a drunk-driving arrest in Malibu. Gibson says something about the story of Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery in combat as a medic during World War II, finally clicked for him when Mechanic reached out a third time in 2014. Gibson took a fresh look at Doss and saw a man who transcended the horrors of war, tending to both American and Japanese soldiers alike without regard for his own safety. He saw Doss as an example of “what we’re capable of in our venality, that we have a higher self.” To read more, click here.
HACKSAW RIDGE nominated for 2017 Humanitas Prize!
January 6, 2017
Thirty two writers have been named as finalists in nine categories for the 42nd annual Humanitas Prize. Honoring film and television writers whose work inspires compassion, hope, and understanding, the nominees will be competing for $100,000 in prize money to be handed out at the annual luncheon, set for Wednesday, February 22, at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. To read more, click here.
‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Gets Rare Extended China Release As Local B.O. Crosses $50M
January 6, 2017
Mel Gibson’s pacifist WW II drama Hacksaw Ridge has had an incredible run at the Chinese box office since its December debut and has just been granted a rare release extension. The film, which world premiered at the Venice Film Festival this past September and has become a force during awards season, has officially crossed the RMB 350M ($50.8M) mark in the Middle Kingdom. The global reported gross to date is $137M. To read more, click here.
5 Amazing Things The Hero of ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Did That Aren’t In the Movie
January 4, 2017
Most movie adaptations of true stories exaggerate for effect, condensing timelines and adding action to heighten drama. In “Hacksaw Ridge,” the story of a World War II conscientious objector who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic duty as a medic, director Mel Gibson and producers had the opposite problem. “There were things that left us thinking ‘Who would believe that?’” producer Bill Mechanic told “Deadline.” To read more, click here.
ACE Nominations for HACKSAW RIDGE and ALL THE WAY
January 3, 2017
ACE nominations announced today with Carol Littleton nominated for Best Editing for TV Movie/Miniseries for ALL THE WAY, and John Gilbert nominated for Best Editing for Drama for HACKSAW RIDGE!
Mel Gibson Named Director Of The Year For ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ At Capri Hollywood Fest
AWARDS DAILY Interview: Robert Schenkkan and Andrew Knight on Crafting Hacksaw Ridge
December 22, 2016
Hacksaw Ridge introduces us to Desmond Doss, the unlikely hero who entered the Asian-Pacific theater during World War II unarmed. Doss was a medic who saved thousands of lives on the Okinawa battlefield without using any weapons. He was, as screenwriters Robert Schenkkan and Andrew Knight describe, “the first conscientious objector to win the medal of honor.” Hacksaw Ridge is nominated for three Golden Globes including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for Andrew Garfield. Hacksaw Ridge took ten years to come to fruition, but its timing couldn’t be urgent. Read how both screenwriters came to be involved in telling the compelling, and brutally honest story of Desmond Doss. To read more, click here.