• ‘Ben Is Back' Raises The Ante For Holiday Stories - The Contenders NY

    15 days ago - By Deadline

    A family drama is not unusual fodder for a holiday big screen story, but add elements of a suspense thriller by way of drug addiction, then the ante rises for a holiday release. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Peter Hedges took on the challenge, tapping his son, Lucas Hedges , as the son struggling with addiction, while his mother, played by Julia Roberts, fights to help him overcome his disease.
    Being touched by addiction is not foreign to the senior Hedges, who said that...
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  • Launching ‘Green Book' & ‘First Man' On The Big Screen: Universal At The Contenders NY

    15 days ago - By Deadline

    Green Book follows the story of American pianist Don Shirley and his music road tour in the 1960s South with his Italian-American driver and bodyguard Tony the Lip.
    The real Tony went on to be a character actor in an array of movies such as The Pope of Greenwich Village. But it was his son Nick Vallelonga who would bring his father and Shirley's emotional story to the big screen. Why did it take so long? Essentially Vallelonga was respecting the wishes of Shirley who...
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