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Despite announcing his retirement from feature directing following 2013’s Side Effects and Behind the Candelabra, filmmaker Steven Soderbergh is back behind the camera this year for the heist caper Logan Lucky, and during an interview with Entertainment Weekly he has explained what drew him to this latest film.
“I was sitting there on [The Knick] set, realizing that this is the job that I should be doing,” said Soderbergh. “This is my job. I should be directing stuff. Nobody’s waiting around for my paintings. So I kind of flipped a switch. I got reconnected with what I like about the job… I wasn’t really thinking about movies… until this script came in over the transom. If it hadn’t, I think everything would be TV oriented.”
“On the most obvious level, it’s the complete inversion of an Ocean’s movie,” he continued. “It’s an anti-glam version of an Ocean’s movie. »
- Gary Collinson
The studio began developing “The Nun” last June, shortly after “The Conjuring 2” opened. Producers are James Wan, who directed the two “Conjuring” movies and produced the sequel, and Peter Safran, who produced both movies. The current script for “The Nun” is written by Gary Dauberman and Wan.
The demon nun came to life in “The Conjuring 2” from a painting by Patrick Wilson’s paranormal investigator Ed Warren and later attacked Vera Farmiga’s Lorraine Warren. Vera and Taissa Farmiga are sisters.
New Line has already successfully spun off »
- Dave McNary
Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first image from director Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming crime caper Logan Lucky featuring Channing Tatum, Riley Keough, and Adam Driver – with the latter sporting a prosthetic hand; check it out here…
Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Logan Lucky is set for release on August 18th in the States and on August 25th in the UK and features a cast that also includes Daniel Craig, Hilary Swank, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Katherine Waterston, Dwight Yoakam, Sebastian Stan, David Denman, Macon Blair, Jack Quaid, and Brian Gleeson. »
- Amie Cranswick
Steven Soderbergh is back — although he never really went away. The filmmaker hasn’t helmed a movie since 2013’s Behind the Candelabra, but that didn’t stop him from directing 20 episodes of The Knick on Cinemax and serving as executive producer on Starz’s The Girlfriend Experience and Amazon’s Red Oaks.
Now Soderbergh is returning to the big screen with Logan Lucky, a heist film starring Adam Driver, Channing Tatum, Seth MacFarlane, Daniel Craig, Katie Holmes, Hilary Swank, Katherine Waterston and Sebastian Stan, revolving around the Coca-Cola 600, an annual 600-mile Nascar race held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina during Memorial Day weekend.
Soderbergh sat down with Entertainment Weekly and dropped several details about the film (along with a new photo), including what drew him back to filmmaking and the unique way Logan Lucky will be distributed, via Bleecker Street and Soderbergh’s own Fingerprint Releasing. “I »
- The Film Stage
Isa of the day is a continuing series of profiles of very special international sales agents. Shoreline Entertainment, one of the longest running independent film production companies and international sales agencies, has expanded its management arm to foster Latin American and women driven projects. You can see its Cannes lineup here.
The company was founded in 1992 by CEO and film producer Morris Ruskin whose production “Glengarry Glen Ross” launched him into the top level of indie producers. Shoreline’s Latin American Division for Management and Production is meeting with great success in repping over 25 directors, writers, actors, DPs and more.
Alex and Morris’s friendship dates back 20 years, and their professional relationship flourished with films “Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing & Charm School” starring Robert Carlyle, »
- Sydney Levine
Indian cinema’s grandest celebration, the 18th Edition of Iifa is all set to delight fans with its premiere edition in New York. The highly anticipated Iifa Festival New York 2017 promises to be a mélange of glitz, glamour and star power with stunning performances from Bollywood megastars such as Salman Khan, Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif, Shahid Kapoor, Sushant Singh Rajput, Kriti Sanon, A. R. Rahman among others.
With the excitement growing across the world, people can now get that hot seat for the spectacular Iifa Awards New York 2017 at MetLife Stadium as tickets go Live to the general public beginning Wednesday, from April 19th, 2017, 9.00 am Est. exclusively available online at ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000 (The ticket link: http://bit.ly/2pensyz) or by simply clicking the ‘Tickets Tab’ on the official Iifa website http://www.iifa.com/. A special treat for the fans, they can also purchase the »
- Stacey Yount
Parents who make the sacrifice of watching “Spark: A Space Tail” with their children may be modestly amused by writer-director Aaron Wooley’s wink-wink allusions to “Star Wars,” “Starship Troopers,” and the “Transformers” franchise. But there’s nothing much else here to hold the interest of anyone old enough to travel to the multiplex alone. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine that even the least demanding of tykes will ask for a second sampling of this thoroughly second-rate animated feature, which has all the charm, and twice the volume, of a barking dog.
Most of the action, in want of a better term, unfolds on Bana, a simian-dominated planet that is conquered, and partially destroyed, by an evil and seriously height-challenged ape named Zhong (voiced by Alan C. Peterson). Thirteen years after Zhong does his dirty work with the aid of a fearsome whatzit called a Space Kraken, Spark (Jace Norman »
- Joe Leydon
14 April 2017 4:46 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
There’s scant evidence of any creative spark in Spark: A Space Tail, a thoroughly generic, unremittingly charmless computer-animated adventure featuring a heroic teen monkey that lazily scavenges from the likes of The Lion King and Wall-e without bothering to contribute anything of its own to the hollow synthesis.
That it took 16 executive producers and producers to pull off this Canadian-South Korean collaboration, which was not made available by distributor Open Road for advanced review, is arguably its most notable achievement — despite attracting a voice cast including Jessica Biel, Susan Sarandon, Patrick Stewart and Hilary Swank.
Its bookings in the far reaches of the megaplex will »
- Michael Rechtshaffen
The International Indian Film Academy is pleased to announce New York City, USA as the host city of the highly anticipated 18th Edition of the Iifa Weekend and Awards. Let the countdown to India’s biggest, most extravagant and spectacular global celebration of cinema begin!
Iifa Festival, one of the most celebrated international events is all set to bring the biggest Bollywood celebrities and event to New York City at the iconic MetLife Stadium – 14th & 15th July 2017. The world renowned venue synonymous for hosting the illustrious NFL games, major concerts and entertainment events among others, MetLife Stadium will be host to the electrifying celebration of Indian cinema for the first time this summer.
Kick-starting the festival with the Voting Process for the Awards, Iifa Voting Weekend will be held in Mumbai from the 14th to the 16th of April 2017 at Indus, J.W Marriott Hotel from 10am to 10pm. »
- Stacey Yount
Take a look at the totally killer party in the first trailer for Drew Marvick's Pool Party Massacre. Also in today's Highlights: production details for WWE Studios' and Saban Films' Armed Response, a cool Q&A with Stefanie Estes from Bethany, and details on Jenna Coleman's upcoming attendance at Wizard World Minneapolis 2017.
Check Out the Trailer for Pool Party Massacre: Press Release: "Los Angeles, CA - Floating Eye Films has released the first trailer and stills for the old school splatterfest Pool Party Massacre. The debut feature from horror fanatic Drew Marvick, Pool Party Massacre is an ultra low-budget 80's-inspired slasher that cuts to the flesh and bone of a group of young friends. With a pounding synth score and a heavy metal soundtrack, Marvick has crafted a loving homage to the body count of 80s B-movies.
Blair Winthorpe, a high-maintenance young socialite, is having »
- Tamika Jones
Vast, impenetrable reams of aphoristic waffle are spouted by the characters in “Salt and Fire,” but minutes from the end of Werner Herzog’s thoroughly peculiar new narrative outing, the protagonist finally, plainly speaks for the audience. “Are you kidding me?” she yells — in bewildered response to the last of several random story swerves in the film, though it’s tempting to imagine the camera simply caught actress Veronica Ferres’s spontaneous reaction to the bonkers script. Either way, by this point, she’s only half as perplexed as most viewers will be by this awkwardly shoehorned fusion of ecological thriller, ideological romance and meditative landscape ode — only the last mode of which appears to have the veteran auteur’s full attention.
It’s no surprise, given Herzog’s recent dedication to the documentary form, that Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni salt flats should emerge as the true star of “Salt and Fire, »
- Guy Lodge
Patricia Arquette Arquette gave a very moving speech about pay equality during her Oscars acceptance speech for “Boyhood,” but she didn’t stop there — In August of this year, she told TheWrap, “Look, inequality is in 98 percent of all industries, so I’m not surprised it’s still in Hollywood. That’s just part and parcel with what’s happening across the nation.” However, she is seeing some progress: “I’m seeing a lot of films come up for female directors, so that’s good. A lot of studios are actually really making it a priority. I think there’s »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Lip Sync Battle has already been renewed for a fourth season, to premiere in January 2018 on the Paramount Network (aka Spike’s new name for the new year).
Lip Sync Battle’s third season arrives Thursday, April 20 at 10/9c on Spike.
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* Netflix’s The Ranch: Part Three will premiere on Friday, June 16, picking up with Colt resolving his love triangle and divorced »
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that every sensible person loves a good sports movie. Hell, even people who can’t abide actual sport can’t fail to be roused by the Rocky overture or, um, The Mighty Ducks. An occupational hazard in a sports film, though, is the increased likelihood of a bone-crunching or leg-snapping injury, something that is never more clearly illustrated than in the brilliantly visceral, utterly absorbing boxing thriller Bleed For This, available digitally and on Blu-ray and DVD from March 27th courtesy of Icon Film Distribution, and as showcased in the below list of ‘look away now’ moments from sporting cinema:
Bleed For This (2016)
This underdog story starring Miles Teller as you’ve never seen before, documents one of sport’s most incredible comebacks. The film follows the cocky and sure footed Vinny Pazienza (Teller), who teams up with one of the sport’s most »
- The Hollywood News
There have been several names floating around in regards to the role of mutant mercenary Cable in David Leitch’s Deadpool 2, the sequel to last year’s Ryan Reynolds led superhero movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nocturnal Animals actor Michael Shannon has emerged as the frontrunner for the role. This seemingly confirms a report made a couples week that Shannon was in contention for the role.
While Stranger Things‘ David Harbour is still being considered for the part, even going so far as to having a rumoured screentest with Reynolds, Shannon has moved up on the shortlist as Fox’s top choice to play Cable. This wouldn’t be the first time Shannon would have a role in a comic book film. He previously appeared in Jonah Hex alongside Josh Brolin and also starred as General Zod in Man of Steel.
While Shannon is a frontrunner, THR also »
- Ricky Church
While no deal is yet in place, Shannon has been the top choice for about a week. Fox, the studio handling the film, had no comment on the news.
The debut date for Ryan Reynolds’ “Deadpool 2” is in a year’s time — March 2, 2018. “John Wick” director David Leitch came on board to direct “Deadpool 2” last fall after Tim Miller dropped out due to creative differences with Reynolds.
The superhero sequel also recently cast “Atlanta” breakout Zazie Beetz as mutant mercenary Domino. Fox had announced at CinemaCon in April that Reynolds would be back, as well as Miller. “Deadpool” gave Fox its biggest hit of 2016 after opening on Valentine’s Day to $782.6 million worldwide, supplanting “The Matrix Reloaded” to become the highest-grossing R-rated film in history. »
- Dave McNary
In 2014, after financing features and TV shows for some three decades, Haim Saban was ready to establish a North American film label of his own. “With the very rapid expansion of distribution platforms, we want to be in the supply chain with as many types of programs as we can,” he says.
“I pitched a business plan based in the premium VOD world, and there were many people that I had to get through in order to get Haim to approve it,” says Saban Films president Bromiley. “He was concerned that the film business could be very volatile, and wasn’t interested in taking huge chances, so he asked lots of questions.”
Bromiley sold him on a business »
- Gregg Goldstein
When it comes to getting silver screen ready, it's not always about dieting. In fact, for a handful of Hollywood's most successful female action stars, fitting the part meant bulking up—in the kitchen and at the gym. Whether it was a boxing Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby or one-handed push-ups from Demi Moore's lieutenant-in-training for G.I. Jane, actresses have proven flexing their muscles can be beneficial on the big screen. For Swank, getting in the ring meant her second Oscar. Eight years later, Jennifer Lawrence blazed onto the scene yielding a bow and arrow as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, a film that remained number one at the »
THR has revealed that Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon and Robert Forster have joined Taissa Farmiga and Blythe Danner in the cast of What They Had, a drama which centers on a woman (Swank) who must fly back to her hometown and confront her past when her Alzheimer’s-stricken mother wanders into a blizzard.
The drama will mark the feature directorial debut of actress and playwright Elizabeth Chomko, who is directing from her own script, which was the recipient of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting.
“Elizabeth is an exceptionally talented new voice and we are excited to be partnering with her on her extraordinarily moving directorial debut,” said Keith Kjarval, who is producing the project. “Hers is a very personal story about a subject that affects millions of people around the world.”
- Gary Collinson
Today, it's been confirmed that actors Hilary Swank and Michael Shannon have signed on to star in the major major-motion-picture drama What They Had. Directed by Elizabeth Chomko, the film focuses on a woman (Swank) who returns to her hometown after receiving word that her Alzheimer's-stricken mother (played by Blythe Danner) has wandered into a harsh blizzard. The trip back home then... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
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