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It’s been nearly three years since Steven Soderbergh retired from filmmaking with the release of Side Effects. Then news broke this week that he’s making a film called Logan Lucky starring Channing Tatum. Even those years of retirement from filmmaking weren’t really a retirement: Soderbergh kept busy directing for the small screen, with HBO movie Behind the Candelabra and both season 1 and 2 of Clive Owen show The Knick. But he contended that he was done with projects for the big screen, telling The Hollywood Reporter as recently as this past October, “I don't have an interest in making another theatrical film unless my attitude changes or the business changes.” Well, his attitude must have changed, if we’re to believe reports of this new project with Tatum and Michael Shannon. The Ocean’s Eleven and Traffic director is one of many entertainers to declare they’re retiring, »
- Chris Eggertsen, Emily Rome
Now here’s a premise for a movie – a beautiful woman shows up to a party; a man recognizes her, but she denies his claim as to who she is. The woman, Alice, is played by Rachel Weisz. The man, Tom, by Michael Shannon. Really, honestly now…how could you lose?
She’s a research scientist; he’s a business advisor. He’s married, but his wife wants to move across the country to attend an exclusive academic program; he’s less convinced this is the right move for both of them. She just happened to meet his business partner at lunch, who invited her to Tom’s birthday party. Is it really all such a coincidence that she should secure such an invitation when he is so sure he recognizes her? And if her recognizes her and feels the need to call her out, just how close must they have been? »
- Scott Nye
Eye In The Sky pictures: The thriller arrives in U.S. cinemas in March, and in the UK in April.
A new batch of Eye In The Sky pictures have been released. The upcoming film is the final on-screen performance from Alan Rickman, and also stars Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Barkhad Abdi, Jeremy Northam, Iain Glen and Phoebe Fox.
Eye In The Sky stars Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell, a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from “capture” to “kill.” But as American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone, triggering an international dispute reaching the highest levels of Us and British government over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare. »
- Paul Heath
Commonly known as a lieu that breeds new filmmaking talents, Nicholas Bell and I look back at the filmmakers who made the most noteworthy splash at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Here are our Top 10 New Voices countdown:
Producer on Patrick Wang’s The Grief of Others and Trey Edward Shults’s Krisha, Jim Cummings showed everyone who is the “boss” with the devilishly funny, conceptually sophisticated and fastidiously well executed short film. In one stroke, Cummings demonstrates a formal rigour, an impressionable, sumptuous pulse and fall-out-of-your-seat choreography. Winner of the top prize with the Short Film Grand Jury Prize, Thunder Road is a crowd pleaser and one heck of a lucky charm calling card. (El)
#9. Bernardo Britto – Jacqueline (Argentine)
On our radar two years back with his animated short (Yearbook), we were quite surprised by the form and the off the chart text »
- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers
Steven Soderbergh's retirement from directing films may have come to an end. But the details on which project caught his eye are scarce and still in a bit of flux. Last night, Variety reported that Soderbergh, who proclaimed he was retiring from filmmaking after directing 2013's Side Effects, was returning to film for something called Hillbilly Heist, starring Channing Tatum and Matt Damon. This was Soderbergh's immediate reaction to the news: That Variety story is wrong. What a shock. — Bitchuation (@Bitchuation) February 4, 2016 Rest assured, all will be revealed when I give my exclusive, no-holds-barred interview with Catster magazine. You think I'm kidding. — Bitchuation (@Bitchuation) February 4, 2016 To be clear: Facts are So twentieth century... — Bitchuation (@Bitchuation) February 4, 2016 "Yeah, good, let's run with this Soderbergh movie thing..." pic.twitter.com/lS9dKZ61VI — Bitchuation (@Bitchuation) February 4, 2016 (Yes, that's a watermark on the monkey picture. You think Soderbergh has the kind of »
- Sara Morrison
Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has been "retired" from directing features since 2013, after he made the thriller Side Effects and the HBO TV movie Behind the Candelabra. Last night, reports from Variety and Deadline surfaced that claimed the filmmaker is coming out of his film directorial retirement with a project entitled Lucky Logan, which reportedly has Channing Tatum and Michael Shannon attached to star.
The original Variety story claimed that the project was actually titled Hillbilly Heist, and that Channing Tatum is starring with Matt Damon. That report was updated/corrected after Deadline revealed that the movie is actually called Lucky Logan, and that the two leads are actually Channing Tatum and Michael Shannon. Regardless of the title and the lead actors, no story details have surfaced, and it isn't known who wrote the screenplay. Variety's sources claim that the director recently got his hands on the screenplay and quickly fell in love with the premise. »
Variety has the scoop, claiming that both Michael Shannon and Channing Tatum are on board to star, with the latter set to reunite with his Magic Mike director. While it appears that Soderbergh is indeed poised to exit his self-imposed retire from the film industry, conflicting reports have since emerged connecting The Martian‘s Matt Damon with the nascent, mysterious project, one which will reportedly revolve around an Ocean’s 11-styled heist.
Sources close to the outlet initially claimed that the movie was titled Hillbilly Heist, not Lucky Logan, leading Soderbergh to take to Twitter to correct the report via Twitter.
That Variety story is wrong. What a shock.
— Bitchuation (@Bitchuation) February 4, 2016
Soderbergh remained mum on the actual specifics of the movie itself let alone the plot, »
- Michael Briers
Well, that didn't take long...
Steven Soderbergh, best known for his Ocean's Eleven films, Traffic, and Sex, Lies, & Videotape, went into semi-retirement three years ago. It wasn't a total farewell to Hollywood. Soderbergh claimed he was done directing feature films, specifically. He'd still be around to produce, be a cinematographer, or possibly direct for television, but- for all intents and purposes- his time sitting in the director's chair for a major motion picture was over.
Yeah, about that..
According to Variety, Soderbergh read the script for the upcoming Channing Tatum vehicle Lucky Logan and simply fell in love with it. Between loving the script, and having a great working relationship with Tatum, he's reportedly ready to come out of retirement so that he can direct this film. The pair has previously worked together as actor and director for Haywire, Side Effects, and Magic Mike.
"That's great, Channing. Now »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Having stuck to television and non-directing capacities on films like "Magic Mike Xxl," filmmaker Steven Soderbergh may give up his retirement and return to feature directing for a new film called "Logan Lucky".
Deadline reports that Channing Tatum and Michael Shannon will serve as the leads in the project, though Matt Damon's name has also been linked. Of the trio, Damon is the only name confirmed at this point.
The project is being dubbed a hillbilly take on "Ocean's 11" and will involve a heist during a Nascar-syle race. The script is being shopped around the studios this week ahead of filming this Fall.
Mark Johnson and Gregory Jacobs will produce. Soderbergh says he'll reveal more about the film shortly, and not in the way you'd expect. He tweeted: "Rest assured, all will be revealed when I give my exclusive, no-holds-barred interview with Catster magazine. You think I'm kidding. »
- Garth Franklin
Here's an example of what happens when trades rush out to report a story, in a desire to be first, but no one has their ducks in a row. Last night, a flurry of information hit the web about a supposed return to feature filmmaking for Steven Soderbergh, but no one seems to know exactly what it is, for what sounds like a project that's very much in flux. Read More: Steven Soderbergh Talks 'Mosaic,' 'Kafka,' & Plans To Still Make 'The Sot-Weed Factor' First, Variety reported that Soderbergh would helm "Hillbilly Heist," a movie that would star Channing Tatum and Matt Damon. They later changed the title of the movie to "Lucky Logan," and noted that Warner Bros., Fox, and Sony were all angling to acquire the movie. Meanwhile, Deadline said Damon wasn't involved, and that the project would be starring Tatum and Michael Shannon and »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Well it looks like Steven Soderbergh might be coming out of his theatrical retirement to work on a new movie project with Channing Tatum, which will revolve around a heist during a Nascar-style race. According to a source close to THR, the new movie will be “Ocean’s Eleven but with hillbillies”.
Not much else is known as of yet however Michael Shannon (Man of Steel) has also been linked, although only Tatum has been confirmed to be involved right now.
Soderbergh’s last feature film project was Side Effects, released in 2013 and starring Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Since then he’s been working in television and his HBO film Behind the Candelabra – starring Michael Douglas as Liberace – won two Golden Globes.
Soderbergh confirmed shortly before the release of Side Effects that he would be retiring from filmmaking indefinitely citing Hollywood’s horrible treatment towards »
- Gavin Logan
Rumors are running wild tonight about Steven Soderbergh ending his retirement and returning to feature directing with Channing Tatum and Matt Damon in a script called Hillbilly Heist. That report in our sister publication Variety doesn’t exactly match up with what Deadline is hearing: the stars in the package are actually Soderbergh’s Magic Mike partner Tatum and Michael Shannon in the leads, with Damon not part of the package. The title we’re hearing on this heist pic is… »
When you’re a natural-born filmmaker like Steven Soderbergh, it can be hard to walk away from your calling. Sure enough, three years after he proclaimed he had directed his last movie, Soderbergh may be preparing to return behind the camera for a new feature that is expected to star his frequent collaborator Channing Tatum as well as Michael Shannon, industry insiders have told TheWrap. There has been some confusion about the project on Wednesday. Variety initially reported that Matt Damon was part of the red-hot package, which is currently being shopped to studios by Glen Basner. Shortly afterwards, Soderbergh himself. »
- Jeff Sneider
The first of two Jeff Nichols films arriving this year, Midnight Special finds him in sci-fi thriller mode. Inspired by Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., and Starman, the film will finally premiere next week at the Berlin Film Festival, and ahead of our review, we have the first clip, a batch of new images, and an official synopsis from the festival.
Led by Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, Sam Shepard, Adam Driver, and newcomer Jaeden Lieberher, it follows a father who sets to protect his uniquely gifted son while being hunted by a pair of dangerous groups. Also set to screen at SXSW (where they just expanded their line-up), hopefully this is one of the highlights of the spring as Nichols expands his scope. Check out everything below.
Every mile that Roy and his eight-year-old son cover on their journey down highways and byways brings us closer to their incredible story. »
- Jordan Raup
Jeff Nichols has been on an unstoppable roll thanks to "Shotgun Stories," "Take Shelter" and "Mud," and now the writer-director is making a big return with the sci-fi drama "Midnight Special." Reuniting with his longtime collaborator Michael Shannon, Nichols seems to have imagined his most ambitious story yet, one that brings some menacing adult sensibitlies to what, on paper, sounds very much like a Spielberg-esque childhood saga. Read More: Watch: Michael Shannon Must Protect His Super-Powered Son in Menacing 'Midnight Special' Trailer Shannon plays the father of Jaeden Lieberher's Alton, an eight-year-old boy with special powers. As religious extremists, local law enforcement and the federal government all try and hunt down the boy, the father must embark on a dangerous quest to bring his son to safety. Kristen Dunst, Adam Driver, Joel Edgerton and Sam Shepard co-star. The mysterious debut clip below teases that the »
- Zack Sharf
Multiplexes worldwide have been crammed front to back for the last few years with superhero movies. But while Jeff Nichols' upcoming "Midnight Special" features a protagonist with paranormal abilities, everything else about the movie seems cut from a different cloth than the Marvel films. Read More: The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2016 Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, Michael Shannon, Jaeden Lieberher and Sam Shepard star in the movie about a young boy whose special gifts make him seem like both savior and possible menace by the public and government. Here's the official synopsis: In the sci-fi thriller “Midnight Special,” writer/director Jeff Nichols proves again that he is one of the most compelling storytellers of our time, as a father (Michael Shannon) goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers. What starts as a race from religious extremists and. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
[In a Valley of Violence] There are a lot of big names coming to screens at the South by Southwest Film Festival this year. Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood in a movie about corrupt Vegas cops. Ethan Hawke and John Travolta in a violent western. Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts in the latest from Jean-Marc Vallee. Keegan-Michael Key and Gillian Jacobs in a new comedy from Mike Birbiglia. Michael Shannon and Adam Driver in a sci-fi movie about a boy with special powers. As you can see below, that list goes on and on. But it's the names you don't recognize that are always most intriguing at a tastemaker festival like SXSW. Going over this year's lineup you can find relatively unknown movies with intriguing titles like I Am Not A Serial Killer, The Alchemist...
- Peter Hall
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Director Jeff Nichols arrested our attention with two gritty and realistic dramas in the form of Mud and Take Shelter in recent times, but for his latest creative venture, Midnight Special, the filmmaker is harkening back to a very particular brand of old-school science fiction.
A few months back, the movie’s maiden trailer evoked memories of Steven Spielberg’s seminal Close Encounters of the Third Kind, though Midnight Special and its familial dynamic is tailored more to the realm of the supernatural as opposed to extra-terrestrials – so far as we can tell, anyway. Reuniting with frequent collaborator Michael Shannon, the story centers on the relationship between Shannon’s father Roy and his young son (Jaeden Lieberher), who harbors a raw and inexplicable power.
- Michael Briers
[In a Valley of Violence] There are a lot of big names coming to screens at the South by Southwest Film Festival (aka SXSW) this year: Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood in a movie about corrupt Vegas cops. Ethan Hawke and John Travolta in a violent Western. Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts in the latest from Jean-Marc Vallee. Keegan-Michael Key and Gillian Jacobs in a new comedy from Mike Birbiglia. Michael Shannon and Adam Driver in a sci-fi movie about a boy with special powers. As you...
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Organizers for the South by Southwest film festival have officially rolled out the initial lineup for SXSW 2016, boasting 137 features and no less than 89 world premieres across 12 sections.
Those include the star-studded Headliners, Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition and Midnighters among many others, and today’s comprehensive breakdown gives budding attendees the opportunity to pinpoint exactly which films deserve a place on their radar.
Among those premieres include Jean-Marc Vallee’s domestic drama Demolition, while Jeff Nichols’ starry sci-fi Midnight Special continues to draw our attention – with a cast that includes Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver and Jaeden Lieberher, can you really blame us? Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some, meanwhile, opens the festival on March 11, where it will run through until March 19.
For the full comprehensive breakdown, check out the official site for SXSW 2016. For now, we’ve included the rundown for Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition and Headliners. »
- Michael Briers
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