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694 nominations. 162 wins.
No network has so dominated a category at the Emmy Awards as HBO has TV movies. Its unprecedented run dates back to 1993 with a double win for “Barbarians at the Gate” and “Stalin”; since then, it’s lost just four times.
This year, it has two high-profile contenders — “The Wizard of Lies,” starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, and “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” headlined by Oprah Winfrey — as part of the cabler’s overall 111 nominations. Poised to play spoiler are a new iteration of PBS’ “Sherlock” (which won last year) and the “San Junipero” episode of Netflix’s “Black Mirror.”
“If you look at the category, we know there are a lot of things that maybe aren’t necessarily movies,” says HBO Films president Len Amato, a not-so-thinly veiled slight against the stand-alone episode of “Black Mirror.” “But we just continue to play our game.”
- Debra Birnbaum
According to the people over at soapcentral, the production team for CBS’ hit soap opera show “The Bold And The Beautiful” has decided to hire a former “Days Of Our Lives” male actor Francisco San Martin (above). They’re saying that his character is supposed to be crazy Sheila Carter’s latest weapon in her ongoing war against character Quinn Forrester! The name of Francisco’s character is reported to be Mateo. They say that Mateo will be brought in to be the guy that is tasked with making sure that Eric's sprawling Beverly Hills home remains in tip-top condition. Aside from that, he will also be given another job by crazy Sheila. She will want him to shift his focus from the flower beds to getting Quinn in bed if you guys know what I mean. Yes, she will want Mateo to try and seduce Quinn! Will it work? »
After directing nearly three decades of era-defining films, Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh surprised Hollywood four years ago when he announced his retirement from moviemaking. Switching gears, Soderbergh shifted his focus to television and earned two Emmy wins for HBO’s ‘Behind the Candelabra’ and two Emmy nominations for directing the acclaimed series ‘The Knick’. Logan LuckyRead More
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
There has always been something rather Hawksian about Steven Soderbergh. Speaking with the French magazine Positif in 1993, Soderbergh actually brought up Howard Hawks, a venerable icon of Hollywood cinema, stating, “The career I would like is John Huston’s or Howard Hawks’s. You know, very varied, many different subjects.” It’s true Soderbergh and Hawks diverge greatly in terms of form—the latter is straightforward, classically composed, no frills; the former is stylish, spontaneous, technically innovative—but their recurring subject matter, with a little stretching, isn’t far removed. Take the focus on working professionals in Traffic (2000), the Ocean’s films (2001, ‘04, ‘07), The Girlfriend Experience (2009), and Magic Mike (2012); though not exactly traditional Hawksian occupations, there is a firm appreciation for a job to do and to be done well. More than that, though, what connects Howard Hawks and Steven Soderbergh is their uniform consistency, not necessarily in terms of year-after-year quantity, »
In a career that began with “sex lies and videotape” in 1989, “Logan Lucky” is Steven Soderbergh’s 26th theatrical release. It will extend his record as the top-grossing American director to come out of the independent scene in its formative years — a period we’ll define as 1975 (Joan Micklin Silver’s “Hester Street”) through 1992 (Quentin Tarantino’s debut, “Reservoir Dogs”).
To be clear, Soderbergh’s an outlier; his billion-dollar box office dwarfs every other indie filmmaker. However, looking at the performance of his contemporaries who got their start in that indie film movement, you may be surprised at who’s on the list. (Note: “Outside wide release” means less than 1,000 screens. Also, the list doesn’t include directors like Sam Raimi and Abel Ferrara, who have independent roots but were not discovered via the film festival/arthouse pathway, or Alan Rudolph, another significant ’80s figure; he started in horror films in the early ’70s. »
- Tom Brueggemann
With Steven Soderbergh in the director’s seat, Logan Lucky is a smart heist film with plenty of laughs and surprises along the way. The story follows the Logan siblings; Jimmy (Channing Tatum), whose football career was ended by a bad knee, Clyde (Adam Driver), who tends bar at the Duct Tape Lounge with his one arm, the other having been blown off in Iraq, and sexy sister Mellie (Riley Keough), who cuts hair in a down-scale salon. The Logans are a working-class family known for a history of bad luck. After being canned from his job repairing sinkholes under the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Jimmy gets the idea to pull of an elaborate heist. With his knowledge of a series of pneumatic underground tubes that connect the Speedway’s concession and souvenir stands to a large vault filled with cash, Jimmy sees the perfect opportunity to steal it all during a Nascar race, »
- Tom Stockman
The biscuits-and-grits comic caper “Logan Lucky” is Steven Soderbergh’s return to movies after a self-imposed retirement from feature directing that no one really believed he would adhere to — especially considering how well-received his TV forays were during that time. (They included the strange and gaudy “Behind the Candelabra” for HBO and the evocative, period-immersive Cinemax series “The Knick.”) Like the proverbial top-drawer safecracker drawn by the lure of a juices-invigorating job, the “Ocean’s” movies’ steward has given first-time screenwriter Rebecca Blunt’s race-car robbery romp his undivided attention, and produced a precision-timed entertainment that, if not among his best efforts, »
- Robert Abele
The series is currently titled “The Kominsky Method” and would follow Douglas an actor who years ago had a brief fling with success and is now a revered Hollywood acting coach. Arkin will co-star as his friend and agent. In addition to Lorre, Douglas will also executive produce. Chuck Lorre Productions and Warner Bros. Television will produce. The project is Lorre’s latest with the streaming service. “Disjointed,” another Lorre comedy starring Kathy Bates as the owner of a medical marijuana dispensary, is set to debut on Netflix on Aug. 25.
“The Kominsky Method” will mark Douglas’ first regular television role since he starred in “The Streets of San Francisco” in the 1970’s. On the film side, Douglas has won two Academy Awards in his storied career, both »
- Joe Otterson
According to Deadline, the streamer is close to finalizing a 10-episode order for The Kominsky Method, a half-hour, single camera comedy penned by Lorre that centers on Sandy Kominsky (Douglas), an actor who years ago had a brief fling with success and is now a revered Hollywood acting coach. Alan Arkin would co-star as his long-suffering agent and friend, Norman.
Channing Tatum is currently on a road trip across the United States to promote his upcoming movie Logan Lucky, which sees the return of director Steven Soderbergh. While out on the unconventional press junket for the movie, Tatum stopped off at a Sunoco Gas Station in Charlotte, North Carolina where he showed off some of his Magic Mike dance moves to the delight of fans strolling through the gas station. The actor showed up for an iced coffee and things got steamy from there.
The act was caught on video and posted to Tatum's official Facebook page during a live stream. Channing Tatum walks in and his friend starts a Facebook Live video documenting the mundane act of picking up some snacks before heading out on the road to promote Logan Lucky to unsuspecting participants. Tatum takes his coffee to the cash register and meets a gas station employee named »
Although he announced his retirement from filmmaking several years ago, Steven Soderbergh never truly abandoned us. In a world with better theatrical distribution models, Behind the Candelabra would have been in theaters instead of on HBO, and Soderbergh still went on to crush it on TV with the critically acclaimed series The Knick. But now he’s “back” with Logan Lucky, and he hasn’t missed a beat. While I don’t love all of Soderbergh’s films, his talent is undeniable, and with Logan Lucky, he takes a movie that could have been so breezy that it would have … »
- Matt Goldberg
It looks like Jean-Marc Vallee (“Big Little Lies”) is about to go from Oscar nominee to Emmy winner this year, following the trajectory of other big-screen filmmakers who have won for their work on the small screen, like Martin Scorsese (“Boardwalk Empire”), Steven Soderbergh (“Behind the Candelabra”), and David Fincher (“House of Cards”) in recent […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
Ant-Man and the Wasp filming commences!
Marvel Studios announced late yesterday that production has begun on Ant-Man and The Wasp, starring Paul Rudd (Captain America: Civil War, The Fundamentals of Caring), Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Lost), Michael Peña (The Martian, Fury) and Academy Award® winner Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra, Wall Street), who all return to the roles they originated in the 2015 box office hit Ant-Man.
Bobby Cannavale (Vinyl, Chef), Judy Greer (War for the Planet of the Apes, Wilson), Abby Ryder Fortson (Togetherness, Transparent), Tip “T.I.” Harris (Sleepless, Get Hard) and David Dastmalchian (Twin Peaks, The Belko Experiment) also reprise their supporting roles.
- Paul Heath
“Logan Lucky” is way more than just the return of Steven Soderbergh after a four-year hiatus from the big screen. If all goes according to the director’s plan, the indie could prove to be a game-changer and set a new standard for how filmmakers distribute their movies.
“After years of shooting my mouth off about absolute creative control, we’re going to attempt to do it,” Soderbergh recently told The New York Times about the movie. “Logan Lucky” is a film about West Virginian siblings who set out to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway, but it’s also an experiment in distribution and a test run to see if filmmakers can cut out studios in order to have creative control and make money directly from the film itself.
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- Zack Sharf
Her close friend Dave Nimitz, confirmed her death on Facebook, writing “With a heavy heart again I want to let you all know that we lost our little June today at 99 years old.”
Foray was the voice behind Looney Tunes’ Witch Hazel, Nell from “Dudley Do-Right,” Granny in the “Tweety and Sylvester” cartoons and Cindy Lou Who in Chuck Jones’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” among many others.
The first lady of voice acting and founder of the annual Annie Awards was instrumental in the creation of the Oscars’ animated feature category. »
- Terry Flores
It's been an uncharacteristically long wait for the next Steven Soderbergh movie. The director delivered almost two movies a year in the first decade of the 2000s, but after his 2013 twosome Side Effects and Behind the Candelabra, Soderbergh took a hiatus from feature filmmaking. Fortunately, we had his excellent Cinemax series The Knick to tide us over and now the wait is over with Logan Lucky. Scripted by Rebecca Blunt, the film stars Channing Tatum and Adam Driver as two brothers determined to reverse their family's decades of bad luck by pulling off an elaborate, multi-million … »
- Haleigh Foutch
Since coming out of a brief retirement from filmmaking following the release of his Liberace biopic for HBO “Behind the Candelabra,” Steven Soderbergh has been awfully busy. Amongst his many projects, he shot, edited, and directed two entire seasons of Cinemax‘s overlooked medical drama “The Knick,” directed an off-Broadway play called “The Library,” edited and shot male stripper sequel “Magic Mike Xxl,” and released a series of weird fan edits of famous films, including “Heaven’s Gate” and “2001: A Space Odyssey,” plus “Psychos,” a mirrored mash-up of both Alfred Hitchcock‘s original film and Gus Van Sant‘s remake.
Continue reading ‘Logan Lucky’ Is A Whip-Smart, Laugh-Out-Loud Funny Romp [Review] at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Steven Soderbergh is back, baby — assuming you put less-than-a-film’s worth of stock into two ten-hour seasons of television, a premium-cable something-or-other we might (please?) one day witness, a stage play, various fan edits of classic cinema, a Twitter novella, and editing/cinematography duties on one of the 21st century’s greatest sequels.
All of which is to say that Logan Lucky, his first theatrical feature since 2013 — debates about whether or not Behind the Candelabra is at or after the cut-off point will be carried out elsewhere — probably doesn’t befit a greeting tantamount to Christ emerging in Revelations, nor come close to having that in mind. But a heap of goodwill is deserved, not least of all for how it evinces so much of what’s made him that rare journeyman between arthouse and multiplex; and while one is by and large well-inclined not to presume much about career-sized intentions, »
- Nick Newman
Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky” is a high-spirited, low-down blast. It’s a let’s-rob-the-racetrack heist comedy set in that all-American place that even rednecks would have no problem calling redneck country: the land of Nascar and child beauty pageants, spangly long fingernails and roadside biker-bar brawls, and — these days being what they are — chronic unemployment and spiritual stagnation. (Hey, nothing’s perfect.) The script, by Rebecca Blunt (it’s her first, and it’s a beauty), exploits the Southern gift for turning something as basic as a series of freeway directions into a tall tale. And Soderbergh, directing his first feature in four years (his last one was the superb HBO Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra”), plays, with an invisible wink, off the natural-born comedy of mile-wide drawls that veer from the charmingly folksy into a kind of good-ol’-boy theater (lying about your alibi, it turns out, is even more effective when you do it »
- Owen Gleiberman
Steven Soderbergh is undoubtedly one of the most exciting American filmmakers who’s ever lived, and it looks as though he's pulled another “Soderbergh.” The Ocean’s Eleven director is known for taking big swings on experimental types of moviemaking, and as we prepare ourselves for his great-looking new comedy Logan Lucky—his first film since his self-imposed retirement after 2013’s Behind the Candelabra—word comes that we actually have yet another Soderbergh film to look forward to. Per The Tracking Board and Variety, Soderbergh has already shot a new film, rumored to be titled Unsane, … »
- Adam Chitwood
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