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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.
When Soderbergh »
- 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
Andy Garcia will play legendary actor Ricardo Montalban in a new movie over on HBO. He will assume the role of the Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan star in My Dinner With Herve, which is already off and shooting. More on the Andy Garcia Ricardo Montalban news below.
According to Deadline, the film centers on an unlikely friendship that evolves over one wild night in L.A. between struggling journalist Danny Tate (Jamie Dornan) and actor Hervé Villechaize (Peter Dinklage), the world’s most famous gun-toting dwarf, resulting in life-changing consequences for both. Villechaize’s most famous role was as Tattoo in the very popular 1970s/80s TV series Fantasy Island, in which he starred opposite Montalban.
Villechaize also appeared in the Roger Moore-led James Bond adventure The Man With The Golden Gun as Nick-Nak. He passed away in 1993 after apparently shooting himself in his Hollywood home. He »
- Paul Heath
Author: Scott Davis
StudioCanal have today unveiled a brand new UK trailer for their upcoming action-comedy heist film Logan Lucky, which you can view below.
The film marks the comeback of acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh, his first theatrical release since 2013’s Side Effects and Behind the Candelabra, which was released on HBO in the Us in the same year (it did get a UK cinema release). Logan Lucky stars Channing Tatum (Kingsman: The Golden Circle) and Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Last jedi) as brothers Jimmy and Clyde Logan who plot to steal a multi-million loot from a motor speedway event. But given their lack of experience in such things, they decide to break heist and explosive old-timer Joe bang (Daniel Craig) to help them.
Here’s the official synopsis:
- Scott Davis
Although Steven Soderbergh did in fact retire from directing feature-films after the release of Behind The Candelabra in 2013, the director certainly didn't stay dormant during this period. Among other things, Soderbergh directed all twenty episodes of Cinemax's The Knick before the call of tackling a big-screen project beckoned once more when he was given the script for Logan Lucky. The... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
The 2017 Rome Film Festival (Oct 26-Nov 5) will honour David Lynch with a lifetime achievement award.
The director of Mulholland Drive, Twin Peaks and The Elephant Man will also discuss his career onstage, as well as the three Italian directors that had the greatest influence on his career, including Federico Fellini.
The festival’s artistic director Antonio Monda said: “Mr. Lynch has prepared a great analysis of 8½”.
There will also be onstage masterclasses with Lord Of The Rings star Ian McKellen, who will discuss Jacques Tati; Cannes favourite Xavier Dolan (Mommy); Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk, who will talk horror films, and actress Vanessa Redgrave.
Monda, in his third year as festival director, said of the line-up: “The formula will be the same… but as these five names demonstrate I would like to slide towards the more popular side of the festival audience”.
It’s also »
Peter Dinklage and Jamie Dornan have both signed on to star in HBO’s upcoming feature presentation “My Dinner with Hervé,” written by Sacha Gervasi. The film will chronicle one raucous night in Los Angeles during which the odd pair friendship between a struggling journalist (Dornan) and the real-life actor Hervé Villechaize (Dinklage) blossoms. Carmen Cuba is heading up casting— a fitting choice as she previously cast HBO’s 2013 feature “Behind the Candelabra,” in addition to Netflix’s “Stranger Things” and “Magic Mike.” Gervasi will be at the helm as director. Gervasi will also executive produce the project, alongside Zaillian, Richard Middleton, Ross Katz, Jessica de Rothschild, and Dinklage, as well. The film will mark an additional notch in the relationship between Dinklage and HBO; the actor has won two Emmy Awards for his work on the long-running series “Game of Thrones.” The film is currently in pre-production and will begin shooting in July. »
As rival top-tier film festivals across the globe began to program episodic television, Cannes’ artistic director Thierry Fremaux remained a notable holdout — until recently.
Earlier this year, he relented and invited David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” TV reboot and Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake 2: China Girl” to the Croisette for special screenings, the former with full red-carpet treatment. In April, Fremaux explained to Variety that while he is “not a big fan of series,” he justified the inclusion of Campion and Lynch as auteurs who are experimenting with “new narrative means.”
“Cinema remains a singular art, and we want to emphasize this while keeping our eyes open on the world that surrounds it,” Fremaux says. “And this world is more and more about TV series and virtual reality.”
Fremaux’s desire to keep the “film” in “film festival” was admirable, but possibly futile. Sundance, Toronto, Tribeca, South by Southwest, Berlin »
- Addie Morfoot
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