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Hollywood history is full of what-ifs. What if Tom Selleck had played Indiana Jones? What if Edgar Wright got to direct Ant-Man (that one still stings)? What if Steven Soderbergh directed a James Bond film? That last one comes to us courtesy of a Q&A at Nitehawk Cinema, following a screening of Haywire, when Soderbergh revealed that he had been approached to direct a James Bond movie more than once, but it never got off the ground.
Here’s what the director had to say:
Over the years, I’ve been in conversations…I’ve been approached twice about doing a Bond film. And it never quite got anywhere. And [‘Haywire’] in some ways, was my opportunity to do what I would do with a Bond movie.
The little tidbit was dropped in the midst of a discussion about Haywire and Soderbergh’s attempts to get a sequel (and even a TV show) made, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
After a several year break, Steven Soderbergh is returning to the movies with two projects currently in the works - "Mosaic" and the heist comedy "Logan Lucky". He also spoke at a retrospective screening of his action thriller "Haywire" this week and revealed that he's been asked to be involved in the James Bond series - and not just one time. He tells The Playlist:
"Over the years, I've been in conversations… I've been approached twice about doing a Bond film. And it never quite got anywhere. And ['Haywire'] in some ways, was my opportunity to do what I would do with a Bond movie."
It was a rushed opportunity though. The filmmaker had assembled a crew to shoot "Moneyball" but was then fired from the project. Not wanting to let his crew down, he scrambled to assemble another film which was when he saw "Haywire" star Gina Carano in an »
- Garth Franklin
The Charming Potato is joining the cast of Kingsman: The Golden Circle! I remember the moment Channing Tatum clicked for me. It certainly wasn’t on first exposure. Sometimes I see an actor and immediately like what they’re doing, and when I saw A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints, it was with some early hype about both the director, Dito Montiel, and this amazing new young star, Channing Tatum. Didn’t work for me at all. He was fine in the Step Up films, but that’s because the dancing was front and center. Films like Dear John or Stop-Loss did nothing to change my opinion of Tatum, and in a few cases, like G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra or The Eagle, I thought his presence actually damaged the overall movie. For me, the first sign that he might actually be worth paying attention to was The Dilemma, »
- Drew McWeeny
While today is just another Thursday for some people, many others are celebrating the heralded Irish holiday St. Patrick's Day. On this holiday, everyone is Irish for a night on the town. But if you prefer celebrating with a night in, we have an incredible contest opportunity you won't want to miss. We're teaming up with Lionsgate Digital and Vudu to give away digital codes for 17 movies that capture the Irish spirit.
Fans will win digital Vudu codes for Ethan Frome, Gangs of New York, The Next Three Days, Played, From Paris with Love, Peacock, Haywire, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Velvet Goldmine, Albert Nobbs, Harrison's Flowers, About Adam, Unhitched, Love's Labour's Lost, Rabbit Proof Fence, The Ghost Writer, Grey Owl, Noble House, Remember Me and Shattered. You'll be able to watch these movies right away through your Vudu account, which you can access through your smart TV, Blu-ray player, »
Rlj Entertainment (Bone Tomahawk) has acquired U.S. rights to the highly anticipated Kickboxer: Vengeance, which features the return of Jean-Claude Van Damme to the franchise (Bloodsport, Kickboxer) he popularized.
Co-Written by Dimitri Logothetis (Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers) and Jim McGrath and directed by John Stockwell (In the Blood, Blue Crush), the film features a bevy of professional athletes-turned-actors including newcomer Alain Moussi (X-Men: Days of Future Past) Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Gina Carano (In the Blood, Haywire), Georges St-Pierre (Captain America), and Cain Velasquez (Term Life).
The film was produced by Logothetis along with Nicholas Celozzi, Ted [Continued ...] »
Director Mark Cousins has spent a career melding the personal and observational, and the historical and the dramatic in his films, creating a distinct body of work that is entirely his own. But for his latest “I Am Belfast” he gets help from some terrific talent to weave together the docu-drama in what looks to be a stirring concoction. Read More: Watch: 93-Minute Compilation Of Interviews By Mark Cousins With Martin Scorsese, Roman Polanski, Dennis Hopper, And More Shot by Christopher Doyle (“In The Mood For Love,” “2046”), and scored by David Holmes (“Ocean’s Eleven” trilogy, “Hunger,” “Haywire”), as the title suggests, “I Am Belfast” is a loving portrait of the titular city. Here’s the official synopsis: Creative documentary done in a style unique to Mark Cousins – a visual, poetic depiction of Belfast and its citizens, told with love and passion of someone, who has left the city many »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Directed by Tim Miller.
Ex-mercenary Wade Wilson subjects himself to secret experimentation, hoping it will cure his cancer. Instead, it turns him into a wise-cracking, fourth-wall-breaking anti-superhero.
Apart from the odd foray into dramatic territory (Smokin’ Aces, The Nines and 2010’s excellent Buried) for most of his career, Ryan Reynolds has had to settle for being the best thing in otherwise mediocre comedies – well, now he can add a bona fide classic to his CV. It’s always a joy to watch an actor in the role they were born to play (whether it’s Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, or Bill Murray as Peter Venkman) and Reynolds is a perfect fit for Wade Wilson/Deadpool. You can tell he relishes playing someone he feels such a strong connection to – after all, »
- Amie Cranswick
Sure, Deadpool is all about star Ryan Reynolds, but can we take a minute to appreciate the villain? No, I'm not talking about Game of Thrones star Ed Skrein as Ajax (aka Francis) - I'm talking about his hired hand, Angel Dust. Gina Carano plays the deadly sidekick, and if you left the theater wondering where you'd seen her before, we have answers. Carano is a trained Mma fighter, and she made her feature film debut in Steven Soderbergh's 2011 thriller Haywire. She's been kicking butt and taking names on the big screen ever since. Here's a brief look at her acting career! »
- Maggie Pehanick
As Hollywood struggles to reinvent their array of superheroes with each iteration, it’s no surprise that audiences would become hungry for something off the beaten path. While it’s not the first post-modern comic-book adaptation, Deadpool is billed as ushering in a new direction: a fan-spurred, self-aware tentpole that’s R-rated to its core, featuring a wise-ass character (don’t call him a superhero) who’s fully cognizant of his outsider status in both the world he inhabits and Hollywood’s comic-book sandbox writ large. Despite the excess of fourth-wall-breaking continually reminding us of both, Tim Miller‘s directorial debut ultimately ends up feeling like another similarly structured, monotonous origin story, albeit with a more vulgar veneer.
Scripted by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (Zombieland), and based on Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld‘s original comic series, Deadpool stars Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson, a former special ops soldier with a 40+ kill streak. »
- Jordan Raup
Lucky Logan: Steven Soderbergh, who announced his retirement from directing feature films in 2012, will return to the big screen to helm Lucky Logan. Channing Tatum will star in the movie; its premise has not yet been disclosed. Tatum and Soderbergh previously worked together on Haywire, Magic Mike (above) and Side Effects. Soderbergh has lately been directing TV medical drama The Knick. [Variety] 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Last fall, Bryan Singer announced that 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea would be his next film and now we know who will be backing it. 20th Century Fox is officially on board, aiming to begin production early in the fall; Singer will begin casting right away. Rick Sordelet and Dan Studney wrote the screenplay, based on the novel by Jules Verne...
- Peter Martin
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
Lucky Logan: Steven Soderbergh, who announced his retirement from directing feature films in 2012, will return to the big screen to helm Lucky Logan. Channing Tatum will star in the movie; its premise has not yet been disclosed. Tatum and Soderbergh previously worked together on Haywire, Magic Mike (above) and Side Effects. Soderbergh has lately been directing TV medical drama The Knick. [Variety] 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Last fall, Bryan Singer announced that 20,000...
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Update: Nearly three years after announcing his retirement from the film industry, Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh is heading back to the big screen.
Sources tell Variety that Soderbergh is attached to direct the feature film “Lucky Logan” with Channing Tatum on board to star.
Gregory Jacobs will produce the movie, which is currently a mystery, but sources say Soderbergh recently got his hands on the script and quickly fell in love with the premise.
No reps returned calls for comment. However, shortly after Variety published this story, Soderbergh said the report was “wrong” on Twitter. (An earlier version of this story suggested Matt Damon would co-star in the film, which is titled “Lucky Logan,” not “Hillbilly Heist.”)
Sources tell Variety that most of the major studios including Warner Bros., Sony and Fox are all lining up to acquire the hot package, and that a deal should be in place by the end of the week. »
- Justin Kroll
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