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Steven Soderbergh on Refining His 'Logan Lucky' Experiment, Quieting the Ego

Steven Soderbergh on Refining His 'Logan Lucky' Experiment, Quieting the Ego
After attempting to disrupt the Hollywood distribution system with caper movie Logan Lucky, director Steven Soderbergh continues to push the envelope.

The interactive app-cum-tv series Mosaic has just hit smartphones, while his recently completed horror film Unsane, shot on an iPhone, will be released using the same distribution model as Logan Lucky.

The just-ended Tokyo International Film Festival this year put the spotlight on the director who continues to defy convention and categorization with a "World of Steven Soderbergh" showcase featuring Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Ocean's Eleven, Haywire and Logan Lucky

Soderbergh in Tokyo spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about his unfinished distribution experiment,...
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Steven Soderbergh Showcase Set for Tokyo Film Festival

Steven Soderbergh Showcase Set for Tokyo Film Festival
Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) will host a World of Steven Soderbergh program at this year's event, with the versatile director appearing at a Q&A session in Tokyo.

Soderbergh — who won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1989 for his debut Sex, Lies and Videotape at age 26 and an Oscar for Traffic in 2000 — will be featured in the first of a series on influential filmmakers from the Americas, supported by American Airlines.

Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Ocean's Eleven (2001), Haywire (2011) and this year's Logan Lucky will be screened at Tiff.

The full Tiff lineup...
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Review. "Logan Lucky"—Steven Soderbergh Remains in Fine Form

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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,
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Review: Logan Lucky Races for the Big Score, Finishing Above Average

How lucky are we? I suppose that depends upon how you feel about the work of director Steven Soderbergh. One of the most deliberately eclectic and diverse filmmakers in the history of Hollywood, Soderbergh has seen fit to shift gears abruptly from mainstream big-budget potboiler (Ocean's 11, Haywire, King of the Hill, Out of Sight) to artsy fartsy experimental throughout his entire career (Schizopolis, Bubble, Full Frontal), letting the two blend occasionally, just to keep things even more interesting (Magic Mike, Traffic, The Limey). Since his 1989 indie film world sensation sex, lies and videotape, he's never stopped. Even his much ballyhooed retirement from feature filmmaking resulted in him directing every episode of two seasons of the turn of the century medical television series, The...

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Why Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Solaris’ Sets the Standard for Movie Remakes

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Why Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Solaris’ Sets the Standard for Movie Remakes
“I could tell you what’s happening, but I don’t know if that’d really tell you what’s happening.”

Steven Soderbergh could have done anything he wanted after the hugely successful trifecta of “Erin Brockovich,” “Traffic,” and “Ocean’s Eleven.” What he did was remake Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Solaris,” perhaps the headiest science-fiction film ever made — and one that didn’t necessarily seem suited to his sensibilities. The film has its defenders 15 years later — Barry Jenkins expressed his love for it just last week — but is rarely mentioned in discussions of the versatile filmmaker’s best.

Read More:‘Logan Lucky’ Review: Steven Soderbergh Returns From Retirement with a Silly Heist Movie That Has Real Soul

Maybe that’s because it’s something of an outlier in his already varied filmography. Soderbergh has dabbled in genre pictures as often as any other filmmaker not specifically thought of as a genre director,
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Has Wonder Woman opened the floodgates for female action heroes?

The release of Charlize Theron spy movie Atomic Blonde is the first test of whether we are heading into a new era of kick-ass equality

If Jean-Luc Godard really meant it when he said “All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun”, how come he never made a movie with just a girl and a gun? Vivre Sa Vie might just about scrape through, but Godard basically took it as read that there would be a guy in the mix.

Hollywood, on the other hand, has started to take Godard’s maxim literally. We have had countless “girl and gun” movies recently, and virtually none have stuck. It’s as though the studios looked at Bourne, Bond, John Wick and all the other franchised-up action heroes and all had the same bright idea: “Make the hero a woman!” Often that becomes a woman wearing next to nothing,
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Exclusive: Stream David Holmes’ “Original Score Medley” From The ‘Logan Lucky’ Soundtrack

Musician and composer David Holmes doesn’t do a lot of soundtracks, but when Steven Soderbergh rings up, he takes the call. The “Ocean’s Eleven” trilogy, “Haywire,” and “Out Of Sight” have all carried Holmes’ distinct sound, and this month’s heist comedy “Logan Lucky” finds the duo back together. And today, we have an exclusive cut from the soundtrack.

Continue reading Exclusive: Stream David Holmes’ “Original Score Medley” From The ‘Logan Lucky’ Soundtrack at The Playlist.
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The Female Action Hero

Tom Jolliffe on female action heroes…

With the impending UK release of Atomic Blonde, it now seems a good time to consider the female action hero. You may think this ‘phenomena’ only stretches back to around the time Sigourney Weaver donned a mecha-suit, but it goes back further. There has certainly been a significant rise in the last two decades in female lead action movies, but still, particularly on the big screen, they remain the exception to the rule. For whatever reason I suppose they’ve generally not sold as successfully as the male counterparts. Maybe the atypical grunting, stoic action caveman suits the male species more, but perhaps there’s still an inherent sexism. Indeed, when the ladies have it their own action piece there tends to be a level of exploitation (Atomic Blonde has all the hallmarks of an explo film going by the trailers, but in a
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From Almodóvar’s parade to the Security of Hollywood: Antonio Banderas’ cinematic journey

Author: Jon Lyus

Antonio Banderas is one of the more recognisable faces (and certainly one of the most recognisable voices) in Hollywood. His presence in front of the camera is tangible, and the variety of roles he enjoys now is testament to a versatility few could have expected of the man who came to Tinsel Town barely speaking a word of English.

He has been a masked legend (twice, one furry – the other not so), played with another kind of mask (horrifcally so – see the final note), appeared opposite the likes of Sir Anthony Hopkins, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie and Spongebob Squarepants. He’s done it all, and now a new film of his arrives on DVD this week.

Security sees the actor as an ex-Special Forces vet taking a job as a security guard. On his first night he rescues a young girl fleeing from a hijacked convey,
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Channing Tatum Tries To Pull Off A Heist In First Trailer For 'Logan Lucky'

Steven Soderbergh announced his intention to retire from filmmaking in 2012. Side Effects was to be his final big-screen movie and HBO's Behind the Candelabra would be his final directing effort. Soon thereafter, however, he decided to help produce the period medical show The Knick for Cinemax and ended up directing all 20 episodes over the next couple of years. That experience rekindled his love of filmmaking, whether it be on the big or small screen.  Early in 2016, Soderbergh was lured back into big-screen filmmaking by a project titled Lucky Logan, with frequent collaborator Channing Tatum (Haywire, Magic Mike, Side Effects) attached to star. Later that year, we learned it would be a heist movie with a very intriguing cast.  Lucky Logan follows two brothers...

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Watch Channing Tatum in First Trailer for Steven Soderbergh's 'Logan Lucky'

Steven Soderbergh announced his intention to retire from filmmaking in 2012. Side Effects was to be his final big-screen movie and HBO's Behind the Candelabra would be his final directing effort. Soon thereafter, however, he decided to help produce the period medical show The Knick for Cinemax and ended up directing all 20 episodes over the next couple of years. That experience rekindled his love of filmmaking, whether it be on the big or small screen.  Early in 2016, Soderbergh was lured back into big-screen filmmaking by a project titled Lucky Logan, with frequent collaborator Channing Tatum (Haywire, Magic Mike, Side Effects) attached to star. Later that year, we learned it would be a heist movie with a very intriguing cast.  Lucky Logan follows two brothers...

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Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and a Crazed Daniel Craig Team Up in ‘Logan Lucky’ Trailer (Watch)

Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and a Crazed Daniel Craig Team Up in ‘Logan Lucky’ Trailer (Watch)
Steven Soderbergh returns to the big screen with a gaggle of wacky characters in the first trailer for “Logan Lucky.”

That includes Channing Tatum who is reuniting with the director after working with him on “Haywire,” “Side Effects,” and “Magic Mike.” The movie following sibling Jimmy, (Tatum) Mellie (Riley Keough), and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) who set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the Coca-Cola 600 race.

But to do so, they’re going to need some help. That’s where Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) comes in.

“I am in-car-cer-a-ted,” Craig tells Tatum and Driver. “Yeah, we got a plan to get you out.” Tatum responds.

“You Logans must be a simple-minded as people say,” Craig says later in the trailer.

Judging by the trailer alone, Craig’s manic disposition and loud cackle hint a major departure from the even-keeled James Bond that launched him to stardom.

The all-star ensemble cast also includes Seth MacFarlane,
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Unlocked movie review: the spy who broke the female mold

MaryAnn’s quick take… There’s stuff in this spy thriller that’s fresh, and lots that’s familiar, but Noomi Rapace using her brains and brawn to fight bad guys is a genuine thrill. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories women; love a good spy movie

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Is “unlock” genuine spook-speak, like the way it’s used in Unlocked: to get useful information out of a suspect during an interrogation? It makes sense, but who knows. Does the CIA actually have agents working as “community embeds,” as Noomi Rapace’s Alice Racine is as Unlocked opens? Cuz that would be authentically insidious: she seems to be a kindly public advocate in a poor London neighborhood, the sort of person you might go to if you were having trouble with your landlord or something,
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Gina Carano Joins Jason Mewes' Meta Movie 'Madness in the Method' (Exclusive)

Gina Carano Joins Jason Mewes' Meta Movie 'Madness in the Method' (Exclusive)
Mma champion-turned-actress Gina Carano is wrapping up shooting Madness in the Method, the directorial debut of Jay and Silent Bob actor Jason Mewes.

Described as a “meta movie,” the story is a dark comedy that tells of an actor named Jason Mewes attempting to reinvent himself in Hollywood.

Mewes is starring as himself and co-wrote the script with Christ Anastasi and Dominic Burns. Mewes is also producing with Burns and Rob Weston.

Carano is playing Mewes’ wife in a role that should showcase another side to the actress, who established herself as an action star with movies such as Haywire,...
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Black Butterfly Trailer Invites a Sinister Stranger into the House

Home is where the heart is, and for Paul (Antonio Banderas), it also includes a very sketchy stranger named Jack (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). A reimagining of the heart-pounding French thriller Papillon Noir, Brian Goodman's Black Butterfly is teased in a new trailer and poster ahead of its May 26th theatrical and VOD release.

"Outside a mountain town grappling with a series of abductions and murders, Paul (Antonio Banderas), a reclusive writer, struggles to start what he hopes will be a career-saving screenplay. After a tense encounter at a diner with a drifter named Jack (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), Paul offers Jack a place to stay – and soon the edgy, demanding Jack muscles his way into Paul’s work. As a storm cuts off power to the isolated cabin, the two men begin a jagged game of one-upmanship that will bring at least one tale to an end.

Antonio Banderas (Desperado,
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Artemis Women in Action Film Festival Announces 2017 Honorees

Artemis Women in Action Film Festival: Twitter

The Artemis Women in Action Film Festival has announced the honorees for its 2017 edition. Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Cynthia Rothrock, Gina Carano, and Luci Romberg will be celebrated in April, a press release revealed.

Produced by Artemis Motion Pictures, the fest is dedicated to honoring female-driven action films. Carrie Fisher, Rosie O’Donnell, Patricia Arquette, and Paul Feig are among its high-profile supporters.

“Our film festival seeks to redefine the image of women, not just on screen, but in culture as well,” emphasized festival Founder Melanie Wise. “Our official hashtag is #womenkickass and we try to convey that sensibility in everything that we do.”

“The idea of female action heroes is nothing new, women have been action heroes from Antiquity to the present day,” Co-Founder Sean Marlon Newcombe added. “We want to increase awareness of that for the industry and for audiences.”

Berdal (“Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” 2014’s “Hercules”) will be honored with the Artemis Action Next Wave Award. A graduate of Oslo National Academy of the Arts, she is best known for portraying Armistice in the Lisa Joy co-created “Westworld.” Berdal will next be seen in the upcoming “The Odd Couple,” directed by Margarethe von Trotta and written by Pamela Katz.

Rothrock (“China O’Brien,” “Lady Dragon”) is set to receive the Artemis Action Lifetime Achievement Award for her “extraordinary body of work” in more than 50 action films.” She holds a black belt in seven different martial arts and “is a legend both in Hong Kong and the Us,” the press release details.

Carano will take home the Artemis Action Warrior Award for “her contributions to the female action genre and women’s Mixed Martial Arts.” The star of Steven Soderbergh’s “Haywire” has also appeared in films like “Fast & Furious 6,” “The Heist,” and “Deadpool.”

Finally, Romberg will be celebrated as part of the upcoming generation of stuntwomen. She has served as Melissa McCarthy’s stunt double in “Ghostbusters,” “Spy,” “The Boss,” and “Identity Thief.” A talented freerunner, Romberg serves as stuntwoman on the upcoming “Pitch Perfect 3,” directed by Trish Sie and written by Kay Cannon.

For more information check out the Artemis Film Festival website.

Artemis Women in Action Film Festival Announces 2017 Honorees was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Bill Paxton Dies at 61

In devastating news this morning, Bill Paxton has passed away at the age of 61. The actor reportedly died from a fatal stroke after undergoing heart surgery, confirmed by both TMZ and People. His family issued the following statement:

“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery. A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.”

The Texas-born actor and director — who leaves behind a wife and two
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In a previous life, Steven Soderbergh must have been a thief

Behold the first image from Lucky Logan which is Soderbergh's first post-retirement theatrical feature. It's yet another heist picture from a director who is very fond of stories about professional thieves and or elaborately planned ambitious crimes. See also Haywire, Oceans franchise, Out of Sight.

Pictured are Adam Driver and Channing Tatum in the background (why are they barely featuring a star as big as Chan in the first still?) and platinum blonde Daniel Craig in the foreground. They're doing an elaborate heist during a Nascar race. 

Are you excited to welcome Soderbergh back to the movies? 
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Gina Carano Says Daniel Cormier Should Be 'Ashamed' Of Trash Talk

  • TMZ
Mma legend Gina Carano is firing back at Daniel Cormier after D.C. went on TV and blasted her for giving career advice to Ronda Rousey ... saying the Ufc star should be "ashamed." It all started when Carano -- an Mma superstar who quit fighting to become a movie actress -- was asked about Ronda's career during an interview to Fight Hub TV. "I think Ronda should do whatever she wants to do. She’s
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Relativity Alum Tucker Tooley, Entertainment One Form Movie Partnership

Entertainment One has signed a first look co-financing and international distribution deal for feature films with former Relativity Media president Tucker Tooley under his Tooley Prods.

Under the deal, announced Friday at the Toronto Film Festival, Tooley will develop premium films to be co-financed and produced with eOne, while eOne exclusively manages distribution rights to Tooley projects in the U.K., Canada, Australia/New Zealand, Benelux, and Spain.

Additionally, as part of eOne’s partnership with Sierra Pictures, Sierra/Affinity will manage the international sales and servicing of films produced under the relationship outside of the territories where eOne directly distributes.

“We are delighted to be working with Tucker, whose deep industry relationships and creative instincts make him a standout partner for us,” said Steve Bertram of Entertainment One. “We are very excited to join forces to develop, finance, and produce films with strong global appeal.”

Current Tooley Prods.’ projects include “6 Below,
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