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The title of Scott Z. Burns's first play is “The Library,” but its poster eschews books in favor of a single image: a gun on a plain white background. On closer look, however, there is a book on this poster. The spine of the Holy Bible runs along the length of that firearm. Surprisingly, “The Library,” which opened Tuesday under the direction of Steven Soderbergh at the Public Theater, doesn't have a lot to say about America's gun laws – or lack of them. Burns, screenwriter for Soderbergh's “Side Effects” and “Contagion,” wisely focuses his drama instead on telling a. »
- Robert Hofler
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, Chronicle 2, Batman vs. Superman, Arrow, Gotham, Son of Batman, Batman: Strange Days, The Incredibles 2, Lucy and more...
We'll jump straight this week with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which opened in the States yesterday and is currently tracking a domestic opening in the region of $93 million, which would put it above Marvel Studios' last release, Thor: The Dark World and overtake the $86.2 million debut of Fast Five to set a new April record. This comes after a solid $75 million international opening weekend (including a £6 million, first-placed opening here in the UK), meaning that Marvel has yet another smash hit on its hands with its third Phase Two offering. »
- Gary Collinson
Today’s film is the 2013 short Connection. The film is directed by Vladimir Shcherban, and written by Laura Wade and Nikolai Khalezin. Khalezin also stars in the short alongside Daniella Kaliada, Gurpreet Singh, and Jude Law. Law has garnered critical and commercial acclaim for a filmography which includes Gattaca, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Closer, and Contagion. His newest feature, titled Dom Hemingway, opens in wide release in American theatres this weekend. Law can also be seen in The Grand Budapest Hotel, which is also playing in American theatres.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Kate Winslet has done just about the lot when it comes to her movie career: crossed the Atlantic on a doomed liner in Titanic, had Jim Carrey wiped from her mind in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and battled a lethal virus in Contagion.
However, Divergent marks a first for the British Oscar winner - her debut as a chilling Hollywood villain. As Jeanine Matthews - leader of the Erudite faction seeking to wipe out Shailene Woodley and her fellow 'divergents' - Winslet blends the sky-high intellect of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates with something more sinister.
"I like the idea that she has this level of scientific intelligence coupled with high heels and a wicked tongue. It somehow made her a really nifty baddie. »
After giving us our first look at Scarlett Johansson (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) in the lead role this past weekend, the first trailer for Luc Besson’s latest action-thriller Lucy has now debuted online, and you can watch it right here....
Looking somewhat like the lovechild of Limitless and Crank, the film finds Johansson as the titular Lucy, a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.
Lucy is set for release on August 8th.
- Gary Collinson
‘Walking Dead’: Revisiting the Final Scene: - “As someone who hasn’t read the Walking Dead comic books — just as I haven’t read George R.R. Martin’s books that form the basis for Game of Thrones — I take in all the information simply as it’s doled out, without being privy to older nonshow references or working with the knowledge of what’s ahead.” - International TV Roundup: A Quality Quartet From The BBC In 2014: - While the bulk of our coverage here at Twitch is dominantly film related we do love a good bit of TV, particularly when the TV in question is … well … good. And though the year is early it is already shaping up to be very strong, indeed, over at the BBC where they are following up 2013 hits such as Peaky Blinders, Top Of The Lake and The Fall with a continued run of high quality work. »
With a trailer set to debut on iTunes next Wednesday (April 2nd), Entertainment Weekly has got its hands on the first image of Scarlett Johansson (Under the Skin, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as the super-powered protagonist in Luc Besson's (The Fifth Element, The Family) action thriller Lucy....
Lucy sees Johansson's character gaining superhero-level powers after ingesting a mysterious drug that she's been forced to carry, which leads her to exact her revenge. The film is set for release on August 8th, with a cast that also includes Morgan Freeman (Now You See Me), Choi Min-sik (Oldboy), Amr Waked (Contagion) and Pilou Asbæk (Borgen). »
- Gary Collinson
Last summer, we knew Magic Mike 2 was happening, but with Steven Soderbergh retiring from filmmaking, no one was sure who would direct. There was a chance that Channing Tatum and his producing partner Reid Carolin might step up to direct, and Soderbergh said he would help out as director of photography, but it sounds like the sequel is going with another name from behind the scenes of the original male stripper movie. The Playlist has learned that the film will be appropriately and hilariously called Magic Mike Xxl, and first assistant director Greg Jacobs is stepping up to direct it. More below! This isn't all that surprising, and it's not a choice out of left field, because Jacobs has been working with Soderbergh for years. Jacobs has been Soderbergh's go-to Ad starting with King of the Hill and running through the Ocean's Eleven franchise, Out of Sight, Bubble, Erin Brockovich, »
- Ethan Anderton
Exclusive: Decades before Julian Assange and Edward Snowden became the scourge of U.S. intelligence organizations by leaking secret documents, an unheralded group of eight anti-war activists broke into an FBI branch office one night in Philadelphia and made off with a treasure trove of classified documents they fed to newspapers that bared the ruthlessness displayed by the FBI in spying on and blackmailing those it considered troublemakers. Summit Entertainment has teamed with Participant Media to acquire the rights to tell the story of those bandits, acquiring the Betty Medsger book The Burglary: The Discovery Of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI, which was published in January by Knopf, and an accompanying article by Mark Mazzetti published in The New York Times the same month. They’ve set Scott Z. Burns to write the script and produce with Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar, with Todd Hoffman exec producing. Ashley Zalta is a co-producer. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Jude Law is one of those rare actors with both incredible dramatic depth and a brilliant knack for comedy. Over the years, he’s delivered powerhouse performances in dark fare like Cold Mountain and Contagion but also shown off his funny bone in films like Sherlock Holmes and, more recently, Dom Hemingway. Law’s ability to balance both acts makes him a huge asset to every project he signs on for, which is why he’s one of Hollywood’s most consistently acclaimed stars. Now, we’re hearing that Fox has snagged him for a supporting role in their upcoming spy comedy Susan Cooper.
Law will join Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne and Jason Statham in the film, which is set to hit theaters next summer. Paul Feig, who previously worked with McCarthy and Byrne on their breakout comedy Bridesmaids, is set to both write and direct Susan Cooper. For now, »
- Isaac Feldberg
New York -- Casting has been completed for Steven Soderbergh's production of The Library, with Lili Taylor and Jennifer Westfeldt among those joining previously announced lead Chloe Grace Moretz in the ensemble of Scott Z. Burns' new drama about gun violence and our relationship to truth and lies. Ben Livingston, Michael O'Keefe, Daryl Sabara, David Townsend and Tamara Tunie will also be featured in the play's world-premiere production, which stars Moretz as a girl who survives a deadly high school shooting and struggles to tell her story amid the ensuing media circus. Burns has been a repeat collaborator of Soderbergh's as screenwriter, on Side Effects, Contagion
- David Rooney
Digital Release Date: April 1, 2014, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 15, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
Comedy movie Ride Along is one of those movies that scored way better with moviegoers than critics, $118.5 million at the box office better!
The film stars comedian Kevin Hart (This Is the End) as videogame junkie and security guard Ben whose marriage proposal has just been accepted by his girlfriend Angela (Tika Sumpter, Sparkle). The problem is, Angela’s bad-ass detective brother-in-law James (Ice Cube, 21 Jump Street) doesn’t think he’s worthy.
To make Ben prove it, James invites him on a 24-hour ride along of Atlanta, and along the way, they attract the attention of the city’s most notorious criminal.
Both the DVD »
Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns is responsible for scripts such as Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and The Bourne Ultimatum, but it may be his “trilogy” of films with Steven Soderbergh that really stand out: The Informant!, Side Effects, and Contagion developed a vision of modern communication that is pessimistic, to say the least. Now Burns is attached to direct […] »
- Russ Fischer
Based on Maxine Swann's New York Times Magazine feature and described as a "modern day Lolita," the story follows a divorced theoretical particle physicist who meets a Czech bikini model online.
The two begin to correspond and plan a life together, but she asks if he would deliver a special package to her - a request that puts him in serious danger.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Scott Z. Burns is eyeing a move behind the camera. The writer of such films as The Bourne Ultimatum and Contagion is in talks to direct The Professor, the Bikini Model and the Suitcase Full of Trouble for Fox Searchlight. Last year, Searchlight optioned the strange true story chronicled in Maxine Swann's The New York Times Magazine feature. Photos: 10 Outrageous Quotes From The Oscar-Nominated Screenplays Described as a modern take on Lolita, the story follows Paul Frampton, a divorced theoretical particle physicist, who meets Denise Milani, a Czech bikini model, on the online dating site Mate1.com. Milani's pictures on the site show a dark-haired, dark-eyed beauty with a supposedly natural Ddd breast size. The two
- Tatiana Siegel
A gooey nostalgic look back at that time a young boy’s mom fell in love with their kidnapper, presented under a sexy sweltering summer haze. I’m “biast” (pro): love Reitman, Brolin, and Winslet
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Ladies! Single? Lonely? Starved for human touch? Why not get yourself kidnapped and held hostage by an escaped convict? Guaranteed relationship starter!
I kinda couldn’t believe this is where Labor Day goes. I’m kinda dumbfounded it does so without the teensiest sense of irony or even a hint of awareness that this could be problematic. Stockholm syndrome as actually, genuinely, for-reals romantic? Are they kidding us?
They are not kidding us.
I… I can’t even.
It’s Labor Day weekend in 1987, and single mom — and very likely clinically depressed »
- MaryAnn Johanson
While still dabbling in helpful cuts of his director friends’ films, Steven Soderbergh has kept to his word of retiring from theatrical moviemaking. Currently in the midst of completing his Cinemax miniseries “The Knick”, he—as usual—hasn’t kept satisfied with simply one project on his plate; rather, after much talk of bringing his 2012 stripper pic “Magic Mike” to the Broadway stage, he’s instead selected Off Broadway as his choice for a gripping drama featuring one of Hollywood’s talented young actresses. Variety reports Soderbergh has chosen “Carrie” and “Laggies” actress Chloe Grace Moretz for the lead in his new Off Broadway play “The Library," which marks the New York stage debut altogether for Soderbergh, Moretz, and the play’s writer, Scott Z. Burns (“Contagion”, “Side Effects”). The play follows a young woman (Moretz) who survives a school shooting and struggles with the aftermath in her relationships to her parents, »
- Charlie Schmidlin
The multi-talented and prolific Steven Soderbergh has long discussed his desire to retire from making films, so it came as no surprise when, in 2013, he finally took those steps and “transitioned” away from cinema. With a growing distaste for an industry more driven by the bottom-line than ever, Soderbergh is spreading his impressive wings and heading off-Broadway with Chloe Grace Moretz.
Working with a play written by his frequent collaborator Scott Z Burns (The Informant!, Contagion, Side Effects), Soderbergh will direct The Library at New York’s Public Theater, previewing on 25 March 2014. The play addresses the controversial subject of gun-control and high school shootings, focusing on a young survivor (Moretz), and the differences between the story she tells, and that told by other witnesses.
Oskar Eustis – the Artistic Director of The Public Theater – provided an inkling of the project in a press statement:
“The Library is about one of the »
- Sarah Myles
It makes sense that a year of alarmingly frequent public shootings would be followed by a play about gun violence. The one in question is called The Library and was written by Scott Z. Burns (Side Effects, Contagion, The Informant). The Hollywood Reporter writes that director Steven Soderbergh — who’s worked with Burns in the past — signed on to direct the new drama. As for the cast, only Chloë Moretz has been announced so far, as a survivor struggling with her parents, authorities and a shifting media narrative in the aftermath of a high school shooting. All three will make their off-Broadway debut when the show opens at The Public Theater in New York on April 15. »
- Delia Paunescu
Steven Soderbergh may have retired from movies, but that doesn’t mean he’s stopped directing. The Oscar-winning filmmaker will make his New York theater debut directing “The Library” with Chloe Grace Moretz at the Public Theater this spring. It’s provocative sounding fare, centering on a school shooting survivor who finds that her story is distorted in the media coverage of the tragedy. Moretz, who is best known for her work in the ultra-violent “Kick-Ass,” will make her New York theater debut, as well. Scott Z. Burns wrote the script. He previously collaborated with Soderbergh on “Side Effects” and “Contagion. »
- Brent Lang
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