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In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
While this past Labor Day weekend was very much considered a holiday in the Us, the production team behind Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike Xxl abstained from the annual celebrations and quietly began filming on the raunchy stripper-centric sequel.
News comes by way of Soderbergh’s Twitter account, where he posted a view of the film’s official clapperboard from the set, which also confirms that Magic Mike Xxl will be situated at least in parts within Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
It’s On! pic.twitter.com/zczZdpqzdt
— Bitchuation (@Bitchuation) August 31, 2014
And though Soderbergh is still very much involved in the follow-up after overseeing the first film, the renowned filmmaker has passed on directing duties to long-time collaborator, Gregory Jacobs, who worked alongside Soderbergh for a number of productions including Side Effects and last year’s rather excellent Behind the Candelabra.
- Michael Briers
While many spent the long Labor Day weekend soaking up the few remaining days of summer, the cast and crew of Magic Mike Xxl were hard at work as the follow-up to Steven Soderbergh’s 2012 film Magic Mike began production.
Soderbergh announced the news himself via Twitter, under one of his various alter-egos, and posted the following image while saying, “It’s On!”…
Soderbergh has passed directing duties on Magic Mike Xxl to his longtime collaborator Gregory Jacobs, who worked as assistant director on films like Side Effects, Behind the Candelabra and the Ocean’s trilogy. Instead, Soderbergh will act as director of photography, film editor (under alias Mary Ann Bernard), and camera man (under his cinematographer alias Peter Andrews).
- James Garcia
Gregory Jacobs takes over as director on the new film, with Soderbergh now serving as director of photography, camera operator and film editor. Jacobs previously served as Soderbergh's first A.D. on the likes of "Side Effects" and "Behind the Candelabra" as well as serving as a producer on the original "Magic Mike".
It's On! pic.twitter.com/zczZdpqzdt
— Bitchuation (@Bitchuation) August 31, 2014
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
While most spent the long Labor Day weekend enjoying what's left of the summer, a hot title of next summer's slate began production: Magic Mike Xxl. Steven Soderbergh, who helmed the original male stripper flick penned by Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin, tweeted a shot of the sequel's clapperboard on Sunday, adding, "It's On!" While he's passed the director's torch to his oft-collaborator Gregory Jacobs (who was Soderbergh's first assistant director on Side Effects, Behind the Candelabra and the Ocean's films, among other films), he has signed on as Xxl's director of photography, camera operator and film editor. "He worked
- Ashley Lee
I'm ecstatic I'll finally be seeing Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher at the Toronto Film Festival, beginning on September 4, which is to say in less than two weeks from now. Today a new poster for the film has premiered and along with that, over at Vulture they have profiled the upcoming release which stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, though that wasn't always in intention. The Vulture piece reveals Miller first started working on the script for Foxcatcher in 2007 with Dave Eggers and at the time was thnking of Ryan Gosling and Bill Nighy for the leads, and also spoke with Heath Ledger for a role. But things quickly changed after seeing the 2006 feature A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints. E. Max Frye who was ultimately credited with the screenplay alongside Dan Futterman remembers Miller's light bulb moment saying, "I remember Bennett saying, 'This is the guy! He even has a mixed-martial-arts background! »
- Brad Brevet
The doors are open, but where are the pitches? That's the question asked in TV studio and network halls in recent weeks as executives grapple with an increasingly crowded landscape. Side effects of the boom in scripted programs — cable alone aired 144 original series in 2013, up from 29 a decade earlier — are a smaller pool of available writers and a schedule that no longer fits with the broadcast networks' traditional pitch season of July 4 to Labor Day. "It's a great time to be representing talent because there are multiple suitors for a TV writer," says ABC
- By Lacey Rose and Lesley Goldberg
We’re well past the point where anyone could accuse Steven Soderbergh of resting on his laurels. Safe to say that his “I’m retiring” prattling during the Side Effects (2013) and Behind the Candelabra (2013) rollouts — whipped up into a state-of-the-cinematic-art lament by the Moloch that is the 24-hour news cycle — was more off-hours musing than prophetic threat. Now perhaps we can go back to judging his work as we should most art: project by project. As it comes, when (and if) it comes. Our clocks aren’t, and shouldn’t, be his.Appropriate, then, that Soderbergh’s new undertaking — Cinemax’s period hospital drama, The Knick, of which he directed, edited, and photographed all ten first-season episodes — begins in the nebulous space of an opium den, where time evaporates in benumbed bliss. The high is short-lived: No sooner have we settled into the sensational first shot (Pov over a propped-up »
- Keith Uhlich
Chicago – Cinemax’s ominous new series “The Knick” is a hospital drama that’s very much in the voice of its director, Steven Soderbergh. Set in New York City at the turn of the 20th century, the series presents the medical world as it inches closer and closer to modernity, while making contemporary parallels to the desperate hustle by surgery room clients and their doctors alike regarding treatment of the human body. What has changed in the politics of medicine? What hasn’t?
Television Rating: 4.0/5.0
The Knick is the name of the hospital (formally called The Knickerbocker) that employs John W. Thackery, a disturbed surgeon played by Clive Owen, who tiptoes towards medical breakthroughs often at the expense of human lives. He proclaims emotionally early in episode one that science is at a crucial point, in which more breakthroughs have been made in the last five years compared to the last five hundred. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
After breaking out in David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo with her Oscar-nominated turn as hacker Lisbeth Salander, Rooney Mara has steadily cemented her reputation as one of the most talented young actresses working today with strong performances in Ain’t Them No Bodies Saints, Side Effects and Her. And she doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon, with Stephen Daldry’s Trash, an untitled Terrence Malick project and erotic thriller Carol in the can. Now, we’ve learned that Mara has booked another high-profile gig leading the Jim Sheridan-directed The Secret Scripture.
Mara will replace Jessica Chastain in the drama, “about a 100-year-old woman named Roseanne who recounts her life in mental institutions in a secret memoir.” She will be playing the younger version of Roseanne, “who survives a traumatic childhood only to see her life utterly changed by a vindictive Catholic priest. »
- Isaac Feldberg
HBO has announced the star-studded supporting cast for its upcoming mini-series adaptation of Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Olive Kitteridge". Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right") will helm the four-part mini-series which debuts on the network in November.
Set over a 25 year period in a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, the story follows a middle-school math teacher named Olive (Frances McDormand) who uses a wicked wit and harsh demeanor to mask a warm but troubled heart .
Richard Jenkins ("Burn After Reading") portrays Olive’s kind-hearted pharmacist husband, Henry. John Gallagher, Jr. ("The Newsroom") is their son Christopher, Peter Mullan ("Top of the Lake") plays fellow teacher Jim O’Casey, Rosemarie DeWitt ("Mad Men") as a shut-in named Rachel Coulson, Zoe Kazan ("Ruby Sparks") as the pharmacist worker Denise Thibodeau, Ann Dowd ("Side Effects") as a family friend.
Also onboard are Cory Michael Smith »
- Garth Franklin
Few filmmakers have left behind a body of work quite like Steven Soderbergh. The skilled storyteller and Oscar winner bowed out last year after his last theatrically-released film, Side Effects, instead opting to dabble in television, artwork, and occasional side endeavors. Prolific to the very end, Soderbergh hasn't been linked to any directorial projects in almost two years right now . normal for other filmmakers, but not for him. We really aren't going to get any more Steven Soderbergh-directed movies for a long time, and for a very basic reason. In an excellent, probing interview with Esquire, Steven Soderbergh elaborates on why he backed away from movies. Promoting the new television series The Knick starring Clive Owen, Soderbergh simply, and tragically, credits the fact that filmmaking was no longer any "fun." "The bottom line when people talk about all the reasons, you know the biggest reason? It stopped being fun. »
The running line about Steven Soderbergh in the last few years has been that he’s the most prolific retired filmmaker today, supposedly having given up film for good and turned his mind toward other mediums and projects. And in the short time since February 2013 when his official “last film” Side Effects was released, he’s been busy at work with the HBO movie Behind the Candelabra, the Cinemax show The Knick and a Broadway production called The Library.
But Soderbergh Monday clarified his “retirement” in an interview with Esquire.
“The bottom line when people talk about all the reasons, you know the biggest reason? It stopped being fun. It just stopped being fun. It really wasn’t. That’s a big deal to me,” Soderbergh said. “ The ratio of bullshit to the fun part of doing the work was really starting to get out of whack.”
Soderbergh added that »
- Brian Welk
In a new interview with Steven Soderbergh at Esquire, the director of the upcoming Cinemax television show "The Knick" discussed the "biggest reason" he got out of movies, which was, "It stopped being fun." The fact that it became a story at all is because of Matt Damon. He remembered verbatim a drunk conversation we had in Chicago and repeated it to USA Today. I'd talked about it before and nobody gave a sh*t. It wasn't until Matt said that I had a plan to get out. The bottom line when people talk about all the reasons, you know the biggest reasonc It stopped being fun. It just stopped being fun. It really wasn't. That's a big deal to me. It may sound like "Why do you have to have fun to go to workc" I don't know. I like to be in a good mood. The ratio of »
- Brad Brevet
The day after the world premiere of Transformers: Age of Extinction in Hong Kong, I landed an awesome extended video interview with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. Since the franchise launched in 2007, he's produced all the films along with projects like G.I. Joe, Red, Side Effects,Stardust, and many more. While we already posted what he had to say about Joe Carnahan's Five Against a Bullet, G.I. Joe 3, David S. Goyer's The Breach, the possibility of a Transformers/G.I. Joe crossover movie, and the Dead Rising digital series, it's finally time for what he had to say about making Age of Extinction. During the interview he talked about how the story came together for the film, how and why they finally brought in the dinobots, the way they work with Hasbro, how breaking the story led to introducing a new kind of character to the Transformers movie mythology, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
There’s a very short list of Hollywood producers who are names unto themselves. On that list is Lorenzo di Bonaventura, of both the G.I. Joe and Transformers franchises. He’s also the producer of Salt, Red, Side Effects, Jack Ryan, Beverly Hills Cop 4 and more. The guy is a proven hit-maker with a great handle on […]
The post /Film Interview: ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ Producer Talks Cybertron, Hot Rod, Dinobots, and the Ending appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Michael Bay proved surprisingly diplomatic the other week when he was asked about film critics and their universal panning of his often highly successful "Transformers" franchise. Bay essentially said he used to be bothered by it, not so much now, and actually welcomes it as it "makes me think, and it keeps me on my toes."
Series producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura was also asked by ScreenCrush the other day about the criticism of the franchise, and the just released 'Age of Extinction' in particular. His answer was far more condescending and dismissive:
"Well, first of all, I think every filmmaker cares what critics think because, you know, you're being judged. I think if someone says they don't care, baloney. Does it affect the gross of the movie? Probably a little bit. But, I think the problem with critics and the big movies in general is they don't understand the format. »
- Garth Franklin
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
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