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‘High Flying Bird’: Steven Soderbergh’s Sports Drama Sets Slamdance Premiere

‘High Flying Bird’: Steven Soderbergh’s Sports Drama Sets Slamdance Premiere
Steven Soderbergh is returning to the Slamdance Film Festival — which debuted his documentary “And Everything is Going Fine” back in 2010 — to not only accept its 2019 Founders Award, but also to debut his latest feature, sports drama “High Flying Bird.” Soderbergh will be on hand at the January festival to receive the Founders Award, which is “given to a Slamdance alumnus who has continued to represent the Slamdance organization and support the filmmaker community of Slamdance well into their careers,” and has previously been bestowed on Christopher Nolan and Joe and Anthony Russo.

The prolific “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Magic Mike” filmmaker is slated to participate in a live discussion with Slamdance co-founder and president Peter Baxter before a sneak preview of the film, which Netflix picked up in September. The film was written by Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney and stars André Holland, Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto,
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Adam Driver featured in first image from The Torture Report

Vice Studios has unveiled the first image of Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) in the upcoming drama The Torture Report, which is set to explore the CIA’s interrogation program post 9/11 and its use of extreme torture tactics and techniques performed on detainees in the War on Terror.

The Torture Report is being directed by Scott Z. Burns, screenwriter on The Bourne Ultimatum and Contagion, and features a cast that also includes Annette Bening (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool), Jon Hamm (Baby Driver), Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon a Time), Tim Blake Nelson, Ben McKenzie (Gotham), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Matthew Rhys (The Americans), Ted Levine (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), Maura Tierney (The Affair), Dominic Fumusa (Nurse Jackie) and Noah Bean (Damages).

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Sundance First Looks: Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Directorial Debut, Scott Z. Burns’ ‘The Report’ & Many More

The 2019 Sundance Film Festival line-up was just announced and as usual, there’s a cornucopia of exciting new films on the horizon. Several new photos have arrived for most of the newly-announced films so we thought we’d dive in with some first looks. To jump right in, one of the most exciting movies headed to Utah is “The Report,” next directorial effort by Scott Z. Burns, the longtime Steven Soderbergh screenwriter/producer/collaborator who wrote “Contagion,” “Side Effects,” “The Informant!

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Cate Blanchett To Star In ‘Mrs. America’ Limited Series Ordered By FX

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FX has given a nine-episode order to Mrs. America, a timely limited series starring Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning actor Cate Blanchett in her first role on American television. The series hails from Emmy-winning writer Davhi Waller (Mad Men), Oscar-nominated producer Stacey Sher and FX Productions. Blanchett also executive produces Mrs. America with Sher; Waller, who also serves as showrunner; and Coco Francini (The Hateful Eight). Production is scheduled to begin in 2019.

Mrs. America tells the true story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly, played by Blanchett. Through the eyes of the women of that era — both Schlafly and second-wave feminists Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Bella Abzug and Jill Ruckelshaus — the series explores how one of the toughest battlegrounds in the culture wars of the ’70s helped give rise to
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Keanu Reeves Stars In New John Wick 3 Photo

Photo by: Niko Tavernise.

Lionsgate has released a brand new photo of Keanu Reeves from John Wick 3. Expect a new trailer soon. The film will be released by Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label on May 17, 2019.

John Wick 3, led by Reeves, will reunite Academy Award nominee Laurence Fishburne, Golden Globe winner Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, Academy Award winners Halle Berry and Anjelica Huston, Asia Kate Dillon, Mark Dacascos, and Jason Mantzoukas.

In this third installment of the adrenaline-fueled action franchise, super-assassin John Wick (Reeves) returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin’s guild, the High Table, John Wick is excommunicado, but the world’s most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn.

“We’re thrilled to bring audiences the third installment of our hit John Wick franchise with an
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Gwyneth Paltrow movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Shakespeare in Love,’ ‘Proof,’ ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’

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Gwyneth Paltrow movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Shakespeare in Love,’ ‘Proof,’ ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’
Happy 46th birthday to Oscar-winning actress, food writer, businesswoman and singer Gwyneth Paltrow! She is the daughter of the late esteemed TV producer Bruce Paltrow (“St. Elsewhere) and the Emmy and Tony-winning actress Blythe Danner. But Gwyneth was determined to carve out her own path in life and that she certainly has achieved in the movies.

Paltrow starred in the 1998 surprise Best Picture winner “Shakespeare in Love,” for which she won the Academy Award as Best Actress. She also earned a Golden Globe Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards (for Best Actress and Best Ensemble) for that performance. She also picked up a second Globe nomination for her work playing a mathematician in 2005’s “Proof.”

Paltrow has gone on to create the successful lifestyle magazine Goop and has become a highly-respected writer on the food scene. In honor of this multi-talented lady on her big day, let’s
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Michael Shamberg’s MASproduction Pacts With Sonar

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Michael Shamberg’s MASproduction Pacts With Sonar
Exclusive: Sonar Entertainment has set Michael Shamberg’s MASproduction to a first look deal for television and digital platform content. The announcement was made today by Thomas Lesinski, CEO, Sonar Entertainment and Michael Shamberg.

Shamberg brings several projects to the table under the new deal. They include adaptions of two best-selling books: Am I There Yet?: The Loop-de-loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood by Mari Andrew and A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution by Jennifer A. Doudna and Samuel H. Sternberg.

In Am I There Yet? writer/illustrator and Instagram sensation Mari Andrew uses essays and illustrations to capture the feelings and comical complexities of millennials. In the journey toward adulthood, it is easy to find yourself treading the path of those who came before you. But what if you don’t want to walk a worn path? From creating a home in
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‘Skyscraper’ Actor Chin Han Looks Back on His First Hollywood Film Role

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‘Skyscraper’ Actor Chin Han Looks Back on His First Hollywood Film Role
Chin Han remembers the days when he had to hang up his costumes backstage at the end of a play, before his transition to Hollywood introduced him to costume designers and dressers. The thespian spent much of his early acting career in Singapore, performing in theatrical shows like Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” It wasn’t until a friend recommended him for a film role in the 1990s that he moved out to Los Angeles, launching a TV and film career that has spanned projects ranging from superhero blockbuster “The Dark Knight” to disaster pic “2012” and biomedical drama “Contagion.” In his latest role, he stars alongside Dwayne Johnson as architect Zhao Long Zhi in the CGI spectacle “Skyscraper,” which hit theaters July 13.

Chin Han received his first mention in Variety on Aug. 15, 1997, when production began on his first Hollywood film, “Blindness,” in which he played Daniel Hong.

What was the transition to Hollywood like?
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‘Patient Zero’ Trailer: Stanley Tucci Leads A Rabid Group Of Non-Zombies Against Matt Smith & Natalie Dormer

There are zombie movies and there are pandemic movies and while they may seem like the same thing, the creators are often very adamant about the distinction. Example, “28 Days Later” is probably seen as a zombie movie, but writer/director Alex Garland is very clear that the humans infected with the rage virus do not come back from the dead to become undead. Likewise, Steven Soderbergh’s pandemic movie “Contagion” is much more deadly global virus that kills instead of a zombie movie.

Continue reading ‘Patient Zero’ Trailer: Stanley Tucci Leads A Rabid Group Of Non-Zombies Against Matt Smith & Natalie Dormer at The Playlist.
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Gary Oldman, Meryl Streep, Antonio Banderas, and Netflix Eyeing Steven Soderbergh’s Panama Papers Drama ‘The Laundromat’

Surprise, surprise: famous people and big companies have an interest in the latest Steven Soderbergh picture. The Hollywood Reporter reports from Hollywood that his Panama Papers movie, The Laundromat, has secured Meryl Streep as “the emotional throughline,” which could mean literally anything depending on the source’s perspective — per Deadline, possibly “an anonymous whistleblower” — while Antonio Banderas and Gary Oldman have been engaged in early talks. Juicing up this project a bit more, though evidence you might not see this in a movie theater, is word that Netflix has taken active interest in production.

Said project comes from a script by Scott Z. Burns and Jake Bernstein’s Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite. (Nice work on reading that and extrapolating from it “the laundromat.”) A Soderbergh-ready lesson in how rich and powerful people use riches and power to fuck over those less rich and powerful,
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Michael C. Hall, Tim Blake Nelson, Ben McKenzie, and more join The Torture Report

With filming now underway on Vice StudiosThe Torture Report, it has been announced that Tim Blake Nelson, Ben McKenzie (Gotham), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Matthew Rhys (The Americans) and Ted Levine (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) have joined the cast of the CIA drama.

Directed by Scott Z. Burns, screenwriter on The Bourne Ultimatum and Contagion, the film is set to explore the CIA’s interrogation program following 9/11, which, as revealed by a 500+ report from the U.S. Senate Select Intelligence Committee, included extreme torture tactics and techniques performed on detainees in the War on Terror.

Annette Bening (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool), Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Jon Hamm (Baby Driver) and Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon a Time) were all announced as starring in the movie last month, with Burns producing alongside Steven Soderbergh, Jennifer Fox, Kerry Orent, Eddy Moretti, Danny Gabai and Michael Sugar.
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Tim Blake Nelson, Ted Levine, Michael C. Hall Join ‘The Torture Report’

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Tim Blake Nelson, Ted Levine, Michael C. Hall Join ‘The Torture Report’
Tim Blake Nelson, Ted Levine, Michael C. Hall, Ben McKenzie, and Matthew Rhys have joined the independent CIA drama “The Torture Report.”

Previously announced cast include Annette Bening, Adam Driver, and Jon Hamm. Imr International is launching foreign sales at the Cannes Film Festival. Production began last week in New York.

Scott Z. Burns is directing from his own script. Vice Studios is producing and financing for the project, which centers on the CIA’s extreme interrogation program on detainees following the 9/11 attacks.

Along with Burns, producers are Danny Gabai, Eddy Moretti, Jennifer Fox, Michael Sugar, Steven Soderbergh, and Kerry Orent. UTA is repping North American rights to the film.

Burns has written screenplays for “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “The Informant!,” “Contagion,” and “Side Effects.” He was a producer on “An Inconvenient Truth,” which won the Academy Award for best documentary feature in 2006.

Nelson’s credits include “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,
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Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Morrison in talks for CIA drama The Torture Report

Deadline is reporting that Annette Bening (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool), Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Jon Hamm (Baby Driver) and Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon a Time) are all in talks to star in Vice Studios’ upcoming CIA drama The Torture Report, which is being written and directed by Scott Z. Burns, screenwriter on The Bourne Ultimatum and Contagion.

The project is set to explore the CIA’s interrogation program following 9/11, which, as revealed by a 500+ report from the U.S. Senate Select Intelligence Committee, included extreme torture tactics and techniques performed on detainees in the War on Terror.

Bening will next be seen the drama The Seagull, while Driver has Black Klansman and Star Wars: Episode IX on his upcoming slate. Hamm appears in the Warner Bros. comedy Tag and Drew Goddard’s Bad Times at the El Royale, and Morrison recently made her directorial debut with Sun Dogs,
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Today in Movie Culture: 'Marvel Zombies' Fan-Made Trailer, 'Paddington 2' VFX Breakdown and More

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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Dream Movie of the Day: Alex Luthor created a fake trailer for a Marvel Zombies adaptation that makes great use of clips from Contagion and other non-mcu movies:   Reworked Movie of the Day: Considering El-p made a demo to score the Blade Runner 2049 trailer but didn't get the gig, this trailer imagining instrumental Run the Jewels as the movie's music is perfect:   Video Essay of the Day: Speaking of Blade Runner, Rob Ager looks at the hypnotic beauty of smoke as it's used in Ridley Scott's original:   VFX Breakdown of the Day: Framestore share a look at the making of their digital effects for Paddington...
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Adam Driver and Jon Hamm in talks to join CIA thriller The Torture Report

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Adam Driver and Jon Hamm join the likes of Annette Benning and Jennifer Morrison in talks to join the CIA thriller The Torture Report.

The project is based on the CIA’s rendition and interrogation program following 9/11. Back in 2014, a 500-page dossier was released that revealed eye-opening accounts of extreme interrogation tactics performed on detainees, which was employed by the CIA post 9/11 during the war on terror.

Also in the news – Zachary Quinto updates on the future of the Star Trek film franchise: Three potential new scripts in the works.

The project is to be written by The Bourne Ultimatum and Contagion scribe Scott Z. Burns. Vice Studios is producing the project with Danny Gabai, Eddy Moretti, Jennifer Fox, Burns, Michael Sugar, Steven Soderbergh and Kerry Orent.

Driver was last seen in the latest in the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi. He will reprise his role yet again in Episode IX.
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Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Jon Hamm in Talks for CIA Drama ‘Torture Report’

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Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Jon Hamm in Talks for CIA Drama ‘Torture Report’
Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Jon Hamm, and Jennifer Morrison are in negotiations to star in CIA drama “The Torture Report.”

Scott Z. Burns is directing from his own script. Vice Studios is producing and financing for the project, which centers on the CIA’s extreme interrogation program on detainees following the 9/11 attacks.

Along with Burns, producers are Danny Gabai, Eddy Moretti, Jennifer Fox, Michael Sugar, Steven Soderbergh, and Kerry Orent. UTA is repping North American rights to the film.

Burns has written screenplays for “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “The Informant!,” “Contagion,” and “Side Effects.” He was a producer on “An Inconvenient Truth,” which won the Academy Award for best documentary feature in 2006.

Bening starred in “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” and “The Seagull,” which will premiere at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival. Driver will again portray Kylo Ren in “Star Wars: Episode IX” and is also set for Spike Lee’s “Black Klansman.
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Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Morrison In Talks To Join Scott Z. Burns’ CIA Drama From Vice Studios

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Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Morrison In Talks To Join Scott Z. Burns’ CIA Drama From Vice Studios
Exclusive: Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Morrison are all in talks to star in a CIA drama tentatively titled The Torture Report, which will be written and directed by The Bourne Ultimatum and Contagion scribe Scott Z. Burns. Vice Studios is handling the financing for this project, which focuses on the CIA’s rendition and interrogation program following 9/11.

Back in December 2014, the U.S. Senate Select Intelligence Committee released a 500+ page report detailing shocking accounts of extreme interrogation tactics performed on detainees, which was employed by the CIA post 9/11 during the war on terror.

Burns was previously attached to write and direct an HBO film based on investigative reporter Katherine Eban’s 2007 Vanity Fair article Rorschach And Awe, that exposed how the CIA hired two psychologists to build a torture program with the full knowledge and cooperation of the American Psychological Association. That project is no longer
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Steven Soderbergh movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Traffic,’ ‘Magic Mike,’ ‘Ocean’s 11’

Steven Soderbergh movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Traffic,’ ‘Magic Mike,’ ‘Ocean’s 11’
No one can say that Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh delivers the same movie time after time. In an eclectic three-decade career, he has directed crowd-pleasing all-star vehicles (“Ocean’s 11,” “Magic Mike”), action comedies (“Logan Lucky,” “Out of Sight”), political dramas (“Traffic,” “Che”), micro-mini experimental works (“Schizopolis,” “The Bubble,”) and even a film starring porn actress Sasha Grey (“The Girlfriend Experience”).

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His latest film, “Unsane,” probably falls into the “experimental” category. Despite the presence of Golden Globe-winning actress Claire Foy (“The Crown”), this story of a young woman who accidentally checks herself into a mental institution was not filmed in a conventional manner. Soderbergh shot “Unsure” on an iPhone 7 Plus in 4K, using the app FiLMiC Pro, a far cry from one of his big-budget studio films such as “Ocean’s 11.” But that’s a dramatic example of just who Soderbergh is and why he matters.
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Contagion! The viral hit that’ll have you reaching for the hand sanitiser

In the biggest science experiment of its kind, the BBC show is both a cheery piece of Reithian edutainment and a grave portent of our impending doom

“The next deadly outbreak could happen at any time,” rumbles the voiceover in Contagion! The BBC Four Pandemic (Thursday, 9pm, BBC Four), a show that calculates the speed at which the next killer virus will rampage across the globe. A new pandemic is, we are told, not a case of if but when. The UK government now has flu at the top of its risk register, above obesity, war and Jacob Rees-Mogg. In a world already brimming with misery and despair, Contagion! is clear that we’re all going to hell in a handcart. Such is its certainty, it might as well have called itself Face It, Chumps, We’re Screwed.

Still, it seems a shame that BBC Four has passed up the
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Steven Soderbergh Wraps André Holland Film ‘High Flying Bird’ and Has First Cut Done Three Hours Later

Steven Soderbergh Wraps André Holland Film ‘High Flying Bird’ and Has First Cut Done Three Hours Later
Steven Soderbergh’s “Unsane” doesn’t open in theaters nationwide until March 23, but he’s already gone ahead and finished production on an entire new feature to be released later this year. The director’s “High Flying Bird” was announced at the beginning of February, with Soderbergh planning a two-week shoot at the end of the month with his “The Knick” star André Holland.

Not only is Soderbergh finished with principle photography, but he already has a first cut of the film locked. The director made the announcement on Twitter with some pretty amazing minor details. Soderbergh wrapped filming on “High Flying Bird” on March 15 at 1:09pm. By 3:41pm on the same day, the director already had a first cut of the drama ready to be seen.

While some may be shocked to hear Soderbergh finished and cut a movie in less than three hours, it’s not
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