Steven Soderbergh Has Already Shot Another Movie – Using an iPhone

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Next month, after a four-year absence from filmmaking, it’s time to praise the heavens because Steven Soderbergh has another movie coming to theaters, Logan Lucky. It looks like we might not have to wait long for his follow-up to the new heist movie, either. Soderbergh has already shot another movie, titled Unsane, on an iPhone.

Below, learn more about the Steven Soderbergh iPhone movie.

According to VarietyUnsane stars Juno Temple (Vinyl) and Claire Foy (The Crown). Zero is known about the plot. Only his two stars and the fact he shot the movie on an iPhone have come to light. The director has always gravitated towards trying new things and new genres, so making a movie on an iPhone almost seems like a logical step for him. Soderbergh recently gave this advice to aspiring filmmakers in a reddit Q & A: “get a script and an iPhone and start shooting. Seriously.” He knows from experience that this works, and it also worked great for Sean Baker’s 2015 movie Tangerine, which was famously shot using that technology.

The Tracking Board‘s insiders tell them Soderbergh plans to self-distribute through his banner, Fingerprint Releasing, which is handling the wide release of Logan Lucky. Soderbergh, who was frustrated by the cost of releasing a studio movie, explained how he’s found a cheaper way to do it: “sell the foreign [rights] to cover the cost of the [film] negative” and “sell the non-theatrical rights to cover the cost of the [prints and advertising], and that’s it.” It’s a simple model, as he explained to EW, and a way for filmmakers like himself to get different movies out in the world without costing an arm and a leg to market.

He also told EW how the experience of his recently canceled (and excellent) Cinemax series, The Knick, inspired him to keep working behind the camera:

First, I was not going to be directing at all and just really take a sabbatical. Right as we were going to Cannes with Behind the Candelabra, which was in my mind going to be the official start of my enforced vacation, I got the script for The Knick. So I went from not doing anything and exploring my future as a painter to starting to shoot a ten-hour television show in four months. The Knick scared me. We had to shoot 600 pages in 73 days. I’ve worked on some films with pretty aggressive schedules. This was on another order of magnitude, and I was terrified. This was something that was keeping me up at nights, wondering if this was really too big a reach. About a week in, I realized that there was a rhythm that was actually really exhilarating to be had and we were going to make it. I was sitting there on set, realizing that this is the job that I should be doing. This is my job. I should be directing stuff. Nobody’s waiting around for my paintings. So I kind of flipped a switch. I got reconnected with what I like about the job. For a while, I was just very, very happy to be working in that form. I loved working with a ten-hour canvas. It was really fun, and I wasn’t really thinking about movies… until this script came in over the transom. If it hadn’t, I think everything would be TV oriented.

Soderbergh has a few TV projects in the works at the moment. He’s producing Scott Frank‘s Netflix series, Godless, and Starz’s The Girlfriend Experience. Soderbergh also worked with HBO again on a TV movie, Mosaic, which he directed; that stars Sharon Stone. Like Unsane, few details have been shared about the project, but all we really need to know to get excited is it’s from Steven Soderbergh.

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‘The LEGO Ninjago Movie’ Trailer: LEGO Ninjas, LEGO Dragons and a Real Cat [Comic-Con 2017]

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Trailer

Everyone who enjoyed The LEGO Movie saw the animated building brick world become even bigger with The LEGO Batman Movie earlier this year. Now it will expand into a totally different arena with yet another LEGO branded adventure.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie takes one of the building brick company’s most popular toylines, one that already has its own animated series on TV, and brings the action to the big screen with a completely new story and an all-star comedy cast. A new trailer debuted during San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, and it has the same humor and creativity as the previous LEGO movies. Watch it below!

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Trailer

Unlike The LEGO Batman Movie, this new LEGO adventure doesn’t really have any ties to The LEGO Movie, though it seems to live in the same imaginative universe, albeit in a completely different part of that world. The movie also stands independently from The LEGO Ninjago TV series that already exists, so it’s accessible for people of all ages.

Easily the best part of the trailer is the introduction of a new villain, a real “giant” cat named Meowthra. Clearly there will be a riff on the kaiju monsters from cinema’s history when this cat starts wreaking havoc on the city. It also plays into the dichotomy between the LEGO world and the real world that exists around them, as we saw in The LEGO Movie.

Apparently the cat isn’t the only element that will be real in the movie, because producer Dan Lin said during a Comic-Con panel this weekend that there would be real grass, water and trees in the movie, and maybe some other surprise real world elements that pop up. Lin said, “Like in the first one, you had the Kragle, and you’ll see we’ve taken that to the next level.”

Dave Franco, Michael Pena, Zach Woods, Fred Armisen, Kumail Nanjiani and Abbi Jacobson all lend their voices as the ninja ensemble, but Franco’s character does the heavy lifting since his father is the villain  Lord Garmadon (voiced by Justin Theroux). But the ninjas will get hep from Master Wu, voiced by Jackie Chan, who also worked with a martial arts team to perform action sequences that will be animated over for the movie.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie is directed by Charlie Bean (Tron: Uprising) with The LEGO Movie‘s Phil LordChris MillerDan Lin, and Roy Lee serving as producers.

If you want to see more from The LEGO Ninjago movie, check out the previous trailer right here.

In this big-screen NINJAGO adventure, the battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie is in theaters September 22, 2017.

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Michael Abbott Jr in Official Trailer for Indie Film ‘In the Radiant City’

In the Radiant City Trailer

«There’s no such thing as evil, son. There’s just people doing good and bad to each other.» The Orchard has debuted a trailer for indie drama In the Radiant City, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. The film is the feature directorial debut of Kentucky native Rachel Lambert, and it’s set in Kentucky, about a man who returns home only to find his family is still haunted by the stigma of a murder his brother committed years ago. The cast includes Michael Abbott Jr in the lead role, along with Marin Ireland, Madisen Beaty, Celia Weston, Jon Michael Hill, Deirdre O’Connell, and Paul Sparks. This film is produced by fellow filmmaker Jeff Nichols, and it also has one of the best posters this year (as seen below). ›››

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Daily Dialogue — July 23, 2017

Ripley: Ash, can you hear me? [slams her hands down on the table] Ash?
Ash: [awakens and starts speaking in an electronic and distorted voice] Yes, I can hear you.
Ripley: What was your special order?
Ash: You read it. I thought it was clear.
Ripley: What was it?
Ash: Bring back life form. Priority One. All other priorities rescinded.
Parker: The damn company. What about our lives, you son of a bitch?
Ash: I repeat, all other priorities are rescinded.
Ripley: How do we kill it, Ash? There’s gotta be a way of killing it. How? How do we do it?
Ash: You can’t.
Parker: That’s bullshit.
Ash: You still don’t understand what you’re dealing with, do you? Perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.
Lambert: You admire it.
Ash: I admire its purity. A survivor… unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality.
Parker: Look, I am… I’ve heard enough of this, and I’m asking you to pull the plug.

Ripley goes to disconnect Ash, who interrupts.

Ash: Last word.
Ripley: What?
Ash: I can’t lie to you about your chances, but… you have my sympathies.

Alien (1979), screenplay by Dan O’Bannon, story by Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Scientific Explanation, suggested by Melinda Mahaffey.

Trivia: Many producers have professional “readers” that read and summarize scripts for them. The reader in this case summarized it as “It’s like Jaws (1975), but in space.”

Dialogue On Dialogue: Such a great scene, Ash’s head explaining the ship’s “special order” and ending with a prediction of the crew’s fate. Brilliant.


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Teen Groot will steal every ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ scene he’s in, just watch

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You thought Baby Groot was a stone-cold scene thief? Just wait.

There’s so much to unpack from a second viewing of the Avengers: Infinity War footage that first played at D23 last and came out for an encore at Comic-Con on Saturday night, but there was one thing I utterly missed the first time that fully stood out the second:

Teen Groot.

We first met the brooding, game-obsessed teenaged Groot in one of the post-credits scenes from Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, when Peter Quill was giving him a fatherly talking-to, and he wan’t having any of it. Well, he’s barely aged at all by the time we get to Infinity War — and so settled into the background that I didn’t see him the first time around. Read more…

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