‘The Post’ Trailer: Steven Spielberg Goes to Bat for a Free Press

The Post Trailer

There aren’t many filmmakers who could attach themselves to a movie in March, lock down a cast headlined by the likes of Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, start shooting in May, and have the film locked and ready for awards season that very same year. But Steven Spielberg isn’t your average director, and that’s exactly what he did with The Post, his new film about the controversial publication of the Pentagon Papers back in the 1970s. Hot on the heels of the first images from the movie, the first trailer has arrived and you can check it out below.

The Post Trailer

In addition to power players like Streep and Hanks, The Post has a jaw-dropping cast comprised of excellent actors like Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Zach Woods, Alison Brie, David Cross, Carrie Coon, Bruce Greenwood, Jesse Plemons, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford, and Tracy Letts. The film tells the story of a group of journalists from The Washington Post and The New York Times who published The Pentagon Papers in the 1970s, which had a huge effect on the national perception of the Vietnam War. Liz Hannah wrote the screenplay, which marks her feature writing debut. (What a collection of talent to work with right out the gate!)

It’s no accident that Spielberg made this movie this year. Susan Lacy, the director of the recent HBO documentary Spielberg, explained to Metro:

“[The film] is absolutely Steven’s statement about the importance of vigorous and free press in America. Because we have a President that keeps attacking the press…it’s the reason he is making [the film], I mean it is a true story and a historic story, but the reason he chose to make it now is because he feels like it is a message that needs to be out there. I don’t want to speak for him, but I think that’s why he is clearly making this film now.”

And though the president is one of the worst offenders, this isn’t limited to him: Disney banned the Los Angeles Times from covering its films or interviewing talent from its movies because they didn’t like a story the Times published about the company’s business dealings in Anaheim (though they finally pulled back on that ban yesterday). The press in this country is still under siege right now, and they need all the help they can get. Expect this to be a heavy hitter during awards season.

The Post arrives in theaters on December 22, 2017.

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HBO Debuts the Trailer for the Steven Spielberg Documentary

HBO Debuts the Trailer for the Steven Spielberg Documentary

HBO debuts the trailer for the Steven Spielberg documentary

HBO today revealed the trailer for Spielberg, a feature-length Steven Spielberg documentary that aims to pull back the curtain on his remarkable career more than ever before. The documentary examines Spielberg’s filmography in depth, revealing how his experiences fed his work and changed it over time. Directed and produced by award-winning documentarian Susan Lacy, this unprecedented chronicle debuts Saturday, October 7, exclusively on HBO. Spielberg will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.

Steven Spielberg has built an unrivaled catalogue of groundbreaking films over the course of his nearly 50-year career. Charting the evolution of this iconic figure, Lacy draws on nearly 30 hours of exclusive interviews with the director, who opens up about his bittersweet childhood and lifelong obsession with moviemaking, his precocious early work as a TV “wunderkind,” his rise to fame through an incredible string of blockbusters, his later forays into more serious dramatic films, and the personal and professional relationships he’s cultivated through the years.

The Spielberg documentary also includes insights from members of Spielberg’s family, as well as friends and colleagues, plus clips and behind-the-scenes footage from many of his milestone films, including Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, ET: The Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, Bridge of Spies and many more.

Lacy interviewed more than 80 subjects for the film, ranging from A-list celebrities, to directors and producers, to industry insiders, including J.J. Abrams, Christian Bale, Drew Barrymore, Cate Blanchett, Francis Ford Coppola, Daniel Craig, Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian de Palma, Laura Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Dreyfuss, Ralph Fiennes, Harrison Ford, David Geffen, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Holly Hunter, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ben Kingsley, Kathleen Kennedy, George Lucas, Liam Neeson, Martin Scorsese, Oprah Winfrey and Robert Zemeckis.

Susan Lacy is the creator and former executive producer of the celebrated WNET series American Masters, which is shown on PBS nationwide. She has won countless awards, including ten Primetime Emmys for Outstanding Documentary Series and 12 Peabody Awards. As executive producer of American Masters, Lacy produced a library of 250 films exploring the lives of America’s most enduring cultural icons.

An HBO Documentary Films presentation, the Steven Spielberg documentary is directed and produced by Susan Lacy; produced by Emma Pildes and Jessica Levin; edited by Deborah Peretz.

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Filmmaker Quotes: Orson Welles, Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Tim Burton & Jim Jarmusch

Some inspiring and thought provoking quotes from Orson Welles, Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Tim Burton and Jim Jarmusch. The enemy of art is the absence of limitations. Orson Welles I don’t think there’s any artist of any value who doesn’t doubt what they’re doing. Francis Ford Coppola You shouldn’t dream your film, […]

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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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Watch: Teaser Trailer for Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ Movie

Ready Player One Teaser Trailer

“There’s nowhere left to go… Nowhere, except the Oasis.” Warner Bros has debuted the first teaser trailer for Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ready Player One, the geeky novel about a kid in the future who logs into a virtual reality world and plays games to win the ultimate prize. I’m so excited to finally see something from this, and I still can’t believe Spielberg is actually directing. Young actor Tye Sheridan stars as Wade Watts, known in the gaming world as Parzival. The cast includes Mark Rylance as the game’s creator, James Halliday, as well as T.J. Miller, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, Olivia Cooke, Lena Waithe, Letitia Wright, and Kae Alexander. There’s some great references to The Iron Giant, Back to the Future, and E.T. of course, and this is only just the first tease. Dang I’m hyped for this!! Very excited to see more. ›››

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Official Trailer for Cliché Action Movie ‘Cartels’ Starring Steven Seagal

Cartels Trailer

“Who the hell are you?” “I’m the guy you shoulda called when you went sideways.” Lionsgate has dropped a trailer for yet another new Steven Seagal action movie, and it looks as terrible as his last one. The trailer is for a film called Cartels, formerly known as Killing Salazar. It’s made by the same director who has made all of Seagal’s recent movies, including Contract to Kill, which we featured a trailer for last year (did anyone actually watch it?). Cartels has some super cheesy, twisty plot involving a drug lord being captured, the DEA, and Seagal being Seagal. Also starring Georges St. Pierre, Martine Argent, Darren E. Scott, Massimo Dobrovic, and Luke Goss. I honestly don’t even know why I bother with trailers for films like this, I’m never going to watch it, and I hope no one else will want to either. Move along, nothing to see here. ›››

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The Trailer and Poster for Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky!

The Trailer and Poster for Steven Soderbergh's Logan Lucky!

The trailer and poster for Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky!

Fingerprint Releasing and Bleecker Street have revealed the trailer and poster for Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky, opening in theaters on August 18. To coincide with the debut, Channing Tatum served as Grand Marshal of the Coca-Cola 600 today at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where the movie was also filmed.

The synopsis: Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Logan Lucky stars Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Katherine Waterson, Dwight Yoakam, Sebastian Stan, Brian Gleeson, Jack Quaid, with Hilary Swank and introducing Daniel Craig as Joe Bang. Written by Rebecca Blunt, the film is produced by Gregory Jacobs, Mark Johnson, Channing Tatum, and Reid Carolin.

What do you think about the trailer and poster? Let us know in the comments below!

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Steven Soderbergh Calls ‘Logan Lucky’ The Anti-Glam ‘Ocean’s 11’

Logan Lucky plot details

When Steven Soderbergh first read Rebecca Blunt’s script, Logan Lucky, it was to make a suggestion for who should direct. This was in the fall of 2014 after the Traffic and Magic Mike director announced his retirement from moviemaking. After reading Blunt’s script, though, Soderbergh was inspired enough to return to features.

His first theatrical release since 2013’s Side Effects comes out this August. Logan Lucky is another heist movie from Soderbergh, but he describes it as an “inversion of an Ocean’s movie,” without the gloss and cool factor. Below, the director shares some Logan Lucky plot details and discusses his return to directing movies.

The Logan siblings have big plans for an upcoming Nascar race, the Coca-Cola 600. Before the day of the event, Jimmy (Channing Tatum), Clyde (Adam Driver) and Mellie Logan (Riley Keough) are going to try to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway. They’re maybe not the best of the best (they’re not the kind of team Danny Ocean would assemble), but at least they’re not alone. The siblings will get a helping hand from Joe Bang (Daniel Craig), a man with a knack for blowing open vaults and great (and appropiate) name.

Before they can all pull off the heist, they’ll face another hurdle: getting Joe Bang out of prison.

According to Entertainment Weekly, that’s the basic gist of Logan Lucky. Soderbergh found the Logan family’s heist compared to his past work “familiar” but “different enough”:

On the most obvious level, it’s the complete inversion of an Ocean’s movie. It’s an anti-glam version of an Ocean’s movie. Nobody dresses nice. Nobody has nice stuff. They have no money. They have no technology. It’s all rubber band technology, and that’s what I thought was fun about it. It seemed familiar to me, but different enough. The landscape, the characters, and the canvass were the complete opposite of an Ocean’s film. What was weird is that I was working as a producer on Ocean’s Eight while we were shooting Logan, and it was kind of head-spinning. That’s like a proper Ocean’s film. This is a version of an Ocean’s movie that’s up on cement blocks in your front yard.

After reading the script, Soderbergh couldn’t “bear the thought of somebody else” directing Logan Lucky. Following the director’s brief retirement from movies, he turned his attention towards television by directing two seasons of The Knick and the Red Oaks pilot, and executive producing The Girlfriend Experiment and Godless. The fast-paced experience of The Knick reminded Soderbergh of what he liked about his job:

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 canvass. 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.

One part of the job Soderbergh is still not a fan of is the cost of distributing a movie these days. With Logan Lucky, Bleecker Street and Soderbergh’s Fingerprint Releasing are distributing the movie on 2,500 to 3,000 screens. They’re taking a different approach to distribution, which you can read more about at EW, but the director wants to answer the question: “Can you do what the studios normally do from a distribution standpoint with a lot less resources and with a much better economic structure for the people who made the film?”

Like an Ocean’s film, Logan Lucky is stacked with talent. The movie co-stars Katherine Waterston, Dwight Yoakam, Seth MacFarlane, Macon Blair, Hilary Swank, Sebastian Stan, and Katie Holmes. Here’s a pic of the Logan siblings courtesy of EW:

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Logan Lucky opens in theaters August 18.

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Steven Soderbergh’s ‘The Knick’ Canceled By Cinemax

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The doctor is out, and The Knick is no more.

The Steven Soderbergh-helmed period medical drama has officially been canceled by Cinemax after two critically acclaimed seasons. The news comes more than a year after the Season 2 finale, which seemed pretty — erm — final for one particular main character.

Spoilers ahead, of course, as we linger on this show’s demise.

It seems like the death of Clive Owen’s Dr. John Thackery’ in the season 2 finale of The Knick spelled doom for the Cinemax show. But we didn’t get that message of the show’s cancellation until 15 months after Thackery kicked it, and executive producer and director Soderbergh had hinted that the show could have a future beyond the lead character’s death. Soderbergh even went so far as to hope for four more seasons of the series, telling Variety:

“We always imagined every two years we would annihilate what came before and start over.”

But it was not meant to be, and the show was discharged. Kary Antholis, president, HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming, told TV Line in a statement:

“After a critically acclaimed two-season run of The Knick on Cinemax, we will not be going forward with additional episodes of the series. Despite our pride in and affection for the series, as well as our respect for and gratitude towards Steven Soderbergh and his team, we have decided to return Cinemax to its original primetime series fare of high-octane action dramas, many of which will be internationally co-produced.”

The move toward action fare and away from prestige dramas is an interesting approach for the cable channel, which has been struggling to nail down its brand since it became synonymous in the ’90s with its late-night soft-core porn block, earning itself the nickname “Skinemax.” The channel tried to rebrand itself with prestige original programming — it carried The Knick as well moody horror and crime shows like Outcast and Banshee. But perhaps the channel’s move to “high-octane action dramas” is an attempt to unite its seedier fare with more accessible shows.

It’s a real shame for The Knick to be canceled — I know members of the /Film crew are huge fans of the show — but at least Soderbergh isn’t at a loss for options on television. He currently executive produces and directs Amazon’s Red Oaks as well as Starz’s The Girlfriend Experience.

The Knick marked Owen’s first series-regular role and had a small but ardent following in addition to the critical love. It was one of Soderbergh’s first forays into television after taking a break from directing movies, and he had directed all 20 episodes of the show. Creators Jack Amiel and Michael Begler executive produced alongside Soderbergh, Owen, Gregory Jacobs and Michael Sugar.

Cinemax’s original series slate still includes Quarry and Robert Kirkman’s Outcast. 

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Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams to Produce Syrian Refugee Drama

Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams to produce the real life story of Syrian refugee Doaa Al Zamel in A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea

Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams to produce Syrian refugee drama

Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan) and J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) have signed on to produce a film based on the real-life story of Syrian refugee Doaa Al Zamed, according to The Wrap. The film will be based on the book A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival by Melissa Fleming. Paramount Pictures and Amblin Partners acquired the rights to the book about Al Zamed, who, at 19, left her war-torn homeland for Egypt, right before the government was overthrown. She set off for Europe and a better life, but the voyage took a dark turn. She had to survive for days with two toddlers given to her by other refugees in an inflatable water ring.

Fleming is the chief spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and researched Al Zamel’s story for the book. “A Hope More Powerful than the Sea” was released in January. Here’s the official description:

“Adrift in a frigid sea, no land in sight―just debris from the ship’s wreckage and floating corpses all around―nineteen-year-old Doaa Al Zamel floats with a small inflatable water ring around her waist and clutches two children, barely toddlers, to her body. The children had been thrust into Doaa’s arms by their drowning relatives, all refugees who boarded a dangerously overcrowded ship bound for Sweden and a new life. For days, Doaa floats, prays, and sings to the babies in her arms. She must stay alive for these children. She must not lose hope.”

There are no cast members as of yet and no director attached to the film. Are you interested a Syrian refugee story? Who would you like to see as Al Zamed? Let us know in the comments.

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