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Soderbergh on Hollywood: 'It's not crooked – it's the most transparent industry going'

Steven Soderbergh’s latest film is about dodgy dealings in the financial world but in film-making corruption is not endemic, he says, because everyone is accountable

Every good movie is a heist movie at heart, whether the heist is committed on or off camera. Steven Soderbergh suspects that is what he likes about film-making: the chance to play the role of a criminal mastermind, assembling a gang of diverse talents for a high-stakes adventure. Sometimes it pays off, sometimes not – it’s all part of the thrill. “The life not lived,” he says with a grin.

Soderbergh has made films about dashing, lawless outsiders: bank-robbing George Clooney in Out of Sight; the rackety brothers in Logan Lucky; the whole star-spangled crew from the Oceans franchise. His latest picture tackles a different breed of crime – one that is industrialised, anonymous and altogether less romantic. Inspired by the 2016 release of the Panama Papers,
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Matt Damon movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Good Will Hunting,’ ‘The Martian,’ ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’

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Matt Damon movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Good Will Hunting,’ ‘The Martian,’ ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’
Matt Damon celebrates his 49th birthday on October 8, 2019. The Oscar-winning performer has been one of Hollywood’s most reliable leading men for over two decades. He’s even got a new film, “Ford v. Ferrari,” set to rev up the box office on November 15. But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 20 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Though Damon and his childhood friend Ben Affleck became famous by writing their own ticket to fame and fortune with “Good Will Hunting” (1997), the pair had been acting for years before that film became an art house hit, even appearing together in “School Ties” (1992). But it was by returning to their native Boston to tell the inspirational story about a secret math genius (Damon) that put them on the map, winning them an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay
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Matt Damon movies: 20 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Matt Damon movies: 20 greatest films ranked worst to best
Matt Damon celebrates his 49th birthday on October 8, 2019. The Oscar-winning performer has been one of Hollywood’s most reliable leading men for over two decades. He’s even got a new film, “Ford v. Ferrari,” set to rev up the box office on November 15. But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 20 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Though Damon and his childhood friend Ben Affleck became famous by writing their own ticket to fame and fortune with “Good Will Hunting” (1997), the pair had been acting for years before that film became an art house hit, even appearing together in “School Ties” (1992). But it was by returning to their native Boston to tell the inspirational story about a secret math genius (Damon) that put them on the map, winning them an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay
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‘The Laundromat’: Steven Soderbergh’s Sly, Cheerful Shaggy Dog Tale About How We’re All Screwed [Venice Review]

Steven Soderbergh, we all know, can do anything. So it’s interesting that over a storied career that includes Palme d’Or-winning microbudget indies, semi-experimental actioners, ambitious literary adaptations, man-against-the-machine biopics, and unshowy formalist documentaries, he should have alighted so often on the heist movie. His three ‘Oceans‘ films, “Out of Sight,” and most recently “Logan Lucky” all sit squarely in that area, and—though it might seem counterintuitive to begin with—they also perfectly pave the way for the energetic filmmaking of his latest jaunty, globetrotting romp “The Laundromat.” After all, the film is a grab-bag sample of loosely connected stories that came to light during the 2015 leak of the so-called Panama Papers.

Continue reading ‘The Laundromat’: Steven Soderbergh’s Sly, Cheerful Shaggy Dog Tale About How We’re All Screwed [Venice Review] at The Playlist.
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Netflix schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in September 2019

Netflix has confirmed that 40 new original series, movies and specials will be debuting on the streaming service in September. Leading off lineup is the first season of “The Politician” from the Emmy-winning Ryan Murphy. This drama about an ambitious politico stars Tony champ Ben Platt and Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow. Among the other freshman series one of the most intriguing is “Criminals,” an anthology set in four police stations in the UK, France, Germany and Spain.

Two limited series tell true-life stories. “Unbelievable” chronicles the efforts of two detectives to discover the truth about an alleged sexual assault of a teenage girl. And “Spy” showcases Sacha Baron Cohen as Israeli Mossad agent Eli Cohen, who went undercover in 1960s Syria. Among the new films on offer is Zach Galifianakis’ satire “Between Two Ferns: The Movie.”

Below is the full schedule of everything that is coming and leaving Netflix in September
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‘Rbg’ and ‘Love, Gilda’ Lead the Way in New Emmy Documentary Scores Category

Thanks to the advocacy of composer Miriam Cutler, the TV Academy finally added a separate category for original documentary scores (series and specials) this season, and she promptly was nominated for both “Rbg” and “Love, Gilda.” It’s a very competitive field with Oscar winner “Free Solo” (Marco Beltrami and Brandon Roberts); “Game of Thrones: The Last Watch” (Hannah Peel); “Hostile Planet” and “Our Planet”, and Cutler couldn’t be more thrilled. “The enthusiasm for the category has been huge with all the submissions and some really good nominees,” she said. “It just opens it up.”

Cutler’s been working as an award-winning doc composer for 25 years, but up until now has never gotten close to winning a Primetime Emmy. “Look what happened: the very first time, two nominations,” she added. “I think it acknowledges how interest in docs has really wn].”

It took many years of lobbying the TV Academy
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Netflix Orders ‘Oceans’ Natural History Series From ‘Blue Planet II’ Creator

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Netflix has ordered a multi-part natural history series on the world’s oceans from Freeborne Media, the production outfit of acclaimed natural-history producer James Honeyborne, who created “Blue Planet II.”

Each of the series’ episodes will focus on a different ocean, “combining the disciplines of oceanography, geography and earth sciences to experience these characteristics in new ways,” Netflix said in a statement. The series is the first project to spring from a multi-year deal signed by Freeborne with Netflix to create big-budget natural history programs.

The streaming giant is delving more deeply into the natural history space. It has already released on its platform “Our Planet,” a multi-part wildlife series narrated by BBC stalwart and acclaimed naturalist David Attenborough. That blue-chip series, four years in the making, was filmed in 50 countries and investigated different habitats across the globe, including the deep sea.

Oceans” (working title) will range “from the tropical
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Netflix Travels Across ‘Oceans’ In Big-Budget Wildlife Doc Series From ‘Blue Planet II’ Creator James Honeyborne

Netflix is heading out to sea with the first high-end wildlife documentary series from its deal with Blue Planet II creator James Honeyborne. The Svod service has ordered Oceans (w/t) from his indie Freeborne Media.

This comes after Deadline revealed in January that Honeyborne had inked a multi-year deal with Honeyborne to produce nature and science series.

Oceans will tell the stories of the oceans of the planet, which cover 70% of the globe yet so little is known about each ocean’s unique character. Each episode will focus on a different ocean, combining the disciplines of oceanography, geography and earth sciences to experience these characteristics in new ways. From the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean, to the raging wildness of the Atlantic, from the deceptively peaceful waters of the Pacific that are surrounded by a ring of fire, to the freezing isolation of the Southern and Arctic Oceans
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Netflix Teams With 'Blue Planet II' Creator on 'Oceans' Doc Series

Netflix is continuing the expansion of its natural history output, this time taking the plunge on a new documentary series examining Earth's vast and largely unexplored waters.

Oceans (working title) is the first project from the streaming giant's deal with Freeborne Media, the production company set up by Blue Planet II creator James Honeybourne, who oversaw some 35 films during his time as an executive producer at the BBC’s natural history unit.

Each episode of the series will focus on a different ocean, combining the disciplines of oceanography, geography and earth sciences to experience these characteristics ...
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Former Disney France Boss Jean-François Camilleri Joins Echo Studio As President

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Former Disney France Boss Jean-François Camilleri Joins Echo Studio As President
Respected former Disney France chief Jean-Francois Camilleri has been named President of Paris-based Echo Studio, an international production firm dedicated to creating content with social impact. The move comes about three months after Camilleri announced his departure from Disney where he had spent 30 years in various roles both in France and Los Angeles.

In his new post, Camilleri will develop Echo Studio’s activities including content production, distribution, social impact campaigns, digital and experiences.

At Echo, he reteams with Yves Darandeau and Emmanuel Priou of Bonne Pioche who are also partners in the company. The trio previously worked together on 2005 Oscar winner March Of The Penguins while Camilleri was running Gaumont Buena Vista where he developed local co-productions and acquisitions. Following the success of Penguins, Camilleri created Disneynature in 2008 and became General Manager and Executive Vice President for the label, dedicated to producing theatrical wildlife films. Credits include Oceans (2010), African Cats
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Here’s Everything Coming to and Leaving Hulu in November

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Hulu’s slate of new titles arriving on the platform in November is here.

Wonder,” starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay, will arrive on Hulu Nov. 2. The movie, based on the novel of the same name, tells the story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters the fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

The complete series of “Married with Children” will arrive on the platform on Nov. 9, and the Season 1 premiere of “The Bisexual” will drop on Nov. 16. The “Oceans” trilogy will also become available, beginning Nov. 1.

Also Read: Hulu in Talks to Create a Smaller, More Affordable TV Bundle

Here’s the complete list of titles coming to and leaving Hulu below.

Available Nov. 1

K: Complete Season 2 (Dubbed) (Viz)

Sailor Moon: Complete Season 3 (Dubbed) (Viz)

Six: Complete Season 2 (History)

10 to Midnight (1983)

28 Days Later (2002)

2001 Maniacs (2005)

The Accused (1988)

The Adventures of Priscilla,
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‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Crosses $20 Million at Indie Box Office

  • The Wrap
Focus Features’ “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” hit a big milestone this weekend, crossing the $20 million mark.

Earning rave reviews at Sundance and going on to find success with “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” fans worldwide, Morgan Neville’s documentary now sits among the top 15 highest grossing non-fiction films of all-time after two months in theaters. While its theatrical run has never exceeded 900 screens, “Neighbor” has outgrossed four Disneynature documentaries like “Oceans” and “Monkey Kingdom,” all of which opened to more than 1,000 screens.

Also Read: 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' Sneaks to No. 1 at Box Office With $61.5 Million Opening

While the life and times of Fred Rogers continues to charm audiences, a new documentary, “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood,” had a big start from its single-screen release at the Arclight Hollywood. From that one venue, the documentary made $30,941, putting it second behind “Three Identical Strangers” for per screen
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‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout’ Didn’t Break Any Records — and That’s Ok

‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout’ Didn’t Break Any Records — and That’s Ok
With $61.5 million, “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” easily took top position this weekend. The sixth entry in the “Mission: Impossible” series performed on a level consistent with past efforts; adjusted to 2018 ticket prices, it ranks fifth of the five titles released wide initially, slightly below “Rogue Nation.” (“Ghost Protocol” had an IMAX-only initial release).

This is repeat of the successful “Oceans 8” a few weeks ago, when unadjusted opening grosses put it ahead of earlier “Oceans” films. It was a distraction to the real story of a female reboot performing well. Similarly, the opening number here doesn’t need the claim of best in series to be called a hit.

Whatever its relative placement among the “Mission” films (or its lead Tom Cruise – adjusted #7 among his films over his long career), it’s a reasonable start. And its $92 million international initial result (with most of the rest of the world yet
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15 Top Grossing Documentaries at the Box Office, From ‘Monkey Kingdom’ to ‘Sicko’ (Photos)

Documentaries are rarely big money makers, but we talk about them as having the power to influence change and motivate people to action in a way even narrative films cannot. So when a documentary does make a splash at the box office, it’s an even bigger surprise. This summer, “Rbg,” “Three Identical Strangers” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” are big hits when it comes to documentaries. And the Mister Rogers doc is well on its way to cracking this list of the top 15 grossing documentaries at the box office. This list is an interesting mix of political, nature and concert documentaries, and several of them likewise went on to win Oscars and critical acclaim. All numbers are domestic totals via Box Office Mojo.

15. “Monkey Kingdom” (2015) – $16.4 million

You’ll see a lot of Disneynature documentaries on this list. The newest of the bunch to crack the Top 15 is
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George Clooney’s AFI Tribute: 5 Things You Didn’t See on TV

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TNT aired the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award special for George Clooney Thursday night — but the real shenanigans went down on June 11 at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.

Presenters and the actor’s friends like Jennifer Aniston, Bill Murray, Don Cheadle, Cate Blanchett, Anna Kendrick, father Nick Clooney and Shirley MacLaine showed for the party.

TheWrap was in the house and got all the real-time action you won’t see on TV, starting with …

Also Read: How George Clooney 'Caused a Lot of Problems' for Roseanne Barr During 'Roseanne's' Heyday

Executives Gone Wild

Many of Hollywood’s most powerful brass sit on the board of the American Film Institute, so naturally they’re invited to the big show. And come they did. Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn attended, chatting up social types and journalists in the gallery bar of the Dolby before dinner.

Tucked in a corner at the back of the house,
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Ocean’s 8 review – all-girl gang doesn’t quite deliver the goods

Serious star power and slick direction can’t make up for an ensemble cast’s failure to gel

This all-girl riff on Steven Soderbergh’s deliciously slick Oceans trilogy is a fun-enough spin-off that centres around a revenge heist orchestrated by Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), sister of George Clooney’s Danny. Her team comprises Ocean’s partner, a has-been, tax-evading fashion designer, a diamond expert (Mindy Kaling), stoner-hacker “Nine Ball” (a drily hilarious Rihanna), a pickpocketing, motormouthed teenager (comedian Awkwafina) and Sarah Paulson’s bored stay-at-home mum as the “fence” or go-between. Their plan is to steal a Cartier necklace from the unsuspecting neck of Bambi-eyed actress Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway) at the Met Gala and pin the blame on Debbie’s art dealer ex-boyfriend.

Some things work well, such as Hathaway, whose finely tuned facial expressions are the best thing about the film by a country mile; elastic smile and saucer eyes one minute,
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George Clooney AFI Tribute: Cate Blanchett, Laura Dern, and More Celebrate (and Tease) the Prankster Actor

George Clooney AFI Tribute: Cate Blanchett, Laura Dern, and More Celebrate (and Tease) the Prankster Actor
Last year’s AFI Life Achievement Award winner Diane Keaton cooed over George Clooney’s 18-year relationship with a pig. Laura Dern recalled being stranded in Budapest on their first movie, the never-released “Grizzly II: The Predator,” waiting for plane tickets home. Julianna Margulies thanked Clooney, who just turned 57, for tipping her that her “E.R.” character tested well enough to possibly come back to life, something she did not hear from her own agent.

“You’re the real deal,” she said, choking up, reminding the black-tie crowd that “E.R” arrived after 13 failed pilots. “The most important lessons I learned in this town I learned from George.” Richard Kind described George’s foundation as “the boys,” a motley crew that has hung together for three decades and were led by Clooney — before “E.R.” hit — to spend three days cleaning up East L.A. after the riots.

Yes, George
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George Clooney AFI Tribute: Cate Blanchett, Laura Dern, and More Celebrate (and Tease) the Prankster Actor

George Clooney AFI Tribute: Cate Blanchett, Laura Dern, and More Celebrate (and Tease) the Prankster Actor
Last year’s AFI Life Achievement Award winner Diane Keaton cooed over George Clooney’s 18-year relationship with a pig. Laura Dern recalled being stranded in Budapest on their first movie, the never-released “Grizzly II: The Predator,” waiting for plane tickets home. Julianna Margulies thanked Clooney, who just turned 57, for tipping her that her “E.R.” character tested well enough to possibly come back to life, something she did not hear from her own agent.

“You’re the real deal,” she said, choking up, reminding the black-tie crowd that “E.R” arrived after 13 failed pilots. “The most important lessons I learned in this town I learned from George.” Richard Kind described George’s foundation as “the boys,” a motley crew that has hung together for three decades and were led by Clooney — before “E.R.” hit — to spend three days cleaning up East L.A. after the riots.

Yes, George
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‘Ocean’s 8’ Plotting $30 Million Box Office Opening Weekend

  • Variety
“Ocean’s 8” is placing its bets on a safe opening weekend.

Early tracking shows the female-led heist film is eyeing a domestic debut of $30 million when it opens on June 8, though some estimates show it could earn as much as $36 million.

A three-day weekend total around $30 million would be significantly less than Sony’s all-female reboot of “Ghostbusters,” which launched in 2016 with a solid $46 million. The ultimately plagued movie tapered out at $128 million in North America and $229 million worldwide. With hefty production costs and marketing budgets, the sci-fi comedy — starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones — ultimately lost the studio around $50 million.

It’s worth noting that “Ocean’s 8’s” older target audience doesn’t always rush to theaters on opening weekend. Its success will likely rely on playability stemming heavily from reviews and word of mouth.

At the very least, “Ocean’s 8” had a smaller price tag than “Ghostbusters,
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11 Blockbusters You Can’t Miss This Summer Season

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This week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Summer Preview, including offerings that span genres, niche offerings for dedicated fans, a closer look at festival favorites finally headed to a theater near you, and plenty of special attention to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed summer movie-going season. Check back throughout the week for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up.

Read More: Check out our entire Summer Preview right here

Today — a look at eleven blockbusters (or would-be blockbusters) well worth your time and movie-going dollars.

Deadpool 2,” May 18

Not content to be in just one superhero blockbuster this year, Josh Brolin will trade in Thanos for Cable, the time-traveling cybernetic mutant who seems poised to clash with Deadpool over “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” breakout Julian Dennison.
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