‘Logan Lucky’ actors spotted on set

‘Logan Lucky’ the latest Steven Soderbergh movie is in the making and the actors Channing Tatum and Riley Keough were spotted yesterday (2 Sept. 2016) in costumes on the set.  This is not the duo’s first collaboration; they both were together in Soderbergh’s drama/comedy ‘Magic Mike’ back in 2012!


‘Logan Lucky’ revolves around two brothers who attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina and is expected to be released on 13 October 2017 (USA).

Riley Keough Shows Her Support During Dakota Access Pipeline Protest

The American actress and humanitarian Riley Keough shows her support a second time during a protest called ‘Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline’. Her  fellow attendees during this protest are Susan Sarandon and Shailene Woodley along with hundreds of other protesters.


The pipeline would be used to transport crude oil from North Dakota into Illinois but would cross the Missouri River a mile away from the Standing Rock Reservation and threaten residents’ drinking water.

“We stood to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline all day… Through the rain. And hope Obama heard us. Please sign the petition if you haven’t,” Riley wrote on her Instagram.

You can sign the petition here https://www.change.org/p/jo-ellen-darcy-stop-the-dakota-access-pipeline and stand with the Native Americans.



The Girlfriend Experience returning for Season Two, without Riley Keough

Steven Soderbergh’s critically-acclaimed limited series “The Girlfriend Experience” has been greenlit for a second season, Starz President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Albrecht announced today at the Starz Television Critics Association (TCA) presentation at the Beverly Hilton.

Soderbergh returns as executive producer, along with Philip Fleishman, Lodge Kerrigan, Amy Seimetz, and Jeff Cuban. Andrew Fierberg and Adele Romanski will also executive produce. Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz will serve as showrunners, writers and directors for the 14-episode scripted anthology series.

Though the bad news for those who binged the first season: It will be without Riley Keough..


“The Girlfriend Experience” second season will focus on entirely new characters and plotlines.

Starz President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Albrecht announced Monday (1 August 2016) at TCA that the show has been greenlit for a second season with executive producer Steven Soderbergh and an entirely new cast of characters and plotlines. Make that two new sets. The 14-episode season will be divided into two seven-episode stories, USA TODAY has learned, which may or may not run back-to-back. One will be written and directed by producer Lodge Kerrigan, and the other by producer Amy Seimetz, who have “different sensibilities,” says Carmi Zlotnik, managing director of Starz.

The first season, which follows Christine Reade, a second year student at Chicago-Burnham Law School and a new intern at a prestigious law firm as she enters the world of sex work, was loosely based on Steven Soderbergh’s 2009 movie starring Sasha Grey. And carried largely by Keough, who reveled in telling an atypical escort story.

“I liked the idea of showing a girl who doesn’t come from an oppressive background, who is intelligent and has a lot going for her, that ends up in sex work. Not the other story, which has been told before,” Keough told USA TODAY.

Paul Sparks was another highlight as the high-powered attorney, David Tellis, turned romantic interest.

Source: USA Today

Abbey Lee and Riley Keough collaboration for a `twisted` movie

‘King Cobra’ Director Justin Kelly Sets Up-And-Coming Cast For ‘Twisted’ Next Film

Kelly has landed his dream cast of Riley Keough, Caleb Landry Jones and Abbey Lee for his next film, THR reports. The writer-director of 2015’s “I Am Michael” and this year’s “King Cobra”  will direct the untitled project that he also wrote.

“Abbey, Riley and Caleb have proven themselves to be some of the most talented, versatile actors working today, capable of imbuing tough, challenging characters with emotional depth and empathy,” Kelly told THR. “They are truly the perfect cast to bring this twisted, mysterious story to life.”

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Here’s the official synopsis for the film: Alice arrives unannounced at her estranged brother Ethan’s house in an attempt to reconcile, but bizarre visions, the return of his strange girlfriend Misty, and Alice’s paranoia and suspicion force the siblings to cling onto reality amidst mysterious circumstances.

Lee will play the character of Alice, having recently starred in “Mad Max: Fury Road” and Nicolas winding Refn’s “The Neon Demon.” Jones will play the role of Ethan, while Keough will play the third lead role. She recently appeared in the Starz series “The Girlfriend Experience” and has a supporting role in Andrea Arnold’s upcoming Cannes Jury Prize winner “American Honey.”


You know it when you see it: A star on the rise – A video interview with Indie Wire

Casting “Magic Mike,” Steven Soderbergh saw an audition tape for then-22-year-old model-actress Riley Keough—whose genetic blessings from grandfather Elvis Presley and mother Lisa Marie are self evident—and hired her sight unseen for a small role as stripper Nora, where she learned all about “underwear and spray tans,” she told me in our video interview. She first met Soderbergh at a “Magic Mike” staff dinner with her co-stars Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey and her romantic interest Alex Pettyfer, to whom she was briefly engaged.

Five years later, “The Girlfriend Experience” producer Soderbergh cast Keough to carry the 13-part Starz half-hour series “The Girlfriend Experience,” now adapted from his 2009 film by indie writer-directors, Amy Seimetz (“Sun Don’t Shine”) and Lodge Kerrigan (“Claire Dolan”). Reviews and Emmy buzzare strong.

Keough had some discomfort after reading the first four scripts about the high-end sex worker —”I was projecting my own views, judgments, and morals onto this person, they weren’t giving a lot to me, but I was rooting for her”— but she agreed to portray Christine Reade, a whip-smart law student and intern at a New York law firm who follows her best friend (Seimetz fave Kate Lyn Sheil) into the escort business.

‘Lovesong,’ Starring Riley Keough and Jena Malone, to Kick off Sundance Next Fest

So Yong Kim’s Lovesong, a love story starring Riley Keough and Jena Malone, will kick off Sundance Next Fest, which is set to run Aug. 12-14 at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

The fest will present the the Los Angeles premiere of six films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and each pic will be paired with a music act, live performance or conversation. Lovesong will screen alongside a performance by Shamir.


Tickets for the Next Fest events, which range from $15-25, go on sale to Sundance Institute members today and the general public on Thursday at sundance.org/next. Tickets for the Night Before Next outdoor party start at $150 and include an Institute membership at some levels.

Source: Yahoo Movies

Riley Keough’s Exclusive Phone Interview With Collider

Executive produced by Steven Soderbergh and co-created by Lodge Kerrigan andAmy Seimetz, who also wrote and directed all 13 episodes, the Starz series The Girlfriend Experience follows law student Christine Reade (Riley Keough), who is a new intern at a prestigious law firm where she is working hard to establish herself. Her focus quickly shifts when a classmate introduces her to the world of transactional relationships, known as The Girlfriend Experience or GFE, and Christine quickly finds herself drawn in and attracted to the rush of control and intimacy, no matter the opinion that her family has about her actions and choices.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Riley Keough (who gives a brilliantly layered and complex performance as the emotionally hard to read woman at the center of this story) talked about why she felt really lucky to be able to read the full season before shooting, never judging or questioning her character, how liberating it was to play an unapologetic woman, and why she thinks one season was the perfect way to tell this woman’s story. She also talked about reuniting with Steven Soderbergh for his next film, a heist story called Logan Lucky, and the appeal of doing The Discovery and working with Robert Redford.

Collider: Looking back on this series as a whole, did the story, the character and the vision for it turn out pretty close to what you were told, from the beginning, or were there any major detours, along the way?

RILEY KEOUGH: I would say that it was exactly what I thought it was going to be. They had a very strong vision, for the whole thing, and they delivered that vision.

Were you surprised that it did stay so close to what you thought it would be?

KEOUGH: I wasn’t surprised because I think both of the filmmakers, Amy [Seimetz] and Lodge [Kerrigan], and Steven [Soderbergh], are brilliant. I would be surprised if it was terrible.


With this show, you were able to get the first four scripts to read. Do you think you would have been as open to a role like this, if you had only been able to have one script to go on?

KEOUGH: That’s a good question. I don’t know. I was really lucky and got four, and then when I said okay, I got all 13. I really got to make an educated decision about the project, and I was lucky, in that sense. I have no idea what I would have said from just one episode. But with that said, I also really trust Steven and Amy and Lodge, and their taste and storytelling. So, I probably would have done it anyway.

A lot of actors talk about not needing all of the information about their character ahead of time, but it seems like it might have been helpful, in this instance. Did you find that to be the case?

KEOUGH: Yeah. It depends on the project for me, as far as how I feel about it. But with this particular project, I feel it was really helpful that I had all of the episodes.

You’ve talked about wanting to approach this character from an unbiased place and not wanting to judge her actions or decisions. But were there any times that you found yourself judging her, or at least questioning her actions or motivations? 

KEOUGH: No, not while I was doing it. While I was doing it, I was in that headspace. I feel like, if I was questioning what I was doing than I was doing something wrong because I wasn’t where I was supposed to be, in terms of inhabiting this person. So, the answer is no.

Christine questions her own behavior, asking her sister if she’s a sociopath before being told that she’s not one because sociopaths don’t question whether they are one or not. Do you think she really was experiencing all of the emotions you would expect someone to have, but just kept them buried deep down, or did she not feel the emotions that most people would?

KEOUGH: I think she feels the emotions most people would, but she doesn’t feel the emotions that most people on TV would. I think it’s a little bit more realistic. It’s more flawed than doing something and feeling the repercussions of it immediately, and then crying, or whatever is supposed to happen in a movie or TV show to show you that it’s a good guy. She is a human being, and she’s a bit flawed and not perfect. We wanted to leave exactly how she was feeling up to the audience.

How did you feel about the fact that this young woman didn’t really have a specific explanation or justification for her choices, other than that it’s just what she decided to do?

KEOUGH: I think it’s a really admirable thing to be very sure of your own moral code and not waver from that. If you’re sure of your moral code, your moral code is personal. Something that I admire about Christine is being unapologetic and knowing who she is. That was empowering to play.


She’s not deterred by the opinions of other people, but did you ever wonder if there could have been anything that would have gotten her to stop what she was doing?

KEOUGH: I don’t think she thought what she was doing was wrong, so I don’t think there was a reason for her to stop.

People talk about the more shocking moments of this show, with the sex scenes, the masturbation scenes and her sitting on the toilet and getting her period, but it’s also refreshing to watch something that is so open with a character. Did it feel more that way, when you were doing it, than it did shocking?

KEOUGH: Yeah, absolutely. It was liberating for me, especially as a woman, to be able to be this unapologetic woman who’s just fine with doing what she’s doing, and who’s not saying sorry to anybody about things one would consider to be wrong. She sticks to the beat of her own drum, and that was liberating.

It was interesting to hear her verbalize that it’s difficult for a woman to be seen as both a sexual person and a competent professional, at the same time, when that’s something that men have to problem with. What do you think it would take for that to change?

KEOUGH: I think it’s exactly what’s happening now, with women being portrayed as human beings, and not just black and white. Men can be the anti-hero all the time, and it’s cool, but when women are, they’re twisted or messed up or something is wrong with them. I think it’s just about portraying women in the world as equals to men, and vice versa.

In what ways would you say this character was easier to play than you thought she would be, and how was she more of a challenge than you expected?

KEOUGH: She was easier than I thought because she was not an unhappy person, so I was not unhappy playing her. That was nice and refreshing for me. And the whole process of acting is hard. There wasn’t anything crazy difficult about it, though. She was genuinely a happy person who was sure of herself, so she wasn’t this tormented person that I had to play. People ask, “It’s a dark show, so did you feel dark?” No, because she doesn’t feel dark.

At the same time, there are definitely things that happen that she probably wishes might have gone a different way, like having her job taken away from her without being able to make that decision herself. So, what do you think her perfect world would have been?

KEOUGH: For her, she doesn’t like a loss of control, so she’s constantly trying to manipulate and control everything. I think by the end, she does ultimately win.

What will you take away from your experience of working with Amy Seimetz and Lodge Kerrigan, especially as you helped them bring their vision of this character to life?

KEOUGH: It was just a really nice experience where I got to work with two filmmakers in a space where I felt like I could say and do whatever I wanted, every day, all day. I had never done television before, so to be able to exist as this character over a long period of time was really nice, as an actor. I had never experienced that before because this was my first TV show. Also, Christine was in pretty much every single scene of the show. It was just a really cool experience for me to have so long to be this person, in this space where we all agreed on most things. It was just a good group of people that Steven put together. He’s so supportive of other artists and he knows how different energies will work together. It was just a great experience, really.

Because nothing about Christine’s life is really resolved and we don’t have any idea what might be next for her, did you think about where she might have gone, after we leave her, or what she ultimately might have ended up doing with her life?

KEOUGH: I didn’t. I felt closure with her. I just left her there. I felt done playing Christine. I was never really meant to do a Season 2. It was just going to be one season, and if they did another season, it was going to be a different story. But when I finished, even if they had wanted me to, I just didn’t feel like there was anywhere else I could go with her and I felt like I was done with that, so I’m glad it was a one-season thing.

You’re also working with Steven Soderbergh again for his next film, Logan Lucky. We know that’s about a pair of brothers who plan a heist during a high-profile Nascar race, but what can you say about where your character fits in?

KEOUGH: I don’t know how much I’m allowed to say, but he’s always got something up his sleeve and he’s always doing something wild and different. I’m really excited to be a part of anything he does. He’s a genius, so I’m excited.

The Discovery also sounds very interesting, being a love story set after the existence of the afterlife is scientifically verified. What appealed to you about that story?

KEOUGH: I’ve always been fascinated by life after death, and that was the subject matter of the film. There are not a lot of films on that subject, and it’s something I think about often, probably every day. It was refreshing to read it. I didn’t feel as crazy. And then, I met (writer/director) Charlie [McDowell] and he was great, and I just wanted to work with him.

Was it cool to get to work with Robert Redford? Is he just a totally normal guy?

KEOUGH: I wouldn’t call him normal. He’s down-to-earth and kind, yes, but almost more kind and more down-to-earth than a normal person. He’s got such an intense presence. He’s a movie star, and he still has that. It’s intense to be around and it’s a beautiful thing. It was a moment in my life where it was like, “Wow, I’m in a film with Robert Redford. That’s pretty fuckin’ epic!” It’s probably going to be one of the coolest things I’ll look back on and remember. He’s hilarious, charming, kind, cheeky, and all those great movie star qualities.