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Steven Soderberg Turns 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark' Into A Black-And-White Silent Movie -- And It's Awesome

September 24th, 2014 3:33pm EDT
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Semi-retired director Steven Soderbergh has conducted an experiment "for educational purposes only" by altering Steven Spielberg's classic 1981 film "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

Soderbergh posted his version of the film and his explanation for changing it on his blog, Extension 765, on Monday revealing that he took the entire movie and converted it to black-and-white while removing all of the film's music and dialog and replacing it with new ambient music (comprising mostly of the scores from David Fincher's films "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and "The Social Network").

Interestingly, t...
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Blu-ray Review: 'Side Effects'

May 22nd, 2013 2:45am EDT
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Ready to delve into the world of prescription pills and murder?  Then follow us as we check out the new to Blu-ray release "Side Effects" out now from Universal Home Entertainment.  The pills and review roll below.

 

   

   Title: "Side Effects"

   Grade: 3 1/2

   Cast: Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones

   Director: Steven Soderbergh

   Rating: R

   Runtime: 107 minutes

   Release Company: Universal Home Entertainment

   Website: www.UniversalHiDef.com

 

The Flick: Good news and bad news.  Good news is that the story behind Side Effects and all its clever twist...
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'Side Effects': A Satisfying Thriller With Twists & Turns You Won't See Coming

February 8th, 2013 7:00pm EST
Side Effects
When we meet Emily (Rooney Mara) she is picking up her husband, Martin (Channing Tatum) from prison.  He was sentenced to four years for inside trading.

Once living the high life, the couple are now reduced to sharing a small apartment in a not so very fashionable New York City neighborhood.

Martin takes this all in stride.  He believes that one day soon, he'll be back on top.

Emily, on the other hand, is not doing too good.  That's especially obvious, when she drives her car into a brick wall and winds up in the hospital.

After her failed suicide attempt, psychiatrist, Jonathan Banks...
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Celebrities That Turn 50 In 2013

January 3rd, 2013 11:08am EST
Brad Pitt
The biggest and most memorable event of 1963 was the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, its 50th anniversary will be marked on November 22. The civil rights movement was in full swing as Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I have a dream" speech and the Vietnam conflict had begun. Gas was 29 cents a gallon and the average cost for a new home was $12,560.

Also that year, the Beatles released their first album 'Please Please Me.' Notable films released in 1963 were The Great Escape, From Russia with Love, The Birds, Cleopatra and The Pink Panther. Popular TV shows included, The A...
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Exclusive: 'Haywire's' Gina Carano On MMA, Soderbergh And 'Fast And Furious 6'

April 30th, 2012 2:33pm EDT
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Beauty is nothing new for a leading lady, but add a healthy dose of lethal to the mix and you’ve got uniquely killer combination. With her equally exquisite loveliness and fast moving fists, former MMA fighter Gina Carano has both qualities in spades – so much so that famed director Steven Soderbergh cast her as the striking lead in his new film. Hitting Blu-ray on May 1 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment, "Haywire" has Carano playing a black-ops agent double-crossed and looking for a little vengeance. We’re celebrating Soderbergh’s return to his roots with a cool Blu-ray review, but firs...
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Antonio Banderas' $10,000 Fake 'Haywire' Beard

April 20th, 2012 11:42am EDT
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Antonio Banderas had a $10,000 false beard made for a movie role after shaving his facial hair off before shooting was complete.

The usually clean-shaven actor sported a bushy growth for Steven Soderbergh's 2011 action thriller Haywire and shaved it off when filming wrapped.

He was later left stunned when the director told him there were three new scenes to shoot - so the special effects crew designed a pricey fake beard for the actor to wear.

Banderas tells Total Film, "Steven met me in New York when I was doing a workshop for a musical, Zorba The Greek. I was trying out a beard for ...
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A Red Headed Rooney Mara Is Nearly Unrecognizable On 'Bitter Pill' Set (Photos)

April 10th, 2012 2:00pm EDT
Rooney Mara in Bitter Pill
We spotted Rooney Mara on the set of her new film "The Bitter Pill" in New York City today. The actress looks completely different than she has in recent months with long red hair.

Last year she dyed and chopped off her brown hair to film "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." She ended up keeping the sharp, sophisticated look. We think the long red hair softens her features and makes her look younger.

Steven Soderbergh directs the psychological thriller starring Mara as a woman who turns to drugs in order to deal with her husband (Channing Tatum) being released from jail. Jude Law also star...
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Gary Ross Won't Direct 'Hunger Games' Sequel

April 7th, 2012 12:30pm EDT
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Moviemaker Gary Ross has reportedly pulled out of negotiations to direct a sequel to "The Hunger Games."

Ross, who has wowed film fans and critics alike with his adaptation of the first book in author Suzanne Collins' trilogy, has officially decided not to return, according to The Playlist.

Speculation about his successor for Catching Fire has begun with "The Hunger Games'" second-unit director Steven Soderbergh the early front-runner to take over the role.
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Carano Is Strong AND Sexy in Soderbergh's 'Haywire'

January 23rd, 2012 6:54am EST
Carano in Haywire
Hollywood needs more action heroines like Mallory Kane. The protagonist in Steven Soderbergh’s spy thriller “Haywire” is strong and sexy like Lisbeth Salander, except she doesn’t have to show any skin to prove it. Portrayed by MMA fighter Gina Carano, Kane has the cunning of Jason Bourne combined with the fighting skills of Jackie Chan.

What really separates Kane from her sisters in the genre though, is her lack of emotional attachment. This isn’t to say that she doesn’t care about anyone, because she does love her father. However Kane doesn’t let her emotions cloud her judgment, i...
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Forgotten Friday Flick - 'The Underneath'

January 20th, 2012 12:40pm EST
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With the glorious "Haywire" hitting theaters today, it seemed only fitting to further shout the sweetness of Soderbergh...welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! Yes, "sex, lies, and videotape" was game changing and "Traffic" was ever so dramatic, but there’s one film that seems to take the backburner on the Soderbergh stove, so we’re gonna turn up the heat! It’s his fourth and most savvy flick about a guy coming home to settle some old business. (And yes, sex and violence ensue!) We’re talking about the highly underrated 1995 little noir ditty..."The Underneath."

Michael Chambers is ...
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Review: 'Haywire' Apt Title For Shaky Action Flick

January 20th, 2012 11:00am EST
Haywire
Haywire is an apt title for a film that comes across more as a work in progress than a finished product.

In its promotional spots, the flick seems like another of the tried-and-true "action hero goes on a rampage to right a wrong" films, and there's nothing wrong with that. Many enjoyable movies have come out of that mold. But Haywire bills itself as having "reinvited the espionage thriller" in its production notes. It doesn't just want to be a popcorn flick, but also something more mysterious, and it doesn't succeed in either category.

Mixed martial artist and former American Gl...
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Two Jews' Review 'Haywire' & Only One Finds It Exciting, Action Packed and Sexy (Video)

January 20th, 2012 8:00am EST
Haywire
Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin Schwartz: I knew I was going to love 'Haywire' directed by Steven Soderbergh from the first scene.

A girl walks into a coffee shop in the middle of nowhere. She sits down...blows on her hands to warm them. The waitress takes her order.

A few seconds later, a man comes in, sits down opposite her. They briefly chat...and then SUDDENLY...

Its wham...bam...pow-kick-punch....Translation...Girl and Guy get into a very, very exciting, take no prisoners, fight with each other.

And this is no ordinary movie fight...because the girl is Gina Carano, a mixed mart...
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Gina Carano Talks About Becoming A Movie Star In 'Haywire' And Her Reasons For Fighting

January 19th, 2012 1:00pm EST
Gina Carano
Fight fans have been enamored with Gina Carano since she entered the cage as a MMA fighter. Now moviegoers can discover the newest action hero, with a raw, real fighting style that could put the Hollywood heroines to shame.

Haywire stars Carano is Mallory Kane, a betrayed agent who fights to clear her name. The traditional action caper was Steven Soderbergh’s idea to make Carano a star. Carano glammed up for a press conference on the film, although she still looks like she could tap you out in a leg lock.

Q: We’re all impressed by your physicality. How do you see yourself?

GC: I think my...
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Gina Carano Had A Black Eye When She Met 'Haywire' Director

January 19th, 2012 8:50am EST
Haywire
Mixed martial arts pin-up Gina Carano was not at her best when she first met moviemaker Steven Soderbergh about the lead role in his new movie "Haywire" because she had just been at the wrong end of a pounding in the ring.

The director requested a meeting with the fighter and it took place shortly after her first MMA defeat.

Carano explains, "I had a black eye. I got punched above my eyebrow and the bruise was coming down into my eye... and my agent called me and he said, 'There's a director that would love to meet you.' I was like, 'I don't think you really want me to meet anybody right ...
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Review: Steven Soderbergh's 'Haywire' A Welcome Return To The Fabulous Films Of His Past

January 17th, 2012 11:00am EST
Haywire photo
I’ll come clean - I’m more of an early Steven Soderbergh film fan. "Sex, lies, and videotape" was a stunning five-star debut, "Kafka" a fantastically strange experience and "King of the Hill" a nostalgic favorite. But it was his fourth film, the highly underrated masterwork "The Underneath," where the director not only showed some cinematic savvy, but also began to play with what would eventually become (for better or worse!) a Soderbergh staple – playing with time. Over the years it has had varying degrees of effectiveness on his work including adding charm to the Clooney fest "Out of Si...
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Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'Underworld: Awakening,' 'Haywire,' & More

January 16th, 2012 11:18am EST
Trailer Talk: This Week
I felt incredibly silly last week when I was supposed to see Mark Wahlberg’s “Contraband.”  I showed up at the wrong theater, and ended up missing my screening.  From what I’ve heard from my colleagues though, I didn’t miss anything fantastic.  One of them compared it in quality to last year’s remake “The Mechanic,” better than expected, but nothing special.    

Hitting the box office this week: the Kate Beckinsale vampire action flick “Underworld: Awakening,” the Steven Soderbergh spy thriller “Haywire,” the Ralph Fiennes helmed Shakespeare adaptation “Coriolanus,” the World War II fighte...
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Director Steven Soderbergh Quits 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

November 19th, 2011 1:00pm EST
Steven Soderbergh
Plans for a movie adaptation of cult 1960s spy series "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." have been thrown into doubt - director Steven Soderbergh has quit the project just days after Bradley Cooper dropped out of the lead role.

George Clooney had initially been touted to portray Robert Vaughn's iconic spy character Napoleon Solo in a proposed film version of the TV show, and when he dropped out, Cooper was slated to take his place.

The Hangover star walked away from the job this week - and now Soderbergh has followed him out the door.

According to movie blog The Playlist, the filmmaker quit after...
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Bradley Cooper Drops Out Of 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

November 14th, 2011 2:24pm EST
Bradley Cooper
Director Steven Soderbergh is back on the hunt for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. after Bradley Cooper quit talks to become his leading man in the movie.

George Clooney was initially touted to portray Robert Vaughn's iconic spy character Napoleon Solo in the movie adaptation of the cult 1960s TV series, and when he dropped out, Cooper was slated to take his place.

Nevertheless, The Hangover star has now walked away from the project too, leaving Soderbergh to search for a new leading man, according to TheWrap.com.

Warrior star Joel Edgerton will reportedly play Solo's sidekick Illya Kuryakin ...
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MMA Fighter Gina Carano Says She's Just A Normal Girl At Her First Movie Premiere

November 10th, 2011 4:00pm EST
Gina Carano
AFI Fest hosted the world premiere of Haywire as their secret screening for the festival on Sunday. The film was noteworthy as the new film by Steven Soderbergh, but also the leading lady debut of athlete Gina Carano. The MMA fighter made her transition to action heroine as the star of the movie.

“All of this is surreal right now,” Carano told an audience after the film screening. “Steven was one of the most beautiful people and gentle people that spent time with me.”

Carano plays a former Marine framed by some corrupt employers who has to fight her way through bad guys to clear her name....
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George Clooney Talks About His Favorite Films And What He Wants To Be Remembered For

October 6th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
The Ides of March
The Toronto International Film Festival was full of stars, so how could George Clooney compete with the likes of Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Madonna? He showed up twice. Two of Clooney’s films played the festival, and both are going to be opening in theaters soon.

The Ides of March, which Clooney directed and opens Friday, is a political drama about a presidential campaign. The Descendents, which Alexander Payne directed, stars Clooney as a father trying to keep his family together when his wife is critically injured. Both films gave Clooney a chance to reflect on what got him here and w...
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'Contagion' Tops Weekend Box Office

September 12th, 2011 8:57am EDT
Contagion
Director Steven Soderbergh's star-studded disaster movie "Contagion" has topped the box office.

The film, about a deadly virus, opened with $23.1 million over the weekend.

Summer sleeper hit "The Help" dropped to second after spending three weeks at the top.

Mixed martial arts movie "Warrior" opened with $5.6 million. "The Debt" and "Colombiana" round out the new top five.
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Steven Soderbergh: Hollywood's Most Versatile Director

September 9th, 2011 12:30pm EDT
contagion
This weekend when “Contagion” opens nationwide, audiences will see director/legend-in-the-making Steven Soderbergh’s first foray into the genre of psychological thriller. Soderbergh, who has been entertaining audiences for over 20 years, has tackled every style of film there is and has refused to become stagnant as a filmmaker.

Few directors are as versatile as Soderbergh and even fewer are so comfortable moving in and out of genres and styles of filmmaking. To celebrate the release of “Contagion,” below is a sampling of the many film genres on which Soderbergh has made his mark.

Crime/He...
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Review 'Contagion' - Two Jews' Are Immune To Soderbergh's Medical Thriller (Video)

September 8th, 2011 6:00pm EDT
Contagion
Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin Schwartz: An international traveler reaches into the snack bowl at an airport bar before passing her credit card to a waiter. A business meeting begins with a round of handshakes. A man coughs on a crowded bus.

One contact. One instant. And a lethal virus is transmitted.

Great premise. Great beginning. But unfortunately, that's not enough to make a great film.

'Contagion' directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Scott Z Burns (The Informant) succeeds in showing us how fast a virus can spread. It also makes you think that becoming an agoraphobi...
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Blu-ray Interview/Review: 'Scarface's' Steven Bauer - Career Interview Time!

September 6th, 2011 3:30pm EDT
Scarface piece
If Tony Montana was the heavy of his illegal operation, then his right hand man Manny Ribera was most certainly the heart. Brought to life by then newbie actor Steven Bauer, Manny had both a danger and charisma that made him a perfect yin to Tony’s wild and unpredictable yang. So we here at Starpulse thought it only fitting that just in time for the tasty release of the "Scarface" Limited Edition Blu-ray hitting shelves Sept. 6 from Universal Home Video (check out the review below as well!), we wanted to get some movie geek insight about the flick from the bold Bauer himself. And while m...
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Fall 2011 Movie Preview: September

August 29th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
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The end of the year is always the most exciting time for true movie lovers as the studios release the films they hope to compete in the race for the many awards shows that will happen early next year. This September will have some decent films to choose from (namely "Contagion" and "Drive"), but with a greater amount of less-than-impressive fare than is normally seen. Either way, this first month in the awards season will have moviegoers flocking to the cinema nearly every weekend.

September 2

Apollo 18

This horror/thriller has been called “The Blair Witch Project” set in space, and the ...
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Elvis's Granddaughter Riley Keough Lands Leading Role In 'Magic Mike'

August 20th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
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Elvis Presley's granddaughter Riley Keough has landed the leading lady role in Steven Soderbergh's new movie about male strippers after beating Lindsay Lohan to the part, according to a new report.

Soderbergh has cast Keough as the girlfriend of British actor Alex Pettyfer's exotic dancer character in Magic Mike.

A production source tells Eonline.com, "Her character is trouble with a capital T."

Earlier this week, it was announced that Matthew McConaughey will play a stripper-turned-club owner in the film, which is inspired by actor Channing Tatum's experiences as a Florida stripper befo...
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Steven Soderbergh Is Helping Direct 'The Hunger Games'

August 5th, 2011 9:14am EDT
Steven Soderbergh
Moviemaker Steven Soderbergh has signed on as the second unit director on pal Gary Ross' movie adaptation of bestseller "The Hunger Games."

The director has agreed to help his friend as he completes production on the much-anticipated 2012 blockbuster.

Eddie Mills, a production designer on the film, broke the news via a tweet on Wednesday, posting, "Soderbergh in the house this weekend!!! very exciting!"

That message was apparently followed by a tweet from set electrician Chrys Blackstone, which read, "Holy s**t! Just found out that Steven Soderbergh is coming to the #hungergames to direc...
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Michael Fassbender Finally Hits The Big Time With ‘X-Men: First Class’

June 3rd, 2011 3:00pm EDT
Michael Fassbender X-Men: First Class
Though he is still relatively unknown to most audiences right now, after this weekend Michael Fassbender will officially be one of the biggest movie stars in the world. He stars as Erik Lehnsherr a.k.a. Magneto in the comic book origin story “X-Men: First Class.” His performance as the metal-bending, vengeance-seeking mutant will definitely be the performance people will be talking about after seeing the movie.

The German-born actor had his big break in the TV mini-series “Band of Brothers” which was produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. Fassbender continued working steadily in Briti...
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Demi Moore To Portray In Cougar In 'Magic Mike'

May 18th, 2011 11:36am EDT
Demi Moore
Demi Moore is reportedly set to seduce Alex Pettyfer in an upcoming film inspired by Channing Tatum's experience as a stripper.

Moore is in talks to play an older woman who tempts Pettyfer, a newcomer to exotic dancing, in upcoming movie Magic Mike, which is based on Tatum's brief stint stripping at the age of 19 before finding fame as an actor. Tatum will star as Pettyfer's mentor.

And the 48-year-old actress, who bared all in 1996 movie Striptease, is said to be thrilled about joining the cast.

A source tells Eonline.com, "Demi met with (director) Steven Soderbergh at Soho House in ...
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Alex Pettyfer To Strip In 'Magic Mike'

May 14th, 2011 10:15am EDT
Alex Pettyfer
Alex Pettyfer has been hired to star in a film inspired by the real life experiences of stripper-turned-actor Channing Tatum.

The "I Am Number Four" star has been picked to lead the cast of Magic Mike, which will be directed by Steven Soderbergh and produced by Tatum.

The film chronicles the life of a young man who bares all for lusty women as he struggles to make a living.

Tatum, who wowed the ladies with his toned physique in Florida before he became an actor, will play a character who mentors the stripper.

Production is slated to begin in Los Angeles in August.
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