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Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones reunite on red carpet

April 16th, 2014 3:10am EDT
Michael Douglas
Estranged couple Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have made their first red carpet appearance together in a year to support director pal Steven Soderbergh's new off-Broadway play.

The pair separated in 2013 after 13 years of marriage, however, recent reports suggest they are working on giving the marriage a second chance.

On Tuesday (15Apr14), the two put on a united front during a rare public outing while attending the opening night performance of Soderbergh-directed production The Library at the Public Theater.

Both Zeta-Jones and Douglas have worked with the acclaimed filmmake...

Matthew McConaughey: I wanted frightening roles

February 4th, 2014 4:20am EST
Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey wanted to take on film roles that "scare" him.
The actor, who has been nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of a real-life AIDS victim in 'Dallas Buyers Club', made a conscious decision not to take a part in another romantic comedy, after appearing in 'How To Lose a Guy In 10 Days' and 'Failure to Launch'.
He told Time Out London magazine: "I'm not going to carry on doing the same thing over and over. I was reading romantic comedies. And I liked them. But I wanted to do something that scares me a little bit.
"The first move was saying 'no' to scripts. That was six ...

Steve McQueen: Kanye West is a 'lovely man'

January 26th, 2014 3:20pm EST
Kanye West
Kanye West and Steve McQueen are developing a close friendship.
The '12 Years a Slave' director bonded with the 'New Slaves' rapper when he recently interviewed him for the January issue of Interview magazine and Steve hasn't ruled out working with him in the future.
Speaking at the 66th Annual Directors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday night (01.25.14), the moviemaker told "We talk all the time. He's a very lovely man. A lovely man."
He said he respects Kanye, 36, "because he's an experimenter, he's tireless in trying to create sound and music. That he can be progressiv...

Steven Soderbergh to direct Moretz's New York stage debut

January 16th, 2014 8:50pm EST
Steven Soderbergh
Moviemaker Steven Soderbergh has put his retirement plans on hold once again to direct actress Chloe Grace Moretz in a new off-Broadway play.

The revered filmmaker insisted TV movie Behind the Candelabra would be his final job as a director after announcing plans to step away from Hollywood and spend more time painting, but it appears a new drama written by his Side Effects screenwriter has lured him back.

The Library will premiere in the spring (Mar14) at New York's Public Theater, and will run until 27 April (14).

The play focuses on gun violence and Burns tells The Hollywood Reporter,...

Liberace biopic delivers Emmys for Soderbergh and Douglas

September 23rd, 2013 12:10am EDT
Steven Soderbergh's Liberace biopic Behind The Candelabra was the big winner at the 65th annual Emmy Awards, picking up major honours for the director, his leading man Michael Douglas, and landing the night's Outstanding Miniseries or Movie prize.

The TV film was also honoured by Sir Elton John during the ceremony - he dedicated his new song Home Again to Liberace as part of a tribute to the flamboyant pianist.

He said, "This year a television film about a musician scored 50 Emmy nominations... That musician was Liberace and this guy played a mean piano. His programme aired in England and...

Eve Hewson cast in Steven Soderbergh's new TV drama

August 12th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
Steven Soderbergh
Bono's actress daughter Eve Hewson is heading to the small screen after landing a role in Steven Soderbergh's upcoming TV series The Knick.

The This Must Be The Place star, 22, has been cast alongside Clive Owen in the 10-part show, which is based in 1900s New York and will centre around groundbreaking surgeons and staff at Knickerbocker Hospital during a period of high mortality rates and a lack of antibiotics.

Kristen Stewart's ex-boyfriend Michael Angarano has also joined the line-up, which includes Andre Holland and Sinister's Juliet Rylance, according to

Production on ...

Steven Soderbergh to teach master class at Deauville film festival

July 3rd, 2013 3:20am EDT
Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh is set to teach a movie master class at this summer's (13) Deauville American Film Festival in France.

The director, who is planning to turn his back on Hollywood to focus on his love of art, will open the annual event with a screening of his Liberace biopic Behind The Candelabra on 30 August (13) and will share his moviemaking secrets with guests at a special lecture the following day (31Aug13).

The festival will also include a tribute to veteran Aliens producer Gale Anne Hurd, while French actress Valerie Donzelli will serve as president of the Cartier Revelation Jury ...

Channing Tatum nervous about Soderbergh's offer to return for Magic Mike sequel

June 26th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum is terrified that moviemaker Steven Soderbergh will honour a promise to return for a Magic Mike sequel - and serve as the actor's directing sidekick.

Tatum has revealed he's developing the film, which is based loosely on his own experiences as a male stripper, and really wants Soderbergh to return as director, but the filmmaker insists he's serious about his plans to retire and he'll only sign up if the actor takes over the project, and makes him his director of photography.

The movie hunk says, "He really wants to be done directing movies. We'll see. I wish people would lo...

Blu-ray Review: 'Side Effects'

May 22nd, 2013 2:45am EDT
Side Effects
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



The Flick: Good news and bad news.  Good news is that the story behind Side Effects and all its clever twist...

Michael Douglas objected to gay porn scenes in Behind The Candelabra

May 13th, 2013 4:44pm EDT
Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas forced director Steven Soderbergh to cut gay porn scenes in their new Liberace biopic because the actor wanted to be able to show his young kids the film without having to explain the explicit shots.

The Wall Street star portrays the flamboyant pianist in Behind The Candelabra, and, although he had no problem filming intimate scenes with his co-star Matt Damon, who plays Liberace's young lover Scott Thorson, Douglas refused to allow footage of men's penises to grace the TV screens in the movie.

He tells New York Magazine, "Liberace loved sex, and I didn't have a problem wi...

'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...

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...

Exclusive: 'Haywire's' Gina Carano On MMA, Soderbergh And 'Fast And Furious 6'

April 30th, 2012 2:33pm EDT
Haywire photo
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...

Antonio Banderas' $10,000 Fake 'Haywire' Beard

April 20th, 2012 11:42am EDT
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 ...

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...

Gary Ross Won't Direct 'Hunger Games' Sequel

April 7th, 2012 12:30pm EDT
Gary Ross
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.

Uggie Dodges Retirement As Nintendo Spokesdog (See Video)

March 7th, 2012 7:27am EST
Is Uggie pulling a Steven Soderbergh?

The canine star of "The Artist" was supposedly going to be retiring from show business after making his appearance at the Oscars.

Well, now that "The Artist" took home a whole bunch of those Oscars, a lot of job offers are no doubt piling up in Uggie's doghouse -- which means plans for retiring to a life of lounging by the pool might've been a bit premature.

However, Uggie has gone in a rather unexpected direction following his scene-stealing turn in this year's Best Picture winner: he's gone and gotten himself an office day job.

Specifically, he...

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...

Forgotten Friday Flick - 'The Underneath'

January 20th, 2012 12:40pm EST
The Underneath photo
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 ...

Review: 'Haywire' Apt Title For Shaky Action Flick

January 20th, 2012 11:00am EST
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...

Two Jews' Review 'Haywire' & Only One Finds It Exciting, Action Packed and Sexy (Video)

January 20th, 2012 8:00am EST
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...

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...

Gina Carano Had A Black Eye When She Met 'Haywire' Director

January 19th, 2012 8:50am EST
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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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

Warrior star Joel Edgerton will reportedly play Solo's sidekick Illya Kuryakin ...

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....

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...

'Contagion' Tops Weekend Box Office

September 12th, 2011 8:57am EDT
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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