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Richard Curtis on 'About Time' being his last film: 'I decided I should take my own advice'

Richard Curtis’ new film About Time — out Nov. 8 — stars Domhnall Gleeson as a young Englishman who discovers that he can travel through time, just like his dad (Bill Nighy). But the director, who has written such rom-com classics as Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill, as well as directing Love Actually (the cinematic equivalent to a supergroup), insists that he hasn’t switched genres completely.

“It’s actually an anti-time-travel time-travel movie,” he says with a laugh. But how could this be? “You’ll understand once you see it,” he promises. “It’s really a philosophical movie — what if you had one day to live? You wouldn’t want to try to win an Oscar or get an Olympic gold medal. You’d live a normal day: You’d have breakfast with your kids and lunch with your friends and dinner with someone you love. This film is about what matters in time. And it turns out, in my opinion, to be the most ordinary of things.”

It was this thinking that helped Curtis come to the realization that About Time will more than likely be the last film he directs.

Steven Soderbergh drops out of 'Man from U.N.C.L.E.'

The long development of Warner Bros.’s planned reboot of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. just grew a little longer. As The Playlist initially reported, Steven Soderbergh has departed from the project, leaving it without a star or a director. At one point, the re-imagining of the 1960s TV show that starred Robert Vaughn and David McCallum was developed as the next Soderbergh/Clooney collaboration, but The Descendants star dropped out of the leading role because of his chronically bad back. Soderbergh then met with other potential stars, with the trades paying special attention to Bradley Cooper. The studio hoped to begin shooting in March, but according to The Playlist, their budget for the film was much less than Soderbergh envisioned. It’s not unlike what occurred when Sony and Soderbergh parted ways on Moneyball. And like that project, U.N.C.L.E. will surely survive to live another day with a different director at the helm.

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Steven Soderbergh talks retirement

Kevin Smith hockey movie 'Hit Somebody' to become two-parter

Kevin Smith’s upcoming hockey saga Hit Somebody is getting so big, it needs to take up two separate movies.

The Clerks and Chasing Amy filmmaker has said this movie, based on the Warren Zevon song, would be his last — Smith plans to focus his efforts entirely on his podcast empire and plans to become an indie distribution mogul.

At a Q&A in Montreal for Red State — his recent u-turn into horror, which he is self-distributing, road-show style — Smith dropped the news that the hockey movie was becoming two films, according to the Canadian news site Hour Community. (Smith retweeted the link, in apparent confirmation.)

The director has released parts of his work-in-progress script, which can be read here. In his intro, he says, “It’s 1961 and our lead character, Buddy McCracken, is 11. Buddy’s suffering from a personal loss when he’s visited on his family’s Saskatchewan farm by the man who’ll be his first hockey coach, Blue Jay Jennings (written for John Goodman).”

Smith has indicated in the past that he is open to partnering with a studio on Hit Somebody, though it sounds like he’s already making big decisions regardless of any future partnerships.

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Scene from Kevin Smith’s hockey flick ‘Hit Somebody

Kevin Smith says he's retiring. So does Steven Soderbergh. Former indie wunderkinds, we hardly knew ye!

Kevin-SmithImage Credit: George Pimentel/Getty ImagesAnnouncing that you plan to retire while you’re still in your prime used to be the special province of pop stars. David Bowie did it (his first “retirement” took place in 1973), and so did Jay-Z. Now some pretty famous movie directors are making the same noises. They’re talking about taking that retirement bait — and, more than the pop stars, they sound as if they mean it. On Tuesday, Kevin Smith sat down for a fascinating, soul-searching, at times nearly confessional here’s-why-it-looks-like-I’ve-been-cracking-up interview streamed live on (“Am I having a midlife crisis?” he asked mockingly. “Yes! But it’s an entertaining one!”) Smith was out to answer his critics — not just the film critics, like me, who beat up on Cop Out (he seemed to get that out of his system in his infamous comment-board rants of a year ago — and besides, he gave me a nice shout-out on; thanks, Kevin!), but also the bloggers who attacked him for his rambling, half-hour-long “manifesto” after the Sundance premiere of Red State (that’s him at Sundance, above), when he got up on stage and explained, with a gonzo “f— the system” logic, why he planned to distribute the movie himself. READ FULL STORY

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