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Box office update: 'Contagion' consumes weak competition with $8 mil on Friday

In what’s shaping up to be possibly the slowest weekend of the year at the box office, the only bright spot was the new viral thriller Contagion, which topped the charts with an estimated $8 million on Friday. Warner Bros.’ PG-13 film, which was directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars a who’s who of Oscar winners and nominees, received mostly positive reviews and is on pace for a solid $22 million opening. But its success cannot distract from the box office’s overall dismal performance. The top 10 movies grossed an estimated $19.6 million on Friday — the lowest Friday figure so far this year. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: No stopping 'Contagion' from dominating the weekend

After topping the box office for 24 straight days (and a likely 25th today), The Help will finally have to step aside for a new No. 1 movie: Steven Soderbergh’s viral thriller Contagion. Also debuting this weekend is the mixed martial arts drama Warrior, and two films that shouldn’t even crack the top five: the R-rated comedy Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star and the R-rated horror flick Creature.

The former movie, which stars Nick Swardson as a Midwestern nerd who heads to Hollywood to become a porn actor, was produced and co-written by Adam Sandler. But Swardson isn’t a big box-office draw, and the $10 million Sony release is only debuting in about 1,500 theaters, so count on an opening between $3 million and $4 million. Creature, about a half-human, half-alligator monster named Lockjaw (ManBearPig was apparently already booked), should fare even worse. Let’s say $1 million from 1,507 theaters.

Here are my box-office predictions for the top five: READ FULL STORY

Matthew McConaughey signs up for Channing Tatum stripper movie 'Magic Mike'

Matthew McConaughey, seen here in the only fully clothed photo we could find, has joined director Steven Soderbergh’s male-stripper film Magic Mike, the actor’s rep confirmed to EW. (Variety first reported the news.) The drama stars Channing Tatum as the title character, a veteran stripper who mentors a younger dancer (I Am Number Four‘s Alex Pettyfer) in the art of hustling. McConaughey will play a former stripper who now owns the club, called Xquisite, where Tatum’s character works.

The movie has been a passion project for Tatum, who actually performed as an exotic dancer named “Chan Crawford” when he was 18 years old. “This was a wild and pivotal time in my life,” said Tatum in a previous statement, “and I couldn’t be more thrilled to go down the rabbit hole with Steven.” Magic Mike will start shooting on Sept. 14 with plans for a 2012 release.

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Steven Soderbergh lending a hand to 'The Hunger Games'

EW has confirmed reports that Steven Soderbergh will pitch in as second unit director on the set of The Hunger Games. “It’s true he’s shooting two days of second unit,” says director Gary Ross, who’s at the helm of the adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ dystopian best-seller. “He’s one of my best friends and we all help each other a little bit on these things.” Soderbergh was a producer of Ross’ 1998 film Pleasantville. READ FULL STORY

Steven Soderbergh says talk of his retirement 'got blown out of proportion', blames Matt Damon

At the Hall H presentation for Steven Soderbergh’s butt-kicking thriller Haywire, director Steven Soderbergh addressed those reports about his supposed retirement — and where they came from. “Matt Damon is about as discreet as a fourteen-year-old girl,” the director told EW’s own Anthony Breznican, who was moderating. “I had this drunken conversation with him in Chicago shooting Contagion,” he said, adding then he read the reports in the paper a few days later. While he praised the actor’s good memory (“he remembered it almost verbatim”), he said that he wasn’t as serious as he had implied. “I was just sort of going off,” he said. In this economy, “No one wants to hear about someone quitting a good job. It got blown out of proportion. That’s Matt’s fault!”

Check out the brand-new trailer for Haywire below!  READ FULL STORY

Comic-Con 2011: 'Haywire' teaser poster lets the butt-kicking begin

Relativity Media has released an official Comic-Con teaser poster for Steven Soderbergh’s action-thriller Haywire, which stars mixed martial arts superstar Gina Carano (who you may remember as Crush from NBC’s 2008 American Gladiators reboot or the winner of EW’s filmed Office Gladiators competition). She performs her own stunts in the film, which has an impressive supporting male cast that includes Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas, Bill Paxton, and Michael Angarano. See the bold poster below. Update: A trailer has also been released. Watch it below as well. READ FULL STORY

'Contagion' trailer: Oh my God, Steven Soderbergh killed Gwynnie!


You bastards!

All right, before you freak out, it’s not a spoiler. It’s right there at the start of the trailer, so let’s not act like this revelation ruins the movie, though it is pretty shocking to see Gwyneth Paltrow so quickly eradicated. She has a way of making her widowed leading men really lose it: Will “What happened to her!?!” become the 2011 version of “What’s in the box!?!”  READ FULL STORY

Steven Soderbergh signs on for Channing Tatum male-stripper movie 'Magic Mike'

Looks like Steven Soderbergh isn’t quite ready for the gold watch after all. Earlier this year, the famed director of films like sex lies and videotape, Out of Sight, Erin Brockovich, and Oceans 11 vowed that he would retire from filmmaking after finishing two final projects on his plate: Liberace, starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, and a potential big-screen reboot of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. with George Clooney. “For the last three years, I’ve been turning down everything that comes my way,” Soderbergh told NPR in March. “You’re not gonna have Steven Soderbergh to kick around anymore.” Well, apparently he found one more project too appealing to turn down: Soderbergh has signed on to direct Channing Tatum in Magic Mike, a project based on Tatum’s real-life experiences working as a male stripper at age 19. Tatum, who recently completed the film Haywire with Soderbergh, will play a veteran stripper who mentors a younger newbie.  READ FULL STORY

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

Steven Soderbergh confirms 'exit strategy' from filmmaking on NFL podcast

Steven-SoderberghImage Credit: Pixplanete/PR PhotosAfter previously replying to rumors of his retirement with cheeky responses, Steven Soderbergh came (sort of) clean about his plans in an unlikely place last week: Rich Eisen‘s NFL podcast.

While the director understandably geeked out about football for most of his appearance on the show, Soderbergh told the host when prompted, “I’m gonna wind it down. I’m making the announcement now.” He quickly rescinded, clarifying that he had something more akin to “an exit strategy.” “Look, you can never assume anything in this business,” he said.

Last month, Soderbergh’s Liberace star Matt Damon claimed Soderbergh was “exhausted” with filmmaking. “He, obviously, declined to mention that we were both pretty drunk when we had that conversation,” Soderbergh joked on the podcast.

For the time being, Soderbergh said his focus is on wrapping up and promoting his next two films, Haywire (April 22) and horror movie Contagion (Oct. 21), and he plans to film Liberace this summer. A reboot of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is also in the works, and he said George Clooney would be starring “if I have my way.”

Steven Soderbergh serious about retiring, says Matt Damon

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