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
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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
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!
streamed live on mtv.com. (“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 mtv.com; 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 STORYAnnouncing 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
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.”
first spoke about his desire to fold up his director’s chair almost two years ago, and if you believe Matt Damon, the director wasn’t talking Cher-style retirement. He wants to retire… for real.Steven Soderbergh
In an interview with the L.A. Times, Damon said Soderbergh is “getting closer” to calling it quits because the director has grown “exhausted” with filmmaking. Originally, Soderbergh had expressed plans to pack it up around the 25th anniversary of his filmmaking career, and, as it turns out, he might do just that.
According to the actor, Soderbergh hopes to complete possibly two more movies — Liberace (in which Damon will star) and a project with George Clooney (which could be The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) — before pursuing a career in painting. Damon may or may not have been kidding about the latter. We’re honestly not sure.
UPDATE: Soderbergh joked through his rep: “I’m simply announcing my retirement early so that all the various film organizations can get their lifetime achievement awards lined up.”
I have yet to see Steven Soderbergh’s new movie, The Informant! (it opens next week), but I can hardly wait to see it — and that’s how I feel, more or less, every time his name is on the credits. Whatever you end up thinking of a Soderbergh film, you can always bet that he’s bending himself in a new direction, trying for something fresh and bold and zingy and different. Okay, okay: He did make three Ocean’s films in seven years. But the first of them, Ocean’s Eleven, is one of his most nimble, lit-from-within creations — a perfect toy of a movie, a vision of men-at-work-as-devious-high-play that rivaled, in the cool casualness of its bonding, the films of Howard Hawks. Soderbergh himself would admit that the Ocean’s franchise is something he bought into, in part, to cement his power, to win himself the right to do what he likes to do in between. And part of what sets him apart is how much he does.
It’s not Soderbergh’s way to rest on his laurels, to sit back and take epic pauses between projects. (Hello, James Cameron!) He doesn’t spend two years taking a break to set up a deal. He doesn’t go slack or waste time. He makes movies, tossing them off like a one-man studio-system factory. Even when he fails, he does so in a way that keeps the process alive. READ FULL STORY