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Retrospective: The Films Of Steven Soderbergh

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • February 5, 2013 1:03 PM
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If there are two things that mark out the career of director Steven Soderbergh, they arguably could be described as a willingness to fail and a constant routine of creative calisthenics. A process-rather-than-results person, he has, over the last 24 years, been one of the most daring, unpredictable and restless filmmakers around. His output has run the gamut of everything from indie relationship drama to star-packed heist movies, from experimental, micro-budget thrillers to philosophical sci-fi, and from melancholy coming-of-age to kick-ass action.

Exclusive: 'Bellflower' Team Launch Crowdfunding Campaign For Their Next Movie 'Chuck Hank And The San Diego Twins'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2013 12:31 PM
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While the Sundance Film Festival has been criticized as being more star-driven in recent years, it's easy to forget that for true blue indie films, recognition and reaction from Park City can make a career (or two). And writer/director Evan Glodell is certainly testament to that as he arrived at the fest in 2011 with his distinctly homemade, undeniably unique and apocalyptic "Bellflower." The movie created a stir that followed it to festivals around the world including stops at SXSW, Fantastia, Sitges, Leeds and many more. Oscilloscope Laboratories picked up and released the movie to solid critical praise, undoubtedly opening many doors for Glodell and the team behind the movie. But for their next effort, they are once again keeping things close to home.

Watch: Shift Gears With 3-Minute 'Fast & Furious 6' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2013 11:59 AM
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You guys! If the bro-tacular 'splosions in the "Fast & Furious 6" Super Bowl trailer left you wanting more, well good news dudes. Pull out a Red Bull and sit back because a full three minute, steroid pumped, gasoline soaked trailer is here for the sequel, so get ready because Toretto still has some tanktops to wear.

Lily Collins & Sam Claflin Team For Rom-Com 'Love, Rosie'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 5, 2013 11:39 AM
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Someone out there must have seen something that we, as yet, have not, but it looks like Hollywood is still trying to make Sam Claflin happen. The young British actor was virtually anonymous in “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” but that didn’t stop him lining up a key role in “The Hunger Games” franchise as Finnick Odair. Perhaps it’s that the films we’ve seen him in so far haven’t really harnessed his talents (and that’s perfectly feasible considering their respective quality), so we’ll hold out hopes that he’ll bring the goods in the future; perhaps in “Love, Rosie,” in which he’s just been cast alongside Lily Collins.

Geoffrey Rush & Emily Watson To Star In WWII Tale ‘The Book Thief’

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • February 5, 2013 11:20 AM
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“The Book Thief,” the WWII Germany-set children’s novel by Marcus Zusak that spent over 280 weeks on the New York Times’ bestseller list, has been gearing up for the big screen for a little while now, and has attracted quite the international cast to help bring the story to life.

'Magic Mike' Broadway Show May Include Audience Lapdances, Obviously

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 5, 2013 10:59 AM
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When “Magic Mike” arrived in theaters last June, it was a rousing success. The Steven Soderbergh-directed male stripper film starring Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey raked in over $167 million worldwide and has subsequently spawned a franchise. Already, there is a "Magic Mike 2" in the works, as reported last July, with producer/actor Tatum declaring that they want to “make it bigger.” However, weeks before a sequel was ever announced, there had been reports that the guys behind "Magic Mike" -- screenwriter Reid Carolin with Soderbergh and Tatum producing -- were also working on turning the movie into a Broadway musical. Well, for those who have been eagerly anticipating this, here’s another reason to get jacked up about it.
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Watch: Wonderfully Weird Teaser Trailer For Andrew Bujalski's Sundance Award Winning 'Computer Chess'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 5, 2013 10:44 AM
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With his previous effort nearly five years behind him, news regarding any future Andrew Bujalski projects had been scant to say the least. The indie filmmaker, who’s been given the dubious distinction as being called “the godfather of mumblecore,” is finally back in the limelight with his latest film “Computer Chess.” The crowdsourced fourth feature film from the director recently screened at Sundance where it won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize, and now a teaser trailer has landed and it's a wonderfully weird look at the movie.

Watch: New Trailer For Abbas Kiarostami's 'Like Someone In Love'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 5, 2013 10:23 AM
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After hitting the festival circuit last year -- it played at Cannes, TIFF and the New York Film Festival, among others -- Abbas Kiarostami’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed Euro-set “Certified Copy,” the companion piece and Japan-set “Like Someone In Love," is finally hitting theatres stateside this month. With little under a week to go, a U.S. trailer has finally been released by the distributor.

Steven Soderbergh Teases 'The Canyons' Contains A “Spectacular Sex Scene,” Paul Schrader Says It's “Cinema For The Post-Theatrical Era”

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 5, 2013 10:00 AM
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A tumultuous shoot, a volatile leading lady, and a veteran director collaborating with one of the most visible Twitter presences around; Kenneth Anger might just need to devote the entirety of “Hollywood Babylon IV” to Paul Schrader's “The Canyons” alone. But before that volume comes out, we've got the filmmaker's latest rebuttal against early criticisms of the film, as well as Steven Soderbergh hinting at what's in store when it's finally released.

Ex-CIA Director Leon Panetta Approves Of 'Zero Dark Thirty,' Says Torture Was Not 'Critical Element' To Bin Laden's Capture

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 5, 2013 9:42 AM
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Kathryn Bigelow's “Zero Dark Thirty” is an absolute compendium of blink-and-you'll-miss-them acting roles, from the narratively vital (Joel Edgerton) to the completely jarring (John Barrowman, what?). One of the most essential, though, comes from James Gandolfini as then-CIA director Leon Panetta, and the man himself has recently thrown some insight -- and kudos -- toward Bigelow's drama.

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