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8 Established Filmmakers Who Reinvented Themselves With Risky Low-Budget Efforts

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 1, 2013 3:57 PM
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This Friday will see the VOD release of Paul Schrader's much talked about "The Canyons," a film both inspired by and conceived for the post-theatrical era (though it will receive a limited theatrical run starting out in NYC and Toronto). The film, which revolves around a toxic producer (adult star James Deen) and his girlfriend (Lindsay Lohan), is a collaboration between "American Psycho" author/enfant terrible Bret Easton Ellis and "Taxi Driver" scribe Schrader, whose directorial career includes "American Gigolo" and "Affliction." After the duo failed to get a studio-financed shark attack movie off the ground, they decided to pursue something on a smaller scale that would required fewer gatekeepers. Schrader's email to Ellis read, "Enough of this. Let's just do something ourselves. The economics are right. You write it, I'll direct it, we'll pay for it, and we'll make cinema for the post-theatrical era." And so "The Canyons" was born.

Steven Soderbergh Explains Why He Backed Spike Lee's Kickstarter; Raphael Saadiq Lined Up To Provide Music

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2013 9:58 AM
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...and the great Kickstarter experiment continues with Spike Lee, who launched the campaign for his next untitled movie last week. As it gets to its seventh day, he has raised $310,000, which means he will need to keep the cash rolling it at the current rate just to get to the $1.25 million he's looking for by time the Kickstarter project ends in just over three weeks. But Spike hasn't been quiet. On Friday he drew more attention to his campaign by sharing his list of Essential Films for filmmakers he gives his students at NYU, and there's been even more from the filmmaker over the weekend.

TIFF Trailer: 'Koyaanisqatsi' Director Godfrey Reggio's 'Visitors,' Presented By Steven Soderbergh

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2013 11:23 AM
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Yesterday, the first batch of 2013 TIFF titles dropped sending cinephiles into a frenzied excitement with a pretty killer lineup, with many now wondering how many extra days they can stay in Toronto this year. And the advance looks continue to roll out, as today a new trailer has arrived for one of the more intriguing question marks of the forthcoming fest.

10 Great Modern Day Actor/Director Collaborations

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 17, 2013 2:17 PM
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10 Actor/Director Collaborations
The hallowed halls of cinema are littered with iconic and unforgettable director/actor collaborations. The muses that feed the filmmaker, the director that inspires the actor. Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune, Ingmar Bergman and half his repertory including Bibi Anderson, Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow, Werner Herzog and his toxic relationship with Klaus Kinski, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Monica Vitti and Michelangelo Antonioni, Spike Lee and Denzel Washington, Alfred Hitchcock and Jimmy Stewart—no matter what time period of movies you look at, no matter whether it be high or low art, the classic collaborations are countless.

Channing Tatum Says Steven Soderbergh Has Offered To Be His DP If He Directs 'Magic Mike 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 26, 2013 4:45 PM
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Yes, "Magic Mike 2" is still happening, but there are a lot of things that need to be finalized before Channing Tatum and co. take it off and get it on again. Ever since news of the followup surfaced, we've learned that it will be a road movie, it will reunite all the characters from the first film, and Tatum himself might direct. However, he's also long-maintained that he's rightfully wary making his first movie in the shadow of Steven Soderbergh, and he might want to get his feet wet on another movie first, if he were to direct "Magic Mike 2." However, an interesting carrot is being dangled by none other than Soderbergh himself.

Steven Soderbergh Thinks The Last 2 Episodes Of 'Breaking Bad' Should Be Shown In Theaters

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2013 12:01 PM
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To be certain, Steven Soderbergh has had no shortage of ideas and opinions when it comes to the state of the current movie industry. And after putting himself out there with his now famous speech at the San Francisco International Film Festival, the director hasn't been shy in answering followup questions, and he continues to share his thoughts on what the movies and television are doing right...and wrong. His latest brainstorm concerns a show that this summer might be an even bigger blockbuster event than anything hitting the multiplex. That's right, we're talking about the final season of "Breaking Bad."

The Stories Behind 7 'Behind The Candelabra' Pop Culture References

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 29, 2013 11:58 AM
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Behind The Candelabra
Among the many dizzy pleasures of Steven Soderbergh’s excellent Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra" which premiered last week at Cannes and aired on HBO on Sunday (read our review) and which hopefully some of you have had the chance to catch up with, is the meticulous recreation of the period setting --- from Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” to the cars, the fashions, and the unenlightened attitudes towards homosexuality, it’s a film that revels in late 70s/early 80s detail. And part of that comes from the dialogue too, with characters making often rapid-fire allusions to people and events that may have been well-known at the time, but are maybe not quite so current in our minds now.

Steven Soderbergh Says His New Cut Of 'Kafka' Will Be "A Hardcore Art Movie"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 29, 2013 10:05 AM
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Since the beginning of his career, Steven Soderbergh has never walked by the traditional filmmaking path, and after his celebrated Palme d'Or winning debut “Sex, Lies and Videotape," he completely changed the game for this sophomore effort. 1991's "Kafka" is an ambitious and stylized psychological thriller/horror/noir, presented in black-and-white (except for a key color sequence during the middle of the film) that drew harsh reviews, flopped hard upon release and has never been available on DVD in the U.S. And that's too bad because as we wrote in our recent Soderbergh retrospective, "it's a very strong and idiosyncratic piece of work" but has it been consigned to the dustbin of time? Hardly.

Steven Soderbergh To Direct 10-Episode Cinemax Series 'The Knick' Starring Clive Owen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 23, 2013 2:42 PM
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....and hiatus over. It's safe to say that Steven Soderbergh has pretty much done it all in the cinema world (except make a western, which he has said is not a genre he's a particular enthusiast for) and has grown a bit weary of storytelling in that format. He's been there, done that, won a Palme d'Or and an Oscar, so now it's time to conquer a new medium, so how about television? Okay, he went down that road a bit with the short lived "K Street" in 2003, but the industry has changed massively in the ensuing decade. And now, Soderbergh is getting back behind the camera.

'Koyaanisqatsi' Helmer Godfrey Reggio To Premiere New Film 'Visitors' At TIFF, Presented By Steven Soderbergh

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 22, 2013 10:25 AM
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Our heads (and in some cases, our actual bodies) are still in Cannes, but it's not long at all until the fall festival season starts off. And indeed, the Toronto International Film Festival aren't waiting for Cannes to wrap up to make their first announcement, as news has come in of a high-profile screening that, while it won't exactly be grabbing tabloid headlines, will certainly interest a certain kind of film fan very much indeed.

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