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Matt Damon’s Brazilian Tan Line & 9 Other Highlights From Cannes 'Behind The Candelabra' Press Conference

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 21, 2013 2:59 PM
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Soderbergh, Douglas, Cannes, 2013
It was hard to envisage as positive a Cannes response to a U.S. competition film as that which greeted the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” the other day, but if such a thing is possible, it may well have happened today, for Steven Soderbergh’s wonderful Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra” (our review here). Immediately after the press screening stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, writer Richard LaGravanese, Producer Jerry Weintraub and director Steven Soderbergh spoke to press, turning up some choice anecdotes and opinions in the process. Here are our 10 favorite moments.

Cannes Review: Steven Soderbergh's 'Behind The Candelabra' Puts Dazzling Entertainment On Top Of Toxic Relationship

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 21, 2013 7:17 AM
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Behind The Candelabra
It's almost unfair how easy Steven Soderbergh makes it look. As the filmmaker heads into his hiatus from movie-making, he's spent the few last years dipping between high grade entertainment ("Magic Mike") and accomplished genre films ("Side Effects," "Haywire") and for his goodbye, he's more or less combined the two. "Behind The Candelabra" is a cinematic bauble, that coats typical biopic fare with some real panache and heart. And while this does indeed mark Soderbergh's last hurrah for now, it's likely that a different narrative will soon form around the film. That narrative will surround Michael Douglas, with the 68 year-old actor delivering his best performance in a least a decade if not longer.

Listen To Steven Soderbergh & Mike Nichols' Commentary For 'Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 15, 2013 12:30 PM
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With Steven Soderbergh's "Behind The Candelabra" premiering at Cannes in the next few days, and hitting HBO a week on Sunday, we're not going to see a new film from him for a long time, if ever. But as he moves into other ventures, we hope he keeps up his habit of collaborating with great filmmakers on commentary tracks.

From Best To Worst: Elmore Leonard Movie Adaptations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 14, 2013 11:57 AM
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Elmore Leonard feature
Today sees the release of a sparkling new Criterion version of "3:10 To Yuma," the perpetually-underrated 1957 Western that's somewhat overshadowed by the more recent 2007 remake. Even those who have seen the earlier version may not be entirely aware that it's based on a short story by a man that we consider not just one of America's finest crime novelists, but one of our finest writers full stop: Elmore Leonard.

Watch: Michael Douglas Is Fabulous In New Trailer For 'Behind The Candelabra'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 14, 2013 11:19 AM
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If any of the major studios had the brass balls to take on "Behind The Candelabra," we think Michael Douglas probably would've been a no brainer as an Oscar contender, particularly judging by this new trailer unveiled over at The Guardian. It's a totally transformative performance and it looks like a total blast. While Douglas stuck with the project -- put on hold as he battled cancer and revived once he recovered -- and was open to all challenges the script brought with it, he did have his limits.

Watch: U.K Trailer For Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Behind The Candelabra’ Provides Longer Look At The Story

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 10, 2013 10:16 AM
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Behind The Candelabra
Serving as the gaudy, bejeweled finale to Steven Soderbergh’s film career (for now), Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra” cemented itself as one to watch from the minute the director announced it. A trailer finally dropped for the HBO production last month and blew us away, and now a new look from across the pond has offered several more reasons to get excited.

Watch: 12-Minute Making Of 'Behind The Candelabra' Featurette Plus Soundtrack Details

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 4, 2013 12:36 PM
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Behind The Candelabra, Matt Damon
The Cannes Film Festival is in less than two weeks, but if you're eager to see Steven Soderbergh's final film, "Behind The Candelabra," HBO has got you covered. While the movie will unspool on the Croisette in the official competition (and it's also getting a theatrical release in territories abroad as well, including France), by the end of the month, you'll be able to sit back and watch it yourself in the comfort of your own home. As an early gift, a generous peek behind the scenes has now arrived.

Steven Soderbergh's No Brainer Idea For Remakes: Take On Movies That Didn't Work The First Time, Not Famous Films

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2013 1:20 PM
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Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh's address at the San Francisco International Film Festival is still making waves. Blaming the studios for the demise of cinema art and seriously calling into question a flawed decision-making process about which movies get made and which don't, we could probably write a few different pieces on various aspects of this half hour talk. (In case you missed it, you can read it about here and listen to or watch to the complete speech). But one aspect that stood out to us was Soderbergh's thoughts on the remake scourge gripping Hollywood.

SFIFF: Steven Soderbergh Says Art Of Cinema Is Under Attack From The Studios, Decries Profit Driven Decision Making

  • By Sean Gillane
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  • April 29, 2013 11:03 AM
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Steven Soderbergh, SFIFF
Saturday afternoon at the San Francisco International Film Festival, Steven Soderbergh presented an audience his take on the current state of cinema. The State of Cinema Address is an annual event held at the festival that allows a speaker (not always a filmmaker, last year the festival saw author Jonathan Levine give his take on the subject) to lay down their thoughts on contemporary film. This year the San Francisco Film Society, the organization that runs the festival, was able to land the prolific Steven Soderbergh at a particularly interesting time in his career: the beginning of a hiatus from directing.

Steven Soderbergh Says 'Magic Mike 2' Will Be Built From Discarded Plot Idea From First Movie, Will Reunite All Characters

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 29, 2013 9:24 AM
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When he's not spending his newfound retirement from film dropping novella truths on Twitter and promoting “Beyond the Candelabra,” Steven Soderbergh is also lending a hand to Channing Tatum on the sequel to their hit drama “Magic Mike.” Both have obviously cut out questions of a cash-in, and in a recent interview with the director, he's pushed their case further as well as hinted at the film's plot.

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