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Steven Soderbergh Says 'Behind The Candelabra' Was Rejected By Hollywood Studios For Being "Too Gay"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2013 11:23 AM
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This holiday season we have movies about slavery, the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, the travails of a mid-life crisis, the crumbling of small-town life in America and more, so you might think that, despite Hollywood's turn toward the blockbuster, there's still hope that compelling stories can get out into the marketplace no matter what the budget. Well, you would be wrong. Executives still want that magical four quadrant hit, something that can be branded, bring them prestige, make an attractive product for ancillary markets and/or all of the above. And as Steven Soderbergh shares, not even having two big names as stars could get him the money he needed for "Behind The Candelabra."

Watch: New 'Side Effects' Trailer Shows Crazy & Paranoia In Less Than 1 Minute

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 4, 2013 3:37 PM
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Dear Open Road, can you spare a dime to show a trailer that's essentially not just a cut down version of what we've seen before? Ah well, whatevs. Steven Soderbergh has one last theatrical release in the can before retirement and it's called "Side Effects" (yeah, there's "Behind The Candelabra" still, and while it may premiere at Cannes, it's going to air stateside on HBO).

Watch: Spike Lee, Mira Nair & Steven Soderbergh Talk 'The Battle of Algiers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 19, 2012 3:24 PM
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So, not down with Black Friday (or Grey Thursday, the newest holiday shopping evil)? Want to avoid the crowds at the mulitplex and malls? And want a recommendation for something to watch at home? Well, if you've never seen Gillo Pontecorvo's masterful and hugely influential 1966 film "The Battle Of Algiers," here's a quick clip with three filmmakers telling you why you need to check it out.

Destroy That Before It Destroys You: Trailer For 'Side Effects' With Channing Tatum & Rooney Mara

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2012 1:45 PM
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We're coming near to the end... Steven Soderbergh's cinematic hiatus is imminent, but he's looking to go out with a bang. This summer's "Magic Mike" was not only a big hit, but managed to make a story about male strippers a throwback to character-driven movies of the '70s. And now we have the first trailer for his penultimate film, and third team up with Channing Tatum: "Side Effects." And, yes, it looks great.

Watch: Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh & Wally Pfister Talk Filmmaking In 'Side By Side' Outtakes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2012 9:59 AM
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The ongoing debate concerning digital vs. film isn't just about which format is preferred. The decision about which method to use depends on a variety of other factors including budgets, the size of the production, how the movie will be shot and so much more. And all of those issues are explored in the Keanu Reeves-produced documentary "Side By Side," a fascinating look at what is becoming one of the most important technological turning points that cinema has faced in quite some time.

Steven Soderbergh & Channing Tatum Bringing 'Magic Mike: The Musical' To Broadway Next Summer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2012 11:14 PM
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Well, if wasn't obvious before, it is now: Steven Soderbergh and Channing Tatum are having a full on bromance. After appearing in a small role in "Haywire," it seems Soderbergh and Tatum really hit it off, with the former encouraging the latter to develop his idea about a movie based on his days stripping and then signing on to direct. The result, "Magic Mike," is currently looking at taking in over $30 million this weekend, a rather remarkable feat in June, when you consider there are no superheroes, toys, or brands to be found. Also, the pair recently wrapped on "The Bitter Pill" which hits theaters next spring. But it looks like they haven't left Club Xquisite just yet.

Steven Soderbergh & The Cast Of 'Magic Mike' Talk "Disturbing" Dance Sequences, Objectifying Men, Trusting The Thong & More

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • June 27, 2012 11:01 AM
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At the recent Los Angeles press day for “Magic Mike,” which tells the story of a successful stripper who takes a newcomer under his wing, there were a lot of questions about thongs – certainly more than are usually asked at a press conference. But with director Steven Soderbergh at the helm of the film and the center of the panel of contributors who brought it to life, much more was ultimately discussed than just where the cast purchased their undergarments, and how they chose the ones that they felt best represented their characters’ personalities.

Steven Soderbergh Says He Is "More Likely" To Return To Television Than Film After His Hiatus

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 27, 2012 9:41 AM
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With lensing on his thriller "The Bitter Pill" with Channing Tatum and Rooney Mara likely nearing its end, "Magic Mike" already generating solid buzz and casting on his planned finale "Behind The Candelabra" kicking up a gear over the last week or so, the end is irrefutably near for Steven Soderbergh. Skeptics continue to doubt the filmmaker's planned sabbatical but among talk of bringing his fallen Cleopatra musical to the stage, an urge to focus on painting and the lack of desire to make "important" movies, it's clear Soderbergh has other artistic outlets on his mind. 

Nicolas Winding Refn Was Originally In Talks To Direct 'Magic Mike'; Steven Soderbergh Has No Desire To Make Another "Important Movie"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 26, 2012 10:17 AM
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Well, you gotta admit, Channing Tatum has got some serious taste when it comes to directors. With his CV so far including folks like Michael Mann, Kevin Macdonald, Ron Howard, Kimberley Peirce and now, of course, Steven Soderbergh (x3), there's another helmer that, had things gone differently, Tatum would've already knocked out a couple movies with. His name? Nicolas Winding Refn. After "Bronson" in 2008, Refn was lining up the thriller "The Dying Of The Light," which would've starred Harrison Ford and Tatum in a Paul Schrader-penned film about a CIA agent who becomes afflicted by blindness. The project fell apart, but it seems Tatum and Refn were talking about reuniting on something entirely different.

L.A. Film Fest Review: Entertaining Romp 'Magic Mike' Will Put Its Spell On You... And Shake It Like Nobody's Business

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 25, 2012 12:16 AM
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There’s just something about Channing Tatum. Clearly, he’s got that magic touch (why else would Paramount be reshooting “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” to add more Chan?), a certain je ne sais quoi that would inspire veteran auteur Stephen Soderbergh to bring his early life story as a Florida stripper to the silver screen, while making the ultimate male stripper movie in the process. It just so happens to be a really good film too, one that’s about more than just shakin’ what the good Lord bestowed on Mr. Tatum and pals.

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