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‘An Inconvenient Truth’ Producers Talk Possibility & Approach Of “Reinvigorating” Sequel

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 3, 2014 9:23 AM
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An Inconvenient Truth’
In 2006, armed with a projector and a pointer, Al Gore elevated the global issues of climate change to a global audience with “An Inconvenient Truth,” earning the Nobel Peace Prize himself in 2007, and the film taking in close to $50 million at the box office. Naturally, those results would cry out for an immediate follow-up—but as talks of a sequel have emerged, it seems approach is the key factor for all involved in actually making it happen.

David Goyer To Helm Action Thriller 'The Breach,' Scott Z. Burns Tries On 'Bikini' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2014 2:23 PM
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David S. Goyer, best known as the screenwriter who has given the world grittier takes on Batman and Superman, is also a director from time to time, and is the man who got the behind the camera for "Blade: Trinity." It's been five years since his last directorial effort, 2009's "The Unborn," but he's getting a new gig lined up.

Chloe Grace Moretz Enters 'The Library' For Steven Soderbergh's Off Broadway Play

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 21, 2014 10:39 AM
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While still dabbling in helpful cuts of his director friends’ films, Steven Soderbergh has kept to his word of retiring from theatrical moviemaking. Currently in the midst of completing his Cinemax miniseries “The Knick”, he—as usual—hasn’t kept satisfied with simply one project on his plate; rather, after much talk of bringing his 2012 stripper pic “Magic Mike” to the Broadway stage, he’s instead selected Off Broadway as his choice for a gripping drama featuring one of Hollywood’s talented young actresses.

HBO Orders Up Damon Lindelof’s ‘The Leftovers,’ Scott Z. Burns Has A 'Conspiracy' For NBC & More

  • By Ben Brock
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  • September 18, 2013 10:52 AM
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TV news! You know, those things that you can sometimes hook up to Netflix, if they're new enough! Remember the early seasons of “Lost”? Remember when you absolutely had to know what was up with those numbers? Remember when you thought Matthew Fox had a brilliant career ahead of him? 2004 was a strange time, and “Lost” was a huge hit that launched its creators largely out of TV land and into the movies.

Bradley Cooper Might Play Lance Armstrong After All, Just Not In The J.J. Abrams-Produced Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2013 1:02 PM
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Okay, let's do the background stuff on this first. You might remember that at the beginning of the year, rumors swirled that Bradley Cooper would be taking the role of Lance Armstrong in a movie slated to be produced by J.J. Abrams. Cooper said he had "no idea" that such a project existed, though he did say he was interested in playing the disgraced cyclist. And well, that's certainly true as Cooper is now pedalling toward a rival project over at Warner Bros., though he isn't committed to play Armstrong just yet.

'Side Effects' Writer Scott Z. Burns & 'Game Change' Director Jay Roach Team For Lance Armstrong Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 8, 2013 2:34 PM
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While it remains to be seen when J.J. Abrams will get to his Lance Armstrong movie that he's producing, now that he's involved in the world of "Star Wars," a rival project is brewing and it's already boasting some great talent.

Scott Z. Burns Talks Writing 'Side Effects,' Confirms Soderbergh Is Directing His Columbine Play 'The Library'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 8, 2013 11:20 AM
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It was supposed to be so easy: Steven Soderbergh, for his last theatrical feature, was going to reteam with two of his favorite collaborators (handsome movie star George Clooney and his "Contagion" screenwriter Scott Z. Burns) for a big budget Hollywood spectacle, an adaptation of the television spy series "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." But, things slowly fell apart, first when an injury sidelined Clooney and then when Warner Bros, nervous about Soderbergh going with a potentially unproven star (and shaky about the budget and period setting), shuttered the project indefinitely. But, just as Soderbergh moved from "Moneyball" to "Haywire," so too did Burns and Soderbergh soldier on, this time turning to a project Burns had wanted to direct himself – a psychosexual thriller set in the pharmaceutical industry called "Side Effects."

Exclusive: 'Side Effects' Writer Scott Z. Burns Talks His 'Full Metal Jacket' Version Of 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 7, 2013 3:05 PM
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One of the big surprises of the summer of 2011 was just how damn good Rupert Wyatt's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" was. There wasn't a whole lot of buzz about the movie beforehand, aside from what seemed like an incredibly-truncated production schedule for a movie that was so grand in scope and scale, especially considering how the apes were being brought to life for the first time with next-gen performance capture technology. But it totally worked, delivering an expert mixture of rollercoaster thrills and genuine emotional gravitas.

Interview: Steven Soderbergh Talks 'Side Effects'; 'Behind The Candelabra' & Comparing 'Dragon Tattoo' Notes With David Fincher

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • February 7, 2013 12:04 PM
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Steven Soderbergh is almost out the door. Last week we rolled out part one of our interview with the filmmaker about his impending retirement from cinema, his process of filmmaking, the "tyranny of narrative," and his upcoming directorial efforts on the stage (including reviving an old film project, "Cleopatra"). Today, we deliver our final part of our lengthy chat with the director focusing on his Scott Z. Burns-penned pharma-thriller-caper, "Side Effects."

Scott Z. Burns Says David Fincher's '20,000 Leagues' Aiming For Thematic Mix Of Technology, Commerce & Humanity

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 6, 2013 2:05 PM
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As far as big-budget extravaganzas go, there are a few that keenly attract our attention, and one of them is the proposed adaptation of Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" that Disney is potentially mounting with director David Fincher and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns. A large-scale piece of mainstream entertainment crafted by the duo behind edgier recent fare like "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" and "Contagion" is an intriguing idea. And when we talked to Burns about "Side Effects," his new psychosexual thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh (our review here), we had to ask him about the progress of Captain Nemo and the Nautilus.

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