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Bizarro, A-List Movies Lead HBO Lineup: TCA Winter Press Tour 2013

Two provocative new star-driven movies – both about real-life musical geniuses whose lives took a dark turn – dominated HBO’s presentation Friday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena. In one, Al Pacino plays reclusive record producer Phil Spector, convicted in 2009 of the gunshot murder of B-movie actress and House of Blues hostess Lana Clarkson. David Mamet directed from his own screenplay, and Helen Mirren plays Spector’s defense lawyer. The other, directed by Steven Soderbergh, features Michael Douglas as the late impresario Liberace, and Matt Damon as his much-younger chauffer and lover, Scott Thorson.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • January 5, 2013 4:03 PM
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Soderbergh Talks Non-Actors, Actors and Accuracy -- 'It's Dangerous To Get Them Thinking Too Much"

As we eagerly await Steven Soderbergh's "Side Effects" (February 8) and his HBO Liberace movie "Behind the Candelabra," check out his interview with Indiewire from early 2012. In it, Soderbergh discusses his two 2012 releases, "Haywire" and "Magic Mike," and reveals why he likes non-actors and has a problem with accuracy...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 31, 2012 2:04 PM
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Trailer Watch: Mara Experiences Tense 'Side Effects' in Soderbergh's Latest (And Last For a While)

The trailer for Steven Soderbergh's psychological thriller "Side Effects" (previously titled "The Bitter Pill") has landed, and looks to be characteristically taut and engrossing. Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones star.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 2, 2012 3:08 PM
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'Magic Mike' The Musical Heading to Broadway

Wasting no time, Steven Soderbergh and Channing Tatum are taking "Magic Mike" to the stage, where the film will be adapted into a musical...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 29, 2012 12:01 PM
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Early Review Roundup: 'Magic Mike' Has Bare Bods, Backstage Fluffing and Right Amount of Heart

Early reviews are coming in for Steven Soderbergh's male stripper confection "Magic Mike," last night's closing gala at LA Film Fest. The ever adventurous Soderbergh seems to be in good form...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 25, 2012 12:56 PM
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Is 'Magic Mike' What Women Want? (Red Band Trailers & Poll)

We've done our fair share of promoting (and sarcastically mocking) Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike." With the arrival of two new UK red band trailers, in which we see even more of Channing Tatum & Company's waxed bodies, we can again exclaim our anticipation for what is posturing itself as what women really want.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 14, 2012 2:23 PM
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Channing Tatum & Friends Share Stripper Wisdom with EW: Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike' Is Supposed to Be Hilarious

  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 17, 2012 1:31 PM
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Now and Then: 'Haywire,' 'Bourne' Trilogy Prove That Style Is Substance

Steven Soderbergh is a tough guy to peg. He made his name with a densely talkative indie about orgasms ("sex, lies, and videotape"), and in 22 films since has tackled everything from classy capers ("Out of Sight, the "Ocean's" trilogy) to the biopic of an iconic revolutionary ("Che"). But one thing is clear: the man's got style.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • May 7, 2012 6:06 AM
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Los Angeles Film Fest Reveals Full Lineup; Will Close With A Lap Dance

Film Independent's Los Angeles Film Festival is finalizing its full lineup. From June 14-24, the 18th annual festival will showcase nearly 200 features, shorts and music videos representing over 30 countries at its LA Live venue. Opening the fest is Woody Allen's "To Rome with Love," while Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike" will close with a world premiering strip dance--and we can hope, a lap dance from Channing Tatum.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 1, 2012 1:43 PM
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Up Close with RED Camera's Rooney Mara, Shot by Fincher

The marriage of movies and fashion endures. RED cameras are advertised in the latest issue of Vogue, featuring a glamourous Rooney Mara shot by her "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" director David Fincher...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 19, 2012 12:19 PM
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