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In the Works: Dark Knight Photos, Eisenberg in Demand, Gleeson vs. IMDb, Soderbergh on Hunger Games

Just when we thought the super-secret Nolan crew on the Pittsburgh set of The Dark Knight Rises were going to succeed at keeping the lid on the production, new stills from the set have leaked out that show Catwoman tearing through some kind of riot on the Bat-pod. These photos come (literally) on the heels of the first official Warner Bros.-sanctioned still of Anne Hathaway as the new character, which was released this morning. And Total Film got Tom Hardy to open up about his masked role as Bane.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 5, 2011 7:55 AM
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Soderbergh's Tyranny of Narrative, Haywire at SDCC, Can Carano Hold a Candle to Action Star Jolie?

Steven Soderbergh presented footage from Haywire at Comic-Con. It was well-received. In ThePlaylist's interview with the director, he admits they weren't sure if Comic-Con was the right fit for the film, but "ultimately we decided, yeah, this is our take on the action film and we should show it off.” It was a good call, because the movie features an ass-kicking (and hot) female MMA champion, Gina Carano, muscle-boy Channing Tatum and newfound heartthrob and serious thesp Michael Fassbender (Carano and Tatum joined Soderbergh on stage for the panel). Why wouldn't it play well at Comic-Con?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 26, 2011 5:45 AM
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Comic-Con: Relativity's Haywire Panel with Ass-Kicking Carano, Soderbergh Disses Retirement Rumors

Comic-Con: Relativity's Haywire Panel with Ass-Kicking Carano, Soderbergh Disses Retirement Rumors
Haywire star Gina Carano can clearly kick ass, judging from the trailer and clip Relativity shared this afternoon in Hall H. Director Steven Soderbergh and co-stars Channing Tatum and Michael Fassbender can all corroborate (Soderbergh, Carano and Tatum were at the panel; the film also stars Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Michael Douglas and Michael Angarano). Here's more project details; synopsis and panel quotes are also below, along with Soderbergh's response to those pesky retirement rumors.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 22, 2011 10:49 AM
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Relativity Beefs Up Fall Slate with Forster's Machine Gun Preacher, Banks on Genre for 2011/2012

Relativity Beefs Up Fall Slate with Forster's Machine Gun Preacher, Banks on Genre for 2011/2012
Neophyte distributor Relativity's future is banked on its 2011/2012 schedule, which is packed with genre fare (see full line-up below). Much production coin and P & A is invested in this slate. Relativity has now beefed up its fall lineup by taking back North American rights from Lionsgate of its own production of Marc Forster's Machine Gun Preacher, starring Gerard Butler as real-life reformed criminal Sam Childers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 7, 2011 8:20 AM
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Trailer Watch: Brad Pitt Stars in Moneyball, Which Could Be Oscar Contender

Brad Pitt stars as manager Billy Beane in Sony's Moneyball (September 23), a baseball movie about the come-from-behind Oakland A's. Robin Wright, Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman co-star in the drama adapted by Steven Zaillian (Schindler's List) from Michael Lewis's nonfiction bestseller. Bennett Miller, who had been looking for the right follow-up to Capote, took over the directing reins after Steven Soderbergh fell out of the Scott Rudin (The Social Network) production. Judging from this trailer, this movie looks like a winner, and an Oscar-contender to boot. With The Tree of Life giving Pitt extra cred with Academy voters, who are bound to be polarized on the film, Moneyball looks like a slow lob down-the-middle home run for Pitt.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 16, 2011 8:42 AM
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Relativity Will Release Soderbergh's Haywire After All; First Look at Gina Carano (UPDATE)

Relativity Media, Ryan Kavanaugh's new production and distribution company, will release Steven Soderbergh's espionage thriller Haywire (pictured above, star Gina Carano) after all, on January 20, 2012.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 15, 2011 12:23 PM
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68th Venice Film Festival May Feature Polanski, Cronenberg, Solondz, McQueen, Winterbottom, Arnold

Cannes' loss is Venice's gain as departing director Marco Muller heads into either his ultimate year or a contract extension.
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • May 18, 2011 8:00 AM
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Director Watch: Aronofsky Considers Human Nature with Clooney, Still "Playing Out" His Options

Darren Aronofsky said goodbye to Wolverine two months ago,. Now he's eyeing Human Nature with George Clooney. The script, written by Jeff Welch, is fifteen years old, and follows a cryogenically frozen man who wakes up to discover that humans are now pets to another species. While it seems there's a new sci-fi-future tale every five minutes, we're guessing this one has something unique if it got Aronofsky's attention.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 10, 2011 5:29 AM
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Cannes 64 Official Selection: Winds of Change, Rookies, Four Women in Competition (UPDATED)

Cannes 64 Official Selection: Winds of Change, Rookies, Four Women in Competition (UPDATED)
So we now know who will be walking up the red carpet steps of the Cannes Palais this year, and which world auteurs will be announced as they walk into the Theatre Lumiere. We already knew that Woody Allen is bringing Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Michael Sheen with opener Midnight in Paris on May 11, and that Croisette regular Gus Van Sant will open Un Certain Regard on May 12 with Restless, starring Mia Wasikowska.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 14, 2011 7:34 AM
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Weintraub Talks His Way: from Presley, Sinatra, the Mafia and Soderbergh to His Two Women

Jerry Weintraub is one of those larger-than-life Hollywood figures who helped to define the image of what a movie producer is. At age 73 he 's enjoying a resurgence of sorts that began with Steven Soderbergh's Oceans Eleven series and continued with his autobiography When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead (back on top of paperback bestseller lists) and now, the entertaining Doug McGrath TV doc His Way, which debuts on HBO April 4.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 4, 2011 7:15 AM
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