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Soderbergh's Deal with Annapurna for 'Side Effects' Hits Snag UPDATED

Word is that the recently announced deal for Annapurna Pictures and Open Road Films to partner to produce Steven Soderbergh's "Side Effects" has hit a snag.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 22, 2012 2:01 PM
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Now and Then: In 'Contagion' and 'Children of Men,' Disaster Runs Cold and Hot

The opening minutes of "Contagion" are all surface, literally. A bowl of peanuts on the bartop, a swiped credit card, an elevator button, the human hand: each is a vector of death itself, a pandemic already in motion. With the rasp of a cough, a title card tells us we're in "Day 2." It's terrifying.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • January 9, 2012 11:02 AM
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Soderbergh's 'Haywire' is Kick-Ass: Trailers and Early Reviews UPDATED

I finally saw Steven Soderbergh's "Haywire" (January 20) at Relativity Media's Hollywood premiere at the DGA Thursday night. In his intro, Soderbergh said, "I happened upon Gina Carano beating a woman up in a cage." The way to make it even better? Have her beat the crap out of macho movie stars. "Did you meet Gina?" Soderbergh asked me at the after-party. "Don't say the wrong thing, she's very strong."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 6, 2012 7:28 PM
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What Happened to Contagion?

It’s completely disappeared from any awards conversation, including, incredibly, best screenplay and direction. When I saw it, I thought it was the second great movie of the decade. At least "The Social Network" was a real contender up to the wire. I was certain that "Contagion" would be the same.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • December 30, 2011 3:07 PM
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Soderbergh Hits Promo Circuit for Contagion, Talks Man From U.N.C.L.E. and New Film

Steven Soderbergh has been around the industry long enough to know the signs of a project that isn't firing on all cylinders. And he knows that once you go down the road of making too many compromises, the chances of turning out a movie you can be proud of are pretty slim. Better, he told me Friday night at an Academy-invited screening and cocktail promo party for "Contagion," his best-received movie in a while, to let "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." go before it really was too late. He doesn't regret losing out on "Moneyball" either, he says. If he hadn't been fired from the baseball picture, he says he wouldn't have gotten to make "Haywire" (January) with Channing Tatum, which led to stripper movie "Magic Mike." But not to "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 20, 2011 3:27 AM
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CASTING WATCH: Jolie Gets Agent to Go Indie, U.N.C.L.E. Eyes Tatum, Beatty Picks Felicity Jones

  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 15, 2011 1:40 PM
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Trailer Watch: Fassbender Gets His Ass Kicked

Carano vs. Fassbender: EW has posted a Haywire trailer showing Gina Carano whupping Michael Fassbender, who is no slouch physically, as well as an interview with him on his fights with the MMA star. I'll be talking to Fassbender on the flip cam Friday. Stay tuned.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 10, 2011 7:46 PM
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Soderbergh’s Haywire Premieres at AFI Fest: Review, McHale’s Q & A with Carano, Fassbender, McGregor

By all accounts, the world premiere at Graumann’s Chinese Sunday night of Haywire at AFI FEST was, well, haywire. Sophia Savage was there.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 7, 2011 1:45 PM
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Will Bradley Cooper and Joel Edgerton Board Soderbergh's Man From U.N.C.L.E.?

Despite the box office failure of his well-reviewed Warrior, which Lionsgate hopes critics will remember at the end of the year, Joel Edgerton continues to be courted as a leading man. Better than his offer to star in 300: Battle of Artemisia, is the chance to star in Steven Soderbergh's The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. Bradley Cooper is waiting to commit to the picture (as Napoleon Solo, which George Clooney turned down because of back problems) until it is clear who will be playing Russian agent Illya Kuryakin (possibly Edgerton).
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • November 3, 2011 7:52 AM
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Soderbergh's Magic Mike Will Hit Theaters June 2012; Based on Star Channing Tatum's Stripper Days

Steven Soderbergh Magic Mike will hit theaters June 29, 2012 via Warner Bros. The director already has a cut of the film, which stars Channing Tatum---whose earlier days as a male stripper are the inspiration for the movie, written by Reid Carolin. Tatum's stripper teaches Alex Pettyfer's character the ways of the business, on and off the stage. Further plot details are unknown. Matthew McConaughey plays the owner of their club; Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello (pictured, with Tatum and Pettyfer), Gabriel Igelsias, Olivia Munn, Riley Keough, Betsy Brandt, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Cody Horn also co-star.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 28, 2011 7:29 AM
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