While there was a lot of interest in Magic Mike before it was released in cinemas, I don’t think many people suspected that this $7 million budgeted movie would pull in over $100 million at the US box office, or get quite so many people so excited. There’s little doubt much of the interest in the film is that while women are routinely sexualised in cinemas, its rarer for a film to come along that offers the girls and gay guys something to get hot under the collar about, with male characters unabashedly served up for their sexual delectation. [Read more…]
Steven Soderbergh has said this will be his last theatrical feature before he retires (the Liberarace TV movie Behind The Candelabra is still to come). Whether he really down leave cinema behind is yet to be seen, after all, he’s been threatening to retire for year, but not the first trailer for Side Effects has arrived, which is another of his star-studded tales.
This one has Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones, and is about a woman (Mara) who turns to prescription medication to deal with her anxiety over her husband’s (Tatum) release from prison. She begins to take a new brand of anti-depressant, prescribed by a doctor (Jude Law), who seems to have more than a professional interest in her. Before long, everything spirals badly out of control, when it appears a murder has been committed. Watch the trailer after the jump.
The film is set for release in the UK on March 15th, 2013. It certainly looks like it’ll be a dramatic one.
For the last couple of years, director Steven Soderbergh has been slowly putting together a biopic of closeted gay entertainer Liberace, called Behind The Candelabra. Now the cameras are rolling, with Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his younger lover, Scott Thorson.
The first image of the two actors on set has been snapped, via E!, which sees Douglas and Damon really rocking the 1970s look for the HBO movie.
While Liberace went to his grave never publicly saying he was gay, after his relationship with Thorson broke up, the younger man – who had plenty of troubles of his own, including drug addiction – sued the entertainer for palimony. They settled out of court shortly before Liberace died of AIDS in 1987. The film about the two of them should arrive sometime in 2013. It’s due for an initial TV airing in the States, but may get a cinematic release over here.
HBO is certainly staking a claim to be able to compete with Hollywood, getting some of the best names in the business for their TV output, both in terms of series and films. That said, they’re really taking things up a notch with their Liberace biopic, Behind The Candelabra, which Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh is directing.
The film already has Michael Douglas as Liberace, and Matt Damon as his long-time live-in lover, Scott Thorson (although Liberace denied publicly to his dying day that he was gay). Dan Aykroys is also onboard as the flamboyant pianist’s manager, with Debbie Reynolds as Liberace’s mother.
Now the cast has grown once more, as The Playlist reports that gay (and exceedingly hot) actor Cheyenne Jackson has signed on, as have Rob Lowe and Boyd Holbrook. Lowe will play a plastic surgeon in the movie and Holbrook will be one of Liberace’s youthful lovers. Unfortunately Jackson’s role hasn’t been revealed. Variety adds that Scott Bakula will also be in the movie, playing Bob Black, the choreographer who introduced Liberace to Thorson.
Shooting is due to begin this summer. While it will first play on TV in the US, the plan is for it to get a cinema release in other countries (although it may also initially play on TV in the UK, depending on the details of HBO’s exclusive deal with Sky).
While Hollywood loves taking the clothes off women, it tends to be a lot more coy about men, so you may have been wondering just how saucy Steven Soderbergh’s male stripper flick, Magic Mike, would be. We’ve got a good hint now thanks to this extended TV spot, which promises much g-strings, erotic dances, bum flashes and even silhouetted massive dongs! It’s definitely NSFW, but if you fancy a bit of cheeky naughtiness aimed at straight women and gay men, take a look. Partly based on Tatum’s experiences as a young male stripper, the film sees him mentoring a newbie (Pettyfer) and apparently having romantic problems. The film hits UK cinemas July 13th.
With a cast including Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender and Michael Douglas, alongside newcomer and MMA fighter Gina Carano – not to mention that it’s directed by Steven Soderbergh – you’d expect something pretty special from Haywire. Sadly though the film doesn’t live up to expectations, beyond a few very good fight scenes.
Carano plays Mallory Kane, a covert operative for hire who does the jobs governments and companies don’t want to admit any part of. After a mission to Barcelona she heads to Dublin for another job and soon realises something is amiss and that she’s suddenly a target herself. Knowing she’s been double-crossed, Mallory must use all her skills to stay one step ahead of those who are out to get her and work out exactly what’s going on. [Read more…]
Not long ago it was revealed that Steven Soderbergh had cast Blake Lively in the lead role in his upcoming movie, The Side Effects. However it appears those who hold the purse strings didn’t think the Gossip Girl actrss had the clout to lead the movie, and while Soderbergh pushed forward, it cost him his financiers at Annapurna Pictures.
While he’d hope to get money elsewhere with Lively in the lead, it appears he hasn’t managed it, as Deadline reports that Lively has now been dropped and Rooney Mara has taken her place.
This thriller revolves around a young woman who gets hooked on prescription drugs due to her fear of her husband and his imminent release from prison. The actress will replace Blake Lively, who recently dropped out of the project. Channing Tatum will co-star as the horrible hubby, while Jude Law and Catherine Zeta Jones are set to play psychiatrists.
Shooting is scheduled to begin this April.
While there are a few financing problems with Steven Soderbergh’s movie The Side Effects, plans are moving ahead regardless, as Deadline reports that Catherine Zeta-Jones is in talks to reunite with Soderbergh (after Traffic and Ocean’s Twelve) on the movie.
Variety reports that that while it was announced last week that Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures would finance the movie, they’ve since backed out, and so Soderbergh is currently fielding offers from other places, with a deal expected to be signed before the end of Sundance. Earlier this month is was revealed Blake Lively, Jude Law, and Channing Tatum have also signed on, but with no money in place, their involvement isn’t 100% certain.
The film centres on Blake Lively’s character, a woman who gets addicted to prescription drugs out of fear that her husband (Channing Tatum) will be released from prison soon. Jude Law plays the woman’s new therapist, while Catherine Zeta-Jones will he Dr. Eric Siebert. The drama is said to be set in the world of psychopharmacology, the study of how drugs affect the human mind.
Steven Soderbergh is directing Side Effects from a screenplay by Scott Z. Burns. Production is scheduled to begin this April in New York, assuming the money comes together.
Director Steven Soderbergh is not the sort of person to sit around moping. Renowned for the speed at which he works, he’s also well known for doing things that make studios nervous. That resulted in him stepping away from directing a film version of Man From UNCLE last week after disagreements with Warner Bros. Now he’s already found a replacement to shoot before he moves on to his planned Liberace biopic next summer.
THR reports that director Steven Soderbergh is now re-teaming with Contagion screenwriter Scott Z. Burns for a new project entitled The Bitter Pill. Little is known about the storyline of the movie, except that it will be set in the world of psychopharmacology, the scientific field which looks at how drugs affect the mind. The Playlist adds that it originated in research Burns did for the TV series Wonderland, and that Burns himself originally intended to direct.
The writer has said that it, “deals with people and their moods. It’s about how we as a society can’t tolerate sadness and what that makes us vulnerable to.” The Bitter Pill is supposedly a thriller somewhat in the vein of Fatal Attraction, and Burns says the film has a definite twist.
The project is currently being pitched to several studios, but it’s believed Soderbergh wants to set it up quickly so he can shoot in before the Liberace movie.
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Steven Soderbergh is a man who doesn’t like to compromise his vision, and as his vision often involves idiosycratic or unusual approaches to subjects, that often leads to him butting heads with studios. For quite a while now he’s been attached to a big screen version of The Man From UNCLE at Warner Bros, the studio where he made the Ocean’s movies, but now he’s bailed on the movie.
However recently he’s been having a bit of casting trouble. George Clooney had to drop out as he’s having surgery and since then casting has been extremely problematic. Soderbergh wanted Michael Fassbender and Joel Kinnaman, but Warner didn’t. The studio then managed to irritate the director by working out deals with both those actors for other movies.
Various names, like Bradley Cooper, Joel Edgerton and Channing Tatum have been mooted, but it’s not known how close any of them really were to landing roles. Others, such as Johnny Depp and Matt Damon, were interested but couldn’t do the film due to scheduling issues. It appears finidng someone who was free and who was acceptable to both sides became virtually impossible if they were going to keep to the idea of shooting early next year.
Then Warner offered a budget of only $60 million, which Soderbergh felt simply wasn’t enough to do justice to the world of UNCLE, especially as the studio wants the film to be the beginning of a franchise. And so Soderbergh bailed.
Don’t worry though, the director has plenty to keep him busy, with Haywire out in January and the Liberace biopic Behind The Candelabra to prepare for.
What this means for Man From UNCLE isn’t clear, so we’ll have to wait and see whether Warner tries to find another director or just gives up on the long-gestating project.
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