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The Hangover films have been gigantic successes, but they might be a little more raunchy than some audiences want. For your family members who maybe want to stick to movies like Meet the Parents, here’s Last Vegas. The movie is set in Vegas, with Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline as four life-long friends who trek to the city for a bachelor party.

National Treasure captain Jon Turtletaub directs, and the first teaser makes it look as lightweight as the concept sounds. Sure, there’s something to be said for watching a couple of these actors break out of their usual patterns. It’s cute to watch Morgan Freeman play a guy who gets wasted on vodka/Red Bull, for example, and I won’t begrudge Michael Douglas having fun on screen at this point in his life and career. Whether that will make you want to watch the actual film is another question.

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The first trailer for Steven Soderbergh‘s Liberace biography Behind the Candelabra, airing on HBO later this month, didn’t show us much of the work Michael Douglas did to bring the late entertainer back to life. This long featurette on the making of the film gives us a lot more to look at, while also introducing quite a few other elements of the film.

You’ll see some of Dan Aykroyd‘s work — he looks great — and there are some shots of other actors such as Rob Lowe and Debbie Reynolds. There’s a puff piece aspect to this featurette, which is pretty common for promo pieces like this, but for those curious about Soderbergh’s film there’s some good info. For those who don’t know much about Liberace there’s a brief encapsulation of the pianist’s life and an explanation of his place in entertainment and popular culture. One person who doesn’t have any real voice here is Soderbergh, who is seen working, but doesn’t give an interview. Read More »

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Steven Soderbergh‘s retirement has turned out to be more of a transition. While he’s done with theatrical features for now, he’s as active as ever on the small screen. Just last week, he was talking up his plans to adapt John Barth’s The Sot-Weed Factor into a 12-hour miniseries.

Perfectly positioned to mark that switch from the big screen to the small one is Behind the Candelabra, an HBO film about the rather bizarre romance between the famed pianist (played with flirty, flamboyant charm by Michael Douglas) and his much younger lover Scott Thorson (a wide-eyed Matt Damon). The first full-length trailer has finally hit the web, and you can check it out after the jump.

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The last film Steven Soderbergh made before his self-imposed retirement/hiatus was Behind the Candelabra, based on Scott Thorson‘s memoir about his secret romance with the entertainer Liberace. Michael Douglas plays Liberace and Matt Damon plays Thorson in Soderbergh’s film, which premieres in late May on HBO. We’ve seen one teaser that was free of actual footage, but now there is a second teaser clip that shows the two lead actors in all their glory.

Perhaps better than the teaser, however, is info about Soderbergh’s next project — indeed, he plans to continue working, if not in the realm of theatrical features. (For now.) In the past, the writer/director has spoken of adapting John Barth’s 1960 novel The Sot-Weed Factora savage satire set in the 1600s about ”an English poet who moves to Maryland to take over his father’s tobacco farm.” Now he is developing a 12-hour miniseries based on the novel.

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Is Steven Soderbergh really retiring from directing movies, or is he merely taking a nice vacation/hiatus, or spending some time thinking more about making TV projects rather than theatrical films?

Hard to say for sure at this point, as his statements on the subject have ranged through all those possibilities over the past year. We do know that the last thing he shot was the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas as the famed entertainer and Matt Damon as his lover Scott Thorson. While Soderbergh may well make another movie or TV project in the future, this is the last thing he has planned for release as far as we know.

We’ve seen a few photos from the film, such as the one above, and now HBO has released a teaser. Sadly, it doesn’t feature the actors, but you can take a look at the animated swirl of piano keys, just as a reminder that this one is coming up in a couple months. Read More »

UPDATE: Thanks to Collider, we’ve been able to update the post with higher-res versions of the same images. Click through to take a look.

As the nation decides who’ll get to take control the White House for the next four years, Channing Tatum‘s been running around trying to save it from takeover by evil forces. Actual evil forces, that is, not “evil forces” as a particularly low insult for the opposing party. White House Down sees him playing a former cop who tries to protect the President (Jamie Foxx) when 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is invaded by a paramilitary group. See Tatum doing his best “Bruce Willis in Die Hard” impression after the jump.

Meanwhile, we also have the first snapshot of Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, and Kevin Kline looking sharp in Last Vegas, described as a sort of Hangover for the silver-haired set. Check that out after the jump as well.

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Christoph Waltz didn’t get to play one important figure from history, as he had to fall away from playing Sigmund Freud for David Cronenberg in A Dangerous Method. But roles out of history have to be thrown at an actor of Waltz’s capacity on a daily basis. Now he’s lunged at one, and  will join Michael Douglas in the film Reykjavik. Douglas will play Ronald Reagan, and Waltz will appear as Mikhail Gorbachev, who was Chairman of the Supreme Soviet and then President of the Soviet Union. Gorbachev essentially led the USSR out of the Cold War. Read More »

We’ve heard a lot lately about actors being courted to play US Presidents, but most are for one film, Lee Daniels’ new movie The Butler. That one has Alan Rickman set to play Ronald Reagan, and Jane Fonda controversially set to be Nancy Reagan.

Over in a different corner of the indie landscape, Mike Newell has taken up the directorial reins of a film called Reykjavik, and has set Michael Douglas to play Reagan, the 40th President of the United States. Read More »

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