Steven Soderbergh Haywire

It’s only been two years since Steven Soderbergh left behind filmmaking. Ever since “retiring,” though, Soderbergh has found a more than welcoming home in television. The last movie we saw from him was for TV, HBO’s Behind the Candelabra, and he’s about to debut the second season of his show The Knick. The news of an early Soderbergh retirement was saddening, to say the least, but understandable. Read his current thoughts on retirement and TV after the jump.

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Red Oaks trailer

Here’s another new show to add to your fall TV to-do list. Amazon Studios has just debuted the first trailer for Red Oaks, a 1980s comedy executive produced by Steven Soderbergh and David Gordon Green. Craig Roberts plays David, a college student uncertain about his future. He picks up a summer job at a country club, where he meets all sorts of characters who teach him about life and about himself.

If that sounds like it’s got a strong Adventureland vibe to it, the Red Oaks trailer isn’t exactly going to dissuade you of that notion. Watch it after the jump. Read More »

The Knick Trailer

I can’t wait for the October return of Steven Soderbergh‘s The Knick, which will be going into its second season. Once again, Soderbergh directs and shoots every episode of the series, and probably does much of the editing as well. This new look at the second season is even more appealing than the last because it teases far more stuff, and far weirder stuff — for instance, what’s up with that fireball blowing up in some surgeon’s face towards the end of this latest The Knick trailer? Read More »

The Knick S2 teaser

Here’s a gorgeous teaser for The Knick season two, which comes complete with an announcement that Steven Soderbergh‘s excellent series returns to Cinemax on October 16. Clive Owen and most of the rest of the S1 cast returns, but this time at least part of the story goes to San Francisco along with Cornelia Robertson (Juliet Rylance). We still don’t know much about the thrust of this season, though we can expect it to deal with heroin, further competition over medical advances, and gangsters and loan sharking, for starters.

Not that you’ll see too much of all that in The Knick S2 teaser below, which is mostly lovely atmospheric shots, albeit ones that have a quiet beauty and sometimes even a grand sense of oppressiveness to them.  Read More »

steven soderbergh media diary 2014

Think you’ve got no time to read, watch, and think about stuff on a contestant basis? Steven Soderbergh is here to show you up. While doing post-production on the ten-episode first season of The Knick, and shooting and editing Magic Mike XXL, and prepping a second season of The Knick, and working as exec producer on The Girlfriend Experience TV show and Citizenfour, and probably doing quite a few other things, Soderbergh still managed to take in a steady diet of other films, TV shows and books. (He also got to see Gone Girl in March.) We know this because he posted a diary of his year in media for 2014, and you can read the full thing below. Read More »

15 Things We Learned About Christopher Nolan

Dark Knight Rises

This week a couple of good profiles have been published on Christopher Nolan in advance of his film Interstellar hitting theaters next week. The two main articles come from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and I recommend checking out both pieces. Together, the profiles feature a great deal of interesting information on the filmmaker and his latest film which I thought might be of interest. I have collected 15 of most interesting tidbits for you after the jump.

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Riley Keough Girlfriend Experience

The TV series version of The Girlfriend Experience won’t star Sasha Grey, but its lead should be familiar to Steven Soderbergh fans all the same. Riley Keough, memorably seen nuzzling a teacup pig in Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, is set to lead the 13-part half-hour series. Hit the jump for more on the Riley Keough Girlfriend Experience news.

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Steven Soderbergh Raiders

Steven Soderbergh‘s “retirement” has been a delight to follow. Freed of the demands of film directing, he’s found time to do all sorts of other things, from an Off-Broadway stage play to a Cinemax TV series to a Twitter novella to a Gus Van Sant / Alfred Hitchcock Psychos mash-up. His latest endeavor, released today, is a silent, black-and-white version of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

In an accompanying statement, Soderbergh explains that he undertook the exercise in an attempt to better understand staging. But of course the real reason this happened is “because Steven Soderbergh.” Hit the jump to see the Steven Soderbergh Raiders of the Lost Ark cut.

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Magic Mike

Amber Heard and Jada Pinkett-Smith will also star in Magic Mike XXL, despite being rather ill-equipped to play male strippers. Plus, see a new photo from behind the scenes of Magic Mike XXL. And also after the jump:

  • Star Trek 3 is reportedly shooting in mid-February
  • … and Simon Pegg says J.J. Abrams is “all over it”
  • Expendables 3 downloaders are being told to pay up
  • Justin Long wants more Galaxy Quest and Zack & Miri
  • Elizabeth Banks drops more hints about Pitch Perfect 2
  • Amityville: The Awakening loses its release date
  • Get a load of the new poster for V/H/S: Viral
  • The Insidious Chapter 3 poster involves a lot of reading

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