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Here’s a true win-win situation. Director Steven Soderbergh, whose latest (last?) film Behind the Candelabra premieres May 26 on HBO, has taken to the web to do some good. He’s launched a site called Extension 765 where you can buy original props from films like Ocean’s Eleven, Ché, Traffic and Erin Brockovich with all proceeds going to the Children’s Aid Society of New York. He’s also selling his original photography, many of which are tests from the same films, also for the charity.

Everything is rather pricey, of course, but you’d get a one-of-a-kind item while also doing some good. Read More »

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Dave, Devindra, and Matt Singer from Criticwire chat about the awesome directorial stylings of Renny Harlin and reflect on the decline (or lack thereof) of the American film industry.

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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 »

Steven Soderbergh on Magic Mike set

Channing Tatum has been talking up the possibility of a Magic Mike sequel since last summer, but it’s been quite a few months now since we’ve had a real update. Nevertheless, Steven Soderbergh assures fans that not only is the film still making active progress, it’s actually “getting pretty far along” now with a “really hilarious” concept.

And whenever it finally hits screens, you can be sure your favorite Xquisite dancer will make a reappearance — according to Soderbergh, the next film will bring back all of the characters. Hit the jump to read his quotes.

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Channing Tatum doesn’t act like he’s famous. Even on the set of his upcoming movie, White House Down, the star of G.I. Joe, Magic Mike, Step Up and 21 Jump Street is humble, down to Earth and honest about his career. We spoke to the actor in Montreal last September. He said, after he next few movies, he wasn’t going to make another movie until he could direct himself, though a list of great directors could change his mind. He said he was so impressed with director Roland Emmerich that he’ll make movies with him forever.

Tatum also talked about Magic Mike 2, working with Steven Soderbergh and doing his own stunts – all of his own stunts. Tatum also discussed how growing up watching Eighties action films influenced his desire to make this movie, which opens June 28, and what it was about the script that really sold him.

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Behind the Candelabra

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 »

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