‘Contagion’ – What Did You Think?

There really is nothing like a sprawling film covering a complex topic directed by Steven Soderbergh. Soderbergh’s Contagion hits theaters today boasting a cavalcade of big film stars, all trying to make sense of a world  being torn apart by an infectious virus.

So with the insane amounts of talent behind it, does the film live up to its promise? Does it measure up to that other Soderbergh epic, Traffic? And most importantly, does Gwyneth Paltrow make it out of the film okay? Hit the jump for some of my thoughts and feel free to share your own in the comments. Assume SPOILERS lie after the jump and in the comments.

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Entertainment Weekly‘s Fall Movie Preview hits newsstands Friday and, as usual, it’s filled with new information and photos from some of the most anticipated films scheduled for release between September through December. After the jump, check out new photos from We Bought a Zoo, Jack and Jill, Like Crazy, Contagion, Drive, Abduction, Hugo, The Muppets, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, The Adventures of Tintin and The Descendants. Read More »

“Dont talk to anyone. Don’t touch anyone.” If you watched the trailer for Steven Soderbergh‘s viral thriller Contagion and didn’t walk away with a feeling that we’re all doomed to die alone in abject horror, then these six character posters might be enough to hammer that idea home. These images feature the six core cast members (Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne and Gwyneth Paltrow) in various stages of agitation, tension or distress. Not the most appealing way to look at each one, but the shots definitely get the point across. Read More »

Quite a lot of new posters showed up on the internets during the first official day of Comic Con today, and there are a few good ones. The teaser poster for The Amazing Spider-Man isn’t high-res, sadly, and it basically repurposes a shot of Spidey’s back that we saw via EW last week. But it’s a good teaser shot regardless.

There are two new Steven Soderbergh images, for Haywire and Contagion — or two and a half Steven Soderbegh posters if you count the new one-sheet for Moneyball, which Bennett Miller ended up directing after much drama. Andrew Niccol‘s In Time (formerly I’m.mortal and Time) gets a poster and two character sheets. And, finally, James McTeigue‘s The Raven gets a poster with some very Ralph Steadman-esque ink splashes and title scrawl. All good stuff, and all after the break.
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Well, that didn’t take long. Earlier today we showed you the first footage from Steven Soderbergh‘s viral outbreak thriller Contagion, which opens on September 9. Now the full trailer is online, and it seems designed to scare the living shit out of anyone who has even the vaguest touch of germ paranoia. See it after the break. (And, yes, that image above, which is official, does say the film is opening in IMAX. That may have been data that was floating around, but it is news to me. Great news.) Read More »

First Footage: Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Contagion’

Damned Entertainment Tonight strikes again. Studios love to give the show teaser clips of upcoming films for the tanned talking head hosts to gab over. In this case the footage is from a film that is exactly the sort of action-packed mainstream tentpole that ET thrives on. Oh, wait, actually, it is Steven Soderbergh‘s upcoming global pandemic thriller Contagion, aka one of our more anticipated films of the fall.

Wouldn’t footage of this best be seen without the blaring voiceover? Yes, but I think at this point studio publicists just release footage to ET to laugh at us complaining about it. So: this is a not an official trailer release, or even a good capture of the ET teaser segment. It is a brief video that nonetheless offers the first look at Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, and Laurence Fishburne. Wait for the trailer if you like, or hit the jump for the early look. Read More »

We’ve got a handful of release dates to share, with the biggest possibly being Guillermo del Toro‘s upcoming Pacific Rim, which, if things go well, will begin shooting late this summer or in early fall. Warner Bros. will distribute the Legendary Pictures production, and has just set July 12, 2013 as the release date. Pacific Rim is scripted by Travis Beacham and already boasts Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba and Charlie Day in the cast. The story is “set in a future where giant malevolent creatures threaten to destroy the earth, and the planet must band together and use advanced weapons technology to eradicate the growing threat.” [THR]

After the break, a new date for Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, and dates for the Stephenie Meyer adaptation The Host, as well as for Roman Polanski’s Carnage, Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In, and Tucker & Dale Vs Evil. Read More »

Page 2: Weekend Edition

What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 31 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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For the past few months, Steven Soderbergh has been all over the place with the cast and crew of Contagion. They’ve been shooting in San Francisco over the past week or so, and will close out work in that city with a massive scene at Candlestick Park that involves over 1000 extras. (The production manager for the film described the scene at the 49ers home field as “like a large vaccination center.”)

Before that happens, we’ve got some set pics showing at least one urban setting for the film, which follows the outbreak and effects of a global pandemic. Read More »

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Over the past few years Steven Soderbergh has expressed frustration with filmmaking and has, more than once, talked about the prospect of an early retirement from directing. But the last time that talk cropped up it was just before the director went on a serious filmmaking jag. Rapid-fire projects ensued: The Girlfriend Experience, The Informant!, And Everything is Going Fine, Haywire (expect a trailer and poster soon) and Contagion, which is shooting now. Liberace is planned for 2011, and there’s the prospect of a Man From U.N.C.L.E. film from Mr. Soderbergh, as well.

But don’t think that all means that the retirement talk has been buried. Speaking from the set of Contagion, Matt Damon says Steven Soderberg really does plan to retire, and soon. Read More »