Soderbergh 2020 Watchlist

Every year, filmmaker Steve Soderbergh releases a list of everything he watched and read the previous year. It’s a fun little distraction that gives us some insight, however minor, into Soderbergh’s habits. This year’s list also comes with the news that late in 2021, Soderbergh is planning on releasing a 4K box set featuring seven of his films: Kafka, Schizopolis, Gray’s Anatomy, Full Frontal, Bubble, The Girlfriend Experience, and And Everything is Going Fine. On top of that, the Kafka disc will include a new cut of the film, while Schizopolis and Full Frontal have been “tightened.”

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soderbergh bond

The name’s Soderbergh. Steven Soderbergh.

The prolific filmmaker behind Ocean’s Eleven, Traffic, Erin Brockovich, and dozens of other movies recently confirmed that he once came close to directing a James Bond film. Read his quotes about that time and how he was able to channel some of his ideas for the world’s most famous spy into other projects. Read More »

contagion sequel

When the coronavirus pandemic started to make headlines earlier this year, many people returned to Contagion, Steven Soderbergh‘s excellent, and oddly prophetic 2011 movie about a deadly virus that starts sweeping through America. At times, elements from Scott Z. BurnsContagion script felt like blueprints for our current predicament, so much so that the film found a whole new form of popularity and ended up on the top 10 on the iTunes movie rental chart nine years after it hit theaters. Now, as the plague year that was 2020 draws to a close, Soderbergh has revealed he and Burns are working on a Contagion sequel. Sort of.

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Steven Soderbergh HBO Max reaction

Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Ocean’s Eleven) is not only one of the most prolific mainstream directors in Hollywood, but he’s also proven to be one of the most willing to buck trends and experiment with both form and release strategies. The fact that he is open to new ways of doing things and has never stubbornly defended the old theatrical model makes him an excellent candidate to talk about last week’s big news that Warner Bros. is releasing all of its 2021 movies in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously. And in a recent interview when that topic was broached, he didn’t disappoint.
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2021 Oscars producers

Today, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced that writer/director/producer Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Ocean’s Eleven, The Knick) will be one of three producers of the 93rd Academy Awards. This will mark Soderbergh’s first time ever producing the awards ceremony, which will be taking place in April of next year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read More »

Let Them All Talk Trailer

Remember when Steven Soderbergh was supposed to be retired? It seems like that never lasted very long, no matter how many times he said it. In the past few years, he’s directed Logan Lucky, Unsane, High-Flying Bird, and The Laundromat, and now he’s back with a new film for HBO Max called Let Them All Talk, starring Oscar winner Meryl Streep. Now the first trailer has arrived to tease the film’s arrival on the streaming service next month. Read More »

no sudden move cast

No Sudden Move, a new heist film from Mr. Steven Soderbergh, is rounding out its cast. Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, Amy Seimetz, Ray Liotta, Bill Duke, Julia Fox, and Jon Hamm are already on board, and now David Harbour, Noah Jupe, Brendan Fraser, and Kieran Culkin are joining the project as well. The film, previously titled Kill Switch, follows a group of small-time criminals in 1950s Detroit.

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the knick season 3

The Knick, one of the best shows of the 21st century, is coming back. Created by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, the Cinemax series ran for two seasons, with Steven Soderberg directing all 20 episodes. Cinemax canceled the show after two seasons, but Soderbergh and company were able to wrap things up, albeit in surprising, often unsettling ways. Still, fans have longed for more, and it sounds like we’re finally going to get it, thanks to Barry Jenkins and Knick star André Holland.

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kafka re-edit

Steven Soderbergh loves to keep busy. Even when he “retired,” he still managed to direct two full seasons of television (The Knick). So in true Soderbergh form, he’s been occupied with work during the pandemic. According to the filmmaker himself, he’s spent these last few months re-editing three of his films. Two of the re-edits – for Schizopolis and Full Frontal – are minor. But Soderbergh has also radically altered Kafka, his excellent second feature film that remains unavailable on DVD, Blu-ray, or streaming. Fingers crossed this means he’ll be releasing it into the world soon.

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steven soderbergh pandemic

Directing Contagion may have prepared Steven Soderbergh for a pandemic, but not for the deeply stupid human behavior that people have had in response to a pandemic. The filmmaker’s acclaimed 2011 thriller was ahead of the curve — showing the breakdown of society and difficulties of curbing the spread of a deadly virus long before coronavirus (COVID-19) even existed.

Contagion was a famously realistic take on the pandemic movie, with Soderbergh employing a team of researchers and consultants to depict how a virus would really spread in today’s global society. And while he got plenty of things right, even Soderbergh couldn’t predict the “deeply irrational” human behavior that has taken place since the coronavirus pandemic began.

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