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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Bill and Ted Face the Music

Bill and Ted Face the Music is one of those sequels that people thought would be perpetually talked about but never actually see the light of day. But here we are, with the third installment of the sci-fi comedy series starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter slated for release late this summer. But how did we get here? Well, it sounds like Steven Soderbergh surprisingly had a big hand in helping Bill and Ted Face the Music get in front of cameras. We already knew he was an executive producer on the movie, but the Ocean’s 11 director recently explained how he helped get the movie off the ground. Read More »

high flying bird sequel

Steven Soderbergh‘s High Flying Bird was one of last year’s best movies, featuring a captivating performance from André Holland, playing a sports agent dealing with an NBA lockout. It’s a must-watch movie, but I never expected it to spawn a franchise. But that’s apparently what’s happening, as Holland revealed that there’s a High Flying Bird sequel in the works, and that instead of a lockout, the follow-up might focus on sports being shut down due to the coronavirus.

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Hollywood Recovery After Coronavirus

With the exception of late night talk shows and animated projects that are being worked on remotely, Hollywood has otherwise shut down feature film and television production. But hopefully sometime soon, Tinseltown will be back at work. However, whenever the ball starts rolling again, it won’t be business as usual, because the entertainment industry will have to slowly ease back into normalcy. That’s why the Directors Guild of America has appointed Contagion director Steven Soderbergh to head up a committee that will explore the safest ways to resume production in order to help Hollywood recovery after coronavirus, Read More »

kill switch

Steven Soderbergh is gearing up for his next project – Kill Switch, a 1950s crime drama written by Ed Solomon, writer of the Bill and Ted movies and Men in BlackDon Cheadle and Sebastian Stan are already attached to star, and now word comes that Jon Hamm is in talks to join the cast as well. While there’s no distributor for Soderbergh’s latest yet, there’s a very good chance it’ll head to HBO Max, since the filmmaker recently signed a big deal with them.

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If you’ve been paying attention to the news, then you may have heard about the outbreak of a new coronavirus that’s been spreading outward from Wuhan, China since December of last year. As of Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared the virus “a public health emergency of international concern.” It’s been making top headlines on the CNN homepage over the last week as Chinese cities with a total population of almost 60 million have gone into lockdown. The outbreak has unfortunately dovetailed with the Chinese New Year, a busy travel season when a lot of people would normally be coming and going from China to celebrate the holiday and spend time with their families.

Even if you live in a stateside movie vacuum, you may have noticed how Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion mysteriously started trending on the iTunes movie store along with newer awards season releases like Parasite and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. As we reported on Wednesday, Soderbergh’s film cracked the top ten on the rental chart, despite it being an old release that came out nearly a decade ago. This isn’t just a fluke. There are several eerie parallels between Contagion’s plot and the real-world story playing out on the news right now. Here are the ways the movie drew on past viral outbreaks and augured the present crisis of the 2019 and 2020 “novel coronavirus,” officially known as 2019-nCoV.

Spoilers for Contagion follow.

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Russo Brothers First Movie

The Russo Brothers’ latest film, a little cultural phenomenon called Avengers: Endgame, is the highest-grossing movie of all time. Joe and Anthony Russo‘s first movie, however, has never even seen the light of day. Before their superhero and television days, the directors bet big on themselves with their feature directorial debut, Pieces, which took them three years to make, cost them $30,000 and landed them in serious credit card debut. Besides a premiere at the Slamdance Film School, the indie film has never been available to an audience.

When we spoke to the Russo Brothers about 21 Bridges, they told us about their hope to one day release their first movie.

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Kill Switch cast - Stan Cheadle Brolin

Steven Soderbergh is stepping into the world of crime once again, and this time, he’s bringing several alums of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with him.

The director of the Ocean’s trilogy, Magic Mike, Traffic, and Erin Brockovich has recruited Josh Brolin, Don Cheadle, and Sebastian Stan for his next film, a crime drama set in the 1950s called Kill Switch. Read more about the new movie below. Read More »

The Laundromat Review

It’s not exactly clear why there’s been such a boomlet in explanatory, often didactic, films about recent history. It can’t be merely a reaction to the anti-intellectualism of Trump because films like The Big Short predated his rise. Perhaps it’s a response to our information-saturated culture and a need to cut through the volume of digital noise. Whether it’s trusting the audience too much that they want to know how complex systems work, sensing that they might tune out unless it’s laid out clearly, or cynically doubting they won’t understand without a spoon-fed explanation, these films all share an urge to inform and not just entertain. It’s impossible to deny that Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat, an instructive explainer on the Panama Papers leak of 2016, is a product of this moment in cinema.

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the laundromat trailer

Steven Soderbergh‘s Netflix partnership is proving quite fruitful for Hollywood’s fastest-working auteur, who assembles an A-list cast for his latest film, The Laundromat. Starring Meryl StreepGary Oldman, and Antonio Banderas (only one of whom is doing a weird accent), The Laundromat sees Soderbergh tackling The Panama Papers after his last Netflix film, High Flying Bird, took on the NBA. Watch The Laundromat trailer below.

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