MAGIC MIKE XXL Second Unit Filming Has Begun with Steven Soderbergh as Camera Operator

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Ladies and gentlemen, Magic Mike XXL is on the way.  Director Steven Soderbergh’s “male stripper movie” Magic Mike was one of the bigger surprises of 2012 in more ways than one.  Not only did the $7 million pic become a box office smash to the tune of $167 million worldwide, but Soderbergh dug deep into his subject matter, crafting a seriously dramatic story about the American Dream against the backdrop of the male stripper world.  Tatum has been hard at work on the Magic Mike sequel for the past year, and today Soderbergh revealed that second unit filming has already begun via a Magic Mike XXL image on Twitter.  Though Soderbergh is in retirement from film directing, he’s acting as the cinematographer, camera operator, and editor on Magic Mike XXL while Gregory Jacobs takes over the director’s chair.  It appears that he’s getting a jump on things before principal photography begins in earnest, with a little second unit photography work in Myrtle Beach.

Take a look at the teaser Magic Mike XXL image after the jump, courtesy of Soderbergh.  Full cast has yet to be confirmed, but Tatum is back in the lead role and the film is slated to hit theaters on July 1, 2015.

THE KNICK Review: Clive Owen Leads Steven Soderbergh’s Gruesome But Immersive Hospital History

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The new Cinemax series The Knick, from creators/executive producers Jack Amiel and Michael Belger and director/executive producer Steven Soderbergh, takes a very old idea and gives it a new spin.  The irony is, it does so by going to the past.  The show focuses on New York City’s Knickerbocker Hospital starting in 1900, a popular time period on television at the moment (Boardwalk EmpireCopperDownton Abbey), as well as a popular subject for a series (that being a medical procedural).  But the pairing of the two makes The Knick‘s story something unique, and its singular artistic vision, under the direction of Soderbergh, illuminates the world beautifully.  Hit the jump for more.

HBO Announces BOARDWALK EMPIRE and THE COMEBACK Premiere Dates; Steven Soderbergh’s THE KNICK Renewed Early

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As the TCA’s are ongoing, HBO and Cinemax took the stage today to make a few announcements.  Boardwalk Empire season 5 will premiere on HBO on September 7th, kicking off the final stretch of episodes for the Steve Buscemi-fronted series.  Additionally, the return of The Comeback will take place in November, as the fantastic, Lisa Kudrow-led cult comedy returns for a six-episode limited series event following its short-lived first season back in 2005.

And on the Cinemax side of things, THR reports that creator/showrunner Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming drama The Knick has already been renewed for a second season, even though season one doesn’t premiere until August 8th.  Clive Owen stars as a surgeon at Knickerbocker Hospital in 1900 New York, an era in which medical procedures were extremely dangerous.  Soderbergh directed all 10 episodes of the first season and has stated his eagerness to return for season two.  Watch the trailer after the jump.

RED OAKS Comedy Pilot Teams Steven Soderbergh With David Gordon Green, Announces Cast

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Red Oaks seems like it could definitely be my type of jam. A comedy set in 1985 at a country club in New Jersey?  This has enough shades of Caddyshack to pique my interest.  Of course it doesn’t hurt that the show will be produced by Steven Soderbergh or that the pilot will be directed by David Gordon Green (Eastbound & Down).  Red Oaks is gearing up to shoot as a pilot for Amazon (who are still implementing their voting policy when it comes to determining what gets picked up to series).

And now the cast has been announced.  Red Oaks stars Craig Roberts (Submarine) as David Myers, a college student who’s an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club in suburban New Jersey in 1985.  Paul Reiser (Mad About You), Richard Kind (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing), Oliver Cooper (Californication), Gage Golightly (MTV’s Teen Wolf) and Ennis Esmer (CTV’s The Listener).  Guest stars include Josh Meyers, Freddie Roman and Alexandra Socha.

Starz Orders Anthology Adaptation of Steven Soderbergh’s THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE

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Though Steven Soderbergh appears to be steadfast in his self-imposed retirement from filmmaking, he’s remaining quite active in the television realm.  He directed all 10 episodes of the upcoming Cinemax drama The Knick, and now he’s poised to be involved in a TV adaptation of one of his own films.  Starz announced today that it has greenlit an anthology adaptation of Soderbergh’s 2009 indie The Girlfriend Experience, with filmmakers Lodge Kerrigan (Keane) and Amy Seimetz (Sun Don’t Shine) writing and directing the series.  The show will consist of 13 half-hour episodes and “explores the relationships of the most exclusive courtesans who provide their clients with far more than just sex.”

Soderbergh will serve as an executive producer on the series, and he came up with the idea for the execution of the show himself, “I thought: ‘let’s make it a different woman in a different city, let’s pair two independent writer/directors, one male and one female, and let them do the whole thing.’”  Long live Soderbergh.  Read the full press release after the jump.

Steven Soderbergh Will Act as Cinematographer, Camera Operator, and Editor for MAGIC MIKE 2

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Steven Soderbergh’s retirement from filmmaking has been tough to swallow for many reasons, not the least of which because he was so damn prolific over the past few years with some fascinating, challenging, and wildly different films.  He hasn’t given up directing entirely as he recently helmed all 10 episodes of the upcoming Cinemax series The Knick, but he remains steadfast in his decision to steer clear of moviemaking—even when it comes to the highly anticipated Magic Mike sequel.  Warner Bros. has already dated the follow-up—tentatively titled Magic Mike XXLfor next summer and Channing Tatum is hopeful that the entire cast will return, but it will be Tatum’s producing partner Gregory Jacobs in the director’s chair this time around instead of Soderbergh.

However, we now have confirmation that Soderbergh won’t simply be tangentially involved with Magic Mike 2.  He will resume his duties as cinematographer, camera operator, and editor on the sequel.  Hit the jump for more, including Soderbergh’s thoughts on returning in this capacity.

New Trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s TV Series THE KNICK Starring Clive Owen

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Cinemax has released a new trailer for Steven Soderbergh‘s upcoming drama series, The Knick.  The 10-episode series takes place in New York in 1900 and stars Clive Owen as a surgeon at Knickerbocker Hospital during an era in which antibiotics did not exist, medical procedures were extremely dangerous, and the mortality rates were insanely high.  In this teaser trailer, Owen’s character espouses how “we live in a time of endless possibility,” but it appears that “gloves” are outside the realm of possibility.

Hit the jump to check out The Knick trailer.  The show will debut sometime this summer.  Probably best not to eat before you watch it.

Teaser Trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s Cinemax Series THE KNICK Starring Clive Owen

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One of the reasons HBO’s anthology series True Detective is so good (and it is so good) is that all eight episodes were written and directed by the same two people (Nic Pizzolatto and Cary Fukunaga, respectively), bringing a degree of consistency to each episode that serves one overall vision with a definitive end point.  This same model is being utilized for Showtime’s upcoming drama series The Knick, which lured filmmaker Steven Soderbergh out of his self-imposed “retirement” to take the helm of all 10 episodes.  Cinemax has debuted an incredibly effective teaser trailer for the show, which takes place in New York in 1900 and stars Clive Owen as a surgeon at Knickerbocker Hospital during an era in which antibiotics did not exist, medical procedures were extremely dangerous, and the mortality rates were insanely high.  This teaser is much more sinister than I was expecting, promising that The Knick will be quite darker than your typical TV medical drama.  Then again,”typical” is the last word I’d use to describe Soderbergh’s work, so we’re surely in for something wholly unique.

Hit the jump to watch the teaser.  The Knick will debut on Cinemax this summer.

Alfonso Cuaron Wins DGA Award for GRAVITY; Vince Gilligan and Steven Soderbergh Take TV Prizes

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The 2014 Directors Guild Awards were handed out earlier this evening, and Alfonso Cuaron took the top prize for Gravity, launching him (and the film) into frontrunner status heading into the Oscars.  The DGA winner is a very solid predictor of the eventual Oscar winner for the Best Director category, as the two have only failed to match up seven times in the past 65 years.  Moreover, the DGA winner’s film has won the Best Picture Oscar on all but 13 occasions.  We’ve known it’s going to be a very tight race since the PGA split its top award between Gravity and 12 Years a Slave, but this DGA win for Gravity puts it ever so slightly ahead.

Elsewhere at the DGA Awards, Steven Soderbergh took home the Miniseries/TV Movie prize for Behind the Candelabra and Vince Gilligan won TV Drama for the series finale of Breaking Bad, beating out the likes of David Fincher and Bryan Cranston.  Hit the jump to read the full list of winners.

SIDE EFFECTS Blu-ray Review

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In what may be Steven Soderbergh’s last “film” (his retirement has been greatly exaggerated, he’s suggested he may focus more on television after a break, and he already made Behind the Candelabra for HBO), Side Effects is very much a perfect note for him to go out on.  It’s well shot and put together, it’s got a great cast (including Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones), it’s stylish, and it’s slightly less than meets the eye.  Our review of Side Effects on Blu-ray follows after the jump. 

BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Review

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Passion.  Possession.  Infatuation.  Betrayal.  These are the hallmarks of any unhealthy and dramatic relationship.  And despite the glitz and glam of Steven Soderbergh‘s Behind the Candelabra, none of these emotions feels fresh or surprising despite the talent of the lead actors and the colorful figure of Liberace.  The strange relationship between Liberace (Michael Douglas) and Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) is rendered inert by a dramatic trajectory that’s been laid out within the first ten minutes.  The love affair isn’t doomed; it’s predictable.  At best, Behind the Candelabra makes out love to be as shiny, entrancing, and as fake as Liberace’s public persona.

Steven Soderbergh to Direct and Produce Cinemax Series THE KNICK Starring Clive Owen

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So much for retirement.  Much has been made over the past year or so about the fact that filmmaker Steven Soderbergh would be taking a self-imposed hiatus from directing after the release of his Liberace film Behind the Candelabra.  While Candelabra premieres on HBO this Sunday, it appears that Soderbergh is already coming out of “retirement” to direct a new TV series for Cinemax.  The filmmaker will helm 10 episodes of a period series called The Knick, which will star Clive Owen and takes place in New York in 1900.  Hit the jump for more.

New UK Trailer and Images for Steven Soderbergh’s BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon

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Fresh off the release of an extended 12-minute featurette, a new UK trailer and a batch of new images from director Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming Liberace film Behind the Candelaba have landed online.  The plot centers on the tempestuous relationship between the musician (Michael Douglas) and his lover Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) throughout their secretive five-year love affair that began in 1977.  This UK trailer goes deeper into the film’s story, as we see the beginnings of the relationship and start to see some of the great interplay between Douglas and Damon. You can go ahead and wrap up Douglas’ Emmy right about now.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to see the new images.  The film also stars Rob Lowe, Debbie ReynoldsScott BakulaDan AykroydCheyenne JacksonPaul Reiser, and Boyd Holbrook.  Behind the Candelabra will premiere on HBO on May 26th at 9pm/8c.

12-Minute Featurette for BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Goes Behind the Scenes of Steven Soderbergh’s Final Film

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HBO has released a new extended featurette for director Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming Liberace film Behind the Candelabra.  The 12-minute video takes us behind-the-scenes of Soderbergh’s possibly final feature film, as we get an intimate look into how the filmmaker crafted his chronicle of the tempestuous relationship between Liberace (Michael Douglas) and his lover Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) throughout their secretive five-year love affair that began in 1977.  Much of the featurette’s focus is on the insane costume and production design of the film, but we also get some footage of Sodbergh operating the camera himself and of a nearly unrecognizable Rob Lowe as Liberace’s plastic surgeon.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette.  The film also stars Debbie Reynolds, Scott Bakula, Dan Aykroyd, Cheyenne Jackson, Paul Reiser, and Boyd HolbrookBehind the Candelabra will premiere on HBO on May 26th at 9pm/8c.

New Trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon

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Before tonight’s season premiere of Game of Thrones, HBO aired a brief new trailer for Steven Soderbergh‘s ultimate film before retirement, Behind the Candelabra.  The film stars Michael Douglas as the famous musician Liberace and Matt Damon as his lover Scott Thorson.  The story centers on the tempestuous relationship between the two throughout their secretive five-year love affair that began in 1977.  Like the teaser trailer, the tone is fun, but this time we’re getting our first footage from the picture, and I like the look of the flamboyant hair and costumes.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Behind the Candelabra airs on HBO on May 26th at 9/8c.

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