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9 items from 2011


"The Hunger Games" recruits Steven Soderbergh as second-unit director

5 August 2011 9:41 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

Unless you're a fan of the trilogy of novels on which they're based, or happen to have a weird thing for any of the seemingly dozens of young thespians cast in the film, you might not have been paying too much attention to news about next spring's "The Hunger Games." But that may very well change when you hear who's directing the film's second unit: Steven Soderbergh.

The news first broke over Twitter, and was pieced together yesterday by The Playlist. A couple different people involved with the film, including production designer Eddie Mills and electrician Chrys Blackstone spoke out about the director's involvement, saying "Soderbergh in the house this weekend!!! Very exciting!" and "Holy sh*t! Just found out that Steven Soderbergh is coming to the #hungergames to direct 2nd Unit. I am so excited this is getting good!" Both tweets, however, have since been deleted.

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- Aubrey Sitterson

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Steven Soderbergh Directing Second Unit on 'The Hunger Games'

5 August 2011 7:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Movie News, Hot Topic

Well, here's a move we never thought we'd see from Steven Soderbergh. He's directing second unit on 'The Hunger Games.'

Young adult fantasy novels and the director of 'Traffic' and the upcoming 'Contagion' don't seem like an obvious mix, but turns out Soderbergh is good friends with 'Hunger Games' director Gary Ross.

The Oscar winner's presence wasn't a secret for long: "Soderbergh in the house this weekend!!! very exciting!" tweeted production designer Eddie Mills, while set electrician Chrys Blackstone posted, "Holy sh*t! Just found out that Steven Soderbergh is coming to the #hungergames to direct 2nd Unit. I am so excited, this is getting good!"

IndieWire's The Playlist confirmed that it's all true: Soderbergh produced Ross's 'Pleasantville,' and Ross often takes a look at Soderbergh's scripts.

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- Sharon Knolle

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Steven Soderbergh directing second unit on The Hunger Games

5 August 2011 4:38 AM, PDT | Filmonic.com | See recent Filmonic news »

Here’s some news that should interest fans of The Hunger Games. The Playlist recently caught some tweets (now removed) by production designer Eddie Mills and electrician Chrys Blackstone which revealed that Oscar winning director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Ocean’s Thirteen) would be working as second unit director on the film. Second unit directors typically direct establishing [...]

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Soderbergh Signs On To Help Direct The Hunger Games

4 August 2011 6:36 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Moviemaker Steven Soderbergh has signed on as the second unit director on pal Gary Ross' movie adaptation of bestseller The Hunger Games.

The Traffic director has agreed to help his friend as he completes production on the much-anticipated 2012 blockbuster.

Eddie Mills, a production designer on the film, broke the news via a tweet on Wednesday, posting, "Soderbergh in the house this weekend!!! very exciting!"

That message was apparently followed by a tweet from set electrician Chrys Blackstone, which read, "Holy s**t! Just found out that Steven Soderbergh is coming to the #hungergames to direct 2nd Unit. I am so excited this is getting good!" But that tweet has since been taken down and replaced with the post, "Just gained a whole bunch of new real followers... Must be something im tweeting." »

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Soderbergh Playing Hunger Games

4 August 2011 5:01 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

For all his talk of retiring, Steven Soderbergh's list of upcoming projects doesn't seem to be shrinking. He's still got Magic Mike, Liberace and The Man From Uncle to contend with, and the peculiar news this morning is that Soderbergh has reportedly taken on second unit directing duties for Gary Ross' The Hunger Games.As is often the way, the cat screeched from the bag via Twitter, with production designer Eddie Mills cheering "Soderbergh's in the house this weekend!!!", and electrician Chrys Blackstone confirming same, with an added "Holy shit, this is getting good!" Both tweets have now disappeared, suggesting some slapped wrists...It doesn't seem that there's anything sinister afoot though, with The Playlist pointing out a long-standing professional friendship between Ross and Soderbergh, and suggesting that with the film's extremely tight shooting schedule, Ross likely called in a favour, knowing that Soderbergh is adept at working ridiculously fast. »

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Steven Soderbergh Serving As Second Unit Director On The Hunger Games

4 August 2011 4:34 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Here's something I didn't know: apparently directors Steven Soderbergh and Gary Ross are good friends. Looking through their respective IMDb pages, you can see that Ross got a "Thank You" credit on Che: Part One and Ocean's 12, while Soderbergh served as a producer on Pleasantville. Now, with Ross rushing to complete production on one of the biggest films of next year, The Hunger Games, it seems that he's called in a favor. The Playlist has discovered a pair of Tweets that suggest that Steven Soderbergh is handling the second unit production for The Hunger Games. Just yesterday, production designer Eddie Mills Tweeted, "Soderbergh in the house this weekend!!! very exciting!" This was followed by a message from Chrys Blackstone, an electrician on the set, who apparently said, "Holy shit! Just found out that Steven Soderbergh is coming to the #hungergames to direct 2nd Unit. I am so excited this »

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Steven Soderbergh Directing Second Unit On 'The Hunger Games'

4 August 2011 3:02 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Thanks to The Playlist we learn Steven Soderbergh, fresh off denying his reported retirement, is back at work directing the second unit on Lionsgate's The Hunger Games alongside helmer Gary Ross.

The Playlist notes a pair of Twitter messages revealing the information beginning with production designer Eddie Mills tweeting "Soderbergh in the house this weekend!!! very exciting!" followed by the more revealing bit of information from the film's electrician, Chrys Blackstone, writing, "Holy sh*t! Just found out that Steven Soderbergh is coming to the #hungergames to direct 2nd Unit. I am so excited this is getting good!"

Of course, this isn't "blow the doors off" news though it is a nice bit of information, similar to that of Andy Serkis performing second unit duties on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again alongside Peter Jackson. Typically, however, it isn't a big name director stepping into second unit duties, »

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Steven Soderbergh Is Doing Second Unit Shooting On 'Hunger Games'

4 August 2011 2:24 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While retirement is still in the cards for Steven Soderbergh, the director moves to the beat of his own interests and impulses and if anything, his always-full calendar proves he likes to be occupied and on the move. But even with that said, we never could have guessed he would take on something like this. Over the past day or so, Twitter has revealed that Steven Soderbergh has been spotted on the set of "The Hunger Games," the upcoming young adult book adaptation by Gary Ross. "Soderbergh in the house this weekend!!! very exciting!" tweeted production designer Eddie Mills, while… »

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Steven Soderbergh Plays The Hunger Games

4 August 2011 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

In quite a surprising move, Steven Soderbergh has joined the currently-shooting The Hunger Games as a second unit director. The news comes via The Playlist , who spotted the following Tweet from the film's electrician, Chrys Blackstone: "Holy s--t!" he writes, "Just found out that Steven Soderbergh is coming to the #hungergames to direct 2nd Unit. I am so excited this is getting good! Soderbergh's name was also tweeted by production designer Eddie Mills, who wrote: "Soderbergh in the house this weekend!!! very exciting!" Soderbergh, who seems to enjoy remaining unpredictable, has two films opening in the next year, Contagion on September 9 and Haywire opening on January 20, 2012. Targeted for a PG-13 rating, The Hunger Games »

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