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Steven Soderbergh interview: Logan Lucky and more

Ben Mortimer Aug 28, 2017

Steven Soderbergh on changing cinema, Logan Lucky, box office analysis, and radical ideas for film...

Steven Soderbergh, then. The man who walked away from movies, and came back when he found the right story. That story was Logan Lucky, now playing in UK cinemas. And Soderbergh took some time to chat to us about the film, and his work...

[As I enter I slap two recording devices on the table, and explain that I’ve had recording failures before, and now back up as I interview.]

When I was doing the Richard Lester book we’d done multiple, multiple sessions, and I gave the tapes to Faber and Faber to be transcribed, and they lost them. And I had to do the whole thing over; days and days of stuff. It was bad.

Does that ever happen on set? Not necessarily recording failures, but…

No. I think in the digital universe its more likely to happen, that somebody forgets to hit record, because there’s not much of a difference between being in record and not being in record,
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'Logan Lucky' Review: Steven Soderbergh's Return to Movies Is a Heist-Flick Blast

'Logan Lucky' Review: Steven Soderbergh's Return to Movies Is a Heist-Flick Blast
Steven Soderbergh, the Oscar-winning director of Traffic (2000) and films as diverse as Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989), Kafka (1991), his two-part biopic Che (2008) and The Girlfriend Experience (2009), returns to features after a four year absence with a cool breeze of summertime sweetness called Logan Lucky. On the surface, this let's-rob-a-racetrack caper looks like a redneck spin on Ocean's 11, his starry (Clooney, Pitt, Damon) 2001 box-office hit. And in some ways it is. "I've lost interest in anything that smells important," the 54-year-old director recently told the New York Times.

Our advice? See
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Steven Soderbergh Movies Ranked from Worst to Best

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Steven Soderbergh Movies Ranked from Worst to Best
Steven Soderbergh’s directing career started with “Sex, Lies and Videotape,” a massive breakout that not only launched his career — it changed the industry of independent filmmaking in America. While struggling to find his footing after becoming a household name at age 26, Soderbergh never let himself become frozen by his early success or some preconceived notion of what his career would be. Instead, he dogmatically followed any story that piqued his interest, regardless if it was building the slick “Ocean’s Eleven” franchise or an experimental film he shot in his hometown with friends (“Schizopolis”).

He has been careful to build a career that was commercially viable so as to maximize his ability to be constantly creating and experimenting with films that were sometimes aggressively uncommercial. Along the way, he has fought to be as efficient a filmmaker as possible – constantly trying different approaches and new technology to make and
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‘The Knick’ May Have Ended Because Steven Soderbergh Wanted to Shoot Season 3 In Anamorphic Black-and-White

‘The Knick’ May Have Ended Because Steven Soderbergh Wanted to Shoot Season 3 In Anamorphic Black-and-White
The axe officially came down on “The Knick” in March when Cinemax confirmed it wouldn’t be continuing the acclaimed medical drama beyond Season 2. With exceptional performances from Clive Owen and Andre Holland, plus some of the best directorial work of Steven Soderbergh’s career (the series ranked #3 on our list of the best directed shows of the 21st century), “The Knick” had a fervent cult following that was surely looking forward to where the series would go next. It turns out so was Soderbergh.

Read More: ‘Logan Lucky’ Footage: Steven Soderbergh Unleashes A Very Wacky Daniel Craig Performance — Watch

The filmmaker joined Reddit today for an Ama in promotion of his new movie, the heist comedy “Logan Lucky,” and he naturally was asked a lot about the fate of the medical drama. Since both seasons were shot in just 73 days, Soderbergh felt like he and the cast had finally
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Steven Soderbergh Says His “Radical” Re-Edit Of ‘Kafka’ Might Be Finished Soon, Praises ‘Get Out’ & ‘The Love Witch’

“I’ve been working on, at no one’s request, ‘Kafka’ for 14 years. I have an idea, I have an approach. It was a movie I was never really happy with even at the time,“ Steven Soderbergh said last year about his forever developing recut of his 1991. I think his film starring Jeremy Irons, which spins a surreal tale around the famous author, is a bit of an underrated gem, but clearly the filmmaker wishes he could’ve done things differently.

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Steven Soderbergh Could Have Directed A Bond Film

Hollywood history is full of what-ifs. What if Tom Selleck had played Indiana Jones? What if Edgar Wright got to direct Ant-Man (that one still stings)? What if Steven Soderbergh directed a James Bond film? That last one comes to us courtesy of a Q&A at Nitehawk Cinema, following a screening of Haywire, when Soderbergh revealed that he had been approached to direct a James Bond movie more than once, but it never got off the ground.

Here’s what the director had to say:

Over the years, I’ve been in conversations…I’ve been approached twice about doing a Bond film. And it never quite got anywhere. And [‘Haywire’] in some ways, was my opportunity to do what I would do with a Bond movie.

The little tidbit was dropped in the midst of a discussion about Haywire and Soderbergh’s attempts to get a sequel (and even a TV show) made,
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Soderbergh Talks Bond & A "Kafka" Retooling

After a several year break, Steven Soderbergh is returning to the movies with two projects currently in the works - "Mosaic" and the heist comedy "Logan Lucky". He also spoke at a retrospective screening of his action thriller "Haywire" this week and revealed that he's been asked to be involved in the James Bond series - and not just one time. He tells The Playlist:

"Over the years, I've been in conversations… I've been approached twice about doing a Bond film. And it never quite got anywhere. And ['Haywire'] in some ways, was my opportunity to do what I would do with a Bond movie."

It was a rushed opportunity though. The filmmaker had assembled a crew to shoot "Moneyball" but was then fired from the project. Not wanting to let his crew down, he scrambled to assemble another film which was when he saw "Haywire" star Gina Carano in an
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Steven Soderbergh Admits He Was Once In Talks For James Bond; Discusses New, Weird “Midnight Edition” of ‘Kafka’

Steven Soderbergh’s sabbatical from making movies is officially over. While he took a detour into television with “The Knick,” the director has two films in the works: “Mosaic,” an experimental project over at HBO (which may not quite resemble a film in the end and could be a kind of a series), and the Nascar heist […]

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Spring Takes Time

Get yer terrific long-suppressed film history right here, folks -- this is what it takes to get your movie banned in East Germany in 1965: Günter Stahnke makes a drama revealing forbidden capitalist-style competitiveness and dastardly backstabbing in a state-run industry. Think any of those Party censors would object? Spring Takes Time DVD Defa Film Library 1965 / B&W / 1:37 flat / 76 min. / Der Frühling braucht Zeit / Street Date March 2016 / available through The Defa Film Library / 29.95 Starring Eberhard Mellies, Günther Simon, Doris Abesser, Karla Runkehl, Rolf Hoppe, Erik S. Klein, Friedrich Richter, Elfriede Née. Cinematography Lothar Erdmann, Eckhardt Hartkopf, Hans-Jürgen Sasse, Kurt Schütt Film Editor Erika Lehmphul Original Music Gerhard Siebholz; 'The Sputniks' Written by Hermann O. Lauterbach, Konrad Schwalbe, Günter Stahnke Produced by Defa Directed by Günter Stahnke

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

So you think artists over Here have it bad... Günter Stahnke experienced some late-career fame at the 1990 Berlinale film festival,
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Steven Soderbergh Reportedly Plotting Return To Feature Filmmaking With Channing Tatum

Here's an example of what happens when trades rush out to report a story, in a desire to be first, but no one has their ducks in a row. Last night, a flurry of information hit the web about a supposed return to feature filmmaking for Steven Soderbergh, but no one seems to know exactly what it is, for what sounds like a project that's very much in flux. Read More: Steven Soderbergh Talks 'Mosaic,' 'Kafka,' & Plans To Still Make 'The Sot-Weed Factor' First, Variety reported that Soderbergh would helm "Hillbilly Heist," a movie that would star Channing Tatum and Matt Damon. They later changed the title of the movie to "Lucky Logan," and noted that Warner Bros., Fox, and Sony were all angling to acquire the movie. Meanwhile, Deadline said Damon wasn't involved, and that the project would be starring Tatum and Michael Shannon and
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Watch: 9-Minute Video Essay About Steven Soderbergh's Debut Feature Film 'Sex, Lies, And Videotape'

Before he captivated television audiences with (in this author’s humble opinion) one of the greatest television shows ever made — the pulsating, sensuous “The Knick” — Steven Soderbergh began something of an indie revolution with his debut film “Sex, Lies, and Videotape” in 1989. Known as an incredibly hands-on director (and editor, cinematographer, screenwriter, and producer — using various pseudonyms on his projects for each position) since his first film, Soderbergh’s career would perhaps not have taken the same shape without this Palme d'Or-winning masterpiece. Starring James Spader, Andie MacDowell, Laura San Giacomo, and Peter Gallagher, “Sex, Lies, and Videotape” is an iconic look into the secret lives of relationships and affairs. It’s raw emotion and challenging sex scenes paved the way for the cinema of the years to come. Read More: Steven Soderbergh Talks ‘Mosaic,’ ‘Kafka’ & Plans To Still Make ‘The Sot-Weed Factor'...
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Batman suit and Avengers: Infinity War directors revealed – Watch Fmtv’s Movie Newsgasm

Standing alone against the threat of North Korean cyber terrorism, it’s your weekly movie news show the Movie Newsgasm. In your face, Kim Jong-un.

We’re only kidding. Please don’t hurt us.It’s a super-packed show this week. Super-packed meaning: lots of superhero stuff. Ben Affleck’s Batman suit for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice has been revealed In Living Colour (although it’s still pretty black and white), plot details for that same movie – specifically how Superman’s Metropolis destruction binge affect the film’s events – have been reported, more bonkers plans for Spider-Man from the Sony email hacks and the directors for Marvel’s two part epic Avengers: Infinity War have been leaked. And it isn’t Joss Whedon *Gasp*!

Fmtv will be back next Friday for our Best Stories Of 2014 Movie Newsgasm Spectacular! Exciting. Subscribe here to be notified first when they are
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The First Teaser for Steven Soderbergh's 'The Knick' Is Bloody Good (Video)

When director Steven Soderbergh ("Ocean's Eleven," "Magic Mike") announced that he fully intended on following through with his long-discussed retirement, film fanatics everywhere mourned, crying deeply into their Criterion Blu-ray box set of "Che" and wondering what would become of modern cinema.

But he hasn't exactly been resting on his laurels (if that were even possible) -- several of his older films have either been reissued in HD (like "King of the Hill") or are currently being worked on ("Kafka," finally), he's just directed an off-Broadway play in New York ("The Library," written by his frequent collaborator Scott Z. Burns) and, over on his website, he does continually weird stuff like re-editing "Psycho" and "Heaven's Gate."

But the biggest, most ambitious, and most hotly anticipated post-retirement Soderbergh joint is happening this summer: "The Knick," a limited-run Cinemax series that stars Clive Owen as a doctor working at the Knickerbocker Hospital in turn-of-the-century New York.
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Spidey apprehends Big Man in latest Amazing Spider-Man 2 viral, plus new TV spot

The Spider-Man comic book villain Big Man and his Enforcers have been namedropped several times on Sony's Daily Bugle site, and now the little viral interquel between The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 appears to have come to its conclusion with the latest article, in which the wall-crawler has apprehended the mob boss:

Spider-Man Lands a Big Fish! by Ned Leeds, City Bureau

A daring nighttime raid by Spider-Man on a nondescript townhouse in Greenwich Village led to the arrest of the reputed organized crime boss, The Big Man. Spider-Man, having conducted his own investigation and in another instance of his now all-too-common vigilantism, left the webbed-up gangster hanging from a lamp post, for the arrival of a surprised police squad.

But the biggest shock of all came when the mask of the Big Man was yanked off and the gangster was revealed to be Daily Bugle crime beat reporter Frederick Foswell!
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Two more Daily Bugle viral articles for The Amazing Spider-Man 2

After dropping another post earlier in the week [see here], Sony's Daily Bugle viral site has now updated with another two viral articles in support of the upcoming solo sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - the first of which speculates over Spidey's origin, while the second concerns the comic book villain Big Man and his Enforcers...

The Five Borough Blog

We asked our readers how they thought Spider-Man got his powers. You answered by email, text, blog, and even a brick through the window (please refrain from that in the future). Here’s what you had to say:

Lashawn F., Soho

Spider-Guy’s probably suffering from some diseases, I bet, like Arachno Syndrome, or Tarantulitis (my little brother came up with those, he’s mad funny)! He climbs walls, he shoots webs, and he eats bugs. He can never show his face cause he’s probably got fly-eyes or something. You know,
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Criterion Collection: King of the Hill | Blu-ray Review

After a pair of edgy indies and a Palme d’Or to boot, Steven Soderbergh was given his first opportunity to bed down with the studio system and take advantage of the much deeper pockets that such an opportunity affords, but no one expected that under the watch of Universal the young auteur would make the polished and saccharine King of the Hill his first project. Adapted from A. E. Hotchner’s depression era memoir of the same title in which a preadolescent boy named Aaron is faced with the harsh realities of true poverty, Soderbergh’s first studio effort remains a wholesome oddity within a filmography that seems increasingly chameleonic, but rarely sentimental. After the subversion of Sex, Lies, and Videotape and the experimentalism of the bio-pic Kafka, the chances that his next film would boast the fluffiness of a made for TV afternoon special about how hard it
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Special Features - The *Other* Batman vs Superman Casting Issue

Oliver Davis on the *other* bit of Batman vs. Superman casting news....

On Friday, the latest bit of casting news for the upcoming Batman vs. Superman was announced by its director, Zack Snyder. "Having Jesse [Eisenberg] in the role," he said of the new Lex Luthor, "allows us to...take the character in some new and unexpected directions." New and unexpected directions. Remember that. It'll come up later.

People tweeted in uproar, others more wisely reserved judgement until they see the film itself. But there was another piece of casting news, one overshadowed by the Lexenberg announcement, and one that might just hint as to what these "new and unexpected directions" are: Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth.

Here's what the director had to say on Irons' casting:

As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne’s most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure. He is an absolutely
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Steven Soderbergh Month: The Underneath foretells Soderbergh’s future success

Following the release of Sex, Lies, and Videotape in 1989, Steven Soderbergh was poised for stardom as the darling of the indie scene. He sat at the head table in a push to change the face of cinema. Unlike contemporaries like Tarantino, his predicted rise didn’t happen right away. He followed the popular debut with Kafka and King of the Hill, and neither came close to earning a significant return. The talent was there, but Soderbergh needed more than critical praise to keep his career intact. His next step was 1995’s The Underneath, a low-key noir film that didn’t change his perception as a director with limited appeal. Despite a convincing lead performance from Peter Gallagher, it earned just over $500,000 on a more than $6 million budget. Was Soderbergh doomed to slip completely off the map? Despite the lack of financial rewards, this movie contains the elements that served him well several years later.
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Friday (neo)Noir: ‘Kafka’ sends the titular writer into a hypnotic, labyrinthine chase after nightmares

Kafka

Written by Lem Dobbs

Directed by Steven Soderbergh

France/United States, 1991

Steven Soderbergh is a name that carries either plenty of weight or none whatsoever depending on who you talk to. For those who went to see the Ocean’s trilogy mostly for its star-studded cast, namely George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, perhaps the director’s name will fall on deaf ears. For others, the film nerds, Soderbergh is akin to a demi-god. His contributions to modern American cinema in both its mainstream commercial and art house forms are not to be overlooked. Arguably his most interesting works are those for which he chooses to meld star power with his more artistic inclinations, as with The Informant!, Che, and his 1991 oddball neo-noir, Kafka, starring Jeremy Irons and a host of other familiar faces.

Set in Prague a short few years after the first World War, the story
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Steven Soderbergh Month: ‘King of the Hill’ resounds with historical empathy

When a filmmaker creates a period piece, the audience will expect certain details to be highlighted as an effort of world-building and cinematic magic. They are commonly referred to as costume dramas, a display of a large amount of money pumped into costume and set design to amaze modern audiences in their plight for historicity. With The Great Gatsby, Baz Luhrmann was able to milk our infatuation to the point that several men’s fashion designers crafted clothing lines around the film. There are anywhere from one to three big pictures like this each year that will flaunt their stars in period-perfect garb, take home their Best Picture Oscar, and fall into obscurity. What may rescue many of these films is their ability to not simply match the look of the past, but its feeling, the atmosphere of the times that helps audiences relate to characters long dead and presented in unimaginable circumstances.
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