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Each week Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. This week, with the release of Side Effects on DVD/Blu-Ray and the upcoming release of his last film, Behind the Candelabra, we examine the trademark style and calling signs of Steven Soderbergh.
Steven Soderbergh has given us about two decades worth of films as director, but unfortunately it doesn’t look like we’ll be getting any more. Soderbergh, pointing fingers at what he perceives as the decay of cinema, has decided to call it quits. He no longer found film making to be enjoyable, especially when his artistic vision was not appreciated by audiences and critics alike. His last few films spanned a variety of genres and seemed like a last-ditch effort by the film maker to find something he would enjoy doing again. Alas, none of »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Liberace, forever hailed as "Mr. Showmanship," was the excess-to-the-max pianist-personality whose onstage and offstage extravagance were legendary, and who wowed audiences in Las Vegas and worldwide to become the best-paid entertainer on the planet during his heyday from the 1950s to the 1970s.
He was the forerunner of flashy, gender-bender entertainers like Elton John, David Bowie, Madonna and Lady Gaga even as he kept a tight lid on his gay private life, which he feared could have ended his career had it come out. (His fans never seemed to get wise.)
By contrast, Michael Douglas is a 68-year-old movie star known for he-man performances and morally ambiguous roles. And he was no piano player.
But Douglas now dazzles as Liberace in the new HBO film, "Behind the Candelabra," including lavish musical numbers »
Michael Douglas, one of the screen's most self-assured performers, momentarily lost it. At Tuesday's official Cannes press conference for Behind the Candelabra, Douglas, 68, was recounting how the project about the famed pianist Liberace and his relationship with a much younger man, Scott Thorson, came about. Director Steven Soderbergh first tossed out the idea of Douglas playing the flamboyant showman way back in 2000, when they were making Traffic together. Several years ago, enlisting producer Jerry Weintraub to option Thorson's memoir, Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace, Soderbergh returned to the idea, engaging screenwriter Richard Lagravenese and approaching
- Gregg Kilday
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This Tuesday is packed! Warner Brothers has issued some re-releases in steelbook form today as well as some other quality releases today from Severin Films, Impulse Films, Vinegar Syndrome and more.
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- Andy Triefenbach
The first official in-game trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts has been revealed today alongside Microsoft’s Xbox One blowout, and it’s teasing a very different game world than previous instalments have delivered.
Call of Duty: Ghosts is aiming to put players in a world where the United States has been devastated by an unknown weapon of mass destruction delivered by a technologically superior super-force. Infinity Ward was plagued by the question of what would happen if America was the underdog, rather than a super power? How would this impact our lives and the way in which we engage in warfare? What would that gameplay experience be like?
Luckily, fans will be able to answer this question exactly when they assume the role of an American soldier who has grown up in the aftermath of America’s downfall ten to fifteen years after the devastating event.
Infinity Ward is »
- Michael Shelton
Today Microsoft held a big event to pull back the current on its next-generation console. Considering how integrated gaming devices now are with movies and home entertainment, we've pulled together all the relevant info that's relevant to movie buffs who may want the device for more than just gaming. What's it called? Xbox One How much will it cost? No word on that yet, but at minimum it's expected in the $599 range. When's it coming out? No precise date, but at some point later this year. One of the console's flagship games, Call of Duty: Ghosts (which is being written by Syriana and Traffic screenwriter Stephen Gaghan), has a release date of November 05, 2013, though, so expect the Xbox One either on that date or before it. Can it play...
- Peter Hall
Yep, you read that right. The Academy Award winning writer of Traffic and director of Syriana Stephen Gaghan has lent his pen to the phenomenally successful Call of Duty game franchise, writing the story (and presumably the screenplay) for the next installment in the series, Call of Duty: Ghosts. Apparently Gaghan didn't just drop off a script but worked from an office at developer Infinity Ward throughout the game's production.As a fan of the series and as a massive fan of Syriana which was my favourite film of 2005, this is fantastic news. While playing Black Ops with Sam Worthington's voice was oddly jarring, I think this will be a much more seamless fit while adding more depth to the gameplay experience. Watch the trailer...
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As part of Xbox’s console announcement today (read Matt’s recap here), Microsoft introduced a couple of games that will be featured this fall as part of the Xbox One experience. One of the most highly anticipated games is Infinity Ward’s follow-up to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, a wholly new Call of Duty video game featuring a new story and characters called Call of Duty: Ghosts. The full reveal trailer for Ghosts is now online, and it’s very, very promising. The video game was written by Oscar-winning Traffic and Syriana scribe Stephen Gaghan and takes place in the near future in which America’s forces have been nearly obliterated. The protagonist is part of the resistance, a ragtag team made up of former members from various armed forces services such as Navy SEALs and Marines. I love the underdog approach here and Gaghan’s involvement is incredibly promising. »
- Adam Chitwood
David Bloom is a Deadline contributor Microsoft finally unveiled the Xbox One, its next-generation successor to the Xbox 360 game console, with an impressive demonstration of a voice- and gesture-controlled device focused more on integrating and controlling all kinds of entertainment and social capabilities far beyond just playing videogames. The #XboxReveal event at Microsoft’s Seattle-area campus included the announcement by Xbox Entertainment Studios President Nancy Tellem that Steven Spielberg will create a new live-action TV show based on the “Halo” game franchise. In a video, Spielberg, a longtime game fan who also oversaw the launch of the DreamWorks Interactive game studio in the 1990s, briefly said “the Halo universe is an amazing opportunity to be at an intersection where technology and myth-making converge.” Related: Nancy Tellem Talks Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios Microsoft also announced a number of other entertainment-oriented deals, including a new partnership with the NFL that promises »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Steven Soderbergh tonight unveils what he says is his final feature film Behind The Candelabra. The film explores the secret father/son/lover relationship between Liberace (Michael Douglas) and his valet Scott Thorson. It’s playing in competition here at Cannes, even though HBO will premiere it in the U.S. on Sunday before it gets a traditional overseas theatrical release. If that seems complex, it fits Soderbergh, a true maverick who has always been up for putting himself on the line for disruptive, groundbreaking fare. That began with sex, lies, and videotape. The movie won the Audience Award at Sundance and the Palme d’Or at Cannes before grossing nearly $25 million in 1989 and earning him an original screenplay Oscar nom. It is viewed as the picture that turned indie film into a viable business. “He is the father of this movement,” said Harvey Weinstein, who distributed the film. “Before him, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Perhaps the most prolific and reliable character actor of the last 20 years, Luis Guzman is nothing short of an American treasure. Think of your favorite movie right now — was Luis Guzman in it? There is statistically a 23.9% chance you just said "Yes." That's Luis's career in a nutshell. No one plays the goofy, lovable criminal, sidekick or law enforcement officer better than Guzman, and everyone in Hollywood knows it — that's why he's been in approximately 5,891 movies since 1990.
Guzman recently co-starred in "The Last Stand" with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Johnny Knoxville, where he played a deputy sheriff to Schwarzenegger's head honcho. "The Last Stand" is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.
Congratulations on "The Last Stand." You co-star with Arnold Schwarzenegger — the movie is noteworthy for being his first starring »
- Nick Blake
How did Steven Soderbergh manage to seduce two mainstream stars like Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, persuading them to let it all hang out and much more besides for his Liberace opus Behind The Candelabra?
With Douglas it began with a chance overture while they were both working together on Traffic some 13 years ago when the director already had an idea he would like to focus on the flamboyant entertainer.
“I became a bit paranoid when Steven suggested it and wondered why he thought of me then I heard nothing until I received the script, based on his lover Scott Thorson’s book,” he said. An emotional Douglas also noted that it came just as he was recovering from a bout of cancer. “It was a beautiful gift from Steven and Jerry Weintraub [the producer]”
Damon, who at an impressionable age used to watch the Liberace TV shows with »
- Richard Mowe
It's almost unfair how easy Steven Soderbergh makes it look. As the filmmaker heads into his hiatus from movie-making, he's spent the few last years dipping between high grade entertainment ("Magic Mike") and accomplished genre films ("Side Effects," "Haywire") and for his goodbye, he's more or less combined the two. "Behind The Candelabra" is a cinematic bauble, that coats typical biopic fare with some real panache and heart. And while this does indeed mark Soderbergh's last hurrah for now, it's likely that a different narrative will soon form around the film. That narrative will surround Michael Douglas, with the 68 year-old actor delivering his best performance in a least a decade if not longer. It's hard to put into words how much of a transformation Douglas undergoes in the role of Liberace, but it truly is revelatory. Granted, he probably hasn't had a part this good since his double whammy of »
- Kevin Jagernauth
If Steven Soderbergh is truly done with feature films we should be thankful he left us with three great films, one after another, before his departure. With Magic Mike, Side Effects and now Behind the Candelabra that's three films in a row that most directors could not achieve the likes of over the course of a career, let alone the rest of Soderbergh's oeuvre from Sex, Lies, and Videotape to Traffic. Behind the Candelabra says as much about us as a society as it does about its two protagonists in a story that's surprisingly dark at times, just as it is emotionally rewarding, entertaining and even humorous. Tracing events from 1977-1986, the story follows the life of Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) as he goes from being a Hollywood animal handler to the dazzling lifestyle and palatial estate of famed Las Vegas entertainer Liberace (Michael Douglas). Growing up an orphan, moving from house to house, »
- Brad Brevet
During his lifetime, Liberace sued (and won) when publications hinted at his homosexuality. In “Behind the Candelabra,” former lover Scott Thorson gets the final word, serving as the basis of a film that gleefully thrusts itself into those aspects of Liberace’s lifestyle which the flamboyant showman was careful not to show the public. Ironically, despite being the most bigscreen-worthy film that director Steven Soderbergh has made since “Che,” this eye-popping biopic will unspool Stateside on HBO, while receiving theatrical treatment abroad, where the star power of Michael Douglas and Matt Damon will draw masses to performances unlike any in their careers.
A production designer’s dream and a gay man’s nightmare, “Behind the Candelabra” re-creates the lavish living environment and stage shows Liberace orchestrated between 1977 and his death in 1986 of HIV-related complications, while presenting the world with a sort of worst-case version of predatory homosexuality, in which an older man of means identifies, »
- Peter Debruge
New York — Steven Soderbergh is working on a new currency.
In his Chelsea studio, among various film posters and piles of moviemaking mementos, he has a few paintings in progress, including a new, livelier, "more Hendrix" version of a U.S. dollar bill. It's only one of the many artistic endeavors he bounces between now that he's begun his long-predicted hiatus from filmmaking.
On Tuesday, he will bring his Liberace film, "Behind the Candelabra," to the Cannes Film Festival, where it will compete for the same Palme d'Or he won 24 years ago for his first film, "Sex, Lies and Videotape."
Soderbergh has said this – a $23 million HBO movie starring Michael Douglas as the flamboyant pianist and Matt Damon as his lover, Scott Thorson, airing Sunday in the U.S. – will be his last film, at least for now. The 50 year-old's career in film – 26 protean features including "Out of Sight," "Traffic »
Sims released this tweet shortly after the news broke:
“I’ve had to keep this secret for nearly two months. It’s out! No…I don’t play an ape.”
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.
Andy Serkis, celebrated for his performance in the last film, reprises his role as Caesar. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes also stars Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Public Enemies, The Great Gatsby), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises, »
- Alex Corey
Even though the flick is currently filming, that hasn't stopped it from casting! Variety reports that Jocko Sims (Crash, White Space, Something Is Killing Tate) has joined the already stellar cast to play the supporting role of military operative Werner.
Andy Serkis, celebrated for his performance in the last film, reprises his role as Caesar. Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Public Enemies, The Great Gatsby), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises, The Harry Potter franchise), Keri Russell ("The Americans," Mission Impossible III), Toby Kebbell (The Prince of Persia, Wrath of the Titans, Rock N Rolla), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In, ParaNorman), Enrique Murciano (Traffic, Black Hawk Down), Kirk Acevedo (The Thin Red Line), and Judy Greer (The Descendants, Three Kings, 13 Going on 30) also star.
- Uncle Creepy
Stephen Gaghan's Candy Store is filling out nicely as Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds) joins Robert De Niro, Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Omar Sy (The Intouchables, X-Men: Days of Future Past) in the upcoming action thriller. Lionsgate is handling distribution on this one which interweaves several storylines set against a dynamic criminal underworld in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. A former covert operative (Clarke) discovers the organization he was dedicated to fighting is now operating in his new backyard. When he teams up with a disgraced local cop (De Niro), their investigation leads them to an international sex trade entrepreneur (Sy), a Cold War consigliere posing as a typical American suburbanite (Waltz), and a beautiful girl wrapped up in an elaborate threat against Manhattan. Gaghan will direct and produce from a script he co-wrote with Shannon Burke and additional casting is still to be announced. »
- Brad Brevet
Two-time Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz has now been confirmed to join the impressive cast of Stephen Gaghan’s interleaving crime-thriller Candy Store. The press release below confirms Waltz, who most recently landed the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Tarantino’s Django Unchained, will join Robert DeNiro, Jason Clarke and rising Frenchman Omar Sy, in the film set in various locations in New York City.
Los Angeles (May 14, 2013) – Two-time Academy Award®-winner Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds) is joining two-time Academy Award®-winner Robert De Niro (the upcoming Last Vegas, Silver Linings Playbook, Raging Bull, The Godfather: Part II),Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Omar Sy (The Intouchables, the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past) in Good Universe’s and Lionsgate’sTHE Candy Store, a character-driven action thriller by Academy Award®-winning writer and director Stephen Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana »
- Craig Hunter
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