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19 strangely Christmassy sci-fi and horror movies

23 December 2010 1:55 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Christmas has a hell of a PR agent. A good PR maximises the audience for their client, always looking for lateral markets beyond the core appeal of the product. So if Christmas is fundamentally about giving, goodwill and forgiveness, there's no harm - from a PR's point of view - if it can also be made to be about sex, death and loneliness too. We seem to have had our traditional - and always sad - fusillade of pre-Christmas celebrity deaths this year, and if we're lucky, the period between now and new year will bring no new and nasty surprises in that line.

In the meantime our TV screens have filled up customarily with ads for perfume and booze which remind us that Christmas is also a Pagan-style locus for celebrations of the carnal and sensory. And with campaigns targeted at those who have no invite to the celebrations »

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Matt Damon Claims Steven Soderbergh Retiring To Pursue Painting Career

22 December 2010 12:40 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Sad news from 24 Frames – According to frequent Steven Soderbergh collaborator Matt Damon, the man behind films as varied as Solaris, Sex, Lies and Videotape and Ocean’s Eleven is ready to retire from filmmaking.

“He’s retiring, he’s been talking about it for years and it’s getting closer,” Damon said, currently shooting the thriller Contagion in Chicago with Soderbergh. Damon goes on:

“He wants to paint and he says he’s still young enough to have another career,” Damon said. “He’s kind of exhausted with everything that interested him in terms of form. He’s not interested in telling stories. Cinema interested him in terms of form and that’s it. He says, ‘If I see another over-the-shoulder shot, I’m going to blow my brains out.’ “

Geoff Boucher, who authored the 24 Frames article, wonders if it’s a hoax or a prank, but Damon insists that it’s true. »

- Anthony Vieira

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George Clooney Returning to Space for Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity

17 December 2010 9:30 AM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Director Alfonso Cuaron wanted Angelina Joile for “Gravity”, but couldn’t get her. He tried and tried, but he still couldn’t get her. Then he thought he had Natalie Portman, but it turns out, Natalie’s got other things to do. He had to settle for Sandra Bullock, which isn’t bad when you have to “settle” for an Osar winner as the female lead in your movie. On the man side of things, Cuaron had Robert Downey Jr. for the longest time — until he no longer had him. Downey left, and THR now says George Clooney, who was last in space in “Solaris”, has replaced him. Essentially a “Castaways” in space movie, “Gravity” will be centered on a female astronaut (Bullock) who survives the destruction of her space station along with Clooney’s astronaut. It’s believed that Clooney’s character bites it pretty quickly thereafter, leaving just »

- Nix

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Clooney Steps Into Downey, Jr.'S Gravity

17 December 2010 4:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

George Clooney is heading into space again after agreeing to replace Robert Downey, Jr. in upcoming sci-fi movie Gravity.

The Iron Man actor had initially signed up to star in the thriller with Angelina Jolie, who later pulled out and left Sandra Bullock to fill her place.

Downey, Jr exited the project in the autumn due to scheduling conflicts and now Clooney has agreed to step into his space boots in the film, which tells the story of a female astronaut trying to make her way back to Earth following a disaster.

Clooney was last seen in space in 2002 sci-fi romance movie Solaris, which garnered a paltry $15 million (£10 million) at the U.S. box office. »

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George Clooney Starring in Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity' with Bullock

16 December 2010 1:46 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Finally a replacement! For a long time, Robert Downey Jr. was attached to star in Alfonso Cuaron's highly anticipated new sci-fi movie Gravity, but the project has gone through quite a bit of pre-production woes, mostly involving casting. Downey Jr. dropped out last month due to scheduling issues and we worried his departure might put this on the shelf again, but thankfully that's not the case. Heat Vision is now reporting that George Clooney will star opposite Sandra Bullock in Gravity, which will put him back up in space like in the Solaris remake from 2002. Remarkably, these two actors haven't been in the same movie before. Sandra Bullock will star, along with Clooney, as the only two astronauts who survive a disaster on a remote space station and must make the long, grueling journey home to Earth. Clooney's involvement doesn't make him one of the leads, as he (spoiler »

- Alex Billington

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows takes off as Unstoppable trundles on

30 November 2010 7:14 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Tony Scott's runaway train thriller set a solid pace but the broomstick-wielding wizard cleaned up on his penultimate outing

The winner

A fistful of major new releases targeting adult audiences predictably failed to dislodge Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 from the top spot in its second week of release. The Potter picture's second-weekend takings of £8.34m are more than all the rest of the films in the market added together.

Deathly Hallows's 10-day turnover of £33.26m is the biggest ever for a Potter movie at this stage of release. In July 2009 Half-Blood Prince stood at £33.07m after its second weekend – but thanks to a preview strategy giving two extra days of play at opening that figure represented a 12-day gross. The Order of the Phoenix, from July 2007, grossed £30.06m after two weekends – an 11-day figure. Like Deathly Hallows, November 2005's Goblet of Fire opened without the benefit of previews, »

- Charles Gant

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George Clooney Could Be ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’

18 November 2010 7:18 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

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George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh: Together again?

We’re all for it. Those two make movie magic as only true movie magicians can. And now it looks like they’re set to work that magic for the first time together since 2007′s “Ocean’s Thirteen.”

It was announced recently that Soderbergh would be directing the big-screen adaptation of the ’60s television series, “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” Now, The Playlist brings word that Clooney is eyeing the lead role.

U.N.C.L.E. stands for the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement, a secret international organization that employs the best super-spies on the planet. Clooney would, of course, play one of those super-spies.

Early word says that Soderbergh and Clooney are approaching this as their “last film together,” as the director is planning something of an early retirement (once he gets through all the projects currently on his plate, »

- Bryan Enk

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Clooney to be 'Man From U.N.C.L.E.'?

18 November 2010 3:48 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

George Clooney has reportedly entered talks to star in Warner Bros' The Man From U.N.C.L.E. According to The Playlist, Clooney is eyeing a reunion with director Steven Soderbergh on the spy remake. The pair previously worked together on Out Of Sight, the three Ocean's movies, Solaris and The Good German. They also co-owned Section Eight, the production company behind Clooney's first two directorial efforts Confessions (more) »

- By Simon Reynolds

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George Clooney in Talks for The Man From Uncle

17 November 2010 7:02 PM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

We just reported that director Stephen Soderbergh is in final negotiations to direct a big screen version of "The Man From Uncle," and now comes word that the filmmaker is already in talks with George Clooney to play the lead. He and Clooney worked together on multiple projects, including "Ocean's Eleven," "Ocean's Twelve," "Ocean's Thirteen," "Solaris," "The Good German," and "Out of Sight." The film could go into production before the end of 2011 and will be set in the 1960. "Uncle" aired on NBC from 1964-68, during a Cold War period that saw numerous spy shows hit the airwaves. James Bond author Ian Fleming was even a creator of the show, which focused on the adventures of American and Russian members of a secret agency called the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. »

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Clooney in Talks as Man From U.N.C.L.E.

17 November 2010 4:43 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

I was so fond of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. when I was a kid that I named my two kittens Solo and Kuryakin. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is yet another studio TV remake that begs the question: will anyone under 50 remember the title? But things are looking up now that George Clooney is in talks to star in Steven Soderbergh's film adaptation of the classic spy vs. spy series, reports The Playlist. The two men are long-time collaborators: they worked together as director and actor on Solaris and The Good German, and partnered on many productions during their tenure running their former production company, including Syriana and Good Night, And Good Luck. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is still in early stages, but The Playlist »

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George Clooney Re-Teaming with Soderbergh for U.N.C.L.E.?

17 November 2010 2:41 PM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

On the quickie heels of news that Steven Soderbergh was directing a big-screen version of the ’60s spy show “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” for Warner Bros., comes this latest news via The Playlist that George Clooney is “eyeing” one of the two main leads in the film (unless, of course, they plan on eschewing the original show’s two-men lead format). Clooney has starred in six previous Soderbergh-directed films, including all three “Ocean’s 11″ movies, along with “Solaris” and “Out of Sight”, two of my favorite films of the director. “U.N.C.L.E.” would mark the seventh time they’ve worked together as director and star, and really, Warner Bros. would be nuts for not jumping at the chance to re-team them. The ads essentially write themselves. “From the guys that brought you ‘Ocean’s 11′, etc etc…” The idea behind the big-screen “U.N.C.L.E.” would »

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George Clooney May Star in Steven Soderbergh’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

17 November 2010 11:48 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Less than 24 hours after news hit regarding Steven Soderbergh’s interest in directing an adaptation of the 1960’s spy series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., the project might have already nabbed a lead…an A-list lead, at that. The Playlist is reporting that frequent Soderbergh collaborator George Clooney is in talks to star in the film.

Taking into account their Oceans trilogy, Clooney and Soderbergh have collaborated on six films together, including 1998’s Out of Sight, 2002’s Solaris, and 2006’s The Good German. As reported yesterday, the film is looking to be scripted by Scott Z. Burns, the writer behind Soderbergh’s The Informant and the upcoming Contagion.  Hit the jump for more info, as well as some of my thoughts.

If there’s a potential snaffu in regards to the project, it’d likely be in the scheduling. Soderbergh is currently set to shoot his Liberace biopic in the summer »

- Ben Brown

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George Clooney Might Lead Soderbergh's 'Man from U.N.C.L.E.'?

17 November 2010 11:18 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Just yesterday we found out that Steven Soderbergh was being lined up to direct an adaptation of 60s TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which followed the adventures of American and Russian members of a secret agency called the United Network Command for Law & Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.). Now The Playlist has uncovered some more details on the adaptation including word that George Clooney, who has worked with Soderbergh on Solaris, The Good German, Out of Sight and all the Ocean's Eleven films, is already in talks to lead the project. However, it's not coming together immediately since development has only begun. Good news comes from the fact that this won't be an adaptation that simply modernizes an old TV series, but rather will stay in the 1960's and go back to the roots of what made the original series great. Though this project has been in the works since the 90's, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Steven Soderbergh in Talks to Direct The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Film

17 November 2010 7:54 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Steven Soderbergh is in talks to helm a film adaptation of the mid-1960s television series ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’. The Academy Award-winning director will most likely re-team with screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, who wrote his films ‘The Informant!’ and the currently in-production ‘Contagion.’ There’s no word yet on what tone Soderbergh will take with ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,’ as he’s directed such lighter movies as ‘Ocean’s Eleven,’ and darker projects, including ‘Traffic’ and ‘Solaris.’ But the show, which aired between 1964 and 1968, followed American and Russian spies who worked for the United Network Command for Law Enforcement agency. At first, the film was going to have a comedic tone when it [...] »

- karen

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Steven Soderbergh tipped to direct The Man From Uncle film

17 November 2010 7:11 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Ocean's Eleven director approached for adaptation of 60s TV show about spies Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, reports say

He transformed a long-forgotten Rat Pack movie into the first of a blockbuster franchise with his remake of Ocean's Eleven. Now, Steven Soderbergh looks set to turn his attentions to The Man From Uncle, the 1960s TV serial that followed the adventures of international spies Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, played by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Soderbergh is being approached to take over directing duties on the long-gestating project. He will bring with him Scott Z Burns, who wrote his film The Informant! as well as Contagion, the director's upcoming medical thriller.

David Dobkin, the current incumbent, is stepping aside to take a producer's role. He had planned an action comedy take on the material, but it is as yet unknown which way Soderbergh will choose to go. »

- Ben Child

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Steven Soderbergh tipped to direct The Man From Uncle film

17 November 2010 7:11 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Ocean's Eleven director approached for adaptation of 60s TV show about spies Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, reports say

He transformed a long-forgotten Rat Pack movie into the first of a blockbuster franchise with his remake of Ocean's Eleven. Now, Steven Soderbergh looks set to turn his attentions to The Man From Uncle, the 1960s TV serial that followed the adventures of international spies Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, played by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Soderbergh is being approached to take over directing duties on the long-gestating project. He will bring with him Scott Z Burns, who wrote his film The Informant! as well as Contagion, the director's upcoming medical thriller.

David Dobkin, the current incumbent, is stepping aside to take a producer's role. He had planned an action comedy take on the material, but it is as yet unknown which way Soderbergh will choose to go. »

- Ben Child

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Steven Soderbergh in Talks to Direct Feature Adaption of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

16 November 2010 7:58 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

If there’s one thing Steven Soderbergh can never be accused of, it’s passivity. Soderbergh just wrapped production on his first foray into the action realm, Knockout. He’s currently filming the star-stuffed thriller Contagion. He’s set to film a Liberace biopic with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon next summer. And now, just to add to the workload, Soderbergh is in early talks to direct The Man from U.N.C.L.E., an adaptation of the 1960s spy series.

Hit the jump for a closer look at the project, as well as some of my thoughts.

Here’s Heat Vision’s rundown of the series:

U.N.C.L.E. aired on NBC from 1964-68, during a Cold War period that saw numerous spy shows hit the airwaves. James Bond author Ian Fleming was even a creator of the show, which focused on the adventures of American »

- Ben Brown

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David Thomson on George Clooney

11 November 2010 2:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

George Clooney handles maturity with ease and a hint of smugness. It is there that he falls short of being our modern Cary Grant

By a margin, I suggest, George Clooney is the most interesting male movie star around today. Although he'll be 50 next year, he is still unquestionably attractive to both sexes. Has he ever looked better, or at such a point where handsomeness is so blended with maturity? That may sound obvious, until one considers near rivals – Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt – none of whom is aging with the same insouciance. Indeed, the only fault I can find in Clooney, and it's not a small one, is that he handles this passage not just with ease, but with a hint of smugness. It is there that he falls short in the wishful comparison made by many fans – of being our modern Cary Grant.

Of course, a movie »

- David Thomson

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Lechagos Bio Slime Becomes Contagion in New Oozing Trailer

10 November 2010 | Horror Asylum | See recent Horror Asylum news »

A new trailer for John Lechago's 'Bio Slime' has arrived online. Uh-oh, no wait, scratch that - 'Bio Slime' has become 'Contagion'. The potentially unneccesary re-titling was done to help 'appease international buyers at the American Film Market'. Not quite sure that works especially as director Steven Soderbergh ('Traffic', 'Ocean's Eleven', 'Solaris') already has an action-thriller of the same name lined up for next year with big hitter stars such as Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet and Jude Law all currently filming. You'll just have to make do with hotties like Monique La Barr and Victoria De Mare (whom appears topless in the flick - seen below). Anyhoo the name change will stick and 'Contagion' will ooze across the oceans very soon and you can check out the new trailer below. »

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‘The Divide’ Poster Reflects on the End of the World

3 November 2010 3:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Xavier Gens’ apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, The Divide, has just released its first poster via Impa.  Gens, responsible for films like Hitman and Frontier(s), is hoping to continue the improvement of his films with his latest high concept endeavor where to survive the end of the world, [everyone] must first survive each other.  It’s a simple yet effective tag line that I believe works extremely well.

The poster below, which I think is pretty cool, looks a bit too much like the poster for the Solaris remake with George Clooney, with the exception of the color and what we see reflected in the glass of the mask.  But luckily for the type of film it is, it actually does work even if it isn’t the most original thing we’ve ever seen.

The Divide stars Michael Biehn, Milo Ventimiglia, Lauren German, Rosanna Arquette, and Michael Eklund and is expected »

- Alex DiGiovanna

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