"I thought sick people sometimes make things up."
The clock is ticking on Traffic and Erin Brockovich director Steven Soderbergh's career, with only two more movies to go before he goes into a voluntary retirement. After exploring the world of male exotic dancing in last year's Magic Mike and the global response to a pandemic in 2011's Contagion, Soderbergh's latest, Side Effects (formerly The Bitter Pill), targets the world of prescription drugs as it follows Emily Hawkins (Rooney Mara), an unsettled young woman who turns to prescription drugs to deal with the depression she suffers after her husband (Channing Tatum) is sent to prison. But after her husband is released, the drug prescribed to her by her psychiatrist (Jude Law) seems to be having curious, and potentially dangerous, effect.
Side Effects is clearly a thriller, though who exactly is in danger and who is to blame seems to be up in the air in this latest, international thriller.more mysterious trailers
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Steven Soderbergh's highly anticipated action movie, Haywire, hits theaters this weekend and all the buzz surrounding it reassures viewers it's just as badass as the clips imply. At a recent press conference regarding the movie, Eric Eisenberg of cinemablend.com had the opportunity to sit in and hear what the actors had to say about working with Soderberg and shooting fighting scenes with an actual MMA fighter.
Gina Carano, professional fighter-turned-actress, talked about her "audition process."
My agent called me and he said that this director wanted to meet me, and I didn’t know who he was. I don’t know anything about Hollywood really, still. I’m still learning... We had a four hour lunch and at the end of it he offered me a movie. So, there was no auditioning. I don’t know what that is like yet.
Channing Tatum, no stranger to the action film genre, plays one of the many men Carano beats up and he was more than impressed.
Find a girl that you think can whip my butt and I’ll go to her movie. And then they did. And I wanted to be in the movie, like yes it’s for real. She can really do this stuff. There’s no faking it. She only fakes it, because she has too. It was fun. What did Ewan mcGregor say about working with Gina Carano? >> Posted 01.21.12 by reelz
Rumors of his retirement have been greatly exaggerated, at least until after another movie or three, starting with the psychological thriller Side Effects. Steven Soderbergh, whom we are referring to, will be helming a new movie this spring thanks in part to Open Road Films and Annapurna Pictures who will finance and distribute the picture, according to EW.com.
The movie, previously titled Bitter Pill, will star Blake Lively, Jude Law and Channing Tatum; however, details on the plot have not yet been released.
In a press release from Tom Ortenberg the CEO of Open Road Films, he states:
We are thrilled that Steven Soderbergh is bringing his next thriller to Open Road. We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Annapurna and this fantastic team of filmmakers.
Soderbergh's latest movie, Haywire, hits theaters this Friday. Posted 01.19.12 by reelz
From his 1989 indie debut of Sex, Lies and Videotape to last fall's viral thriller Contagion, director Steven Soderbergh's movies have always tried to blend an extraordinary story with a sense of realism (often even working with non-actors) and his latest movie, the upcoming Haywire, is no different. The action-thriller follows a freelance covert operative Mallory Kane (MMA fighter Gina Carano) who is double crossed and seeks revenge on the person who betrayed her. Last week, Soderbergh revealed that he wanted the fight scenes in the movie to feel "realistic," avoiding action movie conventions such as wirework. "Nothing that you couldn't actually do," said Soderbergh at the time.
During an interview with Vulture, the director again spoke about the movie's action, calling it a "gamble" to allow the actors to actually do the action sequences.
soderbergh on Carano's voice, Magic Mike and his sabbatical from movies >> Posted 01.14.12 by Ryan
Look, I like to be entertained, but I know when I'm being cheated, and I didn't want that. What I was trying to do was stage sequences where we wouldn't have to resort to trickery. But it was a gamble, because the stakes in these sorts of things are usually so crazy, in the scale of the action, and with the quick-cut Bourne shots. I wanted a human scale, with looser shots, longer shots, with the camera in lockdown.
It's official. In the first five minutes of director Steven Soderbergh's Haywire, Gina Carano proves she's the first female action star fans will actually believe is able to kick Channing Tatum's ass.
Don't believe us? You can now watch those first five minutes online. Check out Carano and Tatum's altercation at a diner — a scene that features heavily in already released trailers and clips. More Bourne than Salt, the fight scene is close and brutal, with Carano showing her physicality and taking as much as she gives. Watch the first 5 minutes of Haywire >> Posted 01.10.12 by Jud
Director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Ocean's Eleven) is sprinting toward his planned sabbatical/retirement.
With Haywire opening later this month, and Magic Mike opening this summer, Soderbergh has started casting his penultimate movie, the thriller The Side Effects. Briefly called The Bitter Pill before returning to its original title, Soderbergh signed on to direct the movie after exiting his The Man from U.N.C.L.E. adaptation.
Written by frequent Soderbergh collaborator Scott Z. Burns (The Informant!, Contagion, and, ironically, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), The Playlist reports that Soderbergh has cast actors Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Blake Lively in the movie. Tatum previously worked with Soderbergh on both Haywire and Magic Mike and Law reportedly loved working on Contagion with Soderbergh, while Lively (Green Lantern) is a newcomer to the director. more about The Side Effects >> Posted 01.10.12 by Ryan
Adam Rodriguez seemed to be on a huge roll when it was reported that the CSI: Miami actor was cast in both the independent male stripper movie Magic Mike and the upcoming Batman sequel, The Dark Knight Rises. Turns out, Rodriguez couldn't do both movies, telling CeleBuzz that he settled on Magic Mike instead.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to work on Dark Knight because it directly conflicted with the shooting schedule for Magic Mike. There was no way around it. I’m sure it would have been an incredible experience, but I know it worked out for the best.
For those who are unaware of the project, Magic Mike stars Channing Tatum as a male dancer who teaches a younger, inexperienced dancer (Alex Pettyfer) how to hustle while they work in a male strip club owned by Matthew McConaughey. Rodriguez says part of what drew him to the movie was Academy Award–winning director Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Eleven, Traffic) and then the script, written by Reid Carolin. more from Rodriguez on Magic Mike >> Posted 11.28.11 by Ryan
Director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) has gone back and forth on his plans to retire in the next couple years, but despite the possible retirement, the director was still planning to make The Man from U.N.C.L.E. after finishing the indie stripper comedy Magic Mike. That is, until he quit.
The Playlist was the first to report that Soderbergh had decided to opt out on the project, citing frustration with Warner Bros. over casting and budget. Soderbergh and his Contagion screenwriter Scott Z. Burns have been developing The Man From U.N.C.L.E., based on the 1960s TV show of the same name, since last year. George Clooney was set to play the lead role of secret agent Napoleon Solo, however, after suffering a spinal injury during the shooting of Syriana — an injury so severe it made him contemplate suicide — Clooney turned down the role to avoid the stunt work required for the movie. casting and budget issues explained >> Posted 11.19.11 by Ryan
Amongst all the comic book movie fare and genre movies on display at the 2011 Comic-Con, it seemed an odd place for director Steven Soderbergh's upcoming action/thriller Haywire, at least, according to Soderbergh. While Relativity Media would eventually debut the first trailer at Comic-Con, Soderbergh told The Playlist that he wasn't positive the convention was the perfect place to debut the material.
We weren’t sure if it was the right fit. but ultimately we decided, yeah, this is our take on the action film and we should show it off.
Starring MMA fighter Gina Carano as a double-crossed special agent bent on revenge, Soderbergh told The LA Times that he and screenwriter Lem Dobbs fashioned the movie around Carano after seeing her in a televised match. "I’ve never seen someone perform like that, in a cage," said Soderbergh. Again with the retirement? Really? >> Posted 07.26.11 by Ryan
You've probably heard about Alex Pettyfer's infamous "Thank You" tattoo. Now you might get to see it in the I Am Number Four star's new project.
Pettyfer is set to play a male stripper in Steven Soderbergh's movie Magic Mike, based on Channing Tatum's real-life experience of working the stripper's pole early in his career.
Despite two movies that underperformed (I Am Number Four and Beastly), and a less than flattering reputation, the movie roles keep rolling in for the new star.
The idea of Magic Mike came about when Soderbergh and Tatum were working together on the espionage drama Haywire. According to Deadline, Pettyfer will play a young Tatum baring it all, while Channing plays his older mentor. Posted 05.13.11 by Chris