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Steven Soderbergh & Channing Tatum Making ‘Magic Mike: The Musical’

By | Thursday June 28, 2012 @ 5:58pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: First they made the movie and now Steven Soderbergh and Channing Tatum are taking Magic Mike to the stage. The film’s director and star are producing a musical adaptation of their male stripper movie. Distributed by Warner Bros, Magic Mike opens Friday. The plan at this point is to have Magic Mike: The Musical on stage and Broadway bound by the summer of 2013. WME’s theatre head John Buzzetti is currently putting together the package. Soderbergh and Tatum will produce with partners Gregory Jacobs, Nick Wechsler and Reid Carolin. Carolin, who wrote the screenplay for the Magic Mike movie and is Tatum’s partner in Iron Horse Entertainment, will write the book for the musical. Magic Mike is partially based on the now-32-year old Tatum’s experiences as a stripper in Tampa, Fla, when he was 19. The movie stars Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Olivia Munn and Alex Pettyfer. Carolin is repped by UTA and Management 360. Soderbergh is repped by Anonymous Content. Tatum is repped by UTA and Management 360.

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Tom Papa Joins Steven Soderbergh’s HBO Liberace Biopic

By | Thursday June 21, 2012 @ 2:13pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Tom Papa has joined the cast of Behind The Candelabra. The former Marriage Ref host will play Liberace’s long time pal Ray Arnett in the Steven Soderbergh-directed film. Michael Douglas plays the flamboyant piano man, who died in 1987, in the HBO Films project. Jerry Weintraub is producing. The film, which will debut on HBO, is set to start shooting in LA next month. Also in Liberaceland, Dan Aykroyd is in Behind The Candelabra, playing manager Seymour Heller. Matt Damon has been cast as the entertainer’s partner Scott Thorson. Papa is repped by ICM Partners and managed by 3Arts Entertainment.

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Rob Lowe Playing Liberace’s Plastic Surgeon In HBO Tale

By | Wednesday June 13, 2012 @ 5:31pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Rob Lowe is in talks to play Liberace’s plastic surgeon in Behind The Candelabra, the Steven Soderbergh-directed film for HBO that stars Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his young limo driver and live-in lover Scott Thorson in a chronicle of their tempestuous hush-hush relationship. Dan Aykroyd and Debbie Reynolds are also starring and Jerry Weintraub is exec producer, with script by Richard LaGravanese.

Nicky Katt is also in talks to join the film, playing Mr. Y, a mysterious figure in the life of Liberace and Thorson. Katt starred in Soderbergh’s Full Frontal and The Limey, as well as Boiler Room and Sin City.

The project originated as an indie feature, but seems a strong fit for HBO, where everybody will see it. Gregory Jacobs and Susan Ekins are producing.

Lowe most recently completed the indie political film Knife Fight, and is currently shooting a Lifetime film about the prosecution of Casey Anthony. He’s also made a Simon & Schuster to write a sequel to his memoir Stories I Only Tell My Friends.

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Hot UK Trailer: ‘Magic Mike’

By | Friday May 18, 2012 @ 2:34pm PDT

Lionsgate, which is distributing the movie in the UK, has put up its version of a trailer for Magic Mike, which Warner Bros has in the U.S. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the picture starring Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer and Matthew McConaughey looks like it may deliver more than we expected. You can decide whether that’s a good thing or not:

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Hot Trailer: Channing Tatum In ‘Magic Mike’

By | Wednesday April 18, 2012 @ 7:30pm PDT

Here’s the first official trailer for Steven Soderbergh‘s Magic Mike, with Channing Tatum as the title character. Reid Carolin’s screenplay is said to have been inspired by Tatum’s own experiences, pre-stardom. Matthew McConaughy, Alex Pettyfer and Olivia Munn also star. The Warner Bros release opens June 29.

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Open Road Sets Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Bitter Pill’ For February 8, 2013 Release

By | Monday April 16, 2012 @ 11:09am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Open Road is setting a February 8, 2013 release date for Bitter Pill, the film that Steven Soderbergh began shooting in New York. The film stars Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Channing Tatum, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Vinessa Shaw. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Gregory Jacobs and Scott Z. Burns are producing a script that Burns wrote. Endgame financed the film.

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Vinessa Shaw In Talks To Join Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Bitter Pill’

By | Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 2:49pm PDT

Vinessa Shaw Bitter PillEXCLUSIVE: Vinessa Shaw will join Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Channing Tatum and Jude Law in Bitter Pill, the Steven Soderbergh-directed potboiler that Open Road will distribute in the U.S. Shaw (3:10 To Yuma), repped by ICM and Thruline, will play the wife of Law’s character. He plays a doctor who gets into a relationship with a troubled woman (Mara) who is taking serious amounts of prescription drugs. Her intake is ostensibly designed to help her deal with the anxiety surrounding the pending release of her husband (Tatum) from prison. Scott Z. Burns wrote the script, and he’s producing with Greg Jacobs and Lorenzo di Bonaventura. James Stern’s Endgame Entertainment is co-financing with Private Defense Contractors.

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Endgame Funds Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Bitter Pill’

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 12:21pm PST
Mike Fleming

James Stern’s Endgame Entertainment will co-finance with Private Defense Contractors the Steven Soderbergh-directed ‘Bitter Pill.’ The film stars Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures had originally been expected to finance, but that became shaky in the past few weeks. That gives the film new funding and a new titles. The film was originally titled Bitter Pill, but was retitled Side Effects, before going back to Bitter Pill. Open Road is releasing domestically.

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Rooney Mara Takes Lead In Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Side Effects’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In her first lead role since her Oscar-nominated turn in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Rooney Mara has just committed to starring in Side Effects, the Steven Soderbergh-directed thriller. Mara will replace Blake Lively in a film that also stars Jude Law, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Mara plays Emily Hawkins, a sexy but unsettled young woman who is taking serious amounts of prescription drugs to deal with anxiety and depression surrounding the pending release of her husband from prison.

Scott Z. Burns wrote the script, and Open Road will distribute in the U.S. It looked like Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures would be financier, but I have been hearing that is a bit shaky. Greg Jacobs and Lorenzo di Bonaventura are producing with Burns. Shooting begins in April.

Since her breakout performance as Lisbeth Salander, Mara has been courted for several major roles, including the female lead in the Kathryn Bigelow film about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. That film clashed with her promotional schedule on Dragon Tattoo. Mara is currently in Tokyo promoting the film. She is repped by WME and attorney Neil Meyer.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones Joins Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Side Effects’

By | Tuesday January 24, 2012 @ 4:13pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Catherine Zeta-Jones has been set to star in Side Effects, the thriller that Steven Soderbergh will direct. She joins Blake Lively, Jude Law and Channing Tatum, who are also negotiating. The Scott Z. Burns scripted film is being financed by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, with production to start in April in New York on a thriller that has a budget in the $30 million range. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing with Greg Jacobs and Burns. Open Road recently signed on to distribute in the U.S.

The film is a potboiler in the Jagged Edge-Basic Instinct mold, and Zeta-Jones will play Dr. Erica Siebert. Lively plays a troubled and depressed woman who is taking serious amounts of prescription drugs, which leads her into a relationship with another doctor (Law). Her intake is ostensibly designed to help her deal with the anxiety surrounding the pending release of her husband (Tatum) from prison. Burns wrote it several years ago and set it up at Miramax under the title The Side Effects, intending to direct it but never getting there because of his busy scripting schedule that included the Soderbergh projects Contagion, The Informant! and Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Zeta-Jones and Soderbergh previously worked together on Traffic and Ocean’s Twelve, and he developed a musical version of Cleopatra for her that probably isn’t going to be part of his retirement tour. Her latest film, the Stephen Frears-directed Lay the Favorite, premiered this week at the Sundance … Read More »

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Berlin Festival Additions: Robert Pattinson Starrer ‘Bel Ami’, Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Haywire’

The Berlin International Film Festival is coming on fast and furious with seven more titles added to the Competition program including the Robert Pattinson starrer Bel Ami, Tsui Hark’s hit 3D actioner Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate and James Marsh’s Shadow Dancer. Although, in a bit of a misnomer, those films are screening out of competition. Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire will also receive a special screening in its local premiere. Overall, the Competition section now boasts 22 titles, with more still to be announced. At the moment there are 17 films in the running for Golden and Silver Bears with 18 world premieres. Festival director Dieter Kosslick said in a statement today: “We are very pleased that a large number of this year’s Competition films are screening in Berlin as world premieres. Many entries in the Competition 2012 revolve around radical changes and departures. They shift perspectives, presenting history and stories from the point of view of those involved.” The latest additions to the lineup:

À Moi Seule (Coming Home)
By Frédéric Videau, France
With Agathe Bonitzer, Reda Kateb
World premiere

Bel Ami
By Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, Great Britain
With Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci
World Premiere/Out of Competition

En Kongelig Affære (A Royal Affair)
By Nikolaj Arcel, Denmark/Czech Republic/Germany/Sweden
With Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, Trine Dyrholm, David Dencik, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard
World Premiere

Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate
By Tsui Hark, Hong Kong, China
With Jet Li, Zhou Xun, Chen Kun, Kwai Lun Mei
European Premiere /Out of Competition

Rebelle
By Kim … Read More »

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Summit Nearing Green Light On Steven Soderbergh’s Film ‘The Bitter Pill’

By | Tuesday December 6, 2011 @ 5:44pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Summit Entertainment is in final negotiations to make a green light commitment on The Bitter Pill, the Scott Z. Burns script that Steven Soderbergh will direct as his next film. Production will start in April on a thriller which has a budget in the $30 million range. Deadline revealed that Summit was the frontrunner for a script that wasn’t distributed widely, at least initially. David Linde’s Lava Bear and Paramount were the other initial places (producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura’s deal is there), though a few equity financiers mulled the project as well. Soderbergh sparked to the film after Warner Bros halted The Man From U.N.C.L.E. after disagreements over budget and difficulty finding the lead after George Clooney dropped out because he was getting surgery. The film is a potboiler in the Jagged Edge-Basic Instinct mold about a troubled and depressed woman who is taking serious amounts of prescription drugs to deal with the anxiety surrounding the pending release of her husband from prison. Burns wrote it several years ago and set it up at Miramax under the title The Side Effects, intending to direct it but never getting there because of his busy scripting schedule that included the Soderbergh projects Contagion, The Informant! and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. The deal was shopped by UTA and Anonymous Content.

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Summit, Lava Bear In Mix For Steven Soderbergh Film ‘Bitter Pill’

Mike Fleming

Summit Entertainment and David Linde’s Lava Bear are the top two contenders for Bitter Pill, the Scott Z. Burns script that is being shopped as Steven Soderbergh’s likely next film. I’d say Summit is the frontrunner for a script that wasn’t distributed widely. Paramount was the other initial place (producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura’s deal is there), and there are a few equity financiers mulling the project as well, but it’s within a small circle. The film is a potboiler in the Jagged Edge-Basic Instinct mold about a troubled and depressed woman who is taking serious amounts of prescription drugs to deal with the anxiety surrounding the pending release of her husband from prison. Burns wrote it several years ago and set it up at Miramax under the title The Side Effects, and he intended to direct the film. The scribe then got busy with projects from The Bourne Ultimatum to 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea: Captain Nemo, and never got around to it. He’s close with Soderbergh–they’ve done Contagion and The Informant! together and planned to do The Man From U.N.C.L.E before Warner Bros pulled the plug over budget and casting (Warner Bros was not one of the places they took Bitter Pill). Soderbergh read it and sparked to making it his next film. The deal should be done by week’s end. It’s being shopped by UTA and Anonymous Content. Stay tuned.

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HAMMOND: Less Restrictive Rules, Food And Filmmakers Drawing More Academy Members To Screenings

Pete Hammond

Throw them a party and they will come.  Or at least a reception with good food and drink. That seems to be the case with the increasingly strong turnouts of Academy members at screenings this season. As with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and other groups studios are discovering a shrimp cocktail can be a powerful magnet for potential voters. The Academy’s new pre-nomination relaxed rules seem to be having a positive effect, at least if the evidence at recent screenings is any indication. And that was exactly the Academy’s point when they announced on September 21 that there would be a loosening of restrictions on the kinds of screenings to which Academy members could be directly invited — at least before nominations. In previous years studios and distributors might have gotten their hands slapped or Oscar tickets taken away if they dared to invite Academy members to screenings that included Q&As, receptions, food, drink and mingling with filmmakers.  Members could only just attend a film, not partake in the side shows or receptions. Period.  Of course consultants got around this by going to guild members instead, and obviously there is a very strong crossover membership between the guilds and the Academy. Now the shackles have been removed and members seem to be turning out in larger numbers to watch, eat and mingle.

Monday night The Weinstein Company drew a packed industry crowd to the Academy’s own 1000 seat-plus Samuel Read More »

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Steven Soderbergh Says Uncle On Movie Transfer Of TV Spy Series

By | Friday November 18, 2011 @ 11:56am PST
Mike Fleming

You could practically feel Steven Soderbergh’s The Man From UNCLE losing its mojo after his former partner George Clooney bowed out in August because the actor’s getting surgery and wasn’t up for the stunts. Sure enough, Soderbergh has dropped out of the project because he and Warner Bros couldn’t agree on budget. Soderbergh, who’s coming off the hit Contagion and whose action film Haywire is creating buzz, is expected to set a movie to fill that slot by Thanksgiving. He’s got a long relationship with the studio–which signed on to direct his male stripper pic Magic Mike–and this wasn’t particularly acrimonious or the kind of setback that would drive someone into retirement. He flirted with a number of actors, but it never quite came together.

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R Rating Upheld For Soderbergh’s ‘Haywire’

By | Tuesday November 15, 2011 @ 4:06pm PST

The Classification and Rating Appeals Board today upheld the R rating given to the movie Haywire. The Classification and Rating Administration (CARA) had assigned the movie the R rating for “some violence.” In the appeal brought by Five Continents, the Appeals Board heard statements on behalf of Haywire from Steven Soderbergh, the film’s director, and Kyle Davies, President, Worldwide Distribution for Relativity Media. The Classification and Rating Administration was represented by Chairman Joan Graves.

 

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Channing Tatum For ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.?

By | Monday November 14, 2011 @ 4:53pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Steven Soderbergh, who just directed Channing Tatum in Magic Mike, is eyeing him for the lead in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., I’m told. Both of those films are at Warner Bros. Soderbergh has been looking for an actor to replace George Clooney, who bowed out because he’s having surgery and wasn’t up to the stunt work. That shouldn’t be a problem for Tatum. No offer yet, but let’s see how this plays out.

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TOLDJA! Warner Bros Acquires Stripper Pic ‘Magic Mike,’ Bares June 29 Release Date

Mike Fleming

As predicted here, Warner Bros completed its acquisition of domestic rights on the Steven Soderbergh-directed Magic Mike, which stars Alex Pettyfer and Channing Tatum in a Saturday Night Fever-type coming-of-age drama about a young exotic dancer who is schooled by a veteran of the trade. The studio just dated the film for release on June 29, 2012. Soderbergh and Tatum funded the film, and FilmNation is selling offshore territories at AFM. The script was written by Tatum’s Iron Horse Entertainment partner Reid Carolin, and they are producing with Nick Wechsler and Gregory Jacobs.

The film, based on the world Tatum observed when he was a male stripper, has a beefcake cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Adam Rodriguez and Kevin Nash. Warner Bros recently released Soderbergh’s Contagion, and is prepping his next film, The Man From UNCLE.

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Steven Soderbergh’s Stripper Movie ‘Magic Mike’ Gyrating Toward Warner Bros?

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: While several studios are in the mix on the Steven Soderbergh-directed Magic Mike, I’m told that Warner Bros has emerged as the frontrunner to acquire domestic distribution rights and that a deal could be done by next week. The film, which is wrapping this week, stars Alex Pettyfer and Channing Tatum in a Saturday Night Fever-type coming-of-age drama about a young exotic dancer who is schooled by a veteran of the trade. The picture’s budget was ponied up by Soderbergh and Tatum, with Glen Basner at FilmNation making offshore sales. Script was written by Reid Carolin. He’s Tatum’s production partner and they are producing the film with Nick Wechsler and Gregory Jacobs.

The film’s based on Tatum’s own experiences when he became an exotic dancer before breaking into acting. The film has drawn an ab-centric cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello. Warner Bros seems a good fit for the material. The studio just distributed Soderbergh’s hit Contagion, and Warner Bros will make his next film, The Man From UNCLE, which is in the process of getting a new title character after George Clooney exited the project because he’s having some surgery.

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