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Five classic chick (action) flicks

Article: Five classic chick (action) flicks

The term “chick flick” calls certain images to mind: moonlit kisses in the rain; awkward yet adorable first meetings between lovers; Katherine Heigl. If you’re calling something a “chick flick,” odds are you’re doing it dismissively, as in “My wife is dragging me to that new chick flick.” (NOTE: No one tell my wife I…

Steven Soderbergh leaves “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”

Article: Steven Soderbergh leaves “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”

As he’s repeatedly reminded us, Steven Soderbergh is inching closer and closer to the end of his career as a director. We’d been told that he planned to retire after four more movies: the action-thriller “Haywire” (opening January 20), a Channing Tatum male stripper movie called “Magic Mike,” the big-screen adaptation of the cult television…

Brad Pitt says he’s looking to retire in three years

Article: Brad Pitt says he’s looking to retire in three years

Three years. After that, you won’t have Brad Pitt to kick around or anoint as the Sexiest Man Alive for an eighth time anymore. Promoting “Moneyball” overseas, Pitt sat down with “60 Minutes Australia” for a lengthy interview. Near the end of the conversation, the interviewer asked how long Pitt would like to continue working…

Ryan Gosling weighing early retirement from acting

Article: Ryan Gosling weighing early retirement from acting

He may be tearing up the screen in “Drive,” easily one of the coolest action movies of the year. And he may be about to dive into the Oscar race with the buzzy prestige picture “The Ides of March,” directed and co-starring George Clooney. But even as his already impressive career is hitting another high…

Five signature Steven Soderbergh scenes

Article: Five signature Steven Soderbergh scenes

Tomorrow, if your germaphobia can handle it, you can go check out the latest movie from director Steven Soderbergh, the disease/disaster thriller “Contagion.” It’s definitely his latest; it may also be one of his last, since rumors about his potential retirement have been swirling since last December (this week, he started calling it “a sabbatical”).…

Steven Soderbergh refuses to retire retirement rumors

Article: Steven Soderbergh refuses to retire retirement rumors

Like an infectious virus in a house full of nose pickers, here is a news story that just refuses to die. Way back in December, news reports began to surface that Steven Soderbergh was planning to retire after his last batch of movies, including the upcoming disease disaster flick — or diseaster flick, if you…

“The Hunger Games” recruits Steven Soderbergh as second-unit director

Article: “The Hunger Games” recruits Steven Soderbergh as second-unit director

Unless you’re a fan of the trilogy of novels on which they’re based, or happen to have a weird thing for any of the seemingly dozens of young thespians cast in the film, you might not have been paying too much attention to news about next spring’s “The Hunger Games.” But that may very well…

We wash our hands of the “Contagion” of spoiler trailers

Article: We wash our hands of the “Contagion” of spoiler trailers

On behalf of germophobes everywhere, I’d like to give a big Bronx cheer to Steven Soderbergh for his upcoming film “Contagion,” an all-too-convincing disease thriller about a highly contagious flu that threatens to destroy all of human civilization. Looks like I won’t be sleeping ever again, thanks Steven. Before you lather up with Purel and…

Steven Soderbergh’s “Haywire” Gets a Release Date

Article: Steven Soderbergh’s “Haywire” Gets a Release Date

We’ve got an official release date for what Steven Soderbergh claims will be one of his last films before retirement (then again, he also recently announced another directing gig, a “Saturday Night Fever” in the world of male strippers, so who knows). The film is “Haywire” and it stars MMA fighter Gina Carano along with…

Steven Soderbergh Ready To Retire

Article: Steven Soderbergh Ready To Retire

Matt Damon, one of the stars of director Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming thriller “Contagion” told The Los Angeles Times that Soderbergh, who has threatened retirement throughout his career, is serious about doing it in the next two years: “‘He wants to paint and he says he’s still young enough to have another career,’ Damon said. ‘He’s…

Is Steven Soderbergh’s New Movie Opening This Friday?

Article: Is Steven Soderbergh’s New Movie Opening This Friday?

It’s only Wednesday, but it’s already been a busy week for Hollywood Elsewhere blogger Jeffrey Wells. Late Sunday night, he was arrested after getting pulled over while driving with a “mild buzz-on” and a severe headlights-off at the Hamptons Film Festival. Then yesterday afternoon, he spotted something very intriguing on MovieTickets.com. Their listings for this…

‘Che’: The Myth, The Man, The Movie

Article: ‘Che’: The Myth, The Man, The Movie

While you may be too old to hang a Che Guevara poster in your room, you are just the right age to appreciate Steven Soderbergh’s “Che”. The film stars Benicio del Toro (who also co-produced the film) as the revolutionary and follows Ernesto Che Guevara from his toppling of the Bautista government in Cuba to…

What Steven Soderbergh and prog rock band Yes have in common.

Article: What Steven Soderbergh and prog rock band Yes have in common.

By my count, by 2010′s end Steven Soderbergh will have released or began work on no less than six separate films. Even by his own prodigiously prolific standards, that’s a personal best. “And Everything Is Going Fine” — his fine video memorial for Spalding Gray — is still making the festival rounds, poised to play…

Seven great moments in financial panic

Article: Seven great moments in financial panic

Last Thursday the Dow fell the most it’s ever fallen in a single day, 1000 points in 16 minutes. People were understandably alarmed. What caused it? Human error? A computer algorithm? In dubious honor of the fact that no one knows anything when it comes to money, here are seven great moments in cinematic financial…

Ranking the top secret projects of Abrams, Soderbergh, Linklater and Phoenix.

Article: Ranking the top secret projects of Abrams, Soderbergh, Linklater and Phoenix.

There are hundreds of movies that the world at large isn’t aware of until they show up at the local multiplex, but there are very few of note that go completely unnoticed. You have to wonder if there’s something fundamentally wrong with a film culture where JJ Abrams’ best laid plans to surprise audiences with…

David Gordon Green latest trick involves going animated.

Article: David Gordon Green latest trick involves going animated.

David Gordon Green is this close to getting his very own animated MTV show — “Good Vibes,” 12 episodes about “two high school surfer dudes living near the beach in California.” This after “Pineapple Express” (and preceding “Your Highness,” a medieval-ish action fantasy), which means Green’s work is getting awfully stoner-friendly these days. “Good Vibes,”…

Seven deliberately anachronistic movies.

Article: Seven deliberately anachronistic movies.

In a long, fascinating interview with DP Harris Savides at Moving Image Source, Savides — one of the best cinematographers we have — talks about how much of his recent work (“Zodiac,” “Greenberg,” “Milk,” “American Gangster”) has, in one way or another, drawn from the ’70s. There’s a startling side-by-side comparison of a Stephen Shore…

People driving badly.

Article: People driving badly.

Generally speaking, it’s poor manners (or much worse) to hope someone will experience a car crash. There’s an exception to this rule — when people drive poorly on-screen, constantly craning their heads over to the passenger seat (or, worse, to the back) to carry on a conversation for longer than two seconds, most of the…

The Coens join the one-a-year club.

Article: The Coens join the one-a-year club.

The announcement that the Coen brothers’ “True Grit” will be with us by Christmas means the Coens have managed to release a new movie every year for four years in a row. This places them in a weird, elite club of filmmakers who really have nothing in common besides their uncommon productivity. The list includes…

Looks like film, but it’s not film.

Article: Looks like film, but it’s not film.

At the LA Weekly, on-the-verge-of-departure editor Scott Foundas pays Michael Mann a visit on the occasion of the release of “Public Enemies” on DVD. Foundas gets the director to open up a bit about the ways he’s been pushing digital photography into the avant-garde realm while shooting summer action movies. “The advantage of the technology…

“I learned fried chicken at the school of hard knocks.”

Article: “I learned fried chicken at the school of hard knocks.”

Slate‘s annual “Movie Club” meeting of critical minds is off and running, with some of our still-employed stalwarts — Slate‘s own Dana Stevens, the Boston Globe‘s Wesley Morris, Salon‘s Stephanie Zacharek, freelancer Dan Kois and Roger Ebert — united in order to hash out…well, “Precious,” again. But in that process, Morris contributes the first genuinely…

Marvin Hamlisch’s “The Informant!”, the film score of the year.

Article: Marvin Hamlisch’s “The Informant!”, the film score of the year.

Because few people pay close attention to film composers, they can pretty much say whatever the hell they think on the rare occasions someone thinks to interview them. As a result, “Where The Wild Things Are” composer Carter Burwell provides as much concrete information on the film’s studio-meeting turmoil as anyone on record yet in…

The Naughts: The Director of the ’00s

Article: The Naughts: The Director of the ’00s

Steven Soderbergh had a remarkable 12 films in theaters between 2000 and 2009. That includes two shiny Oscar winners, “Erin Brockovich” (which nabbed Julia Roberts a statuette) and “Traffic,” and a potential third, “The Informant!”; all three installments of the blockbuster “Ocean’s” franchise; three fast-and-loose video experiments (“Full Frontal,” “Bubble” and “The Girlfriend Experience”); an…

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