Steven Soderbergh has written Sex, Lies, and Videotape sequel in lockdown

Steven Soderbergh has written a sequel to his breakout movie Sex, Lies, and Videotape during the coronavirus lockdown. The Ocean’s Eleven filmmaker rose to prominence with his directorial debut, which went on to win the coveted Palme d’Or at the 1989 …

Steven Soderbergh has written a sequel to his breakout movie Sex, Lies, and Videotape during the coronavirus lockdown.

The Ocean’s Eleven filmmaker rose to prominence with his directorial debut, which went on to win the coveted Palme d’Or at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival and earned him a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination.

During an appearance on Flaviar’s NightCap Live on Tuesday, the director revealed he has been keeping busy during lockdown by writing scripts, including a sequel to the 1989 movie, which he hopes to make.

“During the lockdown, I’ve done more sustained writing than I’ve done since the summer of 1985,” he said, according to Collider. “When the lockdown happened here in New York, in order to stay organised and sane, I decided I’m gonna write. I’ve gotta go back to writing. So, within the first six or seven weeks of the lockdown, I finished three screenplays. One of them was a rewrite, one of them was an original, and one was an adaptation of a novel that I’ve been wanting to do. The original was a sequel to Sex, Lies, and Videotape. It was an idea that had been circling for a while, and I felt like I came up with the way to get back in, and so I wrote it, and I wanna make it.”

Soderbergh, who has since directed the likes of Erin Brockovich, Contagion, and Magic Mike, didn’t elaborate on plot details.

The original movie starred James Spader as a young man who videotapes women talking about their lives and sexuality as well as his impact on the relationships of a troubled married couple, played by Peter Gallagher and Andie MacDowell, and the wife’s younger sister, portrayed by Laura San Giacomo.

Soderbergh’s 2002 film Full Frontal is considered a spiritual sequel to Sex, Lies, and Videotape, even though it didn’t feature any of the original cast or characters.

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Gemma Chan felt ‘sick with nerves’ filming with Meryl Streep

Gemma Chan “felt sick with nerves” before she began filming with acting legend Meryl Streep in Let Them All Talk.In Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming comedy, Streep plays Alice Hughes, a famous author who goes on a cruise with her friends and nephew in …

Gemma Chan “felt sick with nerves” before she began filming with acting legend Meryl Streep in Let Them All Talk.

In Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming comedy, Streep plays Alice Hughes, a famous author who goes on a cruise with her friends and nephew in an effort to find fun and come to terms with her past.

The Crazy Rich Asians star was thrilled when she learned she would be co-starring with the lauded Streep, the performer with the most Oscar nominations ever, but that feeling disappeared and she became nervous at the thought of filming with her.

“At first I was pinching myself, but then I immediately felt sick with nerves,” Chan told InStyle. “In my first scene, my character and Meryl’s character are having lunch in New York. The restaurant was filled with a hundred extras, and you could hear a pin drop. And then they told us to improvise. No pressure — just improvise with one of the greatest actresses that’s ever existed!”

While the experience was stressful, the British actress learned a lot from her colleague.

“Meryl is incredibly talented, but she’s also a perfectionist about her work,” the 37-year-old gushed. “If she didn’t think she hit a particular beat of the scene, she’d do it again and again until she had it. She really gave me the confidence to settle in, take my time, and go back if I needed to.”

Let Them All Talk, which also stars Lucas Hedges, Candice Bergen, and Dianne Wiest, is set to debut on streaming service HBO Max later this year.

Chan, who is also known for films such as Mary Queen of Scots and Captain Marvel, will next be seen starring alongside Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek in Marvel’s The Eternals. The film is set for release in February 2021.

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Contagion writer not surprised by coronavirus pandemic

Contagion writer Scott Z. Burns isn’t surprised by the coronavirus outbreak after extensively researching pandemics for the 2011 film.The outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December, and now more than 138,000 people around the world have been infected, …

Contagion writer Scott Z. Burns isn’t surprised by the coronavirus outbreak after extensively researching pandemics for the 2011 film.

The outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December, and now more than 138,000 people around the world have been infected, and almost 5,000 have died.

Burns shared his thoughts on the pandemic after social media users began noting how eerily similar the events in the Steven Soderbergh-directed drama are to current events.

“It’s very upsetting to see people getting sick and dying,” he told Slate. “The part of me that is a human being is more struck by this than the part of me that is a filmmaker. That being said, it has been very strange to me, whether on social media or in conversations with friends, that people will say to me, ‘This is uncanny how similar it is’.”

He noted that while interviewing scientists as he developed the script, he discovered the spread of such a disease was inevitable.

“I don’t find it to be that surprising because the scientists I spoke to, and there were a lot of them, all said that this was a matter of when (it would happen), not if,” Burns added. “I guess my feeling as someone who believes in science is that when scientists tell us those things we would do well to listen.”

Contagion featured a stellar cast including Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law and Marion Cotillard, and depicted the rapid spread of a deadly virus, which originated in Hong Kong.

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Meryl Streep: ‘The Laundromat is a funny way of telling a dark joke that’s being played on all of us’

Meryl Streep has described her new film The Laundromat as a “funny way of telling a black-hearted joke that’s being played on all of us.”Steven Soderbergh’s new film, which also stars Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas, is a comic take on the 2016 Panama…

Meryl Streep has described her new film The Laundromat as a “funny way of telling a black-hearted joke that’s being played on all of us.”

Steven Soderbergh’s new film, which also stars Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas, is a comic take on the 2016 Panama Papers scandal, when powerful individuals across the world were found to have engaged in tax avoidance schemes.

Although The Laundromat is a comedy, Meryl insisted during a press conference at the Venice Film Festival on Sunday that it had a serious message.

“This movie is fun and it’s funny, but it’s really, really, really important,” she said. “We’re living in a moment when the news cycle is racing and we are racing to keep up with current events. This is a funny way to tell a black-hearted joke, a joke that’s been played on all of us.”

The three-time Oscar winner then heaped praise on Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Maltese reporter working on the story, who was killed in a car bombing in 2017.

“People died and people die still to get the word out… It is a crime not without victims and the victims, many of them are journalists. The reason the Panama Papers were exported out to the world was the work of journalists. People died because of this,” she added.

Meryl plays Ellen Martin, a fictional widow whose digging in the film helps journalists expose the scandal, in the film.

Director Soderbergh recently said he was inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s Cold War epic Dr. Strangelove while making The Laundromat, as he and writer Scott Z. Burns thought the only way the subject could be tackled was with dark comedy.

“It also gave us the opportunity to use the complexity of these financial activities almost as a joke,” Soderbergh explained. “Otherwise, people would feel they were being educated instead of entertained.”

The Laundromat will be available on Netflix on 18 October after a limited theatrical release.

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Scott Z. Burns to rewrite Bond 25 script – report

Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns has reportedly been drafted in to rewrite the Bond 25 script. According to a report by The Playlist, The Bourne Ultimatum writer has been brought in to overhaul the current screenplay by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, followi…

Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns has reportedly been drafted in to rewrite the Bond 25 script.

According to a report by The Playlist, The Bourne Ultimatum writer has been brought in to overhaul the current screenplay by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, following the news that the film’s release has been pushed back by two months to April 2020.

Bond producers had reportedly been courting Burns for months to get him onboard for a rewrite, but he was busy with his own directorial feature The Report, which received much acclaim when it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Burns is now in London and will be spending at least four weeks working on the script, according to the report.

Burns is one of Hollywood’s go-to script doctors, doing uncredited rewrites on films such as Ocean’s Twelve and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, in addition to his credited work on The Mercy and Steven Soderbergh movies like Contagion, Side Effects and the upcoming The Laundromat, a drama starring Gary Oldman and Meryl Streep inspired by the Panama Papers scandal.

Over the weekend, Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced that the 25th instalment would be hitting cinemas on 8 April 2020 instead of its previously scheduled date of Valentine’s Day 2020. The film had originally been scheduled for release this November (19) but it was pushed back after original director, Slumdog Millionaire’s Danny Boyle, quit due to creative differences and was replaced by True Detective’s Cary Joji Fukunaga.

Filming was originally scheduled to begin in March at Pinewood Studios near London but it is unclear if this is still the case. Daniel Craig is back for his fifth turn as 007 and will be joined by returning stars Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, and Ralph Fiennes.

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Riley Keough circling Panama Papers drama

Actress Riley Keough is in talks to reunite with director Steven Soderbergh for his all-star Panama Papers drama The Laundromat. The scandal hit headlines in 2016, when millions of files from the database of Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca were …

Actress Riley Keough is in talks to reunite with director Steven Soderbergh for his all-star Panama Papers drama The Laundromat.

The scandal hit headlines in 2016, when millions of files from the database of Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca were leaked online, exposing the financial records of many public figures and revealing how clients could use the company to evade tax authorities by setting up offshore accounts.

Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, and Antonio Banderas have already been cast to lead the film, which will focus on the group of journalists who uncovered the controversy, while former Friends star David Schwimmer has since been added to the line-up too.

Now comedian Will Forte and Elvis Presley’s granddaughter Keough are also eyeing roles in the movie, which is based on Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jake Bernstein’s 2017 book, Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite.

Soderbergh will produce and direct the project from a script by Scott Z. Burns, and it will be financed and released by bosses at streaming service Netflix, reports Deadline.com.

If Keough signs on, The Laundromat will mark her third film with Soderbergh, following her appearances in his 2012 hit Magic Mike, and last year’s (17) heist comedy Logan Lucky, which both starred Channing Tatum.

She also earned a Golden Globe nomination in 2016 for her role in the TV adaptation of his film The Girlfriend Experience, which Soderbergh produced.

He won’t be the only familiar face on set for Riley – her ex-boyfriend, Alex Pettyfer, is also said to be involved in the movie.

They dated on and off from 2011 until 2013, and were also said to have been engaged, but Riley is now happily married after tying the knot with stuntman Ben Smith-Petersen in 2015.

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Fans divided by Sarah Paulson’s ‘ravioli’ dress at Ocean’s 8 premiere

Fans were divided by the “ravioli” dress Sarah Paulson wore to the London premiere of Ocean’s 8 on Wednesday night (13Jun18).The American Horror Story actress was joined by five of her co-stars at a cinema in Leicester Square for a screening of their n…

Fans were divided by the “ravioli” dress Sarah Paulson wore to the London premiere of Ocean’s 8 on Wednesday night (13Jun18).

The American Horror Story actress was joined by five of her co-stars at a cinema in Leicester Square for a screening of their new heist movie, a spin-off of Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Trilogy.

For the night, Sarah chose to wear a pale pink tiered dress with scalloped hem from Valentino’s fall/winter 2018 collection, which she matched with pink stone earrings from Irene Neuwirth and pink satin platform heels from Brian Atwood.

However, Sarah’s sartorial statement quickly caught the attention of social media users, who were split in their opinions over the look.

“Too many scallops. Looks like ravioli,” one user wrote on a picture of Sarah posted on her stylist Karla Welsh’s Instagram page, while others commented that the dress reminded them of bubble gum tape or the “piece of cloth that comes with a pair of glasses”.

Yet, the discussion wasn’t all bad, with a number of people praising the 43-year-old for making a bold choice.

“The dress is sooo hers! Great job,” one user noted, while another added: “Cotton candy dream!”

The other stars of Ocean’s 8 got dressed up for the evening too, with Sandra Bullock rocking a striped sequin jumpsuit from Zuhair Murad and Lorraine Schwartz earrings, Helena Bonham Carter wowed in a silver dress from Vivienne Westwood and Mindy Kaling looked gorgeous in a black gown from Alberta Ferretti which she matched with Brian Atwood heels, a Jimmy Choo purse and Cartier bling.

While Cate Blanchett turned heads in black trousers and a grey feathered top from Louis Vuitton and Rihanna risked a wardrobe malfunction by donning a gold draped dress with plunging neckline from Poiret. She complemented her ensemble with strappy gold high heels, a dark gold clutch as well as a slick of bright red lipstick.

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Jerry Weintraub loved the idea behind all-female Ocean’s 8 before his death

Legendary movie mogul Jerry Weintraub signed off on the cast of Ocean’s 8 before his death. The producer behind George Clooney’s Ocean’s franchise was approached by Gary Ross and Steven Soderbergh with an idea for an all-female heist movie, and he lov…

Legendary movie mogul Jerry Weintraub signed off on the cast of Ocean’s 8 before his death.

The producer behind George Clooney’s Ocean’s franchise was approached by Gary Ross and Steven Soderbergh with an idea for an all-female heist movie, and he loved the idea.

Director Ross already had casting ideas and Jerry loved the premise of creating a new film with Sandra Bullock as her late brother Danny Ocean’s sister.

“Steven (Soderbergh) is a close friend and we’ve unofficially collaborated on a number of projects over the years,” Gary shares. “If he hadn’t been involved, I don’t think I would have done it. It was great working together.”

“Gary came to me and said, ‘What about Sandy as Danny’s sister?’ I thought that was really interesting, so I said, ‘Let’s take it to Jerry (Weintraub)’. And Jerry thought it was a terrific idea.”

Weintraub then reached out to Sandra to sign on: “There wasn’t even a script yet, but Jerry’s energy, his joy and his passion for this franchise were very infectious,” the actress recalls.

But the legendary moviemaker died in 2015 before filming began.

“It was difficult to imagine an Ocean’s film without Jerry at the helm as a producer,” Soderbergh states. “Jerry wasn’t just a producer; he was a larger-than-life figure.”

Weintraub’s longtime collaborator Susan Ekins, who had served as an executive producer on the previous Ocean’s films, stepped up as a producer, giving Soderbergh someone he knew he could rely on to bring the project to fruition: “Gary and I went to her and said, ‘You were part of the brain trust of the first three (Ocean’s films), so we would love for you to take a more central role here’.”

“I had the pleasure of working with Jerry Weintraub and Steven Soderbergh, both brilliant filmmakers. And now I get to continue that legacy with Steven and Gary,” Ekins says.

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How Steven Soderbergh landed producer role on Bill & Ted Face the Music

Steven Soderbergh offered his services to the new Bill & Ted movie as soon as he read the script.Bill and Ted, played by Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves, were last seen on the big screen in 1991’s Bogus Journey, a sequel to the original, Excellent Adven…

Steven Soderbergh offered his services to the new Bill & Ted movie as soon as he read the script.

Bill and Ted, played by Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves, were last seen on the big screen in 1991’s Bogus Journey, a sequel to the original, Excellent Adventure, two years earlier.

Fans were whipped into a frenzy last week when it was announced the two actors were teaming up for a third instalment entitled Bill & Ted Face the Music.

Writers Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson are back penning the script, with Ed revealing in an interview with Collider how he got Oscar winner Steven to board the project as executive producer.

“He is kind of like an overseer or consigliore (mafia adviser),” Ed smiled. “Having worked with him on (TV series) Mosaic I had such a great experience with him, and he’s so supportive of other filmmakers and so brilliant a person. I showed him the script and he said, ‘This has GOT to be made,’ with a capital G-O-T.

“He said if there’s anything I can do to help please let me know, and I said, ‘Hey man, if you can come onboard and just be part of the team. Be a consigliore, a Godfather in a way,’ and so that’s what he’s been. Just giving great advice. He’ll be there as a creative partner with us but he’s not gonna be on set or anything like that.”

While the shooting schedule has yet to be confirmed, Ed says that the team, which includes Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot, hope to start production when Keanu wraps on John Wick 3 later this year (18).

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Claire Foy avoided over-preparing for Unsane role

Claire Foy relied on her instincts when preparing for her scenes in new movie Unsane.The British actress stars in Steven Soderbergh’s psychological thriller as Sawyer Valentini, a woman who believes that someone from her past is stalking her and then s…

Claire Foy relied on her instincts when preparing for her scenes in new movie Unsane.

The British actress stars in Steven Soderbergh’s psychological thriller as Sawyer Valentini, a woman who believes that someone from her past is stalking her and then suddenly finds herself in a mental institution against her will.

While Claire would normally spend a lot of time contemplating her characterisation for a role, she took a totally different approach to the film.

“I normally know utterly everything I’m going to do at every moment in every role,” she told Empire magazine. “But I didn’t want to do that here. I think if I’d been too stringent or rigid it wouldn’t really have helped the film. The aim for me was to rely purely on my instinct and see what happened, and it’s taught me a lot, about filmmaking and acting.”

To prepare, Claire spent time doing Internet research and watched documentaries about mental institutions in the United States. And she was excited to take on a part that was so different to her own personality and previous onscreen gigs.

“I loved that she was a bit unlikeable. When you see her locked up (at first), you’d be like, ‘Yeah, she deserves it,'” the 33-year-old shared.

Unsane, which also features Jay Pharoah and Juno Temple, was shot on an iPhone in 4K. Accordingly, the entire project was in direct contrast to Claire’s acclaimed performance as Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix series The Crown and in 2017 biographical drama Breathe.

“I really wanted to do something that would completely rip off the plaster. And it did, that’s for sure,” she added.

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