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As he leaves the big screen behind, one of America's greatest directors offers his exit interview ...

By James Rocchi Feb 6, 2013 5:27PM

Stepping into the room to talk to Steven Soderbergh, the director-editor-cinematographer-producer is calm and serene -- possibly because his latest, "Side Effects," is ostensibly his last film to be released on the big screen. We spoke with Soderbergh just after Sundance, and before even speaking, he wanted to talk about Shane Carruth's "Upstream Color" -- and pretty much everything else once the interview started. In part one of this three-part interview, we talked about "Side Effects," "Contagion," the way old Hollywood might be abandoning new talent, shooting on (and working with) digital video and his vision of what his take on 'Star Wars" would look like ...

 

MSN Movies: When I went to the press screening of "Side Effects" there was a great sign on the door saying, "No one will be admitted after the film has begun." That is, I'm sure, your note. And how much of that is legitimate request, and how much of that is just a little tip of the hat to "Psycho" and Hitchcock?

 

Steven Soderbergh: Well, both. I mean, that's actually something we do whenever we have screenings for friends. For instance we start on time, and if they're late then they don't get to come in, so we have to add something on the door to explain that. But in this case, the real trick --  as was the case in "Psycho" -- is can you keep the plot a secret and convince people to go without really telling them why they should go? The best case scenario is people coming in cold. Then you have the most fun.

 

Right. And I had not seen the trailer before I saw the film.

 

Oh, good.

 

And then I saw the trailer and went, "Boy, I'm really glad I hadn’t seen that trailer." Is that something where, even for you, what winds up in the trailer is beyond your control?

 

No, not at all. I mean that was, again, that's the fine line of you've got to get people to show up, but what do you ... you can't just say, "Trust me," you know? You've got to have something. And so there were a lot of cuts in that trailer, and that's sort of where we ended up. That's about as far as we could go. The good news is, look, there are three or four moments where you kind of have to restart the movie and reassess everything that's happened. So I'm not so concerned if one thing comes out that it'll ruin the whole movie for people. But to be honest, so far people have been pretty cool about it. I mean the movie comes out in two weeks, and people have been pretty cool about not giving away the store.

 

BING: Steven Soderbergh l Irwin Allen


Not blowing the gaff.

 

Yeah. And as I've explained, if you have a readership, if people are reading because you have a voice that is specific and they like reading you, why would you betray your readers by ruining a movie for them? They're not going to like you for that. They're not going to appreciate you doing that to them. So everybody seems to kind of get it.

 

Mr. Burns, I mean this is the third time you guys have worked together on a script, and he always makes these movies that aren't quite what they look like. Is that the number one reason why you keep going back to work with him?

 

Yeah. He's just one of these people that just kind of has ideas pouring off of him all the time. And so even when we're ... in addition to having good sort of macro ideas, good movie ideas, he's also someone ...I insist that he's on the set all the time because I'll say, for instance on "The Informant!" I would say, "I might need another piece of voiceover for this section." And he'll go, "Okay." And he comes back in 10 minutes with three variations, three completely crazy digressions that all go off in really interesting ways. He's just very facile, and he also I think has a real gift in this case for ... he sort of found a social issue and then used it as this Trojan horse to hide a thriller inside of. And I just thought that was a really good idea. He had the script for years and was going to do it himself, and I was begging him to let me have it.

 

And eventually he caved in and said, "Oh, okay."

 

Yeah. When "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." blew up, which he wrote for me, I said, "Look, I thought I wanted to work with you in the spring. I'm asking for the last time. Will you let me have 'Side Effects'?" He said, "Yeah."

 

Is it so wrong that in "Contagion" halfway through I was kind of hoping you and Mr. Burns were in fact going to end the entire world? Like I was just sitting in my chair going, "Time of the Wolf, baby!"

 

You know, I get that.  I get that. And certainly, you know we killed a lot of people.

 

(Laughs) I know, I know.

 

 

Enter to win a copy of the Blu-ray

By MSN Movies 18 hours ago

By Universal Studios Home Entertainment

 

A mischievous squirrell is on a mission to find hte tastiest nuts for winter in this action-packed animated comedy.

 

A movie for the whole family, includes the voices of Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl and Maya Rudolph.

 

You can now watch the fun-filled adventure unfold on Blu-ray and DVD.

 

To celebrate the release, you can enter to win a copy of the Blu-ray Combo Pack.


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"The Nut Job" is now out on Blu-ray and DVD.

 

 

 

Enter to win a movie prize pack

By MSN Movies Wed 8:05 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Lionsgate

 

Inspired by true events, a professor and a team of University students outside of London conduct an "experiment" on a young girl who holds unspeakable secrets and dark forces. What they uncover is more terrifying than any of them expected.

 

To celebrate the upcoming release of "The Quiet Ones" one lucky winner will be selected to win a movie prize pack which includes a T-shirt, movie poster, an Amazon gift card and more!

 

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Watch the horror unfold when "The Quiet Ones" opens in theaters April 25.

 

 

Enter to win a Sony HD Memory Action Camcorder

By MSN Movies Apr 10, 2014 9:24AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Relativity Media

 

Horror unfolds for the Russell family as the siblings Tim and Kaylie try to uncover the supernatural force that caused the death of their parents. An antique mirror holds the key to the answers they've been looking for but will their reality be shattered once again by terrifying events that will unfold?

 

Experience the horror of "Oculus" when it opens in theaters April 11.

 

In the meantime, to celebrate the release, we're giving away a Sony HD Flash Memory Action Camcorder to one lucky fan! Here's how to enter.

 

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Yes, it's that easy. Good luck and be sure to check out "Oculus" when it opens in theaters April 11.

 

 

 

Courtesy of 'Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones,' one lucky winner will be selected

By MSN Movies Apr 8, 2014 8:14AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Paramount Home Media Distribution

 

You can now experience the horror and black magic of "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" as the shocking extended version is now out on Blu-ray and DVD, intense new footage not seen in theaters!

 

This new chapter in the series takes the phenomenal horror franchise to new hights set in a gritty urban environment.

 

To celebrate the release, one lucky winner will be selected to win an Xbox One console! To enter, follow these steps.

 

 

 

 

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Yes, it's that easy.  Good luck and be sure to check out "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" on digital, Blu-ray and DVD!

 

 

 

 

An inside look at a Hobbit's journey

By MSN Movies Apr 7, 2014 7:53AM

By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

Get an inside look at the characters and the mystery of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" through this exclusive infographic and enjoy the adventure as "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" is out on Blu-ray and digital HD on April 8.

 

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Enter to win an Xbox One console!

By MSN Movies Mar 11, 2014 8:31AM

Paramount Pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Paramount Pictures

 

Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd return to take the news world by storm in the outrageous comedy "Anchorman 2." After losing his job to his wife, Ron Burgundy reassembles the news team and squares off against a new rival. Watch the comedy unfold as "Anchorman 2" is now available on digital release.

 

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In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this exclusive behind the scenes look at "Anchorman 2."

 

Tyler Perry's latest film hits theaters March 14

By MSN Movies Mar 10, 2014 8:15AM

Lionsgate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Lionsgate

 

In this latest Tyler Perry film, five single moms come together to find inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood. Through their bond, they learn to overcome the obstacles that stand in their way as single moms.

 

To celebrate the release of "The Single Mom's Club" we're giving away a fun movie prize pack to one lucky fan!  Enter to win and be sure to check out "The Single Moms Club" when it hits theaters on March 14.

 

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Oscar nominated film starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney now available on DVD

By MSN Movies Feb 24, 2014 8:47AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

Disaster strikes as Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). Left alone, Dr. Stone in the darkness must try to figure out a way back to Earth.

 

Experience this space brilliant and critically acclaimed space adventure as the Oscar nominated film for Best Picture hits Blu-ray and DVD on Feb. 25. To celebrate the release we're giving away a copy of the movie to one lucky fan!

 

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"Gravity" is out on Blu-ray and DVD on Feb. 25.

 

 
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