HOLLYWOOD – Lucky Logan director Steven Soderbergh has retired from film making forever again.
Speaking to the Studio Exec, Ocean’s 11 director Steven Soderbergh once more quits directing feature films for good. In an EXCLUSIVE interview, he said:
I’ve had it (again). I want to write novels, or paint or something. I hear curved stitching is very therapeutic.
What’s curved stitching?
It’s when you create lovely patterns with thread through a canvas via holes or pins or something. I don’t actually know, but it’s meant to be great.
Why have you quit again?
I don’t know. It’s just something I like doing every three years or so. I quit and give a bunch of interviews. Then I do TV. Like The Knick. Then I do movies, but for TV like Behind the Candelabra. Then I go back to doing movies. And then I quit.
Aren’t you worried people will get bored?
People like to have a break from me now and then. They think I’m great when I make Ocean’s 11, then I make Ocean’s 12 and 13. They like Solaris then I go Haywire, literally. You’ll see. A little break from me as I quit forever, never to return, no not ever. And I’ll be back in six months with a new movie. But for now, I’ll never make another movie ever again.
Steven Soderbergh’s Curved Stitching will be released in 2018.
HOLLYWOOD – Being the Seventh installment of Not Making Films by Steven Soderbergh, we give an intimate window into the life of one of cinema’s most beguiling unemployed talents: Steven Soderbergh.
I get together with Cinemax to talk about The Knick. It’s going to be ER meets the Boardwalk Empire, I tell them. They’re really pleased. They have some suggestions for casting but I tell them that I would really like Jan Michel Vincent and failing him, Clive Owen.
Although I’m not making films any more and I’m really relieved to be back behind the camera making television in a cinematic way with Clive Owen among others. Jan Michel Vincent turned me down but Clive is okay. The trick to filming him is to get the hair right. As far as I’m concerned Clive Owen’s hair is the star and it just happens to have Clive Owen swinging beneath it.
The television isn’t working at the moment. The color is ‘on the blink’, as Clive Owen might say. I was watching Raiders of the Lost Ark in black and white anyway and it occurred to me I should put some acid jazz under this and put it on the internet. I could give some guff like reason for it and see what everyone says. The Knick ceases to interest me. It kind of directs itself now. Raiders of the Lost Ark in black and white. Ha ha. I’ma genius.
Thanksgiving with Ben and Matt. They’re such jokers those guys and boy can they drink beer. We’re always talking about how I don’t direct films anymore and I say to them, I really like the freedom I have and I’m really happy and I just leave it out there, but they just look at each other and smirk. I’m sure they’re desperate to get me back directing again. The silence whenever it comes up is eloquent.
I don’t like biscuits anymore.
I was watching 2001: a Space Odyssey the other day and I missed five minutes because I had to go to the toilet, and then I thought what if I edited 2001: a Space Odyssey? Do you think Kubrick would mind? Of course not, I said to myself. He’s dead. Next month, I’m doing Rocky IV with a new classical score and I’m going to do all the voices.
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HOLLYWOOD – Cinemax’s Steven Soderbergh-directed TV drama The Knick, stars Clive Owen as a surgeon working at the turn of the century in a New York hospital and pushing the boundaries of medicine while taking smack.
But what do we really know? We sent the Studio Exec FACT squad to get its hands dirty with the blood of pre-antibiotic sepsis gunk.
1. Steven Soderbergh is still directing films. Sure they’re films shown on HBO and Cinemax but they’re films.
2. Clive Owen.
3. All alcoholics walk around with a bottle in their hand. All prostitutes are genuinely drop dead gorgeous.
4. Race riots have an aphrodisiac-like effect. When in episode 7 a police man is stabbed by a black man and killed – ever on the pulse of current events. Oh wait… – a race riot breaks out. Following the drama of the doctors and nurses rescuing their black patients, they unwind with cast wide nookie.
5. Electronic ambient music pre-dates both jazz and rock n’ roll. Cliff Martinez based his score on music from the archives of the American Musical History institute, which gathered street music from New York in the early 1900s. French pioneer Jean Michel Jarre would rediscover this music and make it the basis for a series of albums in the 1980s.
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