Is Steven Soderbergh Quitting Hollywood to Become a Painter? 


Say it isn't so! Steven Soderbergh, one of the few contemporary Hollywood directors who can make art films and blockbusters (sometimes together) simultaneously, is thinking of quitting Hollywood for good to be an artist! A painter! In the mold of the abstract painter Agnes Martin!

This rumor leaked out earlier this year which Soderbergh said had gotten "blown out of proportion" and blamed actor/pal Matt Damon (apparently, he couldn't keep a secret!). But according to the Huffington Post by way of a New York Times article:

...the 48-year-old director spoke plainly about his intention to take up the brush. "I'm interested in exploring another art form while I have the time and ability to do so," he told the paper. "I'll be the first person to say if I can't be any good at it and run out of money I'll be back making another 'Ocean's' movie."

Yeah, but Soderbergh is a very creative person and those folks need release for their talent other than what they're doing now, ala James Franco right?

Soderbergh has already taken up painting and even showcased his work to the New York Times. So I hope, Soderbergh is just finding another outlet for his boundless creativity and NOT quit filmmaking 'cause he's really, really good at it!

These rumors have a way of spreading like virus! Oh, speaking of virus, Soderbergh's latest opus (Starring Damon, HA!) about the global spread of a flulike virus opens nationwide next Friday, Sept. 9th.

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George Clooney Says Buh-Bye to Steven Soderbergh's "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." 


As we told you last year, Steven Soderbergh wanted to make a big screen version of the 1960s NBC spy drama "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." George Clooney was attached to star but now, Deadline is saying that the actor is "in the process of withdrawing." The reason for the exit is still unclear, perhaps it's the good, old "creative differences" excuse?

But apparently, Warner Bros. wants to stay on track for a February 2012 production start, so let's wait and see who they will pick to replace Clooney. Stay tuned...

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Josh Brolin is Spike Lee's "Oldboy!" 


I love "Oldboy," the 2003 Korean thriller from Park Chan-wook which was the Grand Prix Winner at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. Mandate Pictures is remaking the film with Spike Lee set to direct the Mark Protosevich script.

Josh Brolin was rumored to be on the short list but now, Deadline is saying it's official: Brolin will be working with Lee and production
begins in March.

Can you picture Brolin as an avenging father who was kidnapped on his daughter's birthday and kept in solitary confinement for 15 years? I can! For now, check out the trailer of the original "Oldboy!"



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Hurricane Irene Helps "The Help" Beat New Box-Office Contenders 


It was a storm-soaked box-office weekend with the wrath of Hurricane Irene affecting box-office results and helping "The Help" weather competition from new films.

"The Help" remained the No. 1 film of the weekend with its $14.3 million box-office take (so far, "The Help" has grossed $96.6 million and is expected to reach $100 million by Tuesday.) Many East Coast theaters closed in preparation for Hurricane Irene and did not help the fate of new nationwide releases such as Zoe Saldana's action thriller "Colombiana" which debuted at No. 2 with 10.3 million.

Meanwhile, Katie Holmes' "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" from producer/co-writer Guillermo Del Toro only managed to scare up $8.7 million debuting at No. 3. And Paul Rudd's comedy "Our Idiot Brother" landed at No. 5 with $6.6 million.

Here's the list of the Top 10 Box-Office Films for the rain-soaked weekend of Aug. 26th:

1. "The Help," $14.3 million.

2. "Colombiana," $10.3 million.

3. "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," $8.7 million.

4. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," $8.65 million ($22.1 million international).

5. "Our Idiot Brother," $6.6 million.

6. "Spy Kids: All the Time in the World," $5.7 million.

7. "The Smurfs," $4.8 million.

8. "Conan the Barbarian," $3.1 million.


9. "Fright Night," $3 million.

10. "Crazy, Stupid, Love," $2.9 million.

SOURCE: HOLLYWOOD.COM

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Win Exclusive Prizes from "The Debt!" It's Easy to Enter! 


Thanks to our friends at Focus Features, you can win exclusive prizes from the movie "The Debt" starring Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain, and Helen Mirren.



One lucky winner will get:

*** THE DEBT duffle bag
*** THE DEBT drinking sports cup
*** THE DEBT ball cap

Just log on to www.facebook.com/MannyTheMovieGuy, "like" my page and "like" the post, it's that easy!

Deadline to enter is Thursday, Sept. 1st. The winner's name will be drawn on Friday, Sept. 2nd.


Sorry international friends, but this is limited to U.S. residents only!



Thanks and watch THE DEBT when it opens August 31st.

Watch my video of yours truly explaining the contest!

HAVE FUN!!! :happy



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