Steven Soderbergh has a career going that any director/producer would envy. His work includes:
- "We Need to Talk About Kevin" Executive producer
- "The Informant" Director/Cinematographer
- "The Girlfriend Experience Director
- "Michael Clayton" Executive producer
- "Oceans Eleven", Twelve and Thirteen Director
- "Traffic" Director/Cinematographer
- "Erin Brokovich" Director
- "Sex Lies and Videotape" Director
Soderbergh is a big player. However, he scares some studios. The current scare is his film "Behind the Candelabra." The film stars Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as the musician's much younger lover. Other cast members are Dan Aykroyd, Rob Lowe, Debbie Reynolds and Scott Bakula.
According to "TheWrap:"Soderbergh couldn't get the funds to make this film. He was shopping this film right after 'Brokeback Mountain,' but the studios all said his film was too gay".
Soderbergh was able to get a theatrical release for "The Girlfriend Experience" (I'm the only critic that actually liked this film), which cost a million and a half bucks. It starred porn star Sasha Grey. He needed $5M for "Behind the Candelabra," and couldn't get it, even though it has several major stars attached.
HBO stepped up and will be showing the film on cable.
HBO also announced today, Friday 4, they will be showing another gay-themed film based on the play "The Lonely Heart." Starring Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo, this film will be shown next year.
Congratulations to HBO for having the balls to pick up these two films so they can reach their audience.
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