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Pitt, Washington in crime-thriller talks

Pitt, Washington in crime-thriller talks

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Brad Pitt and Denzel Washington are in talks to star in a crime thriller written by the Oscar-winning writer of U.S. drama "Traffic," a trade newspaper said.
Composer Marvin Hamlisch dead at 68

Composer Marvin Hamlisch dead at 68

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Composer Marvin Hamlisch has died in Los Angeles after a brief illness, a spokesman for his family said Tuesday. He was 68.
Reeves produces film about filmmaking

Reeves produces film about filmmaking

NEW YORK, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Tribeca Film says it has acquired North American distribution rights to "Side by Side," a documentary produced and presented by actor Keanu Reeves.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012.
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Douglas, Damon sign up for Liberace film

Douglas, Damon sign up for Liberace film

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Michael Douglas has signed on to play flamboyant Las Vegas entertainer Liberace in the bio-picture "Behind the Candelabra," HBO Films said Tuesday.

Soderbergh denies retirement rumors

VENICE, Italy, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. film director Steven Soderbergh quelled rumors of his retirement at the Venice Film Festival.

Soderbergh to meet Comic-Con fan boys

SAN DIEGO, June 25 (UPI) -- Director Steven Soderbergh says he will present a first look at his new action picture "Haywire" at this summer's Comic-Con exhibition in San Diego.
Soderbergh settles paternity suit

Soderbergh settles paternity suit

NEW YORK, April 21 (UPI) -- The mother of Steven Soderbergh's 5-month-old daughter has settled her paternity suit against the married filmmaker, the Australian woman's lawyer said.
Soderbergh retiring from film

Soderbergh retiring from film

LOS ANGELES, March 11 (UPI) -- Hollywood film director Steven Soderbergh says his next two movies will be his last.
'Ripley' gang reunites for 'Contagion'

'Ripley' gang reunites for 'Contagion'

BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. director Steven Soderbergh has begun shooting "Contagion," a global thriller starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law.
Soderbergh to take a break from directing

Soderbergh to take a break from directing

LONDON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Prolific Hollywood filmmaker Steven Soderbergh says he plans to take a break from directing after he completes the projects on which he is already working.
'Moneyball' rolls again with Sorkin, Pitt

'Moneyball' rolls again with Sorkin, Pitt

LOS ANGELES, July 10 (UPI) -- U.S. filmmaker Steven Soderbergh will not direct the big-screen adaptation of Michael Lewis' book "Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game" as planned.
'Moneyball' strikeout benches risky pics

'Moneyball' strikeout benches risky pics

LOS ANGELES, July 1 (UPI) -- Doubts that Hollywood can continue to deliver quirky, high-quality films have been raised with the cancellation of "Moneyball," analysts say.
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Steven Soderbergh
Director Steven Soderbergh attends the Toronto International Film Festival press conference for "Che" at the Sutton Place Hotel in Toronto, Canada on September 10, 2008. (UPI Photo/Christine Chew)
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Steven Andrew Soderbergh (pronounced /ˈsoʊdərbɜrɡ/; born January 14, 1963) is an American film producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, and an Academy Award-winning film director. He is best known for directing commercial Hollywood films like Erin Brockovich, Traffic, and the remake of Ocean's Eleven, but he has also directed smaller less conventional and commercialized works such as Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Schizopolis, Bubble, and Che.

Soderbergh was born in Atlanta, the son of Mary Ann (née Bernard) and Peter Andrew Soderbergh, who was a university administrator and educator. He is of Swedish ancestry (the family's original surname in Swedish, Söderberg, was changed to Soderbergh when they immigrated to the United States). When he was a child, his family moved from Atlanta to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where his father became Dean of Education at Louisiana State University (LSU). There he discovered filmmaking as a teenager, directing short Super 8 mm films with equipment borrowed from LSU students.

His primary high school education was at Louisiana State University Laboratory School, a K-12 school that is directed by the University. While still taking classes there around the age of fifteen, Soderbergh enrolled in the university's film animation class and began making short 16 mm films with secondhand equipment.

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