- Of all the ways to stuff a piggy bank, a discussion with director Steven Soderbergh is the most enjoyable way to plug the pork. Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater (filmstreams.org) turned Feature III, their annual can’t-miss fundraising gala, into a wickedly profitable venture. The event raised more than $217,000 and some interesting questions regarding Soderbergh’s retirement. Soderbergh told the crowd, “I just need to step out. I’ve been running really fast in a certain direction for a while, and I want to change.” Unquestionably, retirement for the brilliant filmmaker doesn’t mean part-time shifts as a Wal-Mart greeter, but it doesn’t sound like he’s abandoning us altogether. Big bucks for a brilliant nonprofit art house and confirmation that we may not lose Soderbergh forever? That’s double money.
- Viggo Mortensen may encourage you to kneel before him, as the latest rumors have the oft-hilariously-mustachioed thespian on the short list to play General Zod, Superman’s fellow Kryptonian nemesis in the upcoming reboot. Now that casting is super, man. Sorry, that had to be done.
- After years of rumor, it looks like Quentin Tarantino is finally following through on a bloody promise, as he’s booked Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair for a week at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles. Packed with additional animation and other tiny bits and changes, the theatrical release of the staggering two-part opus into one massive endeavor may mean a DVD release after all. About bloody time.