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Biography #2 (for Ocean's Thirteen)

Steven Soderbergh won an Academy Award for Best Director for his 2000 ensemble drama Traffic. He had earned dual Best Director Oscar nominations that year, also receiving one for Erin Brockovich, starring Julia Roberts in her Oscar-winning performance. Soderbergh had earlier gained an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for sex, lies, and videotape, which marked his feature film directorial debut. The film also won the Palme d'Or at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival.

Ocean's Thirteen is Soderbergh's seventeenth film, also including The Good German, Bubble, Ocean's Twelve, Solaris, Full Frontal, Ocean's Eleven, The Limey, Out of Sight, Gray's Anatomy, Schizopolis, The Underneath, King of the Hill and Kafka.

He also wrote, directed, photographed and edited Equilibrium, starring Alan Arkin, Robert Downey Jr. and Ele Keats, which was one of a trio of short eroticism┬Čthemed films released as Eros. Michelangelo Antonioni and Wong Kar-wai directed the other two segments. The film had its premiere at the 2004 Venice Film Festival.

In addition, Soderbergh has produced or executive produced a wide range of features. His credits as a producer include John Maybury's The Jacket, starring Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley; Lodge Kerrigan's Keane, which played at the Telluride, Toronto and New York Film Festivals; Gregory Jacob's directorial debut, Criminal, with John C. Reilly and Maggie Gyllenhaal; Anthony and Joseph Russo's Welcome to Collinwood, starring William H. Macy; Gary Ross' Pleasantville, with an ensemble cast led by Tobey Maguire; and Greg Mottola's The Daytrippers.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "Ocean's Thirteen" (27-Jun-2007)


Biography #3 (for Criminal)

Steven Soderbergh not only works behind the camera as a director but behind the scenes as a producer for a variety of projects. In 2000, Soderbergh and George Clooney formed Section Eight, a film production company based at Warner Bros. After their inaugural production, Ocean's Eleven they executive produced Far From Heaven, written and directed by Todd Haynes. The critically acclaimed homage to 1950's melodrama stars Julianne Moore and Dennis Quaid.

In April, 2004 Soderbergh began production on Ocean's Twelve, which reunites the entire cast of the 2001 hit plus Catherine Zeta-Jones and internationally acclaimed actor Vincent Cassel.

In 2002, Section Eight released three additional films: Confessions of A Dangerous Mind, directed by and starring George Clooney with an ensemble cast including Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore and Julia Roberts; Insomnia, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank and Welcome to Collinwood, written and directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo. The ensemble comedy's cast included William H. Macy, Isaiah Washington, Luis Guzman, Jennifer Esposito, Sam Rockwell and Clooney.

Section Eight is currently in production on The Jacket, starring Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley and Jennifer Jason Leigh under the direction of John Maybury. Last year, Section Eight and HBO produced the highly rated television docudrama/political reality program K Street starring real-life political consultants James Carville and Mary Matalin. Co-starring were a mix of actors including John Slattery and Mary McCormack as well as real-life politicians.

Soderbergh's other credits as producer include Greg Mottola's The Daytrippers and Gary Ross' Pleasantville. He was executive producer on David Siegel and Scott McGhee's Suture, and Godfrey Reggio's Naqoyqatsi, the final installment of the non-narrative films that make up the Qatsi Trilogy, beginning with Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi. He is currently executive producing an as-yet-untitled film written and directed by Lodge Kerrigan.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "Criminal" (16-Sep-2004)


Biography #4 (for Full Frontal)

Full Frontal is director Steven Soderbergh's twelfth film, following Ocean's Eleven, Traffic, Erin Brockovich, The Limey, Out of Sight, Gray's Anatomy, Schizopolis, The Underneath, King of the Hill, Kafka and sex, lies, and videotape. Last year, he received the Academy Award for Best Director for Traffic.

In addition to his credits as director, Soderbergh functioned as producer on Greg Mottola's The Daytrippers (1997) and on Gary Ross' Pleasantville (1998). He also served as the executive producer on David Siegel and Scott McGehee's Suture (1994) and on Godfrey Reggio's upcoming Naqoyqatsi, the final installment of the non-narrative films that make up the Qatsi Trilogy, beginning with Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi.

In 2000, Soderbergh and George Clooney formed Section Eight, a film production company based at Warner Bros. They are currently in postproduction on Welcome to Collinwood, written and directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo. The film's ensemble cast includes William H. Macy, Isaiah Washington, Luis Guzman, Jennifer Esposito, Sam Rockwell and Clooney.

They recently finished production on Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, directed by George Clooney who will also star along with Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore and Julia Roberts, and are in pre-production on an untitled film to be written and directed by Lodge Kerrigan.

Soderbergh and Clooney are also executive producing Insomnia, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank, and Far From Heaven, written and directed by Todd Haynes.

Bio courtesy Miramax for "Full Frontal" (01-Jan-2000)


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