Cleopatra: The 3D Musical

Prolific director Steven Soderbergh (the Ocean’s movies) is setting up a 30 million dollar 3D musical on the life of Cleopatra, the famous Egyptian queen. For the role, the filmmaker is hoping to reunite with his Ocean’s Twelve actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, while Hugh Jackman (Deception) is in talks to play Marc Antony, Cleopatra’s lover.

The best-known film about the supposedly beautiful queen is undoubtedly the 1963 epic Cleopatra. Soderbergh’s next, the two-part Che Guevara biopic, will premiere in the US in December, and he will release several other films before the Cleopatra project, including The Informant, The Girlfriend Experience and his Liberace biopic.

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IFC will lead the communist revolution in the US, not Magnolia

In a surprise move, IFC Films has picked up the US distribution rights for Steven Soderbergh’s Che movies, The Argentine and Guerilla, beating Magnolia Pictures to the punch. Apparently, IFC will first release the movies as a single, four and a half hour feature for one week in December for Oscar consideration, then re-release them in their separate forms in January.

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Liberace biopic announced

Steven Soderbergh sure seems to love biopics…Indeed, after Kafka, Erin Brockovich, his two Che films The Argentine & Guerilla, and the forthcoming The Informant about former vice president Mark Whitacre, the acclaimed director is now set to helm a movie based on Wladziu Valentino Liberace.

Liberace was an infamous American pianist/showman active from 1936 to his death in 1987 who struggled with continuous accusations of homosexuality, something which should play a significant part in the film. Michael Douglas (King Of California) is the frontruner for the lead role while Matt Damon (the Bourne films) is in talks to portray Liberace’s alleged lover Scott Thorson.

Due to a very busy schedule, Soderbergh won’t be able to start shooting until 2010. Here’s a video of Liberace performing in Las Vegas.

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Che Guevara biopic to be one movie, not two in the US?

Revolutionary Update: IFC will distribute the film, not Magnolia…more about that here.

Finally! Magnolia Pictures will distribute the Steven Soderbergh (the Ocean’s trilogy) biopic Che in the US. Yes, you read that right, it will apparently be released as one film in the States instead of the two-parter The Argentine and Guerilla other countries are having (or are they?).

The movie(s) premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival to very enthusiastic response and went on to win the Best Actor prize for star Benicio Del Toro (Things We Lost In The Fire), which is why it’s so surprising it couldn’t find a distributor until now.

Magnolia hasn’t announced a date yet, but you can expect the film(s) to be released sometime in December in America. If you live in Spain however, you can check it (them?) out right now.

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What’s that? A new dude joins the site!

Good news everyone, a new contributor has just joined The Movie Planet. Call him…The Broadcaster! The Broadcaster will mostly be reviewing randomly chosen movies on a regular basis in his column Broadcasted! Reviews but may also pop in to tell you about new DVDs being released.

The Broadcaster, who describes himself as half-Chinese half-French and totally not handsome, likes all kinds of movies (except horror), but he’s generally kinder to comedies and harsher to serious-minded dramas. His favorite movies include Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s trilogy (as well as other heist flicks) and recent East Asian fare from the likes of Zhang Yimou (Curse Of The Golden Flower), Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle) and Wong Kar-Wai (My Blueberry Nights).

He wants you to know he is usually very critical in his reviews, and his first one will be for the 2006 teen comedy John Tucker Must Die, starring the awesomely hot Sophia Bush, with many more to follow. Thus, please give a warm welcome to The Broadcaster, the alternate voice of The Movie Planet.