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Review: Ocean's Eleven
  • Ocean's Eleven (Grade: A-) — Director Steven Soderbergh and his high-powered cast of A-listers work their magic in this slick Vegas caper. Reviewed by Brian Orndorf.
    Posted: 12/05/01

  • New Ocean's 11 Trailer Breeds Ample Anticipation
      Steven Soderbergh's remake of "Ocean's 11" will generate copious amounts of publicity with its star power alone, but Warner Bros. is playing it safe by traveling traditional marketing roads as well. Take, for example, the sweet new trailer now available for your downloading pleasure.

    The trailer reveals "Ocean's" to be a "Get Shorty"-esque caper flick where all the principals are clearly having a great time. George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Brad Pitt have particularly broad smirks throughout the promo reel, and really, can you blame them? Uniting for a laid-back, fun-as-hell heist movie has to be acting Nirvana for these guys.

    "Ocean's 11" premieres December 7. The trailer is available in a variety of formats and file sizes at Coming Soon.
    Posted: 10/05/01

    Mike Tyson Scratched from Ocean's 11
      Steven Soderbergh initially wanted Mike Tyson and Lenox Lewis to trade "mock" punches for a boxing scene in his remake of "Ocean's 11," but NY Daily News columnists Rush & Molloy report that bad blood between the prize fighters prompted Soderbergh to pit Lenox against a less inflammatory foe, Vladimir Klitschko. In the film, the fight acts as a diversion while Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his fun-loving gangster crew rob three casinos. Perhaps Soderbergh felt the set's conviviality would be dampened by another Tyson ear-chewing incident. Whatever the reason, the kinder, gentler, fight scene will be filmed later this month in Las Vegas.
    Posted: 03/11/01

    Ocean's 11: Yet Another Casting Update
      For months I've been posting revised cast lists from Steven Soderbergh's remake of "Ocean's 11," but now it appears that some players have been finalized. Who's in: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Alan Arkin, and new recruits Casey Affleck and Scott Caan. Who might be in: Ewan MacGregor, Ralph Fiennes, Bernie Mac, Sydney Pollack. Who's out: Bruce Willis, Michael Douglas, Bill Murray, Mark Wahlberg, the Coen brothers, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson and every damn Hollywood A-lister not already mentioned. In case you hadn't heard, "Ocean's" is going to be a big-budget, mondo remake of the 1960 Rat Pack vehicle that starred Frank, Deano, Sammy, and the gang. The new film promises to be a stylish caper comedy, and if it succeeds it's gonna succeed in a big, big way.

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    Posted: 12/04/00

    "Oceans Eleven" Update: Wahlberg Out, Coen Brothers In?
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    The cast list for Steven Soderbergh's next project, "Ocean's Eleven," continues to change. Production is supposed to begin in January 2001, which will pit "Ocean's" against the calendar because Soderbergh will have to finish the picture before the anticipated SAG strike begins early next summer. Finishing the movie within five or six months shouldn't be an enormous undertaking if the producers can solidify the cast list—something they have yet to do. As it stands, Mark Wahlberg has dropped out because of his commitment to Tim Burton's "Planet of the Apes" remake. Variety and say that Matt Damon might take Wahlberg's spot, which could be the first time in Hollywood history where one Boston-bred actor is replaced by another. Luke and Owen Wilson have also reportedly left "Ocean's" because of other projects, but an interesting—and unconfirmed—rumor suggests that Joel and Ethan Coen might step in for the Wilson boys. George Clooney, "Ocean's" producer and star, just finished working with the Coen brothers on "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" so there's an outside shot this rumor has validity. One actor who has been confirmed for "Ocean's" is veteran thespian Alan Arkin ("Glengarry Glen Ross," "Catch-22" and a slew of other films). Barring further casting chaos, Arkin will join the following performers: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Bill Murray, Don Cheadle, Julia Roberts, and Bruce Willis. For more information on "Ocean's" check out
    Posted: 9/13/00

    "Ocean's Eleven" Cast Swells with More A-List Additions
      The cast of "Ocean's Eleven" is going to be a powerhouse, especially with the recent (rumored) additions of Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, and Bill "Funniest Man Ever" Murray. The film will be directed by "Out of Sight" helmer Steven Soderbergh, which means it'll be a slick, visceral package that'll run rings around typical Hollywood fair. For those unfamiliar with the original "Ocean's 11," it's a comedy/crime-caper that focuses on a group of 11 smooth thieves who concoct a scheme to rob a casino on New Year's eve. This isn't "Reindeer Games" redux—the original showcased the talents of Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack back in 1960. Based on information culled from IGN Movies, the "Ocean's 11" cast currently includes:

    George Clooney & Mark Whalberg (together again)
    Brad Pitt
    Bruce Willis
    Julia Roberts
    Michael Douglas
    Bill Murray
    Luke Wilson
    Owen Wilson

    That's one hell of a cast. Let's hope Soderbergh can curb the egos and fulfill on the promise of this ensemble.
    Posted: 6/23/00

    "Oceans 11" Remake Sports Dream Cast
      If we can believe the casting news for Steven Soderbergh's remake of the Rat Pack classic "Oceans 11" then we're all in for a treat (or a colossal failure). George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Michael Douglas, Mark Whalberg, Julia Roberts and Bruce Willis are all attached to the project in one way or another. The only loser in the bunch is Pitt, but the last time he teamed up with Willis ("12 Monkeys") he was moderately entertaining. Lord only knows how they're going to get this film together, but if it happens the results could be exceptionally cool. Get the full story at IGN Movies.
    Posted: 5/23/00