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Ocean's Twelve is STEVEN SODERBERGH's (Director) fourteenth film following Solaris, Full Frontal, 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. In 2000, his films Erin Brockovich and Traffic were both nominated for Best Picture and Best Director Academy Awards. He received the Best Director Academy Award for Traffic.

Most recently, Soderbergh wrote, directed, photographed and edited Equilibrium, starring Alan Arkin, Robert Downey Jr. and Ele Keats. One of a trio of short eroticism-themed films being released as Eros, Michelangelo Antonioni and Wong Kar-wai direct the other two segments. The film had its premiere at the 2004 Venice Film Festival.

In addition to his credits as director, Soderbergh functioned as producer on Greg Mottola's The Daytrippers (1997) and on Gary Ross' Pleasantville (1998). As well, he served as the executive producer on David Siegel and Scott McGehee's Suture (1994), Godfrey Reggio's Naqoyqatsi, the final installment of the non-narrative films that make up the Qatsi Trilogy, beginning with Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi, and Lodge Kerrigan's Keane, which recently played the Telluride, Toronto and New York Film Festivals.

In 2000, Soderbergh and George Clooney formed Section Eight, a film production company based at Warner Bros. After their inauguaral production, Ocean's Eleven, they executive produced Far From Heaven, written and directed by Todd Haynes. The critically acclaimed homage to 1950s melodrama starred Julianne Moore and Dennis Quaid.

In 2002, Section eight released three 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 includes William H. Macy, Isaiah Washington, Luis Guzman, Jennifer Esposito, Sam Rockwell and Clooney. 

More recently, they produced Criminal, starring John C. Reilly, Diego Luna and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Gregory Jacobs, who had collaborated with Soderbergh on ten prior films, made his directorial debut on the film, which was recently shown at the Venice and Deauville Film Festivals.

 

Section Eight is currently in production on Syriana, starring George Clooney, Matt Damon and Amanda Peet. Written and directed by Stephen Gaghan, the thriller is based on the book See No Evil: The True Story of a Foot Soldier in the CIA's War on Terror by Robert Baer.

They are also in post-production on The Jacket, starring Adrian Brody, Keira Knightley and Jennifer Jason Leigh under the direction of John Maybury, and Rumor Has It… directed by Rob Reiner and starring Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner, Mark Ruffalo and Shirley MacLaine.

  Last year, Section Eight and HBO produced the 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. In January, Section Eight and HBO will premiere another new series, Unscripted, which details the lives of a small group of aspiring actors.

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