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Julia Roberts' baby disrupted movie - Monsters and Critics.com
The 'Pretty Woman' actress - who has four-year-old twins, Hazel and Phinnaeus, and Henry, now two, with husband Danny Moder - was so determined to continue nursing Henry while shooting 'Duplicity' she insisted on extra gaps between shooting scenes....
Julia Roberts' Beauty Secrets! - Oneindia
Are you wondering what is the secret behind Julia Roberts' beauty? Well, the Hollywood damsel is revealing her beauty secret for you! She claims that the key to staying beautiful is always to be looking at someone who loves you....
Julia takes a break from the nursery to shine again - Irish Independent
By Evan Fanning It is strange that Julia Roberts is at a point in her career where she is having to prove that she is a star worthy of 'opening' a film. At least that is her position in the eyes of some critics. Each time she appears in a film they...
Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, and Julia Roberts in talks for all ... - Entertainment Weekly
Garry Marshall will direct New Line's ensemble romantic comedy Valentine's Day, with no less than Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner, Shirley MacLaine, Bradley Cooper, and Ashton Kutcher in talks to star,...
Just When Did The Quality Of Hollywood Films Start To Drop? - Huffington Post
Maybe I've been blinded by generational bias, and will justifiably receive a host of angry comments criticizing the absence of Will Smith, Adam Sandler or Julia Roberts on my site. One request, though, before lodging your protest: first, look again at...
The key to beauty, by Julia Roberts - Times of India
Julia Roberts says that the key to staying beautiful is always to be looking at someone who loves you. The 41-year-old actress has three kids 3-year-old twins Hazel and Phinnaeus and 1-year-old son, Henry, with husband, Danny Moder....
Israel's Julia Roberts - Rediff
When acclaimed director Ron Howard's Angels & Demons releases in India two weeks from now (on May 29), audiences here will get their first taste of actress Ayelet Zurer -- known in the film industry as 'Israel's Julie Roberts'....
Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway Celebrate Valentine's Day - Artistdirect.com
Roberts will play an army officer on leave from Iraq who is heading to LA. She meets Cooper, a gay man who is in love with an in-the-closet football player, on the flight. Kutcher will play a flower shop owner who asks Alba's character to marry him but...
Julia Roberts: Malibu Family School Party - TheInsider.com
Enjoying a fun-filled family outing, Julia Roberts and her husband Daniel Moder were spotted out at a school party in Malibu on Sunday afternoon (May 17). The "Pretty Woman" beauty and her hunky hubby escorted their children, Hazel, Finn and Henry,...
Zoe Kravitz and Emma Roberts Go Hand-in-Hand - Celebuzz
17, 2009 10:01 AM / Leave a Comment Two stunning examples of second-generation show-bizzers joined forces in New York on Friday, as Emma Roberts and Zoe Kravitz teamed up to film Twelve. Roberts, the 18-year-old neice of Julia Roberts, and Kravitz,...

Julia Roberts

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Julia Fiona Roberts (born October 28, 1967) is an American actress and former fashion model. She became well known during the early 1990s after starring in the romantic comedy Pretty Woman opposite Richard Gere, which grossed $463 million worldwide. She won the Best Actress Academy Award in 2000 for her critically acclaimed turn as the title character in Erin Brockovich and earned Oscar nominations as Best Supporting Actress for Steel Magnolias (1989) and Best Actress for Pretty Woman (1990). Her films, which also include romantic comedies such as My Best Friend's Wedding, Mystic Pizza, Notting Hill, Runaway Bride, and crime films such as The Pelican Brief and Ocean's Eleven, have collectively earned box office receipts of over $2 billion, making her the most successful actress in terms of box office receipts.

Roberts had become one of the highest-paid actresses in the world, topping the Hollywood Reporter's annual "power list" of top-earning female stars from 2002 to 2005, until 2006, when Nicole Kidman won the top spot. Her fee for 1990's Pretty Woman was $300,000; in 2003, she was paid an unprecedented $25 million for her role in Mona Lisa Smile. As of 2007, Roberts's net worth was estimated to be $140 million.

Roberts was the first actress to appear on the cover of Vogue and the first woman to land the cover of GQ. She has been named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" eleven times, tied with Halle Berry. In 2001 Ladies Home Journal ranked her as the 11th most powerful woman in America, beating out then national security advisor Condoleezza Rice and first lady Laura Bush. Roberts has a production company called Red Om Films, formerly Shoelace Productions ("Moder" spelled backwards, after her husband's last name).

Roberts was born in Atlanta, Georgia at Crawford Long Hospital. Her father, Walter Thomas Roberts, was a vacuum cleaner salesman, and her Minneapolis, Minnesota-born mother, Betty Lou Motes (née Bredemus), was a one-time church secretary and real estate agent. Her parents, one-time actors and playwrights, met while performing theatrical productions for the armed forces and later co-founded the Atlanta Actors and Writers Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia off Juniper Street in Midtown; the two divorced in 1971. Her mother later married Michael Motes and had another daughter, named Nancy Motes who was born in 1976. Roberts's father died of cancer when she was ten. Her older brother, Eric Roberts, (from whom she was once estranged but reconciled since 2004) and sister, Lisa Roberts Gillan, are also actors.

While Julia's mother was pregnant with Julia, she and her husband ran an acting school for children in Decatur, Georgia. The children of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King attended the school. As a thank-you for their service, Mrs. King paid the hospital bill when Mrs. Roberts gave birth to Julia.

Roberts moved to Smyrna, Georgia (a suburb of Atlanta) in 1972, where she attended Fitzhugh Lee Elementary School, Griffin Middle School and Campbell High School. She played clarinet in the band. Roberts wanted to be a veterinarian as a child, but soon after graduating from Smyrna's Campbell High School, she headed to New York to join her sister Lisa Roberts Gillan and pursue a career in acting. Once there, she signed with the Click modeling agency and enrolled in acting classes. She reverted to her original name "Julia Roberts" when she discovered that a "Julie Roberts" was already registered with the Screen Actors Guild. Her niece, Emma Roberts, whom Julia used to take to movie sets when she was a young girl, has joined her father and aunts in the acting business.

Roberts made her film debut playing a supporting role opposite her brother, Eric, in Blood Red (she has just two words of dialogue), which, although filmed in 1987 was not released until 1989 (She was just about to have her 19th birthday during the filming). Her first television appearance was as a juvenile rape victim in the initial season of the series Crime Story with Dennis Farina, in the episode titled "The Survivor", broadcast on February 13, 1987. She also once appeared on Sesame Street opposite the character Elmo, demonstrating her ability to change emotions. Roberts first caught the attention of moviegoers with her performance in the independent film Mystic Pizza in 1988; that same year, she had a role in the fourth season finale of Miami Vice. The following year, she was featured in Steel Magnolias as a young bride battling diabetes and garnered her first Oscar nomination (as Best Supporting Actress) for her performance.

In 1993, she co-starred with Denzel Washington in the successful The Pelican Brief, based on the John Grisham novel. She also starred alongside Liam Neeson in the 1996 film Michael Collins. Over the next few years, she starred in a series of films that were critical and commercial failures, primarily because she was cast in roles that strayed too far from her film persona, such as Stephen Frears' Mary Reilly (1996) for which she earned a Razzie Worst Actress nomination. She starred with Hugh Grant in the 1999 film Notting Hill. That same year, she also starred in Runaway Bride, the second film with the Julia Roberts-Richard Gere duo. Roberts was a guest star on the Law & Order television series in an episode broadcast on May 5, 1999 entitled "Empire", with series regular Benjamin Bratt (at that time her boyfriend). Also in 1999, she starred in the critically panned film Stepmom alongside Susan Sarandon.

In 2001, Roberts received the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Erin Brockovich, who helped wage a successful lawsuit against energy giant Pacific Gas & Electric. While presenting the Best Actor Award to Denzel Washington the following year, she made a gaffe, saying she was glad that Tom Conti wasn't there. She meant the conductor Bill Conti, who had tried to hasten the conclusion of her Oscar speech the previous year, but instead named the Scottish actor. Roberts would team up with Erin Brockovich director Steven Soderbergh for three more films: Ocean's Eleven (2001), Full Frontal (2002), and Ocean's Twelve (2004). Later in 2001 she starred in the road gangster comedy The Mexican giving her a chance to work with long time friend Brad Pitt. In 2005, she was featured in the music video for the hit single "Dreamgirl" by the Dave Matthews Band.

Roberts's two films released in 2006, The Ant Bully and Charlotte's Web, were both animated features for which she provided only voice acting. Her next film was Charlie Wilson's War, with Tom Hanks and Philip Seymour Hoffman, directed by Mike Nichols and based on the book by former CBS journalist George Crile; it was released on December 21, 2007. Fireflies in the Garden, also starring Ryan Reynolds and Willem Dafoe is currently in post-production, with release set for 2009. It has also been announced that Roberts will star in The Friday Night Knitting Club, based on the novel of the same name by Kate Jacobs. Her niece, Emma Roberts, is said to be considered for the role of her daughter.

Roberts made her Broadway debut on April 19, 2006 as Nan in a revival of Richard Greenberg's 1997 play Three Days of Rain opposite Bradley Cooper and Paul Rudd. Although the play grossed nearly US$1 million dollars in ticket sales during its first week and was a commercial success throughout its limited run, most critics heavily criticized Roberts' performance. The New York Times' critic Ben Brantly, a self-proclaimed 'Juliaholic,' described her as being fraught with "self-consciousness (especially in the first act) only glancingly acquainted with the two characters she plays." Brantley also criticized the production of “Greenberg's slender, elegant play,” writing that “it's almost impossible to discern its artistic virtues from this wooden and splintered interpretation, directed by Joe Mantello.” Three Days of Rain received two Tony Award nominations in stage design categories, but took home neither prize. Roberts did, however, receive a Broadway.com audience award (a minor theatrical prize) for her performance.

Julia Roberts has brought to life some of the books from American Girl as movies and serves as Executive Producer, along with her sister Lisa. The company's product lines and services are focused on pre-teen-girl characters from various periods of American history, who are embodied as dolls and featured in narratives including books and movies. Its flagship line is a collection of historical 18-inch dolls that have books and accessories. Currently Julia Roberts has produced four movies.

Directors Robert Altman, Mike Nichols, Joel Schumacher, Steven Soderbergh, and Garry Marshall have repeatedly cast Roberts in their films. But Steven Spielberg, after directing her in Hook (1991) for which she earned a Razzie Worst Supporting Actress nomination, never worked with her again. In a 1993 interview with Barbara Walters, Roberts said that she was confused by Spielberg's recollection of working with her, as she only has positive memories of working on his film. In 1993, The New York Timeswrote that Herbert Ross, the director of Steel Magnolias, criticized that Julia's acting was one-dimensional, despite the fact that she received her first Academy Award nomination for it. Although, Roberts eventually called for a truce, the two never worked together again.

As of February 2007, Roberts's films have grossed $2,204,631,930 at the American box office making her the biggest female movie star in history and achieving this feat with only 31 films to her name. She was also placed at the pinnacle of the Ulmer Scale, a comprehensive guide to the global star power of actors and directors in independent and studio films created by James Ulmer, ahead of such other luminaries as Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks. This was partly owing to her ability to attract filmgoers solely on the basis of her name's appearance above the title and without the support of a male co-star, something few other actresses have been able to do.

Roberts's personal life has often been in the spotlight. She has had widely reported romantic relationships with numerous famous men, including Liam Neeson, Dylan McDermott, Kiefer Sutherland, David Warmee, Lyle Lovett, Matthew Perry, and Benjamin Bratt. She was briefly engaged to McDermott, her Steel Magnolias co-star. She met Sutherland in 1990, when he was her co-star in Flatliners; he left his wife and children to move in with Roberts. In August 1990, Roberts and Sutherland announced their engagement, with an elaborate studio-planned wedding scheduled for June 14, 1991. Roberts broke the engagement three days before the wedding when she discovered Sutherland had been meeting with a stripper named Amanda Rice. Roberts subsequently went to Ireland with Jason Patric, a friend of Sutherland's. On June 27, 1993, she married country singer Lyle Lovett; the couple had met only three weeks earlier. The wedding took place on 72-hours' notice and was held in Marion, Indiana, near where Lovett was appearing on tour with his band. Less than two years later, in March 1995, the couple separated, and subsequently divorced.

In 1998, Roberts began dating Law & Order star Benjamin Bratt, who was her escort for the March 25, 2001 Academy Awards ceremony at which she won her Oscar. Three months later, in June 2001, Roberts and Bratt announced that they were no longer a couple. "It's come to a kind and tenderhearted end," she said of their relationship.

Roberts met her current husband, cameraman Daniel Moder, on the set of her movie The Mexican in 2000 and they began an affair. Though at the time, Moder was married to Vera Steimberg Moder, he filed for divorce a little over a year later, and after it was finalized, he and Roberts wed on Fourth of July 2002, at her ranch in Taos, New Mexico.On November 28, 2004, they became the parents of fraternal twins, daughter Hazel Patricia and son Phinnaeus "Finn" Walter. Their third child, son Henry Daniel Moder, was born on June 18, 2007, in Los Angeles.

Roberts has given her time and resources to UNICEF as well as to other charitable organizations. In Spring 1995, Roberts, an enthusiastic supporter of UNICEF, asked if she could meet some of the relief agency's neediest recipients. On May 10, she arrived in Port-au-Prince, as she said, "to educate myself". The poverty she found was overwhelming. "My heart is just bursting", she said. UNICEF officials hoped that her six-day visit would trigger an outburst of giving: $10 million in aid was sought at the time.

In 2000, Roberts narrated Silent Angels, a documentary about Rett syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder, which was shot in Los Angeles, Baltimore and New York. The documentary was designed to help raise public awareness about the disease. In July 2006, Earth Biofuels announced Roberts as a spokeswoman for the company and as chair of the company's newly formed Advisory Board promoting the use of renewable fuels...

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Julia Roberts (QVC presenter)

Julia Roberts is a British television home shopping host on the shopping channel QVC.

Roberts started her career as a cabaret dancer, supporting Cannon and Ball on a summer season in Guernsey, and then followed their act on to television. She supplemented this work with various supporting cast roles on TV including Citizen Smith and Doctor Who in 1979, Christmas pantomimes and dancing on cruise liners; before she took a job in a cabaret show in Hong Kong, dancing and singing.

Roberts returned to the UK with her boyfriend, and appeared in various commercials, including the Woolwich Building Society and Head and Shoulders shampoo. She was approached in 1980 by a group called The Main Event to sing in their Eurovision Song contest entry I'm Gonna Do My Best To Please You - which came last. The ensemble included Cheryl Baker, who won the following year with Bucks Fizz.

Wishing to undertake more television, she appeared as a hostess on The Price is Right with Leslie Crowther. After two series she had her first child Daniel, and then worked on the 'Hit Squad' on Beadle's About, before having her second child, daughter Sophie.

After the birth of her second child, Roberts and her husband Chris were living in South London, when Croydon Cable started cabling the local streets. Looking to get into television presentation, she sent in an audition tape based on her time at the 1989 Motorshow at Olympia for Vauxhall Motors. Roberts got the job undertaking general reporting duties, developing her role by presenting on her own 'magazine-style' programme on the station. It was during this period that she began presenting the channels show on Crystal Palace F.C., and which resulted in her now obsession with the football club. Roberts is a season ticket holder, in the past written a column in "Palace News" and been interviewed for Sky TV, and presented half time slots on the giant screen in the stadium, promoting club merchandise in a "QVC" style.

Asked by her agent to apply for a new shopping channel in 1993, she presented a pilot slot on presenting her own mobile phone for 15 minutes, and a pencil for 5 minutes. Appearing on the channels opening sequences with co-presenter Jon Briggs, Roberts is one of two original cast members who have been with QVC (UK) since the launch of the channel in October 1993. Roberts was one of two judges, together with Head of Presenters Mark West, in finding new talent Craig Rowe in QVC's search for a presenter. Still an active presenter on the channel today, Roberts has her own production company and has penned a novel.

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Steven Soderbergh

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Steven Andrew Soderbergh (born January 14, 1963) is an American film producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, and an Academy Award-winning film director. He is best known for directing the films sex, lies, and videotape, Erin Brockovich, Traffic, the Ocean's Eleven franchise, and his biopic Che.

Soderbergh was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Mary Ann (née Bernard) and Peter Andrew Soderbergh, who was a university administrator and educator. He has Swedish ancestry (the family's original surname in Swedish, Söderberg, was changed to Soderbergh when they immigrated to the United States). When he was a child, his family moved from Atlanta to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where his father became Dean of Education at Louisiana State University (LSU). There he discovered filmmaking as a teenager, directing short Super 8 mm films with equipment borrowed from LSU students.

His primary high school education was at Louisiana State University Laboratory School, a K-12 school that is directed by the University. While still taking classes there around the age of fifteen, Soderbergh enrolled in the university's film animation class and began making short 16 mm films with secondhand equipment.

Rather than attending LSU, Soderbergh tried his luck in Hollywood after graduating from high school; he worked as a game show scorer and cue card holder to make ends meet, and eventually found work as a freelance film editor. His big break came when he directed the Grammy-nominated concert video 9012Live for the rock band Yes in 1985.

It wasn't until Soderbergh came back to Baton Rouge that he conceived the idea for sex, lies, and videotape (1989), which he wrote in eight days. The independent film won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, became a worldwide commercial success and greatly contributed to the 1990s independent film revolution. At age 26, Soderbergh became the youngest director to win the festival's top award. Movie critic Roger Ebert dubbed Soderbergh the "poster boy of the Sundance generation".

Making good on his Schizopolis-inspired "artistic wake-up call," his commercial slump ended in 1998 with Out of Sight, a stylized adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel, written by Scott Frank and starring George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez. The film was widely praised, though only a moderate box-office success. It reaffirmed Soderbergh's potential, sparking the beginnings of a lucrative artistic partnership between Clooney and Soderbergh.

Soderbergh followed up on the success of Out of Sight by making another crime caper, The Limey (1999), from an original screenplay by Lem Dobbs and starring veteran actors Terence Stamp and Peter Fonda. The film was well-received, but not as much as Erin Brockovich (2000), a "Rocky movie" he directed, written by Susannah Grant and starring Julia Roberts in her Oscar-winning role as a single mother taking on industry in a civil action. Later that year, Soderbergh released Traffic, a social drama written by Stephen Gaghan and featuring an ensemble cast.

Ocean's Eleven (2001), featuring an all-star cast and flashy aesthetics, is Soderbergh's highest grossing movie to date, grossing more than $183 million. The film's star, George Clooney, subsequently appeared in Solaris (2002), marking the third time the two have headlined a film. In the same year, Soderbergh made Full Frontal which was shot mostly on digital video in an improvisional style that deliberately blurred the line between which actors were playing characters and which were playing fictionized versions of themselves. A film within a film, the title is a film industry reference to an actor or actress appearing fully nude (aka, "full frontal nudity"). Also in 2002, Soderbergh was elected First Vice President of the Directors Guild of America.

Following up Full Frontal stylistically was Soderbergh next project, K Street (2003), a ten-part political HBO series he co-produced with Clooney. The series was noteworthy for being both partially improvised and each episode being produced in the 5 days prior to airing to take advantage of topical events that could be worked into the fictional narrative. Actual political players appeared as themselves, either in cameos or fictionalized versions of themselves (as were the leads, real life husband and wife James Carville and Mary Matalin). The show caused a stir during the 2004 Democratic Primary when Carville gave candidate Howard Dean a soundbite during a location shoot that Dean then used in a debate.

Ocean's Twelve (2004), a sequel to Ocean's Eleven, has followed. The Good German, a romantic drama set in post-war Berlin starring Cate Blanchett and Clooney, was released in late 2006. The sixth pairing of Clooney and Soderbergh, Ocean's Thirteen, was released in June 2007.

In 2006, Soderbergh raised eyebrows with Bubble, a $1.6 million film featuring a cast of nonprofessional actors. It opened in selected theaters and HDNet simultaneously, and four days later on DVD. Industry heads were reportedly watching how the film performed, as its unusual release schedule could have implications for future feature films. Theater-owners, who at the time had been suffering from dropping attendance rates, did not welcome so-called "day-and-date" movies. National Association of Theatre Owners president and CEO John Fithian indirectly called the film's release model "the biggest threat to the viability of the cinema industry today." Soderbergh's response to such criticism: "I don't think it's going to destroy the movie-going experience any more than the ability to get takeout has destroyed the restaurant business." The film did poor business both at the box office and on the home video market. Nevertheless, Soderbergh is on contract to deliver five more day-and-date movies. In fall of 2006 he contributed a mini-essay on hotel pornography, along with an accompanying series of long-exposure photographs, to Anthem magazine's November/December issue.

In 2007, Soderbergh and Tony Gilroy contributed an audio commentary to the DVD re-release of The Third Man by the Criterion Collection.

On May 22, 2008, Che, which may be released in theatres in two parts titled The Argentine and Guerrilla, was presented in the main competition of the 2008 Cannes film festival. Benicio del Toro plays Argentine guerrilla Ernesto "Che" Guevara in an epic four-hour double bill which looks first at his role in the Cuban uprising before moving to his campaign and eventual death in Bolivia.

Soderbergh shot his feature film The Girlfriend Experience in New York in 2008. The film's lead actress is adult film star Sasha Grey.

He is developing his next directing effort, a 3-D live-action rock musical film based on Cleopatra's life, with Catherine Zeta-Jones in talks to play Cleopatra, and with music by the band Guided by Voices. Soderbergh and scriptwriter Jim Greer will rewrite the lyrics of the songs to fit the story. Hugh Jackman was approached to play Mark Antony but withdrew. Soderbergh plans to begin filming in April 2009.

Soderbergh often acts as his own director of photography under the alias of Peter Andrews and occasionally as his own editor under the alias of Mary Ann Bernard. While shooting Traffic, Soderbergh wanted a credit of "Photographed and Directed by". The Writer's Guild (WGA) wouldn't allow another credit ahead of the writer. Because Soderbergh didn't want his name used more than once, he adopted a pseudonym, Peter Andrews, his father's first and middle names.

A Warner Brothers film will have Soderbergh working with Matt Damon again. A true story, The Informant, will have Matt Damon playing the role of Mark Whitacre, a corporate whistleblower. Whitacre wore a wire for two and a half years for the FBI as a high-level executive at a Fortune 500 company, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), in one of the largest price-fixing cases in history. Filming is expected to commence on April 15, 2008. The script for the movie was written by Scott Z. Burns based on Kurt Eichenwald’s book, The Informant.

Soderbergh often utilizes Cliff Martinez to construct/compose the soundtracks to his movies, and when not cutting his own films, he relies on editor Stephen Mirrione.

Soderbergh has made big-budget Hollywood films as well as art-house independent films; works with above-the-title movie stars and unknowns; directs adaptations and original material, both of which written by himself as well as other screenwriters. His versatility is also apparent with the genres which he chooses to film and his trades as a filmmaker behind the scenes. Traffic screenwriter and Syriana director Stephen Gaghan named Soderbergh "the Michael Jordan of filmmaking" for his ability to assume so many distinct roles in film production.

While Soderbergh is enamoured of dialogue, Soderbergh's incorporation of score and montage are equally prevalent in his story-telling. Even Soderbergh's light-hearted affairs, such as Out of Sight and Ocean's 11, contain scenes where images and score are the dominant story-telling mechanisms. Films such as Solaris and Traffic are heavily layered in scenes absent of dialogue altogether. Cliff Martinez, a frequent collaborator with Soderbergh, composes many of the scores that provide Soderbergh with the thematic and sonic landscapes into which he inserts his characters.

But while Soderbergh's subject matter is highly varied, many of his films feature as a central theme the exploration of the act or moral consequences of lying. For example, the protagonists in two early films, King of the Hill and sex, lies, and videotape, are both pathological liars (one in training, one in recovery), while most of the characters in both Oceans films are con artists. It is interesting to note that he directed Spalding Gray in Gray's Anatomy after King of the Hill, an actor who often commented that he was unable to "make anything up". Full Frontal is another film in this thread, where seemingly the fundamental dishonesty of the entire filmmaking process is exposed. More distantly, Soderbergh's interest in rhyming slang, as seen in The Limey and the Oceans films, may be seen as part of this theme, based on the conjectured origin of rhyming slang as a language game.

Soderbergh has, nonetheless, been dubbed a stylistic chameleon by Anne Thompson of Premiere Magazine. Drew Morton has extensively researched Soderbergh and has tied him to a modern movement much like the French New Wave.

Soderbergh is married to writer/journalist (and ex-E! Entertainment Television anchor) Jules Asner. Soderbergh often credits Asner for influencing his female characters.

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Brad Pitt

Pitt was named Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine in 1995 and 2000

William Bradley "Brad" Pitt (born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and film producer, who has been cited as one of the world's most attractive men and his off-screen life is widely reported. Pitt has received two Academy Award nominations and won one Golden Globe Award out of four nominations.

Pitt began his acting career in television guest spots, including a recurring role on the CBS soap opera Dallas in 1987. He gained recognition as the cowboy hitchhiker who seduces Geena Davis' character in 1991's Thelma & Louise. Pitt's first leading role in a major film was in Interview with the Vampire (1994). He was cast opposite Anthony Hopkins in the 1994 drama Legends of the Fall, which earned him his first Golden Globe nomination. The following year came two contrasting, widely acclaimed starring roles, in the crime thriller Seven (1995) and the science fiction Twelve Monkeys (1995), in which he won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. Pitt received worldwide attention in the 1999 film Fight Club, for his role as Tyler Durden. Following the success of Fight Club, he was cast as Rusty Ryan in the 2001 film Ocean's Eleven, and its sequels Ocean's Twelve (2004) and Ocean's Thirteen (2007). He has had his biggest commercial successes with Ocean's Eleven (2001), Spy Game (2001), Troy (2004), the action-comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008).

Following a high profile relationship with actress Gwyneth Paltrow, and marriage to Jennifer Aniston, as of 2009, Pitt lives with actress Angelina Jolie, in a relationship that has attracted worldwide media attention. He and Jolie have three adopted children, Maddox, Zahara and Pax, as well as three biological children, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne. Pitt owns a production company named Plan B. Since his relationship with Jolie, he has become increasingly involved in social issues, both in the United States and internationally.

Pitt was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, the son of Jane Etta (née Hillhouse), a high school counselor, and William Alvin Pitt, a truck company owner. Along with his siblings Doug (born 1966) and Julie Neal (born 1969), he grew up in Springfield, Missouri, where the family moved soon after his birth. Growing up, he was raised as a conservative Southern Baptist, singing in the church choir.

While struggling in Los Angeles, he took a number of odd jobs, ranging from chauffeuring, being a delivery man, and dressing up as an El Pollo Loco chicken, to pay for his acting classes, in which he began studying with late renowned acting coach Roy London.

In December 1987, Pitt began his acting career in television guest spots, including a recurring role on the CBS primetime soap opera Dallas playing Randy, the boyfriend of Shalane McCall's character, Charlie Wade. Pitt described the character as "an idiot boyfriend who gets caught in the hay". During an interview with People magazine, he revealed, while questioned about his scenes with McCall, "It was real sweaty-palms time for me. It was kind of wild, because I'd never even met her before." His character spent five weeks in the show. In 1990 he co-starred in the short-lived television drama Glory Days.

Pitt's next film role was as Joe Maloney in Across the Tracks (1991), which he played a high school runner with a difficult criminal brother played by Ricky Schroder. He attracted broader public attention from a supporting role in the 1991 film Thelma & Louise, where he played J.D., a small-time criminal drifter who befriends Thelma (Geena Davis). His love scene with Davis, which showed Pitt shirtless and wearing a cowboy hat, has been often cited as the moment that defined Pitt as a "sex symbol".

The following year he re-united with his Too Young to Die? co-star Juliette Lewis, in which they appeared in Kalifornia (1993), a road movie in which he played a serial killer and Lewis playing Pitt's ex-girlfriend. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone in his review of the film, noted that Pitt's performance was "outstanding". In this same year he won a ShoWest Award for Male Star of Tomorrow.

Pitt's career prospects began to improve after being cast as vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac in the 1994 movie adaptation of Anne Rice's novel Interview with the Vampire. He was part of an ensemble cast that included Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst, Christian Slater, and Antonio Banderas. Although Pitt won two MTV Movie Awards, his performance was particularly criticized; Variety wrote: "Brad Pitt's Louis is handsome and personable, but there is no depth to his melancholy, no pungency to his sense of loss. He also doesn't seem to connect in a meaningful way with any of the other actors".

Pitt next took the portrayal of Jeffrey Goines in a supporting role in Terry Gilliam's 1995 science fiction Twelve Monkeys. The latter film received very positive reviews and was successful at the box office. His portrayal was particularly acknowledge, as Janet Maslin of the New York Times wrote: "Giving a startlingly frenzied performance, he electrifies Jeffrey with a weird magnetism that becomes important later in the film." Pitt won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, and received his first Academy Award nomination.

In the 1999 film Fight Club, the most successful film of his career to date, he played Tyler Durden, a straight-shooting but charismatic mastermind individual who runs an underground fight club. The film is an adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's novel of the same name. Fight Club was directed by Seven director David Fincher. To prepare for the role, Pitt took lessons in boxing, taekwondo, and grappling. For the cosmetics of his role, Pitt voluntarily visited a dentist to have pieces of his front teeth chipped off, which were restored after filming concluded. During promotion of the film, he noted his interpretation of the film: "The fighting is not necessarily 'take your aggressions out on someone else.' The idea is just to get in there, have an experience, take a punch more importantly and see how you come out on the other end." Fight Club premiered at the 1999 Venice International Film Festival. The film failed to meet expectations at the box office, and the film received polarized reactions from film critics. His performance, however, earned him good reviews from critics; David Rooney of Variety, noted that Pitt was "cool, charismatic and more dynamically physical" as Tyler Durden. David Edelstein of Slate magazine thought that Pitt played well into the embodiment of conceit.

In this same year, Pitt starred alongside Julia Roberts in the romantic comedy The Mexican. His next role was in the Cold War thriller Spy Game (2001) in which he starred alongside veteran actor Robert Redford, who played his mentor. Charles Taylor of Salon.com enjoyed the film, but noted that Pitt nor Redford "provide much of an emotional connection for the audience". The movie grossed over $143 million worldwide. Also in 2001, Pitt played the role of Rusty Ryan in the remake of the 1960s Rat Pack film of the same name, Ocean's Eleven. He starred alongside George Clooney, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, and Julia Roberts. The film was a box office success, earning $450 million worldwide.

He also made a guest appearance in season eight of the television situation comedy Friends, playing the role of Will Colbert, a man who has a grudge against Rachel Green's character. The following year, Pitt appeared on an episode of MTV's Jackass, in which he and several cast members ran wild through the streets of Los Angeles in gorilla suits. In a later Jackass episode, Pitt took part in a staged abduction of himself. In 2003 he lent his voice on an episode of King of the Hill, where he played Boomhauer's brother, Patch Boomhauer. Pitt's next film role was in the 2003 animated DreamWorks movie Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, in which he provided the voice of the title-hero, Sinbad.

In 2004 he starred in two films, Troy and Ocean's Twelve. In Troy, based on the Iliad, he portrayed hero Achilles. Before filming began for Troy, Pitt spent six months sword training, for the required role. During film production, he injured his Achilles tendon, delaying production for several weeks. The film was an international success, grossing $364 million. In North America however, it earned considerably less, grossing less than $133 million. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times, wrote that Pitt "plays this part quite well". The success of Ocean's Eleven led Pitt to return to the role in the 2004 sequel, Ocean's Twelve. Paul Clinton of CNN wrote: "Clooney and Pitt have the best male chemistry since Paul Newman and Robert Redford." The film was a big financial success, earning $362 million worldwide.

Pitt starred in the 2005 film Mr. & Mrs. Smith. The film, directed by Doug Liman, tells the story of a bored married couple who find out that they are both secret assassins. Pitt starred as John Smith alongside Angelina Jolie. The film was well received and was generally lauded for the chemistry between the two leads. The Star Tribune noted, "While the story feels haphazard, the movie gets by on gregarious charm, galloping energy and the stars' thermonuclear screen chemistry." The movie earned $478 million worldwide, one of the biggest hits of 2005.

Pitt's next feature film was in Alejandro González Iñárritu's critically acclaimed Babel (2006), starring alongside Cate Blanchett. His performance in the film was well received by critics, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer added that his performance was "credible" and gives the film "visibility". Pitt called the film "one of the best decisions of my film career". The film was screened at a special presentation at the 31st annual Toronto International Film Festival in 2006. Babel garnered a total of seven Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, one of which was a Golden Globe Award nomination for Pitt as Best Supporting Actor.

In 2007, Pitt reprised his role as Rusty Ryan in the third Ocean's film Ocean's Thirteen. The sequel, while not as lucrative as the first two, earned $311 million at the international box office. Pitt's next film role was the title character in the 2007 western drama The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Adapted from Ron Hanson's 1983 novel of the same name, it was directed by Andrew Dominik. The film was produced by Pitt's company Plan B and premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. Lewis Beale of Film Journal International said Pitt is "scary and charismatic". For his performance, he won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the 64th Venice International Film Festival; although Pitt attended the festival to promote the movie, he left early after being attacked by a crazed fan who pushed through his bodyguards, and he was not present to accept the award. The festival failed to ship Pitt the award, so he did not collect it until the 65th Venice Film Festival in 2008.

Pitt appeared in the 2008 dark comedy Burn After Reading, his first collaboration with the Coen brothers (Joel and Ethan). Burn After Reading received positive reception; Andrew Pulver of The Guardian called the film "a tightly wound, slickly plotted spy comedy". Pulver, who also rated the film four out of five stars, noted that Pitt's performance was one of the "funniest". He was cast as Benjamin Button, the lead in David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), loosely adapted from the 1922 short story of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald, about a man who is born an octogenarian and ages in reverse. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has grossed over $302 million worldwide. The film earned him a fourth Golden Globe, first Screen Actors Guild, and second Academy Award nomination.

Pitt's projects after 2008 include Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, scheduled for release in August 2009, where he plays Lieutenant Aldo Raine, an American resistance fighter battling Nazis in German-occupied France. He has signed on to appear in the Lost City of Z, where he will play a British explorer searching for a mysterious Amazonian civilization. Also in 2009, Pitt will appear in the drama The Tree of Life directed by Terrence Malick and starring alongside Sean Penn.

Pitt has appeared in television commercials designed for the Asian market, advertising such products as Edwin Jeans. He also appeared in a Heineken commercial which aired during the 2005 Super Bowl; it was directed by David Fincher, who directed Pitt in the feature films Seven, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Pitt, along with Jennifer Aniston and Paramount Pictures head CEO Brad Grey, founded the production company, Plan B, in 2002. Aniston and Grey are no longer partners in the company. Aniston, however, is still attached to many projects that were set up before her divorce from Pitt. The company produced the 2005 film, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp, as well as The Departed (2006), and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007). Pitt has been reluctant in discussing the production company in interviews.

Pitt, along with George Clooney and Matt Damon, support the One campaign, which help fight AIDS and poverty in Third World countries. He was the narrator of the public television series Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge, which discusses current important global health issues. In 2005, Pitt and Angelina Jolie visited Pakistan in November to see the impact of the 2005 Kashmir earthquake. The following year, Pitt and Jolie flew to Haiti and visited a school supported by Yéle Haïti, a charity founded by Haitian-born hip hop musician Wyclef Jean. In May 2007, Pitt and Jolie subsequently donated $1 million to three relief organizations in Chad and Darfur, affected by the crisis in Sudan's Darfur region. He is behind Not On Our Watch, an organization that focuses global attention and resources to stop and prevent mass atrocities such as in Darfur, along with Clooney, Damon, Don Cheadle, and Jerry Weintraub.

In 2006, Pitt created the Make It Right Foundation New Orleans and gathered a group of housing professionals together in the Hurricane Katrina-stricken city with the goal of financing and constructing 150 new houses in New Orleans' Ninth Ward. The houses are being designed with an emphasis on sustainability and affordability, with the hope that the project can and will be replicated throughout the city, with the assistance of Global Green USA, a national environmental organization. Thirteen architectural firms are involved in the project, many of which are donating their services. Pitt and philanthropist Steve Bing have each committed to matching $5 million in donations.

In 1995, Pitt was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 25 sexiest stars in film history. He has also twice been named the Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine in 1995 and 2000. Pitt has appeared on the annual Celebrity 100 list by Forbes magazine in 2006 and 2007, at No. 20 and No. 5. In 2007 he was listed among the Time 100 a compilation of the 100 most influential people in the world, as selected annually by Time magazine. He was credited with using "his star power to get people to look at places and stories that cameras don't usually catch".

In 2004, Pitt visited the University of Missouri campus to encourage students to vote in the 2004 US presidential election, in which he supported John Kerry. Also in 2004, he publicly spoke for funding tax-free embryonic stem-cell research. Saying, "We have to make sure that we open up these avenues so that our best and our brightest can go find these cures that they believe they will find." He also supported California's ballot initiative, Proposition 71, where federal government provide funding for research that use different types of stem cells, including adult and embryonic stem cells.

Starting in 2005, his relationship with Angelina Jolie became one of the most reported celebrity stories worldwide. After confirming that Jolie was pregnant in early 2006, the unprecedented media hype surrounding them "reached the point of insanity" as Reuters described it in their story "The Brangelina fever". Trying to avoid the media attention, the couple went to Namibia for the birth of their daughter Shiloh, "the most anticipated baby since Jesus Christ", as it had been described. Two years later, after confirming Jolie's second pregnancy again it fueled a media frenzy. For the two weeks, before the birth, Jolie spent in a seaside hospital in Nice, reporters and photographers camped outside on the promenade to report on the birth.

Pitt was also prominently featured in the December 2006 Art Issue of Vanity Fair. He is seen posing in a blue-colored photo in nothing but white boxer shorts, socks and holding a gun while appearing to be drenched with water. The cover promotes an article on the Robert Wilson video portraits, a production of LAB HD that includes numerous celebrities and noted personalities. This cover had drawn criticism from Pitt because, although he had signed a release for the image, he did not expect it to end up on the cover of Vanity Fair. The video portrait, which represents Pitt's first effort in avant-garde cinema, was exhibited at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.

In September 2008, Pitt donated $100,000 to fight California's November 2008 ballot, Proposition 8, initiative that would overturn the state Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. In discussion of this, Pitt said: "Because no one has the right to deny another their life, even though they disagree with it, because everyone has the right to live the life they so desire if it doesn't harm another and because discrimination has no place in America, my vote will be for equality and against Proposition 8.

In an October 2007 interview with Parade magazine, Pitt revealed that he is no longer a Christian or believes in an afterlife. In this interview, Pitt said: "There's peace in understanding that I have only one life, here and now, and I'm responsible." He is also a knowledgeable fan of architecture.

In the late 1980s and 1990s, Pitt dated several of his co-stars, including Robin Givens (Head of the Class), Jill Schoelen (Cutting Class), Juliette Lewis (Too Young to Die? and Kalifornia), who at sixteen was ten years his junior when they started dating. Pitt had a much-publicized romance and engagement to Seven co-star Gwyneth Paltrow whom he dated from 1995 to 1997.

Pitt met Friends actress Jennifer Aniston in 1998 and married her during an enclosed wedding ceremony in Malibu on July 29, 2000. For years their marriage was considered the rare Hollywood success. However, in January 2005, Pitt and Aniston announced that they decided to formally separate after seven years together. Two months later, Aniston filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.

As Pitt's marriage to Aniston drew to a close, he and actress Angelina Jolie were involved in a well-publicized Hollywood scandal in which Jolie was often painted as the "other woman", largely due to their chemistry during the filming of Mr. & Mrs. Smith. While Pitt denied any claims of adultery, he admitted that he "fell in love" with Jolie on the set, and said that production was still going on for Mr. & Mrs. Smith after he and Aniston had separated.

In April 2005, a month after Aniston filed for divorce, a set of paparazzi photos emerged that seemed to confirm the rumors of a relationship between Pitt and Jolie. The photos, showed Pitt, Jolie and her son Maddox at a beach in Kenya. During the summer, the pair were seen together with increasing frequency, and the entertainment media dubbed the couple "Brangelina". Pitt and Aniston's final divorce documents were granted by the Los Angeles Superior Court on October 2, 2005, ending their marriage. On January 11, 2006, Jolie confirmed to People magazine that she was pregnant with Pitt's child and thereby confirmed their relationship for the first time in public. In an October 2006 interview with Esquire magazine, Pitt admitted that he and Jolie will marry "when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able".

In July 2005, Pitt accompanied Angelina Jolie to Ethiopia, where Jolie adopted her second child, a six-month-old girl named Zahara; later Jolie indicated that she and Pitt made the decision to adopt the child together. In December 2005, it was confirmed that Pitt was seeking to legally adopt Jolie's two (adopted) children as his own; per the legal requirements, classified advertisements in the Los Angeles paper Daily Commerce announced the name change request. On January 19, 2006, a judge in California approved this request, and the children's legal surnames were formally changed to "Jolie-Pitt".

On May 27, 2006, Jolie gave birth to a daughter, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, in Swakopmund, Namibia by a scheduled caesarean section. Pitt confirmed that their newly born daughter will have a Namibian passport. People magazine paid more than $4.1 million for the North American rights, while British magazine Hello! obtained the international rights for roughly $3.5 million; the total rights sale earned up to $10 million worldwide, which became the most expensive celebrity image of all time. All profits were donated to an undisclosed charity by Pitt and Jolie. Madame Tussauds in New York unveiled a wax figure of two-month-old Shiloh; it was the first infant re-created in wax by Madame Tussauds.

On March 15, 2007, Jolie adopted a three-year-old boy from Vietnam, Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt, (originally Pax Thien Jolie). Since the orphanage does not allow unmarried couples to adopt, Jolie adopted Pax as a single parent, with Pitt later adopting him as his son domestically.

Following media reports suggesting Jolie might be pregnant again, she attended the 2008 Independent Spirit Awards in a close-fitting dress, indirectly confirming those rumors. In May 2008, Jolie confirmed on the Today show that she and Pitt were expecting twins. On July 12, 2008, Jolie gave birth to the couple's twins, a boy named Knox Léon and a girl named Vivienne Marcheline at the Lenval hospital in Nice, France. The rights for the first images of Knox and Vivienne were jointly sold to People and Hello! for $14 million—the most expensive celebrity baby pictures ever taken. The money went to the Jolie/Pitt Foundation.

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Ocean's Twelve

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Ocean's Twelve is a 2004 heist film that takes place after the events of Ocean's Eleven which was a remake of the 1960 film of the same name. As its predecessor the film is directed by Steven Soderbergh and used a celebrity ensemble cast. The film was released in the United States on December 10, 2004. The sequel, Ocean's Thirteen, was released on June 8, 2007 in the United States.

At the beginning of Ocean's Twelve, the eleven members of Ocean's Eleven are living their lives separately off the fortunes of their Vegas casino heist in the first film. Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia), the owner of the three casinos, confronts each member of the team in turn, demanding the team return his money, with interest. Benedict gives the team two weeks to come up with the money, which amounts to the original $160 million plus $38 million interest for a total of $198 million. The Ocean's Eleven members realize they are short $97 million which they must get in two weeks.

Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and the team decide to stage another heist to pay off the debt. Being too 'hot' to work in the US they pick a European target: the world's oldest stock certificate issued by the Dutch East India Company in 1602, worth approximately €2.5 million and kept in Amsterdam. While this amount will not pay their remaining debt in full, is enough to extend their deadline. The group manage to breach the security around the certificate, in part by physically lifting the building to achieve 'line of sight', but rival thief, François Toulour (AKA 'The Night Fox') (Vincent Cassel) beats them to the document and leaves a message for them.

Toulour is a notorious European thief trained by the legendary retired thief Gaspar LeMarque (Albert Finney) who believes himself to be the world's greatest thief. Toulour is the one who revealed the identities of the eleven to Benedict. Toulour was quite upset that his mentor, LeMarque, failed to correct a businessman who claimed Danny was the best thief in the world after hearing of the elaborate complexities of the eleven's Bellagio job. Toulour breaks 'rule number one' (revealing another thief's identity) in order to lure the team to Europe where he can propose a challenge—as going after the same object is the only way to determine who's the better thief. Both Danny's group and Toulour will attempt to steal the famous Coronation Egg within a week; the first to succeed will be declared the better thief. If Danny's team wins, Toulour will pay off the team's debt to Benedict. With no other options Danny accepts the challenge.

Meanwhile Europol detective Agent Isabel Lahiri (Catherine Zeta-Jones) who has a strong affiliation with the work of both Gaspar LeMarque and The Night Fox, is told of the heist by the Night Fox. Whilst investigating the scene, a hole left in the wall from an impossible shot leaves her to remember of her past romance with Ocean's associate Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt). Lahiri had mentioned of a man named 'Schumann' who had lifted a building at a certain time in the past. Lahiri immediately believes that Rusty used Schumann's technique to lift the building to achieve 'line of sight'. After this, Lahiri begins to track down Ocean's team, beginning with Frank Catton (Bernie Mac) whose fondness for pedicures made him the easiest to find. Whilst paying a visit to Rusty's apartment, Lahiri steals Rusty's phone, as well as makes out the appearances of both Danny and 'The Amazing' Yen (Shaobo Qin). Thus endangering their operation. Toulour further diminishes Danny's teams chances of winning by giving Lahiri a DVD of footage from his in-house security cameras which give away members of Danny's crew, whilst they were stealing paintings from Toulour's house.

Using this information, Lahiri is able to capture most of Danny's crew in their first attempt to steal the egg. The only people who get away are Linus Caldwell (Matt Damon), Basher Tarr (Don Cheadle), and Turk Molloy (Scott Caan). The remaining team devise a plan for a second attempt which involves a very reluctant Tess (Julia Roberts) masquerading as the famous actress Julia Roberts. During the attempt, famous movie star Bruce Willis (as himself) who is on vacation in Rome, recognizes who he thinks is 'Julia Roberts' and unintentionally interferes with their heist. They almost get away with the egg before Lahiri shows up and reveals them to be thieves. Whilst in jail, Linus' mother Mrs. Caldwell (Cherry Jones) disguised as a US official named Molly Star, manages their extradition.

Danny and Tess meet Toulour at Lake Como in Italy. At his home, Toulour delights in explaining how he was able to steal the egg by climbing to the roof of the Museum at dark without being detected by Danny's recon squad. Toulour, making use of amazing flexibility and some moves from the martial art/dance of capoeira, sneaks his way past the lasers and takes the egg. Danny then reveals to Toulour that Danny and his crew had in fact won the contest and that Toulour had stolen a fake. Danny and Rusty had previously visited LeMarque and learned the location of the real egg. Earlier in the film, the egg is shown to be transported from Paris to Rome in an armored car convoy, with many other fake eggs displayed as decoys. It is revealed that the real egg was in fact transported on foot by three disguised people who leaves the Museum in Paris shorty after the armored car convoy, carrying the egg in a knapsack. Danny, Linus, Basher, and Turk who all catch the same train as the three, stage a fight, so that Linus could switch the bag with an almost identical decoy bag. LeMarque also warned Danny and Rusty to assume that Toulor would always have them under surveillance. Hearing this, Toulour is crestfallen, and Danny gets the money that Toulour had given to LeMarque to hold in confidence when the competition was first proposed.

It is not until the end that the viewers realize that LeMarque was actually the mastermind behind the entire operation. By deliberately making Toulour feel inferior to Ocean's group, he manipulates Toulour into entering the competition. This is "the solution to all our problems" that he alludes to in the meeting with Daniel and Rusty. Toulour is the mark, and Danny's team is essentially a pawn of LeMarque. Their task is to simply acquire the egg, and then get caught. This convinces Toulour that he has won, although the contest is just misdirection. The reason LeMarque helped Danny and Rusty to destroy his apprentice, is because LeMarque had also wished to be reunited with his estranged daughter, which happens to be Agent Lahiri. Rusty arranged for Lahiri to be flown to her estranged father after Rusty and the crew were released from jail.

The result of the entire adventure is that Danny's group is now in the clear with Terry Benedict, the extraordinarily talented Toulour is disgraced (both in fortune and in reputation), and LeMarque is reunited both with his daughter and with the Fabergé egg he had stolen years earlier (his wife made him put it back). This illustrates the artistry of LeMarque, and why he is regarded so highly amongst those who perform the long con. This is the reason LeMarque is so apologetic to Danny and Rusty, and he claims "I'm still getting the better of you" at the end of their meeting. Reuben then meets with Benedict to pay him honestly and in full. During their conversation the camera zooms in on the Toulour in the background disguised as one of Terry Benedict's gardeners, implying that Toulour is either secretly working with Benedict, or plans to rob Benedict in order to prove himself once again and to get his money back.

The film ends with all of Ocean's Eleven celebrating in a private poker room. Lahiri walks in and slightly frightens the crew, until Rusty runs in behind her and reveals that they are back together.

The sequel was based on a spec script by George Nolfi called Honor Among Thieves that was originally intended to be directed by John Woo. The filming of Ocean's Twelve took place at many locations worldwide. United States film cities include Beverly Hills, California, Lake Forest, Illinois, Lincolnwood, Illinois, Winnetka, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California. In Europe, the crew filmed in Amsterdam, Haarlem, The Hague, Paris, Monte Carlo, Lake Como, Rome, and Castellammare del Golfo.

The film is replete with running gags culled from the first film, with several unique to particular characters. For example, despite the fact that Yen only speaks Mandarin, the characters seem to have little trouble understanding him, and vice versa. In addition, the only English words Yen speaks are curse words. Another gag relates to Pitt's character, Rusty; he is seen eating some sort of food, usually of fast-food quality, in nearly all of his non-stunt scenes. His tattoos are subject matter (most notably the one on his left arm) as he states that he talked to a doctor about getting his tattoo removed "but due to the location, he advised against it". In both films, whenever Daniel Ocean winds up in prison he is wearing a tuxedo, meaning it is what he is also wearing whenever he is released. In one of those instances, Rusty joked to Danny, "I hope you were the groom." Bernie Mac's character, Frank, likes to have both manicures and pedicures; this predictability aids in his arrest.

Another notable occurrence is the loss of Yen when the bag he is crammed into is lost at the airport. This reflects the scene in Ocean's Eleven when he was placed in a coin safe in the Bellagio's vault and locked in.

Jerry Weintraub made a small cameo as a highroller in Ocean's Eleven, and proceeded to make a silent, unrelated cameo in Twelve, as the annoying business man who brags about Danny to LeMarque. That second cameo suddenly became a small character in Ocean's Thirteen, named Denny Shields, who supplies the whales for Danny and the crew to win at Bank's casino. He is very regretful for causing the whole problem in Ocean's Twelve.

Throughout the allusions are made about some unusual aspect of Tess' appearance, namely that she looks "just like" someone, but who that is not clear until later in the film. In the penultimate act, Tess, played by Julia Roberts, is recruited into the con because "she looks just like Julia Roberts", in fact she looks so strikingly similar that she is able to fool Bruce Willis, one of Roberts' real life friends.

Linus, Matt Damon's character, quotes the lyrics to the classic Led Zeppelin song "Kashmir" in a scene with Danny, Rusty, and a theft organizer named Matsui (Robbie Coltrane). The other three men say seemingly nonsensical phrases; Linus, not knowing what to say on his turn, quotes the song, saying, "Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dreams, I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been." Later, Rusty and Danny tell him that what he said would mean, in code, that Linus had called Matsui's seven-year-old niece, who was confined to bed with a sickness that Pitt would not mention, a (very cheap) whore. Later, however, it is revealed that this was just the other characters having fun at Linus's expense (A "Lost in Translation").

This film introduces a series of oddly named cons, including the "Smuggler's Paradise," "Swinging Priest," "Crazy Larry," "Soft Shoulder," "Baker's Dozen," and "Hell in a Handbasket," none of which is described in detail, although all of them require more than three people. Additionally, the "Baker's Dozen" scheme requires a woman and "Hell in a Handbasket" requires a trained cat. In the end, they decide to use a "Lookie-Loo with a Bundle of Joy." As the viewer comes to learn, in this con they use Tess (who "looks like" Julia Roberts) to get close to the egg, then use her pregnancy (referencing Roberts' real-life pregnancy, or "bundle of joy") as an excuse to leave quickly.

During Bruce Willis's scenes, he is constantly told, "That moment where she doesn't talk to you at the restaurant? I knew." In response, Bruce later states to Tess, "If everyone's so damn smart how come the movie made $675 million worldwide?" This is in reference to Willis's hit movie, The Sixth Sense.

Topher Grace also makes a second appearance in which he destroys one of Rusty's hotel rooms. Grace states that he regrets the choices he's made by saying: "I quit the show, and totally phoned in that Dennis Quaid movie" referring to That '70s Show and In Good Company respectively.

When Isabel asks Tess, or "Julia Roberts" for her autograph, Tess signs with her right hand, even though Julia Roberts is left handed. In reality, Julia Roberts is ambidextrous.

In spite of extremely high box office expectations and a promising opening weekend, Ocean's Twelve did not fare as well as Ocean's Eleven, although by film industry standards it was still a financial success. By comparison with its predecessor, Ocean's Twelve grossed about $125 million in the United States and $351,331,634 after its worldwide theatrical run, while Ocean's Eleven made about $184 million domestically and grossed $444,200,000 worldwide in its entire box office run.

The movie received tepid reviews overall, receiving a rating of 58% at Metacritic. The film was criticized for its slow start, its complex plot and a final twist that negated much of the preceding action. The Washington Post's Stephen Hunter said that "it all ends on one of those infuriatingly sloppy notes where, having dramatized narrative events for us, which we have taken on good faith, it suddenly and arbitrarily delivers narrative events which completely invalidate events ." Many viewers and critics also felt the movie was a thinly veiled excuse for several A-list actors (including Clooney, Pitt and Damon) to work on a project together. Newsweek said that "while it looks like the cast is having a blast and a half, the studied hipness can get so pleased with itself it borders on the smug." Claudia Puig with USA Today remarked, "At the rate things are going, all of Hollywood will put in about a day's work on Ocean's Seventeen." More mercifully, Roger Ebert concluded his review this way, "The movie is all about behavior, dialogue, star power and wiseass in-jokes. I really sort of liked it." Ocean's Twelve was rated by Entertainment Weekly as one of the "The 25 Worst Sequels Ever Made".

Despite its poor critical response, the film won a BMI Film Music Award, received by composer David Holmes. The film was nominated for several other festival awards.

The original soundtrack to Ocean's Twelve was released by Warner Bros. Records on December 7, 2004. David Holmes returned to compose the music for the film and won a BMI award. His songs "Amsterdam" and "I Love Art...Really!" were released as singles and do not appear on the commercial soundtrack. The soundtrack is also absent of the music used during the Nightfox "laser-dance" sequence in the film. The clip is from a track called "Thé à la Menthe" performed by La Caution, according to the film's end credits. The track titled "The Real Story" is different on the commercial soundtrack than it is in the film, which uses "Rito a Los Angeles" by Giuseppe De Luca, featuring part of the main riff of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. The music Benedict plays on the piano when he comes to visit Basher is called "Requiem for a Dead". It was written and performed by Andy Garcia. The track that plays as Lahiri cracks Matsui is "El Capitalismo Foraneo" by Gotan Project. "Ascension to Virginity" was taken from the 1968 movie Candy where it likewise appeared in the epilogue -- the version on the soundtrack is the full length version from the Candy soundtrack LP.

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