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Exclusive: Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh is not retiring from filmmaking. He had said he would a while back. But really he’s going into TV. Soderbergh has done so well for HBO with “Behind the Candelabra” that I am told there is an announcement forthcoming about a new TV series.

Soderbergh will likely get a deal similar to Aaron Sorkin and Martin Scorsese, who make “The Newsroom” and “Boardwalk Empire” for HBO. That will keep Soderbergh busy until he wants to return to feature films.

Before I knew all this, I ran into him after the “Candelabra” premiere. I asked about the retirement. He said, “When Matt Damon saw the [huge] reaction tonight, he said to me, You’re done, aren’t you? And really, I thought yes, because that’s the best you can do.”

But earlier in the day, Soderbergh– whose credits include “Erin Brockovich,” “Sex Lies and Video Tape,” “The Informant,” “Contagion,” “Traffic” and so on–had not been able to confirm a retirement. His wife, Jules Asner, just said “Nyah,” when I mentioned it. Said the lovely Jules: “Everyone needs a break.”







Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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