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**Spoilers Ahead** No, "True Detective" is nothing like the first season with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson — but that's not a bad thing. Season two is shaping up to be its own fascinating beast, and two episodes deep, there is still so much more to unravel. And one character that is still somewhat enigmatic is highway patrolman Paul Woodrugh. All we know thus far is that he's been sidelined from his job thanks to a celebrity making a baseless accusation that he requested sexual services to get her out of a jam. He's broken up with his girlfriend with whom he's been emotionally distant, and there's a strange undercurrent in his relationship to his mother. However, chatting with The Daily Beast, Kitsch teases that we've only scratched the surface with his character and that there's tough path he'll travel as we go deeper into the season. Before we to that though, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
When we visited the set of Magic Mike Xxl, Channing Tatum made several lofty promises for this Summer's sequel, but costar Joe Manganiello (returning as "Big Dick Richie") is almost seeking to outdo him. With more definitive answers for the kind of movie this is (definitely a comedy) and how racy it's going to be (it's going to be "out there," he pledged), Manganiello has us even more excited for the movie. And not just that, in our interview with him and several other reporters on the Savannah, Ga, location, Manganiello spilled about fiancée Sofia Vergara, who was visiting him on set that day. Yes, he said the things you'd expect him to say, along with a little Tmi that might make you blush. Ready for Manganiello's antics? What are we going to learning about your character that we didn't learn in the last film? Joe Manganiello: This movie is an ensemble, »
“We’re like healers… or something.”
Newcomer – oh, god, the puns – Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect 2, The Hunger Games) joins the Channing Tatum-led cast that also includes hardbody eye candy (also professional actors) Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez, and Joe Manganiello.
Magic Mike’s creator Steven Soderbergh retired (sort of), passing along directorial duties to his longtime friend Gregory Jacobs, and Matthew McConaughey is nowhere in sight, but that won’t stop the Kings of Tampa. In the sequel, they go on the road to Myrtle Beach for a – wait for it – stripper convention.
Well, this should be fun.
We talked to Tatum, Bomer, Maganiello, and Rodriquez about just how much nudity is onscreen in Magic Mike Xxl:
- Sasha James
The critics have weighed in on “Magic Mike Xxl,” but how realistic is the Warner Bros. sequel starring Channing Tatum as a stripper on a road trip with his crew of exotic dancers? To find out, Variety asked two male strippers to review the film: Armand Peri, the owner of the New York’s Hunk-o-Mania nightclub, and Ahmed Rhodes, who goes by the stage name “GQ” — after the magazine.
What did you think of “Magic Mike Xxl”?
Armand: I really enjoyed it.
GQ: I am a veteran in this game. The first one only touched on the upscale Broadway Chippendales shows. This time, they did it right. They hit the other genres — the underground and the big stripfests. Now, in certain states, you cannot wear a full G-string. But overall, I didn’t even know it was two hours long, because that’s how into it I was.
Armand: I »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Stephen Gyllenhaal is directing from a script by Garry Williams, which chronicles the journey of a 12-year-old girl (Bateman) who decides to take a solo cross-country trip and leave the safety of her home life with her mentally challenged mother (Collins) and agoraphobic neighbor, portrayed by Woodard.
Production is set to begin July 13 in Los Angeles.
- Dave McNary
Arnold Schwarzenegger is hoping to reinvigorate his faltering film career this holiday weekend by breaking out a certain cyborg’s trademark sunglasses and leather jacket.
Paramount’s “Terminator: Genisys,” which finds Schwarzenegger back in his star-making role, is on track to debut to between $50 million to $55 million over its first five days of release and should pull in $30 million to $35 million over the July 4th weekend. The fifth film in the Terminator series debuts Wednesday across 3,700 locations. It looks at ongoing fallout from Skynet’s ill-conceived forays into artificial intelligence, following human resistance leader John Connor (Jason Clarke) on another time-bending adventure. Reviews have been lukewarm, with critics handing the film a 38% rotten ranking on Rotten Tomatoes.
The “Terminator” series has »
- Brent Lang
Magic Mike Xxl is what many were expecting 2012's Magic Mike to be only to end up with much more of a dramatic piece. Instead of carrying much dramatic weight, this sequel is more focused on bumping, grinding and the fun a carload of male strippers can deliver to anyone of any age as they road trip up the East Coast from Miami to Myrtle Beach. There isn't much of a story as much as a collection of scenes, and while you may ultimately find yourself caught up and enjoying each, there's a repetitive nature to each scene and the air almost comes out of the movie every time a new one starts. As much fun as Magic Mike Xxl may be, and as much as some audience members are going to appreciate the fact it's more about skin and gyrating hips, the amateur nature of the plotting does cause »
- Brad Brevet
One needn’t have spent much time on dating sites to know that guys have a tendency to exaggerate where size is concerned, so fans of Warner Bros.’ 2012 striptease sleeper should set their expectations accordingly over “Magic Mike Xxl.” Meanwhile, someone in the studio’s marketing department deserves a raise for so enticingly fluffing the title of a sequel that sheds the newbie (Alex Pettyfer), the emcee (Matthew McConaughey) and nearly all traces of plot, yielding an encore whose putative selling point is getting to know the fellas who shook their stuff in the next-to-buff. Trading the “A Star Is Born” angle for a rambling road-trip format, “Magic Mike Xxl” offers creative dance numbers for demos underserved by the original — post-menopausal divorcees, women of color and, in one odd scene, gay fans open to seeing these hunks in drag — but seems unlikely to measure up to its predecessor’s $113 million score. »
- Peter Debruge
Director: Gregory Jacobs; Screenwriter: Reid Carolin; Starring: Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash, Jada Pinkett Smith, Amber Heard; Running time: 115 mins; Certificate: 15
In some ways Magic Mike Xxl is the film that many feared the original might be (and wasn't), emphasising pelvic gyrations over narrative movement. Channing Tatum still packs a bagful of charm, along with his merry band of male strippers (minus Matthew McConaughey), but there is little point to the big reunion that sees them all driving down to South Carolina, except to stuff as many dollar bills in their pants as they can.
Indeed, the plot could have been ripped from the dully prolific Step Up franchise in which Tatum first made his name, with strippers from all over the country due to compete at a hotel on Myrtle Beach. At first glance it appears that Mike has left all that behind him, »
Our oiled-up heroes are en route to a male stripper convention – but it’s not just the clothes they’ve lost for this sequel. It’s depth, humour, narrative tension and Matthew McConaughey, leaving just a faintly demeaning, penis-free hen night
Those great big semi-unclothed hunks are back, with abs even more defined than ever, like roof tiles or armadillo scales. The guys are back to strut their increasingly uninteresting stuff in a shower of crumpled dollar bills from unironically whooping female fans. Actually, they always conclude their act pretty much knee-deep in greenbacks. Someone presumably has to sweep up the cash afterwards and make sure it is fairly distributed among the male erotic dancers. This grim business always happens off camera.
Related: Magic Mike Xxl trailer review: no doom, no gloom, just nipples
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- Peter Bradshaw
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There was a time when everyone thought that Ant-Man was destined to be Marvel’s first turkey, derailed by Edgar Wright’s unceremonious exit from the pic and a diminished scale in the wake of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Now, however, the first reaction are seeping out onto the web (along with a few new pics, as seen above), and the general consensus seems to be that, while the Peyton Reed-directed superhero flick is by no means a classic of the genre, it’s also not half-bad. Of course, there are already some nay-sayers in the mix.
As per usual, Twitter is the medium of choice for in-the-moment reactions, and all manner of press folk have opened up there about what they saw during Ant-Man‘s unveiling on the press circuit. Though full reviews are embargoed a while longer, check out some of the chatter below:
Ant-man is good. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Jada Pinkett Smith is one of the lucky ladies starring in Magic Mike Xxl, and as you've seen in the trailers, she's an emcee of sorts. Her character, "Rome," is actually a club owner at the stripper convention Channing Tatum and the boys attend in the film, and I had a chance to chat with the actress when I visited the set with a group of reporters last year. The actress opened up about her character, what her presence means for women, and whether anyone in the very-famous Smith family ever came to set. What can you tell us about how your character fits into the story? Jada Pinkett Smith: She's a friend of Mike's from the past; she has a unique club of her own, and he felt as though he would need her skills to help him put together a great show. Your character was originally written as a male. »
“We gave them no direction, just the title,” Jimmy Fallon explains. “We asked them to write scenes based on what they think a movie called ‘Magic Mike’ would be about.” And with that “Magic Mike Xxl” star Channing Tatum is put through the dog and pony show of late night TV, but hey, at least the segment is amusing. So for “Magic Mike Xxl,” Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer and Cody Horn are gone, but it’s interesting to see how much the sequel has diversified with their absence. Having much bigger roles in the follow-up film are Adam Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias and the cast also includes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donald Glover, Stephen "tWitch" Boss and Michael Strahan in not insignificant roles either (also new to the cast are Andie MacDowell and Elizabeth Banks). Read More: 'Magic Mike Xxl' Soundtrack Features Backstreet Boys, R. Kelly, Ginuwine, Jodeci, And »
- Edward Davis
In 2009, Paul Bettany starred as revolutionary naturalist Charles Darwin in Creation, which told of his struggles writing On the Origin of Species, and his grief following the death of his 10-year-old daughter, Annie. The film, based on a biography by Darwin’s great-great grandson, made just over half a million pounds worldwide.
Now, Walt Disney Studios is to attempt to reanimate the scientist in a new movie. Stephen Gaghan – whose previous script credits include Traffic and Syriana – is on board to direct from his own screenplay. He is currently about to direct Matthew McConaughey in a mining drama, Gold.
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- Catherine Shoard
Starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, the first season of True Detective saw its ratings grow over the course of the eight week season. Will the numbers continue to grow in season two with a new cast or will they decline? Cancelled by HBO or renewed for season three? Stay tuned.
On this season of True Detective, a bizarre murder brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal -- each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California. The cast includes Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch, and Kelly Reilly.
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Disney has launched development on a Charles Darwin movie with Stephen Gaghan on board to direct from his own screenplay.
The studio acquired an untitled pitch from Gaghan, whose credits include writing the Oscar-winning “Traffic” and directing “Syriana” from his own script. Gaghan is in pre-production to direct Black Bear Pictures’ mining drama “Gold,” starring Matthew McConaughey.
Darwin, the English naturalist and geologist, established that all species of life have descended from common ancestors in his 1859 book “On the Origin of Species.”
Jeremy Thomas produced a Darwin movie, 2009’s “Creation,” starring real-life spouses Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany. That film, directed by Jon Amiel, focused on Darwin and his family as he struggled to finish “On the Origin of Species.”
Gaghan is »
- Dave McNary
Traffic writer-director Stephen Gaghan has apparently found a home away from home in the unexplored natural world. He’s currently in pre-production on Gold, a mining drama with Matthew McConaughey and Michelle Williams that will take place in the depths of the Indonesian jungle. And now, the Oscar winner has closed a deal with Disney to write and eventually direct a pitch he made that relates to famed explorer Charles Darwin.
Details were few and far between on the pitch, but it’s an adventure story about the British nationalist and geologist, whose work led to major breakthroughs in the fields of natural selection and evolution. It’s possible that the story could center on Darwin’s intrepid voyage to chart the coastline of South America, which took the form of a perilous five-year voyage on the Hms Beagle. Outside of that trip, which established him as one of the »
- Isaac Feldberg
HBO’s crime drama anthology series “True Detective” returned strong on Sunday with about 3.2 million viewers — its second largest audience to date — for its initial telecast.
The high for “True Detective” remains the show’s first-season finale in March (3.52 million), according to Nielsen. The series debuted in January of last year with 2.33 million.
The first season of “True Detective,” which was set in Louisiana and starred Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, captured five Primetime Emmy Awards. Season two of the series, starring Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn, is set in California.
Review: ‘True Detective,’ Season 2
Airing after “True Detective” on Sunday, the series premiere of Dwayne Johnson football comedy “Ballers” drew 2.16 million. This edges out the second-season premiere of “Silicon Valley” (2.13 million) as the network’s most-watched comedy episode since the series finale of “Entourage” in 2011 (2.61 million). Among current comedies, the highest for “Veep” has been »
- Rick Kissell
Born in New Jersey in 1961, Longo enjoyed a career spanning over thirty years; moving out to Los Angeles back in the early 1980’s he landed a recurring role on the hit TV series Alice, and films such as Sixteen Candles, Splash and Fletch. He was later cast in NBC’s Hell Town and the hit comedy movies Police Academy and Shakey Ground. Over the years Longo has been seen in some of Hollywood’s major TV shows and motion pictures alongside the likes of Bruce Willis in The Last Boy Scout, Matthew McConaughey in How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days and Naomi Watts in Mulholland Drive.
“When the team at Bohemia met with Tony they instantly feel in love with his natural charm and charisma, but also each of the managers had »
- Gary Collinson
Does the second season of True Detective match the first? Here's Michael's review
This review contains spoilers
2.1 The Western Book of the Dead
'I welcome judgement', says Detective Ray Velcoro towards the beginning of this opening episode of the second season of True Detective. What we know of him by the end of the episode suggests that he's probably lying but it's an interesting statement all the same, not least because of the position of the man who put the words in Velcoro's mouth.
Nic Pizzolatto delivered the first season with unknown expectations. A relative novice to the world of television, he enjoyed a unique freedom to craft his story and found it judged purely on its merits as a drama. The colossal critical success of his project means that this time round, judgement is very much on the agenda. Does he really welcome it?
He has shifted the action »
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