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Was Matthew McConaughey smart or stupid to say no to 'Magic Mike Xxl'?

19 hours ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Three years ago, the original "Magic Mike" was part of the first wave of the McConaissance. As the older but wiser stripper Dallas, Matthew McConaughey won the Supporting Actor award from the Gotham film critics and there was even talk of an Oscar nomination. However, he took a pass on reprising his role in this summer's sure-fire hit "Magic Mike Xxl." -Break- While McConaughey was doing the rounds to talk up playing Dallas back in 2012, he was already filming "Dallas Buyers Club." Much was made of his dramatic weight loss for that role and he won the Best Actor Oscar in 2013. Since then, he has headlined "Interstellar" for Christopher Nolan, which under performed commercially and critically last year, and the upcoming "Sea of Trees" for Gus Van Sant, which divided the critics in Cannes.  Wouldn't he have benefited from the boost of a cameo in this crowd-pleasing blockbuster? Is he in danger of. »

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Magic Mike Xxl movie review: crotch watch

22 hours ago | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A cringe-worthy jamboree of dimbulb manflesh that’s even more embarrassing than the first film. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): didn’t like the first film, don’t like Channing Tatum, don’t find stripping sexy

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

If you want a picture of the future, imagine Channing Tatum grinding his crotch in a human face, forever.

You think I exaggerate? Between this cringe-worthy jamboree of dimbulb manflesh (and that of the first film, which wasn’t even this embarrassing) and Fifty Shades of Grey’s celebration of abuse as romantic, Hollywood has gotten a warped idea about What Women Want. Expect more of it, soon. Because plenty women have embraced these things. (Magic Mike earned $167 million worldwide on a paltry budget of $7 million. Xxl will do at least as well, because there’s nothing audiences love »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Magic Mike Xxl review: “The feel good movie of the summer”

1 July 2015 12:50 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Magic Mike Xxl review: Feels like a lighter version of the first movie – dumbed down but pumped up to the max, which might make it the best comedy of the summer so far. Magic Mike Xxl review

It’s a muggy Monday evening in a Leicester Square cinema and I’m sat three rows back in a recently refurbished Empire. Tonight’s screening is running late, unusually by around twenty minutes or so. Thinking something is technically wrong with the screening gear, we fear the worst, but a few moments later Channing Tatum enters the auditorium with a few buddies and a massive entourage, and the packed audience erupts. Just a few feet away from the man himself I find myself, a happily marred man in his late thirties, screaming the handsome one’s name with what seems to be an audience made up of 80 percent women. Welcome to the world of Magic Mike Xxl, »

- Paul Heath

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Taylor Kitsch Teases Tough Road Ahead For His Character In 'True Detective' Season 2

30 June 2015 12:52 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

**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

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Taylor Kitsch Teases Tough Road Ahead For His Character In 'True Detective' Season 2

30 June 2015 12:52 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

**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

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Joe Manganiello Explains Why Matthew McConaughey and Alex Pettyfer Aren't in Magic Mike Xxl

30 June 2015 12:50 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

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, »

- Shannon-Vestal

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Channing Tatum is back to the grind in interview for Magic Mike Xxl

30 June 2015 11:01 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

“We’re like healers… or something.”

Yes, that’s Donald Glover, explaining the role of male strippers in the newest trailer for Magic Mike Xxl. Who knew Childish Gambino was even in this tongue-in-cheek, clothing-optional sequel?

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 BomerAdam 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:

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- Sasha James

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Male Strippers Review ‘Magic Mike Xxl': ‘It Was Very Much Like a Documentary’

30 June 2015 10:57 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.

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- Ramin Setoodeh

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John Heard, Cloris Leachman, Jacinda Barrett Join ‘So B. It’ (Exclusive)

30 June 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John Heard, Cloris Leachman, Jacinda Barrett, Dash Mihok and Jessica Collins have been cast in road-trip drama “So B. It,” Variety has learned.

Variety reported in May that Alfre Woodard and Talitha Bateman would star in the adaptation of Sarah Weeks’ young adult novel.

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.

Producers are Branded Pictures Entertainment’s J. Todd Harris and Orien Richman. Exec producers are Outside the Box Productions’ Adam Tenenbaum and Michael Nelson; Marc Marcum co-produces.

Production is set to begin July 13 in Los Angeles.

Heard recently guest starred on “Modern Family” and has a recurring role on “NCIS: Los Angeles.” Leachman will be seen next in “This Is Happening” and “Scouts vs. »

- Dave McNary

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Box Office: ‘Terminator Genisys,’ ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Face Off Over Independence Day

29 June 2015 2:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.

After all, nostalgia can be a powerful weapon — a force potent enough to erase memories of “Escape Plan,” “Sabotage” and a litany of recent Ahnold box office duds.

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

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'Magic Mike Xxl' (2015) Movie Review

29 June 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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

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Film Review: ‘Magic Mike Xxl’

29 June 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Magic Mike Xxl review: The film you feared the original would be

29 June 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

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, »

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Magic Mike Xxl review: like watching pained strippers dryhump

29 June 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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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Ant-Man Buzz Grows With Solid First Reactions; Post-Credits Sequences Are “Huge”

26 June 2015 8:51 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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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

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Why Jada Pinkett Smith's Presence in Magic Mike Xxl Changes the Dynamic

25 June 2015 2:59 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

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. »

- Shannon-Vestal

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Watch: Get Grindin' With 7 New Clips From ‘Magic Mike Xxl, Plus Channing Tatum Performs ‘Mike’ Scenes Written By Kids

24 June 2015 2:41 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

“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

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Disney incubating new Charles Darwin movie

24 June 2015 12:09 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Mouse House to make naturalist biopic, six years after box-office failure of Creation, starring Paul Bettany

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

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True Detective: Season Two Ratings

23 June 2015 5:47 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

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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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Charles Darwin Movie in the Works at Disney

23 June 2015 11:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.”

The screenplay was written by John Collee based on the biography “Annie’s Box,” written by Randal Keynes, Darwin’s great-great grandson. “Creation” grossed less than $1 million worldwide.

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- Dave McNary

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