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Former Mma star Gina Carano, who rose to fame following her starring role in Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 action-thriller film Haywire – although she had previously appeared in low-budget actioner Blood and Bone alongside Michael Jai White – returns to the action genre, and a leading role, with In the Blood, the latest film from actor/director John Stockwell (Cheaters, Crazy/Beautiful).
In the Blood sees Ava (Carano) and Derek (Gigandet), a newly married couple, honeymooning in the Caribbean who are befriended by a local hustler, Manny (Cordova), who talks them into going to a night club where they get into a fight with the locals. The next day, whilst out zip-lining with Manny, Derek gets into an accident and is taken to hospital. However when Ava shows up looking for her husband, »
- Phil Wheat
Lesson learned this week on Broadway: if he does not like what you wrote about him, James Franco will call you “a little bitch”. Franco, who made his Broadway debut this week in Of Mice and Men opposite Bridesmaids charmer Chris O’Dowd, took on the New York Times’ Ben Brantley on Instagram, making it the 453rd silly thing he’s done this year. (Or is it incredibly shrewd and constant self-promotion? One cannot be sure.) In more benevolent news, a bevy of much-loved stage, film, and TV triple threats returned to their roots, including Audra McDonald (channeling the haunted spirit of Billie Holiday, »
- Jason Clark
The Magic Mike sequel is oiling up and ready to get busy: Warner Bros. confirms to People that the flick is due July 3. 2015, with with, of course, star Channing Tatum returning. But as for that rumored title - Magic Mike: Xxl- it's not certain and might change, insiders say. Here's five more things to know about the sexy sequel: 1. Some of the Original Cast Might Be Returning"I think everybody's gonna be back, I think, and obviously nobody's deals are done," Magic Mike writer and star Channing Tatum told MTV at the Movie Awards Sunday. Insiders say some of »
- Jeff Nelson
Claim To Fame
Thirty-nine-year-old Josie Ho has been featured in more than 30 films since 1994, but Teddy Chen’s 1999 actioner “Purple Storm,” in which she plays a ruthless female terrorist, earned her supporting actress noms at the Golden Horse and Hong Kong Film festivals. Variety’s Derek Elley called her presence in the pic “electric.”
To Heir Is Divine
The daughter of Macau gambling magnate Stanley Ho, one of the world’s richest men, she knew early on that she aspired to a life in showbiz, especially after hanging around family friends — like Jackie Chan. “I trained to be a singer, but after I met those guys, I decided I wanted their lives,” she says. “It looked fun!”
Her Own Woman
Ho is grateful her traditional Chinese family let her work in the real world and didn’t finance her career. She co-founded 852 Films in 2009; the shingle’s latest film, badminton pic “Full Strike, »
- Carole Horst
Ryan Piers Williams currently lives in NYC and started making films when he was 12 years old in El Paso, Texas. Upon graduation he worked for Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney on several productions including "Ocean's 12," "Good Night and Good Luck," "The Good German," and "Ocean's 13." He wrote and directed "The Dry Land" (Sundance 2010), and "Kilimanjaro" (SXSW 2013). "X/Y" is his second feature.Biggest challenge in completing the film? I wrote, directed, produced, and acted in X/Y. The biggest challenge I faced in making the film was to perform all of my duties without sacrificing the integrity of the project. It required me to be extremely prepared and exercise a great deal of discipline - while at the same time being flexible and willing to embrace the imperfections in the process. I was also very fortunate to have a seasoned team of producers, crew, and actors who were very »
According to the Mirror, the couple who spent three months apart to in order to work on their marriage, appeared to be quite at ease in each other's company.
The 44-year-old actress, who looked elegant sporting a blunt fringe hairstyle with long-sleeved black dress with a plunging neck, proudly showed off her wedding ring while they attended the director Steven Soderbergh's event.
Douglas, 69, donned a matching black suit without a tie. (Ani) »
- Lohit Reddy
In keeping with the tradition of celebrating our nation’s birth by grilling up a lot of weiners, Magic Mike Xxl will grind and thrust its way into theaters on July 3, 2015, adding to the insanity of an already crowded summer release schedule. Magic Mike Xxl will be going pec to pec with Terminator: Genesis, set to be released on July 1. I have a feeling they aren’t targeting the same audience, though.
Magic Mike was a surprise hit for Warner Bros., bringing in well over $150 million on a $7 million budget. But it was a pretty self-contained story, and without director Steven Soderbergh behind the camera, I don’t know if they can elevate the cliched and cheesy aspects as well as the first film did. Also, didn’t he quit stripping at the end? Is it going to be Magic Mike Xxl: Return of the Thong? Dear Lord, I hope not. »
- Mily Dunbar
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are together again on the red carpet. The couple, who decided to step back and evaluate their marriage last June, hit a red carpet event together for the first time together since their break on Tuesday for opening night of The Library at The Public Theater in New York City. The off-Broadway play, starring 17-year-old Chloë Moretz, concerns the aftermath of a school shooting and is directed by Steven Soderbergh, who directed both Douglas, 69, and Zeta-Jones, 44, in 2000's Traffic.The couple looked relaxed and happily posed for photos, with Zeta-Jones in a plunging black dress and sporting blunt bangs. »
- Michelle Tauber
Is Megan doomed on Mad Men? Certainly, her marriage to Don seems to be on the rocks, but there are also those persistent rumors that Megan could be murdered, à la Sharon Tate — a theory strengthened by many could-be clues in last Sunday's season premiere. When Vulture caught up with Jon Hamm last night at the Public Theater’s opening night fête for The Library — he was positively beaming when his longtime girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt, who stars for director Steven Soderbergh in the play, emerged at the after-party — we asked for his take on the Megan-is–Sharon Tate line of thinking. "I don’t give very much credence to it," said Hamm. "Although, certainly it was on people’s minds in the world of the show. It’s an interesting theory, but I don’t know how much validity there is to it. But it’s a great compliment that »
- Jamie Sharpe
Writer-director Brin Hill is bringing his first feature since 2008 to Tribeca this year, after working as a writer on films like "Won't Back Down" and "Battle of the Year." Looking to Steven Soderbergh for inspiration and working with writer Joss Whedon ("The Avengers," "The Cabin in the Woods," and "Toy Story"), Hill is excited for the Tribeca audience reception of "In Your Eyes." Tell us about yourself: I was a kid in Boston and a teenager in Santa Monica, from salty to sunshine, as if were. I’ve always been a filmmaker, but I’m also a recovering B-Boy and record digger, a decent two-guard who played college hoops, a creator of some cool branded entertainment, a teller of humorous stories about my seminal Little League experiences over a couple Jamesons, and a guy who nerds out on pulp and weird fiction. I’m excited for Tribeca audiences to see "In Your Eyes, »
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas are making it work. Eight months after the famous couple separated to "evaluate and work on their marriage," the A-list actors reunited on the red carpet Tuesday night. Zeta-Jones—who also debuted new blunt bangs—joined her husband of 13 years for The Library's opening night at The Public Theater in New York City. The actress, 44, and the actor, 69, have been spotted together often in recent months, but this marked the first time they attended an official event since separating. They were supporting director Steven Soderbergh, who created the play. Zeta-Jones worked with the filmmaker on Traffic, Ocean's Twelve and Side Effects, while Douglas worked »
The brilliant and hilarious stripper comedy Magic Mike, which sadly included no actual magic, was a bit of surprise hit when it first arrived in 2012. A sequel was quickly announced and now we have confirmation of the exact release date. The aptly titled Magic Mike Xxl will get people hot under the collar from 3rd July 2015. It’s a prime summer spot, especially in the Us where they’ll be celebrating Independence Day the very next day, and what better way to celebrate?
The original film was directed by Steven Soderbergh whereas the sequel will promote the first assistant director of Magic Mike, Gregory Jacobs, to the director’s chair. Channing Tatum is set to return, but there’s still no word on other cast members such as Matthew McConaughey. Tatum will also be contributing to the writing process, which is understandable as he used to work as a male stripper. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
If you want a vivid example of how a director can shape (or reshape) a play, compare the author’s description of the set for The Library with what actually appears on the Public Theater’s Newman stage. In his script, Scott Z. Burns details the scene of a Columbine-like massacre with (among other naturalistic indicators) backpacks, bookshelves, books scattered everywhere, a charred sofa, fallen chairs, and bloodstains on the carpet. But what the director Steven Soderbergh (working with the designer Riccardo Hernandez) gives us instead is the antiseptic inside of a white lacquer box. It looks like the meditation room of a moon colony, with almost no props, let alone those bloodstains. Which is apt, I suppose; The Library is the chicest high-school mass-murder drama yet.Soderbergh has directed for the theater before, but is obviously best known for his films, and his work here demonstrates not just the »
- Jesse Green
The title of Scott Z. Burns's first play is “The Library,” but its poster eschews books in favor of a single image: a gun on a plain white background. On closer look, however, there is a book on this poster. The spine of the Holy Bible runs along the length of that firearm. Surprisingly, “The Library,” which opened Tuesday under the direction of Steven Soderbergh at the Public Theater, doesn't have a lot to say about America's gun laws – or lack of them. Burns, screenwriter for Soderbergh's “Side Effects” and “Contagion,” wisely focuses his drama instead on telling a. »
- Robert Hofler
Warner Bros. wants you to celebrate Independence Day 2015 with ripped abs, greased-up pecs, g-strings, and dollar bills. The studio has revealed that "Magic Mike 2" will be released July 3, 2015, according to Deadline. Channing Tatum is returning in the title role in the sequel to the surprise 2012 hit directed by Steven Soderbergh. It was inspired by Tatum's days as a male stripper; he and Soderbergh co-produced and helped finance the film themselves. Soderbergh's longtime collaborator Gregory Jacobs is directing this time around. The sequel -- reported to be titled "Magic Mike Xxl" -- will provide counter-programming to the usual summer blockbuster fare. "Terminator: Genesis" opens two days earlier, and other July 2015 openers include "Despicable Me: Minions" the Peter Pan adaptation "Pan," and Marvel's "Ant-Man." The original "Magic Mike" also starred Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello. It earned a huge $113.7 million domestically, and spawned a forthcoming Broadway musical. »
- Dave Lewis
. Steven Soderbergh’s film Magic Mike, about sensitive beefcake dancer Mike Lane and based on the real-life exploits of former male-revue-fleshpot-turned-actor Channing Tatum, became a sensation in 2012. The film grossed $167 million worldwide and launched its lead into stardom. Since then, the stripper-with-a-heart-of-gold story has been bandied about with regards to a sequel and a Broadway musical. Collider brings word that part two of Tatum’s tale (he’s been writing the script this go-round) is moving forward and will possibly head before the cameras later this year. During press rounds for Sabotage, star Joe Manganiello (who played stud Big Dick Richie in the first film) gave up the goods: “Yeah, it’s gonna happen this fall. I think...
- Alison Nastasi
Any film that proves to be a box office smash hit virtually guarantees itself a pre-approved sequel, and 2012’s Magic Mike is no exception. Thanks to great reviews and a $167 million international return on a $7 million budget, Magic Mike 2 – or more specifically, Magic Mike Xxl – will arrive in cinemas on July 3rd, 2015.
Magic Mike was loosely based on the experiences of the film’s producer and star Channing Tatum, back in his days as an 18 year old stripper. Co-starring Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello and Matt Bomer, the film enjoyed critical, as well as commercial success. According to a recent interview with MTV, Tatum and writer/producer Reid Carolin have been writing the sequel for several months already.
This one will be a road trip movie. Without giving a lot away, we don’t wanna make it a really serious, slice-of-life movie. We want to have reality in it, »
- Sarah Myles
The release date for Magic Mike 2 has been confirmed.
The much-anticipated sequel, titled Magic Mike Xxl, will be released on July 4, 2015.
Speaking about the sequel, Tatum recently told MTV: "I think everyone's gonna be back. Obviously no-one's deals are done which is always kind of scary."
He continued: "This one will be a road trip movie. Without giving a lot away, we don't wanna make it a really serious, slice-of-life movie. We want to have reality in it, but we don't want to make it some dark drama.
"There was some darkness in the last one that I think surprised people and shocked people."
The original film made more than $167 million at the worldwide box »
Attention women and gay men everywhere: Your American Dreams are about to come true.
Warner Bros. announced Tuesday that the hotly anticipated sequel Magic Mike Xxl will be released July 3, 2015, just in time for Independence Day. The original 2012 film was directed by Steven Soderbergh and starred Channing Tatum, and was loosely based on the actor’s own experiences as a young male dancer. Tatum is currently writing the sequel, which will be directed by Gregory Jacobs, Soderbergh’s assistant on the first film and many of his other work.
Hopefully Channing was able to get some inspiration Sunday night at »
- Jake Perlman
Just weeks after securing director Gregory Jacobs, the Magic Mike sequel, currently titled Magic Mike Xxl, has been given a July 3, 2015 release date. The sequel currently has the date all to itself, but it will debut just two days after Paramount's Terminator: Genesis opens on July 1, 2015.
Channing Tatum is co-writing the script with his Magic Mike collaborator Reid Carolin. The actor recently spoke about the writing process in an interview with MTV, where he revealed that he has been working on the script with Reid Carolin for the past two months.
"[We started writing] probably like two months ago. With my partner Reid I was like, 'Ah it'll write itself, it's fine'-not the case. Not the case at all."
It has been widely believed that the rest of the Magic Mike cast, including Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello, Alex Pettyfer and Matthew Bomer are returning. While no deals have been signed yet, Channing Tatum »
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