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Daniel Kasman: I'm glad to be discussing this film, which opened the New York Film Festival on Friday, with you Doug. Several friends and acquaintances of mine in the film world are either unduly fascinated by director David Fincher (along with Steven Soderbergh, brothers in cinema, I'd say) while an equal part seemingly has no interest in him whatsoever. I don't believe we've ever talked about him before, so I'd be curious to know what you thought of his work, and especially his work over the last decade or so, after Fight Club.
- Daniel Kasman
In his continually eccentric series of extracurricular activities, Steven Soderbergh has posted a black and white version of Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark. Here's what he has to say about why:
"So I want you to watch this movie and think only about staging, how the shots are built and laid out, what the rules of movement are, what the cutting patterns are. See if you can reproduce the thought process that resulted in these choices by asking yourself: why was each shot—whether short or long—held for that exact length of time and placed in that order? Sounds like fun, right? It actually is. To me. Oh, and I’ve removed all sound and color from the film, apart from a score designed to aid you in your quest to just study the visual staging aspect. Wait, What? How Could You Do This? Well, I »
The great celluloid vs. digital debate continues, and if you haven't seen it, you should definitely watch the Keanu Reeves-hosted doc "Side By Side" for an in depth look at the issue. On one side, you have early digital adopters like David Fincher and Steven Soderbergh. Then you have the purists like Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino, who have worked to salvage Kodak film stock and with the latter going one step further and vowing to take out Dcp projectors out of his New Beverly theater. Paul Thomas Anderson is another filmmaker hell-bent on shooting on film stock as well. But then there's Nicolas Winding Refn, the director of "Drive" who straddles both camps. A cineaste who recently joined PTA as a member of the The American Genre Film Archive advisory board, Refn is quite happy to shoot digitally. Filmmakers are usually divided on the subject, but Refn has a refreshingly non-purist view, »
- Edward Davis
Margaret here with a reminder to get your singles out and ready: the Magic Mike sequel has just added even more talent to its muscle-bound cast.
Next in line for a full-body wax are Community's Donald Glover (better known to some as rapper Childish Gambino) and morning show host / former NFL player Michael Strahan. Elizabeth Banks, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Andie MacDowell are also attached.
Warner Bros. also released an official plot synopsis for Magic Mike Xxl: Picking up the story three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, Magic Mike Xxl finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them. On the road to their final show, »
- Margaret de Larios
"I'm actually very snobbish about directors. I have to say no all the time," Brad Pitt told GQ in an interview for the magazine's upcoming issue. He went on to say that, "No is the most powerful word in our business. You've got to protect yourself... To leave home, it's got to be worth leaving." Pitt's self-diagnosed "snobbishness" about directors certainly hasn't gone unnoticed. Throughout his career, Pitt has worked with David Fincher (Seven) and Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Eleven) three times apiece, Andrew Dominik (Killing Them Softly) twice, and a slew of other great directors once each, including Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), Bennett Miller (Moneyball) and the Coen brothers (Burn After Reading). Additionally, Pitt's selectiveness has led him to starring in director David Ayer's (End of Watch) upcoming film Fury, a World War II tank drama that focuses on a crew of battle-hardened allied soldiers during a mission deep in enemy territory. »
- Jordan Benesh
Warner Bros. has announced that filming on the Magic Mike sequel has official started, and within their announcement, they've revealed a more complete cast list of actors returning, and those who are joining in on the fun for the first time. Come inside to find out who'll be making an appearance this time around.
From the press release:
“Magic Mike” stars Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias are reuniting for the hotly anticipated sequel “Magic Mike Xxl,” beginning production on September 29th, for director Gregory Jacobs. The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
Joining the returning cast, in brand new roles, will be Elizabeth Banks (“The Hunger Games” franchise), Donald Glover (“Community”), Amber Heard (“The Rum Diary”), Andie MacDowell (“Footloose”), Jada Pinkett Smith »
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Matt Zoller Seitz appreciates the "greatest sustained display of directorial virtuosity in the history of American TV." That praise is for Steven Soderbergh, who helms the first season of "The Knick" on Cinemax. Starring Clive Owen, it is set in a New York hospital circa 1900. He refers to the most recent episode as "the most exciting, horrifying, beautiful, and clever hours of filmmaking I've seen this year." The show and Owen will be competing for the first time at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards for possible nominations this December. Vulture -Break- The 28th American Cinematheque tribute to Matthew McConaughey gains even more presenters. With the event slated for October 21 at the Beverly Hilton, new names added are Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon, Cole Hauser, and producer Lili Fini Zanuck. Jimmy Kimmel will host the charity event honoring this year's Oscar champ for "Dallas Buyers Club." L.A. Ti. »
Kevin Smith is about as retired as Steven Soderbergh. Though he’s been comfortably hosting a podcast for sometime, his latest endeavor Tusk, a horror pastiche on The Human Centipede and Smith’s own films, has supposedly netted him enough money to finance Clerks III.
Smith announced the news on the podcast, “Hollywood Babble-On“, saying, “A year and change ago I was desperately trying to get Clerks III made for the 20th anniversary and that desperation — I must have reeked of it because I couldn’t f–king find money and shit. But it was Tusk, people going ‘Holy f–k, what else do you have?’ and I was like Clerks III and they’re like ‘done’. So, everybody that’s like, ‘He failed, he failed,’ I’m like ‘Thank you, I failed into doing Clerks III.”
What’s peculiar is that Tusk is tanking at the box office. It’s been a polarizing, »
- Brian Welk
More and more filmmakers are making the jump to work in television, where the stories that studios will never finance as mid-budget dramas can flourish as long-form narrative experiments. Cary Fukunaga and Steven Soderbergh have done significant work with True Detective and The Knick, respectively, for which each director took charge of the entire season, […]
- Russ Fischer
Magic Mike stars Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias are reuniting for the hotly anticipated sequel Magic Mike Xxl, beginning production on September 29th, for director Gregory Jacobs.
Joining the returning cast, in brand new roles, will be Elizabeth Banks (“The Hunger Games” franchise), Donald Glover (“Community”), Amber Heard (“The Rum Diary”), Andie MacDowell (“Footloose”), Jada Pinkett Smith (“Gotham”) and Michael Strahan (“Live with Kelly and Michael”).
Magic Mike Xxl is set for release on Wednesday, July 1, 2015.
Picking up the story three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, “Magic Mike Xxl” finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them. »
- Michelle McCue
Talking up "Gone Girl" with The Guardian, Fincher revealed that he will be directing every episode of HBO's remake of the U.K. cult series "Utopia". The remake received a series order earlier this year.
The group tries to prevent the next disaster predicted in the pages of the manuscript from happening as an organization, known only as The Network, hunts them down.
- Garth Franklin
Elizabeth Banks, Donald Glover and Michael Strahan are stripping down for "Magic Mike Xxl." The trio of actors have filled out the cast of the forthcoming sequel, joining a list of stars that includes Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias, Amber Heard, Andie MacDowell, and Jada Pinkett Smith. As previously reported, Matthew McConaughey will not be returning for the followup. In addition to the casting news, the first official synopsis for the film has been revealed: Picking up the story three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, the film finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blowout performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them. »
- Chris Eggertsen
The sequel to Steven Soderbergh‘s surprise hit “Magic Mike” has added two more comedic actors, with Elizabeth Banks and Donald Glover joining the male stripper dramedy “Magic Mike Xxl.” The now-filming sequel will see Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello reprising their roles from the first film, though without Matthew McConaughey. “Xxl” is set three years after the events of “Magic Mike,” and will see the guys on a road trip across the East Coast to one last show in Myrtle Beach. Also read: Michael Strahan Confirms He'll Be Stripping in ‘Magic Mike’ Sequel (Video) Amber Heard, Andie McDowell and Jada. »
- Linda Ge
Magic Mike Xxl has revealed its full cast and synopsis.
Returning stars Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias are joined by newcomers Elizabeth Banks, Donald Glover, Amber Heard, Andie MacDowell, Jada Pinkett Smith and Michael Strahan for the upcoming sequel to Magic Mike.
The official synopsis released by studio Warner Bros reads as follows:
But they want to do it their »
While David Fincher is no stranger to the small screen format (see our ranking of the 55 music videos he's directed to date), when it comes to actually getting behind the camera for TV episodes, he's hasn't quite jumped completely in the pool. Even though he's an executive producer on "House Of Cards," he only helmed the first two episodes. But with the upcoming "Utopia," it looks like Fincher is borrowing a page from his pal Steven Soderbergh, who dropped movies and headed to Cinemax to film the entire first season of "The Knick" (which you absolutely need to be watching if you're not already). Chatting with The Guardian, Fincher revealed that he will be behind the camera for every episode of HBO's remake of the U.K. series "Utopia." The project, which has been brewing for a while, was given a series order by the network earlier this year, with »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Talk about a strip tease.
After weeks of unofficial announcements and rumors, Warner Brothers has officially released the cast and first synopsis for Magic Mike Xxl. Channing Tatum once again stars as the title-role stripper in the sequel, which he wrote and is producing alongside Reid Carolin. New to the cast is Elizabeth Banks, Donald Glover, and Michael Strahan, who confirmed his casting on Monday’s Live! with Kelly and Michael after joking with Tatum multiple times that he was interested in a part in the movie when the actor was a guest on the morning talk show. The trio »
- Jake Perlman
Channing Tatum surprised a number of people when he and director Steven Soderbergh teamed on Magic Mike, a film loosely inspired by Tatum’s own experiences working as a stripper before he became a professional actor. The movie was a box office success ($167 million worldwide against a $7 million budget) as well as a critical success, and Tatum likewise earned praise for his emotionally-nuanced performance – in addtion to his looks and dance moves, of course.
Now a sequel, which is officially titled Magic Mike Xxl, has entered production for a theatrical release next summer. Principal photography on the project is now fully underway, as Tatum announced on Twitter earlier ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Warner Bros. has officially announced the start of production on Magic Mike Xxl, the sequel to Steven Soderbergh's 2012 break-out hit Magic Mike, which will again star Channing Tatum in the title role and co-writing the screenplay with Reid Carolin. Soderbergh will serve as cinematographer this time around, handing off directorial duties to Gregory Jacobs (Wind Chill) and along with Tatum and returning stars Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias, new roles will be played by Elizabeth Banks, Donald Glover, Amber Heard, Andie MacDowell, Jada Pinkett Smith and even Michael Strahan. Here's the official synopsis: Picking up the story three years after Mike (Channing Tatum) bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, Magic Mike Xxl finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house »
- Brad Brevet
I'm getting excited for Magic Mike Xxl (despite the fact that Matthew McConaughey won't be returning). And I'm excited even though original director Steven Soderbergh (who was able to guide his first film from a $7 million budget to a $167 million worldwide gross), won't be back either (actually he will, since he's shooting it under his alias Peter Andrews, which effectively provides new director Gregory Jacobs with the best sounding board ever). This movie will still, in all likelihood, rule. Channing Tatum is of course back and now he's got company. Elizabeth Banks and Donald Glover have joined the film along with Amber Heard, Andie MacDowell and Jada Pinkett-Smith. And it has a synopsis now too! Hit the jump to learn the (bodacious) plot basics for Magic Mike Xxl. In the film: Picking up the story three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, »
- Evan Dickson
Magic Mike Xxl sure is packing the star power, as filming on the sequel to Steven Soderbergh’s 2012 stripper hit starts today. Along with confirmation of the newest additions to the cast, Warner Bros. have dropped the official synopsis:
Picking up the story three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, “Magic Mike Xxl” finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them. On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to renew old acquaintances and make new friends, Mike and the guys learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways.
We’d already been teased with »
- Gem Seddon
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