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There’s a memorable story in Peter Biskind’s Down and Dirty Pictures, a great history of the 1990s indie-film boom, in which an upstart production company, eager to establish its bona fides, promises an absurd amount of money and unheard-of creative control to an in-demand filmmaker with a suddenly hot property to sell. The year is 1989, the company is Miramax, the filmmaker is a then-26-year-old Steven Soderbergh, the property is sex, lies & videotape, and the result was a renaissance. In the ’90s, startling, innovative, and personal films—by directors like Quentin Tarantino, Hal Hartley, Allison Anders, and Whit Stillman—flourished, buoyed by a new marketplace, and a hungry audience, that happily rewarded daring and creativity.Twenty-five years after sex, lies & videotape, it’s hard not to think of a similar scenario that played out much more recently but on a very different screen: Netflix buying the rights to »
- Adam Sternbergh
It looks like Dallas took his last dance in “Magic Mike.”
Director Greg Jacobs, who’s taking over the franchise for Steven Soderbergh, told IndieWire that the Oscar winner won’t hit the road with returnees Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello and Alex Pettyfer in the film’s latest installment.
“It’s a road trip movie and put it this way, it’s different enough that once you see it you’ll understand why we made a sequel,” he told IndieWire. “No one will be accusing us of making the same movie twice.”
- Maane Khatchatourian
Amber Heard will star in the male-stripper sequel Magic Mike Xxl, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The actress will appear with the first installment's cast of Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello and Alex Pettyfer (though not Matthew McConaughey). Gabriel Iglesias is also returning to the ensemble. Magic Mike Xxl, which began production several weeks ago, follows the lives of a group of male strippers. Gregory Jacobs is directing from a script co-written by Tatum and Reid Carolin, who penned the first installment. The first film's director Steven Soderbergh is returning as editor and cinematographer (though under his pseudonyms
- Austin Siegemund-Broka
While he’s spent more than a decade both producing and working as First Assistant director on the films of Steven Soderbergh, filmmaker Greg Jacobs is much more than just second fiddle. A utility player who wears several hats in the creative process, Jacobs has produced over two dozen films, acted as a second-unit director or assistant director on two dozen more, directed two feature-length films (2004’s “Criminal” and 2007’s “Windchill”), and has one more in the works. It’s a little film called “Magic Mike Xxl” which you may have heard of. But Jacobs is more than a jack-of-all-trades shortstop. He’s a creator, and his latest endeavor is “Red Oaks," a TV series he conceived and co-wrote for Amazon. A coming-of-age comedy set in the "go-go" '80s, “Red Oaks” centers on a college student trying to enjoy a last hurrah before summer comes to an end and his uncertain future begins. »
- Rodrigo Perez
Amber Heard has been cast as one of the new leads in “Magic Mike Xxl,” TheWrap has learned. Also read: Matthew McConaughey Not Returning for ‘Magic Mike’ Sequel Due to Gus Van Sant Film Channing Tatum returns as the titular stripper, who embarks on a road trip with his stripper friends from the first film, including Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello. Matthew McConaughey played their ring leader in the Steven Soderbergh-directed original, but due to a scheduling conflict because of his involvement in Gus van Sant's upcoming drama “Sea of Trees” he won't be reprising his role. »
- Jeff Sneider
Although the trailers and other marketing materials being utilized to sell "A Walk Among the Tombstones" will have you believing that it's another run-of-the-mill Liam Neeson thriller, it's not. The movie is intricate and beautifully done, with one of the finer Neeson performances in recent memory, a twisty crime movie plot (based on a Lawrence Block novel of the same name), and nary a superhero in sight. We recently got to chat with Scott Frank, the film's writer/director, who you might know from his long and illustrious resume that includes collaborating with Steven Spielberg ("Minority Report"), Steven Soderbergh ("Out of Sight") and several other people who aren't named Steven (including Jodie Foster, Kenneth Branagh, Barry Sonnenfeld and Aaron Sorkin). He's also one of the most sought after script doctors in Hollywood. During the course of the interview we talked about everything from the pressure of adapting well-known mystery novelists to the. »
- Drew Taylor
The Magic Mike sequel, Magic Mike Xxl, will, sadly, not feature Matthew McConaughey, but another romantic comedy veteran will appear. EW has confirmed that Andie MacDowell of Groundhog Day and Four Weddings and a Funeral fame is a new addition to the follow-up to 2012’s male stripper movie. Variety first reported the news.
MacDowell joins returning cast members Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, and Matt Bomer in the sequel, which has been described as a road trip movie. Gregory Jacobs, who served as first assistant director and producer on Steven Soderbergh’s first Magic Mike movie, will direct, but Soderbergh will acting as cinematographer, »
- Esther Zuckerman
A few casting stories have surfaced this afternoon. Briefly: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star Toby Kebbell is in early talks to take on the villain role in the Ben-Hur remake. The lovely Andie MacDowell will bring some femininity to the sequel Magic Mike Xxl. Anthony Mackie is in talks to join Sandra Bullock in the excellent-sounding political drama Our Brand Is Crisis. Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting. Just after casting Boardwalk Empire alum Jack Huston in the titular lead role, Variety reports that MGM and Paramount have entered talks with Toby Kebbell to play the villainous Messala in the Ben-Hur remake. Kebbell wowed audiences this summer as Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and most recently wrapped the antagonist role of Dr. Doom in The Fantastic Four. Timur Bekmambetov is onboard to direct Ben-Hur in anticipation of a February 26, 2016 release »
- Adam Chitwood
It's not alright, alright, alright. In a bit of disappointing news, director Gregory Jacobs confirmed on Wednesday, Sept. 17, that Matthew McConaughey will not be returning for the upcoming Magic Mike sequel. Jacobs, who took the reins for Magic Mike Xxl from the first installment's director, Steven Soderbergh, confirmed to IndieWire that the second Magic Mike movie will be decidedly McConaughey-free. The Channing Tatum-starring Magic Mike, which became a surprise hit at the box office when it earned $167 million worldwide on its $7 million budget, featured McConaughey, [...] »
Yep, Dallas’ last dance really was his last.
Magic Mike Xxl director Gregory Jacobs, who has taken the reins from Magic Mike director Steven Soderbergh, confirmed that sad, sad news in an interview with IndieWire on Wednesday. Filming for the sequel began at the beginning of September, and it’s been set for a July 1, 2015, release.
The absence of McConaughey’s strip club entrepreneur won’t be »
- Emily Blake
This isn't entirely unexpected, but we can put a big R.I.P. on the wishful thoughts that every Magic Mike cast member would be back for Magic Mike Xxl. Despite the global success of director Steven Soderbergh’s original film (the $7 million budget was rewarded with a $167 million worldwide gross), co-star Matthew McConaughey will not be returning. I'm not too surprised since the sequel is already shooting and we hadn't heard too much about his involvement. Magic Mike Xxl is being directed by Gregory Jacobs and will be shot by Peter Andrews (aka Steven Soderbergh) and edited by Mary Ann Bernard (aka Steven Soderbergh). And don't worry, it still stars Channing Tatum. Hit the jump for more on Matthew McConaughey not coming back for Magic Mike Xxl. Director Gregory Jacobs told Indiewire that McConaughey would indeed not be returning. Whether this was a creative or scheduling issue I don't know, »
- Evan Dickson
In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Let’s get right down to it, while Channing Tatum has said the entire cast would be back, Dallas, aka Matthew McConaughey, won’t return for the “Magic Mike” sequel. We spoke to “Magic Mike Xxl” director Greg Jacobs this week about his new Amazon pilot, “Red Oaks,” and the filmmaker, known for producing many of Steven Soderbergh’s films, including his current series “The Knick,” confirmed to us that McConaughey will not be back. And while cameras have rolled on the “Magic Mike” sequel—you’ll recall Soderbergh posting slates on Twitter over Labor Day weekend—Jacobs told us that was just second unit footage and the real shoot doesn't begin until the end of the month. Much of the cast—Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello—will reprise their roles, but it’s unknown beyond that who else is returning, and Jacobs said he couldn’t say much more. »
- Edward Davis
Late last month, Amazon released its third batch of series pilots, ahead of the premieres of any of the shows from the second batch. (“Transparent” is being released on the 26th, and I’ll have a bunch of content about that next week.) “Red Oaks” — a comedy about a teenage tennis pro at a New Jersey country club in the summer of 1985, created by Gregory Jacobs and Joe Gangemi, directed by David Gordon Green and produced by Steven Soderbergh— was easily my favorite of the five new pilots (you can watch it here), and I’m hopeful that after the round of costumer feedback concludes at the end of this month, Amazon will order it to series. I interviewed Jacobs — Soderbergh’s long-time 1st assistant director, an executive producer on Soderbergh’s Cinemax hospital drama “The Knick,” and director of the upcoming “Magic Mike” sequel — by email about the origins of “Red Oaks, »
- Alan Sepinwall
The New York Film Festival told us its main slate. We believed it. But it was hiding something. Revealed in an official press release (by an Nyff whistleblower??), Oscar-nominated documentarian Laura Poitras’s Edward Snowden documentary “Citizenfour” has been added to the festival's Main Slate line-up. The hush-hush film will have its world premiere Friday, October 10. The general public won't have to wait long to get its hands on the document: RADiUS, in association with Participant Media and HBO Films, will release the film on Oct. 24. According to the festival's update, Poitras was in-deep on a film about national security abuse in post-9/11 America when she was contacted via encrypted e-mails by “citizen four,” an Nsa insider aiming to blow the lid off the government agency's covert surveillance program. She took the message seriously. Five months later, Poitras and "The Guardian" reporter Glenn Greenwald were sitting in Hong Kong, chatting with "citizen four" a. »
- Matt Patches
Laura Poitras’s Edward Snowden documentary “Citizenfour” has been added to the line up of the upcoming London Film Festival (Oct 8-19). It will be given a special presentation on Oct. 17 and 18.
The film charts the meeting between Poitras, who was already working on a film about national Security, and her meetings with whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, at a time when Snowden was being hunted by U.S. security operatives.
Lff director, Clare Stewart called the film “hugely significant.”
- Patrick Frater
Documentary from filmmaker Laura Poitras, who met Snowden and reported on Nsa leaks, to receive UK premiere in London.
Citizenfour, Laura Poitras’ previously top secret documentary about Edward Snowden and the Nsa, is to receive its UK premiere at the 58th BFI London Film Festival (Oct 8-19).
The film, executive produced by Steven Soderbergh, will screen as a Documentary Special Presentation at this year’s Lff, screening on Oct 17 and Oct 18 - just a week after its world premiere at the New York Film Festival, announced yesterday.
Citizenfour is described as a docu-thriller that resulted from a series of interviews conducted in Hong Kong by Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald with Snowden, the former Nsa contractor whose leaks shed light on covert surveillance operations by Us intelligence agencies.
The title derives from the name Snowden used to identify himself in a series of encrypted e-mails sent to Poitras in 2013, who at the time was working on a film »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
After more than a decade in development, writer/director Scott Frank has succeeded in turning best-selling novelist Lawrence Block’s signature book into a harrowing suspense thriller with an intriguing premise in A Walk Among the Tombstones. Liam Neeson stars as Matt Scudder, a troubled former N.Y.P.D. officer turned private detective whose quest for redemption leads him to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) track down the men (David Harbour, Adam David Thompson) who brutally murdered his wife. Adapted for the screen by Frank, the crime drama also stars Boyd Holbrook, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Sebastian Roché, Mark Consuelos, and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson. At the film’s recent press day, Frank talked about how the project first came together, why it took so long to bring to the screen, what convinced Neeson to come on board, casting Stevens into the dark role of a drug trafficker, the pivotal »
- Sheila Roberts
The evenings are getting shorter, you've already seen the first festive cards for sale at your local supermarket and The X Factor is back on Saturday nights. To borrow a phrase - winter is coming.
But don't despair, because there is much more to autumn TV in 2014 than Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell bickering over a bunch of karaoke singers. Don't believe us? Check out our list of 17 must-watch shows, which mean that you might as well cancel your plans until Christmas.
1. Glue - E4
A bloke from Rizzle Kicks, a writer from This Is England and lots of horses. It doesn't sound like an obvious hit, but Glue is most definitely worth getting excited about.
Skins crossed with Midsomer Murders and an added sinister, bleak edge, is probably the best description for this eight-parter, which will have you hooked from its full-on (and full frontal) opening sequence.
2. The Apprentice »
First of all, something of an apology. I have been writing this column thinking that every single title due for release the following Monday would of course be released via some kind of pay to stream service. Of course it would, we are living in the future, and this is how things are done isn’t it?
Apparently not, last week I included Jeremy Saulnier’s much loved Blue Ruin in the pay to stream section and then it didn’t come out the way I thought it might. Turns out that some companies still have a fairly limited release pattern so Blue Ruin was released by channel 4’s DVD label and appeared on DVD and Blu but didn’t show up to stream on any of the major providers, not even Sky Store or Playstation Network.
So turns out that being a channel 4 release, you can of course rent »
- Chris Holt
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