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Check out the sexy new posters for one of the hottest movies this summer, Magic Mike Xxl.
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 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.
Joining the returning cast, »
- Michelle McCue
Denis Villeneuve offered just a taste of what to expect for his latest in The Guardian on Friday. "Sicario," slang for hitman, stars Emily Blunt as an FBI agent and Josh Brolin as the CIA official who lead the charge against a horrific drug lord on the streets of Juarez, just outside El Paso, Texas. Tasked with doing the deed is Benicio del Toro's titular assassin. Villeneuve said: “a very dark film, a dark poem, quite violent... It’s about the alienation of the cycles of violence, how at one point we are in those spirals of violence and ask ourselves, ‘Is there a solution?' My movie raises the question; it doesn’t give any answer.” It will be hard to avoid comparisons to Steven Soderbergh's powerful "Traffic," del Toro's 2001 best supporting actor winner that also dwelled in the far-reaching runoff of the Mexican-American drug trade. Villeneuve »
- Ryan Lattanzio
"Boob Tube" is the theme of the new issue of cléo, which includes essays on Angela Lansbury (Murder, She Wrote), Veronica Mars, Transparent, Top of the Lake and more. Also today's roundup: Peter Bogdanovich on Jean Renoir, Jonathan Rosenbaum on Orson Welles, an interview with Abdolreza Kahani, celebrating Johnnie To's 60th birthday, a close reading of Steven Soderbergh's re-edit of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, Rian Johnson and Alex Garland in conversation, Ethan Hawke on Richard Linklater, Tilda Swinton on Amy Schumer, Oprah Winfrey on Lee Daniels, Michael Caine on Christopher Nolan and more. » - David Hudson »
Here are 2 character posters released via the "Magic Mike Xxl" Twitter account today, featuring Jada Pinkett Smith (as club owner) and Stephen “tWitch” Boss (as one of the dancers). The pair join fellow newcomers Donald Glover, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Strahan, Gabriel Iglesias, Andie MacDowell, and Amber Heard in the sequel to the hit 2012 movie starring Channing Tatum, which is based on his early days as a male stripper. Greg Jacobs, assistant director to Steven Soderbergh on the first film, directed this one. He has said that the sequel will be different from the first film: "It's a road trip movie, and put it this way: It's »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Above: "Boob Tube," the latest issue of cléo has arrived with a focus on television, featuring pieces on Adventure Time, Veronica Mars, Murder She Wrote and more. On the latest episode of "The Cinephiliacs," Peter Labuza chats with Notebook friend and contributor Fernando F. Croce. In Reverse Shot, Nick Pinkerton interviews Tsai Ming-liang:"Rs: In the inverse of the usual career trajectory, you have been making shorts far more proficiently than features lately. Why has that been? What are some advantages of the short format? Tsai: What is a short film? What is a long film? After Face, four years passed until I filmed Stray Dogs. Many people thought I had retired, but I actually never stopped. Because of various opportunities which presented themselves to me, I have made films of different lengths using different formats and techniques, and for different screening platforms. Stray Dogs was shown in galleries in Taiwan. »
Taking off the table the only Spanish-language title confirmed to date for Cannes, Arp Selection, one of France’s premier arthouse distributors, has acquired French rights to David Pablos’ “The Chosen Ones” (“Las Elegidas”).
One of 14 Un Certain Regard titles unveiled last Thursday by Thierry Fremaux, “Chosen” is lead-produced by top Mexican production house Canana, founded by Pablo Cruz, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, whose credits include Gerardo Naranjo’s “Miss Bala,” Cary Fukunaga’s “Sin Nombre” and the Luna-directed “Abel” and “Cesar Chavez.”
“The Chosen Ones” is co-produced by Paris-based Manny Films, founded by Philippe Gompel, which also co-produced Pablo Fendrik’s “El Ardor” with Argentina’s Magma Cine, Canana and Brazil’s Bananeira Filmes.
Produced by Cruz and a love story with thriller elements and ethical dilemmas, “The Chosen Ones” turns on 15-year-old, Ulises, »
- John Hopewell
The 74th annual Peabody Awards will be handed out to a typically eclectic list of entertainment programs, ranging from the ribald “Inside Amy Schumer” to the incisive “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” to lower-profile critical darlings including Channel 4’s “Black Mirror” and SundanceTV’s “Rectify.”
The CW continued its kudos hot streak with “Jane the Virgin” also landing the coveted trophy from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
FX grabbed two, with “Fargo” and “The Americans” making the cut. SundanceTV was also recognized for miniseries “The Honorable Woman.” HBO got the nod for Steven Soderbergh’s period medical drama “The Knick.”
The Peabody org noted that this year’s entertainment selections featured a high volume of strong roles for women, from Schumer’s unabashedly raunchy comedy to Keri Russell’s icy Soviet spy in “Americans” to Gina Rodriguez’s infectiously charming Jane »
- Cynthia Littleton
Plans remain live for a Broadway production based on the hit movie Magic Mike, and Channing Tatum has given an update on the project. In a piece with Entertainment Weekly, the actor-producer confirmed that "we're getting it going", acknowledging the link between the upcoming Magic Mike Xxl and the musical project.
"Oddly enough, the second one lends itself more to the musical. I think our original idea was to do a prequel, like how Mike got in", he revealed.
Tatum hinted to EW that he's unlikely to star in the Broadway production earlier in the year - "if it's a musical, I'd need a lot of singing classes. I think there's probably people who are better at it then I am" - but he is involved. As is original director Steven Soderbergh and writer Reid Carolin. »
The actor insisted that the Broadway production is "still in the works" but is in the early stages of development.
He told Entertainment Weekly: "We're getting it going. Oddly enough, the second one lends itself more to the musical. I think our original idea was to do a prequel, like how Mike got in."
2012's Magic Mike - based on Tatum's own experiences - follows a troupe of male strippers.
Asked about the possibility of a third film, Tatum said: "I really don't know. I wish I could say yeah »
Another day, another mutant being added to Bryan Singer.s X-Men: Apocalypse, and the ever-expanding X-Men universe. Rumors that the mutant telepath Psylocke would surface in Singer.s next X-Men movie have been confirmed by the director, and we even know right off of the bat who will play her: Excited to welcome @oliviamunn as Betsy Braddock! #Psylocke #XmenApocalypse #Xmen A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on Apr 13, 2015 at 1:04pm Pdt As you can see in Bryan Singer.s Instagram post, former Attack of the Show! co-host, Newsroom standout, and frequent movie supporting player Olivia Munn has bagged the latest mutant persona. Munn has dabbled in comedy (The Babymakers) and big-budget affairs (Iron Man 2, Date Night). Her best role to date probably was a turn in Steven Soderbergh.s Magic Mike. This will be her highest-profile role, for sure, but a lot of that depends on how »
Warner Bros. Pictures has released a new poster and three new images for Magic Mike Xxl, the sequel to 2012’s box-office hit. Check them out here…
Channing Tatum stars and co-writes the sequel, joined by fellow returning stars Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias and newcomers Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games), Donald Glover (Community), Amber Heard (The Rum Diary), Andie MacDowell (Groundhog Day) and Jada Pinkett Smith (Gotham). Emmy Award winner Gregory Jacobs (Behind the Candelabra) directs the film, while original director Steven Soderbergh serves as executive producer, editor and director of photography.
Due to scheduling conflicts, Oscar Winner Matthew McConaughey does not return for the sequel.
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 »
- Scott J. Davis
Last week, some new images from a slew of upcoming films were unveiled in the spirit of previewing the impending Summer Movie Season. Today, even more new images have been released from three very interesting—and very different—Warner Bros. films. Director Joe Wright (Atonement, Hanna) re-envisions the classic J.M. Barrie tale Pan in the action adventure pic, which stars Hugh Jackman as the villainous Blackbeard, Garrett Hedlund as Hook, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, and newcomer Levi Miller as Peter. The film opens in theaters on July 24th. The highly anticipated sequel Magic Mike Xxl finds director Steven Soderbergh steeping back into the roles of cinematographer, camera operator, and editor while Gregory Jacobs takes the helm. Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, and Gabriel Iglesias reprise their roles and are joined by newcomers Amber Heard, Donald Glover, Elizabeth Banks, and Jada Pinkett Smith. The film »
- Adam Chitwood
Over the weekend we got one new look at Magic Mike Xxl but today Warner Bros. unleashed three new pictures giving you all the topless Channing Tatum and friends you can handle. Set for release on July 1, Magic Mike Xxl is a road trip comedy set three years after the first film. Mike (Tatum) has bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, and we now find the remaining Kings of Tampa ready to throw in the towel as well, but not before one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach. 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. readmore postid="168103" Along with Tatum, the film co-stars Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Andie MacDowell, Jada Pinkett Smith, Amber Heard, »
- Brad Brevet
It’s been on the cards since December when news broke during the Sony hack that the duo were being eyed for the gig, but now Marvel has made it official: Anthony and Joe Russo, directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War are set to take over from Joss Whedon on the main Avengers franchise to direct Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2. Here’s the official press release…
As anticipation and excitement build to a fever pitch for Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the blockbuster sequel to the third-largest movie of all time, Marvel is proud to announce Joe and Anthony Russo will join the franchise as the directors of Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1” and “Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2.”
The Russo brothers first entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” one of »
- Gary Collinson
As anticipation and excitement build to a fever pitch for Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, the blockbuster sequel to the third-largest movie of all time, Marvel is proud to announce Joe Russo and Anthony Russo will join the franchise as the directors of Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2.
The Russo brothers first entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier one of the top-grossing film's from 2014, and are currently preparing to shoot Marvel's Captain America: Civil War. The third film in the Captain America franchise will bring the classic storyline from the comics to life pitting Cap (Chris Evans) against Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), as well as introducing Black Panther to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with actor Chadwick Boseman ahead of his own film later in Phase 3.
On the eve of the premiere of the first Netflix/Marvel tv series, another one has found its showrunner. Cheo Hodari Coker has been formally tapped as the showrunner of Marvel’s Luke Cage, the third in the series of four tv shows by Marvel that will air on Netflix.
Coker joins the show having worked on a number of series, from Southland to Almost Human to Ray Donovan. He also co-wrote the 2009 Biggie biopic Notorious. The Good Wife‘s Mike Colter has been tapped to play the titular character, who will also be appearing in Marvel’s Aka Jessica Jones. A premiere date for the series has yet to be set, although it has been confirmed for 2016.
The Daytime Emmy nominations were announced this week. The ABC soap opera General Hospital led the charge with 28 nominations, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
But make no mistake, the midseason thriller (premiering Sunday at 10/9c) is inspired by the epic poem.
RelatedApril Calendar: Justified’s Finale, Mad Men‘s Return and 54 More Dates to Save
As series co-creator Peter Horton explains, “Three-and-a-half years ago, I had been working with my writing partners, Adam Armus and Kay Foster, on a different project that didn’t work out, so we were looking for something else to do. [British producer] Simon Maxwell came to us and said, »
London — Zygi Kamasa has signed a new long-term agreement to continue serving as chief executive officer of Lionsgate U.K. and to assume additional responsibilities as CEO of Lionsgate’s European office.
In his expanded role, he will spearhead Lionsgate’s “strategic growth initiatives and new business development across Europe, including potential co-production arrangements, M&A initiatives, and entry into new lines of business.”
Lionsgate has relocated its international sales and distribution headquarters to London, moving its international sales executives closer to key European markets.
“Zygi is one of the entrepreneurial executives playing a leadership role in moving Lionsgate forward around the world,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. “He and his team have grown Lionsgate U.K. into a vibrant and diversified company, and his expanded mandate for Europe underscores our commitment to continue building Lionsgate into a next generation global content leader.”
Lionsgate U.K., which recently expanded its »
- Leo Barraclough
FX has closed a first-look production deal with film and TV producer Stacey Sher and her production company Shiny Penny, the network announced Thursday.
“Stacey is a fearless storyteller whose remarkable run of feature films show a willingness to approach challenging topics with unflinching honesty and considerable artistry,” said Grad. “We look forward to working with Stacey and her team to build on this success and develop exceptional television for the FX Networks.”
A frequent collaborator of Quentin Tarantino’s, Sher was a producer on his films “Pulp Fiction,” “Django Unchained” and the upcoming “The Hateful Eight.” For TV, she is producing AMC’s martial arts drama “Badlands” and exec produced Comedy Central’s “Reno 911.” Her credits also include the Steven Soderbergh films “Contagion, »
- Whitney Friedlander
With Sky’s arctic drama, the electronic producer is the latest leftfield musician to score a TV show. He explains how he overcame his reservations
Telly’s current “golden age” isn’t just restricted to actors, screenwriters and directors. Leftfield musicians are now increasingly entering the fray. It appears that if you have an edgily cool TV show, you’ll be wanting an edgily cool soundtrack to set it off.
The last few years have seen a rash of genuinely exciting creative types scoring quality TV. Mogwai doubtless relished haunting the buggery out of viewers of French zombie-ish drama Les Revenants. Cristobal Tapia de Veer provided dub-flecked electronica for Dennis Kelly’s conspiracy drama Utopia, while Underworld’s Rick Smith made bursts of techno for Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong’s Babylon. Captain Beefheart drummer-turned -composer Cliff Martinez also created something arresting – and thoroughly anachronistic – for The Knick, Steven Soderbergh’s medical period drama, »
- Ben Arnold
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