Jada Pinkett-Smith ("The Matrix Reloaded," "Gotham") is in talks while Andie MacDowell has signed on to the cast of Gregory Jacobs' upcoming stripper drama sequel "Magic Mike Xxl" at Warner Bros. Pictures reports Variety.
Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello return as male strippers who set out on a road trip to a male stripper convention. It has also been reported that Alex Pettyfer may be returning as well.
Pinkett Smith would play a strip club owner in the film, a role originally crafted for a male actor. Details of McDowell's role are being kept under wraps.
The announcement follows confirmation yesterday that actor Matthew McConaughey will Not be returning for the follow-up. »
- Garth Franklin
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
Plot details are vague, other than the fact that the crew of male strippers is involved in some sort of road trip.
Tatum and his producing partner Reid Carolin are producing along with Jacobs.
MacDowell is repped by Paradigm and the Schiff Company and can currently be seen on the Hallmark Channel series “Cedar Cove.”
- Justin Kroll
Matthew McConaughey‘s stripping days are behind him. The Oscar winner's publicist told TheWrap that he will not return for the “Magic Mike” sequel, because his schedule did not permit due to his involvement in Gus Van Sant‘s upcoming drama “Sea of Trees.” See video: Watch Alex Pettyfer Panic When Confronted by Actual Tough Guys on Venice Beach Although his representative added that this is “old news,” McConaughey's definite departure from “Magic Mike Xxl” began circulating on the web on Wednesday after The Playlist published an article citing director Greg Jacobs as the source of the news. McConaughey's absence »
- Greg Gilman
The Maze Runner will finally hit theaters this Friday, September 19th.
Published in October 2009 and based upon the first book in a bestselling series by James Dashner, the novel became a New York Times Best Seller and captured the imaginations of readers around the world. Fans have described it as a combination of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and the legendary television series Lost.
Books to film – especially young adult adaptations – are big bucks at the box office. Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games and The Twilight Saga franchises have collectively grossed more than $5 billion at the worldwide box office, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the 10th highest-grossing film of all time.
Over the weekend, Variety reported:
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Tatum, who produced and developed 2012’s Magic Mike based on his own experiences as a male stripper, is, of course, returning for the sequel, which will follow his rag-tag team of stripper buddies as they road trip to a stripper convention. The stripper convention was actually one of the early seeds for Magic Mike, but was deemed too big and crazy for the low-budget film.
Magic Mike director Steven Soderbergh is back for the sequel, though he has officially passed on his director’s chair to Gregory Jacobs, a frequent Soderbergh collaborator. Instead, Soderbergh will be acting as director of photography, camera operator and film editor for Magic Mike Xxl. “I want to be there, but I don’t want to be the director. I want »
Channing Tatum is taking off his clothes again for the nearly naked sequel to Magic Mike. Appropriately named Magic Mike Xxl, the well-oiled bodies of the Xquisite strip club are hitting the road in the continuing saga of Michael “Magic Mike” Lane (Tatum).
The film, which began production in Myrtle Beach this week, features returning cast member Joe Mangainello. No word on whether Matthew McConaughey will reprise his role as the leader of the pack, Dallas. Alex Pettyfer andMatt Bomer are also unconfirmed as of this time.
Magic Mike was a behemoth at the box office earning more than a few sweaty $1 bills: It climbed to more than $113 million at the North American box office. The sequel is expected to hit theatres in August 2015.
- Rachel West
Gregory Jacobs is directing this time and he’s worked with Soderbergh on nearly every single one of his movies. The now retired filmmaker meanwhile will shooting Magic Mike Xxl as its cinematographer under the pseudonym Peter Andrews and will go by Mary Ann Bernard to edit the picture.
Earlier this year, Soderbergh explained that, “I want to be there, but I don’t want to be the director. I want to be a part of it. I want to be in the band, but I just don’t want to be the frontman this time.”
Magic Mike was a surprise hit two years ago grossing $167 million worldwide after being made for only $7 million! You can »
- Josh Wilding
While this past Labor Day weekend was very much considered a holiday in the Us, the production team behind Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike Xxl abstained from the annual celebrations and quietly began filming on the raunchy stripper-centric sequel.
News comes by way of Soderbergh’s Twitter account, where he posted a view of the film’s official clapperboard from the set, which also confirms that Magic Mike Xxl will be situated at least in parts within Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
It’s On! pic.twitter.com/zczZdpqzdt
— Bitchuation (@Bitchuation) August 31, 2014
And though Soderbergh is still very much involved in the follow-up after overseeing the first film, the renowned filmmaker has passed on directing duties to long-time collaborator, Gregory Jacobs, who worked alongside Soderbergh for a number of productions including Side Effects and last year’s rather excellent Behind the Candelabra.
- Michael Briers
Mike Magic Xxl has entered production.
Steven Soderbergh revealed through one of his Twitter pseudonyms that the sequel has begun shooting.
It's On! pic.twitter.com/zczZdpqzdt
— Bitchuation (@Bitchuation) August 31, 2014
The director has stepped down for the sequel, and will instead serve as cinematographer, camera operator and editor for Gregory Jacobs.
The Magic Mike sequel is said to take Mike (Tatum) on the road with performances across the country.
Magic Mike Xxl will be released in the Us on July 1, 2015, and in the UK on August 7. »
The sequel to surprise hit Magic Mike has begun shooting, it's been confirmed, with Gregory Jacobs taking over as director from original helmer Steven Soderbergh. The new film, Magic Mike Xxl, still has Soderbergh involved however, as he's acting as director of photography, camera operator and film editor on the new production.
Channing Tatum reprises his role in the sequel (and he's co-written the film again, with Reid Carolin), which is set to arrive in cinemas on July 1st 2015. Co-stars include Joe Manganiello and a likely returning Alex Pettyfer. Matthew McConaughey, however, is not expected back.
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Though this past weekend was a holiday in the Us, the team behind Magic Mike Xxl, the sequel to the 2012 stripper hit, quietly kicked off shooting in the skies above Myrtle Beach, as documented by the movie’s cinematographer, one Peter Andrews. It's On! pic.twitter.com/zczZdpqzdt— Bitchuation (@Bitchuation) August 31, 2014 Yes, that’s just one of the cinematic alter egos of Steven Soderbergh. He is stepping back to let long time collaborator Gregory Jacobs wield the megaphone for this one, but is staying actively involved through shooting and editing the final product.With Channing Tatum once again starring and co-writing with Reid Carolin, the new Mike film reportedly finds the strippers on a road trip to different clubs, which leads to even more mad experiences with audiences. “You've seen Magic Mike – now multiply that,” Tatum told GQ earlier this year. “Mob mentality. It's just exponentially crazier. I thought it was absolutely insane. »
Updated, 3:15 Pm: Warner Bros said today it will give moviegoers two extra days to ogle Magic Mike 2 next Independence Day weekend. The sequel has been moved from July 3 to July 1. No Roman candle jokes, please.
Previously: Warner Bros has set Magic Mike 2 for July 3, 2015. The sequel to the 2012 film directed by Steven Soderbergh that was informed by Channing Tatum‘s early days as a male stripper. This is the latest extension of the pic that Soderbergh and Tatum hatched and financed themselves. It was a risk that turned into a major score when the original movie starring Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer and other made $113.7M at the domestic box office — one of Soderbergh’s most lucrative movies ever — and has since spawned a Broadway musical now in the works.
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Not everyone will go home with a win at the 2014 Emmy Awards on Monday night, but this year’s nominees, presenters and other celebrity guests already walked away with some major goodies!The Emmy gifting suites were stocked with freebies worth thousands of dollars -- which is sure to console those who don’t take home Emmy gold. Celebs who stopped by the Gbk Gift Lounge, which was held at L'emertige in Beverly Hills, took home a five-night stay at Mulia Luxury Resort in Bali along with a three night stay at the Little Nell in Aspen, complete with lift tickets. Gbk also gifted the stars with a luxurious Queen mattress from Maxim Mattress (yes, a mattress!), Michael Todd True Organics, a Soniclear antimicrobial skin cleaning system, coconut oil and elk velvet from The American Velvet Co., Wanderlustography photo prints by Catherine McDonald and an array of other handcrafted gifts from The Artisan Group. »
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The Weekend Watch is an open thread where you can share what you’ve recently watched, offer suggestions on movies and TV shows we should check out (or warnings about stuff to avoid) and discover queue-filling goodies from other Fsr readers. The comments section awaits. I’ll get the ball rolling with the movies/TV my eyeballs took in this weekend. It’s always a bit silly when the Hollywood machine decides in advance who the next big star will be, mostly because they’re rarely correct in their prognosticating. Sorry Taylor Kitsch. Sorry Alex Pettyfer. Sorry Yahoo Serious. But the odds increase a bit in the actor’s favor when it’s the press singing those praises. Currently it’s Jack O’Connell who’s being sung about, and the reason why is his breathtaking turn in Starred Up. (Although it’d be more of a star-making performance if we could understand more than 3/4 of the »
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Elvis Presley's granddaughter Riley Keough showed off a hunka burning love on Facebook on Wednesday. The actress and model sported a diamond engagement ring in a photo posted by her new fiancé, Australian stuntman Ben Smith-Petersen. "So that happened," he captioned the pic with Keough, 25. The daughter of singer Lisa Marie Presley, Keough was previously engaged to Alex Pettyfer, her Magic Mike costar, and dated singer Ryan Cabrera. She is believed to have met her new fiancé on the set of Mad Max: Fury Road, which she stars in and he worked on as a stuntman. The two were »
- K.C. Blumm
Smith-Peterson posted a picture on his Facebook page that hinted at Keough, 25, saying “yes” to a proposal on Wednesday. He uploaded a picture on his page with Keough flashing her new ring at the camera. The stuntman, showing off his wolf chest tattoo, appears next to her, with his around wrapped around his new fiancée. “So that happened,” Smith-Peterson captioned the snap.
Neither Keough nor Smith-Peterson has confirmed the engagement news, and the latter has removed the revealing post from his Facebook page.
Keough and Smith-Peterson met on the set of Mad Max: Fury Road and were first linked earlier this year after they were spotted on what appeared to be a date. In Mad Max: Fury Road, which is set to come out in May 2015, Keough stars alongside Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. »
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"Magic Mike" star Alex Pettyfer royally pissed off the wrong guys -- some muscle-bound dudes at world famous Muscle Beach in Venice, CA. Watch this ... it's a safe bet AP will never again ask another dude with 8-pack abs and 38Dd pecs about his lifting regimen! Read more »
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