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Magic Mike Xxl star Channing Tatum: ‘I’ve plumbed the depths of my life as a stripper’ – video

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Channing Tatum, star of Magic Mike Xxl, jokes that there's no more inspiration to be drawn from his previous life as a stripper for any more Magic Mike movies. The actor was in Sydney with co-stars to attend the film's Australian premiere, greeting fans who had travelled from across Australia to be at the red carpet event. Despite getting his clothes off in the film, he says he feels self-conscious when he looks back at it Continue reading »

- Guardian Staff

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Ghostbusters reboot casts Andy Garcia and Michael K Williams

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Saturday Night Live alum Cecily Strong has also joined the high-profile cast of Paul Feig’s anticipated comedy blockbuster

Andy Garcia, Michael K Williams and Cecily Strong have all been added to the cast of Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot, the Wrap has learned.

Related: Ghostbusters: five things we know as Paul Feig's reboot starts shooting

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- Nigel M Smith

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Magic Mike is an Xxl hit with women but why did it turn men off?

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Five reasons why a bare-chested Channing Tatum and company couldn’t save the sequel from a disappointing holiday weekend at the Us box office

Magic Mike Xxl, the sequel to Steven Soderbergh’s 2012 surprise summer smash Magic Mike, has been ruled out as a disappointment at the domestic box-office after grossing $28.7m over its first weekend, compared to the $39.1m opening of the original.

If you’re a male in America, you’re likely to blame, as women made up a whopping 96% of the audience over the holiday weekend, a staggering figure that the Hollywood Reporter said is “unheard of”. It marks a substantial increase from the the first film, which attracted a 73% female audience over its opening weekend.

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- Nigel M Smith

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Danny Elfman: 'It was the most intense fear I've felt in my career'

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Famous for composing the scores for Tim Burton’s films, the musical genius had always shied away from doing live concerts – until now

John Mauceri had an idea. He had conducted the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for 16 years, and was well-versed in the music of films. He and composer Danny Elfman had worked together when Mauceri had conducted the orchestra on some of Elfman’s work from his long, illustrious, almost symbiotic relationship with director Tim Burton. The music got Mauceri thinking: what if they mixed Burton’s artwork, fresh from a retrospective at Museum of Modern Art in New York City, with the music it inspired?

According to Mauceri, Elfman had never been particularly comfortable with live performance of his orchestral works. “He records it, supervises it, produces it, and then moves on to something else.” But when they approached Elfman about the multimedia performance, to Mauceri’s surprise, Elfman said yes. »

- Melissa Locker

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Terry Staples obituary

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My husband, Terry Staples, who has died aged 75, was a teacher and one of the driving forces behind popular weekend screenings for children at the National Film Theatre in the 1980s.

Terry was born in Eastbourne, East Sussex. His father, Fred, had reserved occupation status as a carpenter during the second world war and travelled all over the country repairing bomb-damaged buildings. His mother, Doris, was determined to keep the family together so they all travelled with Fred, staying in lodgings. The family returned to Eastbourne after the war.

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- Cary Bazalgette

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I'll be slack: Terminator Genisys flops as Magic Mike's pulling power proves Xxs

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In this week’s round-up of the global box-office scene:

Poor Us opening for Terminator Genisys offset by international growth

96% female audience for Magic Mike Xxl kills its box-office chances

Is Chen Kaige’s martial-arts hit the new Crouching Tiger?

Paramount’s method of spinning the hot mess that is Terminator Genisys is telling. When it became clear on Friday night that the film’s debut at the Us box office was going to be seriously under par, the studio stopped using previous Terminator films as comparison points and opted instead for 2011’s Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol – a yardstick that, other than the fact that both are PG-13 action films, seems rather arbitrary in terms of tone and cinematic heritage. What Paramount didn’t want widely pored over was that, even unadjusted for inflation, $28.7m is the lowest Terminator opening since the low-budget original’s $4m in 1984. Instead, they were »

- Phil Hoad

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The evolution of Channing Tatum: from 'dull beefcake dude' to Xxl movie star

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Tatum is one of several – white, male – actors parlaying their everyman charm into big-budget success (see also: Chris Evans and Chris Pratt). But isn’t it time the white male-dominated industry made room for all actors to do the same?

In 2006, Channing Tatum starred as Duke in She’s the Man, a movie based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. In it, he played a soccer star who falls for Amanda Bynes’ character, Viola, who’s masquerading as her brother so she can play soccer. It’s funny, it’s smart, and it’s a pretty interesting teen film. (Especially since it depicts the fluidity of gender in a relatively mature way.)

That same year Tatum also starred in Step Up, and in 2008 he made a cameo in Step Up 2: The Streets, proving his can-do, up-for-anything attitude – mainly because we all know nobody from original dance movies tends to show up for lower-budgeted sequels, »

- Anne T Donahue

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Angelina Jolie to rule over film of Catherine the Great

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Actor-director has optioned Simon Sebag Montefiore’s historical account of the relationship between powerful Russian empress and her court favourite

Angelina Jolie is planning to make a biopic about Catherine the Great, the celebrated empress who ruled Russia for most of the second half of the 18th century.

According to a statement from Weidenfeld & Nicolson, part of the Orion Publishing Group, Jolie’s production company Jolie Pas has bought an option on Simon Sebag Montefiore’s book, Catherine the Great & Potemkin: The Imperial Love Affair, which was published in 2000.

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- Andrew Pulver

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Amy Winehouse documentary breaks box office records

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In the UK, Asif Kapadia’s study of the late singer has charted the highest ever box office for a homegrown non-fiction film, and scored a $37,002 site average in the Us

A remarkable initial box office performance has given a substantial awards push to Asif Kapadia’s documentary about the late singer Amy Winehouse.

Amy, which has earned five-star reviews and picked up strong word-of-mouth since premiering at Cannes in May, recorded the biggest ever opening weekend for a British documentary in the UK, and the second biggest (discounting concert films) of all time.

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- Catherine Shoard

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Cinema Ritrovato: Hudson, Bergman, Keaton – a feast of film under Italian skies

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From 2001: A Space Odyssey to the silent era via Casablanca, Bologna’s ‘found cinema’ festival serves up a magnificent range of classic and rarely seen movies

“Technicolor is like God – it cannot be copied!” Nicola Mazzanti of the Royal Belgian Film Archive is introducing a screening of Douglas Sirk’s perfect melodrama All That Heaven Allows (1955) and, in an unexpectedly exuberant speech, he promises the crowd in Bologna’s Cinema Arlecchino “a mystical experience”. This is a screening, not from a digital cinema package (Dcp) or a re-release, but an original 35mm distribution print – vintage, authentic Technicolor. Mazzanti assures us that there will be scratches (“God, I love scratches!”) and that “if we are really lucky, the film will break, the house lights will come up, and you will be discovered entwined with your girlfriend, or your boyfriend”.

Well, we were luckier than that. The film did not break, »

- Pamela Hutchinson

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Unseen footage of Nicolas Cage in costume for Superman Lives emerges

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Test footage from abandoned 1997 Tim Burton superhero film has been unearthed for a forthcoming documentary

Never-before-seen test footage has emerged of Nicolas Cage as Superman from an infamous abandoned Tim Burton film which would have been the director’s follow-up to Mars Attacks.

The 1997 video shows Cage, with shoulder-length hair, trying on a sculpted, skintight electric blue bodysuit. The actor, who appears lean and athletic even without the figure-forming effect of the outfit, asks if the suit will “feel looser the more I wear it” as he tests the limits of the outfit by swinging his arms back and forth and reaching towards the ceiling.

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- Ben Child

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Hilary Swank scaling back acting career to take care of ailing father

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Star of Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby says she has ‘passed’ on roles to help look after her father after his lung transplant

Two-time Oscar-winner Hilary Swank says she has been turning down roles in Hollywood to concentrate on caring for her elderly father.

The 40-year-old star of Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby told Huffpost Live she was happy to take time out to spend time with Stephen Swank, a former chief master sergeant in the Oregon Air National Guard who recently underwent a lung transplant.

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- Ben Child

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Jurassic World's prehistoric beasties defeat newcomers at Us box office

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Blockbuster dinosaur disaster epic Jurassic World remains No 1 – with Pixar’s Inside Out less than $1m behind – as new releases Terminator Genisys and Magic Mike Xxl struggle to make an impact

Sci-fi blockbuster Jurassic World continued to reign at the Us box office over the key Fourth of July weekend, scoring $30.9m to hold off challenges from Pixar’s Inside Out and newcomers Terminator: Genisys and Magic Mike Xxl.

Colin Trevorrow’s film also overtook Avengers: Age of Ultron to hit the top five highest-grossing films of all time, with $1.385bn (£890m). In its fourth week of release, it boasts $558.1m in North America alone, the fourth best figure ever.

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- Ben Child

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What were the best – and worst – years for film?

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In a recent interview, Dustin Hoffman said we are at an all-time cinematic low. Is he correct?

While Hollywood is enjoying a record-breaking summer at the box office, not everyone is having a great time at the cinema. In a new interview, Dustin Hoffman (Ishtar, Little Fockers, Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium) has lamented the state of cinema, calling it the worst it’s “ever been”.

But what do you think? We want to know about your best and worst years at the cinema. Did you have a memorable 1999 watching Fight Club, Magnolia, The Sixth Sense, All About My Mother and Being John Malkovich? Or was 2003 a disaster for you enduring Daredevil, Boat Trip, The Cat in the Hat, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and Dumb and Dumberer?

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- Benjamin Lee

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Love & Mercy: the rise and fall of tortured genius Brian Wilson

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The life of the legendary Beach Boys founder is almost too big a story to tell in one film – which is why this biopic uses two actors to play him

Related: Love & Mercy review – a warm tribute to the extraordinary life of Brian Wilson

Truly a Californian epic of sunshine and noir, Coppertone psychedelia and complete psychosis, the story of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys – a sun-kissed “Come to Sunny California” ad pasted over a bottomless abyss of paternal alcoholism and violence, massive drug abuse, deepening (then all-conquering) lunacy, and one impure, highly adulterated “genius” – was unlikely, in cinematic form, to satisfy everybody. It depends on the Brian, or Brians, you bring to the table: the idiot savant with a direct line to melodic heaven? The “genius musical mind” on the chassis of “an amateur human being”? The Brian of now, looking forever like a man just off the battlefield? »

- John Patterson

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Hawk the Slayer is back – and he's brought his mindsword

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They wanted to make a medieval Fistful of Dollars. They ended up with a cult hit that triggered the sword and sorcery boom. Now, Hawk the Slayer is set to return – with better fights and special effects, but still plenty of cheese

Back in 1980, Terry Marcel kicked off the cinematic sword and sorcery boom that would give us Excalibur, Conan, Dragonslayer and Willow with a low-budget opus called Hawk the Slayer. Shot in six weeks in Buckinghamshire for £600,000, it featured the handsome but wooden John Terry as Hawk, who – with his flying “mindsword” and mismatched allies (witch, elf, dwarf, giant) – sets out to rescue a nun from his own deformed brother Vultan, played by Jack Palance at his scenery-chewing worst. Now, 35 years on, Marcel is finally preparing the follow-up: Hawk the Hunter. It’s not quite the longest a British director has waited to make a sequel to a cult hit, »

- Nick Curtis

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