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You know it's a bad day in Hollywood when "Magic Mike Xxl" can't get a rise out of the box office.
The male-stripper sequel was expected to earn in the low $30 million range over the three-day holiday weekend, and hit somewhere around $45M for the five days since its debut on Wednesday. Instead, it opened in fourth place with an estimated Friday-to-Sunday haul of $12 million and $27.1 million for its first five days of release. That's nearly 45 percent below the $49.6 million the original "Magic Mike" earned in its first five days in 2012. Ouch.
Another sequel, "Terminator Genisys," also underperformed this weekend. The fifth film in the franchise opened in third with an estimated $28.7 million for the three-day weekend, and $44.2 million since its Wednesday debut. But at least those numbers were at the low end of what pundits had predicted. "Magic Mike Xxl" wasn't even in the ballpark.
Why did Channing Tatum »
- Gary Susman
The gradual reveal of Channing Tatum as a box office magnet and sorely underestimated movie star was staggered over the first half of 2012. The Vow and 21 Jump Street were both hits that showed off opposite sides of his range, but his two collaborations with Steven Soderbergh set him on his current path.
Long renowned as an actor's director, Soderbergh cast Tatum in a minor role in Haywire, which is how he came to be attached to Magic Mike, a semi-biographical project based on the actor's experiences as a stripper in Tampa, Florida. The latter was a sleeper hit that assured Tatum's status as an A-lister, but a sequel hardly felt inevitable.
As a straight male, I.m probably not supposed to like Magic Mike Xxl as much as I did. Or maybe it.s just uncouth for me to talk about it aloud. to everyone I bump in to. When friends ask me which movie they are supposed to see this holiday weekend, the testosterone in me is supposed to point them toward Terminator: Genisys. But my heart remembers the hilarious scene of Joe Manganiello strip-teasing a Pepsi machine to try and make a convenience store clerk smile, and I know that Magic Mike Xxl is the right recommendation. I liked Steven Soderbergh.s surprise 2012 hit Magic Mike. Yes, it played to its obvious female audience with its titillating male-dance sequences. But in the process, Mike changed the way audiences (and critics) viewed Channing Tatum, who toiled in generic genre fare like The Eagle, Dear John and the underrated The Vow »
The new season moves to California from the Deep South, and sees a whole new cast involved, including Colin Farrell (Total Recall), Vince Vaughn (Dodgeball), Rachel McAdams (The Vow), Taylor Kitsch (Battleship) and Kelly Reilly (Flight). Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 3-6) directs the first two episodes of the new season.
A bizarre murder brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California. Colin Farrell is Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective in the all-industrial City of Vinci, La County. Vince Vaughn plays Frank Semyon, a criminal and entrepreneur in danger of losing his life’s work, while his wife and closest ally (Kelly Reilly), struggles with his choices and her own. »
- Scott J. Davis
Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first TV spot for Max, a family action adventure from writer/director Boaz Yakin (“Remember the Titans), starring Josh Wiggins, Lauren Graham and Thomas Haden Church.
A precision-trained military dog, Max serves on the frontlines in Afghanistan alongside his handler, U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott. But when things go terribly wrong on maneuvers, Kyle is mortally wounded and Max, traumatized by the loss of his best friend, is unable to remain in service.
Sent stateside, the only human he seems willing to connect with is Kyle’s teenage brother, Justin, so Max is saved when he is adopted by Kyle’s family. But Justin has issues of his own, including living up to his father’s expectations, »
- Michelle McCue
2012: the year the movie universe sparked, Universal struggled, and young adult adaptations really took off...
The big blockbusters of summer 2011 were the ones that followed fairly straightforward rules. The majority of them were sequels in linear movie franchises - Harry Potter, Transformers, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Fast & Furious - and it felt for the most part like a template was being followed.
Sure, there were surprises. Bridesmaids broke through and proved to be a massive R-rated hit. X-Men: First Class, meanwhile, came through unscathed - and in fine shape - from its reboot, whilst Jj Abrams took us temporarily back to the 1980s with Super 8. But other than that, the pattern was set: the big, pre-ordained films took the lion's share of the cash, and regular sequels were the order of the day.
The signs of change were there in 2011, of course. Thor was a bigger hit than most were expecting, »
In 2006, Channing Tatum's sexy dance moves and seriously hot onscreen chemistry with his now-wife, Jenna Dewan, stole our hearts in Step Up, prompting us to go back and ogle his abs in She's the Man - and we've been on the Channing Tatum train ever since. He really brought it all together in 2012, combining his knack for shirtlessness and impressive dancing abilities in Magic Mike, making us laugh in 21 Jump Street, and making us cry in The Vow. Now, he's going to do it all over again when Magic Mike Xxl hits theaters on July 1. Keep reading for even more reasons you can't help but love Channing, who turns 35 on Sunday. »
A deeply moving and very satisfying piece of entertainment that knits up seemingly disparate elements in a tapestry of family pain and pride. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
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Maria Altmann just wants back that portrait of her aunt, the pretty one that used to hang in her family’s home when she was a child, and which reminds her of her aunt, who died far too young. Problem is, that home was in Vienna in the 1930s, and when the Nazis swooped in, they confiscated the painting and all her family’s other belongings. And despite Austria’s new spirit of reconciliation in the late 90s, including efforts toward art restitution, this painting is different. It’s Gustav Klimt’s famous “Woman in Gold” — now known as “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” — and it »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The Vow writers Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn are taking on another romance tale, writing a new draft of the adaptation of On the Island, a book by Tracey Garvis Graves. MGM optioned the book back in 2012, and Nick Mariani wrote the first draft. The story centers on a 30-year-old English teacher who gets stranded on a desert island with a 16-year-old student. At first, their only focus is survival, but as time goes on, they start to fall in love. Garvis Graves first self-published On the Island, and then it sold hundreds of
- Rebecca Ford
Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson has signed on to star in the upcoming New Line romantic comedy How to Be Single, along with other new casting additions Rebel Wilson, Dan Stevens and Leslie Mann. Community star Alison Brie is also in final negotiations to join the cast. We first reported on the project back in February, when Lily Collins was in talks to come on board, but it isn't known if she is still involved, since she wasn't mentioned in The Hollywood Reporter's new report.
The story is adapted from Liz Tuccillo's 2008 novel of the same name, which will be an ensemble comedy featuring intersecting stories, in the same vein as Valentine's Day and He's Just Not That Into You. The plot focuses on the lifestyle of being single, from both the male and female perspectives, suggesting that it is our time out of relationships, not in them, »
10 items from 2015
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