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Mixmaster and not-really-retired director Steven Soderbergh has given the artsy mashup treatment to Alfred Hitchcock and Gus Van Sant’s Psycho, and now he’s remaking a classic from the ‘80s. Soderbergh has gallantly tackled a reworking of Steven Spielberg's Raiders Of The Lost Ark, giving it a new score (with lots of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross highlighted) and a black-and-white makeover. And Raiders does look amazing in monochrome—as though it was meant to be. “It’s because Douglas Slocombe shot The Lavendar Hill Mob and the The Servant and his stark, high-contrast lighting style was eye-popping regardless of medium," Soderbergh reminds us. So what was the point of this exercise? We’ll let the Magic Mike director...
- Alison Nastasi
If you are a fan of the McConaissance — and, really, how could you not be? — you may have spent this year feeling a little deprived. After a three-year boom period of affecting, oddball, and occasionally award-winning roles — from Bernie and Killer Joe and Mud and Magic Mike to The Wolf of Wall Street and Dallas Buyers Club and True Detective, which aired earlier this year — Matthew McConaughey will appear in just one role for the rest of 2014, as the star of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.The movie may be great and McConaughey may be great in it, but still: The math is undeniable. One role. In one big movie. Arguably the big movie of the fall. This very fact cements exactly the kind of tippy-top-of-the-a-list status which, if he’d achieved it earlier in his career, would likely have prevented him from taking roles in films like Bernie, Killer Joe, »
- Adam Sternbergh
Matthew McConaughey‘s Lincoln Mkc car commercials look as if the agency responsible ate pot brownies while creating them, so Ellen DeGeneres hopped in the back seat with McConaughey and ate some, too. “Hey, whatever you put in these brownies — I don't know what they are, but boy are they delicious,” DeGeneres joked in a sketch (above) making fun of the 60-second spot in which McConaughey stares down a bull. Also read: Matthew McConaughey Not Returning for ‘Magic Mike’ Sequel Due to Gus Van Sant Film “That's a big bull. I think that's old Cyrus. 1,800 pounds of do whatever the heck I. »
- Greg Gilman
Thirteen episodes of the series have been ordered with Lodge Kerrigan ("Keane," "Clean, Shaven") and Amy Seimetz ("Sun Don't Shine") writing and directing all the episodes between them. Soderbergh and Philip Fleishman will produce.
Meanwhile, Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver is set to play the female lead opposite Patrick Stewart in Starz's live-action, character-driven comedy series "Blunt Talk". Adrian Scarborough ("The King's Speech") also stars.
Seth MacFarlane ("Family Guy") and Jonathan Ames ("Bored To Death") will produce the project which has scored a twenty-episode, two-season, straight-to-series order. Stewart plays an alcholohic and legendary British news anchor intent on conquering the world of American cable news.
Weaver will play Blunt’s straight-talking and motherthy producer-manager. Scarborough plays Walter’s manservant who rivals him in debauchery. »
- Garth Franklin
The adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. Nolan had this to say of the film: "It’s a very classically constructed movie, but the freshness of the narrative elements really enhance it. I liken it to the blockbusters I grew up with as a kid, family films in the best sense: edgy, incisive, challenging." There's more at the link below too. Directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), a script based on the combination of an original idea by Nolan and an existing script by Jonathan Nolan. The cast includes: Matthew McConaughey (“Magic Mike”), Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables”), Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Bill Irwin (“Rachel Getting Married”), John Lithgow (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), Casey Affleck (“Gone Baby Gone »
The adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. Directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight” Trilogy), a script based on the combination of an original idea by Nolan and an existing script by Jonathan Nolan. The cast includes: Matthew McConaughey (“Magic Mike”), Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables”), Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Bill Irwin (“Rachel Getting Married”), John Lithgow (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), Casey Affleck (“Gone Baby Gone”), David Gyasi (“Cloud Atlas”), Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”), Mackenzie Foy (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2”) Timothée Chalamet (TV’s “Homeland”), Topher Grace (“Spider-Man 3”), David Oyelowo (“Jack Reacher”), Ellen Burstyn (“The Exorcist”), and Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”.The film will be released in IMAX® and 35mm theaters »
The cast of the Magic Mike sequel has grown a little larger.
Jada Pinkett Smith revealed on The Queen Latifah Show Monday that she has a role in the upcoming Magic Mike Xxl, written by and starring Channing Tatum. The Gotham actress joins other ladies Amber Heard and Andie MacDowell in the film about a group of male strippers. Though she confirmed she won’t be taking off any clothes herself, Smith didn’t reveal much else about the role except for that it was originally written for a man.
No stranger to hunky men, Smith joked that she was »
- Jake Perlman
Paramount keeps on teasing us with more new posters for Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar," and here we are, like suckers, posting them, because we're just super stoked for this thing. But seriously, a trailer, TV spot or a supercut of Matthew McConaughey crying better arrive soon or else....we'll be forced to keep waiting.... So, what do we get out of this latest banner? Well, it looks like among the world(s) the "Magic Mike" star and his team find is one that's particularly chilly, and perhaps not the most conducive to hosting new life. But hey, the Earth was a cold dark place at one time too, so you never know, right? At any rate, it's yet another image to keep filed away as we wait to see what Nolan has in store for audiences this fall, when he unveils his latest epic adventure that goes into the far reaches of outer space. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Magic Mike is getting a giant dose of sexiness! Actress Jada Pinkett Smith confirmed on Monday's episode of the Queen Latifah Show that she will have a special role in the upcoming sequel, Magic Mike Xxl. "Channing Tatum and [director] Gregory Jacobs and Warner Bros. really took a chance," she told Queen Latifah. "It was a character written for a male that they wanted to turn into a female." Before she could elaborate any further, Latifah had to ask the next obvious question: Is she going to be one of the dancers? "No, not one of those men," Jada clarified while laughing. "I can't really reveal it yet but I'm very excited about it. It's been a lot of »
While chatting with Queen Latifah, Smith told the talk show host that she was excited to start shooting the flick -- and her role was a unique one.
"Yes, you know, Channing [Tatum] and [director] Gregory [Jacobs] and Warner Bros. really took a chance," Smith told Latifah. "There was a character written for a male that they wanted to turn into a female."
Smith declined to say more about the role, but insisted that she wouldn't be portraying a dancer.
"I can't really reveal it yet, but I'm excited about it," the actress added.
Deadline seems to have solved the mystery, though, writing that Smith would be playing a strip club owner in the "Magic Mike" sequel. We'll have to wait »
- Katie Roberts
Steven Soderbergh is turning his 2009 feature film, The Girlfriend Experience into a television series for Starz. No official plot details have been revealed, but I think it's safe to assume it will follow a similar storyline to that of the film which featured Sasha Grey as a a high-end Manhattan call girl who offers more than sex to her clients, but companionship and conversation. Today The Playlist has learned it will be Riley Keough playing the series lead. Keough had a small role in Soderbergh's Magic Mike (pictured above) and has a role in next year's Mad Max: Fury Road. Starz has already ordered a thirteen episode first season with Lodge Kerrigan ("Keane," "Clean, Shaven") and Amy Seimetz ("Sun Don't Shine", Upstream Color) writing and directing, splitting duties across the first season. As of now, a production start and premiere are currently unknown. »
- Brad Brevet
While Magic Mike Xxl’s cast has grown over the last several weeks,there’s still the matter of filling the film with extras. Set to revolve around a few stripper conventions, Xxl will include plenty of risqué shows that will require live audiences. And star Channing Tatum is giving one fan a chance to see his and his costars stripping prowess live.
Tatum announced on his Facebook page on Sept. 19 that fans can enter a contest in the hopes of winning a visit to the set and a role as an extra during one of the film’s “crazy” performances. »
- Jonathon Dornbush
“Gotham” star Jada Pinkett Smith will be playing a character originally written for a male in “Magic Mike Xxl.” The actress opened up about joining “beefcakes” Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello in director Gregory Jacobs’ sequel to 2012 hit “Magic Mike” during an appearance on Monday's episode of “The Queen Latifah Show.” Also read: Channing Tatum Reveals Plot Details for ‘Magic Mike’ Sequel, Which Steven Soderbergh Will Shoot and Edit “Yes, you know, Channing and Gregory and Warner Bros. really took a chance,” Smith told Latifah during the interview (above). ”There was a character written for a male that they wanted to turn into. »
- Greg Gilman
If you're not watching "The Knick" right now, you'd better fix that situation immediately. Steven Soderbergh's medical drama (that is so much more than a medical drama) is one of the best things going right now on television. And it looks like the filmmaker is really embracing small-screen story telling. Earlier this summer it was revealed that the director's low-budget 2009 film "The Girlfriend Experience" had been turned into a series for Starz, with the network ordering up thirteen episodes with Lodge Kerrigan ("Keane," "Clean, Shaven") and Amy Seimetz ("Sun Don't Shine") to write and direct. And now, the show has found its lead. The Playlist has learned that Riley Keough will star in the upcoming show, produced by Soderbergh and Philip Fleishman. The rising actress appeared in a small role in Soderbergh's "Magic Mike" and clearly made an impression, and next summer, she'll appear in the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Matthew McConaughey may be out of Magic Mike Xxl, but Jada Pinkett Smith is in. The Gotham actress confirmed her role in the Magic Mike sequel — starring Channing Tatum and directed by Gregory Jacobs — on Monday morning while on The Queen Latifah Show. "Yes, you know, Channing and Gregory and Warner Bros. really took a chance," she told Queen Latifah. "There was a character written for a male that they wanted to turn into a female." Will she be dancing? No, she said, "not one of those [characters]! I can't really reveal it yet, but I'm excited about
- Ashley Lee
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
Here we are, another week has passed, and it's time for another edition of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed. Sure, reports say that Matthew McConaughey isn't going to be in "Magic Mike Xxl," but there is also news of a couple of fresh faces joining the franchise, namely Amber Heard and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Ah, but what will their roles be? Elsewhere, as you probably know, Warner Brothers has several unnamed DC Comics projects on their upcoming slate, complete with release dates. Could one of those projects be a "Suicide Squad" movie featuring Harley Quinn? Could that movie be directed by "End of Watch" and "Fury" director David Ayer? Could be, could be. Plus, some music news, like Johnny Depp jamming with Ryan Adams on a Dio tune, and Kanye West may be collaborating with... Lorde? Check it all out here: »
- HitFix Staff
It was revealed this week that Matthew McConaughey is not returning to the glitz and glamour of the Magic Mike stage to resume his role of Dallas, godfather of all strippers. It’s like you win one Oscar and you just can’t wear a pair of casual leather chaps for the amusement of some Tampa cougars, geez. But blessedly, the several other stars from the cast are returning for the sequel — including Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Alex Pettyfer, Gabriel Iglesias and Joe Manganiello – all unlimitedly talented when it comes to wearing tearaway pants, flirting with drug abuse and maybe crafting some custom furniture in their downtime. The second installment, titled Magic Mike Xxl and directed by Gregory Jacobs, will also brings a trio of talented women into the mix: Andie MacDowell, Jada Pinkett Smith and Amber Heard. While it’s unclear who MacDowell is playing, the plot involves our intrepid band of male exotic dancers heading »
- Samantha Wilson
Can't wait to grab your girlfriends and watch Channing Tatum and the boys go at it again for Magic Mike Xxl? Well, now you can be part of it all! Yes, seriously, pay attention. The hunky actor announced that the film is holding a contest for one lucky winner to meet him, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer and the other studs and be an extra in the film. "We wanted to do this on the first Magic Mike and we didn't get a chance to, we didn't have time. We do have time this time, so we're gonna do it on Xxl," Tatum says in a Facebook video. "We're gonna hold a contest, and that contest is because we wanna bring people into the Magic Mike experience and get a little up close and personal, if you »
Amber Heard is the latest actress to join the burgeoning cast of Warner Bros.' Magic Mike Xxl, following yesterday's additions of Andie MacDowell and Jada Pinkett Smith. Magic Mike Xxl star Channing Tatum also announced on his Facebook page today that the sequel is holding a contest where one lucky fan will get to be an extra on the set. Check out the video below, and visit MagicMikeContest.com to find out how you can enter, before reading on for more details on the sequel.
No details were given for Amber Heard's character, but she joins original Magic Mike stars Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew Bomer and Joe Manganiello. The story revolves around a road trip to a stripper convention, which is loosely based on Channing Tatum's experiences as a 19-year-old male stripper. We reported earlier this week that Matthew McConaughey will not be returning for the sequel. »
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