Channing Tatum is getting behind the lens for his next project, an adaptation of the YA novel Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. READ FULL STORY
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The Weinstein Company has revealed the full cast list for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, which includes Tarantino veterans like Samuel L. Jackson and Tim Roth, as well as newbies like Demián Bichir, Channing Tatum, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. READ FULL STORY
Talk about a strip tease.
After weeks of unofficial announcements and rumors, Warner Brothers has officially released the cast and first synopsis for Magic Mike XXL. Channing Tatum once again stars as the title-role stripper in the sequel, which he wrote and is producing alongside Reid Carolin. New to the cast is Elizabeth Banks, Donald Glover, and Michael Strahan, who confirmed his casting on Monday’s Live! with Kelly and Michael after joking with Tatum multiple times that he was interested in a part in the movie when the actor was a guest on the morning talk show. The trio join the previously announced group of returning and new stars including Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias, Amber Heard, Andie MacDowell, and Jada Pinkett Smith.
In addition to the casting, Warner Brothers has also released the first piece of plot for fans to get excited about:
Picking up the story three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, the film 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 blowout 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.
Gregory Jacobs, who served as the first assistant to Steven Soderbergh on the original film, is taking over directing duties and has already begun production. Soderbergh is still working on the film as cinematographer, editor and producer. Magic Mike XXL is expected to hit theaters July 1, 2015.
Audiences didn’t get a chance to see the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending this summer when it was pushed from its July 2014 release date into February. But now fans of the brother-sister duo can be satiated with a new trailer for the film that looks to be a wacky ride featuring Channing Tatum as a “half-wolf, half-albino warrior,” Mila Kunis as unlikely royalty, and Eddie Redmayne as a wonderfully hammy actor, apparently. READ FULL STORY
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. Entrants need to create a photo or video showcasing their love for Magic Mike and why they would want to be in the film.
All of the rules can be found at the contest’s official site, and the contest is open until 12:00 PT on Sept. 29. Tatum promises that the sequel’s dance numbers are “crazy this time,” which makes sense considering stripper conventions are presumably not very tame gatherings.
Magic Mike XXL has already begun filming, and the final cast has been slowly revealed: Matthew McConaughey is out. Andie MacDowell is in. And now, another female lead has been cast for the sequel. Amber Heard has been hired as one of the film’s new leads, EW has learned.
Details remain unknown about Heard’s character, but she joins a continually growing cast that also includes returning lead Channing Tatum for what has been described as an “on-the-road adventure.”
Heard can next be seen alongside her Friday Night Lights costar Billy Bob Thornton in London Fields, while XXL will arrive just in time for Independence Day when it hits theaters on July 3, 2015.
• Channing Tatum will star in the inspirational true story Struck by Genius for Sony. Based on the memoir of the same name released in April, it follows the real life story of Jason Padgett, who became a math genius after a traumatic brain injury outside a karaoke bar. Tatum will play Padgett and the film is expected to follow him dealing with such issues as PTSD and the chronic pain that followed before finding some salvation in art. [THR]
• Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) is in talks to join the Ben-Hur remake starring Jack Huston. Kebbell would play the villainous Messala, former friend to the title slave who is now a Roman commander. Wanted‘s Timur Bekmambetov is already set to direct Huston and Morgan Freeman in the adaptation written by Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave scribe John Ridley. [Variety]
• The Big C star Gabriel Basso has joined the cast of Meg Ryan‘s directorial debut Ithaca. The film written by Erik Jendresen (Killing Lincoln) is adapted from the William Saroyan novel “The Human Comedy” and follows life in a small California town during World War II. Ryan will also appear in the film alongside Tom Hanks, son Jack Quaid, and Sam Shepard. [The Wrap]
• King Arthur has found his queen. French actress Astrid Berges-Frisbey has been tapped to play Guinevere in director Guy Ritchie‘s Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur. Charlie Hunnam is already set to wear the crown of the title role for the Warner Bros film. Previously, Berges-Frisbey appeared as the mermaid Syrena in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which required the actress to learn English. The story of the royal legend has been adapted by Joby Harold (Awake) with the potential for six installments of a franchise being created. [Deadline]
• Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) has joined Sandra Bullock in the political dramedy Our Brand is Crisis. David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) is directing the movie based on the 2005 documentary of the same name about a U.S. political strategy firm hired by a controversial South American politician in a presidential election. Oscar winners George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing the film written by Peter Straughan (Frank). [The Wrap]
• Paul Reiser will play Dr. Elliott Pellman, the chair of the NFL medical committee in Sony’s untitled football concussion movie. Peter Landesman (Parkland) is writing and directing the drama based on the GQ article “Game Brain” by Jeanne Marie Laskas. It will star Will Smith as neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu with Alec Baldwin and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in supporting roles. [THR]
• Dennis Haysbert (24) will appear in two upcoming films. The first is as one of the leads in the zombie movie Dead Rising from director Zach Lipovsky (Leprechaun: Origins). The freaky film from Legendary Digital and Crackle is based on the video game of the same name. In addition, Haysbert has also booked a cameo role in Seth MacFarlane’s Ted 2, currently filming in Boston and starring Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Morgan Freeman and of course America’s favorite foul-mouthed teddy bear. [The Wrap]
• This won’t be your mother’s Mark Twain. Kyle Gallner (American Sniper) and Adam Nee (Drunk History) will play modern versions of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, respectively, in the comedic thriller Band of Robbers. Adam and Aaron Nee will direct the film, in which the criminal Huck and corrupt cop Tom join together to form the titled group of misfits including Becky Thatcher, played by Glee‘s Melissa Benoist and Injun Joe, played by Avatar‘s Stephen Lang. [Variety]
For a man who’s retired from directing movies, Steven Soderbergh keeps finding increasingly creative ways to circumvent his vow. Behind the Candelabra was technically a TV movie (though it played in theaters in many foreign territories) and The Knick is a Cinemax TV series, but clearly, he has no intention to stop working.
The Oscar winner recently tweeted an image of a clapperboard indicating that production had begun on the Magic Mike sequel, a project he handed off to his long-time collaborator Gregory Jacobs. But Soderbergh hasn’t exactly stepped off the stage—his pseudonym as a cinematographer is Peter Andrews. So technically, he’s not directing Channing Tatum in Magix Mike XXL, but he’ll be behind the camera, as well as serving as the film’s camera operator and editor. “I want to be there, but I don’t want to be the director,” Soderbergh told GQ in June. “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.” READ FULL STORY
Despite playing the American version of the world’s worst boss on The Office for seven seasons, Steve Carell has a well-deserved reputation as one of the most affable and generous professionals in entertainment. It’s that perception that makes his portrayal of blue-blooded Olympic benefactor—and deranged murderer—John du Pont in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher so effectively unsettling, and it certainly contributed to the film’s ecstatic critical reception at May’s Cannes Film Festival. More than two months before Foxcatcher‘s Nov. 14 release date, Carell is already on the short list of contenders for a Best Actor Academy Award.
Perhaps Carell wasn’t the obvious choice to play du Pont, who was psychologically unraveling when he inexplicably gunned down an Olympic wrestler in 1996. But Miller, who memorably cast Jonah Hill in Moneyball, saw an advantage in playing with Carell‘s public persona. “That it’s not obvious was part of the reason why it was right,” Miller says, “because who we think [du Pont] is and who he turns out to be are very different things. I think some of the more obvious choices would have not worked, because right off the bat, you would put them in a category. But having spoken to Steve about the story and a little bit about life, it just felt like one of those opportunities that would permit him to reveal an aspect of himself and hitherto unrevealed talents that he had. It was an occasion to arise to for him. I remember feeling, ‘Well, if it could work with him, there really is nobody better suited to it.’” READ FULL STORY
• Channing Tatum (22 Jump Street), and The Grand Budapest Hotel co-stars Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes are in talks to join Joel and Ethan Coen‘s Hail, Caesar! They’d star alongside Coen brothers regulars George Clooney and Josh Brolin in the 1950s-set comedy about a Hollywood fixer named Eddie Mannix. Swinton would portray a gossip columnist, Tatum is in negotiations to use his dancing skills as a “Gene Kelly-type star,” and Fiennes is considering the role of a studio director. [THR; Variety] READ FULL STORY
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