• 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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Two very strong sequels — 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2 — are battling for a top spot at the weekend box office, but early indications put the bumbling cop comedy in the lead. Not surprisingly, the R-rated sequel starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum won the derby Friday night with estimates putting the film at $25 million for the day. Sony Pictures, who co-financed the film with MGM, is now predicting 22 Jump Street will gross $60 million for the weekend, putting it above other R-rated summer comedies like Ted ($54.4 million) and Sex in the City ($57 million.)
“This one feels really good,” says Sony’s distribution prez Rory Bruer of Jump Street when reached Saturday morning. “It’s our highest-tested R-rated comedy ever at our research screenings. Focus groups loved it — thought it was hilarious and funnier than the first. We’re going to end up being the second-highest R-rated comedy ever.”
Jump‘s numbers solidly beat out Dreamworks’ animated family film How to Train Your Dragon 2, which nabbed an estimated $18.5 million for the second slot Friday. But things could all turn around today, when families start mobilizing their troops to the dragon flick featuring voice talent from Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, and Gerard Butler.
Third place on Friday went to the three-hankie weeper The Fault in Our Stars, which continues its impressive run. The $12 million film based on the popular John Green novel nabbed an additional $6.4 million its second Friday in release, putting its total at $72.3 million.
Disney’s Maleficient is likely to take a tumble with so many young ones opting for Toothless the dragon in its opening weekend. But the reimagined Disney fairy tale starring Angelina Jolie earned an estimated $5.84 Friday, putting its gross at a solid $144.5 million.
Tom Cruise’s starring vehicle The Edge of Tomorrow is likely to suffer the worst in its second weekend. The film took in only $4.56 million on Friday, for a domestic total that now stands at $45 million.
Here’s the top 5:
1. 22 Jump Street — $25 million
2. How to Train Your Dragon 2 — $18.5 million
3. The Fault in Our Stars — $6.4 million
4. Maleficient — $5.8 million
5. The Edge of Tomorrow — $4.56 million
Check back Sunday morning for a more comprehensive report.
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are recounting their meet-cute, but the details are proving…controversial. It was 2007, apparently, right after Hill starred in Superbad and Tatum in Step Up. They were familiar with each other’s work, but had never met until one fateful night at West Hollywood’s Dan Tana’s, where they happened to catch each other’s eye across the restaurant…
“Hold up, hold up,” interrupts Tatum, 34. “It wasn’t after Step Up. It was The Vow or something.” Hill, 30, rolls his eyes. “The Vow was, like, way later,” he says. “That was right before Jump Street came out, dumbbell. You don’t know your own filmography?” Tatum shakes his head, saying, “Are you sure? I don’t think so.” They playfully bicker over the details for two minutes, sounding more like the stars of You’ve Got Mail than this summer’s biggest buddy comedy, 22 Jump Street (rated R, out now), in which they play undercover cops pretending to be college students to track down a drug dealer.
Rapport can’t be faked, and that’s one reason that the stars’ 2012 comedy 21 Jump Street took in more than $200 million worldwide. At the time, the idea of pairing Hill, the schlubby joker, and Tatum, the action hero with a highly marketable torso, was an epic reach across the aisle. But in comedy, as in romance, opposites often attract: Martin and Lewis, Laurel and Hardy, Tom and Jerry. “Jonah and Channing are really different humans, and it’s remarkable that they get along so well,” says director Phil Lord, who along with his own comedic better half, Christopher Miller, directed both Jump Street films. “That’s what’s hilarious about it.”
When we met the two actors on May 16 at L.A.’s Milk Studios, that difference was evident. Hill sat on the edge of the couch, leaning forward as he pattered and joked his way through the interview, while Tatum lay back beside him, tossing in a comment here and there. Hill dressed in a custom tee with “James Franco” in intersecting cruciform letters; Tatum sported a button-down work shirt fit for a former roofer. On the surface, it’s the kind of haphazard matchup you’d expect from a college housing board, but soon it’s clear these two were meant to be together. (Even if Tatum already has a wife, Jenna Dewan, and a 1-year-old daughter, Everly.) READ FULL STORY
The first 21 Jump Street reboot movie didn’t just safely navigate the traps and pot holes of cheesy TV adaptations — it made the exercise a breezy art. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum’s odd-couple pairing as two narc cops going undercover at a high school snuck up on critics — a luxury they don’t have at their disposal in the sequel.
But that doesn’t seem to be stopping director Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The LEGO Movie) from doubling down on the same comic sensibility. The only thing that’s changed for 22 Jump Street is the setting — college — and the cool-character role reversal — Tatum’s Jenko is now “in,’ while Hill’s Schmidt is “out.” But the “sequel-itis” of Hollywood sequels is now one of the directors’ biggest gags.
The film reportedly is tracking well, and Sony is hoping for a $50 million opening weekend — which is Ted territory. EW’s critic Chris Nashawaty labored under the layers of meta-humor, but at least the stars have the same magic. “Hill and Tatum continue to have such great chemistry,” he writes. “Hill’s neurotic-motormouth act and Tatum’s lovable-lunkhead shtick still shoot giddy sparks.”
Read more from Nashawaty’s review, as well as a round-up of other notable critics, below. READ FULL STORY
Fans of 21 Jump Street already know the Channing Tatum/Jonah Hill sequel is likely going to be pretty outrageous.
But now viewers have got some more specifics, and they’re pretty raunchy. In the international red-band trailer for the comedy, Hill and Tatum reunite at college, where fitting in as undercover cops yields two very different campus experiences.
“I always joke with Jonah about how serious an actor he is now that he’s been nominated [for an Oscar] twice, and how I’m always trying to do big action movies,” Tatum previously told EW about the film. “So he takes his character super-serious when he’s undercover, and I’m always doing unnecessary action. There’s even a dig at White House Down.“
You’ll have to check out the film for the remark about Tatum’s Roland Emmerich project, but below, you can watch Tatum throw a pink dildo at Hill. If the previous sentence didn’t warn you, this trailer is extremely NSFW: READ FULL STORY
Fans of Lana and Andy Wachowski will have to wait a little bit longer to delve into the probably dizzying mythology of Jupiter Ascending. Warner Bros. has bumped the sci-fi spectacle from a long-scheduled July 18 release to Feb. 6, 2015, EW confirmed Tuesday.
Starring Channing Tatum as a “half-wolf, half-albino warrior” and Mila Kunis as a janitor whose perfect genetic makeup threatens the reign of the Queen of the Universe, the story kicks into gear when the Queen attempts to have her assassinated. Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne and Gugu Mbatha-Raw also star in the film, which has already debuted a number of trailers. Check out the latest one after the jump. READ FULL STORY
The top award at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival has gone to Winter Sleep, an epic-length family drama directed by Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
A jury including Gael Garcia Bernal, Sofia Coppola, Willem Dafoe, and Nicolas Winding Refn selected the winners from the 18 films in competition. Prizes were handed out during Saturday night’s closing ceremony.
Ceylan dedicated the award to “the young people in Turkey and those who lost their lives in the last year,” referring to a coal mine accident that killed 301 workers.
Italian director Alice Rohrwacher took home the runner-up Grand Prix prize for the coming of age story The Wonders. READ FULL STORY
Steve Carell plays a murderer in the film Foxcatcher with the help of a prosthetic nose and lots of aging makeup. Lots.
In a new clip from the film, which was supposed to be released in 2013 but was postponed, Carell’s John DuPont is shown meeting wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) for the very first time. Things are sure to turn dark after this meeting: Foxcatcher is based on the true story of John DuPont, who befriended brothers Mark and David (Mark Ruffalo) before killing David and later dying in prison.
• Channing Tatum (Magic Mike) is attached to star in and produce an untitled ’70s-set crime thriller about a family man who must go undercover to take down a dangerous mob syndicate. Kristin Gore is penning the script, and Chicago/Academy Awards producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will produce alongside Tatum and Reid Carolin for Sony. This summer Tatum can be seen in 22 Jump Street (June 13) and Jupiter Ascending (July 18). [THR]
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