The newest trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation isn’t all that much different from the previous trailers. We still get a brief glimpse of Channing Tatum before he seems to be blown to smithereens. We still witness a winky Bruce Wills as the original G.I. Joe cracking wise about his cholesterol. We still see the city of London go kablooey. And we still have the the pleasure of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson showcasing his terrifying-yet-transfixing biceps. But since the movie was abruptly bumped from its summer 2012 release to March 29, 2013 for a conversion to 3-D, a reshuffled refresher of why you were jazzed to see the film in the first place is in order. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY
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I didn’t see Magic Mike when it opened in theaters last June. I meant to, I swear. After all, even if the movie looked a little like equal parts 54 and Showgirls, it’s a Steven Soderbergh film: think Traffic, Out of Sight, Erin Brockovich, Ocean’s Eleven. Plus, I knew it featured a gonzo Matthew McConaughey playing the bongos, which would normally be enough for me to see any movie even if Steve Buscemi had Channing Tatum’s sexy stripper role. But for some
insecurity reason, I never made it to the theater to see it on the big screen. Not that the film suffered for it — it eventually grossed $113.7 million.
But with the movie out on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download today, I no longer had any excuses. Yes, it is the story of two male strippers, one an accomplished veteran (Tatum) looking to graduate to the next chapter in his life, the other an impressionable kid (Alex Pettyfer) just looking for some cash and a good time. McConaughey is the owner of their Tampa Bay strip club, and Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello share the stage through a variety of strip teases and bacchanalian behavior. Within the first two minutes, Tatum bares his behind. Later, we see a silhouette of Manganiello’s kick-stand, and the guys spend a lot of time grinding the panting ladies shoving handfulls of dollar bills at them. But Magic Mike never gets as hardcore as a film like Boogie Nights. It’s more like The Full Monty with Calvin Klein models instead of depressed middle-aged Brits.
Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson, and the rest of young Hollywood star in high school reunion film '10 Years' -- EXCLUSIVE POSTER
One day, while hanging out on the Charleston, S.C. set of the 2010 Nicholas Sparks weepie Dear John, star Channing Tatum got to talking with costar Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights) and the film’s screenwriter, Jamie Linden (We Are Marshall). Porter and Linden were old high school buddies, and they’d just come back from their 10 year reunion. “Channing didn’t go to his,” Linden tells EW, “so he had a bunch of questions.” Soon, producers Reid Carolin, Marty Bowen, and Wyck Godfrey joined in.
Sometimes, filmmaking is just that simple: Stars + writer + producers + personal experience = The indie ensemble comedy 10 Years, written and directed by Linden, and starring Tatum, Porter, and a who’s who cavalcade of young Hollywood. EW has an exclusive first look at the poster for the film, which opens Sept. 14 — check it out below: READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Jason Bateman to star in and direct spelling bee comedy. Plus: Channing Tatum circling Evel Knievel biopic, and 'The Wolverine' gets villain
• Channing Tatum is in talks to produce and star in an untitled biopic about famed daredevil Evel Knievel. Tatum’s producing partner Reid Carolin (Magic Mike) penned the script, based on the Stuart Barker book Life of Evel. No director is attached. [THR]
• Hiroyuki Sanada (Lost, Revenge, Rush Hour 3) will play Big Bad yakuza crime boss Lord Shingen opposite Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine. James Mangold is directing. [Deadline]
• Melissa Leo and Rick Yune (Die Another Day) have signed onto the White House thriller Olympus Has Fallen (this is the one starring Gerard Butler as a Secret Service agent, and Aaron Eckhart as the president, with Antoine Fuqua directing). Leo will play the Secretary of Defense, and Yune will play the mastermind behind the North Korean takeover of the White House. [THR]
• Rob Corddry is negotiating to join the untitled Sandra Bullock/Melissa McCarthy cop comedy. Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) is directing. [Variety]
• The Steve Jobs biopic jOBS added a raft of new actors to its cast, the filmmakers announced today, including JK Simmons (as Apple investor Arthur Rock), Victor Rasuk (as Apple’s first employee Bill Fernandez), and Kevin Dunn (as Apple chairman Gil Amelio). Also joining the cast about the Apple Computer co-founder (played by Ashton Kutcher) are Elden Henson (The Butterfly Effect), Lenny Jacobson (Nurse Jackie), Giles Matthey (True Blood), and Ahna O’Reilly (The Help).
Casting Net: Michael Fassbender taking on ‘Assassin’s Creed.’ Plus: Anthony Hopkins, Chris Cooper, James Woods
‘The Wolverine’ to begin shooting in Australia this August, then move to Japan
Matthew McConaughey, as a Tampa strip-club owner-manager named Dallas, spends a lot of time in Magic Mike giving tips and pep talks to his team of on-stage stripper-studs. Instructing Adam (Alex Pettyfer), the new kid on the block, in some of the basic moves, as the two look into the mirror of a workout gym, he shows him how to tease the women in the audience, with slow grinds that grow more and more seductive (if that’s the right word to use for gestures that make it look like someone’s pantomiming a porn film), until, at last, the time arrives to deliver the money shot, a pure hard thrust of the crotch — bam! — that leaves no room for suggestion. Dallas, narrating his own sinewy movements, lets us know that he’s done all of this a hundred thousand times before, and that it’s pure performance, but also how much he relishes the sheer sexy works-every-goddamn-time effectiveness of it, the incredible control it gives him. Late in the movie, he gets up on stage at the Xquisite Male Dance Revue, and he makes good on his lessons. He puts on a mesmerizing strip show, with just the right move for every moment. He’s like a cowboy who’s his own bucking bronco. Yet as you watch his knowing, serpentine maneuvers, you can see that one reason Dallas is so good at this stuff is that he’s been doing it longer than forever. READ FULL STORY
“Someone asked me recently, ‘How important are clothes to a movie about stripping?’ And all I could say was, ‘Without the clothes, you really don’t have an act as a stripper. You’ve got to have something to take off,’” says Magic Mike costume designer Christopher Peterson. Fair enough. An Emmy nominee last year for his work on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Peterson did some quick research for the film by visiting several male revues on both coasts. What he learned immediately: “A guy walks out onstage, tears his pants off, it’s guaranteed to get a reaction every single time. It’s pretty much full-proof if you do it right,” he says. What took him awhile to figure out: How exactly to make that happen. “I thought, okay, so you attach a bit of velcro to some pants and yank ‘em and that’s it. It wasn’t working day after day. They weren’t tearing away,” says Peterson, who tested them on himself. “Finally, I figured out the right combination of velcro and snaps and how to grab them and got it. I tore away the final pair of trousers. Of course, that is the moment when the producer and the director walk into the fitting room for a quick check in, like, ‘Hey, how’s it going?’ and I’m standing there in my underwear in front of my staff. It was a pretty steep learning curve, but we got it because like I said, there’s nothing that guarantees a squeal out of a crowd more than Channing Tatum tearing away his cop pants.”
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EW’s movie critics Owen Gleiberman and Lisa Schwarzbaum agree that Steven Soderbergh’s new film Magic Mike is a light, fun romp through the world of male strippers and strip clubs for women. While it starts out a little “low rent,” taking place in a Tampa, Florida, strip club, it moves through to become a more developed story about Channing Tatum’s character and how he’s handling approaching the big 3-0. Tatum and McConaughey in particular give brave, spirited performances, giving Tatum his second win of the summer, following 21 Jump Street. Check out the full review from Owen and Lisa below.
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Save up those $1 bills: Magic Mike star (and inspiration) Channing Tatum, director Steven Soderbergh, and writer Reid Carolin are turning their stripper movie into a live stage show. The trio discussed the idea while working on Magic Mike’s script, but Tatum says he began taking it seriously thanks to his costar. “Matt Bomer started singing some of the songs while he was onstage, and he was like, ‘This would kill as a musical,’” recalls Tatum. “That cemented it for me.” READ FULL STORY
That’s a lot of dollar bills stuffed into Channing Tatum’s thong!
Magic Mike pulled in a tremendous $2.1 million from 1,100 theaters during midnight showings last night, and it now seems that the Steven Soderbergh-directed stripper movie is headed for strong business. (I have predicted $34 million, on the high end of prognosticators.)
A few weeks ago, Snow White and the Huntsman took in $1.4 million at midnight on it’s way to a $56.2 million debut. If we apply the same formula (midnight gross x 40) to Magic Mike, that means that Tatum and company are headed to an $82 million debut — but that’s almost certainly overestimating.
Magic Mike will likely see remarkably frontloaded business, as it has been effectively showcased as an “event film.” Large groups of women (and gay men) have excitedly been planning to see the film for weeks, and the naughty nature of Magic Mike lends itself to group viewing. These devoted groups will rush out to the theater this weekend, giving Mike major up-front business. (And yes, he will reciprocate.) In this sense, a frontloaded film like Prometheus, which earned $3.6 million at midnight on the way to a $51.1 million debut, may prove a more apt comparison. We’ll see.
But Magic Mike wasn’t alone in the midnight box office race — Universal’s comedy Ted grossed a stellar $2.6 million at midnight from 1,095 theaters as well. Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s raunchy R-rated flick, which stars Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, now looks like a surefire hit destined for a robust opening, perhaps in the $40 million range.
Thus, I’m thinking that the well-reviewed R-rated duo look increasingly likely to take out Pixar’s powerhouse Brave over the next three days, but we’ll have to find out how high they actually climb. Stay tuned to EW for full weekend box office coverage, and follow me on Twitter for up-to-the-minute box office updates.
Princess Merida hit the bullseye during her first weekend at the box office, but she’s got a new bear to fight this time around.
His name is Ted. He’s a stuffed animal. And he’s the main character in just one of four new wide releases hitting theaters this weekend. Also opening is stripper showcase Magic Mike, Tyler Perry offering Madea’s Witness Protection, and family drama People Like Us.
Will any of them be able to take out Brave? It’s going to be close. Here’s how I think the box office may shake out: READ FULL STORY
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