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Movie Talk with Owen and Lisa: 'Magic Mike' is a 'guilt-free stripper movie' -- VIDEO

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.

'Magic Mike' trailer: 'I'm just trying to figure out, why stripping?' -- Um, why NOT?

Chances are, you’re not even reading this right now, since you saw the words “Magic Mike trailer” in the headline, and have already skipped on down to the first look at Channing Tatum’s male stripper movie. But if you do have the will power to read these words, a quick heads up: The trailer focuses less on the lubricious performances of the all-male revue, and more on, like, the story. (Yes, there is a story! Yes, I’m as surprised as you are!) It turns out that  Tatum’s title character is struggling to break out of stripping so he can start a business making custom furniture. “So you must be really good with your hands,” observes his love interest (Cody Horn), who’s also the sister of the newest recruit (Alex Pettyfer). Honey, it seems to me he’s good with pretty much everything.

I’m shameless. Check out the trailer below:  READ FULL STORY

The men of 'Haywire' talk facing off against 'intimidating' Gina Carano -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

It takes a certain kind of guy to go up against Gina Carano. A very brave guy who is willing to accept the fact that he’ll more than likely have his ass handed to him by her, to be exact. In Steven Soderbergh’s tense new action thriller Haywire, in theaters today, Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, and Michael Fassbender play just three of the gentleman who dare to square off against the mixed martial artist.

While Tatum, who finds himself on the wrong end of a fight against Carano’s betrayed black-ops soldier Mallory Kane within the first five minutes of the movie, called it “cool… but a little intimidating” to go head-to-head and fist-to-fist with “the pioneer of female mixed martial arts,” it seems Carano herself got well, a kick out of it. “I think, by far, my favorite days were the fight days. We were just tumbling over couches, smashing each other into everything possible,” the new action heroine explained in this exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette.

Steven Soderbergh's 'Side Effects' planned for early 2013 release

Open Road Films and Annapurna Pictures announced Wednesday that Steven Soderbergh’s psychological thriller Side Effects is set to begin shooting in April on track for an early 2013 release. Annapurna Pictures will finance and produce the film with Open Road Films handling the U.S. distribution.

Plot details have not yet been released for Side Effects, formerly titled “Bitter Pill,” but casting announcements are expected within the coming weeks, according to a press release issued Wednesday. “We are thrilled that Steven Soderbergh is bringing his next thriller to Open Road,” Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films, stated in the release. “We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Annapurna and this fantastic team of filmmakers.”

Soderbergh has two films slated for 2012, the espionage thriller Haywire, which opens Friday, and the male-stripper tale Magic Mike, which is planned for a summer release.

Annapurna Pictures was founded in 2010 and is involved in a number of high-profile projects, including Kathryn Bigelow’s film about the killing of Osama bin Laden and Wettest County, starring Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain, and Tom Hardy.

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Steven Soderbergh drops out of 'Man from U.N.C.L.E.'

The long development of Warner Bros.’s planned reboot of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. just grew a little longer. As The Playlist initially reported, Steven Soderbergh has departed from the project, leaving it without a star or a director. At one point, the re-imagining of the 1960s TV show that starred Robert Vaughn and David McCallum was developed as the next Soderbergh/Clooney collaboration, but The Descendants star dropped out of the leading role because of his chronically bad back. Soderbergh then met with other potential stars, with the trades paying special attention to Bradley Cooper. The studio hoped to begin shooting in March, but according to The Playlist, their budget for the film was much less than Soderbergh envisioned. It’s not unlike what occurred when Sony and Soderbergh parted ways on Moneyball. And like that project, U.N.C.L.E. will surely survive to live another day with a different director at the helm.

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Box office preview: 'The Lion King 3D' hopes to reign over 'Contagion,' 'Drive,' and 'Straw Dogs'


I guess there’s a “Circle of Life” at the movies too!

This weekend, Disney’s technologically enhanced The Lion King 3D “Just Can’t Wait to be King” of the box office, as it’s being re-released for a limited two-week engagement. The film should “Be Prepared” for some light competition from Straw Dogs, Drive, and I Don’t Know How She Does It, but we’re sure Disney is saying “Hakuna Matata” about the newcomers. By the way, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” that I’m expressing for The Lion King? That’s exactly the kind of nostalgia that should propel it into first place. But just how much will it earn? And how will other films do at the box office? Check out my full predictions below.  READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Contagion' leads slow weekend with $23.1 mil, while 'Creature' sets record lows

It was not a pretty weekend at the box office. According to studio estimates, this was the lowest-grossing weekend of the year, with the top 10 movies collectively earning just $66.4 million. Only one of four new wide releases, the Warner Bros. thriller Contagion, opened to encouraging numbers.

The Steven Soderbergh film, about the outbreak of a deadly virus, swabbed a solid $23.1 million, with $2.3 million coming from IMAX theaters. The PG-13 movie, which featured an Oscar-endorsed cast including Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, and Gwyneth Paltrow, drew an adult crowd — 81 percent of the audience was at least 25 years old. Made for about $60 million, Contagion garnered positive reviews from critics, but settled for a mediocre “B-” rating from CinemaScore moviegoers. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Contagion' consumes weak competition with $8 mil on Friday

In what’s shaping up to be possibly the slowest weekend of the year at the box office, the only bright spot was the new viral thriller Contagion, which topped the charts with an estimated $8 million on Friday. Warner Bros.’ PG-13 film, which was directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars a who’s who of Oscar winners and nominees, received mostly positive reviews and is on pace for a solid $22 million opening. But its success cannot distract from the box office’s overall dismal performance. The top 10 movies grossed an estimated $19.6 million on Friday — the lowest Friday figure so far this year. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: No stopping 'Contagion' from dominating the weekend

After topping the box office for 24 straight days (and a likely 25th today), The Help will finally have to step aside for a new No. 1 movie: Steven Soderbergh’s viral thriller Contagion. Also debuting this weekend is the mixed martial arts drama Warrior, and two films that shouldn’t even crack the top five: the R-rated comedy Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star and the R-rated horror flick Creature.

The former movie, which stars Nick Swardson as a Midwestern nerd who heads to Hollywood to become a porn actor, was produced and co-written by Adam Sandler. But Swardson isn’t a big box-office draw, and the $10 million Sony release is only debuting in about 1,500 theaters, so count on an opening between $3 million and $4 million. Creature, about a half-human, half-alligator monster named Lockjaw (ManBearPig was apparently already booked), should fare even worse. Let’s say $1 million from 1,507 theaters.

Here are my box-office predictions for the top five: READ FULL STORY

Matthew McConaughey signs up for Channing Tatum stripper movie 'Magic Mike'

Matthew McConaughey, seen here in the only fully clothed photo we could find, has joined director Steven Soderbergh’s male-stripper film Magic Mike, the actor’s rep confirmed to EW. (Variety first reported the news.) The drama stars Channing Tatum as the title character, a veteran stripper who mentors a younger dancer (I Am Number Four‘s Alex Pettyfer) in the art of hustling. McConaughey will play a former stripper who now owns the club, called Xquisite, where Tatum’s character works.

The movie has been a passion project for Tatum, who actually performed as an exotic dancer named “Chan Crawford” when he was 18 years old. “This was a wild and pivotal time in my life,” said Tatum in a previous statement, “and I couldn’t be more thrilled to go down the rabbit hole with Steven.” Magic Mike will start shooting on Sept. 14 with plans for a 2012 release.

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