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
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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.
All right, before you freak out, it’s not a spoiler. It’s right there at the start of the trailer, so let’s not act like this revelation ruins the movie, though it is pretty shocking to see Gwyneth Paltrow so quickly eradicated. She has a way of making her widowed leading men really lose it: Will “What happened to her!?!” become the 2011 version of “What’s in the box!?!” READ FULL STORY
Looks like Steven Soderbergh isn’t quite ready for the gold watch after all. Earlier this year, the famed director of films like sex lies and videotape, Out of Sight, Erin Brockovich, and Oceans 11 vowed that he would retire from filmmaking after finishing two final projects on his plate: Liberace, starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, and a potential big-screen reboot of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. with George Clooney. “For the last three years, I’ve been turning down everything that comes my way,” Soderbergh told NPR in March. “You’re not gonna have Steven Soderbergh to kick around anymore.” Well, apparently he found one more project too appealing to turn down: Soderbergh has signed on to direct Channing Tatum in Magic Mike, a project based on Tatum’s real-life experiences working as a male stripper at age 19. Tatum, who recently completed the film Haywire with Soderbergh, will play a veteran stripper who mentors a younger newbie. READ FULL STORY
Kevin Smith says he's retiring. So does Steven Soderbergh. Former indie wunderkinds, we hardly knew ye!
streamed live on mtv.com. (“Am I having a midlife crisis?” he asked mockingly. “Yes! But it’s an entertaining one!”) Smith was out to answer his critics — not just the film critics, like me, who beat up on Cop Out (he seemed to get that out of his system in his infamous comment-board rants of a year ago — and besides, he gave me a nice shout-out on mtv.com; thanks, Kevin!), but also the bloggers who attacked him for his rambling, half-hour-long “manifesto” after the Sundance premiere of Red State (that’s him at Sundance, above), when he got up on stage and explained, with a gonzo “f— the system” logic, why he planned to distribute the movie himself. READ FULL STORYAnnouncing that you plan to retire while you’re still in your prime used to be the special province of pop stars. David Bowie did it (his first “retirement” took place in 1973), and so did Jay-Z. Now some pretty famous movie directors are making the same noises. They’re talking about taking that retirement bait — and, more than the pop stars, they sound as if they mean it. On Tuesday, Kevin Smith sat down for a fascinating, soul-searching, at times nearly confessional here’s-why-it-looks-like-I’ve-been-cracking-up interview
While the director understandably geeked out about football for most of his appearance on the show, Soderbergh told the host when prompted, “I’m gonna wind it down. I’m making the announcement now.” He quickly rescinded, clarifying that he had something more akin to “an exit strategy.” “Look, you can never assume anything in this business,” he said.
Last month, Soderbergh’s Liberace star Matt Damon claimed Soderbergh was “exhausted” with filmmaking. “He, obviously, declined to mention that we were both pretty drunk when we had that conversation,” Soderbergh joked on the podcast.
For the time being, Soderbergh said his focus is on wrapping up and promoting his next two films, Haywire (April 22) and horror movie Contagion (Oct. 21), and he plans to film Liberace this summer. A reboot of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is also in the works, and he said George Clooney would be starring “if I have my way.”
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