Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill Talk 22 JUMP STREET, the First Table Read and the Studio’s Reaction, Deleted Scenes, GAMBIT, Bennett Miller, and More

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Now playing in theaters is 22 Jump Street, the fantastic sequel from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.  As most of you already know, the film finds Channing Tatum and  Jonah Hill reprising their undercover cop roles from the first movie, and they’re now tasked with infiltrating a drug operation on a college campus.   Loaded with great jokes and fantastic performances from Tatum, Hill, and the rest of the cast (Ice CubeNick Offerman Amber StevensPeter StormareRob Riggle, Dave FrancoJillian Bell, and Craig Roberts), 22 Jump Street should absolutely be seen in a theater this weekend.  You’ll love it.  For more on the film, watch these clips and behind-the-scenes footage, read Matt’s review, or click here for all our previous coverage.

At the New York City press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.   They talked about if they were nervous to make the sequel, the first table read and the studio’s reaction, deleted scenes, if they’ll want to make another sequel, Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller, if Tatum will be playing Gambit in an X-Men movie, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Channing Tatum Says “I’m About as in as I Could Possibly Be” for GAMBIT; Hopes to “Change Up” the Superhero Movie

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Though the “McConaissance” is all the rage at the moment, actor Channing Tatum has been undergoing a pretty impressive career transformation of his own over the past couple of years.  After working in films like Step Up, Dear John, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra early in his career, Tatum started taking some big risks with excellent payoffs.  Director Steven Soderbergh brought out a different side of the actor in Magic Mike, Haywire, and Side Effects, he proved to be fantastically adept at comedy with standout roles in 21 Jump Street and This Is the End, and he drew raves for his dramatic work in the dark drama Foxcatcher at that film’s Cannes premiere last month.  With these eclectic performances under his belt, Tatum now has his eyes set on something many other actors are vying for: his own superhero movie.

Tatum has been keen on playing the X-Men character Gambit for a while now, and with recent news that plans are firming up for a standalone Gambit movie with Tatum, Steve took the opportunity to ask the actor about the film during the press day for the upcoming sequel 22 Jump Street.  Tatum cautioned that it’s still very early in the story stages, but confirmed he’s as in as he “could possibly be” and said he’d like to change up the superhero movie with this film.  Read on after the jump.

New to Blu-ray: CHEAP THRILLS, THE LIFE AQUATIC Criterion, RED RIVER Criterion, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a Criterion Collection HD upgrade, a new addition to Criterion, a buzzworthy comedy thriller, a caper remake that was unceremoniously released, and more.  Briefly:

X-MEN Producer Lauren Shuler Donner Says Channing Tatum Is Playing Gambit [UPDATED]

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Earlier this year, X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner said that she wanted to see the mutant Gambit back on screen, and she wanted Channing Tatum to play the role.  She explained that she was “dying to do a Gambit movie” with Tatum, and it was just a matter of getting the studio on board.  A month ago, Tatum said he had met with Donner and would love to play the role because he’s a huge fan of the character.  However, there was still the question of whether or not it would all come together.

Now it’s sounding like Tatum is officially signed on to play the card-slinging cajun.  Hit the jump for more. [Update: We've added new information after the jump.]

Channing Tatum Says He’s Met about Playing Gambit; Reveals “Everyone” Will Likely Be Back for MAGIC MIKE 2

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Though few can rival Matthew McConaughey in the realm of “career renaissance” at the moment, Channing Tatum has undergone a fascinating transformation over the past few years.  He first broke out as a model-slash-actor in the first Step Up, but he began branching out with Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 film Haywire.  He subsequently collaborated with Soderbergh on two more films to excellent results—Magic Mike and Side Effects—and proved himself a very skilled comedic actor with turns in 21 Jump Street and This Is the End.  His upcoming films range from dark drama (Foxcatchter) to hard sci-fi/fantasy (Jupiter Ascending), and there are also a few more exciting prospects on the horizon.

During a recent interview with MTV, Tatum revealed that he has indeed met about playing Gambit in a potential X-Men spinoff film, expressing his love for the character and willingness to tackle the role.  He also provided an update on Magic Mike 2, saying the sequel won’t be as darkly dramatic as Soderbergh’s first film and that he expects the entire cast to return.  Hit the jump for much more.  Magic Mike 2 opens July 3, 2015.

X-MEN Producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg Considering Mystique Spin-Off

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Jennifer Lawrence is super-popular and will likely continue to get great roles, but her marquee franchise, The Hunger Games, will wrap up in November 2015 with the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.  If she’s looking for another blockbuster series, she may need to get a little blue.  In a recent interview with EW, X-Men: Days of Future Past producers Lauren Shuler Donner and talked about X-Men spin-offs.  Donner once again talked about her desire to do Gambit and Deadpool movies, and Kinberg added “I love what Jen Lawrence has done with [Mystique], and I feel like because she is in such a crowded ensemble, there’s so much more opportunity if you were to follow her solo.”  I agree that Mystique is an interesting character, and Lawrence could potentially do a lot more with the role.  Then again, that was the opinion going into X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and that turned out to be abysmal.  A good concept isn’t close to enough.

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X-MEN Producer Lauren Shuler Donner Wants Channing Tatum for GAMBIT Movie

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I’ll always have a soft spot for Gambit.  I became an X-Men fan through the 90s TV series, and he was my favorite character.  I understand where his critics are coming from, but I still think he’s a lot of fun, and if I had to say one nice thing about X-Men Origins: Wolverine it would be that they didn’t ruin the card-flinging mutant.  Sadly, with Origins being the black sheep of the franchise, it seemed like Gambit was one-and-done.

However, producer Lauren Shuler Donner hasn’t given up on the character yet, and she sees a future for Gambit as a stand-alone movie.  And who does she want for the charming Cajun?  Channing Tatum.  Hit the jump for more.  For more X-Men news, click here for new details on X-Men: Days of Future Past and click here for new details on X-Men: Apocalypse.

Hollywood! Adapt This: Marvel’s Ragin’ Cajun, GAMBIT

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With James Mangold’s much-anticipated The Wolverine opening on July 26th and Marvel’s continued success with solo superhero films, the door is wide open for some lesser-known heroes to take to the screen.  While Logan is easily the most popular and famous of the X-Men, he’s able to carry a solo film in part because his character is not defined by being a team player…quite the opposite.  So today we’ll make a case for another X-Man who has a fantastic backstory that’s not directly tied into the mutant team and possesses more than enough personality to shoulder a standalone film.  Hit the jump to find out more.  Hollywood!  Adapt this: Marvel’s ragin’ Cajun, Gambit.

Retro Poster for GAMBIT Starring Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, and Alan Rickman

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A retro poster for the remake of Gambit has gone online.  The update was written by Joel and Ethan Coen and stars Colin Firth as a London art dealer who enlists a Texas Rodeo Queen (Cameron Diaz) to help him con the richest man in England (Alan Rickman).  The original 1966 film, which starred Michael Caine, Shirley MacLaine, and Herbert Lom, is a must-see, and while it sets a high bar, I’m still excited to see what the remake has to offer.  At the very least, it’s got a nice poster that recalls the original without copying it.

Hit the jump to check out the poster.  Gambit opens in the U.K. on November 21st, and will hit the U.S. in early 2013.

First Full Trailer for GAMBIT Starring Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz

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Though we got out first look at some footage from the film just yesterday, the first full trailer for Gambit has now landed online.  The pic is a remake of the 1966 film starring Michael Caine as a cat burglar who recruits a showgirl (Shirley MacLaine) to help him heist a priceless antiquity.  The update was written by Joel and Ethan Coen and stars Colin Firth as a London art dealer who enlists a Texas Rodeo Queen (Cameron Diaz) to help him con the richest man in England.  The trailer makes the film look like a lot of fun, and the Coen brothers’ touch is quite evident.  The goofiness is reminiscent of Raising Arizona, and Alan Rickman is delightfully eccentric as the target of the con.  Performance-driven comedies are few and far between these days, and Gambit appears to be a breath of fresh air.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Directed by Michael Hoffman, the film also stars Stanley Tucci and Cloris LeachmanGambit will be released on November 21st in the UK and sometime in early 2013 in the US.

Watch Some of the Trailer for GAMBIT Starring Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz

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Michael Hoffman‘s remake of Gambit needs to stop being pushed back so I can see it.  In the original 1966 film, a cat burglar (Michael Caine) recruits a showgirl (Shirley MacLaine) to help him heist a priceless antiquity.  The remake was written by Joel and Ethan Coen, and stars Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz, and was originally due out in the U.S. this year, but was pushed back to winter 2013.  However, as we saw from recent posters (that ripped off the tagline from Bowfinger), it will still hit theaters in the UK this November.  A portion of the trailer has landed online, and it looks like a lot of fun, although the Caine character is “a London art dealer who enlists a Texas Rodeo Queen (Diaz) in a scheme to con the richest man in England (Alan Rickman).”  Although this is only a brief glimpse, I like what I’m seeing, and hopefully we’ll get a full trailer in the near future.

Hit the jump to check out the partial trailer, and if you haven’t seen the original, be sure to track it down.

New Posters for SINISTER, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, RUST AND BONE and GAMBIT

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Let’s round up some posters, shall we?

  • Sinister, a horror film from writer/director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) and starring Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, Vincent D’Onofrio and Clare Foley, opens October 5th.
  • Hotel Transylvaniafeaturing the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade and Steve Buscemi, opens September 28th.
  • Rust and Bonethe mystery/drama from director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet) that stars Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises) and Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead), opens November 23rd.
  • Gambitwhich Michael Hoffman (One Fine Day) directs from a Coen Brothers script, stars Alan Rickman, Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz.  Gambit opens next year.

Hit the jump to see all the posters and synopses.

Release Date Shuffle: SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS Moves Up to October 12, ANNA KARENINA Shifted to November 16, and GAMBIT Pushed to Winter 2013

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A few release dates have been shifted for some promising upcoming pics.  Briefly:

  • Director Martin McDonagh’s (In Bruges) dark comedy Seven Psychopaths, starring Colin Farrell, has been moved up a month to October 12th.
  • Joe Wright’s (Hanna) adaptation of the classic tome Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightley, has been pushed back slightly to November 16th.
  • The remake of Gambit, starring Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz, has been pushed to an unspecified date in Winter 2013.

Hit the jump for more details.

CBS Films Release Date Shuffle: GAMBIT, Starring Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz, Moved Up to October 12; Thriller 7500 Pushed to 2013

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CBS Films has done a bit of release date shuffling for two of their upcoming releases.  First up, director Michael Hoffman’s remake of the 1966 caper comedy Gambit has been moved up from January 11th, 2013 to October 12th of this year (per Box Office Mojo).  Cameron Diaz and Colin Firth star as partners in a con to sell a fake Monet painting, and the film has a script by Joel and Ethan Coen.  Given the caliber of talent involved, the January date was always a bit of a puzzler.  The film will now square off against Ben Affleck’s stellar looking period thriller Argo and the Kevin James “comedy” Here Comes the Boom.  Hit the jump for more, including release date news concerning The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu’s airplane thriller 7500.

Release Dates Announced for GAMBIT, SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS, and THE WORDS

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Release dates have been announced for Gambit, Seven Psychopaths, and The Words.  Briefly, here they are:

  • Michael Hoffman‘s heist-comedy Gambit, written by the Coen Brothers and starring Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz, is set for January 11, 2013.
  • Martin McDonagh‘s dark comedy Seven Psychopaths, starring Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, and Sam Rockwell, is due out November 2nd.
  • The plagiarism drama The Words, starring Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, and Jeremy Irons, will open September 21st.

Hit the jump for more on all of these flicks and their competition at the box office.  [Release dates via Box Office Mojo]

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