Steven Soderbergh Will Act as Cinematographer, Camera Operator, and Editor for MAGIC MIKE 2

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Steven Soderbergh’s retirement from filmmaking has been tough to swallow for many reasons, not the least of which because he was so damn prolific over the past few years with some fascinating, challenging, and wildly different films.  He hasn’t given up directing entirely as he recently helmed all 10 episodes of the upcoming Cinemax series The Knick, but he remains steadfast in his decision to steer clear of moviemaking—even when it comes to the highly anticipated Magic Mike sequel.  Warner Bros. has already dated the follow-up—tentatively titled Magic Mike XXLfor next summer and Channing Tatum is hopeful that the entire cast will return, but it will be Tatum’s producing partner Gregory Jacobs in the director’s chair this time around instead of Soderbergh.

However, we now have confirmation that Soderbergh won’t simply be tangentially involved with Magic Mike 2.  He will resume his duties as cinematographer, camera operator, and editor on the sequel.  Hit the jump for more, including Soderbergh’s thoughts on returning in this capacity.

Warner Bros. to Release MAGIC MIKE 2 on July 3, 2015

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Warner Bros. has set the Magic Mike 2 release date for July 3, 2015.  2015 is already ridiculously crowded, but I have to admire a studio scheduling the sequel to an indie dramedy about male strippers for one of the biggest blockbuster weekends of the year.  Even better, it will face off against Terminator: Genesis, and while audiences are used to getting their big action fix on the July 4th weekend, I wouldn’t rule out Magic Mike 2 as highly effective counter-programming.  There’s more than one way to set off fireworks.  One of those ways involves cock pumps.

In a recent interview, Magic Mike 2 star Channing Tatum said that “everyone” will likely return for the sequel.  I hope that the movie is good and that they’ll be seeing a lot of laaawwwwwbreakers.

MAGIC MIKE Sequel Lands Director and Title

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Just yesterday we brought you word, via Joe Manganiello, that the Magic Mike sequel would be getting underway this fall.  As of that report, there was no director or even a title attached to the follow-up film.  That’s all changed as of today.  A new report has Gregory Jacobs attached as director, even though it was previously speculated that Channing Tatum and producing/writing partner Reid Carolin were thinking about co-directing.  Jacobs has been Steven Soderbergh’s First Assistant Director for quite some time, so with Soderbergh remaining as executive producer, it makes sense to have Jacobs at the helm.  Though we’re still waiting for an official announcement, The Playlist also has word that the sequel will be titled Magic Mike XXL. Make of that title what you will.  The important part is that the fan-favorite film, and surprise box office hit of 2012, is keeping the party going strong.

Joe Manganiello Says MAGIC MIKE 2 “Is Gonna Happen This Fall”

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Though reboots and big franchise properties are the main output for studios nowadays, every now and then a smaller film will pop with audiences and become a surprise success.  Such was the case with director Steven Soderbergh’s excellent male stripper drama Magic Mike, which grossed a hefty $167 million worldwide against a budget of just $7 million.  Obviously with that kind of return it would be financially sound to move forward with a sequel, and star/producer Channing Tatum has been keen on making the follow-up a reality.  However, with Soderbergh in a self-imposed retirement and Tatum plenty busy with other projects, the timeline of the follow-up has been a bit murky.

Recently, while we were speaking with Joe Manganiello in anticipation of the ensemble actioner Sabotage, the actor offered a surprising update on Magic Mike 2, revealing that filming is poised to get underway this fall.  Hit the jump for his full comments.

Joe Manganiello Talks TRUE BLOOD Season 6, MAGIC MIKE Sequel and Documentary, His Fitness Book, and Yale Rep’s A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Production

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After the Vampire Authority being wiped out, TruBlood no longer existing, the mysterious and ancient Warlow showing up in town to claim Sookie (Anna Paquin), and sick and hungry vampires on the loose, there’s no telling what’s going to go down in the Season 6 finale of HBO’s True Blood on August 18th.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Joe Manganiello (who plays werewolf pack master Alcide Herveaux) talked about how crazy the finale is, how the pluses of being pack master definitely don’t outweigh the minuses, just how much things will heat up for the werewolves, what a smooth transition it’s been for Brian Buckner to take over as showrunner, and how comfortable he is, at this point, with stripping down on camera.  He also talked about how he’d love to reunite with his Magic Mike co-stars for a sequel, that they started talking about doing another film while they were still shooting the first, his Magic Mike-related documentary, what made now the right time to do a health and fitness book (Joe Manganiello’s Evolution: The Cutting Edge Guide to Breaking Down Mental Walls and Building the Body You’ve Always Wanted, out on December 3rd), and taking on the role of Stanley Kowalski in the Yale Repertory Theatre production of A Streetcar Named Desire (from September 20th through October 12th in New Haven, Connecticut).  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Steven Soderbergh Talks SIDE EFFECTS, Retirement, MAGIC MIKE, His Filmmaking Process, Digital Cameras, Christopher Nolan, Twitter, CONTAGION Deleted Scenes, and More

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While Steven Soderbergh has made a number of movies over the past few years, for whatever reason, I’d never had an opportunity to speak with him.  So when I was offered a possible interview for his latest thriller, Side Effects, I sent an email saying I’d like to do it and figured it would never happen.  Thankfully, I was wrong.

At the Los Angeles press day, I was given 45 minutes with Soderbergh (he only does 45-minute interviews), and we talked about a wide variety of subjects like his his post-retirement plans, Twitter, comic book movies, his preferred digital camera, whether digital can ever match IMAX quality, 48fps, the success of Magic Mike and the sequel, his work as second unit director on The Hunger Games, championing Christopher Nolan before the world knew who he was, his filmmaking process, editing while shooting, why he cut 45 minutes out of Contagion and why you’ll probably never see the footage, Kickstarter, and so much more.  If you’re a Soderbergh fan, I promise you’ll dig this interview.  Hit the jump to either read or listen to what he had to say.

Steven Soderbergh Talks MAGIC MIKE’s Success, the Sequel, His Work on THE HUNGER GAMES, Championing Christopher Nolan, and More

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With director Steven Soderbergh’s latest film, the psychological thriller Side Effects, hitting theaters this coming Friday, the filmmaker has been sitting down for a few interviews as part of the film’s marketing campaign.  This is a curious case, though, because Side Effects also marks Soderbergh’s possibly final theatrically-released film.  As such, said interviews have been more varied than usual, with the filmmaker eager to discuss a multitude of subjects.

Steve recently sat down with Soderbergh for a 45-minute interview, and due to the conversation’s length we’re breaking it up into smaller portions before unveiling the whole thing (read Part 1 here).  Today, in Part 2, Soderbergh talks about the surprising success of Magic Mike, his involvement in Magic Mike 2, the new box office climate of knowing whether your film has succeeded or failed by Friday afternoon, his second-unit work on The Hunger Games, how he championed Christopher Nolan to direct Insomnia when Warner Bros. wasn’t so sure, and more.  Hit the jump to read on.

Adam’s Top 10 Films of 2012

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It became clear around September that putting together a Top 10 list this year was going to be incredibly difficult.  We’ve been provided with an embarrassment of riches throughout the year, and so the prospect of whittling it down to a list of my ten favorites proved daunting.  2012 seems destined to go down in history as “one of those years” like 1999, 1994, or 1977, where a large number of the year’s offerings will stand the test of time.  Though this list expresses what films I connected with most out of the past 12 months, there are at least 10 or 15 other movies that I also really enjoyed waiting just outside the wings.  If forced to pick my ten favorites from 2012, though, this is what I’ve come up with.  Hit the jump to take a look.

Best Performances, Directing, and Other Miscellany of 2012

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In past years for my “Best of” list, I’ve been able to provide fun categories like “Best Kill” and “Best Quotes”, but sadly, that won’t be happening this year.  I keep notes throughout the year, but in July, my hard drive crashed, and because I am a foolish person, I didn’t back up the notes to a separate drive.  However, I do have enough information to do the traditional categories as well as Breakthrough Performance, “A Very Good Year”, Best Villain, Best Surprises, Biggest Disappointments, and a new category, “Best Movie You Probably Missed This Year.”  One final note: unlike previous years, the film had to come out in 2012; festival-only flicks don’t count, so that’s why there’s no love for The Place Beyond the Pines on this year’s list.

Hit the jump to check out my miscellaneous “Best of 2012″ picks.  Be sure to keep checking back this week as we’ll be running Top 10 lists from Adam, Dave, and me.

75 Songs Eligible for Best Original Song Oscar Including Adele’s “Skyfall” and Matthew McConaughey’s “Ladies of Tampa”

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Just yesterday we got a look at the 104 scores that will be gunning for the Best Original Score Oscar at the upcoming 85th Academy Awards, and today the Academy has unveiled the list of 75 songs that will be competing for the coveted Best Original Song trophy.  While the expected contenders like “Suddenly” from Les Miserables and “Song of the Lonely Mountain” from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey appear, one of the pleasant surprises is Adele’s “Skyfall” from Skyfall.

Since Adele’s magnificent Bond track draws a few cues from the franchise’s theme, many assumed that the Academy might rule it ineligible for the Best Original Song trophy.  Not so, it appears, and now it looks like Adele just might land herself an Academy Award to keep those 47 Grammys company.  Also of note, Matthew McConaughey could find himself a Best Original Song nominee for “Ladies of Tampa” from Magic Mike.  MAKE THIS HAPPEN, PEOPLE.  Hit the jump to check out the full list.  The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards will be announced January 10th.

New York Film Critics Circle Names ZERO DARK THIRTY Best Film; Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, and Matthew McConaughey Win Acting Awards

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The New York Film Critics Circle has kicked the awards race off in earnest, and the love was spread primarily between Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln.  The drama about the hunt for Osama bin Laden took home Best Picture, Best Director for Kathryn Bigelow, and Best Cinematographer, while Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln was awarded Best Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actress.  The group also had a couple of left field choices with the Best Supporting Actor award going to Matthew McConaughey for Magic Mike (alright, alright, alright) and Best Actress going to Rachel Weisz for The Deep Blue Sea.  McConaughey winning the trophy was a pleasant surprise, but Weisz’s win is a tad baffling.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of winners, and click here to peruse our recent Oscar Preview features.

2013 Oscar Preview: Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress

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Oscar season is in full swing, folks.  2012 has been a fantastic year in film so far, and with merely weeks to go before 2013 begins there are still a couple of highly anticipated films that have yet to be seen.  Just like last year, I’ll be running down a preview of the upcoming Oscar race during this fine Thanksgiving week, giving readers a look at what the state of the race looks like right now.  To be clear, this isn’t a personal list but rather an objective look at how things look to be shaping up.  I’ve divided each category into frontrunners, likely to be nominated, and other contenders in order to parse out where things stand at the moment.  There are multiple strong contenders in nearly every category, so this is looking to be a rather heated run to the finish line.

We’ll be looking at a couple of different major categories each day over the next four days, and we’re kicking things off with the Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories.  Hit the jump to read on.

MAGIC MIKE Blu-ray Review

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Channing Tatum came close to being an also-ran, but this year turned him into a star. Between The Vow, 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike, he went from being a lunkhead into a likeable lunkhead. He got the joke. Magic Mike was directed by Steven Soderbergh, and the story was that Soderbergh was so intrigued by Tatum’s life as a male stripper, he saw potential for a movie there. He was right, there is a good movie in his story, and Magic Mike was one of the best mainstream films of the summer. Our review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump.

New to Blu-ray: ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, BLADE RUNNER Collector’s Edition, MAGIC MIKE and More

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This week on Blu-ray, the revisionist Abraham Lincoln story comes to Blu, Blade Runner gets a 30th Anniversary edition upgrade, and Steven Soderbergh’s seriously great “male stripper movie” comes to home video.  Briefly:

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Channing Tatum Talks MAGIC MIKE 2 and The Wachowski Siblings’ JUPITER ASCENDING

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A lot of actors have had a pretty good year, but Channing Tatum might have had the best so far.  He’s changed the opinion of plenty of folks (myself included) with 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike, and The Vow was also a hit at the box office.  Now he’s attached to numerous projects, and he talked about a couple of them while walking the red carpet for his new film, 10 Years.  While Tatum has been rumored to direct Magic Mike 2, he clarified that he doesn’t want the gig.  He also talked about The Wachowski Siblings‘ upcoming sci-fi film, Jupiter Ascending.

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