MAGIC MIKE XXL Adds Elizabeth Banks, Donald Glover, Amber Heard, and More to Cast; Gets a Synopsis

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I’m getting excited for Magic Mike XXL (despite the fact that Matthew McConaughey won’t be returning).  And I’m excited even though original director Steven Soderbergh (who was able to guide his first film from a $7 million budget to a $167 million worldwide gross), won’t be back either (actually he will, since he’s shooting it under his alias Peter Andrews, which effectively provides new director Gregory Jacobs with the best sounding board ever).  This movie will still, in all likelihood, rule. Channing Tatum is of course back and now he’s got company.

Elizabeth Banks and Donald Glover have joined the film along with Amber Heard, Andie MacDowell and Jada Pinkett-Smith.  And it has a synopsis now too!  Hit the jump to learn the (bodacious) plot basics for Magic Mike XXL.

Toby Kebbell in Talks for BEN-HUR, Andie MacDowell Joins MAGIC MIKE XXL, and Anthony Mackie Set for OUR BRAND IS CRISIS

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A few casting stories have surfaced this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star Toby Kebbell is in early talks to take on the villain role in the Ben-Hur remake.
  • The lovely Andie MacDowell will bring some femininity to the sequel Magic Mike XXL.
  • Anthony Mackie is in talks to join Sandra Bullock in the excellent-sounding political drama Our Brand Is Crisis.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.

Matthew McConaughey Will Not Be Back for MAGIC MIKE XXL, Movie is “Very Different”

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This isn’t entirely unexpected, but we can put a big R.I.P. on the wishful thoughts that every Magic Mike cast member would be back for Magic Mike XXL.  Despite the global success of director Steven Soderbergh’s original film (the $7 million budget was rewarded with a $167 million worldwide gross), co-star Matthew McConaughey will not be returning.  I’m not too surprised since the sequel is already shooting and we hadn’t heard too much about his involvement.

Magic Mike XXL is being directed by Gregory Jacobs and will be shot by Peter Andrews (aka Steven Soderbergh) and edited by Mary Ann Bernard (aka Steven Soderbergh).  And don’t worry, it still stars Channing Tatum.  Hit the jump for more on Matthew McConaughey not coming back for Magic Mike XXL.

MAGIC MIKE XXL Second Unit Filming Has Begun with Steven Soderbergh as Camera Operator

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Ladies and gentlemen, Magic Mike XXL is on the way.  Director Steven Soderbergh’s “male stripper movie” Magic Mike was one of the bigger surprises of 2012 in more ways than one.  Not only did the $7 million pic become a box office smash to the tune of $167 million worldwide, but Soderbergh dug deep into his subject matter, crafting a seriously dramatic story about the American Dream against the backdrop of the male stripper world.  Tatum has been hard at work on the Magic Mike sequel for the past year, and today Soderbergh revealed that second unit filming has already begun via a Magic Mike XXL image on Twitter.  Though Soderbergh is in retirement from film directing, he’s acting as the cinematographer, camera operator, and editor on Magic Mike XXL while Gregory Jacobs takes over the director’s chair.  It appears that he’s getting a jump on things before principal photography begins in earnest, with a little second unit photography work in Myrtle Beach.

Take a look at the teaser Magic Mike XXL image after the jump, courtesy of Soderbergh.  Full cast has yet to be confirmed, but Tatum is back in the lead role and the film is slated to hit theaters on July 1, 2015.

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.

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.

Joe Manganiello Talks SABOTAGE, Working With Arnold Schwarzenegger, the End of TRUE BLOOD, MAGIC MIKE 2, and More

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In filmmaker David Ayer’s Sabotage, elite DEA task force agent John “Breacher” Wharton (Arnold Schwarzenegger) heads a team that takes on the world’s deadliest drug cartels.  But after the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they mysteriously start to be murdered, one by one, making everyone a suspect, including the team members themselves.  The film also stars Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Mireille Enos, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway, Max Martini, Olivia Williams, Harold Perrineau and Martin Donovan.

At the film’s press day, actor Joe Manganiello spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why he wanted to be a part of this film, what he liked about his character, how nice it was to do a scene in a strip club where he wasn’t one of the performers on stage, and the pressure of making an action movie with an action icon like Arnold Schwarzenegger.  He also talked about what it’s like to be shooting the final season of HBO’s True Blood, that his directorial debut, the real-life male stripper documentary Le Bare, will be in theaters in June, shooting the comedy Tumbledown with Jason Sudeikis and Rebecca Hall in April, getting permission to use the catalogue of The Smiths music for a film he’s producing called Shoplifters of the World, and that Magic Mike 2 will shoot this fall.  Check out our Joe Manganiello interview after the jump.

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.

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.

Hit the jump for more.

Channing Tatum to Direct MAGIC MIKE 2? Says the Sequel is a Road Movie

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We previously reported that a sequel to Magic Mike was in the works after the success of the original film, but now it looks like star and producer Channing Tatum may find himself in the director’s chair for Magic Mike 2Since director Steven Soderbergh is planning on retiring from filmmaking and headed towards TV land, he presumably wouldn’t be returning for the sequel which leaves the spot open.  Tatum recently spoke about the possibility of him assuming the director’s role alongside screenwriting partner and producer Reid Carolin.  Carolin, meanwhile, leaked a few details about the plotline the sequel would follow.  Hit the jump to see what he said and to find out who else is in the running to direct Magic Mike 2.

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