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New Looks At Steven Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike;' Could Matthew McConaughey Earn An Oscar Nomination?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 13, 2012 10:17 AM
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This summer a bunch of very attractive men are going to take it off and shake it in Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike." Starring a calendar ready cast including Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer, Joe Mangianello and more, it will definitely be something different at the multiplex that will be filled with CGI and explosions over the next few months. JustJared has unveiled a couple new looks at the film, but if you think this is just light entertainment for the ladies, guess again.

Channing Tatum & Mila Kunis Offered Leads In The Wachowskis 'Jupiter Ascending'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 26, 2012 3:26 PM
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With Natalie Portman recently signing on to spend most the year hanging with Terrence Malick on the probably-not-called-"Lawless"-anymore and "Knight Of Cups," it looks like her rumored appearance in The Wachowskis "Jupiter Ascending" won't work out. But her "Black Swan" co-star and another currently red hot star are now being lined up.

10 Reasons Why '21 Jump Street' Exceeded Expectations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 19, 2012 12:57 PM
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On paper, "21 Jump Street" was not an enticing proposition. A reboot of a 1980s TV series with a ludicrous premise -- fresh-faced cops go undercover as high school students. Produced by Neal Moritz, a man whose last attempt at an action-comedy reboot of a famous property was the dreadful "The Green Hornet." Directed by two first-time live-action feature directors. Written by the man behind "Project X." And starring Jonah Hill, coming off a terrible R-rated comedy flop, in "The Sitter," and Channing Tatum, a man whose previous turns weren't so much performed as whittled out of wood. 

Weekend Box Office: '21 Jump Street' Takes The Box Office To School

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 18, 2012 11:56 AM
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It really doesn’t matter how popular a show was back in the day - as long as it’s a vaguely recognizable title with a good cast, you’re guaranteed a certain level of results. “SWAT” lasted only one year, memorable mostly for its theme song, and yet the movie version grabbed $37 million back in the summer of 2003. Nine years later, a similar opening has greeted “21 Jump Street,” the television show of which ran for four forgettable years in the late '80s and is more famous for spawning megastar Johnny Depp than for having any great story lines or standout moments.

Jonah Hill And Michael Bacall Scripting A Return Visit To '21 Jump Street'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 17, 2012 9:30 AM
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Early results are looking good -- "21 Jump Street" is poised for a $30 million plus debut, unprecedented for a non-summer R-rated film (read our highly positive review here). Action comedies are a tough sell, but Sony handled this one masterfully, finding a way to guide an older brand name to massive appeal amongst younger audiences (plus hiring two smart directors who knocked the final product out of the park). And now they're ready to do it again, enrolling Jonah Hill and Michael Bacall (co-writer of "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World") to return for scripting duties on a sequel.

'Warrior' Director Gavin O'Connor To Direct Peter Pan Redo 'Neverland,' Channing Tatum Will Produce, But Won't Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2012 10:31 PM
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So what on Earth could Gavin O'Connor, the man behind testosterone-driven fare like "Warrior," "Pride And Glory" and "Miracle" (okay, he also did "Tumbleweeds," but you know what we're getting at), find interesting in a Peter Pan redo produced by Channing Tatum?

Review: '21 Jump Street' Is A Hilarious, Heartfelt Action-Comedy That Just Might Be An Instant Classic

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • March 12, 2012 10:30 PM
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In cinema as in life, self-awareness can be a virtue or it can be a deadly thing. Since there’s essentially no such thing as originality, conceding that you’re working within existing parameters or with familiar formulas excuses, and can sometimes enhance, the effectiveness of a lot of necessary decisions that eventually must be made in order to tell a story. Calling too much attention to those choices, however, turns storytelling into parody, characters into punch lines, and any emotional investment that may once have existed into fodder for dismissal, if not derision.

Christian Bale To Star In 'Crazy Heart' Director Scott Cooper's 'Out Of The Furnace'; Robert Duvall Circling, Viggo Mortensen & More Being Sought

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2012 4:06 PM
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For a moment there it seemed like "Crazy Heart" director Scott Cooper would just continually keep signing on to a bunch of stuff without ever shooting anything. Indeed, since country music movie became a big, Academy Award winning hit Cooper has put his name to plethora of projects including (take a deep breath): the western family feud saga "The Hatfields And The McCoys" with Brad Pitt attached; an adaptation of William Styron's "Lie Down In Darkness" with Jennifer Lawrence attached; an adaptation of Bob Dylan's "Brownsville Girl" also with Brad Pitt attached; a remake of the Argentinian thriller "Carancho"; former Noah Baumbach project "The Emperor's Children" and the conman tale "The Man In Rockefeller Suit." But it's a gig he took last summer that has now firmly take the pole position with a major star on board.

Review: 'The Vow' Is For People Who Like To Get Teddy Bears On Valentine's Day

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • February 9, 2012 11:55 AM
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The things that got us verklempt in the last week include the latest episode of “Downton Abbey” and the “Halftime in America” Chrysler ad with Clint Eastwood. Clearly, it doesn’t take much, but noticeably absent from that list is the would-be weepy “The Vow,” starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum. We even came prepared for tears, Boy Scout-style, with tissues in our pockets, but they’re still there, waiting to make a linty mess out of our laundry. The film isn’t as bad as what it looks like--the Chinatown knockoff equivalent of a Nicholas Sparks movie--but that doesn’t mean that those outside the target audience won’t find it a painful experience.

Annapurna Pictures Drops Out Of 'Side Effects' Over Casting; Potential Options Emerge, While Catherine Zeta-Jones Joins Cast

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 24, 2012 9:50 PM
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Well, that was quick. Just one week after announcing it had signed on with Open Road, the distributors of the film, to co-finance Steven Soderbergh’s psychological thriller, “Side Effects,” Megan Ellison’s Annapurna pictures has backed out of the project (however, Open Road is staying put to distribute the film). But it's not all gloom and doom for "Side Effects," though, as Soderbergh's "Traffic" co-star Catherine Zeta-Jones has just signed onto the project (via Deadline).

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