We haven't received an update on 'Magic Mike 2' in quite some time. The last significant piece of 'Magic Mike 2' news came in September, when the rumor broke that Channing Tatum might actually make his directorial debut on the project, said to be a road trip movie. Today, however, we learn that 'Magic Mike 2' is very much alive and dancing; jump after the break to find out where the film stands.
HBO may not have had the same fanfare that AMC did this weekend with the premiere of 'Mad Men' season 6, but we got at least one major reason to watch the pay-cable network apart from a new 'Game of Thrones' episode. The latest full trailer for Steven Soderbergh's Liberace biopic 'Behind the Candelabra' has hit, chronicling the famed relationship between the glamorous pianist (Michael Douglas) and his younger lover Scott Thorson (Matt Damon), but how does HBO's latest buzz-worthy film stand up?
Press screenings of Steven Soderbergh's 'Side Effects' -- supposedly the director's final theatrical film before his self-imposed retirement -- were carefully monitored for latecomers. Stragglers who arrived after the screening began were greeted by signs like this one, reading that "due to the non-linear nature of this film, it would be unrewarding for you to enter at this point." This sort of thing is fairly unprecedented at press screenings (at least in my 10 or so years of experience), but they do resemble warnings that were placed outside theaters back in 1960, when what would become one of the most famous movies in Hollywood history was released to theaters -- a knowing wink from "The Filmmakers," as they signed their note, indicating their inspiration in this endeavor. That inspiration can be found here -- but be warned that clicking that link could probably be considered a spoiler.
'Side Effects,' Steven Soderbergh's alleged final film before retirement, already debuted multiple trailers featuring looks at the Rooney Mara- and Channing Tatum-led cast. The footage itself has been sort of a precursor mini-thriller in that we're left wondering whether our 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' is crazy or her seemingly iffy therapist (Jude Law) has something to do with it. Well, now the plot thickens with more confusion as the new UK international trailer has debuted, revealing more bits of the story.
Remember when the first trailer for James Franco's 'Interior. Leather Bar.' hit? The film itself, which recreates the 40 minutes of footage excised from William Friedkin's gay S&M-focused thriller 'Cruising,' is in itself too provocative for the mainstreamers considering it's homosexual content. Even Franco stated sarcastically in the trailer, "Don't show gay sex... that's the f---ing devil!" Well, apparently another film has fallen into this category of being "too gay" for a big-screen wide release, and that's the Matt Damon- and Michael Douglas-starring Liberace biopic 'Behind the Candelabra.'
'Side Effects' is a psychological thriller not unlike director Steven Soderbergh's previous film, 'Contagion.' This film stars Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum and Jude Law wrapped up in the world of pharmaceutical research and experimentation that can have a devastating effect on people's lives. The film hits theaters in 2013 and you can watch the new trailer now.
With an opening weekend of $39 million and a total worldwide total of over $154 million, Steven Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike' ended up being one of this summer's most unexpected hits. (Even more so when considering its reported $7 million budget.) As is the case with any hit, a sequel is a no-brainer, and of course said sequel must raise the stakes and take our characters somewhere new and - in the case of a comedy - preferably wacky. You know what that means for Magic Mike and friends: road trip!!!
When one thinks of Steven Soderbergh, they think of film (or 'Magic Mike,' unless you've been living in a cave on with your fingers in your ears this past weekend). Still, with TV becoming such an increased forum for industry talent (just look at all the TV coming to Comic-Con 2012 this year), is there a chance we'll ever see Soderbergh on the small screen? According to one A-lister, it's a distinct possibility.