Director Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, starring Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) and Channing Tatum (The Eagle), is now filming in Los Angeles. Tatum plays the lead in this comedy based on his own past as a stripper. Magic Mike follows Mike Martingano (Tatum), mentor to a new, young stripper (Pettyfer).
Also joining the exotic dancing scene are Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello, and Matt Bomer. Olivia Munn (I Don’t Know How She Does It) is Amber, Martingano’s love interest.
Soderbergh (Contagion, The Informant!) is also directing upcoming film The Man from U.N.C.L.E., set to begin shooting in February, 2012.
David Cronenberg’s adaptation of A Dangerous Method, starring Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, and Keira Knightley, is based on the Christopher Hampton play, The Talking Cure, which follows the conflict between Sigmund Freud (Mortensen) and his student Carl Jung (Fassbender). Knightley is Sabina, a disturbed patient whose treatment leads to breakthroughs in psychiatric treatment.
“A Dangerous Method” is premiering this week at the Venice Film Festival and will hit Toronto next week.
Ryan Gosling takes on his directorial debut with a reboot of the 1980 musical drama The Idolmaker. Not only will Gosling be working behind the camera, he will also star in the film, according to a Deadline exclusive.
The Idolmaker — originally directed by Taylor Hackford, and starring Ray Sharkey, Peter Gallagher, and Joe Pantoliano — is the story of Bob Marcucci, a rock promoter/producer who discovered Frankie Avalon and Fabian.
Gosling has been beyond busy lately as Drive (also starring Carey Mulligan) finds success in Cannes, Crazy, Stupid, Love (with Steve Carell) releases in July, and Logan’s Run, Gangster Squad (with Sean Penn), and The Place Beyond the Pines are all in production. Gosling fans can rest assured that this 30-year-old’s career is only continuing to build momentum, not a decline in sight.
Like many an actor caught in a Hollywood typecast, Michael Cera appears determined to pull away from his. After his near year break following Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Cera has dropped the lovable-geek character that brought him fame, and reenters the spotlight with a role in the new Sebastian Silva indie thriller Magic Magic.
According to Variety the story “revolves around a girl vacationing with her friends in a remote area of Chile who slowly starts losing her mental faculties. She tries to get her friends’ attention, but they ignore her until it’s too late.”
After a slew of comedies such as the television series Arrested Development, Juno, and Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, will Magic Magic be the film to propel Cera from his comedic plateau? At the very least, it will give him the opportunity to prove he’s got another dimension to his talent.
South by Southwest favorite (SXSW), Attack the Block will be landing in UK cinemas on May 11, and can be expected to release in US theaters shortly thereafter.
From the producers of Shaun of the Dead comes the story of inner city teens facing off against alien invaders. Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block stars John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Jodie Whittaker, Nick Frost and Luke Treadaway. Check them out in the hilarious new trailer below.
Jessica Stroup, of TV’s 90210, is joining Ted, THR stated in an exclusive report. The comedy, which will be directed by its co-writer Seth MacFarlane, follows “a man who as a young boy made a Christmas wish that his Teddy Bear would come to life and be his best friend forever. Twenty-five years later, the bear is still at his side, but has now evolved into a cursing, smoking, delinquent that is preventing the man from maturing.”
Stroup joins Mark Wahlberg (the grown man), Mila Kunis, Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi and Patrick Warburton. Ted will be Stroup’s first film since 2009′s Homecoming. Previously this year, she lent her voice to MacFarlane’s Family Guy.
MacFarlane’s Ted co-writers include Alec Sulkin (Family Guy producer and writer) and Wellesley Wild (The Late Show with Craig Kilborn and Family Guy writer).
After months of speculation, the roles of Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in The Dark Knight Rises have been confirmed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this “conclusion of the Dark Knight legend,” will bring director Christopher Nolan, Cotillard and Gordon-Levit together again.
The Dark Knight Rises is becoming a near-reunion for Inception stars, as — among the many “Dark Knight” actors — Cotillard and Gordon-Levitt will also be joining Michael Caine and Tom Hardy. In a statement, Nolan said, “When you collaborate with people as talented as Marion and Joe, it comes as no surprise that you would want to repeat the experience.”
Cotillard will play Miranda Tate, a board member of Wayne Enterprises and Bruce Wayne sympathizer. Gordon-Levitt will play Gotham City beat cop John Blake.
The Dark Knight Rises stars Christian Bale as Batman and Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle.
Production begins this summer, and the film is set to release on July 20, 2012.
Claire Danes and James Marsden partner up to star in the independent film, As Cool As I Am, TheWrap reports. Hugh Dancy is directing, while Anthony Mastromauro (Identity Films), and Judd Payne and Matt Williams (Wind Dancer Productions), produce.
The script, based on the Pete Fromm novel, was penned by Virginia Korus Spragg.
Danes and Marsden will play the self-absorbed parents of the 16-year-old protagonist, Lucy Diamond. Lucy is an aspiring chef who finds solace in the kitchen while relationships around her seem to be unraveling all too quickly. The role of Lucy has yet to be cast.
The team will head down to New Mexico in May to begin filming.
Danes’s most recent work includes the TV series Homeland and her Golden Globe winning role in the TV movie Temple Grandin.
Marsden is also set to star in the thriller Loft, now in pre-production.
Director Gavin O’connor’s Warrior, starring Tom Hardy (Inception), Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom), Nick Nolte, and Jennifer Morrison, hits theaters on Sept. 9.
Warrior synopsis: “An ex-Marine haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh and enlists his father, a recovered alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for an MMA tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport. As Tommy blazes a violent path towards the title prize, his brother, Brendan, a former MMA fighter unable to make ends meet as a public school teacher, returns to the amateur ring to provide for his family. Even though years have passed, recriminations and past betrayals keep Brendan bitterly estranged from both Tommy and his father.
But when Brendan’s unlikely rise as an underdog sets him on a collision course with Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront the forces that tore them apart, all the while waging the most intense, winner-takes-all battle of their lives.”
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