November 2, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
There’s a lot going on in the first trailer released for Steven Soderbergh’s psychological thriller “Side Effects” (formerly “Bitter Pill”), starring Rooney Mara as a troubled young woman who turns to pills to deal with her husband’s (Channing Tatum) release from prison. Add in Jude Law as her therapist with whom she may or may not be having an inappropriate relationship, a murder mystery, some courtroom drama and it all adds up to something pretty intriguing.
“Side Effects”, which marks Mara’s first film since earning an Oscar nomination for her role as Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and is Tatum’s third collaboration with Soderbergh following “Haywire” and “Magic Mike”, will be released on February 8th, 2013 and the first trailer can now be viewed below.
April 18, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Channing Tatum strips down, waxes philosophical and tries to get the girl in the first trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s highly anticipated male stripper dramedy “Magic Mike.” Based on Tatum’s own adolescent experiences as a male stripper, the young wannabe stripper is played in the movie by Alex Pettfyer, though it’s clear the film belongs to Tatum’s titular character, Pettyfer’s mentor and an entrepreneur who has his hands in many businesses that deal in cash.
The footage is much more understated that we may have expected, with plenty of non-male-stripping moments between characters, particularly between Tatum and newcomer Cody Horn as Pettyfer’s older sister and obvious love interest to his mentor.
Tatum and Soderbergh are currently in the midst of their third collaboration, “Bitter Pill, in New York. Meanwhile, “Magic Mike” will open on June 29th. See the first trailer below.
April 10, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
It’s been over a year of being Lisbeth Salander and it looks like Rooney Mara is finally sporting a new look. Well, it’s probably just a wig and temporary, but still. Gossip site Celebrity-Gossip.net snapped the star wigged and ready to begin work on Steven Soderbergh’s “Bitter Pill” today in New York.
In her first follow-up to her Oscar-nominated role as “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, Mara stars as Emily Hawkins, a depressed woman who turns to pills as her anxiety grows over the imminent release of her husband from prison. Frequent Soderbergh collaborators Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones round out the supporting cast, with Tatum as her husband and Law and Zeta-Jones as her psychiatrists. Filming began yesterday in Manhattan and the NY Post also reports the director plans to take his cast to a real working prison to do some filming as well.
See a few more images of Mara as Emily Hawkins below, and head over to Celebrity Gossip and JustJared for more.
February 14, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
“Haywire” star Gina Carano is set to once again showcase her martial arts, and hopefully improve on the acting skills, in a second action thriller “In The Blood“.
Carano was an international mixed martial arts star before being chosen by director Steven Soderbergh to headline “Haywire” after seeing her in action. In “In The Blood”, Carano will play a wife who pursues two men whom she believes to have caused the disappearance of her husband.
The film has been scripted by Bennett Yellin and James Robert Johnston, and will be helmed by John Stockwell.
Director Stockwell told The Hollywood Reporter, “This role will showcase not only Gina’s fighting skills, but also her acting abilities as her character struggles to reign in her violent past.”
January 9, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Steven Soderbergh and Channing Tatum appear to be the newest bromance in Hollywood, as The Playlist reports the director-actor duo are now set to reunite for a third time in less than two years. Tatum will join “Gossip Girl” Blake Lively in “The Side Effects”, a psychological thriller that will also co-star Jude Law (another recent Soderbergh collaborator in “Contagion”).
Lively takes another step towards serious acting here as the lead, Emily Hawkins, who turns to prescription medication to cope with anxiety regarding her husband’s (Tatum) upcoming prison release. Law will play her new psychiatrist. There are also several more supporting roles to be cast, and we are betting more Soderbergh alums will pop up.
Tatum hit it off with Soderbergh after working with him on actioner “Haywire”, releasing this week, and the two reunited to develop “Magic Mike”, this summer’s male stripper buddy comedy that was inspired by Tatum’s own experiences as a male stripper when he was just starting out. Tatum will also soon be seen in the Nicholas Sparks-esque “The Vow” opposite Rachel McAdams. Lively, star of The CW’s “Gossip Girl”, now in its fifth season, picked an unfortunate superhero flick as her big breakout (“The Green Lantern” opposite Ryan Reynolds), but has impressed in more serious film roles like “The Town.” She’ll next be seen in Oliver Stone’s highly anticipated “Savages” opposite Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson.
December 29, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
We’ve seen a few on-set images of Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming stripper buddy comedy, “Magic Mike”, but now that we have the first official still, can we just say this is one film we’re definitely looking forward to next year?
Starring rising Hollywood stars including Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Matt Bomer, Cody Horn and Riley Keough, the film is based on the teenage experiences of Tatum, who dabbled in the art of male stripping when he was 19.
Tatum plays the titular Magic Mike, who takes an inexperienced young dancer called The Kid (played by Pettyfer) under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money. Soderbergh was approached by Tatum after they worked together on “Haywire.” and he agreed to direct as he felt the story was one he had yet to see on the big screen.
“Magic Mike” is out on wide release on June 29th, 2012 and the full image is below.
November 2, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Hollywood absolutely loves Aussie breakout star Joel Edgerton (I concur, Hollywood). Universal was the first major studio to offer him several of their projects, and now Warner Bros is jumping on the Team Edgerton train. Vulture reports the studio has offered him two starring roles in two big budget, high profile projects: Russian secret agent Illya Kuryakin in “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” and Themosticles, the lead of “300: Battle of Artemisia”, a sequel/prequel to 2006′s “300″ that starred Gerard Butler.
Vulture believes Edgerton is likely to accept at least one of the offers after having trouble finding commercial success with “The Thing” prequel and “Warrior.” His casting in “Man from U.N.C.L.E.” could affect Bradley Cooper’s involvement, as the actor is still waiting to see who takes the Kuryakin role before officially committing to playing Napoleon Solo. The comedic buddy-cop style film will be something new for Edgerton, who’s been shades of serious and brooding in his previous films. If he accepts “300: Battle of Artemisia”, he’ll play Themosticles, the “famed archon and general who led the Greeks to victory against the invading Persians in 480 BCE.”
Edgerton caught Hollywood’s attention when he starred in 2010 Australian crime drama “Animal Kingdom”, and his career has been on an exponentially upward swinging trajectory since. After almost landing the lead of Bourne spinoff series “The Bourne Legacy”, Edgerton took a decidedly different role instead, as a Navy SEAL in Kathryn Bigelow’s next feature, tentatively titled “Kill Bin Laden.” He was last seen on screen opposite Tom Hardy in critically acclaimed but commercially challenged MMA family drama “Warrior” and is currently down under filming the role of Tom Buchanan for Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby.”
October 21, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
I think we all could have made a lot of money betting on Bradley Cooper to end up as the top choice for any number of high profile projects seeking a star. He’s proving to be continually in demand once again as Variety reports Steven Soderbergh has identified Cooper as his top choice to take one of two male leads of his “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” reboot. Cooper is being positioned for the role of Napoleon Solo, originally bookmarked for George Clooney, who had to drop out due to an injury. The Next George Clooney? Something tells us Cooper is well on his way.
There is no official offer just yet, but once a deal is on the table, it’s likely to happen because Cooper’s agents have worked hard from their end to position him for the part. Last we heard in September, Soderbergh and the studio were whittling down their wishlist of names to take on the Solo role and that of his sidekick, the young Russian secret agent Illya Kuryakin, with names that included Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Alexander Skarsgard and Ryan Gosling. The film will be a buddy cop comedy in the vein of “Lethal Weapon set in the 1960s, following the two agents who work for a top secret government agency called U.N.C.L.E., standing for United Network Command for Law and Enforcement.
Last seen on screen reprising his most famous role in “The Hangover Part II”, Cooper recently wrapped thriller “The Words” opposite Zoe Saldana Derek Cianfrance’s “The Place Beyond the Pines” opposite Ryan Gosling. He’s currently filming “The Silver Linings Playbook” opposite Jennifer Lawrence for director David O. Russell and will then segue immediately into 3D battle epic “Paradise Lost”. That will wrap in March, which is when Soderbergh plans to begin shooting “U.N.C.L.E.” Looks like Cooper will be all tied up for the foreseeable future. Sigh of relief, every other young actor trying to snag a big role!
October 4, 2011 | Posted by Lindsey Young
Last week, photos of Alex Pettyfer and Channing Tatum on the set of “Magic Mike” gave the public a first glimpse into the comedy based on Tatum’s past experiences as a stripper. More photos have emerged of Tatum and Pettyfer, but the duo is now joined by Riley Keough, who plays Pettyfer’s love interest. Judging by the on-set photos thus far, it looks like part of the film’s “magic” might have to do with the plethora of costume changes. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, “Magic Mike” tells the story of a male-stripper Mike (Tatum) who acts as a mentor to Pettyfer’s character in the lessons of life on and off the stage.
The film is currently in production and is slated for a 2012 release. “Magic Mike” also stars Matthew McConaughey, Olivia Munn, Joe Manganiello, and Matt Bomer. Via JustJared, click below for the full-size pictures.