We know we’re supposed to be gushing over Channing Tatum‘s Oscar worthy performance in Foxcatcher right now, but can we talk about Magic Mike XXL for just a second? The sequel to Steven Soderbergh‘s 2012 film doesn’t come out until 2015 and we’re already obsessed, thanks to adorable photos from set. Fact: These guys don’t have to be naked or even semi-naked to melt our hearts.
Blake Lively flaunts her growing baby bump, Channing Tatum says he “never considered [himself] a very smart person,” Scarlett Johansson is offered a role in an anime remake, and more of today’s First Dibs.
You may not see his beautiful body in The Book of Life, but Channing Tatum still exudes the same charm and confidence he brings to live-action roles. Also starring Zoe Saldana and Diego Luna, the film is a visual treat for the whole family to enjoy, with a kick-ass soundtrack. Producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez give us a story based on the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead (which was the original title), that deals with love, friendship, family, life, death and everything in between. Literally.
Opening this weekend is yet another adaptation of one of Nicholas Sparks’ romantic novels, The Best of Me, starring James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan. This makes the ninth Sparks novel to find its way to the big screen with another one (The Longest Ride) coming in April. Since 1999, when his first adaptation appeared in theaters, there have been countless Sparks-like stories to flood theaters. Films, such as The Vow and Remember Me, play on many of the author’s most popular tropes that its hard to know whether or not you’re watching an authentic “Nicholas Sparks Film” (NSF).
We know Channing Tatum is bringing lots of stripper moves to Magic Mike XXL (amen), but he seems more concerned about his 16-month-old daughter Everly eventually watching another one of his movies. “Step Up, she’s going to end up watching a lot,” Tatum revealed at the New York press conference for new movie The Book of Life.” It’s going to be her punishment.” With that new dad glow, the actor talked about his beautiful baby girl and revealed what kind of moves he pulled on wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum that got little Everly born in the first place.
Ryan Murphy‘s American Horror Story: Freak Show delivers in a big way, Channing Tatum says Magic Mike XXL is the “Super Bowl version” of the first movie, Snapchat gets hacked, and more in today’s Last Lap.
Director and producer Steven Soderbergh is one prolific filmmaker responsible for over 25 feature-length films, making Jennifer Lopez a credible actress (see: Out of Sight), and re-inventing the Rat Pack with George Clooney and Brad Pitt in the Ocean’s Eleven series. While he was seemingly in his prime, Soderbergh suddenly announced his retirement in 2011, promising that his films, Liberace and Man From U.N.C.L.E., would be his last.
Since first premiering at the Cannes Film Festival, Foxcatcher, the biographical film about Olympic wrestling champion Mark Schultz, his brother David, and paranoid schizophrenic John du Pont, has been getting a lot of buzz in large part due to chilling performances from the film’s three leading men (Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, and Steve Carell). And now that it’s making the rounds at film festivals — it has since debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and will screen at the New York Film Festival starting Oct. 10 — Foxcatcher is all anyone’s going to be talking about from now until the 87th Academy Awards in February.
Unfortunately Zac Efron won’t be stripping down for Magic Mike XXL, George Clooney will play a wedding guest on a major show (following his actual wedding), romance rumors swirl around Katie Holmes and Robin Thicke, and more of today’s First Dibs.