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Rapper-Actor Romeo Miller Heads For Male Stripper Pic ‘Chocolate City’

By | Thursday May 29, 2014 @ 6:27pm PDT

Lil Romeo Miller Chocolate CityEXCLUSIVE: Urban stripper drama Chocolate City has found its lead in rapper-actor Romeo Miller, AKA Lil’ Romeo. The chart-topping No Limit recording artist and ex-Nickelodeon star will play Devin, a young college student who’s lured into the world of male exotic dancing to pay the bills. Newcomer Eurika Pratts (Gang of Roses 2, Basketball Girlfriends) has also been cast as Carmen, the girlfriend whose relationship with Devin becomes strained by his new career.

The indie project from writer-director Jean Claude LaMarre (Color of the Cross) is aiming to ride the tearaway coattails of Channing Tatum and Steven Soderbergh’s box office hit Magic Mike. Production is gearing up for an LA shoot slated to begin at the end of June. Last week Michael Jai White and Tyson Beckford were cast as the club owner and former star performer who introduce Devin to the life of the male stripper. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Joe Manganiello’s Male Stripper Docu ‘La Bare’

By | Tuesday May 20, 2014 @ 10:57am PDT

la-bareAfter teasing the Slamdance crowd at its January premiere, male stripper docu La Bare has unzipped its first trailer. True Blood‘s Joe Manganiello, who played Big Dick Richie in Steven Soderbergh and Channing Tatum’s Magic Mike, directed the pic and produced with brother Nick for their 3:59 Inc shingle. Main Street Films snapped up N.A. and China rights and set a June 27 theatrical release for the film, which goes behind the curtain at La Bare Dallas, the most popular male strip club in the world:

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‘Magic Mike’ Sequel Gets July 2015 Release Date

By | Tuesday April 15, 2014 @ 10:44am PDT

MagicMikeWarner Bros has set Magic Mike 2 for July 3, 2015. The sequel to the 2012 film directed by Steven Soderbergh that was informed by Channing Tatum‘s early days as a male stripper. This is the latest extension of the pic that Soderbergh and Tatum hatched and financed themselves. It was a risk that turned into a major score when the original movie starring Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer and other made $113.7M at the domestic box office — one of Soderbergh’s most lucrative movies ever — and has since spawned a Broadway musical now in the works.

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Slamdance: ‘Magic Mike’s Joe Manganiello’s Male Strip Docu ‘La Bare’ Is Well Endowed By Main Street Films Distribution Deal

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 6:29pm PST
Mike Fleming

joemEXCLUSIVE: Main Street Films has acquired distribution rights to La Bare, a documentary directed by Joe Manganiello about the history, lives and culture of the world’s most popular male strip club, La Bare Dallas. Manganiello, who played Big Dick Richie alongside Channing Tatum in the Steven Soderbergh-directed Magic Mike, made the film through 3:59 Inc., which is run by his brother, Nick Manganiello.  The deal was worth mid six-figures for North American and Chinese rights and includes a commitment by Main Street to give the docu a 20-market U.S. theatrical release in the summer.

This is a big deal for Slamdance and Manganiello came for the film’s Sunday night debut at the Treasure Mountain Inn, followed by a raucous Q&A featuring Elvis Mitchell and Manganiello, the True Blood star who’ll next be seen in Sabotage. “I was immediately impressed by Main Street’s excitement, vision, resources and character,” Manganiello said. “I got that sense in my gut right away that this was the right company to help launch 3:59′s flagship film La Bare, as well as form a strong partnership for future projects.”

joemanDeal was brokered by Main Street’s Harrison Kordestani, who said the deal allows the distributor to get into the documentary game. “We are really impressed with what Joe has produced and are excited to partner with him on distributing La Bare in North America.” The film’s music was composed by star DJ … Read More »

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Matt Bomer Set To Play Montgomery Clift In Indie Feature

By | Wednesday September 18, 2013 @ 5:00pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Matt Bomer, the star of White Collar and Magic Mike, is set to play Montgomery Clift in a biopic of the Hollywood star. The film is being shopped for financing by Pier 3 Pictures’ Michael Din, Janine Giaime and Juri Henley-Cohn. Larry Moss will direct a script by Christopher Lovick and they are shooting for a 2014 start date.

To hear about a zillion Deadline Hollywood commenters tell it, Bomer was the logical choice for Christian Grey in Fifty Shades Of Grey. But he’s sparked to play a true Hollywood icon in Clift. At his prime, Clift rivaled Marlon Brando as Hollywood’s biggest male star. A method actor who refused to put his private life on display, he graduated from stage roles to screen success in films that includes A Place In The Sun and From Here To Eternity. His matinee idol good looks were destroyed by a devastating car accident that left him with a broken nose and facial scars. Though he continued to make movies, the accident haunted him until his death, even though he received an Oscar nomination for one of his last performances in Judgment At Nuremberg.

Bomer, who most recently starred for Ryan Murphy alongside Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo in the screen adaptation of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart for HBO, has been knocking on the door for awhile. I recall him being Brett Ratner’s … Read More »

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‘Magic Mike’ Musical Stripping Way To Broadway With Top Creative Team

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The creative team is in place to turn the hit stripper film into Magic Mike, The Musical on Broadway. The producers have set Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey to write the songs, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to write the book, based on the Steven Soderbergh-directed film that was informed by Channing Tatum‘s early days as a male stripper. They’ve gotten top-shelf talent. Kitt and Yorkey are the creators of the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning Next To Normal, and the upcoming If/Then, starring Idina Menzel. Aguirre-Sacasa recently co-wrote the book for Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark and helped turn things around when there was nothing but bad news on that musical and performers were dropping like flies from the complicated rigging. Aguirre-Sacasa also has written the book of the upcoming American Psycho Musical that Duncan Sheik that will premiere in London later this year. Magic Mike, The Musical is being produced by Soderbergh, Tatum, Reid Carolin, Gregory Jacobs, and Nick Wechsler. The show was put together by WME. The group is fast tracking the project to the stage while also prepping starting the ball rolling on a sequel to the 2012 Magic Mike film. Soderbergh and Yorkey are repped by Anonymous Content. Read More »

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Is Christopher Nolan Giving ‘Interstellar’ Lead To Matthew McConaughey?

By | Thursday March 28, 2013 @ 1:47pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Matthew McConaugheyEXCLUSIVE: Here’s an intriguing casting possibility to chew on going into the holiday weekend. I’m told Christopher Nolan has offered the male lead of his next film, Interstellar, to Matthew McConaughey. The character’s name is Cooper and while there is no deal yet, who says no to Nolan? The project is a co-production between Paramount and Warner Bros. Interstellar was originally set up in 2006 by Steven Spielberg, when Paramount owned DreamWorks, and after Spielberg became intrigued by Caltech physicist and relativity expert Kip S. Thorne and his scientific theory that wormholes exist and can be used for time travel. It was Spielberg who set Jonah Nolan to write the script, which made it easy for Christopher Nolan to come aboard after Spielberg left the project. After all, the Nolan siblings have a collaborative track record, with Jonah hatching the short story that became Christopher’s first hit Memento, and following that with two Batfilms and The Prestige. Christopher Nolan signed on in January to write a script that merged an original idea of his with the script that Jonah wrote. The ambition is a film that will depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding. Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas are producing with Lynda Obst. Jordan Goldberg is joining as exec producer alongside Thorne, who’ll remain on as technical consultant. Read More »

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Matthew McConaughey Joins ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’

Mike Fleming

Hot off Magic Mike, Matthew McConaughey has signed on to play the role of Mark Hanna in The Wolf Of Wall Street, directed by Martin Scorsese. Red Granite is financing the adaptation of Jordan Belfort’s best-selling memoir The Wolf Of Wall Street, on which the film is based and is financing the film. McConaughey’s character, Mark Hanna, is the early boss and mentor of Belfort, who’s played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Jonah Hill, Jean Dujardin, Rob Reiner, Kyle Chandler, Margot Robbie, Jon Bernthal also star. Terry Winter wrote the script. McConaughey just opened in the William Friedkin-directed Killer Joe.

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Raunch Rules! R-Rated ‘Ted’ $52.5M And ‘Magic Mike’ $38M Weekends; ‘Tyler Perry’s Madea’ So-So; ‘People Like Us’ Stillborn


June 29-July 1 Weekend Actuals

1. Ted (Universal) NEW [3,239 Theaters] R
Friday $20.6M, Saturday $17.9M, Sunday $16.0M, Weekend $54.4M

2. Magic Mike (Warner Bros) NEW [2,930 Theaters] R
Friday $19.4M, Saturday $11.4M, Sunday $8.4M, Weekend $39.1M

3. Brave 3D (Pixar/Disney) Week 2 [4,164 Theaters] PG
Friday $10.4M, Saturday $13.3M, Sunday $10.4M, Weekend $34.1M (-49%), Cume $131.8M

4. Madea’s Witness Protection (Tyler Perry/Lionsgate) NEW [2,161 Theaters] PG13
Friday $10.1M, Saturday $9.4M, Sunday $5.9M, Weekend $25.4M

5. Madagascar 3 3D (DWA/Par) Week 4 [3,715 Theaters] PG
Friday $3.6M, Saturday $4.7M, Sunday $3.6M, Weekend $11.8M (-40%), Cume $180.0M

6. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 3D (Fox) Week 2 [3,109 Theaters] R
Friday $1.9M, Saturday $2.3M, Sunday $1.8M, Weekend $6.0M (-63%), Cume $29.0M

7. Moonrise Kingdom (Focus) Week 6 [854 Theaters] PG13
Friday $1.4M, Saturday $2.0M, Sunday $1.5M, Weekend $4.9M (+45%), Cume $18.5M

8. Prometheus 3D (Fox) Week 4 [1,951 Theater] R
Friday $1.4M, Saturday $2.0M, Sunday $1.6M, Weekend $4.9M (-50%), Cume $118.3M

9. Snow White & The Huntsman (Universal) Week 5 [2,337 Theaters] PG13
Friday $1.3M, Saturday $1.8M, Sunday $1.4M, Weekend $4.5M (-44%), Cume $145.7M

10. Marvel’s The Avengers (Marvel/Disney) Week 9 [1,757 Theaters] PG13
Friday $1.3M, Saturday $1.8M, Sunday $1.3M, Weekend $4.4M (-38%), Cume $606.5M

11. People Like Us (DreamWorks/Disney) NEW [2,055 Theaters] PG13
Friday $1.5M, Saturday $1.7M, Sunday $1.1M, Weekend $4.2M

‘Spider-Man’ Opens Foreign: Bigger Than ‘Avengers’ In Some Markets
‘Ice Age 4′ Box Office Already Breaking Records Overseas
‘Ted’ Opens ‘Off The Charts’ In Australia

SATURDAY PM, 7TH UPDATE: Rentrak tonight was having trouble obtaining AMC’s grosses so numbers were delayed. But my sources say the top new movies took … Read More »

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Steven Soderbergh & Channing Tatum Making ‘Magic Mike: The Musical’

By | Thursday June 28, 2012 @ 5:58pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: First they made the movie and now Steven Soderbergh and Channing Tatum are taking Magic Mike to the stage. The film’s director and star are producing a musical adaptation of their male stripper movie. Distributed by Warner Bros, Magic Mike opens Friday. The plan at this point is to have Magic Mike: The Musical on stage and Broadway bound by the summer of 2013. WME’s theatre head John Buzzetti is currently putting together the package. Soderbergh and Tatum will produce with partners Gregory Jacobs, Nick Wechsler and Reid Carolin. Carolin, who wrote the screenplay for the Magic Mike movie and is Tatum’s partner in Iron Horse Entertainment, will write the book for the musical. Magic Mike is partially based on the now-32-year old Tatum’s experiences as a stripper in Tampa, Fla, when he was 19. The movie stars Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Olivia Munn and Alex Pettyfer. Carolin is repped by UTA and Management 360. Soderbergh is repped by Anonymous Content. Tatum is repped by UTA and Management 360.

RELATED: Hot Trailer: Channing Tatum in ‘Magic Mike’
Nick Wechsler Acquires Michael Koryta Novel ‘The Prophet’, ‘Magic Mike’ Scribe Reid Carolin To Adapt 

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Hot Red Band Trailer: ‘Magic Mike’

By | Wednesday June 13, 2012 @ 3:16pm PDT

There’s a lot less story development and a lot more butt in this TV spot for the U.K. market for Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike. Lionsgate has the movie over there, Warner Bros has it Stateside where it opens June 29. The film based partly on Channing Tatum’s previous experience as a male stripper co-stars Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Cody Horn and Olivia Munn.

Related: Hot Trailer: Channing Tatum In ‘Magic Mike’

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Hot UK Trailer: ‘Magic Mike’

By | Friday May 18, 2012 @ 2:34pm PDT

Lionsgate, which is distributing the movie in the UK, has put up its version of a trailer for Magic Mike, which Warner Bros has in the U.S. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the picture starring Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer and Matthew McConaughey looks like it may deliver more than we expected. You can decide whether that’s a good thing or not:

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Los Angeles Film Festival Lineup Unveiled; ‘Magic Mike’ Is Closing-Night Film

By | Tuesday May 1, 2012 @ 11:00am PDT

The Steven Soderberg male-stripper pic Magic Mike will have its world premiere as the closing-night film at the Los Angeles Film Festival, which today released its official selections for the June 14-24 event. Warner Bros’ comedic drama stars Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer and Matthew McConaughery and details Tatum’s real-life experience as a stripper. It opens domestically June 29. Also among the titles announced is the world premiere of DreamWorks’ People Like Us, written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and directed by Kurtzman. Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass and Michelle Pfeiffer star in the film set in the Summer Showcase sidebar. The festival’s slate of almost 200 feature films, short films, and music videos represent more than 30 countries. It already had announced that Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love would kick off the 2012 event as the opening-night film. Here’s the full lineup, with panels and surrounding events to be announced at a later date: Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Channing Tatum In ‘Magic Mike’

By | Wednesday April 18, 2012 @ 7:30pm PDT

Here’s the first official trailer for Steven Soderbergh‘s Magic Mike, with Channing Tatum as the title character. Reid Carolin’s screenplay is said to have been inspired by Tatum’s own experiences, pre-stardom. Matthew McConaughy, Alex Pettyfer and Olivia Munn also star. The Warner Bros release opens June 29.

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TOLDJA! Warner Bros Acquires Stripper Pic ‘Magic Mike,’ Bares June 29 Release Date

Mike Fleming

As predicted here, Warner Bros completed its acquisition of domestic rights on the Steven Soderbergh-directed Magic Mike, which stars Alex Pettyfer and Channing Tatum in a Saturday Night Fever-type coming-of-age drama about a young exotic dancer who is schooled by a veteran of the trade. The studio just dated the film for release on June 29, 2012. Soderbergh and Tatum funded the film, and FilmNation is selling offshore territories at AFM. The script was written by Tatum’s Iron Horse Entertainment partner Reid Carolin, and they are producing with Nick Wechsler and Gregory Jacobs.

The film, based on the world Tatum observed when he was a male stripper, has a beefcake cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Adam Rodriguez and Kevin Nash. Warner Bros recently released Soderbergh’s Contagion, and is prepping his next film, The Man From UNCLE.

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Steven Soderbergh’s Stripper Movie ‘Magic Mike’ Gyrating Toward Warner Bros?

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: While several studios are in the mix on the Steven Soderbergh-directed Magic Mike, I’m told that Warner Bros has emerged as the frontrunner to acquire domestic distribution rights and that a deal could be done by next week. The film, which is wrapping this week, stars Alex Pettyfer and Channing Tatum in a Saturday Night Fever-type coming-of-age drama about a young exotic dancer who is schooled by a veteran of the trade. The picture’s budget was ponied up by Soderbergh and Tatum, with Glen Basner at FilmNation making offshore sales. Script was written by Reid Carolin. He’s Tatum’s production partner and they are producing the film with Nick Wechsler and Gregory Jacobs.

The film’s based on Tatum’s own experiences when he became an exotic dancer before breaking into acting. The film has drawn an ab-centric cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello. Warner Bros seems a good fit for the material. The studio just distributed Soderbergh’s hit Contagion, and Warner Bros will make his next film, The Man From UNCLE, which is in the process of getting a new title character after George Clooney exited the project because he’s having some surgery.

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Wrestler Kevin Nash Cast In ‘Magic Mike’

By | Thursday September 22, 2011 @ 11:40am PDT

WWE wrestler Kevin Nash has been cast as part of the male-stripper troupe in Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, the semi-autobiographical film based on Channing Tatum’s experiences as a male dancer. Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer and Joe Mangianello star. Usually, these wrestlers appear in WWE Studios fare, but Nash’s credits include The Longest Yard, The Punisher and DOA: Dead or Alive, and he recently wrapped a part in Adam Shankman’s Rock of Ages. He is repped by Pantheon and ADS Management.

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‘CSI: Miami’s Adam Rodriguez Joins ‘Magic Mike’ And ‘Dark Knight Rises’

By | Thursday September 8, 2011 @ 4:30am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: CSI: Miami co-star Adam Rodriguez is the latest hunk to board Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike. The coming-of-age story revolves around the relationship between a veteran dancer (Channing Tatum) and his protege (Alex Pettyfer). Like Tatum, Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer and True Blood‘s Joe Mangianello, Rodriguez will play a male stripper. Additionally, Rodriguez, repped by Global Artists and A Management, has booked a small role on Chris Nolan’s next Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises.

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Olivia Munn Joins ‘Magic Mike’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Steven Soderbergh’s hunkfest Magic Mike is finally getting something that has so far been missing: actresses. Olivia Munn is negotiating to play the role of Amber, the love interest to Channing Tatum, who plays Magic Mike. She’ll join Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer and True Blood‘s Joe Mangianello. All of them play male strippers in the coming-of-age story that revolves around the relationship between a veteran dancer (Tatum) and his protege (Pettyfer). The film is based on experiences Tatum actually had when he was a teenage dancer. As for Munn, she next stars opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in I Don’t Know How She Does It for The Weinstein Company, as well as the Aaron Sorkin HBO pilot More As the Story Develops. Munn continues as a correspondent on The Daily Show and she just shot the indie Babymakers, co-starring with Paul Schneider. CAA and Mosaic rep Munn.

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