Coming to theaters this week, MAGIC MIKE tells the story of a young male stripper mentored to the top of the biz by more experienced colleagues. Directed by STEVEN SODERBERGH from a script by REID CARLTON, the story is loosely based on the real-life exploits of star CHANNING TATUM before he hit the big-time as an actor. Also in the cast are ALEX PETTYFER, MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY, MATT BOMER, ALEX RODRIGUEZ and JOE MANANIELLO, making this what appears to be the “beefcake” movie of the year.
In the film, SODERBERGH completely captures the atmosphere and energy of the strip club world without getting too dark yet still maintains a believable reality. During last week’s press conference to promote the film, he talked about using less dialogue to get his points across to an audience . (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
MAGIC MIKE opens in theaters Friday
In theaters this week, PEOPLE LIKE US is a family drama inspired by actual events in the life of ALEX KURTZMAN (who co-wrote the script with longtime collaborator ROBERTO ORCI and JODY LAMBERT) and centers on the relationship between a young man who discovers his late father had a secret family and the single mom he realizes is his sister. KURTZMAN makes his directorial debut on the feature and has lined up a first-rate cast that includes CHRIS PINE, ELIZABETH BANKS, MICHELLE PFEIFFER and MICHAEL HALL D’ADDARIO.
For CHRIS PINE, this marks a reunion with KURTZMAN and ORCI who penned the script for J.J. ABRAMS’ popular STAR TREK reboot that put PINE in the iconic role of Capt. James T. Kirk (originated by WILLIAM SHATNER). Set for release in May of next year, an UNTITLED STAR TREK SEQUEL remains shrouded in mystery and, during our recent interview, PINE refused to divulge any details. He did, however, want it known how grateful he is for the opportunities being in that film has afforded him. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
PEOPLE LIKE US opens in theaters Friday
Slated for release later this year and set in the titular resort where the world’s most famous monsters go to unwind and get a little R-and-R, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA is a 3D animated family film designed to scare the laughs out of you. Directed by GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY (SAMURAI JACK), the all-star line-up of voice talent includes ADAM SANDLER, KEVIN JAMES, ANDY SAMBERG, STEVE BUSCEMI, DAVID SPADE, FRAN DRESCHER, JON LOVITZ, MOLLY SHANNON and CEE-LO GREEN.
Best known for her starring role on the long-running Disney Channel hit sitcom THE WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE, 19-year-old SELENA GOMEZ has recently wrapped filming on a couple of more grown-up films. For quirky director HARMONY KORINE, she plays a wild vacationing teen in SPRING BREAKERS and she’ll be showing up in the horror/thriller AFTERSHOCK (co-written by ELI ROTH). Sitting down with entertainment reporters in Manhattan a couple of days ago, GOMEZ confessed that working on those films was exactly the reason she wanted to get back to more family-friendly fare. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA opens in theaters 9/21
Word has hit that notable author, playwright, director and self-proclaimed foodie NORA EPHRON died today of leukemia at the age of 71. Born in Manhattan and raised in Beverly Hills, she was one of four daughters of screenwriters HENRY and PHOEBE EPHRON. Married three times (to writer DAN GREENBERG, journalist CARL BERNSTEIN and writer NICHOLAS PILEGGI), she was known to incorporate much of her private life into her literary work. As a film director, she will be remembered for such crowd pleasers as JULIE & JULIA, YOU’VE GOT MAIL and SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE as well as writing the scripts for such classics as SILKWOOD and HEARTBURN.
Over the years we had the opportunity to speak with EPHRON many times for many films but it was her work on JULIE & JULIA that she claimed gave her the most pleasure because it combined elements of food, writing and marriage: all things she was passionate about throughout her own life. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Last year’s Best Picture Oscar winner, THE ARTIST, finally makes its way to the DVD and Blu-ray market today. A heartfelt love-letter to the early days of moving pictures, THE ARTIST is set in 1927 (as movies were going from silents to talkies) and tells the familiar story of a silent film star on his way out who meets and falls for an extra destined for fame. Written and directed by MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS, the cast includes JEAN DUJARDIN, BERENICE BEJO, JOHN GOODMAN, PENELOPE ANN MILLER and JOHN CROMWELL. Shot in black-and-white and without spoken dialogue, THE ARTIST received great notices from critics and film festival audiences. During our interview at the time of the film’s original release, PENELOPE ANN MILLER admitted she was thrilled with the reactions the movie was getting. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
THE ARTIST is available today on DVD and Blu-ray