‘Magic Mike 2′: Director and Title Revealed

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Well, Joe Manganiello did say he expected Magic Mike sequel details to be revealed “soon.” But even he probably didn’t expect it to be this soon.

According to a new report, the Magic Mike sequel has just acquired a new director in Gregory Jacobs, who served as Steven Soderbergh‘s first assistant director on the first Magic Mike. In addition, the project has also picked up a new title: Magic Mike XXL. Because of course. Hit the jump for all the latest details.

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‘Magic Mike 2′ Shooting This Fall

Magic Mike 2 shooting

Break out the dollar bills, because Magic Mike 2 is happening. This fall, in fact.

Star Joe Manganiello revealed in a recent interview that the stripper sequel is on track to shoot in the fall. There are still a few more pieces that need to come together before production can really get underway — like a director — but it’s encouraging news for devotees of the “Cock-Rocking Kings of Tampa.” Hit the jump to read Manganiello’s comments.

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Steven Soderbergh on Magic Mike set

Channing Tatum has been talking up the possibility of a Magic Mike sequel since last summer, but it’s been quite a few months now since we’ve had a real update. Nevertheless, Steven Soderbergh assures fans that not only is the film still making active progress, it’s actually “getting pretty far along” now with a “really hilarious” concept.

And whenever it finally hits screens, you can be sure your favorite Xquisite dancer will make a reappearance — according to Soderbergh, the next film will bring back all of the characters. Hit the jump to read his quotes.

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Channing Tatum doesn’t act like he’s famous. Even on the set of his upcoming movie, White House Down, the star of G.I. Joe, Magic Mike, Step Up and 21 Jump Street is humble, down to Earth and honest about his career. We spoke to the actor in Montreal last September. He said, after he next few movies, he wasn’t going to make another movie until he could direct himself, though a list of great directors could change his mind. He said he was so impressed with director Roland Emmerich that he’ll make movies with him forever.

Tatum also talked about Magic Mike 2, working with Steven Soderbergh and doing his own stunts – all of his own stunts. Tatum also discussed how growing up watching Eighties action films influenced his desire to make this movie, which opens June 28, and what it was about the script that really sold him.

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There’s a lot to be said for timing when it comes to film awards, and in that respect things couldn’t have worked out better for Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty. While most audiences won’t even have a chance to see the film until early next year, the first screenings of the movie have drawn rave reviews. And now it has picked up what will likely be the first of many awards.

Today the New York Film Critics Circle voted on awards for 2012, and Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln were the big winners, with nothing scored by The Master, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, or other potential awards faves. Kathryn Bigelow took Best Director and her movie won Best Film, which is the same dual wins the filmmaker enjoyed in 2009 before The Hurt Locker went on to Oscar success. Get the full list of recipients below. Read More »

One of the first big award season nomination sets went out this morning: the Independent Spirit Awards, which highlight achievement in (obviously) independent productions. The big films in this year’s nominations were Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom; David O Russell‘s Silver Linings Playbook, and newcomer Benh Zeitlin‘s Sundance hit Beasts of the Southern Wild. Read More »

Magic Mike may no longer be in theaters, but writer Reid Carolin and star (and real-life inspiration) Channing Tatum are determined to see the enterprising male stripper live on — even if they have to direct the sequel themselves. Or at least that’s the latest rumor going around about Magic Mike 2, based on a short interview the duo gave a German film website.

As for what the next movie will actually entail, the pair reveal that the plotline could see the self-described “cock-rocking kings of Tampa” hitting the road. Read their comments after the jump.

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If you enjoyed Steven Soderbergh‘s Magic Mike for its more thoughtful dramatic aspects, you may think the film doesn’t really need a sequel. But if, on the other hand, you loved it for the flashy striptease numbers, perhaps you’ll be interested to know that a “bigger” (no pun intended, I think) sequel is already in the works. Star Channing Tatum spilled the beans during a recent Twitter interview. Read his comments after the jump.

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