Funny woman Melissa McCarthy and the always lovable Jason Bateman are comedic gold in their movie Identity Thief. The unique duo brought in an estimated $11.2 million on its opening night from 3,141 locations. If the flick stays on track, Universal Pictures is expecting $35 million in sales for the weekend, which would be the best opening yet in 2013. | Full Story
The new psychological thriller from Steven Soderbergh, Side Effects, stars Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The film follows Emily Taylor (Mara) as she copes with anxiety surrounding her husband’s (Tatum) release from prison. Her psychiatrist (Law) prescribes a new anti-depressant, only to discover it has horrifying and dangerous side effects. Based on the trailer it seems like something more disturbing is afoot than just a wonky new drug.
A teaser poster for director Steven Soderbergh’s latest has gone online. Soderbergh has said that Side Effects will be his last theatrical film before a lengthy “sabbatical,” during which he’ll supposedly focus on painting. Let’s hope he changes his mind (he already has, since that sabbatical was originally planned as a complete retirement from filmmaking). The man’s been on an incredible winning streak since The Informant!. Or maybe it’s best for him to bow out at the top of his game. | Full Story
Steven Soderbergh‘s upcoming film Side Effects released its first trailer today, promising audiences an all-too-familiar thriller involving pharmaceuticals, sex and scandal.
The famed director has been wowing audiences left and right for the past 15 years, gifting filmgoers with such titles as Erin Brockovich, Traffic, Ocean’s Eleven, and Contagion. Sure, there have been the occasional mistakes (The Informant!), the quirky films made for elitists (The Good German), and the just plain bad (The Girlfriend Experience), but Soderbergh has always found a charming way to earn back the trust of his fans (Magic Mike). | Full Story
Channing Tatum swings for another surprise hit when he drops the veil off Magic Mike 2.
Tatum eagerly revealed plans to do a sequel via twitter saying, “Yes, yes and yes! We’re working on the concept now. We want to flip the script and make it bigger.” In an interview with Filmstarts, Tatum reinforced the possibility for a sequel, mentioning that hopes for Magic Mike 2 are still high.
Apparently, plans for the Broadway version of Magic Mike 2 is also brewing but Tatum stressed that he wanted to make the sequel first. | Full Story
The Reviews are in for Steven Soderbergh’s male stripper film titled Magic Mike, starring Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey and Alex Pettyfer. The film chronicles Tatum’s real life accounts as a male stripper and the highs and lows of using his body to make a living. When it comes to this film, it might be safe to say all the talk in the ladies room is good, but what do the middle aged, pot belly critics have to say? | Full Story
Steven Soderbergh and Warner Bros. have parted ways after a long, drawn-out casting process. The Academy Award-winning filmmaker has decided to opt out and will no longer be directing “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.“, a project he and writer Scott Z. Burns have been developing since early 2010. Recent talks between Soderbergh and WB execs this weekend have resulted in unresolved disputes over casting and budgets.
Warner Bros. introduced a $60 million dollar budget proposal for the first installment of what is supposed to be a franchise threequel. Soderbergh argued the figure was insufficient for a ‘60s set period spy film that takes place on four continents, and decided he could no longer wait for the studio to refine numbers or set cast. | Full Story