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Steven Soderbergh’s “Magic Mike” was one of the surprise hits from last year and helped Channing Tatum’s stock rise rapidly. Now with plans for a sequel, there are reports that Tatum along with Reid Carolin will direct “Magic Mike 2”. If they do, Steven Soderbergh (“Side Effects”) said he’ll serve as their DP! Obviously if Tatum makes his directing debut, it’ll be nice to have Soderbergh helping you out. The first film also starred Matthew McConaughey, Olivia Munn and Alex Pettyfer.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

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Christopher Nolan (“The Dark Knight Rises”, “Inception”) is returning to science fiction with “Interstellar”. Now reports are that Casey Affleck (“Gone Baby Gone”) has joined the cast. Great news. Affleck is a great actor. He joins Matthew McConaughey (“Magic Mike”), Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables”), Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Michael Caine (“Now You See Me”) and Bill Irwin (“Rachel Getting Married”).

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Channing Tatum (“Magic Mike”) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“Looper”) have worked together on “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra” and “Stop-Loss”. You can add a third movie to that list, though this one will be far different. The two are set to star in a remake of “Guys & Dolls”, which is based on a Pulitzer Prize winning stage play. From Firstshowing.net: The story follows Nathan Detroit (Tatum) who bets his friend Sky Masterson (Gordon-Levitt) that he can’t get a wholesome female missionary to go to Havana with him. But what he doesn’t tell him is that the winnings from this bet would fund a floating craps game in a town full of gamblers during the 20s.

No word on a director or writer.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“Fifty Shades of Grey”, for better or worse (worse in my opinion) has taken off with readers. Now the film adaptation is coming with screenwriter Kelly Marcel saying the film is aiming for an NC-17 rating. There were also rumors about the film hitting theaters next year. If that’s true the film needs a director and soon. Well a director has shot some test footage with Alex Pettyfer to film a sex scene to prove that this director is the right man for the job. Who is he? Well he directed…”Milk” and “Good Will Hunting”. Yes Gus Van Sant is going after ‘Fifty Shades of Grey”. No this doesn’t make any sense to me either.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

The Wachowskis’ “Jupiter Ascending” has officially begun filming. Starring Channing Tatum (“Magic Mike”), Mila Kunis (“Oz the Great and Powerful”), Sean Bean (“The Lord of the Rings”), Eddie Redmayne (“Les Miserables”), Doona Bae (“Cloud Atlas”) and more, the film’s story is as follows (From comingsoon.net): Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along – her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

I can’t wait for this one. Wachowskis and science fiction will always have my interest. For the record, for those who haven’t seen “Cloud Atlas”, buy the DVD or Blu Ray in May. You won’t regret it.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Matthew McConaughey had his string of…bad movies. From ‘Sahara” to one of the seemingly millions of terrible romantic comedies, he looked like an actor destined to be type casted. That started to change. Recent roles saw him in “The Lincoln Lawyer” and, though I’ve never seen it, a reportedly great role in “Magic Mike”. Now his latest film “The Dallas Buyer’s Club” has been picked up by Focus Features. He plays a man who has AIDS and starts a smuggling ring to get HIV-treatment drugs from Mexico. Looks like McConaughey is growing up before our eyes.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Channing Tatum has had a real breakout year so far from “The Vow” to “Haywire” to “21 Jump Street” to “Magic Mike”, with that film earning more than $100 million worldwide. Tatum and producing partner Reid Carolin are already working on bringing “Magic Mike” to Broadway, but there are also plans for a possible sequel as well.

In a recent interview, Tatum not only said they have an idea, which will basically see some of the strippers taking a road  trip, but that he and Carolin may co-direct since Steven Soderbergh won’t be returning.

I haven’t seen “Magic Mike”, but one does have to wonder whether Tatum and Carolin picked up enough directing knowledge from Soderbergh.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Channing Tatum has been a part of “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra”, worked with Steven Soderbergh twice in “Haywire” and “Magic Mike” and helped bring back “21 Jump Street” to the big screen to surprising box office and critical success. Now, Tatum will help produce and star in a biopic about legendary stuntman Evel Knievel. The film will adapt Stuart Barker’s 2008 book “The Life of Evel”.

Mike DeLuca and Dana Brunetti (The Social Network) are also on board to produce.

This could be a big moment for Tatum. Until now, he’s done entertaining roles, but, for the most part, less serious ones. This could be a turning point in his career and helping him transition into a rare breed of  actor capable of carrying a romantic comedy, action, comedy and serious drama.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Yes, Hollywood is all about sequels. But, the weekend was dominated by original films. Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and a talking teddy bear dominated as “Ted” defied all expectations and opened with $54.1 million.

“Magic Mike”, starring Channing Tatum and directed by Steven Soderbergh also opened with well with an estimated $39.1 million. Along with “The Vow” and “21 Jump Street”, it’s Tatum third movie of the year to open with at least $35 million.

“Brave” fell to third, earning an estimated $34 million, a pretty strong hold all things considered.

“Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection” opened with $26.3 million, also in line with Perry’s other films.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Male strippers, a talking bear and Madea face off this week. Which of the newest films will do the best?

The easy answer is this: “Magic Mike”. From director Steven Soderbergh and featuring Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey as male strippers, we all know what film will the choice film with females. It’s going to open strongly and, for better or worse, should near $100 million throughout its run.

Opening weekend: $32-34 million

Total box office gross: $95-100 million

While “Magic Mike” will draw the female crowd, “Ted” will be the clear choice for the male crowd. Featuring Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, a talking bear and from Seth MacFarlane, this R-rated comedy should also do solid business. It won’t break out, however, because non-MacFarlane fans aren’t likely to change their minds and see this one.

Opening weekend: $25-27 million

Total box office gross: $80-85 million

“Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection” isn’t likely to draw in any new fans. That being said, it’ll open about the same as most of Perry’s movies.

Opening weekend: $23-25 million

Total box office gross: $65-70 million.

None of these films, however, will beat “Brave” in its second weekend.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.