Sunday, April 11, 2021

LOCATING THE Real Magic Mike Competition Show Announced for HBO Max

Finding The Real Magic Mike competition show announced for HBO MaxHBO Max is diving into the Warner Bros. vault to expand its unscripted content as the streaming platform has ordered the new reality competition The Real Magic Mike to series, with film star Channing Tatum and director Steven Soderbergh attached to executive produce and is expected to debut later this year.RELATED: The Lost City of D: Channing Tatum & Sandra Bullock-led rom-com sets 2022 release“From box office hits to sold-out live shows, Magic Mike has proven to be a pop-culture juggernaut that continues to delight people across the globe,” Sarah Aubrey, Head of Original Content, HBO Max, said in a statement. “We’re excited to work with Channing, Steven and the team behind Magic Mike Live to continue this successful franchise that celebrates self-confidence and sexiness both inside and out.”The exhilarating and sexy series will transform a group of men into real-life Magic Mikes as 10 men who have ‘lost their magic’ will compete for the title. Like any competition show, participants will undergo a full-body evolution as they learn to perform spectacular routines and develop a new level of self-confidence through stripping. Many will think they have what it takes but only one man can be the Real Magic Mike. The winner will receive a cash prize and an opportunity to perform on the blockbuster Magic Mike Live stage in Las Vegas.Click here to watch the Channing Tatum-led film!“Magic Mike is one of Warner Bros.’ most iconic franchises,” Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted Television, said in a statement “We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Channing, Steven and HBO Max on an all-new vision of this amazing and legendary brand. We’re looking forward to giving fans a front-row seat as we search the country for undiscovered talent.”Loosely based on Tatum’s early days as a stripper before making it in Hollywood, Magic Mike quickly became a box office hit in 2012 grossing over $167 million worldwide. After the release of Magic Mike XXL, Executive Producer Channing Tatum, along with founders Peter Kiernan, Reid Carolin, Steven Soderbergh, Greg Jacobs and Nick Wechsler partnered with producer Vincent Marini to introduce audiences to the groundbreaking entertainment experience MAGIC MIKE LIVE. The live show has expanded internationally since it’s Vegas launch and has played to sold-out audiences in London, Berlin and Australia. Tickets are currently on sale for the recently announced 2022 UK Arena Tour.RELATED: New to Stream: HBO Max’s April 2021 highlightsA nationwide casting search for The Real Magic Mike is currently underway. In addition to Tatum and Soderbergh, the series will be executive produced by Reid Carolin, Peter Kiernan, Gregory Jacobs, Nick Wechsler, Vincent Marini, Alycia Rossiter, Cassie Lambert Scalettar, Chris Culvenor, Paul Franklin, Wes Dening and David Tibballs alongside co-executive producer Kevin Boyer, with Eureka Productions and Warner Bros. Unscripted Television producing in association with Warner Horizon.
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    Josie and The Pussycats Cast Reunites for 20th Anniversary

    Josie and The Pussycats cast reunites for 20th AnniversaryUniversal’s cult early aughts classic Josie and the Pussycats, inspired by the Archie comics and Hanna-Barbera cartoon of the same name, turns 20 today and to celebrate, stars Rachael Leigh Cook (Love, Guaranteed), Rosario Dawson (The Mandalorian) and Tara Reid (Sharknado) reunited virtually to look back on the film’s legacy! The cast reunion can be viewed in the player below!RELATED: Watch Rosario Dawson Transform Into Ahsoka Tano for The Mandalorian“I think it was way ahead of its time. You watch it now and it so resonates with the moment we’re in but at the time I think it was hard for people to really appreciate the satire that it was.” Rosario Dawson, who starred as Valerie, said of the film which is still often quoted to this day: DUJOUR MEANS FAMILY! The quote is even homaged by indie film fashion labels like Super Yaki, which featured hoodies and even ornaments based on it during one of their limited runs.Rachael Leigh Cook starred as Josie and was brought in by the film’s directors Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan, she reflected on the shoot, “As an experience, [it was] very much women supporting women from day one to this day.”Co-lead Tara Reid echoed the sentiment as they looked back, “It meant so much to us. When we made this film we had the best time ever. One of our directors was also a woman. So it’s kind of changed. And that was before there was such an influence now but in so many ways I feel like we started this game.” Click here to purchase the cult classic musical comedy!Upon release, Josie and The Pussycats was compared to Spice World, though cinephiles would later fight to reclaim it as a cult classic. The film shares more DNA with another cult film about the pop music industry: Brian De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise, especially in how it dives into the soul-selling world of subliminal messaging to conform to capitalism over individualism. Mondo released a printing of the Josie and the Pussycats soundtrack on Vinyl that you can pre-order here. Matthew Libatique, the film’s cinematographer, would later work on both Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born and Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey starring Margot Robbie. Josie and the Pussycats may have been a blueprint for Birds of Prey.RELATED: Friends Unscripted Reunion Special to Tape Next Week!Both on-screen and behind the scenes the teamwork of the film really made the film shine as being about young women sticking together even as the fame machine tried to eat them up and chew them out. It was about friendship, and Rosario thinks the film transcends time because of that, “There’s scene after scene after scene that was not about how men were in our lives. It wasn’t about all these other things. It was about us and our dreams and our passions. And seeing these men being being super supportive of these women and wanting to see them shine. And watching them grow in front of you and being amazed by that. It’s just there are so many levels in it that are just really profound looking back on it through the lens of now.”[embedded content]

    WEEKLY universal Bumps Up The Forever Purge Release

    Universal bumps up The Forever Purge release a weekAfter the studio delayed The Forever Purge a whole year from July 2020 to 2021, Universal Pictures is bringing the hit horror-thriller franchise back to fans a little sooner as the studio has bumped its release up from July 9 to July 2, just in time for Independence Day weekend.RELATED: Warner Bros. Pushes Mortal Kombat Release Back a WeekThough the new release date sees the film escape the competition of Marvel’s Black Widow, it does now pit the fifth and final horror outing against the family-friendly Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway and the Chris Pratt-starring sci-fi actioner The Tomorrow War, which was recently acquired by Amazon and slated for a July 2 release.Franchise creator James DeMonaco will not be returning to the to the director’s chair for the film, which he confirmed to Entertainment Weekly in 2018 would be the finale, but will still act as screenwriter for it while Everardo Gout, award-winning director of Days of Grace, is helming.“I think it’s a great way to end it all,” DeMonaco previously told EW. “We want to end it all, I think, in this one, and I’m very excited. When I came up with the idea and pitched it to everybody, they seemed psyched, and I think it will be a really cool ending, how we take this one home.”RELATED: Lionsgate Announces The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Release Date!The Forever Purge will be  produced by Jason Blum, Man In A Tree duo DeMonaco and Sébastien K. Lemercier, and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form and is set to star Leven Rambin (True Detective) and be helmed by Everado Gout.The Purge series kicked off in 2013 with the first film, a smaller scale home-invasion thriller starring Ethan Hawke. It went on to gross $89.3 million worldwide and kick started the franchise, which to date has pulled in $456.8 million in worldwide grosses across four films (with the total box office grosses for each film out gaining its predecessor).

    Universal Sets Clooney & Roberts-Led Ticket to Paradise for Fall 2022

    Universal sets Clooney & Roberts-led Ticket to Paradise for Fall 2022Just over a month after first announcing development on the romantic comedy, Universal Pictures is fast-tracking the George Clooney and Julia Roberts-led Ticket to Paradise as the studio has slated the film for a September 30, 2022 release.RELATED: Ticket to Paradise: George Clooney & Julia Roberts Reuniting for Rom-ComDirected by Ol Parker (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) on a script from him and Daniel Pipski, the film sees the Oscar winners starring as a divorced couple who must unite and travel to Bali in an effort to stop their lovestruck daughter from making the same mistake they think they made 25 years ago.The project is being produced by Working Title’s Tim Bevan (Darkest Hour) and Eric Fellner (The Theory of Everything) alongside Clooney and Grant Heslov (Catch-22) via the duo’s Smokehouse Pictures production banner, Roberts through her Red Om Films label with her team Lisa Gillian & Marisa Yeres Gill (Homecoming) as well as Sarah Harvey (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Deborah Balderstone (Palm Beach). Universal’s Senior Executive Vice President of Production Erik Baiers and Director of Development Lexi Barta will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.Ticket to Paradise will mark the fifth time Clooney and Roberts have worked together after starring together in the first two installments of Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s trilogy, with the latter not appearing in the third installment, and the George Clooney-directed and co-starring Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Jodie Foster-helmed thriller Money Monster.RELATED: Falling: Universal Pictures Wins Film Rights to T.J. Newman’s Debut NovelThe film will shoot on location in Queensland, Australia, aided by incentives from the Australian federal government and from Screen Queensland’s Production Attraction Strategy.(Photo Credit: Toni Anne Barson/FilmMagic)

    Cocaine Bear: Elizabeth Banks to Direct Universal’s Thriller with Lord Miller Producing

    Cocaine Bear: Elizabeth Banks to Direct Universal’s Thriller with Lord Miller Producing Elizabeth Banks is set to direct the upcoming movie Cocaine Bear for Universal Pictures. Oscar-winning duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Last Man on Earth, The Lego Movie) will produce for Lord Miller along with Banks and Max Handelman, who will produce via their Brownstone Productions banner. The project is being described as a character-driven thriller inspired by true events that took place in Kentucky in 1985 (via Deadline). Emmy-nominated Banks (Modern Family, 30 Rock) recently directed 2019’s Charlie’s Angels and Pitch Perfect 2 in 2015. She most recently starred in the limited series Mrs. America alongside Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, and Uzo Aduba. RELATED: Bros: Universal Pictures’ Rom-Com Starring Billy Eichner Sets August 2022 Release Cocaine Bear is written by Jimmy Warden and will also be produced by Aditya Sood along with Brian Duffield. Executive Vice President of Production Matt Reilly and Creative Executive Christine Sun will oversee Cocaine Bear on behalf of Universal Pictures. Producers are reportedly expecting to get the project into production by this summer. RELATED: Ticket to Paradise: George Clooney & Julia Roberts Reuniting for Rom-Com Banks also recently teamed up with the studio along with producer Marc Platt to develop and produce the live-action hybrid movie adaptation of The Magic School Bus. Banks will portray Ms. Frizzle in the project. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)

    Invincible: Robert Kirkman Says Live-Action Film Won’t CONNECT TO Amazon’s Animated Series

    Invincible: Robert Kirkman Says Live-Action Film Won’t Connect With Amazon’s Animated Series In a recent interview with EW, producer Robert […] The post Invincible: Robert Kirkman Says Live-Action Film Won’t Connect With Amazon’s Animated Series appeared first on

    Universal Pictures Partnering With Sentient for The Others Remake

    Universal Pictures partnering with Sentient for The Others remake After winning the rights to the story earlier this year in a heated bidding war, Sentient Entertainment is partnering with Universal Pictures to develop the remake of the acclaimed Nicole Kidman-starring ghost story The Others, according to The Hollywood Reporter. RELATED: Nicole Kidman Horror Classic The Others Getting Remade Sentient had struck a deal with FilmSharks subsidiary The Remake Company and Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo’s Video Mercury in an effort to reinvent and modernize the story, with sources reporting that A-list talent and studios are chomping at the bit to get in on the project. Pick up the original The Others here! The remake will be produced by Sentient’s Renee Tab (Feud: Bette and Joan) and Christopher Tuffin alongside Lucas Aksoskin for Aliwen Entertainment, with veteran Spanish producer Cerezo executive producing with FlimSharks’ Guido Rud and Miller Way’s Michael and Jeeny Miller. Universal’s Senior Vice President of Production Sara Scott will oversee the project for the studio. “I am honored to be able to work on my favorite horror film of all time, The Others, and to bring this reimagining to the big screen for new audiences,” Tab previously said in a statement. “It is almost eerie and uncanny how timely the themes are today: self-isolation, paranoia and fear, and of course the intense desire to protect our children and ourselves from harm. We look forward to unraveling the layers behind lead character Grace, whose pain and demons draw viewers into a truly compassionate journey.” RELATED: David Slade’s Dark Harvest Horror Adaptation Set for September 2021 The film, written and directed by Alejandro Amenábar released in fall 2001, starred Kidman as Grace Stewart, a war widow in 1945 Britain who has isolated herself in her country mansion with her children, who are suffering from a rare disease characterized by photosensitivity. Their isolation is uprooted when three strangers arrive, leading to the unveiling of a whole host of secrets kept hidden in the dark mansion. Kidman was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance with Amenábar winning the Goyas Award for Best Director and Screenplay.

    F9: The Fast Saga Release Delayed One Month

    F9: The Fast Saga release delayed one month Following the studio’s decision to move No Time to Die to the release date, Universal Pictures has elected to delay the long-awaited F9: The Fast Saga from its Easter 2021 weekend to Memorial Day, just one year after its original release date. RELATED: No Time to Die Release Pushed Back to Easter 2021 In F9, Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he’s going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob (John Cena). F9 sees the return of Justin Lin as director, who helmed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth chapters of the series when it transformed into a global blockbuster. The action hurtles around the globe—from London to Tokyo, from Central America to Edinburgh, and from a secret bunker in Azerbaijan to the teeming streets of Tbilisi. Along the way, old friends will be resurrected, old foes will return, history will be rewritten, and the true meaning of family will be tested like never before. The film stars returning cast members Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Sung Kang, with Oscar winner Helen Mirren and Oscar winner Charlize Theron. F9 also features Grammy-winning superstar Cardi B as a new franchise character Leysa, a woman with a connection to Dom’s past, and a cameo by Reggaeton sensation Ozuna. RELATED: Borat Sequel Teaser Trailer Released Ahead of Amazon October Premiere F9 is produced by Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel, Jeff Kirschenbaum, Joe Roth, Justin Lin, Clayton Townsend, and Samantha Vincent and is set to hit theaters on May 28, 2021.

    Beast: Idris Elba to Star in Universal’s Survival Thriller Helmed by Baltasar Kormákur

    Beast: Idris Elba to Star in Universal’s Survival Thriller Helmed by Baltasar Kormákur Golden Globe winner Idris Elba (Luther, Beasts of No Nation, Thor: Ragnarok) is set to star in Beast, an upcoming survival thriller from Universal Pictures with Baltasar Kormákur (2 Guns, The Deep, Jar City) attached to direct, according to Deadline. RELATED: Universal Enters First-Look Partnership With LeBron James’ SpringHill Company Based on an original idea by Jaime Primak-Sullivan, the screenplay will be written by Ryan Engle (Rampage, The Commuter, Non-Stop). Plot details for Beast are minimal besides it being in the vein of 2016’s The Shallows, but instead of sharks, a lion will apparently “be involved as the central antagonist.” Will Packer and James Lopez will serve as producers through their Will Packer Productions banner. Kormákur will produce via his RVK Studios with Primak-Sullivan executive producing. Matt Reilly, Universal’s Executive Vice President of Production, along with Creative Executive Tony Ducret will oversee the feature on behalf of the studio. RELATED: David Leitch to Helm Stuntman Drama Starring Ryan Gosling for Universal Beast will mark the second project between Packer, Lopez, Primak-Sullivan, and Engle after the group collaborated on the 2018 Breaking In, starring Gabrielle Union and directed by James McTeigue from a script written by Engle from a story by Primak-Sullivan.

    Universal Enters First-Look Partnership With LeBron James’ SpringHill Company

    Universal enters first-look partnership with LeBron James’ SpringHill Company Universal Pictures has announced it has entered into a four-year first-look production agreement with The SpringHill Company, the global consumer and entertainment brand built by NBA superstar LeBron James and co-founder Maverick Carter. RELATED: New Kid Movie in the Works From Universal Pictures & LeBron James “LeBron, Maverick and the team at SpringHill are content creators with a purpose, and we’re excited to partner with filmmakers who challenge us to tell stories that move culture forward,” Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, said in a statement. “SpringHill’s projects are compelling, entertaining, inspiring and aim to start important conversations, which we need now more than ever. We’re already partnering with LeBron and Maverick on some exciting projects in active development, with more to come, and we look forward to leveraging our resources across the NBCU portfolio to amplify those titles and bring important voices like SpringHill to a global audience.” Universal has been collaborating with James, SpringHill CEO Maverick Carter and The SpringHill Company team, which includes Jamal Henderson, Chief Content Officer, and Spencer Beighley, Head of Film, for several years already and have multiple projects in various stages of development, beginning with Untitled LeBron James Project, which is based on the book Shooting Stars by James and Buzz Bissinger and other events in James’ life.  Click here to purchase James and Bissinger’s Shooting Stars!  The film adaptation of Shooting Stars, which The SpringHill Company is producing with Terence and Rachel Winter, will be directed by Chris Robinson (ATL) and was written by Frank E. Flowers (Metro Manila) with current revisions by Tony Rettenmaier & Juel Taylor. Taylor is an alumnus of the Universal Writers Program that identifies up-and-coming and experienced screenwriters with unique points of view that build upon the Studio’s commitment to telling stories and creating films that reflect the vast diversity of its audiences. Additional SpringHill projects include New Kid, based on the first graphic novel to win the Newbery Medal by Jerry Craft, and the newly announced Catch the Wave, based on an original pitch by Ali Kinney.   “The SpringHill Company’s purpose is to empower greatness in every individual,” Carter said in a statement. “With Universal, we’re aligned in making sure socially conscious and purposeful elements are felt in all of our stories, whether it’s a drama, comedy, family or even a horror film. In the same spirit, this partnership allows us to empower creators to tell the stories important to them and culture on the studio projects in the film space. Universal has been an incredibly collaborative thought partner from vision to execution and it’s clear they value championing and telling diverse stories.  We’re proud to be partnering with a studio that makes telling diverse stories a mandate and not an option.”  RELATED: Netflix & Adam Sandler Reunite For LeBron James-Produced Hustle The SpringHill Company is a global consumer and entertainment brand created to empower greatness in every individual. The SpringHill Company unites three companies built by James and Carter: UNINTERRUPTED, the athlete empowerment media and consumer product company, SpringHill Entertainment, the premium scripted and unscripted film and television production company and The Robot Company, the brand and culture consultancy. With a dynamic and diverse team committed to creating the most culturally inspired brands, entertainment and products, The SpringHill Company is built to be the defining brand for a new generation.  The SpringHill Company and its mission to empower is building strong cultural IP with a number of important projects, products and partners. Original content properties including The Shop: Uninterrupted, Kneading Dough and More Than An Athlete are impacting culture and inspiring important conversations. SpringHill also has continued momentum in the premium content space with projects like breakout broadcast special Graduate Together, Space Jam: A New Legacy, NBC’s primetime game show The Wall, Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker for Netflix, the powerful docuseries I Promise, and a host of critically-acclaimed titles.  Across all categories, The SpringHill Company is creating compelling content and connecting brands, creators and consumers to culture and entertainment.

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