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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    Newcomer Bodhi Sabongui Lands Key Role in Black Adam Movie

    Following the recent addition of James Cusati-Moyer, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that newcomer Bodhi Sabongui has officially joined the ensemble cast of Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly-anticipated DC film Black Adam. Further details about the 13-year-old actor’s character are being kept under wraps, but he is expected to play a key role in the Dwayne Johnson-led movie. Production is scheduled to begin next week.Sabongui is Canadian-Egyptian actor who previously appeared in The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow. He was most recently seen in last year’s The Baby-Sitters Club series where he portrayed Claudia Kishi’s crush Trevor Sandbourne.RELATED: WB Taps Godzilla vs. Kong Director Adam Wingard for ThunderCats!Black Adam will be led by Dwayne Johnson, who has been attached to play the titular anti-hero for over a decade now. It will be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows), who worked with Johnson on Disney’s upcoming Jungle Cruise, from a screenplay written by Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshiryani.The film will also feature the live-action film introduction of the Justice Society of America, whose members will be portrayed by Pierce Brosnan (The Foreigner) as Doctor Fate, Noah Centineo (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before) as Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell (Trinkets) as Cyclone and Aldis Hodge (One Night in Miami) as Hawkman. The film will also star Sarah Shahi (City on a Hill) and Marwan Kenzari (Aladdin), though their roles are currently being kept close to the antihero chest.The antihero was originally slated to make his highly-anticipated debut in 2019’s Shazam!, though the studio elected to split the characters off into individual films to allow them breathing room and proper development. Instead, they’ve just opted to tease the character with Djimon Hounsou’s original wizard Shazam narrating his origin story to Billy Batson.RELATED: WB Cancels James Wan’s The Trench & Ava DuVernay’s New GodsBased on the DC Comics character created by Otto Binder and C.C. Beck, the film is being produced by Johnson and FlynnPicturesCo’s Beau Flynn alongside Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions, while Scott Sheldon will be overseeing the project for FlynnPictureCo.Originally scheduled for December 2021 release, Black Adam has recently been pushed back to July 29, 2022.

    Black Adam Adds James Cusati-Moyer Before Production Start

    According to Deadline, Tony-nominated actor James Cusati-Moyer has officially been tapped for an undisclosed role in Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly-anticipated DC film Black Adam. This new casting addition comes after lead star Dwayne Johnson has confirmed that production on the long-in-development superhero project is set to begin next week.This marks Cusati-Moyer’s feature acting debut after only making brief appearances in TV shows such as Fox’s Prodigal Son and Hulu’s The Path. He will also next be seen in Shonda Rhimes’ new Netflix series titled Inventing Anna which will be led by two-time Emmy winner Julia Garner.RELATED: WB Taps Godzilla vs. Kong Director Adam Wingard for ThunderCats!Based on the DC Comics character created by Otto Binder and C.C. Beck, Black Adam will be led by Dwayne Johnson, who has been attached to play the titular anti-hero for over a decade now. It will be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows), who worked with Johnson on Disney’s upcoming Jungle Cruise, from a screenplay written by Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshiryani.Joining Johnson are members of the Justice Society of America who will be portrayed by Pierce Brosnan (The Foreigner) as Doctor Fate, Noah Centineo (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before) as Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell (Trinkets) as Cyclone and Aldis Hodge (One Night in Miami) as Hawkman. The film will also star Sarah Shahi (City on a Hill) and Marwan Kenzari (Aladdin), though their roles are currently being kept close to the antihero chest.The antihero was originally slated to make his highly-anticipated debut in 2019’s Shazam!, though the studio elected to split the characters off into individual films to allow them breathing room and proper development. Instead, they’ve just opted to tease the character with Djimon Hounsou’s original wizard Shazam narrating his origin story to Billy Batson.RELATED: WB Cancels James Wan’s The Trench & Ava DuVernay’s New GodsThe film is being produced by Johnson and FlynnPicturesCo’s Beau Flynn alongside Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions, while Scott Sheldon will be overseeing the project for FlynnPictureCo.Originally scheduled for December 2021 release, Black Adam has recently been pushed back to July 29, 2022. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

    Mortal Kombat Featurette Highlights Its Diverse Players & Violent Action

    Warner Bros. Pictures has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette for their highly-anticipated Mortal Kombat reboot film, offering lots of new action-packed footage. The video features interviews by director Simon McQuoid and the main cast as they talk about the importance of delivering an authentic story that will give justice to the beloved video game and its fan favorite players. Check out the video in the player below! (via IGN)Mortal Kombat was recently delayed for one more week, pushed back from April 16 to April 23. The new release date will see the film going up against two indie movies including Ed Helms’ dramedy film Together Together and Ben Wheatley’s new horror pic In the Earth.RELATED: Exclusive Mortal Kombat Spot, Plus Director/Producer Interviews!In Mortal Kombat, MMA fighter Cole Young, accustomed to taking a beating for money, is unaware of his heritage—or why Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt Cole down. Fearing for his family’s safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade at the direction of Jax, a Special Forces Major who bears the same strange dragon marking Cole was born with. Soon, he finds himself at the temple of Lord Raiden, an Elder God and the protector of Earthrealm, who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao and rogue mercenary Kano, as he prepares to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe. But will Cole be pushed hard enough to unlock his arcana—the immense power from within his soul—in time to save not only his family, but to stop Outworld once and for all?Pick up copy of the 1995 version!The diverse international cast includes Joe Taslim as Sub Zero; Ludi Lin as Liu Kang; Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade; Josh Lawson as Kano; Tadanobu Asano as Raiden; Mehcad Brooks as Jackson “Jax” Bridges; Chin Han as Shang Tsung; Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion; Max Huang as Kung Lao; Sisi Stringer as Mileena; and Lewis Tan.RELATED: First Mortal Kombat Trailer Brings Beloved Game to Bloody Life!The film is directed by Simon McQuoid from a screenplay written by Greg Russo and Dave Callaham. The film is produced by James Wan (The Conjuring universe, Aquaman) and Todd Garner (Into the Storm, Tag) with Larry Kasanoff, E. Bennett Walsh, Michael Clear and Jeremy Stein serving as executive producers. The creative team is also comprised of director of photography Germain McMicking (True Detective, Top of the Lake: China Girl), production designer Naaman Marshall (Underwater, Servant), editor Scott Gray (Top of the Lake, Daffodils), and costume designer Cappi Ireland (Lion, The Rover).Two Mortal Kombat movies were previously made. The first, simply titled Mortal Kombat, was directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and was released in 1995. It was followed two years later with a sequel, Annihilation, which also paved the way for two television series: the animated Defenders of the Realm and the live-action Konquest. Two web series have been released based on the property as well from director Kevin Tancharoen.

    WB Reportedly Unsure About Dune Release on HBO Max Still

    Dune: WB reportedly still unsure about film’s HBO Max release planWhen WarnerMedia first announced their same-day release plans, Legendary Entertainment and Dune director Denis Villenueve were the first ones to publicly express their disappointment with the decision. It was also previously rumored last December that Legendary was planning to sue WarnerMedia in order to challenge the HBO Max release of Godzilla vs. Kong and the highly-anticipated Dune. Despite this, both movies continue to be part of the promo videos for Warner Bros.’ simultaneous theater and HBO Max release. However, it seems the current recovery of theater chains and the resurgence of the moviegoing experience might come sooner than expected due to the recent box-office success of Godzilla vs. Kong.According to Deadline, there is still a possibility that the Timothy Chalamet-led sci-fi action film might stick to its original theatrical release plan as Warner Bros. and Legendary are reportedly still undecided about whether the pic should also debut on HBO Max or not. With Godzilla vs. Kong‘s promising opening week numbers, it’s likely that Warner might heavily consider keeping Dune only in theaters.RELATED: Dune Director Denis Villenueve Speaks Out Against HBO Max 2021 PlansA mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, the Dune movie tells the story of Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence — a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential — only those who can conquer their fear will survive.Buy the book that started it all here!The film will be led by a star-studded cast including Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, with Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem.RELATED: Dune Trailer: Arrakis is Reborn in Denis Villeneuve’s Sci-Fi Epic!Based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel, Dune is directed and executive produced. by Denis Villeneuve from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth. It is produced by Cale Boyter, Joe Caracciolo Jr. and Mary Parent.The film is currently set for an October 6 release.

    The Suicide Squad Breaks Mortal Kombat Red Band Trailer Record

    The Suicide Squad breaks Mortal Kombat record as most-viewed red band trailerMore than a week after the first trailer for The Suicide Squad had hit the internet, director James Gunn took to Twitter to excitedly reveal that the upcoming DC film’s trailer is now the most-watched red band trailer of all time with over 150 million views worldwide. According to Warner Bros., The Suicide Squad trailer trended in 40 markets on YouTube and 28 markets on Twitter. The said record was previously held by New Line Cinema’s Mortal Kombat reboot, whose first trailer garnered a total of 116 million during its first-week.I just got word #TheSuicideSquad redband trailer set a new record for most views of a redband trailer in a week, with over 150 million views worldwide. I’m incredibly grateful to all of you for making this happen! THANK YOU! pic.twitter.com/3bRFBDcvOV— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) April 2, 2021As a way to thank fans, Gunn went on to answer a few fan questions where he confirmed that the theatrical cut is indeed going to be R-Rated. When asked about the characters, he teased that fans should be excited to see Margot Robbie’s Harley in “her full insane glory,” and the magic of Daniela Melchior’s Ratcatcher 2.I can’t wait for you to see Harley in her full insane glory & @IdrisElba‘s intense star power & the madness of King Shark, Weasel & Starro… but I’m maybe most excited about introducing the magic of @MelchiorDaniela as Ratcatcher 2 to the world. https://t.co/fa2Sy4h0DM— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) April 2, 2021#TheSuicideSquad is, in large part, a war film, & a tale of sad, strange, wary soldiers. I didn’t want to tell that story with one hand tied behind my back. So I made sure Warners was on board with making an R-rated film before I agreed to take on the project. https://t.co/WRimaTTEmn— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) April 3, 2021RELATED: Black Widow is Done Running From Her Past in New Trailer!The ensemble roster for James Gunn’s standalone sequel includes return of DCEU alums Margot Robbie (Birds of Prey), Jai Courtney (Honest Thief), Joel Kinnaman (Suicide Squad), and Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), who are reprising their roles as Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Rick Flag and Amanda Waller, respectively. The film is set to introduce new characters including Idris Elba (Avengers: Infinity War), John Cena (Peacemaker),  Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who), David Dastmalchian (Dune), Daniela Melchior (Parque Mayer), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy), Alice Braga (Elysium), Pete Davidson (The King of Staten Island), Joaquín Cosio (Spider-Man: Into the SpiderVerse), Juan Diego Botto (The Europeans), Storm Reid (Euphoria), Nathan Fillion (The Rookie), Steve Agee (Brightburn), Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), Mayling Ng (Wonder Woman), Flula Borg (Ralph Breaks the Internet), Jennifer Holland (Peacemaker) and Tinashe Kajese (Valor) Sylvester Stallone (Rambo)The official synopsis for The Suicide Squad reads:“Welcome to hell — a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. Trekking through a jungle teeming with militant adversaries and guerrilla forces at every turn, the Squad is on a search-and- destroy mission with only Colonel Rick Flag on the ground to make them behave…and Amanda Waller’s government techies in their ears, tracking their every movement. And as always, one wrong move and they’re dead (whether at the hands of their opponents, a teammate, or Waller herself). If anyone’s laying down bets, the smart money is against them—all of them.”Click here to purchase the 2016 Suicide Squad!The film is directed by Gunn from his own screenplay, based on characters from DC. Charles Roven and Peter Safran are producing while Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Walter Hamada, Chantal Nong Vo, Nikolas Korda and Richard Suckle are executive producing.RELATED: CS Soapbox: Who is Starro and What’s He Doing in The Suicide Squad?The Suicide Squad will debut in theaters and HBO Max on August 6.Recommended Reading: Suicide Squad Vol. 1: Trial by Fire

    New Judas and the Black Messiah Trailer: Power to the People

    New Judas and the Black Messiah Trailer: Power to the People Warner Bros. Pictures has released a brand new Judas and the Black Messiah trailer for director Shaka King’s forthcoming biographical drama film, starring Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton. The film is scheduled to make its debut on Friday, February 12, 2021 with a simultaneous premiere in theaters and on HBO Max. Check out the video in the player below! RELATED: Judas and the Black Messiah Trailer Reunites Kaluuya & Stanfield Based on true events, Judas and the Black Messiah (formerly titled as Jesus Was My Homeboy) chronicles the rise of Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton leading up to his assassination, all told from the perspective of William O’Neal, the FBI informant who infiltrated the Panthers and gave the information that led to Hampton’s death. In the film, FBI informant William O’Neal infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton. A career thief, O’Neal revels in the danger of manipulating both his comrades and his handler, Special Agent Roy Mitchell. Hampton’s political prowess grows just as he’s falling in love with fellow revolutionary Deborah Johnson. Meanwhile, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul. Will he align with the forces of good? Or subdue Hampton and The Panthers by any means, as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover commands? It stars Oscar-nominated actor Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Black Panther) as Fred Hampton, LaKeith Stanfield (Short Term 12, Sorry to Bother You) as William O’Neal, Jesse Plemons (Fargo) as Roy Mitchell, Dominique Fishback (The Deuce) as Deborah Johnson, Ashton Sanders (Moonlight) as Larry Roberson, Martin Sheen (The West Wing) as J. Edgar Hoover, Algee Smith (The Hate U Give) as Jake Winters, Lil Rel Howery (Get Out) as Brian, Jermaine Fowler (Coming 2 America) as Mark Clark, and Darrell Britt-Gibson (Just Mercy) as Bobby Rush. It will also feature Dominique Thorne (If Beale Street Could Talk), Amari Cheatom (Django Unchained), and Caleb Eberhardt (The Post). RELATED: The Little Things Trailer: Denzel Washington Stars in New Crime Thriller Judas and the Black Messiah is directed by Shaka King from a script he co-wrote with Will Berson which was based on a story developed by King, Berson, Kenny Lucas and Keith Lucas. It is being produced by Ryan Coogler, and Charles D. King with Sev Ohanian, Zinzi Coogler, Kim Roth, Poppy Hanks, Ravi Mehta, Jeff Skoll, Anikah McLaren, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Cloth, Ted Gidlow, and Niija Kuykendall serving as executive producers. 

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