Ellen Gets “Nick the Gardener” an Audition for Magic Mike Sequel

Shirtless Nick the Gardener gets a screen test set up by Ellen DeGeneres

Upon hearing the news that Matthew McConaughey will not be returning for the Magic Mike sequel, Ellen has a great idea! Nick the Gardener!

So, she gets on the phone to Warner Brothers exec Greg Silverman and hooks “Nick” up with a screen test. You know that Ellen – give, give, give.

Oh, and it’s “Laundry Day” at the ELLEN show, so of course she needs him to give him his shirt.  No unnecessary naked action going on here.

“Magic Mike 2” gets 2015 release date

Warner Bros has set a release date of July 3, 2015 for “Magic Mike 2.”

This will be a sequel to the original film, directed by Steven Soderbergh and loosely based on Channing Tatum‘s early days as a male stripper, which landed as a surprise hit of 2012.

Financed and produced by Soderbergh and Tatum, the movie was a major score (starring Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello) banking $113.7M at the domestic box office — one of Soderbergh’s most lucrative movies ever.

A Broadway version of the film is now in development as well.

(via Deadline)

DVD: Dallas Buyers Club starring Matthew McConnaughey and Jared Leto


Available now, Golden Globe Award® winners Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto lead an all-star cast in Dallas Buyers Club – the epic true story of one man’s fight for survival.

Nominated for six Academy Awards® including Best Actor Matthew McConaughey, Best Supporting Actor Jared Leto, and Best Original Screenplay.

Synopsis: Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) sees his free-wheeling life overturned when he’s diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. Determined to survive, Woodroof decides to take matters in his own hands by tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. After his journey to find a cure leads him to an unlikely ally in Rayon (Jared Leto), he establishes a hugely successful “buyers’ club” and unites a band of outcasts in a struggle for dignity and acceptance that inspires in ways no one could have imagined.

Also starring Jennifer Garner, Denis O’Hare and Steve Zahn. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.

Check it out here.

Behind the scenes: “Take it or leave it” scene from DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

This is the second in a series of short videos discussing the making of the Matthew McConaughey film DALLAS BUYERS CLUB. Here’s a link to my first post “behind the scenes” of DBC.

Check out McConaughey, Jared Leto & director Jean-Marc Vallée as they explore balancing seriousness, humor and a spontaneous train whistle to make for one of the most memorable sequences in the new drama.

For more about the film – already garnering Oscar buzz for McConaughey and Leto, check out the film’s official website.

Scene from DALLAS BUYERS CLUB: Complexities in lighting & emotions

Very interesting breakdown of the technical approach to a scene from “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Just the details in how Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner are lit, the choices of tight and wide shots, and the arc of the writing with the sharing of secret at the end instead of a full romantic come on.  Things most of us never really think about in film.

Very interesting to listen to and see.

“Dallas Buyers Club” is currently in theaters.

Matthew McConaughey stars in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. These were the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and the U.S. was divided over how to combat the virus. Ron, now shunned and ostracized by many of his old friends, and bereft of government-approved effective medicines, decided to take matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Bypassing the establishment, the entrepreneurial Woodroof joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts – who he once would have shunned – and established a hugely successful “buyers’ club.” Their shared struggle for dignity and acceptance is a uniquely American story of the transformative power of resilience.

Matthew McConaughey intros behind-the-scenes of DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

Matthew McConaughey introduces an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at DALLAS BUYERS CLUB with co-stars Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto. 
The film is based on the inspirational, true-life story of Ron Woodroof, a man given thirty days to live who decided to fight both his illness and the government agency blocking his treatment:

A son of Texas, Ron Woodroof is an electrician and rodeo cowboy. In 1985, he is well into an unexamined existence with a devil-may-care lifestyle. Suddenly, Ron is blindsided by being diagnosed as H.I.V.-positive and given 30 days to live. Yet he will not, and does not, accept a death sentence.

In theatres November 1, 2013. 
For more info visit http://DallasBuyersClub.com.

Channing Tatum opening his own MAGIC MIKE revue?

In Touch Magazine is reporting that Channing Tatum has a new project: running a racy theme bar—complete with all-male revues!

In Touch says that the “Magic Mike” star and best friend Keith Kurtz, purchased Saints and Sinners, a brothel-style pub in New Orleans and hope to re-open it in November.

The opening night guest list might even include Channing’s famous stage pals Matthew McConaughey and Joe Manganiello for a reunion that could turn into a live male-review show!

New, bigger, better Magic Mike movie trailer!

And now, we get a little more to see.

You know what I mean when I say that, right?

Focusing on Alex Pettyfer’s character instead of Tatum’s love story, the new trailer shows a lot more strip club action — including a shot of all the guys in their thongs. Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer and Adam Rodriguez are also seen in the video in various states of undress.

We also get a look at the guy’s routines, like Joe’s fireman act and Bomer’s Ken doll number.

Love the Chippendales “cuffs and collars” at 1:17

This movie is going to be fun.

Go ahead, watch it again…