Sequels, superheroes, big blockbusters, gosh, it must be summer at the movies! From "Fast and Furious 6" to "The Hangover 3" all the way to "Man of Steel," Hollywood is bringing out the big guns to entice you to go see the movies. So which films am I dying to see this summer? I broke down the season from May to August so save the dates, here it goes:
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We all know that Jay-Z and Will Smith are producing an urban version of the musical "Annie" and they may have found their Daddy Warbucks! THR is saying Jamie Foxx is in talks to join "Annie," Sony's big screen adaptation of the classic Little Orphan Annie story. Foxx's character is named Benjamin Stacks, an updated version of the Daddy Warbucks character.
The role of Annie will be played by the fantastic nine-year-old Oscar nominee, Quvenzhané Wallis, from "Beasts of the Southern Wild." Will Gluck ("Friends with Benefits") is attached to direct. "Annie" will be released in 2014.
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So it's been rumored for a long time that "Magic Mike 2" is in the works! Now, the first film's director, Steven Soderbergh, says yes, the sequel to the male stripper movie starring Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum could still happen!
Soderbergh tells Pride Source that "We actually just had a meeting about it the other day. It's getting pretty far along."
Reid Carolin wrote the first movie, and he could be writing the sequel again. "They've got a good idea. There were some stories and events that Channing lived through that we just couldn't fit in the first one," Soderbergh said. "One of them is a really hilarious and very cinematic idea that we reluctantly didn't put in the first film, because it was such a big idea you could build a whole film out of it -- but we didn't want to build that film out of it. It's perfect for this, though."
Soderbegh is currently retired, so who will direct? And will this be a prequel since Mike (Channing Tatum) retired from male stripping in the first movie? Stay tuned...
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When Rocky looks for Adrian at the end of the first "Rocky," expect more gut-wrenching "Adriannnnnnnnnnn" in the broadway adaptation of the Oscar-winning film. Presented by Stage Entertainment USA and Sylvester Stallone, the show will begin performances on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theater in February of 2014 according to THR.
The stage version's book is written by the Tony-winning Thomas Meehan ("The Producers," "Hairspray") and the music is composed by Stephen Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Ahrens. The director is Alex Timbers with fight choreography by Steven Hoggett ("Once") and dance choreography by Kelly Devine ("Rock of Ages").
Here's what Stallone said about the Broadway production of his original story/screenplay, “I couldn’t be more proud or more excited about this production and how my original story of Rocky Balboa has been brought to spectacular life onstage." Stallone further said, “The story of Rocky was very much like my life at the time – starting out with nothing, having to fight for roles and recognition...So I put those feelings into the body of a boxer and I had no idea there were so many millions of people that felt the same way. Alex Timbers and the entire creative team have not only honored that original impulse, but have made his story as exciting, heart-breaking, and inspiring as it was when Rocky first went the distance onscreen."
So what's next? "Rocky 2," the musical? Or maybe a song-tastic "Rambo!"
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The first "21 Jump Street" surprised everyone by being a decent movie! The duo of Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill helped turn the film into a hit grossing close to $200 million worldwide. Now, Sony has revealed that the sequel will open on June 6, 2014. The studio also announced that "Think Like a Man Too" will debut on June 20, also of next year, and the comedy "Sex Tape" starring Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz will open July 2, 2014 just in time for your 4th of July.
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