Alex Pettyfer and Cody Horn One-on-One Interview for "Magic Mike!"  

Alex Pettyfer (The Kid) and Cody Horn (Brooke) star as siblings in the new dramedy "Magic Mike" from Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh. The Kid becomes Mike's (Channing Tatum) protegee much to his sister's chagrin. But Brooke is the voice of reason of the movie and the actress who plays her, Cody Horn, is brilliantly breathtaking!

In this interview, we talked about:

*** Their interest in working in the film
*** Their characters and how The Kid is really closer to Pettyfer than any of the characters he's played before
*** The first time Alex wore a thong
*** How you will remember Cody Horn's name after "Magic Mike"
*** The dialogue and how Soderbergh grounded the film in reality
*** Alex's trepidations in playing a male stripper
*** How they picked up the energy of the crowd

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Matt Bomer and Adam Rodriguez Talk About "Magic Mike," Wearing Thongs for the First Time, and Their Fantasies! 

Matt Bomer and Adam Rodriguez play the male strippers that are part of Kings of Tampa all-male revue. Bomer is a living, breathing Ken doll who literally plays a living, breathing doll on stage as one of his character's personas. Rodriguez is the spicy Tito. From Oscar-winning director, Steven Soderbergh, "Magic Mike" tells the tale of Mike, a struggling entrepreneur cum male stripper, who is at the cross roads of his life. Matthew McConaughey stars as Dallas, the club owner that Tatum and company dance for.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** Their interest in making the film
*** Their characters
*** The film's fantasy-fulfillment theme
*** The first time they wore a thong in the set, and how the throngs of women gave them the drive to go forward
*** Did they improvise at all?
*** Adam's background as a 16-year-old DJ at a strip club
*** Their fantasies

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"Magic Mike" Movie Review -- How Many Kisses Do Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey Get? 

When I first heard the premise of the film, I thought director Steven Soderbergh was making his own male version of the ultra-campy "Showgirls." But to my surprise, "Magic Mike" turns out to be fun, sexy, and crazy with just the right amount of cheese.

Channing Tatum harkens back to his glory days of male stripping to come up with the story. It's interesting to note that while most actors would shy away from their semi-naked past, Tatum embraces it and even makes a movie about his experience. Read More...

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"Brave" Hits Target with $66.7 Million, "Abraham Lincoln" Lacks Bite 

Family films triumphed at the box-office with "Brave" and "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" taking in the No. 1 and 2 spots respectively. "Brave," Disney/Pixar's first female heroine defied gravity and landed at the top spot with $66.7 million continuing Pixar's record of opening films at No. 1. Featuring voice work by Kelly McDonald (Merida) and Emma Thompson, "Brave" is a beguiling, old-school fairy tale that connected with kids and grown-ups alike. ("Brave" movie review)

Sliding to No. 2 was Paramount's "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" with $20.2 million. So far, the threequel has made $157.6 million at domestic box-office. (Jada Pinkett Smith talks about her role Gloria)

At No. 3 was Timur Bekmambetov's "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" with a very soft $16.5 million. Based on Seth Grahame-Smith's novel, believe in the premise of the film and you will enjoy the movie. ("Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" movie review)

Taking the No. 4 position was "Prometheus" with $10 million, followed by "Snow White and the Huntsman" at No. 5 with $8 million.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office Films for weekend of June 22nd:

1. Brave, 1/4,164, Disney/Pixar, $66.7 million.
2. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, 3/3,920, $20.2 million, $157.6 million.
3. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, 1/3,108, $16.5 million.
4. Prometheus, 3/2,862, $10 million, $108.5 million.
5. Snow White and the Hunstman, 4/2,919, $8 million, $137.1 million.
6. Rock of Ages, 2/3,470, $8 million, $28.8 million.
7. The Avengers, 8/2,230, Disney/Marvel Studios, $7 million, $598.3 million.
8. That's My Boy, 2/3,030, Sony, $7.9 million, $28.2 million.
9. Men in Black 3, 5/2,462, Sony, $5.6 million, $163.3 million.
10. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, 1/1,625, Focus, $3.8 million.


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My Fun Interview with "Johnny Loves Dolores" Director Clarissa de los Reyes 

Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Clarissa de los Reyes followed her heart in search of her American dream -- filmmaking. The Filipino immigrant attended NYU's Graduate Film program where she received various scholarships and awards including the 2006 Sara Driver Production Award, the 2006 New York Women in Film and Television Production Grant, the Maurice Kanbar Scholarship, the Tisch Graduate Assistantship for Cinematography and an Honorable Mention at the 2007 Director's Guild of America Student Awards East Coast Division and most recently, the Oberman and Pickert Production Award.

She recently worked with respected director John Sayles for the feature film "Amigo" where she performed as 2nd Camera Operator. Right now, Miss Clarissa is busy working on a feature-length screenplay of "Johnny Loves Dolores."

In this interview shown in The Filipino Channel's Balitang America, we talked about Clarissa's hopes and dreams, working with the semi-retired Princess Punzalan, being part of the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, and her passion for the cinema. And really, her passion is palpable! Take a look:

Two Filipino immigrants: a lonely clerk at a Money Remittance center and a jobless cleaning lady living illegally in Queens, New York, form an odd arrangement during a recent economic downturn. "Johnny Loves Dolores" examines an aspect of the Filipino migrant experience in which moneydrives relationships, and loneliness is just one of the many consequences faced by Filipinos working and living in another country.

Producer Steven Payne
Director Clarissa de los Reyes
Writer Clarissa de los Reyes
Cast Marie France Arcilla, Raul Arellano, Andrew Eisenman, Agnes Magtoto, Princess Punzalan

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