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'Magic Mike' sequel gets July 2015 release date

"Ladies of Tammmmpa...." you can practically hear Matthew McConaughey crooning to announce the release date for Magic Mike XXL, continuing the G-string saga born and partially filmed locally. The strip club sequel hits theaters on July 3, 2015, a coveted holiday weekend spot on the release calendar, opposite a Terminator sequel. Recent Oscar winner (for Dallas Buyers Club) McConaughey and, of course, Channing Tatum are expected to return but negotiations aren't finalized. No filming locations have been announced. Returning to Tampa seems unlikely since the Xquisite dance crew was relocating to Miami when the first film ended. "This one will be a road trip movie," Tatum told MTV, and as co-screenwriter with Reid Carolin he should know. Steven Soderbergh isn't directing Magic Mike XXL, turning over those duties to Gregory Jacobs, who was the 2012 original's first assistant director. Magic Mike cost an estimated $6 million to produce and raked in nearly $114 million in domestic ticket sales. The amount of dollar bills tossed at the screen by panting viewers hasn't been calculated.— Steve Persall, Times movie critic

'Magic Mike' sequel gets July 2015 release date 04/15/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 3:20pm]
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