A couple of weeks ago Moviefone reported that director Steven Soderbergh was interrupting his plans for retirement by tackling a couple movies. Among them was 'Magic Mike,' a story about a male stripper who befriends a young dancer and shows him how to hustle both on stage and off. The film is based on Channing Tatum's pre-acting life as an exotic dancer, and Tatum is set to star as the older man. Now Deadline reports that Soderbergh has picked 21-year-old newcomer Alex Pettyfer ('I Am Number Four,' 'Beastly') for the role of the younger man, meaning that he will, essentially, play the young Channing Tatum while the real Channing Tatum will play his mentor. Only in Hollywood.
This one should set goosebumps crawling up your arms: Variety reports that Drafthouse Films, Timpson Films and Magnet Releasing are teaming to produce 'The ABCs of Death,' a 26-chapter anthology film in which each episode will have its horror action predicated by a letter of the alphabet -- A for Asphyxiation, B for Butchered, etc. Directors will be assigned a letter at random, and then will have to come up with a chapter during a set period of time -- six months, six weeks and six days after production starts in June. Twenty-five directors have been picked; a 26th will be chosen as part of a global contest. Directors include Jason Eisener ('Hobo With a Shotgun'), Nacho Vigalondo ('TimeCrimes'), Ti West ('The House of the Devil'), Srdjan Spasojevic ('A Serbian Film'), Angela Bettis ('Roman') and Ben Wheatley ('The Kill List').