'Magic Mike' to close event on June 24
The world premiere of Warner Bros.’ “Magic Mike” has been tapped as the closing feature of the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 24, five days before its nationwide release.“Magic Mike,” directed by Steven Soderbergh, is set in the world of male strippers and stars Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Cody Horn and Olivia Munn. DreamWorks’ “People Like Us” will world preem during the fest as part of the Summer Showcase screenings. The family drama, to be released June 29, is directed by Alex Kurtzman and stars Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks and Olivia Wilde. The 18th edition of the festival takes place at L.A. Live and will screen more than 200 feature films, shorts and musicvideos, representing more than 30 countries. The fest received 5,283 submissions — up from 5,025 last year — and the final selections represent 30 world, North American and U.S. premieres. The festival has selected 10 films for its narrative competition: “All Is Well,” by Pocas Pascoal; “Breakfast With Curtis,” Laura Colella; “The Compass Is Carried by the Dead Man,” Arturo Pons; “Crazy and Thief,” Cory McAbee; “Dead Man’s Burden,” Jared Moshe; “Four,” Joshua Sanchez; “A Night Too Young,” Olmo Omerzu; “Pincus,” David Fenster; “Red Flag,” Alex Karpovsky; and “Thursday till Sunday,” Dominga Sotomayor. Documentary competition titles are “25 to Life,” Mike Brown; “A Band Called Death,” Jeff Howlett, Mark Covino; “Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives,” Sara Lamm, Mary Wigmore; “Call Me Kuchu,” Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall; “Drought,” Everado Gonzalez; “The Iran Job,” Till Schauder; “Sun Kissed,” Maya Stark, Adi Lavy; “Thursday till Sunday,” Dominga Sotomayor; “Vampira and Me,” R.H. Greene; and “Words of Witness,” Mai Iskander. Notable Summer Showcase titles include “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” “Gayby,” the world premiere of Todd Berger’s “It’s a Disaster,” “Neil Young Journeys,” “Robot and Frank” and “Searching for Sugar Man.” Community screenings include “Dirty Dancing,” “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” and “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” The fest has already announced that it’s hosting the North American premiere of Woody Allen’s “To Rome With Love” as its opening-night film on June 14, with Allen expected to attend. Previously announced gala screenings include Focus’ “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” Fox Searchlight’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and AFFRM-Participant’s “Middle of Nowhere.”
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