Greg Jacobs

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It’s a good time to be Channing Tatum. One minute he’s taking a meeting with the X-Men people, the next minute MTV is bestowing their most prestigious golden popcorn bucket upon him. And amidst all that goodness is something else to be proud of: Warner Bros. considers him decent enough competition (or at least, a viable alternative) to the Terminator franchise. Because it’s just been announced that Tatum’s Magic Mike 2 (rumored to be called Magic Mike XXL) is slated for release on July 3, 2015, which is two days before Terminator Genesis‘s own release date in the Great Summer of All Blockbusters. Of course, the one thing 2015 doesn‘t already have is a sex movie about shirtless men (just kidding! — there’s also 50 Shades of Grey), so Tatum and his cohorts can step up to fill an important niche (har!). Magic Mike 2/XXL‘s release date is also the first news about the sequel that’s come down the official news pipeline, and like all officially sourced news, it contains both the phrase “get your banana hammocks ready” and “drops trau.” Everything else about the sequel — that Tatum would be penning the screenplay (along with Reid Carolin), that it might be called Magic Mike XXL and that its director will probably be Magic Mike‘s first AD, Greg Jacobs, have come from unconfirmed sources, little hints dropped by actors or Tatum’s Facebook page.

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Since your plans to go meat bowling fell through, why not stay home and watch a thrilling documentary about high school students in Chicago delivering their experiences through the energetic art of spoken word? Is Louder Than a Bomb a tough sell? Of course it is, unless you’re already a slam poetry fan, but this is the kind of movie that you have to give a chance because it will richly reward you. Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel have directed a movie here that is genuine down to its bones, equal parts heartbreaking and triumphant, and engaging beyond its concept. You can watch it tonight (Jan. 5th) on OWN at 9pm ET/8pm CT. Plus, if you’re so inclined, you can ask the directors questions and make comments on The Twitter during the broadcast by hashtagging with #LTAB. A movie about high school poetry sounds dreadful, but these kids really are talented beyond their years, and their personal stories are thoroughly compelling. If you need more proof, check out the trailer:

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, we talk with Louder Than a Bomb director Greg Jacobs and get an update on how Cannes is shaping up from Simon Gallagher. Plus, Eric D. Snider from Film.com and our very own Matt Patches enter the squared circle of our Movie News Pop Quiz. Then, we spend less than 15 minutes defining art. Take that, thousands of years of philosophy. We get the job done here at Reject Radio, so kick off you shoes and stay awhile. Listen Here: Download This Episode

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