All anyone with an appreciation of movies or the male form can talk about right now is Magic Mike the Channing Tatum male stripper movie that is shaking its junk in America's face right now. But when it's a hit at the box office, what are they going to do about a sequel? Well, we dreamed up a few ideas to get those screenwriters minds whirling. (Warning: I'm going to be disclosing some plot details, so if you don't want any spoilers, stop reading the story. But it's not like it really matters. You didn't go see Magic Mike for the story!)
Moons Over Miami
The crew is obsessed about leaving Tampa and opening a bigger, badder, ballsier strip club somewhere in Miami. In this sequel, they actually do! Dallas (Matthew McConaughey) opens the strip emporium of his dreams and brings along equity partner The Kid (Alex Pettyfer) and some of the boys (and some new talent) to help him. The problem is the location he's chosen is home to a female strip club that doesn't want to give up its lease or its liquor license so Dallas can open shop. A showdown between male and female strippers occurs until everyone is just a writhing naked mess on stage. Some of them bang. They decide to combine the strip clubs so that husbands and wives can come and watch naked people together. Isn't that what everyone wants?
Big Dick Richie's Big Adventure
Really, the only thing we know about Joe Manganiello's character is that he has a huge johnson and loves his penis pump. Well, what would happen if, one day, his penis pump disappeared? Yes, it has been stolen! But by whom? A despondent and shirtless Richie, so inconsolable he can't wear a shirt, goes on a cross country journey in search of his missing penis pump, and runs into all sorts of outrageous characters on the way, including Pee-Wee Herman, who's wee pee made him steal the device in the first place.
Dallas Does Dallas
We know that Dallas eventually gets to Tampa to become a stripper and run the Magic Mike show, but how did he get there? This is a prequel where a young Dallas (played by Hunter Parrish) is a good Texas boy whose father is a preacher and whose mother deserted him when he was a boy. He was a very shy guy who didn't have much luck with the ladies, but worked hard on daddy's farm. One day, after baling all that hay and gettin' along with all the dogies, a nice older lady going through town notices how buff he is. He gets a job in a traveling male review called Clydesdales, where he wears nothing but a thong, a bowtie, a mullet, and a smile. And on the way to learning how to become a stripper, Dallas learns how to become a man.
Ken and the Doll
Really the only thing that we see Matt Bomer's stripper alter ego Ken do is let The Kid sleep with his big-tittied wife because he loves The Kid so damn much. You know why? Because he's gay. Sadly he has to leave Juggs McGee behind to go on his new journey where he discovers his true homosexual self and realizes that guys who strip for other guys make a hell of a lot more money than guys who strip for girls. But in the end, he gives it all up for the one person he loves. Do all stripper movies have to end that way, even the gay ones?
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Let me start out by saying that Magic Mike is a solid, fascinating film that would be enjoyable in any state of mind, and that Hollywood.com in no way endorses sneaking alcohol into movie theaters. But sometimes they hire people who do, and I entered my industry-packed screening last night with the full intention of creating a fun drinking game that will make you and your cohorts feel as sky-high as those lucky Magic Mike strip club extras. We hate them. We hate them so much.
So without further ado, soak up (or print out) the rules that myself and Hollywood.com's Leanne Aguilera painstakingly created after hours of careful deliberation, (or minutes of giggling at The Cheesecake Factory), find an unlucky designated driver, and lose yourself in the official Magic Mike Drinking Game!
Take One Drink:
During any gyration
When you find yourself getting jealous of an extra
Any time Mike and Paige converse, awkwardly
When you see a thong
Any time you see a stereotypical stripper costume (fireman, cop, etc.)
When Matthew McConaughay's nipples are front and center
Whenever Alex Pettyfer looks or acts shady
When find yourself actually admiring the dancing
Take Two Drinks:
Whenever your favorite man gets his solo
When you find yourself wishing Matt Bomer was straight (Ladies drink! Sorry, gays.)
When you see more of Olivia Munn than you wanted to see (We came here for the dudes!)
When there's a pig on-screen
When there's a visible penis-pump (Also, when it's mentioned. Why not?)
When a Marilyn Monroe dress makes an appearance
Take Three Drinks:
When you see the "penis shadow." You'll know what we mean.
Any time Channing Tatum does a backflip
When you hear Ginuwine (Because he's Donna Meagle's cousin!)
"So, how pregnant did you get that girl's mouth?" (You'll know it when you see it.)
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The hype surrounding Friday's release of the Channing Tatum male stripper movie Magic Mike is as deafening as the screams from a million bachelorette parties under the same roof as they catch a site of oil-slicked abs. But what would be even more deafening? The delighted squeals of every theater queen when they find out about Magic Mike: The Musical. Yes, it might happen.
At the premiere last night, Reid Carolin, co-producer and co-writer of Hollywood's biggest gun show, told USA Today, "We are working on it as a Broadway show, which would be a different story, more of a romp, more of a fun night out at a club with a story. I'm almost more excited about that than the movie." My brain just exploded with dance belts, body glitter, and rainbows. Now, how are we going to make this a musical?
The Cast: Things will have to be a little bit different for the stage version since the slabs of beef will not only have to act and dance, they're going to have to sing as well. Oh, and let's not forget about having abs flatter than the American economy. While we would love to have Hugh Jackman replace Matthew McConaughey as the older emcee of the show, we'll probably end up with someone like John Stamos. Yum. Carolin said that Alex Pettyfer would reprise his movie role in the musical so that's good, but if he doesn't follow through on his promise, how about Weeds star Hunter Parrish, who has been in both Spring Awakening and Godspell recently? There's no replacing Channing Tatum, but how about Pablo Schrieber, Liev's younger brother who was also on the last season of Weeds and showed his ass on a Broadway stage in Desire Under the Elms?
As for the supporting role, B'way vet Jonathan Groff, Glee's Jesse St. James, could take over the openly gay actor in his skivvys role from Matthew Bomer and, in an unconventional move, why don't we replace Joe Manganiello with Maroon 5's Adam Levine? Sure, it might be too small a part, but that body, that voice, and those Jagger-like moves are desperately needed in front of the footlights. And if there isn't any room for newly minted Broadway hotshots like Kevin Jonas and Daniel Radcliffe, that would be a shame.
The Music: Well, you could make it a jukebox musical and just insert songs like "The Thong Song" and "Macho Man" into a male stripper movie, but that would be too easy (and would make us sit through another needless rendition of "It's Raining Men.") Then, obviously, the only choice for the tunes would be Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, the duo who pens the music for Smash and wrote the songs for Hairspray, the South Park movie, and every other clever musical comedy that you hear about these days. But will they be able to channel the sexiness needed for the musical? Oh, I'm sure.
The Costumes: Duh, the less the better. But if there isn't at least one football player number complete with pads and jockstraps, someone needs to be fired.
The Story: We're talking about a simple story centered on a veteran stripper who brings a younger guy into the fold and also has to choose between falling in love with a lady and his risqué profession. That sounds like a simple enough plot for a night at the theater. Can we also add two of the strippers falling in love with each other? Oh, and maybe another plot about having to raise money to save the strip club from developers? Because anything that will make your show like Burlesque or The Muppets is a good thing.
The Audience: Carolin says, "I think it's the perfect thing for women to go see on Broadway, to be participants in the show." He thinks ladies are going to come to this? Mmmmhmmm. Sure.
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'Magic Mike''s Matthew McConaughey: I'd Never Danced
When you think of the upcoming movie, Magic Mike, which features Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum, and Joe Manganiello as male strippers, you would think being on the edge of 100% nudity most of the time would be the intimidating part (for them, not us).
But it turns out they were less fearful of stripping down, and more afraid of having to dance while doing it. And by "it" we mean strip. Get your minds out of the gutter!
McConaughey — who just wed his longtime girlfriend, where he apparently skipped the tradition of a first dance — admitted before doing this movie, "I'd never danced." A big part of pre-shoot prep had all three guys learning choreographed routines to go along with their stripteases. But according to McConaughey, when it came time to shoot his dance scenes he felt like "there will never be enough time. I could rehearse this thing for 10 years."
Even ex-stripper Tatum (whose real-life story is the inspiration behind the movie) was not looking forward to reliving his past. "I'm about to go on stage and dance for the first time, and I'm like, 'Why did I want to do this again? This is completely not what I remembered.' I was terrified."
True Blood's Manganiello — who is also no stranger to taking his shirt off, and was hesitant to take another role that involved doing just that — equates his stripping scenes to the feeling of "coming out of a blackout. You get up there, you do this thing, and then it was like waking up the next morning covered in blood having no recollection of what the hell you just did. You're sitting backstage after your routine, in a thong, sweating, the music is over, you're just sitting there alone in silence ... going, 'What did I just do? People are going to see this!"
Yep. And if he's lucky, lots and lots of people.
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Joe Manganiello may be used to battling vicious vampires, ferocious werewolves, and conniving witches in True Blood, but nothing could have prepared him for the throng of challenges that awaited him in his upcoming stripper flick, Magic Mike. What sort of challenges you may ask? Well, the hunky recently shared with People magazine his rather uncomfortable experience with thongs (and I don't mean the footwear).
"It was uncomfortable at first," the 35-year-old star said. "It sort of felt like a wedgie, but once you get into the routine of wearing one, you know what to do and you just do your thing. We all had to suffer a bit for our craft."
And thanks to his experience, Manganiello can now fully appreciate the discomfort women go through while wearing them. "I have so much respect for all women who choose to wear them," he said. "It's not easy wearing one."
Butt But that didn't make him feel any less comfortable stripping down to his G-string in front of his equally hunky co-stars Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey and Alex Pettyfer. "We all took our turn in the barrel," he remarked. "Being with the guys, nobody takes them self too seriously. Everybody was on set cheering, laughing and rolling on the ground."
However, he'd rather his parents not get a look at his beefcake fireman dance antics on the big screen. "I told my parents not to go see this," Manganiello said of the film, which is due out June 29. "Nothing can prepare them for what about they are going to see."
Even his publicist was at a loss for words. "My publicist saw it and couldn't form a sentence afterwards," the True Blood star admitted. "Anybody who knows me is going to definitely see me in a different light. My character's name is Big Dick Richie for a reason."
If every woman in America didn't want to see this movie before, they most certainly do now. Hell, I'm bringing a bunch of one dollar bills just in case it's in 3D!
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Baldwin, who has starred in a string of U.S. reality shows in recent years, including I'm a Celebrity... Get Me out of Here! and Celebrity Apprentice, was first into the house on Sunday (03Jan10).
He was quickly joined by Dynasty legend Stephanie Beacham, British rapper Lady Sovereign, and Sisqo, who performed an impromptu rendition of hit track Thong Song before he began his stint under the watchful eye of the TV cameras.
Other stars, including former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss and Ronnie Wood's ex-girlfriend Ekaterina Ivanova, entered the house before Jones arrived.
Producers are obviously hoping for a stormy series - also starring in the show are British singer Dane Bowers and his ex Katie Price's new boyfriend Alex Reid, who were allegedly involved in a New Year's Eve (31Dec09) brawl at a party in Surrey, south east England.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT?
The uber-anticipated sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen picks up shortly after the events of the blockbuster first film. With evil Megatron’s carcass buried at the bottom of the ocean Optimus Prime and his Autobot comrades working together with an elite group of human soldiers are now focused on hunting the remaining Decepticons scattered across the globe. Sam Witwicky hero of the 2007 movie is busy preparing for his first year at college while his unlikely girlfriend Mikaela Barnes stays behind to tend to her father’s auto-repair shop. Little do they know however that back on Cybertron a Decepticon elder known as “The Fallen” is hatching a scheme to invade Earth where hidden somewhere on the planet is the last known source of energon the life-blood of all Transformers. If he succeeds the devastation left in his wake will no doubt spell the end of the human race. With the fate of Earth hanging in the balance Sam and Mikaela must once again have to team up with Optimus and the Autobots to defeat this powerful new foe.
WHO’S IN IT?
All the major human players from the first Transformers film are back for the sequel including Shia LaBeouf Megan Fox Tyrese Gibson Josh Duhamel and John Turturro. Newcomers include Ramon Rodriguez who plays Sam’s conspiracy-obsessed college roommate Leo and The Office’s Rainn Wilson who enjoys a notable cameo as a pompous physics professor.
Of course the actors merely serve as background filler for the real stars of the show: those titular talking-alien robots. And director Michael Bay fills up the screen with enough mechanical eye candy to dazzle even the most skeptical gearhead. Returning characters include Optimus Prime Bumblebee Ratchet Ironhide Barricade Jazz (don’t act surprised) Starscream Frenzy and Megatron (again don’t act surprised).
Several new Autobots are introduced to the mix: Mudflap and Skids a pair of jive-talking ceaselessly annoying hatchbacks; Jolt a Chevy Volt; Sideswipe a silver Corvette; and Jetfire an elderly Decepticon turncoat who walks with a cane speaks with an English accent and transforms into an SR-71 Blackbird. Additions to Decepticon side include: The Fallen who we learn is the Decepticons’ real head honcho (consider him the Emperor Palpatine to Megatron’s Darth Vader); Soundwave a communications specialist who sinks his tentacles into a satellite and spies on us from above; Ravage a panther-like creature; Wheelie a radio-controlled truck who talks like Joe Pesci; “the Doctor ” a sort of mad scientist who speaks with a German accent (naturally); and the Constructicons a group of construction vehicles that fuse together to form a massive four-legged beast.
No director does over-the-top explosion-laded action better than Michael Bay and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen features several staggering set pieces. The CGI work on this film makes the last one look like it was designed on a Commodore 64.
Any scene in which people talk — and several of the ones in which robots talk too. Just as the action and visual effects are beefed up for the sequel the bad jokes and cringe-worthy dialogue are as well. Highlights include two dogs humping John Turturro in a thong a robot humping Megan Fox’s leg a sequence involving Sam’s stoned mom and a glimpse of a very large pair of testicles on one very large Decepticon. The latter will likely go down as the “nipples-on-the-Batsuit” moment for the Transformers franchise.
The show-stopping climax set in the Egyptian desert is one extended riotous battle royale packed with so much robot-on-robot action you’ll feel overwhelmed at times.
NETFLIX OR MULTIPLEX?
This big-budget spectacle begs to be seen at the multiplex — IMAX if possible. Just bring a pair of earplugs for the dialogue sequences. You might want to bring some Dramamine as well as Mr. Bay went a little overboard with his trademark circling-camera sequences this time around.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT?
Claire is an attractive CIA operative and Ray is an M16 agent who simultaneously leave their Governmental spy activities in the dust to try and profit from a battle between two rival multi-national corporations both trying to launch a new product that will transform the world and make billions. Their goal is to secure the top-secret formula and get a patent before they are outsmarted. While their respective egomaniacal CEOs engage in an unending battle of wills and one-upmanship Claire and Ray start out conning and playing one another in a clever game of industrial espionage that is even more complicated due to their own long-term romantic relationship.
WHO’S IN IT?
Reuniting Closer co-stars Julia Roberts (as Claire) and Clive Owen (as Ray) turns out to be an inspired idea. They turn out to be the perfect pair oozing movie-star charm and electricity in this elaborate con-game that might have been the kind of thing Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant might have made in the '60s (in fact they did in Charade). Roberts with that infamous hairstyle back the way we like it and Owen looking great in sunglasses prove they have what it takes to navigate us through this ultra-complex plot in which no one is sure who they can trust at any given moment. They play it all in high style and the wit just flows as the story skirts back and forth during the period of five years. The supporting cast is well-chosen with juicy roles for Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti (out of their John Adams duds) as the two CEOs going for each other’s throats. Giamatti who sometimes has a tendency to overdo it is especially slimy here and great fun to watch.
Big-star studio movies today rarely take risks and often talk down to the audience but in Duplicity writer/director Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) has crafted a complicated con-comedy that requires complete attention at all times just to keep up with the dense plot’s twists and turns. It’s the cinematic equivalent of a New York Times crossword puzzle and Gilroy and his top-drawer production team deliver a glossy beautiful-looking film that’s easy on the eyes hitting locations from Dubai to Rome to New York City.
Like any good puzzle it sometimes can be frustrating putting it all together and Gilroy’s habit of taking us back in time and then inching forward gets a little confusing even with the on-screen chyron pointing out where we are at any given moment. Stick with it though and you will be well-rewarded.
A scene near the end where the formula must be found scanned and faxed in a matter of minutes is sweat-inducing edge-of-your-seat moviemaking and it provides the ultimate opportunity for Roberts and Owen to take the “con” to the next level. Another where Roberts uses a thong to try and trick Owen into admitting an affair he never had is also priceless and gets right to the heart of the game-playing.
GO OUT AND GET POPCORN WHEN ...
Never. Stock up during the coming attractions. If you miss a moment of this entertaining romp you might never figure it all out.