Resisting the temptation to capitalise on the camp value of these characters, Channing Tatum and his producing-writing partner Reid Carolin create a startlingly loose and thoughtful follow-up to their 2012 hit. Yes, it's still the story of a group of ridiculously muscled men who take their clothes off for a living and enjoy a laugh. And even without much of a plot it's a remarkably astute exploration of masculinity and gender politics. In the last three years, Mike (Tatum) has made a decent go of his furniture-making business, but his life feels stuck in a rut.
Then his old pals ask him to go on the road for one last hurrah to a stripper convention. So he heads off with new-age healer Ken (Matt Bomer), lovelorn beefcake Richie (Joe Manganiello), artful biker Tarzan (Kevin Nash), macrobiotic smoothie expert Tito (Adam Rodriguez) and food-truck driving deejay Tobias (Gabriel Iglesias). Along the way, they meet up with Mike's old mentor Rome (Jada Pinkett Smith), who provides two new guys for the team (Donald Glover and Stephen 'tWitch' Boss). And they get some favours from a newly single Southern belle (Andie MacDowell) and another old friend (Elizabeth Banks).
There's very little to the story, but the film's improvisational style allows all of the characters to deepen in quiet but significant ways. So the journey these people take is even more internal than the highways they traverse from Tampa, Florida, to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The main point is that these men need to figure out who they are if they have any hope of finding happiness, and each one takes his own subtle voyage of discovery. The actors dive into this approach, which requires unusually subtle performances that combine sexy physicality with earthy, boisterous humour. What the film never does is fall back on the usual cliches about machismo or sexuality.
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Watch Channing Tatum do seven classic dance moves in 30 seconds.
For those of us who have seen Step Up, Magic Mike or its recently released sequel, we’re all well aware Channing Tatum can dance. However, it comes as something of a surprise though to see him drop his grinding stripper moves for something a little tamer – voguing, the funky chicken and the pony.
Tatum did seven well-known dance moves in 30 seconds in a video for Vanity Fair. The video was part of his interview for his August cover of the magazine. Tatum, knowing some of the moves are somewhat ridiculous, took the bizarre activity in good part and even seemed to be enjoying himself. He was especially good at voguing!
The male stripper sequel hit US theatres today (July 1st) and stars Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, and Joe Manganiello.
Channing Tatum and his troupe of oiled up, dancing beefcakes have hit the road this summer for Magic Mike XXL, the sequel to the highly successful 2012 film which followed a group of male strippers in Florida. But while the first film showed a surprising amount of heart, the XXL version seems to be more intent on just showing skin, leaving some reviewers feeling more than a little cheated.
The boys of Magic Mike XXL
Star Channing Tatum, who based the original film on his own experiences as an 18 year old stripper in Florida, has come along way in the short period of time since Magic Mike. Last year he impressed critics in Oscar nominated drama Foxcatcher, so it’s no surprise that some were expecting a lot from Tatum in his second Magic Mike outing.
Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello - Los Angeles World Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures 'Magic Mike XXL' at TCL Chinese Theatre - Arrivals at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 25th June 2015
Magic Mike might be keeping his clothes on these days in favour of beginning a business in custom furniture, and after a rather bitter and scandalous departure from the Xquisite nightclub, but three years on and he's still got the moves. And the body. These days, his stripper friends have decided to give up their dancing careers in Tampa, Florida too, but these aren't the kind of guys who are going to disappear quietly. They thus decide to get together one last time for a spectacular performance at Myrtle Beach in South Carolina where a major stripping convention is due to take place. Mike agrees to join them as their headliner, re-living his glory days as the ultimate chiselled fantasy. Along the way he meets some old friends and welcomes new faces in such cities as Jacksonville and Savannah, and they dance away their previous lives in style.
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Sofia Vergara, in a recent magazine interview, has discussed the possibility of having children with her fiancé Joe Manganiello.
Sofia Vergara is willing to have children with her fiancé, Magic Mike XXL star, Joe Manganiello. The 42-year-old actress discussed the possibility of having another child during a recent magazine interview. Vergara explained she is considering having another child and if she does, it will be fairly soon.
Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara at the unveiling of Vergara's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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The exes each appeared on morning television in the US on Thursday to talk about their embryo dispute.
Sofia Vergara and her ex-fiancé Nick Loeb appeared on separate talk shows Thursday morning, to each give their side of the story in the very public legal batter over their frozen embryos. Vergara appeared on Good Morning America to discuss the issue as well as her new movie Hot Pursuit, while over on NBC, the actress' ex, Nick Loeb was interviewed by Hoda Kotb on the 'Today' programme.
Loeb and Vergara back in January 2014.
Vergara told GMA she didn't think it was fair that she had to discuss the legal battle with Loeb at a time when she should be focusing on her latest work, Hot Pursuit which co-stars Reese Witherspoon.
Sofia Vergara, appearing on a radio talk show, has spoken out about the lawsuit involving her embryos.
Sofia Vergara has opened up about the embryo lawsuit with her ex-fiancé, businessman Nick Loeb. Although the suit was filed last year, the news only came to light last month. The 42-year-old Modern Family star has remained silent about the suit since the news broke but she has spoken out whilst appearing on Howard Stern's SiriusXM show on Monday (4th May).
Sofia Vergara addressed the embryo suit whilst appearing on Howard Stern's radio show.
The ‘Modern Family’ actress has refuted her ex’s claims in a statement.
Sofia Vergara has responded to claims made by her ex-fiancé Nick Loeb that she wanted the couple’s frozen embryos destroyed. The 'Modern Family' star’s response comes just days after it was reported Loeb had filled a lawsuit claiming she was trying to destroy the embryos.
Sofia Vergara is currently engaged to Joe Manganiello.
In a statement made to E! News Vergara’s attorney Fred Silberberg said, "Vergara has never wanted to destroy her embryos. Vergara has never suggested that she wished to have the embryos destroyed. She has always maintained that they be kept frozen, a fact of which Loeb and his counsel have always been aware, despite Loeb's statements to the contrary.”
Sofia Vergara, in a recent interview, revealed how she got together with her fiancé, Joe Manganiello, and how she was unwilling to compromise, when first working in American television, when it came to her accent.
Sofia Vergara is on the cover of Vanity Fair's May edition and, in the interview, she revealed how she met her fiancé, Joe Manganiello. The Modern Family actress explained how she thought Manganiello was "too handsome" for her and she even doubted, given their different filming schedules, anything would happen between the two.
Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara announced their engagement in January of this year.
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Oliver Hudson has replaced Joe Manganiello in Ryan Murphy's 'Scream Queens'.
Joe Manganiello has been forced to drop out of Scream Queens, the new comedy-drama series from Glee creator Ryan Murphy. Filming for the series has just begun in New Orleans and Nashville star Oliver Hudson has quickly stepped in to fill the role of series regular. Fortunately for the show's producers, Manganiello had not yet filmed any scenes for Scream Queens.
Joe Manganiello has dropped out of Scream Queens.
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