We’ve been saying over and over again, that this is Channing Tatum‘s year. Yesterday, we posted his cheeky EW cover with his Magic Mike crew, which had us pretty much fanning ourselves. But that’s just the beginning for Tatum. With Magic Mike out next month, everyone wants a slice of the star. The searing photograph you see above is the cover of Out magazine’s June-July issue. The long interview about him is titled, “From Stripper to Superstar,” so you know exactly what it’s going to be about, right?
Not quite, because the article opens with a series of quotes that really got our attention. Stuff like, “With Joe Manganiello naked in a movie, I think even straight guys are going to be, ‘Shit, I need to see that. That man is a specimen.’” Or, “Elton John had his hand up my ass the other night.” That probably went down when Elton and Channing got some sexy time onstage dancing at the Revlon Concert for the Rainforest in New York last month. When writer Aaron Hicklin asked what that was like, Channing’s response was, “Like any other hand up my ass, but more knightly. I can check that box now. It falls under the umbrella of doing sexual sh– with Elton John in public. I’m sure I’m not the first.” See what we mean? Add to that his hilarious “texture” issues with fruits and vegetables — “F— eggplant — it’s too spongy. I hate spongy stuff.” — and you’ve got yourself a nice little afternoon read.
There’s a little less than a month and a half to go until Magic Mike struts into a theater near you, but preparations are in full swing. And by “preparations,” we mean “promotion,” most of which involves the shirtless, very buff crew of the film. Catch us complaining? Hells to the N.O. Not that we’re objectifying any of the stars. Oh, wait … Never mind. The latest round of stripper-tastics comes with the current cover of EW which has the lead player of the movie — Mike with all the magic, himself — Channing Tatum, smirking off the page as he unbuttons his shirt.
But this isn’t just any old cover. There’s a bonus inside flap of Channing with Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello and Matt Bomer, with Manganiello forgoing his wife-beater for a pair of suspenders. In the words of Emma Stone in Crazy, Stupid, Love, “Seriously … it’s like you’re Photoshopped!” Because — as the photograph on the right from the shoot illustrates — those abs cannot be for real. EW says they “brought the group back together for a wet and wild photo shoot followed by a rowdy, booze-soaked dinner, where the costars swapped their best stories about acting, waxing, and baring (nearly) everything in their new film.” We should’ve been invited to that dinner. Hell, we should’ve been invited for the shoot!
Sure, we’re into weepy deathbed monologues, blood-squirting massacres and the occasional merman scene or two (#CabinInTheWoods4ever), but what we really love to see on the big screen is, well, love. Lucky for us, the summer movie season is always packed with romance, whether it be of the action or indie variety. Not that we’re picky — we eat it all up, thank you very much.
This summer’s crop of movies offers up a buffet of romantic relationships sure to suit even the most critical of tastes. At the core of The Amazing Spider-Man is the romance between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, played by real-life loves Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. And of course what would a comedy about rippling male strippers (Magic Mike) be without a love story between the beefy protagonist (Channing Tatum) and his protegee’s sister (newcomer Cody Horn)?
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But equally intriguing are the more unconventional relationships coming to the big screen as the weather warms up. Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg play that perfect couple everyone loves in Celeste & Jesse Forever, who shock their friends when they decide to divorce. In Savages, Taylor Kitsch andAaron Johnson play two dudes who band together to rescue their kidnapped girlfriend (Blake Lively). That’s right – they both date her. But the onscreen pairing we’re most pumped for? Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward in Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom, in which they play two tweens who fall in love and plot – and execute – their escape from their small New England town.
There’s movie love for everyone out there, so what’s your favorite onscreen pairing this season? Poll it up below!
As The Avengers kick off summer movie season today with a bang or two (or 100), it’s easy enough to forget that blockbusters aren’t just about men in tights, showing off their massive CGI effects. On some of those sweltering days, you don’t want to step into a theater to worry about the fate of the world; you want to laugh your ass off. We’ve already looked at the ladies doing their part to make the season hilarious, and now it’s time for us to decide which of these sexy funnymen will be the sexiest and funniest at the multiplex from May through August.
This year, we have some double threats — the guys who will make us laugh and fan ourselves: Tom Cruise radiates sex as rock god Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages, Matthew McConaughey sells it as strip-club owner Dallas in Magic Mike, and Mark Wahlberg hides it beneath a manchild exterior as John, the guy who tries to let go of his talking teddy bear in Ted. There are also the funny guys we crush on, no matter how goofy their characters, like Russell Brand as the narrator of Rock of Ages and Andy Samberg as Adam Sandler’s unfortunate son in That’s My Boy. There are the comedians we’d kind of like to take home to mom — Ed Norton and Jason Schwartzman in Moonrise Kingdom, Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill in Neighborhood Watch, Steve Carell in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Chris Rock in What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell in The Campaign. And then there are the bad boys we’d keep secret about, Vince Vaughn in Neighborhood Watch and Sacha Baron Cohen in The Dictator.
Some of us didn’t totally get this Channing Tatum thing right off the bat. He’s not your classically handsome star … not until he opens his mouth or his shirt, preferably both. Now we all get it, and he’s Hollywood’s go-to guy for action flicks, buddy pics, rom-coms and stripper movies (please, more stripper movies; there is no way Magic Mike is going to be enough). Seriously, he’s in five major movies this year. Today, Channing and his abs turn 32, and while a lot of people are looking back at all his sexy, sweet and super-awesome movie moments, we thought we’d take a different tack and look at a completely random collection of his hottest non-movie moments. Because he cannot be contained by just one medium. Here are 10 images from his “dancing” career, his modeling days, his regular (not at all regular) life, his superb fundraising efforts and more.
So we were pretty happy when the teaser trailer of Magic Mike dropped day before yesterday. But as promised, the full length version premiered last night and blew the shorter clip out of the water. It opens with a longer look at the Alex Pettyfer and Channing Tatum cop-stripper scene we saw on the teaser complete with the line, “Do you have anything sharp on you that I could stick myself with do you? [No.] Good, because I do.” We see more of shirtless Matthew McConaughey in some truly cringeworthy cheesy scenes where he tells a crowd of screaming women, in his trademark drawl, “… The law says you cannot touch. But I think I see a lot of law breakers up in this house.”
But more importantly, we see more scenes between Channing’s character (Mike) and Pettyfer’s onscreen sister, Cody Horn, who plays Magic Mike’s love interest. And through these interactions we find out what Mike’s real love is — custom furniture. That’s his master plan. We kid you not. But Channing Tatum is seriously likeable, and has moves that make our muscles hurt by just watching them, so we’re sold regardless. Watch the trailer. The Steven Soderbergh film airs June 29 but we’ve put it on our “must-watch” list.
The new Magic Mike teaser clip airing today makes us feel like it’s Christmas morning and we’re tearing open our very own copy of Showgirls. We don’t know how we got it or who possibly could have OK’d it, but it’s exactly what we dreamed of. Entertainment Tonightreleased a promo today to tease the full trailer, which is set to air Wednesday night. While normally we would roll our eyes at a 16 second teaser trailer, it is 16 seconds of sexy cops, shirtless Matthew McConaughey and, of course, Channing Tatum busting out some Step Up-level aerials. This guy’s sexy dancing is no joke. Plus, is he wearing a bullet proof vest? We thought we had felt love before, but this…this is different.
Steven Soderbergh‘s stripper-ific film doesn’t hit theaters until June 29, but it seems like Tatum has already started to promote the movie in earnest. Putting the upcoming trailer and recently released stills aside for a moment, how else do you explain all that enthusiastic public grinding he did with Elton John earlier this month? “You don’t want to know what I have to do to for twenties,” Tatum sighs in the trailer. We do, Channing. We want to know that, and so much more.
Guys, we know that we joke a lot about how awesome the male stripper movie Magic Mikeis going to be. We just want you to know that we believe that Magic Mike should win an Oscar the way we believe Showgirls should win an Oscar: from the bottom of our cheese-loving, shirt-collar-minus-the-shirt-wearing souls. While it might be sixteen years too late to get Elizabeth Berkley that Best Actress Academy Award she so justly deserves, we’d now like to know how to get both Channing Tatum and Channing Tatum’s shiny tuxedo vest on the ballot. Think of the suspense while they’re both waiting for the envelope to be opened! And one of them is a vest!
Warner Bros released a few more excellent stills from the upcoming masterpiece, costarring Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer, Matthew McConaughey,Joe Manganiello and Wendi McLendon-Covey. First Wendi gets to be in Bridesmaids, now she gets to stuff dollars into Matt Bomer’s suspenders? Is it too early for a Lifetime Achievement Oscar? The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on June 29, which reminds us…Best Supporting Actor for Matthew McConaughey’s chest? Man, this film going to be like The Help all over again award-wise, just with more body oil and tear-away pants!
All this time we thought the set of Magic Mike, everyone’s favorite male stripper movie, was just a place of a lot of male bonding and pec flexing. But while Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum, Matthew Bomer and Joe Manganiello were off comparing their perfect abs, Alex Pettyfer was apparently romancing a certain female co-star, Riley Keough, a.k.a. Lisa Marie Presley’s daughter, a.k.a. Elvis Presley’s granddaughter. (We’re pretty sure that’s all printed on her business cards.) And now, six months later, these two beautiful specimens are engaged, a source confirmed to Us Weekly.
Congrats and also good job, both of you. Fresh off a couple of box-office disappointments (I Am Number Four and Beastly) Alex snags a role in a movie we refuse to believe will be anything but a masterpiece (even if we have to watch it on mute, we don’t care). And then he lands like, the equivalent of American royalty. Riley, a model whose acting career is just getting off the ground, lands a role that probably required a lot of very difficult staring at naked men and partying on the beach, and also walked away with a souvenir for life! We are totally objectifying both these actors, sorry. Magic Mike talk just does that to us.
Watch out, Channing, Matthew, Joe and Alex, there’s a new fake stripper in town. Like many a beautiful person before her, model Agyness Deyn isn’t content with just one career. She’s also trying her hand at acting. After a small role in Clash of the Titans, the 28-year-old landed the part of Flo, a “strong-minded stripper” in Pusher, a movie about a drug dealer whose life spins out of control over the course of a week, the Telegraph reports.
Agyness sounds like she’s been seriously bitten by the acting bug, too. She’s making her stage debut in London in The Leisure Society beginning in February. “When I did Pusher in the summer, it was like: this is what I’m supposed to be doing,” she told the Evening Standard. “I just loved it so much and it excites me to be able to do it. I want to do it as much as possible — film, theatre, everything.”