New “Magic Mike” trailer teases a story that’s more than stripping

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It’s obvious that director Steven Soderbergh saw something special in Channing Tatum‘s story of his time as a male stripper in Florida. And, thanks to the new UK trailer for “Magic Mike,” we’re starting to see it, too.

Though the marketing campaign is definitely putting the stripper angle forth as the reason for audiences to come see the movie, it’s clear that there’s much more to the story than just a bunch of hunky actors dancing without clothes. We get a tease of that in the trailer when Cody Horn’s character asks Tatum’s titular Magic Mike why he strips.

“Why?” he answers. “Well, for girls, money and fun, of course.”

This is definitely a different perception of stripping in movies than we’ve ever seen before, especially since most movies focus on female strippers. “Magic Mike” seems to be more lighthearted than “Boogie Nights” was, but we have a feeling that we’ll see a lot of comparisons between those two stories once “Magic Mike” hits theaters on June 29. As history has told us, Tatum (the person who Alex Pettyfer’s character is based on) went on to leave the stripping industry and head to Hollywood. But what pushed him to do so? We’ll have to watch the movie to find out.

Other than Tatum, Pettyfer and Horn, the actor we see the most of in this trailer is Matthew McConaughey. Somewhat unsurprisingly, he looks like he is going to be fantastic in his role as the nightclub’s head honcho. From what he’s said in interviews, his big strip tease is supposed to be a bit wild. The other two main men in this film — Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello — don’t get as much face time, though we do get to see plenty of their dance routines.

We definitely aren’t writing “Magic Mike” off as a chick flick just yet. Between our love for Soderbergh and our growing respect for Tatum’s acting abilities, “Magic Mike” is definitely one of the movies we’re most intrigued by this summer. (Okay, except for “Prometheus,” of course.)

What did you think of the new “Magic Mike” trailer? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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