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Channing Tatum and the “Magic Mike” cast tease the truth behind the fiction

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Fans might flock to see “Magic Mike” because it’s a movie about male strippers, but they’ll be surprised to find that it’s actually about much more than that. It shouldn’t come as a surprise though, since director Stephen Soderbergh has made a name for himself making rich character dramas like “Erin Brockovich” and “Traffic” as well as fun flicks like the “Ocean’s Eleven” movies. “Magic Mike” is a healthy mix of the two, and it turns out that it was just as much of a pleasure to make the film as it was to watch it.

“Stephen is really great at walking the line between commercial, in the sense that people will want to see it, and really artistic art house. That’s what this is. This is a movie that is really strange and about a strange concept, and yet it’s relatable, and it’s big. Its bigger concept is not just this little world. It’s really about humans,” Cody Horn said when IFC caught up with her at the Los Angeles Film Festival red carpet for the movie. “There’s a lot of heart in this movie and there’s a lot of issues that we all face every day.”

Part of the reason that the movie has so much heart is because it’s based on leading man Channing Tatum‘s real life experiences as a stripper in Florida. But don’t expect everything you see on the big screen to be something that happened in Tatum’s real life. In fact, he said that most of the movie is fiction.

“The only thing that’s factual is me being 18 and being in Florida, I dropped out of college and playing football, and literally started going into this abyss of a world and just sort of lived it up for about eight months,” he said on the red carpet. “I don’t think anybody would really want to see the autobiographical [version]. Like it would, ugh, that’s just gross.”

It’s clear from watching the men perform that Tatum is the only one who has real experience with stripping and dancing. Adam Rodriguez quite enthusiastically throws himself into the routine while Joe Manganiello and Matt Bomer clearly love getting to perform the dirty dances. Then there’s Matthew McConaughey, whose on stripping scene puts everyone else to shame. But there’s a good reason that viewers won’t see much of former WWE wrestler Kevin Nash.

“At this point I’m so beat up from 25 years of wrestling, my body’s so beat up that it was a grind just to be on my feet for 12 hours, let alone moving and even jumping off the stage. I was like, ‘Really?'” he told IFC with a laugh. “But it was such a great camaraderie, the energy was so good between the cast members, the guys are great. I’ve made some long-term friends on set, so it was very special.”

Betsy Brandt, best known as Marie from AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” only has one scene in the movie as a banker who denies Tatum’s character a loan. Brandt said she regretted not being able to film any scenes that involved the men stripping, and joked that she suggested that Soderbergh add one in on her behalf.

“I asked if I could be in another scene when they’re stripping, just counting my bank money,” Brandt said. “I told Channing if, you know, he needed to take his clothes off for rehearsal, everybody has a process, and I respect actors and their craft and everyone has their own way of working…. no I’m kidding.”

One of the more interesting elements of “Magic Mike” is the fact that instead of objectifying its leading women, it puts its leading men on display. Both Horn and Brandt said they were surprised and happy to find such good female roles available in Hollywood.

“I think that actresses in Hollywood kill for roles like this. There’s not a lot in our age group for that and it was just an honor to get it. I love the role. I absolutely love the role, and I love the movie,” Horn said. Brandt added, “I think it’s great. I think they should have to take their clothes off for a while instead of us.”

That being said, Tatum’s answer when asked what parts of the movie female fans will love the most was unsurprising. “McConaughey’s scene,” he said. “All McConaughey’s scenes.”

What elements of Magic Mike have you most intrigued? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.