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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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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…