Trailer Fix: Magic Mike

Real male strippers rarely look like this

Have I ever mentioned the time I was picked up and spun around by a male stripper?

Probably not because this happened before the days of Twitter or Tumblr (gasp!), a time when I was less willing to share my trauma on the Internet. So in case you’re wondering, getting picked up by a sweaty, shirtless man in leather briefs is not fun, glamourous or magical. It’s just… a bizarre interaction that you should always be heavily intoxicated during. Unless male strippers are your thing, then go for it and have fun.

This pleasant anecdote brings me to the trailer for the much-buzzed-about Magic Mike. Steven Soderbergh directs this comedy starring Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello as a group of male strippers. The movie is based on Tatum’s experiences as a male stripper. (If you didn’t know Channing Tatum was a stripper, then you probably never saw him give Ellen Degeneres a lap dance.) Tatum plays Magic Mike, a veteran stripper who dreams of becoming a furniture designer. While showing a new recruit (Pettyfer) the tao of stripping, he meets a girl (does anyone else recall Cody Horn’s dreadful character from Rescue Me?) who makes Mike question his life. I think. This is kind of unclear but I’m assuming the conflict is going to be that straightforward and predictable.

Nevertheless, the trailer is truly magical.


The most important detail I have gathered about Magic Mike is that the stripper I encountered was unfortunately not Channing Tatum. Magic Mike seems like a fun guy. He’s a stripper with dreams and a heart of gold!

Male strippers really, really, really creep me out. But if anyone can make me get over my prevailing fear of male strippers, it would be the unlikely dream team of Channing Tatum and Steven Soderbergh.

What These Six Character Posters Tell Us About Contagion

The more I see of Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, the more excited I get. The movie centers around a growing airborne epidemic, the race to cure it, and the resulting panic. So, it is a jolly good time. Contagion is overloaded with star power. The trailer hints that this cast of many Oscar winners have brought their A-game and can deliver great sound bites (“Don’t talk to anyone. Don’t touch anyone”).

Along with this trailer that just sucks you in, character posters for the six main stars of the ensemble have been released. Just for some fun, I try to guess what these characters will get up to during Contagion.

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