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The first Magic Mike was billed as an over-the-top stripper comedy, but underneath those gold lamé thongs it turned out to be something far more surprising: a sober examination of the American dream. We watched Mike Lane try to pull himself up by the bootstraps, only to find himself judged, used, discarded, and creatively constrained.

The sequel Magic Mike XXL, in contrast, is all gold lamé thongs — or rather, it would be if the boys hadn’t decided gold lamé thongs were passé. The former kings of Tampa have ditched all depth and ambivalence in pursuit of drunken good times. And it works, albeit in a completely different way from the first Magic Mike. The result is the perfect summer movie: dumb, sweet, eager to please, and hard not to like.  Read More »


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Magic Mike XXL

Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike was a thoughtful examination of the American dream, but of course the real draw was the gyrating hardbodies on stage. So far, Magic Mike XXL seems to be leaning into that raunchy appeal, with a marketing campaign heavy on half-naked torsos and naughty puns. Not that we’re complaining.

The newest Magic Mike XXL trailer continues in the same vein, commenting on how hard (wink wink) it was to resist showing off all the best parts (nudge nudge) of the movie. Even so, there’s plenty to enjoy here. Feast your eyes on the new Magic Mike XXL trailer after the jump. Read More »

Magic Mike XXL

Keep your dollar bills handy, because the Cock-Rocking Kings of Tampa are officially back in action. The very first Magic Mike XXL trailer has hit the web, and it’s exactly what you’d expect. In a great way. Check it out after the jump. Read More »


Steven Soderbergh‘s new home is the small screen. The director may not be interested in making theatrical movies at this point, but his transition from film to TV started with Behind the Candelabra, made for HBO, and continues soon with the Cinemax show The Knick. Now Soderbergh is working as a producer on a show called Red Oaks, and the pilot will be directed by David Gordon Green. The show is part of Amazon’s third wave of pilots, and as such everyone will be able to watch the pilot, and have input into any decision to order a series, when it is ready next year.

Amazon has announced the cast for the show, which includes Craig Roberts, Paul Reiser, Jennifer Grey, Richard Kind, and Oliver Cooper. Read More »

Steven Soderbergh magic mike xxl

It was established some time ago that Steven Soderbergh would not be directing Magic Mike XXL. After lots of rumor and speculation, it was announced earlier this spring that Soderbergh’s longtime first assistant director Gregory Jacobs would be taking over the reins instead.

But that doesn’t mean Soderbergh isn’t involved. To the contrary, he sounds about as involved as he could possibly be without actually directing the thing himself. Hit the jump to find out just what Soderbergh will be doing on the stripper sequel.

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magic mike 2 release date

Ladies (and gentleman) of Tampa (and the world), Magic Mike 2 — officially called Magic Mike XXL — is coming July 3, 2015. Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin have been writing the film for several months. Now, in a new interview, the star revealed the film will be a road trip movie. He also said all of the cast members — including Matthew McConaughey — are expected to return, even though deals haven’t been set. Read his quotes and more below. Read More »

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‘Magic Mike 2’: Director and Title Revealed

Magic Mike 2 director

Well, Joe Manganiello did say he expected Magic Mike sequel details to be revealed “soon.” But even he probably didn’t expect it to be this soon.

According to a new report, the Magic Mike sequel has just acquired a new director in Gregory Jacobs, who served as Steven Soderbergh‘s first assistant director on the first Magic Mike. In addition, the project has also picked up a new title: Magic Mike XXL. Because of course. Hit the jump for all the latest details.

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Magic Mike may no longer be in theaters, but writer Reid Carolin and star (and real-life inspiration) Channing Tatum are determined to see the enterprising male stripper live on — even if they have to direct the sequel themselves. Or at least that’s the latest rumor going around about Magic Mike 2, based on a short interview the duo gave a German film website.

As for what the next movie will actually entail, the pair reveal that the plotline could see the self-described “cock-rocking kings of Tampa” hitting the road. Read their comments after the jump.

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