Magic Mike helped turn Channing Tatum into a huge star, and now the former male stripper will try to help another chiseled dancer find fame and fortune with a new competition series on HBO Max. Channing Tatum and director Steven Soderbergh are executive producing the tentatively titled The Real Magic Mike, a series that will turn a group of 10 men who have “lost their magic” into real-life Magic Mikes. Read More »

1980 Star Wars Toys

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch a vintage report on the Star Wars toy craze in 1980 when The Empire Strikes Back unleashed a bunch of new merchandise. Plus, a video essay takes a look at the brilliant use of sound (and the lack of it) in the acclaimed drama Sound of Metal. And finally, watch a featurette that takes a look at the dance moves of the surprisingly fantastic sequel Magic Mike XXL. Read More »

The People vs OJ Simpson

If you have a Netflix subscription (and of course you have a Netflix subscription), you’re in luck: a lot of good stuff is arriving on the streaming service in February. Here’s what you should find time to watch.

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Magic Mike Live

We may not see Michael “Magic Mike” Lane ever again. News had been mostly quiet — too quiet — regarding Magic Mike 3 since XXL tore theaters up last summer. The sequel didn’t sell as many tickets as the first film did, but it performed decently enough, and the diehard Magic Mike fans responded well to the delightful road trip movie. So, with that success in mind, the question is: Why aren’t we going to see Magic Mike XXXL or a Magic Mike 3D? Well, we’re technically going to see a Magic Mike 3, just not in theaters.

Below, Channing Tatum provides an unfortunate Magic Mike 3 update.

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Magic Mike XXL

Sadly, we’ve yet to hear much news regarding a potential Magic Mike XXXL. Despite the fact Magic Mike XXL was slightly less successful than its predecessor at the box-office, it was every bit as entertaining as Steven Soderbergh’s film. If for some awful reason we never see if Mike makes it big as a custom furniture designer, then at least we have Magic Mike Live to look forward to, which will make its debut in Las Vegas next year.

Learn more about Magic Mike live below.

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Crimson Peak

Guillermo del Toro‘s Crimson Peak is a deliciously dark and twisted piece, set in the most gorgeous, most decrepit haunted house you’ve ever seen and anchored by three mesmerizing performances from Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and most especially Jessica Chastain. It’s also not the horror movie that’s being sold in the trailers, but a Gothic romance. Think Jane Eyre plus ghosts, not The Conjuring plus corsets.

That’s not such a bad thing if you happen to love costume dramas, but it can be an unpleasant surprise if you don’t. And that misleading marketing doesn’t seem to be doing it many favors. I’ve seen a lot of critics ding it for being ineffective as a horror movie — which of course it is, because it isn’t really one. The B- Cinemascore and limp box office might also reflect the discrepancy between what Crimson Peak seems to be, and what it actually is.

Admittedly, it’s not difficult to understand why Universal chose to market Crimson Peak as a horror movie. A Brontë-esque romance is a much harder sell outside the arthouse than a spooky, seasonally appropriate haunted house flick. And it’s hardly the first time a marketing team has chosen to sell a completely different movie. Sometimes it’s part of a savvy strategy and sometimes it’s a desperate ploy; sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. Below, let’s look back at 15 movies with misleading trailers. Warning: Some spoilers ahead.  Read More »

Conan O'Brien sees Magic Mike XXL

This weekend Terminator: Genisys is hitting theaters, but veteran action star Arnold Schwarzenegger has a lot more to worry about than a new advanced cyborg. No, Schwarznegger’s biggest threat is a group of shirtless, thrusting men from Magic Mike XXL.

The film has plenty of men and women alike getting the vapors, and Conan O’Brien wanted to see what all the fuss was about. On a recent episode of his late night talk show on TBS, Conan joined his female staff members for a girls night out as they headed to a midnight screening of the Channing Tatum-led sequel that isn’t about a heavyweight magician. As you probably guessed,  the results are pretty damn funny.

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Magic Mike Honest Trailer

Magic Mike is a movie that knows exactly what it is. Sure, it might have been sold on the appeal of oiled abs and pecs, but you could also see the depth of the film coming a mile off. The Screen Junkies crew has a go at it, anyway, for the latest in their Honest Trailers series. But the truth is, there’s not much this crew can do that Steven Soderbergh and Channing Tatum didn’t already have in mind when they made the film. Have a gander at the Magic Mike honest trailer below.

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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 2’ Shooting This Fall

Magic Mike 2 shooting

Break out the dollar bills, because Magic Mike 2 is happening. This fall, in fact.

Star Joe Manganiello revealed in a recent interview that the stripper sequel is on track to shoot in the fall. There are still a few more pieces that need to come together before production can really get underway — like a director — but it’s encouraging news for devotees of the “Cock-Rocking Kings of Tampa.” Hit the jump to read Manganiello’s comments.

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