Top 5 movies for the weekend look to include gay-targeted (and gay-man-trapped-in-female-body-targeted) Magic Mike XXL.
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A reader contacted me on Grindr on Sunday morning to say:
I skipped Broadway Bares last year after getting reamed for taking photos at a Solo Strips, but returned Sunday for Broadway Bares 25: Top Bottoms of Burlesque, the silver-anniversary installment of Jerry Mitchell's unfortunately-still-necessary AIDS charity show that rounds up as many hot and talented chorus boys and girls from Broadway and Broadway-adjacent (and a few who just have roommates on Broadway) to put on a one-night only, two-times only, razzle-dazzle-'em-at-any-cost show.
I decided to go back because I missed the good time and knew the dancers always seem to like having photos to share, people affiliated with the show “like” them on Instagram, etc. Where we stood, everyone around us had their phones out. I think the rule about photos is a misguided fear that it will bite into the show's revenues. In reality, since it's a show that happens once a year, seeing photos from it just encourages people to come the following year, and/or to seek out the merch. I have had a lot of readers say they now travel in for the show thanks to the photos I've posted. So hopefully it helps.
You would think this year's title would mean it was going to be 100% up my alley (I am the original ASSMAN), but I found it to have no more or less tail than past editions, save for its hilariously sexy opening—the curtain lifted to just above waist-level to reveal a bevy of dimpled booties peeking out at the crowd. It was not unlike waving a turkey at a bunch of starving bums on Thanksgiving and saucily asking, “White meat or dark?”
Directed by Jerry Mitchell and Nick Kenkel, who choreographed it with Laya Barak, Jim Cooney, Armando Farfan Jr., Peter Gregus, Ryan Lyons, Brice Mousset, Rachelle Rak, Michael Lee Scott, Kellen Stancil and Sidney Erik Wright, the show loosely followed the travails of a wannabe played by Nick Adams, he of the Mario Lopez-threatening biceps.
Adams starts out too shy to be a stripper, but luckily falls in with the wrong crowd and everything works (and comes) out in the end.
Along the way, the show included 11 tight numbers (it felt super fast this go-round, and I hated the Hammerstein venue as compared to the more spacious and now vanished Roseland), often takes on classic show tunes, always ending with a little more nudity than you might encounter in a locker room.
“Take It from the Top” was a sterling opener starring Harvey Fierstein and Callan Bergmann, a one-time Mr. Broadway, the latter of which as a great opener. Bergmann's were choice cheeks to inaugurate a buns-hun show, and he was one of the performers who really shone this year.
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One lucky winner and a guest will have the chance to attend the star-studded Los Angeles premiere screening of Magic Mike XXL on June 25*!
Magic Mike XXL reunites Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias, stars of the 2012 worldwide hit Magic Mike.
Picking up the story three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, Magic Mike XXL finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them.
On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to renew old acquaintances and make new friends, Mike and the guys learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways.
Joining the returning cast, in brand new roles, are Amber Heard (The Rum Diary), Donald Glover (Community), Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss (Step Up Revolution) and Michael Strahan (Live with Kelly and Michael), with Andie MacDowell (Footloose), Elizabeth Banks (the Hunger Games films), and Jada Pinkett Smith (Gotham).
Magic Mike XXL is directed by Emmy Award winner Gregory Jacobs (Behind the Candelabra), who served as a producer on Magic Mike, as well as numerous features in a long-running collaboration with Steven Soderbergh. Magic Mike XXL is produced by Nick Wechsler, Gregory Jacobs, Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin, with a screenplay by Carolin. Steven Soderbergh, who directed the first film, will executive produce. A Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. Rated R for strong sexual content, pervasive language, some nudity and drug use.
Magic Mike XXL opens in theaters nationwide July 1!
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. The Sweepstakes is sponsored by Boy Culture (“Sponsor”).
One Grand Prize winner will receive a pair of passes to the Los Angeles premiere screening of Magic Mike XXL on Thursday, June 25 at 7pm*, a T-shirt, a hat, a bracelet, a beach ball, a door hanger, a set of play money, a dog tag, and a mini-poster! Four Runners-Up will each receive a t-shirt, a hat, a bracelet, a beach ball, a door hanger, a set of play money, a dog tag, and a mini-poster.
Sweepstakes open to U.S. residents & D.C. only 18 years of age & older. Sweepstakes begins: 12 a.m. ET on June 15, 2015, and ends at 5 p.m. ET on June 21, 2015. Prize ARV: $340. Odds of winning based on total number of eligible entries received.
To enter, comment this blog post with the actor you'd move love to see playing a male stripper.
Pictures: The stars of Magic Mike XXL actually marched in the LA Pride Parade to promo their movie. That's pretty dedicated!
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