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HMYBS: Magic Mike (Part One)

Channing Tatum, Joe Mangianello and Matt Bomer have been hitting the campaign trail hard (no pun intended) to build excitement for Magic Mike XXL (2015) and for our little corner of the world, we'll "help" by revisiting the original with the less hilarious title of Magic Mike (2012). I love the title Magic Mike XXL but it's a relief that XXL is not a true Roman Numeral because think of all the sequels we would have missed between 2012 and 2015 if it were?

Among the campaign efforts from the beefcake cast thus far, are online vines, marching in LA's pride parade, and Channing Tatum's highly enjoyable Reddit AMA today, which included these two moments which just delighted me (as well as a stealth dig on Jupiter Ascending).

But I digress. Due to our very complicated schedule this week (I've been busy corralling future guests as well as talking with Ann Dowd who has the whole day tomorrow to talk to you about the love of acting and The Leftovers) this is only Part One of the Magic Mike celebration and if you want to play along we'll do another roundup on Friday. But for now please to enjoy these articles from the early bird Best Shot Participants.

Magic Mike (2012)
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh; Cinematography by: Steven Soderbergh as "Peter Andrews"; Written by: Reid Carolin; Starring: Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Olivia Munn, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash, and Joe Mangianello

Click on any of the 7 photos to read the corresponding blogpost

Pre-2012, Tatum was one of my least favorite actors. But in Magic Mike he finally had a vehicle that showed off his natural easy charisma...
-Sorta That Guy

Not only is it incredibly amusing, it reflects on the movie’s views on using bodies, sexuality, and images as commodities...
-Coco Hits NY

It was here that the McConaissance peaked...
- The Entertainment Junkie 

True Story:  In the summer of 2012, I saw Magic Mike with my sister in a movie theater in Anderson, South Carolina... 
- Drink Your Juice, Shelby


There's something very Lynch-ian about this particular frame... the haunting, mysterious lightning and the positioning of Ken in a doll package...
-Hofverberg *first submission* 

While the film is very much focused on its male characters, I found myself appreciating Cody Horn's seemingly maligned performance much more on a re-watch... 
-Film Actually 


Are they checking each others' moves or lost in a reverie of their own reflections?
-Me Says 


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Reader Comments (9)

interesting that 3 of 8 participants chose the same scene. Hoping we get a bunch more entries on Friday but we'll see.

June 17, 2015 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I specifically knew I wanted to do a Tatum scene since I wanted to focus on my personal perception of him as an actor. Plus I knew many more would feel the pull of the McConaughey.

June 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

Shane -- i agree that Cody is better in this than people thing *ducks from tomattoes thrown* -- it's just that the character is offputting.

June 17, 2015 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I kind of know my scene but are gifs allowed? If not, i'll try to snag the best shot i can find from the scene.

June 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDerreck.

I delayed doing mine because of the schedule change, now I'm behind! Coming soon.

June 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

alex pettyfer is so fucking hot omg

June 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRita Ora

Mine will be up later today - I delayed because of the scheduling change. I'm just glad no one else has picked my shot yet!

June 18, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterdenny

@Nathaniel - *throws tomatoes*

I think a lot of actresses get a bad rap far more often than bad actors for being thought of as wooden/uncharismatic/terrible due to generally sexist notions, but this is one where I'm with the consensus. I thought that this was more a case of a character made offputting by the actor rather than an offputting character on paper.

June 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterF

wow i like thie article............

But now the GOOD news. Which is that, in spite of the movie being Crouching Tiger, Hidden Fucking Dragon, a movie well known for its amazing motion scenes, my pick of best shot is not at all based too much on motion. Kind of subtle motions, as in the face behind a mask, but not at all as overt as the combat style (In the video, I was going to explain why I am not a huge admirer of cinema – although I appreciate the art form – but looking back on what I’ve shot, I feel like I’ve stumbled over my words and don’t know how to put my feelings on it very eloquently.

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