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New Looks At Steven Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike;' Could Matthew McConaughey Earn An Oscar Nomination?

by Kevin Jagernauth
April 13, 2012 10:17 AM
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This summer a bunch of very attractive men are going to take it off and shake it in Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike." Starring a calendar ready cast including Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer, Joe Mangianello and more, it will definitely be something different at the multiplex that will be filled with CGI and explosions over the next few months. JustJared has unveiled a couple new looks at the film, but if you think this is just light entertainment for the ladies, guess again.

A reader happened to get into an advance/test screening that took place recently and reported back to us that not only did this one play very well with the entire crowd -- she described it as a cross between "Flashdance," "8 Mile" and "All About Eve" -- there could be awards in the mix if the voters are open-minded enough. "I don't mind saying that I think it wouldn't be out of place for him to garner a supporting nod for his performance in the Globes or the Oscars," the reader told us about Matthew McConaughey's performance. "He has never been more comfortable, more himself than in this role of a former stripper turned MC...This seems like a role he was built to play and he wears it like a pair of custom leather pants (of which he sports many). It's controversial, but he should get a nod for his last 3 minutes onscreen alone. It's astonishing and that's all I will say." Damn.

However, in what is looking like another stand out turn following "21 Jump Street," Tatum once again shines. "[The film] belongs to Tatum. He owns every second he's onscreen, and he's never been more loose, easy and natural than in this role. He's funny and charming in a way that I haven't seen before...he's at ease with his humor and wit in this role and it seems like he's playing himself, his face and body relaxed, not tensed up like he is in most films," the reader told us. "He is in almost every scene and he carries the entire film with ease."

"Alex Pettyfer also gives a great performance, and probably the more difficult one, transitioning from naive kid to calculating party boy," they added. And as for whether or not you can bring your boyfriend, our reader said: "the large thugged-out Mexican dude next to me loved there ya go."

"Magic Mike" opens on June 29th. 

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  • Adamatic | April 18, 2012 11:59 AMReply

    For crying out loud Can you please mention Adam Rodriguez as another one of the guys!

    Hes been on our TV screens for more then 10 years which is more then I can say for Alex Pettyfer or Matt Bomer. Is so hard just to say Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer, Joe Mangianello & Adam Rodriguez. After all you do have him in the picture above. GOD!!!

    Oh and also whether its a big PR hype or a flop who cares. How often do we get a bunch of hollywood heart throbs taking their gear off?

    This isnt just "some" bunch of guys. This is some of Hollywoods biggest, strongest, fittest & upcoming males. Ok now bring it. :)

  • Raphael | April 16, 2012 11:46 AMReply

    I'm not going to lie. I saw test screening of last week and i enjoyed it

  • jaredc | April 16, 2012 8:54 AMReply

    You bet it's PR. This kind of ridiculous hyperbole is justified in only two cases: you've just watched Citizen Kane or you're being paid for it.

    FYI, PR shill: next time you want to sell us something, remember that less is more. And that the last time a movie about strippers was compared to All About Eve, it was called "Showgirls".

  • Rose | April 14, 2012 5:23 PMReply

    PR Firm or Not. I'm fucking There. I'm ready baby.

  • Donna | April 14, 2012 1:56 PMReply

    This is a PR person, right? Alex Pettyfer can't act his way out of a paper bag. The only ones who can actually ACT are Matt Bomer, Channing, and McConaughey when he's having a good day. We know Bomer and Channing can dance, and the latter can obviously strip. Everyone else? Hmm, guess we'll see.

  • Linda | April 13, 2012 2:53 PMReply

    My Body is Ready. When is it going to come out.

  • wonder | April 13, 2012 2:01 PMReply

    The "reader" sounds like a person on PR. (I'm going to see this film no doubt, out of insane curiosity to Soderbergh's handling of material.) But something rings off about the "reader's" gushing push. Then the last line, "the large thugged-out Mexican dude next to me loved there ya go."
    That's such an odd thing to say, on 1000 levels.

  • 77 | April 13, 2012 1:26 PMReply

    McConaughey is making awesome choices these days. He's -- dare I say it -- sorta cool again.

  • Felicity | April 13, 2012 12:58 PMReply

    I saw it the other night and I can almost guanatee he will

  • kris | April 13, 2012 12:49 PMReply

    Nomination? this is a Joke, isn't it?

  • Ryan | April 13, 2012 10:59 AMReply

    He wont get nominated guys. come'on.

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