Joe Manganiello

The Queerness of Pee-wee Herman, From the Closet to Netflix’s ‘Big Holiday’

by Erin Whitney March 22, 2016 @ 10:26 AM
Pee-wee Herman has long existed in a queer space, though one only subliminally alluded to. Paul Reubens’ feminine boyish persona, oscillating between effeminate gay man and asexual man-child, has long played with ideas of gender expression that comment on an underlying queerness. From the drag queen genie Jambi in Playhouse to Pee-wee’s episodes of crossdressing, from his makeup and exaggerated feminine gestures to the fluctuating inflections of his comical voice, Pee-wee has been deconstructing gender and sexuality norms all along while disguising it as campy comedy. Yet Pee-wee never directly acknowledged the queerness of his imaginative universe and even struggled with embracing it, as an early episode of “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” shows. In the Season 2 episode “Pee-wee Catches a Cold,” the host reveals the daily secret word as “Out,” and then immediately falls ill, as if weakened by the idea of being out to the world. But after a 28 year absence from the big screen, Pee-Wee is finally coming out.

‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday’ Stars Paul Reubens and Joe Manganiello on Their Delightful Bromance

by Britt Hayes March 22, 2016 @ 7:40 AM
In this age of delayed sequels, Paul Reubens has achieved something almost miraculous with Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, delivering a film that is just as joyful, hilarious and wonderfully weird as you hoped. 31 years after Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Reubens has returned to his iconic and enduring character for a new Netflix movie in which Pee-wee Herman is inspired by Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello to take his first-ever vacation. We had a chance to speak with Reubens and Manganiello following the world premiere at SXSW, where the two discussed their bromance and whether or not Pee-wee's Big Holiday is a prequel.

‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday’ Review: The Secret Word Is ‘Nostalgia’

by Matt Singer March 17, 2016 @ 7:29 PM
Judd Apatow knows a thing or two about manchildren. He’s built an entire career chronicling the exploits of immature boys straining for maturity against the pull of their juvenile urges. Apatow’s latest producing effort, though, presents an entirely...

‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday’ Trailer Promises Fun, Antics, Wordplay

by Charles Bramesco February 16, 2016 @ 8:53 AM
There are few TV shows as purely, innocently, and energetically delightful as Pee-wee’s Playhouse, the Saturday morning vehicle for Paul Reubens’ grey-suited man-child. An adult perpetually trapped at the...

‘Magic Mike XXL’ Review: Just Like Riding a Pony

by Matt Singer June 30, 2015 @ 3:11 PM
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Magic Mike was a movie about strippers trying to make ends meet in the midst of the Great Recession, the difficulty of modern romance, and the dangers of drug use. Magic Mike XXL is a movie about strippers stripping. And not a whole lot else.

‘Magic Mike XXL’ Photo Gallery Introduces Some Fresh Meat

by Britt Hayes June 17, 2015 @ 5:39 PM
The boys of Magic Mike are returning to theaters this summer, and while a couple of their old friends have been left behind, they’re welcoming a handful of new cast members, including Elizabeth Banks, Donald Glover and Andie MacDowell. Warner Bros. has unleashed almost 50 new stills from Magic Mike XXL, featuring old cast members and new, and you can even spot original Magic Mike director Steven Soderbergh hanging out on set.

‘Suicide Squad’ Reportedly Eyeing Karl Urban for Rick Flag, Plus Details on The Joker and Possible Batman Cameo

by Britt Hayes January 26, 2015 @ 5:59 PM
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Late last week it was reported that WB was eyeing Joel Edgerton and Jon Bernthal as possible replacements for Tom Hardy, who recently dropped out of ‘Suicide Squad.’ And now an even bigger casting report has emerged, adding Karl Urban to the mix of potential Hardy replacements, and offering details on Jared Leto’s Joker, plus a possible cameo from Ben Affleck’s Batman.

‘Suicide Squad’ Considering Joel Edgerton and Jon Bernthal to Replace Tom Hardy

by Britt Hayes January 22, 2015 @ 6:28 PM
There’s no replacing Tom Hardy, really, but Warner Bros. sure is trying. Following yesterday’s news that Jake Gyllenhaal had also passed on the role of ‘Suicide Squad’ de facto leader Rick Flagg comes word that the studio is already eyeing a couple of potential replacements: Joel Edgerton and former ‘The Walking Dead’ star Jon Bernthal. They’re definitely going for someone tough and a bit gritty, but obviously charismatically handsome.

Ryan Murphy’s FOX ‘Scream Queens’ Adds Lea Michele, Joe Manganiello, Ariana Grande and More

by Kevin Fitzpatrick January 17, 2015 @ 2:25 PM
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We still don’t have the clearest picture of Ryan Murphy’s new horror-comedy anthology ‘Scream Queens’ for FOX, but its cast will certainly draw some attention. Following initial selections of Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts, ‘Scream Queens’ is adding to its horror-grinder ‘Glee’'s Lea Michele, ‘True Blood’'s Joe Manganiello, pop star Ariana Grande, and more.

'Magic Mike 2' Adds Elizabeth Banks, Donald Glover and More; Full Plot Revealed

by Nick Romano September 29, 2014 @ 2:04 PM
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Remember how Elizabeth Banks had such a great time during the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, accepting one of those golden popcorn trophies from the 'Magic Mike' hunks? Now she's getting even more love from Channing Tatum and his crew with a role in 'Magic Mike 2,' which officially revealed the full cast roster and plot details.