With an opening weekend of $39 million and a total worldwide total of over $154 million, Steven Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike' ended up being one of this summer's most unexpected hits. (Even more so when considering its reported $7 million budget.) As is the case with any hit, a sequel is a no-brainer, and of course said sequel must raise the stakes and take our characters somewhere new and - in the case of a comedy - preferably wacky. You know what that means for Magic Mike and friends: road trip!!!
When one thinks of Steven Soderbergh, they think of film (or 'Magic Mike,' unless you've been living in a cave on with your fingers in your ears this past weekend). Still, with TV becoming such an increased forum for industry talent (just look at all the TV coming to Comic-Con 2012 this year), is there a chance we'll ever see Soderbergh on the small screen? According to one A-lister, it's a distinct possibility.
My grandmother had something she loved to say. “What's good for the goose is good for the gander.” (Yes, my grandmother was a talking Grant Wood painting.) We live in an age where titillating sexploitation films with half-naked women are dropped into theaters every few weeks so maybe once in a while it should be the menfolk who get naked?
But a funny thing happened on the way to the strip club. 'Magic Mike' - which one could be forgiven for dismissing as a beefcake 'Showgirls' based solely on the ads - is the latest from American cinema's most skilled mercenary, Steven Soderbergh. Oh, it's got abs in your face and then some, but it's also a smart look at blue collar struggles in one of America's less-glamorous outposts.
Based (partly) on Channing Tatum's real life adventures as a stripper, 'Magic Mike' looks like a harmless, fun, fluffy movie about the modest perils and the fun of getting money for taking your clothes off. That it's directed by Steven Soderbergh is the real jaw dropper, but it speaks to Tatum's winning charisma that the Oscar winner would want to tell his life's story. Check out the trailer.