While the first trailer for Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike tried to establish some foundation of plot for Channing Tatum and friends to provocatively dance upon, the marketing has since just sort of thrown its arms in the air, lazily taken its shirt off and said, "How about it?" All the TV spots have basically come across like a weirdly cinematic Chippendales campaign, and this red-band trailer takes that promotional direction to its logical end: the butt. Just a bunch of butts.
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Here's the first trailer for Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike, a fantastical film that stars Channing Tatum as a man capable of wielding the sorcery of taking his shirt off. Loosely based on Tatum's own experiences in the days before becoming an adequate lead in mawkish romances, the movie follows a stripper who meets a girl and looks to build a career less sordid than professional pec exhibition. As we know all too well, for Tatum himself, that meant becoming something like an actor, but for Magic Mike, it's a slightly less glamorous endgoal: he just wants to be paid to repurpose nitrous oxide tanks into bizarre coffee tables. Classic tale of a stripper with a heart of designer carpentry.
Olivia Munn and brief The Office co-star Cody Horn both appear as characters Magic presumably has sex with, while I Am Number Four's Alex Pettyfer plays the seemingly downplayed role of Magic's young protégé. What with everyone dancing around shirtless and all, Matty McConaughey also appears, donning the famous smirking bravado he can only truly wear when he's wearing almost nothing else.
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After serving as screenwriter for all three Bourne films, Michael Clayton director Tony Gilroy has at last been handed the keys to the franchise and given the chance to make a Bourne all his own. Kudos, Tony Gilroy. One caveat to that, though: Matt Damon is out, and with him goes the character of Jason Bourne, making this not that much of a Bourne movie after all. Instead, Variety promises, we're going to see "a new assassin with a similar background"--you know, just another killer psychogenic amnesiac--on screen, and Universal is already lining up actors to potentially play That's So Bourne. According to the trade, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch, and Kellan Lutz are all up for the part, while Deadline adds Joel Edgerton, Josh Hartnett, Paul Dano, Michael Pitt, Oscar Isaac, Michael Fassbender, Luke Evans, Alex Pettyfer, and Benjamin Walker to the list. So, basically, anyone you could ever imagine playing a Bourne guy is up for the part. As is Paul Dano.