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Chuck 5.08 "Chuck Vs. The Baby" Review
Chuck season 5 swaddles up its eighth entry with this week’s "Chuck Vs. The Baby" as Chuck and Sarah delve into the past by confronting her rogue former CIA handler (Tim DeKay) over a missing child involved with one of her last missions. After some strong weeks "Baby" may offer up a bit of tonal whiplash in its contrasting plot lines, but ultimately comes together for a solid look into Sarah's mysterious past.
Sigh. With another holiday week gone by, NBC dumps yet another Chuck episode to the no-man’s-land of Friday, New Years’ Eve Eve. With most still on vacation or at the very least enjoying a Friday night social life, how little must NBC’s regard for Chuck have dissolved to burn off yet a second important episode during a time least likely to be watched?
Unlike last week’s "Chuck Vs. »
- Kevin Fitzpatrick
That's two episodes in a row of just fine, fine work for "Chuck." Co-creator Chris Fedak had promised an "epic" Sarah-centric episode with "Chuck vs. the Baby," and we got pretty close to that descriptor.
A couple of plot holes prevented it from being quite as awesome as it might have been, but Yvonne Strahovski anchored the show with a fantastic performance that was enough to paper over some of those nitpicks.
The baby Shaw mentioned at the end of "Chuck vs. the Santa Suit" turns out not to be related to Sarah in any way but was the "package" in an assignment led by her old handler, Kieran Ryker (a much-more-menacing-than-usual Tim DeKay). The child is the heir to a huge fortune, which Ryker intends to keep for himself, but Sarah upends those plans, shoots Ryker in the shoulder and delivers the child to her mom, whom the CIA »
Summer 2012 is nowhere near as massive as Summer 2011. But you know, that may be a blessing in disguise. Summer 2012 still has more than its fair share of films to look forward to, and the big ones are especially noteworthy. How can a summer with The Avengers, Prometheus, and The Dark Knight Rises Possibly go wrong? Well, it can't. So, even though Summer 2012 isn't as over-packed as Summer 2011 one, there's still plenty for film fans to salivate over. So without further ado, let's get started! Part Three of Tmp's Prelude to 2012 begins right now!
Summer 2012 is certainly kicking off with a bang. Releasing everywhere on May 4 is The Avengers, the long awaited superhero film putting all our favorite Marvel characters (minus Spider-Man, Wolverine, Daredevil, and all the ones you Really like) into one team. The build up for The Avengers has been intense, with over four years and five films of investment, »
- TheCritic28@gmail.com (Matthew Legarreta)
Steven Soderbergh's male stripper movie Magic Mike has released its first picture. Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer and Matthew McConaughey feature in the teaser image, which sees them decked out in army gear midway through a routine. The comedy movie is based on Tatum's own experiences as a male stripper before he broke through as an actor in Hollywood. Tatum plays Mike Martingano, who takes Pettyfer's 'The Kid' under his wing to introduce him to the world of stripping. Matt Bomer, Joe (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
Just in time for the new year, Warner Bros. has released their slate of films scheduled from January 2012 through December 2012. Some noticeables on the list include Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, Wrath Of The Titans, The Gangster Squad, Ben Affleck’s Argo, The Untitled Jay Roach Comedy on August 10th, Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Below are a few new images, along with descriptions and trailers. From the lineup below, appears that Warner Bros. will be box office champs by year end.
- Michelle McCue
 Love him or hate him, you'll be seeing a lot of Channing Tatum in 2012: Shooting at things in Steven Soderbergh's Haywire, romancing Rachel McAdams in The Vow, going to the prom with Jonah Hill in 21 Jump Street, fighting Cobra in G.I. Joe Retaliation, and possibly getting killed by Steve Carell in Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher. But if I'm being honest, the one I'm really curious about is Soderbergh's Magic Mike, which stars Tatum as an experienced stripper who takes a newbie (Alex Pettyfer) under his wing. It's not just the idea of near-naked men parading around, I promise -- I'm intrigued by the unusual premise and the interesting cast, and am hoping to see a bit of Soderbergh's sly sense of humor. But yeah, the promise of buff, shirtless dudes helps too. After the jump, check out the first image, featuring Tatum, Pettyfer, and Joe Manganiello in military-themed costumes, »
- Angie Han
Here's our first look at Steven Soderbergh's male stripper film Magic Mike, which gives us our first look at Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello, and a shirtless Matthew McConaughey as male strippers.
As much as I love the films that Soderbergh makes, as of right now I have no interest at all in seeing this movie. The trailer will have to sell me on it, as this movie looks like it will be more targeted to the ladies.
The script was written by Reid Carolin and was inspired by real-life story of Tatum's early career as a male stripper. Tatum plays the title character, "who schools a young dancer (Pettyfer) in how to hustle on and off the stage. It's a wild summer of dancing, partying, and women. The inspiration was Channing's own experiences as a stripper when he was 19." McConaughey plays Dallas, a former stripper who owns »
The first official photo from Steven Soderbergh’s male stripper movie Magic Mike starring, from left to right, Joe Manganiello, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, and Channing Tatum, shows the actors in what appears to be a patriotic group number. I love this shot for two reasons: It attempts to keep the mystery alive by only showing us McConaughey shirtless, and it gives us something to debate — which song are they stripping to? My first thought, because McConaughey’s get-up reminded me of Apollo Creed in Rocky IV, was James Brown’s “Living in America.” But that doesn’t feel sexy enough. »
- Mandi Bierly
Usually, the headline "Matthew McConaughey Shirtless" is about unsurprising as it gets. It's elemental, no more head-turning than one that might read "Matthew McConaughey Drinks Water." In this case, however, the star's shirtless photo is worth considering.
McConaughey pulls a Chippendales-inspired Uncle Sam in this first photo from Steven Soderberg's "Magic Mike," a film about male strippers in which he stars as the strip club owner, Dallas. Alex Pettyfer and Channing Tatum, who can be seen dressed in military casuals in the forefront, are the two leads in this film, which is based on Tatum's year on the pole before he began his acting career.
Joe Manganiello, who can also be seen in the picture, has a supporting role, as does Matt Bomer. Manganiello, who is best known for his work on "True Blood," told the La Times a few months ago that he had a compelling anatomic reason for taking the part. »
- Jordan Zakarin
Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh has already released his first thriller, the biological killer film Contagion and has his first martial arts dynamic action-thriller Haywire arriving next month. Erin Brockovich’s director is currently shooting Magic Mike, a stripper dramedy inspired by Channing Tatum real-life experience that will hit theaters this summer. Warner Bros. has delivered the [...]
- Nick Martin
Oscar-winning writer-director Steven Soderbergh has potentially four films left for us to look forward to before he takes an early retirement – what will hopefully prove to be a temporary hiatus. We’ll be getting the first of those, Haywire, in January, and then we can look forward to seeing the world of male strippers on the big screen in the summer when the second of his four upcoming films is released, Magic Mike, both of which have the rising star Channing Tatum.
As far as I’m concerned, a Soderbergh film is always going to be something that you take a trip to the cinema to see, and Haywire is going to be amazing next month. Looking beyond that, we’ve now got the first image that’s been released for his second film of the new year, via Collider, and it gives us a look at the tank top-clad »
- Kenji Lloyd
Filed under: Movie News
Here's one gift from Santa Claus that actually doesn't need very much unwrapping: the first official image from 'Magic Mike,' the studio-proclaimed dramatic comedy from Steven Soderbergh about male strippers. Based on the experiences of Channing Tatum from his days as a dancer, 'Mike' stars a bevy of good-looking leading men (Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez) and -- judging from the still -- their assets will be firmly displayed upon release on June 29, 2012. Would you believe Matthew McConaughey takes his shirt off in this one? What an opposite of a surprise!
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- Christopher Rosen
Today we have the first photo from "Magic Mike," which stars Channing Tatum and is inspired by the actor's stripping days. The film co-stars Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Joe Mangianello, and Olivia Munn. Check out the photo below. Plot: The film follows Mike (Tatum) as he takes a young dancer called The Kid (Pettyfer) under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money. "Magic Mike" is directed by Stephen Soderbergh (Traffic) and is set to hit theaters on June 29th, 2012. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
The first still from upcoming movie "Magic Mike" has been released, giving a first look at Alex Pettyfer as a stripper. Tackling the role of an erotic dancer named The Kid, the British actor is joined by his male co-stars Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey and Joe Manganiello in the picture.
Pettyfer is seen channeling his inner sexy soldier and showing off his well-built body in a wife-beater and a pair of camouflaged trousers. Finishing off his look by wearing dog tag necklaces, the "In Time" actor stands in a ready position next to his co-stars. All don similar costumes, except for McConaughey who opts to flaunt his ripped abs by going shirtless.
In the Steven Soderbergh-directed "Magic Mike", 21-year-old Pettyfer will work at club Xquisite which is owned by a veteran stripper named Dallas (McConaughey). As a newbie, he is going to be mentored by Tatum's character to learn »
It’s a Veeeery Meeeerry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah for Channing Tatum fans around the world!!! As a present to you all Warner Bros. just released the first official image (featuring Chan, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello, Matthew McConaughey, and Kevin Nash on the Xquisite stage) and synopsis for the movie ‘Magic Mike‘ via Collider.com!
‘Magic Mike‘ is a story of friendship set in the world of exotic male dancing and is inspired by (but not based on) Chan’s experiences at a Chippendales-style revue early in his career. Chan plays the main character (Mike), who mentors a young dancer (The Kid) played by Alex Pettyfer and teaches him the fine arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money.
In addition to Chan, Alex, Joe, Kevin, and Matthew (who plays Dallas, a retired dancer and the owner of the club), the movie also stars Olivia Munn »
- Channing Tatum Unwrapped
What better way to celebrate Christmas then seeing a group of today’s hottest male stars, barely clothed, up on stage? Warner Bros. has answered the request and delivered the first official image from Steven Soderbergh‘s male stripper movie Magic Mike. Starring Channing Tatum, and inspired by his real-life experience, the coming-of-age drama also includes an ensemble made up of Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Gabriel Iglesias, Olivia Munn, Riley Keough, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Cody Horn, Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash and Betsy Brandt.
The first image (in hi-res below) comes from Collider and features McConaughey, who seems to be a ringleader in the group with his festive outfit. We can also see in the official synopsis below that Pettyfer (left) is an apprentice to the experienced Tatum (right). WB classifies this one as a “dramatic comedy,” so I’m looking forward to see what kind of tone Soderbergh captures, »
- email@example.com (thefilmstage.com)
Warner Bros. has released the first official image and synopsis for director Steven Soderbergh's male stripper movie, Magic Mike. The film stars the perpetually shirtless Matthew McConaughey along with Alex Pettyfer, Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Mangianello, Olivia Munn, Riley Keough, Cody Horn, and Adam Rodriguez. For those unaware, Magic Mike is based on Tatum’s real life experiences as a 19-year-old stripper, and tells “a story of friendship set in the world of male strippers.” Here’s what Soderbergh had to say about the project: “When Channing talked to me about this, I thought it was one of the best ideas I’d ever heard for a movie. I said I wanted in immediately. It’s sexy, funny and shocking. We’re using Saturday Night Fever as our model, so hopefully we’re on the right track.” Hit the jump for more. While the project originally started filming with no studio attached, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will release writer-director Andrew Niccol‘s sci-fi thriller In Time starring Amanda Seyfried, Justin Timberlake on Blu-ray and DVD at the end of next month. Check out all the details below!
In The Future, Every Second Counts
Star in The Pulse-Pounding Sci-Fi Thriller
Debuting on Blu-ray and DVD January 31
Let the countdown begin. Leave the existing world behind and enter into a futuristic world where the aging gene is switched off after 25 and time is money, literally, that many can’t afford in the cutting-edge thriller In Time, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD January 31 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Featuring an all-star cast including Justin Timberlake (The Social Network), Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!) and Cillian Murphy (Inception), the film puts an innovative spin on class warfare and explores the corruptness that lies within.
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- Jason Moore
The USA Network has released a promo for White Collar, which returns with six brand new episodes to close out Season 3 starting Tuesday, January 17 at 10 Pm Et. Click on the video player below for your first look at the second half of White Collar's third season.
Click to watch Promo: Jump Back In!
White Collar, which stars Matthew Bomer, Tim DeKay, Tiffani Thiessen, Willie Garson, Marsha Thomason, Hilarie Burton and Sharif Atkins, returns with six new Season 3 episodes starting Tuesday, January 17 at 10 Pm Et on the USA Network. »
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