Channing Tatum has joked that Joe Manganiello likely has a sex swing installed at his home.

The two stars are good friends having worked on 2012 stripper movie Magic Mike together, as well as its sequel Magic Mike XXL which hit screens earlier in 2015. One memorable scene in the latest flick sees Joe’s character Big Dick Richie incorporating a sex swing into one of his routines, with Channing joking it could be a case of life imitating art – which may be embarrassing for Joe’s new wife Sofía Vergara.

“Well, I mean the sex swing was all Manganiello’s idea, he pushed for that,” Channing told Britain’s Heat magazine. “It gives me an idea of what goes on at his house. That’s what we wanted to do with this film. I never thought the first would take off like it did – I was astounded by the response, so we knew we had to do something that gave the audience more. So we just went XXL – we went for it.”

Part of the cast’s full-on approach saw them agree to don skimpy stage costumes for some scenes. Channing is glad he did it, although it was a terrifying experience.

“Those thongs!” he marvelled. “They seemed like a good idea at the time. We thought, because we were going out on this one last ride, why not have all of us embarrassed onstage in thongs. God, once you actually have to step out on stage in that thing, it’s a whole other playing field. One false move and the whole goods are on display.”

Magic Mike was loosely based on Channing experiences as a stripper when he was younger, but the 35-year-old feels a world away from that period. He may have donned a minimal set of underwear during that period, but he has vowed never to again.

“The difference is that I am not a 19-year-old kid anymore,” he laughed. “I am an old man and there is stuff you can’t get away with. I can honestly say that will be my last dance with the thong.”

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In case you can’t get enough of your favorite semi-fictional male exotic dancer, you’re in luck. After two scantily clad film installments, it looks like Magic Mike is indeed on course for its much-anticipated Broadway treatment.

Playbill reports that a reading of the musical was held last week for producers in New York City. It featured Curt Hansen as Mike and Will Swenson as Dallas, with Nick Adams, Christopher Jackson, Jon Rua, Steel Burkhardt, and Nikki Bohne also involved.

With a book by gay scribe Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and a score by Tony-winning duo Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, neither a director, nor a opening date, has been attached.

Instead of retelling Magic Mike or Magic Mike XXL, the stage production will serve as a prequel to the films. It tells the backstory of struggling college student, Mike Lane, as he becomes the titular stripper we’ve all grown to love.

Although it’s been reported that Channing Tatum is on board as a producer, it does not appear that he’ll be showing any flesh in a live stage production. Nonetheless, the ensemble will undoubtedly feature a hunky roster of talent. So don’t forget the singles.

Male strippers have never exactly been unpopular among the masses. They’re hot men taking their clothes off, after all. But with the sequel to Magic Mike erupting, ripped and glistening, on to cinema screens this summer, the demand for gyrating, barely-clad male ‘entertainers’ has reached new heights. Bruno Gabriel, who performed a raunchy routine at the Hong Kong premiere of Magic Mike XXL, is an industry veteran and founder of HKmen, a company that provides male strippers for hire. “I started to dance when I was 22, to impress a girl I liked,” he chuckles. “I answered a casting call in a magazine. Stripping was a hobby at first and then it became a full-time job.” With a sultry demeanour and an incredibly muscular body, a legacy of his bodybuilding days, it’s not surprising that Gabriel also juggles his stripping gigs with modelling and personal training jobs.

Born in Romania and raised in Italy, Gabriel stripped his way around the world before settling in Hong Kong seven years ago. “I moved around after my contracts ended to find new ones,” he recalls. “I travelled across Europe for a few years, I slowly moved to Asia and my last stop was Hong Kong. When I came here, there was already a market for this job and that’s why I stayed! I created the [HKMen] brand in 2009. I’m getting older, so now I’m looking to promote younger guys. I still have many bookings, but in 10 years the clients will want new guys and this is what I’m doing with this company – giving them what they want.”

Gabriel explains more about the client-orientated mindset that is, ultimately, the essence of being a successful male stripper. “We get pretty naked, of course! It’s an interactive show, we do party games involving baby oil and whipped cream. If a girl wants to touch you, it’s okay but you cannot touch the girl. You need to be careful.” He goes on to reveal some tricks of the trade. “If people like your work, they will come back! So, with shy clients, you need to be more gentle. Once I was at a party at a hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui and the girls were so shy they hid in the bathroom!”

Gabriel and HKmen are booked, mainly, for private events, such as hen parties. “We’ve performed on trams and boats! Mostly the girls who book us are locals who have studied overseas and have a European mentality, so they are comfortable seeing this kind of show. In Europe, they also have male strip clubs – but here you can’t find that,” he says. “People with a more Chinese mentality tend to not understand what we are doing!” When we ask if Gabriel ever ends up going a little further with his clients after a show, he replies ambiguously. “We try to not mix work with personal life. Work is work. But of course, that happens in any other workplace, so why not in our work too?”

The work schedule of a male stripper is predominantly from 8pm to 3am on weekend nights. In this window, Gabriel averages four to six shows. And he wouldn’t have it any other way. “I never feel that it’s boring or repetitive,” he says. “If the girls themselves are bored, you need to do something to change it up. Maybe they’ve had a bad day and you’re an entertainer, so you need to change their mood. Every crowd is different, every party is different. You just do your job. In the end, when you can see the people are happy, it’s the best thing you can have happen that day. Of course, getting the payment is important, too.”

As a male entertainer, Gabriel has been met with mixed responses regarding his career choices. “[When I say what I do], some people smile and say ‘What a nice job, you just work part time! It’s an easy job, good money, you have fun with the girls’, while others, they look at you strangely, like ‘What kind of job is that? It’s naughty, not nice’.”

But overall, Gabriel is unfazed by any stigma. “In the end, it’s entertainment,” he says. “You’re an artist. You don’t sell sex, you’re not an escort. You just go dancing and then you leave.”
Rhoda Kwan
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Favorite Movie Actor

Channing Tatum. The 35-year-old actor is best known for his portrayal as Magic Mike in the 2012 comedy film Magic Mike, and its 2015 sequel Magic Mike XXL, which he produced and was inspired by his early life. Tatum received critial praise in the 2014 drama, Foxcatcher.

Chris Pratt. Ana Faris’ husband began his film carreer with supporting roles in mainstream films. The 36-year-old achieved leading man status in 2014 after starring in two commercially successful films: The Lego Movie, a computer-animated adventure comedy, and Guardians of the Galaxy, a superhero film produced by Marvel Studios.

Johnny Depp. The actor, producer and musician is regarded as one of the world’s biggest film stars. Depp has been nominated for major acting awards, including three nominations for Academy Award for Best Actor. The 52-year-old rose to fame on the 1980s television series 21 Jump Street, becoming a teen idol.

Robert Downey Jr., Avenger’s Tony Stark was successfully portrayed by the 50-year-old actor. He has starred in several movies that have each grossed over $500 million at the box office worldwide. Downey has topped the Forbes list of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors for three consecutive years.

Will Smith. The 47-year-old actor achieved fame as a rapper under the name The Fresh Prince. In 1990, his popularity increased dramatically when he starred in the popular television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He is now ranked as the most bankable star worldwide by Forbes.

Favorite Movie Actress
Anne Hathaway. Adam Shulman’s wife, the American actress, singer, and producer. In 2008, she won several awards for her performance in Rachel Getting Married, also earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. In 2010, she starred in the box office hits Valentine’s Day, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, and Love and Other Drugs and won an Emmy Award for her voice-over performance on The Simpsons. In 2011, she had a voice role in the animated film Rio.

Melissa McCarthy. The American actress, comedian, writer, fashion designer, and producer. McCarthy achieved major success and fame for her breakthrough film role as Megan Price in the 2011 comedy hit Bridesmaids, which garnered her numerous award nominations including an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, a BAFTA nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Meryl Streep. A three-time Academy Award winner, Streep has also received 29 Golden Globe nominations, winning eight—more nominations, and more competitive (non-honorary) wins than any other actor (male or female) in the history of the award, five New York Film Critics Circle Awards, two BAFTA awards, two Australian Film Institute awards, five Grammy Award nominations, and five Drama Desk Award nominations. She was awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2004.

Sandra Bullock. The 51-year-old American actress and producer. She is one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses, and is the recipient of one Academy Award from two nominations, and one Golden Globe Award from five nominations. She was named the “Most Beautiful Woman” by People magazine in 2015.

Scarlett Johansson. The actress, model, and singer. Johansson is considered one of Hollywood’s modern sex symbols, and has frequently appeared in published lists of the sexiest women in the world, including when she was named the “Sexiest Woman Alive” by Esquire magazine in both 2006 and 2013 (the only woman to be chosen for the title twice), and the “Sexiest Celebrity” by Playboy magazine in 2007.

Nov 04, 2015 07:40 AM EST | By Karen Jean N. Tiongco

They say the show must go on — even if it’s a male strip show in a province where stripping is banned.

About 100 women are expected to be in the audience Friday night at the “Regina ladies night out” event at Cloud 9 Ultra Lounge.

Despite the province’s crackdown on stripping earlier this year, the event is sold out.

For about year, stripping where alcohol is served was legal after the province reversed a long-established ban.

Then, in April, the government did an about face, making stripping in bars illegal again.

There is one important exception: charity groups are allowed to sponsor one event a year. Total nudity is still banned: pasties, g-strings and other covers must be worn.

Upsides and downsides

Emily Kempin, part owner of Pink Champagne, a company of exotic dancers in Saskatoon, said it’s been difficult to book gigs since the change because bar owners are afraid to break the law.

“It dramatically affected all our bar performances and what we could do on stage. And it affected our stage performances in general because a lot of it we do routines and in those routines we do take off clothing — even though it’s not full nude,” she said.

However, there has been an upside.

“More and more people have been talking about our company, and more and more people are discussing how this is against women’s rights and how it’s stopping us from working.”

Province has reinstituted ban on stripping in bars
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