Love the movie “Magic Mike?” You can re-create it on the water.

The River City Star riverboat will bring the magic of all-male exotic dancing to the Missouri River again this summer.

Magic Mike Ladies Night cruises will be held June 10, July 8, Aug. 19 and Sept. 9 at 9:30 p.m.
The 21-and-older cruise is advertised as “not for the faint of heart.” Tickets are $25 and are available at

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By Andrea Kszystyniak / World-Herald staff writer

Magic Mike’ star Channing Tatum made a surprise appearance at the publisher’s NewFronts event.

Hearst knew how to get people’s attention Wednesday night at the beginning of its first NewFront event.

The publisher behind Cosmopolitan, Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar kicked off its event with a performance by the cast of the newly announced Magic Mike Live show set to Ginuwine’s “Pony.” At the end of their routine, Magic Mike star Channing Tatum jumped onto the stage to announce that Cosmopolitan has an exclusive year-long content partnership with the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino live show that will include everything from video series to Facebook Live broadcasts to virtual reality. Upcoming features could include a show in which the cast helps turn two “ordinary Joes” into “Magic Mikes” and a series in which the Magic Mike crew surprises women with a day of pampering.

Tatum announced the Magic Mike Live show in a Facebook Live video posted from backstage at the Hearst NewFront event, held at Hearst Tower.

The presentation also included a taped message from Pitch Perfect 2 director Elizabeth Banks, whose new comedy site has partnered with Cosmo on a female-centric comedy series.

In all, Hearst presented new shows for its Cosmo, Elle, Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar brands. Shows include How to Be a Man With Frank Kobola for and Bazaar Unbridled for for

“Our digital business is evolving at a staggering pace, and video is at the heart of it,” said Hearst Magazines digital media president Troy Young. “We’re creating content that cuts through the noise of the internet and drives enormous viewership across our properties and the most important social and mobile platforms.”

Cosmo has also made Snapchat a focus over the last year — the brand joined the Snapchat Discover platform and editor-in-chief Joanna Coles was named to the company’s board of directors — so it’s no surprise that the disappearing messaging platform made an appearance. Snapchat’s head of content, Nick Bell, took to the stage to discuss the popularity of the Cosmo Discover channel and tout Sweet, the first brand to launch on Snapchat Discover. The channel will feature a new show called The Sweet Guide to Living a Better Life.

7:11 PM PDT 5/4/2016 by Natalie Jarvey

It’s about time somebody told a TV news woman that showing up to work dressed like a stripper, a backup dancer or Britney Spears after a night out is wrong – unless you are a stripper, a backup dancer or Britney Spears.

Instead, a meteorologist who was told to cover up for wearing a sparkly mini cocktail dress to report the weather created a storm rather than reporting on one.

It began over the weekend, when KTLA meteorologist Liberté Chan who wore a skimpy outfit to report the weather was told that viewers were complaining about her attire.

A male colleague, as a joke, threw her an old-guy Perry Como sweater. She claims she didn’t like the outfit she brought to work, so she donned somebody’s cocktail dress. She laughed about being teased. Nobody else did.

And THIS is what created the Twit storm.

Women started yelling that a male has no right to tell a woman how to dress. Seriously? First off, it was done in fun, and Chan took it that way.

Secondly, until and unless men are made to show up to report the news, the weather and all manner of tragedy dressed like Magic Mike in thong tuxedos, newswomen need to stop capitulating to the FOX News and ESPN ideal that they need to look like escorts in order to report on war, sports and yes, the weather.

, but the women who went crazy that a male colleague joked about Chan’s attire got it all wrong. These same knee-jerk responders should be furious that on-camera female reporters are encouraged – and sometimes forced – to dress like this in the first place. (Chan wasn’t.)

On TV news, men are hired for their expertise. Women need much more. They need also to be gorgeous, have big hair, and be able to wear a rubber dress like they work out for a living. What’s the criteria? To look competent and experienced, or like you’d do a helluva job on a stripper pole?

Males get to stay on well into overweight old-fartdom. Giant massive combovers that look like live farm animals on their heads dyed in shades never intended for the living? All good.

Meantime, their female counterparts on set often look like Sports Illustrated cover models in skimpy sleeveless dresses – to report on blizzards!

Ask yourselves: Would Barbara Walters have made it nowadays? Would Diane Sawyer have ever shown up to work dressed like she was serving cocktails in Vegas?

Monday, May 16, 2016, 11:33 AM

The actor on developing his Las Vegas show, taking on a superhero role and how Magic Mike would stack up in a dance contest
STAGEMonday, May 16 3:30pmBy Nicole Ely

You are directing Magic Mike Live Las Vegas, which is coming to the Hard Rock in spring 2017. What is your vision for the show?

The first movie is really just about Mike and these guys living this life, and him figuring out that he wants more. The second movie is about them realizing that this life is over and what do they do now. We’re not going to do a third movie, so the Las Vegas show should feel like the next iteration.

The relationships between men and women have changed. We want to create a show that is a little more modern. The shows I’ve seen, and have done movies about, are the same as when they started from 40 or 50 years ago. Now, it’s what do women want, and do they want more. We want to make it for women, by women in a way.

And the dancing is going to be top level. These guys are unreal.

The Magic Mike Live Las Vegas website features a quiz that’s providing research for the show’s development. So, what do women want?

I have no idea [laughs], and that’s exactly why I have a lot of women in my life. Everyone is so different. We sent out this questionnaire to every girl I know, and their moms. There are a lot of tropes, but a lot them don’t know what they want. They know what they want out of their lives, but not what they want out of a show.

Men and women go to these types of shows for different reasons. I’m sure some women come for a sexual thing, but it’s more for them to just let go. This is an environment where they can be free.

What else have you learned from the survey?

What they want is so simple. They want to come home and have their men cook dinner for them and tell them they’re beautiful, or write a small note and leave it in their purse. Just these tiny, tiny things, and not as much of the “I have a fantasy of having sex with a fireman.” With men, that would be fine. We’re pretty base. So I don’t think I can answer your question, but we’re doing a lot of research.

You’ll be in Las Vegas planning for the show. Any things you want to check off your Vegas bucket list?

We’ve watched Absinthe twice now. I love that show. It’s one of my favorite things. I haven’t seen a lot of the other shows. We went to Zumanity. We went to the avant-garde, sexually charged shows. I haven’t done any of the family stuff. So I’m interested in exploring Vegas that way.

You’re producing and starring in the Marvel movie Gambit. What’s it like getting into the superhero movie craze?

I wouldn’t say I’m a comic book guy, but Gambit was what I read, because I grew up in Mississippi. My dad is from New Orleans. So to me, Gambit was the coolest superhero I could be.

It’s really intense. Those movies are really tough to make. There’s so much material from all the years they’ve been writing comics, so you have make sure you’ve read them all. We’re in no hurry to make it. The studio is always going to try to beat the drum, but I want to make it right.

If there was a dance off between Magic Mike and Kevin Bacon from Footloose, who would win?

A lot of people’s favorite movie is Dirty Dancing, but my favorite dance movie is Footloose. That’s hard. Those are movies I’ve grown up with. They’re icons in my mind. I think Mike would have them if they were to battle now.

What about Magic Mike versus Tyler, your role from Step Up?

That would be a tough one because I think Tyler would have more energy. Tyler is a little younger, and I’m kind of banged up now. I think Mike would still have him.

What about if Magic Mike went up against Chris Farley from the Chippendales Saturday Night Live sketch?

Oh man, you can’t ask me anything about Farley. He’s one of my favorites of all time. He just filled up a room. He filled up 10 rooms. Hands down he would win, without any question.

STAGEMonday, May 16 3:30pmBy Nicole Ely

Russell Crowe is well-known for playing chiseled heroes and sadistic villains, so he used that notoriety to scare the heck out of “The Nice Guys” co-star Matt Bomer.
Right away, Crowe put his plan into motion: “One of the first things we had to do together is I had to strangle him,” he explained to Entertainment Weekly’s Sirius XM show.

According to the legendary actor, his performances have led some actors to fear his work: “I know from past experiences, sometimes when you work with younger actors their references seriously are ‘LA Confidential’ and ‘Gladiator’, stuff like that,” he says. “They’re scared s**tless that it’s going to be for real.”

Turns out Bomer had those exact same fears: “Well, it’s also like, is Russell really going to choke me out in this take?” admitted Bomer. “I don’t know if he is, but maybe that’s going to happen.”

To reassure Bomer that everything would be fine, Crowe demonstrated how he would pretend to choke his co-star without ever touching him. Once the scene started rolling, however, the Oscar-winning actor pulled the trigger on his prank.

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Crowe wrapped his hands around Bomer’s neck, stared into his eyes and whispered: “Hey Matt, this is for ‘Magic Mike'”. He proceeded to make terrifying grunting sounds, joking that “grunting is one of my things.”

Russell Crowe stars alongside Ryan Gosling in “The Nice Guys”, in theatres everywhere on May 20.

Magic Mike is breaking out of the cinema and coming to a stage near you (well, if you’re in Las Vegas that is) as Channing Tatum has revealed plans for Magic Mike Live, starting next year.

“I was walking around my house filled with hot men that I live with everyday,” Tatum jokes in a video introducing the concept – and the men – “and I was thinking, what’s the next step for Magic Mike? 2D? We’ve done it twice. 3D? 3D hasn’t been cool since Avatar. Virtual reality? I don’t know. And that’s when Justin Timberlake from The Social Network popped into my mind and he goes, ‘What if you just dropped the virtual? Magic Mike: Reality.’”

There’s not much more confirmed about the show yet. It’ll debut March 2017 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas, which seems fitting enough, and you can sign up to a newsletter to get updates as plans progress. There’s also a ‘Magic Mike Asks’ site where you can answer a series of questions about your sexual tastes – though it’s not entirely clear yet what it’s for.

So far the focus is pretty clearly on the ladies, with Tatum joking that it should be a “gentle ladies club,” but hopefully they’re aware that straight women aren’t the only people looking for hot guys to take their clothes off.

ET went behind the scenes for Vivica A. Fox’s answer to Magic Mike — Black Magic — where Nischelle Turner literally flipped head over heels.

“Can we show this on Entertainment Tonight?” Turner asked as a male dancer put her hands between her knees and, in one fell swoop, flipped her up on top of his shoulders. “And that’s a wrap!” Turner said, fanning herself.

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That’s just one of the moves the exotic male dancers of Black Magic have perfected, and there’s a lot more where that came from, according to executive producer Vivica A. Fox.

The docuseries, set to air on Lifetime, follows the lives of predominantly African-American male exotic dancers.

Fox is no stranger to the subject matter, as she starred in the 2015 film Chocolate City, which went behind the scenes of a fictional male strip club. She told ET the idea for the docuseries came to her after seeing Magic Mike in 2012.

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“I remember back in the day going to see Magic Mike when it first came out,” she said. “There was just no diversity that was represented. I’ve got everything from white chocolate to dark chocolate to caramel to butterscotch, because we know the brothers got some moves.”

Fox has witnessed those moves firsthand, as she is involved in rehearsals, choreography and wardrobe, but she refuses to call the men “strippers.”

“I call my guys male exotic dancers, just for respect,” she explained. “With these guys, it’s an art. The moves that they got are just unbelievable.”

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Black Magic will debut later this year, but if all goes according to Fox’s plan, this is just the beginning.

“The main goal of the show is for us to get a residency in Las Vegas,” Fox said. “I want to see these boys’ faces on a big billboard in Las Vegas.”

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Raphael Chestang , KARE 6:07 PM. CDT May 10, 2016

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“They used to call us ‘go-go boys.’ ‘Male stripper’ came later,” says François Tessier. Now 54, Tessier, dapperly dressed in a crisp white shirt and black slacks, spent a good part of the 1980s undressed.

Tessier got his start at Club 281 – now called Le 281 – Montreal’s only fully-nude male strip club for women. Patrons knew him by his stage name: Mr. Personality.

“All the girls liked him. He had an inexplicable charm,” recalls Joanne Morin, who worked the bar at Club 281 in the same era.

On Feb. 19, Tessier and Morin returned to their old haunts, along with nearly 60 former employees of the club, most of whom were strippers, for a reunion marking the club’s 35th year in business.

Patrons, advised of the event on the club’s Facebook page, celebrated too. On weekend nights, it is not unusual to see women lining up to get into the club, a popular downtown destination for girls’ nights out and bachelorette parties. But on that Friday, there was even more anticipation than usual – and some of the women in line were grandmothers.

Solange Aubin Salvail, 64, first went to Club 281 in 1982. Her husband brought her. “He wanted to show me what it was,” she said. Now retired and widowed with five grandchildren, Aubin Salvail remembers when a private dance could be had for $5. “I came to see if the guys changed. It’s certain they’ve aged,” she said.

Annie Delisle, 45, took over the club in 2003, following the death of her father, France, who founded it in 1980. France Delisle, who owned a female strip club at the time, came up with the idea when he saw male strippers in Miami. “He said, ‘If women can dance naked, why can’t men?’ ” his daughter recalled.

The club, which moved in 2003 from 281 Ste-Catherine St. to its present location on Ste-Catherine, just east of St-Laurent Blvd., can accommodate 420 patrons. It was a full house for the reunion.

Delisle took to the stage to invite the old-timers up for a group photo and thank them for being part of the club’s history. Two dancers from the ’90s prepared a special number for the event, and there was a tribute dance to 80s-style stripping, performed by a current employee wearing cowboy boots – and not much else.

Delisle, who grew up around the business, has observed that men and women react differently to striptease performances. Men, she said, tend to be quiet when they are at a strip club: “Guys drink their beer. Women laugh and scream.”

Delisle also finds that male strippers get more respect than their female counterparts.

“My dancers are often seen as superstars,” she said. “They’re recognized at bars and at the grocery store.”

Steeve Dubé, 48, worked as a dancer at the club from 1986 until 1996. Dubé’s teenage sons like to tease him about his former occupation. “Sometimes, they call me ‘Steeve the stripper,’ ” he said.

The striptease business was good to Dubé, who grew up poor in St-Henri. As a teen, Dubé enjoyed breakdancing. One night, he was practising his moves at Chez Parée, a female strip bar, when someone suggested he audition at Club 281. At the time, Dubé was working at Farine Five Roses, but he gave that up when he realized how much more he could earn as a male stripper. “The first night, I made over a $1,000,” Dubé said.

By the age of 21, Dubé owned a home in Laval and was investing in real estate. He met his wife, Janie, at the club. At the time, she was working as a librarian.

“I gave her my number and I said, ‘I’m going to have kids with you,’ ” Dubé recalled. Today, the couple and their boys live in a lakefront house on the West Island.

If his sons wanted to take up stripping, Dubé says he would encourage them to do it. “I’d say, ‘Go for it. But don’t take drugs or alcohol, and come out with the cash,’ ” he said.

And does Dubé still dance for Janie? “I want to, but she doesn’t want me to!”

Like Dubé, Mario Dumas, who worked at the club from 1982 to 1984, met the mother of his children while he was on the job. “My stage name was Burt – because I looked like Burt Reynolds,” said Dumas, 57. But not long after he and his girlfriend got together, she gave him an ultimatum: “She said, ‘It’s me or your job.’ ”

Dumas, who was a mechanic before he got into stripping, used his savings to buy a garage in Repentigny. He eventually sold the garage, and now owns a paving company.

Dumas said it was not only his girlfriend’s ultimatum that made him give up stripping. Despite the club’s no-contact rule barring patrons from touching the dancers, Dumas said there were customers who did not play by the rules.

“Some of the ladies who drank groped me. I felt like enough was enough.”

These days, Dumas walks with a cane – the result of a motorcycle accident last summer. Despite his bum leg and a receding hairline, Dumas said he does not mind growing older. Nor does he feel jealous when he sees the new crop of strippers at Le 281, most of whom are in their 20s. “They all have the same style. We had our own style,” he said.

After six years working at Club 281, François Tessier – the former Mr. Personality – went on to perform at strip clubs in Windsor, Quebec City and Gatineau. Tessier gave up stripping in 1992, when he found work as a receptionist for a government agency in Ottawa. He did not include his stint as a male stripper on his CV.

“But some of the girls in the office recognized me from a strip bar in Gatineau.”

My stage name was Burt
Tessier says he paid a price for his years as a stripper. “There was an aftermath. I missed the easy money, the easy living, the attention of women,” he said, and later became hooked on gambling at video lottery terminals. He was finally able to quit gambling in 2011, with support from Gamblers Anonymous, as well as counselling.

These days, Tessier works as a salesman in his brother’s Ville-Émard pawn shop. There, his personality continues to serve him well. “My ease for getting along with people always followed me,” Tessier said.

Delisle felt it was a bad idea for Tessier to perform onstage at the reunion, since he was out of practice — but Tessier would have liked to.

“My legs still want to dance.”

Monique Polak, Postmedia News | March 3, 2016 1:17 PM ET
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