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'Magic Mike' costume designer on the trouble with tearaway pants -- and why it's worth it

“Someone asked me recently, ‘How important are clothes to a movie about stripping?’ And all I could say was, ‘Without the clothes, you really don’t have an act as a stripper. You’ve got to have something to take off,'” says Magic Mike costume designer Christopher Peterson. Fair enough. An Emmy nominee last year for his work on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Peterson did some quick research for the film by visiting several male revues on both coasts. What he learned immediately: “A guy walks out onstage, tears his pants off, it’s guaranteed to get a reaction every single time. It’s pretty much full-proof if you do it right,” he says. What took him awhile to figure out: How exactly to make that happen. “I thought, okay, so you attach a bit of velcro to some pants and yank ‘em and that’s it. It wasn’t working day after day. They weren’t tearing away,” says Peterson, who tested them on himself. “Finally, I figured out the right combination of velcro and snaps and how to grab them and got it. I tore away the final pair of trousers. Of course, that is the moment when the producer and the director walk into the fitting room for a quick check in, like, ‘Hey, how’s it going?’ and I’m standing there in my underwear in front of my staff. It was a pretty steep learning curve, but we got it because like I said, there’s nothing that guarantees a squeal out of a crowd more than Channing Tatum tearing away his cop pants.”

Box office update: 'Ted' smokes competition with $20.2 million Friday; 'Magic Mike' close behind

According to Friday estimates, “bear” beats “bare” at the box office — but only by a bit!

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s $50 million comedy Ted, which is being distributed by Universal, snuggled up to a huge $20.2 million worth of tickets on Friday.

The raunchy laugher, which stars Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, and a bong-smoking teddy, is headed for the second-best debut ever for an R-rated comedy, behind only The Hangover Part II. Wahlberg’s last summer comedy, 2010’s The Other Guys, earned $13.1 million on its first Friday on the way to a $35.5 million start. If Ted follows the same trajectory (and I see no reason why it shouldn’t), it could take in a truly remarkable $55 million this weekend. READ FULL STORY

'Magic Mike': Joe Manganiello makes us blush -- and dishes on what makes him do the same -- EW VIDEO

Full disclosure: I’m a blusher and a prude.

So sit me down next to feral man-candy Joe Manganiello and have me interview him about his new stripper movie – Magic Mike, in theaters today — and the result is the conversation you see below. Highlights?

+ Any time Manganiello says “penis pump”
+ My furious blushing (during which I look an idiot).
+ Manganiello admitting it’s hard to get him to blush, but “I know there’s going to be something else” that will come along that will.
+ Shout-out to the Enthusiastic Extras. (Not to be confused with Enthusiastic Chimes Lady.)

Movie Talk with Owen and Lisa: 'Magic Mike' is a 'guilt-free stripper movie' -- VIDEO

EW’s movie critics Owen Gleiberman and Lisa Schwarzbaum agree that Steven Soderbergh’s new film Magic Mike is a light, fun romp through the world of male strippers and strip clubs for women. While it starts out a little “low rent,” taking place in a Tampa, Florida, strip club, it moves through to become a more developed story about Channing Tatum’s character and how he’s handling approaching the big 3-0. Tatum and McConaughey in particular give brave, spirited performances, giving Tatum his second win of the summer, following 21 Jump Street. Check out the full review from Owen and Lisa below.

Channing Tatum talks 'Magic Mike' musical: 'I'm a huge fan of stage'

Save up those $1 bills: Magic Mike star (and inspiration) Channing Tatum, director Steven Soderbergh, and writer Reid Carolin are turning their stripper movie into a live stage show. The trio discussed the idea while working on Magic Mike’s script, but Tatum says he began taking it seriously thanks to his costar. “Matt Bomer started singing some of the songs while he was onstage, and he was like, ‘This would kill as a musical,’” recalls Tatum. “That cemented it for me.” READ FULL STORY

'Magic Mike' earns $2.1 million at midnight shows; 'Ted' even bigger with $2.6 million


That’s a lot of dollar bills stuffed into Channing Tatum’s thong!

Magic Mike pulled in a tremendous $2.1 million from 1,100 theaters during midnight showings last night, and it now seems that the Steven Soderbergh-directed stripper movie is headed for strong business. (I have predicted $34 million, on the high end of prognosticators.)

A few weeks ago, Snow White and the Huntsman took in $1.4 million at midnight on it’s way to a $56.2 million debut. If we apply the same formula (midnight gross x 40) to Magic Mike, that means that Tatum and company are headed to an $82 million debut — but that’s almost certainly overestimating.

Magic Mike will likely see remarkably frontloaded business, as it has been effectively showcased as an “event film.” Large groups of women (and gay men) have excitedly been planning to see the film for weeks, and the naughty nature of Magic Mike lends itself to group viewing. These devoted groups will rush out to the theater this weekend, giving Mike major up-front business. (And yes, he will reciprocate.) In this sense, a frontloaded film like Prometheus, which earned $3.6 million at midnight on the way to a $51.1 million debut, may prove a more apt comparison. We’ll see.

But Magic Mike wasn’t alone in the midnight box office race — Universal’s comedy Ted grossed a stellar $2.6 million at midnight from 1,095 theaters as well. Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s raunchy R-rated flick, which stars Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, now looks like a surefire hit destined for a robust opening, perhaps in the $40 million range.

Thus, I’m thinking that the well-reviewed R-rated duo look increasingly likely to take out Pixar’s powerhouse Brave over the next three days, but we’ll have to find out how high they actually climb. Stay tuned to EW for full weekend box office coverage, and follow me on Twitter for up-to-the-minute box office updates.

Box office preview: Will 'Ted' or 'Magic Mike' strip 'Brave' of its box office crown?

Princess Merida hit the bullseye during her first weekend at the box office, but she’s got a new bear to fight this time around.

His name is Ted. He’s a stuffed animal. And he’s the main character in just one of four new wide releases hitting theaters this weekend. Also opening is stripper showcase Magic Mike, Tyler Perry offering Madea’s Witness Protection, and family drama People Like Us.

Will any of them be able to take out Brave? It’s going to be close. Here’s how I think the box office may shake out: READ FULL STORY

'Drought,' 'All is Well' win top awards at L.A. Film Festival

A Portuguese film about two sisters who escape the Angolan civil war and a documentary on Mexican cattle ranchers took home the top jury prizes at the Los Angeles Film Festival Sunday. Portugal’s All is Well from director Pocas Pascoal won best narrative film and director Everardo Gonzalez won the best documentary prize for Drought. Each filmmaker received a $15,000 award.


New 'Magic Mike' trailer shows more moves and skin

Happy Friday! A second Magic Mike trailer has been released and this one cuts right to the chase. Sure, we’re informed that Magic Mike (Channing Tatum) is an “entrepreneur,” but he still shakes his moneymaker many, many times. Among the other new shots: A sage Matthew McConaughey in some hilarious workout wear, a cowboy number (yes, please), Alex Pettyfer giving a lapdance, and a tease of a group number that involves the guys ripping off their Army fatigues to reveal thongs (and kneepads!). We also see how the friendship between Tatum’s and Pettyfer’s characters evolves. (Plot!) Watch it below. READ FULL STORY

'Magic Mike' to strip for the first time at Los Angeles Film Festival

Having decided that its program could use a few more thongs, the Los Angeles Film Festival announced today that Steven Soderbergh’s male-stripper drama Magic Mike — starring Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, and a bunch of other guys who look pretty darn good with their shirts off — will have its world premiere as the festival’s closing-night selection.

The festival, now in its 18th year, also unveiled the rest of its line-up. Among the notable movies featured are Woody Allen’s ensemble comedy To Rome With Love (making its North American premiere as the opening-night film), the apocalyptic Steve Carell-Keira Knightley comedy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (world premiere), the Chris Pine-Elizabeth Banks drama People Like Us (world premiere), and Sundance holdovers including Beasts of the Southern Wild, Celeste and Jesse Forever, and Robot & Frank.

The Los Angeles Film Festival runs June 14-24 at the L.A. Live complex in downtown L.A.

Read more:
Channing Tatum: 9 Im-pec-able Shirtless Scenes
‘Magic Mike’ trailer: ‘I’m just trying to figure out, why stripping?’ — Um, why NOT?
‘To Rome With Love’ trailer: Neurosis, Italian style

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