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Channing Tatum: I Gain 25-30 Pounds Between Movies

Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Channing Tatum showed off his amazing physique in last year’s blockbuster Magic Mike, but the actor revealed in a new interview that he doesn’t always look so ripped.

“I’m a fat kid on the inside,” he told Cosmopolitan magazine for its July issue. “I love food so much and I fluctuate about 25-30 pounds between movies.”

In fact, Tatum, 33, who was crowned People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” last year, added that a dream role for him would be “a chess movie that requires very little movement.”

That way, “I can eat pizza and play chess on the beach all day,” he said. “And then eat more pizza and cheeseburgers and drink beer. That’d be amazing.”

But it’ll have to wait. Right now, Tatum is filming Jupiter Ascending in London and preparing for his pregnant wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, to give birth to their first child. So, how does the couple of eight years manage to balance so much at one time?

“You have to want it,” he tells the magazine. “Jenna’s and my thing is checking in with each other all the time, like, ‘On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you love me right now?’ And you gotta be honest, and you’ve got to want an honest answer.”

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"Ted," "Magic Mike" and More Open Friday

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- Ted: In the first feature film by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, Mark Wahlberg plays a man who's close friends with a childhood teddy bear that's come to life.  MacFarlane voices the titular bear.  Mila Kunis also stars.  Rated R.  [Click here to read a review]

-- Magic Mike: Channing Tatum plays a stripper who takes a newcomer under his wing.  The film is inspired by Tatum's real-life experiences as a stripper.  Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew Bomer and Joe Manganiello also star in this Steven Soderbergh-directed film. Rated R.  [Click here to read a review]

-- Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection: Tyler Perry reprises his popular elderly character of Madea, who takes in a dysfunctional family in the witness protection program.  Eugene Levy, Denise Richards and Doris Roberts also star.  Rated PG-13.

-- People Like Us: Upon his father's death, a salesman discovers he has a sister he never knew.  Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde and Michelle Pfeiffer star.  Rated PG-13.

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Movie Review: "Magic Mike"

Claudette Barius/Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- Magic Mike isn’t what you think it is, if you've seen the previews. It’s not a hilarious romp about male strippers. It’s a Steven Soderbergh movie, meaning it’s not going to be hilarious. Funny and smart, yes, but not hilarious.
Loosely based on his real-life experience as a male stripper, Channing Tatum stars as Mike, a roofer by day in Tampa, Florida with a passion for making furniture, and the featured attraction by night in the all-male revue Xquisite.  While on a roofing job, Mike meets Alex Pettyfer’s Adam, a 19-year-old kid trying to find his place in the world. Guess who’s going to show it to him?  Just a few hours after running into Mike on the “strip,” Adam is on stage with Xquisite, stripping down to his underwear and giving his first lap dance.
Adam’s sister Brooke, played by Cody Horn, does not approve. She tries not to approve of Mike either but his confidence, good looks and intelligence are just enough to keep her from completely ignoring him.  Overseeing it all is Matthew McConaughey as Dallas, the slick, fast-talking, money-hungry aging stripper-turned-club owner.
McConaughey has never been shy about taking off his shirt but showing his other, um, assets on screen isn't something he’s accustomed to doing. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that he relishes those moments and embodies this particular character like we’ve never before seen him do.   
As Mike, Tatum proves to be more than just a handsome face with chiseled abs. His performance shows he's mastering the art of speaking without actually saying a word. In film, sometimes silence is the most powerful form of communication.  In particular, the scenes between Tatum and Cody Horn are the heart of Magic Mike, with Horn stoic and powerful, taking a character that might be cliché in lesser hands and giving her a distinctive voice and arresting persona.
Soderbergh’s warm and somewhat colorful palate when shooting the dancing scenes is in sharp contrast to the muted, cold palate he uses for his exterior shots. It’s a fantastic choice, suggesting the Tampa daylight isn’t as friendly and comforting a place for these dancers as the confines of their club, where they're the center of the universe.  In fact, the sunlight wasn’t even apparent until a particular scene towards the end of the movie when it was perfectly appropriate and, I suspect, artfully placed by Soderbergh.
No doubt, Magic Mike is going to attract anyone excited by the promise of seeing the likes of Tatum, Pettyfer, McConaughey, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer and Adam Rodriguez gyrate and flex their ridiculously sculpted bodies, but what will catch mainstream audiences off-guard is the movie's depth -- and also its length. Soderbergh, while brilliant, has a tendency to be a little long-winded and I suspect the average moviegoer will find this movie too long. Anyone more interested in the language of cinema will appreciate Soderbergh’s ability to offset Magic Mike's overt sexuality with his moody lighting and depth of field.  Along with Reid Carolin's even-handed script, they help Magic Mike feel more like a work of art than what it otherwise might have been -- another soulless, gratuitous, sexually-charged Hollywood comedy.
Four out of five stars.

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