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LOCATING THE Real Magic Mike Competition Show Announced for HBO Max

Finding The Real Magic Mike competition show announced for HBO MaxHBO Max is diving into the Warner Bros. vault to expand its unscripted content as the streaming platform has ordered the new reality competition The Real Magic Mike to series, with film star Channing Tatum and director Steven Soderbergh attached to executive produce and is expected to debut later this year.RELATED: The Lost City of D: Channing Tatum & Sandra Bullock-led rom-com sets 2022 release“From box office hits to sold-out live shows, Magic Mike has proven to be a pop-culture juggernaut that continues to delight people across the globe,” Sarah Aubrey, Head of Original Content, HBO Max, said in a statement. “We’re excited to work with Channing, Steven and the team behind Magic Mike Live to continue this successful franchise that celebrates self-confidence and sexiness both inside and out.”The exhilarating and sexy series will transform a group of men into real-life Magic Mikes as 10 men who have ‘lost their magic’ will compete for the title. Like any competition show, participants will undergo a full-body evolution as they learn to perform spectacular routines and develop a new level of self-confidence through stripping. Many will think they have what it takes but only one man can be the Real Magic Mike. The winner will receive a cash prize and an opportunity to perform on the blockbuster Magic Mike Live stage in Las Vegas.Click here to watch the Channing Tatum-led film!“Magic Mike is one of Warner Bros.’ most iconic franchises,” Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted Television, said in a statement “We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Channing, Steven and HBO Max on an all-new vision of this amazing and legendary brand. We’re looking forward to giving fans a front-row seat as we search the country for undiscovered talent.”Loosely based on Tatum’s early days as a stripper before making it in Hollywood, Magic Mike quickly became a box office hit in 2012 grossing over $167 million worldwide. After the release of Magic Mike XXL, Executive Producer Channing Tatum, along with founders Peter Kiernan, Reid Carolin, Steven Soderbergh, Greg Jacobs and Nick Wechsler partnered with producer Vincent Marini to introduce audiences to the groundbreaking entertainment experience MAGIC MIKE LIVE. The live show has expanded internationally since it’s Vegas launch and has played to sold-out audiences in London, Berlin and Australia. Tickets are currently on sale for the recently announced 2022 UK Arena Tour.RELATED: New to Stream: HBO Max’s April 2021 highlightsA nationwide casting search for The Real Magic Mike is currently underway. In addition to Tatum and Soderbergh, the series will be executive produced by Reid Carolin, Peter Kiernan, Gregory Jacobs, Nick Wechsler, Vincent Marini, Alycia Rossiter, Cassie Lambert Scalettar, Chris Culvenor, Paul Franklin, Wes Dening and David Tibballs alongside co-executive producer Kevin Boyer, with Eureka Productions and Warner Bros. Unscripted Television producing in association with Warner Horizon.
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    The Glorias Review: Moving & Timely But Wildly Uneven

    Rating: 

    7/10

    Cast:

    Julianne Moore as Gloria Steinem

    Alicia Vikander as Gloria Steinem (ages 20–40)

    Lulu Wilson as Teen Gloria Steinem

    Ryan Keira Armstrong as Young Gloria Steinem

    Bette Midler as Bella Abzug

    Janelle Monáe as Dorothy Pitman Hughes

    Timothy Hutton as Leo Steinem

    Lorraine Toussaint as Florynce Kennedy

    Co-Written & Directed by Julie Taymor; Co-Written by Sarah Ruhl

    Click here to rent or purchase The Glorias!

    The Glorias Review:

    In her 60-plus years in the American feminist movement, Gloria Steinem has been a shining light for millions of people both in the country and around the globe, establishing herself as an icon whose story would be a moving tale to see brought to life on the big screen and while Julie Taymor and Sarah Ruhl give it their all alongside their star-studded cast, The Glorias can’t quite live up to its central subject’s legacy.

    Based on Steinem’s own memoir My Life on the Road, The Glorias (Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, Lulu Wilson, Ryan Keira Armstrong) traces Steinem’s influential journey to prominence—from her time in India as a young woman, to the founding of Ms. magazine in New York, to her role in the rise of the women’s rights movement in the 1960s, to the historic 1977 National Women’s Conference and beyond. The film includes a number of iconic women who made profound contributions to the women’s movement, including Dorothy Pitman Hughes (Janelle Monáe), Flo Kennedy (Lorraine Toussaint), Bella Abzug (Bette Midler), Dolores Huerta (Monica Sanchez) and Wilma Mankiller (Kimberly Guerrero).

    The concept of having multiple actors play one role at various stages in a life is very routine for the biopic genre, but the concept of having these various performers and iterations interact with one another is actually a brilliant and fresh experience more films should experiment with. Dexter Fletcher’s Rocketman — wrongfully ignored by the Academy — toyed with the concept in moments as the older and younger versions of Elton John conversated and even sang with one another, but The Glorias finds a way to take it a step further and have these interactions establish the story at its various points in a breathtaking fashion.

    Part of the film’s issue is, however, exploring the many interesting areas of her life, both before and after the start of her involvement in the feminist movement. In choosing to jump back and forth in her lifeline rather than starting at the beginning and closing at the end, there may be some nice connections in thematics for the the story, but it also establishes some of the film’s uneven pacing and tone. Running at nearly two-and-a-half hours, Taymor and Ruhl give the film plenty of time to explore the various facets of Steinem’s life, from her constant moving as a childhood to her time in India in her 20s and co-founding of Ms. magazine, but the pacing in the film can’t ever keep the stride it gets.

    It’ll begin to gain speed as she reaches some of the more milestone moments in her life and they’re told in plenty stylish fashion, albeit some shoddy CGI, but as it tries to weave together the thread of the next chapter in her life, it quickly loses that steam and becomes a bit of a slog to get through. A slower-paced biopic isn’t inherently a bad thing, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln offering a good example, but given the film continually sways between a quicker pace and a crawl, it becomes a bit of a disappointment.

    To assemble the brilliant roster of just Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, Lulu Wilson and Ryan Keira Armstrong is already a feat within itself, and the filmmakers know not to keep these strong actresses apart and to let them play off of each other that proves endlessly compelling. While the older iteration of Steinem may not deliver very life-changing revelations to her younger selves, the words of advice feel authentic as she reflects on her storied past.

    Along with the central four, the supporting cast all mostly deliver strong performances in their roles, with Lorraine Toussaint delivering some well-executed levity as Florynce Kennedy and Monáe tapping into her real-life powerful persona for Dorothy Pitman Hughes, though Bette Midler’s Bella Abzug is more of an acquired taste that proves uninteresting to watch in moments.

    Overall, the story structure and runtime may work against the film in parts, but thanks to a stellar roster of performances, some stylish direction from Taymor and a unique take on the biopic formula, The Glorias is a plenty moving and fairly interesting effort that honors the life of its incredible central subject.

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