Some girlfriends of mine (and my Mom) were very excited to see the new Channing Tatum film that revolved around male strippers.  These dolls couldn’t wait to see all the hot bodies teased in the movie trailers.  I have to admit, if my friends hadn’t wrangled me to the theatre I most likely would have skipped this flick.

Upon entering the theatre, it looked fairly empty for about five minutes.  At that moment, droves women in packs began to take their seats hooping and hollering the whole time.  If anything else, I thought I would be entertained by the moviegoers.

As it turned out, I was surprisingly entertained and let’s just say the six-pack abs, hot dance moves and screaming women in the theatre (my friends included) certainly helped.

Based on the real-life adventures of Channing Tatum as a once-upon-a-time male stripper, we follow his character Mike on a journey that follows him yearning to start a legitimate business as a furniture designer and packing away the cash for that dream as a male stripper.  Matthew McConaughey is hilariously, slimy as the strip joint owner and castmates Adam Rodriguiz, Matt Bomer, Alex Pettyfer and Joe Manganiello make all women wished it “rained men” on a 24-hour basis.

“Magic Mike” and the hype it provoked reminded me of a little film that made Jennifer Beals a star…”Flashdance”.  The dance numbers were perfectly costumed to make it look as if we were watching a Broadway caliber male strip show.  Ironically enough, “Magic Mike” is slated to open on Broadway in summer 2013 with its star and director Steven Soderbergh on board along with screenwriter Reid Carolin and producers Gregory Jacobs and Nick Wechsler.  Few details about the production have been released other than Reid Carolin will write the book and that there will most likely be half-naked, hot, men with six-pack abs.

Get those dollar bills ready ladies…can you say “The Full Monty”…well, almost.

Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!