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

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Magic Mike
Claudette Barius

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.

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‘Magic Mike’ trailer: ‘I’m just trying to figure out, why stripping?’ — Um, why NOT?

‘To Rome With Love’ trailer: Neurosis, Italian style