September 7th, 2011
03:52 PM ET
Doling out casting news by the spoonful has become a movie promotion mainstay - for a good stretch this summer, not a day seemed to go by without someone else being added to "The Hunger Games" – but "Magic Mike" is a little different.
At first, the announcement that Channing Tatum was set to star in a male stripper movie based on his experience working at a Tampa club was met with plenty of smirks and sarcasm (or was that just us?). Better yet, it was to be directed by Steven Soderbergh and would also star Alex Pettyfer as the younger stripper who looks up to Tatum's character as a mentor.
But then little bits of casting news were revealed, well timed and always managing to top what came before it. Talk about a tease.
By the time they announced that the line-up consisted of Tatum, Pettyfer, Matt Bomer and oft-shirtless Matthew McConaughey with "True Blood's" Joe Manganiello in final talks to play "Big Dick Richie" - all of whom get to work in a place called "Xquisite" - the PR for this film went from ludicrous to ludicrously entertaining.
And it's only getting better: According to the Hollywood Reporter, "Bridesmaids" star Wendi McLendon-Covey is the latest addition to the flick that we hope, at the very least, will rival "Showgirls" in the stripper movie hall of fame.
We don't know what role she's playing just yet, but she sounds pleased with it. Well, at least as pleased as she is with her new vacuum. No, really.
"Thanks so much to all of you for the kind words about this whole MAGIC MIKE thing," the actress posted on her Facebook page. "But I have to tell you that the biggest blessing so far this year has been the purchase of our Dyson Vacuum Cleaner this past Sunday. I'm not kidding – it really is an exceptional machine. Happy Wednesday!"
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