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If we didn’t know any better we just might think Channing Tatum did some research in a few Atlanta male strip clubs before reprising his role in Magic Mike XXL.

From a provocative performance to Jodeci’s “I Wanna Freak You,” to a routine (with Stephen tWitch Boss) to Bando Jonez’ “Sex Me,” Tatum’s got some seriously sexy moves that could rival the guys from Chocolate City, and earn him the stage name “White Chocolate.”

But according to Tatum, that was exactly the goal. HipHollywood caught up with him, as well as as the choreographers of the film, to find out about his new and improved magic moves.

“In the first movie we were a little tethered to reality,” explained Tatum. “This world isn’t all that creative with dances and stuff, you’re kinda stuck doing the fireman routine and things. But with this one I really wanted to break that mold, and see what we could come up with.”

And he definitely did according to Allison Faulkner one of of the choreographers on the film. “I was like Jen, did Channing get hotter, and she was like he did, I don’t know, maybe because now he’s a daddy, I don’t know. We all were like you got hotter, he was like I did, cool.”

“He did a lot of free-styling and coming up with ideas as far as choreography,” added assistant choreographer Luke Broadlick. “He was really committed.”

But Channing wasn’t the only one. So You Think You Can Dance alum Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss, Joe Manganiello, Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash and Matt Bomer, also show off some killer moves.

Check out the video above for our chat with the rest of the cast, and be sure to catch Magic Mike XXL, in theaters July 1.


Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice



Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.

It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.

So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.

“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”

Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”

And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.

For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”

Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.

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