Singer Leann Rimes joins the Gay Men's Chorus of L.A.'s performance at Beverly Hills' Saban Theatre on June 23. The next day brings a beef-tacular event on June 24, when Downtown's L.A. Live hosts the premiere of Magic Mike
. Based on the early career of actor Channing Tatum, who also stars, the event will hopefully offer live appearances by fellow cast members including White Collar
's Matt Bomer, True Blood
's Joe Manganiello, CSI Miami
's Adam Rodriguez, Beastly
star Alex Pettyfer and Matthew McConaughey. In non-male stripper roles there is Queer As Folk
alum Michelle Clunie, comedian Gabriel Iglesias and Elvis Presley's granddaughter, Riley Keough. The film, unlike its lead stars, opens wide on June 29.
Someone who should be a stripper—Mark Wahlberg—is expected at the June 21 Grauman's Chinese Theatre premiere of his new comedy film Ted
. Family Guy
Seth MacFarlane voices the character of Mark's real living teddy bear, which came to life through a childhood wish. Now an adult with a girlfriend, Mark's character finds the fratboy personality of the plush toy is becoming a problem. Other cast members who may appear at the premiere are Black Swan
vet Mila Kunis, V
star Laura Vandervoort, Avatar
's Giovanni Ribisi and Community
's Joel McHale.
If you are a Muppet fan or just a fan of improvisational comedy, do not miss
the two shows of Henson Alternative's Stuffed and Unstrung
, formerly known as Puppet Up
at the Largo at the Coronet on June 25. Following the wake of sold-out shows in New York and Chicago, the show features about a half-dozen puppeteers who, with the help of co-creator comedian Patrick Bristow, take audience suggestions for comedy skits while using over 40 different Henson puppets. Their most recent show had me in hysterics throughout. One skit, about a gay son who returns home as a zombie, had the mother notice him on her lawn with other members of the living dead. The skit ended with her genius line of, "Oh darn, leave it to gay zombies to organize."
On the subject of horror, one week after MTV debuts the spin-off reality series Snooki and JWoww
, TLC brings the new Tori Spelling reality show called Craft Wars
on June 26. WOWW, Halloween came early this year! On the following night, MTV airs the latest version of The Real World
, this one set in the island of St. Thomas. Is that the one named after Marlo?
Comic book and Spider-Man fans will be lining up around the Regency Village Theater in Westwood Village on June 28 for the premiere of The Amazing Spider-Man. While there are no gay characters in the film, you can't get more gay than running around in tights and shooting white sticky stuff when you bend your wrist.
The brooding and beautiful star of Gus Van Sant's Elephant, John Robinson, joins Lou Taylor Pucci and Jeffrey vet Steven Weber in the independent The Movie, about a young man's experiences in L.A. Robinson will be seen with Lord of the Rings icon Sean Astin and Twilight's Michael Welch in the military thriller The Boys of Abu Graib. The story follows a solider at the notorious Iraqi prison who befriends an Iraqi detainee.
A beauty of another kind is actor Matt Barr, who many fell in love with from his not-frequent-enough shirtless scenes in the recent miniseries Hatfields and McCoys
. Barr is both star and executive producer for a planned film version of the Jim Dent book 12 Mighty Orphans