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Everything You Wanted to Know About Magic Mike XXL in 1 Large Chart

Here's how Channing Tatum's latest romp compares to the original

Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL don’t have much in common. The 2012 Steven Soderbergh film explored the dark underbelly of a male stripping world, filled with drug overdoses, violence and corruption.

The sequel, bachelorette parties will be delighted to hear, ditches the dreary indictment of the American dream. As the posters with “Come Again” printed strategically over Channing Tatum’s crotch suggest, the movie is a sexy romp.

Both movies, however, share an important element: plenty of skin. TIME watched all 306 minutes of the two movies back-to-back to see just how the two films measure up.

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These Shows Helped Shape America’s Attitudes About Gay Relationships

From The Ellen DeGeneres Show to Modern Family

On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage would become legal nationwide. Though many factors have contributed to the increasing acceptance of gay marriage, including an endorsement from President Barack Obama, some Americans’ minds may, too, have been changed by the increasing presence of gay couples in popular culture.

According to a 2012 Hollywood Reporter poll, 27% of people who had changed their minds about gay marriage from anti- to pro- in the last decade said that they made their decision after watching gay characters on shows like Modern Family and Glee.

Over the decades, TV shows have brought gay couples into viewers homes and humanized their struggle for equality. Here are some of the shows that made a difference.

  • Soap

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    Billy Crystal played the first openly gay character on TV in Soap when audiences met Jodie Dallas in 1977. Though advocates initially worried that the character played into negative stereotypes—dressing like a woman and alluding to suicidal thoughts—Crystal eventually won fans over with a emotional (if imperfect) portrayal.

  • Roseanne

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    Roseanne featured both one of TV’s first same-sex kisses (in 1994) and one of its first same-sex marriage ceremonies between Roseanne’s boss Leon and his partner Fred. When advertisers threatened to pull out from the show, the actress said she would move her popular sitcom to another network.

  • The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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    Ellen DeGeneres made history when she came out on her sitcom Ellen and on the cover of TIME Magazine in 1997. “Now, I feel completely comfortable with myself, and I don’t have to be fearful about something damaging my career if it gets out, because now I’m in control of it — sort of,” she said in the interview.

  • Friends

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    In a show full of straight couples, Carol and Susan (Jane Sibbett and Jessica Hect) broke ground. Though Ross’ jealousy of his ex-wife Carol’s new partner, Susan, bordered on homophobic, the character redeemed himself when he walked his lesbian ex-wife down the aisle after her disapproving parents bailed on the wedding.

  • Will & Grace

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    Will & Grace was the first show featuring two gay characters (Will Truman played by Eric McCormack and Jack MacFarland played by Sean Hayes) to become a bonafide hit. Vice President Joe Biden has cited the show for educating America about gay rights.

  • Queer As Folk

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    First a BBC show and then a Showtime production, Queer as Folk became a cultural milestone in the U.K. and America for bringing the same nuance to the sexual and emotional lives of gay people that had long been depicted in straight dramas.

  • The L Word

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    The L Word was the first show to feature an ensemble of gay women. Though it had its problems (the cast was very beautiful, very thin and mostly white), it’s had a lasting legacy, as the show explored different sexual identities and addressed sexual fluidity in a way never seen on TV before.

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) cast a spell over fans on Buffy. Viewers of the popular genre show were able to follow the budding relationship grow over the course of many seasons, a rare opportunity on TV.

  • Six Feet Under

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    David (Michael C. Hall) and Keith (Mathew St. Patrick) will be remembered for their stable and supportive relationship. Just like straight couples on TV, David and Keith had their ups and downs, but they were truly in love and became one of the first gay families (and one of the first interracial gay families) represented on TV when they married and adopted a child.

  • Brothers & Sisters

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    The ABC drama not only handed over screen time to one of TV’s longest-running same-sex couples, Scotty and Kevin (Luke Macfarlane and Matthew Rhys), but also explored the difficulties gay couples can face in trying to adopt when their relationship isn’t fully recognized.

  • Grey’s Anatomy

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    The Shonda Rhimes show has featured many same-sex couples over the course of its 11 seasons. (Other shows she produces like Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder have also taken on issues of gay marriage and shown gay sex scenes—a rare feat on network television.) But the most memorable relationship has been that of Callie and Arizona (Sara Ramirez and Jessica Capshaw) who married and are currently raising a child together.

  • Modern Family

    Mitch and Cam from ABC's Modern Family.
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    Mitch and Cam (Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet) are arguably the most popular gay couple in the history of television. Modern Family continues to have great ratings and has won an impressive 21 Emmys. Though critics have pointed out that the couple doesn’t seem nearly as affectionate as their straight counterparts, Phil and Claire, Mitch and Cam’s relationship and eventual marriage showed the American public the similarities between straight and gay couples and advocated for equal protection under the law.

  • Glee

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    While some high school shows might dedicate an episode or two to sexual identity, Glee was one of the first to take the topic head-on with its introduction of Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer). Kurt eventually met Blaine (Darren Criss) and was permitted to have the same high school sweetheart romance—including losing their virginity to each other—so often celebrated with straight couples in pop culture.

  • Orange Is the New Black

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    The female prisoners on Netflix’s show Orange Is the New Black represent a wide range of the sexuality spectrum, as the show has never shied away from presenting gay, bisexual and straight relationships and colorful sexual encounters.

  • Looking


    Fans mourned after the HBO show was canceled after just two seasons. The dramedy about a group of gay friends living in San Francisco earned critical admiration for its realistic portrayal of modern gay life, especially as it came into its own in the second season. The show will get a wrap-up movie on the premium cable channel.

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Emilia Clarke: I Think There’s a ’50/50 Chance’ Jon Snow Will Return to Game of Thrones

"There’s some very helpful people there who could bring him on back to life."

Spoilers for the season five finale of Game of Thrones ahead

Emilia Clarke says she, like Jon Snow, knows nothing. But the actress who plays Daenerys Targaryen believes there’s a chance Kit Harington’s character will return to Game of Thrones.

“Seriously, I can with all honesty say that I have no idea what’s happening,” Clarke told MTV, explaining that she is a terrible liar and could never be trusted with such a big secret. She says she was just as surprised as fans were when Jon Snow was killed in the final minutes of season five. She even cried when she read the script.

Pushed to name the odds of Jon Snow returning, she said, “If I had to bet, I’d say there’s like a 50/50 chance. There’s some very helpful people there who could bring him on back to life.”

Fans share Clarke’s skepticism and posited a number of theories about how the commander of the Night’s Watch could return.

Harington has insisted in interviews that he is done with the show, and the showrunners have said “dead is dead.” But George R.R. Martin, who wrote the A Song of Ice and Fire series upon which the HBO drama is based, was more coy about a potential Jon Snow return. (The character was also killed in the books.) “If there’s one thing we know in A Song of Ice and Fire, it’s that death is not necessarily permanent,” he said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.


Read Next: Here Are All the Jon Snow Conspiracy Theories


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Arrest Warrant Issued in Detroit for Street Artist Shepard Fairey

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Jason LaVeris—FilmMagic Shepard Fairey attends the 2015 MOCA Gala at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA on May 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

He's best known for the widely popular "Hope" poster during Obama's 2008 campaign

Authorities in Detroit issued an arrest warrant for famous street artist Shepard Fairey last week based on felony charges for tagging properties around the city.

He had been commissioned to create the city’s largest mural in May, the Detroit Free Press reports, and also worked with the Library Street Collective to complete multiple art projects and installations across Detroit. While in town, Fairey admitted, he planned to do other work without permission. After he left, police began to investigate a series of nine paintings with Fairey’s signature Andre the Giant picture.

Fairey, who created the widely popular “Hope” poster of Barack Obama during his successful 2008 campaign for the White House, is accused of pasting at least nine large posters and tagging several more locations, resulting in damages of about $9,100. The artist is faced with two accounts of malicious destruction of property, which have a maximum prison term of five years, and fines of possibly more than $10,000.

Police say they will arrest Fairey the next time he returns to Detroit, if he does not turn himself in. “Just because he is a well-known artist, does not take away the fact that he is also a vandal,” Police Sergeant Rebecca McKay, who oversees Detroit’s graffiti task force, said. “And that’s what we consider was done in these instances, was vandalism.”

[Detroit Free Press]

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Emma Watson to Star With Tom Hanks in The Circle

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Mark Sagliocco—Getty Images Actress Emma Watson attends the 2015 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Jazz Hall at Lincoln Center on April 21, 2015 in New York City. (

The movie adaptation of Dave Eggers' book explores the dangers of technology and social media

Emma Watson is about to become a tech wizard.

Variety reports the actress is set to star opposite Tom Hanks in the film adaptation of Dave Eggers’ New York Times bestseller The Circle.

The novel follows a young woman named Mae (Watson) who lands a job at a massive tech company called The Circle (think: the power of Google, the influence of Facebook and the machinations of Hooli). It takes a dark turn when Mae meets a mysterious older man (Hanks) and begins to reckon with the deterioration of privacy in a world full of surveillance technology and linked with social media networks.

The Circle was the first fictional work by Eggers, best known for his memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) will adapt the novel.


Read next: Her vs. The Circle: The Dangers of Trying to Remain Plugged In


Vin Diesel Dedicates Fast & Furious Ride to Paul Walker

"This one’s for you Pablo"

Even as the Fast & Furious franchise surges on—with a theme park ride at Universal Studios Hollywood and an eighth installment set for 2017—star Vin Diesel continues to pump the breaks to honor his friend Paul Walker, who died in a car crash in late 2013.

At its opening in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Diesel dedicated the new Fast & Furious — Supercharged 3D car ride to his co-star. “This one’s for you Pablo,” the actor said, invoking the nickname he has often used for Walker.

Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Jason Statham, who all starred in the Furious 7, joined Diesel in welcoming fans.

TIME Internet

Blake Griffin Really Enjoyed His Bizarre Uber Ride

The driver warmed up a sandwich on the dashboard

Apparently being an NBA All-Star doesn’t preclude you from encountering some seriously odd behavior during an Uber ride. Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin tweeted on Wednesday that his driver offered him a sandwich from the glove compartment:

The real detail that Griffin left out was the type of sandwich, which obviously could make or break the whole experience. Luckily, a writer from Fox Sports followed up:

Maybe he’ll thank the Uber driver by jumping over his car in the next dunk contest.

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Kevin Love Opts Out of Contract With Cavaliers

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Charles Krupa—AP In this April 23, 2105, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) looks to pass during the first quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston.

The team will reportedly try to resign the forward, though they may not keep him

Following the Cavaliers’ loss to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, three-time All-Star Kevin Love is opting out of his contract with Cleveland.

ESPN reports the Cavaliers will try to resign the forward, who sat out of the majority of the playoffs after suffering a shoulder injury in the first round. It’s unclear whether the team would keep Love or engineer a sign-and-trade for him. The Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Portland Trailblazers may also attempt to sign Love.

Love joins a host of other high-profile free agents this summer, including Marc Gasol, Kawhai Leonard, LeMarcus Aldridge and Jimmy Butler. If he signs a long-term contract, either with the Cavaliers or another team, he’ll miss out on the salary cap raise of at least 30% expected to come in the summer of 2016.

LeBron James also has the option to become a free agent this year, but it’s unlikely he will do so until next year, when he can take advantage of the raised salary cap. It’s doubtful that James will actually leave Cleveland—even if he does eventually opt out—after his triumphant return last summer, during which he promised the city a championship.


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Amanda Peet Defends Treatment of Women on Game of Thrones

The actress says her husband David Benioff's show has "some of the greatest female characters that are on television"

Many fans (including this one) turned on Game of Thrones this season, complaining that the show had gone too far in its misogyny. The rape and abuse of women (not to mention the unnecessary nudity) had some high profile watchers like Sen. Claire McCaskill tuning out after five seasons.

But actress Amanda Peet, who is married to Game of Thrones co-creator and showrunner David Benioff, is defending the drama. She says critics of the series, which is based on George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire books, should instead focus on the strength of the characters.

“I think it’s really misplaced. They write some of the greatest female characters that are on television,” Peet told the Wrap. “It’s a misogynist world, this world that George R. R. Martin created, but we have to experience it without thinking that people are condoning this.”

MORE: Game of Thrones’ Woman Problem Is About More Than Sexual Assault

She went on to say that the powerful women on Game of Thrones actually have an impact on the plot—which Peet argues can’t be said of many of other shows.

“It’s much more insidious to have middling, ancillary female roles where the women are not part of the plot — where they don’t advance anything,” she said. “Wife roles, girlfriend roles, there are very few of those in Game of Thrones. If someone takes their clothes off and it’s a massive part of the plot? So be it.”

Peet currently stars in another HBO show called Togetherness, which is trying to combat the sexualization of women in media in its own way. The show’s creators, brothers Jay and Mark Duplass, deploy a rule they call “balls equality“: “For every boob that shows up, there should be a testicle to go with it.”

Read more: How TV Sex Got Real

[The Wrap]

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See the First Photo From Independence Day Resurgence

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Almost two decades later, we get our first glimpse of the sequel

Fox has officially named the Independence Day sequel Independence Day Resurgence and released the first photos from the set.

Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth and Vivica A. Fox have all been cast in the sequel to the 1996 blockbuster, though star Will Smith will not return. It is set to be released in 2016, nearly 20 years after the original broke box office records for the biggest opening of all time. (The Lost World: Jurassic Park broke that record one year later, extra incentive for Independence Day Resurgence to try to steal Jurassic World‘s new box office milestone.)

The first image is of a “Moon Tug,” a forklift Liam Hemsworth’s character operates on the moon.

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