Hot Summer Flicks: Rock of Ages, Magic Mike, and More

'Magic Mike' Photo: Glen Wilson

If you’re one of the devoted fans shedding tears with the conclusion of the current “Mad Men” season or the sinking of “Battleship” at the box office, don’t worry because there’s plenty of steamy drama coming this summer.

At the Cinema

Loose Cannons (Available on Xfinity Video on Demand and iTunes)

Nothing impresses a date more than a sophisticated foreign film and you can enjoy this one from the comfort of your own home.  “Loose Cannons” (“Mine vaganti”), a film by Ferzan Ozpotek, shows that coming out can be just as traumatic—and dramatic—for Italian families as in this country. Young college graduate Tommaso (Riccardo Scamarcio) comes home to Southern Italy to tell his family he will be pursuing a career as a writer and not in the family pasta business….oh, and he’s gay, too. The shocker comes when older brother Antonio (Alessandro Preziosi) beats him to the punch and sends dad to the hospital with a heart attack.

Rock of Ages (Opens nationwide on June 15)

You may only dream of sleeping with Tom Cruise, but chances are pretty good you turned a trick with one of the hundreds of local extras who filmed this ‘80s rock anthem, filmed last year in Miami and Broward. Adam Shankman (“Hairspray”) adapted the hit Broadway show for the big screen. The music of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner and more will be performed in this sweet story about the Hollywood dream, featuring Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Russell Brand and “Dancing with the Stars” hoofer Julianne Hough.

Magic Mike (Opening nationwide on June 29)

A dramatic comedy set in the steamy world of male strippers, “Magic Mike” is based on the real life experiences of actor Channing Tatum, who got his start swinging on a bronze pole for hordes of horny women. Mike (Tatum) takes a young dancer called The Kid (Alex Pettyfer) under his wing and schools him in the finer arts of partying, romancing the ladies and making a quick buck. Look for appearances by our favorite “out” TV actor Matt Bomer (“White Collar”) and the always ripped Matthew McConaughey. We have a feeling the boys and girls will be both hollering for these studs to take it off at the local multiplex!

On TV

Dallas (Premieres June 13 on TNT)

When the tired original series was finally put out to pasture in 1991, John Ross and Christopher Ewing were just little boys. Well, they’ve grown up and they’re sexier than Larry Hagman or Patrick Duffy could ever have been, even in their prime. The story heats up quickly as John Ross (Josh Henderson) and Christopher (Jesse Metcalf) squabble about the usual storylines—oil, cattle and women. Hagman and Duffy are back, along with Linda Gray (Sue Ellen), Charlene Tilton (Lucy) and Ken Kercheval (Cliff).

Falling Skies (Premieres June 17 on TNT)

LGBT science fiction fans—and there are plenty of us—have been looking forward to the next chapter in the story of an alien invasion of Earth that leaves civilization devastated, except for the brave resistance fighters of the Massachusetts 2nd Militia. Hunky Noah Wylie has really matured—and beefed up, too— since leaving “ER” and leads the brave men and women, using his knowledge of history to inspire the troops. He’s definitely come a long way from the silly “Librarian” series.

Bistol Palin: Life’s a Tripp (Premieres June 19 on Lifetime)

Like it or not, Lifetime basically exploits gay men with incessant reruns of “Will & Grace” and trashy made-for-TV movies about exploited women. But, it’s the audience that is likely to be the victim in the latest scheme by the washed-up politician’s daughter to cash in on mommy’s fame and fringe followers.  The only way to avoid this train wreck is to book her on “Survivor” and get her permanently voted off the island.


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