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Joe Manganiello ( Magic Mike, True Blood, Sabotage ) steps behind the camera for LA BARE, a documentary film that goes behind the curtain, behind the stage and behind the magic of the world’s most popular male strip club – La Bare Dallas. Featuring a unique ensemble of the club’s most popular dancers, LA BARE takes a provocative look into their Rock ‘n’ Roll lifestyle and offers a front row seat to their lives, loves, laughs and losses. Available Now on iTunes and Video On Demand.

Joe Manganiello On Larry King Now
Joe Manganiello on Larry King Now

Joe Manganiello recently sat down with Larry King on his Emmy nominated series “Larry King Now” to discuss his directorial debut “La Bare” showcasing the world of male exotic dancing, the end of “True Blood”, what very personal item he took with him from set and his special new romance with Sofia Vergara. Joe was also recently named People Magazine’s ‘Hollywood’s Hottest Bachelor’.

The ‘Bachelor’ told Larry that he felt “True Blood” “opened up a whole world for me” and discussed how special it was and also responded to how flattering the fans reactions were to Alcide’s death. “I’m kind of taken aback. I hope nobody does anything too drastic. I mean, getting drunk and howling at the moon, I’m all for. He was a big hearted character. I love those characters and I look for those characters.” He also discussed ‘Magic Mike’, the upcoming sequel and his take on Channing Tatum’s success.

The news of his relationship with Emmy winner Sofia Vergara has been swirling around town. “She became single and I knew I had a very small window of opportunity and I wasn’t going to let it go and I just went after it.”

Joe Manganiello wrapped up his interview by answering social media questions from some of his biggest fans including what he was going to do if he weren’t an actor, spoiler: he wanted to be a man in uniform.


Joe Manganiello and the Men of La Bare
Joe Manganiello & La Bare’s Men Play Never Have I Ever

Actor/ Director Joe Manganiello’s well-received male stripper documentary La Bare is now available through Video On Demand and iTunes. To celebrate, we asked Manganiello and some of the men of La Bare — Cesar, Channing, and JD—to play a game of Never Have I Ever. Watch the video below and read a full transcript to find out about wardrobe malfunctions, unusual injuries, and big tips (money, people, MONEY).

Never Have I Ever… had a wardrobe malfunction.
JD: We did “Open Arms,” where you’re supposed to wear a towel with underwear on under it, and you act like you’re showing the girl everything where the crowd can’t see it. And, uh, I forgot to wear the underwear under the towel, so…
Channing: I do “Raining Men” at the club. The knee slide part—as soon as I lift my leg, my entire pants just tore apart. All I had was just my underwear on by the end of it. My pants were just gone.
Cesar: I did a move, the top ripped off [of my tear-away pants], and one of the ladies onstage said, “You know what, I’m cool with this,” and grabbed them and just ripped them the rest of the way off me—almost knocking me offstage while she did it.
Joe: When I was shooting Sabotage, I put on about 20 lbs. I kept splitting, like just blowing the crotches out of all of my jeans in the movie. So the whole joke on set was that every time he killed somebody, he got an erection. So I’d shoot somebody and [mimics], pants would rip open.

Never Have I Ever…injured myself while dancing.
JD: I have a broken foot. I was humpin’ the ceiling, which seemed like a really good idea at the time. So when I jumped down, apparently it was too high up to just free fall and [I] snapped my foot in half. It was a good time. I finished the set. I went another 10 minutes. I made $72.

Never Have I Ever…been tipped over $100 by one woman.
[Cesar, Channing, and JD all raise their hands.]

[Cesar, Channing, and JD all raise their hands.] Joe: I’m in the wrong profession.

[Cesar and JD raise their hands.] Channing: Yeah, I’m out on that one.

[Cesar and JD raise their hands.] Joe: $3,000?
JD: $2,500 check.
Joe: $2,500. [Points to Cesar] Cesar: Six, seven thousand dollar motorcycle.

The video ends, but we need more on that…
Cesar: It was a friend of mine. She’s come to visit me probably going on about a year and a half now. We’ve progressed and become really good friends. And for my birthday this past year, she was like, “What do you want?” I’m really horrible about saying that. She’s like, “Just give me a list.” I was like, “Alright.” So I came up with seven things—including a bike, a gun, some shoes, a full range of stuff. “Well, I’m gonna get you the bike.” I was like, sure. I’ve heard this before. “Yeah, no worries. That’s great. Anything from you will make me happy.” So my birthday came around, she didn’t get me the bike. I was like, “No worries. I really wasn’t expecting it.” And then she showed up on a Sunday, a slow night, came up onstage, and she didn’t have any money, which is unlike her, because she normally makes it rain on me. She’s holding a piece of paper. She’s like, “Here you go. Don’t put it in your underwear, you’re gonna mess it up.” I open it up and look, and it’s the title of the bike. The following Wednesday, she comes up to my stage, makes it rain, and she’s like, “When you’re done onstage. Get dressed.”
Joe: And she gave you money on top of this?
Cesar: Yes. I got dressed, and she’s like, “Hey, come help me with my car real quick.” I walk outside, and sure enough, there it is sitting in front of La Bare.
Joe: I see a commercial for, like, Kawasaki in this. The bow on it…
Cesar: I might have to contact them and be like, “Hey, I got an advertisement planned for ya.”

Any other injuries to report?
Cesar: I have a giant pink scar on my shoulder from doing fire. If I don’t have enough time to hit certain cues, I end up spinning them kinda early and they’re a little oversaturated. I was spinning them, fire goes spittin’ a couple places. I go, “Cool. I’m nowhere near the curtains.” Somehow, I end up doing a move, and I guess I got some fuel on my shoulder. So my shoulder started to burn, and I’m like, “Alright, it will go out in about a second.” And it doesn’t go out, so I turn so the crowd doesn’t see me, but then I’m like, I really can’t stop spinning these things right now. It burned for about eight, 10 seconds, until finally it went out. It looks a little pink, but I think I’m good. I finish my routine and go out to the crowd and start dancing, and they’re like, “What stinks?”
Joe: He’s caught the Mohawk on fire, too.
Cesar: I’ve caught the Mohawk on fire twice.
Channing: My [injuries] have ended in blood. During “Raining Men,” when I went to lift the umbrella, it snapped and sliced through my hand, and I ended up bleeding all down my arm from it. And I’ve fallen off stage so many times and twisted everything at some point, just doing something stupid, and I end up laying on the floor in front of people. … Joe missed all the injuries.
Joe: But we did [film] amateur night, with the cartwheels and [one contestant’s] little cocktail weiner making an appearance.
JD: It’s not really a full weiner, it’s just a wee.
Joe: So we got all the mishaps for sure. … There’s so much great stuff that we could have cut three movies out of the footage that we had.

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Joe Manganiello on La Bare Film, Dating ‘Celebrity Crush Sofia Vergara
Ryan Seacrest Talks La Bare with Joe Manganiello
On Air with Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest interviews Joe Mangniello about the the release of  the La Bare Film on iTunes and Video On Demand.

Joe Manganiello was thrown into the world of male stripping when he played the role of an exotic dancer in 2012′s Magic Mike. During the time he spent researching his character, the actor uncovered a misunderstood profession that he wants to bring center stage.

The director-actor phoned in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest on Thursday to discuss his documentary La Bare, which provides an unscripted look at the world’s most popular strip club in Dallas, Texas.

“There’s so many misperceptions and misunderstandings about it, I think there’s a tendency to dismiss these guys,” says Joe, who will reprise his male stripper role for 2015′s Magic Mike XXL. “There’s a real opportunity — because of this club and because of these particular guys at this specific club La Bare in Dallas — to tell some really wild and eye-opening stories and really shine a light and do it in a really entertaining way.”

The male-stripping culture, according to the True Blood actor, is preconceived due to society’s negative notion on female strippers, who assumably come from “bad family background” and, or “some sort of trouble.” The 37-year-old’s eight-day, self-funded project strips down these premises and uncovers the irony beneath the bad-boy veneer.

“These guys come from like really good Bible-belt families. A lot of them were ex-athletes. They’re all across the board 100 percent straight. They’re all straight, which I think is a common misperception for people for whatever reason,” says Joe. “They treat women well, which I think is another one I think people are surprised about. There’s a tendency to think these guys are players, are jerks to women, are taking advantage of women, but they’re not.”
The Pittsburg native, however, has a different method of winning over women. Joe, who was dubbed People‘s Hottest Bachelor, began dating now-girlfriend Sofia Vergara Modern Family after telling the magazine she was his celebrity crush.

“When the magazine came out — by that time — we were seeing each other and when I got the magazine and opened it up and read it, I forgot I said that,” he tells Ryan and Ellen K. “She was laughing at me. She thought that I was crazy for having said that out loud or said it in the magazine, but you know, I guess it worked.”

La Bare is available for Pre-Order now and is Scheduled to drop via iTunes on Tuesday, August 19



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La Bare Contest Giveaway

Joe Manganiello is having a contest and giving you the chance to win a one of a kind La Bare movie poster signed by Joe and Nick Manganiello along with the entire cast of the movie. The giveaway is quite simple, all you have to do is Pre-order La Bare on iTunes and email your verification to (which will automatically sign you up for the 3:59 Inc. newsletter). One lucky contestant will be chosen at random to own this collectible piece of La Bare/3:59 Inc. history. All contest entries must be submitted before 3:59 PM, August 18th for your chance to win.

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Joe Manganiello Teaching Conan O'Brien The Body Roll Stripper Move
Joe Manganiello Teaches Stripper Moves to Conan

Joe Manganiello – star of HBO’s True Blood and the much beloved feature film Magic Mike – stopped by Conan last night to talk on his directorial debut La Bare, the new acclaimed documentary about the men of the famed Dallas male revue.

The “Magic Mike” actor and O’Brien got to talking about Manganiello’s racy alter ego, Big Dick Richie, in the 2012 film. Then, the comedian pondered what his stage name should be. “I could see if you had the wrong name you wouldn’t make a lot of tips,” said Manganiello, 37.

Joe Manganiello teaches his stripper moves to Conan O’Brien on Tuesday’s show. “I don’t know what I’d be,” O’Brien replied. “You help me, you look at me and what do you see?” “I think ‘Big Red’ could work, like a viking with a helmet and like tearaway armor,” Manganiello answered. “‘I am here to pillage your village.'”

“Is there a move you could show me?” O’Brien then asked Manganiello . “It would be great if you could show me a move.”

The sexy star got up and showed O’Brien what he said was the moneymaking move — the body roll — as the two got down together right on stage.

Manganiello, who’s also a cast member on Showtime’s ‘True Blood,’ is set to reprise his stripper character in  “Magic Mike” sequel “Magic Mike XXL” alongside Channing Tatum.

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Joe Manganiello Appears On The Tonight Show and Talks True Blood and His Death On The Show
Joe Manganiello Talks True Blood Spoiler with Jimmy Fallon

Just a fair warning, if you have not seen last week’s episode of True Blood, you may want to avert your eyes right now. Joe Manganiello gave away a a major spoiler about the ending and you will more than likely kick yourself incredibly hard. As I previously mentioned, for those of you still with us, last week’s all-new episode of True Blood aptly titled “Fire in the Hole,” left many fans either screaming at their televisions, much like I was, or scratching their heads as to why what we just witnessed unfold on the screen actually happened. It is hard to believe that Bon Temps’ resident werewolf Alcide Herveaux is no more. Sorry ladies, but it’s true.

Funny enough, it wasn’t even a vampire or rival werewolf who did the deed.

On Wednesday’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Alcide himself, Joe Manganiello, stopped by the show to discuss the True Blood shocker. Surprisingly enough, he knew in his head at the end of last season that Alcide was going to die in the next season. It would figure that as soon as something finally goes right for Alcide that he bites the big one.

The good news is, just because he won’t be on True Blood anymore doesn’t mean we won’t get a chance to see Manganiello again anytime soon. He currently has six film projects lined up over the course of the next year, one of which is the Magic Mike XXL.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on NBC. True Blood airs on Sunday nights at 9:00 p.m. on HBO.

Why don’t you take a look for yourselves? Here is a look at the clip from The Tonight Show where Joe Manganiello discusses the big scene with Jimmy Fallon.

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Joe Manganiello posing on the cover of People Mazine as the sexiest Bachelor of the Year
Joe Manganiello Is PEOPLE’s Hottest Bachelor!
People Magazine

Joe Manganiello was just named Hollywood’s Hottest Bachelor of the year by People Magazine.

Joe Manganiello knows what he’s looking for in a woman – he just hasn’t found her yet.

“I am part Sicilian,” he tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “I am passionate. I am a hot-blooded person. If you don’t like spicy, then maybe I’m not for you.”

The star, 37, who plays sexy werewolf Alcide on HBO’s True Blood and makes his directorial debut with the new documentary La Bare, opens up about everything from his first crush (Princess Leia!) to his perfect kiss (“like you’re off the planet”) to whether he believes in true love.

“I think the crazy love that you fall into in the beginning turns into ‘like’ and ‘need.’ Chris Rock told me that!” says the Pittsburgh native, who is set to reprise his role as a stripper in the upcoming Magic Mike sequel. “He’s like, ‘Kid, you wanna get married? Listen, there’s love, and you can feel love the first night, but that’s not what it is. It’s, ‘I like you and I need you.’ ”

The Sexiest Bachelor of the Year, Joe Manganiello showing of his body for the camera.

No matter what, he says, “I’m at my best when I have someone to wake up next to.”

As for his favorite part of a woman,”I’m big into smell,” he says. “It’s funny I got cast as a werewolf. There’s something about the smell on that part of a woman’s neck where it meets the jaw, ahhhh! It’s heaven.”

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Joe Manganiello being interviewed for
True Blood’s Star on Cock Socks La Bare & Magic Mike 2

Note to True Blood fans: Don’t read any further if you haven’t seen the latest episode, as there are major spoilers to follow.

According to Joe Manganiello, viewers should have been prepared for a character as prominent as Alcide to bite the dust after Tara died in the season premiere. “Anyone can go at any time,” the actor told Vulture in advance of tonight’s episode. “They killed Tara in the cold open!” Ordinarily, said Manganiello, he would have had trouble keeping his hunky werewolf’s “shocking” death a secret, but promoting his directorial debut, a documentary about male strippers called La Bare, around the same time as his pre-seasonTrue Blood interviews helped him sidestep the topic. “I think people just like to talk about male stripping,” he laughed. Manganiello chatted with Vulture about lobbying for Alcide makeout sessions, impersonating Lafayette, and what’s in store for Magic Mike XXL.

What was it like shooting your death scene?
It was freezing. It was in the 30s, and I had to lie on the ground for long periods of time, and try not to shake or rattle, while I was freezing, because I’m supposed to be dead. The director was like, “Please stop shaking!” And I was like, “I’m trying my hardest right now!” So that was really, really tough to do. I’ve died on other projects before, so that wasn’t a big deal. But I was like, This is the last time I’m going to have to lie down on the ground naked in Malibu in the woods. So that made me happy. I thought, If I get through this, I’ll probably, hopefully, never have to do this again.

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Kristin Bauer Van Straten at one point offered up your cock sock for a charity auction. Did you manage to save any props for yourself as a souvenir before you left the set? Because you were known as the on-set klepto …

(Chuckles.) I kept Fangtasia matchbooks, I took Lou Pine’s coasters, and yeah, I took my sock! I’m not sure where along the process that sock was that Kristin got that got auctioned off, but my endgame sock — the sock that I die in‚ I have. I was only in Fangtasia once or twice, so I knew when I was there, I needed to snag this matchbook. And Lou Pines, same — we were only in there for a couple of episodes in season three and never came back, so I knew I needed to grab everything that I could while I was there. I never knew where I was going to wind up, what storyline I was going to wind up in, or with who, so I needed to make sure I grabbed anything I could as I went along. And this last season, all I could grab was my sock. I wasn’t in it that much, so it was kind of the only thing that I had! (Laughs.) And looking back, I made a conscious choice, with the character being a werewolf and Alcide being a bit of a purist, that he wouldn’t wear a watch. He wouldn’t wear jewelry, no necklaces or anything, because those are things that would have been lost when he would shift, so I never had any props, or anything to take home at the end. That was it! I could have stolen a plain old shirt, but I have a closet full of them. (Chuckles.)

Did you ever have suggestions for Alcide, or did you stay out of the writers’ room?
I come from the theater world, and there really aren’t any conversations that you can have like that in theater — you can’t talk to Tennessee Williams about how you don’t think that scene works! You know? You just do it. So I think that as far as I went, for the first couple of years, no. But as I was on the show longer, it was more of a back-and-forth conversation, as I started to know the character better. I remember there was an instance where I was kind of curious as to how I was supposed to play a scene in which I got beat up, into submission, by a girl who I outweighed by probably 130 pounds. And so there was a conversation about that: What story are we telling here? How am I supposed to play that? And furthermore, the only way that character would be able to defeat me or beat me up is because I let her, which means now I’m playing a game with her, and if I’m playing a game with her, why aren’t we making out? (Laughs.) So that was one of those conversations — and it was changed! We did make out at the end, and I was not beat up. It was the only way it made sense.

You do some killer impressions. Did you ever have occasion to sit in for your fellow True Blood cast mates at the table reads, and read any other character’s lines?
I did, once! I got to play Lafayette.  I think I did a pretty damn good job. It was like a sitcom, basically, starring me as Lafayette.

I want to see that!
I think my Lafayette was a little more Marsellus Wallace (from Pulp Fiction), but I think it worked. (Laughs.)

Have you shown La Bare to your Magic Mike team yet? Do you think it inspired them any for the sequel?
Yeah, they’ve all seen it. I screened La Bare for them at my house, and we talked afterwards about what was going to happen in the script for the sequel. I think we’re going on a road trip to a stripper convention somewhere down South. When I read the script for the first Magic Mike originally, it was pretty dark. It read like an expose. I thought it was more along the lines of The Girlfriend Experience, in terms of tone, because you couldn’t see the dance routines. You couldn’t see the guys. You couldn’t get a sense of the chemistry between the guys in the locker room, until we were actually shooting it and rehearsing the dance scenes. So the movie kind of took on a life of its own in the actual execution of it, which changed everything. So even though it read like The Girlfriend Experience, when we were all together, it was more likeAnimal House.

I think that’s where the idea for part two came from, which was from us hanging out, laughing, filming part one, and realizing, “Man! We should have made the movie about this!” So part two is really going to be what we wanted part 1 to be. (Laughs.) So it’s going to be about the guys. We didn’t really get to focus on any of them. I don’t think there are specific instances of, “Oh! We have to do that!” It’s more like, “Man, I’ve never had this much fun on a set, ever!” And when you promise that you’re going to stay in touch with everyone after a project, you never do that. And on this project, we all did. We all stay in contact and keep hanging out, no matter how busy we are. So we were like, “We should have the cameras on us. It should be just us, messing around, this locker room/frat house-type atmosphere.” It was more about that. Like, “Let’s do that.”

Does this mean fewer routines for you to learn this time?

I don’t know. It’s not like the routines wound up in the movie all that much. I mean, we filmed giant, five-minute long routines for just about every single act we did. I was in six or seven dance routines that were three to five minutes long, and all they did was appear in a montage. So I don’t think it was the routines that took up that much time in the first movie, but it was that the story was a love story, and it needed to service the love story, rather than the ensemble of guys. But this time, I’ve got a whole bunch of routines that I’ve been thinking about, so I’ve got those in my back pocket. I’ve got some good ones. Like a couple of guys in La Bare do this move that’s almost like a volleyball dive, so I’ve called dibs on that one. (Chuckles.) You can’t shoot a documentary about a strip club and not get ideas!

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Brothers Joe & Nick Manganiello excited for tonight's premiere of the La Bare Documentary.
La Bare Premiering Tonight!
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359 INC brother’s Nick and Joe Manganiello are gearing up for tonight’s multi-city premiere of their full feature length documentary La Bare.

“Each guy is extremely open to the camera, a tribute to Manganiello’s questioning and attitude. One can imagine the suspicion with which the project may have been treated initially. The dancers are sensitive about being misrepresented. The openness of the interviews is captivating.” – Rodger Ebert .

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Nick Manganiello standing in front of the Sunset in Hawaii.
Nick On Making ‘La Bare’ Documentary With Brother Joe Manganiello

It was a family affair on Wednesday night as brothers Joe Manganiello & Nick Manganiello premiere their documentary that pulls the curtain back on male strippers — “La Bare” — to Hollywood.

Produced by the brothers’ for there 3:59 Inc., the film also marks Joe’s directorial debut, and a host of celebs came out in support of the project, including “Saturday Night Live’s” Taran Killam, Joe’s “True Blood” co-stars Kristin Bauer van Straten, Nathan Parsons and Chris Bauer, actress Aisha Tyler and singer Josh Groban (whose brother, Nick Groban, is the film’s editor).

“It was really kind of an amazing experience, people turning up and people really responding,” Nick told of the ArcLight Hollywood screening, where there were more attendees than available seats. “It was packed. … We always kind of have high expectations for this project, just because we’re so proud of it, but for it to be met in the way that it was last night, I mean it was just awesome to be a part of that.

” The theater audience was also peppered with several of the dancers who opened up to Joe and his crew during an eight-day shoot at Dallas’ La Bare (the club the film is named after). And, Nick said the openness of the men featured in the film had a lot to do with his brother.

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“The first day that we walked in the club, they have a giant poster of ‘Magic Mike’ on the wall and Joe points to [his character] on the poster, like, ‘Oh, that’s me!’ and they’re like, ‘Oh.’ So as soon as they realized that this was the guy in this movie that like, doubled their business, they just were really kind of forthcoming and just open,” Nick said.

“And there’s actually a girl that we interview in the movie, who’s actually a dancer at a club across the street from La Bare, and she phrases it where the relationships that they have with each other is, ‘Honor among thieves.’ So, it’s like they have this understanding that, ‘This is what you do for a living, this is what I do for a living,’ and they understand each other,” Nick continued. “I think that was an important piece of getting these guys to open up and be honest and talk about what it is that they do with somebody that they trusted as well, telling their story correctly. And all the credit to them, all the credit to Joe for how this all kind of came together.

The documentary film shows the entertainment side (with plenty of toned men dancing on stage) as well as the backstage life of the men of the club, including Randy “Master Blaster” Ricks who has been performing since the late 1970s, and who provides inspiration for the younger dancers.

There’s also a young performer featured in the doc, whose stage name – “Channing” – was directly inspired by Joe’s “Magic Mike” co-star, Channing Tatum.

“People wouldn’t believe you if you tried to script this, so the fact that it’s actually happening and the kid goes and watches ‘Magic Mike’ with his sister and is like, ‘I want to do that,’ and then he winds up being called ‘Channing,’ it’s almost like… you just have to look up at the stars and be like, someone’s looking out for us on this one,” Nick said. “You can’t script this stuff.”

Fans of the La Bare dancers were also interviewed to help fill in the stories and hint at the appeal of the club and profession.

One woman prominently featured in the documentary is Randy’s mother, Mary Lou, who welcomed the Manganiello brothers with open arms (and some home cooking).

“We really kind of bonded with these guys, we relate to them. They’re good people, they were raised right and case in point, Randy and his mom, Mary Lou — she’s the sweetest, most genuine, supportive [mom], like, loves her son,” Nick said. “It’s just great. There’s no judgment. He makes a great living. He supports her, she loves him. It’s just that thing that’s relatable.”

Asked what viewers have told him after seeing “La Bare,” Nick said movie watchers are finding themselves surprised by the film.

“It’s always, ‘It’s not what I expected,’” Nick said of the reaction to their project. “I think people are kind of coming into this thinking that it’s going to be, you know, these guys taking their shirts off and there’s not a lot upstairs and… on to the next routine, and who’s having sex with who. … We absolutely do appeal to the people that are showing up and wanting that sex and fun, but these guys have very interesting lives and they’re all kind of this band of brothers and there’s family and it takes a twist. People just come out of there and they’re just like, ‘That was not at all — in the best way possible — what I expected.’”

“La Bare” opens in theaters on June 27, 2014.

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Joe Manganiello on the Ellen Degeneres Show
Joe Manganiello Talks La Bare Documentary & Magic Mike 2

The Ellen Degeneres show had Joe Manganiello on as a guest. He talked about about the Magic Mike 2 sequel everyone’s hoping for, His upcoming La Bare Documentary and how you might be able to score your own personal lap dance from him.

Joe just directed and financed a film ,La bare, that he and his brother, Nick, produced. It is a documentary based on the real-life Magic Mike and is being released to North American theaters on June 27th.  Joe also talked about his book Evolution, which did amazingly well. Channing Tatum also promises free lap dances from Joe with a book purchase.

Joe tells Ellen the Magic Mike sequel is going to happen. It will begin filming in the fall with a tentative July 2015 release date. Joe told, “I think they’re going to announce it soon.  It’s crazy.  I didn’t think that would be my first franchise.  I never thought that would ever be the direction of my career.  But that said, it’s just proof that I don’t know best, all the time.  It was the most fun I’ve ever had, and I can’t wait to get back in and mix it up with those guys.”

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Manganiello digs into life at ‘La Bare’ in new doc

USA Today features Joe Manganiello’s first full length documentary showcasing the lives and culture of La Bares male strippers.

Only one movie this summer has guys buffer than Captain America, Wolverine and Drax the Destroyer. True Blood and Magic Mike actor Joe Manganiello, a physical specimen himself, goes behind the camera for the first time for La Bare, a new documentary centering on the history of the most famous male strip club in the world.

A new trailer for the movie shows that the men of Dallas’ La Bare nightclub are more than just making house calls in their cowboy hats and not much more. Manganiello captures the culture of the performers and of the customers. “Men want to see naked women,” says a voiceover. “What women want is the show.”

La Bare digs into the guys’ true stories and what makes a model employee — businessmen who get their bodies in shape, save their money, don’t do drugs and treat women right, for starters. But amid all the shirt ripping and stage grinding, there is also a dark side as some remember a fallen comrade who was murdered — “the real Magic Mike,” as they call him.

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La Bare Dallas dancers on stage in a scene from Joe Manganiello’s documentary “La Bare.”

 La Bare arrives in theaters June 27, but before that Manganiello will be receiving the Triple Threat Award at the Maui Film Festival June 6 following a special screening of the film in Wailea, Hawaii. Josh Radnor is the only previous honoree for the award, which is given to “a multitalented artist who brilliantly juggles three major roles — director, actor, producer — in the creation of narrative and documentary projects.”


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Alcide Herveaux prepares for the final season of True Blood
True Blood Season 7: Jaw-Dropping Gore Like Never Before

As Season 7 of True Blood draws us toward a grand finale of the popular vampire HBO drama, the latest buzz is that very soon viewers will be offered up the show with some serious bite. So, let’s talk about the bodies – and goop – shall we?

Apparently, Season 7’s premiere episode – which is being directed by series star Stephen Moyer – will focus on the battle between Bon Temps and H-Vamps… And that means very, very bad news for one of our beloved series regulars:

In fact, one character’s fate is so jaw-dropping that you’ll spend the rest of the episode wondering if what you just watched was a dream. It’s not, which clearly means all bets are off in this final season.

Wow. So it looks like our favorite vamp drama is going out with bang and a bite! True Blood‘s final season has also been deemed as an “insane season” by Sam Trammell. So insane, in fact, that the Sam Merlotte actor commented:

“I think that in the past, people have just died and there’s a ton of brutal deaths and they haven’t really been respected. But I think with Terry’s death last year we started to really respect what death is, and Brian Buckner who is running the show this year wanted to consolidate the stories and bring it back to the main cast.”

…And here’s the Sesaon 7 trailer to wet your appetites, before True Blood Season 7’s premiere on June 22, 2014: 


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Joe Manganiello Wins Maui Film Festival Triple Threat Award!

This Just Jared article features Joe Manganiello winning the Triple Threat Award for Actor, Producer and now Director of the upcoming La Bare documentary.

Joe Manganiello holds onto his Triple Threat Award trophy during a ceremony at the 2014 Maui Film Festival on Friday (June 6) in Wailea, Hawaii.

“Joe Manganiello winning the Triple Threat Award in Maui.”

 The 37-year-old actor was at the festival to screen his new documentary La Bare, which he directed and takes an insider’s look at the history, lives and culture of the most popular male strip club in the world, La Bare Dallas.

The seventh and final season of Joe‘s hit series True Blood will premiere on Sunday, June 22 at 10pm on HBO. Make sure to watch!

Ever wonder how to pronounce Joe‘s last name correctly? Well he and his brother Nick gave us this exclusive clip explaining how!

Featured Filmmakers: Nick & Joe Manganiello
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Feature documentary La Bare (screening Friday, June 6th at Celestial Cinema at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course)takes a candid look at life as a male exotic dancer – both on and offstage – at La Bare Dallas, one of the world’s most popular dance clubs. This wild and engaging documentary marks the directorial debut of Joe Manganiello, who produces and directs alongside his brother Nick Manganiello, who also produces.

Joe played “Big Dick Richie” in Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, a fiction modeled on the men of La Bare Dallas. After the success of Magic Mike, Manganiello teamed up with younger brother Nick (who runs his big brother’s production company) to shoot some footage at the famed venue for a would-be reality television show. Instead though they opted to make it into a feature-length doc.

In addition to introducing his documentary on Maui, Joe will also be presented with the festival’s Triple Threat Award on Friday, June 6th at 10pm, which honors “a multi-talented artist who brilliantly juggles three major roles—director, actor, producer in the creation of narrative and documentary projects.”

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We connected with Joe and Nick before their trip to Maui to screen their film at the 2014 Maui Film Festival. Let’s hear more about how this project came about.

Q: How did your film LA BARE come to be?

Nick: It was the first project we discussed when we started our company, and the pieces came together in a way we couldn’t have scripted. We were in the right place at the right time and knew how to capture it.

Joe: While I was preparing for MAGIC MIKE, I had heard wild stories about this crazy club in Dallas from an old friend of mine who stripped there in the 90s. The differences in male and female fantasies as they manifest themselves in a male strip club (as opposed to a female strip club), coupled with what I heard about Randy “Master Blaster”, sold me that there was something at this particular club worth exploring. But we never in a million years could have expected to find the goldmine that we did once we started rolling the camera.

Q: What was the most challenging thing about making this film?

Nick: We’re a small shop, so the workload at times was daunting, but we knew we had something special and that was the driving force.

Joe: There was some healthy fear involved in breaking the #1 cardinal rule of filmmaking, “don’t gamble with your own money”. Especially on your first film as a producer/director. But like Nick said, we believed in ourselves and powered ahead at the urging of good friends whose opinions mattered to us, namely Steven Soderbergh and Elvis Mitchell. With that said, the biggest challenges came once the artistic side was done and the film was completed….which I’m actually thinking should be the subject of my next book.

Q: What do you hope LA BARE will do for people?

Nick: We want to make people look at things differently, especially a taboo subject like male stripping. Things aren’t always what they seem.

Joe: Nick’s right. People have misperceptions like I once did about male entertainment. The most often heard comment I get from must about everyone who has seen the film is “it’s not what I expected”. We can’t wait to get the film out to the public because it’s going to open eyes and start discussions at restaurants after and in car rides home. At it’s core, its about this place where women can let go of the strains and difficulties of living in society and let some men (who know things that every man should know) go to work and make them happy.

Q: What do you think our Maui audiences will appreciate about your film?

Nick: There’s something for everyone.

Joe: It makes people laugh and it makes people cry. So do like “Channing” and “J.D.” do in the opening shot: buckle up, ‘cause it’s a ride!

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What’s in Joe Manganiello’s Bag?
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Joe Manganiello shares his taste for gangster rap, werewolf drawings and great musicians who are incredibly underrated actors such as David Bowie and Tom Waits in Amoeba Music’s “What’s In My Bag”

Joe Manganiello Wants You To Meet The Real Magic Mike
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You might want to leave those singles at home, ladies, because “La Bare,” a documentary about what goes on behind the stage at the world’s most popular male strip club is coming to the big screen this summer. Judging by the NSFW trailer, it’s more than just pelvic thrusting and baby-oiled studs. Hunky “True Blood” actoor Joe Manganiello makes his directorial debut with a film that gives a more realistic and, well, provocative look at the men who are “up all night to make a living.”

The nearly two-minute clip begins with two ripped “cowboys” knocking on a door in a very unassuming neighborhood before entering the house and becoming the G-stringed, gyrating main attraction for a bevy of shrieking women.

“Men want to see naked women,” the trailer’s narrator says, as behind-the-scenes footage from renowned Dallas strip club La Bare is shown. “What women want is the show.”

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Several women give giddy interviews, with one explaining that “men are more like microwaves and women are more like an oven,” while cheek-baring male dancers share their stories of free enterprise, excitement and tragedy.

The film’s auteur, Mangianello — who most fans recall in his memorable role as “Big Dick Richie” in 2012’s comedic romp about male strippers, “Magic Mike” — wanted to venture into uncharted territory with this doc.

“With ‘La Bare,’ I had somehow sailed my way into uncharted waters and stumbled upon an island not recorded on any map … the completely misunderstood world of male entertainment,” Manganiello told Vulture. “With ‘Magic Mike,’ we scratched the surface, and with ‘La Bare,’ I had the opportunity to plumb the depths of this strange and provocative world hidden in plain sight.

“Shocking, hilarious, and heartfelt, the film explores every level of the profession in three vivid dimensions,” the actor continued. “I can honestly say that this is the last subject I ever imagined my directorial debut would deal with, but nonetheless, here I am, about to unleash this fascinating and unexplored subculture on the public.”

One of the more shocking story lines in the movie includes the murder of popular exotic dancer Angelo (a.k.a. “real Magic Mike”). Friends and onetime fellow strippers of Angelo recount his popularity and tragic death, giving viewers “the true stories behind the magic.”

“La Bare” hits theaters June 27.

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Fresh look at Joe Manganiello’s Male Stripper Documentary
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After Magic Mike Joe Manganiello decided he liked male strippers. Indeed he became so fascinated with their world that he’s made his directorial debut with a documentary about them.

We previously had a tease of the film and now we’ve got a red band trailer to get us all hot under the collar.

Manganiello said of the film at its Slamdance premiere, “I had zero interest in male stripping prior to Magic Mike. As a straight male, I had a lot of misperceptions about the industry. People would walk out of Magic Mike saying  ’I loved it but I wish there was more of the guys. I wish I knew more about them, where they live, who they go out with, what their lives are like.’ So I knew there was a lot left on the table.”

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However in a new interview with Vulture, he talks about how La Bare has had a few issues, ‘I can’t express to you how many times I’ve heard, “We’ve seen it all.” “There’s nothing new.” “Everything is recycled.” “Nothing is shocking.” Blah, blah, blah … But I guess I just never really paid attention to the chatter until I made my first feature film.

‘Soon after filming, there were the bands that had pulled their songs from the film despite the protests of their record label, the ban of our art/posters on bus stops and billboards due to it being too risqué … And then came the wait for the MPAA rating … And with that, the realization that I indeed had found something new, something fresh, something shocking to show the general public.

‘With La Bare, I had somehow sailed my way into uncharted waters and stumbled upon an island not recorded on any map … the completely misunderstood world of male entertainment.

‘With Magic Mike, we scratched the surface, and with La Bare, I had the opportunity to plumb the depths of this strange and provocative world hidden in plain sight.’

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Take A Walk On The Wild Side With Stripper Documentary “La Bare”

You may recognize Joe Manganiello from his role as the hunky werewolf Alcide on True Blood and as Big Dick Richie, his character in the 2012 male-stripper comedy Magic Mike.Now Joe is back for his directorial debut, La Bare, a stripper documentary bound for theaters on June 27.

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