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Guilty Pleasures: The ‘Step Up’ Movies

On August 8, the 5th movie in the “Step Up” movie series debuts — Step Up: All In. What started with a small romantic dance movie, has turned into a profitable international franchise. Who would have thought it? For me, these movies are guilty pleasures. You go for the dancing, and the good-looking people. These movies are modern day musicals in my opinion. The old movie musicals had people singing and dancing their problems away. Take away the singing (and add a hot soundtrack), keep the dancing (but now it’s hip hop) and up the sex appeal, and you have got the “Step Up” movies. What little plot there is in these movies really doesn’t matter. We want to see the dance numbers. These movies have taken in a staggering $564 million worldwide at the box office. So I can see why they keep making more of them! See highlights from the movies and my thoughts about them below:Step Up All In

Step Up (2006)
This is the movie that started it all and launched the careers of Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan. In fact, the costars hit it off so well, that they are married today.

Step Up 2: The Streets (2008)
Tatum appeared briefly in this sequel. The main stars are Briana Evigan and Robert Hoffman. The final dance sequence in the rain was the highlight of this movie. Adam Sevani appeared as the first time in the fan-favorite role of Moose.

Step Up 3D (2010)
The third movie in the series, and the first in 3D. All of the following films in the series have been in 3D. The stars are Rick Malambri and Sharni Vinson.

Step Up Revolution (2012)
For the 4th movie, the action moves to Miami. The stars are Ryan Guzman and Kathryn McCormick. This time around dance is used as a means of bringing attention to social injustice and community revitalization.

Step Up: All In (2014)
The fifth movie in the series brings back Ryan Guzman and Briana Evigan. This time the action centers in Las Vegas. I love the line from the trailer that Moose says: “Does this always have to end with a dance battle?” Yes, Moose it does.

As a fan of “So You Think You Can Dance”, it is nice to see so many alumni involved in these movies: Joshua Allen, Stephen “Twitch” Boss, Kathryn McCormick, Philip Chbeeb, Cyrus Spencer, and choreographers Christopher Scott, Travis Wall and Mia Michaels too. Producer Adam Shankman has been a guest judge many times on SYTYCD, so it makes sense to see a bit of a cross over.

I hope you enjoy the latest movie in the theaters. And get ready for “Step Up 6” coming the summer of 2016. I know I will be there.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Speedos lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.


Guys I Want to See in a Kilt

Men just look good in kilts. It takes a strong, confident man to pull one off. Here’s my list of hot guys who would look great in tartan kilts as well as more casual ones like Utilikilts.

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Daniel Craig
The current James Bond could follow past Bonds Sean Connery and George Lazenby and done a kilt for some red carpet event, if not on screen in character.

Brad Pitt
OK, I am not counting his leather kilt from Troy, I still think Brad could pull off a kilt. Imagine both him and Angelina showing some leg on the red carpet. It would be very hot.

Channing Tatum
Mr. Magic Mike is one tasty piece of all-American beef. How awesome would it be if we had some pics of him going to the market in a kilt?

Taylor Lautner
I personally hated all the Twilight movies, but he was definitely some eye candy in those movies. He could definitely rock a modern kilt.

Chris Hemsworth
He plays a god in the movies (Thor, The Avengers), why not play up his strong, masculine, sexy energy and don a kilt, at least for some charity event or something.

Justin Timberlake
Trend setter Justin would definitely bring the sexy to a kilt. Maybe in a skit for Saturday Night Live, or better yet doing a hike in LA’s Runyon Canyon.

Stephen Amell
TV’s Arrow has a raw animal magnetism to him. And we know he loves to be shirtless a lot too. Imagine him playing in some sort of celebrity Scottish Games in a kilt, that would be awesome.

Keith Urban
Country hunk and current American Idol judge would be another great kilt candidate. He would look awesome escorting Nicole Kidman on the red carpet.

Jesse Williams
The biracial stud heating up “Grey’s Anatomy” definitely has a hot body. How about showing some leg and wearing a kilt?

Matthew Fox
Another ruggedly handsome man that would give people pause by dressing in a kilt.

Eric Dane
They didn’t call him “McSteamy” for nothing. He is a real man who is a devoted husband and father. He looks like he would be great in a Scottish war film leading the charge in full battle kilt.

And finally, the poll results… Daniel Craig got the most votes, followed by Channing Tatum, Chris Hemsworth, Stephen Amell and Justin Timberlake. Thanks to all that voted.

So that’s the list. Did I leave anyone out? I would love to know your thoughts.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and  Rock the Kilt lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

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