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Movie Star Watch: Matthew McConaughey is That You?

Star struck fans descended on Fred Howard Park Tuesday afternoon in hopes of catching a glimpse of hunky actors Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer. The actors appear in the Steven Soderbergh stripper movie "Magic Mike".

Head to Fred Howard Park Wednesday and you could catch a glimpse of a movie star…. or not.

Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh has returned to the Tampa Bay area to film his latest movie, a stripper flick called "Magic Mike".

The movie stars Matthew McConaughey as a former stripper who owns a strip club where an experienced stripper played by Channing Tatum works. In the movie, Tatum's character takes newbie stripper Alex Pettyfer under his wing.

Lisa Marie Presley's daughter, Riley Keough will also appear in the film according to the "Magic Mike" IMBd page. 

A party scene was filmed on a sand bar off Fred Howard Park Tuesday with the crew returning Wednesday. Once word got out about the shoot on Tuesday, fans showed up at the park.

Judy Fix and her teenage daughter brought their camera with the hope of snapping a photo of the stars. "My daughter called me up and said, did you hear what was going on?" I said, "Meet me there!"

As of late Tuesday afternoon, the pair had not gotten a photo of Matthew McConaughey, but hope was not lost. "I might skip school tomorrow," said Stephanie.

Closer to the beach, a family of 18 had set up lawn chairs with a strategic view of the sand bar off in the distance. The family -who is from Tarpon Springs- ranged in age from seven months-old to 65.

Mother Olga Angeliadis brought her kids Tuesday and we determined to snap a photo of a star.  "I'll be back tomorrow, drop 'em off at school and have coffee on the beach," she said.

If star gazing is your thing, there is another opportunity this week. The crew is scheduled to film at the Pinellas Bayway Bridge in St. Petersburg on Friday.

Soderbergh is no stranger to the Tampa Bay area. He filmed scenes from Ocean's Eleven at St. Petersburg's Derby Lane in 2001.

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Anne Onomous October 13, 2011 at 09:53 AM
In other news, Ms. Anne Onomous fell off a dinghy in St. Joseph's Sound to zero fanfare......
Sunde Farquhar October 13, 2011 at 12:16 PM
Ha! Ha!

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