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The Shortlist for May 20

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Channing Tatum says he's probably a high-functioning alcoholicIt seems our new favorite "X-Men" character is fueled by cocktails and Funfetti icing and he used to have an invisible friend. And we're OK with that."I probably drink too much, you know," Channing Tatum admits in the June issue of GQ, which features his lovely mug on its cover. "My wife, that's what she bought into.… I'm probably a pretty high-functioning, I guess, you know, I would say, alcoholic, I guess. There's probably a tendency to escape. I equate it to creativity, and I definitely equate it to having a good time."That affection for the life of leisure is apparently something the 34-year-old star shares with Gambit (aka Remy LeBeau), the "X-Men" superhero he's slated to play in a forthcoming spin-off of the successful "X-Men" franchise."[Gambit was] the only superhero I really followed.… He was the most real to me: smoking, drinking, women-loving, thief. He just looked cool to me. I've always loved him. And obviously he's Cajun," says Tatum, lest we forget that's he now a business owner in the Big Easy, thanks to his Bourbon Street bar, Saints and Sinners.As a child, though, Tatum found other ways to indulge his escapist tendencies -- like his invisible friend. "His name was Boy. I think I just lived in an imaginary world. I was always playing war in the woods, people are chasing me … I wasn't doing it because I was desperate for friends. I had friends," he says.Tatum also has a weakness for "The Biggest Loser" -- and delicious treats. "I really do love [the show]. It's terrible and it's bad, but I really do think it's because I have an inner fat kid in me ..."For example? "I just love cake. Confetti cake, to be specific. It has little colored candies inside the cake, and then you get the confetti icing, which is really hard to find sometimes. It's really hard to explain to people, because it's not icing with sprinkles on top. It's icing that actually has candies inside of it. It's Funfetti icing. It's a beautiful mix. It is an angel sent from heaven."
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