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Testosterone Alert!  ‘Takers’ hits the big screen today and women everywhere will be flocking to witness some of the most diverse male eye candy so yummy, pink slips might be going out in Tyler Perry’s casting department.

In this “Ocean’s 11” meets “Set It Off” heist flick, the story revolves around a notorious group of criminals (Idris Elba, Chris Brown, T.I., Hayden Christensen, Paul Walker) who continue to elude the authorities by pulling off perfectly executed bank robberies.  But this bad boys club may have met their match in Jack Welles (Matt Dillon), a hardened detective hot on their trail.

So, what’s your flavor, ladies? Whether it’s chocolate, vanilla, or caramel, ‘Takers’ offers something for your sweet tooth.

1 & 2.  Idris Elba. No it isn’t a typo; Idris claims the top 2 spots and deservedly so.  After a handful of seasons as intelli-thug Stringer Bell on HBO’s “The Wire,” this London transplant has done the impossible by staking a claim to black Hollywood royalty—and in almost half the time of Denzel, Will or Samuel.  Yes, he is gorgeous, and that accent alone could melt butter (or panties) but above all, Idris is an actor in the truest sense, constantly honing his craft—either as the leading man in “Daddy’s Little Girls” or Obsessed”, supporting roles in “Rock ‘n’ Rolla” and “American Gangsta” or cheeky cameos on NBC’s “The Office.”

Idris’ career is on fire, and the box office success of ‘Takers’ will be icing on the cake.

3. The Bluest Eye—Where else but in “Takers” will you find two actors –one black (Michael Ealy), one white (Paul Walker)–both with the most gorgeous baby

blues this side of the Pacific?

4. T.I.- After spending a year locked up, T.I. has hit the ground running. Even though hip-hop is under “The Reign of the Drake” T.I. proves he’s still one of the best, as evidenced by his guest appearance on Rick Ross’ “Maybach Music Pt. III.”  He also continues to make shrewd acting choices (like his promising debut in “ATL”) by surrounding himself in strong ensemble casts.

5.  Chris Brown— Brown has kept a low profile on the press and promotion circuit, but  is actually the executive producer of this film. An admirable accomplishment for any 21 year old.

Verdict:  Will “Takers” live up to the hype? Frankly… who cares!  This weekend it’s all about the ladies, so round up your BFF’s and put the crackberry on silent.  Gents, you win too—after 2 hours of cinematic foreplay, most women will be in heat and ripe for the picking, so pick up the phone!! Just don’t take it personally if we call you Idris in the heat of the moment.

-ReBecca Theodore-Vachon


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