Thursday, January 17, 2008

NEWS FLASH: Channing Tatum's 'Battle in Seattle' Screened by New York Media and Will Show at South by Southwest

Fabulous Channing Tatum Fan and CTU Reader Lisa was invited to attend a media screening in New York on January 14th for Channing Tatum's 'Battle in Seattle'. Without giving too much away, she sent me some inside scoop I could share with you all on Chan's performance in the film.

Lisa, an industry insider, attended the media-only event at a screening room in mid-town Manhattan. She said that most publicity houses set up these random screenings in the months leading up to the a movie's release to get reactions to the film. The media's reactions are important, because they often dictate the pushing up or back of the films, if things need to change in the film, which members of the cast stand out, etc..

Here's what Lisa had to say about the screening...

"The movie was pretty awesome, definitely impressed with Stuart Townsend's first go at directing. It was a true ensemble film in every sense of the word with the most screen time going to Martin Henderson/Michelle Rodriguez/Ray Liotta/Woody Harrelson/Connie Nielsen and their storylines...in the scenes that [Channing] was in he definitely stood out! He plays Johnson, this young-alpha male-gung-ho cop, who finds out pretty quickly that things aren't always black and white.

I hate to admit that I was/am pretty oblivious to the WTO and all of their dealings but the film definitely opened my eyes and made me want to research the problems/issues at hand. The best way to put it is, it resonated and stayed with me after I left the theater."

Lisa also confirmed that the film is scheduled for a May 2008 release. Also, I read that the trailer is complete and should be released soon.

For those of us who are not lucky enough to be in the media and get private invitations to see the film, we either have to wait until May to see the movie OR it was just announced yesterday that 'Battle in Seattle' will be shown at the 2008 South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW).

SXSW, a popular Austin-based film festival that's also held in conjunction with a music festival and digital interactive festival, will run from March 7-15, 2008. If you are able to see 'Battle in Seattle' at the festival, you will get an all-star, edge-of-your-seat glimpse at the 1999 WTO demonstrations in Seattle, told from the perspective of protesters (Michelle Rodriguez, Martin Henderson, Andre Benjamin), police (Woody Harrelson, Channing Tatum), and city officials (Ray Liotta).

The festival will announce the complete schedule for feature films on February 5, 2008, and I'll let you know exact showtimes and locations for screenings. For more on SXSW Film 2008, please visit their official site.

Huge thanks to Lisa for sharing her experience at the BIS media screening with all of us!!!

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