Saturday, May 31, 2008

CTU NEWS: And the Winners of the FREE ACDC Shirts Are...

Thanks to all of Channing Tatum's Fabulous Fans that entered the latest CTU contest. Since Jon Chu was nice enough to send me an ACDC shirt, I can now give away both of the shirts I have to two lucky CTU readers.

The lucky winners of the limited edition ACDC shirts are...

Anna M.
from Bad Wildungen, Germany


Steve S.
from Placerville, California

For those ACDC fans who did not win a shirt, you can also still go to InvisibleChildren.com to buy one and all of the proceeds will be donated to the children's charity.

Check back on June 10, 2008 at 7PM Pacific to see the next video in the online dance battle between ACDC and Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan's M&M Cru. In addition to Channing Tatum Unwrapped, you can also check out the new M&M Cru official website, Miley and Mandy's YouTube channel, and Jon Chu's YouTube channel to stay on top of the battle.

Since I'm now equipped with my new shirt thanks to Jon, I guess I can officially say that I'm down with ACDC. In this no rules battle, I figure if Miley Cyrus can have Channing and Jenna (for now), there's no rule that says ACDC can't have Q.

In the immortal words of every loyal ACDC member across the globe....CREW ASSEMBLE!!!! ;-D

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Friday, May 30, 2008

Channing Tatum Videos of the Week: New 'Battle in Seattle' Trailer

Today's Videos of the Week is the newest trailer for Channing Tatum's upcoming drama 'Battle in Seattle'. You can CLICK HERE to watch the trailer or you can watch it below. Enjoy!!!

'Battle in Seattle' will premiere in theaters this September. Fans can CLICK HERE to watch the first trailer and check out the poster that was released for the film.

Thanks to Leigh over at Michelle-Rodriguez.com for letting me know about the new trailer.

If you have a favorite video that you would like me to consider, send a link to the video to votw@channingtatumunwrapped.com and tell me why you like it. I will post it and your explanation on the blog.

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

New Photos of Channing Tatum's Girlfriend Jenna Dewan at 'Zohan' Premiere Last Night

Based on what I've been told, I'm fairly certain that Channing Tatum is still filming 'G.I. Joe' in the Czech Republic right now. So although both Channing and his girlfriend Jenna Dewan were invited to last night's Los Angeles, California premiere of 'You Don't Mess With The Zohan', only Jenna was able to come out and support her good friend Emmanuelle Chriqui who stars in the Adam Sandler comedy.

The star-studded premiere was held last night at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, and we have a ton of new photos of Jenna looking gorgeous as usual on the red carpet. You can check out some of the high quality photos below, and you will find over 40 more photos in the Channing Tatum Unwrapped Photo Gallery. Enjoy!!!

Jenna is extremely busy this year. Lifetime Television has moved up the premiere of her new movie 'Fab Five: Texas Cheerleader Scandal' to Saturday, August 2, 2008 at 9pm ET/PT. You can CLICK HERE to learn more about it.

I also recently read that her upcoming romantic comedy 'The Jerk Theory' with 'Step Up' co-star Josh Henderson is almost complete and is set to release this year. Finally, be on the lookout for the newly renamed thriller 'Shine On' (aka 'Wonderwall', 'Out of the Bronx', and 'My Life') and the Tim Allen comedy 'The Six Wives of Henry Lefay' .

As I mentioned previously on the blog, Jenna will be awarded the Limelight Award at the annual Gabriella Axelrad Education Foundation Gala Saturday night (May 31, 2008). You can CLICK HERE for all of the details if you would like to attend the event.

Stay tuned to Channing Tatum Unwrapped, and I'll make sure to keep everyone updated on all of Jenna's projects and appearances.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

ACDC Releases New Outtakes Video and Tells M&M Cru to "Step Yo Game Up"

Director Jon M. Chu and his adorable pooch Monster from the overnight sensation ACDC have released another extremely entertaining outtake video from the dance crew's ongoing online battle with Miley Cyrus' M&M Cru. Here's what Jon has to say about the new video:

"As we await the M&M "GINMORMOUS" video that they have promised...Our Adam/Chu Dance Crew Dog, Monster, speaks from the heart...and reveals some more JUICY OUTTAKES from the ACDC dance battle challenge..."

Jon recently mentioned to me and I quote..."We're gonna get our boy back...don't you worry ;)" Whatever plan they have cooking, I hope that it includes Jenna Dewan too. If ACDC is somehow able to steal our favorite couple Chenna away from the M&M Cru, all will be right with the world!!! No rules means NO RULES and as Jon says, CREW ASSEMBLE!!!!

Just to remind everyone, ACDC fans make sure to enter the latest Channing Tatum Unwrapped contest to win a free shirt!!!

I'm excited to let you all know that Jon was nice enough to send me another shirt, so now I'll be giving away TWO ACDC shirts (instead of just one) to two lucky CTU readers. CLICK HERE to get more details and enter the contest on or before the May 30th deadline (thats this Friday for those without a calendar handy). You can also still go to InvisibleChildren.com to buy a shirt and all of the proceeds will be donated to the children's charity.

Finally, stay tuned to Channing Tatum Unwrapped for the M&M Cru's highly-anticipated dance battle response on June 10, 2008 at 7PM Pacific.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Why Director Kimberly Peirce Chose Channing Tatum for 'Stop-Loss'

Channing Tatum's drama 'Stop-Loss', where he plays a career soldier who's dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after completing a tour in Iraq, will be released on DVD and Blue-Ray on July 8, 2008.

From what I can tell, the 'Stop-Loss' DVD will include the following extras on both the US and international versions:

  • Commentary by Director Kimberly Peirce and Co-Writer Mark Richard
  • The Making Of Stop-Loss
  • A Day In Boot Camp Featurette
  • 11 Deleted Scenes
I also found an article at Moviehole.net where they interviewed 'Stop-Loss' director Kimberly Peirce. In the article snippet below, she describes how and why she hired Channing for the role of SGT. Steve Shriver. My favorite part is when we learn about a very special nickname that Chan's mom Kay used to call him when he was growing up. Get all of the details below...

"...I had a wonderful time finding Channing to play Sgt. Steve Shriver. Channing came in after a long day of auditioning. He had been in a few movies. I think one was Coach Carter, which I hadn't seen, the others hadn't come out. It generally doesn't matter for me when auditioning whether I've seen an actor's prior work. I like to see what they feel like and what they can do in the room.

Channing was hunky, good-looking and masculine. And he had that spark of charisma and anger and confidence that allowed him to be the guy that just might charge into that house in the combat scene to go after the insurgent who was firing on his best buddy Sergeant King (Ryan), and he could be the guy who ended up digging a ranger grave in his front yard, who shot up the wedding cards off the wedding gifts with his buddies, and who re-signed up with the military because being with his comrades and at war made more sense than being at home. Channing had all the passion, emotion and physicality we needed and talent to fully embody the role. He did break dancing for me at the end of the first audition.

Channing and I worked together a total of three times, twice in LA and once in NY before I cast him. On the final audition he told me he would do whatever it would take to perform the part. I said that was important to playing "STEVE," since he was a believer, someone who put himself totally into what he did. We worked together for a few hours and sent the tape of our work to Scott Rudin. Scott called the studio. I called the studio. And they let us cast him. I was thrilled. He was pure physicality and charm.

On set, Channing was sheer energy, willing to try anything, go anywhere emotionally and bare himself – his vulnerability, his sense of dignity and his feelings of brotherhood for the other men. Channing is a lovely person, a wonderful actor, generous to his fellow actors, and a good friend.

At some point in production, I needed some pictures of Channing as a kid to flesh out our portrait of SGT. STEVE SHRIVER. His mother sent me a whole batch of images – him doing a kind of handstand at 3 years old, him with tons of muscles, him in football gear. He told me she called him "CHANIMAL." Which I thought was great because I had called him "MANIMAL," my "MAN," "ANIMAL."..."

Finally, I found a newly posted interview that Channing Tatum and his 'Stop-Loss' co-star Ryan Phillippe did for The Big Story when they were promoting the film. You can CLICK HERE to watch the video, or you can check it out below. Enjoy!

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Channing Tatum Pictures of the Week: Exclusive Photos from the Prague Set of 'G.I. Joe'

Each week Channing Tatum Unwrapped will post one or more of our favorite pictures of the uber hot Channing Tatum.

Today's Pictures of the Week were submitted by Fabulous Channing Tatum Fan Lainy from the Czech Republic and are exclusive pictures of two of the Prague sets for Chan's 2009 big budget movie 'G.I. Joe'.

Lainy took the photos below in the Old Town (Stare Mesto) near Hastalske square and in the Karlin area near Krizik street in Prague. Not familiar with area? You can get an idea of where that is on the maps she provided below:

Here are all of the great photos that Lainy took herself and sent in to CTU for me to share with you all:

Thanks for taking and submitting the awesome photos, Lainy! Since most of us aren't lucky enough to be in Prague right now, we can vicariously live through your pics. Fans can CLICK HERE to check out all of the other photos I have in the Channing Tatum Unwrapped Photo Gallery from the Downey, California and Prague sets of ''G.I. Joe'.

If you have a favorite picture from this blog, our photo gallery, a picture you have made or a picture that you have found on the net that you would like me to consider, send the picture or a link to the picture to potw@channingtatumunwrapped.com and tell me why you like it. I will post it and your explanation on the blog. If you like or don't like today's picture (for some completely insane reason), let everyone know that too by clicking on the comments link below. :-)

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Fabulous Channing Tatum Fans Makala and Lainy Show CTU Some Love!!!

I truly love it when Channing Tatum Unwrapped readers take the time to let me know they like the site. Here's a great photo and video tribute recently sent in by Fabulous Channing Tatum Fans Makala and Lainy:

[ Makala ]

[ Lainy ]

Thanks to both Makala and Lainy for sending these in!!! It means a lot to me that fans enjoy the site!

By the way, fans itching to flex your creative muscles should make sure to check out Lainy's graphic challenge site dedicated to Channing Tatum for fans who like making blends, avatars, wallpapers, and more with pictures of our favorite actor.

If any of you would like to show CTU some love too, feel free to leave a comment on this post or just send your message, video, graphic, or whatever you have to love@channingtatumunwrapped.com, and I'll post them on the blog too.

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

NEWS FLASH: New Website, Photos, and MySpace Profiles for Channing Tatum's 'Battle in Seattle'

Channing Tatum's upcoming drama 'Battle in Seattle' had a successful premiere at the opening of the Seattle International Film Festival last week.

Director Stuart Townsend and actors Andre Benjamin (aka Andre 3000 of OutKast), Martin Henderson, Charlize Theron, and Michelle Rodriguez took part in the event that was attended by almost 3000 festival-goers. You can CLICK HERE to watch a video where they were all interviewed on the red carpet prior to the well-attended event.

In preparation for the festival, the film updated their official website and added new profiles for all of the main characters on MySpace.

The official website now has a complete list of all of the social networking sites that fans and activists can use to interact with each other, and it also mentions that they will be launching a new interactive site on June 20th.

Channing Tatum fans should make sure to add the new profile the film created for Channing's character Johnson as a friend on MySpace. The picture at the top of this post is one of the newly released photos you will find in the profile's photo gallery showing Chan in his riot cop gear.

You can check out more of them below with a new wallpaper I created:

You can CLICK HERE to learn more about the movie and watch the recently-released trailer.

September is going to be a really busy month for Channing Tatum. In addition to the theatrical release of his drama 'Fighting' on the 26th, he is also supposed to start filming his romantic drama 'Dear John' and 'Battle in Seattle' is currently scheduled to have it's highly-anticipated release in September 2008 too; giving fans a lot to look forward to this fall.

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