Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Check Out New Photos & Channing Tatum's 'Fighting' on E! News Tonight

Channing Tatum in 'Fighting' - Wallpaper

I was just told that fans should watch tonight's E! News, because there is going to be something on it about Chan's upcoming film 'Fighting'. Fans should make sure to watch E! at 10pm Central and HUGE thanks to Kay for the heads up!!!

In other 'Fighting' news...


As I mentioned in a previous post, Relativity Media was in talks with Universal to buy Rogue Pictures, which is producing Channing Tatum's upcoming action movie 'Fighting'.

Variety is reporting that, after more than two months of negotiations, it's now official that Relativity Media will buy Rogue Pictures from Universal Pictures for roughly $150 million.

In 2004, Rogue Pictures was launched as a label under Universal-owned Focus Features, with the label's goal being "high-quality suspense, action, thriller and urban features with mainstream appeal and franchise potential", and in 2005, Universal expanded the operations of Rogue Pictures so it would become a stand-alone division.

Relativity would like to produce 8 to 10 new movies a year, and the purchase of Rogue Pictures will help them reach that goal. Relativity will now add Rogue's 30 titles that are all in various stages of development to their slate, including Rogue's debut film 'Unleashed', their summer horror hit 'The Strangers' (which earned $53 million) and Channing Tatum and Terrence Howard's 'Fighting'.

Universal will continue to partner with Rogue to release their titles throughout most of the world and will collect a discounted distribution fee for doing so.

The first post-sale film set for release is David Goyer's supernatural thriller 'The Unborn', produced by Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes shingle, and the film opens this Friday with tte Yustman starring. Other past Rogue titles include 'Waist Deep', 'The Hitcher', 'Balls of Fury' and Dave Chappelle's 'Block Party'.

Relativity now owns three additional Rogue pictures that are expected to release in 2009, including Wes Craven's thriller '25/8', and plans to release a minimum of two Rogue films per year after that. Relativity's President of production, Tucker Tooley, and his team will also oversee all future film productions.

Even though Rogue is only four years old, they have had a very successful run, and this acquisition is considered to be an extremely good deal for Relativity's single-picture business. Relativity has previously produced films like '3:10 to Yuma', 'The Bank Job' and 'Forbidden Kingdom', and their upcoming slate includes Jim Sheridan's 'Brothers' and (coincidentally) Lasse Hallstrom's 'Dear John', also starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried.


I also just learned today that Rogue has officially released medium quality versions of the photos below. You all saw the second photo on CTU for the first time in a recent Pictures of the Week post, but the first photo is totally new to CTU regular readers and can be found in the 'Fighting' Photoset in the Channing Tatum Unwrapped Photo Gallery with over 230 other pictures from the production. Enjoy!

Channing Tatum and Terrence Howard in 'Fighting'  (Medium Quality MQ)

Channing Tatum in 'Fighting' (Medium Quality MQ)

In case you don't know, here's the plot of the film that will be released in theaters on April 24, 2009:

“Barely earning a living selling counterfeit goods on the streets, his luck changes when scam artist Harvey Boarden (Terrence Howard) sees that he has a natural talent for streetfighting. When Harvey offers Shawn help at making the real cash, the two form an uneasy partnership. As Shawn’s manager, Harvey introduces him to the corrupt bare-knuckle circuit, where rich men bet on disposable pawns. Almost overnight, he becomes a star brawler, taking down professional boxers, mixed martial arts champs and ultimate fighters in a series of staggeringly intense bouts. But if Shawn ever hopes to escape the dark world in which he’s found himself, he must now face the toughest fight of his life.”

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