Thursday, February 12, 2009

NEWS FLASH: Channing Tatum's 'Public Enemies' Gets Official Rating & New Test Screening

Promotional Stills for Channing Tatum's 'Public Enemies' (Wallpaper)Channing Tatum's historical crime drama 'Public Enemies' has officially been given a rating by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

The highly-anticipated film is going to be rated 'R', because it has "gangster violence and some language".

Based on the New York Times Best Selling author Bryan Burrough's true crime book, 'Public Enemies' follows the FBI hunt for 1930's gangster John Dillinger.

The Universal Studios film is directed by Michael Mann and boasts a stunning cast that includes Channing Tatum, Johnny Depp, Marion Cotillard, Christian Bale, Branka Katic, Billy Crudup, Giovanni Ribisi, Emilie de Ravin, John Michael Bolger, Stephen Dorff, Christian Stolte and Leelee Sobieski.

Lending some credence to the recent trailer release rumors, a little birdy named Belinda (a CTU reader and Channing Tatum fan) just let me know about a new test screening of 'Public Enemies' being held tonight in the Los Angeles, California area. Stay tuned to CTU, because I'll post any feedback from the screening that I can find. Fans can CLICK HERE to learn more about the previous test screenings for this film.

Finally, based on a recent New York Times article, conspiracy theorists are speculating that the we may be able to see the first 'Public Enemies' footage during the upcoming Oscar telecast on February 22nd.

To spice things up and combat declining ratings, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced an end to a long-standing ban on playing movie advertisements during their Oscar night. Producers of the awards show recently asked the studios and others to provide scenes from future films. Supposedly, the plan is for host Hugh Jackman to sign off the broadcast with never-before-seen 10-second clips of two dozen new movies that will run on a split screen with the end credits.

Some are thinking that 'Public Enemies' could be one of those films, but only time will tell. Looks like some of us may have more than just the red carpet fashions to look forward to on awards night.

'Public Enemies' will be released in US theaters on July 1, 2009.  You can CLICK HERE to get a list of the international release dates for the film.

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