Sunday, November 29, 2009

LIVE Coverage and New Photos from the Dizzy Feet Foundation 2009 Benefit Gala

Sadly, I wasn't able to make it to Los Angeles to attend tonight's Dizzy Feet benefit gala where Jenna Dewan-Tatum will be perform with Briana Evigan ('Step Up 2') and Sharni Vinson ('Step Up 3') and Channing Tatum will also present with Rob Hoffman ('Step Up 2') and Rick Malambri ('Step Up 3'), but I won't let that stop any of us from getting the very latest news from the event.

For those who don't know, Dizzy Feet Foundation was founded in 2009 by producer Nigel Lythgoe, director Adam Shankman, "Dancing with the Stars" judge Carrie Ann Inaba and actress Katie Holmes to help underprivileged young people realize their dream of becoming professional dancers and to support, improve, and increase access to dance education in the Unites States.

I have setup a new Twitter list on Chan's official Twitter that will let fans follow over 70 (and counting) Dizzy Feet benefit gala participants and fan attendees so you can get the inside scoop on the event as it happens.

Jenna has said she'll try to tweet photos and video from the event if possible and you can follow her, Chan, some of the other attendees, and fans tweeting about the event in the Cover It Live event window below. Enjoy!!!

UPDATE: The sold out benefit is not televised, so fans can check out all of the red carpet and behind-the-scenes photos of Chan and Jenna from the event in the CTU Photo Gallery. I've also posted a few of the new pics below...

And thanks to the magic of the internet, I have a video that a Dizzy Feet attendee posted tonight on Youtube. Right around the 2:16 mark, you can check out Chan presenting his "beautiful wife" and watch a part of Jenna's performance to Beyonce's "Sweet Dreams"! Enjoy!!!

What's next for the always busy couple? With this event completed, Chan can now focus on promoting his next film, 'Dear John', which hits theaters on February 5th and can prepare for his next role in 'Son of No One', which is scheduled to start filming in New York in February too.

Jenna will start filming her next movie, 'Slightly Single in L.A.', with best friend Haylie Duff this Wednesday, and her drama 'Falling Awake' is scheduled to be released in theaters in January via IFC Films.

Since this is the first time I've mentioned 'Slightly Single' by name, here's what the romantic comedy is all about...

Dale Squire is a hip, quirky, independent single gal living in the glossy city of Los Angeles. She makes ends meet by working in the obscure world of reality television, while pursuing her passion as a photographer. After several failed attempts in quasi-relationships, Dale concludes that finding a meaningful relationship in L.A. is impossible. After all, a girl can only take so many toe-sucking fashion photographers and star-seeking personal trainers. And in Los Angeles, there are many of these men. But being anti-social is tough for any young girl in Hollywood, and with Dale's entourage - Jill: a high maintenance ex-soap star obsessed with her own wedding, Becca: an honest C-list actress waiting for her big break in Hollywood, Seven: Dale's flamboyant house mate, and Hallie: a super sexy, laid back jewelry designer - she is lucky to have such a reliable group of friends in a city where it's easy to get lost. With Jill's frantic wedding right around the corner, Dale finds herself reflecting on the significance of marriage, and the mutual respect needed for a successful relationship. When Zach, a successful heartthrob actor and old friend of Dale's, finds his way back into her life, Dale slowly starts to think that maybe finding love in L.A. is possible - the only problem is that her realization might have come too late, leaving Dale in a silent love triangle, with no way out.
After a ton of travel, Jenna told me she's excited to be able to film close to home. Good luck to Jen on her new role!

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Fabulous Channing Tatum Fan Spotlight

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In an effort to help CTU readers learn more about each other, I profile members of the Channing Tatum Unwrapped Fan Club on the site and give them the "Fabulous Channing Tatum Fan Spotlight" award.

I am excited to announce that this month's Channing Tatum Unwrapped spotlight is dedicated to Fabulous Channing Tatum Fan Crystal H. from Idaho. Here's what you should know about Crystal...

Name: Crystal H.

City: Fruitland

State: Idaho / USA

Age: 23

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Favorite Channing Tatum Photo and Why?:
I would have to say this picture of Chan is one of the best I have ever come across. He looks like someone you could totally hangout with on the weekends....So genuine and sweet. I love his half smile. Like he has a secret. You can tell he modeled. That boy knows how to smize [aka smile with his eyes]!

Favorite Channing Tatum Scene and Why?:
Well, I have more then one. One is on 'Step Up' when Nora tells Tyler to catch her then runs towards him and she has that look of surprise on face. I had the same look watching it. What girl wouldn't want a guy to be able to catch her like that... My second favorite is in 'G.I. Joe' when Rex is in the building and Chan goes running to save him because of his promise to Anna. Then, he rides his bike to the funeral with the rain pouring down and the look of utter failure in his eyes. That was so heart wrenching! Lastly, it would have to be in 'She's the Man' when Olivia walks over to Duke and Viola in the gym and he is trying to impress her and whacks his head on the bar! I laughed so hard I swear I peed a little!

Favorite Channing Tatum Movie Quote and Why?:

"I'm fighting, for something that's real for the first time in my life!" - TYler Gage in 'Step Up'

So awesome. I feel that way everyday I look at my daughter, I fight every battle and every heart ache and work everyday for her and its real!

Have you ever met Channing?:
Sigh... Unfortunately no. See, I live in this little town no one knows and don't get to California very often. I don't know if I could handle meeting him though. I am pretty shy so he would probably only get a squeak outta me lol. I would be on cloud 9 for the rest of my life though!

Why are you a Fabulous Channing Tatum Fan?:
I have loved Channing since I saw the Mountain Dew commercial. The first words outta my mouth were "Who's the hottie?". Then, I saw 'Coach Carter' and freaked when I realized it was him. I have been following him since. He is truly a gifted actor with a gorgeous smile and laid back persona. I am very excited to be able to see his work. Keep making those movies and I will stay a true Channing Tatum fan!

Thanks, Crystal, for letting me profile you and for taking the time to share all of your info with the other readers!

As the subject of the Fab Fan Spotlight, Crystal will receive an exclusive, custom-made 12 month calendar featuring Channing Tatum courtesy of Channing Tatum Unwrapped!!!

Finally, Crystal's Fab Fan Spotlight profile will soon be added on the right side of the blog so other Channing Fans can learn about her from any page. Feel free to send your congrats to Crystal in the comments on this post!

Do you want to be featured in an upcoming Fab Fan Spotlight? I will choose and interview a Channing Tatum Unwrapped Fan Club member each month. If you are a fan club member and would like to be spotlighted, send an email to fabfan@channingtatumunwrapped.com and let me know your fan club username and why you are a Channing Tatum fan.

I am currently choosing the next Fab Fan Spotlighter, so be on the lookout for an email from me requesting an interview and the next FFS might just be you!

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Friday, November 27, 2009

REMINDER: Deadline Approaching for the 2009 Jenna Dewan-Tatum Birthday Project

As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm working on a little project for Jenna's birthday (which is on December 3rd), and I would really love to include birthday wishes from fans.

If you would like to participate in this year's birthday project for Jenna, please send me a photo of yourself with a birthday message on it letting her know why you're a fan. Please do not send your message separately in the email. It's important that the message be added to the photo.

You can use the free tool Picnik.com to add your message to the photo and then email the pic to birthday@channingtatumunwrapped.com so I can feature it in this year's gift.

I want to thank all the fans who've already submitted a photo. The deadline for submissions is December 1st, and thanks in advance for your help with CTU's 2009 birthday project for Jenna!!!

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

NEWS FLASH: Attend a Special 'Dear John' Premiere Benefiting Carolina Autism

Although Channing Tatum's highly-anticipated romantic drama 'Dear John' will have a traditional premiere in Los Angeles prior to it's February 5th release next year, Sony has graciously allowed Charleston-based Carolina Autism to hold a special premiere benefiting the organization, and the cool part is that fans will be able to attend.

Carolina Autism is a charitable agency that treats children with autism for free, and they also worked on the set of 'Dear John'. Because of the current economic conditions and the high unemployment rate in South Carolina, many families are unable to get treatment for their children with autism. The makers of 'Dear John' generously offered to have this premiere in Charleston for the benefit of those children through Carolina Autism's "Push for Kids" program.

All the money raised during the charity event will go to help children from around the state of South Carolina like Braeden (a very talented and autistic child who stars in the movie with Chan) to get the treatment they need.

Sony Pictures is working to make sure that Chan, his co-star Amanda Seyfried, and the rest of the film's stars are able to attend the event that will be held on Sunday, January 24, 2010, and Carolina Autism told me that "Dear John" author Nicholas Sparks is going to also try to be there, as well as the director Lasse Hallström.

The movie will be shown at the Hippodrome Theater on the Charleston waterfront, and the after-party will be held in the adjacent South Carolina Aquarium where movie goers will be exclusive guests in an after hours wonderland.

Tickets can be purchased online with no administration or processing fees, so every dollar goes to treat children with autism. Fans can learn more and purchase tickets at www.DearJohnCharlestonPremiere.com.

As many of you know, the movie was filmed in the Charleston, South Carolina area and you can CLICK HERE to read about all of the local fan encounters from on and off the set of the film, HERE to watch the trailer, and HERE to check out all of the photos from the film and set in the CTU Photo Gallery.

'Dear John' is scheduled for a February 5, 2010 release in the US, but fans can find more international release dates on the CTU Calendar.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

REMINDER: Channing Tatum’s ‘Public Enemies’ Releases on DVD in France

Channing Tatum plays the iconic criminal Pretty Boy Floyd in the historical drama 'Public Enemies', a movie that follows the true-life FBI hunt for 1930’s gangster John Dillinger (played by Johnny Depp).

French fans can get your very own copy of 'Public Enemies' from sites like Amazon France and Love Film in both the DVD and Blu-ray formats as of TODAY!!!

Directed by Michael Mann and starring Oscar® nominee Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard, 'Public Enemies' places you in the center of the fast and dangerous life of outlaw John Dillinger (Depp), whose cascade of heists, breakouts and charismatic press conferences captivated a nation and won him the heart of Billie Frechette (Cotillard) who went along for the ride. Meanwhile, at the same time, he was being hunted nationwide by crime buster Melvin Purvis (Bale) and the FBI as the nation’s first Public Enemy No. 1.

You can CLICK HERE to check out the action-packed high-definition trailer for the film and fans can watch even more clips in the 'Public Enemies' Playlist of our Youtube Video Channel.

What's up next for 'Public Enemies'? The movie will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in the US on December 8, 2009.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

IN THE PRESS: Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s Retail Therapy Featured on JustJared.com

Jenna Dewan-Tatum Shopping at Paige Premium Denim on JustJared.comJenna Dewan-Tatum wrapped filming on her latest movie, 'Legend of Hell's Gate', last week and celebrated that achievement, signing on to another movie, and getting over a cold by partaking in a little retail therapy at L.A.'s Paige Premium Denim and Armani Exchange today.

Here's what Just Jared had to say about Jenna's shopping trip...

A fresh faced Jenna Dewan does some retail therapy at L.A.’s Paige Premium Denim on Monday (November 23).

The 28-year-old actress, who is currently filming The Legend of Hell’s Gate: An American Conspiracy with One Tree Hill’s James Lafferty, is lucky to catch a break now - it sounds like she’ll be busy over the next few weeks!

“Big big week ahead of me!” Jenna tweeted. “Rehearsals for dizzyfeet, meetings, signed on to do new movie, thanksgiving cooking so much!”

After stopping at Paige and picking up some of their super-cute swag, Jenna headed to Armani Exchange. “My car is stuffed to the max with holiday shopping bags,” she tweeted.
Here's the new photos of Jenna shopping at Paige Premium Denim from Just Jared and a few of other pics of her walking down Melrose and leaving Armani Exchange....

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You can CLICK HERE to see all of the photos above and a few additional shots in the CTU Photo Gallery.

Jenna Dewan-Tatum Featured in Fabsugar's Celeb StyleIf fans want to figure out how to recreate Jenna's look, you can thanks to Fabsugar's Celeb Style...

"Jenna Dewan walked down the street in Beverly Hills looking extremely chic and poised. Her structured white blazer framed her body perfectly, and paired well over her draped fringe Haute Hippie halter, denim leggings, and over-the-knee brown boots. A vintage pair of sunglasses gave the look an old-fashioned feel, while her studded purse and gold bangles kept it current. Shop her exact top and other similar items now."

Below you can check out a new photo from last night when Jenna attended the birthday party of friend and Dizzyfeet producer Adam Shankman with 'Step Up 2's Briana Evigan, director Jon M. Chu, and uber choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha D'Umo.

Jenna Dewan-Tatum at Adam Shankman's Birthday Party

I hear from CTU reader Michaela that Jenna will be performing with Briana Evigan ('Step Up 2'), Sharni Vinson ('Step Up 3'), and eight backup dancers at the Dizzyfeet gala on November 29th where hubby Channing Tatum is also supposed to present.

The sold out event will not be televised (although Adam Shankman has mentioned a DVD may be released), so hopefully there will be lots of pics. Stay tuned and CONGRATS to Jenna on the new movie role!!!

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

FAN ENCOUNTERS: Chan and Jenna Partying with Fans in Scotland

Over the past three months, numerous fans have run into Channing Tatum in Achiltibuie and other parts of Scotland while he films his Roman epic 'Eagle of the Ninth'.

Today, we have some great new pics of Chan and his wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum with fans Kelly, Abi, Phoebe, Kythe and Kim enjoying themselves at a dance that the town threw for the cast and crew. Here's what they had to say about their encounter with the couple...

"We met Channing and Jenna at a ceilidh in Achiltibuie, Scotland when Channing was up filming "The Eagle of the Ninth" in October! It was such a fun night!" - Kelly, Abi, Phoebe, Kythe & Kim :D

You can check out Jenna and Chan in a couple of his favorite caps and a t-shirt from Tampa-based Eleven O Twelve hanging out with fans in the new pics below...

You can CLICK HERE see a few more photos of Chan and Jenna with fans in Scotland, and you'll find tons more fan encounter photos in the CTU photo gallery too.

For those who don't know, Chan's movie 'The Eagle of the Ninth' is based on the best-selling, classic 1954 teen novel by Rosemary Sutcliff, and is set in the dangerous world of second-century Britain. In 140 AD, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila (played by Channing) arrives from Rome to solve the mystery and restore the reputation of his father, the commander of the Ninth. Accompanied only by his British slave Esca (Jamie Bell), Marcus sets out across Hadrian's Wall into the uncharted highlands of Caledonia - to confront its savage tribes, make peace with his father's memory, and retrieve the lost legion's golden emblem, the Eagle of the Ninth. Donald Sutherland portrays Marcus' uncle Aquila, who has retired in Britain; Mark Strong is cast as Guern, an ex-soldier who holds crucial information about the Ninth. The drama is scheduled to hit theaters in the third quarter of 2010!!!

Big thanks to Kelly for sending in the great pics! If you happen to run into Chan or Jenna, send your photos and fan encounter stories to fanencounters@channingtatumunwrapped.com. I will post them on the blog to share with envious fans all around the globe! ;-)

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Friday, November 20, 2009

IN THE PRESS: Channing Tatum Featured in People’s 2009 Sexiest Man Alive Issue

Channing Tatum is on a roll and again is featured in People Magazine's coveted sexiest man alive issue for the 3rd year in a row.

This year People placed Chan in their "Sexy At Every Age" article, and below, fans can check out a scan from the November 30, 2009 issue of the magazine that features his ever-popular 'Public Enemies' co-star, Johnny Depp, on the cover.

Here's what People has to say about Chan and the 39 other sexy celebs...

"From dreamy boys next door to smoking-hot silver foxes, sexiness doesn't discriminate. Need proof? Feast your eyes on these 40 faces."

You can click on the scan of the article below where they used a photo of Chan from the Toyko, Japan premiere during this summer's 'G.I. Joe' press tour...

Fans can also CLICK HERE to check out a ton more places where Chan has been featured in the press and HERE to see more photos from this summer's 'G.I. Joe' press tour in the CTU Photo Gallery.

Make sure you pickup a copy of this week's People. It's on newsstands everywhere NOW!!!

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NEWS FLASH: Channing Tatum Headed for the Streets of New York for 'Son of No One'

I recently reported that Channing Tatum will be starring in the crime thriller 'Son of No One' (set to be released in 2011), his latest drama with writer/director Dito Montiel, and now I have a few more details on the who, what, when, and where for the film production.

The estimated $20 million actioneer is in the pre-production phase and principal photography (aka filming) is currently scheduled to start on February 2, 2010 (right around the time Chan will be wrapping up promotions for his movie 'Dear John').

In addition to filming on location in New York City (which I totally pegged as a potential location in my last post about the film), the production will reportedly be making some stops in Detroit, Michigan and Toronto, Ontario in Canada.

It's an understatement to say that Dito Montiel is drawn to New York City much like ducks are drawn to water. After filming both 'A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints' and 'Fighting' in New York, it's clear that the city he grew up in seems to be his favorite directorial playground. From the South Bronx to Queens to Canal Street and more, fans can check out the beauty that is New York through Dito's eyes in the CTU Photo Gallery.

'Son of No One' is about a young cop named Jonathan White (played Channing Tatum) who is assigned to a precinct in the working class neighborhood where he grew up, and an old secret threatens to destroy his life and his family.

The cast is definitely shaping up for this one...Chan will be joined by his 'Fighting' co-star and Oscar nominee Terrence Howard (Vinny), James Gandolfini (Sergeant Mathers) and the incomparable Robert De Niro (Detective Stanford).

Sadly, it'll be a while before we can see Chan in this new film, but fans in the UK can watch him in his 2008 drama 'Stop-Loss' on Sky Screen 2 at 5:25 PM on November 20th and Sky Movies Drama at 11:00 PM on December 10th. Fans in the US can also watch Chan's movie 'Havoc' on IFC at 7:00 PM Central on November 21st and 1:30 AM Central on November 22nd.

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