Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Fabulous Channing Tatum Fan Spotlight

In an effort to help CTU readers learn more about each other, once a month I profile one special Channing Tatum Unwrapped Fan Club member on the site and give them the "Fabulous Channing Tatum Fan Spotlight" award.

It's my pleasure to announce that this month's Channing Tatum Unwrapped Fab Fan Spotlight is dedicated to Fabulous Channing Tatum Fan Joselyn from California.

Here is what you should know about Joselyn:


Los Angeles


Fab Fan Spotlight Favorite Photos - JoselynFavorite Channing Tatum Picture and Why?:

I have 2 favorites. I love the 1st photo because Channing looks very classy. He looks like one of those polished, stylish men from the Hugo Boss ads. I love the 2nd photo because he and Jenna both look so happy with each other. The photo shows that Channing is a good boyfriend because you can see in his smile that he’s happy to be around Jenna and would do anything to make her happy.

Favorite Channing Tatum Movie and Why?:

'She’s the Man', because it’s one of my favorite movies, & I loved his character, Duke Orsino. I think Channing did a really great job in that movie because he had great chemistry w/ the other actors and actresses. Plus, he showed that he’s really good at soccer.

Favorite Channing Tatum Scene and Why?:

The scene in 'She’s the Man' when he & Amanda Bynes’s character Viola are in the dorm room, and he’s telling her how he thinks there’s more to a person than just how they look. Channing put a lot of feeling into the scene, so that it seemed really real. It also showed that he is a really great actor.

Favorite Channing Tatum Movie Quote and Why?:

“Be not afraid of greatness, some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”- 'She’s the Man'. I like this quote because it’s kind of the turning point of the movie when his character (Duke) shows that he accepts Viola to be on his soccer team. It’s also cool how Channing can turn a Shakespeare quote into something amazing!

Favorite Upcoming Channing Tatum Movie Quote and Why?:

Public Enemies’ because it sounds really interesting. Plus, there are a TON of other great actors & actresses in that movie!

Have you ever met Channing?:

No, but I would love to! He’s on my list of ‘must meet’ actors.

Why are you a Fabulous Channing Tatum Fan?:

I think Channing is a really talented actor and dancer. 'She’s the Man' is the 1st movie I’ve seen him in, and I thought he was *fabulous* in it! I also love how he doesn’t act in movies just for the fame. He seems like a really modest and down-to-earth kind of person. I admire how he uses his fame to raise awareness for the less fortunate, like with the Rock4Change project

Thanks, Joselyn, 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, Joselyn will receive an exclusive, custom-made 12 month calendar featuring Channing Tatum courtesy of Channing Tatum Unwrapped!!!

Finally, Joselyn'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 Joselyn in the comments on this entry!

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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AS SEEN ON TV: First TV Spot for Channing Tatum's 'Fighting'

'Fighting' Wallpaper (Channing Tatum)

We are less than a month away from the April 24th theatrical release for Channing Tatum's action film 'Fighting', so I was excited to see the first TV spot released this past weekend. Although a much higher quality version of the commercial should be available on the film's official site soon, feel free to check out the new footage in the TV spot below...

Fans can also watch the trailer and other videos from the production on our Youtube Channel, check out tons of behind-the-scenes and promotional photos in the 'Fighting' Photoset in the Channing Tatum Unwrapped Photo Gallery, and get even more info about the movie on the film's newly redesigned official site at http://www.fightingmovie.net.

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CASTING NEWS: Channing Tatum May Star in Roman Military Drama 'The Eagle of the Ninth'

Channing Tatum at the 'Sugar' Premiere in Los Angeles (Wallpaper)

Channing Tatum has a ton of potential projects in the works, and Variety just reported some casting news on one of them.

Director Kevin Macdonald is set to turn the UK's classic 1954 novel, The Eagle of the Ninth, into a film, starring Jamie Bell and (possibly) Channing Tatum, if he decides to take the role.

Movie news site Ropeofsilicon.com says...

"The film is a Roman adventure set in the dangerous world of second-century Britain. In 135 A.D., fifteen years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila [possibly played by Channing Tatum] 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 (Bell), Marcus sets out across Hadrian’s Wall into the uncharted High Lands 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."

You can read the Variety article in it's entirety below to learn more about a new role that Channing is reportedly considering...

'Eagle' enlisting Kevin Macdonald
Director takes on Roman military drama

Helmer Kevin Macdonald will follow "State of Play" by directing the Roman military drama "The Eagle of the Ninth."

Focus Features has signed to distribute domestically and sell offshore distribution rights for the pic, set to begin production in August.

Jamie Bell is set to star in the 2nd century A.D. tale, and Channing Tatum is in talks to join him. Script is by Jeremy Brock, who teamed with Macdonald on "The Last King of Scotland."

Duncan Kenworthy is producing through his Toledo Prods. banner. Financing will come through the Focus deal and equity funding from Film 4, which will get U.K. broadcasting rights as part of its deal.

The story revolves around a wounded Roman soldier and his loyal Celtic slave who try to solve the mystery of the Ninth Legion, a brigade of Roman soldiers that vanished after heading into the untamed Highlands of Scotland 15 years earlier.

Hungarian locations will stand in for 2nd century England, while the Scottish scenes will be filmed in Scotland.

Bell is set to play the slave, while Tatum has been offered the lead but has not yet committed.

Macdonald's "State of Play" will be released on April 17 by Universal Pictures, with Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck and Helen Mirren starring.

Kenworthy, who last produced "Love Actually," also is producing an Emma Thompson-scripted remake of "My Fair Lady" that will star Keira Knightley, with Danny Boyle reportedly mulling the directing assignment.

As always, congrats to Chan on possibly adding this new role to his continually growing list of projects!!!

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Monday, March 30, 2009

VIDEOS OF THE WEEK: Chan and Cung Le at the Fight Expo and New 'G.I. Joe' Video Game Trailer

Today's Videos of the Week include footage of Channing Tatum and his 'Fighting' co-star Cung Le as they promote the film at the Fight Expo recently and the newly released trailer for the 'G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra' video game.

In the first video created and submitted by Youtube user MasterClozer, you can see Chan and Cung as they hang out with fans and the Make a Wish Kids and get interviewed for the film at the Fight Expo. Enjoy!!!

In the second video from Gametrailers.com, we have the new trailer for video game associated with Channing Tatum's upcoming action film 'G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra'. MTV's Multi-Player Blog says it’s a third-person co-op action game that essentially plays like a character-based shoot-em-up and features at least six movie-based Joes, including Snake Eyes, Scarlett, Rip Cord, Duke and Heavy Duty. The game will be released on all major video gaming platforms on July 27, 2009 and the summer blockbuster will hit theaters on August 7, 2009. Enjoy!!!

Big thanks to Youtube user MasterClozer for the great footage at the Fight Expo. Fans can also CLICK HERE to also check out a ton of exclusive photos from the event.

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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Sunday, March 29, 2009

DEAL OF THE DAY: Watch Channing Tatum's 'Battle in Seattle' for FREE

Channing Tatum as Johnson in 'Battle in Seattle' (Wallpaper)In today's Deal of the Day, I wanted to let you all know about a free theatrical screening for Channing Tatum's political drama 'Battle in Seattle'. The movie will be shown at the 2nd Annual Lowell Film Festival in Lowell, Massachusetts, which is about 40 minutes outside of Boston.

As far as the festival is concerned, it's focus is to help people learn more about food, fair trade and the global economy. The Boston Globe says, "It's an unusual hybrid for a film festival, part arts event, part bazaar, part social justice rally. Nonfilm events include a market featuring businesses embracing fair trade practices; and guest speakers on such topics as sustainable farming and garment production."

In addition to 'Battle in Seattle', there will be 9 other feature length films and documentaries and a few film shorts, and the festival runs from Friday, April 3 – Sunday, April 5.

'Battle in Seattle' is the headline film on Saturday night, and it will be shown from 8PM – 9:30PM in Room 222 at the University of Massachusetts' Lowell O’Leary Library on 61 Wilder Street.

Seats are limited for the Friday and Saturday night films, so you should reserve your seat now by sending and email to SCromwell@lowellma.gov. Please be sure to include the name of the film in your request.

If you're interested in the festival, you can CLICK HERE for a printable map of the venues and CLICK HERE for printable descriptions of line-up.

What's next for 'Battle in Seattle'? The film is now available on DVD in the US, but will have it's next theatrical release in Singapore (where it's called ''决战西雅图') on Apr 2, 2009. You can CLICK HERE to get more information.

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

IN THE PRESS: Channing Tatum Featured in Empire Magazine's 2009 Hot List

Channing Tatum Featured in Empire Magazine's Hot List - May 2009 Issue

I wanted to let you all know that Channing Tatum is featured in the May 2009 issue of Empire Magazine, which should hit US and UK newsstands very soon.

Empire Magazine is giving everyone...

"...The lowdown on the people we simply can't afford to miss out on in 2009 and who are set to go stratospheric in the 2010's - the stars with the talent, the taste and more often then not the sheer gorgeousness to change cinema over the next few years."

The Hot List also includes two of Chan's co-stars (Marion Cotillard from 2009's 'Pubic Enemies' and Amanda Seyfried from 2010's 'Dear John'). You can check out the complete list of the twenty "young, talented, and really happening right now" upstart stars who Empire says will go supernova:

  • Jim Sturgess

  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead

  • Melanie Laurent

  • Freida Pinto

  • Marion Cotillard

  • Michael Fassbender

  • Mia Wasikowska

  • Gemma Arterton

  • Evan Rachel Wood

  • Emily Blunt

  • Carey Mulligan

  • Zoe Saldana

  • Rebecca Hall

  • Channing Tatum

  • Sam Worthington

  • Ryan Reynolds

  • Daniel Mays

  • Amanda Seyfried

  • Noel Clarke

  • Megan Fox

Stay tuned to Channing Tatum Unwrapped, and I will post the article when the magazine is released.

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Follow CTU to the 'Fighting' Press Junket and Premiere!!!

New Official Website for Channing Tatum's 'Fighting'

I have a couple of important news items to share with you all today, so make sure you read this post in it's entirety...

Although they are still adding features, Channing Tatum's upcoming action film 'Fighting', which hits US and Canadian theaters on April 24th, just released a completely new and interactive official site which is jam-packed with the following features:

  • General Film Info (Synopsis, Production Notes - Coming Soon)

  • Cast & Crew Profiles - Coming Soon

  • Photos

  • Downloads (Wallpapers, AIM Icons, Screensavers)

  • Video (Trailers, TV spots - Coming Soon, Film Clips - Coming Soon)

  • Widget for Social Networking Sites like Myspace, Facebook, ect.

  • 'Fighting's Interactive Map of New York City - Coming Soon

New Official Website for Channing Tatum's 'Fighting': Photos

I have added all of the new wallpapers and AIM icons to the Channing Tatum Unwrapped Photo Gallery. You can check them out below or CLICK HERE to download them.

I think the new site looks awesome, and I really like how it shows tons of clips from the film on every page. It's now one of my favorite sites from Channing's films, so I hope you all check it out!!!

I also have some even BIGGER news that I can officially announce to CTU readers...

Channing Tatum and CTU Webmaster Q on New York Set of 'Fighting'As you may or may not know, I was lucky enough to visit the New York City set of 'Fighting' in 2007, and from that day, I hoped and prayed that I would somehow be able to attend the premiere when the movie was released.

I have now gotten official confirmation that Universal Pictures is not only going to allow me to report from next month's New York-only premiere for 'Fighting', but I will also be shadowing Channing through part of the Los Angeles press junket next week where he will be promoting the film to the media!!!

For those who don't know, a press junket is when interviewers all come on the same day to a certain place to interview the star (or sometimes stars) of a film. It's basically a day where Channing and other actors from 'Fighting' will have a ton of back to back interviews to help the media learn more about the movie.

Normally, when I go on these kind of trips, you all have to wait until I return to hear about the experience. I decided to tweak that process a bit this year, and I hope you all like the idea as much as I do...

My goal is to give you all an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at what goes on at a press junket and a premiere REAL-TIME!!! To do that, I will be live-blogging news and photos via Channing Tatum's official Twitter at both of the events.

I may even use a cool new tool called BubbleTweet to send you all video from the events if I have time. You can CLICK HERE to see an example of what I'm talking about. I will also recap my trips in traditional blog posts when I return to give you all of the details that I could not share on Twitter.

I know what you're thinking. Why does Q get to have all of the fun? Well, I want you all to be a part of my trip too. If you're a member of the Channing Tatum Unwrapped Fan Club and would like me to ask Channing a question for you at the junket, then here's what you do...

Fan clubs members can email ONE question to fanquestions@channingtatumunwrapped.com with your real name and your fan club user name by next Thursday April 2, 2009. I will choose some of the questions and answer them on Twitter during the press junket, so make sure to follow us so you don't miss a thing!

If you're not a member of the fan club yet, then what are you waiting for? CLICK HERE to join for FREE and make sure you get in those questions ASAP.

Stay tuned to Channing Tatum Unwrapped where Chan's fans get to go where no other fan has gone before!!!

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

NEWS FLASH: New Release Dates and Cast Info for Channing Tatum's 'Dear John'

Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried in 'Dear John'

I have new release dates to share with you all for Channing Tatum's romantic drama 'Dear John'. Although I'm sure the list is going to grow over the next year, we now know when the film is going to hit the theaters in the US, Norway, and the Netherlands. Here are the new release dates that can also be found on the CTU Calendar:

  • United States: February 5, 2010

  • Netherlands: February 18, 2010

  • Norway: March 5, 2010

'Dear John' is adapted from the Nicholas Sparks novel Dear John, which follows the love story between an idealistic college student and enlisted American soldier. The film stars Channing Tatum as John Tyree, Amanda Seyfried as Savannah Lynn Curtis and has a strong supporting cast that includes Richard Jenkins, Henry Thomas, Scott Porter, Leslea Fisher, Keith Robinson, and Cullen Moss. 'Dear John' is also directed by two-time Oscar nominated director, Lasse Hallstrom.

'Dear John' Cast: Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried, Scott Porter, and Henry Thomas

A crew member who worked on the film was recently asked about the chemistry between the actors during filming. Here's what they had to say about Channing and his co-stars...

"Channing is very nice, playful with the film crew and seemed to me to be acting the part of John very well...Amanda is very sweet, sort of quiet and nice to everyone on the set. She worked pretty hard to get things right (for instance she took riding lessons just outside Charleston for the horse scenes). Henry is thoughtful, caring and was also very nice to everyone. He would go out of his way to spend time with visitors to the set and when he worked with the 6 year old with autism (Braeden, who played Alan), he was a natural and developed a great relationship on-camera that will be clear in the film. The only chemistry I saw was professional. The actors sometime joked around with each other but mostly it was work, work, work!"

The film wrapped production last December, but during the nine-week shoot around Charleston, South Carolina, locations such as Edisto Island, The Citadel, the North Charleston Air Force Base, Fort Moultrie, Botany Bay, private plantation homes, businesses and town parks provided unique backdrops for the movie and doubled for sites like Africa, Afghanistan and Germany.

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AS SEEN ON TV: Watch Channing Tatum's 'Havoc' on IFC Tonight!!!

Poster for Channing Tatum's 'Havoc'I wanted to let you all know that Channing Tatum's drama 'Havoc' will be played on the Independent Film Channel tonight (Thursday, March 26, 2009) at 7:00 pm and 11:45 pm Central.

'Havoc' is a 2005 independent film that was directed by Barbara Kopple and also stars Anne Hathaway, Bijou Phillips, Shiri Appleby, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

It's about the lives of wealthy teenagers living in Los Angeles whose exposure to "hip hop culture" inspires them to imitate the "gangsta lifestyle." Although, they soon run into trouble when they come face-to-face with a real gang of Latino drug dealers.

You can check out Channing Tatum in the role of Nick, in the official trailer for 'Havoc' below:

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Jenna Dewan's 'The Jerk Theory' Helps a Little Girl's Dreams Come True

Channing Tatum's Girlfriend Jenna Dewan on the Set of Her 2008 Film 'The Jerk Theory'

As I previously reported, Channing Tatum's 2010 romantic drama 'Dear John' chose to cast an autistic child to play the role of Alan in the film, both for authenticity and to show how capable those with autism can be.

Similarly, Jenna Dewan's 2009 romantic comedy 'The Jerk Theory' chose to cast a child with Down Syndrome (which is a chromosomal disorder) in the role of Kate, who is the sister to Josh Henderson's character Adam in the film.

'The Jerk Theory' is about an aspiring recording artist named Adam (Josh Henderson). When he is burned by a bad relationship experience, he decides that if women won’t respond to the “nice guy”, then he’ll be “the jerk.” He is extremely successful with meaningless relationships, but when Adam meets and falls for Molly (Jenna Dewan's), who doesn’t fall for his jerk routine, Adam is forced to reconsider his dating philosophy.

Solidifying the fact that those living with disabilities can truly be an asset to the acting community, the role of Kate is played by Lily Smith, an adorable, active, and bubbly ten-year-old girl with Down Syndrome.

In the touching new video created by New Zealand-based Disability TV, we not only get to see some clips from the movie and get to learn more about the film, but we also get a glimpse into an amazing child's life where she is beating the odds and following her dreams despite the battle she has been fighting since before she was even born...

'The Jerk Theory' is supposed to hit theaters some time later this year.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

CHANNING TATUM MOVIE BYTES: ‘Public Enemies’, ‘Step Up 3D’, 'Pinkville' and ‘G.I. Joe’

I found a few bits of news about Channing Tatum's films 'Public Enemies‘ , 'Step Up 3-D' (not officially his film, but news regardless), 'Pinkville', and 'G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra' this past week. Check out today's Channing Tatum Movie Bytes to get the latest scoop. Enjoy!!!


Channing Tatum's MoviesEntertainment Weekly declared the trailer for Channing Tatum's real-life crime drama 'Public Enemies' a "must see" last week. Here's what they had to say about the highly-anticipated film...

"Hat rakishly tilted, machine gun at the ready, Johnny Depp looks like he's having a blast playing bank robber John Dillinger in the Michael Mann drama, also starring Christian Bale and Oscar winner Marion Cotillard. Between this and Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, we've got two gritty period shoot-'em-ups to look forward to this year."
If you haven't seen the trailer yet, CLICK HERE to check it out now!!! Also, at Ain't It Cool News we get another couple of reviews of the film. Here's a highlight from one of the reviewers...

"Had the chance to see a very early screening of Michael Mann’s Public Enemies tonight and wanted to share some thoughts with you all. A few spoilers here so tread with caution.First off, it’s incredibly entertaining. Unlike other biopics, this one drops you right into story. No flashbacks of Johnny Dillinger extorting kids on the playground, the movie begins with Johnny Depp’s Dillinger and his crew knocking over a bank with precision and style. On the other side of the law, Christian Bale’s G-Man Purvis starts the movie hunting down Pretty Boy Floyd. It’s an interesting and welcome approach. Here’s a cop, here’s a robber. Go.

Along the way, Dillinger picks up a girlfriend (the beautiful Marion Cotillard) and Purvis is appointed the head of the task force by J Edgar Hoover (a more clothed, and less blue Billy Crudup.) The next two plus hours is basically focused on Dillinger and how he made his name. As I mentioned, I found it very entertaining...70% of the movie is Dillinger robbing, shooting, and charming his way across Iowa and Illinois."
'Public Enemies' is set to hit US theaters on July 1, 2009.


Channing Tatum's MoviesI knew that watching all of those episodes of Scoobie Doo, Matlock, and Murder She Wrote would pay off one day. I was able to crack the case of the un-named dance movie that director Jon M. Chu mentions in a video he released on his Youtube channel last week. Here's how I broke the case wide open (as they say)...

Via a tweet from Production Weekly last month, I learned that 'Step Up 3-D' is scheduled to start filming in May in New York City. Since we know that 'Step Up 2: The Streets' director Jon M. Chu, break out star Adam Sevani, and dancer/actress Alyson Stoner (Chan's foster sister from 'Step Up') will be returning in the third installment of the extremely popular 'Step Up' films, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that 'Step Up 3-D' is the un-named dance movie that Jon is referring to in his video. Plus, he also confirms the fact that he's currently working on his next film in New York. Honestly, I really didn't even have to pull out my trusty detective kit for this one.

Jon is looking for unique dancers to audition by submitting videos via Youtube, and the deadline is this Wednesday (March 25th), so dancers should get their submissions in fast if you want a chance to be a part of 'Step Up 3-D'! You can watch Jon's video below to learn all about the auditions...

It's my understanding that 'Step Up 3-D' is supposed to hit an IMAX theater near you some time in 2010.


Channing Tatum's MoviesIn a recent MTV interview director Oliver Stone eluded to the fact that the 'Pinkville' project that Channing is slated to star in, but was postponed around the time of the infamous 2007 writer's strike, may not be as "dead" as previously thought. You can read Stone's response below that gives fans of the yet-to-be-made film a little hope...
"One project that Stone is sticking by is “Pinkville,” a feature about the 1968 My Lai massacre in Vietnam, which was set to film with Bruce Willis, Woody Harrelson and Cam Gigandet until the writers’ strike interrupted development in late 2007. “‘Pinkville’ is not dead,” Stone said of what would be his fourth film about that war. “I own it. I could activate it again. I don’t know if the time is right now with the Iraq War still going on, but I love that project and it’s an important one. My Lai is a forgotten piece of history that’s crucial to remember. You never know, these things come alive.”


Channing Tatum's MoviesLast week, Channing Tatum's 'G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra' had another screening, but this time Paramount Pictures showed a five-minute "sizzle reel" of footage to journalists, exhibitors, and executives in Sydney, Australia. Below, you can read a recap of the footage shown via the Australian movie news site Dark Horizons...

"Until now the only footage screened from the film has been the thirty-second Superbowl spot. While repeating some scenes from that, this expanded on what was shown and combined finished effects with animatics and live-action footage.The footage established the premise that an international military task force has been setup to combat global threats. The base of operations seems to be a sandy desert somewhere with one of the early effects shots showing a secret circular hangar bay door opening for an advanced Harrier-like jet to land.

Later on we see two lumps racing under the sand and disturbing a caravan of camels.The main thrust of the story in the film is that the COBRA organization have taken microscopic robot nanites, originally developed as a way to cure cancer, and have been able to reprogram them to do almost anything. A demonstration involves the launch of a missile containing some nanites that have been programmed to eat metal. The missile is fired from some sort of underwater vehicle in The Seine, it streaks across Paris and hits the Eiffel tower. The tower is eaten away, bits of the lower arches start falling off as people scatter, and the tower itself collapses.Destro (Christopher Eccleston) talks about the plan and is seen operating from COBRA's own secret base which is a huge underwater facility under the Arctic ice.

Much of the visual effects footage, albeit mostly incomplete, showed what looked like a climactic attack by GIJOE's forces against this base - think "Thunderball" meets "Seaquest" with lots of sleek looking CG submersibles attacking similar vehicles and/or the giant metal spires that make up the various wings of the facility.Another big portion of the footage is devoted to the body armor worn by the good guys. The body suit essentially covers everything but their face (which is covered in retractable glass/plastic) and is said to enhance a person's strength, speed and agility. We briefly glimpse the CG heads up display on the inside of each helmet as well.Cut to a truly bizarre scene in Paris where two people (Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayans I think) in the suits are running through the streets as European luxury cars with retractable guided missile launchers built into them fire rockets at the duo. The two guys jump, flip, dive through a train, get flung off the back of a truck that gets blown up, etc. Later on there's a scene with The Baroness (Sienna Miller) on top of a a building's massive glass ceiling as Tatum's character lands on the far side. As he runs towards her, she sets off some device and the ceiling explodes upwards in a massive shower of glass that sends him tumbling.

While we glimpse Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow in the footage a few times, there was no sign or even hint of Cobra Commander as far as I can recall."

'G.I. Joe' is scheduled to hit theaters on August 7,2009. For all of the movies in this post, you can go to the CTU Calendar to get the current list of international release dates.

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

CTU EXCLUSIVE FAN ENCOUNTER: Channing Tatum and Cung Le with Fans at the Fight Expo

Channing Tatum and Cung Le at the 'Fighting' Booth at the Fight Expo

Today's Fab Fan Encounter is an awesome, indepth, and CTU exclusive account of today's autograph signing at the Fight Expo with Channing Tatum and his 'Fighting' co-star Cung Le. It was submitted by Fabulous Channing Tatum Fans Becca and Dia and includes tons of photos from the event.

Here's what Becca had to say about their encounter...

Hey there, CTU readers!

Channing Tatum and Fan Dia at the Fight Expo for 'Fighting'My "sista from another mista", Dia, and I had the absolute HONOR of meeting and speaking with Channing today at the FightExpo, in Del Mar, California. I don't believe that either of us were expecting it to be such an incredible encounter! I am really excited to share about it here on CTU!

I made a call to the FightExpo people beforehand to find out what time Channing would be appearing, and was told that he would be interacting with the Make A Wish Foundation kids at 11am, and that the autograph signing would be taking place at Noon. It was a little disconcerting when things hadn't started yet, and it was already nearing Noon!

I was standing near the cage area, watching the kids interact with the famous fighters who were in attendance, when I turned around to see where Dia had run off to. Instead of Dia, however, I saw Channing walking toward me! Now, I'm ALWAYS really happy to see my best friend, but I have to admit...I was a little more impressed with Chan. He went into the cage, and Dia found her way over to the cage with me. We watched while he interacted with, and took photos with the kids from the Make A Wish Foundation, and I tried to take a few photos as well. They came out blurry, as I'm a little too overzealous with the zoom, though.

Channing Tatum and Fan Becca at the Fight Expo for 'Fighting'On his way out of the cage, I was able to get his attention for a moment, and Dia snapped a picture of Channing and I together. That picture, and the ones of Dia with him and with Cung Le are now three of my favorite pictures in the whole world! (I'm the one in the pale blue shirt and Dia is in black, for anyone wondering.) I was also able to get some really good photos of Chan and Cung Le during the interview he did! Dia and I weren't able to hear the entirety of the interview, but we do have a few highlights to tell you about that we were able to hear! (THANK YOU, D, for helping me remember!)

Channing Tatum and Cung Le Getting Interviewed at the Fight Expo for 'Fighting'

  • Channing described his weaknesses as "Chocolate Cake and Coors Light".

  • He described his fitness style, he said, "When I'm on, I'm 100% on. When I'm off, I'm 100% off." (Aren't we all, though? HA!)

  • What are the healthiest foods to eat? According to Channing, "Chicken and Brocolli."

  • Cung Le told a story about the filming of the movie "Fighting". He said that at one point, Channing told him to actually hit him, (instead of faking it for the camera) and that he took it because Channing is "a fighter".

After the interview, I was able to catch up with him before he got to the autograph table. In a silly little sentimental move on my own part, I bought Chan an early birthday card. (I wrote "Happy (Ridiculously Early) Birthday, Channing!" on the envelope, with a little note inside, mocking my own earliness.) I pulled him aside momentarily, and presented it to him. He then proved to me that every word Q, and the other CTU fans have written about how down-to-earth, and kind he is are completely true. He thanked me, told me how much it meant to him, and asked me my name. That would have been enough, but then, he gave me a huge hug, and a light kiss on the cheek, and sent me sprawling full speed into that look of awe that can only be described as "A deer caught in headlights". I was able to snap out of it quickly enough, and mentioned to him that I would be sending photographs and a write up here to Q. He asked me to pass on a message to her, which I did via email just as soon as I got home and to my computer!

Channing Tatum and Cung Le with Fighters and Make a Wish Kids at the 'Fighting' Booth at the Fight Expo

The kids from Make A Wish were allowed first autographs at the table, and then were gathered behind the table to take pictures with Channing and Cung Le. It was fun watching them flex, and grin, and goof off for the camera. I've included a photo of a couple of them showing off their muscles. It was evident that this was a big deal for them, and it was so touching to see them have such a good time.

After the kids had their turn, the few people ahead of us got to go get their copy of the "Fighting" poster autographed. I think it's awesome how Channing personalized each autograph he signed. I've been fortunate enough to meet several celebrity-type people and acquire autographs, but very rarely do they take the time to ask each person their name - a lot of them have been downright stiff and mechanical. Not Channing, he greeted each and every person who walked up to the table with a friendly hello, and chatted animatedly.

At one point, a woman just ahead of us paid him a compliment, to which he responded by grinning and telling her that she was going to make him blush. (Between us, I think that he did blush...just a little.) And when a kid approached the table with an anime-style caricature of Cung Le, Channing seemed highly impressed/amused, and asked if he could have a copy for himself. He got one! Watching all this was merely further proof of the easy going, totally approachable nature that Channing possesses. This guy is a class act.

Channing Tatum's Huge 'Fighting' Poster Behind the 'Fighting' Booth at the Fight ExpoWhen I reached the table, he asked me how to spell my name, and signed my "Fighting" poster before passing it over to Cung Le. I then took a little something extra I had brought along out of my purse. You see, I work at Blockbuster, and we have these sturdy cardboard "backer cards" that sit on the shelves behind the DVD cases so the shelves don't look quite so barren when things are checked out. I had nabbed a "Step Up" backer card for myself, and a "She's The Man" card for Dia to have signed. I explained to Channing where I had gotten the card from, and he then proceeded to tell me that he always thought he would like to work at Blockbuster. He then said that he would love to have access to all the movies, which, I must admit is a nice little perk.

I then asked if I could please take a photograph of the two of them especially for CTU! Both Channing and Cung Le obliged, and I have to say, it came out great! I really hope that you all enjoy it!

The funniest moment, however, came when he signed Dia's backer card for "She's The Man". He announced, "I'm going to write on Robert's face!" and proceeded to give Robert Hoffman a handlebar moustache, and a pair of horns. It also looks as though he added an extra dark eyebrow to Robert's face. Dia was thrilled with her little piece of original Channing Tatum artwork, and I made sure to photograph it so we could show it to you guys as well!

Channing Tatum, Fan Dia, and Cung Le at the 'Fighting' Booth at the Fight ExpoThe other cool moment involving Dia was when she first told him her name. See, the name Dia is rather unique, and some people even pronounce it wrong. (I just prefer calling her Deeeeyah to eliminate any confusion.) The moment that Channing heard her name, he looked at her and filled her in on a little bit of movie trivia in regards to her name! Unbeknownst to Dia, her name was also the name of a character in the movie "The Blood Diamond". I think she'd agree that it's not only cool to know that, it's even cooler that she was informed of it by Channing Tatum!

All in all, it was an experience that I will never forget. Having simply met him this one time, Channing has charmed me into so much more respect and admiration for him as an actor, and as a human being, than I had before even. And to think that this day would have never happened had I not seen the announcement for the FightExpo right here on CTU! So thanks to you as well, Q!

HUGE thanks to Becca for passing Chan's wonderful message along, for offering to be the CTU on the scene reporter for this event, and for sending in the great photos (which you can check out in the slideshow below)!!! And to Chan...right back at you kid. ;-)

'Fighting' will hit theaters on April 24, 2009 and fans can CLICK HERE to get a current list of international release dates for the film.

If you happen to run into Channing Tatum or Jenna Dewan, 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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