Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Channing Tatum Unwrapped Partners with BuzzMedia...The Cinderella Story Continues

Since I started this site in 2007, CTU has had more red letter days than I can count. From Chan asking us to be his official site to visiting the set of 'Fighting', getting a Teen Choice Award nomination, being recognized in Italian Vogue and attending press junkets and premieres for Chan's films, doing this site has been an amazing and surreal experience from practically day one, and I'm happily going to add today to that list. Here's why...

In January, we had a problem that most websites would love to have. We actually had too many visitors hit the site at one time. The increased traffic not only took down CTU, it also caused our hosting company enough heartburn that they *politely* asked us to find another home...and quickly.

My goal was to find a new, permanent home that could not only properly handle all of Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum's fans, but could also help CTU reach even more fans around the world.

I'm excited to announce that we've officially partnered with BuzzMedia, and as of last night, CTU is now safely sitting in our new home. I'm really proud of this next step in CTU's short, but eventful, history; 1) because it's amazing to see how much the site has grown in three short years and 2) because CTU has now joined a prestigious list of blogs that BuzzMedia has chosen to work with.

We are joining BuzzMedia's family of websites which include official sites for celebs like Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian, and Nicole Richie, and celebrity news blogs like Just Jared, Celebuzz, and What Would Tyler Durden Do?. It's kind of the holy mecca for blogs, and I couldn't be more excited that they felt CTU belongs anywhere near that group.

What does this mean for Chan and Jenna's fans? We have lots of plans in the works, some of which, I will be sharing with you all in the very near future. Since our new home is able to handle all of the traffic, I'm am going to start using the Google blog less. From here on out, fans should make ChanningTatumUnwrapped.com your sole destination to get the latest news on our favorite couple (aka Chenna).

Mostly, this new step means the site will continue to grow, possibly faster than ever before, and I can sleep soundly at night with the knowledge that BuzzMedia is looking out for us and can keep us up and running when we encounter any inevitable traffic spikes.

I truly love everything about CTU, so I have to thank Chan, Jenna, Chan's sister Paige, and family for their support in this big move. Without them, none of this would be possible.

Both Chan and Jenna have been blessed with a fairytale life and could easily be selfish and keep it all to themselves. Instead, they share it wholeheartedly and without hesitation with their family, friends, and their fans. Honestly, I don't think I could ever thank them all enough for the opportunities they have given me, but I can promise to always work really hard to earn my keep.

I also have to thank all of you, from CTU readers who've been with me since day one to those who are just joining the family today. I've said it before, and I'm going to say it again...

CTU is what it is because of the support of the fans. Thank you so much, and I'm REALLY EXCITED about everything this new partnership will bring to Chan and Jenna's fans all around the world! HUGS to my CTU family!

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Monday, March 8, 2010

NEWS FLASH: Jenna Dewan-Tatum Becomes a StarDoll Superstar

While Channing Tatum wraps up filming on his latest project (which is why he could not attend/present at this year's Oscars), wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum joined Academy Award® nominees, presenters, and some of the most well-known film stars in the world for the sold-out eighth annual "Night Before" party to benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF).

It's the hottest pre-Academy Awards ticket and money raised at the event supports the extensive programs and services (residential retirement community and child-care center, health care, human services, financial assistance) that the MPTF provides to more than 60,000 members of the entertainment industry every year.

Hosted by MPTF chair Jeffrey Katzenberg, the event serves as the largest money-raiser for the fund, and was once again held at the historic Beverly Hills Hotel, where a huge crowd of celebrities and entertainment industry executives came out to support the MPTF.

Attendees received gifts from sponsors like Hewlett Packard, Target and L'Oreal which included products from L'Oreal, Lancome, and Kiehl's, bowties and cummerbunds for the men, and dresses, bodysuits, and scarves for the women courtesy of Target's guest designer Zac Posen.

Jenna was able to rubs elbows with host committee members like George Clooney, Sean Penn, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and Oscar nominee guests like Colin Firth, Morgan Freeman, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock. Before and after the event she tweeted...

"Getting ready for big Oscar party tonight. The "night before" dreamworks party. Dollin' it up. "Work!" as Ru-Paul would say ha...What a night! I believe I met the entire town of Hollywood tonight..goodnight all xo"

To keep things more personal and low-key, the only people not invited were press agents and members of the press. No press also means no pics of the ever-gorgeous Jenna from the event. No need to fret, because thanks to StarDoll.com, fans can get the next best thing...

A couple of years ago, StarDoll.com, a popular virtual paperdoll community, created a new doll for Channing Tatum that fans could have fun dressing up, and now it's Jenna's turn.

StarDoll just released her look-a-like Superstar Doll with a wardrobe full of unique clothes that we've seen Jenna wear over the years. Below, you can check out some the looks from the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, promotional stills from 'Step Up', and ELLE Magazine's 15th Annual Women in Hollywood Tribute...

The membership to StarDoll.com is completely FREE and most of their members are girls between the ages of 7 and 17. You can click on either Chan or Jenna's paperdolls below to check out the site that currently boasts over 52 million members...

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

REMINDER: Channing Tatum’s ‘Dear John’ Premieres in Korea, Australia, and Thailand

Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried in 'Dear John' Posters Korea

When Chan's movies start releasing outside of the US, they often create new versions of the posters. I'm using the three new Korean posters created for his latest film, 'Dear John', to remind all of Channing Tatum's Fabulous Fans in Korea, Australia, and Thailand that the movie just premiered in your countries THIS WEEK!!!

'Dear John' tells the story of John (Channing Tatum), a young soldier home on leave and Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried), the idealistic college student he meets during her spring vacation. It's based on a Nicholas Sparks' best-selling book, helmed by Lasse Hallström, written by Jamie Linden, and wrapped filming in the Charleston, South Carolina area in December of 2008.

Fans can get more info on the film on the Australian and Korean official sites. Below, you can also watch a newly released high quality Korean extended trailer I just found...

I also found some new wallpapers on the Korean official site. You can click on them to view and download...

Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried in 'Dear John' Wallpapers Korea Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried in 'Dear John' Wallpapers Korea

Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried in 'Dear John' Wallpapers Korea Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried in 'Dear John' Wallpapers Korea

Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried in 'Dear John' Posters Korea

In case you haven't already, fans can check out tons of photos from the film in the CTU Photo Gallery and can watch trailers and cast interviews on CTU's Youtube channel.

What's up next for 'Dear John'? The movie is being released in the Netherlands on March 11th and will be released in France on March 31st. Fans can CLICK HERE to view future release dates for other countries.

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

CASTING CALL: New York City Auditions for Channing Tatum’s ‘Son of No One’

Dito Montiel (i.e. the director of Channing Tatum's past and future films 'A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints', 'Fighting', 'Brotherhood of the Rose', and 'Son of No One') has sent out another casting call for the next movie that Chan will film.

'Son of No One' is currently in pre-production and will start filming in New York City very soon. This Sunday the production will be holding an open call for boys and girls of any race who can pass for ages 14 through 16. No experience is necessary, but please only attend the open call if you fit the age appearance requirement.

The open call will take place at Kaufman Astoria Studios on March 7th at 3412 36th Street in Queens between 12 and 4pm. You can CLICK HERE for directions. Minors MUST bring a parent or legal guardian with them to the casting call.

Last I heard, 'Son of No One' is supposed to film in New York City, Toronto, and Detroit and 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. In addition to Chan and his 'Fighting' co-star and Oscar nominee Terrence Howard (who plays Vinny), the cast also includes James Gandolfini (Sergeant Mathers) and Al Pacino (Detective Stanford).

Here's the full synopsis for the film...

"Jonathan White had a rough childhood. His father, a cop, was killed in the line of duty, and Jonathan was raised by his grandmother in the Queensbridge Projects in Queens, NY. He had a lot of friends, and he was the only white kid, so they called him Milk. Milk and his closest friends were going to start a hardcore punk band and become stars like their favorite band, MDC (Millions of Dead Cops). But fate intervened. Milk and his friends were always hassled by a couple of neighborhood junkies, until one day Milk had enough and killed one of the junkies. Later, they were forced to kill the second junkie to avoid being caught. But the police knew more than they publicly let on. Detective Stanford (Al Pacino) approaches young Milk and tells him he doesn't have to worry about getting caught. His dad was Stanford's partner, which makes them like family.

Sixteen years later, Jonathan lives in Long Island with his wife Kerry White, and their beautiful daughter. Like his father, Jonathan is a cop, assigned to the Queensbridge projects where he grew up. 9/11 has caused the neighborhood to change, and real estate developers work closely with the police on a project called "Quality of Life", an effort to rid the neighborhood of junkies and homeless people. For Jonathan, the changes become personal when a rabble-rousing newspaper publishes a letter from an unnamed source, which describes the details of sixteen-year old murders that were never solved because the police didn't care. Jonathan's world is thrown into a tailspin as the letters continue and Sergeant Mathers (James Gandolfini) asks him to give the newspaper editor a visit.

The editor, an aging hippie named Roger Daltry, is determined to find out more about the unsolved murders. Jonathan researches his old friends to see if they're behind the letters. Many are dead, or have been relocated due to the Quality of Life project. He's pretty sure the culprit is Vinny (Terrence Howard), his closest friend. Vinny had a troubled upbringing, and he and Jonathan shared many secrets. Vinny spent some time in jail, and still lives at home with his mom. Jonathan's paranoia intensifies when he finds his work locker unlocked, with a copy of the newspaper inside. In the newspaper is a brand new letter about the murders. Kerry begins receiving threatening phone calls, and Mathers pressures him to silence Daltry. Jonathan confronts his old friend, but can't be sure if he has anything to do with the letters."

The crime thriller will be released some time in 2011. As always, I'll let fans know when I learn about any future casting calls. GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!!!

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Jenna Dewan-Tatum at TheWrap.com's Pre-Oscar Party

TheWrap.com held their 2010 Awards Season Nominee Celebration at the new Four Seasons Hotel Italian restaurant on March 1, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California.

Since Channing Tatum is currently filming Steven Soderbergh's 'Knockout' overseas, wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum attended the event with her manager instead.

On today's post in the CTU Photo Gallery, fans can check out some gorgeous new photos of Jenna in Alice + Olivia at the event, a three-way outfit face-off where Hollywood Life's readers choose Jenna by a landslide as the best-dressed, and can read an interview she did with People Magazine where we learn a little more about how she's adjusting to married life and her upcoming PETA campaign...

Jenna Dewan Really Cooking with Husband Channing Tatum
By Scott Huver
Newlywed Jenna Dewan says that while her life with Channing Tatum has "just gotten better" since they tied the knot last July, she admits she's still making progress on one spousal ambition.
"I've been trying really hard to be more domesticated," Dewan told PEOPLE during TheWrap.com's awards season party. "It's not in my nature to clean and cook, and so I've been really good about it. And we just actually had professional organizers that came to our house and did a whole bunch of organizing, which was the best thing that I could've done for the New Year, ever!
"And I've been learning to cook so I'm very excited about that!"
After seven months of marriage, Dewan says her relationship with her husband continues to hit new heights. "It's literally just gotten better," said the former Melrose Place actress, 29. "I know that I'm in that weird minority of people that say it got better, but it really did. We got married and it got a ton better!"
As she settles down, Dewan also recently took a walk on the wilder side, having just posed for a PETA photo shoot in full snakeskin body paint.
"It was amazing, but it was five hours standing up without sitting down, painting my entire body like a snake," said Dewan. "They said, 'It comes off in water. ' "
She laughed as she pointed out a smudge of paint still clinging to her calf. "Let me tell you that it does not come off in water

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