Channing Tatum

Oct. 31, 2014 | 4:29 p.m.

Channing Tatum ‘X-Men’ spinoff ‘Gambit’ lands ‘RoboCop’ screenwriter

Josh Zetumer has been hired to write the script for Fox’s “X-Men” spinoff, “Gambit.” Zetumer’s script will be based on a treatment written by Chris Claremont, who created the comic book character, a fast-talking former thief whose given name is Remy LeBeau, with artist Jim Lee. Fox confirmed the news Friday afternoon. A Cajun charmer from Louisiana, Gambit has the ability to control kinetic energy, often charging items he touches, turning them into explosives and throwing them as weapons (playing cards are a favorite). The character made his comic book debut in 1990 and has been featured in several “X-Men” animated series and video games; Taylor Kitsch played the rogue in Gavin Hood’s spinoff film, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” The project is the latest in a series of films for the busy actor. Tatum was recently seen opposite Jonah Hill in […]
Sept. 25, 2014 | 2:20 p.m.

‘Jupiter Ascending': Mila Kunis stands to inherit Earth in new trailer

Mila Kunis stars as Jupiter Jones in "Jupiter Ascending." (Warner Bros.)
A new trailer for “Jupiter Ascending” offers a glimpse of what promises to be a blockbuster sci-fi spectacle, with stars Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum simmering at its center. The film, the latest venture from Andy and Lana Wachowski’s (“The Matrix” trilogy), centers on Chicago house cleaner Jupiter Jones (Kunis), who discovers she is destined for more after she is tracked down by genetically engineered hunter-turned-protector Caine (Tatum) and learns the truth about Earth’s origins. “You’ve been taught that the birthplace of the human race is Earth,” Sean Bean’s character Stinger tells her as the trailer opens. “But it’s not.” Instead, humans can trace their roots back to “one of the most powerful dynasties in the universe,” and Jupiter’s genetic markers place her next in line to inherit Earth. Standing in her way is the villainous Balem (Eddie Redmayne), the […]
June 04, 2014 | 11:04 a.m.

‘Jupiter Ascending': Wachowski sci-fi film postponed to February 2015

Jupiter’s ascension has been delayed. Andy and Lana Wachowski’s latest sci-fi venture, “Jupiter Ascending,” starring Mila Kunis and an eyeliner-sporting Channing Tatum, is being pushed back from its original release date of July 18 and will now open Feb. 6, 2015, Warner Bros. announced Tuesday. The move was designed to give the filmmakers more time to complete the project’s extensive visual effects. “Jupiter Ascending” stars Kunis as Jupiter Jones, a young woman born on Earth whose “genetic signature” marks her as a target for elimination by the Queen of the Universe. Tatum plays Caine, who becomes Jupiter’s protector, while Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne also have featured roles. The film is the first from the Wachowskis after their audacious literary adaptation with Tom Tykwer, “Cloud Atlas,” which was based on the 2004 novel by David Mitchell and starred Tom Hanks, […]
May 13, 2014 | 10:55 a.m.

Channing Tatum to star as Gambit in ‘X-Men’ spinoff film

Actor Channing Tatum is set to join the mutant universe, playing Gambit in an “X-Men” standalone film. Tatum previously had expressed interest in playing the character, whose given name is Remy LeBeau. A Cajun charmer from Louisiana, Gambit has the ability to control kinetic energy, often charging items he touches, turning them into explosives and throwing them as weapons (playing cards are a favorite). Created by Chris Claremont and artist Jim Lee, the former thief made his comic book debut in 1990 and has been featured in several “X-Men” animated series and video games. Taylor Kitsch originated the character in Gavin Hood’s spinoff film, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” The project is the latest in a series of films for the busy actor. Tatum will next be seen on the big screen opposite Jonah Hill in “22 Jump Street,” the sequel to […]
March 26, 2014 | 5:28 p.m.

‘Jupiter Ascending’ trailer: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum raise sci-fi heat

Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum take center stage in the new trailer for Andy and Lana Wachowski’s latest sci-fi venture, “Jupiter Ascending,” and the clip offers some of the same mix of futuristic spectacle and existential exploration that catapulted the duo to international acclaim with “The Matrix” nearly 15 years ago. “Jupiter Ascending” stars Kunis as Jupiter Jones, a young woman born on Earth whose “genetic signature” marks her as a target for the Queen of the Universe. Tatum, sporting guyliner, plays Caine, identified early in the trailer as a “perfect hunting machine,” who becomes Jupiter’s protector. Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne also have featured roles. The film is the first from the Wachowskis after their audacious literary adaptation with Tom Tykwer, “Cloud Atlas,” which was based on the 2004 novel by David Mitchell and starred Tom Hanks, Halle Berry […]
Dec. 10, 2013 | 7:30 a.m.

‘Jupiter Ascending’ trailer: Channing Tatum’s perfect hunting machine

'Jupiter Ascending' trailer (featured image)
The first trailer has arrived for “Jupiter Ascending,” Andy and Lana Wachowski’s newest sci-fi venture, and the clip offers some of the same mix of futuristic spectacle and existential exploration that catapulted the duo to international acclaim with “The Matrix” nearly 15 years ago. Set for release next year, “Jupiter Ascending” stars Mila Kunis as Jupiter Jones, a young woman born on Earth whose “genetic signature” marks her as a target for the Queen of the Universe. Channing Tatum plays Caine, identified early in the trailer as a “perfect hunting machine,” who becomes Jupiter’s protector. Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne also have featured roles. The film is the first from the Wachowskis after their audacious literary adaptation with Tom Tykwer, “Cloud Atlas,” which was based on the 2004 novel by David Mitchell and starred Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Jim […]
Jan. 23, 2013 | 12:43 p.m.

‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation': 4 minutes to screen with ‘Hansel & Gretel’

Adrianne Palicki as Lady Jaye, left, and Bruce Willis as Colton in "G.I. Joe: Retaliation." (Jaimie Trueblood / Paramount Pictures)
The G.I. Joes will once again face off against terrorist organization Cobra in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” March 29, but fans can get their first glimpse of the film this weekend in a four-minute preview set to screen before certain showings of “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.” The first look debuts Thursday and will play before “Hansel & Gretel” showings in IMAX 3D, RealD 3D and digital 3D theaters. “Retaliation” — the second installment in the “G.I. Joe” film franchise — was originally slated to be released last summer, but five weeks before it was to arrive in theaters, the studio announced it would be delayed, reportedly to allow time for conversion into 3-D. The decision was a surprise, even to the film’s director, Jon M. Chu, but Paramount Pictures hopes the sequel will be a success, partly because it cost […]
Feb. 11, 2011 | 6:37 p.m.

REVIEW: ‘The Eagle’ is faithful, but not fresh

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Sheri Linden reviews the Channing Tatum vehicle “The Eagle,” seeing highs and lows in the episodic quest: It’s jarring, at first, to hear Romans speak with American accents in “The Eagle.” But that sly twist on sword-and-sandals convention makes perfect sense, lending a 21st century perspective on empire to this 2nd century drama. If only more of the film felt as fresh. Director Kevin Macdonald, who has explored extreme personalities in such memorable work as “One Day in September,” “Touching the Void” and “The Last King of Scotland,” hews so faithfully to genre storytelling in his new feature that it often feels like a missed opportunity. The script by Jeremy Brock, based on “The Eagle of the Ninth,” a 1954 young-adult novel by Rosemary Sutcliff, plays it straight down the middle, neither pushing its contemporary vantage point nor embracing the […]
Feb. 10, 2011 | 5:36 a.m.

‘The Eagle': Channing Tatum knows he’s ‘never going to be the best actor’

Channing Tatum (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Times reporter Steven Zeitchik sat down with actor Channing Tatum, here’s an excerpt… Some actors like to tout their methods. Others boast of roles they’ve pulled off. Channing Tatum prefers a little more candor. “I’m never going to be the best actor,” Tatum said over lunch last week at the Smokehouse restaurant in Burbank. “I’m just not. But I will work harder than anyone out there.” He’s living up to that pledge. In the last year, the 30-year-old former fashion model has appeared on the big screen as a lovelorn soldier (“Dear John“), a maniacal but oddly sensitive Casanova with a happy-face tattoo in a private place (“The Dilemma“) and, at the recently concluded Sundance Film Festival, a New York City cop harboring a secret (“The Son of No One“). The Tatum barrage continues this weekend when “The […]
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