Dec. 10, 2013 | 7:30 a.m.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]