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When Did Channing Tatum Start To Rock?

 At some point Channing Tatum went from man-candy (what? It's been said) to movie star. His star rose when Step Up stole the hearts of romantic comedy lovers that had waited too long for a new dance film. Seemed like Save The Last Dance had been decades before, despite the fact it actually released only five years prior. But, let's take a look back at Channing's filmography and see exactly where Tatum became something more.

CSI: Miami - Bob Davenport (2004) Never saw it, lets assume he was "okay."Coach Carter - Jason Lyle (2005) Same as CSI: Miami, watching Samuel L. Jackson as a coach just seemed too easy. Yell. Throw Notebook. Win baby, win.War of the Worlds - Boy in Church (uncredited, 2005) Wuh? Did they know he was just in Coach Carter?Havoc - Nick (2005) Is this the Havoc with Anne Hatheway's nude scene? Must go back and pay
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what’s on Netflix UK, Amazon UK Instant Video, blinkbox, BBC iPlayer (from Jun 02)

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.

new to stream

What Maisie Knew: utterly heartbreaking tale of a little girl used as a pawn in her parents’ battles, told, remarkably, from the child’s perspective [at Netflix] Odd Thomas: it feels smaller and more rushed — and less plausible — than it should, but Anton Yelchin is charming, and the snappy comic tone sometimes works [my review] [at Netflix] Winter of Discontent: enlightening but underpowered drama about life in Cairo during the Arab Spring [at Netflix]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

The Invisible Woman: the story of Charles Dickens and his secret mistress is no romance, and no modest costume drama, either, but a tale of women being practical because they had to be [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Lone Survivor: true story of a failed Navy Seal mission acknowledges the powerful fraternity of soldiers without being jingoistic, and depicts
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Happy Birthday, Pacey!

Happy Birthday, Pacey!
June 11 marks the 35th birthday of actor Joshua Jackson.

While Jackson has had various TV and film roles in the decade since "Dawson's Creek" wrapped, he is perhaps best-known for his part as Pacey Witter on the beloved television show. Jackson played the show's resident bad boy from 1998 through 2003, wooing Katie Holmes' Joey Potter and engaging in copious shenanigans in the small town of Capeside, Massachusetts. In the years since, Jackson has held a lead role in the Fox show "Fringe," as well as appeared in films such as "Inescapable" and "Battle in Seattle," but to many fans, he will always be Pacey.

Below, Jackson and 15 other actors who can't escape one role.
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Why Zal Batmanglij's 'The East' Is Fascinating and Illogical at the Same Time

Why Zal Batmanglij's 'The East' Is Fascinating and Illogical at the Same Time
Editor's note: A version of this review originally ran during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. "The East" opens nationwide on Friday. Suspenseful, ludicrous, fascinating, and utterly unsubtle, Zal Batmanglij's "The East" plays like an unholy mash-up of "Martha Marcy May Marlene" and "Alias." The film builds on the themes of cult and identity that Batmanglij and his star Brit Marling explored artfully in their breakout debut "The Sound of My Voice." But here, that psychology is in service of a fast-paced espionage potboiler. As Sarah, Brit Marling plays a former FBI agent turned private security consultant who is paid to infiltrate a radical environmental group called The East. She more than confirms buzz that she will be one of film's next major leading women, and she's working with a strong set-up for a thriller, in a community that couldn't be more relevant in the age of Occupy Wall Street, and
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Sundance Review: Why Zal Batmanglij's 'The East' Is Fascinating and Illogical at the Same Time

Sundance Review: Why Zal Batmanglij's 'The East' Is Fascinating and Illogical at the Same Time
Suspenseful, ludicrous, fascinating, and utterly unsubtle, Zal Batmanglij's "The East" plays like an unholy mash-up of "Martha Marcy May Marlene" and "Alias." The film builds on the themes of cult and identity that Batmanglij and his star Brit Marling explored artfully in their breakout debut "The Sound of My Voice." But here, that psychology is in service of a fast-paced espionage potboiler. As Sarah, Brit Marling plays a former FBI agent turned private security consultant who is paid to infiltrate a radical environmental group called The East. She more than confirms buzz that she will be one of film's next major leading women, and she's working with a strong set-up for a thriller, in a community that couldn't be more relevant in the age of Occupy Wall Street, and which has lead to very mixed results on American screens (See: "Battle in Seattle"). There's plenty to admire, but ultimately this thriller is as.
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Space, Guns, and Music Pt. 1: Massive Attack's Neil Davidge on Scoring 'Halo 4'

Halo sounds a certain way to longtime fans of the series. If you ask anyone who's played through the campaigns of the main titles in the series, composer Marty O'Donnell's score has been integral to the Master Chief and Cortana's galaxy-spanning adventures (to the degree that even O'Donnell's own jazzier compositions for Odst were met with doubt and confusion by fans).

But with 343 Industries taking over the franchise from Bungie, the Kirkland, Wa-based developer had to think about what was next sonically for the series, vetting several candidates to give the first game in a new trilogy its own sound. And as Neil Davidge, the man who would eventually get the gig tells it, they didn't want to do the usual film composer doing games things.

Davidge is the longtime producer and writer with the British electronic outfit, Massive Attack, and he knows something about wedding music to action,
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Stuart Townsend Finds His Way in the New Reelz Original Series Xiii

Stuart Townsend's career has taken him from playing the undead in Queen of the Damned to being a part of a team of superheroes in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, to being behind the camera as the director and writer of Battle in Seattle.

In his newest role, Stuart Townsend plays a former secret operative who has been stripped of his memory in Reelz's new original series Xiii. He does not know who he is, what he is trained to be or whom he serves. All he has is a tattoo of the Roman Numeral "Xiii"…and the skills of a highly trained secret agent. Hunted by a dark anti-government organization, Xiii searches for clues that will uncover the secret that makes him so valuable—and so potentially dangerous.

Townsend's co-stars and peers talk about working with the actor on the set of the new Reelz original series.

Xiii premieres tonight,
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The 10 Hottest Moments of Channing Tatum

The suspense is killing us: Friday's release date of Magic Mike can't come soon enough. I want to wail at male celebrity ass in the company of scandalized housewives and hopeful gay dudes right now. Until then, we'll have to settle for revisiting the career of Magic Mike star Channing Tatum and agreeing on his hottest moments. There are some naughty, naughty pictures of him out there, and we've tried to include the most work-palatable items only. So let's do this.

10. Channing establishes his Casanovan comeliness in Dear John

Our preferred Amanda Seyfried vehicles of choice may be Mean Girls and Jennifer's Body, but Dear John provides a fine slice of damp Channing, and that means the AFI should hold commemorative festivals in its honor. Hard to pick a definitive Nicholas Sparks hottie among Ryan Gosling, Zac Efron, and Tatum, but he's a major contender.

9. Channing channels Patrick Swayze, has
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Discuss: Is Charlize Theron Back On The A-List? And Why Did She Ever Fall Off?

There's one person who's pretty much inescapable in movie theaters at the moment, and that's Charlize Theron. Last weekend, she was the evil queen Ravenna in "Snow White and the Huntsman," and this weekend, she's the biggest name (although not the biggest part) among the ensemble cast of "Prometheus" -- a film that she was originally pegged to play the lead in. And in a few weeks, she'll start filming on the long-gestating "Fury Road," George Miller's return to the "Mad Max" world. Between those three, she's become the queen of the blockbuster world, and with a performance in "Young Adult" that might have been her most widely acclaimed ever, Theron's as big a star as she's ever been.

But curiously, it's taken a little time for it to happen. Theron's been a familiar presence on screen for fifteen years now, since breaking through in "2 Days In The Valley" and "The Devil's Advocate,
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André 3000 Will Play Jimi Hendrix in 'All Is by My Side'

Red Tails scribe John Ridley will be making his directorial debut, featuring André '3000' Benjamin from hip hop duo OutKast, as legendary guitar maestro Jimi Hendrix. Benjamin has been a big presence in developing the feature, according to Iftn [via Geek Tyrant], centering on the musician's time in England in the late 1960s, working on his now famous debut album Are You Experienced. It took Hendrix five months to record the album, which finally debuted in 1967. Production on All Is by My Side is expected to get underway in Ireland for six months in late May. This won't be Benjamin's first film as he's made appearances in Be Cool, Four Brothers, Revolver, Idlewild, Battle in Seattle, and Semi-Pro. He seems perfectly suited for the part...

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Andre 3000 To Play Jimi Hendrix in Biopic

Outkast's Andre Benjamin, aka Andre 3000, is developing and set to star in a biopic about legendary guitar player Jimi Hendrix. The film is titled All Is By My Side and is slated to start filming in Ireland later this month. Iftn reports (via FirstShowing) that the story will focus on Hendrix's time in England between 1966 and 1967 when he worked on his debut album, Are You Experienced.

John Ridley is making his feature directing debut. Producing is Tristan Orpen Lynch at Subotica Entertainment, Richard Kelly’s Darko Entertainment, and Britain's Matador Pictures. Ridley penned scripts for Three Kings, Undercover Brother, Barbershop, and Red Tails.

Benjamin has not been on the big screen since 2008, after starring in Be Cool, Four Brothers, Revolver, Idlewild, Battle in Seattle, and Semi-Pro. As a musician, he knows first-hand what it is like to be on stage. That, coupled with his uncanny resemblance to Hendrix, makes him a great casting choice.
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Scott Derrickson To Direct Charlize Theron In Remake Of Dutch Horror Film 'Zwart Water'

For a brief moment, it seemed as if Charlize Theron was going to be struck hard by the Oscar curse. Following "Monster," she hit a bit of rough patch. Yes, she was nominated for "North Country" but the film didn't exactly make waves with audiences. "Æon Flux" was nothing short of a disaster, and "In The Valley Of Elah" and "Battle In Seattle" weren't quite received as well as the filmmakers might have hoped. However, the actress is set to make a big leap back into public view. Later this year she'll make another run at Oscar with a starring…
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Charlize Theron Wants To Take Cities Of Refuge

Since winning the ultimate golden statue for her remarkably committed performance in 2003′s Monster, South African born beauty Charlize Theron has certainly suffered the post-Oscar winning curse or blip that for whatever reason happens to an incredible number of leading ladies these days. There was the horribly misjudged attempt to make her into a Milla Jovovich or Kate Beckinsale like action hero in Aeon Flux and Hancock that didn’t work out, or appearing in her then partner’s flop Battle in Seattle and another flop in Guillermo Arriaga’s The Burning Plain, and although she has given good performances in The Road and In The Valley of Elah… she has threatened to become somewhat as an afterthought. Her only notable screen presence has been the Dior ads!

Recently she seems to have made a conscience effort to turn that all around beginning later this year with Jason Reitman’s
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Crime Thriller 'Cities Of Refuge' Finds A Citizen In Charlize Theron

Crime Thriller 'Cities Of Refuge' Finds A Citizen In Charlize Theron
It looks like Charlize Theron is on the comeback trail. After a string of films that either underperformed or just weren't worthy of her talents--"Battle In Seattle," "In The Valley Of Elah," "The Burning Plain," "Hancock," "The Road"--the actress has lined up a formidable slate of projects. Next year she'll be starring in two major tentpoles, Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" and "Snow White and the Huntsman" and before the end of the year we may be hearing Oscar talk for her turn in Jason Reitman's "Young Adult." So when we hear the words "crime thriller" associated with Theron, we can't help…
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Andre Rouleau Gets Producer's Award at Toronto Int'l Film Fest

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Andre Rouleau Gets Producer's Award at Toronto Int'l Film Fest
Andre Rouleau, the Montreal-based producer of "An American Haunting," "Head in the Clouds" and "Battle in Seattle," was awarded the Cmpa's Producer's Award at the Toronto International Film Festival Thursday. "I have long admired the tenacity and passion of producers like Andre Roulea," said Norm Bolen, president and CEO of the Canadian Media Production Association, which gave the award, in a written statement. "These miracle-workers juggle multiple projects and constant production and financial challenges. They thrive on pushing the boundaries." Piers Handling, director and CEO of the festival, said that Rouleau "never
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As Seen On TV: Watch Channing Tatum’s ‘She’s the Man’ on ABC Today!!!

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I Love to see Channing Tatum in comedic roles! He was hilarious in the Ron Howard-directed comedy ‘The Dilemma‘ with Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, and based on what I saw on my recent set visit, fans are going to really get a kick out Chan and Jonah Hill in their comedy ‘21 Jump Street‘ when it hits theaters next March.

Today (Sunday, July 3, 2011), you guys can watch Chan’s first ever comedic role, because ‘She’s the Man‘ will be playing on ABC at 3:00 pm Central /4:00 pm Eastern. Click Here to confirm show times in your area.

For those who don’t know, here’s what the movie is all about…

A simple case of assumed identity snowballs into a romantic mix-up of epic proportions in director Andy Fickman’s contemporary teen take on William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

Viola Hastings (Amanda Bynes) has good reason
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Battle in Seattle

Reviewed by Elliot V. Kotek

(Opening Night – 2007 Bahamas International Film Festival)

Writer/Director: Stuart Townsend

Starring: Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Rodriguez, André Benjamin and Ray Liotta

In-a-nutshell:

In his debut directorial effort, Stuart Townsend has tenaciously taken his audience on a journey from which it will not soon recover, deftly dumping his theatergoers into the days leading up to (and through) the 1999 riots that rallied around the World Trade Organization’s ongoing substitution of elected governance with commerce-based corporate control.

The Irishman Townsend and his skilful cast concoct clever characters which represent each type of person affected by the protests. And when things turn from bad to worse, the helmer honors the event by including archival footage that fetes the real actions of the riot squad police as rougher and tougher than those enacted in his film.

Battle in Seattle delivers many punches to the gut, not the least
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Battle in Seattle

Reviewed by Elliot V. Kotek

(Opening Night – 2007 Bahamas International Film Festival)

Writer/Director: Stuart Townsend

Starring: Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Rodriguez, André Benjamin and Ray Liotta

In-a-nutshell:

In his debut directorial effort, Stuart Townsend has tenaciously taken his audience on a journey from which it will not soon recover, deftly dumping his theatergoers into the days leading up to (and through) the 1999 riots that rallied around the World Trade Organization’s ongoing substitution of elected governance with commerce-based corporate control.

The Irishman Townsend and his skilful cast concoct clever characters which represent each type of person affected by the protests. And when things turn from bad to worse, the helmer honors the event by including archival footage that fetes the real actions of the riot squad police as rougher and tougher than those enacted in his film.

Battle in Seattle delivers many punches to the gut, not the least
See full article at Moving Pictures Magazine »

Battle in Seattle

Reviewed by Elliot V. Kotek

(Opening Night – 2007 Bahamas International Film Festival)

Writer/Director: Stuart Townsend

Starring: Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Rodriguez, André Benjamin and Ray Liotta

In-a-nutshell:

In his debut directorial effort, Stuart Townsend has tenaciously taken his audience on a journey from which it will not soon recover, deftly dumping his theatergoers into the days leading up to (and through) the 1999 riots that rallied around the World Trade Organization’s ongoing substitution of elected governance with commerce-based corporate control.

The Irishman Townsend and his skilful cast concoct clever characters which represent each type of person affected by the protests. And when things turn from bad to worse, the helmer honors the event by including archival footage that fetes the real actions of the riot squad police as rougher and tougher than those enacted in his film.

Battle in Seattle delivers many punches to the gut, not the least
See full article at Moving Pictures Network »

Battle in Seattle

Reviewed by Elliot V. Kotek

(Opening Night – 2007 Bahamas International Film Festival)

Writer/Director: Stuart Townsend

Starring: Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Rodriguez, André Benjamin and Ray Liotta

In-a-nutshell:

In his debut directorial effort, Stuart Townsend has tenaciously taken his audience on a journey from which it will not soon recover, deftly dumping his theatergoers into the days leading up to (and through) the 1999 riots that rallied around the World Trade Organization’s ongoing substitution of elected governance with commerce-based corporate control.

The Irishman Townsend and his skilful cast concoct clever characters which represent each type of person affected by the protests. And when things turn from bad to worse, the helmer honors the event by including archival footage that fetes the real actions of the riot squad police as rougher and tougher than those enacted in his film.

Battle in Seattle delivers many punches to the gut, not the least
See full article at Moving Pictures Magazine »
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