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Channing Tatum to play Gambit in next X-Men

- May 13th, 2014

So it looks like dreams come true.

After telling MTV at last month’s MTV Movie Awards that he wanted to play Gambit in the X-Men, Channing Tatum has been granted his wish. The star of the upcoming 22 Jump Street and Jupiter Ascending has been confirmed to play the mutant hero in an upcoming X-Men film.

Producer Lauren Shuler Donner revealed the news in a red carpet interview with Total Film at the X-Men: Days of Future Past premiere in London.

“He’s a rogue, Channing — he’s a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau. And he can handle the action, we all know that. And he’s got a really good heart,” she said. “I think he’ll be great for Gambit. And he’s a southerner too… he understands that world.”

The X-Men producer also hinted that she wants to bring Deadpool to the big screen (last seen played by Ryan Reynolds in X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and that she is interested in X-Force (“We love X-Force; it allows us to be a little grittier”).

In related X-Men news, Jennifer Lawrence talked about the future plans for her character following the events of Days of Future Past. When The Hollywood Reporter caught up with her on the red carpet for the time travelling X-Men film, Lawrence was asked whether Mystique would still become a villain following the events in the retro sequel.

“This time because the future is undetermined, we have freedom to choose where we want to go with her,” the actress explained. “Is she going to become the assassin that we know her as now, like Rebecca Romijn’s character? Or is she going to do what Charles [Xavier] wants and go down the path of no killing?”

X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theatres on May 23.

‘Jupiter Ascending’ trailer introduces villain, gorgeous intergalactic CGI

- March 27th, 2014

Jupiter Ascending’s second official trailer has ascended through the atmosphere to go where no other Wachowski film has gone before.

Although the latest sci-fi film from the Wachowski siblings hasn’t garnered too much attention since its initial announcement trailer three months ago, the second look at the film has people talking now.

Starring Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, and Sean Bean, Jupiter Ascending follows Caine (Tatum), a professional assassin, on a quest handed down to him by the Queen of the Universe to kill Jupiter Jones (Kunis).

Upon meeting Jones, however, Caine learns that she is the heir to the throne, and moreover, the sole owner of planet Earth.

Together, they embark on an interplanetary quest to take out the faux Queen of the Universe, and bequeath Jones the throne that is rightfully hers.

If the first trailer was to endow curious audiences with information surrounding the illusive new film, the second trailer’s only goal must be to visually stimulate them.

To be blunt, Jupiter Ascending is gorgeous. The Wachowski siblings have created a universe far more expansive than most science fiction films incorporate today.

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It’s also massive scale wise. The planets, and the ships used for intergalactic travel, are colossal, giving the illusion that Jupiter Ascending may be the sibling’s most ambitious film to date.

And that says a lot coming from the directors behind 2012’s highly underrated Cloud Atlas.

The new trailer also gives audiences their first look at the dramatically villainous Balem the King, the main antagonist of the film.

Played by Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Balem has a major stake in the assassination of Jones, and will do anything within his power to destroy her, and the planet he resides over, at any cost.

“I will harvest that planet tomorrow before I let her take it from me,” Balem rasps out in the trailer.

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This may be the closest character to Game of Throne’s most popular unloved character, King Joffrey, film lovers will get to see over the next few months.

Full of lengthy wide shots to further highlight the breadth of the galaxy and the remarkable CGI constructed planets, Jupiter Ascending looks like it could be the science fiction, action packed film of the year.

Of course, we won’t know for sure if it’s any good until it’s actually released on July 18.

Let’s just hope the Wachowski siblings have created another Matrix, not the other two duds that followed in their original fantasy driven sci-fi trilogy.

‘GI Joe Retaliation’ gets a trailer makeover

- December 12th, 2012

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In case you don’t remember, G.I. Joe: Retaliation was supposed to be one of the big movie releases for summer 2012.

There were posters of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson (who plays Roadblock) and Channing Tatum (Duke) on the sides of malls, and Bruce Willis was on the cover of Esquire. But then Paramount yanked the film from its release schedule saying it wanted to convert the film to 3D and add more scenes with Tatum.

Did filmmakers get cold feet following such high-profile bombs as John Carter and Battleship? Maybe. But director Jon M. Chu had the $125-million movie pretty much in the can, so, all Paramount could do was increase their bet.

Now, with the film firmly committed to a March 29, 2013, release date, we’re getting a new trailer which mixes some old scenes with new ones. The plot seems the same though: The Joes get attacked and there’s a presidential imposter planning Armageddon.

Tatum’s Duke character gets more screen time in the new trailer, Willis has some additional quips and London (as in England) gets blown up real good.

The action sequences seem like they’re going to be well choreographed, so if that’s your bag, this should do the trick. At least until Iron Man 3 comes along the following month.

Take a look at the trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation and let us know what you think in the comments.