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Channing Tatum Eyes ‘Hateful Eight’ Role

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I’m hearing that Channing Tatum is circling a major role in the Quentin Tarantino-directed The Hateful Eight. Filming begins early next year, and he would join Samuel L Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth and others in the Western epic, which almost wasn’t after Tarantino shelved the film after the script was leaked.

Now principal photography begins in January, and it will be shot on 65mm film; the plan is to have the widest 70mm film release in more than 20 years, according to distributor The Weinstein Co. Richard Gladstein, Stacey Sher and Shannon McIntosh will produce the film and executive producers are Bob and Harvey Weinstein along with G. Mac Brown.

Tatum was just officially attached to star in and also producer a Gambit spinoff and is doing the awards circuit now for Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, where he is getting Oscar buzz for his role as Olympic champion wrestler Mark Schultz. He also is with Free Association partner Reid Carolin producing and starring in Magic Mike XXL.

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Channing Tatum Talks Taking Punches in ‘Foxcatcher’ & Struggling With Comedic Roles

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Channing Tatum is synonymous with many things: Abs, arms, a stripper-past, a Jonah Hill bromance and an adorable family life with wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum. But starring roles in dark, brooding dramas is not one of the things most closely associated with the 22 Jump Street actor. This fall, Tatum stars opposite Steve Carell (in an equally as stereotype-crushing role) in Foxcatcher.

The film follows the true story of Olympic wrestlers and brothers Mark and Dave Schultz (Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, respectively) and their relationship with sponsor John du Pont. If you’ve seen the trailers, or were privy to 1996 newspaper headlines, you know exactly where this narrative is headed.

Channing Tatum, along with Steve Carell, director Bennett Miller (Moneyball) and the film’s writers gathered to talk to reporters at the Los Angeles press day for the film. And Tatum had no problem confessing that the movie was the most difficult challenge of his career.

“You can’t fake wrestling,” he said. “The hard hits. I don’t think they’ll ever leave my body. We learned very quickly that you can fake a punch, but you need to see the hand hit the side of the face and the head-butting. It was by far, and I don’t say this lightly, the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”

Tatum, who is well-versed in the world of sports, martial arts and dance, explored his physical limitations in an entirely new way for Foxcatcher. “It was a suffocating and very painful thing, but at the end of the day I’m so just in awe of those athletes, and very very proud to have been given such an amazing time and focus through some of the most amazing athletes I’ve ever met with. It was a blessing.”

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Channing Tatum’s ‘X-Men’ Character ‘Gambit’ Spinoff Moving Forward

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In a move that makes official that the X-Men character Gambit is getting his own spinoff movie with Channing Tatum as the card-savvy protagonist, Fox has set Robocop scribe Josh Zetumer to write the screenplay. The studio has officially attached Tatum as star, and to produce with his Free Association partner Reid Carolin, The Donners Company’s Lauren Shuler Donner, and Genre Films’ Simon Kinberg.

The screenplay will be based on a treatment penned by legendary Marvel Comics writer Chris Claremont, who with Jim Lee created the character for Marvel in 1990. The storyline is being kept under wraps. The character, which also goes by the name Remy LeBeau, has the ability to charge matter with volatile kinetic energy, causing the object in question to explosively release its charge on impact. The character materialized in a short burst in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Tatum and Carolin are currently producing Magic Mike XXL, which was written by Carolin, with Tatum once again starring. Tatum will next be seen starring in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, and he has a headlock on Oscar buzz for his role as Olympic champion wrestler Mark Schultz since that film premiered at Cannes. Zetumer along with Tatum, Carolin and their company are repped by UTA and Management 360.

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The Coen Brothers’ ‘Hail, Caesar!’ Sets Early 2016 Release Date, Official Synopsis Revealed

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The stigma of a movie being released in the first few months of the year seems to be fading. Steven Soderbergh‘s “Side Effects” hit in February 2013, Wes Anderson‘s “Grand Budapest Hotel” arrived this past March, and Michael Mann‘s “Blackhat” is coming next January. And now, a pair of auteurs are also looking at a winter release.

Universal has set the Coen Brothers‘ “Hail, Caesar!” with a February 5, 2016 release. The starry comedy now has an official synopsis too. Check out all the details in the press release below.

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Universal Pictures’ HAIL, CAESAR! will be released on Friday, February 5, 2016.

About HAIL, CAESAR!

Four-time Oscar®-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, True Grit,Fargo) write and direct HAIL, CAESAR!, an all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill, HAIL, CAESAR! follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix. The comedy is produced by the Coen brothers under their Mike Zoss Productions banner, with Working Title Films and Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan.

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