Channing Tatum and his costar in The Eagle, Jamie Bell, promoted their film's book in London yesterday. The duo premiered the movie in the UK on Wednesday following a quiet release at the US box office last month. Channing's overseas press tour also brought him onto some talk shows, where he revealed that shooting the movie in Scotland was the coldest he's ever been, but included some great whiskey as an upside. Channing has two other projects to look forward to with Haywire and Ten Year both coming out later this year and he's also working on getting a new Peter Pan prequel to the big screen.
Channing Tatum joined his costars at the London premiere of The Eagle this evening, stopping to sign autographs for fans as he made his way into the theater. The battle epic opened in the States last month, but Channing and the film's other main man, Jamie Bell, just kicked off their UK press tour this week. Channing played an officer in the Roman army in the physically demanding period piece, and took advantage of the brief break between promotional duties to get surgery on his leg and recover close to home. The actor is overseas for now, but fans here can get a good look at him in the shirtless spread he posed for in the latest issue of GQ.
It was a photo finish at the box office this weekend between Just Go With It and Justin Bieber's Never Say Never. As of Sunday, the teen idol's documentary had raked in an estimated $30.2 million, and was nipping at the heels of Just Go With It, which took in a reported $31 million. Even though Sandler and Aniston are at No. 1 for the time being, the films could swap first and second place once final numbers are announced. Are you surprised to see Bieber's doc perform so well?
Gnomeo and Juliet also received its own sizable piece of the pie; the kiddie flick took in $25.5 million for third place, making it the biggest February opening ever for an animated film. Lagging behind in fourth, Channing Tatum's The Eagle had a dismal opening of only $8.6 million. Last week's champ, The Roommate rounded out the top five with $8.4 million.
Channing Tatum's Roman Empire drama The Eagle emerges beneath the shadow of many other battle epics before it. It begs the question: Can Tatum and his film possibly stack up against benchmarks like Russell Crowe's Gladiator? The movie capitalizes on the opportunity to attract a younger audience with Tatum and his costar Jamie Bell (all grown up since his Billy Elliott days), and with their requisite physiques and boyish exuberance, they intrepidly wield the swords and shields of the time.
Tatum stars as Marcus Aquila, an officer of the Roman army with a lot to prove. His father, an officer before him, had led his soldiers (the ninth legion) into battle in Northern England, never to be seen again. Lost with them was a golden emblem of an eagle, representing the legion and Rome's honor. The mystery surrounding the disappearance of the army unit haunts Marcus for multiple reasons: he grieves the loss of his father and bears the disgrace of his family's name. He's convinced that if he can search out and find the eagle, and figure out what happened to the lost legion, he'll restore his father's honor. It's a plot that may play out well in the novel the film is based on, The Eagle of the Ninth, but Marcus's personal quest isn't compelling on the big screen. Find out why The Eagle doesn't take flight when you read more
Back in Fall and Summer, I gave you reading lists filled with books that are being adapted into movies. To mark the Winter solstice and a new season, I'm giving you guys a brand-new list for your shelf with even more titles that you'll be seeing on the big screen. Cozy up with one of these books next to a warm fire — plus, you'll be able to claim that "the book was so much better" before everyone else.
He may be posing as a high school student for his next role, but Channing Tatum is going back further than that in this trailer for The Eagle, set in the second century AD. Tatum plays a Roman soldier named Marcus Aquila who embarks on a daunting journey to clear his father's name. He must uncover what happened to his father's legion of soldiers, known as the Eagle of the Ninth (which is both the title of the book the film was adapted from and the original title of the movie), after they have gone missing during wartime in Northern Britain.
Marcus Aquila is accompanied by his slave, Esca (Jamie Bell), and though the two men have an adversarial relationship at first, it looks like they become allies in their quest. However you feel about Tatum, this movie looks appealing for those who appreciate armor-clad battle epics, and it's directed by Kevin McDonald, who was behind The Last King of Scotland and State of Play.
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Life seems to be good for Channing Tatum. Just this Summer, the actor scored box office success with G.I. Joe, married his actress girlfriend Jenna Dewan, and impressed Dirty Dancing fans far and wide with his spot-on impression of Patrick Swayze. Now, the actor has signed on for a role in the upcoming Eagle of the Ninth, a Roman epic that will costar Donald Sutherland and Jamie Bell.
I know that Tatum has a strong fan base that dates back to his Step Up days, but I'm still not sold on his appeal. Maybe I just haven't seen enough of his movies — or maybe it's these hilarious photos of his stripper days — but I'm willing to give him another chance. What do you think of Channing Tatum — love him or leave him?