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From Parks and Recreation star Chris Pratt's incredible jump to Hollywood's A-list with the massive success of Guardians of the Galaxy, to Ariana Grande's transition from Nickelodeon child star to one of music's biggest divas, check out the stars who made major moves in 2014.
Channing Tatum, Oscar-worthy performer:
While Channing Tatum has continued to impress his critics with smart career choices following his Step Up beginnings, it wasn't until this year's Foxcatcher that critics began to take serious note of his acting abilities.
Photos: Most Amazing Celeb Body Transformations for Roles
Critics initially signaled out an unrecognizable Steve Carell's performance in the psychological sports drama -- about an Olympic wrestler (Tatum) and his disturbed multi-millionaire sponsor (Carell) -- but Channing's intense performance has steadily been generating plenty of Oscar buzz.
The Marriott hotel chain is getting into the movie business with "Spider-Man" and "Grimm" stuntmen William Spencer and Caine Sinclair cast in the lead roles in the company's first short film "Two Bellmen".
Produced by Marriott Content Studio, the company aims to reach more consumers though branded content. The story deals with two bellmen as they thwart a heist at a private art event. Jade Raybin penned the script.
Daniel 'Malakai' Cabrera will direct the project and co-wrote the script with Jade Raybin. Henry Simmons ("Agents of Shield”), Miles Brown ("Black-ish”), Sophina Brown ("The Good Wife”), Josue Figueroa ("Step Up: Revolution”), Josue Antonio (the "Step Up” franchise), Taryn Southern ("The Single Life”) and Stephen Boss ("So You Think You Can Dance”) also star.
Set primarily around the downtown Los Angeles Jw Marriott, filming is slated to begin on January 5th and will run for a week. A theatrical and VOD release is planned. »
- Garth Franklin
What a good husband! Jenna Dewan Tatum celebrated her 34th birthday on Wednesday, by getting pedicures with her sexy husband, Channing Tatum. The mother-of-one posted the sweet snap on Facebook of the duo soaking their feet at a nail salon. "It's my birthday and hubby does what I want him to," she captioned the super cute candid. In the snap, the "Magic Mike" star makes a funny face while the "Witches of East End" star smiles in the background. But the birthday fun didn't stop there -- the brunette beauty also posted a pic of a sweet card Channing made for her, in addition to a picture "from" their adorable daughter Everly Tatum. "Thanks for all the bday wishes!! Feeling all the love! Woke up to this cuteness," she posted along with the super cute photo. In the shot, the 34-year-old actor crafted a hand-written card for his gorgeous wife which read, »
- tooFab Staff
It's Jenna Dewan-Tatum's 34th birthday, and her husband Channing pulled out all the stops.
The Magic Mike star tweeted out a sweet message Wednesday of two hand-made drawings he made for the "best mommy and wifey," as their daughter Everly is only 1 year old.
Happy Birthday to the best mommy and wifey in the whole world!!! pic.twitter.com/q0WMtF3t6n
— Channing Tatum (@channingtatum) December 3, 2014
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That's not all. Tatum, 34, was a good sport and also got a pedicure with her!
Jenna captioned the photo with a funny message, "It's my birthday and hubby does what I want him to."
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The couple has been together since they first met on the set of Step Up in 2006, and they later married in 2009.
While Channing's adorable drawings further proves it, even Jenna knows she's one lucky wife. This past September, she talked »
Stars: Ryan Guzman, Briana Evigan, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Misha Gabriel, Izabella Miko, Alyson Stoner, Adam Sevani, Stephen ‘Stev-o’ Jones, David ‘Kid David’ Shreibman, Mari Koda, Christopher Scott, Luis ‘Luigi’ Rosado, Chadd Smith, Facundo Lombard, Martín Lombard, Cyrus ‘Glitch’ Spencer | Written by John Swetnam | Directed by Trish Sie
Guilty Pleasure. It’s a term I dislike immensely. Why feel guilty about enjoying anything? If you like some, you like something, end of. Another reason I dislike the term guilty pleasure is because the term, at least in movie-related circles, has become synonymous with any movie that is hailed as worthy of critical discussion. Adam Sandler movies are guilty pleasures. The Fast & Furious franchise is (apparently) considered guilty pleasures by some. F that. I like Adam Sandler’s movies, I like the Fast & Furious movies (hell, I’d even go and say I love those!).
But what does that have to do »
- Phil Wheat
Step Up 5: All In, 2014.
Directed by Trish Sie.
All-stars from the previous Step Up installments come together in glittering Las Vegas, battling for a victory that could define their dreams and their careers.
Step Up 5: All In is the fifth entry into the Step Up franchise. This series has stayed mostly the same throughout the years, focusing on great dance sequences and not much else. Having seen all the previous films I can safely say that this series is somewhat of a guilty pleasure of mine, despite only really liking the third entry. Everyone involved in these films know they aren’t making anything groundbreaking and they realize people are there just to see the dancing so they never take themselves seriously and put all of their emphasis on the dance sequences, »
- Jake Peffer
Look at that feast! Amazing. We’re cooking up our own feast here at Fsr and taking the week off to celebrate the holiday, but we wanted to take time out to honor our relatively young tradition of listing a whole bunch of cinematic things that we’re thankful for. Including… Robin Williams’ laugh Awesome Mix (Volumes 1 and 2) Getting to watch an action movie starring Lego bricks Including Lego Batman (Darkness No Parents Super Rich) Finally getting to see what Richard Linklater has been working on these past 12 years Getting a sequel to The Raid More Step Up movies More Fast & Furious movies Every single one of Jake Gyllenhaal’s monologues in Nightcrawler Fantastic books like “Gone Girl” and “Wild” getting turned into equally solid movies Hemyda kees yak ocksucka: Meeting a “real life” version of Wall-e in Earth To Echo Selma That Lucy made almost half a billion dollars That we still have one Hunger Games »
- Scott Beggs
You have come a long way from Step Up 2 The Streets Channing Tatum, a very long way. On the verge of a possible Oscar nomination thanks to a brilliant performance in Foxcatcher, the actor/producer is now looking towards directing for a career choice. He's set to co-direct an adaptation of author Matthew Quick’s (“Silver Linings Playbook”) Ya book "Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock" for The Weinstein Company. His producing partner Reid Carolin »
- Graham McMorrow
Step up your gift-giving this year with this season's best present . . . Channing Tatum! Ok, so you can't really give Channing Tatum away, but you can give the biggest fan in your life a little eye candy that will surely be appreciated. From silly and steamy movies to prints and pillows featuring his smokin' hot bod, we've got all the gifts you need this year. Scroll through for 12 Tatum gifts that will look really good under the tree, then check out more of our amazing gift guides across the network! »
Chu has had much success from the teen-dance movie genre having directed fan favourites Step Up 2: The Streets and Step Up 3D and Can’t Touch This (named after the classic Mc Hammer song) will seem him depart from action movies like G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Chu has also just wrapped on a big screen adaptation of Jem and the Hollograms and recently opened up Chu Studios, which saw him produce dance webseries The Lxd.
Storyline for Can’t Touch This is being kept under wraps at the moment, but the script is being penned by Annie Mebane and Steve Basilone (Community) who have also worked on retro comedy The Goldbergs for ABC. It is »
- Luke Owen
There's no doubt Channing Tatum is playing the role he was born for as Magic Mike. With his built physique, dashing good looks and killer dance moves, it may seem like his male stripper alter ego in Magic Mike Xxl is all natural, but his part entails more than meets the eye.
The 34-year-old actor dishes to Esquire all about how he is currently preparing for the role that leaves so many drooling.
Preparation starts with "the stripper's diet." He says, "I would like a beer. I would like to have some crab. I love eating. But this is what I'm doing right now." What he’s doing is eating half of one chicken breast with water.
It's not just the food, though. He must maintain the workout regimen and attend dance rehearsals twice a day, by himself »
There’s always something magical about Woodstock for all musicians.
“Always Woodstock” is a coming of age story for an aspiring singer, Catherine Brown, who was stuck at a dead end job in New York City at a mega music record label. She spends her days as a wrangler for the company’s most difficult star. After she was fired for an incident with the company’s most important talent, she came home to her long-time fiancée in the arms of another woman. It triggered a change for her to move back home to Woodstock where she meets a handsome doctor, Noah, and writes music with the help of a local musical legend Lee Ann. As she starts to learn about love again, she realizes that becoming successful means becoming your true self first.
- Gig Patta
No story details have been released, although the title is likely inspired by M.C. Hammer's 1990 hit song "U Can't Touch This." Jon M. Chu and Hieu Ho came up with the original idea for Can't Touch This, hiring The Goldbergs writers Annie Mebane and Stephen Basilone to pen the screenplay.
It isn't known yet if Jon M. Chu will direct the project himself, or when production will begin. The filmmaker recently wrapped production on Jem and the Holograms, which will be released next October, and he will next start shooting the upcoming sequel Now You See Me 2.
Exclusive: Jem and the Holograms and G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer Jon M. Chu is going old school. He and producing partner Hieu Ho have sold to Focus Features new project Can’t Touch This, a high school dance comedy set in the golden era of the 1990s.
The teen dance milieu has been a fruitful one for Chu, who launched his career with fan favorite sequels Step Up 2: The Streets and Step Up 3D and has quickly become one of Hollywood’s in-demand studio directors. Storyline is being kept under wraps, although the title alone evokes a part of the decade that was too legit to quit. Chu and Ho originated the idea then tapped Happy Endings and Community writers Annie Mebane and Steve Basilone to script. Mebane and Basilone know their way around retro comedies; they’re producers on ABC’s ’80s-set The Goldbergs.
Chu and Ho will »
- Jen Yamato
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When Foxcatcher arrives in theaters this weekend — the dark, true-life drama about the murder of Olympic wrestling champion Dave Schultz (played by Mark Ruffalo) — it may leave you with a looming question, “Wait, is that really Channing Tatum?” No, not just because Tatum — like his co-star Steve Carell (who plays eccentric millionaire and Schultz’s murderer, John du Pont) — is virtually unrecognizable due to the film’s stunning physical transformations. It’s because Tatum, as the tortured Olympic wrestler (and Dave’s brother) Mark Schultz, reaches staggering new heights as an actor.
The star of Step Up, White House Down, 21 Jump Street, and Magic Mike, among others, not only turns out one of this year’s most harrowing performances, but one of the very best. Even Tatum’s biggest naysayers (yes, they exist) will be blown away by the actor’s emotionally and physically daunting work in Foxcatcher. »
Channing Tatum has already proven himself as a dancer, an action star and a comedian. Now, with his latest role in this month's Oscar-buzzy film Foxcatcher, the Step Up alum seeks to prove himself as a dramatic actor. Tatum graces the cover of this week's Hollywood Reporter magazine. Below, find 10 revelations from a conversation that covered a wide array of topics that ranged from stripper conventions to tabloid divorce rumors to his possible move to Ojai. 1. Magic Mike Xxl will partially draw from Tatum's experience attending a stripper convention. The film will take place a few years after Magic Mike and will follow Tatum's character, Mike, on a road
- Mia Galuppo
Venezuelan drama “Liz en Septiembre” is to get international release via Los Angeles-based Cinema Management Group.
Directed by Fina Torres (“Oriana,” “Woman on Top,” “From Prada to Nada”), the film is the story of a fiercely independent gay woman who is facing a terminal illness when her friends challenge her to seduce a straight woman friend. The film is adapted from the Jane Chambers stage play “Last Summer at Bluefish Cove.”
The film, which stars Patricia Velasquez, grossed close to $1 million in its initial theatrical run in Venezuela.
Cmg, which is pitching pic at Afm, has also recently picked up rights to the now in-production “Born to Dance.” A new spin on the hip-hop genre, the film is set in New Zealand and is choreographed by Parris Goebel, star of “Step Up: All In” and directed by Tammy Davis.
The film is a coming-of-age tale told through the eyes of Tu, »
- Patrick Frater
A decade ago, when the Afm forged in to replace Mifed in November, it was a bastion of B-movies with B-List stars hawking themselves in multiple films, and a slew of deals that often didn’t result in anything. Now, with studios only wanting to finance sequels and superhero movies, and requiring partners to fully fund or partly pay for everything else on their slates, indie companies have new currency and are dealing with some of the biggest films in the business, with everyone from Gary Ross (The Free State Of Jones) to Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful 8) in Santa Monica courting foreign buyers.
As it sheds the schlockfest stigma the Afm once bore, attendees are focused on the increased importance of offshore returns and a more disciplined approach to the business. There’s a lot of money in the market, but rigor is key while packaging has become tougher as »
- Nancy Tartaglione
In honor of Step Up: All In being release on Blu-Ray, DVD and On Demand today, we asked the kids' authority on dance, Asia Monet Ray, to list the Top 5 Dance Movies. Asia is one of the dancers on Lifetime's "Dance Moms" (who pretty much always wins!) and had her own spin-off series this summer, "Raising Asia" (scroll down to check out her own amazing footwork). Here's her list:
1. The Step Up Movies: Everyone that loves dance and in the dance industry knows and loves these movies. They're my top dance movies right now. Also, I love Stephen Boss (Twitch). He's in the movies and I've taken several of his convention classes, so it's great to see him. I love the choreography as well.
- email@example.com (Asia Monet Ray)
Happy Halloween from Gotham City!! pic.twitter.com/3gzmG44iEf — Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) October 31, 2014 It should come as no surprise that the Neil Patrick Harris-David Burtka clan were once again the undisputed champs of celebrity family Halloween costumes. This year the actor (and now author) revealed this year's ensemble on Twitter and Instagram, with the caption "Happy Halloween from Gotham City!!" Nph went as a dapper Riddler, while husband Burtka channeled a Jack-Nicholson-era Joker. Their twins dressed as Gotham City's superheroes, with Gideon as Batman and Harper as a very fierce-looking Batgirl—criminals beware! Elaborate group costumes »
- Kat Ward
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