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The seeds of Channing Tatum's superstardom were planted last summer, and this year, they were expected to be in full bloom. You could hear the hype around Hollywood: With White House Down, Tatum would confirm his status as a four-quadrant leading man, ready to take his place with Jennifer Lawrence as the Prom King and Queen of a new, homegrown Hollywood generation. Banners were made, confetti was prepared, the box-office crown was fitted and ready to don ... and then White House Down premiered this weekend to an underwhelming $25.7 million, far less than any of Tatum's big three films last year (The Vow, 21 Jump Street, and Magic Mike all bowed in 2012 to opening weekend tallies of more than $35 million). What the hell happened? And does this summer-movie setback take Tatum's career out of high gear?If Sony could call a do-over on White House Down — and »
- Kyle Buchanan
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are heading back undercover. Sony announced at its CinemaCon presentation that it will release a 21 Jump Street sequel sometime in 2014. A followup was never in doubt, after the crafty comic remake of the 1980s babyfaced-cop show made $138 million. In fact, Variety reported last year that Sony closed a deal for Hill and Michael Bacall to write the sequel before the original had even opened. EW called the comedy, “Fast, cheeky, and very funny.”
Few other details are available, including a more specific timeframe for release, or what exactly, the film will be about — but who cares? »
- Adam Carlson
Sony is definitely moving forward with its sequel to "21 Jump Street." The studio announced during it's presentation at CinemaCon that the film will be hitting theaters next year.
Last July it was reported that "21 Jump Street 2" was in the works, with filming expected to begin in September 2013. Jonah Hill and Michael Bacall wrote the script, and Hill and Channing Tatum are expected to return as stars. It's unclear what the plot of the "21 Jump Street" sequel will be, but some speculate it will take Hill and Tatum's characters to college instead of embedding them in high school again.
"21 Jump Street" was one of the biggest comedies of 2012, so it's no surprise that Sony is excited to get a sequel moving forward. Dave Franco also has said he'll be back, while directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are expected to return once they wrap with "The Lego Movie."
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- Terri Schwartz
Director Phil Lord ("21 Jump Street," "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs") found himself feeling a bit uncomfortable when he read about Jay-z and Beyonce's trip to Cuba. The couple spent their fifth wedding anniversary in Havana, much to the disgust of conservative politicians who excoriated the trip and pledged to open investigations.
It has since been revealed that the trip was authorized by the Treasury Department (White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Barack Obama had no knowledge of the clearance). Jay-z addressed the whole situation in "Open Letter," a song which blasts politicians and includes the memorable refrain "Obama said, 'Chill you're going to get me impeached' / You don't need this sh-t anyway, chill with me on the beach."
Lord's not that amused. "When I saw that the Carters were in Cuba, I got that pang that I get when I hear friends say they are traveling there, »
- Kia Makarechi
4 items from 2013
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