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From Modeling to Acting Channing Tatum STEPS UP His Career
World Premiere of STEP UP held on Monday, August 7 at Arclight's Cinerama Dome

Today's hottest new star Channing Tatum (who will next be seen in the lead role of the biopic Genghis Khan movie), arrived with parents Kay and Glenn Tatum during the World Premiere of his new movie "Step Up" held at the Arclight's Cinerama Dome. The movie opens this weekend August 11 nationwide.

26-year old Channing Tatum is still sporting the bald look, not a trademark he has been putting on in every Abercombrie & Fitch covers, but a habit since he was a young boy who grew up in small town called Cullman, in Birmingham, Alabama, “I came from the south, where it is hot and sticky most of the time, and I hate having a sweaty head,” he quipped in one interview.

A sportsman who has mastered Kung Fu and Go-Chor Kung Fu, Channing has also been active on Track, Baseball, Football, and Soccer during his teens, having been an athletic scholar in West Virginia after trying out in military.

It was his own idea to go into modeling and had no idea he would be successful in it. He was getting comfortable financially in modeling when his agent thought of doing a television commercial. He did Pepsi, American Eagle, and his most famous -- Mountain Dew commercial. He was also cast in the Ricky Martin video, “She Bangs.”

He then felt comfortable acting on camera that he decided to give acting a full shot. After appearing in a few television shows, his first break on film came last year with the sports drama “Coach Carter,” starring Samuel L. Jackson. He then appeared on “Havoc,” “Supercross,” “War of the Worlds” (uncredited) and “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints,” (to be released limited in NY & L.A. on September 29).

His first starring lead role released this year was the romantic-comedy “She’s The Man,” opposite Amanda Bynes. His second lead role, Touchstone Pictures’ and Summit Entertainment’s “Step Up,” currently showing in theatres, is another romantic comedy but with a flash of upbeat dance routine. Channing plays Tyler Gage, a rebel from the wrong side of Baltimore’s track who has bigger dreams in life. He meets Nora (Jenna Dewan), a privileged ballet dancer attending Baltimore’s ultra-elite Maryland School of the Arts who needed his gifted skills as a street dancer, for her senior showcase. (Channing is a trained dancer just like his dancing partner and leading lady Jenna Dewan who toured with P.Diddy with the “We Invented the Remix” and Janet Jackson’s “All For You” World tour.)

The biggest star of this season is gearing up towards bigger and important roles to Step Up his career. His next big movie is creating a controversial issue. His next assignment is the leading role in 2007’s epic Genghis Khan biopic “Mongol: The Early Years of Genghis Khan, to be directed by legendary Russian filmmaker Sergei Bodrov. His French, Irish, and native American ancestry was brought into controversy as some are saying that the lead role should have an Asian ethnic background. For whatever it is, there is no stopping Channing Tatum’s phenomenal rising as the next big star to watch out for.

At the World Premiere of “Step Up” Channing brought with him his parents Kay and Glenn Tatum. From the movie, among attendees were Jenna Dewan, singer Mario, Drew Sidora, Damaine Radcliffe, De’Shawn Washington, Rachel Griffiths, Josh Henderson, Tim Lacatena, Heavy D, Alyson Stoner, and Director Anne Fletcher. Actress and singer Ciara, who sang in the film soundtrack also came, together with other guests: the last four finalists from “You Think You Can Dance” (Travis, Donyelle, Heidi, and Benji), Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Vanessa Williams, Petey Pablo, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Cris Judd, Neil “Xingu” Rodil, Jr., Michael Copon, Nikki Griffin, Brian White, and many others. See Photo Gallery for more pics from the World Premiere of STEP UP.
08.10.06 by OC

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