Channing Tatum Loves Playing Soldiers Because... 

Channing Tatum says he's happy to star as a soldier in the upcoming military drama "Dear John" because he doesn't believe Hollywood portrays them accurately!

Tatum says, "I sort of became infatuated with soldiers. I got to know some of them and got a little perturbed with Hollywood making a spectacle out of them and making them look like they have screwed up somehow."

Oh you mean, like your character in "Stop-Loss?"

The actor reveals, "(In Stop-Loss) everything that was coming out of my mouth, I didn't believe. A soldier is so noble in my mind."

Hence, he's playing another soldier in "Dear John" to atone.

But wait, what about your soldier character in the upcoming action flick, "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra?"

In the Hasbro-based film, Channing is starring as Duke, a field commander and second-in-command of the G.I. Joe Team.

Hhhhmmm, I guess in that film Channing gets to act heroic and noble? We'll have to wait and see!

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"Sweeney Todd" Continues to Get Love! This Time, the Empire Awards! 

One year later, Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," continues to get nominated. This time, the film is leading the nominations for the 2009 Empire magazine film awards!

The musical received five nominations, including best director (Tim Burton), best actor (Johnny Depp), best actress (Helena Bonham Carter), best soundtrack, and best horror categories.

The ceremony will take place at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on March 29th.

For the complete list of nominees, check out the awards website right here.

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Is Drew Barrymore Directing Third "Twilight" Film? 

We learned that Chris Weitz, the director of the second "Twilight" installment, "New Moon," passed on to directing the third film in the franchise, "Eclipse," because of timing issues -- "New Moon" and "Eclipse" are due to be released so close together (Nov. 20, 2009 for "New Moon" and June 30, 2010 for "Eclipse").

So while Weitz will be working on post-production for "New Moon," the cast will be shooting "Eclipse." So yeah, Weitz said no understandably.

Summit Entertainment is reportedly talking to a "select group of directors," and one of them is, Drew Barrymore!

Why Drew?

Well, the actress turned director has just finished working on her project, "Whip It!" starring "Juno's" Ellen Page. While that film and Barrymore's directing talent remain untested, Summit is reportedly interested.

Although Summit nor Barrymore declined comment, this is still interesting news to be added to the growing "Twilight" saga.

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"Madea" Tops "Jonas Brothers" at the Box-Office 

Sorry Jonas Brothers, but you can't topple the power known as Madea! "Tyler Perry's Madea goes to Jail" beat the singing siblings taking in $16.5 million in ticket sales to land at the top spot for a second straight weekend!

"Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience" sold $12.7 million, debuting at No. 2. It did not beat biggest concert film moneymaker, 2008's "Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both World Concert," (that concert film debuted at No. 1 with $29 million at just 683 theaters, the "Jonas" flick opened in 1,271 theaters).

And the No. 3 flick for the weekend? Oscar best picture winner, "Slumdog Millionaire" sold $12.1 million in ticket sales bringing its total to $115 million.

Here's the Top 10 Box Office films for weekend of Feb. 27th:

1. "Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail," $16.5 million.
2. "Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience," $12.7 million.
3. "Slumdog Millionaire," $12.1 million.
4. "Taken," $9.9 million.
5. "He's Just Not That Into You," $5.8 million.
6. "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," $5.6 million.
7. "Coraline," $5.2 million.
8. "Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li," $4.6 million.
9. "Confessions of a Shopaholic," $4.4 million.
10. "Fired Up," 3.8 million.

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Eddie Murphy to Portray Richard Pryor in New Biopic 

This picture was on the cover of People Magazine dated July 11, 1983. Twenty six years later, Eddie Murphy will play the guy he's pictured with -- the iconic comedian, Richard Pryor.

Murphy has reportedly signed up to star in "Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?" The best part? The actor is going to return to the loving arms of his "Dreamgirls" director, Bill Condon, who also produced this year's Oscars.

And Murphy, working hard to remove "Meet Dave" and "Norbit" from moviegoers' minds, has reportedly waived his usual multi-million dollar fee to get the chance to play Pryor, and prove his acting mettle!

This film will certainly have drama! The film will showcase Pryor's much-publicized battles with alcohol and drug addiction, and then in the end, his struggle with multiple sclerosis. The icon died in 2005.

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