22 Jump Street set

Channing Tatum has made no secret of the fact that he’d like to direct. Now it looks like he’s found his chance. He and creative partner Reid Carolin are attached to produce and co-direct Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, based on a novel by Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick.

But for those who prefer Tatum in front of the camera, don’t worry — he’s hoping to star in the movie as well. Hit the jump for more details on the Channing Tatum directorial debut. Read More »

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The Spectacular Now at Sundance

In an age when the phrase “teen drama” suggests hardscrabble dystopias or lovelorn werewolves, what’s extraordinary about The Spectacular Now is how ordinary it is. The leads are two kids that could be from any town in America, and their romance is neither epic nor star-crossed. Stories like this one surely play out dozens of times a day all over the world.

But despite that ordinariness, or more likely because of it, The Spectacular Now is also one of the best teen dramas of recent years. Under the direction of James Ponsoldt (Smashed), The Spectacular Now is a pitch-perfect depiction of adolescence, warm and funny and sad without ever veering into forced sentimentality.

It’s a tough balance to pull off, and during a recent press stop in New York I got the opportunity to ask him how he managed to get it right. We also talked about why the kids in The Spectacular Now drink so much, how he took advantage of Kyle Chandler‘s Coach Taylor image, and which Arrested Development star he’d love to work with. Hit the jump to read the full interview. (Some spoilers for The Spectacular Now follow.)

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