Channing Tatum finalises deal to star as Gambit in X-Men spin-off
It seems Channing Tatum will be starring in the highly-anticipated Gambit movie after all.
The 35-year-old hunk was allegedly set to walk away from talks to play the card-flinging mutant thief-turned-crime fighter in an upcoming X-Men spin-off.
However, it appears negotiations have been rescued and the Magic Mike star has reached a deal to star in the film, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
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Big fan: Tatum speaks with former head of Marvel Stan Lee, who created many of the company's iconic characters, after their X-Men panel at Comic-Con on July 11
Earlier this week,TheWrap reported the beefcake actor's reps were still in discussions, but added that 'something is up'.
The 22 Jump Street star reportedly hit a snag during negotiations with 20th Century Fox studio over his compensation and the extent of his involvement in any future X-Men or Gambit films.
The studio sees Gambit as a character that could spawn a number of hit movies, similar to Hugh Jackman's Wolverine films, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Looking good: Tatum attends the West End premiere of Magic Mike XXL on June 30. The star has just signed on to play Gambit in a new X-Men spin-off
Tatum has long been attached to the Gambit project as a producer and made a surprise appearance at Fox's X-Men panel at Comic-Con in July.
The Southern-born actor is said to be keen to play the Cajun comic book character.
Gambit, whose real name is Remy LeBeau, is a thief and a ladies man.pre bonded hair
What's the deal? Gambit, whose real name is Remy LeBeau, is one of the original X-Men. He can charge objects with kinetic energy and uses this ability to turn playing cards into deadly explosives
He possesses the power to charge objects with kinetic energy, which somehow causes them to become explosive.
His trademark move is to do this with playing cards, which he then throws at enemies with deadly accuracy.
The character was played by former Friday Night Lights actor Taylor Kitsch - who was once tipped to reprise the role - in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine opposite Hugh Jackman.
That film was also Ryan Reynolds' debut as Deadpool.
Quite the characters: Tatum hangs out with Ryan Reynolds, who stars in the upcoming Deadpool movie, at Comic-Con in July
Both Remy and Channing come from America's Deep South. Remy is from New Orleans, Louisiana, while Channing was born in Alabama before moving to Mississippi.
Besides his glowing pink playing cards, long trench coat, bo-staff, finger-less gloves and on/off relationship with Rogue, Gambit's most recognizeable trait is his thick Cajun accent, a long-time point of amusement among comic fans when his speech is written out phonetically.
Tatum confirmed he was set to play the X-man - as well as the impending release date - on Twitter in January when he posted: 'How do you say October 7, 2016 in Cajun?'
The actor told Empire last year that the character was his favourite superhero, adding he was confident he could pull off the OTT accent.
No longer on the cards: The character was played by Taylor Kitsch in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and he was at one stage tipped to reprise the role
'I would like to play Gambit. Gambit's my favorite,' he said. 'I'm from New Orleans, around that area. My dad's from New Orleans, and I like to do a Cajun accent. I could do it for real.'
'No knock on Taylor Kitsch, though, 'cause I actually like his Gambit,' he added. But I've always lived around Cajun people.
'Gambit was always like the woman-loving, cigarette-smoking, drinking guy. He was the punk rock of all the superheroes. He's a thief. He kind of rode the line.'
In the same mag, X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner said she was 'dying' to do a Gambit movie with Channing Tatum.remy hair extensions
'That doesn’t have to be a great big movie. It’s a thief in New Orleans, it’s a whole different story,' she said. 'He’s on board, and I have to get the studio on board. How can anyone resist Channing? He’s such a sweetheart.'
But now that iteration of the film - as well as Channing's rumoured cameo in May's X-Men Apocalypse - looks to be in danger of not happening.
Chere: Gambit's most recognisable trait is his thick Cajun accent, a long-time point of amusement among comic fans when his speech is written out phonetically - and one which Chaning was confident of replicating
Chris Rock's 33-year-old girlfriend Megalyn Echikunwoke flashed a diamond ring on her wedding finger on Saturday evening while at the Apollo in the Hamptons 2016 party in New York City.
The timing is interesting as the next day the comedian finalized his divorce from wife of 20 years, Malaak Compton-Rock.
The ring - a yellow gold double band with a small diamond - could be an engagement ring. As PageSix revealed on Thursday, a friend shared a clear image of the ring and added it was time to celebrate 'new beginnings,' strongly suggesting the standup could be on his way to another marriage.
Bling it on! Chris Rock's girlfriend Megalyn Echikunwoke flashed diamond ring on wedding finger on Sunday the night before his divorce was finalized from wife of 10 years Malaak
'Last night we celebrated new beginnings . . . #lovewins,' the unidentified friend wrote in the caption.perruques cheveux naturels
The site pointed out Echikunwoke seemed to take a dig at Malaak when she replied 'Bye, Felicia,' which is a catchphrase that pretty much translates to 'don't let the door hit you on the way out,' only not as polite.
A friend added crying-laughter emojis.
They look good together: The standup and Echikunwoke at the Governor's Ball at the 88th Academy Awards back in February; she does not appear to have the ring on here
The post was then taken down.
The beauty glowed as she held onto Rock, who was also in great spirits. She had on a lovely floral-print dress with spaghetti straps and her hair was worn down over her bare shoulders.
A source told PageSix, 'she always wears that ring,' which appears to be true as she has had it on several times in the past six months. They have been dating for one year and she lives at his New Jersey home.
The last one: Rock and Malaak back in 2014; they have two daughters together and have raised an adopted daughter as well
His rep then said Chris was '100 percent' not engaged.
On Monday Chris and Malaak both appeared in a New Jersey courtroom to finalise the split, reported TMZ.
The 51-year-old comic actor and his wife - who have been separated since 2014 -have two daughters Lola Simone, 14 and Zahra Savanna, 12.
Chris and Malaak Compton-Rock also appear to have been raising eight-year-old Ntombi, who first came to live with them from South Africa when she was six months old, according to the website, although details are unclear.
In divorce papers, Malaak listed Ntombi-futhi Samantha as a dependent along with the Rocks’ two biological daughters.
The kids: Chris with Malaak and children Lola, Zahra Savanna and Ntombi at the Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted premiere in NYC in 2012
She stated that in addition to their two children, there is a child 'who has resided with the parties since before her first birthday.'
But rather mysteriously, a spokesman for Chris told TMZ he does not have an adopted child.perruques cheveux
TMZ previously reported that back in 2008, the family took in Ntombi who remained in their house and was subsequently enrolled in a local school.
She mingles with the big guns: Chris and Megalyn with Harvey Weinstein at the Apollo party
The site added that the girl's parents were thought to be unemployed and from South Africa, although it is not known why she was living with the Rock family.
They add that when Chris and Malaak began divorce proceedings, Chris maintained contact with his two biological daughters.
However their divorce case is sealed so it is not known what settlement was reached.
Meanwhile, Chris began dating actress Megalyn earlier this year. Megalyn, who has had recurring roles in 24, ER, CSI Miami, The 4400, 90210 and Damien, was most recently featured as the animal-powered Vixen in the TV series Arrow.
Madonna surprised fans with an unexpected appearance at a 25th anniversary screening of her documentary Truth Or Dare on Wednesday.
The superstar showed up at the event held at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan to the delight of the 400 or so in the audience.
The 58-year-old pop culture icon shared a couple of photos on her Instagram showing her standing between two on-screen images of herself from her Blond Ambition tour of 1990.
'Surreal moment!' she wrote alongside the picture.lace front wigs
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'Surreal moment!' Madonna surprised fans at a 25th anniversary screening of documentary Truth Or Dare and posed next to images of herself from the 1990 Blond Ambition Tour
Madonna: Truth Or Dare was first released in May 1991 and followed the Material Girl on tour and showed her behind-the-scenes with then-boyfriend Warren Beatty, praying with her backup dancers and facing arrest for public indecency at her concert in Toronto, Canada.
'So many freedoms we take for granted that we did not have then. Thank you Alek Keshishian. We changed history with this film.!' Madonna wrote.
Keshishian directed the film that was shot in black and white.
Who's that girl? The pop icon, who just turned 58, delighted the 400 or so fans gathered to watch the film at the museum Of Modern Art in Manhattan on Wednesday
Demure: Madonna wore an off-he-shoulder red dress with white floral detailing and cinched at the waist with a black band for her surprise appearance
Sharing 'a kiki': She was accompanied by her daughter Lourdes 'Lola' Leon, 19
In a second photo shared via her Instagram, she's seen sharing 'a kiki' with daughter Lourdes Leon or Lola as she calls her.
Madonna wore a red off-the-shoulder dress with a flounce neckline and black spaghetti straps.cosplay wigs
The frock features white floral detailing, half-sleeves and was cinched under the bust with a black band.
She added a matching black and white floral patterned purse and wore her signature blonde hair styled in loose waves to her shoulders.
Madonna had just returned from a birthday trip to Cuba with Lola, 19, and adopted children, 10-year-olds David and Mercy.
Truth Or Dare AKA In Bed With Madonna showed behind-the-scenes footage of the singer including candid moments with then-boyfriend Warren Beatty and prayer circles with her dancers
Getaway: Madonna recently celebrated her 58th birthday with a trip to Cuba accompanied by daughter Lola, 19, and her adopted children David and Mercy, both 10