Ahh, the joys and wonders of being a first-time parent: The adorable way the baby holds tight to your finger, the precious laughs and smiles, and of course, the fussing, the crying, and the pooping! Channing Tatum has just a few more months until he and wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s welcome their bundle of joy this summer, and although he has prepped himself with the best baby books a first-time dad can have, there’s one thing this Magic Mike star is worried about: diaper duty.
One of the most pleasant surprises of last year was the fact that Magic Mike wasn’t just the frothy male stripper movie we’d been anticipating for months — it was actually a thoughtful Steven Soderbergh film with serious characters struggling to make it in Central Florida’s crappy economy. Matthew McConaughey’s turn as sleazy, self-serving and super charming club owner Dallas earned him plenty of kudos, too, including an award from the New York Critics Circle and an Independent Spirit nod. So we’re relieved to hear, straight from McConaughey’s mouth, that as plans for Magic Mike 2 are “legitimately brewing,” he would never take Dallas in any kind of cheesy, sell-out direction.
“In the right way [I would come back],” he told MTV News at Sundance last week. “It would be so much fun, but I would only be able to do to revisit Dallas if I really go, ‘OK, that’s what he would be doing.’ And Dallas can’t become like all of a sudden obviously comedic. I’d have to keep him the same tone. He’s committed.”
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are #1! Well, of course, you knew that already, but the latest way they’re on top is a rather convoluted (are there any other kind) list from Forbes: “Hollywood’s Highest-Grossing Romantic Couples.” To come up with this list, the magazine calculated domestic box-office grosses from romantic movies in the past three years. That meant that the Twilight stars were the only ones with more than one movie in the mix. (Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Noth landed at #4 with only the second Sex and the City movie counted.)
So, yeah, the numbers feel a little awkward, but Twilight’s $3 billion gross (in more than the past three years) was bound to trump the others no matter how you twist things. Plus, it’s a fun list to look at. Here are the rankings:
1. Rob and Kristen, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2, $1.17 billion
2. Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams, The Vow, $125 million
3. Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler, Just Go With It, $103 million
4. Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Noth, Sex and the City 2, $95 million
5. Julianne Moore and Steve Carell, Crazy, Stupid, Love., $84 million
6. Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, Dear John, $80 million
7. Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, No Strings Attached, $71 million
8. Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus, The Last Song, $63 million
9. Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling, The Lucky One, $60 million
10. Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon, Water for Elephants, $59 million.
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We know how upset you where when you first heard they were moving G.I. Joe: Retaliation from its June 29, 2012 release date to March 29, 2013 in order to accommodate reshoots. Oh, sorry. We meant to say: we know how upset you where when they originally moved G.I. Joe: Retaliation from its June 29, 2012 release date to March 29, 2013 in order to accommodate reshoots because Channing Tatum is in it. If you were peeved then, you’re going to be even more peeved now that we know the film’s new footage contains no new Channing Tatum. So basically it was a total waste, is what we’re implying. And by “implying,” we mean “screaming at a dark and unfeeling sky.”
“That is a complete rumor. I don’t know where that started,” G.I. Joe: Retaliation Lorenzo di Bonaventura told Crave Online. “Literally, Channing shot for – if I have it wrong, I’m off by an hour – four hours, five hours? So it wasn’t really about that at all.” Di Bonaventura then went on to explain that the production had shot for three more days, though offered no explanation for why the movie is not just 72 hours of Channing Tatum going about his day. The John Chu movie is still scheduled to drop this spring, though we’re sure we’ll be busy on March 29. Busy crying on a pile of 21 Jump Street DVDs, that is.
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Jessica Simpson confirmed the pregnancy we pretty much all knew about already with a tweet yesterday that read, “Merry Christmas from my family to yours!” accompanying a deadly cute photo of 7-month-old daughter Maxwell Drew in front of the words “Big Sis” written in the sand. It by far surpasses Simpson’s “Mummy” tweet from last Halloween, and also makes us really wish she’d been able to break this news herself, rather than some “friend” who sold the story to Us weeks ago.
UPDATE: Weight Watchers also let Jessica announce her new pregnancy in a 30-second ad, released today. “Being healthy has become a part of who I am, which is great timing, because I’m having another baby,” she says. (WW made sure to add a printed message on the ad that says, “Pregnant women are not eligible to join Weight Watchers. Jessica has stopped following the plan and intends to return after she gives birth.”)
The announcement made us think back to all the other varied ways in which celebrity moms announced their big news to the world in 2012. Here are some of our favorites:
Snooki’s “OMG! I’m Pregnant!” Us Weekly Headline: This is another one we pretty much already knew about before the story was published, but the fact that we could totally hear Snooki’s voice as we read that headline made it more unique than your typical pregnancy story sold to a tabloid.
Amber Rose Follows Beyonce’s Example: Following a couple of weeks of speculation, Amber accompanied Wiz Khalifa to the MTV VMAs this year in a lacy skintight gown and caressed her little bump on the red carpet, leaving no more doubt about their big news. Months later, it looked like Jenna Dewan-Tatum was doing the same red-carpet reveal in her flowy princess gown at VH1 DIVAS, but she and Channing Tatum decided to let us guess for a few more hours before going the typical publicist-to-magazine route.
Who would have thought that a funny name, an inauspicious start in an all-dance movie and a sordid stripper past would eventually be the perfect equation for a leading man. His star has been rising for a while but this was truly the year the world fell head over heels in love with Channing Tatum. Maybe because he turned his dance talents into a weirdly serious film about stripping called Magic Mike, maybe because he healed our amnesia in The Vow, maybe it’s because we can’t stop laughing at his scientific equations from 21 Jump Street, maybe it’s even because we saw him romance his real-life wife again in 10 years. Or maybe we just like that mug of his.
Dominating Moment: That would be the release and subsequent American obsession with Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, because even when they were wearing clothing, it was actually good!
Dominating on Twitter: Chan has just over 3 million followers. He also has an Instagram account under the name … ready? channingtatumunwrapped.
Best Appearances: Probably on the cover of People’s Sexiest Man Alive cover? Or GQ’s Man of the Year? Maybe it was the Magic Mike trailer that showed his butt? Or, also, his stripping act on SNL?
What We Expect From Him in 2013: More gratuitous butt shots, please. Oh, yeah, also, his baby with wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum, plus the release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Side Effects, White House Down. After he finishes work on a couple more (dozen) movies, he says he’ll be taking a little break. Maybe we’ll let him.
The 12 Celebs Who Dominated In 2012:
12. Ryan Lochte
11. Rebel Wilson
10. Frank Ocean
9. Damian Lewis
8. Lena Dunham
7. Blue Ivy Carter
6. Matthew McConaughey
5. Channing Tatum
4. Honey Boo Boo
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Did we call this yesterday, or what? Actually, we didn’t really call it, as we tried to respect Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Channing Tatum’s wishes to announce their big news — that Jenna’s pregnant with their first baby — in the manner of their choosing, i.e. by having their rep confirm the news to Us Weekly and People today. But we just couldn’t ignore the fact that Jenna’s empire-waisted, princess-worthy gown screamed “baby bump” last night at VH1 DIVAS. And when Jenna and Elisha Cuthbert were onstage introducing Ciara, the Step Up star totally touched her belly in that semi-subconscious expectant mother way.
Jenna and Chan “are pleased to announce that they are expecting the birth of their first child next year,” their rep told People. Congrats, you two! We hope the world can stand the inevitable cuteness a Tatum baby will bring. To prepare ourselves, here are some adorable pictures of the happy parents-to-be:
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We don’t really mean that headline how you think — since we’re against calling “baby bump” on ladies who have yet to announce anything themselves. We’re mostly just admiring Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s fairy princess look — complemented by that princess-worthy headband and bright, youthful makeup — on its own merit. But when we saw Mrs. Channing Tatum step onto the purple carpet for tonight’s VH1 DIVAS, where she’s a presenter, we thought, “Whoa, mama.”
“On the way to @VH1DIVAS! I am in full fairy mood tonight,” Jenna tweeted.
Also, this empire cut is like one of the many dresses we pregnant ladies saved from our un-knocked-up days and have been able to pull out and wear in full, er, bloom too. So, if Jenna is not yet carrying a mini-Chan, this sexy look might inspire her Sexiest Man Alive to get to work on that ASAP, and then she can recycle this look later!
“I’m ready; I think she’s ready,” Channing Tatum told People about starting a family in his Sexiest Man interview last month. We’re ready for you, too!
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Just when you thought stars were some alien life form visiting our planet just to briefly grace us with their beauty and talent, they come out with amazingly normal revelations about themselves, like this one from Les Miserables star Amanda Seyfried: “Everybody wants to have sex with [Channing Tatum],” she says in the January issue of InStyle. “And the only person he wants to have sex with is his wife, Jenna [Dewan-Tatum]. He’s the most loyal husband.” Wow, we just had that exact same thought five minutes ago!
Other really normal things about Amanda that prove she’s human, not the ethereal angelic being we’ve always assumed her to be: She says she’d never be able to lose weight the way co-star Anne Hathaway did for Les Miz. “I would lose my mind.” Us too! Amanda, we should totally be best buds.
Before you rush down into your Channing Tatum bunker (fully equipped with both Step Up and Step Up 2: The Streets, white undershirts you bought from a reliable pervert on Craigslist and a water filtration system) to wait out the duration of Chan’s potential break from acting, remember this: you might not even notice he’s gone! “[Writing partner Reid Carolin and I] have about three to four ideas that we love that are all in the hopper. By the end of next year, we’re going to shut things down and write the first thing that we’re going to direct,” the Magic Mike actor told Entertainment Weekly. “We’re going to be like, alright, no more acting parts for a minute, let’s take a few and really get caring about that section of our career.” A quick check of the actor’s IMDB page, however, reassures us that we have months, if not years, of upcoming Channing Tatum movies to tide us over. And with hologram technology advancing at its current rate, we may never having to go Chan-less again!
Tatum, who is currently working on both a Magic Mike sequel and a potential Evel Knievel biopic with Reid, is scheduled to star in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Side Effects, White House Down and the currently filming Foxcatcher, a drama about “John du Pont, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and killed Olympic wrestler David Schultz,” in the upcoming year. After that, Tatum is slated to star in sci-fi flick Jupiter Ascending for 2014, and we’re betting one lengthy text from Jonah Hill is all it would take to get Channing on a jet to the as-yet unscheduled 21 Jump Street 2 table read. Moreover, Tatum is also signed on as the lead in the upcoming romantic thriller The Contortionist’s Handbook. We guess what we’re saying is…let us prepare ourselves now for the Great Tatum Drought of 2015. Though can anyone truly prepare themselves for such horror? That woman in the lower left hand corner of the photo knows what we’re talking about.
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