MTV prides itself in celebrating what is hip, hot, and current. These qualities are honored at the channel’s Movie Awards. The likable, hunky actor Channing Tatum, 33, will be the first male to join in a list of young stars who have apparently “trailblazed” the film industry. Tatum will receive the Trailblazer Award at the MTV Movie Awards, airing on April 13. Not that I don’t love Tatum. I really do. He is hilarious in comedies, romantic and/or serious in dramas, and great at action or dancing in action or dancing movies. I just think this award is a little silly. The two past recipients were Emma Stone and Emma Watson. What boundaries did they push exactly? They are lovely, talented actresses but as a walking IMDB database and movie aficionado, I think I know what I’m talking about, and I don’t view them as ushering in any ultramodern or original concepts in their abilities or in their roles.
The award is in its third year and is given by the channel ”for boldly paving the way with his unique and diverse path in the film industry.” If you say so! Tatum will be presented his award by Mila Kunis, his co-star in the upcoming sci-fi thriller Jupiter Ascending.
“Channing Tatum is the quintessential leading man for the MTV audience,” said Stephen Friedman, President of MTV. “He proves that an action hero can have both a quick wit and a large heart. Whether he’s baring his soul in The Vow, his chest in Magic Mike, or his humor in 21 Jump Street, Channing proves that by committing everything, you can accomplish anything.” I completely agree.
Fans, like myself, of Tatum and Jonah Hill’s 2012 comedy, 21 Jump Street, can look forward to the men reprising their roles in the June sequel, 22 Jump Street. It is sure to be another fun, funny night at the movies. Tatum will also soon begin production on the sequel to Magic Mike. Ladies everywhere, join me in saying “YAY!!”
The MTV Movie Awards, hosted by the fantastic Conan O’Brien, will air April 13 at 9 p.m. ET. I feel like O’Brien elevates the whole thing, as he is sure to make viewers laugh out loud and might entice an older audience, again myself included.
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