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Tatum ‘preoccupied at premiere’

Channing Tatum was apparently preoccupied with hockey during the premiere of 22 Jump Street.

The Step Up star’s new movie 22 Jump Street premiered at the AMC Theatre in New York City’s Lincoln Square on Wednesday.

And the New York Post reports Channing only made a brief appearance before slipping out to watch the Stanley Cup Finals at the nearby Mandarin Oriental hotel, where he was joined by former Los Angeles Lakers basketball coach Phil Jackson and retired Lakers player and actor Rick Fox.

The outlet reports Channing didn’t call the night before the LA Kings beat the New York Rangers in game one of the series.

The 34-year-old star apparently caught up with cast and crew at the 22 Jump Street after-party at Manhattan’s trendy Lavo nightclub, although he reportedly dipped out 20 minutes later to catch more of the match.

Channing earlier in the night spoke to reporters about the work he’s putting into his next project, the follow-up to his stripper comedy Magic Mike.

“There was a stripper convention I went to,” he revealed to PageSix. “We were like, is there enough to write another movie? We’re gonna try.”

Magic Mike is scheduled for release in 2015, while 22 Jump Street, co-starring Jonah Hill, is slated to hit US cinemas June 13.

Channing has several other projects in the works.

The actor is reportedly working on a voiceover part for animated adventure Book of Life, to be released later this year, and will also feature in Wachowski Brothers’ sci-fi adventure Jupiter Ascending in 2015, as well as action fantasy film Gambit.

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