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'22 Jump Street' Premieres in New York

Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Ice Cube came out for the screening at AMC in Lincoln Center.

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum in Giorgio Armani

Photo By Steve Eichner

Jonah Hill

Jonah Hill

Photo By Steve Eichner

Not everything deserves an encore. Eighties television series “21 Jump Street,” remade two summers ago as a blockbuster, is now back for a third go-around as “22 Jump Street.” But there probably won’t be a 23rd.

“It’s not easy doing sequels — it really isn’t,” said Channing Tatum on the red carpet of the film’s New York premiere at the AMC in Lincoln Center. The movie is partly the story of making a sequel, and is charmingly self-aware, calling itself out as much throughout. Tatum and Jonah Hill costar as a team of undercover cops whose relationship has blatant and deliberate romantic undertones — complete with break-up vernacular, when they decide to have an “open investigation” and “investigate other people.”

Hill made only a quick pit-stop on the red carpet before running off to tape an appearance on “The Colbert Report.” The actor has been busy working the media circuit, issuing a series of apologies after slinging an antigay slur at a paparazzi over the weekend.

“It was honestly disappointing and surprising because the Jonah we know is not like that,” codirector Chris Miller said of the incident. Coincidently — too much, perhaps — the very pejorative Hill used gets plenty of play in the film as well — an entire scene dedicated to it, in fact, with Tatum’s character discussing the word with his on-screen partner.

“I thought [the movie] was very meta,” Arden Wohl said at Lavo after the movie rolled. Nearby, Irene Neuwirth locked lips with her boyfriend — the film’s codirector Phil Lord — before greeting Tatum. Tatum was holding down the party in his costars’ absence — at least for the few minutes he was there. After making the rounds, Tatum made his exit to the tune of Jay Z’s frat-boy anthem “Big Pimpin’,” only to be met with a chorus of “Channing!” on the street.