Every franchise needs its good guys and its bad guys. In the G.I. Joe universe, the bad guy is Cobra, a convert organization hell bent on world domination. They came pretty close in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and in next month’s G.I. Joe Retaliation, they’ll do just that. Directed by Jon M. Chu, the film will show what the members of G.I. Joe (Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, etc.) will have to do to stop Cobra from taking over the world.

Sometimes, though, it’s fun to play the bad guy and Paramount has just released a recruitment video for Cobra. The video sends you to a website where you can go to previously scheduled social events and prove your loyalty to Cobra. Check it all out below. Read More »


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Whether your idea of fun is G-rated college kids or hard-R strippers, there’s something in today’s Sequel Bits for you. After the jump:

  • Jessica Alba promises to do more dancing in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • … while Robert Rodrigez comments on Dennis Haysbert replacing Michael Clarke Duncan
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger explains why his age won’t be an issue in The Legend of Conan
  • Screenwriter Craig Mazin talks about weathering criticism for The Hangover Part II
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation will be digitally remastered for a one-week IMAX 3D release
  • See some cute international posters and a new setting for Monsters University
  • Vin Diesel and Karl Urban face off once again in the newest Riddick still

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Who’s up for another El Mariachi movie? Robert Rodriguez and Antonio Banderas definitely are. Also after the jump:

  • Could Channing Tatum or Emma Stone be in Dumb and Dumber To?
  • Steve Carell hasn’t seen a script yet for Anchorman 2
  • Jon M. Chu has things to say about G.I. Joe: Retaliation
  • Rob Zombie does not have plans for a Halloween 3
  • Robert Rodriguez is excited for Machete in Space
  • Check out the Into Darkness cover of Star Trek magazine
  • … and find out what old charater has resurfaced in Countdown to Darkness

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Last spring, Paramount made the surprising decision to delay G.I. Joe: Retaliation by nine months, from June 2012 to March 2013, so that it could be converted to 3D. Now, in just a couple of months, we’ll find out whether that costly last-minute change was worth it.

The latest trailer tries to hype up the new 3D with plenty of ninja-tastic action. But to really get a sense of how the whole 3D thing has worked out for Paramount and MGM you may want to buy a ticket to this weekend’s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, as it’ll screen with a four-minute 3D preview of G.I. Joe Retaliation. Read more details and watch the new promo after the jump.

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When Christopher McQuarrie was set to direct One Shot, which eventually became Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise, the idea was to launch a franchise based on the dozen-plus Reacher books by Lee Child. Turns out that Jack Reacher may be the character’s one shot at the big screen, at least in this incarnation.

The movie wasn’t all that expensive, at only $60m, but THR reports that Pararmount doesn’t consider the $153m combined worldwide gross to be impetus enough to make another one. But the film hasn’t yet opened in Japan, China, and Korea, and so there’s a chance that it could still rake in enough to make the $250m the studio would consider to be justification for a sequel. Even if it does hit the financial goal, Paramount and David Ellison’s Skydance Productions will have to negotiate a deal to bring Cruise back, and keep the next film moving at roughly the same cost of the first.

After the break ,

  • A new Dan Brown book brings up talk of The Lost Symbol,
  • a new G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer is all action,
  • and Arnold Schwarzenegger hand-writes a Twins II / Triplets update.

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The news you’ve been waiting for is here: Pirates of the Caribbean 5 has taken another step forward! (Contain your excitement, please.) Jeff Nathanson, who wrote Catch Me if You Can, has been hired to write Pirates 5. Two members of the old crew are back, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and star/producer Johnny Depp. There’s no plot to reveal at this point, and some doubt as to which other cast members from previous films will return. There’s also no report about who will direct. Having Nathanson script seems like a good first step, but after the last two films in the series, they’re going to have to show some great footage to generate interest.

Variety has the report, and also mentions that Disney is continuing efforts to develop an Alice in Wonderland sequel.

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  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation producer denies that reshoots added much more Channing Tatum,
  • The direct to video Fright Night 2 gets an all-new cast,
  • and there are new images from The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia.

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After the jump:

  • Christoph Waltz might appear in The Muppets 2 after all
  • Has Transformers 4 replaced Brenton Thwaites with Jack Reynor?
  • Berandal (a.k.a. The Raid 2) announces new cast members
  • Walton Goggins promises to be funny in G.I. Joe: Retaliation
  • Paul Rudd doesn’t know much about Anchorman 2 but hopes it’ll be good
  • Samuel L. Jackson has things to say about Unbreakable
  • Paramount and the Puzo estate settle the Godfather suit
  • A Good Day to Die Hard debuts two explosive TV spots
  • Trick ‘R Treat‘s Sam has a holiday greeting for you

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This past weekend, Paramount brought footage from the delayed G.I. Joe: Retaliation to Harry Knowles’ annual 24-hour movie marathon in Austin, TX. I wasn’t in attendance, but the consensus on the Joe footage, which featured that mountainside ninja battle, was easy to read: everyone I talked to said the sequence had some of the best post-converted 3D they’d seen. Many films and quite a few clips of upcoming releases were screened at BNAT14, but the Retaliation footage created more positive talk than some other new stuff did. Doesn’t mean the movie is a winner, necessarily, but it sounds like the 3D conversion was a success.

You won’t get to see that 3D online, but this new trailer for the March release does show some new footage. It also includes slightly more of Channing Tatum than any previous trailer for the film has — whether that is due to the reported beefing-up of his role in the movie still isn’t something we know at this point. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

With Jack Reacher releasing in just a couple of weeks, that film’s writer/director Christopher McQuarrie is finally back on screens with a directing credit to follow his debut The Way of the Gun, which hit in 2000. McQuarrie is the lead choice to direct Tom Cruise (and presumably Jeremy Renner) in Mission: Impossible 5, and talked about the job recently to Graffiti Without Punctuation:

We’ve just started talking about it. He [Tom Cruise] is very busy with ‘All You Need is Kill’, JJ [Abrams] is very busy with ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’, I’m busy promoting this movie. Obviously, I love working with him [Cruise] and would love to do it, it’s daunting in that I would have to follow Brad Bird… you know, the biggest movie of the genre. At the same time that’s kinda what I like about it, I like to come from a place of lowered expectation and I have to imagine that when they find out a filmmaker like me who feels, as someone put it earlier today ‘street level’… between ‘Way of the Gun’ and ‘Reacher’ and movies like that, I have to imagine that when it becomes real that people’s expectations could not be any lower.

After the break:

  • Fast and Furious 6 moves to LA for more shooting,
  • Additional effects footage shows up from The Host 2,
  • Rodrigo Santoro talks about the 300 prequel/sequel,
  • and new international posters hit for Riddick and G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

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