Director Jon M. Chu has quickly become one of those directors whose quotes you need to read. After gaining notoriety with the Step Up movies and Justin Bieber documentary, Paramount entrusted him with one of their marquee franchises: G.I. Joe. Then Sony handed him the reigns to another potential franchise, Masters of the Universe. That’s a nice step up (pun intended) from dance TV shows.

In a new interview, Chu offered some significant updates on the status of G.I. Joe Retaliation, which was delayed so that (reportedly) the director could convert the film to 3D, as well as on Masters of the Universe, which is based on the popular Eighties cartoon and toy line . Read his quotes after the jump. Read More »

VOTD: Every 3D Movie is the Same

Watch enough movies, and you’ll find that you occasionally walk out of the theater sometimes with the vaguely disappointing feeling that you’ve just shelled out $14 to see a movie you’re already seen before. Sometimes, it’s no surprise that a film looks derivative — did anyone really expect Underworld: Awakening to wow us with its originality, for example? — but even great movies fall prey to old habits sometimes. The Avengers was exhilarating, but Lord knows we’ve seen the dear old Big Apple demolished more than a few times before, and often in very similar ways at that.

The Funny or Die folks point out the most familiar repeating shots and motifs in a video titled “Every 3D Movie is the Same.” Unfortunately, it seems their theoretical fact-checkers were dozing on the job, since a handful of the movies they cite were not, in fact, released in 3D. But even so, their point stands. Perhaps they should’ve just retitled it “Every Studio Action Movie is the Same”? Watch it after the jump.

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What’s the real story behind the delay of Paramount’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation? Ever since the studio abruptly pushed the film to March 2013, just weeks before the planned opening later this month, there have been rumors about bad test screening reactions and a studio desire for more Channing Tatum.

We know the film is being converted to 3D, and there have been suppositions that the process is simply to bolster the box office take thanks to 3D surcharges, or that the conversion is a smokescreen to cover fixing other issues with the film.

Director Jon M. Chu has been quiet through the past few weeks — it can’t be a pleasant thing to see any film you’ve worked on go through the wringer like this — and there have been stories of a lack of communication between he and Paramount. Now Chu seems to have reached out to one site, and he says that 3D is really the focus of the delay. Read More »

By and large, no one liked G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra very much, and so you can’t blame Paramount for thinking it was a good idea to craft a sequel with as few faces as possible from the original movie. And when that sequel was set in motion last year, no one would have known that thanks to Haywire, 21 Jump Street and The Vow, audiences would warm to and quickly want a lot more of Channing Tatum. The actor could have just as easily hit summer 2012 as the new Ryan Reynolds.

But things worked out so that Tatum’s popularity is at an all-time high, and Paramount has G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which… well, he’s not in the movie very much. Oops.

So while the reports of a release date delay for Retaliation were oriented around the fact that the film would be converted to 3D, the real factor may be that those reshoots we mentioned recently will actually be done to keep Tatum in the movie a lot longer. Read More »


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No, it wasn’t just you — Men in Black 3, entertaining as it was, made no sense at all. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that starting the shoot without a completed sequel did not help. Also after the jump:

  • Robert Rodriguez talks up Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • G.I. Joe toys pulled from shelves after Retaliation shifts release date
  • Nick Frost talks possible Snow White and the Huntsman sequels
  • Don’t worry, Robert Pattinson has not been offered Catching Fire

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Now that G.I. Joe: Retaliation is no longer opening next month, thanks to a late-in-the-game decision to post-convert it to 3D, we’ve got another ten months to keep talking about it. After the jump, read director Jon Chu‘s earlier comments on the decision to shoot in 2D. Also:

  • Get a look at Shaquille O’Neal on the Grown Ups 2 set
  • Passion of the Christ sorta-prequel Mary Mother of Christ gets a director
  • Star Trek 2 is heading to Iceland for second unit shooting
  • Jonathan Frakes talks about his visit to the Star Trek set
  • Uncharted actor Nolan North will be in Trek 2, but chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen won’t

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The most surprising news yesterday was that Paramount has pushed G.I. Joe: Retaliation back from a June 29 release this year to March 29 2013, to allow time to post-convert the film to 3D. There was plenty of spin applied to the news, but the general supposition is that the film isn’t particularly good, and Paramount wants a less competitive release date as well as time to tweak the film.

Now it seems like there’s more than a post-conversion going on, as one of the film’s stars suggests that there are new scenes being crafted for the delayed release. Read More »

Things were going so well for G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Fans were responding really well to the trailers, director Jon Chu was talking up how it’s the movie he really wanted to see as a G.I. Joe fan, the release date was approaching and everyone was excited.

Paramount has now decided to forgo that positive buzz and bump the film back nine months, from June 29 to March 29, so it can be converted to 3D. We weight the positives and negatives after the jump. Read More »

Today’s Sequel Bits features all kinds, from Depression-era gangsters to noirish femme fatales to drunken school bus drivers. After the jump:

  • Nick Swardson and Cheri Oteri board Grown-Ups 2
  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For gets its first teaser poster
  • A new G.I. Joe: Retaliation image shows Cobra Commander
  • Seth Grahame-Smith is a little intimidated by Beetlejuice 2
  • Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz talk Tron: Uprising
  • Paramount is letting a Godfather (book) prequel go forward
  • Jon Favreau likes where Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3 is headed

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Lots to see in today’s Sequel Bits, including a DVD featurette, a blooper reel, a TV spot, posters, and a (not at all revealing) set photo. After the jump:

  • Another new TV spot debuts for Men in Black 3
  • Gary Busey goes nuts in Piranha 3DD outtakes
  • Watch a featurette from the Underworld: Awakening DVD
  • Simon Pegg and Zachary Quinto tweet wrapping Star Trek 2
  • Check out the Korean G.I. Joe: Retaliation posters
  • Donnie Yen is set to return for Ip Man 3D
  • Who wants to be an extra on Atlas Shrugged Part 2?

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