Last week a post appeared on producer Don Murphy‘s message board claiming that director Stephen Sommers had been fired from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura later provided damage control, calling the accusation “ridiculous,” refuting claims that the movie is a disaster by saying that “The movie tested very well…” I had also heard from a couple friends that Sommers had been thrown out of the editing room, but was unable to find anyone who would go on record. And bottom line is that Sommers supposedly has final cut. But is the movie the disaster that the anonymous message board posting eluded to? Or is it something more?
Back in March I received an anonymous email from someone calling himself “Dr. Drew” (we’ll assume this isn’t the same Dr. Drew who is on Love Line or Celebrity Rehab). Drew told me that he had just seen a test screening of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and would like to submit a reader review. I told the Doctor that I was interested and made a comment on Twitter about having one of the first GI Joe reviews. A rep from Paramount contacted me and was quick to verify that a test screening had taken place the night before, in the same location my tipper claimed to screen the movie.
But before I had a review in hand, Dr. Drew stopped responding. I sent him a bunch of e-mails, but he vanished into the darkness. I joked with other journalist friends that Paramount somehow killed the story. When the Sommer news hit last week, I thought I’d reach out to Dr. Drew once again. I was curious… is the film really THAT bad? Or is Lorenzo telling the truth? Did the film actually test really well?
The Doctor got back to me and explained that he had never gotten my previous emails (intercepted by Paramount? probably not… Lost in the interwebs? more likely). What did Dr. Drew think of the movie? Full details after the jump.
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Paramount Pictures has released six new high resolution photos from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. As always, click on any of the photos to enlarge. Check out five more photos after the jump.
From the Egyptian desert to deep below the polar ice caps, the elite G.I. JOE team uses the latest in next-generation spy and military equipment to fight the corrupt arms dealer Destro and the growing threat of the mysterious Cobra organization to prevent them from plunging the world into chaos. “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” is directed by Stephen Sommers (“The Mummy,” “The Mummy Returns”).
GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra hits theaters on August 7th 2009.
MTV has a new 2-minute clip from GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra which further confirms what I’ve been thinking for months now – this movie is going to be absolute garbage. (This is an expanded version of the 45-second video we posted on Friday) Watch the clip after the jump, and unleash your negativity in the comments below.
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Empire has a first look at the international poster for Stephen Sommer‘s GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra. The poster separates Joe and Cobra, and features the same “trying too hard to look cool” look of the previous character posters. Head on over to Empire to see the poster in higher resolution. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra will hit theaters on August 7th 2009.
Paramount Pictures has released a new movie trailer for Stephen Sommer‘s GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra. If you thought the Superbowl teaser looked ridiculous, get ready for more silly action effects and horribly written, cheesy dialogue. I will admit, some of the action looks fun (yet still stupid), especially the car chase sequence. And I’m really interested to see Snake Eyes battle Storm Shadow. Watch the trailer after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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I just got back from ShowWest in Las Vegas. ShoWest is a convention for theater owners where, among other things, Hollywood previews some of their upcoming movies. You’ve seen some of my ShoWest overage on the site over the last week, but there was so much going on that I couldn’t get to it all. Frosty from Collider joins me in this video blog wrap-up, where we take a look at nearly everything that we saw over the course of the four day convention. We broke it into two parts because it runs a little bit long. Here is some of the stuff we talked about:
Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, Tron 2 3-D, Beauty and the Beast in 3-D, Angels & Demons, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Woody Allen’s new film Whatever Works, The Hurt Locker, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, The Hangover, Terminator Salvation, Robert Zemeckis’ A Christmas Carol, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, The Proposal, The Princess and the Frog, Men in Black 3, Spider-Man 4, Ghostbusters 3, The Ugly Truth, Julie and Julia, and The Year One.
In the last 5 minutes of the video, George (El Guapo) from Latino Review, Alex from First Showing, Ed from Coming Soon, and Katey from Cinemablend make a cameo appearance and briefly discuss their favorite things from the con. A big thanks goes to Katey Rich for producing this segment. She did the camera work and helped us organize the talking points. Without her, we would have been babbling even more than we did. Part 2 is after the jump.
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We have a couple movie-related video game videos for you guys tonight: the intro from the upcoming Terminator Salvation video game and the trailer for the GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra video game. Watch both videos embedded after the jump.
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Want to see what Joseph Gordon-Levitt is going to look like as The Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra? We’ve included the spoilerific image after the jump.
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Cool Posts From Around the Web:
The 30-second G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Superbowl teaser has only been out for 30-something hours and someone has already created a trailer mash-up. TrailerMash‘s “GI Joe vs. Wolverine” which features footage from the tv spot, Wolverine, Fighting, Transformers, Street Fighter, Paris, Je T’aime, Chocolate, Transporter 2, and more. Check it out after the jump.
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Hollywood premiered a batch of new movie-related television advertisments during the Super Bowl. If you missed any of them, or want to watch one of the commercials again, I have compiled a nice listing below. But what I’m really interested to find out which movie advertisement you thought was the best? Which got you the most excited? And Why? Leave your thoughts in the comments and place your vote in the poll below.
Angels & Demons (30 seconds)
Fast & Furious (45 seconds)
GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra (30 seconds)
Land of the Lost (45 seconds)
Monsters vs. Aliens Trailer in 3D
Star Trek (30 Seconds)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (30 seconds)
Up (60 seconds)
Year One (60 seconds)
Cars.com Advertisement directed by Lars and the Real Girl helmer Craig Gillespie
Up – Adventures with Carl and Russell #1
Year One: Extended Sneak Preview (2 minute Clip)