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For all of the blame being placed on “flyover state people” for the success of G.I. Joe, the most outspoken journo-champions for this trendy daycare fare are based in L.A. and New York. It’s one thing to be an adult cashing a check by playing a literal piece of plastic—that is to say: gross—it’s another stumble entirely to be an intelligent adult cheering the result. But predictably, the careers of the actors involved in Joe will benefit, and Channing Tatum, the pin-up version of the guys who carouse Wal-Mart parking lots on Saturday night, is one of ‘em. Evidently, Tatum was to play the lead in a biopic about Richard Kuklinksi aka The Ice Man (above), possibly the most-publicized serial-murderer/mafia hitman of recent times. No more. Author Phil Carlo, who penned the adapted best-selling biography on the Ice Man, has humorously called bullshit on Tatum’s casting, thus placing the project in development hell (alongside its subject, no less)…

I really hated the idea of Channing Tatum,” Carlo tells the NY Post. I told [G.I. Joe mega-producer] Lorenzo di Bonaventura that this is not the guy to play one of the most feared killers of the 20th Century,” Carlo said. “I think Mickey Rourke would really be good. He’s got that sense of danger, and there’s a similarity between the two. But it’s not Channing Tatum.”

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…well, he’s almost in motion, anyway. This Japanese trailer for Paramount’s upcoming G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra doesn’t show a lot of new footage, though what we do see is cut in a hyper-kinetic fashion that does the footage more service than the last domestic trailer. But the highlight here is one brief glimpse at Cobra Commander (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), as he’s standing next to Destro (Christopher Eccleston). Watch the clip after the break. Read More »

Rumor: Stephen Sommers Fired From G.I. Joe?

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A number of sites today are pushing forward the story that G.I. Joe director Stephen Sommers has been locked out of the film’s editing room, based on a post from film producer Don Murphy’s message board (now removed), as noticed by Latino Review. The story is picking up steam, in part thanks to vaguely corroborative posts by people like Jeff Wells. And while I can’t verify the story, I have heard several really bad things about the film from a few informed sources. Common word is that it is a disaster for Paramount, and that a lot of unplanned post-production work was done to amp up the action and excitement factors and possibly just to make the thing watchable. Details of the original post from Murphy’s message board after the jump. Read More »

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Steve from Collider is a good friend of mine. At least a few times a week we talk about upcoming movies, TV shows, what gossip each of us have heard, and anything else we might find exciting. Since a number of our conversations cover things you also might find interesting, we’ve decided to start recording certain conversations as video blogs. Past video blogs have included The Future of the Batman Film Franchise, The Box Office Prospects of Watchmen and thoughts on the first 46 Minutes of Pixar’s Up.

We were recently talking about some of the movies coming out this summer and realized we should do some video blogs about the 2009 Summer Movie season. We were a little too ambitious, and thought we could squeeze two months worth of films into one blog, but as usually happens, we ran out of time. So the first three parts of our Summer movie preview were posted last week (you can watch part one here , part two here, and part three here). In part 3, we take a look at the movies of August 2009: GI Joe, When in Rome, Taking Woodstock, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Inglourious Basterds, Final Destination: Death Trip 3D, H2. Please leave your thoughts on the movies of August 2009 in the comments below.

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VOTD: The Thing Tribute with GI Joe Figures

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The Pitch: Simon Gesrel and Xavier Ehretsmann created this homage to John Carpenter’s The Thing using G.I. Joe action figures.

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For the first Transformers film, Michael Bay printed up crew t-shirts which read “Giant Fucking Robots Are Coming”. Bay later released the t-shirt online to fans, with the proceeds going to charity. For Comic Con, Paramount/Dreamworks has printed up a new t-shirt for the sequel: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The t-shirt reads “EVEN BIGGER Giant F**king Robots Are Coming”. How cool is that? Yeah, this one is censored for the masses, but it’s still cool.

Even though Paramount won’t have a panel at this year’s Comic Con, doesn’t mean that they won’t have a few goodies for fans at their booth on the convention floor. Among these goodies are t-shirts for The Last Airbender, Monsters vs. Aliens, and a GI Joe t-shirt which features the logo for MARS “Better Living Through Technology”. Check out the photos below!

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Paramount to Skip Comic-Con?!

First (potentially) the actors, and now it looks like Paramount has decided to sit out of this year’s San Diego Comic Con International. A Parmaount spokesman told Anne Thompson that “The timing was off this year.” Most of Paramount’s upcoming geek slate isn’t scheduled to hit theaters until 2009. Paramount might still participate with some viral marketing, and with a presence on the show floor, but most of their big titles will be M.I.A.

This is a shocking move considering that Paramount/DreamWorks’ huge presence at last year’s con. The Iron Man panel was considered by all to be the highest point of the convention. Even Favreau credits the panel asjumpstarting the hype for the superhero film. The company also showed 20-minutes of Beowulf in 3-D, revealed Karen Allen’s return in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and the now infamous headless statue of liberty poster for the then untitled Cloverfield.

I imagine that the Ben Stiller comedy Tropic Thunder will have some kind of presence, possibly an advance screening. But the absence of the big four properties – G.I. Joe, Star Trek, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and The Last Airbender, is a big blow to fans.

The poster above showcasing actor Channing Tatum as Duke popped up at the Cinema EXPO in Amersterdam, according to Film1. This is the first time we’ve seen the full title, G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, for the big budget nostalgia actioner opening Summer 2009. Did anyone see this clip of Joseph Gordon Levitt, who plays Cobra Commander, emptying his “awesome” quota for the year when asked about the flick? It’s pretty spazztastic. For a film based on a section of Toys “R” Us from the director of Van Helsing, the buzz is suprisingly uppity and the costumes have been slick…in a “wow, that loaded kid at the end of the hall dropped $3,000 on paintball gear and ammo” way.

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