GI Joe Retaliation / Oblivion

If action heroes are your thing, you’re covered this spring. G.I. Joe: Retaliation‘s nine-month delay finally comes to an end this weekend, while Joseph Kosinski‘s gorgeous sci-fi adventure Oblivion opens a few weeks later. New spots for both have just hit the web, and you can check them out after the jump.

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In just over a week Jon M. Chu will finally see his delayed G.I. Joe: Retaliation open in theaters, which means he can truly move on to his next project. That is looking like it could be Masters of the Universe, based on the line of toys and accompanying advertisement cartoon series. Another film was once made based on the property, with Dolph Lundren starring as the alien warrior prince He-Man.

Naturally, despite the fact that no one really liked that version of Masters of the Universe when it was released, and few people like it now for anything other than a dose of kitsch, people are asking about the idea of Lundgren appearing in the new film. And because this is Hollywood, that could be enough to make it happen. Read More »

With studios snapping up dystopian YA adaptations left and right, it seems like every director is getting the opportunity to helm a franchise of his own. That group now includes G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu, who’s just entered talks to helm Disney’s Matched.

Based on the novel by Ally Condie, the story follows a society in which all citizens’ choices are made for them — everything from what to read to whom to marry. When a chance computer glitch shows young Cassia the flaws in the system, however, she decides to try and forge her own path. Hit the jump to read more.

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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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‘G.I. Joe Retaliation’ International Trailer #2

In an alternate timeline where Jon M. Chu‘s G.I. Joe Retaliation wasn’t delayed to get a 3D overhaul, it would probably already be on Blu-ray. As it stands, though, the director is still working on making the conversion worth the wait. Audiences are about five months out from finally seeing some fulfillment of the action-packed promise we got when the first trailer was released in April.

A new edit of that original trailer has recently come online and while it has the exact same opening, and many of the exact same shots later on, there’s enough new stuff in there to warrant a look from any G.I. Joe fans rabidly awaiting the film.

G.I. Joe Retaliation opens March 29, 2013 and stars Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis, Adrianne PalickiD.J. CotronaByung-hun LeeRay ParkRZAJoseph MazzelloElodie Yung, and Walton Goggins. Check out some new footage below. Read More »

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 »

So a new He-Man movie is really in development. Why? Great question. The property was never anything other than a method to pander toys — pretty weird, goofy toys, at that.  Yet there is a company ready to pour millions of dollars into revitalizing a sales pitch that is best remembered by guys in the 30 to 40-year old age range. And Jon M. Chu, who made the yet-to-be-released G.I. Joe: Retaliation, is going to direct it. He spoke about his reasons for making the movie, which you can read below.

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