‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ International Trailer

Cinemacon delivered a new trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation earlier this week, and now a new international trailer features a great deal of new footage. It’s pretty much entirely big, cheesy stuff in which the betrayed Joes battle the devious forces of Cobra with high tech and charming brawn, the latter courtesy of The Rock and Bruce Willis.

But like most of the other footage from Jon M. Chu‘s sequel, it looks like it might be just as entertaining as it is fluffy. Is it possible that Chu has his the sweet spot for summer movies with this cartoonish action film? Let’s hope. Check out the new stuff below. Read More »

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First Look: Footage From ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’

It’s everyone’s favorite thing: a first look at footage from a new movie thanks to the talking heads at Entertainment Tonight. This is a preview of a trailer, but for those who want to know what Step Up 3D director Jon M. Chu has done with his sequel to Paramount and Hasbro’s action figure action movie, it’ll have to do for now.

The full trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation will be available tomorrow, and we’ve got some early reactions thanks to the audience at Harry Knowles’ Butt-numb-a-thon, the thirteenth instance of which ran this weekend. The trailer was previewed to that audience, and the reactions I saw on Twitter were uniformly positive. Our own Peter Sciretta said “Just saw the trailer for @jonmchu’s GI Joe 2 — this movie looks like everything I could ever hope it to be… Seriously!”

We’ll give you the full trailer as soon as possible, but for now enjoy this brief glimpse of some action, a sword, The Rock and Bruce Willis. Read More »

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An infographic called The Formula for Complete and Utter Bayhem breaks it down. Check it out below. Read More »

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  • Olivia Munn joins Steven Soderbergh’s male stripper movie Magic Mike,
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  • and character actor Alan Dale takes a role in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo at the very last minute.

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