You might remember Gallery 1988: LA as the art gallery who held the I am 8-bit (video game), Crazy4Cult (Movie), and Stan Lee themed art exhibitions. Their next exhibition begins on May 20th and is called “One to Grow On”. The highlights include movie related artwork from Scott Campbell (“Friends with E.T.”) and Dave Chung (Gremlins). Check out some of Campbell and Chung’s art below.
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Update: We’ve updated this story with high resolution photos that Paramount sent us.
Paramount has released photos of the cast of Stephen Sommer’s live-action G.I. Joe movie.
Chris Eccleston as James McCullen Destro XXIV. McCullen’s Military Armaments Research System is the largest manufacturer of state-of-the-art weaponry, providing high-tech arms to any side able to meet his price and will incite war where it does not exist. Unfortunately the character photo was taken before McCullen’s face was disfigured, and covered by A swarm of nano-mites, giving him the iconic metallic mask, which allows the Cobra Commamder to control his mind. I think it would have been much cooler to show what Destro looks like in the mask. This photo is just a lame photo of a business man standing in-front of a vault that reads “MARS”.
Byung-hun Lee as Storm Shadow, the white ninja a henchman and adversary for Snake Eyes. Throughout their history, the duo have been everything to one another from the bitterest of enemies, to the most loyal of friends (and blood brothers) who would fight and die for one another. He is the only member of the team to change sides several times, conflicted in loyalties between Cobra, G.I. Joe and his long relationship with his swordbrother Snake-Eyes.
Former Lost star Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Heavy Duty, who serves as the G.I. Joe Team’s heavy ordnance specialist with a passion for classical guitars and Bach. He is described as being unafraid of any situation despite heavy enemy fire.
SaÃ¯d Taghmaoui as Breaker, the team’s original communications officer who has a habit of chewing bubblegum in any situation. He is also familiar with practically every bit of communication gear on the planet.
Sienna Miller as The Baroness. Baroness serves as the COBRA Organization’s intelligence officer and lieutenant to Cobra Commander. In both comic and cartoon incarnations, the ruthless femme fatale has had romantic relationships with Destro.
Dennis Quaid as General Hawk. He looks anything but tough, and the opposite of cool.
Channing Tatum as Duke, a First Sergeant and field commander who is second-in-command of the G.I. Joe Team after Hawk. At least his body armor looks cool.
Marlon Wayans as Ripcord, ranked Sergeant, an Airborne and demolition specialist of the G.I. Joe Team.
Ray Park as Snake Eyes, one of the original members of the GI Joe series. Hasbro has released over 30 figures of the character since his debut in 1982. Not much is known about the ninja master’s real identity, as it has remained classified throughout the series. The U.S. Army Sergeant First Class (E-7) is known for his stealth like movements and extensive knowledge of multiple forms of martial arts. Snake-Eyes is romantically involved with fellow G.I. Joe member Master Sergeant Shana M. O’Hara, a.k.a. Scarlett.
Rachel Nichols as Scarlett. Ranked Master Sergeant, red-headed Scarlett is the first female character in the GI Joe action figure line. Her weapon of choice is the crossbow (pictured in the promo photo), and her specialty is counter intelligence.
G.I. Joe hits theaters on August 7th 2009.
Discuss: What do you think?
Collider has an extensive interview with G.I. Joe producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. I’ve included a few of the newsworthy tidbits below:
- The film will be rated PG-13 and will feature bloodless violence.
- Defending the choice of director Stephen Sommers: “He’s just… his enthusiasm, his excitement, his sense of adventure, his embracing of the mythology, his understanding of the characters.”
- The movie will feature “2 or 3 really big” set pieces :and a couple of sort of medium/small ones.”
- Each character has more than one outfit, aside from Snake Eyes.
- On the tone of the film: “I guess it’s definitely a comic book movie and it’s definitely has a great sense of humor, so there’s a lot of humor and a lot of drama and a lot of action. “
- Production moves to Prague on May 8th. Prague will serve as 2 or 3 locations from around the world.
- On The Pit: “I think everybody’s going to be really happy that we took The Pit very seriously and built it to fulfill anybody’s sense of fantasy of what it could be.”
You can read the full two-page interview on Collider.com.
Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!
Expect the first reviews of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on Sunday May 18th at 6:30am-ish eastern time, as that is when press at Cannes will have seen the film. Domestic press will see the film later that afternoon/night at nationwide press screenings. [jeffwells]
Harland Williams will make the transition from acting to directing with “Wing Man“, a new $10 million dollar comedy. [moviehole]
5.5 million households added a high-definition television set to their furnishings for the first time during the period from last year’s holiday season to this year’s Super Bowl. [imdb]
Horror-movies.ca has new photos from Bruce Campbell‘s My Name is Bruce.
On April 29th, Apple iTunes will release the long-awaited end credits overture “ROAR!” from Cloverfield by Michael Giacchino. [Bloody-Disgusting]
AICN has another new Wanted movie poster featuring Angelina Jolie’s scrawny arm.
Seven people were injured Saturday in a collision between a bus and several cars during the filming of G.I. Joe in the center of Prague. [shh] Filmdrunk‘s headline GOD TRIES TO STOP GI JOE MOVIE is both hilarious and in bad taste.
Deadbolt wonders what Quentin Tarantino could do with a big screen adaptation of Grand Theft Auto.
The good people at Pixar are growing frustrated of the Walt Disney Imagineers. [jimhill]
io9 ponders Why Do Anti-Heroes rule Science Fiction?
FilmSchoolRejects counts down the15 Must See Movies of Summer 2008.
Mobile animatronic WALL-E’s are being built for Disney’s Hollywood Studios (previously known as Disney-MGM Studios). [pixarblog]
Victor Salva is prepping not only Jeepers Creepers 3: The Creeper Walks Among Us, but also a fourth film in the franchise, which is said to shoot back-to-back for MGM. [Bloody-disgusting]
Transformers 2 will film at the infamous Air Force boneyard in Arizona known as The Boneyard. [shh]
Starpulse takes a look at the best and worst films by Quentin Tarantino.
Earlier this month LatinoReview reported that Brendan Fraser had filmed a cameo appearance for Stephen Sommer’s G.I. Joe. Newsarama confirmed this story during their New York Comic Con Coverage. Fraser claims that he gets to ride a “bitching three wheeled motorcycle” in the film. His character, Gung Ho, a Village People-looking soldier from the toyline, is rumored to appear during a training sequence in The Pit. Thank god it’s only a cameo. If you missed it yesterday, please check out our Five Reasons Why G.I. Joe Could Actually Be Cool.
Lately, there has been a lot of hate directed towards Paramount’s live-action GI Joe film. As you probably know, a huge batch of unfinished unpolished character photos leaked onto the web last week which were deemed disappointing, especially after the official photo releases of Scarlet and Snake Eyes. So I thought I’d take a look at five cool nanotechnology elements we hear might be in the upcoming movie which are sure to get you a little excited.
Accelerator Suits: The G.I. Joe squad wear suits which enable them to run faster, jump huge distances, smash through walls, and withstand bullets. Rumor has it that the suits were designed by Tony Stark… nah.
A Nano-Bomb: The Cobra Commander hasÂ an evil plan to launch a nano-bomb. The scientifically created bomb consists of a swarm of microscopic machines that eat and destroy everything that isn’t organic. Basically, all machinery, weapons, and buildings would be left in the dust. Actually, I’m not even sure there would be dust… But if the Cobra Commander is such an evil super villain, why have the nanites stop at the human level? Why not just have them eat everything? My guess is that if they eat through organic material, the nanites might continue to eat through the earth like termites until it doesn’t exist anymore. The fact that Cobra Commander realized this risk shows that he is probably very intelligent.
Destro’s Mask: A swarm of nano-mites coat McCullen’s disfigured face, giving him the iconic metallic mask, which allows the Cobra Commamder to control his mind. In the original mythology, the Commander, with the help of Cobra scientist Mindbender, used mind control to bend Destro, the Baroness, Zartan and Billy to his will, giving Cobra a new high command.
Neo-Vipers: Destro controls a legion of super-soldiers which have been enhanced by nano-tech to allow them not to feel pain or remorse. How cool is that? Check out a photo of these guys pictured above from the old action figure line. A whole troop of these things could be really really bad ass.
Invisibility: Scarlett supposedly has a gadget which allows her to become invisible for stealth missions. Don’t let the Fantastic Four vibe scare you away, I’m sure this will lead to a kick ass battle sequence. In 2005, Hasbro released a line of GI Joe figures called Sigma 6 which included a Strike Team with Invisible Camo.
Now imagine a war movie like you’ve never seen before. A cross between X-Men, Saving Private Ryan and Robert A. Heinlein’s novel Starship Troopers. This is what GI Joe has the potential to be.
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Last month Paramount released photos of Snake Eyes, earlier this week they released our first look at Scarlett, and now [Link Removed] has apparently gotten an exclusive first look at the cast of Stephen Sommers’ GI Joe: Channing Tatum as Duke, Karolina Korkova as Cover Girl, Marlon Wayans as Ripcord, Byung-hun Lee as Storm Shadow, Sienna Miller as The Baroness, and Dennis Quaid as Hawk. The response from fans so far has been a bit underwhelming, however I’m actually more impressed than disappointed (maybe due to already low expectations). What do you guys think?
Images Removed at Request from Paramount
Paramount released the first photo on JoBlo of Rachel Nichols (Charlie Wilson’s War, Alias) in costume as Scarlett O’Hara in Stephen Sommers‘ live-action adaptation of GI Joe. Ranked Master Sergeant, red-headed Scarlett is the first female character in the GI Joe action figure line. Her weapon of choice is the crossbow (pictured in the promo photo), and her specialty is counter intelligence.
I really love the idea of a GI Joe live action movie because it could really be something way above and beyond any army or war-type film we’ve ever seen before. I’ve heard that the script is kind of a stinker, and having the guy who directed Van Hellsing direct also doesn’t inspire confidence. That said, both of the photos released so far from the studio, Snake Eyes, and now Scarlet are more bad ass than I could have ever imagined. They could have gone real corny with colored outfits trying to replicate the look of the original characters from the GI Joe universe. So far I’m really digging the far more realistic black combat gear.
You can see a higher resolution version of the new photo over on JoBlo.
G.I. Joe is scheduled to hit theaters on August 7th 2009.
Discuss: What do you think??
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LatinoReview is reporting that Brendan Fraser has filmed a cameo appearance for G.I. Joe. Fraser plays Gung Ho, a Village People-looking soldier from the toyline, during a training sequence in The Pit. If it was anything more than a cameo, I’d seriously question the logic behind this decision, as the actor hardly looks anything like the actor.
Also, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has apparently been offered the role of the Latino Navy SEAL named Shipwreck. And yes, The Rock is Samoan, so this makes perfect sense. But I’ve learned to stop questioning the logic behind this movie long ago…
Both actors have previous ties to filmmaker Stephen Sommers, who directed Frazer in The Mummy and The Rock in The Mummy Returns. So politically it makes sense, even though it doesn’t make sense for the characters or source material. I mean, who cares about the characters or source material anyway?
GI Joe will hit theaters on August 7th 2009.
What is Dark Sky?
/Film reader Dort Druben sent in the following report:
So working at Culver Studios a few weeks ago I noticed a very ominous sign telling me subconsciously that if I entered through that doorway ninjas would descend upon me ripping my heart out of my chest before I could cross the threshold. Maybe that’s a bit extreme.
But I searched, wondering, what is, “Dark Sky”? The said sign is the attached image from my camera phone. I posed the question to some friends and didn’t think much of it.
Well I was back working at Culver Studios I noticed a truck “Dark Sky Transportation”. Then when driving off the lot after a tiring day I started passing “reserved” parking spaces. One caught my eye. Stephen Sommers. I hit reverse and looked again. DARK SKY: Stephen Sommers. Next to him, Lorenzo di Bonaventura. So there it is. DARK SKY is code for GI JOE. Now I don’t know if that is old news or not. But there it is. I don’t know if they’re shooting at Culver Studios or if its just the production offices. I do know that State of Play is happening at Culver Studios. That tiny lot is getting some big action.