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We visit the Battle of the Year set in Whittier, California to speak with the cast and crew
Director Benson Lee's 2008 documentary Planet B-Boy proved that the art form of breakdancing is still alive and well today, decades after the popular dance craze started in the 1980s. The filmmaker returns to put a narrative spin on B-boying in the upcoming drama Battle of the Year, arriving in theaters September 13. Back in December 2011, I was invited to spend a day at the Whittier, California set to speak with the cast and crew of this dance-fueled drama. In case you missed it, clickHere to watch the second trailer that debuted last week.
During most movie set visits I attend, we spend the day watching scenes being shot and interviewing actors, writers, directors, producers, or whoever else is available. Due to some unfortunate scheduling complications, we didn't get to see a lot of shooting, »
It's over for Kellan Lutz and Sharni Vinson. Us Weekly reports that the "Twilight" star, 28, called it quits with the Australian actress, 29, earlier this month after dating for about a year and a half.
The former couple appeared in better spirits in December, when they were photographed gallivanting and showing very public displays of affection on the beach in Sydney, Australia. In August, Lutz told People magazine that he had matured through his relationship with the "Step Up 3D" actress.
"I've become more mature when it comes to women and relationships," he said. "My M.O. now is to be who I really am and not be fake in order for a girl to like me back ... Sharni's personality and mine very much complement each other, and we connect on every level."
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- Youyoung Lee
Kellan Lutz is single for the summer! The hunky Twilight star broke up with Australian actress Sharni Vinson in early May, several sources confirm to Us Weekly. Lutz, 28, and Vinson, 29, were first linked in September 2011. Ironically, the former couple met during a chemistry reading for Step Up 3D. Though Vinson won the role of street dancer Natalie, Lutz never appeared in the dance flick. In the early stages of their relationship, Lutz often gushed about his compatibly with Vinson. "She's a happy person, which really [...] »
Selena Gomez stunned in Ruby Starling Juliette Saints Shorts on April 15 as she visited The Ellen Degeneres Show at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, California. The ‘Spring Breakers‘ actress also wore the shorts while on a shopping spree at Dolce & Gabbana in Beverly Hills. The shorts are now available in stores, and are retailing for $130. The women’s clothing line is set to debut the first week of May 2013. Self-described as a clothing line for “badass babes all around the world,” such celebrities as Gomez, Eve and ‘Step Up 3D’ actress Sharni Vinson have already sported designs from the label. For more information on Ruby Starling, [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
To celebrate the release of Bait on 3D Blu-ray and DVD on Monday 29th April, we are giving five lucky readers the chance to win a copy of the blu-ray.
A tsunami devastates a small Gold Coast town and leaves twelve people trapped in a flooded supermarket. Amidst the horror the group slowly realises that they may not be alone. Trapped with a hungry Great White shark, how many of them will have to die and will rescue ever come? Featuring a stellar ensemble cast including Xavier Samuel (The Twilight Saga; Eclipse), Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck) Sharni Vinson (Step Up 3D), Phoebe Tonkin (Tomorrow When the War Began), Dan Wyllie (Animal Kingdom) Alex Russell (Wasted on the Young), Martin Sacks (Underbelly), Cariba Heine (The Pacific), Damien Garvey (Daybreakers) and high profile Singaporean stars Adrian Pang and Qi Yuwu.
Bait 3D is the first ever Australian 3D production and co-production between Australia and Singapore. »
- Simon Gallagher
To celebrate the release of Bait on DVD and Blu-ray (2D & 3D) on April 29th, we are offering our readers the chance to win a great horror DVD bundle! The collection includes The Loved Ones, Road Train, I Saw The Devil, Silent House, Chernobyl Diaries and Cockneys Vs Zombies.
In Bait, a tsunami devastates a small Gold Coast town and leaves twelve people trapped in a flooded supermarket. Amidst the horror the group slowly realises that they may not be alone. Trapped with a hungry Great White shark, how many of them will have to die and will rescue ever come? Featuring a stellar ensemble cast including Xavier Samuel (The Twilight Saga; Eclipse), Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck) Sharni Vinson (Step Up 3D), Phoebe Tonkin (Tomorrow When the War Began), Dan Wyllie (Animal Kingdom) Alex Russell (Wasted on the Young), Martin Sacks (Underbelly), Cariba Heine (The Pacific), Damien Garvey (Daybreakers) and »
- Dan Bullock
The director of two Step Up movies and Justin Bieber's Never Say Never may not have been the most likely recruit to direct an all-out action film like G.I. Joe Retaliation, but Jon M. Chu says action films are much more than just directing stunts and explosions which he learned from working with Justin Bieber.
The task of rebooting the G.I. Joe franchise was given to director Jon M. Chu. The original cast (except for Channing Tatum) was replaced with Dwayne Johnson as the lead Joe with help from D.J. Catrona and Adrianne Palicki, and a cameo by the resident tough guy, Bruce Willis. The Palo Alto, Ca native and USC School of Cinema-Television alumni broke into Hollywood directing Step Up 2: The Streets (2008) and Step Up 3D (2010). He then went on to helm Justin Bieber's documentary Never Say Never in 2011.
Transitioning into a
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Trevor Hogg chats with production visual effects supervisor James Madigan; visual effects supervisors Bill George, Thad Beier, Ollie Rankin, Vince Cirelli, Mark Larranaga, and Zachary Kinnery; executive visual effects supervisor Payam Shohadai, visual effects producer Steven Swanson, and digital production manager Michael Perdew about bringing a gritty realism to G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Beware there are spoilers....
Lorenzo di Bonaventura At the end of making Red (2010), producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Stardust) presented his visual effects supervisor for the cinematic adaptation with a script intended to be the sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009). “I loved it,” recalls James Madigan (Iron Man 2) who went on to have conservations with the producers and Paramount about G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013). “The first question I asked them was, ‘Being this is a franchise is the look and feel of the first Joe which made the film a bit cartoony something we’re looking »
After viewing the bang-bang antics of "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," it made perfect sense that Jon Chu became the director. His dance experience with "Step Up 2: The Streets" and "Step Up 3D" provided the perfect training for the choreographed action he devised for the "G.I. Joe" sequel starring newcomers Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock and Bruce Willis as the original Joe. The stealthy overthrow of Cobra after the Joes have been decimated and disgraced involves a series of escapades that are as remarkable for their balletic brilliance as their explosive firepower. And "Retaliation" required its own VFX Joes for support from Digital Domain, Industrial Light & Magic and Method Studios (under the overall supervision of James Madigan). But other than the obvious CG explosions and a brief bit of creepy morphing, the result is invisible VFX at its most proficient. Dd (supervised by Thad Beier) handled several key sequences, including an exploding motorcycle by baddie. »
- Bill Desowitz
★★☆☆☆ G.I. Joe is a franchise based upon a collection of Hasbro plastic soldiers. What can we really expect from it? Director Jon M. Chu - whose credits include Step Up 3D and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never - knows exactly what his pre-adolescent audience wants: spectacularly ridiculous histrionics; mutually implausible sci-fi elements; sardonic and inappropriate wise-cracks; a dutiful, good-looking cast to deliver them; and slack consideration for anything that may compromise these things. One of the rare occasions where a sequel is better than the original, the G.I. Joe cycle will never appeal to critics, but at least G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) never tries to.
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- CineVue UK
G.I. Joe: Retaliation, 2013.
Directed by Jon M. Chu.
Starring Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Lee Byung-hun, D.J. Cotrona, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, Ray Stevenson, Elodie Yung, RZA, Joseph Mazzello, Arnold Vosloo, Walton Goggins and Channing Tatum.
When Cobra takes control of the Us government and orders G.I. Joe destroyed, a small team of Joes led by Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson) seek help from the original Joe, General Joseph Colton (Bruce Willis), and hatch a plan to win back the White House and defeat the evil terrorist organisation.
I was mildly entertained by the Joes' first big screen outing in 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. I wouldn't go as far as to say I enjoyed the film, but I enjoyed it as much as possible, considering that Stephen Sommers' name was on the credits. Sure I thought it had its faults, plenty of them, but in »
- Flickering Myth
"You're Next" was one of the most buzzed about films at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival -- and now, we're finally getting our first look at the very freaky flick.The home invasion movie stars Sharni Vinson (of "Step Up 3D" and Kellan Lutz's-girlfriend fame) and shows what happens when one family reunion goes horribly awry.While on vacation, the Davidson family comes under attack from a gang of creepy, animal mask-wearing killers ... who hunt the family members down one by one.Lucky for the family though, the press notes say "one of the victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back."Horror movies have been having a great year so far, with "Mama," "Texas Chainsaw 3D," "Warm Bodies" and "The Call" all surpassing expectations. Will "You're Next" be next?We'll find out when the movie hits theaters August 23. Read more »
- tooFab Staff
If a big, dumb action movie knows it's a big, dumb action movie and revels in that fact, is that preferable to a big, dumb action movie making the mistake of thinking it's significant, relevant art?
That's the question to ponder – if you can think straight and your ears aren't ringing too badly – during "G.I. Joe: Retaliation." This sequel of sorts to the 2009 blockbuster "G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra" seems to have some cheeky fun with itself, from Bruce Willis cheerily revealing the arsenal he's hiding in his quiet suburban home to RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan essentially showing up and playing himself. A major city is obliterated with the touch of a button and several others are in peril as the world hinges on nuclear destruction in what amounts to a hammy game of chicken.
Nothing matters really. This is a movie based on a Hasbro toy, »
As movies based on toy lines go, 2009's G.I. Joe: Rise Of Cobra was pretty much a mess. An attempt to weave a rich, multi layered narrative into what was essentially a CGI heavy toy advert, it fell flat, alienating fans of the franchise, which also includes multiple popular comic and cartoon series', and fans of action films in general. A sequel was set up, but no one thought it would be acted on. But acted on it, it was, and now we have G.I. Joe: Retaliation, with director Jon M. Chu (who before this, brought us Step Up 3D and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never), replacing Stephen Sommers, stripping everything back to deliver a straight up action movie. With a massive cull of the originals cast members on screen and off, this could have easily being a reboot, but it wisely keeps one of the first movies few interesting ideas, »
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The world of 3D filmmaking is not new for director Jon M. Chu, who helmed the dance and music-themed films Step Up 3D and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. But he puts the technology to use in a very different way for upcoming action film G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Instead of choreographed dance moves and on stage performances in front of hundreds of screaming fans, Chu's latest 3D pic focuses on cliff-hanging fight scenes and explosive action. Photos: 26 of Hollywood's Most Popular Athletes-Turned-Actors In a new featurette, hosted here exclusively by The Hollywood Reporter, Chu
- Rebecca Ford
Los Angeles -- G. I. Joe's second big-screen mission was just about to begin last year when Paramount suddenly called the troops back to base, delaying the release of "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" by nine months to convert it to 3-D. The move came just weeks after another movie based on a Hasbro toy, "Battleship," was torpedoed at the box office.
Fans will soon find out if it was worth the wait: "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" opens Thursday.
Though director Jon M. Chu always wanted to make the film in 3-D, learning of the delay a month before the film was set to open was initially crushing.
"It's kind of like running a marathon and you're at the last leg and you're exhausted and you're right at the finish line ... and then someone trips you and says, `Oh, that's not the line. That was just an illusion. It's actually double the time, »
Director: Jon M. Chu
Running Time: 99 Minutes
Synopsis: After the G.I. Joes are framed as traitors by Zartan, who is still impersonating the President of the United States, the Cobra Commander now has all the world leaders under Cobra’s control, with their advanced warheads aimed at innocent populaces around the world. Outnumbered and out gunned, the Joes form a plan with the original G.I. Joe General Joseph Colton to overthrow the Cobra Commander and his allies Zartan, Storm Shadow and Firefly.
In G.I Joe Retaliation, we see very few of the original cast exhibiting their fighting prowess and Channing Tatum reprises his role as camouflaged caper whereupon the Duke is deposed in no less than twenty minutes of the opening credits. I swiftly realised that Chu’s loyalty would lie with the original »
- Anouska Davies
Snake Eyes and the rest of the G.I. Joe team return to the big screen this weekend in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the sequel to 2009's live-action debut for the team in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. This time around, the good guys find themselves on the run from the terrorist organization Cobra after the G.I. Joe squad is framed, ambushed and left for dead in the desert. Not only is it a new dynamic for the cast of colorful characters that make up the G.I. Joe team, but the franchise itself has a new director in Jon Chu (Step Up 3D) and a new set of screenwriters in Zombieland duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Tasked with reigniting interest in the big-screen adventures of G.I. Joe after The Rise of Cobra left the franchise drifting in uncertain waters, Reese and Wernick have...
- Rick Marshall
The long month of March comes to a close with a few decent-sized hits under its belt as well as a few outright failures, but Easter weekend sees a mixed bag with a big budget action sequel a long time in the making, another attempt at a young adult adaptation--this one from the queen of the genre Stephenie Meier--as well as a new movie from Tyler Perry that branches out from his usual cross-dressing comedies. G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Paramount) Starring Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis, D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, Ray Stevenson Directed by Jon M. Chu ( Step Up 3D , Justin Bieber: Never Say Never ); Written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick ( Zombieland ) Genre: Action, Adventure Rated PG-13 Review Hasbro had been »
Paramount Pictures just released three new behind the scenes clips of the set of the upcoming action film “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” from director Jon M. Chu (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Step Up 3D, When the Kids are Away) and starring Bruce Willis (The Expendables 2, Kane & Lynch, Catch .44), Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street, Haywire, Foxcatcher), Dwayne Johnson (The Fast and the Furious 6, Arabian Nights, Snitch), Adrianne Palicki (Red Dawn, Friday Night Lights), Ray Stevenson (Jayne Mansfield’s Car, Thor, The Three Musketeers) and Ray Park. Synopsis: A follow-up to the 2009 release of G.I. Joe: Rise Of The Cobra, which grossed over $300M worldwide, Paramount Pictures, MGM [ Read More ]
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- Brian Corder
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