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We'll say this for the "G.I. Joe" franchise: It's certainly resilient.
Case in point: According to Deadline, "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" director Jon M. Chu has just signed on to return for "G.I. Joe 3" despite the fact that none of the film's stars appear to be committed to the movie yet. Hey, you gotta start somewhere.
Not that a lack of stars — or buzz or positive reviews — has hurt the franchise so far. Original "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" star Channing Tatum, after all, bowed out of the series about eight seconds into "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," much to the surprise and chagrin of the millions of ladies who flocked to the theater to see his abs in 3D. Instead, the sequel replaced him with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Bruce Willis.
Whether or not either of those stars will be returning for "G.I. Joe 3" is unknown, but if not, »
- Scott Harris
Director Jon M Chu will return for G.I. Joe 3.
After a nine-month delay and a major reworking, the second G.I. Joe film went on to gross $365 million (£233 million) worldwide.
There is no word yet on the plot of the third film, or which of the stars may be in line to reprise their roles.
G.I. Joe 3 was given the green light in April following the strong opening of Retaliation.
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While a sequel to this year’s sequel/reboot G.I. Joe: Retaliation was announced before that film’s opening weekend was even officially over, it looks like Paramount is only just now getting around to hiring a director for G.I. Joe 3. A new report has surfaced announcing that Retaliation helmer Jon M. Chu is making a deal with Paramount and MGM to return and direct the next installment of the franchise. Chu—whose previous filmography was filled with dance-centric pics like Step Up 3D and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never—successfully retooled the G.I. Joe franchise with Retaliation, despite the fact that the film was postponed at the last minute in order to needlessly post-convert the pic to 3D. Hit the jump for more on the follow-up. Per Deadline, Paramount is meeting with four different writers and will shortly assign one of them to script G.I. Joe »
- Adam Chitwood
Another G.I. Joe feature film is on the way and Deadline reports that it's looking likely G.I. Joe: Retaliation 's Jon M. Chu will be back in the director's chair. Grossing $365 million worldwide, G.I. Joe: Retaliation featured a diverse ensemble that includes D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. There's no word as of yet as to who among that group might be returning for another adventure. Chu, whose previous feature film credits include Step Up 2 the Streets , Step Up 3D and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never , is also slated to helm Sony Pictures' proposed Masters of the Universe film. (Photo Credit: WENN.com) »
Directors Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz, the team behind Katy Perry: Part of Me and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, will direct the concert documentary Edc 2013: You Are the Headliner. Insomniac, creator of the Electric Daisy Carnival (Edc), is partnering with Haven Entertainment, who produced the upcoming rock documentary A Band Called Death, on the project, which will tackle the festival experience through the eyes of the fans and the creative minds behind the dance music festival. Edc, which began with a few thousand partiers in Los Angeles, has grown into an over-the-top event filled with pyrotechnics,
- Borys Kit
Cutforth and Lipsitz will partner with Insomniac and Haven Entertainment will produce the doc.
The film will explore the festival experience through the eyes of the fans and the creative minds behind the event.
The festival started in 1997 and has since become the largest dance music event in North America, known for its its over-the-top displays of pyrotechnics, interactive art installations, carnival rides and state-of-the-art lighting and sound production.
- Justin Kroll
Academy Award-winning producer Gerald R. Molen, who's worked on iconic films like "Rain Main," "Schindler's List" and "Jurassic Park," is demanding that the outspoken Michael Moore be removed from the documentary branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Board of Governors due to his perceived liberal bias.
Molen produced the 2012 documentary "2016: Obama's America," a movie that was largely eviscerated by critics. He blames Moore and two other documentary-branch members of the Board of Governors, Rob Epstein ("The Times of Harvey Milk," "The Celluloid Closet") and Michael Apted ("Coal Miner's Daughter," "The World Is Not Enough"), for prompting what Molen sees as the film's Oscar snub due to their political partisanship.
"Obama's America" raked in more than $33 million at the box office, a lofty sum for a nonfiction film that isn't about penguins or Justin Bieber. ("2016" is the fourth highest-grossing doc of all time after Moore's "Fahrenheit »
- Matthew Jacobs
The Los Angeles Times' music blog paid Chu a visit in the editing bay and reports back on a scene that sounds a lot like art imitating life. In a staged sequence, Bieber races through a warehouse beating up paparazzi who try to snap his photo. Pop & Hiss describes it thusly:
"While his song 'She Don't Like the Lights' (from the deluxe edition of Bieber's smash 2012 album 'Believe') plays in the background, the singer is shown handing out beat-downs, dispatching the paps with acrobatic kicks to the head."
Chu explains where the concept originated, which surprisingly has little or nothing to do with Bieber's recent string of paparazzi attacks. "The song itself is about someone who he's dating who doesn't like the lights," Chu says. "We thought it'd »
<< Continued from #1-1112. World War Z (June 21): With the success of AMC's The Walking Dead and February's Warm Bodies ($66.2 million), it's safe to say that zombies are very popular right now. World War Z is the first big-budget aspiring blockbuster featuring the creatures, though casual audiences may have a tough time associating the movie's fast-moving swarms of CGI zombies with the slow-moving ones they are used to. With star Brad Pitt and what's sure to be a hefty marketing effort from Paramount, World War Z will likely do fine, but opening right after Man of Steel is going to keep this down. (Domestic: $135 million, Foreign: $285 million)13. Epic (May 24): Action-oriented animated movies (as opposed to comedic ones) aren't historically all that successful, and Epic's story calls to mind notorious animated bomb The Ant Bully ($28.1 million). Still, from a scheduling perspective, Epic is in great shape: Memorial Day weekend »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Since he directed Step Up 2: The Streets, Jon M. Chu has become an increasingly rare find in Hollywood: a director who can inherit a film franchise, with an existing fan base, harness what’s most appealing about it, and reinvent it to great success. In between turning Step Up into the premier dance-movie series and with G.I. Joe: Retaliation returning G.I. Joe to the iconography of cartoons, toy and comic books which spawned it, he also helmed Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, which only further demonstrated his aptitude for a thoroughly modern filmmaking style, not to mention cutting-edge pop music. Movies spoke with Chu late last week to discuss his work on G.I. Joe: Retaliation, one of the year’s most highly anticipated sequels. In addition to talking about...
- Todd Gilchrist
★★☆☆☆ 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
After three terrible Transformers films and one G.I. Joe movie that failed more often than it succeeded, I was pretty convinced that I would never be satisfied with a live action interpretation of a property that meant so much to me as a kid.
The latest attempt to right this quickly sinking ship is GI Joe: Retaliation, a sequel to 2009's G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra. Retaliation picks up months after the events at the end of the first film, with Cobra Commander and Destro in federal custody and the G.I. Joe team continuing as a Special Forces military unit that is called in to handle the "tough jobs" when the regular military just can't handle it.
Duke (Channing Tatum) and Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson) are best friends (I guess the whole Marlon Wayans as Wallace 'Ripcord' Weems thing never happened... lord knows I've tried to forget him) and brothers in arms. »
Here’s a film with a lot stacked against it. Stephen Sommers’ execrable G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra opened to a critic-wide drubbing and barely cracked $300m at the box office which, for a film costing almost $200m, isn’t exactly a glowing endorsement for a sequel.
Somehow, the star-studded follow-up, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, has finally made it to our screens, incredulously receiving a budget in excess of the original’s, while the majority of critics will be going in dubious over a 9-month release delay, reportedly to add 3D to the film, though rumoured to largely be re-shoots in order to take advantage of Channing Tatum’s fast rise to fanfare last year.
It would be remiss to call G.I. Joe a particularly good film by any conventional standard, but it is a fun, breezy time at the cinema and a massive improvement over the original in terms of direction, »
- Shaun Munro
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, »
Los Angeles, March 27: Singer Justin Bieber is reportedly geared up to make his second concert film with a budget of 15 million pounds.
His maiden concert movie "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" was released in 2011 and turned out to be the highest-grossing music film of all time by raking in 65 million pounds.
In the movie, he plans to include some parts of his London gig where he turned up hours late and faced a lot of criticism for it, reports dailystar.co.uk.
- Smith Cox
The G.I. Joes are back in action on the big screen this week in G.I. Joe: Retaliation. The Joes are once again battling their mortal enemies the Cobras while contending with malicious forces from within their own government.
The Joes are adding some muscle to their group with the addition of Dwayne Johnson who joins Byung-hun Lee, Adrienne Palicki, RZA, D.J. Cotrona, Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum in action. Cineplex visited the set of the movie last year to talk to the talented team behind the movie including director Jon. M. Chu (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Step Up 3D), Johnson, Palicki and Cotrona.
Hit the jump to watch our on-set G.I. Joe: Retaliation interviews! »
- Rachel West
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