MTV News talks to Jon Chu about G.I. Joe 3 – Does Channing Tatum return?

While I’m still pretty hesitant to believe the hype behind a possible return of Channing Tatum as Duke to the G.I. Joe film franchise, director Jon Chu certainly doesn’t dissuade the interviewer from making that proclamation in a recent interview with MTV News.

The short interview and article is low on details, but high on buzz words and speculation, which is totally cool with me this soon in the process. It mentions that Chu and new script writer Evan Dougherty are hard at work nailing down the script, which Chu promises takes the franchise “to another level”.

Now, to Jon Chu’s credit, when asked about Duke’s potential return, he only says “you never know” and uses Storm Shadow’s return as an impetus for fueling more speculation.  It’s a smart move, as Tatum’s name is an automatic headline generator.  We’ll see what happens as we get closer to production.

Check out the full interview over on MTV News.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews G.I. Joe: Retaliation “Ultimate” Duke

There’s already been plenty of discussion about whether or not this version of Duke is truly “ultimate”, and I guess it depends on your perspective.  I think going by the movie universe he certainly qualifies, looking pretty much like a movie version of the character should look with an extremely movie accurate uniform.

Whether or not you agree with the terminology or the overall aesthetic, this figure is pretty fantastic.  Check out my G.I. Joe: Retaliation Review Page, or simply click the link below.

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Nearly 14 minute Behind the Scenes video for G.I. Joe: Retaliation

This morning brings us even more exciting video from the production of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, this time in the form of a 14 minute long behind the scenes video.  Mingled among this video is plenty of scenes from the film itself.  I would warn against watching this too much for folks who are avoiding spoilers, but for folks like me who are just sucking these things up, it’s a pretty excellent 14 minute experience.

Thanks to chorvacommander of HissTank.com for digging this up.  Check it out on YouTube or embedded below.

Another run of video interviews for G.I. Joe: Retaliation at Celebs.com

The hits just keep on coming…  these aren’t TV Spots or trailers, they look to be Celebs.com interviews with the G.I. Joe: Retaliation stars, including everyone from Ray Stevenson to Elodie Yung, Dwayne Johnson, DJ Cotrona, and Adrianne Palicki.

There doesn’t appear to be much new actual film footage in these interviews, but the interviews themselves are still very enlightening, but keep in mind some movie spoilers might be contained.  Click the Read the Rest of the Story link below to check them all out.  Thanks to Skinny from SerpentorsLair.org for the keen eye.

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GeneralsJoes reviews G.I. Joe Kre-O Battle Platform and Thunderwave Jet Boat

The two largest G.I. Joe Kre-O sets from the first series caused some mixed reactions with me…some very positive, but some not so much.  You’ll have to check out the reviews to see which was which.  G.I. Joe Kre-O week continues on GeneralsJoes on my G.I. Joe Kre-O Review Page, or the direct links below!

Exclusive G.I. Joe: Retaliation clip from MovieFone shows Duke’s harder side

Over at MovieFone we have another G.I. Joe: Retaliation clip featuring Duke!  Channing Tatum’s character has been somewhat elusive and the source of many questions over the past few months, so it’s interesting to see an entire clip focused purely on him.  There is some cool new footage scattered throughout, though.

EDIT: Some script problems were killing the MovieFone Clip.  Here’s a clip straight from Paramount International of the gun scene:

If you want to check out the MovieFone one, with additional Tatum-speak, hit MovieFone.com.

It’s G.I. Joe Kre-O Week at GeneralsJoes! First review – Mini Figures Wave 1

I’ve been thinking about how to structure and organize these reviews, and I decided that there really wasn’t enough detail to break the reviews of wave 1 down to individual figures.  They were much better tackled as a whole.  I’m sure folks will let me know if they’re not happy with that format.

Throughout the rest of this week I will endeavor to cover every G.I. Joe Kre-O set that’s been released so far!  It might be too tall an order, but I’m going to give it my best shot as we roll towards the theatrical release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

Check out my newly launched G.I. Joe: Kre-O Review Page, or click the direct link below:

Lucky #13… 13 days left and reason #13 why G.I. Joe: Retaliation will rock

Less than two weeks…is this even possible?  I think it’s really going to happen this time.  Twitziller thinks so, too, and he gives us the 13th reason why the film will be worth the wait.

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I think Twitziller has been trying very hard to avoid throwing Rise of Cobra under the bus during this process, and I appreciate that.  Rise of Cobra was certainly far from perfect, but it had its fun moments as well.  Even the most ardent Rise of Cobra supporters, though, will agree that the costume design could have used a LOT of help.  I’m a huge fan of Sigma 6 as folks know, but that uniform design really should not have been considered for the first ever representation of G.I. Joe on a movie screen.  I didn’t mind the reactive armor look, but it just didn’t scream “G.I. Joe” in my eyes.  The combination of spandex and khaki pants on Snake Eyes really didn’t work either (not to mention the lips) and don’t even get me started on Cobra Commander.

I should say that I actually really loved the design of the Rise of Cobra Cobra Commander, but  as the first installment of the G.I. Joe franchise, they needed something more traditional.

Well, from all appearances, G.I. Joe: Retaliation has taken many of the complaints about costume design from the first film and completely scrubbed them from people’s minds.  The almost seamless transition of standard military combat uniform and state of the art layered body armor works extremely well in all cases.  These soldiers look like they’re soldiers, but they also look separate from more “normal” soldiers, much in the way you’d expect a real world G.I. Joe organization to look.  And, again…  Cobra Commander this time around is pretty much perfection.  The battle helmet is down perfectly, and his black leather trenchcoat offers just the right amount of sinister bad ass.  I didn’t even mention Snake Eyes, who looks infinitely better than he did in the first film as well.

Keep following Twitziller on Twitter, and me here on GeneralsJoes as we continue this journey right down to the last day!  Previous entries can be viewed below.

An embargo lifts, and the G.I. Joe: Retaliation set visit dam busts open

With the film premiere in Korea and Australia complete and things moving forward towards the UK and the United States, apparently the set visit reports, which were previously embargoed, have been green-lit and are ready for launch!  We have a bunch of various websites reporting on these visits and writing up different articles in regards to G.I. Joe: Retaliation.  Let’s go through them:

Screen Rant made their set visit before the film’s delay, now quite a while ago, and do a great job breaking down the visit and summarizing various interviews with cast and crew.  They visited Fort Pike, the NASA facility in New Orleans and write up a fantastic run down of various things we can expect based on their experiences.

Wow, the folks at Latino Review go all out for this set visit.  There’s a full blown video blog with El Mayimbe, Frosty (from Collider), and George from Arcade Sushi, and they break down the visit as well.  The links you see above are various different things that Latino Review brings to their site with the set visit, including tons of cast interviews, the video blog itself, and a whole lot more.  I think they really nailed this one.

Collider also posted the video blog recap that Latino-Review mentioned above, but dove into their set visit report, too, breaking down 25 (yes TWENTY-FIVE) things to know about the upcoming G.I. Joe: Retaliation film.  Now, granted, they didn’t go as crazy as Twitziller with his 40 reasons to catch G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but 25 ain’t no slouch.  It’s a great article that you should definitely check out.  Also, as you can see above, they have posted a plethora of actor interviews straight from the set of the film.

You know what I love about these set visits?  Everyone is really doing something different.  Latino Review loads up on the interviews and does a video blog…  Collider runs with 25 things to know, and ComingSoon.net goes old school with some great G.I. Joe themed filecards, which each link to a different interview, up to eight in total.  A very unique way to present that.  I dig it.

IGN also made a visit, and does a terrific set visit report, too.  Rather than posting separate interviews with each cast member, they take some interview highlights and weave them into the content of the story itself, which is an effective tact, to be sure.  It’s very thorough and well presented.

As you all can see there are a ton of details here, a ton of links, and a veritable avalanche of G.I. Joe: Retaliation content.  Let it envelop you!  Two weeks to go!

G.I. Joe: Retaliation Character Featurette Profile Recap

Okay, these featurettes have been flying hot and heavy over the past few days, so let’s catch a breath and get them all gathered up in one place shall we?

We’ve had “behind the scenes” we’ve had TV spots, and we’ve had the great 20 second character profiles.  All of them, when assembled, make for some very cool pre-film hype.  I can tell you, I’m flipping out over here right now.  Lots of great footage, I can’t even believe we’re almost within 2 weeks of this thing.

Click the “Read the Rest of the Story” link below to get a nice, well-organized rundown of all of the character profiles that have aired so far:

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