Celebrate G.I. Joe: Retaliation’s release with an epic Twitter prize package!

G.I. Joe: Retaliation is getting primed to explode all over the place, and to celebrate the release of the film, Paramount has kindly supplied a generous prize package to give out to one lucky GeneralsJoes  Follower!

Yes…the key term is “Follower”..  you must be a GeneralsJoes Twitter follower to be entered into this contest.  The key to this challenge is to see if we can get the #GIJoe hashtag propagating throughout the online community.  Paramount has generously supplied the following prizes to the lucky winner:

  • Paramount Messenger Bag/Backpack
  • Wristbands
  • Headband
  • Sweatshirt
  • T-Shirt
  • Hat

The contest will run the entirety of Tuesday, March 26th, and the process is simple:

Step 1 – Follow GeneralsJoes on Twitter

Step 2 – Copy and Paste the following into Twitter: RT @GeneralsJoes EPIC #GIJoe Prize Package!  RT to win and RT if you’re going to rock #GIJoeRetaliation this week! http://wp.me/pA9nz-4If

I will filter through the RT’s and choose one lucky winner to win the above prize package!  RT on Twitter to win!

G.I. Joe: Retaliation will hit theaters on March 28th!

Synopsis

In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. The film stars D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum with Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. Directed Jon M. Chu, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonventura and Brian Goldner, from screenplay by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick based on Hasbro’s G.I Joe characters.

Official Trailer on YouTube: http://youtu.be/NAh5lSmDk9Y
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GIJoe
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/GIJoeMovie

In a perfect world… the opening sequence to the next G.I. Joe film

Yes, yes, I know…the temporary body of G.I. Joe: Retaliation isn’t even cold yet, and already we’re looking ahead.  Or at least I’m looking ahead.

I will admit right off the bat that I quite often roll my eyes at fans who declare basic military movies to be the “perfect G.I. Joe film”.  To me, G.I. Joe is about so much more than simple military action.  There is so much more to it than Squad A infiltrates building and kills evil terrorists.  There is a certain spirit, and a certain je ne sais quoi that it seems many people can’t grasp (especially based on what we’re seeing and hearing from Hollywood).

So it’s pretty rare that I’ll see a film or TV show that is wholly unrelated to G.I. Joe and think that it would be perfectly suited to represent the brand that I’ve known and loved for 30 years.

Consider this that rare moment.

Below I have embedded an Official Ghost Recon: Alpha “mini movie” that is apparently an official production of UbiSoft.  No, there are no G.I. Joe characters within, but in my opinion, this is as close to a perfect “G.I. Joe” film sequence as I have ever seen.  Make the uniforms a bit more distinct and representative of certain characters…dress the evil terrorists in trademark Cobra blue, and inject a bit more character into each player…and this IS G.I. Joe.

The perfect blend of military action and future-tech.  Heavy on the firepower, heavy on the drama, but not overtly in your face violent.  It’s not often that I see an unrelated video and immediately think it would fit G.I. Joe, but this is one of those times.  I won’t spoil it for you, but there is even something that shows up 3/4 of the way through the film that almost seems like a too perfect Cobra weapon.  This has to be seen to be believed, but it’s not family friendly, so wait for the kids to hit the sack.  Big thanks to John Uy for bringing this to my attention.

Hey, Paramount, you watching this?  This is how it’s done.*

For more information on this and how this film leads into Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, check out this feature on G4.

*This is not to insinuate that G.I. Joe: Retaliation isn’t also “how it’s done”…haven’t seen it yet, so I can’t judge, but this 23 minute film blew my socks off. ;)

What’s on Joe Mind Special Edition Lucky #13 – The Retaliation Event

You ever have one of those days?  Yeah, I think pretty much the entire G.I. Joe fandom yesterday had one of those days.  When I got the text message from Gary last night about possibly recording a special edition, I’ll admit, I was hesitant, as I think he was, too.  We both felt like we’d been kicked in the nards, and I don’t think either one of us was much in the mood to talk about it.

But then Twitter came to the rescue…  the Tweets, emails, PM’s, and text messages started flooding in…Joe fans who wanted to talk it out.  Admins of websites who wanted to talk about this.  Wanted an immediate reaction.  So, we decided what the hell.  Gathering together a veritable “who’s who” of site administrators, G.I. Joe fans, elitists podcasters, and even some industry professionals, we took to Skype and gave it to you raw.

Full credit goes to Gary Godsoe who burned the midnight oil, spending hours after we were done recording getting the audio processed and online, pretty much raw and unedited.  I will admit…it was cathartic.  It was a huge help to me in figuring out where Paramount was coming from and what we should look towards moving forward to March, 2013, and I want to personally thank everyone who joined us.

Now, don’t think this is the end!  We are taking your voice mail messages as well in preparation for our normal recording next week.  We want to hear from YOU. Let your voices be heard concerning yesterday’s movie news. For our next episode we are going to feature YOUR voicemails. All you have to do is call in and share your thoughts. Please AT LEAST tell us your first name and PLEASE keep your messages no worse than a PG-13 rating. We reserve the right not to air any hostile or vulgar messages. (262) 515-9656

As of the recording last night we had already received almost two dozen voicemails, and obviously we can’t play them all, but we will choose some best of the best and share your raw emotion as we discuss what this means for the brand.  No worries, this is a story we will be talking about for a long, long time.  As usual, you can hit up our Podbean page to check out last night’s special edition, or check out the embedded player below.  Some brief show notes as always after the jump.

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Three directors on Paramount’s “short list” for G.I. Joe sequel

Longtime fan of the G.I. Joe property, El Mayimbe from Latino Review reports that Paramount may have possibly narrowed down the list of potential G.I. Joe sequel directors to three names.  I will admit, all three names mean nothing to me, but some of their work does.

On this list are Jaume Collet-Serra, F Gary Gray, and Jon Chu.  While none of them are really household names, Collet-Serra has helmed some financial successes including House of Wax, Orphan, and the upcoming Unkown with Liam Neeson is already showing some promise.  F Gary Gray seems to be the best name on the list, having a great action film resume, including The Italian Job, The Negotiator, and Law Abiding Citizen.

And then there’s Chu.  Jon Chu’s most notable films to date are Step Up 3D and Justin Bieber, Never Say Never.

No, I’m not kidding.

Hey, I know I’m a big fanboy and everything, but if Chu somehow ends up directing the G.I. Joe Sequel, I think that just might push me off the bus.  We’ll see.  These are all rumors for now, take it for what its worth.  El Mayimbe does have his finger on the pulse.

No Gung Ho for Paramount G.I. Joe?

The MTV Movie Blog had a very quick sitdown with Brendan Fraser recently, to follow up on rumors that production was moving forward on a sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.  While the actor didn’t have any concrete information about the sequel, he did reveal that Gung Ho did not pass legal authorization at Paramount, and couldn’t appear in the original film for that reason.  It’s unknown what the hold up was or why it couldn’t happen, but there you go.

Check out the very quick interview below.