Feb. 05, 2013 | 9:59 a.m.
Super Bowl Sunday has come and gone, but Super Bowl Sunday commercials? We’re going to dissect those things forever. Which brings us to the latest wave: Super Bowl commercials you didn’t see. All things science-and-future site i09 has declared this trailer for “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” “the best Super Bowl commercial that didn’t air during the Super Bowl” — but should have. We were going to argue, until we watched it. Super Bowl halftime show: Beyonce as Wonder Woman? The first installment in the franchise, “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra,” was “critic-proof,” as they say. A popcorn movie with lots of action, lots of explosions, all while not making an awful lot of sense. It all added up to $302 million in worldwide box-office revenue, according to Box Office Mojo. So it’s no surprise that Channing Tatum is back, with a new crew […]
Jan. 23, 2013 | 12:43 p.m.
The G.I. Joes will once again face off against terrorist organization Cobra in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” March 29, but fans can get their first glimpse of the film this weekend in a four-minute preview set to screen before certain showings of “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.” The first look debuts Thursday and will play before “Hansel & Gretel” showings in IMAX 3D, RealD 3D and digital 3D theaters. “Retaliation” — the second installment in the “G.I. Joe” film franchise — was originally slated to be released last summer, but five weeks before it was to arrive in theaters, the studio announced it would be delayed, reportedly to allow time for conversion into 3-D. The decision was a surprise, even to the film’s director, Jon M. Chu, but Paramount Pictures hopes the sequel will be a success, partly because it cost […]
Feb. 03, 2012 | 8:08 p.m.
The invasion is underway — “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” won’t arrive in theaters until June 29, but the commando sequel is already trying to win hearts and minds with the new commercial that airs on Super Bowl Sunday during the big game on NBC. It’s a film that will be driven by action and sprinkled with comedy, according to producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, but it also aspires to bridge an interesting pop-culture generation gap. When the first film in the franchise, “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” arrived in theaters in 2009, di Bonaventura heard from plenty of confused people — the common link was that most had grown up in the 1960s or 1970s when G.I. Joe was a brand name synonymous with the 12-inch-tall military-man toy that introduced the term “action figure.” They were all unaware of the 1980s reinvention of the brand — in Marvel Comics, toys and […]
Jan. 06, 2011 | 5:24 a.m.
Stephen Sommers was a divisive choice to direct “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra,” the 2009 movie that became a global hit despite lukewarm reviews (and prompted Sommers to offer some, er, words of his own to critics). Those who were on the fence about the filmmaker can unhook themselves: After reports this summer that Sommers would be returning to direct a planned sequel, it looks like he won’t be doing that after all…. THERE’S MORE, READ THE REST — Steven Zeitchik RECENT AND RELATED TOP 10: The best G.I. Joe vehicle toys of 1980s Snake Eyes talking? Hama says it almost happened Paramount flies the flag for G.I. Joe Darwyn Cooke: “G.I. Joe” toy art was key influence Sgt. Rock film reloads — but won’t be set in WWII Stallone: “Velcro muscles” made me expendable Stallone: “I’m contemplating an ‘Expendables’ sequel” Rampage Jackson’s […]
Dec. 02, 2010 | 8:32 p.m.
A comic book store can be a vast and wonderful landscape, but sometimes it’s nice to have a compass to help you as you wander those aisles. With that in mind, the Hero Complex and the mighty G4TV.com have teamed up for a weekly series of video recommendations. Geoff Boucher of the Hero Complex will select and celebrate a new release from the vivid world of superheroes and more traditional-minded fare, and the always insightful Blair Butler of G4’s Fresh Ink blog will recommend a worthy new release from the “nonspandex” side of comics, those graphic novels and alternative press titles that use their comics panels in the name of memoir, literary experimentation or underground voice. RELATED: CAPES/NO CAPES: “Earth 1” & “Acme Library” CAPES/NO CAPES: “Superman vs. Muhammad Ali” & “X’ed Out” Charles Burns and “X’ed Out” seeks dark edge “How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less” finds humor and heartache
May 07, 2010 | 6:53 p.m.
GUEST POST Today a guest post from one of our faithful readers, G.I Joe: A Real American Hero is arguably the greatest toy line ever made. The characters, brought to life by Larry Hama, have stood the test of time, outlasting and outselling everything from its time with the exception of Transformers and "Star Wars" toys. The toys were the most popular of its day; The Marvel comic book outsold even the “X-Men.” But what really made the toy line stand out were the vehicles. G.I. Joe was not just an array of action figures, it was a military force waiting to happen, which meant tanks, planes, boats and some weird gear too. These are the best — the best of the best, in fact — the Top 10 G.I. Joe vehicles of the 1980s. 10. G.I. JOE MOBAT (1982) You can’t have G.I. Joe, or […]
Aug. 04, 2009 | 6:43 p.m.
Ben Fritz, who covers the business of Hollywood for the Los Angeles Times, caught up with Larry Hama, the creator of the “G.I. Joe” commando team mythology, and put together this interesting Hero Complex report on “the real American hero” as a film property…. On Friday, “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” opens and fanboys have some reason to be nervous. Though Aint-It-Cool’s Harry Knowles gave it a good review, Paramounthasn’t exactly embraced devotees of the toys and ’80s cartoon. Fred Meyer, owner of the website JoeBattleLines.com, said he was one of several fan community leaders invited to a meeting by Paramount and Hasbro at a G.I. Joe fan convention two years ago to discuss what they wanted to see in the film. “That was the last time we had any involvement,” he noted. “They’re not taking advantage of the […]
Aug. 03, 2009 | 9:41 p.m.
Major studios usually turn to New York and Los Angeles for high-glitz American premieres and press events, especially for their huge summer popcorn films. But for its new “G.I. Joe” project, Paramount Pictures retreated from the coasts and set its sights on an audience with a fashion sense defined by blue collars, NASCAR ballcaps and camouflage pants. Claudia Eller and Ben Fritz have the story on the cover of the Los Angeles Times Business section today. Nearly 1,000 service members and their families at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland got to see something Friday night that very few people in Hollywood have seen — “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” the last big-budget action movie of the summer. Paramount Pictures gave the movie its homeland premiere at the base for Air Force One, flying out its stars Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller and Marlon Wayans […]
July 18, 2009 | 7:30 p.m.
This is a longer version of my story that is running Monday on the cover of the Los Angeles Times Calendar section. Even when the movies ended up bad — and they usually did — crime novelist Donald E. Westlake never had a problem taking Hollywood money for his ideas. But with his signature creation, the ruthless career criminal known simply as Parker, Westlake insisted that the names be changed to protect the guilty. Westlake, who died at age 75 this past New Year’s Eve, saw seven movies made from his Parker novels (which were all published under his pseudonym Richard Stark), but in each film the main character’s name was changed; even when Lee Marvin, Robert Duvall or Mel Gibson was in the role, Westlake wouldn’t entrust his favorite brand name to anyone else. That changed, though, in the final months […]
Feb. 02, 2009 | 5:46 p.m.
Congrats to the Pittsburgh Steelers and welcome to a special postgame, all-video edition of the Hero Complex, your roundup of handpicked headlines from across the fanboy universe. MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE … AGAIN: Does anybody blow it up bigger (or more often) than Michael Bay? (Just check out his truly awesome self-spoofing Verizon commercial.) Anyway, during the Super Bowl on Sunday there was a brief but, er, energetic preview of "Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen." How did it look? Well, I don’t think it will be ushering in a new era in cerebral cinema BUT it did have giant alien robots on skates! Here you go … UNDER THE GUN … AGAIN: I kind of forgot there was a "G.I. Joe" movie coming this year. Seriously. But there it was, a trailer for "G.I. Joe: Rise of the […]