Oh No! “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" is NOT Going to be Shown to Film Critics! Is it THAT Bad? 

So yesterday, I emailed my Paramount contact (who I adore!) to see if there's an advanced screening of "“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” for film critics. She said:

All screenings are strictly fan screenings. Sorry!

To which I replied:

Is it possible to go to the fan screenings?

And she calmly said:

Sorry – not as (sic) this point.

I've never gotten such cold shoulder from Paramount. When they're proud of the film, they will show the movie weeks in advance (case in point: "Star Trek" was shown to critics at least three weeks before the film opened).

So the big question -- is Paramount not proud of "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra?" Is it a bomb like many predicted? Is the rumor that Stephen Sommers was fired from the film true? Is there a hint of truthiness to that?

Sure, fans may enjoy the movie, if they're already predisposed to liking the film. But critics who have no idea who G.I. Joe is may be well, more critical!

I gathered some quotes from the main principals of the film, you can pretty much read between the lines:

Stephen Sommers talking about his supposed "firing:"

It’s complete lies. I have always had final cut of the film. People just make stuff up. You have to really screw up to get fired from a movie. The stigma of that would kill it. This is not the case.’

Channing Tatum who stars as Duke seemed awfully confused:

‘When I was first approached about the role I thought, ‘Aww man, how are you going to make a movie about G.I. Joe in a time of war?’

Then I read the script and it was nothing to do with the military at all. ‘I’m a big supporter of the soldiers and the military and I don’t have a view on the war at all, I’m not a political person.

A military-type film without any semblance of the military? Really? It's like making a "Transformers" movie without the robots isn't it?

And of course, the ever-vocal Sienna Miller, who stars as Ana/Baroness talks about...acting! Yes, acting!

‘You know, GI Joe, it’s not going to be the best acting work we’ve ever done.’

Then, USA Today reported that the buzz surrounding the movie has been brutal, and many fans complaining loudly! Yeah, the same fans who Paramount will court to fall in line for "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" next week.

But perhaps the greatest slap would be a longtime fan NOT even wanting to see the film. Sean, a photographer friend of mine and is an avid fan of the "G.I. Joe" toy line (a big collector!!!), tells me, "the trailer for the movie is not even close to what "G.I. Joe" really is. What I've been seeing are all sci-fi crap. I'm not watching the movie or buy the DVD."


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"Funny People" Movie Review -- So Serious, It's Funny! 

Universal Pictures is incorrectly marketing the new film “Funny People” as an all-out comedy. Billed as the third picture of writer-director Judd Apatow (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up”), the studio would have you believe that “Funny People” is just about well, funny people delivering hilarious one-liners and zingers.

Sure, the film has many inspired uproarious moments, but deep down, “Funny People” is about the true meaning of the most somber subject – death and dying. It’s a theme not meant for jokey references, but Apatow successfully made a movie that is so serious, it’s funny. Read More...

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Bryce Dallas Howard Replaces "Twilight" Actress 

Bryce Dallas Howard is replacing Rachele Lefevre as the character of Victoria in the third installment of the super-popular vampire romance franchise. Howard is joining the cast of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse."

Lefevre starred as Victoria in the first film "Twilight" and will be appearing in the upcoming sequel "New Moon." Why is the actress leaving the franchise? Summit says...scheduling conflicts.


"Twilight's" main cast members Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are starring in other movies while working on the series and they've never encountered scheduling conflicts.

And why would Lefevre leave a franchise as big as "Twilight?"

Oh yeah, and why would Summit hire a bigger, and perhaps a more accomplished star, to replace Lefevre?

Just between us, I thought Lefevre's performance in the first movie was a bit off (but I blamed the poor characterization), so maybe Summit is just now catching up?

"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" is set to start shooting in Vancouver in August from director David Slade, and is set for release on June 30, 2010.

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What? "The Wolfman" Moved Again? See What Else Universal is Changing 

Okay, I'm getting tired of "The Wolfman" and I haven't even seen it! I was excited about this film, um, last year, but now, I'll probably just wait for it on DVD, but then, that means a longer wait!

First, the Benicio Del Toro-starrer was supposed to be released Feb. 13 of this year, then was moved to April 3, and then Nov. 6.

Now, Universal Pictures has changed their calendar yet again, and has set "The Wolfman" for Feb. 12, 2010 release date.

But that date is already overcrowded! "The Wolfman" must howl against the romantic comedy "Valentine's Day," "Remember Me" starring "Twilight's" Robert Pattinson, and Disney's 3-D re-release of "Beauty and the Beast."

What's going on with "The Wolfman" and why is the film being bounced around like a red-headed stepchild?

And opening the film in a less-than-stellar month of February is not a good sign. "The Wolfman" is not good enough to be a summer blockbuster? Universal doesn't have faith in the product?

But once in a while, a terrific movie like "Silence of the Lambs" can open in February. But that's once in a while...

Universal also has announced new dates for their other upcoming films. But you know, dates can change a lot in the Universal world so take heed.

Here are the films and their respective dates:

*** "Green Zone" -- Director Paul Greengrass reunites with his Jason Bourne star, Matt Damon

*** "MacGRUBER" -- the "Saturday Night Live" spin off from producer Lorne Michaels

*** Robin Hood (it still doesn't have an official title) starring Russell Crowe -- May 14

*** "Get Him to the Greek" -- comedy produced by Judd Apatow starring Russell Brand. Take note, "The A-Team" and "The Karate Kid" films are also opening the same date. This will be a bloody showdown at the box-office.

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Another Dr. Seuss Book to Make Its Way to the Big Screen! 

Universal Pictures is getting ready to adapt the Dr. Seuss book "The Lorax" and turn it into a 3-D CG animated feature!

The film will be co-directed by Chris Renaud, Cinco Paul, and Ken Daurio. Paul and Daurio, who wrote "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who," are set to write the script.

Published in 1971, "The Lorax" is deemed to be a fable about human's impact on the environment. The Lorax in the title is a "mossy, bossy man-like creature resembling an emperor tamarin." He becomes the champion of the trees against the big bad Once-ler.

"Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" has a target release date of March 2, 2012, which by the way, falls on the birthday of Theodor Geisel aka Dr. Seuss.

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