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Movie Review: G.I. Joe: Retaliation
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GI Joe: Retaliation PosterG.I. Joe: Retaliation
Directed by Jon M. Chu
Screenplay by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Ray Park, Bruce Willis
Paramount Pictures
Rated PG-13 | 110 Minutes
Release Date: March 28, 2013

Directed by Jon M. Chu (Step Up 3D), G.I. Joe: Retaliation is the sequel to Stephen Sommers’ instantly forgettable 2009 film, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

At the conclusion of that film, Zartan (Arnold Vosloo), having had his physical appearance altered by nanomites, infiltrates the White House and assumes the identity of the President of the United States of America (Jonathan Pryce).

Chu’s sequel begins with Zartan in control of the United States government. The master of make-up and disguise frames the G.I. Joes as traitors and launches an all-out attack on the Joes, wiping out their ranks (including Channing Tatum‘s Sgt. Duke) in one fell swoop.

Meanwhile, Storm Shadow (Lee Byung-hun) and Firefly (Ray Stevenson) infiltrate a top-secret subterranean prison to free Cobra Commander. Previously portrayed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the supreme leader of COBRA is played by Australian actor Luke Bracey this time around and voiced by Robert Baker.

Cobra Commander’s plan is simple: eliminate the world’s stockpile of nuclear weapons so COBRA can rule the world unopposed by using Zeus, a sub-orbital weapon of mass destruction that’s twice as powerful as a nuclear bomb.

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Watch The ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ International Trailer
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G.I. Joe: Retaliation

A few years ago I, like many, wouldn’t have thought a second G.I. Joe movie to be a likelihood. While G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra was a spazztastic joy-bomb of a movie that bled pure, unadulterated fun from its pores, it wasn’t quite the moneymaker that Hasbro’s other big screen franchise brand, Transformers, had become. But after three years it looks like we’re getting a sequel to The Rise of Cobra, and not only does G.I. Joe: Retaliation look a lot better than its predecessor but it appears that director Jon M. Chu (Step Up 3D) and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland), along with a mighty cast, have made a real-as-rhubarb G.I. Joe movie.

The movie isn’t due in theaters until this summer but in the past two months the studio has released a teaser trailer and Super Bowl spot that both garnered positive reaction, something that the early trailers for The Rise of Cobra couldn’t quite accomplish and thus hurt its chances at the box office.

Today Paramount Pictures and MGM have released an international trailer for the movie. You can watch it here below.

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‘Die Hard’ Star Bruce Willis In Talks To Play Original Joe In ‘G.I. Joe 2’
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The first G.I. Joe movie, The Rise of Cobra, was pretty awful. A lot of people seemed to like it for some inexplicable reason, but a guilty pleasure is a guilty pleasure, and that one is getting a sequel.

Interestingly enough, it appears that pretty much everyone who was in Rise of Cobra, won’t be in G.I. Joe 2, which is titled G.I. Joe: Retaliation. The only returning stars will be Channing Tatum, who plays Duke, the fan–favorite, Snake Eyes (played by Ray Park), and Byung-hun Lee, who plays Storm Shadow.

But, if all goes to plan, a massive Hollywood star will be one of the newcomers cast to try and help it survive the loss of talents like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marlon Wayans, Sienna Miller, Dennis Quaid, and Rachel Nichols. It’s being reported that none other than Bruce Willis is in talks for a role, and it’s a fairly significant one at that.

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Director Stephen Sommers To Return For ‘G.I. Joe 2’
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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra obviously isn’t the best movie ever made, but a surprising amount of people ended up having a lot of fun with it, and the movie went on to pull in over $300 million worldwide at the box office.

After showing off numbers like that, a sequel was all but guaranteed and has been under development at Paramount Pictures. No movie can move forward without a director, of course, and it would appear that this sequel now has one. The Wrap has it on good authority that Stephen Sommers — director of the first movie — is set to return once again for G.I. Joe 2.

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‘Zombieland’ Writers Also Taking On ‘G.I. Joe’ Sequel
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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

The writing duo for popular Summer horror comedy Zombieland, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, are apparently the men of the moment. Just this past Tuesday, it was confirmed that the pair would be taking on the writing duties for the Ryan Reynolds Deadpool adaptation, which seems like a perfect match. Now comes word via an IESB scoop that Reese and Wernick will also be taking on the sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

If this news pans out, the hiring is definitely not that match made in heaven for the writers like Deadpool is. G.I. Joe won a lot of people over who were expecting it to be unwatchable, but it also remained unwatchable to many others. In any scenario, it is a much cheesier and action-heavy project than Zombieland was or Deadpool is likely to be. This leads one to believe that it could be a “paycheck” job for these gentleman, which is fair and deserved. One thing is for sure, though: if they can add a little Zombieland good-ness to G.I. Joe, it might just take a big step up on the entertainment levels.

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Contest: ‘G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra’ Prize Pack
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GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra 2-Disc Special Edition DVDG.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra will be released on DVD and Blu-ray this Tuesday, November 3, so on behalf of Paramount Home Entertainment, we here at Geeks of Doom have one (1) prize pack to give away to one lucky reader!

One (1) winner will receive:

  • One (1) G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Two-disc Special Edition DVD
  • One (1) G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Movie Poster
  • One (1) Night Raven Jet with Air Viper (Toy)
  • One (1) M.A.R.S. Troopers (Action Figures)

What do you have to do to get a chance to win? Glad you asked ’cause it’s really easy. Just make sure you’re a subscriber to our email digest, and then go ahead and fill out the handy dandy form below. Done.

Good luck!

TO ENTER: There’s just two simple steps:

(1) Make sure you’re subscribed to the Geeks of Doom email digest. If you’re not then click here and sign up. (If you’re already a subscriber, then go right to the next step.)

(2) Fill out the entry form here below and submit. (Form is here after the jump.)

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The Geeks Of Doom Guide To Geeky Halloween Costumes
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Geek Costumes

We at Geeks of Doom love Halloween. The smell in the air, the leaves changing color to mark the occasion, and all of the old edited horror movies playing over and over on your TV make it one of the most entertaining and exciting times of year.

Back in 2006, we compiled a list of some of the best geek costumes on the market for those of you who do not yet have an idea as to what you want to be. It’s already been three years now, so we thought it was about time to compile another epic list of costume options for the undecided (which includes myself).

While checking these costumes out, keep some things in mind — most importantly: pretty much every costume that you see will have multiple styles of varying price and quality. The majority of the ones we have here are in the $30-$50 range, but you can find really high-quality “Deluxe” versions of the costume that will run you in the $100-$200 dollar range. These are for the folks who have money to spare and love authenticity. If you’re out of your freakin’ mind, there’s even Batman and Darth Vader costumes that will run you $700+ dollars. If you don’t like the one we’ve linked to, just search the character and check out all of the others that exist. Most costumes have children’s versions available, too. We’ve included some great kids’ costumes, but if you find an adult one you’d like for the little ones, just search it out!

Also worth keeping in mind: a lot of these costumes have female counter-costumes that would be perfect for couples looking to match up. Oh, and it won’t be stupid like going as a plug and an electrical socket. Tee-hee.

Many, many costume options were found for men, women, children, and pets, so please continue on and check some of them out!

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Contest: Win a Nintendo DSi and ‘G.I. Joe’ The Game and Mucho ‘G.I. Joe’ Goodies
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Dave3   |  @   |  
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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Game GiveawayBoy, we’ve got a good one today! How many of you out there would like the opportunity to win a virtuametric ton of cool-ass G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra swag packaged up with a nifty Nintendo DSi hand-held game system? Well, if you live within the continental United States you’re in luck.

The goodly folks from whence magic arose have seen fit to grant us the aforementioned Nintendo DSi along with a copy of the new G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra DSi game, as well as a load of awesome The Rise of Cobra goodies to ply you with.

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What are you waiting for? Video games, hats, posters, figures, and a surprise pack of awesome await.

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One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive:

  • One (1) Nintendo DSi Game Console
  • One (1) copy of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra for Nintendo DSi
  • One (1) Cobra Commander figurine
  • One (1) G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Movie Poster
  • One (1) G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Hat
  • Some (?) More Mysterious G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra merchandise

One (1) First Prize winner will receive:

  • One (1) Set of Walkie-Talkies
  • One (1) Cobra Commander figurine
  • One (1) G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Movie Poster
  • One (1) G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Hat
  • Some (?) More Mysterious G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra merchandise

What do you have to do to get a chance to win? Glad you asked ’cause it’s really easy. Just make sure you’re a subscriber to our email digest, and then go ahead and fill out the handy dandy form below. Done.

Good luck!

TO ENTER: There’s just two simple steps: (1) Make sure you’re subscribed to the Geeks of Doom email digest. If you’re not then click here and sign up. (If you’re already a subscriber, then go right to the next step.) (2) Fill out the entry form here below and submit. (Form is here after the jump.)

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FINALLY! ‘Barbie’ Movie Is Officially On The Way & We Couldn’t Be More Thrilled
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The Movie God   |  @   |  
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Barbie

Turning toys and games into movies is no new deal. Dodgeball: An Underdog Story, Transformers, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra have come and gone, with movies based on Battleship, Stretch Armstrong, Clue, Candy Land, Ouiji, Monopoly, and others still on the way. Adding to the party, Universal Pictures has announced that they have plans to take the legendary Barbie and turn her into a live-action movie, as well.

As crazy as these announcements always sound, this decision is a no-brainer, really. As her maker Mattel states, the toy celebrity has 99% worldwide brand awareness. You don’t have to be Good Will Hunting to know that’s pretty strong. The question here really is: what do you actually DO for a Barbie movie? The current plan to get going on finding some writers to take it on, but producer Laurence Mark isn’t worried, explaining that Barbie has had over 120 jobs over her 50-year existence, which opens the door to countless choices.

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Contest: ‘GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra’ Mission Dossier
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Dave3   |  @   |  
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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra week of geek

The super stealthy dudes over at Titan Books have secretly slipped us a satchel stuffed with several copies (five, to be exact) of the brand spankin’ new G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra Mission Dossier for us to seed amongst our readership.

This badass book is the companion to the current film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and contains info on the JOE team members and their slithery COBRA counterparts, as well as all sorts of cool intel on the cutting-edge vehicles, technology, sick stunts, and special effects that bulge at the movie’s seams.

Five (5) winners will each receive:

  • One (1) G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra Mission Dossier

What do you have to do to get a chance to win? Glad you asked ’cause it’s really easy. Just make sure you’re a subscriber to our email digest, and then go ahead and fill out the handy dandy form below. Done.

Good luck!

TO ENTER: There’s just two simple steps: (1) Make sure you’re subscribed to the Geeks of Doom email digest. If you’re not then click here and sign up. (If you’re already a subscriber, then go right to the next step.) (2) Fill out the entry form here below and submit. (Form is here after the jump.)

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