I had a soft spot for 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and I have a soft spot for this, even with its flaws. If you remember the end of the last film (and never mind if you didn’t), Zartan is impersonating the President of the United States in one step of Cobra Commander’s grand plan for world domination.
I think this is supposed to take place right after the last film, but no matter. All you need to know is that the President is not the real President, and the Joes are not aware of it. They’re busy raiding a nuclear arms facility in Pakistan — a mission devised by Zartan (Arnold Vosloo/Jonathan Pryce) to wipe out the Joes when they call for transport after the mission.
All of them, save for Lady Jaye (Adrianne Palicki), Roadblock (The Rock), and Flint (D.J. Cotrona) are killed. Fortunately Snake Eyes (Ray Park) is away on another mission training with Jinx (Elodie Yung) and quite possibly the worst actor in the entire film, RZA as the aptly named Blind Master.
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I feel like I’ve been writing the sentence, “I’m not sure whether the world was clamoring for a x remake…” and that’s probably more due to my utter lack of creativity than anything else. I’m sure most people in my generation, who have seen the original Red Dawn, already dislike the movie, so I feel the need to defend it somewhat, or at least point out some good things it does well. Though I’m more interested in whether John Milius, the writer/director of the original film, will hunt down and kill the makers of this film, not because it doesn’t do the original justice, but because his keen, feral senses no doubt have recognized them as competition, and to protect his domain, he must slaughter and eat any trespassers. And that would be an awesome movie. I already know who would play John Milius.
Anyway, Red Dawn. I’m not sure whether the world was clamoring for a Red Dawn remake, but this one is pretty entertaining. The Red Scare is all but over, and with Albania being the only place left to get furious communist thought, the baddies are transformed from the Russians into the North Koreans, which strangely works, as the higher-ups in North Korea seem like just the right kind of nuts to try something like invading the US.
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This country is big enough for more than one Red Dawn movie. Sure, we liked the original featuring Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen, but this new one looks pretty good too.
In fact, this cast contains some of our favorite actors including Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, so we can’t help but be interested. And today, as trailer Tuesday continues, there’s a new trailer/video that’s dropped to bring you even more from the upcoming movie.
In case you’re not familiar with the story, it goes a little something like this:
Determined to fight back (after their small town is invaded), a group of young patriots seek refuge in the surrounding woods, training and reorganizing themselves into a guerilla group of fighters. Taking inspiration from their high school mascot, they call themselves the Wolverines, banding together to protect one another, liberate their town from its captors, and take back their freedom.
Wolverines! Check out the trailer after the break.
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Yesterday, if you can remember that far back, we brought you the first poster for the reboot of the 1984 action cult classic Red Dawn. And now, as promised, there’s a new trailer today and we, of course, have it for you.
In it we get a good look at all the action, drama and even a little sexual tension that goes into your average angry hordes invade the Pacific Northwest and teenagers have to defend America movie. Gotta say, it doesn’t look horrible.
Sure, we still have a soft spot for the original and, if we’re being really critical, we know the original movie was such a product of its time it probably won’t translate to modern audiences and that Chris Hemsworth is really 29, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that this new movie just looks entertaining. And sometimes that’s all you can expect from a movie.
We don’t always need them to be masterpieces, just check-your-brain-at-the-door entertainment. Mission accomplished it seems.
Judge for yourself and check out the trailer after the break. Red Dawn hits theaters this Thanksgiving.
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Some of you, if you’re old enough, may remember an 80’s action movie called Red Dawn, which was directed by John Milius and written by Milius and Kevin Reynolds. It featured a pretty good cast including Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Jennifer Grey, Harry Dean Stanton and Powers Booth.
The film told the story of a band of High School students who fight against a Russian invasion of middle America and when it came out in 1984, it wasn’t exactly a blockbuster hit. Still, it did well enough and over the years it’s developed a pretty large cult following and many of us here at The Flickcast have a soft spot for it.
And now there’s a reboot. This time around the cast includes Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Dan Bradley is directing this time around and we’ve got the first poster for the film to share with you today.
Check out the full version after the break. Look for Red Dawn to hit theaters in November. Wolverines!
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We like to stay on our A-Game when it comes to new films hitting theaters and what to expect from studios on a regular basis. Then a trailer for a film like G.I. Joe: Retaliation hits the web and completely takes us by surprise.
The film picks up the hints from the first film, in which Zartan infiltrates the White House. Remember that? Neither do we. It seems that Paramount, however, does. Here’s the premise to the new film.
Little has been revealed about the plot other than that it will feature the G.I. Joe Team coming into a conflict with Zartan, Storm Shadow and Firefly. Zartan (who is last seen in disguise as the President of the United States) has now got the world leaders all under his thumb, warheads headed towards innocent populaces, and some new heavies on the payroll to keep G.I. Joe at bay.
This time around, we’re getting some new old characters to join the fight, such as Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock, Ray Stevenson as Firefly, and Adrienne Palicki as Lady Jaye. Oh, did we mention that Bruce Willis shows up as John Colton? Yea, we’re as confused as you are.
Take a look at the trailer after the jump, and catch the film in theaters on June 29th.
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Since her Wonder Woman TV series didn’t get picked up by NBC, it would appear the lovely Adrianne Palicki is available. No, not that kind of avilable. Sorry nerds. As if you’d have a chance anyway.
Instead, she’s available for more work and has reportendly signed on as the female lead in the upcoming G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes. Palicki will take on the role of Lady Jane in the film, which already features Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson, who’s set to play Roadblock.
In other casting news for the sequel, Ray Park is expected back as Snake Eyes and Byung Hun-lee is expected back as Storm Shadow. The RZA has also recently joined the film in an as yet unknown role. The other major role still to be cast is that of Joe Colton, the original G.I. Joe.
Rumor has it that the studios is looking at Bruce Willis for that part, which is an obvious choice. He’ll do fine but perhaps there’s other actors that would work just as well? We’ll see and we’ll let you know as soon as we know.
Just when we thought we’d have to wait for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con to get a first glimpse at David E. Kelley’s failed pilot for NBC starring Adrianne Palicki as Wonder Woman, Christmas seems to come a bit early.
We’ve got some very rare, very raw footage from the never-to-be-seen episode in which Palicki’s Amazonian princess takes on a team of thugs. The footage is very reminiscent of a few other failed comic book properties such as Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four and Fox’s failed Generation X pilot.
This is the very first footage we’re getting from the pilot, so be sure to judge and comment away, as we’re pretty astounded as to how the master of legal comedies like Boston Legal and The Practice could do something like this.
Check out the scene after the jump, and be sure to keep an eye out as more footage will likely surface as we get closer to convention season. And yes, she’s wearing the hot pants in this scene.
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Ding dong, the Prince is dead. Or, at the very least, the most recent incarnation of Diana Prince (aka Wonder Woman) on the small screen.
That right folks, David E. Kelly’s much hyped reimagining of Wonder Woman as a modern career woman by day and Amazonian crimefighter by night is not being picked up by NBC.
The news broke late last night after the network got some mixed reviews from testers who watched the pilot. After that lukewarm reception, all the hoopla surrouding the lame costume, and other changes made by Kelly to the Wonder Woman mythos, the netwok decided that the show will not go on from here.
Apart from those details, NBC isn’t saying much more about why the show was killed. Could it just be the costume or was it much more that that? Other reports suggest Kelley’s take asked for lots of expensive, contemporary music and the Ally McBeal and LA Law creator had also requested a commercial-free premiere for the pilot if it aired.
Sadly, we may never know the full story on why the show isn’t going forward. Although, maybe that doesn’t really matter.
It’s often unfair to judge a show just from a few pictures and a description. However, in the case of this Wonder Woman it just all looked, and sounded, bad.
Let’s let this one die and move on to the next one. I’m sure we’ll see another try at Wonder Woman soon enough. And don’t worry, Adrianne Palicki is going to be fine. She’s hot and not a terrible actress.
I’m sure she’s already booked another gig.
This week on The Flickcast Chris and Matt have no guest and have to go it alone. Fortunately, that’s just what these two rogue adventurers love to do.
So, with that in mind, the discussion turns to topics including Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch, Green Lantern casting news and controversy, Natalie Portman’s, um, acting in Your Highness, AMC vs. Matt Weiner for the fate of Mad Men season five and the latest costume and potential fate of the new Wonder Woman TV series.
And for a third week running, no Charlie Sheen. We know you appreciate it. Gifts of cake are always appreciated.
Of course, your hosts also made some picks this week including Matt’s pick of Repo! A Genetic Opera (yep, you read that right) and Chris’ pick of the sadly short-lived Aaron Sorkin series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
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