Byung-hun Lee (Storm Shadow), Screenwriter Stuart Beattie, and Marlon Wayans (Ripcord) Exclusive Red Carpet Video Interviews

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Last night I covered a special “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” screening at Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. While there I was able to interview tons of people on the red carpet and rather than divide up these three interviews into separate articles, I’m posting all them here, in one place. So after the jump you can see Byung-hun Lee (Storm Shadow) talk about making “G.I. Joe”, screenwriter Stuart Beattie talk about his directorial debut “Tomorrow, When the World Began”, and Marlon Wayans (Ripcord) talk more about Japanese bathrooms and what character he might want to join the “Joe” team in the sequel. Take a look:

Exclusive: Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner talks MONOPOLY, CANDY LAND, BATTLESHIP, STRETCH ARMSTRONG, More

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Just a few hours ago I was at Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood for a special screening of “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”. While it wasn’t called a premiere, it had all the spectacle of one, as thousands of people were screaming at the stars and the cast and filmmakers walked a huge red carpet.

Anyway, while there I managed to get an interview with Brian Goldner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hasbro. With so many projects in development at Universal, I got him to give me updates on “Stretch Armstrong”, “Candy Land”, “Monopoly”, “Battleship”, and a lot more. So if you’re curious how Hasbro is planning to bring their board games to movie screens, you’re going to want to watch this interview. Take a look after the jump:

Exclusive: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje talks G.I. JOE, BLACK PANTHER, LOST

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A few hours ago I was standing on the red carpet in front of the famous Chinese Theater in Hollywood. I was there to cover a special screening of “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”. While it wasn’t an official premiere, it felt like one, as there were press everywhere and thousands of screaming fans.

Anyway, I managed to get tons of video interviews and the one you’re about to watch is with Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. During the interview, Adewale talks about playing Heavy Duty in “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”, his desire to play Black Panther, and I ask if he’d be willing to do an episode of “Lost” in its final season. Watch what he said after the jump:

Exclusive: Producer Bob Ducsay talks G.I. JOE and MAGIC KINGDOM FOR SALE

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At tonight’s special “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” screening at the famous Chinese Theater in Hollywood, I was able to interview tons of the cast and some of the producers that brought “G.I. Joe” to the screen. The interview you’re about to watch is with one of those producers, Bob Ducsay.

During our interview, he talks about making “G.I. Joe” and also tells us what’s up with “Magic Kingdom For Sale”, a big budget movie that’s been in development at Universal. He also briefly talks “Tarzan”. Take a look after the jump:

Exclusive: Rachel Nichols (Scarlett) and Sienna Miller (Baroness) Video Interview G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA

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With “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” getting released this Friday, it’s time for my last interview and it’s with Rachel Nichols (Scarlett) and Sienna Miller (Baroness). The interview was done a few days ago at the New York City press junket and we talked about PSA’s, what they think about the posters, their fight scenes, working with director Stephen Sommers, and touring the world to help promote the movie. Take a look after the jump:

Exclusive: Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayans talk G.I. JOE, PSA’s, and Japanese Toilet’s

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I think “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” is going to surprise a lot of you this weekend. That’s because the movie is just flat out fun. If you go in wanting to have a good time and can channel your inner kid, you’re going to have a blast watching director Stephen Sommer’s newest movie. If I was ten year’s old, I think “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” would be the greatest movie ever. As it stands, I’m far older than that, but I still think the movie is fantastic.

Anyway, a few days ago I attended the New York City press junket for “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”. While there I got to speak with director Stephen Sommers, producer Lorenzo de Bonaventura, and a few of the cast. The interview after the jump is with Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayans. During our interview we talked about the lack of Public Service Announcements (PSA’s), the online buzz, the worldwide tour they’ve been on, and the toilet’s of Japan. I’m not kidding about that last part. Take a look:

Exclusive: Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura talks G.I. JOE, Jack Ryan, Red and ASTEROIDS

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A few days ago I attended the New York City press junket for “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”. While there, I got to speak with some of the cast, director Stephen Sommers and producer Lorenzo de Bonaventura. While I’ve already spoken to Lorenzo a lot about “G.I. Joe” and “Transformers“, you can never go wrong asking a few more questions as he producers a lot of other movies.

So after the first few questions on “G.I. Joe” and “Giant Robots That Like to Punch Each Other in the Face”, I asked him about some of his upcoming projects and he told me the status on Jack Ryan, “Red”, and also why he wanted to make an “Asteroids” movie. Take a look after the jump:

Exclusive: Screenwriter Stuart Beattie Interview G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA

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With “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” set to invade movie theaters this weekend, a few weeks ago I got to speak with screenwriter Stuart Beattie about his involvement in the movie. He talked to me about his love of the property, how fast he had to write the script, all the online buzz surrounding the film, the casting, how involved was Hasbro, and he explains the mantra he likes to follow when writing scripts. If you’ve been looking forward to “G.I. Joe” or are just curious how a script sometimes comes together, you’ll really like the interview. Take a look after the jump:

Hasbro Attends the Press Junket for G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA – Take a Look at the Toys Here

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When you attend a press junket, you typically get to speak with the actors and occasionally the writer, director, and sometimes even the producer. But when you attend a movie junket based on the extremely popular Hasbro toy line “G.I. Joe”, you get something completely new and unexpected.

That’s because Hasbro set up a toy room filled with both new and old “G.I. Joe” action figures and vehicles and then had the reporters covering the junket walk around with someone from the company. So after the jump you can see me with Wayne Charness (Vice-President of Communications) talking about all the toys on display and what Hasbro has in store for “G.I. Joe”. If you’re a toy collector, some of the vintage stuff is very cool. Take a look:

Exclusive: Director Stephen Sommers Video Interview G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA

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What director Stephen Sommers has gone through on “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” has really been unfair. For the past few months, many unfounded rumors have followed both him and the movie. One rumor was he got fired. The other was “G.I. Joe” wasn’t a good movie.

So it’s finally time to set the record straight. I’ve seen “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” twice and can say with certainty the film will surprise you. Not only is the movie non-stop action, but it’s the kind of movie that normally comes out in early June and not August. Also, I went to last night’s screening with both Joe and non-Joe fans and everyone loved it. Again, this movie will surprise you.

Anyway, earlier today I interviewed director “Stephen Sommers” and we covered every subject you can imagine – from making the film to all the rumors about a plagued post-production. If you’re a fan of “G.I. Joe” or just curious what director Stephen Sommers had to say about all the rumors, the extended interview is after the jump:

Sienna Miller (Baroness) On Set Interview – G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA

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When I heard Sienna Miller was going to be playing Baroness, I’ll admit to thinking WTF. After all, nothing in her resume told me she could play the lead in a big action film,and I also wasn’t sure she could pull off being a dark haired femme fatale. But when you’re wrong, you need to own up to it, and this is me saying I was wrong. Because two weeks ago I saw “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” and not only does Sienna Miller do a great job playing the Baroness, I don’t know how she could have played it any better. Also, she looked damn good in that outfit.

But that’s getting a little ahead of why you’re here. Back in May of 2008, Paramount invited a few online outlets to the Downey, California set of “G.I. Joe” while the film was still in production. While we were on set we got to observe some filming (set visit coming soon) and also speak with a lot of the cast. After the jump is the interview we did with Sienna Miller:

Ray Park (Snake Eyes) On Set Interview G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA

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When you think of “G.I. Joe”, many people immediately think Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow. After all, they’re two of the coolest characters in the “Joe” universe and they have a long history. So when I went to the set of “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” back in May of 2008, one of the things I wanted to know was how cool the Snake Eyes/Storm Shadow fight would be. Thankfully, Ray Park (Snake Eyes) was more than happy to go into detail explaining how hard he trained for the park and how awesome the fights were going to be. And now that I’ve seen the film, I can tell you he wasn’t exaggerating, as “G.I. Joe” is a huge action movie that’s filled with great stuff.

Anyway, after the jump you can read the interview I participated in with Ray Park on set. He talks about training, how the fights in “G.I. Joe” differ from his stuff in “Star Wars: Episode One” (he was Darth Maul), and a lot more. Take a look:

Channing Tatum (Duke) On Set Interview G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA

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In May of 2008, Paramount invited a few online outlets to the Downey, California set of “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”. While I’ve been to many movie sets while working for Collider, the set for “G.I. Joe” was easily the biggest. That’s because Downey Studios houses one of the biggest soundstages in California and “G.I. Joe” was using most of it. On one end of the stage they had built a huge portion of The Pit, and on the other they had M.A.R.S. headquarters. While some soundstages feel intimate, on “Joe”, if you separated from your group, you could spend a long time trying to find them. It was a hell of a place to film the movie and a lot of fun to visit.

Anyway, while on set I got to participate in interviews with a lot of the cast and the interview you’re about to read is with Channing Tatum. During our interview, Channing talked about playing Duke, the relationships between all the other characters, filming the action, did he get to say ‘Yo Joe!’, and a lot more. Read it after the jump:

Producer Lorenzo De Bonaventura On Set Interview G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA

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In May of 2008, when “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” was still being filmed, I went to Downey, California to see where Paramount was bringing the movie to life. While there, I got to interview some of the cast, see a lot of the ships and vehicles, and I was also able to walk around with producer Lorenzo De Bonaventura as he explained each area of production and what was going to happen in each location. If you’re looking forward to “G.I. Joe” and have been curious how and why certain decisions were made, this is a great interview.

But if you want to be spoiler free, I advise you not to read this till after you have seen the movie as Lorenzo reveals a lot of things that happen. While the plot of “G.I. Joe” isn’t the same as say a “Batman” movie, I always think the less you know the better. However, if you’re dying to learn as much as you can right now, after the jump you can read a very long transcript featuring Lorenzo talking about a number of the scenes. Take a look:

4 Movie Clips from G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA

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With “G.I. Joe:  The Rise of Cobra” set for release in a little over a week, Paramount has release four clips from the Stephen Sommers movie and they’re after the jump. As I said when I wrote my mini-review, all you need to know is “G.I. Joe” is the cartoon come to life. It’s a pure candy coated popcorn film and if you’re going to the movie theater to have a good time, you’re going to have a lot of fun watching “G.I. Joe”. Just remember, the movie is aimed at kids and it’s designed to sell toys. Watch the clips. You’ll see what I mean.

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