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Jon M. Chu & Jason Blum Making Live Action 'Jem And The Holograms' Movie, Open Up Casting To Everyone

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 20, 2014 12:54 PM
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Jon Chu Jem And The Holograms
It seems director Jon M. Chu has two operating modes: dance/music ("Step Up 2: The Streets," "Step Up 3D," "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," "Justin Bieber: Believe") or action ("G.I. Joe: Retaliation"). And after making thing explodes for Hasbro, he's turning his attention to another one of their properties and bringing it to the big screen.

Watch: James Mangold's 'Call Of Duty' Ad With Megan Fox, Jon M. Chu's Musical Virgin Airlines Spot & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 5, 2013 12:37 PM
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It’s tough finding funding for a non-tentpole these days and it’s only getting harder, so what’s a director to do? How about shooting a commercial on the fly to keep the juices flowing and the lights on?

Jon M. Chu No Longer Has The Power Of Grayskull, Will Not Direct 'Masters Of The Universe'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2013 8:18 PM
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With "G.I. Joe 3" in the mix and rumors of "Star Trek 3" as well, it would appear that director Jon M. Chu had one blockbuster too many on his plate. So, sorry He-Man fans, you'll have to wait a bit longer for your movie.

Paramount Hires 'Snow White And The Huntsman' Scribe Evan Daugherty For 'G.I. Joe 3'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 10, 2013 3:30 PM
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Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson in G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Apparently the admirably goofy "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" made enough money that Paramount and Hasbro are going back to the based-on-a-line-of-popular-action-figures well one more time; they've just hired Evan Daugherty, the screenwriter behind last summer's "Snow White and the Huntsman," to pen "G.I. Joe 3." Paramount was impressed with the work Daugherty did getting their "Ninja Turtles" screenplay into fighting shape (sorry, couldn't resist). 'Retaliation' director Jon M. Chu returns as director. As of now a silly subtitle has yet to be decided on.

Rumor: 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Helmer Jon M. Chu Contender To Direct 'Star Trek 3'; Kurtzman/Orci Will Write The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2013 5:45 PM
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A couple of weeks back an offhand comment by Zachary Quinto set nerds into a lather as it was suggested that J.J. Abrams—tasked with helming "Star Wars: Episode 7"—was somehow going to find time to direct "Star Trek 3" in time for a 2016 release. Keep dreaming, we said. And it would appear that our smugness was well-placed as, if this latest rumor is anything to go by, Paramount is already looking at other candidates.

Good News Everyone, 'G.I. Joe 3' Is Happening And Jon M. Chu Will Return To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 11, 2013 10:59 PM
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Why? Because there are brands to maintain, franchises to continue and toys to sell. Because "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" is the 8th highest grossing film domestically so far in 2013, and earned nearly double that overseas for a worldwide tally of $365 million and change. Because, Dwayne Johnson. You may not be too thrilled, but Paramount has plenty of reasons to want to continue the "G.I. Joe" series.

Watch: The Prime Directive Comes Into Play In First Clip From 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2013 2:00 PM
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Ooh, looks like "Star Trek Into Darkness" is getting into some ethical and moral quandaries with the sequel, as the first clip from the movie features J.J. Abrams' never still camera, some distractingly skin tight suits, sweat and oh yeah, Spock's life in crucial danger. Trapped down on an alien planet near a volcano that's about to explode, Captain Kirk must grapple with breaking the Prime Directive in order to save his friend. Will he do it or let Spock die? You can probably figure that one out on your own. The clip also serves a quick way to pretty much include every major cast member, even if just for a couple seconds.

Review: 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Is No Masterpiece, But Popcorn Entertainment That Redeems The Series Somewhat

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • March 27, 2013 12:56 PM
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Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson in G.I. Joe: Retaliation
It’s tough to say if I would be as generous with my praise of “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” if I weren’t such a big fan of its director, Jon M. Chu, but given the mechanical one-dimensionality of most big-budget franchise films, the sequel earns its critical bona fides simply by being made by a director who has sincere affection for the source material. Although its delay from the summer of 2012 to spring 2013 spawned rumors of a troubled production, extensive reshoots, and a last-minute effort to squeeze the now-hot Channing Tatum into more scenes, Chu’s follow-up is remarkably cohesive – a fun, sweeping and yet understated sequel that should whet the appetites of action fans without overdosing them on pop confectionaries before the summer buffet truly starts.

David Slade Out, 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Director Jon Chu In For Young Adult Adaptation 'Matched'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2013 4:02 PM
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Studios continue to hunt the great white whale of the young adult franchise. With "Twilight" over, "The Hunger Games" is the only player in town, but 2013 brings two contenders to the fore: "Beautiful Creatures" which we're only watching because of Emmy Rossum and "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones" whose title we don't understand. "Divergent" with Shailene Woodley will get in front of cameras later this year, and now Disney is eager to get into the ring.

'Step Up 2' & 'G.I. Joe 2' Director Jon M. Chu To Helm 'Masters Of The Universe'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2012 8:29 PM
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You see that image up there? That's every reason why Sony and Mattel are teaming up to try and bring He-Man, Skeletor and the rest of "Masters Of The Universe" characters to the big screen. It's all about toys and merchandising and you can bet that watching Hasbro milk "Transformers" to over $2.5 billion worldwide over three movies, they want to taste some of that mozzarella (ie. cheese = money).

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