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G.I. Joe Fracas

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 12, 2009 at 5:10AM

Fact: the Internet tends to pile on to dramatic negative stories, whether or not they are true. That is the case with the rumor about Paramount taking director Stephen Sommers off summer movie G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
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Fact: the Internet tends to pile on to dramatic negative stories, whether or not they are true. That is the case with the rumor about Paramount taking director Stephen Sommers off summer movie G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

Fact: Angry Films' Don Murphy is one of the producers on the Transformers franchise, along with Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who is producing G.I. Joe. The two are not tight. Murphy posted A report was posted on DonMurphy.net that Sommers was taken off the troubled movie. UPDATE: Murphy saw the post Thursday morning at 8:30 AM, he writes in an email: "I removed it; then 5900 sites with no ethics referred to it as accurate based on nothing."

Fact: Sommers is a hack director. He happened to direct one movie, The Mummy, which was such a huge hit that studio execs believed he was a commercial director who could handle visual effects.

Fact: The best things in The Mummy were supplied in great part by VFX house ILM. Also, on that film Universal execs and producers Sean Daniel and Jim Jacks kept Sommers in line. After he had a monster hit he was harder to control.

Fact: Van Helsing is one of the worst movies ever made.

Fact: G.I. Joe is tracking well and could be marketed into a hit, you never know.

Fact: Where there's smoke, there's fire.

Check it out:

G.I. Joe's trailer is NOT encouraging:


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.