G.I. JOE: RETALIATION Paramount Pictures, MGM and Skydance Productions' Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller directed by Jon M. Chu starring Channing Tatum.
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TOY FAIR #2 D.J. Cotrona "Flint" & Adrianne Palicki "Lady Jaye" (VO)
TOY FAIR #3 Dwayne Johnson "Roadblock" (VO)
TOY FAIR #4 Jon M. Chu (Director) (VO)
TOY FAIR #5 Lorenzo Di Bonaventura (Producer) (VO)
G.I. JOE: RETALIATION Channing Tatum in G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, from Paramount Pictures, MGM, and Skydance Productions.
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YOUNG ADULT Paramount Pictures' Comedy, Drama directed by Jason Reitman starring Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson, Elizabeth Reaser.
TITANIC Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment's Adventure, Drama, History directed by James Cameron with Kate Winslet.
DreamWorks Animation directed by Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon starring Martin Short, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett-Smith.
THE DICTATOR Paramount Pictures' Comedy directed by Larry Charles starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Megan Fox, Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, John C. Reilly.
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions present a Tom Cruise / Bad Robot Production's Action, Adventure.
HUGO CABRET Paramount Pictures' Adventure, Drama, Family directed by Martin Scorsese starring Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Asa Butterfield.
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ABOUT THE CAST: RZA (Blind Master), while best known as the founder, producer, and mastermind behind the Wu-Tang Clan, has built an incredibly diverse and successful career as a musician, a composer of film scores, a producer, an actor, a businessman, a player and advocate of chess, and as the author of The Wu-Tang Manual and the New York Times Best Seller, The Tao of Wu. Born Robert F. Diggs in Brownsville, Brooklyn, RZA first surfaced on the hip-hop scene during the early '90s. After brief stints as a member of the group All In Together Now and as a solo artist under the name Prince Rakeem, he formed the Wu-Tang Clan in 1992. Based in Staten Island the band went on to become one of the most successful and influential hip-hop groups of all time. Their debut LP, 1993's Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), driven by RZA's unique, groundbreaking beats and signature gritty production style, has become a definitive hip-hop classic and is revered as one of the greatest hip-hop albums ever. He has released several solo albums, under his own name and the name of his hedonistic alter ego Bobby Digital, including RZA as Bobby Digital in Stereo, Digital Bullet, Birth of a Prince, and, most recently, Digi Snax. Overall, RZA has sold over 44 million records. An avid chess player, the RZA created, the world's first online hip-hop chess community - where chess players and hip-hop fans can learn from chess masters, compete for scholarships, and square off against the RZA and other hip-hop celebrities. RZA is making his directorial debut directing THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS, which he co-wrote with Eli Roth and will star as ‘The Blacksmith.’ Eli Roth, Eric Newman and Marc Abraham of Strike Entertainment will produce. RZA can be seen in Miguel Sapochnik's Repo Men starring Forrest Whitaker and Jude Law; and Todd Phillip's Due Date starring Robert Downey, Jr. As an actor, some of RZA's credits include work with Judd Apatow in Funny People, Ridley Scott in American Gangster, Buddy Giovinazzo's Life is Hot in Crack Town and Mikael Håfström in Derailed. RZA is a Grammy® award-winning, music producer, BAFTA nominated film composer, recording artist and actor. RZA is one of the most prominent figures in hip hop music and the creator/producer of the Wu-Tang Clan. RZA has an extremely distinguished body of work in music scoring for filmmakers such as Ridley Scott, Jim Jarmusch and Quentin Tarantino. RZA recently scored the Emmy®-nominated American adaptation of the Japanese anime "Afro Samurai" executive produced and starring Samuel L. Jackson.
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Paramount Pictures, MGM and Skydance Productions, in association with HASBRO and di Bonaventura Pictures' Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller directed by Jon M. Chu starring Channing Tatum "Captain Duke Hauser", Bruce Willis "Joe Colton", Dwayne Johnson "Roadblock", Adrianne Palicki "Lady Jaye", Ray Stevenson "Firefly", Ray Park "Snake Eyes", Walton Goggins "Warden Nigel James", Joseph Mazzello "Mouse", Elodie Yung "Jinx", Arnold Vosloo "Zartan", Byung-hun Lee "Storm Shadow", Faran Tahir "Cobra Commander", RZA "Blind Master" . Screenwriters: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick. Producers: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Brian Goldner. Executive Producers: David Ellison, Herb Gains, Erik Howsam. Director Of Photography: Stephen F. Windon. RELEASE DATES: 27 MARCH 2013 (FRANCE) / 29 MARCH 2013 (USA)
INTERNATIONAL PRINT GENERIC INTERVIEW WITH DJ COTRONA (By: Donna Walker-Mitchell) He’s one of the hottest young stars in Hollywood, but DJ Cotrona has his feet firmly planted on the ground. The down-to-earth 32-year-old stars in one of this year’s most highly anticipated films - G.I. Joe: Retaliation - and although the role is set to catapult him to super-stardom, Cotrona is taking it all in stride. “I’m not one to believe in all the hype, you know?” Cotrona says, sipping his coffee at LAmill cafe in Silver Lake, near downtown Los Angeles. “I’m the type of person who is always waiting for the other foot to drop,” he adds candidly. Cotrona, who has starred in films such as Dear John, Love Is The Drug and also the TV show, Detroit 1-8-7, knows his role as Flint is one of his biggest career breaks yet. “Despite whatever happens from here, my day to day won’t change. No matter how successful G.I. Joe: Retaliation is I have to put my nose back to the grindstone and get back in the boxing ring and compete with other actors for the next job.” It’s that attitude, a rarity in Hollywood, which made G.I. Joe director Jon M.Chu realize Cotrona was perfect for the pivotal role of Flint. According to Cotrona, Flint is “very very smart, he’s very efficient, he’s very good at what he does, but he’s kind of a lone gunman. He doesn’t take orders very well. He doesn’t do well with authority and he doesn’t really fit in.” When audience members first see Flint, they immediately realize he’s not the type of guy who easily fits in to the group. “The Flint we’re introduced to doesn’t gel well. He immediately butts heads with Roadblock (played by Dwayne Johnson) and with everyone honestly. A lot of crazy things happen to our guys and he’s forced to work with everyone. He has no choice but to work with them in order for them to survive and overcome their obstacles,” he says. When Cotrona read the script, he found he could easily relate to Flint and the role resonated with him on a personal level. “I think we can all relate to not feeling like we fit in. Everybody has those moments, whether you’re male, female, young or old. In everybody’s life we all feel ostracized or as though we don’t quite fit in and I related to that with Flint. “Anytime you have a goal or something you’re trying to achieve, initially you’re always the odd man out. I think it’s a universal theme and it’s fun to play, especially in this role. The whole arc is there,” he says. On the set of G.I. Joe though, one thing was immediately clear - Cotrona fitted in immediately with the rest of the cast. Starring opposite Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum, Adrianne Palicki and Elodie Yung, Cotrona says the cast bonded quickly. “Right off the bat, we were all there to have some fun,” Cotrona smiles. “With Dwayne, I’ve never heard more positive rumors about someone before working with them. Everyone from set PAs to producers, everyone says he is the nicest guy in the world, he’s funny and humble. You hear enough of that and at a certain point you think ‘All right, this is bullshit. He has to have a little bit of an asshole in him,’” he laughs. “But it’s all true. He’s a really good guy, a true professional, zero ego, funny, very self effacing, very self aware, smart and very down to do the work.” There was however one drawback to working with Johnson, which Cotrona freely admits. After working for months in the gym to prepare for the role of Flint, Cotrona was feeling pretty good about himself until he saw Johnson in person. “The problem is you work hard, you train hard, you eat specifically, blood, sweat and tears for months and months. I got to set and was feeling good and then you have to stand next to Dwayne. All the work I did was completely pointless! How do you win that contest? You can’t. It’s impossible,” he says. For the role, Cotrona says apart from hitting the gym on a daily basis, he also trained in free running and parkour and combined it with combat fighting. “I trained with Team Tempest here in LA. When we got to New Orleans for filming, we did some amazing work yet which hasn’t been seen, not even in the trailer. Everyone’s seen free running before in movies, but I can assure you, nothing like this. The way we integrate it with attacking enemies is really incredible,” Cotrona adds, his voice quickening with excitement. In addition to being physically demanding, Cotrona says there were also many explosions happening on set too which made for an intense work day. “Every one of us did insane stunts,” he says. “We would have eight, 10, 12, giant vehicle explosions going off while we were shooting a scene. Another day I had to jump over a 250 foot railing straight down to concrete so there were lots of crazy things people were doing every day.” Doing as much stunt work as he was able to came at a price though. On the second day of shooting, during a scene with co-star Adrianne Palicki, Cotrona got a little too close to the action. “Annie (Palicki’s nickname) shot her pistol while she was standing next to me and the shell casing went flying through the air and I don’t know how it got in there, but it got into my flak jacket, burnt my chest and fell onto my, um, area.” Although in pain, Cotrona finished the scene. When Chu yelled ‘Cut’, Cotrona started jumping up and down and screaming. “Everyone was looking at me while I was a psychopath,” he says. “But it hurt!” Bragging about his war wound to Channing Tatum the next day however, Cotrona was quickly put in his place. “I stopped feeling so tough when he told me he had the same experience but way worse when he was shooting The Eagle. Let’s just say I was humbled pretty quickly. With burnt dick stories, Channing wins, trust me,” Cotrona laughs. When the work day was done, Cotrona and his new G.I. Joe buddies would regularly go out in New Orleans and explore the city’s famed restaurants and bars. “We were in New Orleans for about six months and we all had the best time. We went to a really nice restaurant like Emeril’s one night and then the next night we’d go to dive bars in the back corner of the French Quarter. The best part about New Orleans was all of the great places to hang out, but that was also the worst part because you’d have to show up for work the next day, sometimes not feeling too great,” he smiles. Playing the role of Flint is a dream come true for Cotrona, who says he would regularly play with his G.I. Joe action figures in the backyard of his Connecticut home when he was growing up. “The nine year old is very happy I’m playing Flint and also a little bit in awe,” he says. “I couldn’t believe the day I was on set and I was having an action figure being made of me. I was presented a box with six to seven different versions of my head for the action figure. It was surreal for a kid who grew up playing with these things,” he adds. Surreal indeed. As the actor finishes his coffee, he says he still can’t quite fathom how he’ll feel the first time he sees his face on a giant billboard as he’s cruising down Sunset Boulevard. “It’ll be great, I’m not going to lie. But, you can’t take anything to heart in this business. Here’s the one thing I’ve learned,” he says, glancing out the window at the tree-lined street, while putting on his black zip-up hoodie. “It is mostly out of your hands. I’m just happy to work. I’m not curing cancer and it’s an absolute blast doing my job. I get to run around just as I did in my backyard as a kid and hopefully entertain people along the way. You can’t ask for much more than that.”