Anyhow -– as we now seem to be "up" again, and despite the fact there are unfortunately fewer and fewer each year who actually remember the dark days of 1942 — here it is, largely unchanged from the last time I posted it, on or about Oct. 25, 2011 . . .
I see where Paramount has announced an Aug. 10, 2012, release date for their upcoming sequel to 2009's "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra." Stephen Sommers has reportedly bowed out; Jon Chu will direct the follow-up special effects extravaganza.
I reported back in 2007 that Hollywood had already decided a movie based on the Hasbro toy couldn't be sold in the international market if the heroes were seen as, you know, "Americans." So Paramount simply turned Joe's name into an acronym, the show biz newspaper Variety reported: "G.I. Joe is now a Brussels-based outfit that stands for Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity, an international co-ed force of operatives who use hi-tech equipment to battle Cobra, an evil organization headed by a double-crossing Scottish arms dealer."