Adrianne Palicki

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While Gal Gadot is finally bringing Wonder Woman to the big screen in her upcoming appearance in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel, the Amazonian princess has had a hell of a time making it to television. NBC’s disaster of an effort starring a game Adrianne Palicki never survived pilot phase, and it appears now that the CW’s offering, Amazon, is a no go, according to CW president Mark Pedowitz.

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Wonder Woman

Last week, most movie and pop culture sites dealt with their post SDCC hangovers by devoting a shocking number of articles to either celebrating or decrying the announced Superman/Batman movie (editor’s note: Guilty). At present, the only details we know are the release date, the director, the writer, the fact that Henry Cavill will return as Superman, and that Batman will play some role in the story. Despite the vague nature of those details, there were still plenty of people eager to weigh in about why this was either a brilliant idea or the worst thing anyone could come up with. Once feasting on Superman/Batman gets old, the comic book movie pundits are bound to turn their attentions back to the superhero property that just can’t get off the ground no matter how much anyone tries: Wonder Woman. She is one of the most recognizable superheroes so it’s certainly odd that with everything in development (we’re getting a fucking Dr. Strange movie, for crying out loud) there have been no serious advances in bringing the Amazon Princess to the big screen. Let’s not mince words here. Certainly her gender is a factor. Several years ago Warner Bros. even caught heat for claiming they weren’t going to make films with women in the lead. However, it would be an oversimplification to say that sexism is the only factor in stalling a Wonder Woman film. There are a number of variables that make mounting this project a greater challenge than other comic book films.

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Red Dawn World Premiere at Fantastic Fest

We’re still expecting at least one more wave of announcements concerning the upcoming film slate at this year’s Fantastic Fest, but the festival’s closing night film is no longer a secret. The Chinese Koreans will invade Austin on September 27th for the world premiere of Red Dawn! The oft-delayed remake sees a group of not-so youthful looking youths forced to fight an incursion of Korean soldiers who somehow made their way into the United States and took control of the Midwest. It stars Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. My money is on Hutcherson peeing in the radiator. Check out the trailer below to prepare for the invasion.

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Despite the fact that we’re no longer in a cold war that’s creating easily exploitable cold war paranoia, Hollywood has decided to reboot one of the greatest cold war paranoia films of all time, Red Dawn. Sure, the story of a foreign menace invading U.S. soil isn’t likely to resonate with audiences as much in 2012 as it did in 1984 (especially seeing as film audiences are now more global), but at least it gives us a chance to watch things blow up real good. And, if the first trailer for the reboot assures us of anything, it’s that this new Red Dawn is going to have lots of explosions. If you’re noticing that the film’s stars, like Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, are looking a little younger than they did the last time you saw them play Thor and Peeta, that’s because Red Dawn has been sitting on the shelf for a little while due to the MGM bankruptcy and some nasty business where the bad guys were digitally changed from being Chinese to North Korean (once again, global audience). What the delay of the release doesn’t explain though, is why the action of the trailer is set to a Filter song, as this thing has only been shelved for a couple of years, not since the late ’90s.

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Much like the impending invasion of the United States by Liechtenstein’s armed forces that we all know is coming, the long-shelved remake of the eighties classic Red Dawn is destined to hit screens later this year. After much hemming and hawing throughout MGM’s financial woes the film was rescued and made ready for our collective consumption. It was also diddled with a bit… The film follows a group of young adults forced to band together when their homeland, Americuh, is invaded by the North Korean military. Yup. North Korea. The original film cast the interlopers as a Russian/Cuban collaboration, and the remake originally changed them to Chinese. After filming wrapped someone in a position of power (and stupidity) decided labeling the Chinese as bad guys was bad for business so they did some digital manipulation to change the Chinese flags, emblems and grimaces to North Korean. Our country’s future rests in the hands of Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck, Adrianne Palicki, and Isabel Lucas. Yahoo! Movies has just debuted the poster, and it does a fantastic job…if that job was as recruitment for your local militia. Check below for the full poster in all of its glory

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Well, guess it didn’t look as good as we all thought it did. THR reports (via /Film) that Paramount has decided to push its upcoming G.I. Joe sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, from its summer release date (one that’s barely more than a month away) in favor of a 2013 release date that will afford it less competition at the box office. Oh, and what’s that? Yeah, they’re also post-converting the Jon Chu-directed movie to 3D. Ugh. The film, once set to open on June 29, 2012, will now open on March 29, 2013. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis, Adrianne Palicki, D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Ray Park, RZA, Joseph Mazzello, Elodie Yung, and Walton Goggins and, despite following the money-making but underwhelming G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA, has long looked promising. While an unexpected post-conversion 3D job rarely instills confidence in people, announcing one when the film was set to open in just over a month is quite shocking.

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GI Joe: Retaliation

You can keep your Avengers. You can have your Expendables. You can even take your Ridley Scott directed space operas and your Christopher Nolan-crafted epic conclusions — alright, so maybe The Dark Knight Rises is taking it too far, but you get the idea  – for my money, the most macho film to be released this summer is the sequel to G.I. Joe, from the director of Step Up 2: The Streets, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never and Step Up 3D. Surely, I jest, but we all saw that badass trailer. If it proved anything, it’s that the key to a great sequel is to kill off most of the characters from the first movie, dash in a little bit of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson wielding a ridiculous machine gun, some Bruce Willis wit, a redubbed version of “Seven Nation Army” and an aerial ninja fight. Admit it: none of that doesn’t sound awesome. Adding to the machismo flood that will undoubtedly come when G.I. Joe: Retaliation hits theaters on June 29 are these 9 character posters, featuring some new, some old and all quite dangerous folks from the upcoming sequel. It’s bound to be a very sexy, over-the-top affair. 

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Actress Adrianne Palicki, fresh off of a press tour where she tried on a bunch of Wonder Woman outfits or something, has already landed her next big job. The Friday Night Lights veteran is set to make her highest profile jump to the big screen yet when she joins the cast of G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes. There has been a lot of casting news coming out about this one in the last few days, and it’s reportedly because Cobra Strikes got put on the fast track for a release next summer once it became clear that the Star Trek sequel was going to need more time to get made. Recently we’ve gotten news that Dwayne Johnson has joined the cast as Roadblock, the RZA as the Blind Master, and D.J. Cotrona as Flint. Palicki has been chosen to play Lady Jaye, and if I remember my cartoon continuity correctly, she was often romantically entangled with Flint. It might then be important to speculate on whether or not there is any onscreen chemistry to be had between Palicki and Cotrona. On the other hand, if I remember my G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra continuity correctly, onscreen chemistry might not be the sort of thing they’re worried about. Perhaps we should speculate on how she would look in one of those robotic urban assault suits instead. As long as there’s not too much pleather I’m sure it’ll be fine. Yo Joe! [Deadline Valparaiso]

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About three weeks ago we got wind that NBC had decided pick up David E. Kelley’s pilot script for a new Wonder Woman television series. Much speculation since then has been heard on who the director might be and who will actually run the series, but little has been heard on the casting front. Well it looks like we won’t have to wonder at all because NBC has already cast the shows lead. Wonder Woman will be played by Friday Night Lights star Adrianne Palicki, according to Deadline. Palicki’s latest TV role was in the very short lives Lone Star over at FOX. Since then, the only thing she’s been in is a single episode of Criminal Minds. Before that she had a sort of leading role in the 2010 film Legion as the pregnant waitress, Charlie. So beyond Friday Night Lights, this will be her first starring role.

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I know what you’re thinking: “That’s not what the regulation Sex Scouts uniform looks like! Couldn’t this production have done any research?!” And you’d be right, but you’d be missing the point. In Elektra Luxx, Carla Gugino reprises her role as the titular porn star who has given up the business for baby. And, yes, it’s hers. The funny, sexy, strange, soap-y comedy was written and directed by Sebastian Gutierrez as the meat of a Women in Trouble and Women in Ecstasy trilogy. It’s got the same heart, ovaries and potty mouth as the first, and it now has more Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a sex blogger. Check out the surprisingly not-red-band trailer for yourself:

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Women can be smart, strong and sexy all at the same time. It’s true. They can also add to that pile a bit of insecurity, sensitivity and compassion. And about two dozen other emotions and states of mind that men don’t even have words for yet. It is that dynamic nature of women that Carla Gugino and the rest of the cast of Women In Trouble and its sequel, Elektra Luxx, attempt to capture alongside a healthy bit of soap operatics and sexual comedy. Gugino plays a porn star who finds out that she’s pregnant and stands as the center piece of several other stories that intertwine directly and thematically. Both movies are great, and now Elektra Luxx is seeing the light of day and so are these images:

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Elektra Luxx

Elektra Luxx picks up where Women in Trouble, the sensational first part of this trilogy to be, left off. We meet Elektra (Carla Gugino), a porn star whose career has just ended with her newfound pregnancy and the untimely death of her rock star lover, Nick Chapel (Josh Brolin).

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As God loses faith in mankind once again, the angel he entrusts with the task of setting off the Apocalypse (Paul Bettany) breaks rank in order to protect mankind’s only, last, greatest hope – a small child carried in the womb of a truck stop waitress (Adrianne Palicki).

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Adrianne Palicki spells trouble. And she does it while looking pretty hot, if you ask us. Once again we’ve got an awesome little exclusive to support one of our favorite films of the year, Sebastian Gutierrez’s Women in Trouble.

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My love affair with Women In Trouble continues with a slightly mainstreamed-up trailer that gives just a taste of the mayhem. And a taste of the porn stars. And a taste of mild auto accidents.

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A new fan site just launched, and we here at Reject HQ are all seeing red.

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We’ve been beating the Women in Trouble drum quite loudly lately, haven’t we? And for good reason, as it was by and large one of our favorite SXSW ’09 films.

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Need a daily dose of hot women talking about whether or not they’re wearing underwear? Yeah, me too. Thankfully, there is this brand new promo video for the upcoming comedy Women In Trouble…

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A very cool new advertisement for Women In Trouble has popped on the internet on our site. Did I mention it involves Carla Gugino looking sexy as always? I have now. So check it out.

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Oh, the rage we could be feeling about remakes right now. And oh, the clever move by the studio to satiate them by casting a hot actress (Adrianne Palicki) and a talented actor (Josh Peck). Well played, MGM.

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