In my recent review of Jonathan Liebesman‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I said the following:
There’s one fantastic scene of the four Turtles. Together in an elevator, they start beat-boxing. It’s dumb, but also funny and charming. That’s what this movie is missing.
And I’d like to think Paramount listened to me, because that scene is now online. It’s the perfect juxtaposition of what’s right, and what’s wrong with the film. Watch the best scene in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie below. Read More »
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The new Terminator movie just wrapped filming and star Arnold Schwarzenegger took to Twitter to thank the cast, crew, and get fans excited for July 1, 2015. Most interestingly though, the back of his chair – and the logo on the new, official, @Terminator Twitter account – called the film Terminator Genisys. Paramount Pictures has confirmed, yes, that’s the new official title. See the photo and read more below. Read More »
Paramount Insurge, the micro-budget division of the big studio, is teaming with Russell Simmons and a host of other producers to make a WorldStarHipHop film. The movie will be loosely based on the site that does huge traffic numbers thanks to a steady parade of videos of fights, hip hop performances, and other phone-captured weirdness. (I saw a few people joking on Twitter that the film will be the first shot in portrait mode.) We don’t have many more details, but what we know is below. Read More »
We don’t see many new films produced in black and white, and even fewer that get major studio distribution. And even then, there’s often a color version kept in reserve for use in certain markets. Such was the case with Alexander Payne‘s Nebraska, released last winter. Payne had to cut the budget of the film in order to get Paramount to agree to the black and white aesthetic. Cinematographer Phedon Papamichael shot the film digitally, and due to certain TV deals, he and Payne created a color version. Payne hoped that version would never be seen, but now the Nebraska color version will be broadcast on the Epix network, along with the original black and white version. Read More »
Posted on Monday, August 4th, 2014 by Angie Han
While Richard Linklater jokes about what a Boyhood sequel might look like, Nickelodeon is putting the pieces together for an actual follow-up to one of his other films.
The cable network has given a straight-to-series order for School of Rock, based on Linklater’s 2003 film of the same title. Linklater is on board to executive produce along with Scott Rudin. Get all the details after the jump.
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The biggest problem with Jonathan Liebesman‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is how disposable it is. If the movie was silly and goofy, but entertaining and engaging even on the lowest level, it might be something worth talking about. But this movie is a cinematic flatline that shows rare blips of life only to crash back down again into nothing.
It’s not a total disaster. The Turtles themselves, now fully realized with performance-capture CG, look impressive. Their demeanors often harken back to the happy-go-lucky characters from various hit TV incarnations. Unfortunately, those personalities rarely get to shine because the film is hell-bent on setting up an overly complicated, way-too coincidental plot that never gives the Turtles a chance to breathe. The rare times we’re with them, they’re always preoccupied with saving one person or beating up a bunch of others. And because the Turtles never get to be true characters, there’s no emotional core and the movie fades away. Read More »
There’s a go-to tactic for animated properties that want to change things up a bit: put the characters in the real world. That’s the trick SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Out of Water 3D gets up to, as a real-world pirate (well, real-world in the movie’s story, anyway) gets his hands on a book that can turn any story into truth. And that leads the residents of Bikini Bottom into a new existence as CG-animated, 3D characters. They look pretty good, actually!
This trailer is the same one that was shown at Comic Con last week, though it is missing a bit of opening teaser text that parodied The Avengers. Otherwise, you’ll get the idea. Read More »
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Here’s the second full trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s new film Interstellar. This is what we saw at Comic Con last week, and it shows so much more of the journey into space, and also of the Kubrick influence that plays heavily on parts of the film. We see more of the problems that plague Earth, and which lead to that journey. We also see more of Matthew McConaughey as he explores reaches far away from Earth, and get more of an idea of the toll that takes on him. But more than anything else, we see a stunning depiction of the universe. Watch the new Interstellar trailer below, hopefully on the biggest screen you have handy.
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