The summer movie season is officially over and that means its time to wrap up our 2014 Summer Movie Wager. If you are unclear, every year a group of us attempt to predict which films will be the top ten of the summer season. You get points for being as accurate as possible.
Like most summers, 2014 was filled with surprises and familiarity. The biggest surprise? Guardians of the Galaxy. In just four weeks, it outgrossed every other film of the summer including massive hits like Transformers: Age of Extinction, X-Men: Days of the Future Past and more. What wasn’t a surprise? Almost everything else. Of the three contestants (myself, Peter Sciretta and Jeff Cannata) we all got at least 9 of the 10 films in the top ten right. The order was another story and is what finally declared a winner.
Below, check out the final point totals and watch our wrap-up video podcast. Read More »
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When the first tv spots and trailers hit, fans were very upset with the new designs for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — but they had no idea what kind of atrocities could have been. A number of unused Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles designs have leaked out following the release of the Michael Bay-produced reboot, showing creepy alternate looks for the turtles in a half shell. Some of the new designs feature a more alien-look which would have drawn huge outrage from Turtles fans. Hit the jump to check out the unused Ninja Turtles designs.
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Paramount is still promoting The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and now the studio is encouraging fans to look at Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s creations through the lens of ancient Japanese folk tales. The Legend of the Yokai (http://www.legendoftheyokai.com/) is an online art show in which a variety of artists have created new interpretations of the turtles based on various folk demons.
Below, we’ve got the debut of a new Turtles image by Coke Navarro
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The big-screen revival of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has done well enough to warrant a sequel. And so TMNT 2 (or whatever the title will be) is already greenlit for a 2016 release. The first film didn’t feature many fan-favorite elements from various previous Turtle incarnations, and it changed some of the stuff that was included. So what can we expect in the sequel? Director Jonathan Liebesman and producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form have been talking, and they suggest there’s a chance that the TMNT sequel characters could include some or all of the following: Krang, Casey Jones, and Bebop and Rocksteady.
Read quotes on all that below, and see some concept art for Turtle designs that didn’t make the cut for this first film. Read More »
Buzz be dammed, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ruled the box office this weekend. The reboot earned an estimated $65 million and Paramount quickly jumped into action. Sunday morning, the studio greenlit the sequel and already set a release date: June 3, 2016. Screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec will once again write with Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes team once again producing. There’s no word if Jonathan Liebsman will direct. Read more about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel below. Read More »
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We’ve had a long time to wonder what a Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film would look like. Now that the film is in theaters we can see the results: pumped-up, violent, a bit over-sexualized, and simple but not exactly faithful to either the early comics stories, or the animation that made the turtles insanely popular.
Directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles, Wrath of the Titans), the film stars Megan Fox and Will Arnett as humans who end up in the company of four giant mutated humanoid turtles. The cast also features Pete Ploszek as Leonardo (voiced by Johnny Knoxville), Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, and Jeremy Howard as Donatello.
We’ve reviewed the film in print and podcast. Now that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is out, we want to know what you think. Spoilers are encouraged in the open comment thread below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by David Chen
Jeff and David discuss the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie by director Jonathan Liebesman (produced by Michael Bay). Read about how Guardians of the Galaxy represents the rise of post-plot cinema.
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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 »
Posted on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by Angie Han
The phrase “epic fail” may not be as fashionable as it once was, but sometimes it really is the only way to express just how horribly something has gone wrong. Case in point: Can you come up with a better way to describe a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles poster that combines exploding building imagery and a 9/11 release date? Yeah, didn’t think so.
Gawk at the controversial Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 9/11 poster the jump.
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