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Let’s ninja-kick things off today with some half-shelled news. Ninja Turtles may be shaping up into something resembling a turd so far, but at least progress is being made. We’ve already got a cast of Turtles in place, ready to Serkis things up in motion capture, and now, we’ve got a sensei to help show them the justu ropes.
Danny Woodburn, who you may remember being on the wrong end of a power tool in Watchmen, will be the Splinter of this reboot, which makes a departure from the usually typecast Asian actors who have inhabited the role of a master ninja rat.
My Bod, reading that out aloud just proves how gullible we were as kids.
Keeping things cowabunga, comes some talk from Raphael himself, Alan Richson. Keeping the negative attitude towards the movie to one side, Richson says expect the unexpected. Which is just what I was unexpectedly expecting:
We are shooting. It’s been an interesting process, this live-action-motion-capture thing. There’s just a lot of technology involved so there’s some kinks to work out. So we’ve had some trial runs, we’ve started shooting some. We’re also in this phase right now that is sort of developmental….We’re learning a lot of the fight choreography. We’ve got these unbelievable stunt trainers that work us every day to the bone. It’s been a great process. We’ll pick back up with principal photography soon.
As for how how fans will react to the movie, Richson had the following to say:
The frustrating thing for me since I’ve signed on is that you hear that it’s already got a reputation, this movie that hasn’t come out yet. I think people assume they know what it’s going to be about, and those people are wrong. The assumptions, everything you read online is wrong and it’s frustrating because you want to tell everybody how great it is, and you can’t really say why, but it is. It’s so much better than people think and it’s going to look way better than anybody can imagine. I can’t wait for people to see this. I think it’s going to live up to and exceed everybody’s boyhood dreams of being a Ninja Turtle. I grew up with it too and I want to see it come to life in the best way possible.
Moving onto close encounters of the explosive kind, is Transformers 4. Director Michael Bay has been busy, snapping up several actors for the film, and the latest addition so far is award-winning actor Stanley Tucci, who will most likely follow in the legacy of other great Transformers actors such as John Malkovich and Frances McDormand.
Which means that he’s also going to be in a scene that he’ll regret for the rest of his life. Which also means awesome, because seeing John Turturro get pissed on by an Autobot was rad.
David Russell hit a high note with Silver Linings Playbook, a crowd-pleaser that played for weeks at the box office and scooped up several big awards. Russell ain’t sitting around basking in that glow though, as his next movie finally has a title. It goes by the name of American Hustle, formerly known as American Bullshit.
Set in the 1980s, it’s got the likes of Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper,Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro doing the time warp, as well as Jeremy Renner, Louis C.K., Michael Pena, and Jack Huston.
Ladies, and I guess a couple of gents, steady yourselves because here are a couple new pictures of Henry Cavill in his skintight Superman costume. Which is good news for Noelle, as she needs new images for her Cavill Shrine.
I don’t have high requirements when it comes to movies (I own Pootie Tang on DVD), and when Pineapple Express came out a couple of years ago, I was in heaven. Now with a new movie bringing back most of the cast from that film, This Is The End, I’m like double-happy. It’s got violence, Michael Cera dtying horribly, Hermione being a badass and Seth Rogen teaming up with James Franco once again. What’s not to love? Here’s a new TV spot for said apocalyptically fun movie.
Getting crushed by air conditioning? Ain’t nobody got time for that!
I won’t deny that Christopher Nolan makes movies that have some absolutely massive gaping plot holes in them that bleed all over my nice new rug that I bought for 75% off. But dammit, the man makes a film look so damn good, that you don’t actually mind these leaps of logic.
That’s the case with the Dark Knight Rises, and if you haven’t seen it yet, you need to. What’s that? You don’t have three hours to wintess Tom Hardy get an odd Bane mask-shapped sunburn? Well here’s the Dark Knight Rises then. In a whole, very weird minute.
Last Updated: April 16, 2013