Four Turtles … Robot Samurai, Why Not? The Latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer Is Here

Up to this point I have been highly skeptical of the impending Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot.  It has nothing to do with Micheal Bay’s involvement as a producer or the fact that Megan Fox is somehow the unifying link between two of my childhood’s most cherished cartoons.

A new trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been unleashed upon the Internet and I must say …. I kind of want to see this now.

I love how at the end of the trailer they address the whole “are they aliens” controversy that is a call back to the fanboy backlash from a leaked script that the ninja teens were in fact aliens from another planet.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be in theaters August 8th

via [Topless Robot]

The Dinobots Are on Fire in The Latest Transformers: Age of Extinction Spot

With the release of Transformers: Age of Exctinction only weeks away, the marketing campaign is in full blitz.  A flurry of spots have made their way onto the Interwebs, my favorite thus far is the one featuring the Dinobots which I’ve embedded below for your viewing pleasure.

What are the odds His Bayness will throw OG Transformers fans a bone with a “ME GRIMLOCK!”?  I’m thinking not likely at this point.  Transformers: Age of Extinction opens up June 27th and will surely dominate the July 4th holiday weekend.

via [TFW2005]

Guardians of the Galaxy May Very Well Be The New Serenity

This Monday we’re getting a new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, until then take comfort in this teaser for the new trailer (I really do hate that this is a thing now) which is giving me significant Firefly/Serenity vibes.

Despite the fact we already have a new Godzilla in theaters and a new Transformers flick featuring Marky Mark; without a doubt Guardians of the Galaxy is my most anticipated film of the summer. All I want to know is it Monday yet?

via [io9]

Imagine Dragons is the new Linkin Park for Transformers: Age of Extinction

To date every installment in Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise has included the musical talents of Linkin Park.  With the idea that Transformers: Age of Extinction is the jump start to a new trilogy of Transformers films it makes sense that a new musical contributor was brought on board … enter Imagine Dragons.

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The Transformers: Age of Extinction YouTube channel posted a new clip announcing Imagine Dragons’ involvement and that their song “Battle Cry” will be used as the film’s theme.

What’s also important to note is that these new clip is the first footage of the Autobot Hound (voiced by John Goodman) and a fire breathing Grimlock.  Transformers: Age of Extinction will be in theaters on June 27.

via [TFW2005]

Is This? No It Can’t Be … Is This Really The New Michelangelo?

“I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.” – Obi Wan Kenobi

I don’t think there is a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan that hasn’t weighed in on the “new look” Michelangelo that comes to us courtesy of an image of a leaked licensed Halloween costume based on the likeness of the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot.  Immediately there was much discontent and gnashing of teeth.

OH MY GOD KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!!!

OH MY GOD KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!!!

Despite being Entirely Awesome, Executive Producer Micheal Bay is no stranger to the distortion of 80s icons.  Who can forget the cries of “OPTIMUS PRIME HAS FLAMES” in late 2006 when production of Transformers started to ramp up?

While I will refrain from exclamations that Michael Bay has in fact raped my childhood until I see some actual footage of the nuTurtles and/or a representation of them that is not a Photoshopped image of a $29.99 Halloween costume.

ToyFair 2014 is less than a month away and I can say with relative confidence that we will be seeing some of the new toyline before the Internet breaks down completely.

I love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and like many of my generation they were an essential part of daily life.  Whether it was the action figures or the countless licensed products ranging from stuffed animals to TV trays.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were everywhere and enjoy a prominent place in modern pop culture because of that.  They really never ever “went away” and the franchise has enjoyed a renaissance in the last few years, which resulted in this new film … and nuTurtles.  Now as fans who like to bitch about things on the Interwebs, we just have to accept it.

Credit: [TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles.com via Topless Robot]

So Here’s The New Turtle Van!

Despite the fact that a significant chunk of my formative childhood was spent consuming everything Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, I have been following the currently filming reboot with zero interest.  Who would have figured that two of my childhood favorite franchises: Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would be linked together by Megan Fox?

Of all places to uncover the goings on the set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a discussion thread on the TMNT LEGO boards at Eurobricks had a link to the new (and improved) Turtle Van which was spotted on set recently:

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Images via [JoBlo]

Initial thoughts? Is this new Turtle Van going to be another lightning rod for fans much like the casting has?  I’m sure it will be, but I will reserve any judgment until I see some actual footage from the reboot.

Optimus Prime Has More Flames … Because Hasbro Said So

This afternoon I realized that I was really out of the Transformers 4 news loop not only when was the new alt-mode for Optimus Prime was revealed, but principal photography on the film had actually started today.  I am a life long Transformers fan and I find myself having a conflicted view of Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise.

After the release of Transformers: Dark of The Moon I was ready for a break.  Seeing the Autobots in a trilogy of live action films really was my childhood dream realized (although I could have done without 85% of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen).  And even though Michael Bay said he was done with Transformers, everyone knows that in today’s Hollywood he is literally the only director that can actually make these films work.

I remember back in 2006 when the alt-mode for Optimus Prime was revealed on the Internet and the uber neck beards were over the top and chock full of hyperbole.  People were upset that he was a Peterbilt and that he was mostly blue and had flames!  But with today’s reveal of Optimus Prime … the fan reaction is surprisingly positive.

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I have to admit I think that the redesign is pretty damn cool and completely over the top in typical Michael Bay fashion.  But don’t let His Bayness fool you, this redesign was completely dictated by Hasbro simply due to the fact that they did not sell enough toys in conjunction with Transformers: Dark of The Moon.  Hasbro essentially used the same molds for five years and refreshing them with new paint applications and gimmicks.

Now Optimus was not the only reveal this week, two more Autobots’ alt-modes were unveiled a 2013 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse which is reportedly “Drift” and a 014 C7 Corvette Stingray concept which is dubbed “Slingshot”.

I’m sure as filming progresses we will find out what other Autobots and Decepticons are joining the ranks for Transformers 4 which is slated for a June 2014 release.

via [SlashFilm] & [TFW2005]

Megan Fox Has Been Cast in The New TMNT Movie, Because Why Not?

For many Interweb denizens, Michael Bay is The Ruiner of Childhoods and Destroyer of Nostalgia due in part to his role in the live-action Transformers movies.  It’s been well known that Bay’s production company Platinum Dunes has been working on a revamp of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.   His Bayness took to Twitter yesterday to announce they actress Megan Fox had joined the production in an unspecified role.

Yes, the very same Megan Fox that Bay kicked out of the third Transformers movie is back in another fanboy friendly franchise.  Apparently whatever animosity that existed between the two is no long an issue, and Fox will bring her singular talents (her ability to run fast in tight pants while in high heels) to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles which is slated for a 2014 release.

Speculation is rampant that Fox will be playing none other than April O’Neil, which fanboys and neckbeards are already arguing about extensively.  I’ll hold out until I see something of substance.

via [Ain't It Cool News]

Fact: Michael Bay Loves To Double Dip

One of the trends that Hollywood doesn’t seem to get tired of is the DVD double dip. Transformers: Dark of The Moon was first released on Blu Ray & DVD on September 30th. It was bare bones with no special features at all. That was a very shitty move on behalf of Paramount, as they had full intentions of releasing it again a few months later chock full of special features and in 3D.

As someone who throughly enjoys the commentaries and behind the scenes stuff, I opted to wait it out. Luckily I only have a couple of weeks left until the Transformers: Dark of the Moon Ultimate Edition Blu-Ray 3D Combo Pack hits retail on January 31st.

Transformers Dark of The Moon 3D Blu-ray from Michael Bay Dot Com on Vimeo.


Credit [TFW2005]

DDOY Review: Transformers: Dark of The Moon

Director: Micheal Bay
Starring: Shia LeBeouf, Josh Duhamel, & Jason Statham’s Slam Piece.

Editors Note: Despite having seen Transformers: Dark of The Moon nearly three weeks ago, this is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and gather my thoughts after a week long vacation and a brutal return to work. The hardest part about being the sole contributor to a blog is that when you get set into relaxation mode, it’s very hard to start churning content out again.

There are two franchises that I go into total fanboy mode, the first being Transformers and the other being Star Trek. I never thought I’d see a live-action Transformers movie and was more than content reliving the joys of my 4 year old self watching Transformers: The Movie (1986) on an endless DVD loop. While many fans contend that “Micheal Bay raped their childhoods”, I’m thankful for the effort and energy he put into the franchise, as The Bayverse pays for a lot of the stuff that neckbeards are hoarding in their parent’s basements.

We can all agree that Revenge of the Fallen was a piece of shit with very few redeeming qualities. Recognizing his faults, His Bayness embraced 3D technology and made a very fun and entertaining final entry in the Transformers trilogy. TF:DotM was the followup that I wanted after leaving the theater in July 2007 after having seen Transformers for the first time. It was a little less goofy and formulaic than it’s predecessors, but TF: DotM had some truly stunning 3D effects in rivaling James Cameron’s Avatar. I will save you from further hyperbole and over analysis and break down what I liked/didn’t like … be warned SPOILERS are ahead!

Things I Liked:

Sam didn’t have to get to (Insert Location) with (Plot Device): In Transformers he had to get to the building with the AllSpark Cube. In Revenge of the Fallen he had to get to the pillars with the Matrix. He still ran a lot in this one though.

Leonard Nimoy as Sentinel Prime: It was a great boon to cast Nimoy, who had voiced Galvatron in Transformers: The Movie in 1986. His play on the “Good of the many” line made famous in Star Trek II made me cackle with joy in the theater.

The Robot Battle / Invasion of Chicago: The last third of the movie was balls to wall action with a dizzying amount of super intense 40 foot robots beating the fuck out of each other. Where was this all along?

Humans Actually Did Things: With dreamboat Josh Duhamel leading the team, they actually were able to fight the Decepticons using advanced weaponry and tactics. They did more than laser-paint targets for tactical air strikes.

The Live Action 3D: While Avatar will remain the benchmark for immersive 3D, TF: DotM was the first movie since Avatar to make me marvel at the images coming from the screen. By utilizing 3D, Bay had to slow down his cuts and pull the camera back for some truly stunning action sequences. I forsee lots of people wanting to by 3D TV to recreate this experience at home.

And now for Five Things I Didn’t Like:

The Wrecker’s British Accents: Despite being mulleted, officially licensed NASCAR racers the elite Autobot operations team have British accents. Why?

How Did All That Decepticon Stuff Stay Hidden On The Moon: It all that stuff was up there during the first two movies, couldn’t they have just flown the quarter of a million miles to Earth? Did they really need the Space Bridge to move everything?

Autobots Running “Covert” Ops: Despite having widely witnessed battles in Mission City (where ever that is) and ON TOP OF THE GREAT PYRAMID OF GIZA the world still doesn’t officially know about how the Autobots are buddies with the US government, and are driving around the Middle East blowing up terrorist training camps.

Optimus Prime’s Sociopathic Tendencies:
He wants to protect the human race from the Decepticons and he agrees to leave Earth in order to avoid their extermination at the hands of his sworn enemies. BUT the Autobots don’t really leave, they fake their own destruction and hide out in the Atlantic Ocean to teach the United Nations a lesson while Sentinel Prime unleashes a horde of Decepticons on Earth to enslave the human race to rebuild Cybertron. And once Optimus Prime and his team arrive in Chicago for the final battle he vows to kill them all and before the final credits roll, Prime ruthlessly murders his former mentor Sentinel Prime with a giant shotgun blast to the head immediately after ripping off Megatron’s face with his Energon Axe. It was not the honorable way to go, and while the rage was understandable, it was totally out of character for the Optimus Prime we all know and love.