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It’s the Super Bowl Trailers Bonanza!

Deadpool, The Jungle Book and X-Men: Apocalypse are just a few of the Super Bowl trailers that aired during the big game. Watch them all below.

There is no reason not to be excited about the Super Bowl. It doesn’t matter if you hate American football or half-time shows or large groups of people wearing matching outfits. That’s only a tiny fraction of what makes the Super Bowl great. A much larger fraction off what makes the Super Bowl great is the Super Bowl trailers! This year saw a stupendous ten big budget movies getting the Super Bowl trailer treatment. Tat doesn’t even include the TV spots for Deadpool, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Coca Cola’s lavish Marvel-powered ad.

So what are you waiting for? Get to buffering cos you definitely don’t want to miss these! Let’s start wiiiith:

Deadpool TV Spot

Ok, it’s called a TV spot, but really it’s a trailer. It’s just hard to tell because Ryan Reynolds’ Merc with a Mouth is constantly breaking the fourth wall and talking to the audience. I’d get used to that if I were you. Watch out for a few new snippets of footage but mostly just enjoy the banter.

Captain America: Civil War

A lot of people were probably hoping to see a bit more of the upcoming Marvel clash of titans, but this 30 second trailer still packs a lot in. Check out Tony Stark’s quick fire Iron Man gauntlet and the full team shots at the end. Delicious… Here’s the first Civil War trailer.

Jason Bourne

All we had to go on was a photo of a lean, mean Matt Damon bare-knuckle boxing. Now we’ve got a full half-minute of footage. It definitely looks like Damon is bringing the grit after his time on Mars in The Martian. How will the latest in the Bourne franchise measure up?

X-Men: Apocalypse

“Let’s go to war”. They picked a good line to sneak into this Super Bowl trailer. The latest footage gives us a better idea of the scope of destruction we can expect, what with the hundreds of missiles firing and all. We’ve already seen Apocalypse increase in size, though. Can you show us anything else he can do?

The Secret Life of Pets

Let’s take a breather from the action and see something a little more relaxed. The latest animated venture from the folks behind Despicable Me looks like it’s got some solid laughs. Still, not even a whiff of a plot to speak of in this trailer.

The Jungle Book

While we’re on the subject of animals, how’s this for a feral treat? Another full length trailer for Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book. Not only that, but we finally get to hear Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley and Christopher Walken lend their voices to the animal characters. A bit more light-hearted than the last trailer, as well.

10 Cloverfield Lane

If you haven’t seen anything about JJ Abrams‘ spiritual sequel to Cloverfield, this is as good a place as any to start. John Goodman acting screwy in a bunker while all hell breaks loose on the surface? I’m sorry but what’s not to like?

Turkish Airlines Batman v Superman TV Spots

We’ve been a bit overloaded with Batman v Superman footage especially with the last spoiler-filled trailer. But these Turkish Airline spots promoting Gotham and Metropolis as must-visit destinations are pretty fantastic.

Gods of Egypt

It’s Clash of the Titans meets 300 but probably not quite as good. Gods of Egypt gets a slightly longer trailer but still fiils it to bursting with luscious CGI and badass monsters. Ok it’s not an Oscar nominee, but still looks like a lot of fun.

Eddie the Eagle

A nice bit of English underdog-ness to cut through all this American action. Taron Egerton play the optimistic ski-jumper and stars alongside Hugh Jackman. Turn down your brightness when you watch this – the 80’s colour palette is intense.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Rule 1 of Nina Turtles Club: Don’t take anything seriously. The trailers for Michael Bay’s reptilian sequel have been following this rule very well so far. A lot of new footage in this one – watch out for our first good look at Krang.

Independence Day: Resurgence

The final of our Super Bowl trailers. There’s a fantastic amount of destruction this time around, including an alien craft vs air force dog fight. Not to mention Jeff Goldblum looking as distinguished as ever.

No a bad set of Super Bowl Trailers. Do yourself a favour and watch them all again. Al of them!

TMNT 2 Gets It’s Geared Up Garbage Truck

If there’s one thing that Michael Bay thrives at, it’s building considerable hype for films that people don’t think they want to see or even want to be made. A veritable lifetime of Transformers sequels have given him a valuable education in spinning an unattractive franchise into something that might be worth spending some of your take home pay on. The usual tactic for this spin doctor masterclass is playing on the nostalgia of young and old by dredging up something from their childhood that they only remember well enough to get a chuckle from and not well enough to recall that it wasn’t all that good.

Right, that’s quite enough laying into Michael Bay I think. After the giddy news that Paul Casey would definitely be making an appearance in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, the next flashback from your formative years is a peak at the new mode of transportation the heroes in a half shell will be rocking. On top of that, Screen Rant is reporting that Bay is sticking to his lucky Transformers formula by previewing all the vehicles that will be making an appearance. Well, let’s have a look then:

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Wow actually that’s…that’s pretty cool. And it has Taratuga written along the side – that means turtle! It really does match up to one in the TV show. Oh hey, and look at this one:



It’s the Polaris Slingshot three-wheeler! No way! This is gonna be awesome!

Ahem, anyway, it all looks to be above board and set to bring back as much from the original series as possible. Will we be seeing Krang taking the wheel of the turtle truck? Well no, I mean, obviously he has no arms so that would be an incredibly flawed plan. Maybe the body he rides around in can.

The truck looks pretty cool though right?

2014’s Razzie Nominations Are Out – “The Interview” Manages to Sneak in

You would think that nominating films for the most infamous bad movie awards around would be much easier than picking the best of the bunch. But the truth is they’re equally tricky endeavours: mostly because movies are rarely just bad or good, in fact most films tend to be a messy combination of both. So when the Razzie nominations appear, there’s always bound to be a surprising mix – and the selections for this past year are no exception. The gangs all here this year: there are films that everyone knows are bad, films you didn’t want to admit were bad, films you just plain didn’t hear about because they were mired in their own unsuccessful filth; and then there are the critically panned blockbusters that are just a cg-filled slap in the face – ok, so I made that one a little bit obvious.

There’s a lot of titles to choose from even at the nomination stage – usually twelve to a category – and there’s no obvious winner in any of the categories. But you’ll be interested to know that despite it’s unorthodox and famously late release, James Franco and Seth Rogen‘s The Interview has made an appearance in a few categories. So here’s the full list of nominees for your perusal, hot off the Slashfilm presses:


Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
A Million Ways to Die in the West
Atlas Shrugged: Part III
The Legend of Hercules
Sex Tape
A Haunted House 2
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Left Behind
The Interview
Transformers: Age of Extinction
I, Frankenstein


The Legend of Hercules
Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return
A Haunted House 2
The Expendables 3
Atlas Shrugged: Part III
Annie (RAZZable Remake of a 1981 Worst Picture Nominee)
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Endless Love (Yet Another RAZZable Remake of a 1981 Worst Picture Nominee)
Transformers: Age of Extinction
I, Frankenstein
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


Transformers: Age of Extinction
A Haunted House 2
The Legend of Hercules
Sex Tape
Endless Love
Left Behind
The Expendables 3
Winter’s Tale
Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
Atlas Shrugged: Part III
A Million Ways to Die in the West
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
I, Frankenstein


Any Two Robots, Actors (or Robotic Actors) Transformers: Age of Extinction
James Franco & EITHER Seth Rogen or Randall Park (Kim Jong Un) / The Interview
Kellan Lutz and EITHER His Abs, His Pecs or His Glutes / LEGEND of HERCULES
The Entire Cast of The Expendables 3
The Entire Cast of Atlas Shrugged: Part III
Seth MacFarlane and Charlize Theron / A Million Ways to Die in the West
The “Rock Monsters” / Noah
Johnny Depp and His “Virtual Doppelganger” / Transcendence
Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde / Endless Love
Kirk Cameron and His Ego / Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
Cameron Diaz & Jason Segel / Sex Tape


James Manera / Atlas Shrugged: Part III
Jake Kasdan / Sex Tape
Darren Aronofsky / Noah
Seth MacFarlane / A Million Ways to Die in the West
Jonathan Liebesman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Renny Harlin / The Legend of Hercules
Michael Tiddes / A Haunted House 2
Michael Bay / Transformers: Age of Extinction
Wally Pfister / Transcendence
Darren Doane / Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
Vic Armstrong / Left Behind


Shaquille O’Neal / Blended
Johnathon Schaech / The Legend of Hercules
Kelsey Grammer / The Expendables 3 and Transformers: Age of Extinction
Arnold Schwarzenegger / The Expendables 3
Morgan Freeman / Transcendence
Jack Black / Sex Tape
Liam Neeson / A Million Ways to Die in the West
Russell Crowe / Winter’s Tale
Mel Gibson / The Expendables 3
Kiefer Sutherland / Pompeii
T.J. Miller / Transformers: Age of Extinction


Sophia Myles / Transformers: Age of Extinction
Jaime Pressly / A Haunted House 2
Susan Sarandon / Tammy
Bridgette Cameron / Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
Carrie-Anne Moss / Pompeii
Amanda Seyfried / A Million Ways to Die in the West
Cameron Diaz / Annie
Megan Fox / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Jane Fonda / This Is Where I Leave You
Emily Browning / Pompeii
Nicola Peltz (The Newest Michael Bay “Discovery”) Transformers: Age of Extinction


Charlize Theron / A Million Ways to Die in the West
Elizabeth Banks / Walk of Shame
Jennifer Aniston / Horrible Bosses 2
Cameron Diaz / The Other Woman and Sex Tape
Gabriella Wilde / Endless Love
Nicole Kidman / Before I Go to Sleep
Melissa McCarthy / Tammy
Drew Barrymore / Blended
Gaia Weiss / The Legend of Hercules
Lea Michele (Voice Only) Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return


Seth MacFarlane / A Million Ways to Die in the West
Johnny Depp / Transcendence
Adam Sandler / Blended
Seth Rogen / The Interview
Kellan Lutz / The Legend of Hercules
Marlon Wayans / A Haunted House 2
Arnold Schwarzenegger / Sabotage
Aaron Eckhart / I, Frankenstein
Alex Pettyfer / Endless Love
Kirk Cameron /Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
James Franco / The Interview
Nicolas Cage / Left Behind

Wow, that’s a lot of terrible films. I almost thought that Nicolas Cage had been left behind, but he managed to get a nomination for…well, Left Behind. My favourite flops of the year are in there (Tammy, Blended, I, Frankenstein, Transcendence) along with a few I completely forgot about (Nearly got away from me, Haunted House 2). I certainly don’t want to have to choose between them.

What’s your pick for Worst Film?

Spoilt for choice: Academy to choose between 323 features

I’ll start off by saying that this post is being written by a man who doesn’t even like the idea of a whole menu of meals to choose from.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that it has a list of 323 eligible feature films for the coming Oscars in 2015. This is apparently an increase of 41 films from last years 282, according to THR.

This is a good demonstration of how the movie industry is by no means scaling back the number of features released in the course of a year, which is good news for anyone whose job depends on the industry. So good for you guys!

This might sound like a ridiculous selection of films to choose from and you could very well be wondering how an Academy panel could possibly sift through such a volume and in all likelihood pick the “best” films. I might agree, but you have to bare in mind that this number isn’t quite as scary as people would like it to sound.

Bear in mind, this is just films that are “eligible” for nomination. In order to be considered eligible, your movie has to  open in a commercial motion picture theatre in Los Angeles County by Dec. 31, 2014.  Your has to have a run of a minimum of seven consecutive days, run for longer than 40 minutes and have been exhibited on 35mm or 70mm film, accounting for qualifying digital format.

This covers pretty much all films. Including The Amazing Spiderman 2.

If you want to have a look at the list of eligible films this year, check out the list on the Academy Website. When you see the list, you’ll realise that most of the films can be put firmly in the “no” pile from the get go. Don’t get me wrong, The Raid 2 is an excellent film, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has some lovely moments. I just don’t know if Michael Bay needs a Best Director Oscar on his mantle. He’s probably got loads of awards anyway, he won’t miss it.

Did I mention The Amazing Spiderman 2 was on the list? Ok, just checking.

So all in all, the list is a doozy, with an extra 80 odd hours of screen time on last year’s list. Good luck Academy, you’ve got some long nights ahead. If you need me to watch a few to share the load just give me a buzz.

The Amazing Spiderman 2.


Rest Easy: You will see Bebop & Rocksteady in ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2′, but no Liebesman

There was never a possibility that there wouldn’t be a sequel to this year’s summer blockbuster Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, regardless how well it went down with audiences or critics. The only question was whether or not the sequel would tug at our heartstrings with more absurd cartoon characters that we adored in our childhood and occasionally secretly adore now.

Well, wish granted folks! Screenrant has reported that two hallmarks of the Turtles’ adventures will be appearing in the sequel: the affable anthropo-morons Bebop and Rocksteady.

The news was confirmed during an interview with producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, via Brazilian entertainment outlet Omelete: “We can say that Bebop and Rocksteady are in the film, and Casey Jones is a character that we love and we’re trying to fit him in as well.”

Other Turtles 2 news includes the fact that director Jonathan Liebesman is not returning for the Ninja Turtles sequel, with Earth To Echo director Dave Green circling the job.

Jonathan Liebesman on the "Turtles" set. A shell half-full kind of guy.
Jonathan Liebesman on the “Turtles” set. A shell half-full kind of guy.

In case you weren’t a shell-head in your youth, Bebop and Rocksteady had an opposite back story to the turtles, in that they were originally human but were exposed to a mutagen that transformed them into human-animal hybrids – a rhinoceros and a warthog.

There was news following the release of Turtles that the two characters were considered for the first film, or at least their concept art was. How far along the characters were scrapped is anyone’s guess, but it would have been interesting to see how they’d be incorporated into that plot.

Now we get to see them in the sequel, it opens up all kinds of possibilities for the sequel’s storyline, although the possibility that the on-screen depiction will ring true with our critical inner children is slim. Real slim. But in any case it will be interesting to see how they make the warthog and rhino henchmen look. As long as they’re still idiots, it should be fine. Plus the fight scenes could be pretty delicious with some hybrid-on-hybrid action…sorry, that sounded gross.


There was something else I had to say…oh yeah, turtle power! Sorry.

Who should play Bebop and Rocksteady? Is this shell half-empty or half-full?