Posts Tagged ‘michael bay’

In Flogging a Dead Horse News: The Next FRIDAY THE 13TH Reboot Might Have a Director

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014


How many chances are these people taking with this franchise?  Good gravy, Friday the 13th was never a money machine anyways, are we out of ideas for horror now that we have used all the shaky camera footage?

Paramount Pictures has found a director for the next Friday the 13th reboot reports The Wrap.  David Bruckner (V/H/S) is in talks to take the job which the studio hopes will make a new Friday the 13th franchise happen.  The 2009 attempt was dead in the water (pun intended) and last November we heard plans for this reboot in the found footage style.  I would be curious to see what Bruckner could bring to the table to put life back into the series; someone has to hand in good script first I assume.  Michael Bay will produce this one too this his Platinum Dunes which already has a March 13, 2015 release date.

If they want COF to write a comic for this reboot, we got a spec going:

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The First TV Spot for TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES is About “Brothers” and Features Some Splinter

Sunday, April 13th, 2014


Paramount Pictures has released the first TV spot for the Jonathan Liebesman-directed and Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles which you can watch below.  There are snippets of new footage including a quick look at sword wielding Splinter!  Is that a fu manchu he’s sporting too?

Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) directed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot.  Megan Fox is April O’Neil, William Fichtner is The Shredder, Danny Woodburn is Splinter, Alan Ritchson is Raphael,  Pete Ploszek is Leonardo, Jeremy Howard is Donatello and Noel Fisher is Michelangelo.

The TMNT come out of their shells August 8, 2014; watch the TV spot and first trailer below:


Things Go Boom in this Full Trailer for TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

The new album cover for Faith + 1.

Here is the first fill trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction, a movie that is so ridiculous, the main character had to be named is Cade.  We get American flags and a girl in distress, this is definitely a Transformers movie for sure.  This one takes place some time after the events of the third Transformers movie with a different set of characters.  Mark Wahlberg is a mechanic who starts working on what he believes to be a junked truck, only to discover that it’s actually a Transformer.  The metaphor there of course is that this is a reboot.

The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, T.J. Miller, Titus Welliver, Han Geng, Sophia Myles, and Li Bingbing.

Transformers: Age of Extinction opens June 27th.

Watch the trailer below:


Fun With Short Films – Memorize

Sunday, August 11th, 2013


Set in the year 2027, Memorize tells the tale of a new method to combat crime. Everyone is implanted with a Memorize-chip that records everything you see. Our protagonist is a member of a special form of police, the SSU – Special Surveillance Unit.

Beautifully shot, Memorize looks like a major studio film. It is heavy on action, and light on dialogue – so it closely resembles a Michael Bay film! Creators Jimmy Eriksson and Eric Ramberg’s choice of this direction is really effective when your actors have limited acting skills or there is concern with writing quality dialogue. Whether either of these were a concern, who knows.

To be honest there is nothing extremely innovative about Memorize, yet it is an entertaining ride nonetheless. Many times during this film it seemed like the love child of Minority Report and Judge Dredd. The theme of  government surveillance/control is not new, but in most cases it is seen as a cautionary tale. Memorize almost feels like the opposite stance is taken, it seems as if it is almost justified. I don’t know if that was intentional or just the feeling I had while watching it.

Check out Memorize below after the jump, the film is approximately 7 minutes long. Also, notice Wall-E’s distant cousin partway through this one, he must be the black sheep of the family.


Megan Fox Jumps on TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Set, Film’s New Logo

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

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There are finally some first images coming from the set of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the logo and Megan Fox as April O’Neil.  Not much going on so far, no sign of the turtles…yet.  We can see the the logo for director Jonathan Liebesman’s remake, or is it reboot? Re-imagination?  We will have to wait and see how this thing pans out, everyone have faith?  Here is an image of Fox on a trampoline, likely some CGI/green screen going on.

The movie also stars Will Arnett, Danny Woodburn, Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, and Noel Fisher.

Ninja Turtles opens on June 6, 2014.


How’s this disgruntled nerds…nailed it?

Red-Band Trailer for PAIN & GAIN with Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013


We have a new red-band trailer for director Michael Bay’s upcoming dark comedy Pain & Gain.  So this is said to be based on a true story, keep that in mind as you watch.

The film stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as two bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong, obviously.

The film also stars Anthony Mackie, Rob Corddry, Ed Harris, and Tony Shalhoub.

Pain & Gain opens on April 26th.


Megan Fox to Star in Michael Bay’s NINJA TURTLES, Could Be April O’Neil

Friday, February 22nd, 2013


The Internet said that Megan Fox and Michael Bay had a falling out during Transformers (she called him Hitler), but now it seems all is well between the two.  Bay announced on his blog that Fox has been be cast in his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot simply titled Ninja Turtles.

“TMNT: we are bringing Megan Fox back into the family!”

Some sites are saying she will be playing intrepid reporter and good-natured friend to reptiles April O’Neil. I don’t see any confirmation on that so I’ll leave it for now.  Casting is currently underway for unknowns to play the heroes in a half-shell, who will be motion capture animated in the live-action/CG hybrid picture due out in 2014.

Trailer for Michael Bay’s PAIN AND GAIN Starring Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg

Thursday, December 20th, 2012


I don’t know why I even had to tell you this was a Michael Bay movie, the trailer does it for me.  It’s over the top and looks like a lot of fun…bizarre fun.

The film stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as two bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and kidnapping scheme that goes wrong.

These two sharing the same screen seems to work, there are some nice comedic moments here.  The film was made on a budget of on $22 million, so it’s going to do very well me thinks.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

Anthony Mackie, Rob Corddry, Ed Harris, John Turturro, and Rebel Wilson also star.

Pain and Gain opens April 26, 2013.


NINJA TURTLES Movie Update From Kevin Eastman

Thursday, July 19th, 2012


As you may have read on CoF a few weeks ago, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, still just titled Ninja Turtles, has been pushed back from a Christmas 2013 release date to May 16, 2014.  You may also know how I feel about the whole thing (I defend the project here).

MTV recently spoke with Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman to talk about the film and he does a good job at selling this thing.

“From what I’ve seen, it’s easily the best ‘Turtle’ movie yet. We’re talking ‘Raid: Redemption’-style fight scenes; we’re talking about epic ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ sort of effects.”

When asked about the delay:

“A lot of people are worried we pushed the release date from December to May, but the 30th anniversary of the ‘Turtles’ is in May, so it worked out perfectly.”

Well to be fair, I think people wanted to know what was wrong with the script that production had to be shut down for so long.  Also, I feel really old now.   He was asked his opinion on the changes being made to his creation:

“I know that Michael [Bay] and his group really like that and that Paramount was supportive of that, so I think that it’s great. I grew up reading ‘Captain America’ and ‘The Avengers’ and all that stuff, and over the course of the comic book history, since ‘Avengers’ has been around, how many times has it been reinvented, reformatted, restructured, replatformed?”

So there you have it, we get some Ninja Turtles in…2 years.  It would have been nice to have a holiday release with the winter season taking place in the film.  The Turtles could walk around in Gore-Tex jackets again [see].

Ninja, Ninja, CRAP! Paramount Shuts Down ‘NINJA TURTLES’ Reboot; Release Date Change

Monday, June 18th, 2012


A friend of mine was just talking to me about the Ninja Turtles reboot, we were rightfully defending it (check out: In Defense of: Michael Bay’s NINJA TURTLES).  So it’s a shame that Paramount has shut down pre-production on the flick, while also pushing the release date from December 2013 to May 2014!

The Hollywood Reporter’s sources say the film has script problems, which is surprising since Kevin Eastman is one of the people working on the script and just so happens to be one of the original creators of the characters.  Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) is directing the script by Eastman and Andre Nemec.

“[The studio is] temporarily laying off pre-production staff and informing those prepping the film that the work stoppage is ‘indefinite,’” say sources, who are expecting a 10-week delay.

Banner art via dawnoftheninjaturtles.