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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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].
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.
So here is what we know: Michael Bay and his team of remake artists at Platinum Dunes (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror, The Hitcher, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street) are behind the upcoming reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Bay has since announced few details that have enraged many:
“When you see this movie, kids are going to believe, one day, that these turtles actually do exist when we are done with this movie. These turtles are from an alien race and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely lovable.”
Thus, people acted accordingly:
Michael Bay then responded to the feedback on his official site with the following:
A few things have happened in the last few days concerning our beloved TMNT, one of which brings us to this story. Just a few days ago we told you the release date and now over the weekend Michael Bay was quoted talking about his company Platinum Dunes’ upcoming live-action adaptation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
He said: “When you see this movie, kids are going to believe, one day, that these turtles actually do exist when we are done with this movie. These turtles are from an alien race and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely lovable.”
Right away you can probably guess why fans and even casual movie-goers are upset. You’re thinking “that’s not my turtles” or “another alien movie?” You’re not alone.
Michael Bay has now responded to the feedback on his official site with the following: “Fans need to take a breath, and chill. They have not read the script. Our team is working closely with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles to help expand and give a more complex back story. Relax, we are including everything that made you become fans in the first place. We are just building a richer world.”
If you’re going to ask me my opinion on this, here it is: we had a dark and edgy version of TMNT in 1990 and it’s one of my favorite movies. I don’t need a remake, but it would be nice to see a true adaption of the comics I’ve heard so much about (bloody violence). I really thought for a moment some studio out there would take a chance on that, but there are not a lot of toys to be sold with something like that now is there? Yes, it’s all about money, hard to believe I know.
They are going to go a different way and I’m really not interested, so back to the dreaming board.
FYI: In the 1984 comics, the Turtles used their weapons for real (by actually stabbing people), and they kill their arch-nemesis, Shredder, in the first couple of issues. They also drank and swore.
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If you enjoyed the Transformers trilogy (or at least the first and third entry) then you will be happy yo know that Transformers 4 is moving ahead with Michael Bay back in the director’s chair and a 2014 release date. Series producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura was at Toy Fair 2012 where he confirmed that Transformers 4 is a go, he said this without an official release from Paramount, so they were quick to get on that when the Internet starting talking.
Deadline says that Bay will only shoot Transformers 4 next and not the fourth and fifth installments back-to-back as had been rumored last year. Bay will first shoot Pain and Gain with Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg. That movie actually sounds interesting as it’s based on a 2000 Miami News Times article by investigative journalist Pete Collins about “a couple of Florida steroid-abusing knucklehead bodybuilders who become criminals involved in an extortion ring and a kidnapping plot that goes horribly awry.
So will this be a new beginning for the Transformers franchise? It’s unlikely that Shia Labeouf will return, but hey, truck loads of money can sway people – ask Mr. Bay.