Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Might Not Feature Casey Jones

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casey jonesEver since the screenplay for the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot leaked onto the Internet last year, the production team has tried everything in their power to keep fans excited about the project, despite reports of questionable elements. However, it seems that, at every turn, fans are increasingly frustrated with the reboot’s developments. Now the latest word from the film’s production seems to have sucked out all the badass out of the damn movie!

According to Geek Tyrant’s sources, the masked vigilante Casey Jones will not appear in the reboot. Instead, TMNT will feature a bigger role for Will Arnett’s Vernon Fenwick character. If Casey Jones won’t be in the movie, why even bother?

Casey Jones is the one of the most popular non-mutant characters in the entire TMNT mythology. In the 1990 live-action film, actor Elias Koteas and brought a messy grit and grime to the beloved character. Casey Jones is not only a masked vigilante, he’s also the Turtles’ connection to the outside human world and April O’Neil’s love interest.


Sesame Street Takes On The Hunger Games With Catching Fur

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Do you guys remember when Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker and Mad Magazine were the two best sources for quality movie and TV parodies? Well, those days are long behind us, and the best place to find quality spoofs these days may surprise you: Sesame Street. They’ve been doing pop culture riffs for years, but have really upped the ante recently, taking on popular TV shows such as Homeland, Sons of Anarchy, and Downton Abbey. But those were all stepping stones to get to the most intense parody known to man, where the steaks, er, stakes are high and doom is imminent. I’m talking about The Hungry Games: Catching Fur, an obvious nod to the upcoming megablockbuster The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which comes out this weekend.


J.J. Abrams Says CBS Isn’t Interested In A New Star Trek TV Series

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HHWhether you like J.J. Abrams’ take on the Star Trek universe or not, there’s no question that his two films have put Trek back in the pop culture conversation in a major way. Abrams stepped away from the upcoming Star Trek 3 to helm Episode VII, the first film in a major new Star Wars push in the aftermath of Disney’s purchase of George Lucas’ iconic franchise. There’s a new trilogy, new spin-off movies, and even new TV series. That’s the same approach Disney and Marvel have used to great success, building a cohesive movie universe that’s also expanding into the TV landscape. But what about Paramount and CBS’ space franchise? Given that Star Trek started on TV and has continued through four spin-offs, you’d think the big-screen success would have led to a new series on the small screen. But when asked about the subject J.J. Abrams’ response about why it hasn’t happened is sort of stunning: he says CBS isn’t interested.

The folks at Entertainment Weekly were grilling Abrams about his latest hit, Fox’s excellent Almost Human, when the subject turned toward Marvel’s hit-or-miss Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Given that both Marvel and DC are trying to conquer the TV landscape with multiple projects in development, EW asked the same question fans have been asking for ages now: when the hell are we getting a new TV series? Abrams said:

I have been hearing for as long as I can remember that CBS, who has the rights to the series, has just been saying they’re not interested. That’s the word I’ve been told. [A CBS Studios rep replied: "We love the Star Trek franchise, its fan base and the many possibilities for its future when the time is right.’]


Chris Pratt On Balancing Tone In Guardians Of The Galaxy

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PrattParks and Recreation actor Chris Pratt is quickly becoming a rising star in Hollywood. Although he has yet to take a leading role in a movie, Pratt has frequently “stolen the show” in a few popular movies such as Moneyball, The Five-Year Engagement, and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty. Pratt is rumored for the leading role in the upcoming Jurassic World, and he’ll have his first starring role in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy this summer, playing the cosmic team of peacekeepers’ leader Star-Lord/Peter Quill.

In an interview with Mike Ryan from The Huffington Post, Pratt opens up about his role as the Element Gun-wielding Marvel superhero. The 34-year-old actor talked about how he didn’t lose enough weight for the Star-Lord role when he went into Marvel to audition. However, despite not being in great shape, Pratt still landed the role because of his performance. Apparently, James Gunn loved his personality and charisma. Pratt said:

I was still around 280 and that’s too big to be a Marvel character. But, it was in the audition. I mean, I knew he had my spirit — I knew that my spirit was right. And I knew it sounded right, I just didn’t look right yet.


Christopher Nolan Strapped An IMAX Camera To A Jet Plane For Interstellar

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Interstellar IMAXEver since the popularity of his second film, Memento, in the year 2000, director Christopher Nolan has dazzled audiences with his brand of storytelling. Over the years, Nolan’s films seemed to be increasing in visual spectacle to accompany his impressive narratives. The British director has even ventured into the world of IMAX with The Dark Knight in 2008, and his latest film, Interstellar, appears to be pushing the boundaries of the mammoth movie format.

Interstellar‘s visual effects supervisor Paul J. Franklin recently posted two images to his Twitter account — which has since been taken down — of how Christopher Nolan is using the IMAX technology for his upcoming film. Apparently Nolan strapped a 200-pound IMAX camera to the nose of a jet plane. This technique will surely produce some mind-blowing POV shots.


Samuel L. Jackson Says He And Mark Hamill Still Haven’t Gotten The Star Wars Call From J.J. Abrams

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mace winduAll right, everyone, you can put aside your ever-growing list of actors rumored to be involved with J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. Instead, you can grab your Bingo cards for former Star Wars actors who may or may not be returning to the franchise. This time, our update comes from Mace Windu himself, Samuel L. Jackson, who recently appeared in an episode of Late Night With David Letterman and shared a few tidbits about who hasn’t gotten the call to arms yet: namely, all the best Jedi.

When Letterman asked the inevitable question about Jackson’s involvement in the Star Wars universe, Jackson drew laughs with the disappointing news that neither he nor Mark Hamill have been contacted by Abrams or Disney about reprising their roles. He’s been filming a movie with Hamill in London, and Jackson said, “I asked Mark if he’d heard from J.J. Abrams and he said, ‘No,’ and then all of a sudden Ewan [McGregor] was there and I spoke to him on the phone, asked him if he was there doing Star Wars. He said, ‘No, they haven’t called me…'” It’s still early going, sure, and they’re still auditioning for new roles, but you’d think the studios would want to lock down the more popular and consistently busy actors before their upcoming schedules get completely filled out.