Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Rumored Trailer Rundown

TMNT rebootThe long-awaited Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot is probably one of the most divisive movie properties in Hollywood. While many TMNT fans would love to see a new movie with an updated cast and special effects, there are many others who hate the fact that Michael Bay and his production company Platinum Dunes are producing the film. Most of the Platinum Dunes remakes are just terrible, such as Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Well, while it’ll still be a while before we can see TMNT and judge for ourselves, a rumored breakdown of the first trailer hints at what we may be in for.

The first teaser trailer is rumored to be attached to next month’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but an anonymous user on 4chan (yes, the bowels of the Internet and the birthplace for Internet trolls everywhere) claims to have seen the trailer and has provided a full description. Considering the source, take this trailer breakdown with a giant freakin’ grain of salt.


iZombie Casts Rose McIver As Series Lead

iZombie Lives!With the popularity of zombies across pop culture at the moment, it’s no wonder that The CW is getting in on the game with the upcoming series iZombie. Based on the popular comic book of the same name from Vertigo Comics, iZombie is being brought to life by writer/producer Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars).

As reported on ScreenCrush, Warner Bros. and The CW cast Rose McIver as Olivia “Liv” Moore for the show’s lead. McIver’s character is a med student who turns into a zombie, then takes a job in a coroner’s office to gain access to brains, so she can maintain her humanity and sanity. In the comic book series, the protagonist’s name is Gwendolyn “Gwen” Price. She is playing the same character, but they changed her name for some reason.

Rose McIver has a recurring role on Showtime’s Masters of Sex, and also appeared on ABC’s Once Upon a Time as Tinker Bell. The New Zealand-born McIver had a main role as Summer Landsdown on Power Rangers RPM back in 2009. She also made a guest appearance on the syndicated fantasy TV show Legend of the Seeker. McIver’s movie roles include The Lovely Bones, The Piano, and Brightest Star.


BBC America Will Celebrate Science Fiction With Star-Studded New Documentary Series

KarenWith new Star Wars films in the works, Guardians of the Galaxy set to kick ass this summer, and yesterday’s announcement about a TV adaptation of Frederik Pohl’s Hugo-winning novel Gateway, there’s a lot for a science fiction fan to be excited about these days. And as much as I love reading, watching, or otherwise exploring all the crazy stories and worlds our favorite genre has to offer, I’m also a sucker for things that did into the fascinating history of it all, such as the Jodorowsky’s Dune documentary or the true story behind Argo’s movie within a movie. So my interest is definitely piqued by The Real History of Science Fiction, a new documentary series in the works for the BBC and BBC America.

The show will explore the history of the genre over the course of four episodes, featuring interviews with filmmakers, writers, actors, artists, and scientists about how science fiction has shaped its corner of pop culture, and about their own career experiences within it. Writer/actor Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Doctor Who) will narrate the series, and it will feature a ridiculous collection of sci-fi icons. Just check out this rundown:


What’s Wrong With The Stand Movie? Director Scott Cooper Explains Why He Quit

standAdapting a Stephen King novel can be quite the undertaking. Although King has a rather large bibliography, there are only a small handful of successful film adaptations taken from the author’s original source material. While his short stories have seen success on the big screen, it seems like the longer the book, the harder it is to adapt. With 1,168 pages, The Stand is the longest novel from Stephen King, so needless to say, it’s going to be hard to pack everything from the book into one digestible movie.

In 1994, a TV mini-series of The Stand saw success on the small screen, but trying to adapt the book to the big screen has seen some challenges over the years. In 2011, Warner Bros tapped Ben Affleck to adapt The Stand for the big screen, after the actor-turned-director saw success from his film The Town. While Affleck opted to direct the Academy Award-winning film Argo as his next project in 2012 and has taken a role as Batman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel, Batman vs. Superman, Ben Affleck has since dropped off the project, as Warner Bros handed the keys over to director Scott Cooper.


Explorers Is Next Up On The Hollywood Remake List

ExplorersWhen people talk about having a second childhood, I don’t think this is exactly what they mean, but before long, everything I obsessed over as a child is going to be back in full effect. We’re already neck deep in Transformers and G.I. Joe franchises, The A-Team has come around again, Knight Rider is on the way, and Red Dawn and RoboCop both made me sad. Those are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head, but we’re about add one more to this list, because Joe Dante’s 1985 sci-fi classic Explorers.

Directed by Joe Dante of Gremlins and The Howling fame—also key pieces of my youth—Explorers was a flop in the theaters, but grew to bona-fide cult status once it hit home video. The third act is a strange mess, largely because they kind of made it up as they went, due to money issues. The film tells the story of three young friends—played by River Phoenix and Ethan Hawke, both making their big screen debuts, and Jason Presson, who no one has heard from since—who take an old Tilt-A-Whirl and turn it into a fully functional spaceship in their back yard. And their craft is named Thunder Road, which is pretty badass.


Under The Skin Almost Starred Brad Pitt And Scores Some New Posters

under-the-skin-movie-poster-01The nine years that have passed between movies for Jonathan Glazer is certainly a long time. The British director’s last film was the genre-bending drama Birth in 2004. Last year, Glazer made the return to the big screen with the eerie art film Under The Skin. Starring Scarlett Johansson, the strange sci-fi story is about to hit theaters in a limited release.

While it took Glazer almost a decade to adapt Dutch author Michel Faber’s novel of the same name, the new movie could’ve been finished sooner if the financing could’ve been raised in time. In an interview with The Guardian, Glazer described the original concept for the movie, which was to feature two aliens secretly disguised as a Scottish farmer and his wife. Brad Pitt actually signed on to play the farmer, but the movie couldn’t find enough money to make it a reality. He later dropped off the project and the script was re-tooled with a minimalist approach and Johansson’s character Isserley as the film’s center.