Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Deliver A Cluttered Character Promo And Poster

I keep hoping that somewhere along the line we’ll finally see something, anything, from Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle that makes it look good. As much as I’ve tried to be optimistic—and I was for a while, even after those weird humanoid faces were revealed—it’s been hard, harder than anything involving a movie about anthropomorphic turtles should be. That feeling extends to this short new character video and poster.

If you remember those motion posters that the Platinum Dunes-produced update of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s beloved comic dropped a while back, you’ll recognize most of the action in this footage. This is basically an expanded version of those clips all stitched together, complete with the weird slice-of-life shots. You get the rundown of each of the Heroes in a Half Shell, who each gets their own snappy, groan-inducing quip about things like rocking and rolling.


12 Monkeys Producers Promise Their Show Is More Than A Rehash Of Terry Gilliam’s Film

12 monkeysAdapting a feature length movie into a continuing television series is a tricky proposition, and many of us are curious to see how Syfy is going to translate Terry Gilliam’s time travel drama 12 Monkeys to the small screen. If you to expect to see the same story, however, you shouldn’t, as producers promise that the show will be a completely different take on the story.

Talking to reporters yesterday at the Television Critics Association on the summer press tour, co-executive producer Terry Matalas called the series a “complete reimagining.” He went on to say, “We were all big fans of the original film and had a deep love and respect for the material. We didn’t want to just redo what the movie does.”


Chris Pratt Tried Out For Both James T. Kirk And Avatar’s Jake Sully

Star-LordAfter seeing the 20-minute preview of Guardians of the Galaxy recently, I predicted that, between that film and Jurassic World, actor Chris Pratt is about to be a huge star. He was great as lovable doofus Andy Dwyer in NBC’s Parks and Recreation, and he had a nice little supporting appearance in Zero Dark Thirty, but Guardians is his first big leading-man role in a massive film, and it looks like Peter “Star-Lord” Quill is a role Pratt was born to play. But if things had turned out different, somebody else might be playing Star-Lord this August, and Pratt could have been commanding the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Pratt gets the spotlight in the new edition of Entertainment Weekly, and in addition to talking Guardians, he reveals that he tried out not only for the role of James T. Kirk in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot, but also for Jake Sully in James Cameron’s Avatar. And since Pratt’s name is neither “Chris Pine” nor “Sam Worthington,” those auditions clearly didn’t go the way he might have hoped. And apparently the Avatar tryout just added insult to injury. Pratt told EW:

They said they want somebody that says ‘that thing,’ that ‘It factor’… I walked into that room knowing I did not have that thing, and i walked out thinking I would never have that thing, probably.


Guardians Of The Galaxy Shows Off Its Awesome Spaceships

GuardiansMarvel has been burying fans under a mountain of promotion for their upcoming space adventure Guardians of the Galaxy for the past few months. We’ve seen a nearly endless stream of trailers, posters, and TV spots, but so far almost all of that has focused on introducing potential fans to a new cast of characters. That approach makes sense. This is one of the comic book giants lesser-known titles, at least from a general audience perspective, so you want to generate as much investment and connection as you can right out of the gate. A handful of newly discovered images, however, are more concerned with some of the badass spaceships we’ll see blasting across the depths of space.

Oddly enough, these pictures were discovered on the Amazon page for the deluxe version of the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, which you can check out here if you’re so inclined. These appear to be pieces of concept art, and represent the vehicles that the hero and villain of the saga will get behind the wheel of in the finished movie.


Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Originally Had A Different Ending, Of Course

If you haven’t seen Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes yet, we’re ape-palled at you, but know that there are SPOILERS ahead.

dawn of the planet of the apesDawn of the Planet of the Apes, for the most part, is one of the most beautiful blockbusters to hit the screen in a while, and delivers a simple but poignant story of a sympathetic ape whose best intentions are only as good as those of the apes around him. (Plus some human stuff.) Its ending is bittersweet and kind of an emotional downer, but it’s blissfully far away from the smash-cut teaser endings that most franchise movies choose to go with. And so it’s no surprise that a completely different ending was planned.


Weird Al Yankovic & Sci-Fi: A Perfect Match Made In Albuquerque

Given how smoothly the fanbases of science fiction and “Weird Al” Yankovic groove together, it’s a wonder his main appearance on Giant Freakin’ Robot has been as part of an Epic Rap Battle video. That’s getting remedied in a big way as we celebrate the release of his 14th studio album, Mandatory Fun, which hits stores and retailers today, July 15. (If you haven’t seen his newest video, “Tacky,” poking fun at Pharrell’s “Happy,” then you’re doing it wrong.)

Below are the parody genius’ contributions that veer into the realm of science fiction. Some are classics. Some are lesser-remembered ditties. They’re all better than whatever is on the radio right now.

“Jurassic Park”
We might as well start with the best, right? A parody of the schlock-ridden 1968 hit “MacArthur Park,” Weird Al’s “Jurassic Park” told a simple story of a man being chased by dino abominations of science. This Claymation video is one of Weird Al’s best, as created by Scott Nordlund (The PJ’s) and Mark Osborne, co-director of Kung Fu Panda. I remember liking it more than Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park at the time. Was it the best song on Alapalooza? Sorry. That prize goes to “Bohemian Polka.”

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