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'Transformers 4' and 'TMNT' Debut First TV Spots

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Michael Bay has doubled down on TV spots tonight, though it's no surprise as both of these first TV spots for 'Transformers: Age of Extinction and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles premiered during the MTV Movie Awards. Summer is coming, and these two are two of the most hyped films of the year, especially for those who grew up in the 1980's.

'Transformers: Age of Extinction' is... Wait for it... The Start of a New...

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If we've learned anything this week about the film industry, it's that it's going all in on franchises, regardless of how the next entry does. Did you love or hate The Amazing Spider-Man? Who cares, it's spawning four sequels and spin-offs to the the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2 (which, though opinions are varied, is described as a mess by...

'TMNT' Hires Johnny Knoxville as Leonardo and Tony Shalhoub as Splinter

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Though the movie is due in theaters in a little over four months, the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies directed by Jonathan Liebsman has just added two new members to the cast. Johnny Knoxville will be voicing the ur-leader of the turtles Leonardo, while Tony Shalhoub will voice Splinter, the Rat who teaches the teen turtles the art of...

'Transformers: Age Of Extinction' Trailer: Mark Wahlberg Befriends Talking...

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Transformers: Age of Extinction, the newest film from Michael Bay, looks like a pure slab of the director’s usual pyrotechnic  CGI-porn, with a bunch of orange and sweaty people in tight clothes running around amidst a series of cars and trucks that transform into walking, talking, and punching space-robots that now get to fight monstrous dinosaurs.  Which is...

'Transformers: Age Of Extinction' Teaser: Robots And Dinosaurs And...

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Sandwiched in between the film’s Super Bowl teaser and tomorrow’s full trailer, comes today’s teaser-for-the-trailer for the upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction, the film in which the Transformers ride goddamn dinosaurs.  Which is pretty much all you need to know, right?  The Transformers ride goddamn dinosaurs.

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles': First Images Of The Turtles And Shredder...

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Anyone who was worried that Michael Bay would destroy the integrity of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise by warping the heroes in a half-shell into a bunch of pizza-eating aliens can now rest easy:  Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael will apparently remain six-foot bipedal turtles, and we as a society can now, at long last, rest.  How do we know?  Images of the...

'Transformers 4' Now Has An Official Title And Poster, And There May Be...

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Whew—it’s time to relax, folks, as our long national nightmare is over: we finally know the official title for the fourth Transformers film.  Heretofore, we’ve be forced to simply refer to the film as Transformers 4 and, geez, how terrible is that?  But now, we can finally refer to it by an official title.   Finally, there may be rest.

DVD and Blu-ray PIcks for August 27 - September 2

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We’re starting to see some of the summer’s big releases hit home video this week, and Michael Bay’s latest opus is also now available. But Criterion has the best release of the week, while Shout Factory is releasing some gems. It’s a good but small week for home video.

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles': William Fichtner Talks Shredder's Origin...

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There aren't too many fans out there of the cartoon or live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films that are thrilled about the Michael Bay interpretation that's in the middle of shooting as we speak. Despite our internet cries for this production to come to a halt, it continues on. At the very least we can be thankful that they have some cool actors onboard, like...

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles': William Fichtner Is Shredder

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William Fichtner has a sharp, angular look that’s perfect for playing the Heavy in films (he’s already playing bad guys twice over in 2013—once in Elysium, once in The Lone Ranger), so when it was reported earlier that he would be playing "a lead [role] with iconic stature in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ mythology," as Cinema...

'Transformers 4': Actor T.J. Miller And New Cars Join The Group

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One of the recent franchises that will seemingly never die is Michael Bay's Transformers. The Hasbro toy turned animated series in the 80s resurfaced in popularity within the past decade as the loud filmmaker brought them to life on the big screen with the help of computer graphics and some eye-bleeding 3D. Michael Bay tricked us into believing that he would stop at the third film,...

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Reboot: Michael Bay Says They Are Now...

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If you’ll recall, last year Michael Bay essentially enraged the entirety of the internet by both announcing he’d produce a reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, and by noting that “these turtles are from an alien race, and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny, and completely lovable.”  And thus, fans freaked out, as Bay appeared to be indicated that the...

Box Office Predictions: 'Pain and Gain' Pumps Itself to the Top Spot

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It's the end of April, which means that the summer season starts next week with Iron Man 3 (which is really good). Until then, we get a Michael Bay movie starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, which would normally be a big summer event, but since this is Bay's small art film, it's being released with the hope of having little competition and a quick payday.

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles': Danny Woodburn Will Play Splinter

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Since the universe seems bound and determined to shove the Michael Bay-produced, Jonathan Liebesman-directed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot down the collective throat of humanity, we’ve got even more casting new for the film: Splinter, the mutated rat who is a Zen-like ninja master who calmly and coolly guides and mentors the ninja turtles, has been cast.

'Pain & Gain' Red-Band Trailer: Midgets, Muscles, And Michael Bay (And...

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After years of making big, dumb, and almost sociopathically stupid CGI-heavy films like The Transformers franchise and The Island, Michael Bay is finally going back to the genre that he began in—big, dumb, and almost sociopathically stupid comedic action films that are well aware how utterly ridiculous they are (see also: Bad Boys, The...

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Reboot Casts Leonardo, Donatello, And...

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Last week, we reported that Blue Mountain State star Alan Ritchson had been cast to star (i.e., be motion-captured to portray a CGI character) as Raphael in Michael Bay’s upcoming Ninja Turtles, a reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.  Now, we have the rest of the turtles—that’s right,...

'Transformers 4' Gets A Plot (Hint: Talking Robot Trucks Are Gonna Punch...

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The moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally upon us—Transformers 4 finally has a plot summary.  Yes, we can finally know what Michael Bay will use to feature a bunch of robot vehicles fighting each other all over planet Earth, all while a series of interchangeable human actors stare in wonderment at a series of green screens.  It’s a pretty exciting day.

'Ninja Turtles': Megan Fox Re-Teams With Michael Bay To Star As April...

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So, remember Ninja Turtles, the Michael Bay reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film franchise, in which the heroes would be alien turtles from Dimension X that aren’t really teens, mutants, or turtles?  Well, despite the best effort of the internet and even a disappointed Paramount Pictures, Bay is still pushing it forward.  How do we know? ...