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Showrunners: A Documentary Film Trailer with Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams

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Showrunners: A Documentary Film Trailer with Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams
We all have our favorite TV shows, but have you ever wondered what happens in the writers rooms and on the set? What doesn't make it onto the screen? The feature documentary Showrunners: A Documentary Film pulls back the curtain for the first time, illuminating how shows go from the page to the screen according to Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly), J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias, Fringe), Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory), Hart Hanson (Bones), Damon Lindelof (Lost), Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy), Jonathan Nolan (Person of Interest) and dozens more top television creatives.

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Showrunners: A Documentary Film is the first ever feature length documentary to explore the fascinating world of Us television showrunners and the creative forces aligned around them. These people are responsible for creating, writing and overseeing every element of production on one of the United State's
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Thoughts on... Tmnt (2007)

Tmnt, 2007.

Directed by Kevin Munroe.

Featuring the voice talents of James Arnold Taylor, Nolan North, Mitchell Whitfield, Mikey Kelley, Mako, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Chris Evans.

Synopsis:

The four turtles are back in this animated adventure that sees them pitted against vicious beasties and each other.

It's been over a decade since the turtles crawled back into their shells after the awful Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993). Now they're back, and in child-friendly fully animated form. Sadly, this means the dark gritty atmosphere that made Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) such an exciting breath of fresh air has been replaced by a movie that wouldn't look out of place amidst Saturday morning cartoons. Of course, this has always been the target audience for these films, but Tmnt doesn't even attempt to address older fans wrapped up in the warmth of nostalgia.

The film picks up after the previous three, but the
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[TV] The Super Hero Squad Show Volume 1: Quest For The Infinity Sword!

Imagine the world's most prominent superheroes gathering together to face an alliance of the world's most cantankerous villains. Well, The Super Hero Squad Show Volume 1: Quest For The Infinity Sword! isn't quite what I'd imagine for that scenario, but I believe that was the intention of Marvel Animation. In Super Hero City where the Shs (Super Hero Squad) reside, the Hulk (Travis Willingham), Iron Man (Tom Kenny), Falcon (Alimi Ballard), Silver Surfer (Mikey Kelley), Thor (David Boat) and Wolverine (Steve Blum) are the supreme alliance of heroes, along with a little help from some other well known characters. Together, they guard the city from mayhem, all while trying to stop Dr. Doom (Charles Adler), and his own alliance of villains, from gathering infinity stones, which when pieced together hold the power to rule the universe.

This over-the-top, wacky series, which airs on Cartoon Network, is anything but a traditional comic spin-off.
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[DVD Review] The Super Hero Squad Show Volume 1: Quest For The Infinity Sword!

Imagine the world's most prominent superheroes gathering together to face an alliance of the world's most cantankerous villains. Well, The Super Hero Squad Show Volume 1: Quest For The Infinity Sword! isn't quite what I'd imagine for that scenario, but I believe that was the intention of Marvel Animation. In Super Hero City where the Shs (Super Hero Squad) reside, the Hulk (Travis Willingham), Iron Man (Tom Kenny), Falcon (Alimi Ballard), Silver Surfer (Mikey Kelley), Thor (David Boat) and Wolverine (Steve Blum) are the supreme alliance of heroes, along with a little help from some other well known characters. Together, they guard the city from mayhem, all while trying to stop Dr. Doom (Charles Adler), and his own alliance of villains, from gathering infinity stones, which when pieced together hold the power to rule the universe.

This over-the-top, wacky series, which airs on Cartoon Network, is anything but a traditional comic spin-off.
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TMNT

TMNT
This review was written for the theatrical release of "TMNT".While "TMNT" is the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles project to take advantage of CGI animation, the movie stakes out no new ground for the highly profitable franchise. A certified phenomenon in publishing, toy manufacturing and TV cartoons -- along with three live-action features in the early '90s -- the green fighting machines' return to movies is a tad too conservative and calculated.

CGI delivers best on moody sets and a noirish atmosphere achieved by lighting, backgrounds and visual effects. But the characters look like plastic dolls, and the story is recycled sci-fi. The film will satisfy youngsters and newcomers but might divide older fans. Those fans certainly will turn out, though, so Warners and the Weinsteins should see respectable boxoffice figures for the first two weeks.

Other than a few sequences in Latin America, "TMNT" sticks close to home -- meaning the rooftops, sewers and back alleys of nighttime Manhattan. Its crime fighters are arrayed against the usual forces seeking the destruction of civilization, but writer-director Kevin Munroe, a CGI vet making his feature debut, focuses his main conflict within the Turtles' family.

The rift comes when the Turtles' rat sensei, Splinter (voiced by the late Mako), sends team leader Leonardo James Arnold Taylor) away for training. When he returns, younger brother Raphael (Nolan North) is miffed at his prolonged absence. Since Leo was obeying their sensei, much of this conflict over Ninja Turtle Family Values feels contrived.

While Leo is away, the family falls into a kind of languor. Michelangelo (Mikey Kelley) entertains at children's birthday parties as "Cowabunga Carl". Bored Donatello (Mitchell Whitfield) provides computer tech support by telephone. Only Raphael has continued crime fighting, secretly masquerading as a one-man vigilante known as "The Nightwatcher".

Leo's return leads to a showdown between the two brothers, Leo and Raphael, while the other Turtles all but disappear from the screen. Two other crime fighters might as well disappear because the movie finds little use for them. These are April Sarah Michelle Gellar), an archaeologist/martial artist, and baseball-wielding Casey Jones (Chris Evans), a ghost of his former crazed self. Curiously, his face is drawn so narrowly as to resemble Adrien Brody.

The villainy here is vague, almost as if it were an afterthought. At first, the enemy appears to be tech-industrialist Maximillian J. Winters (Patrick Stewart), who is assembling an army of ancient stone warriors. Then it becomes 13 monsters that slipped through a portal from another dimension 3,000 years ago. Then it's the Turtles' old nemesis, Karai (Ziyi Zhang) and her mercenaries for hire, the Foot Clan.

Younger children might be baffled by the switching alliances between bad and good guys, but when the world gets saved, you don't ask too many questions.

The Turtles were created in 1984, so the real threat to its Family Values might be tired blood. Even CGI doesn't pump much life into these kung fu critters. The new film's calculations show the most in the mix of tame violence to maintain a PG rating and youthful humor and a skateboarding sequence to keep the appeal broad. Ultimately, the movie seems driven more by the need to keep a toy line and franchise alive than any creative inspiration.

TMNT

Warner Bros. Pictures

Warner Bros. Pictures and the Weinstein Co. presents an Imagi Animation Studios production

Credits:

Screenwriter-director: Kevin Munroe

Based on characters created by: Peter Laird, Kevin Eastman

Producers: Thomas K. Gray, H. Galen Walker, Paul Wang

Executive producers: Francis Kao, Peter Laird, Gary Richardson, Frederick U. Fierst

Director of photography: Steve Lumley

Production designer: Simon Murton

Music: Klaus Badelt

Visual effects supervisor: Kith Ng

Supervising animator: Kim Ooi

Co-producer: Felix Ip

Editor: John Damien Ryan

Voices:

Leonardo: James Arnold Taylor

Raphael: Nolan North

Donatello: Mitchell Whitfield

Michelangelo: Mikey Kelley

Casey: Chris Evans

April: Sarah Michelle Gellar

Splinter: Mako

Karai: Ziyi Zhang

Narrator: Laurence Fishburne

Diner Cook: Kevin Smith

Running time -- 88 minutes

MPAA rating: PG

TMNT

TMNT
While TMNT is the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles project to take advantage of CGI animation, the movie stakes out no new ground for the highly profitable franchise. A certified phenomenon in publishing, toy manufacturing and TV cartoons -- along with three live-action features in the early '90s -- the green fighting machines' return to movies is a tad too conservative and calculated.

CGI delivers best on moody sets and a noirish atmosphere achieved by lighting, backgrounds and visual effects. But the characters look like plastic dolls, and the story is recycled sci-fi. The film will satisfy youngsters and newcomers but might divide older fans. Those fans certainly will turn out, though, so Warners and the Weinsteins should see respectable boxoffice figures for the first two weeks.

Other than a few sequences in Latin America, TMNT sticks close to home -- meaning the rooftops, sewers and back alleys of nighttime Manhattan. Its crime fighters are arrayed against the usual forces seeking the destruction of civilization, but writer-director Kevin Munroe, a CGI vet making his feature debut, focuses his main conflict within the Turtles' family.

The rift comes when the Turtles' rat sensei, Splinter (voiced by the late Mako), sends team leader Leonardo James Arnold Taylor) away for training. When he returns, younger brother Raphael (Nolan North) is miffed at his prolonged absence. Since Leo was obeying their sensei, much of this conflict over Ninja Turtle Family Values feels contrived.

While Leo is away, the family falls into a kind of languor. Michelangelo (Mikey Kelley) entertains at children's birthday parties as Cowabunga Carl. Bored Donatello (Mitchell Whitfield) provides computer tech support by telephone. Only Raphael has continued crime fighting, secretly masquerading as a one-man vigilante known as The Nightwatcher.

Leo's return leads to a showdown between the two brothers, Leo and Raphael, while the other Turtles all but disappear from the screen. Two other crime fighters might as well disappear because the movie finds little use for them. These are April Sarah Michelle Gellar), an archaeologist/martial artist, and baseball-wielding Casey Jones (Chris Evans), a ghost of his former crazed self. Curiously, his face is drawn so narrowly as to resemble Adrien Brody.

The villainy here is vague, almost as if it were an afterthought. At first, the enemy appears to be tech-industrialist Maximillian J. Winters (Patrick Stewart), who is assembling an army of ancient stone warriors. Then it becomes 13 monsters that slipped through a portal from another dimension 3,000 years ago. Then it's the Turtles' old nemesis, Karai (Ziyi Zhang) and her mercenaries for hire, the Foot Clan.

Younger children might be baffled by the switching alliances between bad and good guys, but when the world gets saved, you don't ask too many questions.

The Turtles were created in 1984, so the real threat to its Family Values might be tired blood. Even CGI doesn't pump much life into these kung fu critters. The new film's calculations show the most in the mix of tame violence to maintain a PG rating and youthful humor and a skateboarding sequence to keep the appeal broad. Ultimately, the movie seems driven more by the need to keep a toy line and franchise alive than any creative inspiration.

TMNT

Warner Bros. Pictures

Warner Bros. Pictures and the Weinstein Co. presents an Imagi Animation Studios production

Credits:

Screenwriter-director: Kevin Munroe

Based on characters created by: Peter Laird, Kevin Eastman

Producers: Thomas K. Gray, H. Galen Walker, Paul Wang

Executive producers: Francis Kao, Peter Laird, Gary Richardson, Frederick U. Fierst

Director of photography: Steve Lumley

Production designer: Simon Murton

Music: Klaus Badelt

Visual effects supervisor: Kith Ng

Supervising animator: Kim Ooi

Co-producer: Felix Ip

Editor: John Damien Ryan

Voices:

Leonardo: James Arnold Taylor

Raphael: Nolan North

Donatello: Mitchell Whitfield

Michelangelo: Mikey Kelley

Casey: Chris Evans

April: Sarah Michelle Gellar

Splinter: Mako

Karai: Ziyi Zhang

Narrator: Laurence Fishburne

Diner Cook: Kevin Smith

Running time -- 88 minutes

MPAA rating: PG

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