17 items from 2014
Over the past few weeks, Den of Geek writers have been voting for their favourite films of the year. In 8th place is Spike Jonze's story of a man falling in love with a computer. Here's why...
When I received an email from the Den of Geek editorial team asking me to contribute to the ‘film of the year’ write ups, I thought back briefly over the top films list I’d submitted. With the exception of Her, they were big blustery action films. Without even reading the contents of the email, I went and got my onomatopoeic dictionary. I was clearly going to be writing about some kersmashes and kabooms. Spike Jonze’s film Her isn’t a very explodey film, and when I realised it was the film I’d be covering, »
Matt checks out a fun Cartoon Network show that's just come to DVD in the UK, the creative, deceptively simple Amazing World Of Gumball...
In the same way that you’re not meant to judge a book by its cover, it’s probably best to not judge a TV show by its opening credits. If you were going to judge The Amazing World Of Gumball by its opening credits, though, it’d probably get full marks. The theme song is ridiculously catchy and the busy animation perfectly prepares you for the look of the show.
The Amazing World Of Gumball is an animated TV series from the Cartoon Network. Airing alongside the likes of Adventure Time and Regular Show in the UK, it’s produced in Europe by a team led by series creator Ben Bocquelet. The show, which has just been released on DVD in the UK (prompting this article, »
The Hunger Games is coming to the stage! With fire and stuff!
We sometimes think you believe we make this stuff up. Lionsgate, which is premiering The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I in cinemas shortly, is bringing the series to the stage.
It's doing so in conjunction with Triangular Entertainment and Imagine Nation, and The Hunger Games on stage will premiere at a new theatre that's being built next to Wembley Stadium in London.
It's unclear whether the show will attempt to cover all the books in one fire-y evening, or if it'll split the trilogy across four shows. We're assuming it's not a musical, but were it to be, someone could have an awful lot of fun with the lyrics to the songs. Do help yourself to that in the comments. We like the first reaction we got on Twitter too...
@denofgeek I'd be wary of any audience participation. »
Season one of Cartoon Network's insanely creative Regular Show has finally reached the UK on DVD. Here's why it's worth tracking down...
I’ve been asked variations of this question about 50 times. I’ve taken the UK first season DVD release as my prompt to finally check out Regular Show, and it turns out that all those annoying people going on about it all this time were right. I’m one of them now. Do you like Adventure Time? Cool, yeah, me too. Do you watch Regular Show? You should check it out. It’s really good. Here’s what’s so good about it.
Regular Show is about Mordecai, a blue jay, and Rigby, a raccoon. They’re a couple of twenty-something slackers who are more interested in playing video-games than doing their jobs at the park where they’re employed. »
Have modern movies increased our ability to accept outlandish heroes like the Ninja Turtles? Yes, and it's a good thing, James writes...
There's a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie out. It's a franchise reboot, bringing the iconic brand back to the big-screen in a fresh live-action feature. You're probably familiar with Tmnt having consumed the Turtletastic mythos in some format - comics, cartoons, older movies, videogames, action figures, Lego and/or Vanilla Ice music videos.
Don't worry if you're not clued up on this cowabunga business, though, because I'm going to break it down and run over the basics on which this mighty multimedia property is built. Here's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in a nutshell - or rather, in a turtle shell - as conceived by comics creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird way back in 1984.
The basic story - or at least, the high concept - goes like »
How do you rank perfection? Duncan has a go, as he lists the top 25 Jason Statham films...
For regular Den Of Geek readers, it will come as little surprise to see this list come round. We've chosen our favourite Statham films before, but such is the productivity of the great man, it was decided that a mere top ten was no longer large enough to contain his ever growing body of work. Last time I mentioned updating this piece to the man himself back in 2012 due to his insane workload, he cracked up and responded, “My productivity is overwhelming! 'Have a fucking day off!'”
Since this list has now expanded to encompass 25 of his movies, it seemed only right to include multiple sequels, with his big trio of action franchises all spawning some thoroughly entertaining fare worthy of mention, though I’ve tried to exclude the personal bias that »
As the reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hits big, Paramount confirms that a sequel is in the works...
The scene is this; Michael Bay sits in a giant leather swivelly chair. He spins as fast as can, belly laughing and throwing money around . The chair loses momentum. He runs out of money to throw. Slowly, he stops.
“Okay. Reset for another take.”
Interns sweep up the money and organise it into an orderly stack before passing it back to him. They surround the chair and start spinning it as fast as they can. Bay gets going at a good speed. He starts laughing and throwing money again.
We’ve got no way of knowing whether that’s what Michael Bay is doing this morning. That’s just a description of what we would do if we were Michael Bay this morning. We’re not, though, so we’re spinning »
Matt appraises the Lego, comics, DVDs and books brought out to celebrate the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' 30th anniversary...
Last month marked the 30th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Here at Den of Geek we celebrated in our own way; we put on headbands and played with dangerous weapons in the sewer in front of confused rodents. Several serious, badly infected injuries later, we realised we’d made a huge mistake. Fortunately for us, several awesome people celebrated the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles anniversary better than us by making things. With our badly botched job behind us, we’re going to have a run through of who did what and how it went.
I’ll also be covering one of the recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Lego sets here, Mutation Chamber, even though it’s got nothing to do with the 30th anniversary. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Lego is brilliant, »
(Note –apparently the above is ‘not an article’. Please find ‘an article’ below.)
“Hey! This isn't a $150m blockbuster! That isn't Samuel L. Jackson! Hey!”
‘Matt,’ the email said ‘Do you want to cover a Marvel release for us?’ I thought I was getting called up to the Den Of Geek A-list, but it turns out that the Nick Fury film I’d be covering was not part of the current blockbuster parade, overseen by cinematic warlord Kevin Feige. Rather, it was an extended TV pilot that aired as a film to not much fanfare in 1998 starring David Hasselhoff. »
Here’s some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles casting news for you that has nothing to do with the upcoming Michael Bay produced film/internet enragement project (albeit one that some Den of Geek contributors are quite looking forward to).
When the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon relaunch, which plays on Nickelodeon in the Us and on Nicktoons in the UK, returns for its third season, Leonardo voice actor Jason Biggs won’t be returning with it. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the role of Leonardo will be filled by Robot Chicken co-creator Seth Green. No reason for Biggs’ departure was given, although it could be something to do with either the actor’s hobby of causing controversy on Twitter or the growing success of the Netflix-produced TV series Orange Is The New Black, »
News Matt Edwards 4 Apr 2014 - 10:55
In ten years, when everyone has some distance from it, we might be lucky enough to get a documentary about the production of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. There must be some stories to tell. Production delays, leaks, script rewrites and now new casting just four months out from release.
According to Deadline, who broke the story, two new actors are joining the cast to provide the voices of mo-capped characters Leonardo and Splinter. It’s also worth noting that Deadline suggests that Paramount had always considered voice recasting a possibility for the film. So, while late casting may look bad, this may be less a production flap than a decision that was scheduled to be made further into the production, »
Feature Matt Edwards 28 Mar 2014 - 11:25
In the wake of the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer, Matt provides an in-depth breakdown of what it all means...
Yesterday we got our first look at the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. If you missed it, you can find it here, although it’s weird that you clicked on the trailer break down article before watching the trailer.
Now, I know a lot of people are angry about this trailer for all sorts of reasons, as is their right as members of the internet, and I also know that Michael Bay’s Transformers films are insanely popular even though it seems like everyone on the internet hates them. I’d do a whole thing about that to introduce this piece, but I’d just be going through the motions. We all know all of that, don’t we? Michael Bay didn »
Feature Matt Edwards 17 Feb 2014 - 06:21
Crossing Tmnt with a much-loved board game is a brilliant idea, right? Well, after this, Matt's wife might disagree...
Unpacking the Monopoly box, I started to get a bit excited. Granted, this is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Monopoly, a fair reason to be excited, but it was also because it had been so long since I last played the classic board game Monopoly and I couldn’t wait to get a game going. Monopoly is so fun.
Monopoly have been doing ‘themed’ sets for a while. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is very much the Park Lane of my favourite things, so this was one I was particularly keen to have a look at. It’s based on the current cartoon show from Nickelodeon, which is terrific and comes highly recommended.
Over Christmas, I sat down versus my wife for a game of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Monopoly (I know, »
Review Matt Edwards 14 Feb 2014 - 05:56
In writer/director Spike Jonze’s latest film Her, Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore. With a divorce looming, Theodore finds himself forming an unexpected bond with new computer operating system OS1, who goes by Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). Samantha is programmed to learn, so she’s discovering the world as Theodore and her work out how their relationship could work. Running alongside his relationship, Theodore observes the difficulties his friend Amy is experiencing in hers.
As a plot synopsis, that doesn’t quite capture what happens in Her. It’s not really a film that lends itself to a neat summary, nor is it one you want to read much about before seeing. In fact, if you want a quick is it good or not, »
Feature Matt Edwards 29 Jan 2014 - 11:22
Update: Images now gone at request of lawyers acting for Paramount Pictures.
Update: We have had to remove these images at the request of legal people.
“Oooooh!” reads the transcription of our reaction to these images.
Last night, Comic Book Movie dot com broke these images of models, apparently from the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. This is our first proper look at the character designs. A wonky-looking Halloween costume suggested to be based on the movie Turtles did leak last week, but we didn’t think you’d be interested in seeing it on account of it being a particularly rubbish Halloween costume.
Images Taken Down At The Request Of Paramount Pictures
These models certainly seem to fit with the design descriptions we’ve read. Obviously, we’re happy to be corrected if we’re wrong, but we think these are legitimate. »
• 2014 in film preview: sequels
Prepare yourself for the attack of the colons. A week ago, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones came to a cinema near you, and in 2014 you can look forward to Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 300: Rise of an Empire, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey?, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, The Hobbit: There and Back Again – all of them episodes in ongoing franchises, and all of them with a colon in the middle of the title.
If that weren't dizzying enough, there are three more films released in January alone that use a colon, but which aren't part of a series. »
- Nicholas Barber
Interview Matt Edwards 3 Jan 2014 - 15:03
Let me get this right out of the way: I did not want to leave at the end of this interview. I wanted to stay and talk to Spike Jonze some more. There are a few reasons for this. One is that Spike Jonze has had a long, interesting career. There’s a lot to ask him about. He’s directed so many notable music videos, some great feature films (Being John Malkovich and Where The Wild Things Are) and has been a part of the Jackass team since its inception.
Then, there’s that Spike Jonze is so much fun to talk to. Eloquent, friendly, enthusiastic and inspiring. This may rank amongst the most unprofessional things said on Den »
17 items from 2014
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