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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles's upcoming release has sparked a wave of interest in the heroes in a half-shell, but not everyone is on board with the new reboot. Wil Wheaton has released a new video called "Literally Everything Else From Your Childhood: The Movie", and it spoofs modern-day efforts to stir up 80s and 90s nostalgia. Wheaton was born in 1972, so the actor, TV host, and geek king can safely call himself an 80s kid. That designation makes him a target audience for film reboots of iconic 80s franchises, but Wheaton clearly isn't a fan of the new versions of Transformers, G.I. Joe, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. His response is a fake trailer that must make the Angry Nerd proud. Wheaton created the video as part of his SyFy show, The Wil Wheaton Project. The whole thing feels like your typical nostalgic Buzzfeed listicle, but with a tongue-in-cheek attitude. »
- Sam Gutelle
The Hollywood Reporter wrote Wednesday that summer box office returns have been their lowest in eight years. Receipts will finish between 15 and 20 percent down from last year and overall domestic revenue likely won’t crack $4 billion. Further, it’s expected that no movie this summer will break $300 million in domestic revenue, the first time that’s happened since 2001.
Following flops and poor openings for films like Sex Tape, A Million Ways to Die in the West and Planes: Fire and Rescue and promising but underwhelming money for the latest Transformers, Spider-Man and X-Men franchises, this much perhaps isn’t that great of surprise. It’s been a mixed to downright dismal season at the movies even if we aren’t looking at hard dollars.
But then it’s also no surprise that Hollywood is hemorrhaging earnings to VOD releases and TV streaming services. One unnamed studio executive quoted in the THR article said, »
- Brian Welk
2013’s Planes was the underdog story of a little film no one wanted, one that was destined for a direct-to-dvd release, but, against all odds, found its way to theatres. The merchandising windfall ensured by a whole new class of vehicle in the Cars universe was no doubt reason enough for Disney to release a half-assed, miscast, and poorly animated spin-off to the big screen, but a timely launch window allowed Planes to make back its (relatively) inexpensive budget fourfold. Going up against another round of weak weekend competition less than a year later, Planes: Fire & Rescue further pushes the envelope for what the House of Mouse deems “theatre-worthy.” To damn with faint praise, there’s no denying that Fire & Rescue is, at the very least, a marginal improvement over its execrable predecessor.
The first Planes having so dogmatically delivered every beat of its “local plane makes good” story »
- Sam Woolf
We take a light-hearted look at a few of the more strange coincidences and quirks of fate in recent cinema history...
Stories are often built on coincidences and happenstance. Chance encounters at railway stations. Bruce Willis bumping into Ving Rhames while he's out and about in his Honda in Pulp Fiction. But what about those weird patterns we see in our everyday reality, or, more to the point, in cinema history?
When Batman Begins came out, it was widely noted that Christian Bale had already played an unfathomably rich man with a secret double life before, in Mary Harron's adaptation of American Psycho. Bale's character, Patrick Bateman, even has a surname that's basically Batman with an 'e' added to it.
Those are the kinds of strange quirks of fate we're looking at here. If you have any of your own, do share them in the comments section.
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Warner’s “The Lego Movie” reclaimed the top spot on both national home video sales charts the week ending July 6, bumping the historical actioner “300: Rise of an Empire” – which debuted at No. 1 the previous week – to the No. 2 spot.
In its third week in stores, “The Lego Movie” still managed to outsell the followup to 2007’s “300” by a healthy margin. “300: Rise of an Empire,” with a domestic gross of $106.6 million (barely more than half what the original earned), in its second week of release sold 70% as many copies as the animated comedy based on the popular building toy. Both films are distributed by Warner.
Walt Disney Studios’ “Frozen,” meanwhile, ended its 16th week of release by bouncing back up to No. 3 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined.
Universal Studios’ “Lone Survivor” finished the week at No. 4, while »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Not happy with Michael Bay’s latest interpretation of The Transformers? Then you may find a bit more joy in this 4-minute stop-motion animation from Harris Loureiro which sees Optimus Prime take on the Constructicons and Devastator. It’s pretty awesome.
According to Loureiro, he shot the short in September last year and then started the edit in May 2014, which took him around a month. Some impressive work for just a month of editing!
Transformers: Age of Extinction is currently out in North America and is released in the UK on July 5th, with a cast that includes Mark Whalberg (Pain & Gain), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did), Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel), Stanley Tucci (Captain America: The First Avenger), Li Bingbing (Resident Evil: Retribution »
- Luke Owen
Directed by Michael Bay.
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Victoria Summer, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Titus Welliver, Li Bingbing and featuring the voice talents of Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, and Mark Ryan.
An automobile mechanic and his daughter make a discovery that brings down the Autobots – and a paranoid government official – on them.
Transformers: Age of Extinction follows a down and out inventor (Mark Wahlberg) and his daughter (Nicola Peltz) who are struggling to make ends meet. The Transformers have basically become an enemy of mankind and there’s a brutal scene involving the hunting down of an Autobot which is the most impactful scene in any Transformers movie. Even the handling of the Transformers mythology is better here, with the screenwriters taking advantage of the theme of extinction. It follows up on the climax of Dark of the »
- Gary Collinson
To coincide with the release of Transformers: Age of Extinction – which opened in the States this past Friday [read our ★ review here] – we’ve turned our attention to the Robots in Disguise for the latest Sunday Quiz here at Flickering Myth. However, rather than Michael Bay’s interpretation of The Transformers, we’re putting your knowledge of the original Generation 1 Autobots and Decepticons to the test. So, take the quiz below, and see if you’ve got the Touch…
Question 1 Optimus Prime Rodimus Prime Orion Pax
Question 2 Galvatron Megatron Cybertron
Question 3 Sunstreaker Bumblebee Goldbug
Question 4 Dinobot Grimlock Sludge
Question 5 Laserbeak Ravage Rumble
Question 6 Shockwave Soundwave Galvatron
Question 7 Hound Ironhide Sideswipe
Question 8 Starscream Buzzsaw Laserbeak
Question 9 Slag Sludge Swoop
Question 10 Ironhide Cliffjumper Ratchet
Question 11 Galvatron Cyclonus Scourge
Question 12 Hot Rod Optimus Prime Ultra Magnus
Question 13 Mirage Hound Ratchet
Question 14 Soundwave Shockwave Megatron
Question 15 Grimlock Goldbug Bumblebee
Question 16 Hot Rod Rodimus Prime Optimus Prime
- Gary Collinson
Summer is four months long now, at least in the movie world. Here are the dates and films to look forward to seeing:
May 2. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PG-13): Peter Parker returns, facing a triple challenge with The Rhino, Electro, and the Green Goblin all posing a major threat.
May 16. Million Dollar Arm (PG): A struggling sports agent is determined to turn two Indian cricket players into baseball legends in less than a year.
May 16. Godzilla (PG-13): The gigantic kaiju is back, and this time he's taking out his fury on the citizens of New York.
May 23. X-Men: Days of Future Past (PG-13): Wolverine must go back in time and convince a young Charles Xavier that only he can prevent a war on mutants. »
- email@example.com (Dave B.)
The Transformers franchise has been around since the mid-1980s, and out of all of the classic cartoons/animated toy commercials from that time period, it has arguably achieved the most pop culture success, specifically in the world of cinema. The Michael Bay-directed series of films have grossed over $1 billion at the domestic box office alone, and Activision is looking to piggy-back off of that success with the Edge of Reality developed Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark.
Simultaneously a tie-in with Transformers: Age of Extinction and a continuation of the War for Cybertron series, Rise of the Dark Spark focuses on the battle for the titular artifact. Capable of ripping holes in dimensions, the Dark Spark is the catalyst for the merging of the two Transformer universes together. This could have been a rather straight-forward plot of the classic battle between good and evil, but the universe »
- Eric Hall
It's Friday and that means on today's podcast we're reviewing Transformers: Age of Extinction and Snowpiercer as well as discussing Gary Oldman's comments, answering your questions and voice mails, playing games and plenty more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option is a new way of leaving us a voicemail directly from your computer. Just click here and no matter where you live in the world, all you »
- Brad Brevet
Last week, the Transformers Hall of Fame — which is, believe it or not, a real thing — inducted two fictional robots, but only one human: a 60-year-old Los Angeles resident named Stan Bush. When the emcee uttered that human's name, cheers and applause erupted from the throngs of Transformers fans in the audience at the Pasadena Convention Center. Bush was brought on stage and he wore a grin of elation and surprise. "You're the best," he said, gesturing to the crowd. "You got the Touch!" That capitalization is intentional, because Bush wasn't referring to just any touch. He was talking about the Touch: a metaphorical blessing of strength that is the central topic of a song Bush wrote and recorded nearly 30 years ago, a power ballad called, simply, "The Touch." It's undoubtedly the greatest piece of music to come out of the Transformers franchise, and it's had a truly »
- Abraham Riesman
Like many American kids from the past three decades, I grew up with Transformers to some capacity. There were toys, video games, and a few different cartoons. That being said, I never saw the shows are these infallible pieces of modern Shakespeare. I’m going to go ahead and lump in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and G.I. Joe in here as well. Fun shows but nostalgia aside, I don’t think they’re all that great. But even as someone who has little if any loyalty to the brand, I can see that the recent Transformers movies have been a spit in the face to the original series. The first Transformers, while not a “good” Transformers movie, was a little closer to what I remember from the television show, »
- Gary Collinson
An overwhelmed Megan Fox 'can't deal with' watching TV.
Looks like Megan Fox's two sons with 90210 star Brian Austin Green -- Noah, almost 2, and Bodhi, four months -- won't be seeing their famous mother on the small-screen anytime soon. The Transformers actress, 28, recently revealed to Parents magazine that she doesn't let her children watch TV.
"It's really hard to manage because I don’t let them watch TV," Megan says about caring for Noah and Bodhi at the same time. "It's not like I'm going to sit Noah in front of the television so I can take care of Bodhi. I have to figure out how to incorporate Noah into the process and have him help me take care of Bodhi and make sure he doesn’t get jealous and make sure nobody's neglected and everybody's needs are being met. ... It's total chaos obviously."
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We are sad to announce that legendary voice actor and radio host Casey Kasem died on 15th June, aged 86. It is believed the actor had been suffering from dementia for several months.
Casem was perhaps most well known for voicing Shaggy on the hit cartoon series Scooby Doo. Classic cartoon fans will have recognised his voice on other popular cartoons including the original Transformers.
He was also well know in the Us for hosting a weekly radio show and voice of ‘American Top 40′ starting in 1970 and retiring in 2009.
Casem leaves behind wife Jean and four children.
Source: Various »
- Lucinda Holt
Goodbye, Casey Kasem. The legendary radio DJ, who hosted the wildly-popular "American Top 40" program and its various offshoots for over 30 years, died Sunday at the age of 82 surrounded by family and friends at a Washington hospital. "Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken," wrote daughter Kerri Kasem on Twitter and Facebook. "The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our dad." Kasem, who suffered from advanced Parkinson's disease and dementia in his later years, recently became the subject of a bitter feud when his adult children accused his second wife, former actress Jean Kasem, of keeping their father isolated from his close friends and family. Last year they filed a legal petition to be granted control over his health care, and in May a judge temporarily stripped Jean of her caretaker role after she »
- Chris Eggertsen
American radio personality and voice actor Casey Kasem has passed away today aged 82, his children have announced. Kasem – who was best known as the host of the American Top 40, as well as voicing Shaggy in Scooby-Doo – had been suffering from dementia, and was recently at the centre of a bitter family dispute over his end-of-life care.
“Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends,” reads a family statement. “Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken. Thank you for all your love, support and prayers. The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad.”
Kasem began his radio career in the 1950s and hosted the American Top 40 from 1970 to 1988, with a second spell following from 1998 until 2004. He began his acting career in the 1960s, first »
- Gary Collinson
Casey Kasem, the iconic radio host and voice actor, passed away Sunday at the age of 82. For a certain generation, Kasem was the inimitably raspy voice of the American Top 40 countdown. However, Kasem had a long career as an actor, particularly as a voice actor. Here are seven memorable characters you may not have realized that Kasem was behind. Norville "Shaggy" Rogers, Scooby-Doo Kasem voiced Norville "Shaggy" Rogers from 1969-1997 and again from 2002-2009. A strict vegetarian, Kasem suggested that Rogers be one on the show as well. Robin, SuperFriends One of Kasem's first voice-acting roles was Robin in The »
- Alex Heigl
Bronies, lament: Margaret Loesch is stepping down after five years as president and CEO of The Hub network. Loesch was the founding CEO of the network, a joint venture between Discovery Communications and Hasbro, Inc. that is geared toward kids and their parents. It trades on parents’ nostalgia for such 1980s cartoon icons as “G.I. Joe,” “Transformers” and “My Little Pony” — all of which happen to be popular Hasbro toys. Also read: Kid President Scores Hub Network TV Series ‘Declaration of Awesome’ One of its most vocal audiences are Bronies — adult men who embrace “My Little Pony.” “After five years at. »
- Tim Molloy
Will Arnett and the Mannequin Formerly Known As Megan Fox took some time to chat with MTV about the upcoming Jonathan Liebesman-directed reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Amongst the topics covered were fan concerns that certain franchise staples weren't going to be featured prominently in the new film- a fear created by the seeming lack of these staples in promotional materials so far.
But rest assured, Tmnt fans, according to Arnett there will be plenty of time spent on key aspects of the Turtles mythology. He says there'll be pizza, there'll be Master Splinter, and more.
"Absolutely, Splinter is crucial. That all-wise giant rat is very important to the story. There is time in the sewers. There is time in the lair. There’s all of it. I think we’ve done a really good job in staying true to the mythology and then telling a new story, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
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