15 items from 2013
“These are much more than just a series of random, isolated incidents.”
The original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film did a lot of things right. It remains legitimately funny and compelling, arguably more so the older a viewer gets. Is it nostalgia? No, nostalgia is not blind—I for one feel nostalgic when I watch The NeverEnding Story, but that doesn’t mean I think it’s a good movie or a good adaptation of the book. The fact is, the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film is good because it is crafted true to the mythology’s characters and situations, adapting them with real heart.
On the other end of the artistic spectrum, Platinum Dunes, Michael Bay’s production company, usually creates movies that are met with negative reactions, such as its remakes of Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Especially in terms of its remakes, »
- Ian Boucher
Today is Girl With The Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara’s birthday, so we figured now was as good a time as any to pit her against older sister Kate in a head-to-head battle to determine, once and for all, Who Is The Best Mara?!?!?
We’ve picked a few categories in which we can directly compare the work of the two Mara sisters, so without further ado, let the battle begin!
1. Law & Order: Svu appearance
In what has become an unspoken initiation into acting, every young actor must guest star on L&O. Like so many before them, Kate and Rooney made appearances on the show early in their careers. Kate played a gymnast with an eating disorder hiding the secret behind her friend’s murder. And Rooney starred in an episode called “Fat” as a girl who attacked fat people.
Kate barely edges out Rooney here. Rooney’s »
- Stacy Lambe
Before Insidious: Chapter II & Paranormal Activity 5 hit, Blumhouse has The Purge (once titled Vigilandia) coming our way. Today the poster & trailer dropped, and apart from looking like a blatant, high-concept remake of The Strangers (also distributed by Universal) , it’s looking pretty cool.
Also of note, this is Platinum Dunes’ first non-remake genre film since their truly atrocious stab at A Nightmare On Elm Street. I know plenty of horror fans that cringe at the mention of Michael Bay’s production company, so your mileage may vary here.
The Purge opens May 31st, 2013.
Synopsis: “If on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do? In The Purge, a speculative thriller that follows one family over the course of a single night, four people will be tested to see how far they will go to protect themselves when the vicious outside world breaks into their home. »
- Justin Edwards
This is the first debate of our new monthly feature, entitled ‘Thn Friday Face Off’. One Friday every month will see two Thn titans of film knowledge duke it out over a pressing issue relating to our most beloved art form. Each film fanatic will argue from a different viewpoint on a particular subject, in a bid to persuade our exceptionally attractive readers, as well as his or her colleague, they should be deemed the winner.
Of course, there are no definitive right or wrong answers. However, we would love for you to get involved by sharing your opinion, and voting for whoever you think has argued their case in a more effective way. You can do this by commenting below, tweeting us via @thncom, or commenting on our Facebook page. Before doing so, we ask that you read the opposition’s stance on the matter here.
First up is »
- Martin Daniel McDonagh
Austin - Eric Heisserer has had a tough career to judge as a screenwriter. His produced credits so far are "Final Destination 5," "A Nightmare On Elm Street," and "The Thing," and I would genuinely have a hard time finding much good to say about any of the three. I would have an equally hard time blaming much about the films on him, because I am keenly aware of just how insignificant a part of the machinery you are as a writer when you're working on franchise films and high-stakes remakes for the studios. The key decisions on all three of »
- Drew McWeeny
Oh Rooney Mara. Silly, unappreciative, elitist Rooney Mara. Rooney did an interview with "Interview" magazine, where she talked about how she was too good for college, too good for traditional stubbornness, too good for preparation, and too good for tattoos. Do you really need to know any more? Of course you do, because there's nothing I can say to really sum Rooney's smugness up in one short (or long) paragraph. Here's Rooney on the college experience: "When I was at college, my nickname was Keds, because I wore Keds. I guess it wasn’t really a nickname, because nicknames are usually given to you by people who are your friends and who know you. But I didn’t know the people who called me Keds. I think that they didn’t like me because I didn’t want to join a sorority. I left that school." And Rooney on being »
- tooFab Staff
Boy, the hits just keep on coming for the upcoming reboot of the classic comic book series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, with the announcement this morning that Megan Fox has been cast in the film, presumably burying the hatchet between herself and producer Michael Bay (who she referred to in interviews as being a “Nazi” on the set of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen).
Ever since the project has been announced, it’s been plagued by bad news followed by bad news, with various production issues and negative fan reactions making it clear that, with all probability, Ninja Turtles is going to suck.
Sure, with Bay at the sidelines it will probably make a truckload of cash, but any fan expecting to be entertained by a Tmnt movie with his involvement is just setting themselves up for a colossal disappointment.
Here are 10 reasons why Ninja Turtles is going to suck… »
- Shaun Munro
The news first broke on Michael Bay's blog with a simple one-sentence update, "Tmnt: We Are Bringing Megan Fox Back Into The Family." Trades quickly picked up on it and confirmed Fox's signing as well as her character, the female/human lead and good friend of the Ninja Turtles.
Megan Fox starred in Michael Bay's first two Transformers films before some public jabs between the pair led to her being fired from the third film during early pre-production. At the time it seemed as if Fox and Bay would never work again given their animosity toward one another.
According to THR, Fox was wowed by Tmnt director Jonathan Liebesman's storyboards for the film. No additional plot details have surfaced since rumors of »
In no less than 24 hours will see the arrival of the Michael Greenspan helmed thriller 'Kill For Me'. And if you're still undecided as to whether or not to head down to your local store and pick up a copy then perhaps this exclusive clips package bought to you by Bloody Disgusting will change your mind? Tracy Spiridakos ('Being Human') and Katie Cassidy ('A Nightmare on Elm Street') who become roommates and soon find theirselves teaming up to protect each other from their pasts. Donal Logue, Adam Dimarco, Ryan Robbins, Torrance Coombs and Chelah Horsdal co-star in the project. Check out the accumulative batch of new clips below and catch the release across the Us when it arrives on DVD with UltraViolet, courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, from 12 February. »
Today we have the trailer for the upcoming "Hours" thriller, starring Paul Walker (Fast Five) in a movie set primarily in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Check it out below. Plot: The story of a man (Walker) who battles looters, the elements and exhaustion for two days in a hospital while his newborn daughter clings to life inside a ventilator powered only by a manual crank. The new movie is written and directed by Eric Heisserer, writer of "The Thing" remake, "Final Destination 5" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street" remake. It's set to premiere at the SXSW film festival next month. Trailer: »
If you were wondering when it was officially okay to use the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina as the focal point for a Hollywood thriller, the answer is apparently now. Filmmaker Eric Heisserer (writer of The Thing prequel and the A Nightmare on Elm Street remake) will use Katrina as the backdrop for his new feature film Hours – which is set to make its debut at this year’s SXSW fest. Paul Walker headlines the project (which is still seeking distribution), playing a father forced to stay in an abandoned hospital with his prematurely born daughter during the storm. Flood waters, looters and a lack of electricity (the baby can’t breathe without a ventilator…) all conspire to bring about an unhappy ending, but we’re guessing Walker prevails in the...
- Mike Bracken
Prior to its cancellation, the script for the Superman Lives project had undergone several rewrites, with Wesley Strick (Doom, 2010's A Nightmare on Elm Street) being the writer chosen to completely rewrite Kevin Smith's version of the screenplay, following Tim Burton's involvement in the project. However, Strick was ultimately discharged from the now-aborted project, due to the script he wrote said to be going over the budget, allowing writer Dan Gilroy to take over the position. Now, despite being deemed as one of the rarest scripts of the project to ever be publicized, the folks over at Superman Homepage have recently gotten their hands on the script, which features a spider-legged Brainiac as the main villain. Click on the image below to check it out for yourself... So, did Warner Bros. make the right decision by turning down the script, or does it accord to your image of »
Arriving on DVD from the 12th February is Michael Greenspan's new thriller 'Kill For Me' courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The first piece of DVD artwork has been sent across for the project which stars the sexy Katie Cassidy ('Supernatural', 'A Nightmare on Elm Street') and Tracy Spiridako ('Being Human') who team up to take care of each other when an abusive boyfriend from the past shows up. Already sounding pretty much like the last movie we covered, 'Girls Against Boys', but still...Donal Logue, Adam Dimarco, Ryan Robbins, Torrance Coombs and Chelah Horsdal also star in the project. Check out the DVD artwork below. »
One of my favorite aspects of the old Fangoria Weekend of Horror shows was that they always kicked off the convention with a slew of upcoming horror movie trailers. In the days long before you could simply watch these previews on the Internet, you’d have to plan accordingly, make sure you take an early enough train into the city so that you wouldn’t miss the trailer reel show which was always first on the itinerary for Fango cons. And I’ll never forget when the very first teaser trailer for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake played in front of a packed audience. It was the one dubbed “the Michael Bay teaser” on the eventual DVD release, which was primarily a black screen and the sound of a girl hiding in a closet before we hear a chainsaw erupt to life and tear a hole in the door & in turn the movie screen. »
- Rob Galluzzo
Last year's The Amazing Spider-Man had certainly had its fair share of critics, but if there was one aspect of the Andrew Garfield-headlined reboot that came under particular fire, it was director Marc Webb's choice of design for Spidey's nemesis, The Lizard (Rhys Ifans).
Well, thanks to concept artist Constantine Sekeris (via ComicBookMovie), we now have an insight into the direction that Sam Raimi would have gone with the character, with Sekeris releasing two images of The Lizard as he could have appeared alongside Tobey Maguire's wall-crawler.
The images in question were produced for Spider-Man 2, back when Raimi was planning to have Spider-Man go up against Dylan Baker's Dr. Curt Connors, Alfred Molina's Doctor Octopus and James Franco's Harry Osborn. Fortunately, he was convinced otherwise...
15 items from 2013
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