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June 24, 2014 | 7:35 p.m.

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ trailer: high on explosions, low on pizza

A new trailer has arrived for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” the upcoming film produced by explosioneer Michael Bay and directed by Jonathan Liebesman. True to form, it’s a riot of ninja moves, skateboard getaways and stuff blowing up all over New York City. However, there is still no pizza involved. What gives? There is a scene in which Megan Fox, as reporter April O’Neil, gets a talking to for recording the turtles with her iPhone. She also clarifies, when asked by fellow non-turtle Will Arnett, that the turtles are NOT aliens, so go ahead and put that mess out of your mind. Whoopi Goldberg also makes an appearance, but even more important there’s Shredder, the movie’s villain who is attacking the Big Apple. Shredder looks very angry and knife-y; Master Splinter, the rat sensei, is worried. The mutant ninjas, created by Kevin […]
May 15, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.

‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’: Optimus Prime actor talks tough

Auditioning with director Michael Bay for the role of Optimus Prime in 2007’s live-action movie adaptation of the beloved animated series “Transformers,” Canadian-born vocal artist Peter Cullen was aware that his previous accomplishments hardly guaranteed his place in a big-budget Hollywood movie. “It’s kind of surreal to audition for a character that you basically created,” said Cullen, who originated the Autobot’s stentorian voice in TV performances from 1984 to ‘87. “But I didn’t expect Michael to know what I knew about ‘Transformers.’ I was ready for anything.” Bay, of course, appointed him Optimus in that blockbuster film and two other hit “Transformers” sequels that have combined to gross a staggering $2.7 billion worldwide. Come June 27, Cullen will return in his role as fandom’s favorite alien-born Kenworth K100 truck cum sentient battle-bot in “Transformers: Age of Extinction.” In this go-round, […]
May 15, 2014 | 7:56 a.m.

‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ trailer: Mark Wahlberg meets Optimus Prime

The new trailer for “Transformers: Age of Extinction” has debuted with all the explosive action and imagery fans have come to expect from popcorn entertainment master Michael Bay. Written by Ehren Kruger and directed by Bay, the new film sees Mark Wahlberg, playing a mechanic named Cade Yeagar, join the series about warring tribes of alien robots with a propensity for causing massive destruction here on planet Earth. “Age of Extinction,” which hits theaters June 27, arrives as a kind of reboot for the franchise, which has grossed $2.7 billion worldwide, and is the first entry in an intended new trilogy of “Transformers” films. Wahlberg takes over as protagonist from Shia LaBeouf, who departed as the series’ primary human foil, Sam Witwicky, after “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” in 2011. Never mind that Wahlberg — as a down-on-his-luck auto mechanic […]
May 14, 2014 | 6:59 p.m.

‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’: Optimus poses on new poster

Transformers Optimus Prime
A new poster has arrived for “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” the fourth franchise installment from blockbuster extremist Michael Bay, and it features Autobot leader Optimus Prime holding an enormous dagger. The heroic battle-bot looks ready to spar with any alien cyborg who gets out of line. “Age of Extinction,” which hits theaters June 27, will be a kind of reboot for the franchise, which has grossed $2.7 billion worldwide. Though Bay said in 2012 that “Age of Extinction” would be his last foray in the series, the upcoming Paramount vehicle is now viewed as the first entry in an intended new trilogy of “Transformers” films. A new trailer for the film is due to arrive at midnight — look for the Dinobots, the prehistoric ragers who are new to the “Transformers” cinematic landscape. “Age of Extinction” also ushers in a […]
May 01, 2014 | 10:25 a.m.

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’: New trailer spotlights masked heroes

A new trailer for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” has arrived, introducing more scenes of the skateboarding heroes on the half-shell and spotlighting the film’s take on the character design. The movie mutants appear to take after the gritty characters from the original comics, created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in the early 1980s, instead of their goofier counterparts, made famous in the animated TV series that ran from 1987 to 1996. In this latest movie adventure, directed by Jonathan Liebesman and produced by Michael Bay, the Turtles get a new origin story, with Megan Fox starring as reporter April O’Neil, a key ally for the masked crime-fighters who bear the names of famous Renaissance painters and must protect New York City from a villain known as Shredder (rumored to be played by William Fichtner). The Turtles, of course, have […]
April 25, 2014 | 6:30 a.m.

‘Transformers’: Mark Wahlberg on ‘Age of Extinction’ acting commitment

Before Mark Wahlberg ever attempted to test his mettle vis-a-vis giant metamorphosing robots from outer space, and before he befriended a heroic battle-bot named Optimus Prime on-screen, the actor prepared for his latest part with an unlikely foil: a talking teddy bear with an outsize taste for prostitutes and cocaine. Which is to say that before Wahlberg signed on to appear in Paramount Pictures’ mega-budget sci-fi thriller “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” he got a first taste of acting opposite computer-generated imagery in a certain raunch-comedy that became 2012’s surprise breakout hit. “‘Ted’ was definitely a good warmup,” Wahlberg said of the movie in which he plays a Boston bro who co-habitates with his hard-swearing, magically alive plush toy. “With ‘Ted,’ it was a more intimate setting. But this movie is much bigger and more intense. You’ve got eight Autobots talking […]
April 14, 2014 | 10:47 a.m.

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ TV spot reveals glimpse of Splinter

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” fans got a look at some new scenes from the upcoming summer film during Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards. The latest TV spot offers a first look at the turtles’ trainer, Master Splinter. The teaser opens with an action montage with several scenes already featured in last month’s trailer, an action-packed preview that showed the heroes in a half shell facing off against baddies in the subway and body surfing down a snowy mountain. The TV spot (watch it below) also revealed several new scenes, including Raphael punching out a hooded thug, Donatello (Jeremy Howard) wearing one of his trademark inventions and one of the turtles launching off a cliff on some sort of rocket-propelled skateboard. Meanwhile, a voiceover narrates: “You live, you die, you fight as brothers. Remember, nothing is as strong as family.” The new […]
April 14, 2014 | 6:30 a.m.

‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’: New TV spot for Michael Bay epic

Actor Mark Wahlberg received the MTV Generation Award at Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards, and during the telecast, Paramount revealed a new TV spot from the actor’s upcoming blockbuster, “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” which sees him join up with Michael Bay’s hit franchise. Written by Ehren Kruger and directed by Bay, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” stars Wahlberg as mechanic Cade Yeagar, a father and everyman who becomes embroiled in the high-stakes action that ensues when warring tribes of alien robots duke it out here on planet Earth. The latest installment, set to open in theaters June 27, introduces Dinobots into the mix. In a 2012 interview with Hero Complex, Bay talked openly about his plans for a fourth “Transformers” movie, saying at the time that it “absolutely” will be his last. “Here’s the thing,” Bay said at the time, “it’s tough to […]
April 08, 2014 | 5:12 p.m.

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ posters spotlight iconic weapons

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael
Four new character posters for the upcoming Michael Bay-produced “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” were released Tuesday, spotlighting each turtle’s weapon of choice. Each poster features one of the turtles’ three-fingered hands (do we call them hands?), wrapped in the appropriate color wristband and wielding his favorite weapon. Leonardo wears blue, and his hand clutches one of his two trademark katanas. Raphael, in red, wields a pair of sai. Michelangelo, orange, sports a pair of nunchakus, and Donatello, purple, carries a bo staff. Check out the posters of the mean, green fighting machines in the gallery above. They come a couple of weeks after the release of the film’s first trailer, an action-packed preview that featured the heroes in a half shell facing off against baddies in the subway and body surfing down a snowy mountain. The movie mutants seem to […]
March 27, 2014 | 11:14 a.m.

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ trailer: Turtles get new origin tale

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' trailer (featured image)
The first trailer for the upcoming Michael Bay-produced “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” was released Thursday, offering a glimpse of the latest big-screen incarnations of the heroes in a half shell. The trailer opens with a montage of destruction scenes in what appears to be New York City, the turtles’ traditional stomping grounds, as actor William Fichtner’s voice narrates, “Crime, violence and fear have run rampant. Our great city is being destroyed. People want justice restored to this world.” Fichtner’s character, rumored to be Shredder, is talking to Megan Fox’s April O’Neil, the turtles’ eventual ally, and offers up an alternate origin story for the mean, green fighting machines. “People want heroes, Miss O’Neil,” he tells her. “But heroes are not born; they’re created. That’s what your father and I were trying to do — create heroes.” What follows is a […]
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