Trailer Watch – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The Internet’s blowing up today with the first look at the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

From such a short look, it’s tough to say what it’ll be like. I kind of agree with this YouTuber:

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Also, I have to note that I really don’t buy Megan Fox as April O’Neil. She just… isn’t. Hopefully, I’m wrong about that and she knocks it out of the park – though I’ll be holding my breath until I see more. Check it out for yourself and leave a comment below!

Trailer Watch – X-Men: Days of Future Past

Braaaaaand new Days of Future Past trailer here!

It looks dark, or at least a little darker than your average Marvel movie – but I like it. The desperation over being on the verge of extinction feels real too, and then throw time travel and manipulation of events into things…

…hoooo, you’ve got a late spring blockbuster on your hands. May 23rd, here we come!

Trailer Watch – The Signal

Hot off the trailer press (it’s a actual machine, guys) comes sci-fi pshychological thriller The Signal, starring Laurence Fishburne and Brenton Thwaites. The plot follows two MIT grads with a passion for hacking as they encounter something very strange in the Nevada desert.

It looks like a mend-bending but beautifully shot trek into the imagination. And there’s more – ruagitated.com confronts the us with an interactive computer terminal that no doubt lets on to some secrets – with the right commands…

Check out the trailer below, or the crazed teaser here. The Signal hits theatres in June 2014.

P.S. I may have lied about that trailer press thing.

New Artwork from Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson

Long-retired and norotiously low-key, comic creator Bill Watterson of everyone (yes, literally everyone)’s favourite comic strip Calvin and Hobbes has just broken his illustration silence.

According to io9.com, Watterson was “so impressed” with the upcoming documentary Stripped, investigating the lives and careers of cartoonists in an era when newspapers are dropping like flies, that he decided to create the movie’s poster. According to Stripped‘s website, it’s Watterson’s first comic in 19 years.

Holy shit. Check out the trailer for the film (it looks terrific) and catch Watterson’s full poster after the jump.

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The True Identity of Andy’s Mom in Toy Story

One of the cornerstones of my childhood is Toy Story. In fact, one of the first things I’ll ask of a newly-met person is if this is true for them too. If it isn’t, there’s trouble.

But Pixar is wily. Clever. They’ll construct their movies to be taken in on one level, understood on a second level and then, if you possess the cunning (and the time), they’ll hit you with even deeper connections and truths. Jon Negroni knows!

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via jonnegroni.com

As a Pixar theorist, Negroni peels back the shiny exteriors of these animated blockbusters and finds some incredible truths and connections, both within films and between them.

Most recently, Negroni has unveiled a “truth” about who Andy’s mom actually is and how the entire Toy Story universe revolves around her – and it’s absolutely astounding.

Check out the full article here and clutch a pillow or something for comfort/to stifle screams and/or tears.

Trailer Watch – Guardians of the Galaxy

OH EM GEEEEEEE. The first-ever Guardians of the Galaxy trailer has just been released, exclusively shown during Jimmy Kimmel Live last night (how much did they have to pay for that?).

At a first glance, it looks AWESOME! Great effects good casting and really, really funny!! I heard rumours it might be airing originally during the Super Bowl, but obviously that didn’t happen… and now this!

If you need a chuckle and your daily dose of “booyah”, have a watch and leave a comment telling me what you think:

Guardians of the Galaxy is set to premiere August 1, 2014.

No Will Smith for Independence Day 2

Sorry, Captain Heller fans – Will Smith has confirmed he won’t be reprising his balls-to-the-wall pilot role in the Independence Day sequel, currently titled ID Forever Part I. Presumably, this means there will also be an ID Forever Part II.

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via moviepilot.com

According to Variety, Smith has turned down the offer. I don’t know if I can blame him, to be honest – ID came out in 1996, and he hasn’t exactly had trouble finding work since. According to the sequel’s IMDb page, writer Dean Devlin was paid to write a sequel right after the original but gave the money back as he felt the story wasn’t good enough. RESPECT.

Devlin and director Roland Emmerich are once again teaming up for this bad boy in what’s sure to be a look at the state of the world post alien contact. This writer is pretty leery about another chapter two decades after the original (these things never tend to go well), but there’s certainly a chance it could really hit the nail on the head.

ID Forever Part I is set to hit theatres in July 2016. Providing hostile aliens don’t get here first.

Trailer Watch – Transformers: Age of Extinction

Okay, so at 43 seconds long it’s actually more of a teaser, but it appears Michael Bay is climbing back on his old mechanized horse for Transformers: Age of Exinction:

I don’t know where to begin here. I guess it’d be pretty cool to turn your face into a gun (although, ouch?). And then things get really interesting as the movie’s theme really comes to light – dinosaurs. Mechanized, weapon-toting, transformer-riding dinosaurs. From space.

You’ve made me nervous, Michael. New cast, new story… movie #4. Movie #4′s rarely exist for a reason: your story miiiight be done, dude.

Transformers: Age of Extinction‘s release date is set for Summer 2014.

It’s Official – Michael Douglas is Ant-Man

Apparently, there’s nothing he ant do. Marvel has confirmed that Michael Douglas will play size-changing scientist Hank Pym in 2015′s Ant-Man.

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via hollywoodreporter.com

Set to be directed by Edgar Wright, generally applauded for pumping out some great movies including Hot Fuzz, Shawn of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Douglas was apparently flip-flopping on the decision before having a “change of heart over the holidays.” Obviously the Christmas cheer got to him (good job, Christmas cheer).

What’s interesting is Wright’s take on things – Ant-Man himself will actually be spanning two people: Douglas as the original Hank Pym, and Paul Rudd as torch-taker-upper Scott Lang after Pym’s retirement.

While it’s easier to make a bad superhero movie than a good one (actually, the same goes for any movie, period), I’ve got faith in Mr. Wright and co.

Ant-Man is slated for release in July, 2015.

Trailer Watch – Transcendence

Transcendence is an eerie look at the theoretical singularity, the moment when artificial intelligence begins to think on its own… outside of human parameters.

Starring Johnny Depp, Kate Mara and Rebecca Hall, this trailer for the upcoming sci-fi/thriller does a great job in setting the tone: starting with a feeling of hope and optimism for the future, the dark and dangerous side effects of a plan-gone-wrong will make you shift uncomfortably in your seat.

What do you think? Promising concept or re-purposed ideas?