April 22, 2014

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – TV Spot with New Footage

The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians.
The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.

Based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Characters Created by PETER LAIRD and KEVIN EASTMAN with a Screenplay by JOSH APPELBAUM & ANDRÉ NEMEC and EVAN DAUGHERTY, Producer MICHAEL BAY (the blockbuster Transformers franchise) and director JONATHAN LIEBESMAN (Wrath of the Titans) bring Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the popular franchise that has captivated audiences of all ages for decades, into the 21st century.
In theaters August 8, 2014
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Lindsay Lohan apparently slacking on the job again

HollywoodNews.com: Lindsay Lohan has apparently been slacking off on her work lately as it is rumored that she bailed on some voiceover work for her new film ‘The Canyons.’
Screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis has reportedly commented that Lindsay flaked on her Automatic Dialog Replacement session this week, states TMZ. “Patrick Bateman has just headed over to Lindsay Lohan’s hotel to confront her as to why she missed her f**king ADR on ‘The Canyons’ today…,” Bret posted on Twitter.
Patrick Bateman is the character from Bret’s book ‘American Psycho.’
Lindsay has not yet commented on the situation.
Do you think she’s going to get it together?
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The Dark Knight Rises comments thread…

HollywoodNews.com: So it’s midnight on the West Coast, which means the first midnight showings are just letting out on the East Coast. Okay, you know the drill. Here’s hoping I have more comments here than I did for The Amazing Spider-Man.
Anyway, I’m actually going to be away from my keyboard for a couple days, but I’ll *try* to do a weekend box office write-up on Sunday morning. Until then, it’s officially open season for anyone who saw the third and final Chris Nolan Batman film. You’ve heard my thoughts, now time to share yours, in as much detail as you desire.
To comment about TDN go to MENDELSON’S MEMOS

Rebooting the Spider-Man franchise

HollywoodNews.com: It’s no secret that I have had major issues with the very idea of quickly rebooting the Spider-Man franchise. If the film was a smash, I have argued, then studios would basically spend the next few decades merely rebooting the same dozen franchises over and over again.
Well, the Marc Webb-helmed reboot is here, and it fails in fundamental ways despite not being an outright terrible film. It fails by both not being different enough from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and not being better than Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man. While it is preferred to view (and review) films in a vacuum, the circumstances in this case not only prevent that but discourage it. At its core, it is an unofficial loose remake of a prior film being sold as an ‘untold story’ while the studio attempts to sell used goods as a new product. It is astonishingly cynical gambit and the idea behind its construction turn what is by-itself a moderately entertaining superhero origin story into something downright insidious.
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Nicole Richie launches a new perfume

HollywoodNews.com: Nicole Richie is a busy business woman as she has just launched a new fragrance, which is also her very first fragrance.
Richie’s new perfume is called Nicole and is dedicated to her mother, states E! News. “I knew exactly what I wanted to do because my mom would combine different oils and lotions, and the blend of scents became very special to me,” Richie commented.
The fragrance apparently includes a number of scents which some are blackberry, Seville orange, golden amber, Moroccan rose, lily of the valley and papyrus.
Will you check out her scent?
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“Prometheus” – Finish the first film if you want us to see the sequel!

HollywoodNews.com: Corey Atad wrote a great ‘wish I had gotten around to writing it first’ piece on Friday. It’s about well, it’s called “Prometheus; or Stop Trying to Set Up Sequels!”. I’ve whined about this in brief or in the context of something else from time to time, but the whole ‘everything’s a trilogy’ mindset has been quite harmful to any number of pictures over the last decade. When you go back and look at the films that spawned successful franchises, they generally began with mostly close-ended installments.
Star Wars stands on its own, as does The Matrix, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Batman Begins (heck, over the last four years I’ve come to admire how The Dark Knight begins and finishes its Harvey Dent business within its own 152 minute running time). Even the first Back to the Future ended its specific narrative before offering a comedic cliffhanger that didn’t necessarily need to be revolved (the producers always say they sure as hell wouldn’t have had a flying car at the epilogue if they knew they were going to have to do expensive FX for a flying car all throughout a sequel). Even Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone had a relatively self-contained story that didn’t necessarily require a sequel to complete its narrative.
But these days there is a certain thinking that one must intentionally leave your story unresolved in order to justify a sequel, as opposed to merely making one successful film and hoping the audience wants more. Personified by John Carter, Dark Shadows, and Prometheus this year, and films like Night Watch, Robin Hood, and The Golden Compass in years past (yes the latter is actually less cliffhanger-ish than the book), there is indeed a min-trend of intentionally leaving your primary story open-ended in the egocentric presumption that parts 2 and 3 are merely a good opening weekend away. Arguably the first explicit ‘to be continued’ wasn’t even Lord of the Rings, but rather Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers back in November 1997. I remember being genuinely shocked that the film ended without the primary conflict being resolved, even as the film still felt like a complete story for the main characters. But my favorite sequel tease remains the finale of Bryan Singer’s X-Men. Even when I first saw the film back in July 2000, it struck me as [...]

Kristen Stewart hoping to work with Robert Pattinson again

HollywoodNews.com: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson shot to fame in ‘Twilight,’ and now it seems that fans may be getting even more of them together.
Stewart recently opened up about wanting to work with her boyfriend once again on a movie set, states UsMagazine.com. “I’m dying to make another movie with Rob, I think that we’re a good team,” Stewart commented.
Some want the two starring in the film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” but it will have to impress Stewart first: “I haven’t read the book yet — so I don’t know.”
Do you think they will act together again?
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The Amazing Spider-Man NEW trailer

HollywoodNews.com: The Amazing Spider-Man NEW trailer will debut this weekend in many theaters playing The Avengers.
Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy, and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets.

As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr Curt Connors, his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.
Summary written by Nicky Mitchell
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Spider-Man Goes Electronic

HollywoodNews.com: Marvel is delighted to announce a new licensing agreement with Lexibook® granting them rights to design, manufacture and distribute an exciting new range of Spider-Man electronic products in the USA and Canada.
Effective from March 10, 2012, the agreement covers an extensive range of electronic items including Electronic Learning Toys, games, and an exciting new range of high-tech audio visual products for boys including learning laptops, DVD players, speakers, clocks, plug and play games and other electronic toys.
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The immorality of The Hunger Games

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: The Hunger Games, as it exists as a film, is caught between two worlds. One on hand, it wants to be a dramatic thriller about a totalitarian regime that picks children at random and forces them to fight each other to the death for the entertainment of the wealthy masses. On the other hand, it wants to be a series that appeals to mass audiences in order to rack up massive box office grosses and become ‘the next big franchise’.
Note – this is not a conventional review and there will be far more spoilers than usual. So warned…
As a direct result of this conundrum, the picture not only fails as a social/political commentary but becomes an ugly celebration of the very narrative that it should be condemning. By refusing to look directly at its own story and by instead fashioning a convenient morality out of its murderous sporting event, it lets the audience off the hook and even encourages them to enjoy the blood-sport as ‘entertainment’. The film may appear to be mocking reality show conventions and the tendency to emphasize simplistic narratives to alleviate discomfort, but by virtue of what it omits and what it emphasizes, The Hunger Games is a prime example of what it claims to criticize. The film is so afraid to confront the horror of its premise that, in its need to create a mass-audience PG-13 franchise, it makes the cheering audience culpable and every bit as guilty as those who would watch such a thing in real life.
First and foremost, the film fails by refusing to develop or examine nearly all of the 24 Hunger Games contestants. The large number of competitors/victims is actually solved by having eleven of them get slaughtered within the first five minutes of the competition (eight hours in actual time). So the majority of the onscreen competition comes down to thirteen contestants. Other than the lead character (Katniss Everdeen played by Jennifer Lawrence) and her would-be partner/love interest (Peeta Mellark played by Josh Hutcherson), not a single contestant is given any depth. For the majority of the film, we are watching unnamed contestants kill other nearly-faceless contestants. When the cast is whittled down, we are left with the pretty blonde, the cute redhead, the brunette, the tall black guy, the young black girl, the [...]

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