Uh-oh, Hugo Weaving. You made Michael Bay angry. And you won’t like him when he’s angry. A few days back Weaving made some critical-but-honest remarks about voicing Megatron in Bay’s Transformers, saying “I didn’t care about it, I didn’t think about it… I don’t regret doing it, but I very rarely do something if it’s meaningless. It was meaningless to me, honestly. I don’t mean that in any nasty way. I did it. It was a two-hour voice job, while I was doing other things.”
Hugo Weaving has been in so many geek properties, he feels like an old friend. The Matrix, V for Vendetta, Captain America, and of course Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings. He traveled back to Middle Earth for The Hobbit and admits he was just as clueless about the whole trilogy thing as we were but when asked about his time as Megatron in Michael Bay’sTransformers, the actor declared the role meaningless. Why does this not surprise me?
What would the trailer for Stanley Kubrick’s influential science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey look like if it were released today? Well, probably a lot like the one above, recut by the folks at Film School Rejects. Let’s be honest, it’s probably unlikely that a super intelligent, groundbreaking film like 2001 wouldn’t attract today’s moviegoers without some dramatic trailer sequences. All this trailer needs to be truly modern is a few Michael Bay-ish explosions, a few scenes that aren’t actually included in the final cut of the film, and the key plot-spoiling element of the movie.
Probably because of karmic reparations for angering fans, pre-production on the new live-action TeenageMutant Ninja Turtles movie has been shut down by Paramount, which has also pushed the planned December 2013 release date back to May 2014. Not surprisingly, the issue is said to be with the script — a script for a TMNT reboot that has abandoned the original story so much that it’s basically another movie that is just borrowing the TMNT name because no one could think of anything better. I’ll pretend to be upset about this right after I stop laughing.
And the award for Mensch of the Day goes to: both Chris O’Dowd and Jon Hamm, both of whom had roles in Bridesmaids and are now appearing together in Friends With Kids. But it’s not their roles that have them getting their lovely mugs featured in a blog post today — it’s what they’re saying about women in Hollywood. Namely, women who have been treated unfairly. Okay, here is how we’re really going to grab you with this one: Chris O’Dowd calls Michael Bay an a-hole after the jump, so you’ll want to read that. UPDATE: Never mind about Chris O’Dowd, apparently he took back what he said about Michael Bay.
So, we just found out that Michael Bay‘s plans for the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie will entail changing the turtles from mutants into aliens. Even though “mutant” was kind of the whole point of the fighting band of turtles, and making them part of an “alien race” not only kills the original idea completely, but it’s just a generally stupid idea if you’re plan is to make a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. The “mutant” part is part of the package. But now, people associated with TMNT are speaking up against Bay’s stupid, stupid, stupid decision, expressing what we fans of the series have thought since we first heard the news. No, not T-U-R-T-L-E power. More like rage.
A lot of people still find what Lord of the Rings/Planet of the Apes actor Andy Serkis does completely ridiculous. It’s part of the reason there’s so much fuss over the studio campaigning to get him an Oscar nomination. Well now the folks at FunnyOrDie have created a little video poking fun at the whole thing. Directors Michael Bay and Jon Favreau plus actor Ray Liotta star in the spoof, discussing the work of “motion capture experts,” Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel.
I haven’t consulted a Ouija board in years but if I had asked one who would wind up writing the forthcoming Ouija film for Hasbro I would have been happy to slowly watch it spell out the name Marti Noxon. The writer/producer probably best known for her time working on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, just wrapped up the big Fright Night remake and has a whole lot of other projects on her plate but as we’ve just learned, she will indeed be heading back into the supernatural realm with Ouija.
Graphic designer Jeffery Frankenhauser has determined the Michael Bay movies are made of death, explosions, and money, and that the number of explosions in his movies correlate directly with the amount of money it makes.
The category “Vital Information for Your Everyday Life” has never seemed so appropriate.