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Michael Bay

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These Are Michael Bay’s Ninja Turtles

Not that we’re looking forward to Michael Bay’s Ninja Turtles movie or anything but we were interesting to find out who he’d be casting as Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo. Now we know they’ve hired actors from The Hunger Games, Twilight, Parks and Recreation, and Galaxy Quest.


Not a Misprint

Megan Fox Will Play April O’Neil In Michael Bay’s Ninja Turtles

Hey, remember when Megan Fox compared Michael Bay to Hitler?


Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: 30 Rock Does Superman

Oh Hollywood

Almanac, About a Time Traveler Who Takes Advantage of a Sports Almanac From the Future, Reminds Us of Something…

I have’t exactly been waiting around with bated breath to find out the plot of the upcoming Michael Bay-produced Almanac. As you can imagine, the sort of film Bay gets involved in doesn’t really fall under our umbrella of interest here at The Mary Sue, unless of course there’s something crazy going on like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles being turned into aliens or Bay attempting to defend the dignity of Transformers.

But while I may not be into the filmography of Michael Bay, I am into the Back to the Future trilogy. So when it turns out that the plot of Almanac, found footage flick produced by Bay’s Platinum Dunes production company, involves a teenage boy finding a time machine and a sports almanac and using the pair of them to make a bunch of money? You’re darn right that captures my attention.


Oh Really?

Michael Bay Pitches a Fit at Hugo Weaving Calling His Transformers Role “Meaningless”

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.”

Well, Michael Bay didn’t like that. Not one bit.


There And Back Again

Transformers Role Was “Meaningless” To Hugo Weaving, Has No Idea What’s Going On With The Hobbit

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’s Transformers, the actor declared the role meaningless. Why does this not surprise me? 


For A More Civilized Age

A 2001: A Space Odyssey Trailer For Our Times

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.

(via i09.)

I Guess I Can't Argue With That

The New “Ninja Turtles” Movie Shut Down by Paramount, Release Date Moved to 2014

Probably because of karmic reparations for angering fans, pre-production on the new live-action Teenage Mutant 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.


Aaaaaas Yooooou Wiiiiiiiiiiiish

Chris O’Dowd and Jon Hamm Have Our Backs, Ladies [UPDATED]

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.


I Guess I Can't Argue With That

People Are Predictably Really Unhappy About Michael Bay’s Teenage Alien Ninja Turtles Movie — As They Should Be

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.