Michael Bay says leaked 'Ninja Turtles' script is old, tells fans 'Wait for the movie!' | Film News

Although relatively little is known about Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, much has been said of the Transformers director's maligned project -- a proposed remake that has attracted the ire of TMNT fans everywhere. Read more

'To The Wonder' synopsis revealed (dir. Terrence Malick) | Film News

Terrence Malick is a celebrated director whose films are regarded as some of the very finest around.

Born in Texas, the 68-year-old auteur has written and directed acclaimed films such as Badlands, The Thin Red Line and 2011's The Tree of Life, a highly regarded feature that went on to win the Palme d'Or at Cannes and earn three Academy Award nominations.

An ambitious filmmaker, Malick is already hard at work on a selection of upcoming features -- tentatively titled Voyage of Time, Knight of Cups and Untitled Terence Malick Project -- boasting several big names including the likes of Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman and Ryan Gosling.

The reclusive director's next film, however, is the romantic drama To The Wonder.

As with all Malick films, To The Wonder has been wrapped in a veil of mystery for a long time, the secretive nature of the project piquing interest from all around. Malick's decision to cut several scenes and star names (Rachel Weisz, Jessica Chastain, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen, Amanda Peet) also generated serious intrigue, leaving cinema goers all the more eager to watch the much talked-about picture.

Premiering in Italy, To The Wonder finally did away with the smoke and mirrors and invited the world to enjoy Malick's latest work in all its beauty and uniqueness. Starring Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Javier BardemOlga Kurylenko and Charles Baker, To The Wonder tells the tale of a man who falls in love with an old friend from his hometown after his marriage falls apart.

A press release for the movie's Venice Film Festival premiere provides a full synopsis (replete with spoilers!):

To The Wonder, written and directed by Terrence Malick, is a romantic drama centered on Neil, a man who is torn between two loves: Marina, the European woman who came to United States to be with him, and Jane, the old flame he reconnects with from his hometown. In To The Wonder, Malick explores how love and its many phases and seasons -– passion, sympathy, obligation, sorrow, indecision -– can transform, destroy, and reinvent lives.

As To The Wonder opens, Neil and Marina are together on the French island of Mont St. Michel – known in France as The Wonder of the Western World (Merveille de l’Occident) – and invigorated by feelings of being newly in love. Neil, an aspiring writer, has left the United States in search of a better life, leaving behind a string of unhappy affairs. Looking into Marina’s eyes as the Abbey looms in the distance, Neil is certain he has finally found the one woman he can love with commitment. He makes a vow to be true to this woman alone.

Marina, quiet and beautiful, with flashes of a mischievous humor, is divorced and the mother of a 10-year-old daughter, Tatiana. At 16, Marina left the Ukraine for Paris without a cent to her name. There, she married a Frenchman who abandoned her after just two years, leaving her alone with Tatiana in a studio apartment. Marina was forced to work a variety of temporary jobs to make her way. Having nearly given up hope, Marina is overcome with joy to be in love with Neil, her salvation from an unhappy future.

Two years later, Neil and Marina are living in a small town in Oklahoma, close to where Neil grew up. Neil, having given up his hopes of becoming a writer, has taken a job as an environmental inspector. Neil is happy with his work, but his love for Marina cools as she, for her part, is frustrated by the holding pattern she feels she is in with Neil. She fears her youth – and happiness – are slipping away. In spite of her anxieties about Neil, Marina initially feels at home in Oklahoma, embraced by the open space and sky, and soothed by the sounds that come from the wind harp that animates breezes into songs.

Seeking advice, Marina turns to another exile in the community, a Catholic priest named Quintana. We learn that Father Quintana has come to grapple with his own dilemmas, as he harbors doubts about his vocation. He no longer feels the ardor he knew in the first days of his faith, and wonders if he ever will again.

Professional life throws Neil into conflict as well, when he discovers that a smelting operation in town is polluting the soil and water and threatening the health of future generations. His concerns fail to persuade his neighbors, who depend on the smelter for their livelihoods. Under pressure to keep quiet, Neil must once again weigh the consequences of his actions.

Neil’s doubts about Marina intensify. This, coupled with the fact that Marina’s visa is soon to expire, leads her to return to France with her daughter. In her absence, Neil reconnects with Jane, an old friend. As the two of them fall deeply in love, Neil finds this new relationship far less complicated. Yet when word comes to him that Marina has fallen on hard times and her daughter has gone to live with her father and refuses to have anything more to do with her, he finds himself gripped by a sense of responsibility for her wellbeing, and arranges for her return to the United States.

Neil’s entanglements with the two women in his life, and Father Quintana’s struggle with his faith, force them both to consider different kinds of love. Should the commitment they each made be undertaken as a duty, sometimes full of effort? Or should we accept that love often changes, and doesn’t always last? Can sorrow bind lovers more tightly than joy?

The initial screening drew a variety of responses, with some critics lauding it and others baffled by it.

The Guardian praised the film as "bold and beautiful," awarding it four stars out of five.

The Independent described it as "an utterly original film from a director reinventing his medium as he goes along."

The Hollywood Reporter, on the other hand, criticised Malick's film, stating it "seems drained of life and ideas rather than sustained by them."


Robin Williams to star in his first sitcom in 30 years | TV News

TV's long lost stars are finally making their ways home.

Hot on the heels of Michael J. Fox's decision to return to his television roots, multiple award-winning comedian Robin Williams appears to be following suit, packing his bags for a welcome return to his sitcom nest. Read more

Film Snapshots: Ang Lee's 'Life of Pi'

With Ang Lee's Life of Pi opening the 50th New York Film Festival in two weeks, studio execs at 20th Century Fox have decided to unleash some truly stunning images from the highly anticipated film to rev the imagination. Read more

'Tower Block' starring Sheridan Smith, Jack O'Connell, Russel Tovey, Kano | Film Trailer

Tower Block is a searing, nail-biting feature set to shock and surprise many, with its edge-of-your-seat action, high stakes drama and hair raising scares.

Directed by Ronnie Thompson and James Nunn, the upcoming film stars Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps' Sheridan Smith, Skins and This Is England's Jack O'Connell, Russell Tovey of The History Boys fame and East London rapper turned actor, Kane "Kano" Robinson. Read more

Michael K. Williams talks playing Omar in The Wire: "I think I crossed a line with that character"

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'The Iceman' starring Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, James Franco, Chris Evans | Film Trailer

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Doctor Who prequel: 'Pond Life' [Parts 3 + 4 + 5] | Geek Alert

The BBC continues to prep for the upcoming TV premiere of the new series of Doctor Who.

With the legendary Time Lord due to return to our screens, taking on the colourful characters of the universe and beyond with the help of his nifty TARDIS and a few earthling side-kicks, the BBC appears intent on engulfing the whole world in all the drama, fun and time-travelling hysterics of the good Dr., generously releasing episode after episode of its Pond Life webseries. Read more

'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' Season 5 trailer released | TV News

We've got Star Wars everything. Aside from the movies, there are cartoons, shirts, toys, LEGOs, video games, weapons (real life Lightsabers!), lunchboxes, board games, Tauntaun Sleeping Bags, Wookie Cookies, Galactic Empire Dressing Gowns and R2-D2 ice cube moulds. George Lucas has stamped The Force on everything; curios and bric a brac of all shapes and sizes. For years there's been talk of a Star Wars TV show, with many clamouring for a series starring Luke Skywalker, following Han Solo or even documenting the life, times and bounty-hunting space travels of Boba Fett. The thing is, we've sorta already had that for a while. Read more

'Spider-Man' producer confirms 'Metal Gear Solid' movie in the works | Geek Alert

Sony has officially announced that a film adaptation of popular video game series Metal Gear Solid is in the works. Read more

'Marvel Heroes' preview | Geek Alert

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Debbie Allen pines for 'A Different World': "We need to recap this ground breaking series"

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'The Avengers' deleted alternative opening scene revealed | Geek Alert

With The Avengers being released on blu-ray and DVD later this month, you can expect one or two extras and nice little tidbits to hit the 'net.

We'll probably get to view a couple revealing interviews with the record-breaking movie's cast and crew, see some funny outtakes and learn a lot more about the technology of the blockbuster like how they created such a Mark Ruffalo-esque Hulk and designed Tony Stark's incredible suit. We can expect all sorts of goodies.

One such nugget is a very cool and revealing alternative opening scene for the superhero mashup.

Deleted from the final cut, the short take shows S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Maria Hill, played by Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother), fielding a tough line of questioning from the secretive and powerful authority known as The Council, who take note of her dislike of the tactics of badass Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson his damn self).

Featuring cameos from Chris Evans' Captain America and the aforementioned Bruce Banner, the video is very entertaining, playing into Hill's characterisation and touching on her rocky rapport with Fury, which is very true to the comics.

Though unessential to the final product, it's fun viewing nonetheless.

Watch the video below.



'Boardwalk Empire' Season 3 Trailer #3 released | TV News

Nucky Thompson isn't playing anymore.

Taking the maxim "you can't be half a gangster" to heart, Atlantic City's dangerous treasurer holds onto his gun like it's his best friend, blasting foes away with the ammo of his intellect and Smith & Wesson .38.

Still reeling from the shocking finale of Season 2, Nuck cuts a more fierce figure, striking at his enemies and detractors with the might of a totalitarian. Judging by the teasers and trailers HBO has released for the upcoming third season of Terence Winter's bootlegging crime drama Boardwalk Empire, Enoch "Nucky" Thompson's rivals have a lot to answer for, doing so with their lives. Read more

Joss Whedon to direct Marvel's 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' pilot | TV News

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Michael Bay's 'Ninja Turtles' reboot script 'sucked,' according to review | Film News

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