We’ve had another busy week here at The Robot’s Pajamas, thanks to TMNT Theme Week. In fact, Vincent is slammed with work and he gave me permission to cover this week’s Friday Round Up. Read on for a wrap up on the nerdiest stories of the past week in film, tv, music, toys and more. There will be TMNT stuff in there. And more. Weird Al. Near death experiences. All sorts of stuff. Read on!
It probably shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, but the reviews for the new Ninja Turtles film out today aren’t too good. As of today, it’s only 20% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Website io9.com goes so far as to say it fails in every possible way. Ouch! The general consensus seems to be that the action is well done, if a bit incoherent, but that the plot is overly complex and combined with the fight scenes, it leaves no room for any character development so you just don’t care about anyone. Also, it’s squarely aimed at the pre-teen crowd. Still, it’s better received than Transformers: Age of Extinction, which settled in at 18% and that did huge box office, so maybe the critics are out of touch with what people enjoy.
Apparently Jason Statham was nearly killed while filming The Expendables 3 but he was such a badass, he saved himself. Statham was in a car on a hill but the brakes completely failed and the car barreled over a cliff into the Black Sea. Statham, who used to be a professional diver before becoming an actor, was able to jump out and survive. Stallone says pretty much anyone else would have been killed.
Who wins in superhero movie announcements? Well, DC blinked and moved Batman v Superman because Captain America 3 had the same date. So Marvel won there. But then DC announced the schedule for NINE superhero films. But they’re all untitled. So… yay to more superhero movies?
I found this weird. Playmates has created some “evolution 3-packs” for the new TMNT movie, featuring a baby turtle, toddler mutant and teenage mutant ninja turtle. Good idea. But then they only made them for Leonardo and Raphael. What the hell? Michelangelo and Donatello are ALWAYS more popular than Leonardo. That’d be like Baskin Robbins offering 50% vanilla, 50% chocolate, and no other flavors.
This eBay auction amused Vincent and I. It seems the cleavage is for sale, but it’s actually a TMNT book signed by co-creator Kevin Eastman.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. announced it has cast its big bad (presumably) for season 2. Kyle MacLachlan, probably best known to nerds as Agent Cooper from Twin Peaks, will play Skye’s mysterious father, who was said to have destroyed an entire Chinese village last year. Any guesses on who he could be in the existing Marvel universe? I like to think I know it pretty well but I have no guesses. I hope it’s someone from the comics, though. The show will also feature Mockingbird in several episodes. She is a world-class acrobat who works for S.H.I.E.L.D. in the comics and also had a relationship with Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye. What are the odds that Jeremy Renner pops in for a cameo during sweeps? Not that good, realistically. But I can dream.
Fans have started a petition that is gaining a lot of traction. They want Weird Al to perform the halftime show at this year’s SuperBowl. Not all nerds love sports but they all legally love Weird Al. This is something we can all get behind.
So I guess when you look at it all, TMNT had the West Week Ever… Oh wait. That’s not us. That’s our friend’s site. Sorry, I’m not good at this Friday Round Up thing.