William Fichtner


Impulse hating on the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot is hard to resist when the production keeps showing us one visually disturbing character realization after another. The latest reboot bungle to incite finger pointing, snickering, and jokes galore, is this new look at the films Chief villain – Shredder.  Hit the jump to check out Shredder in all his High-Tech-Ginsu-Knife glory. (more…)


A few months back, the trailer for the new Jonathan Liebesman-directed, Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remake was released, and instant fan reaction to the look of these rebooted Turtles was, ahem, not kind. What was missing from the equation was a real good look a the Turtles’ mentor Splinter, and their arch-nemesis The Shredder. Prepare to get your first, real decent look at the characters in the upcoming big studio feature. (more…)


This week, one of the biggest geek stories has been the release of the first full-length look at the Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. For whatever reason, thirty and forty-year-olds began weeping about the “molestation of their childhood” (Jesus guys…), while those of us who can recognize the detriments of over-indulging in nostalgia simply shrugged and went about our day. Ignoring the infallible maxim “don’t read the comments”, the screenwriter of the latest take on everybody’s favorite pizza-chomping reptilian ninjas is speaking out about Bay & Co.’s  “vision” for the upcoming film.



As the August 9th premiere date for Neill Blomkamp‘s Elysium, the follow-up project to his first fantastic film District 9, creeps closer and closer we’re getting the full treatment from those Hollywood Marketing Wizards. This time around it’s an extended four-minute trailer.

I was sold on the film as soon as Blomkamp announced it and you’ll find me in a theater seat opening weekend, but what about you, are you going to see this one?

In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined planet. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the crime and poverty that is now rampant throughout the land. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.

Elysium hits theater screens on August 9th starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, William Fichtner and Wagner Moura.

Via: Coming Soon


As if we didn’t already have enough to worry about regarding the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, it looks like Michael “The Baby Eater” Bay and his partner in crime Jonathan “Gimme Money” Liebesman will be making even more changes to world we love and remember.  This time around, they’re taking a shot at the origins of the franchise’s most famous baddies, Shredder.

It’s pretty obvious that with the casting of William Fichtner in the role of Shredder that they’ve already decided to white-wash it and remove the villain’s Asian origins.  But some further info. via the mouth of Fichtner himself suggests that even more is getting screwed around with:

I actually play a guy named Eric Sachs in the movie. And then he goes through a few stages in his existence.

There is a whole interesting dynamic that happens in the world of Turtles and all I can really say about it at this point while working on it is that the Turtle film, it’s not like anything that I remember about the Turtles before. I feel like this Michael Bay-produced movie is just gonna really be something else. I’m pretty excited.

Ah yes, not like any turtles that he remembers.  I am so overjoyed I could shit my pants and roll around in it.

If you feel so inclined, check out the new incarnation when it bullies its way onto the big screen come June 6th, 2014.


Thanks to /film for the warning.


Continuing the grand, Hollywood tradition of casting white actors in roles that call for even the slightest bit of ethnicity, The Huffington Post in Canada spoke with Willian Fichtner who confirmed he’s playing the Turtle’s biggest baddie, Shredder, in Michael Bay‘s new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles flick.

I play Shredder. It is cool. It’s one of those things that came along where I thought, “Really? Let me think about this for a minute.” [Laughs] Then I was like, “Yeah, OK, this sounds like a journey.” I’m very glad that it worked out, I’m really glad that I’m doing it.

Apparently simply called Ninja Turtles if this poster Coming Soon saw at the Las Vegas Licensing Expo is anything to go by,


So, they’ve dropped the whole teenage mutant bit, but hey, at least they’re not aliens. (We hope!)

Absolutely nothing I’ve learned about this new TMNT, sorry, NT film has me looking forward to it. How about you Bastards?

Source: Huff Po, Coming Soon via Bleeding Cool


We’ve already seen Matt Damon and Sharlto Copley as they appear in Neill Blomkamp‘s Elysium, pictures that show off the dark and dirty side of planet Earth. Now, new behind-the-scenes photos have appeared online featuring Jodie Foster in her role as Secretary Rhodes. At first glance, it’s a stark contrast to how everyone else is looking in the upcoming sci-fi thriller.

With a first look you might expect something much like what they did in revealing Copley’s role as Kruger, but instead these shots were revealed courtesy of Jodie Foster fan twitter account Simply Jodie by way of Bleeding Cool. Check out the remainder of the three leaked shots after the jump.