Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
As much as most die hard turtles fans would like to forget about that Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, mass audiences loved it. Despite its schizophrenic script, befuddling narrative, and heroes in a half-arsed shell, it made money ($191 million domestically). Also, the turtles property is, of course, almost as recognizable and marketable as Mickey Mouse. So naturally, a sequel got the go ahead.
While critics and fans can expect another a rent-a-baddie villainy, a poor storyline, paper thin characters, and generic action, there is a bit of casting news that will turn heads.
Arrow‘s Stephen Amell is swapping his arrows for a hockey stick. (more…)
Captain America. Spider-Man. Superman. The list of heroes whose comic book deaths broke our hearts goes on and on and this week, another name was added to the list. While this character may not have been a “superhero”, per se, there is no doubt that his actions both on the page and on the big screen were heroic and selfless, and many comic book readers considered him a favorite of his group. After 30 years of being one of the heroes on a half shell, Donatello has been killed at the hands of Bebop and Rocksteady. (more…)
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It’s no surprise to many that the rebooted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie produced by Michael Bay is showing up on a lot of this year’s Worst Movies of the Year lists. That won’t stop its sequel from hitting theater screens in 2016 though, in fact I doubt even a successful hacking threat would stop Bay and company from continuing to perpetrate their own brand of Theatrical Terrorism on the movie going public. In case you needed some proof to back you up when discussing how bad this movie is, Screen Junkies Honest Trailers has done all the leg work for you’ll need in the video below. (more…)
It has been announced that Jonathan Liebsman – although sounding enthused about the prospect of future entries in the series in the past – will not be returning to direct the second installment of the recently rebooted franchise Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Now, Variety has reported that Earth to Echo helmer David Green will now taking over the franchise to direct 2016s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. Green is know to most for his family-friendly, found-footage hit film Earth to Echo (…best described as a mix between E.T. and The Goonies), which was filmed on a mere budget of $13 million going on to gross an impressive $45 million worldwide for Relativity Media (that’s a nice return right there!). (more…)
After all of the negative reviews and general smack talking, moviegoers proved Megan Fox right this past weekend by making Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles the #1 movie in America. Some people loved it, some people hated it, others loved to hate it, but no matter how it adds up, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 (The Secret Of Megan Fox’s Career?) is on the way. The June 3, 2016, release is sure to draw more ire from the online community that seems determined to chip away at producer Michael Bay’s career bit by bit, but for those with an open mind, the question that remains is where the sequel could go without rehashing material we have already seen throughout 5 motion pictures and several television series’. Looks like we may have an answer. (more…)
So you set out to make a documentary called Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, where do you begin? For director Randall Lobb and a small film crew from rural Ontario, it was a phone call to the CEO of Mirage and a five year journey to get from the idea to make a doc about the history of TMNT to releasing it. Now, in time for both the 30th anniversary of the franchise and the recently released film from producer Michael Bay, Lobb and Co.’s five year odyssey through Ninja Turtles lore is ready to be seen. Recently, Nerd Bastards got the chance to talk with Lobb about how they tracked down all the players, how it all came together, and why even people who aren’t Turtle fans will find something to love in the documentary. (more…)
I go into the argument of the old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles vs. the new movie as a neutral party. Yes, I grew up on the late-80s/early-90s television series and yes, I enjoyed watching it. I also remember the movie from 1990 and the rather unfortunate sequel that followed in 1991. Looking back upon these, however, I find little redeeming value other than the vague tickling of my childhood memories. I’m an original TMNT comic book kinda guy and will remain so forever. Imagine my surprise when I walked into the Michael Bay-produced and Jonathan Liebsman-directed 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie and actually found myself having a good time. Wonder why? Read on for the review. (more…)
There are some people who are just born haters. No matter what a studio does with a property that these people have a fondness for, there will be plenty of internet bashing and general nastiness towards the reboot for even considering messing with their childhood memories. The problem with this is that, unfortunately, many of the properties that these people complain about are being viewed through a rearview mirror made of hazy rose colored glass and really weren’t that great to begin with. As a filmmaker, balancing between an updated mythos while keeping those haters pleased while appealing to a whole new audience is a very tough act and one that is rarely, if ever, accomplished. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Platinum Dunes flick that hits theaters this Friday, is one of those movies. So, how did the filmmakers attempt to pull off this act? (more…)
When one contemplates the rap genre and the music that first made it a legitimate, influential genre of music, full of stories of urban youth and angst, there are a few songs that come to mind. I’d be willing to bet, however, that ANY Vanilla Ice song, much less Go Ninja, Go Ninja, Go!, his 1991 tribute to everyone’s favorite Ninja Turtles that was featured in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze is nowhere on that list. However, while speaking with GQ, Vanilla (or Rob Van Winkle, depending on what mood his is in) has some criticism for Shell Shocked, the new Juicy J/Wiz Khalifa/Ty Dolla $ign song that will be featured in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot that hits theaters this weekend: (more…)