‘Earth to Echo’s’ David Green Directing ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2′ – Beebop & Rocksteady Confirmed!

- 12-05-14Cartoons, Comics, Film Posted by Derek Robertson

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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…)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles May Be Heading To Dimension X

- 08-12-14Film Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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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…)

INTERVIEW: Randall Lobb on his TMNT History Doc ‘Turtle Power’

- 08-11-14Comics, Featured, Film, Interviews, Nerd Culture Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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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…)

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ – Cool Turtles, Faltering Script

- 08-08-14Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Jason McAnelly

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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…)

If You Are Hoping For Source Material In The TMNT Reboot, You’re In Luck

- 08-07-14Film Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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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…)

What Does Vanilla Ice Think of The New TMNT Ninja Rap? Only “True” Ninjas Will Understand

- 08-05-14Film, Nerd Culture, WTF? Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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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…)

Not Excited For The Ninja Turtles Reboot? Megan Fox Says You Can F*ck Off

- 08-04-14Film Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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Whether or not you are one of the people complaining about the changes that have been made to your beloved franchise in the Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, one thing that we likely can all agree on is that Megan Fox is NOT the most sought after actress in the biz and the choice to make her the new April O’Neil was not Bay’s greatest moment.  After having to sit through her “acting” in the first two Transformers movies, i.e. sweating, running, and looking pretty, most audiences have pretty much given up hope on the actress giving them much to chew on.  However, at a recent press conference the actress had a mouthful for fans who are already criticizing the iconic turtle reboot, almost sight unseen: (more…)

How Do These 17 Minutes of ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Footage Make You Feel?

- 07-21-14Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

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Chances are that if you’re an original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan from the 80s and 90s, you are having a hard time accepting the new reboot produced from Michael Bay.  To be fair the “fans” of the original comics and the 1990 film were never going to be satisfied with whatever this movie was going to be.  The idea was to take material to another level for today’s youthful demographic and not just to appease overly-nostalgic fans. With that said, this latest behind-the-scenes video has the actors, doing what seems to be,  brainwashing audiences on “how awesome this movie is”. (more…)

Megan Fox Speaks! In the First Clip from New ‘Ninja Turtles’ Movie

- 07-17-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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If there’s been an overriding theme to all the trailers and videos relating to the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie so far, it’s been that Megan Fox doesn’t talk. Considering that Fox plays the highly pivotal role of April O’Neil, the Turtles’ first human friend, and ostensibly the main character in the film, that’s kind of weird. Now, I think we all know that when Megan Fox opens her mouth, controversy sometimes follows, so maybe it’s for the best that we haven’t heard April talk. Until now. In the first clip from the film, April talks about the unusual situation she finds herself in concerning New York’s newest heroes, and Fox gives it all of her somewhat limited acting ability. (more…)

***Update: Russian Trailer Hits – Help Unlock ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ New Character Posters & Trailer

- 06-24-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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Three down and one to go! You can help reveal the last Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle character poster and unlock the new trailer. Click through to check out those posters already revealed and help get that trailer onto the Internet. (more…)