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We’ve known about The Shannara Chronicles as an upcoming TV series  for a while, and now we’re getting our first good look at the opening sequence of the show. Based on the Shannara novels by Terry Brooks, television-producer and host channel MTV is hoping the series will be their Game Of Thrones. If the newly-released opening credits scene is any indication, I would say they’ve got a good chance at it. (more…)


It was a great day for Michael Bay! That is if getting an award nomination regardless of the implications of said award is cause for celebration. Still, seven nominations is nothing to sneeze at, and Transformers: Age of Extinction is the most honored movie of the year for the 35th Annual Golden Raspberry Awards. Compounding the laurels (darts) for Bay is that his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, which he co-produced, received five nominations including the coveted Worst Picture trophy. Other top nominees include Saving Christmas and The Legend of Hercules, which received six nominations, but it seems that the Razzies are also losing some of their vitriol in the second half of its fourth decade as, for the first time this year, their giving out an award for coming back after multiple Razzie nominations and/or wins. This year’s Worst of the Worst is compiled below. (more…)


The Michael Bay and Jonathan Liebesman reboot of the much beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise for the bigscreen has long be a hot topic (and more often a nexus for nerd rage). Well, an image hit the ‘net earlier today that will only serve to fuel that. Reportedly a snap of the earlier rumored toys from the movie, one that also serves to reinforce that abysmal Halloween costume that leaked a few days back.

Ready to see the new look TMNT? (more…)


It’s been a while since we’ve heard “boo” about the latest live-action incarnation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The film being produced by Michael Bay and directed by Jonathan Liebesman has generated a lot (and I mean A LOT) of online hate, and some of it’s understandable given the rumors that have trickled out, but maybe these new spy pictures from the set will engender some good will.

If Latino Review is to be believed, then this is what the Turtles’ new sewer-bound lair looks like. Note the thrift store meets garbage dump decor, with a generous smattering of pizza boxes throughout the room. (I certainly hope that the filmmakers are getting Pizza Hut sponsorship money for their trouble.) This first angle shows the Turtles’ living area:


And this one shows the Bat Cave area:


So I bet you’re wondering about the authenticity of these pictures. Latino Review seems pretty convinced and they added the following message that has sent along with the pics:

“Kel here is the Ninja Turtles Lair, thought you would like it and let all the haters who don’t believe what you guys post try and debunk this one, which I can take a photo of the Falcon for you but that’s like Mission Impossible. Anyway Enjoy and Happy Birthday!”

I guess we’ll know shortly if they’re real or not, assuming, you know, if lawyers are involved. But lets us know what you think, Bastards? Does the film, at least, get the Turtles’ hole in the sewer right?

More news as it develops.

Source: Comic Book Movie


From the “What the Hell?” file comes this photo from the set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in New York City. It’s actress, comedienne and talk show host Whoopi Goldberg seemingly being film in some kind of acting performance in the new comic book adaptation about the other Fab Four. But who is she playing, and who does her hair?

The truth is, we don’t know. At this rate, I wouldn’t be surprised if Whoopi was playing Baxter Stockman. We’ve got Megan Fox as April O’Neil, Jeremy Howard as Donatello, Pete Ploszek as Leonardo, Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, Will Arnett as Vernon Fenwick, Danny Woodburn as Master Splinter and William Fichtner as maybe Shredder, so who’s Whoopi playing? Is it cameo or a role of major or minor veracity? Again, no idea.

So what have producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman have in store? Your guess is as good as there’s.

More news as it develops.

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No, no yellow jumpsuit, but here’s hoping we’ll see her don April O’Neil’s iconic outfit at some point in the film. From these pictures, courtesy of Screen Crush, there’s not really a whole lot we can learn. It’s Megan Fox, so check one for pretty girl, and she’s dressed for an exercise segment she’s filming for Channel 6 news.

Any thoughts? Other than how much you like Fox in her tight fitting exercise outfit?

Michael Bay and Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is set to open June 6, 2014.

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It’s only been a bee in our bonnet for, like, ever, but apparently, someone working on the new film version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has seen the light.

News out of CinemaCon in Las Vegas this week seems to indicate that the powers that be at the studio Paramount, or Michael Bay, or director Jonathan Liebesman have learned their lesson. Paramount debuted a new logo for the movie formally known as Ninja Turtles, and it read, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

Hallelujah. The lack of “Teenage” and “Mutant” in the title reinforced both the rumor, and the information culled from the allegedly leaked script of the project, that the Turtles were going to be alien in the flick, and not teenage mutant Earth turtles who learned the martial arts skills from a mutant rat. There’s been a lot of discussion about how awesome/terrible this was going to be depending on the point of view of who is being talked to, but the scale definitely tipped on the side of terrible.

So is this a surprising development? Well, a cast member of the new film said last week that fans shouldn’t believe everything they’ve read on internet, but has that turned out to be the case here? Or maybe the producers heard the screaming and yelling, and decided to clear the table.

What do you think, Bastards? Excited about the film now, or are you still dubious?

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Last week it was reported that the casting of the actual Turtles in Michael Bay‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (In Name Only) reboot, Ninja Turtles, had begun being cast. First out of the gate was Alan Ritchson, well-known for having played Aquaman on Smallville, who has been cast as Raphael, and today Deadline broke the news about who will be joining Ritchson, along with Megan Fox as April O’Neil, as the remaining three turtles.


So who do we have? Glad you asked. Being welcome to the cast of TMNT-ino this morning is Pete Ploszek (Parks And Recreation, Shameless) who will play Leonardo, Jeremy Howard (Galaxy Quest) who will put on purple for Donatello, and Noel Fisher (Battle: Los Angeles) who will pick up a pair of nunchucks as Michelangelo. The turtles in this film will be motion-captured a la Avatar or Gollum as opposed to the rubber suits of the original TMNT live-action film series. Deadline added that we should expecting the casting announcement for Shredder sooner rather than later.

Ninja Turtles is being produced by Bay and directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath Of The Titans). The film is currently scheduled to be released on June 6th, 2014 and is expected to into production sometime in the next couple of months.

I know what you’re thinking: is it too late to stop this thing? Time will tell.

More news as it develops.

Source: Comic Book Movie

Few movies have generated more nerd water cooler talk than the Michael Bay-produced reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but one of its few supporters has been TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman. Eastman’s been Bay’s primary source of spin through all the drama over the film’s development and it seems he’s at it again by saying that the film was delayed not because of script problems, but because they want to give the franchise a big present on its 30th birthday in 2014.

In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Eastman talked more about the timing of the eventual film, and why that extra time will allow director Jonathan Liebesman time to create the necessary effects:

I talked to [producer] Scott Mednick yesterday, and he’s seen the most recent 50 [script] pages and said it’s as good as the last version–they’ve really knocked it out of the park. I’ve seen a chunk of it, and it’s going to be a great movie, despite what everybody thinks. Essentially they pushed it back for two reasons: One is the director, Jonathan Liebesman, wanted to make sure he could do the effects to the level he wants them at, and the fight scenes to the way they should be. Also, their release date is almost exactly on the 30th [TMNT] anniversary. May 5, 1984 is when the first Turtles comic came out. May 16, 2014, is almost exactly 30 years after. So basically it’s an anniversary movie now.”

Of course, Eastman also took the opportunity to once again defend Bay’s idea to tweaking the origin of the Turtles to make them alien adults rather than mutant teenagers:

“[W]hat they’re doing with the movie is creating its own story, but it has to be true to the source material or we’ll get @#$!-ng murdered. To be blunt.”

I don’t know what those things have to do with each other, but I guess Eastman should know better than we do. Then again, George Lucas himself thinks that The Empire Strikes Back is the worst of the Star Wars films, so you know…

Source: Blastr

It seems like only 3 months ago that the internet was all aflame due to the events known as Turtlegate. That infamous stretch of time after Michael Bay‘s announcement that his Turtles maybe ninja, but they wouldn’t be mutant or teenage.

What we do know about the reboot is that it will be done with the same stunningly realistic CGI that was seen in Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. We also know that it will be directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) and writing duties are shared between Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol).

Now The Province is reporting rumors that production companies in Vancouver are gearing up for filming to start soon shooting for a December of 2013 release date.

But wait, there’s other news! Cutting through the the fog of mystery, MTV News found a very credible source in former 90’s rapper Vanilla Ice. The MTV ‘reporter’ bluntly asked Vanilla if he was connected with the reboot “I can’t say anything, ” Mr. Ice said smiling, “I know that they’re not from the sewers now. They’re aliens now or something.” The way he said it could lead you to suspect that he is in fact part of the film in someway, it was with a with a coy douchey sort of grin. It also could mean that he’s just a douchebag and was just really happy someone was pointing a camera at him and giving him attention.

You can make the call for yourself, video of the interview is up after the jump.