Ninja Turtles


There’s been lots of grumbling about the new Turtles movie, mostly because director Michael Bay is producing it and seems dead set on trampling over the fondest animated heroes of our childhood. Early sketches of their revamped designs were met with backlash, but criticism seems to be lightening with every new promo.  This new spot proves that the Foot Clan ain’t nuttin’ to F wit when they take some of the guys hostage, prompting Raphael to grimly announce a search and rescue mission. The motion posters are really just short videos profiling the brothers as individuals, rounding out each ending with a moving still of the character. It put me in the mind of motion comics when I first saw it, which ties the franchise back to its comic book roots from 1984. So what do you say? Got a hankering for more Heroes in a Half Shell (more…)


We’re sorry to report that the dreaded Michael Bay produced reboot of TMNT is still on–no sudden burst of common sense or artistic integrity on the part of the studio or the filmmakers has mercifully put an end to it.

The Johnathan Liebsman-directed film WAS scheduled for release June 6, 2014. It will now open on August 8th. One week after Guardians Of The Galaxy, and one week before The Expendables 3 (whether sandwiching it between these two films will make it seem better or worse is difficult to say).

I’m sorry… this is the part of the job I hate. 🙁

Source: /Film


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


Every year, for three days at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, various companies get together to show off all their latest upcoming projects at the annual Las Vegas Licensing Expo. All the toys, games and television for the next few years will get previewed in some capacity, but one of the biggest highlights are Hollywood’s upcoming movies.

Between an opening keynote speech from Gwyneth Paltrow and an opening night party co-hosted by Flo Rida, the expo gives studios like Lionsgate and Warner Bros. their first chance promoting what could be a blockbuster film. Thankfully, the guys and gals of Coming Soon will be in attendance at the event providing those of us that forgot to reserve our tickets an exclusive look at films like Godzilla, Fast and Furious, its clone Need for Speed and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It’s a nice way to show us all what we’re going to be flaming message boards and spending money on in the next few months.

Check out all the posters in the gallery below.

A few of these are certainly coming out of left field, but seeing as all the kids love talking chipmunks and birds, it’s no surprise that Rio 2 and Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 are coming our way. One rather unpleasant surprise, however, is Ninja Turtles, which dropped the “teenage mutant” that has become so synonymous with the franchise. What’s the matter, Michael Bay, you couldn’t just continue to drive Transformers into the ground? You had to bring our pizza loving turtle friends down too?

Mild nerd rage aside, it’ll be interesting to see where some of these movies go; their release dates are up to two years away, and many of these are only just getting off the ground. Maybe we’ll happily embrace all of these in the months come… except Ninja Turtles.

Source: Coming Soon


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?

Source: Blastr


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

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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.


Everyone’s in a panic about Michael Bay’s upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot.  But that doesn’t stop the news from flowing, and the latest bit of info on the film suggests that hip-hop star Scott Mescudi, aka Kid Cudi, is going to be involved.

Tweets have been rampaging across the net, from both Cudi and producer Brad Fuller, seeming to suggest that this is sure thing.

Kid Cudi’s own tweets go as follows:

“To everyone with doubts & concerns about the new TMNT reboot, trust me, there is NOTHING to worry about. Trust. Everyone will be pleased!”

As to what role Kid Cudi will perform in the process, nothing has been revealed.  He may be acting, or performing on the soundtrack – the fans will have to wait to find out, though no doubt he will tweet it when allowed.

And speaking of (semi) famous artists working with the Ninja Turtles

Vanilla Ice, failed prototype for Eminem, put in his two cents when he heard that there was a reboot in the works.  Fans of the original flick may recognize him as the guy who made his own contribution to the soundtrack of TMNT II in the form of the mind-numbingly catchy “Ninja Rap.”

He too has been bombarding twitter and making a play to get renewed for the new installment.  His tweets read a little more… interesting than Cudi’s:

“We have to campaign for NINJA RAP 2 for the new movie – so awesome !!! NINJAS RULE!”


“Aliens or not they are still NINJA’S !!! Represent !!! Whoop whoop !”

Ok, Ice, calm down.  Nobody much remembers you nowadays, so it’s unlikely you’ll be making your comeback via Michael Bay’s new project.

And now, for your listening pleasure, the original “Ninja Rap.”


Seriously, do we really want to see a repeat of that?


Thanks to slashfilm and for providing us with these wonderful updates.

And here is another case of nerds who have too much time on their hands. 23-year-old Brittney Schneck converted her ’93 Dodge Caravan into a near-perfect, life-size replica of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Ninja Van. In case you were interested the conversion took just over a year, and was done in her father’s auto-detailing business. paid for from a part-time cahier job while she was going to college. Jalopnik reports that Schneck “hand-painted and stenciled the exterior colors, fabricated the ray gun, spoiler and other add-ons from scratch,” and “rebuilt and replaced most of the Caravan’s mechanical parts.”

Of all the cool things you could do to a van if you had the time, money and resources…….and she makes the freakin turtle van. Call me one jealous bastards.