After the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise got a reboot in 2014, a line in the sand was quickly drawn. On one side were fans that embraced the new style and direction that the property was going in under the direction of MichaelBay, and the other side was just too uncomfortable with how far it strayed from the original 80’s comic. With the reboot’s sequel nearing its theatrical release next Friday, a pretty smart move was made at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows premiere. In a clever throwback to the OG versions of the heroes in a half-shell, 90’s rapper Vanilla Ice and the vintage Jim Henson Creature Shop-looking ninja brothers stormed the stage. (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…)
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?
First, Rocksteady Games took the Batman franchise and turned it into one of the single best video game franchise of all-time with Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. Doning their utility belt of success, the game developers have decided to resurrect another gaming franchise, four mutant turtles and their talking rat master. Maybe you’ve heard of them?
The rumor going around is that Rocksteady may possibly be developing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game called “The Manhattan Crisis”, no relation to 1992′s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Manhattan Project. While this is only an Internet rumor right now, no one at Rocksteady has publicly denied the rumor either.
As far as we have can gather:
– All four Turtles will be playable, with flashbacks played as Master Splinter/Hamato Yoshi. – Gameplay and story/stage progression will be similar to Batman: Arkham City.
– Bosses include Bebop and Rocksteady, Dr. Baxter Stockman, Shredder (Oroku Saki), and Krang. In the case of the humans-turned-mutants, you fight them in both forms throughout the story.
– The Turtle Van and Turtle Blimp will be included.
– The game will use Arkham City‘s graphics engine.
– The game is expected to be more dark than slapstick.
Having a five-star developer working on what most NerdBastards grew up watching is outstanding. If Rocksteady can somehow manage to repeat the magic act they pulled with Batman while keeping the game interesting including multiple player input, Rocksteady could be the king of the gaming mountain for years.
Just no Vanillia Ice, we’ve had enough to deal with after TMNT.