Exclusive TURTLE POWER Clip: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Beginning with Issue 1

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Last weekend was all about delivering a grounded, fresh spin on the Ninja Turtles, but in celebration of the Turtles’ 30th anniversary, now it’s about looking back and honoring where they came from.  The documentary Turtle Power: Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles covers the rise of our favorite heroes in a half shell beginning with their creation in 1984 when Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman put together the very first comic just for fun, but then wound up selling every single initial print and then some.

In honor of the documentary’s August 12th DVD and digital HD debut, we’re getting the opportunity to bring you a sneak peek at the film.  Click here to check out the trailer and hit the jump for our exclusive TURTLE POWER clip featuring Laird and Eastman recalling the Turtles’ early success.


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I loved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when I was a kid.  When I was six years old, I watched the animated TV series every day, and had to own every action figure and play set, including the Technodrome.  I had a favorite turtle (Raph), but I liked them all because they had distinct personalities, a sense of humor, a well-defined world, and in retrospect, the gleeful insanity we’ve come to expect from kids’ TV shows of the era.  Shredder’s boss, Krang, was an alien from another dimension who looked like talking brain inside of a robot’s tummy.  Kids went with it.

By comparison, Jonathan Liebesman‘s new live-action adaptation is nothing but apologies and excuses.  Loaded down with worthless exposition, coincidences, clichés, ham-fisted product placement, and lame jokes, the movie rarely uses its heroes for anything more than set pieces.  The 90s TV series and the new movie are both targeted at kids, but at least the Ninja Turtles of my childhood wasn’t ashamed of its existence. [Note: If you're someone who freaks out because of spoilers, don't read this review because I don't want you whining in the comments section]

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Footage Review: It’s Action with Far More Comedy Than You Might Expect

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Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is only a little over three weeks away, but we haven’t seen a single full clip from the film yet.  There have been a few trailers and a couple of TV spots, all of which offer up a nice chunk of action, humor and some very detailed shots of the turtles, but it’s still tough to get a good handle on the tone and overall potential of the project through the montage format.

However, next week, Paramount Pictures will be at San Diego Comic-Con for a Hall H panel and they’re bringing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with them.  The Comic-Con crowd will have to wait until Thursday, July 24th for the studio’s 3:00 to 4:00pm slot to check out what they’ve got, but we were lucky enough to get an early look at some material this afternoon in New York.  Hit the jump for our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles footage review.

Two Hi-Res Images from TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Starring Megan Fox

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Two new hi-res images from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have gone online.  In the new live-action adaptation, a city is in the iron grip of Shredder (William Fichtner) and the Foot Clan, and it’s up to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, along with the help of reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), to stop Shredder and save the day.  Both of these images were in the trailer, but they provide a nice close up on Leonardo (voiced by Johnny Knoxville).

Hit the jump to check out the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles images, and click here to check out the new TV spot.  The film opens August 8th, and also features the voice of Tony Shalhoub as Splinter.

First TV Spot for TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Provides a Glimpse of Splinter

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In addition to releasing a new TV spot for Transformers: Age of Extinction, Paramount also released a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV spot during tonight’s MTV Movie Awards (MTV and Paramount are both part of the big, happy Viacom family).  This TV spot emphasizes the importance of brotherhood and “nothing is as strong as family,” especially when your family consists of giant, mutated turtles and a rat.  Speaking of which, this TV spot also provides a brief look at the turtles’ sensei, Splinter (who will be voiced by Tony Shalhoub).

Hit the jump to check out the TV spot.  The film also stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, and William Fichtner with Johnny Knoxville as the voice of Leonardo.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens August 8th.

Teaser Posters for TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Starring Megan Fox, Will Arnett, and William Fichtner

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Paramount has released the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles posters.  The look of the turtles is somewhat controversial, but fans will need no introductions when it comes to these teasers.  When it comes to the colors and weapons, Raphael will still sport red and wield sais; Michelangelo has the orange mask and uses nunchucks; Donatello wears the purple mask and has a staff; and Leonardo is in the blue mask and prefers swords.  And this, ladies and gentlemen, is how you keep the turtles separate.

Hit the jump to check out the teaser posters.  The film stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, and William Fichtner with Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub voicing Leonardo and Splinter, respectively.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens August 8th.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Casts Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub to Voice Leonardo and Splinter, Respectively

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Well this news is sure to send some fans into a tizzy.  Deadline is reporting that Johnny Knoxville will voice Leonardo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Tony Shalhoub (Monk) will voice Splinter.  These roles were motion captured on set with Pete Ploszek as Leonardo and Danny Woodburn (Seinfeld) as Splinter, but Paramount always considered using voice actors.  Whether this means the turtles Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo will also get voice actors remains to be seen, but now it’s looking pretty likely.  Michelangelo does talk in the teaser trailer, but this may not be his final voice for the movie.

Not to be a total TMNT nerd, but if you assume that Knoxville and Shalhoub will be using their familiar voices (rambunctious and nebbishy, respectively), it certainly doesn’t fit the characters as they’ve been depicted in the past.  Leonardo is the stern leader of the group while Splinter is the old sage.  Honestly, this kind of casting makes me more intrigued about what director Jonathan Liebesman is cooking up even if it flies in the face of that Ninja Turtles fans expect.  The film opens August 8th.  If you haven’t seen it yet, hit the jump to check out the teaser trailer.

15 Images from the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Trailer Provide a Close up on the Heroes in a Half-Shell

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If the first teaser trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles got you jazzed for the movie (looking around at some of the responses in my Twitter feed, some people love it, and others are lukewarm at best), then we’ve pull out 15 images for your viewing pleasure.  They provide more close-ups on the Turtles, and they’re likely the only ones we’ll get for a while as the special effects team toils away to get the picture ready for its summer release.

Hit the jump to check out the images, and be sure to see what screenwriter André Nemec had to say about the film.  The film stars Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, Noel Fisher, Danny Woodburn, and William FichtnerTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens on August 8th.

First Teaser Trailer for TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Starring Megan Fox and Will Arnett

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Paramount Pictures has released the first teaser trailer for director Jonathan Liebesman’s (Battle: LA) reboot Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  There’s not a lot of footage here, so it’s tough to make a judgment call beyond being unsure who this movie is for.  It looks like they’re trying to make it in the vein of Transformers, but robots are easy compared to something organic.  Is this meant to appeal to the nostalgia of older viewers?  Are the turtles too creepy for kids?  I don’t know what Liebesman is going for, and overall this feels like an announcement trailer.  Most people don’t know a new Ninja Turtles movie is coming.  Now it’s a matter of evaluating the response.  What’s yours?  Sound off in the comments.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, click here for 15 screengrabs, check out what screenwriter André Nemec had to say about the film, and if you missed Steve’s CinemaCon coverage, check out his video blog recap of the footage and interview with Will Arnett.  The film also stars Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, Noel Fisher, Danny Woodburn, and William FichtnerTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens on August 8th.

Trailer Teaser for TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Starring Megan Fox and Will Arnett

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Paramount has released a trailer teaser for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  The first trailer will arrive online later today, but this teaser shows William Fichtner (who plays Shredder) explaining to April O’Neill (Megan Fox) that “heroes aren’t born; they’re created”, which is true.  There are no crime-fighting babies (Dear Hollywood: Make movie about crime-fighting babies), so naturally the next best things are turtles.  The teaser does provide a good close-up of Michelangelo, and it makes me have more respect for the animatronic versions from the 1990 movies.  I’m not exactly sure creating a “realistic”-looking, giant, talking turtle is the best idea.

Hit the jump to check out the teaser, click here for Steve’s reaction to the footage from CinemaCon, be sure to see what screenwriter André Nemec had to say about the film, and come back later today for the full trailer.  The film also stars Will Arnett, Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, Danny Woodburn, and Noel FisherTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens August 8th.


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Production took place on director Jonathan Liebesman’s (Battle: Los Angeles) upcoming Ninja Turtles early last year, but we still have yet to see so much as an official image from that film.  That is poised to change very soon, as producer Galen Walker has revealed on his Facebook (via CS) that the first trailer for the film will debut in front of Captain America: The Winter Soldier when the Marvel film opens on April 4th.  Not much is known about the plot of Ninja Turtles, but the titular turtles are being created using performance capture technology with Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, and Noel Fisher assuming the physical roles.  Produced by Michael Bay, the cast also includes Megan Fox as April O’Neil, William Fichtner as Shredder, Danny Woodburn (Seinfeld) as Splinter, and Will Arnett in an as-yet undisclosed role.

It’ll certainly be interesting to get a first look at this film, especially since we have no idea what kind of tone Liebesman has struck for the comic book adaptation. Ninja Turtles opens in theaters on August 8th.

Producer Brad Fuller Shares Details on TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, THE PURGE 2, FRIDAY THE 13th Sequel and More

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Michael Bay upset the nerd cart a couple of years back when he called the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles part of an “alien race”.  Just in case there’s any residual ill will left over from that faux pas, Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller is here to sort it all out.  In addition to verifying the origin of the heroes in a half-shell, Fuller also commented on upcoming sequels to The Purge and Friday the 13th.  Fuller even talked about the progress of that Ouija project.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

William Fichtner Talks TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES; Says “It’s Not Like Any TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES You’ve Seen Before”

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans should probably start preparing for the upcoming live-action movie to be radically different from the property they know and love.  That doesn’t mean the movie will be bad, but it will likely be controversial among fans.  In a recent interview with the great William Fichtner, who will play the Turtles’ arch-nemesis Shredder, he says “It’s not like any Mutant Ninja Turtles thing you’ve ever seen before,” and that’s just the tip of the iceberg of what to expect when the film comes out next year.

Hit the jump for more about what Fichtner had to say, but be warned that some of his comments could be considered spoilers.  The film also stars Megan Fox, Danny Woodburn, Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, Noel Fisher, and Will ArnettTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens August 8, 2014.


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Paramount Pictures has shifted the release date of director Jonathan Liebesman’s new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film.  Originally scheduled to hit theaters on June 6, 2014, the pic will now bow on August 8, 2014, where it will go head-to-head with the new Dracula film starring Luke Evans and the Helen Mirren-led drama The Hundred-Foot Journey.  The move is apparently to distance the release of Ninja Turtles—which will enjoy a heavy merchandising push—from Paramount’s other big toy franchise, Transformers.  Director Michael Bay’s Transformers 4 is currently scheduled to open in theaters on June 27th, but Deadline notes that this will probably be moved back to June 25th because the Transformers films have traditionally opened on a Wednesday.  As such, the studio wants to spread out its presumably toy-heavy releases.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, and William Fichtner, with Alan RitchsonPete PloszekJeremy Howard, and Noel Fisher playing the CG turtles and Danny Woodburn portraying Splinter.

William Fichtner Confirms He’ll Play Shredder in TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

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Now I have at least a little reason to care about Jonathan Liebesman‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot.  We previously reported that Fichtner had joined the film, and was playing a character “with iconic stature in the Turtles’ mythology.”  The assumption was that he would be playing Shredder, and now Fichtner has confirmed that he has taken on the part of the Turtles’ longtime nemesis.  Speaking to Huffpost TV Canada [via JoBlo], Fichtner said, “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.”  Fichtner may not be a household name, but he’s a great addition to any movie, and I’m interested to see what he’ll do with the role.

Produced by Michael Bay, the film also stars Megan Fox and Will ArnettTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens June 6, 2014.

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