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 Arnett. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens August 8, 2014.
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 Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, and Noel Fisher playing the CG turtles and Danny Woodburn portraying Splinter.
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 Arnett. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens June 6, 2014.
Megan Fox is probably going to shoot down your tried-and-true pick-up lines on the best of days, even if you’re not wearing a geometrically-patterned turtle shell with oven mitts on your hands and deedlybops on your head. So imagine how difficult it must be for Raphael (Alan Ritchson) to convince April O’Neil (Megan Fox) to give him back his signature sais. This new batch of set images from Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shows just that scene unfolding. I’m assuming the red bandana around Ritchson’s arm is to distinguish him as Raph and that he’s not robbing O’Neil as some sort of gang initiation rewrite.
Hit the jump to view the new images. The film also stars Danny Woodburn, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, and Noel Fisher. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens on June 6, 2014. [Update: We've removed the unofficial images.]
Last night I turned to Xbox Live to check out Shane Carruth‘s Upstream Color for the first time. While not quite as impenetrable after one viewing as its predecessor, 2004′s Primer, Upstream still demands the utmost attention of its viewers in exchange for the slightest hint of clarity. The dialogue is sparse, the setting is ever-changing, the editing is heavily dependent on juxtaposition as a way of creating meaning, and the sound design/foley work is turned up to “11″ at times. Whereas Primer played more to the intellect behind making time travel a reality, Upstream is an extremely visceral experience that is more interested, or at least more successful, in eliciting an emotional response than explaining how a rare organism can be harvested, used as a method of mind control, and ultimately link humans to pigs. The exact degree to which it succeeds will vary from viewer to viewer but it’s ultimately an experience I recommend taking in.
Of course a movie like Upstream lends itself to more than a few lines of my humble analysis, but that’s not actually why we’re here. In this week’s Top 5 you can check out the first trailer and poster for Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity, a generous number of set pics from director Jonathan Liebesman‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, Steve’s exclusive phone interview with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, the first trailer for Ender’s Game, and a look at Iron Man by the Numbers. A brief recap and link to each will greet you after the jump.
A new batch of images from the set of director Jonathan Liebeseman’s (Battle: Los Angeles) reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has landed online, giving us our first look at the actors playing the turtles. As previously reported, the titular characters will be created using performance capture technology, and in these images we see the film’s cast wearing turtle-shaped mo-cap suits complete with mo-cap shells. We also get a new look at Megan Fox as April O’Neill and Will Arnett as…a character we don’t know just yet. It’s admittedly unfair to judge a film like this without seeing what the finished turtles look like, but everything about this reboot just seems really sad. The prospect of William Fichtner as Shredder is certainly promising, so here’s hoping TMNT is a pleasant surprise.
Hit the jump to check out the set images. The film also stars Danny Woodburn, Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, and Noel Fisher. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens on June 6, 2014. [Update: We've removed the unofficial images.]
The production delay for Jurassic Park 4 has scuttled Universal’s plans for a June 13, 2014 release date. But you can’t let a good release day go to waste, and Sony has wasted no time in moving the 21 Jump Street sequel into that vacated spot. This move makes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles the only wide release on June 6, 2014. Filming on TMNT is currently underway with Megan Fox on a trampoline.
As for the sequel to 21 Jump Street, filming is set to begin this fall. Phil Lord and Chris Miller will return to direct; Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum will reprise their roles as Officers Schmidt and Jenko. Korean Jesus be praised.
When the first bit of footage from the set of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot is star Megan Fox jumping on a trampoline, you’d be within your rights to throw all credibility out the window. But for those of you who like that sort of thing, we now have video of said same event, plus new images that reveal the logo for director Jonathan Liebesman’s remake and Fox in her more April O’Neil-appropriate attire.
Also starring Will Arnett, Danny Woodburn, Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, and Noel Fisher, Ninja Turtles opens on June 6, 2014. Hit the jump to check out the new set images and video. [Update: We've removed the unofficial images and video.]
Production is currently underway on director Jonathan Liebesman’s reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the first set photos have surfaced online giving us a look at Megan Fox as reporter April O’Neil. It doesn’t look like Fox has done much to alter her appearance, and the scene in question has the actress covering some sort of outdoor workout regimen as she bounces up and down on a trampoline while wearing fitness gear. So yeah, this doesn’t really give us any idea of what Liebesman’s vision for the Michael Bay-produced Ninja Turtles looks like, but if you wanna see Megan Fox jumping on a trampoline, these set images are right up your alley.
Hit the jump to check out the set photos. The film also stars Will Arnett, Danny Woodburn, Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, and Noel Fisher. Ninja Turtles opens on June 6, 2014. [Update: We've removed the unofficial images.]
Opening this weekend is director Michael Bay’s fantastic dark comedy Pain & Gain. The film is based on a crazy true story and stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as two bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong. Pain and Gain also stars Anthony Mackie, Rebel Wilson, Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris, Rob Corddry, Ken Jeong, and Bar Paly. For more on the film, watch some clips or the red-band trailer.
Last week at the Miami press junket, I landed an exclusive interview with Michael Bay. He talked about balancing the truth while making a movie, why it took so long to make the film, deleted scenes, whether he will release an extended cut on Blu-ray, test screenings, and a lot more. In addition, beside telling a crazy true story involving the real people involved, I got an update on director Jonathan Liebesman‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Hit the jump to watch and definitely check out Pain and Gain this weekend. It’s absolutely worth seeing.
We’ve got a couple of rather interesting casting stories to report this evening. First up, Wally Pfister has added another familiar face to the cast of his directorial debut Transcendence. Pfister previously worked as a cinematographer, most notably collaborating with Christopher Nolan on all of his films, and now Batman Begins and Inception star Cillian Murphy has been tapped to play one of three male leads in Transcendence. The film stars Johnny Depp and is rumored to concern a scientist whose brain gets uploaded into a supercomputer, but confirmed plot details are being kept under tight wraps.
News of Murphy’s casting comes courtesy of Latino Review, but further details regarding his character are unknown. Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, and Kate Mara also star. The film is due out April 25, 2014. Hit the jump to find out which Seinfeld alum has been cast as Master Splinter in the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles redo.
Will Arnett (Arrested Development) appears to be the latest addition to Jonathan Liebesman’s Ninja Turtles, the reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles property that’s expected out on June 6, 2014. We know that Megan Fox (Transformers) will play April O’Neil and that the Turtles themselves have been cast, but Arnett’s role is under wraps at the moment. The major roles yet to be cast, at least if we’re staying in canon, are the team’s mentor and trainer, Splinter, and the main antagonist, Shredder. Turtle-friend Casey Jones also needs to be cast, but reports have excluded Arnett from that role. Hit the jump for more.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, Ninja Turtles, is starting to take shape. After recent news that newcomer Alan Ritchson (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) had been tapped to play Raphael, more casting news has come down the line about the rest of the turtle team. Deadline reports that Pete Ploszek will play Leonardo, Jeremy Howard will play Donatello, and Noel Fisher will play Michelangelo.
Hit the jump to find out more about the cast of the new film. Ninja Turtles is due out June 6, 2014.
The first of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been cast in Jonathan Liebesman‘s Ninja Turtles. According to Deadline, Alan Ritchson (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) will be picking up a pair of digital sai to do the motion capture performance for Raphael. For those unfamiliar with TMNT, Raphael is usually the wise-cracking rebel of the group, which tends to bring him into direct conflict with the group’s by-the-book leader, Leonardo. Last month, Megan Fox was cast as reporter April O’Neil.
Despite dropping “Teenage” and “Mutant” from the title, Liebesman and producer Michael Bay have said that this reboot will build off the original comic books by Kevin Eastman. Fans raised on the animated series were a bit miffed when Bay announced that the characters would be created by aliens rather than radioactive “ooze”. However, Eastman says the movie will have “Raid: Redemption-style fight scenes” and “epic Rise of the Planet of the Apes sort of effects,” so perhaps that will make some of the changes easier to accept. Ninja Turtles is due out June 6, 2014.
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