Noel Fisher Talks TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, The Many Pieces of His Motion Capture Suit, Tracker Mix-Ups, Michelangelo’s Passion for Pizza and More

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Thanks to the rise of motion capture technology, we’ve got actors delivering killer performances, but essentially getting zero face time in major movies.  There were quite a few notable elements in that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles footage we caught in New York the other week, but the standout was absolutely Michelangelo.  Part of what made the material so much fun to watch was the humor, and a good deal of that falls on Mikey.  Noel Fisher may have had a lot to learn jumping into this one, but based on what we’ve seen thus far, he nailed it.

With Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles heading towards an August 8th debut, we got the chance to hop on the phone with Fisher to talk about bringing Mikey to life via motion capture, the many components of his motion capture suit, how much turtle lore makes it into the movie, the film’s very different take on familiar villains and loads more.   Catch the full interview after the jump.

International TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Posters Play Up the Action

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I want to lie.  I want to say I’m angry about director Jonathan Liebesman’s new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.  But I’m not.  Even as a childhood fan of the somewhat violent Black & White comics I don’t feel violated.  I’m an adult now, and this is a movie about giant turtles.  And, that being said, it actually doesn’t even look that bad for a kids movie.  And a “kids movie” is certainly what these posters are selling.  Because one of them is a dramatic rendering of turtles plummeting away from an explosion.

In the new live-action iteration, 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.  Hit the jump to check out international versions of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles posters.  The film also features the voices of Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub and opens in theaters on August 8th.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Rap Song Unveiled in New TV Spot

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So there’s a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV spot out there.  It’s got new footage, more Michelangelo zingers – and a rap song.  Yup, this piece is basically cut like a music video because it’s got “Shell Shocked” by Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla $ign featuring Kill The Noise and Madsonik booming in the background. The video is actually cut really well and rocks a serious amount of momentum.  Hit the jump to check it out as well as that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rap song in full.  The film arrives in theaters on August 8th and stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard and Peter Ploszek.

Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael Talks New Toys, Availability, Possible Price Points, Pre-Order Dates, Comic-Con, MondoCon, and Much More

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Mondo is a company with a magic touch in the sense that all the great work they do sends fans into a frenzy.  Their limited edition posters sell out in minutes.  Their gallery showings get people lined up for days.  They release vinyl albums for beloved soundtracks.  The company continues to expand, and their latest endeavors are sure to arouse even more passion from fans.  Earlier today, Mondo announced that they will start selling toys starting with figures based on The Iron Giant, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Alfred Hitchcock.

Last week, I spoke with Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael about the company’s foray into toys, and he revealed not only details about the individual toys, but also talked about their availability, how much they might cost, when pre-orders might begin, and more.  We also talked about what the company has planned for Comic-Con as well as their first annual convention, MondoCon.  Hit the jump for the highlights and the full interview.

Mondo Enters the Toy Business; Reveals THE IRON GIANT and “Lil’ Mikey” TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Toys

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After driving fans wild with posters, albums, and more, Mondo is now entering a new arena: toys.  The company is going to come out with guns blazing as their first releases will be a 16″ The Iron Giant figure, a 1/6th-scale Alfred Hitchcock action figure, and an adorable “Lil’ Mikey”, a vinyl figure based off Mike Mitchell‘s artwork for Michelangelo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Because Mondo is a by-fans, for-fans enterprise, Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael says they chose The Iron Giant because they love the movie.  “It’s not like it’s an anniversary,” says Ishmael.  “This could be the year after the movie came out, we would be trying to do this.”  According to USA Today, The Iron Giant figure has “30 points of articulation, lights up, has a magnetic ‘S’ from a “Seafood” sign to put on his chest, and has an interchangeable dented head and weaponized arm to make a ‘War’ version of the character.”  The figure’s design came straight from the files director Brad Bird used to create The Iron Giant.

Hit the jump to check out the Iron Giant and “Lil’ Mikey” toys, learn more about the figures, and what Ishmael is hoping to accomplish in the long term.

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.

New TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES TV Spot Teases Possible Origin of Title Heroes

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Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot is sneaking up on us like the stealthy ninja that it is, but it hasn’t exactly hit us over the head with its marketing just yet.  That’s a good move, because they’ve shown just enough to get a sense of the movie’s tone and story without giving everything away.  Everything I’ve seen so far has actually been pretty impressive, so it’s no surprise that the film’s latest TV spot is more of the same, even if it does appear to share a little more on the plot side of things.  Dubbed “Created as Weapons,” the short commercial teases what is possibly a unique origin story for the title characters.

Starring Megan FoxWill ArnettWilliam FichtnerAlan RitchsonPete PloszekJeremy HowardNoel Fisher, and Danny Woodburn, with Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub voicing Leonardo and Splinter respectively, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens August 8th.  Hit the jump to watch the new TV spot.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Spin, Shout, Skate, and Save the Day in New Motion Posters

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If you liked the recently released character posters for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but thought to yourself, “Hey, these things could sure use a bit more … motion,” then boy are you gonna love these new motion posters!  Clearly meant for smartphones or some other type of vertically inclined viewing device, Paramount has released one new motion poster featuring each of the heroes-in-a-half shell in action.  Not only do we get a brief listen to what Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello sound like, but we get an idea of how their personalities will play out on screen.  They’re actually quite well done (aside from their orientation).

Starring Megan Fox, Will ArnettWilliam FichtnerAlan RitchsonPete PloszekJeremy HowardNoel Fisher, and Danny Woodburn, with Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub voicing Leonardo and Splinter respectively, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens August 8th.  Hit the jump to take a look at the new motion posters.

Gallery Nucleus Unveils TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Artwork from Upcoming 30th Anniversary Tribute Exhibit

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It’s a good thing this exhibit isn’t on the east coast.  My roommate (my sister) has been very tolerant of my love of horror-themed art.  Clearing more wall space for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles artwork probably wouldn’t fly at this point.  However, if you are in the Alhambra, CA area and do have some white walls that need filling, check out “Heroes in a Half Shell: A TMNT Art Tribute Show” at Gallery Nucleus from July 12th to August 3rd, wrapping up just before Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hits theaters on August 8th.

There’s no mention of items pertaining to the new film, but the exhibit will have production pieces from Nickelodeon’s CG animated series and loads more Ninja Turtle-themed artwork covering Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo’s 30-year pop culture run.  Hit the jump to check out two preview pieces from the event, artist signing information and more.

New TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Trailer and Posters Bring the Dubstep to Introduce Shredder

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Paramount Pictures has released a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer as well as a collection of character posters for director Jonathan Liebesman’s adaptation of the popular property.  In the new live-action iteration, 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.  There’s a bit of a disconnect in the trailer in that, aesthetically, the film looks like Transformers, but the tone seems geared towards a younger, less serious audience.  Even Shredder, which we get a good look at here, just looks like a modified Transformer.  I think more colorful/goofy is the way to go with this franchise (you can’t make a “gritty” TMNT without it coming off as ridiculous), but I still can’t tell who this movie is aimed at.  And then there’s the dubstep.

Hit the jump to check out the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer and posters.  The film also features the voices of Johnny Knoxville and Tony ShalhoubTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens in theaters on August 8th.

Megan Fox Needs You to Unveil the New TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Trailer and Posters; Won’t You Help Her? [Update: Leonardo Poster Revealed!]

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is about to release new character posters and a brand new trailer, but they need your help to do so.  Now I could sit here and explain how your hashtagged Tweets can unlock the character-specific posters, after which the new trailer will be revealed, but wouldn’t you rather listen to star Megan Fox tell you how it all works?  I thought so.  You can find a video demonstrating just that after the jump.

Also starring Will ArnettWilliam FichtnerAlan RitchsonPete PloszekJeremy HowardNoel Fisher, and Danny Woodburn, with Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub voicing Leonardo and Splinter respectively, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens August 8th.

TURTLE POWER Trailer: The Definitive History of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Headed to DVD, VOD, and Digital HD

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I was a huge fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles growing up, so they’ll always have a place in my heart even though I don’t follow them as an adult (although I did like 2007′s TMNT).  The Turtles have been around for thirty years, and now a documentary chronicling their history is on the way.  On August 12th, Paramount will release Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on DVD, VOD, and Digital HD.  A brief trailer has been released, and although I’m not sure how much the movie can cover in its 98-minute runtime, it looks like it will at least run though the comic, the animated TV series, and the live-action movies from the 1990s.  However, I’m a little surprised the trailer doesn’t have a plug for the new film, which opens on August 8th.

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TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Artwork from Mike Johnston and Austin’s HOPE Outdoor Gallery

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If it’s original artwork inspired by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that you’re into, then look no further than the latest efforts from street artist Mike Johnston.  Featured at Austin’s H.O.P.E. Outdoor Gallery (Helping Other People Everywhere), Johnston’s TMNT work looks like it’s encompassed a bit of the original comics’ aesthetics with a dynamic cartoonish feel that also takes into account the new designs from Jonathan Liebesman’s upcoming live-action film.

Starring Megan Fox, Will ArnettWilliam FichtnerAlan RitchsonPete PloszekJeremy HowardNoel Fisher, and Danny Woodburn, with Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub voicing Leonardo and Splinter respectively, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens August 8th.  Hit the jump to take a look at Johnston’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles artwork.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Images: New Looks at Shredder, Splinter, April O’Neil, Leonardo, and More

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We’ll take new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles images wherever we can get them.  Today’s image source comes courtesy of a new book titled “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History.”  With a name like that, you can believe that there are a smattering of new looks at characters from the upcoming Jonathan Liebesman’s new feature film, including Splinter, April O’Neil, and a very sharp take on The Shredder.

Starring Megan FoxWill ArnettWilliam FichtnerAlan RitchsonPete PloszekJeremy HowardNoel Fisher, and Danny Woodburn, with Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub voicing Leonardo and Splinter respectively, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens August 8th.  Hit the jump to check out the new images.

New Megan Fox Image from TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES; Jason Statham and Wesley Snipes Square off in New Image from THE EXPENDABLES 3

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We’ve got a couple of new images from two of this summer’s anticipated actioners:

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Jonathan Liebesman’s adaptation stars Megan FoxWill ArnettWilliam FichtnerAlan RitchsonPete PloszekJeremy HowardNoel Fisher, and Danny Woodburn, with Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub voicing Leonardo and Splinter respectively, and opens August 8th.  We’ve got a new image of Fox after the jump which is just delightful.
  • The Expendables 3Patrick Hughes’ action-packed third film in the franchise features Sylvester Stallone, Mel GibsonHarrison FordWesley SnipesArnold SchwarzeneggerKelsey Grammer, Antonio BanderasJason StathamJet LiDolph LundgrenRandy CoutureTerry CrewsKellan LutzRonda RouseyVictor Ortiz, and Glen Powell, and opens August 15th.

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