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.
Early this morning Collider had the pleasure of checking out the Lego display prior to the start of Toy Fair. The company is rolling out its largest collection yet, 246 new products in total with a number of standouts in the mix.
We’ve got photos of all 17 The LEGO Movie products including the Toy Fair exclusive reveal, Metal Beard’s (voiced by Nick Offerman) pirate ship, the Sea Cow. The Star Wars line welcomed pieces from the new Rebels television show as well as the Microfighters, a series that offers smaller versions of much larger ships like the Millennium Falcon and the X-Wing Fighter. Also in the spotlight at the event was the LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 set and the house from The Simpsons, a design that folds open, letting you check out the iconic living room, kitchen and more inside. But then of course there were also some hot ticket items that weren’t ready just yet so couldn’t be photographed, but you can catch full descriptions of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy products after the jump.
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.
Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley, exclusively on HBO, celebrates the legacy of the pioneering comedienne. Often referred to as “the funniest woman in the world,” the iconic African-American standup comedienne Jackie “Moms” Mabley broke racial and sexual boundaries and continues to inspire comedians, to this day. In her directorial film debut, modern-day comedy favorite Whoopi Goldberg pays homage to this pioneering talent while featuring recently unearthed photographs, rediscovered performance footage and interviews with Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers, Sidney Poitier, Kathy Griffin, Harry Belafonte, Bill Cosby, Quincy Jones, Arsenio Hall, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Whoopi Goldberg talked about what led her to direct this documentary, what it was about Moms Mabley that really spoke to her, why her jokes still hold up today, so many years later, what she would say to Moms Mabley, as far as the impact she had on her life, and being an inspiration herself. She also talked about how she came to be voicing the White Rabbit’s wife for Once Upon A Time in Wonderland, and how she ended up with a role in the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
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.
With director Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger opening this Wednesday, Disney held a big press junket Santa Fe, New Mexico. While I’ve done a lot of interviews, it was incredibly cool to talk to the cast and filmmakers with the beautiful New Mexico desert behind us. If you’ve missed the trailers, the story focuses on John Reid (Armie Hammer) surviving an attack, being saved by Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp), and the two teaming up to fight injustice. As you can see in this featurette, the production went to enormous lengths to film the majority of The Lone Ranger practically, and they shot at some amazing locations all around the country. The film also stars Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, and Helena Bonham Carter.
During my interview with Fichtner, he talked about what he likes to collect, filming on location, his costume, his upcoming films Elysium and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
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.]
We’ve got some new casting news:
- Vince Vaughn has joined the comedy Daddy’s Home, the feature directorial debut of Etan Cohen (Men in Black 3). Vaughn will star opposite the big cat himself, Will Ferrell. The film is about a radio exec (Ferrell) who lives a mild-mannered life until his wife’s ex-husband (Vaughn) returns to the picture and begins competing for his step-children’s love.
- Director Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) cast William Fichtner (The Dark Knight) in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remake. Turtles will be produced by Michael Bay, and the cast includes Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson, and Will Arnett. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens June 6, 2014.
Hit the jump for more information on the casting.
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.]