30 years after their comic book debut and several decades since they last ruled the box office, the 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' returned this week and proved that they're as relevant and popular as ever. Although many people wondered if the...
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Will Arnett's latest feature film, 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,' is heavy on the kicking and punching -- it is about turtles who like karate, after all -- but that doesn't necessarily mean that the funny guy has his own martial arts chops. When the comedian hit up 'The Tonight Show' last night to chat about the film, host Jimmy Fallon couldn't help but challenge him to a kicking-based game: Karate Pinata, a combination of ancient disciplines and modern party games.
The latest entry to the “I need your blood but I’m not a vampire movies” genre is ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,’ a movie I would probably have simply watched and forgotten almost immediately – just like all of the other ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ movies -- if it wasn’t for it’s awfully familiar plot point: The villains (I’m being vague on who the villains are as to avoid spoilers) (Also: ha!) needs the Turtles’ blood. Of course the villain needs the Turtles’ blood because what why else would anyone have any interest in English-speaking human adult-size turtles?
If something seems strangely familiar about the new 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' reboot opening Friday, that’s not too surprising, since Jonathan Liebesman’s film is little more than a thinly veiled remake of the 'Transformers' movies. Sure, the nominal source material for this latest ninja-turtles adventure is Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s 1980s comic books, as well as the cartoon series and three live-action films from the early ‘90s, all of which led to a merchandising bonanza built around the characters’ good-natured valor, love of pizza, and fondness for exclamations like “gnarly!”, “radical!” and “cowabunga!” Yet a closer inspection of Liebesman’s adaptation reveals that, far more than those predecessors, the real inspiration for this wannabe-blockbuster is its producer Michael Bay’s four robot-centric extravaganzas. As proof, here’s a rundown of the many clues that 'TMNT' is nothing but 'Transformers' in a half shell.
The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will take on Shredder and the Foot Clan this coming Friday when the film hits theaters, and more than 25 newly released photos from the reboot show off the many, heavily CG-ed characters, like Splinter, Silver Samurai Shredder, April O'Neil and her scrappy camera guy, and, of course, the heroes in a half-shell.
The Turtles' transformation from cult comic book characters to mega-popular cartoon superheroes began in 1987 and was overseen by writer David Wise. If you're a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, chances are strong that Wise is the man you want to thank. As a writer and story editor for the original animated series, Wise was present from the show's inception to its conclusion, writing and overseeing the vast majority of the series. To listen to his version of events is to understand where the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came from.
The internet has not been kind to the 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' reboot. This shouldn't be surprising to you, because a) you are on the internet, and b) you have seen the footage from the 'Ninja Turtles' reboot. (True story: during a recent 'Guardians of the Galaxy' screening in New York City, the crowd loudly booed the 'Ninja Turtles' trailer.) But, star Megan Fox has a word for all of those haters. Two words, actually.
We know there are some who are still on the fence about the upcoming 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' film, but going by the awesome new footage we saw at Comic-Con 2014, this movie might surprise you. If you want to know more about the work that went into bringing your beloved childhood heroes back to the big screen, check out our interviews with star Megan Fox, director Jonathan Liebesman, and the producers, straight from San Diego.
The first clip shown was about 8 minutes long and it's a scene from the movie that you've seen a lot in the trailers. April O'Neil's father used to work with Eric Sachs (her father has since died). Sachs inspires April to become a real journalist, as opposed to the celebrity beat she's currently working on. She's sitting in traffic with Vern (Will Arnett) when they see a crowd running from something inside a building in New York City.
We're just a couple of weeks out from the release of 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,' and we know we're going to be seeing a whole lot of those green dudes this week at Comic-Con 2014. Until then, feast your eyes upon the latest poster for the heroes on a half shell, which looks pretty darn tough.