‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ set for limited IMAX 3-D release
Raphael wields a pair of sai. The character shows off one of the razor-sharp weapons in a movie poster for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." (Paramount Pictures)Link
Leonardo clutches one of his two trademark katanas. The character shows his weapon in a movie poster for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." (Paramount Pictures)Link
Michelangelo sports a pair of nunchakus. The character shows off his weapon in a movie poster for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." (Paramount Pictures)Link
Donatello carries a bo staff. The character shows off his weapon in a movie poster for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." (Paramount Pictures)Link
Megan Fox as April O'Neil in a scene from "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." (Paramount Pictures)Link
The “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” are coming to IMAX for one week only.
Paramount announced Thursday that the skateboarding heroes on a half-shell will get the IMAX 3-D treatment beginning Friday, Sept. 12, with some advance screenings taking place the evening of Sept. 11.
The first 300 ticket holders at each of the advance screenings will receive one of three special collectors’ artist posters.
The movie, directed by Jonathan Liebesman and produced by Michael Bay, became a breakout hit after its release Aug. 8, earning more than $270 million worldwide so far in its theatrical run.
The film stars Megan Fox starring as reporter April O’Neil, a key ally for the masked crime-fighters who bear the names of famous Renaissance painters and must protect New York City from a villain known as Shredder.
Since Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird created the characters in the early 1980s, the team has long been featured in live-action and animated films and on television, in addition to comic books and video games.
They were last on the big screen in the 2007 animated film “TMNT”; before that, they starred in a live-action franchise that launched in 1990 and concluded with 1993’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III.”
Liebesman’s film was popular among families heading to the multiplex, opening with a strong $65 million box-office take in the U.S. and Canada in its opening weekend. Critics were less enthusiastic, however.
Writing in The Times, Mark Olsen described the movie as feeling like “some sort of corporate seminar in brand management,” though he did point out that the Turtles themselves look “lively and pretty lifelike.”
– Gina McIntyre
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