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July 29, 2014 | 7:40 p.m.

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ poster withdrawn over 9/11 concerns

Paramount Pictures Australia is apologizing for and immediately discontinuing a poster from the upcoming “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” film that contains an image reminiscent of the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy. On the Australia poster, the four hero turtles are shown jumping out of an exploding skyscraper with the Australia release date of Sept. 11 in red lettering below. “We are deeply sorry to have used that artwork for the marketing materials promoting the September 11 opening in Australia,” said Tom Roache, head of publicity for Paramount Pictures Australia, in an email. “Combining that image and date was a mistake. We intended no offense and have taken immediate action to discontinue its use.” The skateboarding heroes, created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in the early 1980s, were made famous in the animated TV series that ran from 1987 to 1996. […]
July 26, 2014 | 5:53 p.m.

Comic-Con 2014: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ pizza thrower revs up

The pizza thrower is back at Comic-Con International, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle lovers — just in time for the newest film’s Aug. 8 release. Pizza Hut, appropriately, sponsored the vehicle, which can go up to 75 mph and can fire manhole cover-sized cardboard pizzas 30 feet at up to 20 feet per second. Participants in the Interactive Zone climb up to the turret seat, and though aiming is slow, can fire away at targets. For the uninitiated, the pizza thrower was a toy released in the early ’90s that — remarkably — fired pizza at the Turtles’ enemies, mainly Shredder and his horde of ninja followers. COMIC-CON 2014: Full Coverage | Scene photos | Cosplay The pizza thrower attraction (actually a tricked out Toyota Tacoma) saw some of the film’s stars, namely Will Arnett and Megan Fox, make an unannounced […]
June 24, 2014 | 7:35 p.m.

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ trailer: high on explosions, low on pizza

A new trailer has arrived for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” the upcoming film produced by explosioneer Michael Bay and directed by Jonathan Liebesman. True to form, it’s a riot of ninja moves, skateboard getaways and stuff blowing up all over New York City. However, there is still no pizza involved. What gives? There is a scene in which Megan Fox, as reporter April O’Neil, gets a talking to for recording the turtles with her iPhone. She also clarifies, when asked by fellow non-turtle Will Arnett, that the turtles are NOT aliens, so go ahead and put that mess out of your mind. Whoopi Goldberg also makes an appearance, but even more important there’s Shredder, the movie’s villain who is attacking the Big Apple. Shredder looks very angry and knife-y; Master Splinter, the rat sensei, is worried. The mutant ninjas, created by Kevin […]
May 01, 2014 | 10:25 a.m.

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles': New trailer spotlights masked heroes

A new trailer for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” has arrived, introducing more scenes of the skateboarding heroes on the half-shell and spotlighting the film’s take on the character design. The movie mutants appear to take after the gritty characters from the original comics, created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in the early 1980s, instead of their goofier counterparts, made famous in the animated TV series that ran from 1987 to 1996. In this latest movie adventure, directed by Jonathan Liebesman and produced by Michael Bay, the Turtles get a new origin story, with 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 (rumored to be played by William Fichtner). The Turtles, of course, have […]
April 14, 2014 | 10:47 a.m.

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ TV spot reveals glimpse of Splinter

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” fans got a look at some new scenes from the upcoming summer film during Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards. The latest TV spot offers a first look at the turtles’ trainer, Master Splinter. The teaser opens with an action montage with several scenes already featured in last month’s trailer, an action-packed preview that showed the heroes in a half shell facing off against baddies in the subway and body surfing down a snowy mountain. The TV spot (watch it below) also revealed several new scenes, including Raphael punching out a hooded thug, Donatello (Jeremy Howard) wearing one of his trademark inventions and one of the turtles launching off a cliff on some sort of rocket-propelled skateboard. Meanwhile, a voiceover narrates: “You live, you die, you fight as brothers. Remember, nothing is as strong as family.” The new […]
April 08, 2014 | 5:12 p.m.

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ posters spotlight iconic weapons

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Four new character posters for the upcoming Michael Bay-produced “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” were released Tuesday, spotlighting each turtle’s weapon of choice. Each poster features one of the turtles’ three-fingered hands (do we call them hands?), wrapped in the appropriate color wristband and wielding his favorite weapon. Leonardo wears blue, and his hand clutches one of his two trademark katanas. Raphael, in red, wields a pair of sai. Michelangelo, orange, sports a pair of nunchakus, and Donatello, purple, carries a bo staff. Check out the posters of the mean, green fighting machines in the gallery above. They come a couple of weeks after the release of the film’s first trailer, an action-packed preview that featured the heroes in a half shell facing off against baddies in the subway and body surfing down a snowy mountain. The movie mutants seem to […]
March 27, 2014 | 11:14 a.m.

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ trailer: Turtles get new origin tale

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' trailer (featured image)
The first trailer for the upcoming Michael Bay-produced “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” was released Thursday, offering a glimpse of the latest big-screen incarnations of the heroes in a half shell. The trailer opens with a montage of destruction scenes in what appears to be New York City, the turtles’ traditional stomping grounds, as actor William Fichtner’s voice narrates, “Crime, violence and fear have run rampant. Our great city is being destroyed. People want justice restored to this world.” Fichtner’s character, rumored to be Shredder, is talking to Megan Fox’s April O’Neil, the turtles’ eventual ally, and offers up an alternate origin story for the mean, green fighting machines. “People want heroes, Miss O’Neil,” he tells her. “But heroes are not born; they’re created. That’s what your father and I were trying to do — create heroes.” What follows is a […]
Feb. 22, 2013 | 8:38 a.m.

Cowabunga! ‘TMNT’ remake ends Megan Fox-Michael Bay feud

Michael Bay, left, and Megan Fox will reunite for a "TMNT" remake. (Credits: Getty Images)
Cowabunga! A ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” remake is on the way. But perhaps the bigger news is this: Actress Megan Fox and director Michael Bay are reuniting for the “TMNT” redo. The director took to his website Thursday night to announce the news: “TMNT: We Are Bringing Megan Fox Back Into the Family” Bay and Fox famously clashed while working on the first two “Transformers” movies. At one point during an interview with a British magazine, Fox compared her director to Hitler.  Bay lashed back with some tart words of his own, questioning Fox’s work ethic: “I’m sorry, Megan. … I’m sorry that I’m making you show up on time.” Shia LaBeouf wages Twitter war They parted ways for the third installment in the series, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley stepping in to play the part of […]
March 07, 2012 | 5:45 p.m.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: heroes in half shell, fully reloaded

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This post has been corrected, as detailed below. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are coming back out of their shells. Though far from their heyday in the 1980s and early ’90s, when the Turtles were one of the most well-recognized and most marketed brands in the toy and animation worlds, Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael are poised for a renaissance of sorts. Their upcoming animated TV series on Nickelodeon is full of recognizable voice talent, with Jason Biggs as Leonardo, Rob Paulsen as Donatello, Greg Cipes as Michelangelo and Sean Astin — yes, Samwise of “The Lord of the Rings” — taking the role of Raphael. The CG show has no set release date, but it is due to hit screens in the fall. There will also be a pre-screening held at Comic-Con in July. Along with the show, an […]
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