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Tuesday, June 24, 2014



I know we're supposed to hate all remakes of cherished animated TV shows, and usually I would be right on board on that. But, I can't help it, I remain intrigued by TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. It looks a little ridiculous, in a Michael Bay (who produced the film) kind of way, but also maintains some of the humor and self-awareness of the original 80s-90s series about four crime-stopping, pizza-loving reptiles. (How can you not love it based on that description alone?)

However, there is the matter of Megan Fox, Bay's Transformers muse, with whom I have yet to be impressed. She plays April, the turtles'  human sidekick/local reporter. Also, Whoopi Goldberg makes an appearance in the newest trailer, along with Will Arnett (as April's cameraman), hamming it up as usual. William Fichtner, who we can always count on to portray a convincing villain, plays Shredder.

The awesome foursome are played by Johnny Knoxville (Jackass), Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, and Noel (Shameless). And Tony Shalhoub lends his voice to Splinter. 

While director Jonathan Liebesman may be a deterrence for some (after all, he did helm Battle: Los Angeles AND The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), but he's teamed up with a pretty legit writing trio--Josh Applebaum, André Nemec (both mostly known for their Alias episodes, among other TV scripts) and Evan Daugherty (DivergentSnow White and the Huntsman). Okay, Daugherty may not have the best credits, but two out of three ain't bad.

The title pretty much says it all, but in case you're unfamiliar with the TMNT concept, check out the synopsis below:

The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan. Based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Characters Created by PETER LAIRD and KEVIN EASTMAN with a Screenplay by JOSH APPELBAUM & ANDRÉ NEMEC and EVAN DAUGHERTY, Producer MICHAEL BAY (the blockbuster Transformers franchise) and director JONATHAN LIEBESMAN (Wrath of the Titans) bring Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the popular franchise that has captivated audiences of all ages for decades, into the 21st century.

Here's the latest trailer:

You see Raphael's (who's always been my favorite) character poster up top. Here are the other three:



If nothing else, this will certainly be a spectacle--for better or worse. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES is in theaters August 8th. 


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