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‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ features four formidable freaks and fisticuffs

18 hours ago | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Written by Todd W. Langen and Bobby Herbeck

Directed by Steven Barron

U.S.A., 1990

When Channel 3 news reporter April O’Neil (Judith Hoag) is accosted one night during the walk to her car by a group of thugs, four strange saviors submerged in shadow come to her rescue with the speed and stealth of ninjas. Both foes and friends represent forces the city of Manhattan will reckon with in incredible ways. On the side of crime and greed is the mysterious Foot Clan, a clandestine syndicate originating from Japan believed to be long forgotten. Led by the imposing Shredder (James Saito) and trained as ninjas, the Foot uses their talent for crime’s sake, in addition to recruiting the city’s delinquent youth as the next generation of troops. On the side of virtue and righteousness are…mutated teenage turtles who dwell in the sewers, »

- Edgar Chaput

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Comics on Film: Ranking 2014's Comic Book Movies

27 August 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

As people everywhere get ready to say good-bye to the summer season, Comics on Film has reached that time in the year where we can look back on the major comics-based movie releases of the year and figure out which we liked best and which we didn't like so much. From the blockbuster releases provided by the characters of Marvel Comics at multiple studios, to the return of the Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird-created Ninja Turtles, on down through the harsh and unforgiving streets of Frank Miller's Basin City, 2014 has proven to be a surprisingly diverse year for comic book cinema. Maybe, even, a transformative one. With eight live-action comic book movies released between March and August of this year, let's get right into the rankings for 2014's comic book...

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- Chris Clow

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‘The Legend of the Yokai’ Art Initiative Views the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Through Ancient Japanese Tales

26 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Paramount is still promoting The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and now the studio is encouraging fans to look at Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s creations through the lens of ancient Japanese folk tales. The Legend of the Yokai ( is an online art show in which a variety of artists have created new interpretations of […]

The post ‘The Legend of the Yokai’ Art Initiative Views the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Through Ancient Japanese Tales appeared first on /Film. »

- Russ Fischer

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Ninja Turtles Creator Talks Favorite Characters And Other Fascinating Facts During Revealing Ama

15 August 2014 5:40 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

24 years after the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles first kicked ass on the big screen, the heroes of the half shell have finally been given a welcome worthy of their pop culture status. Whether it's the nostalgia factor at work once again, a really good case of brand synergy with Nickelodeon Movies at the helm, or just the good old Michael Bay touch, this long dormant franchise is looking to make another run at box office glory. With a sequel already greenlit for 2016, it doesn't look like we'll be seeing the end of the franchise just yet. Of course, anytime you think of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you're really thinking of the co-creation of Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman. Initially created as more of a parody of the comic market's state in 1984, they would turn into a more serious multimedia empire three short years later. The rest, as they say, »

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'Ninja Turtles' Creator Kevin Eastman Talks 'Turtle Power' | Exclusive

14 August 2014 3:01 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It's a great time to be a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan! The movie did stellar box office numbers this past weekend, knocking Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy out of the number one spot. It did so well, Paramount announced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 for 2016. And not only that, there are a ton of new toys on shelves everywhere and an animated series on Nickelodeon that is quite popular. Bringing it all into perspective is the release of Turtle Power: The Definitive History of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a new documentary that is in stores this week.

Turtle Power takes a look at the entire history of the phenomenon. From the first black and white comics created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, to the 1987 cartoon series, to the Playmates toy line, to the first live action movies, the video games and everything else in-between. It's a comprehensive and »

- MovieWeb

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How 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Went From In-Joke to Blockbuster

14 August 2014 6:34 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is currently the number-one movie in America — a development largely viewed like it's a plot by the evil Shredder himself. Technically directed by Jonathan Liebesman, this blockbuster reboot bears the stamp of its superstar producer, Transformers maestro Michael Bay: a sturdy children's-toy concept sits uncomfortably alongside destructive urban combat and awkward double entendres about turtle erections. Garnering bad reviews from both film critics and nostalgic fans, it nonetheless displaced its direct competitor, the much, much better-liked Guardians of the Galaxy, to seize control of the box office. »

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Director Jonathan Liebesman Talks Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Deleted Scenes, Fan Criticism and How It Influenced the Film, Megan Fox, and More

13 August 2014 3:02 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Now playing around the world is Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  As most of you know, Tmnt made over $65 million dollars in its first weekend at the North America box office, which led to Paramount announcing a sequel for summer 2016.  What started out as a one and done comic book by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman in 1984 shows no signs of slowing down thirty years later. At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an extended video interview with Jonathan Liebesman.  During our wide-ranging conversation, we talked about how the story changed along the way, creating the new look of the turtles, deleted scenes, what he learned from his friends and family screenings, working with Megan Fox, filming in NYC, fan criticism and how a lot of it was actually valuable, the specific influence that a fake trailer description had on the film, Easter eggs, if he'd like to do the sequel, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Watch Stop-Motion ‘Usagi Yojimbo’ Short Film

13 August 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Stan Sakai‘s katana-wielding rabbit Usagi Yojimbo is an indie comics staple, and a character that goes back decades as an associate of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Perhaps because Sakai and Tmnt creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird were all responsible for anthropomorphized comic characters, their respective creations soon ran into one another in an […]

The post Watch Stop-Motion ‘Usagi Yojimbo’ Short Film appeared first on /Film. »

- Russ Fischer

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Exclusive Turtle Power Clip: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Beginning with Issue 1

12 August 2014 12:21 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Last weekend was all about delivering a grounded, fresh spin on the Ninja Turtles, but in celebration of the Turtles’ 30th anniversary, now it’s about looking back and honoring where they came from.  The documentary Turtle Power: Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles covers the rise of our favorite heroes in a half shell beginning with their creation in 1984 when Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman put together the very first comic just for fun, but then wound up selling every single initial print and then some. In honor of the documentary’s August 12th DVD and digital HD debut, we’re getting the opportunity to bring you a sneak peek at the film.  Click here to check out the trailer and hit the jump for our exclusive Turtle Power clip featuring Laird and Eastman recalling the Turtles’ early success. ComplexEmbed.Application.initialize({cId: "czMW5sbzrTxRLZfDF-XItypWYSw7DX9T »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Cowabunga! – The Original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Midnights This Weekend at The Tivoli

12 August 2014 10:50 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

“We were awesome! Bodacious! Bitchin’! Gnarly! Radical! Totally tubular, dude! Wicked! Hellacious! I have always liked… Cowabunga……. Cowabunga!”

America has Tmnt fever! Michael Bay’s souped-up Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot raked it in at the box—office over the weekend, but everyone knows the greatest movie about those radioactive ‘Heroes in a Halfshell’ was the same-titled 1990 epic

The entire concept of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was conceived by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird who originally created them to parody the dark, gritty comic books of the early 80s. Of course, the series branched away and became a pop culture phenomenon of its own and when something becomes a monstrous hit, you can almost guarantee a motion picture is right down the alley. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hit the theaters in 1990 and instead of it being a continuation of the hit cartoon series, the film goes back to its source »

- Tom Stockman

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Cowabunga Giveaway – Win A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Prizepack

11 August 2014 10:42 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Hey Wamg readers! We’ve got a new giveaway to celebrate the opening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Get these great Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures, water bottle, movie t-shirt and Tmnt: The Ultimate Visual History Book.

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The city needs heroes.  Darkness has settled over New »

- Movie Geeks

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Sound Off: Jonathan Liebesman's 'Ninja Turtles' - What Did You Think?

8 August 2014 11:33 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Cowabunga! They're back on the big screen! Originally created in 1987 by Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were first turned into a movie trilogy in 1990, as well as multiple animated TV shows, toy lines and much more, including another animated movie in 2007. Now Platinum Dunes takes a shot at bringing back the Ninja Turtles in live-action form with director Jonathan Liebesman at the helm, Megan Fox as April O'Neil, and an eclectic cast including four actors in suits playing the Turtles. But is it any good? At least the action? Or is it another disaster? Once you've seen it, post a comment with thoughts on Jonathan Liebesman's new Tmnt. Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters to keep major »

- Alex Billington

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The Enduring Uncoolness of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

8 August 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are not cool, and haven’t been since creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s 1984 comic introduced them to the world. Moreover, they weren’t really meant to be. The entire 30-year history of the Turtles is one gigantic misunderstanding between the property and the public at large, the latter of whom have embraced characters who were never supposed to be lovable, or funny, or even truly taken seriously. The Turtles are a joke taken too far, first by the entertainment industry and then by consumers who wanted their action-comedy as gratingly juvenile and Archie Comics–style milquetoast as possible. Their story is one of unlikely triumph over their own fundamental lameness. And with the birth of a fresh round of Turtle-mania courtesy of Michael Bay’s new reboot, out today, it’s one that needs to end. Because the Turtles are neither awesome nor gnarly nor radical. »

- Nick Schager

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Director Jonathan Liebesman and Producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller Talk Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Tone, What They Had to Fight to Include

8 August 2014 9:06 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, based on the endlessly popular characters created by comic book writers Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, four Ninja Turtles – known as Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello – must leave their home in the storm sewers of Manhattan and battle evil with the help of their sensei, Master Splinter.  As Shredder and his evil Foot Clan commit crimes and spread fear through the streets of New York, the Ninja Turtles team up with fearless reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), in order to thwart Shredder’s diabolical plans for domination. While at the film’s press day, director Jonathan Liebesman and Platinum Dunes producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why they decided not to overly sexualize the film, what they were dead-set on including, deciding what they could hold back on, »

- Christina Radish

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The Review

7 August 2014 9:39 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The mean and green “heroes in a half-shell” have repeatedly been reintroduced for almost three decades. You almost lose track of all the different versions when you stop to think about it. In fact, they weren’t even green when they first graced the comic pages. Creators Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman drew the crime-fighting brothers in black and white all wearing the same masks and basically looking identical. Many comic historians are quick to point out that their creation almost seemed to signal a revolt or a poking-fun at the multitude of characters that happen to be born from “freak accidents” in comic book lore. It wasn’t until the late 80′s cartoon that the characters reached a new level of popularity that many nostalgic fans often now look upon fondly; even if the show lacked the grittiness that the original creators had intended. From there we got a »

- Michael Haffner

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Everything Wrong With Tmnt (2007) In 14 Minutes Or Less

7 August 2014 8:39 PM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

The stars have aligned in an ominous sign, and as a legion of malevolent monsters descends upon New York City to wage war against humanity, the only thing that stands between humankind and certain destruction are four wisecracking turtles with a flair for martial arts and a hearty appetite for pizza. Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird's "heroes in a half-shell" return to defend the world against an interstellar threat that comes just once every 3,000 years in a computer-animated action comedy that marked the final film role of Japanese screen legend Mako -- here providing the voice of the eternally wise Master Splinter. Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar lends her voice to the role of the turtles' technical-services worker, April; Fantastic Four's Chris Evans assumes the role of hockey-loving crimefighter Casey Jones; Memoirs of a Geisha star Zhang Ziyi steps in as villainous Foot Ninjas leader »

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Exclusive Cool Video: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Phenomenon Tribute

7 August 2014 4:50 PM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

Since their creation by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in 1984, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have taken on numerous incarnations, starting with comic books then to film, TV, animation, and stage shows, flooding the world with the visage of Heroes in a Half Shell and making them a staple of pop culture. For more than 30 years, the turtles have inspired and entertained in their various forms, including action figures, videogames, and more. What started as a parody of Marvel Comics of the »

- Paul Shirey

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Box office preview: 'Ninja Turtles' fights 'Guardians' for No. 1 spot

7 August 2014 3:29 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Nostalgia can be a powerful force in driving audiences to theaters, but this weekend the ’90s heroes in a half shell have to contend with a foe more deviant than Shredder: great buzz. Last weekend’s record-shattering debut of the once obscure Marvel property Guardians of the Galaxy will have a major impact on how Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fares out of the gates, and it might not be the most positive one.

This weekend also sees the debut of The One-Hundred Foot Journey, Into the Storm, and Step Up All In, all of which open in 2,000+ theaters, and limited releases such as What If, »

- Lindsey Bahr

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'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' (2014) Movie Review

7 August 2014 10:13 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a "paint by numbers" action-comedy hoping to attract an audience that still enjoys the Turtles today while also aspiring to appeal to an older audience that may be familiar with the mutant amphibians from their childhood through name alone. Truth is, this is a movie that will mostly appeal to a younger audience and yet it still carries a PG-13 rating despite the actual content warranting nothing more than a PG. The film opens with an animated sequence hinting at the mutant turtles origins, which is largely a waste of time since it's explored deeper within the story's narrative, involving "frothy" television reporter April O'Neil (Megan Fox) and her previously unknown involvement in the lives of the turtles and their "father", a rat named Splinter (voiced by Tony Shalhoub). This narrative, as it were, includes a mean ol' businessman focused on taking over New York »

- Brad Brevet

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Tmnt "Capturing The Turtles" Featurette & "The Real Ninja Turtles?" TV Spot

7 August 2014 12:54 AM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

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 and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles directed by Jonathan Liebesman ("Wrath of the Titans"), and produced by Michael Bay ("The Rock"). The script was written by Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec, based on characters created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. The cast includes: Megan Fox as April O'Neil, Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, Danny Woodburn as Splinter, Jeremy Howard as Donatello, Pete Ploszek as Leonardo, Will Arnett as Vernon and William Fichtner as Shredder. »

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