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Matt appraises the Lego, comics, DVDs and books brought out to celebrate the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' 30th anniversary...
Last month marked the 30th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Here at Den of Geek we celebrated in our own way; we put on headbands and played with dangerous weapons in the sewer in front of confused rodents. Several serious, badly infected injuries later, we realised we’d made a huge mistake. Fortunately for us, several awesome people celebrated the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles anniversary better than us by making things. With our badly botched job behind us, we’re going to have a run through of who did what and how it went.
I’ll also be covering one of the recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Lego sets here, Mutation Chamber, even though it’s got nothing to do with the 30th anniversary. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Lego is brilliant, »
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“Hey! This isn't a $150m blockbuster! That isn't Samuel L. Jackson! Hey!”
‘Matt,’ the email said ‘Do you want to cover a Marvel release for us?’ I thought I was getting called up to the Den Of Geek A-list, but it turns out that the Nick Fury film I’d be covering was not part of the current blockbuster parade, overseen by cinematic warlord Kevin Feige. Rather, it was an extended TV pilot that aired as a film to not much fanfare in 1998 starring David Hasselhoff. »
Here’s some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles casting news for you that has nothing to do with the upcoming Michael Bay produced film/internet enragement project (albeit one that some Den of Geek contributors are quite looking forward to).
When the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon relaunch, which plays on Nickelodeon in the Us and on Nicktoons in the UK, returns for its third season, Leonardo voice actor Jason Biggs won’t be returning with it. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the role of Leonardo will be filled by Robot Chicken co-creator Seth Green. No reason for Biggs’ departure was given, although it could be something to do with either the actor’s hobby of causing controversy on Twitter or the growing success of the Netflix-produced TV series Orange Is The New Black, »
News Matt Edwards 4 Apr 2014 - 10:55
In ten years, when everyone has some distance from it, we might be lucky enough to get a documentary about the production of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. There must be some stories to tell. Production delays, leaks, script rewrites and now new casting just four months out from release.
According to Deadline, who broke the story, two new actors are joining the cast to provide the voices of mo-capped characters Leonardo and Splinter. It’s also worth noting that Deadline suggests that Paramount had always considered voice recasting a possibility for the film. So, while late casting may look bad, this may be less a production flap than a decision that was scheduled to be made further into the production, »
Feature Matt Edwards 28 Mar 2014 - 11:25
In the wake of the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer, Matt provides an in-depth breakdown of what it all means...
Yesterday we got our first look at the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. If you missed it, you can find it here, although it’s weird that you clicked on the trailer break down article before watching the trailer.
Now, I know a lot of people are angry about this trailer for all sorts of reasons, as is their right as members of the internet, and I also know that Michael Bay’s Transformers films are insanely popular even though it seems like everyone on the internet hates them. I’d do a whole thing about that to introduce this piece, but I’d just be going through the motions. We all know all of that, don’t we? Michael Bay didn »
Feature Matt Edwards 17 Feb 2014 - 06:21
Crossing Tmnt with a much-loved board game is a brilliant idea, right? Well, after this, Matt's wife might disagree...
Unpacking the Monopoly box, I started to get a bit excited. Granted, this is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Monopoly, a fair reason to be excited, but it was also because it had been so long since I last played the classic board game Monopoly and I couldn’t wait to get a game going. Monopoly is so fun.
Monopoly have been doing ‘themed’ sets for a while. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is very much the Park Lane of my favourite things, so this was one I was particularly keen to have a look at. It’s based on the current cartoon show from Nickelodeon, which is terrific and comes highly recommended.
Over Christmas, I sat down versus my wife for a game of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Monopoly (I know, »
Review Matt Edwards 14 Feb 2014 - 05:56
In writer/director Spike Jonze’s latest film Her, Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore. With a divorce looming, Theodore finds himself forming an unexpected bond with new computer operating system OS1, who goes by Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). Samantha is programmed to learn, so she’s discovering the world as Theodore and her work out how their relationship could work. Running alongside his relationship, Theodore observes the difficulties his friend Amy is experiencing in hers.
As a plot synopsis, that doesn’t quite capture what happens in Her. It’s not really a film that lends itself to a neat summary, nor is it one you want to read much about before seeing. In fact, if you want a quick is it good or not, »
Feature Matt Edwards 29 Jan 2014 - 11:22
Update: Images now gone at request of lawyers acting for Paramount Pictures.
Update: We have had to remove these images at the request of legal people.
“Oooooh!” reads the transcription of our reaction to these images.
Last night, Comic Book Movie dot com broke these images of models, apparently from the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. This is our first proper look at the character designs. A wonky-looking Halloween costume suggested to be based on the movie Turtles did leak last week, but we didn’t think you’d be interested in seeing it on account of it being a particularly rubbish Halloween costume.
Images Taken Down At The Request Of Paramount Pictures
These models certainly seem to fit with the design descriptions we’ve read. Obviously, we’re happy to be corrected if we’re wrong, but we think these are legitimate. »
• 2014 in film preview: sequels
Prepare yourself for the attack of the colons. A week ago, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones came to a cinema near you, and in 2014 you can look forward to Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 300: Rise of an Empire, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey?, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, The Hobbit: There and Back Again – all of them episodes in ongoing franchises, and all of them with a colon in the middle of the title.
If that weren't dizzying enough, there are three more films released in January alone that use a colon, but which aren't part of a series. »
- Nicholas Barber
Interview Matt Edwards 3 Jan 2014 - 15:03
Let me get this right out of the way: I did not want to leave at the end of this interview. I wanted to stay and talk to Spike Jonze some more. There are a few reasons for this. One is that Spike Jonze has had a long, interesting career. There’s a lot to ask him about. He’s directed so many notable music videos, some great feature films (Being John Malkovich and Where The Wild Things Are) and has been a part of the Jackass team since its inception.
Then, there’s that Spike Jonze is so much fun to talk to. Eloquent, friendly, enthusiastic and inspiring. This may rank amongst the most unprofessional things said on Den »
10 items from 2014
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