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Ever since the release of the popular ’90s cartoon, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were characterized as party guys. They were a wild bunch of teenagers who loved pizza and music, who just happened to be both ninjas and turtles. In 1991, the group was forever linked to pop rap thanks to Vanilla Ice. At the climax of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, then super-popular rapper was featured with a song called “Ninja Rap.” Almost 25 years later, the song endures as a guilty pleasure and a window into a very specific moment in pop culture.

So it makes perfect sense (maybe? sort of?) that the filmmakers want their very own rap anthem for the new, rebooted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. That song is now out. It’s called “Shell Shocked” and its by Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla $ign featuring Kill The Noise & Madsonik. Does it reach the status of “Ninja Rap?” Listen to the new Ninja Turtles rap below.

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She’s not yet wearing a yellow jumpsuit, but Megan Fox does look like an intrepid news reporter in the latest set photos from Jonathan Liebesman‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Fox is currently in New York City filming her role as April O’Neil, news reporter for Channel 6 News.

UPDATE: Will Arnett‘s role has also been revealed. Read More »

Alan Ritchson Raphael

Alan Ritchson promises Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is better than people think. The actor, who is playing Raphael in the Michael Bay-produced, Jonathan Liebesman-directed film, told The Hollywood Reporter ”everything you read online” about the film “is wrong.” He said “people assume they know what it’s going to be about, and those people are wrong,” then promised “it’s gonna look way better than anyone can imagine.” Watch the interview below. Read More »

Alan Ritchson Raphael

Producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman have cast the first member the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Alan Ritchson, who plays Gloss in the upcoming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and starred in the show Blue Mountain State, will portray the red-masked Raphael. The film isn’t going to put actors in suits like the original movies, however. This time they’ll be motion captured and realized as CGI in real environments.

Ritchson is the first of four lead roles cast to go along with Megan Fox as TV reporter/Turtle friend April O’Neil. Read More »

Michael Bay sparked some predictable fan outrage a few months ago by revealing that his live-action Ninja Turtles feature would scrap the “Teenage Mutant” part of the characters’ identities altogether. But it sounds like his other plans for the heroes in a half-shell were a bit more familiar.

According to an outlet that’s read the script, the Jonathan Liebesman-directed film would’ve featured some very recognizable Ninja Turtle figures and locales, like villains Krang, Bebop, and Rocksteady, Krang and Shredder’s Technodrome lair, and their home Dimension X. Perhaps those elements will remain the same after the much-publicized reworking, and perhaps not. Read more after the jump.

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After the jump we have a ton of new sequel news bits including:

  • A first look at some of the new Men in Black 3 Aliens
  • Asylum Greenlights Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark, the third film in their Mega Shark vs. monster series.
  • Jonathan Liebsman talks about the possibilites in Wrath of the Titans and Battle: Los Angeles Sequels
  • Hammer Working on a follow-up to The Woman in Black

All this and more, after the jump.

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Never underestimate the potential drawing power of Jennifer Lawrence with a bow and arrow. The Oscar-nominee hasn’t even officially be cast in Gary Ross‘s adaptation of The Hunger Games but Warner Brothers has already blinked and moved their sequel to Clash of the Titans, Wrath of the Titans, away from the March 23, 2012 release date that both films originally shared. It’ll now come out on March 30, 2012 and face off against Seth Rogen. Read more after the break. Read More »

Last year’s hit film Clash of the Titans is the poster child for bad 3D post-conversion. Everyone complained about getting headaches during the movie or there being little to no difference between watching the movie with or without glasses. Jonathan Liebesman is fully aware of this. The director of Battle: Los Angeles has been tasked with directing the sequel, Wrath of the Titans. Despite the negative 3D connotation attached to the first film, he’ll be going the same route.

Wrath of the Titans, scheduled for release March 23, 2012 starring Sam Worthington, Rosamund Pike and Liam Neeson, will be shot on film and then post converted into 3D. But is he making the same mistake that was forced on his predecessor, Louis Letterier? Not according to Liebesman, who said the first film was never thought of as a 3D movie. This movie, however, is being totally conceived with the 3rd dimension in mind. Read some quotes and more reasoning after the jump. Read More »

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