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 »
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Posted on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot has was met with suspicion from the get-go, and every move has just seemed to irritate fans more. The latest debacle was the casting of producer Michael Bay‘s one-time nemesis Megan Fox as April O’Neil — not really the best way to convince audiences that TMNT wouldn’t just be a Transformers rehash.
Where Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman has been vocal about his support of the film (which likely has something to do with the fact that he’s been involved all along), co-creator Peter Laird has been far more critical of the endeavor. And he’s no happier about the casting of Fox than other TMNT fans have been. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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Posted on Thursday, February 28th, 2013 by Angie Han
Last summer, we got word that Paramount’s Michael Bay-produced, Jonathan Liebesman-directed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot had been delayed by a whole six months to retool the script, perhaps in reaction to some of the fan outrage over changes to the turtles’ origin story.
Now it’s being pushed back yet again, though not by nearly as much. The film is still planned for summer 2014, but will now open later than originally announced. What’s more interesting is that the title may have changed. As of last year, it was going by the name Ninja Turtles, but most of the recent reports refer to it as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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Posted on Thursday, February 21st, 2013 by Angie Han
Michael Bay famously booted Megan Fox between the second and third installments of his Transformers series due to personal differences, but apparently the two have since decided to kiss and make up. Bay has just announced that she will be joining his upcoming Ninja Turtles reboot, making her the first official bit of casting for the Jonathan Liebesman-directed film. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 by Angie Han
With the likes of Chris O’Dowd, Lena Dunham, and Melissa McCarthy in supporting roles, Judd Apatow‘s This is 40 is positively overflowing with hot comedic talents. But the film features some more established comic players as well, including Robert Smigel.
During what must’ve been a slow day on set, Smigel decided to bring along his old pal Triumph the Insult Comic Dog to mingle with the cast and crew, specifically Apatow, Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, John Lithgow, and Megan Fox. The results are predictably entertaining and just a little bit painful. Watch the video after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, December 10th, 2012 by Angie Han
One can only guess how the horribly mismatched Ben and Alison from Knocked Up are faring these days, but in just a few weeks we’ll get to see how their pals Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) are dealing with being on the cusp of middle age. Universal has just dropped a new red-band trailer for Judd Apatow‘s This is 40, which picks back up with the bickering marrieds five years after we last saw them.
A few things have changed: Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl are nowhere to be seen, Maude Apatow has grown from cute kid to angsty teen, and Albert Brooks, John Lithgow, Megan Fox, Chris O’Dowd, Melissa McCarthy, and Lena Dunham are joining in on the fun this time around. The winning blend of cozy sentiment and inappropriate humor, however, remains much the same. Watch the somewhat NSFW trailer after the jump. (And yes, smartasses, the “favorite movie blog” I’m referencing in the headline is /Film.)
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Let’s just cut to the chase: there’s a bit in this red-band featurette explaining Judd Apatow‘s new film This is 40 where Leslie Mann fondles Megan Fox. That happens at about the 2:45 mark. So just go watch that, and then get back to me. I’ll wait.
OK, so this is a good attempt by Apatow, Mann, and Paul Rudd to ground the film and both put it in the context of Knocked Up (Mann and Rudd reprise their roles from that film) and position the story as a coming of middle-age tale that has something for all of us. In that respect, it does a better job for me than either of the trailers have in the past. The trailers played up a “this is the story of everyone” angle while depicting something that doesn’t look like the lives of many people at all. This plays more like a means to explain specifically who these characters are rather than making them out to be representations of everyone. And in doing so, the actual broad appeal of the material comes across with more clarity.
Check out the footage below, and note that while there’s some relatively adult sex talk and bad language, it really isn’t all that serious, as red-band materials go. Read More »
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There are some huge, huge laughs in the new trailer for Judd Apatow‘s “sort of” sequel to Knocked Up, This Is 40. Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann return as Pete and Debbie, supporting characters in the 2007 hit, who are struggling with the reality of turning forty. The kids are now older, the relationships more complicated, the drug reactions more serious and the classic blend of heart and humor that made Apatow a comedy brand name seems to be back.
The film is scheduled for release December 21 and with this extended look you’ll finally meet Albert Brooks, Megan Fox, Jason Segel, Melissa McCarthy and several others. It looks really funny. Check it out after the jump. Read More »