Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2013 by Angie Han
Next month, William Fichtner will get to terrorize a few beloved pop culture figures in The Lone Ranger. Next summer, he’ll get to do more of the same, but with a different set of classic characters.
Weeks after his casting was first announced, Fichtner has confirmed that he will star as the villainous Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from director Jonathan Liebesman. Previously, we knew only that he’d play someone “with iconic stature in the Turtles’ mythology.” Read his comment on the character after the jump.
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Threadless has teamed with Nickelodeon to produce a new line of t-shirts based on the winning submissions of an art contest. The contest was to create t-shirt designs based on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. From 1,014 submissions, 16 winning t-shirts are now on sale on the Threadless website. See them below.
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Posted on Friday, May 31st, 2013 by Angie Han
One of the more interesting aspects of Jonathan Liebesman‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been the rather eclectic casting. Sure, hiring Megan Fox as April O’Neil was a fairly obvious choice, considering her connection to producer Michael Bay. But Will Arnett was a fun pick to play April’s cameraman and rival Vernon Fenwick, and Danny Woodburn and William Fichtner were intriguing additions as well.
The latest star to join the cast was Whoopi Goldberg, another pretty unexpected name. It wasn’t immediately obvious whom she’d be playing, but we now have word that her character will also be connected to the Channel 6 News team. Hit the jump to find out who she is.
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Heroes in mo-cap, CG power! After a few days of Megan Fox on the set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the stars of the film have finally surfaced from the sewer. Actors Noel Fisher (Michelangelo) Jeremy Howard (Donatello) and Pete Ploszek (Leonardo) have been spotted on the set of the Jonathan Liebesman film in full motion-capture garb.
Of course, we’ve all seen what motion capture suits look like before, but there are a few subtle differences here. First, the motion capture is being done outside and not on a closed set; that’s a technique that was revolutionized on Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Second, each actor has a massive mo-cap shell on their back. And third, they’re all sporting arm bands to corrospond to their character’s color.
But wait there’s more! The photos also reveal our first look at what is seems to be Shredder’s Foot Soldiers, and even a major plot point.
Update: Deadline adds that William Fichtner has joined the cast, playing an unidentified lead role “with iconic stature in the Turtles’ mythology.”
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The biggest “of course” news of the day comes from the set of the Michael Bay-produced, Jonathan Liebesman-directed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. At one point the film was going to be called Ninja Turtles, but script issues (and just a dose of Internet venom) delayed the film and changed some key elements. One of those changes is the title, which thanks to the set photo above, we can now resume discussing under the title Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Also, though Megan Fox‘s April O’Neil wasn’t wearing her trademark yellow on set earlier in the week, that has since been amended. Check out the images below. Read More »
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 »
Posted on Monday, April 29th, 2013 by Angie Han
Michael Bay faced massive backlash last year when he revealed plans to turn the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into aliens for Jonathan Liebesman‘s upcoming reboot. So much so that he had to follow up a few days later with a statement telling fans to “take a breath, and chill.” Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman defended the decision, describing Bay and Liebesman’s approach to press as “AWESOME,” and Paramount seemed on board with the change as well, dropping the “Teenage Mutant” from the title.
Behind the scenes, however, it appears that the team’s quietly had a change of heart. Producer Bay is now saying that the turtles are not aliens after all. In fact, he has no idea where you even got that absurd notion. Hit the jump to read his statement.
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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have a new mentor. The live-action/CG hybrid film being produced now by Platinum Dunes and Michael Bay, and directed by Jonathan Liebesman, has cast Danny Woodburn as the mutated rat Splinter. The actor will likely do the role as a full motion-capture performance, in the same way the turtles are being created.
The rat acts as caregiver to the four mutated titular turtles, and teaches them martial arts, strategy, and (in most cases) discipline. You know Woodburn from a huge variety of roles on projects as diverse as Seinfeld, Mirror Mirror, Death to Smoochy, Bones, Crash & Bernstein, and Watchmen. Read More »