William Fichtner

It’s been clear ever since William Fichtner was cast as Shredder that Jonathan Liebesman‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot would take some liberties with the character’s history. For one thing, Shredder has been portrayed as Japanese in the past, but Fichtner’s take obviously won’t be.

And that’s not the only thing that’s changed. “I can tell you that who Shredder is in the telling of this Turtles is unlike any telling of the story before,” he said. Hit the jump to read his comments on his character, and his possible appearance in the sequels.

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Welcome back from the long weekend, if you had one. Here’s what you may have missed in the wonderful world of sequel news:

  • Writer Adam Horowitz offers a little Tron 3 update
  • Vanilla Ice really wants to be in the new Ninja Turtles
  • Kevin Smith hopes to release Clerks 3 in November 2014
  • The Aliens vs. Predator comic book gets a relaunch
  • Lloyd opens up in new Dumb and Dumber To set pics
  • Take a peek at Channing Tatum in 22 Jump Street
  • A big battle will hit Hong Kong in Transformers 4

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Briefly: The Michael Bay-produced, Jonathan Liebesman-directed reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be coming out of the sewer a few weeks later than planned. Originally set for release June 6, 2014, it’ll now be released August 8, 2014. That’s one week after Guardians of the Galaxy and one week before The Expendables 3.

The film stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Whoopi Goldberg and William Fichtner in human roles. Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard and Pete Ploszek are the Turtles. [ERC Box Office]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Not sure exactly how this hit our radar this week, but it did. So let’s roll with it.

The 1990 live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film made over $200 million across the world, certifying it as one of that year’s most successful films. Who could forget the ending where, after defeating Shredder, Leonardo, Raphael, Michaelangelo and Donatello spout out a slew of suitably radical adjectives before Master Splinter throws in his own, they all laugh, and the amazing song “T.U.R.T.L.E. Power” rolled over the credits?

Originally, though, that was not the end of the film. In fact the film moved on from there into an alternate ending which put a meta bow on it all. And, wouldn’t you know it? That ending is on YouTube. Check it out below. Read More »

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Last week’s confirmation that William Fichtner would play Shredder in Jonathan Liebesman‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot didn’t come as much of a shock. His role was described in the initial casting report as an “iconic” one from the Turtles universe, and aside from the Turtles themselves, they don’t get much more iconic than Shredder.

But it did raise some eyebrows. Shredder has always been a Japanese man, and Fichtner, talented as he is, is not that. Surprise surprise, it turns out Liebesman made Fichtner fit by altering the classic character. Hit the jump to learn more about the new version.

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William Fichtner

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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Whoopi Goldberg

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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