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I think it’s safe to say that the casting of the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot has met with less than glowing response so far. Megan Fox has been cast as April O’Neil, and Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard and Noel Fisher are announced as the physical actors who will mo-cap the four turtles.

Now there’s a new talent in the mix, as Will Arnett has been announced as part of the cast. Read More »

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Though Leonardo is generally considered the leader of the gang, Raphael was the first Turtle cast last week when The Hunger Games: Catching Fire actor Alan Ritchson boarded director Jonathan Liebesman and producer Michael Bay‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot last week.

But apparently the rest of the group weren’t too far behind. Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, and Noel Fisher have just been cast as Leonardo, Donatello, and Michaelangelo, respecitvely. The roles will be portrayed via motion capture. Hit the jump for more info.

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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 »

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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Michael Bay’s ‘Ninja Turtles’ Pushed Back to June 2014

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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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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Everyone knows the four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were named after famous artists. But did you know the fifth one was named after a comic book legend? You’re probably thinking, “I didn’t even know there was a fifth Turtle” and that’s because there wasn’t. He was merely conceptualized by Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman in the mid 1990s for a proposed fourth live-action Turtles movie. The film was supposed to be less-kid friendly and introduce a fifth Turtle named “Kirby.” We know this because Eastman has put 25 of his original concept drawings from the pitch up for auction. Check them out below. Read More »

Today’s TV bits is stuffed to the brim with new project announcements, casting notices, trailers, and much more. After the jump:

  • Mike Judge and Scott Rudin team for Silicon Valley at HBO
  • FX is adapting J. Michael Feldman‘s show Fairy Tale Theater
  • Goonies co-stars Sean Astin and Corey Feldman reunite on TMNT
  • The Newsroom casts someone to play a Romney campaign staffer
  • Sean Bean replaces Brendan Fraser in TNT’s spy drama Legends
  • The CW gives freshman drama series Cult a February premiere date
  • Jon Hamm and John Slattery direct more episodes of Mad Men
  • Is Doctor Who uniting all 11 Doctors for an anniversary special?
  • How would you like to create a title sequence for A&E’s Bates Motel?
  • Read an in-depth oral history of beloved cult classic Freaks & Geeks
  • Hannah fails to get a job in a deleted scene from Season 1 of Girls
  • Laura Dern has big plans in the Enlightened Season 2 teaser
  • See a teaser for the Beyonce-directed documentary about Beyonce
  • Check out a production video from the Game of Thrones set
  • Showtime offers up a teaser for season 6 of Californication

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