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Review: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Starring Megan Fox, Will Arnett And More

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 5, 2014 3:56 PM
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In “The Great Gatsby,” F. Scott Fitzgerald describes Tom Buchanan's size as “cruel.” Before we meet the character, the narrative tells us that his physicality is brutish and unpleasant, undermining Buchanan's desire for others to bask in his own Übermensch status. The bodies and faces of the title characters in Jonathan Liebesman's nonsensical “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” can be described in a similar way. Their shoulders are blocky, their biceps bulging. It's unclear where their chests end and their heads begin. Just seeing them in motion feels oppressive.

Watch: Full Dubstep-Powered Trailer For 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Plus New Pics & Posters

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 24, 2014 11:08 AM
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"Transformers: Age Of Extinction" isn't the only Michael Bay joint coming this summer. While his robots will smash and explode things this weekend, in August his Platinum Dunes shingle reteams with former Bay foe Megan Fox, with the actress headlining "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." No, she isn't actually one of the turtles (we'd watch the shit out of that movie), but April O'Neil who uncovers our pizza loving heroes who are just trying to save the world.

Watch: New 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Trailer Offers New Glimpses Into The Uncanny Valley

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 1, 2014 9:03 AM
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Not content with simply rebooting slasher franchises like “Friday The 13th,” “Nightmare On Elm Street” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," Michael Bay’s production company Platinum Dunes decided to tack their approach to “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," and the results we’ve seen thus far seem to be horrific indeed. A first trailer last month debuted our first look at the terrifying Turtles in action, and now another has followed with a few more insights into the direction of the film.

Watch: Heroes In A Half Shell Are Back In First Trailer For 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 27, 2014 11:38 AM
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There are more than few grown up men and women who are weirdly invested in keeping the integrity of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" intact in the Michael Bay produced reboot. Strong opinions flew around from all corners last year as the movie headed into production, with everything from the origin of Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michaelangelo to how they look, hotly debated. Well, like it or not, the final result is a few months away and the first trailer has landed online.

Review: 'The Lego Movie' Starring Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 3, 2014 3:04 PM
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It's easy to view "The Lego Movie" with a degree of skepticism, if not outright suspicion. This is, after all, a movie that is based on a popular line of building block toys, and one that, unlike big screen adaptations of things like "Transformers" or "Battleship," actually retain the original toy's childlike designs. In fact, "The Lego Movie" goes out of its way to remind you of the tiny plastic construction toys that you grew up and probably manipulated in some unwholesome ways. So a degree of cynicism is probably warranted, considering just how closely the movie could resemble a feature-length commercial (and to be sure, whole aisles of toy stores are currently being flooded by the stuff). But it turns out that "The Lego Movie" is an absolute blast—a whip-smart, surprisingly emotional family film where the toy property is seen less as a concrete template than a tool for seemingly limitless potential.

Watch: Best Buy's Christmas Campaign Featuring Will Arnett, Jason Schwartzman, Maya Rudolph & LL Cool J

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 30, 2013 2:07 PM
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Yeah, we know. Christmas is over, the presents have been opened, the roast beast has been eaten and all eyes are on tomorrow night when the countdown to 2014 begins. But let's not let the spirit of season disappear just yet.

12 Observations On What Worked & What Didn't In The New Netflix Season Of ‘Arrested Development’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 28, 2013 2:03 PM
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Binging is the new black. And thus the desire to not only gorge, but to insta-weigh-in on the new Netflix season of “Arrested Development,” which premiered over the Memorial Weekend, is in full effect. The cult of ‘AD’ has grown to a deafening roar over the years, the anticipation and expectations at the prospect of the show’s triumphant return were at an all time high going into the weekend. “Arrested Development” was neglected and then canceled in 2006 by 20th Century Fox and somehow defied the odds to return seven years later with a new lease on life thanks to Netflix and their own expanding desire for (semi) original programming. But if you’re disappointed with this new season, it may be easy to understand why. Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for.

The 5 Best Episodes Of 'Arrested Development' From The First 3 Seasons

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • May 23, 2013 3:13 PM
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"Arrested Development," as the opening credits inform us, is the story "of one wealthy family, who lost everything and the son who had no choice but to keep them all together." This synopsis, about the Bluth family and their continued struggles, makes it sound like something out of the Chuck Lorre factory of middlebrow mediocrity. But "Arrested Development," created by cracked genius Mitchell Hurwitz, would go on to become one of the most beloved (and short-lived) comedy series in the history of television, one whose fan-base was so outspoken that this weekend the series will be resurrected with a collection of episodes airing exclusively on Netflix's streaming service. The unthinkable has happened: The Bluths are back from the dead.

George Michael Rides A Segway & Buster Goes Back To Army In New Pics From 'Arrested Development'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 24, 2013 1:35 PM
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“It’s the story of shame, cunning, thievery, dishonor, backstabbing, deceit, bold-faced lying, one-upmanship, psychological torture, lust, financial ruin, and magic, all supported by a very broad beam of dysfunctional love,” Will Arnett says about the upcoming season or batch of episodes or whatever-you-want-to-call-it of "Arrested Development." And that's just fine by us.

Will Arnett Joins 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' With Megan Fox And Some Other People

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2013 6:39 PM
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We suppose the plan by director Jonathan Liebesman is set to everyone's expectations so low that the end result of whatever "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" turns out to be it can be anything but better than what the first impressions are giving off. With April O'Neill being played by Megan Fox and the four turtles by dudes we never heard of -- Alan Ritchson (Raphael), Pete Ploszek (Leonardo), Jeremy Howard (Donatello) and Noel Fisher (Michelangelo) -- now there's some more random casting.

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