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'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' sequel set for 2016

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Cowabunga, dude. It looks like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are here to stay. On the heels of a $65 million opening weekend, Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies on Sunday announced plans for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, with a release date of June 3, 2016.

Michael Bay will return to produce with his Platinum Dunes partners, and Turtles writing team Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec are on board to pen the sequel script and executive produce. The statement did not specify whether or not Jonathan Liebesman would return to direct.

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Critical Mass: Can the 'Ninja Turtles' shred the critics?

You can be sure of two things when you combine producer Michael Bay with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. One, your eyeballs will get a workout. And two, the most snarky critics will be tempted to write their reviews before the film even rolls.

In Wrath of the Titans‘ director Jonathan Liebesman’s new live-action, CG-heavy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which stars Megan Fox as Turtle-pal April O’Neil, the four Renaissance-named turtles are still living up their name. Johnny Knoxville voices Leonardo, who leads the Turtles against their traditional antagonist Shredder—as well as a mysterious puppet-master who springs chaos on New York. Will Arnett plays April’s loyal cameraman, who harbors a crush on his much-younger co-worker at the TV-news station, and William Fichtner plays a brilliant scientist who knows a bit about where the turtles possibly came from.

Fox’s updated, curvier April and the film’s PG-13 rating reflect one common complaint—that the filmmakers forgot their target audience. “Is it the kids drawn to the hit animated Nickelodeon reboot or the middle-aged crowd looking to reconnect with yet another thing they loved in their youth?” asks EW‘s Kyle Anderson in his review. “The filmmakers never came up with a resolution, which is why we have a reported $125 million effects parade with a crippling identity problem.”

To be fair, that’s pretty snark-free critique.

Read more from EW’s review, as well as a roundup of other notable critics, below. READ FULL STORY

'Transformers' sets all-time box-office record in China

Michael Bay publicly blew off the critics who excoriated Transformers: Age of Extinction, and he’s laughing all the way to the bank. Not only did the fourth film in the franchise win the domestic box-office for the second week in a row, but it has already surpassed Avatar to become the biggest box-office hit in Chinese history.

After only 10 days in Chinese theaters, Age of Extinction has grossed more than $221 million—$46 million more than it has made in the U.S.—and it likely passed James Cameron’s 2009 3-D adventure on Monday. READ FULL STORY

Critical Mass: Come for the Transformers, stay for the critics' zingers

Critics have long given Michael Bay and his Transformers franchise the high hat—but after more than $2.7 billion in box office across the globe, the filmmaker can basically thumb his nose at the naysayers who sniff at his brand of CG rock-em, sock-em spectacle. The fourth film, Transformers: The Age of Extinction, is both a sequel and a reboot, with Mark Wahlberg coming aboard to anchor the franchise as a poor Texas inventor who accidentally salvages the remnants of Optimus Prime and gets entangled in a city-leveling war between good and bad alien ‘bots, as well as the secret government agency tasked with hunting down and eliminating the Transformers.

As EW’s film critic Chris Nashawaty writes in his review, “Sitting in the theater, watching the end credits roll on Transformers: Age of Extinction, I was certain of two things: 1. That I’d just witnessed the stupidest movie of the year; and 2. It will make a billion dollars.”

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'Transformers 4' photos: Resistance is futile

It’s almost July, and the summer movie season is still up for grabs. There have been some solid hits so far, like X-Men: Days of Future Past and Maleficent, but no blockbuster has dominated the box office… yet. On June 27, Transformers: Age of Extinction launches, with Mark Wahlberg and new and exciting ‘bots joining the fray. Despite being discounted by many critics, the unstoppable franchise might be the smash the season has been waiting for.

Paramount recently dumped 20 new photos from the film, and although most of them feature characters we’ve already seen in the film’s multiple trailers, fans can hunt for clues and marvel at the masterful dirty-sweaty brow that is a signature of Michael Bay’s heroes. READ FULL STORY

'Transformers: Age of Extinction': Michael Bay's car fetish

There’s no denying it: The Transformers movies have an erotic auto fixation. But what carmaker wants its sleekest vehicles to be publicly pulverized on screen? According to franchise director Michael Bay, all of them. “The first time, I had to beg for vehicles,” he says. “But now — I am not kidding you — every car company says, ‘We will fly out any car to show you so it can be in the movie.’” With one catch, he adds: “As long as it’s one of the good guys.”

For Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth in the series, Bay managed to sign the Lamborghini Aventador as galactic bounty hunter Lockdown. “He’s just a bounty hunter, so they were okay with that,” Bay says with a laugh. READ FULL STORY

'Transformers: Age of Extinction' will set up a new trilogy, Michael Bay says -- EXCLUSIVE

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If your appetite for shape-shifting alien robots is insatiable, well, buddy … open wide.

Michael Bay tells EW that this summer’s Transformers: Age of Extinction will herald the arrival of at least two more battling ‘bot movies. He thinks of it not as Transformers 4, but as more of a reboot — even though he’s still running the show.

“It’s kind of like a new Transformers,” Bay says. “We had three, the first trilogy, and this is going to be the next one.” The next…trilogy? “Yeah, it’s the first of a new trilogy,” he says after a moment of hesitation. “I’m not necessarily sure that I’m doing [the others], but that’s what it’s meant for.”

Shia LaBeouf is out, and Mark Wahlberg is in as the human lead, and among the new Transformer characters is the fellow you see above — Grimlock, the fire-breathing leader of the Dinobots, a special class of Cybertronian warrior who changes not into a vehicle, but a T-Rex-style brawler. As the June 27 movie heads to theaters, Bay gave us a rundown of some of the other new additions.

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Megan Fox talks 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,' says she'd love a 'Sailor Moon' remake

Megan Fox has long claimed to be a self-described “nerd” but has unexpectedly upped the ante when it comes to her fan-girl obsession with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

“I was really in love with them,” confesses Fox, who stars as reporter April O’Neil in the live-action reboot of the ‘80s cartoon which hits theaters August 8. “I have an older sister that’s 12 years older than me, so part of it initially was because I wanted to be like my big sister. But, it’s a really cool project for me because it was a huge part of my childhood, and it’s always been.” READ FULL STORY

'Transformers 4' Hong Kong set sees a second extortion attempt

Police are investigating a second reported extortion attempt at the Hong Kong film set of the latest Transformers movie, authorities say.

A government statement received overnight said a production company crew member was setting up on the roof of a building in Kowloon on Tuesday when four men “intimidated her and asked for money.”

She called police, who arrested a 35-year-old man. He’s being held pending further inquiries. The three others are still wanted. The case has been classified as blackmail, and a police anti-triad unit is investigating. Triads are Chinese organized crime gangs.

Police arrested two brothers last week after director Michael Bay was assaulted at another filming location. They allegedly demanded 100,000 Hong Kong dollars ($13,000).
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