Bless you, Michael Bay. The boob- and blast-obsessed Transformers director very publicly fell out with star Megan Fox during the 2009 press tour for Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen, which led to Fox getting bumped from the lucrative series in favor of leggy Victoria’s Secret supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whitely. However, the two have apparently squashed their beef, and Fox has been cast as reporter April O’Neil in Bay’s upcoming live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, currently filming New York. And, Michael Bay being Michael Bay, he made sure to put the voluptuous star in super-tight clothing and made her bounce around on a trampoline on the set. Man Show alums Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla are no doubt beaming with pride.
It’s happening. The Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film reboot is happening; according to Production Weekly, the movie allegedly begins filming in New York this April. Seeing as how Bay and his screenwriters have already altered the Turtles’ origin story to make them aliens, it perturbed us to see that the films’ current title is Ninja Turtles. So are our beloved turtles are no longer mutant nor teenage? We fear change! Since we still have a little time before the movie begins shooting, we thought we would make clear what fove changes to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle canon we would find completely inexcusable. Mr. Bay, we know you are reading this, so please…listen to our plea.
Now that Nickelodeon is rebooting the uber-popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series, beginning this Saturday morning, a whole new generation will be shouting “Cowabunga!” as they imagine a life of fighting crime and eating pizza. Rob Paulsen, who voiced Raphael in the 1987 cartoon series, is back as Donatello, and he told VH1 and fellow stars Jason Biggs, Sean Astin and Greg Cipes about the privileges associated with being a turtle. “When you work on something this iconic … you make a phone call to a child in a hospital, or you show up at a friend’s kid’s birthday party or you go show up in the hospital — whatever it is, the impact that the Turtles have on children is so profound, way beyond action figures, ratings, all of that,” he said. “I now get email and notes from people I talked to 20 years ago.”
We’re happy to see Paulsen back doing what he loves, but that got us wondering what has become of the stars of the equally beloved and maligned TMNT movies of the ’90s. Those live-action flicks featured appearances by the likes of Vanilla Ice, Elias Koteas and Paige Turco, not to mention the voice talents of Corey Feldman and Kevin Clash, whom many of you might know as the voice of Elmo. Take a look at the career highlights of a number of the stars of the first three movies, and then relive a little of your childhood magic by tuning in to TMNT this Saturday!
If you thought we couldn’t work Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael and Michaelangelo into a post with Julia Roberts, you would be wrong. (That’s why we are professionals.) There is a very important reason to write about both of these things today: Some mean guys are intent on ruining our sacred memory of ’90s things that were kind of not that great to begin with.
First, there was Michael Bay’s announcement that his reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would change a key element of the Turtles’ backstory: They are now aliens instead of mutants. And there was outrage! Robbie Rist, the voice of Michaelangelo in the first movies, accused the director of “sodomizing” the franchise. Ouch.
“Fans need to take a breath, and chill,” Bay wrote on his own forum last night. “Our team is working closely with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles to help expand and give a more complex back story. Relax, we are including everything that made you become fans in the first place. We are just building a richer world.”