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Michael Bay will turn the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into aliens for upcoming reboot

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If you thought that Michael Bay’s treatment of the Transformers’ universe was frustrating, wait until you hear what he has planned for the world of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

During the Nickelodeon Upfront presentation in New York last week, Bay spoke briefly about his studio’s take on the ol’ Heroes in a Half-Shell, which are scheduled to get a big-screen reboot next year. Apparently, the plan is to make the heroes into aliens, and…

Wait, what? Yes, you read that correctly. According to Bay, instead of being mutated turtles (hence the “Mutant” part of their name), the Ninja Turtles will be aliens.

Here’s what Bay had to say about the project during his presentation (with the money quote in bold, and the video embedded at the end of this post):

When you see this movie, kids are going to believe one day that these turtles do exist, when we are done with this movie,” he said. These turtles are from an alien race, and they’re going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely lovable.

The new film is expected to hit theaters in December 2013, with “Wrath of the Titans” director Jonathan Liebesman named as the man behind the camera for the Turtles’ reboot just last month. “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” screenwriters Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec provided the latest script for the film.

Given the Turtles’ origin as a hard-edged, graphic comic book series created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in the mid-’80s, their evolution into a wildly popular, kid-friendly animated series in 1987 was a bit of a surprise to fans — but Bay’s take on the Turtles could present an even bigger shift, if his synopsis rings true for next year’s reboot.

If nothing else, it could mean that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will become the Teenage Alien Ninja Turtles — which doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.


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15 Hilarious Soap Opera Parodies

Catch the classic sitcom Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

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The soap opera is the indestructible core of television fandom. We celebrate modern series like The Wire and Breaking Bad with their ongoing storylines, but soap operas have been tangling more plot threads than a quilt for decades. Which is why pop culture enjoys parodying them so much.

Check out some of the funniest soap opera parodies below, and be sure to catch Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

1. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was a cult hit soap parody from the mind of Norman Lear that poked daily fun at the genre with epic twists and WTF moments. The first season culminated in a perfect satire of ratings stunts, with Mary being both confined to a psychiatric facility and chosen to be part of a Nielsen ratings family.


2. IKEA Heights

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IKEA Heights proves that the soap opera is alive and well, even if it has to be filmed undercover at a ready-to-assemble furniture store totally unaware of what’s happening. This unique webseries brought the classic formula to a new medium. Even IKEA saw the funny side — but has asked that future filmmakers apply through proper channels.


3. Fresno

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When you’re parodying ’80s nighttime soaps like Dallas and Dynasty , everything about your show has to equally sumptuous. The 1986 CBS miniseries Fresno delivered with a high-powered cast (Carol Burnett, Teri Garr and more in haute couture clothes!) locked in the struggle for the survival of a raisin cartel.


4. Soap

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Soap was the nighttime response to daytime soap operas: a primetime skewering of everything both silly and satisfying about the source material. Plots including demonic possession and alien abduction made it a cult favorite, and necessitated the first televised “viewer discretion” disclaimer. It also broke ground for featuring one of the first gay characters on television in the form of Billy Crystal’s Jodie Dallas. Revisit (or discover for the first time) this classic sitcom every Saturday morning on IFC.


5. Too Many Cooks

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Possibly the most perfect viral video ever made, Too Many Cooks distilled almost every style of television in a single intro sequence. The soap opera elements are maybe the most hilarious, with more characters and sudden shocking twists in an intro than most TV scribes manage in an entire season.


6. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

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Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace was more mockery than any one medium could handle. The endless complications of Darkplace Hospital are presented as an ongoing horror soap opera with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from writer, director, star, and self-described “dreamweaver visionary” Garth Marenghi and astoundingly incompetent actor/producer Dean Learner.


7. “Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive,” MadTV

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Soap opera connoisseurs know that the most melodramatic plots are found in Korea. MADtv‘s parody Tae Do  (translation: Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive) features the struggles of mild-mannered characters with far more feelings than their souls, or subtitles, could ever cope with.


8. Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks, the twisted parody of small town soaps like Peyton Place whose own creator repeatedly insists is not a parody, has endured through pop culture since it changed television forever when it debuted in 1990. The show even had it’s own soap within in a soap called…


9. “Invitation to Love,” Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks didn’t just parody soap operas — it parodied itself parodying soap operas with the in-universe show Invitation to Love. That’s more layers of deceit and drama than most televised love triangles.


10. “As The Stomach Turns,” The Carol Burnett Show

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The Carol Burnett Show poked fun at soaps with this enduring take on As The World Turns. In a case of life imitating art, one story involving demonic possession would go on to happen for “real” on Days of Our Lives.


11. Days of our Lives (Friends Edition)

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Still airing today, Days of Our Lives is one of the most famous soap operas of all time. They’re also excellent sports, as they allowed Friends star Joey Tribbiani to star as Dr Drake Ramoray, the only doctor to date his own stalker (while pretending to be his own evil twin). And then return after a brain-transplant.

And let’s not forget the greatest soap opera parody line ever written: “Come on Joey, you’re going up against a guy who survived his own cremation!”


12. Acorn Antiques

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First appearing on the BBC sketch comedy series Victoria Wood As Seen on TV, Acorn Antiques combines almost every low-budget soap opera trope into one amazing whole. The staff of a small town antique store suffer a disproportional number of amnesiac love-triangles, while entire storylines suddenly appear and disappear without warning or resolution. Acorn Antiques was so popular, it went on to become a hit West End musical.


13. “Point Place,” That 70s Show

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In a memorable That ’70s Show episode, an unemployed Red is reduced to watching soaps all day. He becomes obsessed despite the usual Red common-sense objections (like complaining that it’s impossible to fall in love with someone in a coma). His dreams render his own life as Point Place, a melodramatic nightmare where Kitty leaves him because he’s unemployed. (Click here to see all airings of That ’70s Show on IFC.)


14. The Spoils of Babylon

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Bursting from the minds of Will Ferrell and creators Andrew Steele and Matt Piedmont, The Spoils of Babylon was a spectacular parody of soap operas and epic mini-series like The Thorn Birds. Taking the parody even further, Ferrell himself played Eric Jonrosh, the author of the book on which the series was based. Jonrosh returned in The Spoils Before Dying, a jazzy murder mystery with its own share of soapy twists and turns.

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15. All My Children Finale, SNL

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SNL‘s final celebration of one of the biggest soaps of all time is interrupted by a relentless series of revelations from stage managers, lighting designers, make-up artists, and more. All of whom seem to have been married to or murdered by (or both) each other.

Josh Duhamel says original cast members out for “Transformers 4″

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Michael Bay might be coming back for “Transformers 4,” but is he the only one? That could be the case if leading man Josh Duhamel is to be believed.

It was already widely assumed that Shia LaBeouf would not be returning for the fourth installment of the wildly successful “Transformers” franchise, but now Duhamel is telling E! Online that he doesn’t plan to return, and neither do many of his big-name costars. It’s just him against the world right now, but Duhamel seemed pretty sure of what he was saying.

“I don’t think anybody’s doing it. I know Shia’s not doing it. I don’t think Tyrese or Rosie [Huntington-Whiteley] or anybody else is doing it,” he said. “Whenever these movies make that much money they’re going to make as many as they can. [But] I haven’t heard anything about it.”

Ouch. Granted, “Transformers 4″ — or as Vulture has dubbed it, “Trans4mers” — is still in its early stages, and Bay isn’t even prepping for this film yet (his next will be “Pain and Gain”). As “Transformers 4″ is supposed to be hitting theaters on June 27, 2014, it’s highly doubtful he’s even started thinking about casting.

But, then again, the former stars of the transforming robots franchise likely would have heard a thing or two by now if their contracts were being resigned. It seems like producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura was being pretty serious when he said this film is going to be a reboot.

Would you rather see the old “Transformers” star return, or a full-on new cast of characters? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Michael Bay to direct fourth “Transformers” movie

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It’s official: Michael Bay will be back for “Transformers 4.” The deal was rumored back in December, but now producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has confirmed that the franchise’s current director will stay on board for a fourth installment.

“Michael’s going to direct it, and it’ll be in the summer of 2014,” he teased to MTV News. Bay later confirmed on his own website that “Transformers 4″ will be released on June 29, 2014.

This new film will be a full-on reboot, as has previously been rumored. Though di Bonaventura did not confirm whether Jason Statham would be a part of the project or not (the “Transporter” star was rumored to join the project last year), he did tease that there will be a full new cast of characters.

“I think the challenge there is we really are going to do a reboot there, and what that’s going to be we don’t even know yet,” he said. “We gotta get a story first. You can’t pick characters until you have a story.”

IFC kindly already compiled a list of Autobots and Decepticons that deserve a spot in one of the upcoming “Transformers” movies, so feel free to borrow from us guys. But even though there will be a new cast of human characters, some of the main Transformers will still be in the upcoming film. Di Bonaventura promised that there will be continuity between this reboot and the first three “Transformers” films.

“It’s an evolution, there’s still continuity that’s going on,” he said of “Transformers 4.” “There’ll be a lot of new cast, whether there’s anyone from the first we don’t even know yet. The truth is, there’s going to be a whole new story. The characters that will come along will be Optimus and Bumblebee, I’m sure.”

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