Does Kid Cudi have a role in “Ninja Turtles”?


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People have just barely started to quiet down regarding Michael Bay’s “Ninja Turtles” movie, and the uproar regarding his omission of both the Teenage and Mutant aspects of the iconic Heroes in a Half Shell. But now, thanks to a seemingly off-handed Tweet and Tumblr post, TMNT fans have something totally new to freak out: The possible casting of rapper Kid Cudi as one of the reptilian heroes.

The whole thing started back on April 2, with an image posted to the social media savvy rapper’s Tumblr. At first glance, the image really just looks like a bald guy in Kirby-esque space-armor with a bitching double-fisted axe/hammer combo. But, when you scroll down to the image’s description things get more interesting. Mr. Cudi writes, “An original one of a kind sketch of a unknown Ninja Turtle by one half of the creators, Kevin Eastman. A gift given to me by my homies Andrew Form and Brad Fuller over at Platinum Dunes. Hint hint mane.”

And with that, the great “Ninja Turtles” casting speculation games had begun! Of course, Cudi’s “Hint hint mane,” could as easily refer to just the fact that the turtles now have Kirby-esque space-armor and bitching double-fisted axe/hammer combos, but the general consensus on the internet seems to be that it implies some type of involvement from Cudi in the film. Given the fact that Cudi has worked as an actor before, appearing on “How to Make it in America,” folks are tending to think that this might have been cast to play a character in the new movie. For our money though, we’d much rather see him update Vanilla Ice’s legendary “Ninja Rap” from “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze,” or even the lesser known, but no-less awesome “Spin that Wheel (Turtles Get Real)” from the soundtrack to the first film. From Ya Kid K to Ya Kid Cudi – it just makes sense, you know?

The same day as he posted the turtles image, Cudi threw fuel on the speculation blaze by tweeting “I was skeptical as well, but by no means is this movie gonna suck. Huge fans will be happy.” Later, after the story started blowing up on various news sites, Brad Fuller, a producer on the film retweeted a story from The Huffington Post, which would seem to indicate that there’s either some truth to the rumor, or that Fuller has a good sense of humor about the entire thing.

Do you think that Kid Cudi has scored himself a role in “Ninja Turtles?” Who would you like to see the rapper portray? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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