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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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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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