Paramount Kicks Off CinemaCon With ‘Ninja Turtles,’ ‘Transformers’ Footage

LAS VEGAS — Although Dwayne Johnson, Will Arnett and Mark Walhberg all presented their respective films, “Hercules,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction” at the Paramount presentation Monday night at CinemaCon, it was really the Michael Bay show.

As the director of “Transformers” and a producer on both “Ninja Turtles” and the just-announced found footage pic “Project Almanac,” due at the end of January 2015, Bay was the star, and he wasn’t even in the house.

“Michael Bay is committed to making sure young audiences have a reason to flock back to your theaters,” said Rob Moore, vice chairman of Paramount.

The multi-hyphenate is currently in the edit room for “Transformers,” according to the movie’s star, Wahlberg. His daughter, 10-year-old Ella accompanied Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor, two of the films stars that Wahlberg ensured the audience would be huge by the time it debuts in June.

“I feel like (‘Transformers’) is the most iconic franchise in movie history,” Wahlberg said during the presentation and guaranteed the audience that it was a standalone film.

About 10 minutes of “Transformers” was shown, including the resurrection of several transformers and Stanley Tucci holding a serious grudge.

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In addition to “Transformers,” Bay is producing “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” which is based more on the comic book than the children’s TV series and posits the green amphibians as a gang of superheroes, with Megan Fox as the damsel in distress.

“It’s a daunting task given how rabid the fanbase is,” said Will Arnett, who stars as Vernon Fenwick and arrived via Segway onstage along with comedian David Cross.

Arnett also pointed out that the Ninja Turtles have been the No. 1 action figure for the last six straight years.

Drumming up social media buzz, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, detailed his journey to transform into Hercules, the Greek demigod. Up until Monday’s presentation, the star claimed no one had ever seen his face in character.

As the highest-grossing actor of 2013, Johnson said he wanted to “bring fans along on my journey through social media.” That included his involvement on platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, posting behind the scenes photos and first looks, something he cleared with MGM and Paramount beforehand.

“Hair, makeup, a prosthetic penis,” he joked, detailing the process of getting into character.

Sneak peeks of Rupert Wyatt’s “The Gambler” and Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” and Oprah’s historical pic “Selma” were also shown.

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  1. Indy_Commode says:

    They changed their origin from alien ooze to Shredder’s lab. They changed their nemesis, thereby altering the age old rivalry between Oroku Saki and Hamato Yoshi. They gave them all incredibly trite and condescending costumes that hit you over the head with who each turtle is (look up the toys, it’s dumb). Good thing the action will be too overbearing to let their character shine through. They made the foot soldiers look like military personnel with stupid metal masks. On top of all that Michaelangelo looks like Shrek crossed with the Toxic Avenger, and the rest of them look like the Incredible Hulk with penises for heads. This movie looks like a turd, a big giant turtle turd. Teenage Mutant Ninja TURDles. If you actually love the Turtles for more than nostalgia, how can you even consider watching this crap?

  2. Haha, I’m glad you agree. I stopped to think about it that day and I was all, “waitaminute”. They’re alike in so many ways!

  3. Anastashia says:

    hi this so cool

  4. richard says:

    Well, I am afraid this gentleman is a bit light on movie history or drunk on the check he got for T4… Star Wars, 007, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Batman, the whole Marvel bunch… Lots of a lot more “iconic” franchises you can find…

  5. EJ says:


  6. Beat Me Up says:

    Mark Walberg. He must be getting huge cake to do Transformers. At least we don’t have to here Shia moan ungratefully about all that he’s been blessed with. But Walberg has always struck me as light in the intellectual department (too much time in the gym can do that); but to say: ‘I feel like (‘Transformers’) is the most iconic franchise in movie history…’, is just plan d-u-m-b.

    The films don’t hold up, it works as a cartoon; but there’s this thing called Star Wars… not too bright that guy.

  7. Chelsea says:

    I wish I can go to CinemaCon in 2015, I am amp up for both movies this summer.

  8. mchasewalker says:

    Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg? Gosh, not since the stellar days of Steve Reeves and Gary Lockwood have we seen such commanding and talented screen genius!

  9. Dave W says:

    “Transformers”, the “most iconic franchise in movie history”. Really, Mark? Can you spell “hy-per-bo-le”? How about spelling “Harry Potter 1-8, just for starters?”

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